Discover National Geographic’s 100 “Ski Destinations of a Lifetime”
National Geographic’s new travel book, ‘100 Slopes of a Lifetime,’ aims to please with photographs, travel tips and reviews of some of the world’s best places to ski.
Finding travel information and advice on where to find the best ski and snowboard on the planet? Look no further than â100 Trails of a Lifetime,â which is helpfully divided into sections on intermediate, advanced, and cross-country skiing, with resort and backcountry options.
National Geographic’s latest travel book is written by Gordy Megroz, former editor of Outside magazine. It also has a foreword by legendary Olympian Lindsey Vonn, stunning ski photographs taken by experts like Calvin Hall, Scott Markewitz and many more.
Extract from the book “100 tracks of a life”
Before delving into the content of the book, here is a brief excerpt from the introduction:
âThere are also destinations in this book where you might never have known about the existence of ski areas, such as OukaÃ¯meden, a resort in Morocco with only one chairlift. While writing about OukaÃ¯meden, I was surprised to find that although it is the hottest continent on the planet, there are even a handful of ski areas in Africa.
In fact, although I had written extensively on snow sports for various magazines for almost 20 years while working on 100 Slopes of a Lifetime, I realized that there was still a lot that I was doing. didn’t know about skiing and snowboarding. Did you know, for example, that one person, a Frenchman named Ãmile Allais, was responsible for creating many of the world’s most beloved trails? Or that there are weather and geographic factors that help support the claim printed on the Utah license plate: “The Biggest Snow on Earth”? Or that the first machine used specifically for cleaning downhill ski slopes was invented in Winter Park, Colorado?
I hope that as you read you will be as captivated by the history, culture and terrain of these slopes as I was when writing about them – and that this book will make you want to go skiing yourself. some of these leads. Hope to see you there. – Gordy Megroz, “100 tracks of a lifetime”, page 9.
“100 slopes of a lifetime”: 12 new ski slopes to explore
For any snow enthusiast, it is the dream of a lifetime to have the chance to explore 100 different mountains across the world on skis. If you’re trying to narrow down the options (or maximize your time on the slopes), here are the 12 best Nat Geo â100 slopesâ ski areas that I hope to someday discover.
From the famous off-piste favorites of the Swiss Alps to the lesser-known Olympic cross-country ski trail in Austria, Nat Geo’s new ski destination has something for everyone.
1. Deer Valley Resort, Park City, Utah, United States
Ski area: 2,026 acres; Unmissable race: Stein’s Way
2. Ski Gulmarg, Gulmarg, India
Skiable terrain: 3.2 acres; Unmissable race: Hapat Khued Bowl
3. Skookum Glacier, Alaska, United States
Skiable terrain: 4 miles; Unmissable trail: Glacier Crust Skiing (cross-country skiing)
4. Rosa Khutor, Caucasus Mountains, Russia
Skiable terrain: 63 miles; Unmissable race: Crazy Khutor
5. Matterhorn Ski Paradise, Zermatt, Switzerland
Skiable terrain: 224 miles; Unmissable race: from the Klein Matterhorn to the Testa II
6. Highlands Bowl, Aspen Highlands, Colorado, United States
Ski area: 1,040 acres; Race to try: G-8
7. Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
Skiable terrain: 4,200 acres; Race to try: ER3
8. Mount Hutt Ski Area, Canterbury, New Zealand
Skiable terrain: 902 acres; Must-have: the Muesli Bowl
9. Niseko Resort, Hokkaido, Japan
Skiable terrain: 129 acres; Unmissable race: Strawberry Fields
10. Mauna Kea Volcano, Hawaii, United States
Skiable terrain: unknown; Must-see: Mauna Kea volcano
11. Alta Badia, Dolomites, Italy
Skiable terrain: 80 miles; Unmissable race: Gran Risa
12. Ski Portillo, Los Andes, Chile, South America
Ski area: 1,235 acres; Unmissable trail: Lake Run
Availability and details of the book
For each ski area presented, the book contains notes and information on the size of the terrain, the difficulty of the terrain, the annual snowfall, the operating season, where to stay, which slopes to try, etc. Plus, more pro tips like how to find the best backcountry terrain in Jackson Hole, or what to eat on a ski tour in the Dolomites.
This 400-page tome sells for $ 35 and is available now.