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A Ski Rental Solution

A Ski Rental Solution
Skis in front of view over Grindelwald, Switzerland
Traveling with your skis is not only a drag, it can be pricey. But renting is no picnic, either. Black Tie Rentals offers an easy alternative.

A common question: To schlep your skis or to rent once you get there? As editors, we travel a lot, so it’s a dilemma we’re faced with a dozen times throughout the ski season. Quick weekend jaunts, business trips with a side of skiing: Sometimes it just doesn’t make sense to take your skis along.

The 10th: Vail's new mountain restaurant is a hit

The 10th: Vail's new mountain restaurant is a hit
The 10th. Vail's new mountain restaurant
Great skier cuisine—and they don’t overlook your kids.

Here’s a trend we like: Skiers can now enjoy as good a meal on-hill as off. That’s certainly the case at The 10th, Vail’s new on-mountain restaurant, located at Mid-Vail. The restaurant’s name, of course, is a tribute to the famous 10th Mountain Division, which fought in Italy in World War 11. The 10th’s ski troopers—many of whom, including Vail founder Pete Siebert, went on to establish the American ski industry—certainly would rather have pulled up a chair here than dig into their K-rations.

A Greener Groomer

Ecogroomer
Ecogroomer
EcoGroomer claims its new grooming machines can save 20 million gallons of fuel by 2020. Intrigued? You should be.

It’s an idea whose time has come. A typical groomer blows through a lot of fuel. With rising gas prices, this is serious dough for the resorts—costs that are passed down to skiers by way of lift ticket, food and lodging price increases.

Ski every day—and take the stairs at the office

Hey, desk potatoes: Little lifestyle changes can add up.

As far as fitness goes, it seems that a little can go a long way. No one is disputing the benefits of nailing nonstop runs on the Hobacks (kind of like running a marathon on snow). But recent data indicates that a little action in the day-to-day grind can lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Easy lifestyle changes can do a lot of heavy lifting: Take the stairs. Park in the outer stretches of the lot. Push away from your keyboard and take a walk outside your office for a quick break a few times a day.

Will there be a test for altitude sickness?

Ski news altitude sickness
Will there be a test for altitude sickness?
Research: Your genes might make you feel low when heading high.

Ever get a raging case of altitude sickness? Even a minor dose can ruin a ski vacation with headaches, nausea and generally feeling lousy all over. It’s no fun. Severe cases, of course, can be life threatening. Figure you need to be in better shape to keep altitude sickness out of your ski life? That might not be the case. The latest research being done at the U of Colorado might point to a genetic link to the mountain malady. If that holds up, can an altitude sickness test be far behind?

Stylish and Sustainable Were The Buzzwords at this year’s SIA Snow Show

RECLAIM Project 2012 Winner Paul Fronckowiak
RECLAIM Project 2012 Winner Paul Fronckowiak
The second annual RECLAIM Project spotlights innovative, functional and eco-conscious trends in technical apparel and pits three budding fashion designers against the clock and each other to create a “green” masterpiece.

A stroll through the aisles of the SIA Snow Show is an overwhelming feast for any gear-head’s senses. Bright colors, flashy technology and racks upon racks of gear, accessories, gadgets and apparel are reminders that ski consumerism is alive and well. Although that’s good news for our industry’s bottom line, it doesn’t come without a price. SIA’s RECLAIM Project aims to raise awareness about the side effects and byproducts of apparel and gear manufacturing.

 

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