Category Archives: Features

Quebec City’s Winter Carnival Offers More Than Skiing

Québec (QC), Canada – Québec City’s renowned annual Winter Carnival continues through February 14, and for cold weather lovers this is the place to be. It’s is also an excellent vacation choice for families with young children. While many First Tracks!! Online readers love winter for the skiing and snowboarding, Carnival visitors know that there is more … Continue reading Quebec City’s Winter Carnival Offers More Than Skiing

How to Plan a Heli-ski Trip

Salt Lake City, UT – Heli-skiing is the ultimate dream for any powder-focused skier or snowboarder, but when you look at the costs, it often becomes apparent why the “once in a lifetime” tag is so appropriate. In this article we’ll guide you through how to choose and plan the perfect heli-ski trip for the best return for your investment. … Continue reading How to Plan a Heli-ski Trip

My Tremblant: An American Skier in Quebec

Mont-Tremblant (QC), Canada – In 1938, Joseph Bondurant Ryan, a wealthy American from Philadelphia, and his radio journalist friend Lowell Thomas, climbed to the summit of Mont Tremblant in Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains, using skis wrapped in seal skins. As the story goes, Ryan – who was ostensibly in the area to prospect for gold – took … Continue reading My Tremblant: An American Skier in Quebec

Whisper Ridge Cat Skiing: Just East of Paradise

Paradise, UT – It’s nearly dark as I’m shouldering my skis and walking back to my truck, parked at the end of an unplowed private ranch road in the southeastern corner of northern Utah’s agrarian Cache Valley. The smell of diesel still wafts from the rumbling red snowcat that I just disembarked. Horses and deer … Continue reading Whisper Ridge Cat Skiing: Just East of Paradise

Utah Start-Up Produces Electrically-Heated Down Jacket

Salt Lake City, UT – A few weeks ago we told you about an electrically heated jacket and gloves from Gyde Supply.  No sooner did we publish that review than our phones started ringing to tell us about a down-filled alternative. We tested the down jacket, down vest and gloves introduced by Utah-based startup Ravean and … Continue reading Utah Start-Up Produces Electrically-Heated Down Jacket

Camelback: Family Fun That’s 100% Winterized

Tannersville, PA – After two years’ construction time and a $163 million budget, Camelback’s new Aquatopia waterpark (the largest ski-in/ski-out structure of its kind in the U.S.) and 453-suite lodge were successfully put through their paces over the recent sold-out MLK holiday weekend – crowning the 52-year-old resort’s transition from a daytrip visit into an overnight, year-round destination. Located … Continue reading Camelback: Family Fun That’s 100% Winterized

Liftline Lodge Keeps the Light Burning for Frugal Travelers at Vermont’s Stratton Mountain

Stratton Mountain, VT – You can swing a cat from the Liftline Lodge and almost hit the base village at Stratton Mountain Resort in southern Vermont, which is appropriate since pets are welcome, though dogs tend to be better travelers. Frugal travelers have long enjoyed this little gem in the rough, but its future as a … Continue reading Liftline Lodge Keeps the Light Burning for Frugal Travelers at Vermont’s Stratton Mountain