Winter Activities: The Bucket List

For those cold weather enthusiasts who love the who love the crystal clarity of winter air and the creak of cold, dry snow underfoot, winter travel is super-cool.

ChristmasMarket

Navigating Prague’s Christmas Markets

It feels as though I am swimming upstream in a school of fish. I must look down to pay attention to the uneven cobblestone streets, which while romantic in looks, provide an ongoing challenge in balance. I immediately regretted giving in to the Read More

Bobsled track at Utah Olympic Park

Feel like an Olympian in Utah’s Olympic Park

Even for those like me, normally the hardiest of skiers, it’s nice to spend a day off the downhill slopes while visiting Park City. I know that time away from the lifts allows me to enjoy other attractions that I cannot find back home. So how Read More

Sledging

Summer Sledging on the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier, Kaprun, Austria

Somebody’s grumbling. I can tell by the tone of voice, even before the words become clear. It’s something to do with having worn shorts. After all it’s August and the temperature in the valley below is creeping up into the nineties. Shorts seemed Read More

Snow cat groomer makes its way down a ski slope at Sun Peaks Resort, BC, Canada. Photo by Jayson Ryland/Sun Peaks

Riding A Snowcat Groomer Into the Sunset in British Columbia

They come out at night and do their job. You can see their lights progressing across the ski slope and occasionally hear their roar. And the next morning, they’ve left this delicious set of corduroy tracks across the ski hill. I’d always wanted to Read More

First view of the slopes

A Flatlander Skiing Wintergreen, Virginia

When I posted a picture from the top of the slopes on Facebook, my jaded West Coast friends responded with ridicule and words like “bunny hill” and a definition of “slope.” In Your Bucket Because... It's good for learning -- or re-learning -- Read More

Reindeer Sleighride (Photo Credit: RogersPhotos)

Driving a Reindeer Sled at the Arctic Circle in Finland

Reindeer have a bit more sense of dignity than sled dogs at the prospect of pulling a sled through the snow. They do not jump up and down in place yipping excitedly at the sight of a sled, as dogs do. I’d been dogsledding the day before, across Read More

Aurora Borealis, photo courtesy of Jill Browne

Chasing the Aurora Borealis in Bettles, Alaska

Deep in a sound sleep, I am awakened by footsteps running through the corridors outside and the urgent sound of doors slamming open. “Get up everyone! Everyone, outside!” Groggily, I look at my watch: 3 a.m. I roll over, not quite in the land of Read More

An entry in the multi-block competition

Ice Sculpting at Alaska’s World Ice Art Competition

They told us to start simple, but nothing seems quite simple enough. Along with a fellow journalist, I am participating in the non-competitive, open, amateur division of the World Ice Art competition in Fairbanks, Alaska. This is as close I've ever Read More