As an avid skier I’m usually on the slopes at least once a year – more if I can find the time and money to get over to France and enjoy my favourite pastime. However, one thing I regularly find is that I have to explain why I choose to go skiing when I get a break, particularly over holidays in the sun. While my friends are all heading out to Spain or Cyprus and spending their time sunbathing or at the beach, I’m turning down the chance to join them in favour of another trip to the slopes.
But it seems no matter how much I try and convince some of my friends, they have these misconceptions about ski holidays that are hard to break. So to help convince some other sun-seekers of the benefits of a ski break, here are 5 of the most common misconceptions I hear about skiing:
This is easily the argument I hear the most from friends and family – that skiing is simply too expensive. While it’s true that buying the latest Oakley goggles or getting custom made skis can cost quite a bit, you can easily hire all of this equipment, and there are a wealth of budget-friendly resorts available all over Europe, particularly in places like France. Skiing can be expensive, but so can any type of holiday if you’re booking five star and first class – shop around, book in advance and spend your money wisely and you can easily get a great deal on a fantastic ski trip.
The other one I hear all the time is people asking ‘why would you swap the sun for snow?’ I’m not sure why people think the slopes can’t be sunny, but if you go in spring you’ll get snow on the ground and beautiful sun in the sky – it really is the best of both worlds!
People always try and argue that there’s nothing to do on a ski trip if you don’t fancy hitting the slopes, and it couldn’t be further from the truth. For a start, there are a ton of other activities, from ice-skating to swimming, and if you don’t fancy the exercise, any half-decent resort will boast shopping, spas, restaurants, bars, cafes and lots of entertainment options. Ski holidays don’t have to be all about skiing!
For some reason people think of ski holidays as being adrenaline-filled, all-action affairs, but there’s so much more to them than that. I’ve already mentioned the spas and pools on offer, and the sun in many cases (meaning you can sunbathe), but you’re also in one of the most beautiful spots and will be surrounded by scenic walks, yoga, bike trails and usually a huge health and wellness scene.
OK, if you’re not an experienced skier then there might be some truth to this one, but it’s not like it sounds. Falling over rarely hurts and it’s always a lot of fun, and once you start to make some progress you won’t be able to stop getting back up for another go.
You’re probably stuck at your desk right now drowning in work and longing for escape. You should escape. You work hard and you deserve it. So, do yourself a favor and call your local mechanic right now to make an appointment to have your car road trip inspected. If you don’t have a regular mechanic, check Cars.com to locate a reputable service provider in your neighborhood. Get the all clear from the mechanic, request a few days off from the boss, leave all of your cares behind and hit the open road heading to one of these road trip-worthy scenic drives in the United States.
If you live in the Southwest, scenic drives aren’t hard to come by in your neck of the woods. They don’t get much more scenic than Highway 89A that runs north and south from Prescott, Ariz. to Flagstaff, Ariz. through Coconino National Forest. This is red rock country with all roads leading to the nature lover’s mecca that is Sedona, Ariz. The drive takes less than two hours one way, so take your time to drink in the natural splendor and feast your eyes on some of the most spectacular landscapes in the country.
If you call the Pacific Northwest home, you have your fair share of scenic drives in your region too. Consider checking out the historic Columbia River Highway in Oregon. The span treks through the Columbia River Gorge treating travelers to awe inspiring vistas and marvelous waterfalls. The trip is about 75 miles one way. Road trippers can also choose to extend their drive with the addition of the Mount Hood Scenic Loop for views of the state’s tallest mountain.
East Coasters enjoy the enormous benefit of proximity since the states of this region are relatively small and easily reachable in a short amount of time. This region of the country is also replete with gorgeous scenic drives especially when the crisp fall nights begin turning the foliage. Start your adventure on the Historic National Road in Baltimore, Md. and take in more than 150 miles of highway steeped in rich colonial history. The highway extends far into Pennsylvania and is dotted with inns, taverns, shops and antiques to enjoy along the way.
Another of the most scenic routes in the country is the Great River Road which travelers can hop on in Memphis, Tenn. and meander through all the way to New Orleans, La. The route follows the mighty Mississippi with hundreds of opulent plantations built along the road by wealthy landowners, many more than 200 years ago. The food is magnificent, the people are warm and the sun is almost always shining in this region of the country.
The Grand National is one of the biggest horseracing events in the UK right after the Cheltenham Festival, and it may not be as famous as the first but it certainly in the most exiting horserace in the country for its level of difficulty and length.
16 obstacles with at least 5 that take down horses and sometimes lives, the course is so tuff that very few favorites even finish the race. Several horses have died trying to and one jockey, who will be the reigning champion for 2017?
The Grand National is a steeplechase taking place just outside of Liverpool on a urban area during the Grand National Festival that takes place between the 6th and 8th of April (the Grand National is the 8th). Although the original track is located exactly on the same spot and was a cross country race heading into the Leeds Canal and back.
The term steeplechase derives from Ireland where horses were raced from steeple to steeple in between church distances in the 18th century (the race began in 1830). The winner was referred to as “lottery” for the difficulty of winning guessing who could win the race, those odds remain even today making this one of the hardest races to handicap correctly.
2016 winner Aurora Encore won with odds of 66/1 and so have many others with odds above 20/1. In fact, only 30 favorites have won the race in over 80 years with Irish trained horses faring better. Aurora Encore did have a point to his favor after finishing second in the Scottish Grand National with a turf familiar to the horse.
The race is a handicap were horses are given a weight based on its form and proven ability on past races. The weight range is 10 stones to 11 stone 10 pounds with a horse at the bottom with 10 stone. Horse with weights outside of the minimum is said to be out of the handicap. While the weight of the highest performing horse frames the weights for the rest of the contenders.
The Aintree Racecourse is unique in terms of distance and number of obstacles with 16 and two laps. 5 of those obstacles are famous for their unique difficulty to jump and land. In the Turn horses meet a 90 degree turn facing the Leeds Channel, many ended up in the water. The Chair is special for its height and strange uneven landing along with the Brook. The run-in is the longest for any jump race in Britain and can see favorites lose against trailers.
Due to this characteristics the Grand National favors horses who can run up a stone better than in conventional races. The Aintree Factor is said to be the ability of the horse to perform better with each time it participates at the Grand National.
Ballabriggs, Seabass, State Of Play and Hedgehunter were all recent runners that outperformed themselves each year after. Red Rum is the most famous horse with the Aintree Factor by winning three Grand Nationals and two second place finishes. To view more details for possible Grand National Winners check Grand National Day 2017 Betting Odds from William Hill:
Vieux Lion Rouge 10/1
Definitly Red 12/1
One of Arthur 14/1
The Last Samuri 14/1
One of the most important parts of attempting a long distance charity challenge cycling journey is to pace yourself. If you start cycling too quickly and intensely you will exhaust yourself and burn out long before the trip is over. If you do not ride fast enough, you will fall behind and not complete the journey in the allotted time. When you find the perfect pace you can keep riding to your ideal capacity and cover as much ground as possible.
Of course, finding your pace isn’t always that easy. Here are some important points to keep in mind when it comes to finding your cycling rhythm.
Take a look at the planned route for the charity challenge long distance cycling journey, whether it’s a ride to the next county or an epic London to Paris bike ride. The organisers will share the route with you so that you can see how many hills and elevation changes to expect. This information will help you know how to pace yourself. For example, if you know that there is a section of hills and climbs at the beginning of the route but a downhill section at the end, you will know that you can push yourself on the climbs and then recover afterward. If you see that the route is mostly the same the entire way, you can keep a steady pace.
When you start off on a long distance bike ride there is always a sense of excitement and urgency and it’s tempting to ride too quickly. However, if you are riding above your intended pace or heart rate you will be tiring yourself out for when the going really gets tough.
Instead, focus on keeping the intensity low for the first few miles so that you can avoid getting overtired. Once you have settled into a rhythm you will still have the option of pushing yourself a little further later on.
One strategy for pacing yourself during a race is to use a heart-rate strap. You will need to take your average heart rate after a 30 minute maximal effort test, which will give you a good approximation of your threshold heart rate. This is the point at which the muscles will create too much lactic acid to shift. If you stay below this point throughout the ride you will be able to avoid pushing yourself too hard and burning out.
If you use a GPS to track your cycling, take a look at some of the data from your longest distance previous ride. You will be able to see what your usual average speed is and how well you performed at different heights and elevations. This information will help you to be realistic in your expectations and mindful of what you will be able to achieve. Of course, depending on your energy levels, physical state and the wind and weather conditions on the day you might be able to achieve less or more – but the data should give you some sort of idea.
It is very important to listen to your body when you are pacing yourself on a long bike ride. You don’t want to wait until you are paralyzed with a painful cramp before slowing down. You’ll feel a sting in your legs when lactic acid has built up, or a tightness in your back muscles that will tell you that you need to take a break and rest. Listen to the signals that your body is sending you so that you can work at the right intensity to keep yourself going.
You are attempting a long distance ride and not a race, so don’t worry too much about whether you are surpassing the people around you. When you get competitive and you try to surge forward to beat the others, you can tire yourself out which will result in problems at the end of the race.
Remember that the only person you are racing against in this situation is yourself. Don’t worry about the others, just keep a good pace and try to perform at your best.
With these tips you will be able to pace yourself, find your cycling rhythm and make the most of your next long distance cycling journey.
Whilst it’s not known as a popular tourist destination, Wrexham boasts a host of landmarks and activities worthy of attention.Easily accessible from all of Wales, or from across the border in Cheshire, there’s plenty to draw the discerning tourist – and there’s plenty for locals to distract themselves with, too.
In this article, we’ll take a look through them.
Designed by Thomas Telford and finally built in 1805, this wonder of 19th century engineering remains the longest and tallest aqueduct in the country (that’s Britain, not Wales).It’s just over three hundred metres long, spanned by a cast-iron trough a metre or so deep and was designed to carry water over the river Dee, thirty-eight metres below.
The aqueduct is supported by a series of arched ribs – each of which is carried by a pair of stone pillars.During construction, there was widespread scepticism among the public over whether Telford’s design would work, but he persevered; his work stands to this day, as testament not only to his genius, but to his faith in his own abilities.After all, it takes genius to continue with a good plan even in the knowledge that everyone thinks it’s a terrible plan.Take a walk on the Pontcysylite Aqueduct and you’ll have all the time in the world to reflect on that!
On the outskirts of Wrexham lies Erddig, an expansive property whose grounds cover more than twelve-hundred acres.The estate is dominated by a hugely impressive 18th century house, which the National Trust’s website describes as ‘fascinating yet unpretentious’ – two qualities that are hugely desirable in any historical day out.
There’s a strong upstairs-downstairs vibe within the walls of Erddig hall – and in some respects this divide can still be keenly appreciated.In the upper floors of the manse, guests can expect to find all of the fine period furniture and decorations that the Georgian aristocracy would have enjoyed.The downstairs portion is not without its charm, too, being home to a collection of portraits of the household servants. Outside the walls of the hall, there are several outbuildings, including a stables, a sawmill, a joiner’s shop and a blacksmith’s. What more could one ask for in a country estate?
If you’re prepared to venture a little further from Wrexham into the Welsh countryside, you’ll find Llangollen.Llangollen is notable in that it is home to the ruins of Valle Crucis Abbey.Founded at the turn of the 13th century as a colony for twelve monks, the original wooden building was replaced with a much larger stone structure which could house up to sixty.
The Welsh countryside was seen as an ideal place for a monastic retreat.In the 13th century, it offered just the right amount of remoteness from civilisation.Many monks would live out their days in the Abbey without a thought for the rest of the world.
Visitors to the ruin might be surprised to see that many details of the construction remain intact.For example, the west front still carries an inscription from the 14th century, dedicated to the Abbot who oversaw its construction.The east side, on the other hand, is home to the very same fishpond from which the monks used to catch their dinner.
Admission to the ruin is fairly cheap at £3.50 per adult and £2.65 for children.Alternatively, for £10.50 an entire family can get in. Unfortunately, the Abbey is only open during the summer months (between April and October), and so those planning a winter break will have to occupy themselves elsewhere!
Just a short trip across the Anglo-Welsh border lies Carden Park, one of the grandest of Chester hotels. It’s situated in the heart of Cheshire’s countryside and, if you’re looking to enjoy a spot of golf, it’s an ideal retreat. Within its grounds there are two sprawling golf courses – one of which was designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus.If you’re looking to spend an afternoon or two whacking small balls across acres of lush greenery, then there are few better places to do it.
As well as the golf itself, the grounds is also home to a spa, swimming baths and smattering of high-quality restaurants and bars.If you’re looking for some post-round refreshment, then you’ll find it amply supplied.Moreover, CardenPark is also one of the foremost meeting venues in Cheshire, making it an ideal location for any Wrexham-based firm planning a corporate retreat.
There are a lot of exciting holidays to be had within the UK. Here are a few locations that will have you planning more than one trip.
For the motorsports enthusiast, Silverstone, home to the British Grand Prix, is a break that is sure to be remembered for many years to come. Here, you can see such Formula One legends as Lewis Hamilton. You may even catch Max Mosley in the stands watching the sport for which he has done so much. Mosley was instrumental in encouraging a lot of innovation and safety measures on the Formula One racing circuit. His long tenure as president of the FIA (the governing body of Formula One) has led to his opinion being very well respected amongst motorsport fans. Tickets for Silverstone should be bought in advance for the best chance of getting the seat and race day that you want the most.
Getting away to a cabin by a lake or river can be a great way to get back to nature with your friends or even your entire family. The UK is full of such spots as the Forest of Dean, where you can boat down the river and fish. Afterwards, you can return to a well-appointed cabin and even take in a spa treatment. For the true thrill-seeker, there is kayaking the rapids followed by fishing later on.
Cycling is a great way to get away from it all and see some great sights. With cycling, you have time to observe the beauty of what is around you. This means that there are better opportunities to see wildlife in the forest and forget about the hustle and bustle of the city. That doesn’t mean that there is not a lot of excitement to go around. Mountain bike trails are not for those that don’t enjoy getting their adrenaline going a bit. If you have other travellers with you that want a more leisurely experience, then they can go on one of the shorter and easier trails. You can rent bicycles at many of the public forests throughout the UK.
Backpacking and camping
Sometimes, it can be exciting to test yourself and see what you are truly made of. A weekend backpacking trip is great because you can choose a trip to fit the level you feel up to. While it can be fun to push yourself a bit, make sure that you plan your trip well and take plenty of provisions. If this is your first backpacking trip in years, you may want to stick to a shorter itinerary or choose a less strenuous trail. It is always important to allow extra time for inclement weather and other factors. A guided trip can be a good idea for those that are truly beginners. There is no better time to start planning your adrenaline-fuelled getaway. Perhaps you could even encourage a friend of yours to get in on the excitement.
Planning any kind of event takes a lot of time and can be quite stressful. Business events, social events, and birthday parties are significant and should be planning carefully so you can enjoy the full experience. Many people choose to bring in help from the professionals today, but at the same time, many people have reservations about taking this route because of the costs. So, is it better to get professional help in planning your event?
Professional event design London is a service that can enhance any event. The initial reservations many people have can quickly be forgotten. The event planner you choose is a significant decision, but finding the top event planning company can make planning your event much simpler, more convenient, and more cost effective.
Professional event design is a commonly sought after outsourcing option for many events today. The benefits prove how the services can enhance your event leaving you to focus on the things you want to with the confidence that everything will be taken care of. Certain things can be overlooked in event planning such as health and safety and technical support, but you can have every aspect of event planning covered whilst the professionals ensure your event is planned professionally, with your vision in mind, and within budget.
Article Summary : Professional event design London can help you tackle every aspect of event planning from health and safety to choosing your venue. The services available can save you money and enhance your event.
Author Bio : Janifar is an events planner based in Prestatyn, North Wales. Janifar has organised many events and recommends utilising the services of professional event design London to enhance any event or occasion.
Men have found different ways to express their obsessions with cars ever since cars became commonplace on the roads. These obsessions run deep, touching on everything from extravagant wheels to crazy modifications. You’ll be surprised by just how far people will go to show their love for their vehicles.
I’m in Love With my Car
Everyone knows someone who loves his or her car a little too much. Maybe they put in too much effort caring for the vehicle, or maybe they won’t let any friends or pets too close. Still, there’s someone out there who takes love for a car to a completely new level.
Nathaniel, a customer service technician, has a deep obsession with his car. It’s a red 1998 Monte Carlo. Nathaniel named the car Chase. He and Chase have something of a typical relationship, except, of course, that Chase is a car. Nathaniel takes Chase on dates, gives Chase a kiss every morning, and buys Chase birthday presents. The man can’t go longer than 24 hours away from the car—being apart for a long time makes him cry.
While Nathaniel’s story might seem a bit extreme, plenty of others have obsessions with cars that get them into trouble.
Wheels to Die For
Some people are so obsessed with rims they’ll literally kill to get a set. The desire for a nice set of wheels has spread rapidly from sports stars and rappers to mere SUV drivers in the suburbs. And these rims aren’t cheap—spinners, a kind that continues spinning after the car stops, go for upwards of $10,000. This expensive status symbol has even led to murder as thieves have killed the vehicle’s owner for the wheels or killed police who have tried to interrupt a theft.
Annual sales of rims are in the billions. Of course, an underground economy has followed along, stocked by chop shops and thieves. Expensive rims have also caused the rate of auto thefts overall to rise. Now, when someone reports a crime related to their car, investigators don’t just ask details about the car. They ask about its wheels.
Used car dealers have seen it all. Many car lovers express their feelings for their vehicles through bizarre modifications that decorate and personalize the cars. While modifications are not uncommon, some car owners have taken it to another level. There’s an alien car, a car that functions (briefly) like an airplane, even an invisible car. Modification obsessions are one way that people take their love for cars very, very far.
While expensive wheels and other modifications are often the realm of men, women also develop obsessions for their cars. Sure, women are less likely to do modifications that make their vehicles more difficult or expensive to insure. They still buy cars based on color, decorate the interior with mirrors, decals, and other accessories, and develop attachments to cars that are better off upgraded.
Since cars became commonly available, people have found ways to express their love for their vehicles on the road. Some are stranger than others.
Author Bio: Joe Fortunato is a freelance writer from Tampa, Florida. He enjoys learning about new subjects, following his Baltimore Orioles, and traveling the country for fishing. You can find Joe on Twitter at@joey_fort.
Dolphins are majestic creatures, often seen cavorting in the waves all around the globe. The most commonly found species in Australia’s waters are bottlenose dolphins. Bottlenose dolphins are usually found in bays and waterways, surf coasts, lagoons and the open sea. They are very friendly and it is not uncommon to see those riding waves with surfers or swimming alongside boats.If you’re lucky, you might snap a photo just when they’re airborne while jumping on water.
One place you can see dolphins is Tangalooma Island Resort, situated along the coast of Queensland situated on Moreton Island. The island is considered an unspoiled beauty offering a wide range of activities from diving in the wrecks to tobogganing down sand dunes. One of their most popular activities is dolphin feeding, which occurs at sunset on the shore. Up to eight dolphins visit regularly, and you can get to experience how friendly they are in real life.
Dolphins are extremely social creatures and live in large groups called pods. Their diet consists of a number of sea dwelling creatures, including fish, squid, shrimp, tiny octopus and krill. The average adult eats close to 15kg a day to feel satiated. The fish they get during the feeding program is only a small portion of their daily intake – approximately 10 to 20 per cent, much like having a treat after a hard day at work!
The dolphins who visit Moreton Island all have unique personalities. Most of the dolphins are related in some way. The first dolphin to visit the resort was Beauty in 1992, and it was well documented in local media. She was hand fed each night with her calf, Tinkerbell. Not long after, another mature female named Bess visited with her son, Rani. From this point on the dolphins continued to visit, bringing in new family members as the pod grew. Today it has become a normal experience to encounter a few families when circling the waters. Each dolphin can be traced back to those first few ones who made friends with the shore’s inhabitants.
Feeding the dolphins is a wonderful experience for any visitor, but strict guidelines must be adhered to in order to maintain the natural instincts and independence of the dolphins. Be prepared to get into the water up to your waist. A member of the Dolphin Care Team will be there to guide you through each step of the feeding process. Their food intake needs to be regulated as well in order to avoid health complications.
If you are interested in getting in on the action, why not book a trip to some wild dolphin resorts today? Dolphin feeding is a lifetime experience you and your family should not miss this holiday!