The New Yorker's Fresh Tracks

Feb 4, 2013 cover of The New Yorker I'm thrilled to share the cover of this week's New Yorker Magazine. It features a brilliant illustration, dubbed "Fresh Tracks," by German artist and designer, Birgit Schössow. The work shows an early-bird skier carving across the pristine white page. In doing so, she reveals a trail of words under the surface. The image is compelling for both its purity – so rare in magazine cover art – and its clever suggestion at the contents within. "Fresh Tracks" simultaneously appeals to snow junkies and literary geeks. Bravo Birgit!

source: The New Yorker written by: Nancy H.

In Search of Snow In Search of Snow is a beautifully done promotional video for Bentley Motors. The short is an unexpected pairing of big mountain skier Chris Davenport with the luxury car brand, but it works – from the black  & white filming to his evocative narrative. Davenport and his photo friend test the all-wheel drive capabilities of the Bentley as they tour the San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado in search of snow and extreme terrain. There's no question when Davenport says that the journey, adventure and discovering things about yourself is "what we live for."

source: Bentley Motors posted by: Nancy H

Zaha Hadid's Bergisel Ski Jump

Bergisel Ski Jump by Zaha Hadid This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Bergisel Ski Jump designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. In 1999, the firm won an international competition sponsored by the Austrian Ski Association and completed the structure three years later. Situated on Bergisel Mountain, ski jumpers take flight with downtown Innsbruck in the background. On the flip side, the striking tower provides a recognizable landmark from the city streets below. It was built as part of a larger initiative to revitalize the Olympic complex and bring the jump up to international competition standards.

The building program combines specialized sports facilities, offices and public spaces, including a café and viewing terrace. At 90m length and 50m height, the building is a unique structural hybrid – part tower and part bridge. For ski enthusiasts and tourists alike, the glass enclosed restaurant provides a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding landscape.

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source: Zaha Hadid Architects posted by: Nancy H.

Anon Announces Magnetic Ski Goggles

Anon m1 gogglesAnon’s new "magna-tech" m1 goggles, recently presented at the SIA snow show in Denver, could quite possibly revolutionize the way we protect our peepers on the slopes. The lenses are attached to the frame via built-in magnets. The m1 does away with the need to stop the action and dissect your equipment back at the lodge. Imagine swapping out lens tints from blue bird to flat light to night session without even removing the goggles from your face. This seemingly simple concept leaves us wondering why anyone didn't think of it before.

Look for Anon's m1 goggles, along with a range of tints, to hit ski and snowboarding stores in the Fall of 2012.

via: designboom. source: Anon posted by: Nancy H.

Audi's Q3 Vail Unveiled

Audi Q3 VailAudi Q3 Vail interior Audi just unveiled the new Audi Q3 Vail at this year's Detroit Motor Show. As a variation on the SUV crossover concept, the premium vehicle has been designed to target a younger generation of winter sports enthusiasts who love skiing or snowboarding. The vibrant red car boasts a sporty design (evident in the sloped tail), carbon fiber roof rail support specifically for sports gear and a Thermos compatible cup holder to keep beverages warm or cold. There is also an interior charging station for flashlights. The lights contain an infra-red heating element that can also be used to warm gloves. Anyone (like me) who has had to slip his or her feet into stone cold boots will appreciate this feature.

Until recently, the car was only slated for European and Asian release. American dealers were so enthusiastic for the concept, the German automaker felt obliged to import the Q3 Vail to the States. Europeans will see the SUV on their roads later this year. The U.S. timetable will lag approximately eight to 12 months and come with a potential price tag in the mid-$30,000s.

source: Digital News Agency, posted by: Nancy H.

Weekend Retreat - Park City, UT

Washington School House Hotel If you're looking for a place to rest your head during the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, look no further than the new Washington School House Hotel in the heart of Park City, Utah. This stunning historic landmark recently opened after an eight month gut renovation of the town's 1889 limestone schoolhouse.

Meticulously restored and upgraded, the interior features beautiful reclaimed oak barn wood floors, locally quarried Utah quartzite, and ice-white marble and heated floors in the baths. Guests will appreciate the curated collection of European antiques, vintage modern paintings, crystal chandeliers, silver flatware and serving piece as a welcome respite from standard mountain town decor.

The former school's belfry makes a perfect beacon as the hillside heated pool calls for a little après-ski unwind. Let the ski valet take care of the rest. Or, if you prefer, engage in post-film dialogue in the spacious fireside lounge over organic culinary dishes courtesy of the private chef.

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There are seven rooms and five suites in all, just enough to accommodate your entire entourage – or not. Rates from $700 per night. Washington School House  Hotel, Park City, UT. 800-824-1672.

posted by: Nancy H. exterior photo (top) by: Michael Spengler, PRNewsWire

Ultimate Season Pass

USSA Gold Pass The Gold Pass, offered by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation, is the ultimate lift pass that grants unlimited, fully transferable access to over 250 ski and snowboard resorts across the United States. The pass, minted exclusively by Tiffany & Co might weigh you down on the slopes, but it will certainly provide U.S. athletes a big lift.

Your $10,000 contribution ($8,500 of which is tax deductible) will support skiers and boarders in the continued domination of their respective sports. It will also give them an opportunity to train with top coaches, compete at top competitions (on their way to Sochi in 2014) and have access to the world's best in sport science, education and medicine. USSA Foundation

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Destination: Arctic Circle

Kakslauttanen Igloo Village If you want to get a little closer to heaven, check into the Igloo Village at Hotel Kakslauttanen. Located in the outer reaches of Finland's Lapland, These glowing, pods are the perfect spot for gazing at celestial sphere. Guests may be even be fortunate enough to glimpse the magical Aurora Borealis.

Aurora Borealis Photo: Senior Airman Joshua Strang

Each of the 20 igloos are outfitted with the classic Nordic amenity, a personal sauna. The village features four restaurants and a full menu of outdoor activities from cross-country skiing and snowboarding, to snowmobiling and ice karting. If you're feeling particularly pioneering, opt for a husky safari where you'll be teamed up with six dogs (from a larger pack of 250) and a sled.

And, lest you get lonely out under the crystal-clear skies, Finland is home to Nokia and boasts coverage throughout the farthest reaches of the country.

via Aether Apparel; source Hotel Kakslauttanen

The Lodge at Verbier

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Be sure to plan your next family getaway or corporate retreat at The Lodge at Verbier, a stand-out among Sir Richard Branson's resort portfolio. This exceptional mountain chalet is comfortably nestled in the Swiss Alps, a brief walk from the celebrated town of Verbier.

The nine-bedroom chalet, including two Master Suites, is wrapped in a cream and Swiss-chocolate palette. The impression is a refreshing mix of contemporary and rustic alpine décor throughout the four floors. An open-plan kitchen invites guests to watch as the house chef prepares international or classic Swiss cuisine and includes full access to a selection of wine and spirits.

With “Four Valleys” to cover across the renown ski resort (accessed by a single pass), on-piste activities are sure to capture the imagination of most visitors. Beyond world-class skiing, the activities coordinator can organize snowshoeing, sledging, dog-sledding, para-gliding and heli-skiing.

Utilize the 24-hour driver service or ski back to the lodge. Then plant yourself in the spa treatment room for an out-of-body “cocoon” massage or enjoy use of the tranquil indoor/outdoor Jacuzzis and pool.

The Lodge is located 82 km/51 mi east of Geneva (map). It accommodates up to 18 adults and 6 children, looked after by a team of 13 experienced staff members. Although individual rooms can be reserved, preference is given for private chalet bookings. Rates vary widely from £560/nt for a single room to £89,550/wk for a peak season winter exclusive.