The year of the bunny slope
You've tied up the yak, claimed a spot near the yurt's potbellied stove, and are happily slurping a bowl of mutton stew. Not your typical après-ski. But in China, the latest ski and snowboard frontier, this is the ideal ending to a day on the slopes. For the past seven years, Colorado-based China Ski Corp. (303/277-0500; chinaski.com) has worked with various ski associations and local governments to develop skiing in China; its first trip packages there were introduced in 1998. Founder Kyle Westgard and his team of Chinese guides lead groups (with varying levels of skiing ability) to the country's largest resort, Yabuli, in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, where skiers sleep in a replica of a Dutch windmill. For a more rustic experience (i.e., yurt accommodations, no lifts), they'll take travelers to Ürümqi,out west in Xinjiang province, where Bogda Peak looms 17,800 feet above a sea of sand dunes. A two-week trip (from $2,535 per person) includes four days at each locale as well as stays and tours in Beijing and Shanghai.
Get Up And Go
(47) On August 27, run among zebras, giraffes, gazelles, cheetahs, and elephants in the first-ever marathon held in an African game reserve. Contact Bush Homes Africa Safaris (888/995-0909 or 404/888-0909; www.bushhomes.com). (48) Sandboarding is already huge in Australia and South Africa, where shops, schools, and tour operators abound. Now it's taking off in the United States. Contact Sandboard Magazine (760/373-8861; www.sandboard.com) for information on monthly demo events. (49) Head to Greenland, the newest secret heli-ski spot. The season lasts just two months, but runs stretch from peak to shore and the relatively low altitude means more oxygen, and more energy. Contact Maniitsoq Tourist Service (299-81/3899) in Greenland. (50) With hundreds of lakes and rivers accessible only by foot or by boat, Argentina is fly-fishing's last wilderness. Stay at the new Estancia El Chimehuin fishing lodge (888/270-9867 or 54-2972/491-538; www.flyfishargentina.com).
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