Surf & Snow

Snowboarding Dubai: Riding the Sand and the Shopping Mall

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Snowboarding Dubai in the Desert on a Sandboard

My favorite thing about travel is experiencing the unexpected. Snowboarding Dubai on two different terrains–sand and snow (remember this is a desert)–was one of the great ironies of this fast-growing city. Read more

The Dangers of Surfing Bali and Peeing in the Ocean

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Surfing Bali and Peeing in the Ocean

Before I surfed Bali, I had heard the Indonesian urban legends and old wives’ tales about surfing the archipelago, but more specifically about surfing Bali.

 

“I know a guy who wore a green bathing suit and he was killed by a poisonous water snake.”

 

“If you hit the reef surfing Bali, you’ll have to cut open the wounds, dig out the reef with a toothbrush, and squeeze lemon into it.” Read more

Snowboarding Squaw Valley Resort and Alpine Meadows, Lake Tahoe

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Snowboarding Squaw Valley Resort and Alpine Meadows

The first time I visited Tahoe was in the summer of 2003. Friends and I had passed through after our surf trip from San Diego to San Francisco was ruined by a placid Pacific. We were in awe by the magnitude of the lake, the size of the pine forests, and the height of the surrounding mountains. This February was my first time back in ten years and winter on the lake had a way of transforming an already stunning place into a paradise. Last month, snowboarding Squaw Valley Resort and Alpine Meadows offered up uncanny rides and views that even a master photographer could never squeeze onto a postcard. Read more

Snowboarding Killington Mountain

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Snowboarding Killington Mountain

I’ve skied and snowboarded at least two dozen spots on the East Coast. But so far, nothing compares to snowboarding Killington, one of Vermont’s best mountains. With more than 140 trails, more than a dozen lifts, and three gondolas, “The Beast of the East” makes you feel like you’re out West.

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Snowboarding in New York: Windham Mountain

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Snowboarding in New York, Snowboarding Windham Mountain

My favorite line in the film Endless Summer is “You should’ve seen it yesterday.” For those who don’t speak surflish, it means that the waves were epic yesterday and you missed it… bro. So far this winter, I’ve been hearing surflish from the slopes. I had planned on snowboarding in New York over the Christmas vacation, but when I looked into setting up my road trip and clicked on the website for snowboarding Windham Mountain, it said that only twelve trails were open.

 

The day after I cancelled my trip, I received word from upstate that Windham had received a foot of snow and that all of the trails were open. “Good powder,” my brother wrote, who happened to be snowboarding Windham because his wife was performing there. (She’s a singer.) “30 trails open.” Read more