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ski scene by Gabrielle Marchan for use by 360 Magazine

Monster Energy Team × Snow Rodeo

Despite frosty temperatures, Monster Energy’s snow sports team delivered! The brand congratulated its team of freeski and snowboard athletes on a strong performance at the Snow Rodeo competition in Calgary, Canada. In the official World Cup event sanctioned by the International Ski Federation (FIS), athletes from across the globe competed for Olympic qualifier points in Freeski and snowboard disciplines from December 30, 2021, to January 1, 2022, at WinSport Canada Olympic Park.

In the competitive Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle final on Saturday, 17-year-old snowboard prodigy Kokomo Murase from Gifu, Japan put down a dominant performance to claim first place. This marks the first FIS World Cup victory in the slopestyle discipline for the Japanese Olympic prospect, who also received the traditional Snow Rodeo cowboy hat as a trophy.

Earlier in Thursday’s Women’s Freeski Halfpipe final, Monster Army rider Hanna Faulhaber stomped a perfect run to claim second place. Earning her first FIS World Cup podium spot, the 17-year-old from Carbondale, Colorado, posted the day’s highest aerials and scored qualifier points for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

This week’s Snow Rodeo presented by Swatch and Toyota marked the event’s second iteration as a ski and snowboard competition in Calgary. Featuring contests in halfpipe and slopestyle disciplines, the FIS World Cup event offered athletes the second chance of the 2021/22 season to qualify for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Here’s how the action unfolded this weekend for Team Monster Energy:

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle

On Saturday afternoon, the Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle discipline was contested as a special New Year’s Day event on the downhill obstacle course, designed by Stomping Grounds Projects snow park builders. The eight riders in the final hailed from Japan, Canada, Finland, Belgium, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.

Just in time for the daytime event, the previously overcast skies opened, and temperatures climbed significantly after several days of polar vortex-induced chills. With several riders posting perfect runs, Monster Energy’s Murase upped the ante by landing a flawless routine on her first attempt.

In the technical rails section, Murase finessed a backside boardslide pretzel, Half Cab 50-50 frontside 360 out, followed by a gap lipslide 270 out on the Toyota rail feature. Heading into the jump section with speed, she landed a front-side 720 tail grab, backside 720 mute grab, and crippler melon grab on the final side-hit obstacle for a 77.58-point score and first place.

“[Snow Rodeo] was really tough because I was really nervous before the competition. But I’m so happy to win my first slopestyle World Cup today,” said Murase upon winning Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle in Calgary.

On the strength of Saturday’s victory, Murase now ranks at the top of FIS Snowboard Park & Pipe overall standings with 236 points. She also currently holds first place in the Slopestyle rankings that determine Olympic qualification and third place in the Big Air discipline.

Earlier this season, Murase claimed the win at the 2021 Big Air Festival Chur as well as third place in Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle at Dew Tour Copper 2021. Heading into the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, Murase is considered a podium threat in Big Air and Slopestyle disciplines with an impressive record to boot. At X Games Norway 2018, she became the youngest Winter X Games athlete ever to win a gold medal, at age 13. She also made history as the first girl to land a 1260 double cork aerial in competition.

Women’s Freeski Halfpipe

On Thursday night, the action in Calgary kicked off with the Women’s Ski Superpipe final amid biting cold on the Olympic Park superpipe. Eight of the world’s leading halfpipe skiers were looking to post the best score in three runs. Countries represented included China, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

In the highly competitive field, 17-year-old Monster Army rider Hanna Faulhaber from Carbondale, Colorado came in as a rookie. But despite her young age, the Olympic hopeful had already made her mark this season: Earlier in December, the young US Ski Team rider stole the spotlight with a breakout performance in a third-place finish at Dew Tour Copper.

Blasting aerials higher than the rest of the field, Faulhaber rose all the way to claiming her first career World Cup podium. On her first run in the nighttime final under the floodlights, she put down a perfect routine including a huge tail grab off the top, leftside and rightside flair safety grabs, cork 720 safety landed backside, switch rightside 360, and leftside 540 on the final hit for 92.80 points and second place.

“It’s a crazy one for sure. It’s great to be able to put down consistently and I’m just happy to keep it going. I don’t know really what to say, I’m just excited for how it’s going and it’s unbelievable–I never thought that I would be here,” said Faulhaber upon claiming her first FIS World Cup podium in Calgary.

Prior to competing in Calgary, the young U.S. Pro Halfpipe Ski Team rider placed third in the 2020 Youth Olympics and fourth in the 2021 Ski Halfpipe World Championships. She currently holds third place overall in the FIS Women’s Ski Halfpipe World Cup rankings with 125 points.

For more on Kokomo Murase, Hanna Faulhaber, and the Monster Energy snow sports team, click HERE. Follow Monster Energy on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok for exclusive behind-the-scenes looks from the 2022 snow sports season.

About Monster Energy

Based in Corona, California, Monster Energy is the leading marketer of energy drinks and alternative beverages. Refusing to acknowledge the traditional, Monster Energy supports the scene and sport. Whether motocross, off-road, NASCAR, MMA, BMX, surf, snowboard, ski, skateboard, or the rock and roll lifestyle, Monster Energy is a brand that believes in authenticity and the core of what its sports, athletes, and musicians represent. More than a drink, it’s the way of life lived by athletes, sports, bands, believers, and fans.

First Carbon Neutral Heli Ski Resort

NORTHERN ESCAPE HELI SKIING BECOMES ONE OF THE FIRST CARBON-NEUTRAL HELI SKI OPERATORS IN THE WORLD

Premier Boutique Heli-Skiing Operator Takes Action on Climate Change by Taking a Hard Look at its Operations and Offsetting its Carbon Footprint

Northern Escape Heli-Skiing (NEH) has recently become one of the first carbon-neutral heli-skiing operators in the world. The operator partnered with Synergy Enterprises and Offsetters, Canada’s leading carbon management agency, to take action on climate change and offset its current carbon footprint. NEH purchased offsets that benefit The Great Bear Forest and the First Nations living in the region, as well as the Lara Ceramic plant-based in Brazil by helping to decrease deforestation in the area.

In addition, the operator has a three-year plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and adopt renewable energy sources, such as solar panels and electric vehicles to support its operations. The passion to create a more sustainable approach to heli-skiing comes from NEH leadership. “Over the 35 years of my career as an ACMG Guide, I have witnessed incremental changes in our climate, our snowpack, and our glaciers. The first of many steps to achieve this for us is to become carbon neutral. We need to do the best we can to mitigate climate change and become a part of the solution rather than a part of the problem. Every single department of our company is drilling down to the basics of how we can shift our operations to mitigate our environmental impact.” explains NEH Co-founder & General Manager, John Forrest.

NEH is located in Skeena Mountains near Terrace, BC, and is only a short 90-minute flight from Vancouver. It connects a worldwide community of skiers and boarders to more than 5,500 sq km of pristine wilderness. To be able to do this responsibly, the management of the company, with the help of Synergy and Offsetters, analyzed every single aspect of the company’s operations from mountain commute to the guest experience. “We work with the various recycling companies in Terrace to decrease our use of single-use plastics as much as possible. Once our machines cycle through their lifespan we’ll be replacing them with electric ones, and we’ll be encouraging guests to purchase carbon offsets for their flights,” says Forrest.

NEH is a boutique heli-skiing operator offering a variety of custom packages for small groups of skiers and boarders from all over the world. Guests have an option to stay at two different lodges and enjoy dining by Red Seal chefs, hot tubs, massages, and more. To learn more about NEH’s environmentally responsible journey, or to book your carbon-neutral stay, please visit: Here

Wilderness Scotland - New Winter Itineraries 2022 illustration by Anh Hoang use by 360 Magazine

Wilderness Scotland – New Winter Itineraries 2022

Wilderness Scotland Announces New Winter Itineraries for 2022 

Scotland’s #1 adventure travel company is inviting eager travelers to experience stunning scenery, fresh crisp days, cozy nights, and a slower pace.

Crisp fall days and winter frost are around the corner, and travelers are already planning their seasonal getaways. Winter trips are invigorating, spacious, and wild; they awaken a true sense of discovery. Wilderness Scotland has the perfect set of new winter holidays to inspire slow winter travel to help guests disconnect from the everyday and reconnect with nature.

Boasting spectacular views of the moody Orkney Islands, breathtaking drives through the Cairngorms National Park, skiing in secret places favoured by locals, and wildlife sightings in the Abernethy National Nature Reserve; Wilderness Scotland unveils these carefully curated experiences for travelers to enjoy within the vast and expansive landscape, where fresh air and space compliment exciting adventures. Days are spent soaking in the expanse of Scotland’s natural, idyllic vistas, and evenings melt away at a dreamy pace in cozy pubs, sitting next to crackling fires with a warm drink or glass of Royal Lochnagar whisky.

Wilderness Scotland’s small group and private departures layout an unparalleled path to discovering the tranquility and beauty of a Scottish winter while being warmed by the country’s exuberant spirit and affectionate hospitality.

Here is a sampling of Wilderness Scotland’s winter departures:

Ski The Scottish Highlands

While it may not be the first destination that comes to mind, you can ski in Scotland and when it’s good, it’s really good. While Scotland makes no claim to compete with the Alps, it can offer a fantastic winter experience both on and off the mountain. If you have a sense of adventure, are flexible and simply enjoy being in the mountains you will be delighted by winter skiing in Scotland.

Trip Highlights:

Ski multiple Scottish resorts

Ski the secret places favored by locals

Relax and enjoy as your hosts take care of all the details

Enjoy the warm hospitality of the Highlands

Winter in the Orkney Isles 

Winter is a spectacular and invigorating time to visit Orkney. Moody skies, crashing waves against stoic cliffs and salty gusts carrying the taste of the sea through this ancient landscape. Winter is the perfect time to escape and be recharged by the unbridled power and majesty of nature. Outside the traditional tourist season, you’ll enjoy the company of locals – hardy wildlife and welcoming people.

Trip Highlights:

Invigorating wild weather walks with sweeping coastal views

Experience the natural and cultural heritage of these special islands

Enjoy Orcadian hospitality and fresh local produce

Winter Highland Cosy Cairngorms

Imagine snuggling up together with a warming dram, the crackling fire chasing the last of the icy outdoor air away. After a day outside exploring the charms of a Highland winter, you have definitely earned this. Embrace the stillness of the winter landscapes, the rich smell of the evergreen pine forests, the sparkle of ice crystals, and cracking of frozen puddles under your feet. As you explore the Cairngorms National Park you may catch rewarding glimpses of the local wildlife wearing their winter coats and see the star-strewn skies that seem to go on forever.

Trip Highlights:

Hiking in the beautiful Cairngorms National Park with an expert guide

Relax in luxurious 5-star hotels

Gaze at the endless stars in the clear winter night skies

Enjoy rejuvenating treatments in the spa

Customize the itinerary to create your perfect trip

For information on price, inclusions, and available dates, click here.

Images are available here: Winter Walking & Winter Highland Cosy Cairngorms.

For more information on Wilderness Scotland’s reopening, experiences, and booking policies, please visit wildernessscotland.com or call 1-844-235-6240.

For details on Wilderness Scotland’s Travel Planning and Advice in response to Covid-19, please click here

New Snow Collections From Oakley

With temperatures dropping, travel restrictions being lifted, and cooler destinations preparing for an influx of visitors while being COVID-19 safe, many snowboarders and ski junkies are looking for new pieces to invest in. With frightful temperatures and the need for gear to support intense athletic performances, investing in the right collection is paramount. For the most dedicated winter athletes, Oakley is an excellent choice for cold-weather attire.

Today, Oakley launches two all-new snow collections to get snowboards and skiers ready for the upcoming season. The Thermonuclear Protection Collection draws inspiration from the brand’s heritage in motorsports, while the Team Collection garners influence from professional Norwegian Olympic snowboarder Stale Sandbech and his life of travel and adventure. Both collections strive to combine style and performance.

About the Thermonuclear Protection Collection: 

The TNP Collection fuses provocative colors, bold designs, and daring styles for those looking to make a statement on the mountain. All of the looks are sure to grab attention, especially in context of the stark winter surroundings. The collection includes a variety of outerwear and accessories designed with reflective properties, hi-tech fabrics and modern silhouettes, available for both men and women. Full TNP

About the Team Collection:

Inspired by Stale’s adventures all over the world, the Team Collection features men’s pieces that can easily transition from mountain gear to streetwear. The range can be adapted for the “on-the-go” lifestyle through modular layering and includes outerwear with premium stretch fabrics, goggles, a helmet and two pieces made from 100% recycled material. Overall, the collection strives to be dedicated to a more eco-friendly approach.

Stale Sandbech is a famed Norwegian snowboarder. He participated in the 2010, 2014, and 2018 Winter Olympics and won a silver medal in Men’s slopestyle in 2014 at the Sochi Olympics. With his Olympics debut in 2010, Sandbech became the youngest Norwegian Olympian in 82 years. His partnership with Oakley reflects his on the go lifestyle as he adventures and trains.

Oakley, Inc. based in California is a subsidiary of the Italian corporate giant Luxottica based in Milan. Found in 1975, it began in the garage of James Jannard with an initial investment of just $300. The company designs, develops, and manufactures sports performance equipment as well as lifestyle pieces, with the new snow collections falling into the former category. Yet, typical to Oakley the pieces retain a stylish flare.

Most famous for their sunglasses, Oakley also counts sports visors, ski/snowboard goggles, watches, apparel, backpacks, shoes, optical frames, and other accessories. A vast majority of the designs are completed in house, with Oakley currently holding an impressive number of patents, over 850.

Rustic and beautiful suite at The Refuge de la Traye

The Refuge de la Traye 

Experience an authentic take on French living at The Refuge de la Traye.

Once COVID cases diminish and we begin to travel safely again, this French oasis should be at the top of your list. In the heart of the ski area of Les Trois Vallées, nestled in a green haven between the lake and the mountain, the Refuge de la Traye offers its guests a mesmerizing experience. With meditative spa services and a stunning natural surroundings, the Refuge de la Traye is a must-see luxury resort for your travels.

The buildings themselves hold plenty of charm and sustainable features. Constructed using local natural materials like stone, old larch wood, and lauze, the Refuge evokes the authentic style of the original 1982 mountain refuge. Also, nestled in a fabulous preserved natural site, the Refuge advocates for an eco-responsible approach through active and preventative actions such as solar panels and electric vehicles.

In terms of what to do beyond enjoying the grounds, the Refuge offers many exciting activities and outings for guests. Skiing trips, dog sled rides, snowshoe hikes, zipline adventures, and hot-air balloon trips are all offered at the Refuge. In addition, the on-site animal pen so visitors can learn about the innerworkings of bee hives or the gentle manner of Valais Backnose sheep.

For those looking for a more mellow stay, guests can enjoy fine dining with both cozy indoor and vast outdoor seating options. Others will enjoy fine wines in the wine cellar or artisan cheeses at the cheese counter, nestled under a stone vault.All in all, Le Refuge de la Traye is the first prestigious mountain refuge present to today with a restaurant, spa, tearoom, wine cellars, gift shop, conference room, chapel, and more. Before dining, guests can enjoy a hay bed, a milk bath, an outdoor Jacuzzi, and other relaxing spa and meditative practices. But, for those who cannot travel to the Refuge now, check out some of our favorite at-home spa treatments.

The Refuge de la Traye can arrange accommodations for events such as weddings, baptisms, seminars, product launches and conferences with a chapel and conference rooms on-site. In terms of dining, guests have many options to dine in style by enjoying a meal in an igloo, a marquis or even a teepee at the Refuge.

From business to leisure, the Refuge offers anything and everything guests could want in a vacation. Enjoy an unforgettable trip at the Refuge de la Traye by going to their website and booking your stay now.

Meditative spa at The Refuge de la Traye Stunning rooftop dining view at The Refuge de la Traye Quaint and charming indoor dining at The Refuge de la Traye Authentic French Mountain lodge designs at The Refuge de la Traye

Spotlight: Japan 2020

With major hype surrounding the upcoming summer games in Tokyo, Japan is poised to have its best year yet. Plus: a roster of luxury hotel openings and exciting destinations beyond the popular tourist track.

Opening in January, the Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono will offer a refined hideaway in one of Asia’s best ski destinations: Hokkaido. In May, the HOSHINOYA Okinawa will open in the Yomitan Village, an archipelago of serene coral reefs, as a sleek beachfront hotel with an innovative fusion restaurant.

A 90-minute bullet train from Tokyo is the Tohoku region, an ideal addition to an adventurous Japan trip. Known for its bustling capital city, Sendai, and dramatic landscapes allowing for myriad outdoor activities, Tohoku is home to off-beat culture and festivals, like the Namahage Festival in February.

5 Unforgettable Things to Do in Teton Village, WY

Teton Village is a located at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and offers visitors everything they need for an unforgettable Wyoming vacation. With a Swiss-style village and picture-perfect atmosphere, there are any number of things to do from ski-in bars and spas to restaurants, shopping and so much more. Many people take advantage of Teton Village rentals and stay for a few days or longer to experience the area. If you’re planning a trip to the area in the coming year, these are five unforgettable things to do that are guaranteed to set this holiday apart from all the rest.

1. Take a Ride on the Jackson Hole Tram

Photography enthusiasts will love this part of the trip, and it’s fun even if you don’t care much for snapping photos. A ride on this scenic tram is an essential part of any vacation in Wyoming. After boarding the tram, you’ll travel 10,4500 feet to the top of Rendezvous Peak. While you’re on the journey, a recording will tell you all about the area, giving you a built-in history lesson. When you’re at the top of the peak, enjoy panoramic views and take the time to explore Grand Teton National Park. This area of the park is great for hiking and viewing local wildlife. Make sure to give yourself enough time to explore and snap plenty of photos.

2. Ski and Snowboard World-Class Terrain

If you’re visiting here in the winter months, then you’ll want to try out at least a full day of snow activities at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Don’t happen to ski or snowboard? No problem! The mountain resort offers lessons, and you can take your pick of easy or advanced slopes. There are more than 116 trails at the famous Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, so you can enjoy whatever type of skiing suits your fancy, whether that’s lessons on the bunny hill or expert-level bowls. Perfect for families who want to hit the slopes on their vacation, Jackson Hole is great for spending a day skiing or snowboarding,  then trying out one of the great restaurants for a hot meal at the end of the day.

3. Experience Jackson Hole from Above

If you want to get an aerial view of Jackson Hole (and you most certainly do), then Teton Village is the perfect home base for your adventures in the sky. One of the unique and popular attractions in the area is the hot air balloon rides, which are available in the warmer months. You can choose from a variety of packages to get a view of the area from the comfort and unique setting of a hot air balloon floating in the sky.

More adventurous travelers will want to consider taking a paraglider or glider plane ride here in Jackson Hole. What truly makes this experience worth the time is that you’ll get to see the mountains, meandering rivers, and lush landscapes in the area without the obstruction of fellow tourists. With a great tour guide, you’ll enjoy the best that Jackson Hole has to offer. Visiting in the winter? You can still enjoy a variety of helicopter rides and numerous other ways to take to the skies and enjoy the snow-covered views in warmth and comfort.

4. Hike the Teton Pass

Get an early start in the morning and hike this must-try trail. If you’re with a group that’s not much for hiking, you can still drive to the pass and enjoy a spectacular sunrise or sunset. However, getting up early and starting the hike is a great way to spend the day. The trail has a 10-percent grade, which can be quite challenging, so make sure you and your fellow travelers are prepared. Although you can vary your distance, hiking to Hidden Falls and Lower Inspiration Point are great ways to make sure that you see everything on your trip. Use the Jenny Lake shuttle boat to save you some more steps along the way if needed.

5. Hike the Laurance Rockefeller Preserve

Although there are any number of hikes in this area, this one is particularly iconic, especially when you get a guided tour from one of the expert local trail guides. Rangers are available for guided trail hikes out to Phelps Lake, and it’s well worth taking the time to do this. Plan out your schedule to take advantage of the ranger tours. The tour will end at Phelps Lake, so bring a packed lunch and relax while taking in the stunning views. You can then hike around the lake to continue to enjoy the scenery. Even better, this is not a very well-known trail, so you can usually avoid crowds that are typically present on more popular routes. You can also choose to spend part of the day or devote most of your day to this adventure — how far you hike is entirely up to you.

Taking a trip to Teton Village is always unforgettable regardless of your timing, as there are a number of activities to enjoy in all seasons. In fact, you may want to plan both a winter and summer trip to enjoy all that the area has to offer visitors, from the hikes to the world-class skiing and all of the shopping, eating and enjoyment in between. Whenever you decide to visit, be sure to give yourself enough time to truly experience the wonders, culture and unique personality of Teton Village. The people here are friendly and will welcome you with their picture-perfect scenery and memorable adventures.

Eau Claire 2018 Events 

2018 Events that Shout Midwest Indie: Eau Claire, Wisconsin

 

Silver Mine Ski Invitational,http://flyingeaglesskiclub.org/events

SILVER MINE HILL | JANUARY 19-21

Thrill to the sight of ski jumpers from all over the world lifting off at the Silver Mine Hill during this invitational. It’s not unusual for them to soar the length of a football field. Now in its 132nd year.

 

Powder Keg Snowshoe and Fat-Bike Races,http://chippewaoffroad.org/powderkeg/

EAU CLAIRE COUNTY EXPO CENTER | JANUARY 27

It wouldn’t be a Wisconsin winter without a snowshoe race. Each year, the Chippewa Off-Road Bike Association hosts snowshoe and fat tire bike races on the Lowes Creek County Trails.

 

52nd Street at Eau Claire Jazz Festival,http://www.eauclairejazz.com/events/52nd-street/

DOWNTOWN EAU CLAIRE | APRIL 20

Downtown Eau Claire is transformed into a recreation of New York City’s historic 52nd Street, with the city’s bars and restaurants morphing into jazz nightclubs for this annual jazz festival.

 

10th Annual Eau Claire Marathon,http://www.eauclairemarathon.com/

EAU CLAIRE | MAY 6

Explore the trails, bridges and riverside views in an entirely new way. If you’re not running, cheer marathoners along as they log miles on the Chippewa and Eau Claire River route, or be the first to buy the “congratulatory” pitcher.

 

Blue Ox Music Festival, http://www.blueoxmusicfestival.com/

WHISPERING PINES CAMPGROUND | JUNE 14-16

The rich sounds of bluegrass plus music of modern string bands fill the outdoors in this family-friendly weekend festival, one of the largest of its kind in the Midwest.

 

Country Fest, http://www.countryfest.com/

CADOTT, WI | JUNE 21-23

This fest is three full days of darn good country music, camping, Fest Olympics, giant games, food, drink, and photo-ops. Don’t overlook the side stages either, giving fest-goers more reasons to kick up their heels.

Fourth of July at Carson Park

CARSON PARK | JULY 4

Historic field, baseball, stadium food, games and fireworks. There’s not much more families looking to ring in Independence Day in classic style could ask for than this little slice of Americana.

 

Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival,http://eauxclaires.com/

FOSTER FARMS | JULY 6-7

It’s as magical as you’ve heard. Taking place right along the Chippewa River, the diverse music, art installations, dance moves, and glowing smiles let first-time visitors know they’ve made the right decision. Now in its fourth year, this is the creative brainchild of Eau Claire native and Bon Iver frontman, Justin Vernon.

 

25th Annual Rock Fest, http://www.rock-fest.com/

CADOTT, WI | JULY 12-14

This festival has been rockin’ for decades. Featuring the best of active, classic and legendary rock musicians. Set on 320 acres of picturesque land with thousands of campsites. Considered the largest “rock and camping fest” in the U.S.

 

U.S. National Kubb Championship,http://www.usakubb.org/championship-info.php

EAU CLAIRE SOCCER PARK | JULY 13-15

Known as the Kubb Capitol of the U.S., Eau Claire is the home of the U.S. National Kubb Championships. For the unfamiliar, Kubb is a cross between bowling and horseshoes and is the game Vikings played. Join the “blockheads” as they compete for the Kubb King title.

 

Country Jam, http://www.countryjamwi.com/

FOSTER FARMS | JULY 19-21

The hottest country music stars converge in Eau Claire each year for this outdoor music festival. Rabid fans shell out for the VIP Experience to get the best seats in the house, then camp under the stars.

 

Chippewa Valley Restaurant Week

CHIPPEWA VALLEY | SEPTEMBER

Eau Claire is known for its Instagram-worthy dishes, so it makes perfect culinary sense that there be a celebration in honor of farm-to-table edibles and garden-to-glass libations. Special menus plus food-themed events that raise money for community causes are all part of this 10-day foodie favorite.

 

Light Up Eau Claire New Year’s Eve,http://www.visiteauclaire.com/lightupeauclaire/

DOWNTOWN EAU CLAIRE | DECEMBER 31

Replicated in honor of Australia’s “Lismore Lantern Parade” celebrating the winter solstice, Eau Claire brings a little bit of the outback to the Midwest with its own lantern parade to ring in the new year. Live music at a variety of stages. A flourish of fireworks caps off the night.

Ski or Sea × Patrick T Cooper

Ski or Sea

By: Patrick T Cooper

Now that you are all tuckered out after an amazing end of year and of course a fantastic holiday a vacation is in order. The question is to Ski or head to the Sea? Thankfully we are ahead of you and are here to provide you some exquisite fashion forward options to make the journey effortless no matter the destination. In addition, we are aligning your navigation toward some amazing locals that will tantalize your peripheral with memorable moments of excitement.

Patrick’s Picks for Ski or Sea

Watch

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver

Price $19,900

http://www.audemarspiguet.com/

Sock

The Comfort Sock

Price $9.00

http://www.thecomfortsock.com/product/compression-socks-over-the-calf-2/

Fireplace

Hearth Cabinet Ventless Fireplace

Price Available Upon Request

http://www.hearthcabinet.com/

Shoe

SWIMS Braided Lace Lux Loafer Driver

Price $180.00

http://www.swims.com/

Body

Arya Essentials Body Oil

Price $70.00

Available at http://www.aryaessentials.com

Arya Essentials

Shanti Body Scrub

Price $68.00

Available at http://www.aryaessentials.com/

Coat

Canada Goose ‘Chilliwack’ Regular Fit Down Bomber Jacket with Genuine Coyote Fur

Price $795.00

Available at www.nordstrom.com

Goggles

Smith I/o7 Chromapop 185Mm Snow Goggles – Blackout

Price $200.00

Available at

http://click.linksynergy.com/link?id=si1LefeNj1Y&offerid=357944.11812793&type=2&murl=https%3A%2F%2Fshop.nordstrom.com%2FS%2F4662360%3Fcm_mmc=Linkshare-_-datafeed-_-Men%3AEyewear%3AGoggles-_-5397041

Sunglasses

Ray-Ban

Price $143.00

Available at

http://click.linksynergy.com/link?id=si1LefeNj1Y&offerid=357944.53585136&type=2&murl=https%3A%2F%2Fshop.nordstrom.com%2FS%2F3211745%3Fcm_mmc%3DLinkshare-_-datafeed-_-Women%3AEyewear%3ASunglasses-_-383361

Swimsuit

Patrick T Cooper Resort Collection

Price $

Available at

www.patricktcooper.com

The Destinations

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Adoring the concept and the physicality of ski provides pause to some of us. However, who doesn’t enjoy the thought après ski and layering the wool and cashmere and propping up against the window of a Swiss chalet. Skip the ski this season and charter to Gatlinburg. Indulge in the Swiss architectural elements and YES, it is Gatlinburg! The mountainous range and prolific view of the Tennessean gem will have you mesmerized and relaxed in a matter of seconds.  Quaint and intimate this city is riddled with opportunities of entertainment and edutainment. Oh, and don’t you dare forget to stop by and say hello to Dolly! Want to ski while you visit? http://www.obergatlinburg.com/

The Smoky Mountains = Marvel at The Great Outdoors with a Park Ranger Guide

Anakeesta = Edutainment at Its Best

Dixie Stampede = A Legendary Experience with Dolly Parton

Dinner at Dancing Bear = Intimacy Personified

The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel = Great Amusement

Hotel El Ganzo | Los Cabos, Mexico

Beachfront. Intimate. Art. Music and Culture dignity make Hotel El Ganzo the destination for your next recharge. Hotel El Ganzo is not just a place to hang your hat it is a culture and celebration of the arts. The exterior and interior walls of this hospitality oasis are all white and are destined to be covered by artistic expressions of visiting resident artist.  The 70-room hotel makes for a casual luxury and intimate journey.  Before the end of your travels you will definitely meet global minded adult travelers. Book your rooftop massage and take a dip at hotels infinity pool. Prepare to dance the night away on the Hotel Ganzo rooftop. Schedule your trip around the amazing schedule of visiting musicians the El Ganzo Sessions.

Hotel El Ganzo

Gazo Downstairs = Cuisine & Hospitality Heartbeat

Underground Music Studio = An Artist Paradise

Ganzo De Playa Beach Club = The Perfect Selfie Station

The Rooftop = A Phenomenal View

For over 15 years Patrick T Cooper consistently influences fashion, art and entertainment.  With an innate creative ability Patrick curates visual imagery that sets trends.  An avid romantic of color, texture, layering and travel Patrick mindfully manipulates the intersections creating a culture and lifestyle determined and reinforced with his primary principles: live authentically & celebrate originality. For more information, go to

www.patricktcooper.com @patricktcooper

New Footage — Mikaela Shiffrin 

Overall World Cup champion returns to the slopes in advance of the 2017-18 onslaught. 

Mikaela Shiffrin is confident that an off-season of suffering in the gym has put her in the shape of her life going into the coming season. And now she adds a new kind of training to the mix – indoor skiing.

Shiffrin won her first overall World Cup title last season and her fourth slalom World Cup adding to an already impressive CV, which includes Olympic gold and three world titles. 

Shiffrin allowed Red Bull’s cameras to follow her around during an off-season which ranged from a trip to the races at Chantilly on the outskirts of Paris to an intense three-day training session indoors in Wittenberg, Germany– remarkably her first experience of skiing indoors.

Of the latter experience in the ski hall, she admitted: “It’s the strangest thing I’ve ever seen. We’re sleeping, eating and skiing all in the same building. I don’t know how to explain it. I don’t know why it seems so odd. You walk outside and it’s summer and you walk inside and it’s winter.”

But it was a chance to test her fitness regimen on what was effectively a 20-second slalom run.

Shiffrin is tipped to dominate the slalom again this season and is a potential candidate for the overall title. The first step in the long journey begins this weekend, with the world certainly fixated on the woman who ended last year on top. 

Part 3: Inside Out in Germany – available today

Part 4: New peaks in Chile – available November 20
Previously:

Part 1: Summer Grind

“I have to go harder because somebody else out there is” Mikaela Shiffrin showcases her gains in the gym, through her intense two-a-day workouts in Park City, Utah. 

Part 2: An American Girl in Paris

“Elegance is the name of the game here”. Though vacation days are rare for the World Cup champion, Mikaela Shiffrin found a few days this summer to explore Paris for the first time. Along with walking through the City of Love and being a tourist, she also served as host at the Grand Prix de Diane Longines horse race in Chantilly, France. She traded her ski helmet and boots for fancy hat and heels for the day.