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I came across the following while searching the website for Hemispheres magazine, United Airlines' in-flight offering, in which I read an account of one reporter's day on the slopes of Sun Valley with Cali's newest guv'nah.

Couldn't locate it but I did find this:


There’s a world of wonderful skiing out there—but the raw appeal of winter sports is only part of the story at ski areas that are just plain weird. You don’t have to look far for the unusual. This season, you could find yourself tackling slopes in the unlikeliest places on the planet.

1. Ready to ski Everest? Of course there’s extreme terrain, but Nepal’s new heli-skiing tours from Himalayan Heli Ski Guides also offer endless, effortless powder skiing on easy and moderate slopes. And best of all, even the easy stuff boasts vast Everest-appropriate vertical drops. This is so new that early visitors are able to give names to the runs they ski and have them marked on the map.

2. During the Cold War, no one told us that ski lifts ran free for Soviet citizens at dozens of hills around Moscow. Granted, lifts and trails were lousy, but today Russia’s skiing President Putin is encouraging new ski centers all over the country. He can be seen chatting with fellow skiers on his favorite slope at Shukulovo in Moscow’s suburbs.

3. There’s nothing odd about skiing in Austria—Alpine skiing started there—unless, that is, your destination is Obertraun, the world’s first official nude ski trail. The biggest problem is timing your visit to avoid frostbite and sunburn. And, oh, better not fall down.

4. There are reportedly a few portable rope tows in Antarctica, but Cerro Castor, in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, is the world’s most southerly ski resort near the world’s most southerly city, Ushuaia. And it’s a rarity, too—a brand-new $10 million ski resort with three state-of-the-art quad chairlifts.

5. Skiing in the once-lampooned Banana Belt of the United States, the Southern Appalachians, keeps getting bigger and better. The mega–ski corporation Intrawest owns Snowshoe West Virginia, where more snow falls than in northern New Hampshire. Snowfall at Beech Mountain in North Carolina is roughly equal to that of Buffalo, New York.

6. Casablanca is one of the world’s hottest cities and Belgium is one of the world’s flattest countries, but neither fact stopped a smart Belgian entrepreneur from opening the world’s first indoor snow center 15 years ago. Belgium’s Casablanca has a 100-meter-long slope.

7. Finland has more than 100 ski areas, several on the Arctic Circle, and one close to Santa’s home. But the Snow Tunnel is a unique attraction—an underground, year-round, 80-meter snowboarding half pipe. A cross-country ski version is due in August 2004.

8. The world’s longest indoor ski slope—520 meters—opened in early 2002 on the southern Dutch/German border. This winter, SnowWorld Landgraff will host the International Ski Federation’s first-ever indoor competitions.

9. Iceland claims more area under glacial ice than the rest of Europe combined. And Snaefellsjokull Glacier, the starting point for the descent to the center of the earth in Jules Verne’s book, has a drag lift that’s open 10 months each year.

10. Ski business is booming in China—the country is halfway to its target 500 resorts by 2010 (up from one in 1990). Snow-capped Yulong Mountain in the south of the country is the ski area closest to the equator.

11. Cyprus, the Mediterranean island known for its beaches, also boasts snow-capped peaks from December to April. The local ski club runs a couple of surface lifts in the Troodos mountains. There’s even a ski school, should you need lessons on your Mediterranean holiday.

12. Singapore’s first-ever snow fell in 2000—indoors—when Snow City opened. The facility offers limited ski and boarding opportunities, but no matter. Locals are happy just to throw snowballs, build igloos, and ride toboggans.

13. Skiing in hot South Africa may sound unlikely, but snowmaking experts have managed to run the Tiffindell ski area for the past 10 years on the Cape’s highest peak—3,001-meter Ben McDhui.

14. Sweden’s Riksgränsen, the world’s most northern ski resort, has offered skiing from February to June since 1903. Located 250 kilometers above the Arctic Circle, the resort’s lifts operate under the midnight sun—there’s 24-hour daylight—starting in mid-May.

15. Hawai‘i has an active ski club that regularly skis the snowy summit of Mauna Kea, a 4,205-meter volcano. There are no lifts, but a four-wheel drive vehicle will get you to the summit
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I got a brochure from a Heli skiing Outfit in The Himalyan mountains. They were calling themselves "Curry Powder Guilds"
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