snow flake crusted dream

Are we ready for a winter adventure?

It is almost mid autumn and travel expo’s all over the world have been very busy with their stints in the last couple of weekends. I even noticed that a lot of patients are walking in non stop and asking me for pre trip immunizations and flu shots are selling like pancakes that horrible longchamp tote on end of season sale.

They are all flying soon to Paris, Tokyo, London, New York and even Reykjavik, and I can only cringe of jealousy. But I don’t understand why asians choose to spend their vacation in a freezing city while the local residents are on exodus seeking refuge in the pristine waters and warm sands of the Caribbean and South East Asia. Have you seen migratory birds heading north for winter? NO!

Urban jungles during winter are just like tampons: BORING, SAD AND WET! So if you are going to ask me what is my ultimate winter destination, I would deviate from the big cities and say one thing, Ski Resorts!

As a child growing up in a tropical island, it is our biggest dream to see and play with snow. Who would not be lured by its beauty when your entire childhood was dictated with an idea that Christmas season is synonymous to frosty the snow man or a fat guy who is profusely perspiring under a fake platinum beard and red wool tunic?

Now as an young adult, simple things like a cup of hot chocolate, a good company around a fire place and the raw outdoor adventure are just some of the reason why we would want to spend the holidays with snow (of course the hot jacuzzi parties are dead giveaways).

Here are my personal picks of winter destinations for ski holidays:

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France

It is the home of the first Winter Olympic Games and visitors are continiously patronizing the resorts in this once quiet town in the peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges. Since the first game was held back in 1924 snow buffs flood the place year after year!

Vail, Colorado USA

In  a paparazzi mood? This is one place where you may see Hollywood stars pulling some stupid stunts and tabloid worthy cover shots. Other than the vast area of picturesque resort, I would book a trip here in hopes of pushing at least one of the kardashians off the slope!

Kitzbuhel, Austria

Popular among backpackers and referred to as one with the liveliest skiing crowd in the world. The 700 year old town is just an un refusable bonus when you get to the place.  A christmas story book that came to life and everywhere you click your camera it would look as if you are inside a snow dome.

so are we ready for a winter adventure?

Monette got a very low tolerance to cold weather and Ron doesn’t have the balls yet to do some vertical jumps off the slope, but if you are going to ask us if we are ready for it? Just show us the bottles of lager and we will be packing our down jackets and booking a flight without batting a snow flake crusted eyelash. And oh! the idea of apres ski time and play as/with snow bunnies isn’t really bad after all.

now sing with us: “sleigh bell ring are you listening in the lane snow is glistening…”


  • http://www.wanderlustwonder.com/ Jan Ross

    I would LOVE to go to a ski resort someday. I really don’t care to ever learn to ski (too hard, too cold, don’t like falling) but I would love the hot tubs, hot chocolate and watching others ski. I might consider a horse-drawn sleigh ride in the snow if I am bundled up with a fur throw!

  • http://www.limoindenver.net/ Justin

    Very well written! I enjoyed your travel story pretty much. I visited ski resort couple of time and enjoyed every moment there. Especially I like to race with others ski :). I think it’s a very good place for hang out. Thanks :)

  • http://www.glamourgrannytravels.com inka

    You two sure look stylish in ski outfits. Sparkling snow is a nice sight, but I prefer sparkling oceans and powder soft beaches.

  • http://devourtheworld.com jenjenk

    skiing & snowboarding – much fun but i’m always so busy during that season I never get a chance to go!!! and is that cross country skiing you guys were doing?? NFW! :)

  • http://www.nomadicpinoy.com The Nomadic Pinoy

    I love winter! I tried learning how to ski for the first time earlier this year – and boy, my experience was a wacky combination of pain and embarrassment as I kept on falling while kids as young as 5 or 6 zoom fast by me. But I shall do it again.

  • http://randomtrippingsnidrew.wordpress.com Drew

    Nice post. The only time I like snow is when I get to snow tube in Ski Resorts or when it starts to sparkle when the sun shines on it. Otherwise, I hate it :)

  • http://fliptravels.com/ flip’n travels

    @Jan Ross… “too hard, too cold, don’t like falling” i would use this clause to refer to a bad relationship. LOL the horse-drawn sleigh ride will be fab!
    @Justin… thanks for dropping by. racing sounds fun!
    @inka… aw, thanks dear! once we tried a snow adventure, we’ll see if we would revert back to sand and sea!
    @jenjenk… i guess cross country skiing is too advance for first timers like us. hahahaha
    @Den… hahahaha i can picture you in my mind while stumbling in snow.
    @drew… yeah i saw that video of yours from edcel’s post!

  • http://www.jeffrios.com Jeff

    Um, hello??

    Whistler, BC??

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150750913740223.715844.881120222&type=1&l=b7794b1d49

    I’m biased since it’s my stomping ground ;P

  • http://possiblypinay.com Eileen/ Possibly Pinay

    Great post! I can feel the crisp sampal of mountain breeze now…

    But I have to add Big Bear Mountain in California! 😀
    Nothing like being able to ski one moment and surf the west coast the next (Given, at that time, you’d be donning a good dry suit for surfing)!
    :)

    I’d have to throw in Aspen, CO too. Not as much celebrities but since it’s got the most expensive real estate in the country – you know what kind of hunting can go down there. LOL

  • http://samsplayground.com Sam

    I recently wrote a guest post on Gap Daemon about my winter work/ski experience in Banff, Canada (http://bitly.com/rQvKRl). BC and Alberta in Canada were fantastic for skiing. If I were to go in the US I’d quite likely choose Salt Lake City. However the next skiing that I actually look forward to is going to be Queenstown back home in NZ

  • http://batangbiyahera.blogspot.com/ Krizz

    Great idea, you should do it! It’s a wonderful experience. My personal picks and favourite spot for snowboarding:
    Switzerland:
    Andermatt, Zermatt and Flims
    Austria:
    Definitely Ischgl!