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Monster Energy & X Games Norway 2020

Monster Energy’s Ski and Snowboard Athletes Claim Three Gold Medals in Slopestyle Events on Day Two of X Games Norway 2020

Way to close out an epic edition of Winter X Games! Monster Energy congratulates its ski and snowboard athletes on a dominant performance on the final day of X Games Norway 2020 this Sunday.

In front of a stoked crowd at Hafjell Resort, team riders Max Parrot (Snowboard), Zoi Sadowski-Synnott (Snowboard) and Maggie Voisin (Freeski) claimed gold medals in Slopestyle events, joined by a silver-medal finish from Kokomo Murase (Snowboard) and bronze medals for Ståle Sandbech (Snowboard) and Giulia Tanno (Freeski).

Now in its fifth consecutive year in Norway, the biggest spectacle in action sports returned to Hafjell Resort about 120 miles north of the city of Oslo for snow sports competitions in a festival atmosphere. Aside from showcasing the highest level of freestyle skiing and snowboarding, the event featured concerts by hot musical acts Arif, Musti, Chris Abolade, and Alan Walker.

Supported by Monster Energy as the official energy drink partner of X Games, the competition attracted the world’s best athletes in competitive freeski and snowboarding. Over the course of two action-packed days, X Games Norway 2020 awarded 26 medals overall, with Monster Energy riders claiming nine medals total (3 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze).

Here’s how the action unfolded for team Monster Energy on the final day of the invite-only competition in Scandinavia:

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle: Monster Energy’s Zoi Sadowski-Synnott Claims Second Career Gold Medal, Kokomo Murase Earns Silver Medal

The Monster Energy team’s gold medal run began in Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle, the first medal event contested on Sunday. Amidst low visibility and drizzling rain, eight of the world’s best freestyle snowboarders took on a downhill obstacle course stacked with creative rail elements, quarterpipes, and a massive ‘Money Booter’ jump at the bottom. In a format change introduced at X Games Aspen 2020, winners were no longer determined by their highest-scoring runs, but in a 32-minute jam session scored on overall impression.

When all was said and done, Monster Energy’s Zoi Sadowski-Synnott brought the right blend of technical tricks and solid consistency to the demanding course.

Known for her mastery of switch tricks and new-school style, the 19-year-old from Wanaka, New Zealand, worked the rail section with backside bluntslide to back 180 Same Way out, switch backside 180 over the rail, noseslide pretzel, switch boardslide to gap, and frontside boardslide down the big rail. In the jump section, she sent a big backside 720, switch backside 540, frontside 720, switch backside double cork 900 stalefish, and a double backflip over the Money Booter that sealed the win.

“It’s pretty tricky right now because it’s raining, which has been a change from all the other days we’ve been riding. I came in today knowing it’s about who rides the best under these conditions. So that’s what I was trying to do,” said Zoi Sadowski-Synnott upon claiming gold in Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle at X Games Norway today.

Her latest Slopestyle gold is already the second win in the discipline for Sadowski-Synnott, bringing her X Games count to three medals (2 gold, 1 silver). The young Kiwi ripper barged onto the scene by claiming Slopestyle gold and Big Air silver at X Games Aspen 2019 and won every big-ticket event of that season, including the Burton U.S. Open. Recognized as Rookie of the Year in the inaugural Snowboarder Magazine Awards in 2020, Sadowski-Synnott also made history as the first athlete from New Zealand in 26 years to win a Winter Olympics medal when she earned Slopestyle bronze at PyeongChang 2018.

Joining Sadowski-Synnott on the Slopestyle podium today, Kokomo Murase came into X Games Norway not only as the youngest rider at age 15 but also the lightest at a mere 105 pounds. But that didn’t stop the Japanese snowboarding wunderkind from dropping some of the heaviest tricks of the weekend.

Working the course with speed and difficult aerial moves, Murase sent a backside 360 over the rail and hit the rail section with frontside nosebluntslide, pole jam Indy grab, and frontside lipslide 270 out the big rail. In the jump section, the 15-year-old from Gifu, Japan, stoked the crowd with backside 720 mute, frontside double cork 900, frontside 720 stalefish, and a backside 1260 with a slightly imperfect landing for a strong silver-medal finish.

On the strength of today’s silver medal, Murase now owns five X Games medals (1 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze) across Slopestyle and Big Air disciplines. Murase has been turning heads since her upset victory at X Games Norway 2018, where she made history as the first girl to land a 1260 double cork in a competition and became the youngest competitor ever to earn a medal at Winter X Games at age 13. She has reached the podium in all five of her X Games starts and was recently named Snowboarder of the Year at the 2019 Japan Action Sports Awards.

Women’s Ski Slopestyle: Monster Energy’s Maggie Voisin Claims Second Gold Medal, Giulia Tanno Takes Bronze

Next, the action moved into Women’s Ski Slopestyle as the day’s first freeski event. A total of seven different countries were represented in the eight-rider final with athletes hailing from Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, as well as the UK and United States. Much like in the Snowboard Slopestyle final, the judges were looking for best overall impression in a 32-minute jam format.

Stepping into the final fresh off yesterday’s Big Air silver medal, Monster Energy’s Maggie Voisin unleashed a diverse trick selection onto the stacked course. In the rail section, the 21-year-old from White Fish, Montana, posted a gap to disaster, switch left 270 on 270 out, backside 270 left disaster on the down-flat-down, and left 270 on 270 off. Upping her trick difficulty from run to run, she also hit the massive jump elements with a rightside 720 tailgrab, letfside Rodeo 900, switch leftside 900 safety grab, and almost landed a leftside double cork 1260 for the best overall impression and the win.

“Today the weather was really tough and you just kind of had to roll with it. I just tried to stay consistent. Getting a podium yesterday and the win today, I’m just so grateful,” said Voisin upon claiming Women’s Ski Slopestyle gold at X Games Norway 2020 today, adding: “Today is also International Women’s Day, so a big shout out to all the women snowboarders before us. I’m just so stoked to be a female athlete in action sports.”

This weekend’s Slopestyle gold and Big Air silver medals bring Voisin’s X Games medal count to seven total medals (2 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze). The Montana native now owns two Ski Slopestyle gold after winning the event at X Games Aspen 2018. Voisin made history at XG Norway 2017 as the first American woman to medal in Big Air. After undergoing knee surgery in April 2019, the U.S. freeski prodigy returned to competition in full strength by claiming Slopestyle bronze at XG Aspen 2020 in January.

Monster Energy’s Giulia Tanno came into the final looking for a medal after closely missing the podium in Saturday’s Big Air competition. When all was said and done, the 21-year-old from Lenzerheide, Switzerland, earned the bronze medal with a solid mixture of technical rail tricks and stylish airs. In the rail section, Tanno finessed gap to disaster on the double kink, frontside 450 out, and switch-up 270 on the down rail. And in the jump section, she sent a switch leftside 900 tailgrab, and rightside 900, switch rightside 540, as well as a leftside double cork 1080 for a strong third-place finish.

This weekend’s Slopestyle bronze brings Tanno’s X Games total to four medals (2 silver, 2 bronze). The member of the Swiss national freeski team also had a successful contest run with back-to-back podiums at International Ski Federation (FIS) events. At the recent FIS Freeski Big Air World Cup in Destne, Czech Republic, Tanno took home the 2019/20 Big Air crystal globe trophy as the top rider of the season.

Monster Energy Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle: Max Perrot Takes Gold, Ståle Sandbech Earns Bronze

When the action moved into the Monster Energy Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle event, eight finalists stepped to the challenging course in a 32-minute jam session. Straight out the gate, Monster Energy’s Max Parrot revisited his rivalry with Canada’s Mark McMorris, who took the gold medal in Saturday’s Big Air final with Parrot settling for silver. Now it was time for a rematch!

Undeterred by rainy weather and the fact that his last Slopestyle win happened back in 2014, Parrot left nothing to chance in the competitive final. Hitting the rail section with difficult tech tricks, he posted a frontside bluntslide 450 off, gap backside 360 to 50-50 the kink rail, frontside nosebluntslide over the hip, pole jam Wildcat backflip, and backside lipslide fakie the big rail. Flexing his aerial skills in the jump section, Parrot sent a backside 1260, backside triple cork 1440 melon, Cab double cork 1260, Cab triple 1620 Indy grab, and a perfect frontside triple cork 1440 mute to clinch the win.

“I was definitely focused on a good result today. And I’m actually happy since the last time I won gold in Slopestyle was in 2014, so it’s been a while. It feels good to taste gold again in Slopestyle at X Games!” said Parrot upon earning Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle gold at X Games Norway 2020 today.

After claiming Big Air silver and Slopestyle gold at X Games Norway 2020 this weekend, Parrot now owns 13 medals (8 gold, 5 silver). The 25-year-old from Bromont, Canada, made an emotional return to competition by winning Big Air gold at X Games Norway 2019 after a battle with Hodgkin Lymphoma cancer. The eight-time X Games champion currently holds the record for the most medals in the history of X Games Snowboard Big Air (6 gold, 4 silver) and also earned Slopestyle silver for Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

Also stepping onto the Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle podium today, hometown hero Ståle Sandbech from Rykkinn, Norway earned bronze with a versatile trick selection.

Opening the final as the first rider in, Sandbech sent a frontside lipslide over the hip, backside 180 to 50-50, Half Cab 50-50 the kink rail, boardslide up and down the Spider Rail, and front board 270 the big rail. Maintaining his flow into the jump section, the Norwegian local posted backside 1260 mute grab, backside double cork 720, backside Cab 1260 stalefish, frontside 1440 tailgrab, and backside 1440 mute to jump onto the podium with a solid third-place finish.

Today’s Slopestyle bronze is Sandbech’s first X Games medal since XG Norway 2017 and his sixth medal overall (2 silver, 4 bronze). A long-standing member of the Norwegian national snowboarding team, Sandbech earned Slopestyle silver at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The 26-year-old also recently claimed third place in the Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle final at Winter Dew Tour Copper Mountain 2020 and is known for his viral StaleLIFE video series on YouTube.

Didn’t catch today’s live stream? X Games fans who missed the action at X Games Norway 2020 this weekend can re-watch all live broadcasts on the official X Games YouTube channel.

Viewers in the United States can also look forward to watching the ‘Best of X Games Norway 2020’ anthology as part of World of X Games on ABC Television. Part 1 of ‘Best of X Games Norway 2020’ will air on March 14, 1:00 p.m. ET and Part 2 on March 21, 1:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

Visit monsterenergy.com for exclusive content from X Games Norway 2020 including photos, videos, and contest results as they happen. Follow Monster Energy on Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for exclusive behind-the-scenes looks in Oslo.

About Monster Energy
Based in Corona, California, Monster Energy is the leading marketer and distributor 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. See more about Monster Energy including all of its drinks at monsterenergy.com.

The Josie Hotel

The Josie Hotel Named Canada’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel at 2019 World Ski AwardsRossland’s ski-in, ski-out boutique resort wins coveted World Ski Award

The Josie Hotel — the Kootenay Rockies’ home base for adventure on RED Mountain — has been awarded Canada’s Best Boutique Ski Hotel in the 2019 World Ski Awards. Canada’s Best Boutique Ski Hotel is one of the most coveted categories in the prestigious World Ski Awards competition. This year, a record number of votes were cast, and The Josie stood apart from the over 1.6 million votes cast by wanderlusters and adventurers alike craving fresh powder and alpine air. Topping it off, the Noble House Hotels & Resorts property was also named one of the top three resorts in the World’s Best New Ski Hotel category. 

Inspired by Rossland’s rugged peaks, lush forests and 3,850 acres of unfettered ski and snowboard trails, The Josie entices those who crave adventure with luxe amenities, personalized service and an unbeatable location — just steps from RED Mountain Resort, one of the top 10 largest ski resorts in North America. Since opening in November 2018, the hotel – situated along the world-renowned Powder Highway – has attracted global interest among ski and snowboard enthusiasts seeking pristine powder and terrain that fulfils adrenaline rushes. 

The World Ski Awards aims to raise the bar within the ski industry by recognizing and rewarding organizations that demonstrate leadership in the field of ski tourism. Votes for the World Ski Awards were cast by professionals working within the ski and snowboard industry, including senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents and media; as well as by consumers with a hunger for winter wanderings. The winners, now considered the best in the world, met at the annual World Ski Awards gala, which took place this year in Kitzbühel, Austria, from November 22 to 24.

“It is such an honour to be named among the best in the world and receive the coveted award of Canada’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel,” said Jesse Crockett, general manager of The Josie. “Sharing Rossland’s story with the world is one of our top priorities — the local culture that is deeply embedded in our hotel is one of the reasons we think we stand out. It’s the rich history and friendly atmosphere (not to mention prime skiing and snowboarding) that brings people to Rossland. It is extremely humbling the World Ski Awards has recognized not only The Josie, but also Rossland, for excellence in ski tourism.”

The Josie invites all who are on the hunt for winter thrills to visit and experience a quintessentially Canadian winter, packed with acres of untouched powder, rolling vistas and warm and luxurious suites to rest one’s head. The uncrowded terrain backed by a landscape of snow-capped peaks and forests will certainly satisfy one’s quest for adventure. Those looking for even more adventure in the backcountry can also take advantage of untouched territory with RED’s one-ride cat ski experience. The cat whisks advanced skiers to areas of Mt. Kirkup inaccessible by chairlift to 1,600 feet of vertical spread across nearly 200 acres; best of all, the thrilling journey won’t break the bank with a one-ride ticket priced at $10. 

To book a winter getaway and experience the heart of the Kootenay Rockies — the epitome of Canadian winter adventures — visit thejosie.com.

About The Josie Hotel:

Experience the true soul exhilaration of living for today at The Josie hotel (The Josie). The Josie is a boutique ski-in/ski-out hotel located at the base of RED Mountain Resort (RED) in Rossland, British Columbia. With 106 guest rooms and suites, crackling fire pits, a premier spa, fitness facility and ski concierge services; The Josie merges boutique accommodations with authentic Red Mountain adventure and the distinct spirit of Rossland. After a day on the slopes, guests can experience The Josie’s signature cedar barrel saunas, which promote muscle relaxation, improved circulation and feel-good endorphins. The destination hotel — named Canada’s Best Boutique Ski Resort in the 2019 World Ski Awards and the second best ski hotel in the 2019 USA 10Best Awards — also boasts more than 1,500 square feet of unique venue space and an adjoining terrace, all with stunning vistas of RED and the Rossland range. The Velvet Restaurant and Lounge (The Velvet), The Josie’s full-service dining establishment, serves locally-inspired craft cooking. To meet The Josie, please visit thejosie.com and follow @thejosiehotel.  

About Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Ltd.:

A privately held company for more than 35 years, Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Ltd. was founded in 1979 by owner and chairman Patrick R. Colee as a commercial property development group, later transitioning in 1994 to the dynamic hospitality ownership and management company it is today. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington and continuously growing, Noble House owns and manages an upscale portfolio of 18 distinct and visually captivating hotel properties, over 50 hotel restaurants, bars and lounges, the Napa Valley Wine Train, and a collection of spas, marinas, and private residences spanning the U.S. and Canada. Beachfront resorts spanning California and Florida are complimented by luxury retreats in Jackson Hole, Colorado, and British Columbia and balanced with a collection of urban hotels in Seattle, San Francisco, and College Station, Texas. Built upon a philosophy that emphasizes location, distinction, and soul, Noble House Hotels & Resorts dedicates itself to creating and managing exceptional properties that celebrate the local destination that surrounds. For more information, visit NobleHouseHotels.com or call Noble House Hotels & Resorts at 877-NOBLE-TRIP.  

About William Cole:

William Cole is a boutique, full-service private real estate development company headquartered in Bryan, Texas. Formed in 1996 and named for the two sons of the founder, William Cole focuses on the development, acquisition, marketing and operation of carefully selected, hospitality-focused real estate including boutique hotels, private golf clubs, wellness facilities and entire master planned communities. From the initial vision through commissioning, William Cole delivers projects of lasting significance to their communities. For more information, visit WilliamColeInc.com or call William Cole Inc. at 281-580-2085.  

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Japan’s Miyagi Prefecture

As winter begins and covers Japan’s Miyagi Prefecture in snow, the region comes alive with lights and a variety of festivals perfect for travelers who are new to the region, as well as repeat visitors. 

“Snow monsters” and relaxation at Mount Zao
When winter rolls around to the mountains in Miyagi, the cold weather conditions cause the fir trees to be covered in frozen snow, creating unique, dramatic and impressive figures. Every year, these “snow monsters” known as juhyo populate Mount Zao and are visited by tourists and locals alike. At the Miyagi Zao Sumikawa Snow Park, guests can ride the snowcat, aptly named “Wild Monster,” which takes them up to the vast forest of snow creatures.

For those also looking to relax during their stay on Mount Zao, the Gaga Onsen is a beautiful ryokan with all the blessings of nature mixed with the comforts of luxurious accommodations. Designed for healing the body and mind, Gaga Onsen features five different types of baths, including the rustic Tenku no Yu, a private open-air bath overlooking a river, which guests can reserve free of charge.

Aone Onsen Yukiakari
Every year at the Aone Onsen, a special snow illumination, or “Yukiakari,” is created by locals. Adults and children alike come together to build miniature snow shrines, each with their own candle. The result is a magical view of more than 2,000 candles, and visitors are encouraged to build and light their own shrines as well. The festival is also a wonderful chance to try local pork miso soup and raw konjac while surrounded by the snow-capped Zao Mountains.

The Dontosai Festival
Every year, people flock to the Osaki Hachiman Shrine to burn their New Year’s decorations in a massive bonfire as a ritual to rid themselves of bad luck, as well as pray for health and good fortune. The real event begins on the 14th of January when participants walk half-naked through the city streets to the shrine. During this 300-year-old parade, men dressed only in white boxers, a straw belt and straw shoes ring a hand bell to herald the coming year while cleansing themselves of the previous year. While visitors generally can’t partake in the parade, they are more than welcome to watch along with the city and enjoy a wide variety of festival foods.

Sendai’s Pageant of Starlight
Every year in December, Sendai lights up in one of Japan’s largest holiday illuminations in the country: the Sendai Pageant of Starlight. After beginning in 1985, the illuminations have gotten bigger and better every year since. Visitors are encouraged to stroll down the main streets of the city or take a walk down the Tunnel of Illumination, an installation with more than 600,000 lights strung across zelkova trees along Jozenji-dori Street. Kotodai-koen Park nearby also has a ton of displays while locals also visit the seasonal ice rink, Shimin Hiroba Square, and warm up inside one of the pop-up beer tents. 

For more information on Miyagi, please visit http://www.visitmiyagi.com

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Holiday River Expeditions

Holiday River Expeditions Notes Positive Outlook For a Stellar River Rafting Season Thanks to an Exemplary Snow Pack

 Forget crystal balls. The snow says it all.

For over half a century Holiday River Expeditions has looked to the mountains to forecast upcoming rafting seasons. Winter snows turn into spring runoff. Thus far, a stormy and snow-packed winter in the Rockies predicts a robust 2019 rafting season in the mountain and desert southwest.

“We’re expecting to have a lot of fun in 2019, thanks to Mother Nature and year-to-date bookings that are up 10 percent over the same time last year,” said Holiday River Expeditions’ longtime sales manager and spokeswoman Karen Johnson.

Higher river flows mean that guests on all of Holiday’s rafting trips will have more off-river time to hike, enjoy the beach, relax or explore the side canyons from camp and enroute between camps.

“Plus high water gives our guests an Adrenaline-rush and thrill in a carefully secured, calculated manner,” Johnson added.

As of today, snow pack affecting the Colorado River Basin is running 116 percent of the February 27th average, a good sign for the upcoming rafting season on the Colorado, Yampa and Green rivers. Among Holiday River Expeditions’ whitewater rafting trips most affected by high runoff are those on the Yampa River in the heart of Dinosaur National Monument. This undammed, free-flowing river benefits greatly from unfettered spring runoff that also makes its way to Desolation Canyon (on the Green River) and Cataract Canyon (after confluence with the Colorado River).

Other rafting trips influenced by abundant snow pack are those on the Colorado River in both Westwater Canyon and further along in Cataract Canyon cutting through the heart of Canyonlands National Park.

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One fact, worthy of note, helps set Holiday apart from most other operators on the river. They are the only rafting outfitter that literally goes with the flow exclusively on all trips by running these rivers by oar-power only, without motorized rafts or motorized support.

“Oar-power is the most natural way to experience the river and the absence of motors makes high water trips as exciting as it gets. Rafters experience the rush of wind, a chatty raven or a churning rapid absent the drone and smell of a motorized raft,” said Tim Gaylord, Director of Operations and Holiday guide since 1978.

Even in high water, when other companies call on motorized boats to stay the course, Holiday instead employs triple rigs, usually from late May to early July in Cataract Canyon when water levels get above 25-30,000 CFS and higher. The rigs are three 18-foot rafts lashed side by side to form one larger raft. It is maneuvered by two guides, sweep-style, each using one oar.

“These rafts are incredibly stable and the rigging allows them to flex in many ways. They allow us to continue to use only oar-powered rafts in even the highest water,” noted Gaylord.

See this short video that will help illustrate this technique.

A few other companies continue to use row/paddle rafts and dories in high water; but they support their use with larger motorized rafts for, among others, assistance in moving non-motor rafts downstream in the flatwater sections. Holiday is the only one that does not use a motor at all (except when exiting the Lake Powell section on the last day of the Cataract trip and then it is only introduced by using a tow-boat that motors up from the downstream takeout at Hite Marina.)

For more information, availability, reservations or a copy of the 2019 catalog please call 800-624-6323, Email: Holiday@BikeRaft.com or log onto http://www.bikeraft.com/.

About Holiday River Expeditions

Holiday River Expeditions began in 1966, when Dee Holladay and his wife Sue took the plunge to become river outfitters. Due to its respect for the lands, rivers, guests and employees, the family-owned-and-operated company has grown exponentially. Each of its guides is professionally trained in first aid and river safety, and with 50+ years of experience, the company provides guests the opportunity to explore the nation’s wild lands safely and securely. Holiday River Expeditions has a commitment to protect the environment through education and conservation, and as such, uses oar-powered and paddle rafts exclusively.

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The Northwoods of Wisconsin: An Outdoorsman’s Paradise

By Jake Porter & Vaughn Lowery

There is no better place in the United States to experience as many snow and cold-weather activities in one day as there is in the Northwoods region of Wisconsin. The two larger towns, Cable and Hayward, which are located in the far north of the state, act as home bases for tourists to Wisconsin. Hayward is a small, quaint town in Sawyer County, Wisconsin. It is characterized by its gently rolling hills, while Cable is just 15 minutes away. Aside from being known for it emphasis on outdoor activities, Cable is also renowned for being the starting point of the American Birkebeiner cross-country skiing race. There are also nationally renowned restaurants within a short 30 minute drive. Both locations offer an opportunity to escape from the stress of congested metropolitan cities and relax in the welcoming environment that both towns offer.

Traveling from the west coast, the north of Wisconsin is a dramatic change of pace from the bustling vibes of the many developed metropolitan cities. It is also the top destination for most snow-related adventure spots. The food and travel businesses in the area, the top two largest economies in the northern Wisconsin, are thriving and are welcoming to new small-businesses. With a well-developed and diverse school system in the surrounding communities, both towns are extremely capable of hosting both tourists and accommodating people intending to move to the region.

With their proximity to the great woods of the Chequamegan National Forest and the sparkling waters of Lake Owen and Namakagon, the recreational activities are abundant. Activities range from cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice fishing, and winter fat biking. Cable is an epicenter for skiers, offering wonderfully groomed trails traversing the relatively flat landscape. At the start of the Birkebeiner trail in Cable, there is a newly built rest area and event center which offers a wide range of amenities including a source of heat in the wintertime. Snowmobiling is a crucial activity for the adventure-seeking traveler. It is also a staple for most of the locals in the area. In addition, ice fishing is a classic wintertime sport and can be done on most frozen lakes in the area. Fat Bike riding and snowshoeing can be done by most any able-bodied traveler. Bikes and snowshoes can be picked up at Howl Adventure Center, while snowmobiles can be rented from Hayward Power Sports.

As for the less adventurous travelers, downtown Hayward, which was named one of five Hallmark-worthy small towns in Wisconsin, is easy to explore. The downtown includes small boutiques and coffee/pastry shops which line the beautiful, quiet streets. Meet the artists at local art shops such as Art Beat and Nordic Northwoods, who specialize in fun, artsy gifts and souvenirs. Hayward Mercantile is a delightful place as well, filled with Wisconsin-made goods, while Ronnings, just a few doors down provides everything from moccasins to sweatshirts. Just 10 minutes away, Glassy Ladies Art Studio provides a fun environment to get your creative juices flowing while you learn glass fusing, bead making, metal-smithing, and how to work with stained glass.

After a long day in the snow, there is nothing better than a hot meal at lunch or at the end of the day. Lucky for you, there are countless, award winning, restaurants within close proximity. Tamarack Farms Winery is not only the number one winery in the area, but also provides small sandwiches and artisan pizza. The Old Southern Smokehouse, a creation of the award winning BBQ chef Dave Anderson, is the epitemy of a BBQ experience. Their menu consists of quality meats, fresh produce, and award winning sauces. The Landing, situated on the Chippewa Flowage is an amazing place known for its nationally renowned fish fry and its liquor bar. The owners, Chris and Elsie Lee are extraordinary people and are extremely hospitable. Located in Cable, The Brick House Cafe is a quaint place featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-in, and Dives with Guy Fieri. Serving sandwiches and fresh salads, they are known for their locally sourced meats and vegetables. It even occupies one of the oldest buildings in Cable, dating back to the 1800s!

Finally, The Rookery exhibits casual gourmet dining at its finest. The Rookery’s ever-changing menu features fresh fish specials and their famous bison steak. Here you will find some of the best vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options you’ll find anywhere in the northern Wisconsin communities. And what’s Wisconsin without cheese? Most of the restaurants and dives nestled in the towns serve a wide range of cheeses and fried cheese curds which are almost like a staple in the state. With all of these amazing options for food in the area, your taste buds are in for a real treat!

Not only is there a multitude of thrilling activities interspersed amongst the trails, forest, and lakes surrounding the area, there are also countless establishments in which to shop and also create art. Both communities are extremely sustainable, and are excitedly welcoming tourists and thrill-seekers alike. The spirit of the towns are quite endearing. The eager traveler definitely has a chance to fully experience what the area has to offer in a 5 day to a week span. Can you imagine visiting a region for the first time and immediately feeling at home and being welcomed by the locals? Can you imagine having access to incredible activities and nationally recognized eateries? Then the sister towns of Cable and Hayward should be at the top of your list of future travels. They are communities that are welcoming and make you feel at home, no matter your background, ethnicity, or culture.

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Restaurants and Eateries:

http://tamarackfarmswinery.com/

https://www.oldsouthernbbq.com/

http://www.thelcolanding.com/

https://thebrickhousecafe.net/

https://www.rookerypub.com/

Shopping and Art:

http://www.artbeatofhayward.com/

https://nordicnorthwoods.com/

http://haywardmercantileco.com/

https://ronningsofhaywardinc.business.site/

https://www.travelwisconsin.com/arts-and-culture/glassy-ladies-art-emporium-281937

Adventure Sports Rentals:

http://www.howlinbayfield.com/bike.html

https://www.haywardpowersports.com/

HOLIDAYS ROCK IN MORRO BAY

Bright Lights, Boat City – Morro Bay Rocks the Holidays!
This Maritime Village Celebrates Holidays with Lighted Crab Pot Trees, a Weekend of Lighted Boat Parades, Two Tall Ships in the Harbor, a Plethora of Holiday Events and Abundant Local Seasonal Crab at Fish Markets and Restaurants!
With a boat-filled harbor and miles of beautiful beaches, Morro Bay celebrates the spirit of this fishing village in maritime style during holiday season. Find festive holiday trees made out of crab pots throughout town, historic tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain in the harbor during November and December, Santa’s House on the Embarcadero, two lighted boat parades, a paddle parade and so much more.
 
“Morro Bay during the holidays is a fun place to visit,” says Jennifer Little, Morro Bay Tourism Manager. “Crab season is open and abundant, boat parades and tall ships in harbor, nearly 30 crab pot holiday trees light up town, and local wine tasting and Hearst Castle are minutes away. We’ve got so many ways to celebrate the holidays with family and friends.”
 
Hearst Castle and Wine Make us Merry!
Holiday cheer is in abundance in and around Morro Bay. Located on California’s Central Coast on scenic Highway 1 just minutes from the festive holiday tours at Hearst Castle, and wine tasting in Paso Robles and Edna Valley Wine regions, Morro Bay is the place to holiday. Paso Robles and Edna Valley are home to many wine touring companies that will come to Morro Bay and pick you up from your hotel. Need more reasons to visit?  Check out these holiday lodging specials.
Crab Pot Christmas Trees
To celebrate its heritage the Central Coast Fisheries for Women arrange for nearly 30 Crab Pot Christmas Trees to be placed throughout town as a way to honor the amazing fishing families of Morro Bay. As an alternative to traditional holiday trees, these lighted sparkling trees are made out of real repurposed crab pots. 
 
Fresh Local Crab on the Menu
During the holiday season, locals and visitors rave about the fresh and local seasonal crab found in abundance at Morro Bay
 seafood markets and restaurants. A true treat for the holidays, don’t miss out!
 
Rock these Holiday Events!
This time of year offers some of the best weather to be outdoors, on the water, on the beach or anywhere in Morro Bay! Check out these upcoming events:
November 28 – Dec 18: Tall Ship Lady Washington in Harbor
Lady Washington the official tall ship of Washington State will visit Morro Bay, CA  and offer walk-on tours and family-oriented Adventure Sails featuring demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing, and maritime amusements. After your tour of the Tall Ship, walk across the street to the new
 Morro Bay Maritime Museum. The Museum is open every Saturday from 10am – 4pm.   
November 30: Citywide Holiday Crab Pot Tree Lighting
Join us in Morro Bay for a simultaneous lighting of nearly 30 Crab Pot Holiday Trees around the City of Morro Bay. The citywide celebration begins at 5 pm. Locations are City Park, Downtown, T-Pier, Anchor Park & other various locations around town.
November 30: Lighted Boat Parade Preview
Come enjoy our large vessels and commercial boats as they cruise up and down the Embarcadero waterway as you dine. They will be layered in lights and festive holiday spirit for your enjoyment while you eat in one of the many waterfront restaurants or stroll the Embarcadero. Some of the vessels in the parade preview include a U.S. Coast Guard Vessel, Tall Ship Lady Washington, the Papagallo, the Chablis and several boats from our fishing fleet. This event is brought to you by the waterfront restaurants.
November 30 – Dec 15: Santa’s House at the Embarcadero
Santa will be on the Embarcadero every night from 6 – 8 pm with presents and treats for the children.  Pictures are free with an option to purchase a frame.  Come visit Jolly ol’ Saint Nick in Morro Bay at the Chess Board on the Embarcadero. Santa’s House is sponsored by Morro Bay Rotary.
December 1 – Dec 18: Tall Ship Hawaiian Chieftain in Harbor
The Hawaiian Chieftain was influenced by the early colonial passenger and coastal ships that traded among Atlantic coastal cities and towns in the 19th century. In 1993, Lady Washington joined Hawaiian Chieftain for their first mock sea battle on San Francisco Bay and will replicate that adventure in Morro Bay.
 Get your mock sea battle tickets now! December 1: 33rd Annual Lighted Boat Parade
The Annual Lighted Boat Parade continues in its 33rd year as our motorized fishing, leisure and yachting community take to the water after decorating their boats with amazing lights and holiday cheer. Take a seat anywhere along the waterfront for your front row view. This visual event will include music by the Home Town Band, cocoa and treats for sale, and a winter wonderland. Prizes for best decorated boat include $1000 cash and more.December 2: Paddle Parade
On Sunday afternoon the harbor will feature holiday decorated kayaks, SUPs, small sailboats, surfboards and anything that floats in this Non-Motorized Lighted Boat Parade. Along with fun family activities on shore, prizes will be given for the best decorated will be $1000 in cash and gifts.December 7: Santa’s Crawl
Enjoy this 21 & over scavenger hunt featuring Central Coast beers and wines during our 2nd Annual Santa’s Crawl. Businesses along the waterfront will showcase local winemakers  brew masters, each offering a taste of their exceptional product. A completely filled out Yule-Tide Passport will enter you to win the Grand Prize Weekend Package where you wine and dine throughout Morro Bay!December 8: Gingerbread House Competition
Anyone can participate in this fun activity! Bakers love to build Gingerbread Houses for the holidays, and what better way to showcase your talents? Build a complete Gingerbread House and bring it to the Inn at Morro Bay and enter into this fun contest!December 9: Real Snow Event!!! 
Play like no one is watching at Morro Bay’s real snow event! Three areas of snow for different ages of children to play on include a sledding hill, snow ball alley and under five area for the little elves. An Elf on the Shelf competition will take place and is fun for the whole family! Create elf dioramas and win fabulous prizes. We provide the elves!

 
Designated as the  Best Budget Destination in California for 2018 by Budget Travel, Morro Bay is a world-class destination with rooms to fit any budget. Click here to find holiday lodgings specials for your next visit! For information on all the exciting things to do and see in Morro Bay, visit www.morrobay.org.

Resorts Worth the Puddle Jumper

These are seven of the most remote luxury destinations that are only one extra flight away

Islas Secas – Gulf of Chiriqui-Panama

Puddle jumping from: Panama City to Islas Secas’ 14 private islands (90 minutes private charter)

Set to open in January 2019, Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge is an exclusive retreat raising the bar in luxury and sustainability tourism in Panama. Situated 20 miles off the coast, Islas Secas is an archipelago made up of 14 private islands, accessible by a 90-minute private charter flight from Panama City or a 45-minute boat ride from David. Guests are greeted by a guide and escorted to a private, direct, 90-minute charter flight to Islas Secas. Hosting up to 18 guests at one time, visitors have access to their own boat and captain to be able to explore the different islands at leisure. When not relaxing at their luxurious casitas, each with their own plunge pool with view, or indulging in fresh local seafood at the dramatic Terraza, guests are invited on a marine safari to explore the surrounding islands with activities including fishing, diving or snorkeling.

Find more information here: islassecas.com

Bawah Reserve – Indonesia

Puddle jumping from: Batam (75 minute flight via seaplane)

Surrounded by turquoise blue waters and enveloped by lush tropical greenery, Bawah Reserve is hailed as South East Asia’s newest and most exciting opening and lies in sheltered seclusion 160 nautical miles northeast of Singapore in Indonesia’s remote Anambas Archipelago. The pristine paradise is the only retreat in Asia to include all spa treatments, guest experiences and transport via its new amphibious seaplane. After a quick ferry ride from Singapore to Batam, guests load up on Bawah Reserve’s own seaplane for a 75-minute journey to the six-island private archipelago, home to the boutique property as well as 13 pristine beaches and three crystal clear lagoons. Allowing 70 guests maximum at a time, travelers have the luxury of exploring the marine conservation area, taking on an island trek or simply relaxing in an overwater bungalow or their beach suite in true style.

Find more information here: bawahisland.com

Volcanoes Safaris Bwindi Lodge – Uganda

Puddle jumping from: Kigali (40 minute flight via helicopter)

Just a 40 minute flight from the bustling city of Kigali, Volcanoes Safaris’ newly refurbished Bwindi Lodge is a true hidden gem tucked into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. All eight guest accommodations, also known as ‘bandas’, plus the main lodge and dining area, have been beautifully renovated and the brand new addition of the Forest Spa, Humula mw’ Ishamba (from the Rukiga language, which means “relax in the forest”) invites guests to enjoy locally inspired treatments on a complimentary basis. What really makes this adventure to the jungle worth it is the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to come face to face with Uganda’s critically endangered mountain gorilla.

Find more information here: volcanoessafaris.com/bwindi-lodge-uganda

Sheldon Chalet – Alaska

Puddle jumping from: Talkeetna (30 minute flight via helicopter)

Getting to this luxurious 10-person chalet in the heart of Alaska’s Denali National Park, is half the fun. The scenic helicopter journey from Talkeetna soars over miles of pristine, protected lands before arriving at Sheldon Chalet, the only hotel within the park. Upon arrival, travelers are greeted with an extravagant buffet complete with the freshest Alaskan seafood and champagne. After settling in, guests can take part in a host of adventures from glacier trekking to igloo building in the Alaskan wilderness, or simply stay inside in front of the fire and watch the greatest show on earth – the Aurora Borealis.

Find more information here: sheldonchalet.com

San Ignacio Resort Hotel – Belize

Puddle jumping from: Belize City (30 minute flight via plane)

Take it one step further upon your arrival into Belize City and dive deep into the Belizean jungle. The luxurious San Ignacio Resort Hotel is the only centrally located property in town and is ideally situated for adventure tours to nearby archaeological parks, caves and nature reserves. The property boasts views of rainforest and wildlife from each of its 26 rooms and is only a two-hour drive to the famous Tikal Ruins in Guatemala.

Find more information here: sanignaciobelize.com

Revealed America – Big Three Flying Safari

Puddle jumping from: One park to another!

Traveling between the “Big 3 National Parks” – Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and Yosemite — can be a daunting experience. To maximize your time and to allow for day stops at other “Hidden Gem” parks on connection days, consider the “Big 3 National Parks Flying Safari” with Revealed America, the only company with the expertise, connections and relationships to design fully customized active vacations in the National Parks and National Monuments. This is the ultimate way for a private jet owner or club member to tour all 3 parks in a week, without long drives or multiple air connections. Fly into Fresno to start at Yosemite in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where you can enjoy two days of touring and hiking with your private driver-guide amidst the waterfalls and rock formations of the park. Then fly your private jet directly to the Grand Canyon Airport for two days of hiking and biking in the off-the beaten path areas of the Grand Canyon. From there fly to Moab, Utah for a day of exploring Arches National Park’s backcountry roads and arches not open to the public with your private guide. Continue on to Bozeman, Montana for two days of activity including wildlife viewing, touring the geysers and other geothermal features, hiking, biking, fly-fishing and more.

Find more information here: revealedamerica.com

Giardino Hotels – Switzerland

Puddle jumping around Switzerland with Giardino Group

With four properties in some of Switzerland’s finest locations, it can be hard to choose where to kick-off your vacation. Enjoy it all, from the views over Lake Maggiore, the city life of Zurich and then to the mountains near St. Moritz’ for an alpine adventure. Guests can combine all on one visit with the convenient air taxi, Mountainflyers. The exclusive helicopter partner of Giardino Group, allows guests to soar high above the Alps and arrive on property quickly and conveniently.  Upon arrival, travelers are invited to enjoy the finer things in life, such as Michelin-starred dining and Ayurvedic spa treatments.

Find more information here: www.giardino.ch

Airport Snowploughs May Soon Become Autonomous

Snowploughs at airports may soon be autonomous. For the first time, autonomous snowploughs, 20 metres long and 5.5 metres wide, have cleared snow from a runway. This project, which is known as Yeti and uses technology developed by Semcon, aims to increase efficiency and reduce delays at airports.

Clearing snow at airports is absolutely crucial. Takeoff and landing runways must be completely clear of snow if flights are to depart and land on time. At present, airports always need to be prepared and have staff on standby who can clear snow whenever they are needed. Problems with snow also result in many delays and stranded passengers every year.

“Autonomous snowploughs will allow airports all over the world to streamline their activities and reduce delays for their passengers. This is a good example of how autonomous vehicles can increase profitability and add value for people,” says Markus Granlund, CEO at Semcon.

On 19 March, self-driving snowploughs were presented for the first time when they were deployed at Fagernes Airport in Leirin, Norway, 200 kilometres north of Oslo. This project has been developed by Yeti Snow Technology, co-owned by Semcon and Øveraasen, for Norwegian airport operator Avinor. The snowploughs have enough capacity to clear an area of 357,500 square metres an hour. One unique feature of these autonomous vehicles is that they can clear snow in formation, several vehicles working together, and with the same outstanding precision no matter the weather.

Semcon in Norway is contributing its expertise to the project, working with complex real-time systems and autonomous technology.

“We have designed a control system that sets up digital patterns for autonomous snow clearance at airports. The system can then download these patterns and monitor a number of vehicles that navigate using RTK GPS, an accurate form of position measurement, and communicate using 4G modems,” explainsJohn Emil Halden, Semcon project manager.

Read more at semcon.com/yeti

OLYMPICS x LIVE STREAM

The Winter Olympics in South Korea may be 14 time zones removed from the Eastern Time Zone of the US — but 43% of Americans say they plan to watch NBC’s live streaming content during the Games, with only 48% saying they did not have such plans.

A big chunk of the country — 63% — say they will watch at least some coverage of the Games, which begin Friday, February 8.  That is double those who said “no” (31%) to watching any coverage.

“That is a healthy number of people turning to devices other than television,” noted Rick Gentile, director of the poll, which is sponsored by the Sharkey Institute.   “You might call this the breakthrough year for streaming coverage making a big impact.”