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Ski Portillo hosts Wine Week

Ski Portillo hosts Wine Week
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Taste the top wines of Chile from July 28th- August 3rd.

Ski Portillo, an all-inclusive resort in Chile, will host the 9th annual Top Wines of Chile Week from July 31st through August 7th. All guests will be able to enjoy the nectar from seven different wineries from across the country. The Andes are the world's largest continental mountain range, and the ski season lasts from June-October, with the best skiing in July and August. The season in the southern hemisphere has been plentiful so far: Ski Portillo, often touted the Vail of South America, received six feet of snow just prior to opening.

POW Moves South

POW Moves South
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Have you ever wondered how climate change is going to affect your ski season? The folks at Protect Our Winters have, and they’re working to spread awareness to winter sports enthusiasts worldwide.

Until this summer, Protect Our Winters, POW, which is based in the United States, has been focusing on educating and giving grants for clean energy to the mountain communities in our own country. This summer—or winter as it may be—they’re headed south.

New Zealand Time

New Zealand Time

New Zealand skiing, like that at Treble Cone, isn’t known for its deep snow, but the same can’t be said of its stunning views.

You can’t turn back the clock to skiing’s golden age in the States. But you can travel this summer to New Zealand, where the skiing remains pure, the vistas pristine and the Kiwi culture impossibly friendly.

The fact that I might be a “nancy boy” overwhelms me as I size up the high-speed ropetow at Craigieburn Valley, high in New Zealand’s Southern Alps. In my hands is a “nutcracker”—a foot-long contraption attached to a harness around my waist. The name, I’m relieved to learn, derives from the device’s resemblance to the tool used to crack walnuts. The idea is to attach the nutcracker to the rope, brace for a jolt and hang on for dear life.

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