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Winter Olympics 6 Feb 26

Let’s move on to events that happened. The year is 1948, and the wonderful vacation spot is …  St. Moritz, Switzerland! Um, haven’t we been there before? Yes, the second winter games were there. Switzerland was able to host the games in 1948 because the war left the country relatively undamaged. You can scroll down a couple posts to see what a fine vacation spot St. Moritz is, so I’ll risk another non-event and tell you about the location that would have hosted the 1944 winter games.

It’s Corina d’Ampezzo, Italy. Ah, Italy, the land of pasta and wine. And history. 400 years ago an Italian guy discovered four moons circling Jupiter. He named them after his boss (The Medician moons) as a PR gesture, but the world would not have it, and we call the four largest moons of Jupiter the Galilean moons.  You can see them with a pair of decent binoculars today, and even one of those cheap telescopes (don’t buy one) will do the job. But I digress.

Skiing is  the name of the game in this valley nestled in the Italian Alps. They say it’s an intermediate to advanced skiers’ paradise, a bit too challenging for beginners. The beginners spend all their time in the hot tubs at the resorts, which are world-class. Snowboarding is popular, too. Eighteen lifts at this place, and the cable rides alone are spectacular. If you’re curious, here’s a map.

Enough choices for you?

You can even get a helicopter to take you to the top. Not cheap. But (ahem) maybe a bargain through Serenity. I haven’t checked. So where do you like to ski? Tell us. Maybe I’ll write about it.

To ski or not to ski? Nov 16

Skiing was invented as a way to travel through snow, but it has evolved into a popular pastime (cross-country skiing notwithstanding). At least it’s popular if you’re healthy, youngish, rich, and good looking, right? Well maybe, maybe not.

Most physical activity presumes a certain amount of good health, and younger people tend to go more for the active activities, so you can grant skiing that part of the stereotype. But know this—some handicapped folks are pretty good skiers, and you’ll find plenty of active older folks on the slopes, too.

Gotta hand it to this guy. Click to enlarge

Gotta hand it to this guy...

Whether skiing is for the rich or not depends on your approach:

Most folks prefer to rent skis. You can get pretty good equipment for about $40 for a weekend. (Go to your local ski shop for the rental. The lines are shorter.) However, if you are really serious about skiing and have some cash, figure you will drop a cool grand into a full outfit of good quality equipment. Most parts of the country have decent skiing within a day’s drive, so maybe you don’t need to fly there, but places like Vail and Aspen (and Switzerland) are probably a flight away for most people. Accommodations vary from the economical motel a short commute from the slopes to five-star resorts fancy enough to make you forget about the skiing, with prices to match. You need a ticket to use a lift (beats walking up the side of a mountain), and prices for those start at about $20 for half a day to season passes for considerably more.

Need to be beautiful? Just smile.

(Tell us about your ski adventures in the comments.)