The weather is finally starting to warm up, which means summer vacation season—our favorite time of year—is right around the corner. If you’re looking for some travel inspiration, we tapped our trusted advisors to tell us their top destinations for summer 2019. Also in this edition, we talked to our clients, the talented Carpenter family (they’re on the road a whopping 300 days a year!), who tell us how they combine work and leisure, as well as their favorite classical music spots around the world. And finally, we’re bringing you some of the culinary must-try’s in Cape Town’s amazing food scene.
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Ski season is just around the corner. Each year that means new snow, new terrain conquests, new memories, and maybe even new destinations. Here’s a roundup of the most exciting updates to plan your time on the slopes.
The Vail Epic Ski Pass is more epic
The Epic Pass from Vail Resorts is the granddaddy of ski season passes, offering access to 45 of the world’s best mountain resorts. This season includes two much-anticipated additions: Whistler Blackcomb, North America’s largest ski resort, and Stowe Mountain Resort, considered to be one of the best resorts on the East Coast. Both were recently acquired by Vail Resorts. The sweet bonus? The Epic Pass price drops from $1,850 to $859 for 2017-18 winter.
Park City has a new guided mountain tour
Park City, Utah, travelers are also in for some new on-mountain adventures. Unlock the secrets of the past and discover the town’s rich mining history on the “Silver to Slopes Historic Mining Tour.” On this guided ski tour, explore the mountain with an expert guide and uncover the historic mining buildings and hidden relics scattered across the resort. Tours are free and recommended for intermediate level skiers and above.
Japan and British Columbia ski vacations
Did you know that F1S provides trips to the world’s hottest new ski destination: Japan. A powder hound’s paradise, Japan ski resorts receive anywhere from 350 to to 600 inches, but there have been some winters where 1,200-plus-inches of snow have been recorded.
British Columbia is another renowned powder mecca. It’s a great option for first-time travelers or those who want a curated, hassle-free experience. These trips include lodging, lift tickets, skiing with a local guide, side excursions and some meals.
Swiss Airlines offers free ski equipment transport
The Swiss Alps have some of the most beautiful ski resorts in the world. This season Swiss International Air Lines is the only airline offering free transport of your ski equipment from North America to Switzerland. Flying out of eight major gateways in North America (including New York, Boston, Miami, and Los Angeles), it’s a hassle-free way to start your trip to Switzerland.
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