Welcome to the 2016/17 Mountain Life Resort Guide, your ultimate resource for resort-based travel and adventure. In our follow up to last season’s inaugural release, you’ll find more in-depth coverage of the best resorts in North America, an expanded Cat & Heli section, and more mountain bike park profiles. We’ve also included international travel for those looking to really get away. Find the new Mountain Life Resort Guide at your favourite specialty retailer, by digital subscription or on newsstand coast-to-coast.
ABROAD: PORTILLO FOR THE PEOPLE
This Chilean resort offers sun-soaked slopes, respite from commercialization. Adventurer and travel writer, Bruce Kirkby takes us back in time to Ski Portillo in Chile for a refreshing look at the charming nuances of a resort stripped of commercialization and condo developments. But what it lacks in retail and condo options, Portillo more than makes up for in snow and character.
RESORT GUIDE 2016/17
We bring you the key DNA of the best resorts in North America—gathered from both long-time locals and dyed-in-the-wool mountain lovers. Each resort has a unique character, a soul of its own, and we set out to not only provide you the details essential to plan your perfect getaway, but also dig a little deeper into what makes these fabulous places tick.
It’s no secret that resorts are shifting furiously into the four-season model, and many are busier in the summer months than in the winter. With this in mind, we’ve included each resort’s warm weather highlights as well.
CAT & HELI GUIDE
Looking to get the most out of your mountain holiday this year? Consider a cat or heli trip. Warning: it can be wildly addictive. This season, we’ve dug deeper to bring you more information on planning and preparing for the trip of a lifetime.
UNDER THE RADAR: FIVE “OTHER” BIKE PARKS TO CROSS OF YOUR BUCKET LIST
There will always be the best-in-show, unmatched and unrivaled bike parks of the world garnering media coverage and attracting throngs of salivating cyclists to their peaks. But there are also the underdogs, the come-from-behinds and the diamonds in the rough. The ones we love to cheer for, that we keep a special place for in our hearts and proudly call our home parks.
It’s with this spirit we contacted numerous notable mountain bikers, industry heavies as well as novice locals coast-to-coast to help compile a list of five mountain bike parks flying under the radar. What these bike parks lack in size, elevation or hype, they more than make up for in quality, character and grit.
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