Leah Fielding

Top Christmas markets near ski resorts in the Alps 

Kitzbuehel Christmas Market

Just like skiing, many Christmas past-times, including decorated fir trees and gingerbread houses, have historic roots in the Alps. Many of these traditions can be traced back to Christmas Markets, four-week Advent celebrations in the Alps, specifically in Austria and Germany. Some of these markets date back as far as the 13th Century. Today, you […]

New James Bond 007 Spectre movie filmed in Soelden, Austria 

Spectre filmed in Soelden

Many movie-going skiers and snowboarders have been delighted to learn that many scenes from the 24th James Bond 007 film, Spectre, were shot in Soelden, Austria, a top ski resort in the Tyrol region. In fact, the resort’s ultra-modern Ice Q restaurant, located high on Gaislachkogl peak, was heavily featured in the film. Several other […]

5 days in Whistler: A first-timer’s guide 

Whistler Blackcomb sunrise

Based on all the calls, emails and chats we receive day in and day out, we can put some stock behind saying Whistler is a one of Ski Country’s most sought-after destinations. Since Whistler Blackcomb is the largest ski resort in North America and SKI magazine’s No. 1 rated, it’s not hard to understand why. […]

Lake Tahoe sees over a foot of new snow in 3rd Sunday storm 

Mammoth new snow

Another big storm hit the West Coast over the weekend and dropped more than a foot of new snow to some Lake Tahoe ski resorts. The latest storm marks the third consecutive Sunday snow storm in November. The past two storms have brought anywhere from two to three feet at high elevation areas, allowing several […]

Trip Report: A first timer goes heli skiing with Selkirk Tangiers 


Heli skiing has been on my bucket list for years now. I caught the heli bug at age 12 as I enviously flipped through photos of my Dad’s “boy’s trip” to Panorama, which included a day of heli skiing. In those days, I was ski racing four days a week on a small, icy hill in […]

Best of: Whistler Blackcomb’s steeps 

expert skiing on Whistler Mountain

As North America’s Big Kahuna, Whistler Blackcomb has no shortage of satisfyingly steep terrain for advanced and expert skiers and riders to sink their edges into. To be more exact, seasoned schussers have about 2,200-plus acres of challenging terrain to explore at Whistler Blackcomb, out of 8,171 total acres. That’s more black and double-black terrain […]

10 ways to upgrade your Whistler ski vacation 

Whistler heli skiing

Thanks to favorable exchange rates, U.S. skiers can save an extra 20% on a Whistler ski vacation this season. So what will you do with that extra money? You have two options: one, put the money into a savings account for next year’s ski trip, or two, make your Whistler ski vacation your best ski […]

Get ready for ski season with après-ski 101 


For the newbies and uninitiated, après-ski is a longstanding ski tradition, hailing from the Alps. It means “after ski” in French and references “social activities after a day of skiing” according to Merriam Webster. It’s celebrated a little differently across Ski Country, depending on local liquor and culture, but it generally includes adult beverages and/or a […]

2015-16 opening dates at top North American resorts 

Aspen Snowmass opening day 2015

As temps begin to drop and more first snow storms are seen across North America (including one that’s currently tracking across the West), it’s time to start digging out your ski or snowboard equipment and making your ski-trip plans. For most resorts, opening day is less than a month away. To help you stay on […]

Alps forecasted to have a snowy 2015-16 ski season 

Last week, AccuWeather released their winter forecast for Europe, and it’s looking like it could be a great season to make a trip over the pond and ski the Alps. Plus, U.S. travelers can take advantage of favorable exchange rates. Meteorologists have picked up a large mass of cold air building over Scandinavia, which will […]

Video: A funny history of how the first U.S. ski lift came to be 


Vermont  has a lot to be proud of, including awesome cheese, good coffee and of course, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, but the Green Mountain state also boasts the first lift in the United States. Prior to 1934, skiing in the U.S. was not for the quadricep challenged. Skiers would have to hike in boots […]

Colorado resorts approach 2015-16 opening dates with new snow 

new snow winter park

All across Ski Country, winter is rushing in. Earlier this week, Killington and Sunday River opened their slopes for the season, and now Colorado resorts are covered in a deep blanket of snow. From Wednesday night through Friday morning, a southern storm dropped about three to 15 inches across Colorado’s south and central mountains, especially […]