Kazakhstan has mountains, but the ‘Borat’ factor rules

Kazakstan01smSki+board November 2014
'Kazakhstan'

Kazakhstan has beautiful off-piste skiing, but the lengths its lifelong ruler will go to in order to the get the Games puts Sacha Baron Cohen’s character in the shade, says Andreas Hofer.. ...Read more

 
When in Rome Ski Like The Romans Do

abruzzoSki+board October 2014
'Italy'

On the fifth anniversary of the earthquake that shook Rome’s 16 ski resorts, baroque towns still stand in ruins in the Abruzzo region — but the resorts themselves are thriving, as Andreas Hofer discovers.. ...Read more

 
In the footsteps of Marco Polo

mongoliaSki+board March 2014
'Mongolia'

The vastness of Mongolia is criss-crossed by migrating herders rather than strips of asphalt, and to ski the high peaks ofthe Altay ranges means travelling with the crawling speed and discomfort of a 19th century explorer. The trappings of modern life - Facebook, Gucci, Adidas, Heineken and Starbucks - were all left behind in Ulaanbaatar, the sprawling metropolis of a country turbocharged by resource-hungry China and international mining money. Beyond the city’s slums begins an ocean of wilderness, vast and endless, unchanged since the times of the merchant Marco Polo and the court ofKublai Khan.. ...Read more

 
El Cóndor Pasa

chileSki+board January 2014
'Chile'

An eternal battle rages between the Pacific and Atlantic weather systems for domination of the mighty Andes, sweeping their 6000-metre peaks snow-free for most of the year and causing massive turbulence in the troposphere. I’d better sit upright in my airline seat: seeing the Cordillera for the first time in all its stupendous glory is heart-stopping. The Andes, South America’s spinal column, stretch more than 7000km from Venezuela to Tierra del Fuego, the end of the world, determining the continent’s shape, geology, climate, vegetation, fauna, history and culture. It is the world’s longest mountainrange, shaping its countries with an unarguable grip. ...Read more

 
Bliss above the clouds - Fuji 2013

fuji

Ski+board November 2013
'Fuji'

The original meaning of Fuji is ‘second to none’. It’s a sacred mountain, the spiritual hub of the country, and its geographical centre too. For most Japanese, just to see it, to look at it, has a special significance. No such luck for Hiro Ishizaka, my mountain guide from Sapporo and me, though. We were standing in the tiny front garden of our friends Take and Minori, the owners of Teatime - a small, exclusive B&B located idyllically at the foot of the sacred mountain. And no matter how hard we tried to look, we could see absolutely nothing. It had started to snow, with slow, heavy flakes ...Read more

 
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