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Ski Toys: Going Downhill Fast and Easy
Looking for more excitement on your ski vacation? Then, take a break from traditional runs on snowboards and skis to try the new toys: snowbikes and snowscoots. These require low skills, but deliver thrills, adding options to your mountain vacation.
Ski Virginia, Wintergreen Resort
Open year-round, Wintergreen gains fame for offering the Mid-Atlantic’s best skiing. Located on nearly 11,000 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains and in the valley of Wintergreen, VA, the property offers skiing, snowboarding, tubing and ice skating plus extensive children’s programs and a spa.
Snorkel and Dolphin Adventures, Honduras
Roatan, one of Honduras´ Bay Islands, offers extraordinary diving and snorkeling. Another bonus: swim with dolphins and learn about them at Anthony´s Key Resort, home to a marine institute.
We’re on a treasure hunt in Bonaire, a Caribbean island 50 miles north of Venezuela. Forget about beaches—there aren’t many here—or lush, tropical landscape—Bonaire is arid and desert-like. But the island does teem with underwater jewels: myriad reefs rich with coral and colorful tropical fish.
Snorkeling the Turks and Caicos Islands
The reef that wraps several of the Caribbean’s Turks and Caicos Islands offers rewarding snorkeling. We see trumpet, parrot, trigger fish and a school of blue tangs as we float above brain, purple fan, fire coral and large stag horn formations that nearly reach the surface.
Snow Fun Jackson Hole, Wyoming
In winter, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, offers mountains of ski trails plus such memorable off-the-slopes outings as dog sledding, hot springs soaks and wildlife safaris. The town of Jackson is also the gateway to the majestic Grand Teton National Park and to Yellowstone National Park.
We love snowshoeing:it gets us into the winter woods without whizzing motors or gasoline smells. And snowshoeing is easy to do. After all, if you can walk, you can snowshoe. This sport,one of the few without a frustrating learning curve, comes almost naturally.
Southwest Florida Eco-Adventures
Even the best beach aficionado needs some time away from the shore. Vacation in Ft. Myers, Sanibel, Captiva or Marco Island, along Florida’s southwest, and you can savor not only the sea and sand, but also the natural Florida of estuaries, salt marshes, mangrove swamps, pine woods and pastures.
Spa Trends for Boomers
Boomers have always been the first to embrace new things aimed at the betterment of body and soul. Spas aimed at Boomers, from luxury retreats to affordable getaways, incorporate mediation, yoga, energy balancing, color and cold therapies and, increasingly, Medi-Spa treatments.
Spring Skiing Canadian Rockies
Spring skiing, known for mild temperatures and sunshine, is the best.Forget about face masks, frostbitten cheeks and eyelids freezing shut. The trees glisten and the runs are smooth, but not icy. With the bitter evening chill gone, you can enjoy the sleigh rides and even try a moonlit hike.
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