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Gift of Travel: SkiCom Introduces 12 Deals of Christmas

December 12, 2019
Park City, Utah

Save up to 20% on lodging at Snow Flower Condominiums in Park City, Utah, the largest ski resort in the United States offering 7,300 acres of world-class terrain © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Aspen, Colo. – To make things easy and encourage shoppers to give the gift of travel, Ski.com has compiled a list of 12 packages offering up to 40 percent off lodging at top destinations in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia 

Westin Resort and Spa

Save up to 40 percent on lodging I Feb. 23 – April 30, 2020 I Book by Jan. 31, 2020  

With over 8,171 acres of terrain and over 200 marked trails, Whistler Blackcomb is North America’s largest ski area.

Sample package includes:

  • Six nights’ lodging in a Deluxe studio king, mountain view
  • Two, five-day lift tickets

From $1,414.58 per person based on double occupancy

Sample dates: 3/7/2020 – 3/13/2020

https://www.ski.com/whistler-blackcomb-deals/401452

 

Breckenridge, Colo. 

Beaver Run Resort 

Save up to 40 percent on lodging | Travel through April 30, 2020 | Book by April 30, 2020 

Breckenridge is the perfect blend of everything a skier could want out of a Rocky Mountain ski vacation: world class skiing for all levels, a hopping nightlife scene, a wide range of lodging options, great restaurants and a historic downtown.

Sample package includes:

  • Five nights’ lodging in a studio
  • Two, four-day lift tickets

From $998.11 per person based on double occupancy

Sample dates:4/6/2020 – 4/10/2020

https://www.ski.com/breckenridge-deals/401575

 

Chamonix Mont-Blanc

Ski.com To The Mountains Trip

Save $200 I March 1 – 7 

Situated beneath the shadow of 15,767-foot Mont-Blanc—Europe’s highest peak—are three legendary ski destinations: Chamonix, France, Courmayeur, Italy and Verbier, Switzerland. All three resorts are perfect for advanced to expert challenge-seekers and all three are accessible as part of this guided experience.

Package includes:

  • Airport and resort transportation

Prices start at $2,799 per person based on double occupancy.
https://www.ski.com/guided-trips/chamonix

 

Vail, Colo 

Grand Hyatt Vail 

Save up to 30 percent on lodging | Travel through April 21, 2020 | Book by Dec. 31, 2019

With wide-open pristine bowl skiing to intermediate and beginner trails, Vail has terrain to impress every type of skier.

Sample package includes:

  • Five nights’ lodging in a deluxe king room
  • Two, four-day lift tickets

From $1,284.75 per person based on double occupancy

Sample dates:4/5/2020 to 4/10/2020

https://www.ski.com/vail-deals/401554

 

Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Steamboat Grand 

Save up to 30 percent on lodging | Travel through April 30, 2020 | Book by April 15,2020 

From its celebrated Champagne Powder to its deep Western heritage and Winter Olympic history, Steamboat is known as one of the most memorable ski towns in North America.

Sample package includes:

  • Five nights’ lodging in a deluxe king room
  • Two, four-day lift tickets

From $1,039.25 per person based on double occupancy

Sample dates:4/6/2020 to 4/11/2020

https://www.ski.com/vail-deals/401554

 

Aspen Snowmass, Colo. 

Limelight Hotel Aspen / Limelight Hotel Snowmass 

Save up to 25 percent on lodging | Travel through April 29 / April 19 2020 | Book by April 15, 2020 

With four mountains offering beginning to expert terrain and great dining and nightlife, Aspen Snowmass has something to offer for everyone in the family.

Sample package includes:

  • Five nights’ lodging  in a deluxe double room, king bed
  • Two, four-day lift tickets

From $869.50 per person based on double occupancy

Sample dates:4/6/2020 to 4/11/2020

https://www.ski.com/aspen-deals/400806

 

Beaver Creek – Save up to 25 percent on lodging

Beaver Creek features wide-open runs and ski terrain for every type of skier and is home to a luxurious Barvarian village – featuring shopping, dining and an ice skating rink. Ski.com is offering a 25 percent off of lodging at Charter at Beaver Creek, valid for travel between January 5 – March 5, 2020. Book by date is December 15, 2019.

Sample package includes:

  • Five nights lodging in a lodge room
  • Two, four-day lift tickets

From $1,342 per person based on double occupancy

Sample dates:2/9/2020 – 2/14/2020

Link: https://www.ski.com/beaver-creek-deals/401576

 

Breckenridge

Pine Ridge Condos 

Save up to 25 percent on lodging | Travel through April 30, 2020 | Book by April 15 

Breckenridge is the perfect blend of everything a skier could want out of a Rocky Mountain ski vacation: world class skiing for all levels, a hopping nightlife scene, a wide range of lodging options, great restaurants and a historic downtown.

Sample package includes:

  • Five nights lodging in a one-bedroom, two-bathroom, platinum condo
  • Two, four-day lift tickets

From $918.11 per person based on double occupancy

Sample dates:4/6/2020 to 4/10/2020

https://www.ski.com/breckenridge-deals/400622

 

Park City, Utah

Snow Flower Condominiums

Save up to 20% on lodging  | Travel through April 30, 2020  | Book by April 15

Park City Mountain is now connected with the Canyons Resort, to form the largest ski resort in the United States – offering 7,300 acres of world-class terrain. The charming, historic town of Park City also offers great nightlife, dining and shopping.

Sample package includes:

  • Five nights lodging in a one bedroom, one bath
  • Two, four-day lift ticket

Starting from $1,160 per person based on double occupancy

Sample dates:4/13/2020 to 4/18/2020

Link: https://www.ski.com/park-city-mountain-resort-deals/401500

 

Jackson Hole

Teton Mountain Lodge and Spa 

Fourth Night Free | Travel through April 6, 2020 | Book by Jan 1, 2020  

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort offers breathtaking, rugged Teton mountain views, some of North America’s best terrain and the authentic and welcoming Wild West atmosphere that pervades both Teton Village and downtown Jackson Hole.

Sample package includes:

  • Five nights’ lodging in a lodge room king
  • Two, four-day lift tickets

From $1,102.68 per person based on double occupancy

Sample dates: 3/9/2020 to 3/13/2020

https://www.ski.com/jackson-hole-deals/401571

 

Zermatt, Switzerland 

Le Mirabeau Hotel & Spa 

Seventh Night Free | Travel through February 6, 2020 | Book by January 27, 2020 

Located at the foot of Switzerland’s iconic Matterhorn peak, Zermatt offers some of the most iconic skiing in the Alps, spectacular views and is home to a charming village with great restaurants and a bustling nightlife scene.

Sample packages include:

  • Seven nights’ lodging in a standard double room
  • Daily breakfast included

Starting from $2,033.71 per person based on double occupancy

Sample dates:1/30/2020 to 2/6/2020

Link: https://www.ski.com/zermatt-deals/401448

 

The 12 Deals of Christmas can be found by visiting the Ski.com website at https://www.ski.com/12-deals-of-christmas or by calling 1-800-525-2052.

Founded in 1971 in the heart of Colorado ski country, Aspen-headquartered Ski.com is one of North America’s largest providers of mountain vacation packages and an industry leader in online travel technology. The company specializes in booking custom ski vacations at more than 120 of the most popular ski resorts and heli- and cat-skiing destinations in North America, Europe, Japan and South America and offers the largest collection of mountain lodging and ski-vacation components, including discounted lift tickets, flights, equipment rental, ski school, activities and more. Providing unsurpassed mountain-travel expertise, Ski.com’s 70 Mountain Travel Experts average 26 years of experience in the ski travel industry.

 

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Gift of Travel: Ski Vermont Offers Holiday Gift Guide

December 12, 2019
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Skiing Okemo Mountain Resort, now part of Vail Resorts and included on the Epic Pass. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Getting the perfect gift for the skiers and snowboarders on your list doesn’t require busting doors, battling crowds of fellow shoppers or waiting in long lines at the checkout.Ski Vermont has compiled a handy guide to holiday shopping ideas that will bring a smile to the face of everyone who enjoys Winter In Its Original State.

Ski Vermont Wine: Ski Vermont has once again partnered with New England-based 90+ Cellars on a limited-edition red wine just in time for the holidays. This year’s release of Ski Vermont wine is the newest vintage of the same delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from California, a full-bodied red with hints of vanilla, dark chocolate, blackberry and warm oak spices, making it the perfect wine to cozy up with after a day on the slopes. The label features artwork from one of Ski Vermont’s official posters and encapsulates the feeling of watching the sun set over Vermont’s beautiful mountain ranges while squeezing in one last run.  One dollar from the sale of every bottle will be donated to Ski Vermont and used to support a scholarship program for Vermont students in areas of study relating to the snow sports industry.

Ski Vermont Take 3 Beginner Package: The Take 3 Beginner Package allows you or someone you love to take 3 beginner ski or snowboard lessons at participating Vermont resorts for one low package price of $129. Beginner skiers and riders can choose to redeem all three lessons at the same resort, or they can choose to visit a new resort for each lesson – it’s up to them. Each pass will include rental equipment for the day plus a group lesson with a professional instructor and a lift ticket to access limited beginner only terrain. Some restrictions apply. https://skivermont.com/take-3

Ski Vermont Fifth Grade Passport: Skiing and snowboarding are magical sports and that can change lives, supporting healthier decisions and experiences that can last a lifetime. There is no better time to fall in love with snow-covered mountains of Vermont than during a student’s 5th grade year. To help our youth get to the hills, we offer participating fifth graders, from both in-state and out-of-state, up to 88 days of skiing and riding at Vermont’s alpine and cross country resorts for just a $20 processing fee. https://skivermont.com/fifth-grade-passport

Ski Vermont 2020 50th Anniversary Poster: This very special 50th anniversary Ski Vermont poster (right) was designed to honor some of the very foundations of our organization – families, learning, history and, of course, skiing in Vermont. Made in the signature throwback style Ski Vermont’s posters are known for, it features period-correct outfits and gear as a nod to Ski Vermont’s 50th anniversary (1959-2019). https://skivermont.com/store

Killington Resort: 3-Day Discovery Program – Earn ‘Best Gift’ this year without breaking the bank with Killington’s 3-Day Discovery Program for adults (16+). Not only will you learn to ski or snowboard, but you’ll walk away with a brand-new set of skis or snowboard – all for under $400.Dinner at the Ledgewood Yurt – Earn major points with your partner this year and get the Adult Dinner Excursion to Killington’s Ledgewood Yurt this year! It’s one of their most unique slopeside dining experiences on the mountain, complete with a snowcat-drawn sleigh ride to get there.

Okemo Mountain Resort: Okemo Gift Card – This Christmas, give the gift of skiing. A gift card in any amount purchased at an Okemo retail shop can be redeemed for new items in those shops (outerwear, skis, helmets, goggles, etc.) OR apply that amount toward rental equipment for the day. Rental equipment that includes skis, boots, poles and a helmet will run from about $45 a day for a junior kit. Junior skis are designed for children under the age of 12 with varying ability levels. Sport Skis, about $65 a day, feature a softer, more forgiving flex which makes them best for beginner skiers who are looking to build confidence on the mountain. Performance skis, about $74 a day, are designed for beginner and intermediate skiers who are looking for a stiffer ski that will perform better at higher speeds. Demo skis, about $87 a day, are the best for any ability level and any condition. These are the newest and best skis Okemo carries. Choose from all mountain, women’s-specific and powder skis.

Smugglers Notch Resort: Top of the Notch Snowshoe Adventure Tour and Dinner: Treat your special someone to an unforgettable mountain adventure and leave the work to us (and gravity)! The Top of the Notch Snowshoe Adventure Dinner offers a unique opportunity to see the top of beautiful Sterling Mountain during the quiet evening hours. Sunsets, the glowing city lights of Montreal in the distance, and a four-course meal provided by the legendary Hearth & Candle restaurant, all complement this romantic evening in a rustic post and beam cabin. Diners are brought to the top of the mountain via chairlift and have the chance to enjoy a relaxing guided trek around the top of the mountain. After dinner, enjoy a downhill hike back to the base, set to a backdrop of moonlight, stars, and the glowing peaks of some of the tallest mountains in Vermont. This event even runs at the same time as Kids’ Night Out event, so if need be, the little are all taken care of! For more info, visit https://www.smuggs.com/pages/winter/amenities/top-of-notch.php

Sugarbush Resort:
First Timer to Life Timer Program: The best gift a skier can give a non-skier is an introduction to the sport, so consider giving your buddy the best learn to lesson package around. January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and you can grab a $49 beginner package that includes a beginner lift ticket, lesson, and rentals. But it gets even better because that $49 ticket can be upgraded into the First Timer to Life Timer Program (normally $315, but with $49 ticket it’s only $244), where upon the completion of three lessons you get a FREE Sugarbush Premium Season Pass. Add a fourth lesson to that and you get your very own FREE pair of Elan skis or a Rome Snowboard to take home with you. https://www.sugarbush.com/plan/deals/learn-to-ski-and-ride-month/

Cabin Cat Adventures: Give the gift of adventure with Sugarbush’s Lincoln Limo cabin cat. Sunrise First Tracks with early morning cabin cat skiing, Sunset Groomer Rides with beautiful summit sunset views, and Allyn’s Lodge Remote Fireside Dining with a cabin cat ride to a candle-lit gourmet feast followed by a moonlit ski down are all available for you, your friends, and your family. Rates and availability available online. https://www.sugarbush.com/activities/cabin-cat/

Pico Mountain:
Rent Pico – The ultimate gift for 2019 can only be found in Vermont at Pico Mountain. What says ‘I love you THE MOST’ like an entire mountain? Rent Pico for an epic proposal, party with your closest friends, company retreat or just because.

Adaptive Ski & Ride Lessons – Give the gift of freedom through hitting the slopes at Pico this season. Vermont Adaptive offers ski and snowboard clinics at Pico, where Vermont Adaptive instructors teach lessons for all ability levels. Students may book lessons as individuals or as part of a group.

Mount Snow Resort: Peak Discovery Program: This year, give your loved ones the gift of skiing and riding, with the Peak Discovery Program. We all have that one friend or family member that we’d love to get into the sport and now you can. With the Peak Discovery Pass, you get three lessons, rentals, and lift tickets, for just $199, so all you have to do is show up ready to learn a new lifechanging sport. Designed for the true beginner, these lessons start with the basics and work with you to grow your confidence and expertise in a fun and supportive environment.  Take all your lessons at Vermont’s Mount Snow, or mix and match across 10 resorts in the Discovery Pass program, it’s up to you.

Darn Tough Vermont: Outer Limits Ski and Ride Sock: Secret stashes are a source of pride here in Vermont, but we’re going to let you in on a little secret of our own: Darn Tough Vermont makes the best ski and ride socks out there. Added mesh panels on top of the foot and back of the leg combined with light cushion underfoot will guide soft landings lap after lap. https://darntough.com/

Skida: Extra Blue Alpine Hat: The Alpine Hat, is the perfect weight for colder days. Skida’s printed poly-blend outer fabric is fully lined with cozy mid-weight fleece – it wicks moisture, cuts the wind, and always leaves you warm and dry. Great for chilly runs, hitting the slopes, or just cruising around town. This hat goes from casual to performance without skipping a beat. And as always, Skida is made in Vermont. Visit https://skida.com/.

Burton: Step On Binding: Experience the simplicity and convenience of snowboarding’s most intuitive connection. The Burton Step On Binding offers the ultimate boot-to-binding connection for riders seeking both convenience and performance. Three connection points – two by the toe and one at the heel – deliver unmatched simplicity, security, and board control, while a quick release lever ensures quick and easy exit. The Step On is universally compatible with all current snowboard mounting systems.

Rossignol: Experience 88TI (Konect): Experience the all-mountain freedom to carve high-speed groomers and explore further off-trail. The Experience 88 TI is Rossignol’s most versatile all-mountain ski. It blends the heart of a high-performance carving machine with a freeride-inspired profile for playful fluidity and ease in any snow. The race-inspired build gives you the confidence to explore all sides of the mountain in all conditions. This ski is available in Men’s and Women’s. Give the gift of skiing this winter. Visit https://www.rossignol.com/us/ for a holiday gift they’ll never forget.

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Countdown is On When REAL ID Will Be Required to Travel by Airplane

November 27, 2019
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The countdown is on when air travelers will be required to have REAL ID – an enhanced drivers’ license, passport or military ID – in order to get on an airplane. The deadline for REAL ID enforcement is October 1, 2020 © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

The countdown is on when air travelers will be required to have REAL ID – an enhanced drivers’ license, passport or military ID – in order to get on an airplane. The deadline for REAL ID enforcement is October 1, 2020.

According to the US Travel Association, 99 million Americans are likely without any form of REAL ID. Anyone who shows up at the airport next October 1 without the correct ID risks being turned away from getting on a plane.

U.S. Travel leaders fear that individuals who only travel occasionally, such as to visit family over the holidays, are most likely to be affected.

“Significant lack of awareness is one of the challenges we face as the REAL ID enforcement deadline approaches next year,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “We are concerned not only about the post-deadline effects for major travel times like Thanksgiving, but also about the significant crunch at state DMVs throughout next year as people scramble to obtain their REAL ID.”

The message that must be repeated to get people #RealIDready, Dow said. “At a minimum, check for the star that appears in the top right-hand corner of most REAL IDs—but ideally, contact your DMV directly to find out if you’re compliant.

“The holidays are a time when less-frequent flyers might be thinking about air travel, and there is always ample news coverage of holiday travel projections and conditions at U.S. airports,” Dow said. “The next two months are going to be critical for closing the REAL ID awareness.

Over the course of the year, people who need to renew their licenses should make sure it is upgraded to be REAL ID compliant. Also take into account the time-lag to renew a passport, which can take six weeks (and many foreign countries require at least one month extra time before expiration).

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SkiCom Announces 12 Winners of Dream Jobs at 6 Top Ski Destinations

November 25, 2019
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Alex Broadstock and Kris Roller from Brooklyn, NY were selected by Ski.com for a Dream Job at Niseko United ski resort in Japan.

Twelve candidates have been chosen by Ski.Com to document what it’s like to experience it all at six top destinations around the world

Aspen, Colo.– Ski.com, one of the largest providers of ski vacations in North America, announced the 12 new hires for the second year of The Ski.com Dream Job.

Out of more than 1,500 applicants, Ski.com hired 12 mountain enthusiasts to document what it’s like to experience six top ski destinations in North America, Europe and Japan. In addition to being selected for an all-expense paid VIP experience, each individual new hire will receive $2,000; flights on United Airlines; gear from Stio, Black Crows, Giro and GoPro; custom forecasts from OpenSnow; and the opportunity to save our snow with Protect Our Winters.

“In the second year of The Ski.com Dream Job, we are blown away by the significant amount of submissions we received from people with a deep passion for skiing and snowboarding, mountains and travel,” said Dan Sherman, Ski.com’s chief marketing officer.”. “We are thrilled to send 12 talented content creators around the world for a VIP experience at six of the world’s top ski destinations. We can’t wait to watch as their adventures starting this January.”

Beginning in January, 2020, Ski.com will be sending teams of two to each of the following six locations: Aspen Snowmass, Colo.; Jackson Hole, Wyo.; Big Sky, Mont.; Banff and Lake Louise, Alberta; Chamonix, France; Niseko, Japan.

Ski.com Dream Job New Hires:

Chamonix Mont Blanc, France

Jack Botti and Max Rhulen from Bend, Oregon

Jack and Max bring strong photography and cinematography credentials to their bucket-list destination of Chamonix, France. As seen in their application video, they are both expert skiers with a passion for going big in powder and the park. Jack, grew up skiing in Oregon and Max grew up skiing the slopes of Colorado. Their sense of having fun in the mountains is infectious and Ski.com can’t wait to watch their Chamonix experience through their talent for capturing content and skiing big lines.

Application video: http://youtu.be/VtYsJOaFmW0

Niseko United, Japan

Alex Broadstock and Kris Roller from Brooklyn, NY

Alex and Kris are roommates, friends, skiers and accomplished content creators living in Brooklyn, NY. Alex was born in Taiwan and raised in Ohio and has continued to follow his passion for travel and inspiring others through his content. Kris grew up in New Hampshire, has been skiing since the age of three and is a former youth ski instructor. As documented in their submission video, Alex and Kris have captured breathtaking content from around the world but have yet to capture Niseko, Japan – an internationally renowned ski destination for deep powder.

Application video: https://vimeo.com/369188787

Aspen Snowmass, Colo.

Andrew Muse, Ashley LaMarre and Kicker the dog from Park City, Utah 

Andrew Muse has a huge following on his YouTube page, documenting his travels around the world often with fellow content creator and girlfriend Ashley and his internet famous dog named Kicker. Andrew and Ashley’s bright personalities and love for skiing will be a great fit for Aspen Snowmass, where they will have the opportunity to ski all four-area mountains and experience some of the best apres-ski, dining and nightlife in North America. Aspen is an incredibly dog-friendly town, from great winter hiking to doggy meus offered at local hotels, so Kicker will fit in well as he adventures around Aspen Snowmass.

Application video*: https://vimeo.com/369056018

*Andrew and Ashley originally applied for Chamonix however Ski.com has hired them for Aspen Snowmass

Jackson Hole, Wyo. 

Aaron Macrae and Matt Chick from Montréal, Canada 

Aaron and Matt, also known as The Rolling Van Creative, applied last year and also joined Jackson Lebsack, last year’s Dream Job hire, for a leg of his trip in British Columbia on their hometown turf in Canada. This year Ski.com is sending them to capture the best of Jackson Hole, one of the most iconic towns in the Rocky Mountain West.

Application video: http://youtu.be/0-BYMJ_KRQY

Banff and Lake Louise, Alberta

Jake Burchmore and Taylor Ahearn from Crested Butte, Colo. 

Jake and Taylor are professional photographers and filmmakers based in Crested Butte, Colo. Jake was born in Aspen, Colo and grew up in Telluride, Colo. skiing some of the most challenging slopes in North America. Taylor grew up skiing in his home state of Maine but followed his passion for skiing out west to Crested Butte. Jake and Taylor are expert big mountain skiers who will be experiencing Banff and Lake Louise for the first time during The Ski.com Dream Job. Jake and Taylor will be capturing the beauty of this iconic Canadian Rockies destination and experiencing the charming town of Banff.

Application video*: https://vimeo.com/369748491

*As reflected in their video Jake and Taylor initially applied for Japan however Ski.com has chosen them for Banff

Big Sky Resort, Mont.

Celia Miller from Frisco, Colorado and Ben Saheb from Steamboat, Colorado 

Celia Miller is a former professional snowboarder, full-time content creator and was the first female snowboard judge for The X Games. Celia has teamed up with professional videographer and photographer Ben Saheb who started his career at Steamboat TV 18. Ben is currently a freelance filmmaker and is the Director of Photography at Steamboat Powdercats, Celia and Ben will be capturing everything from riding the Big Couloir off Lone Peak to riding under the stars with guided headlamp night skiing.

Application video: https://vimeo.com/369205429

During the application process, which lasted from September 17 through October 29, 2019, interested job seekers submitted videos explaining in 90 seconds or less what made them the perfect candidate for The Ski.com Dream Job. Applicants needed to have a serious desire to travel to some of the most amazing mountain destinations in the United States, Canada and Japan; be an intermediate skier or snowboarder or above and excel at documenting new experiences.

For more about The Ski.com Dream Job new hires, visit the Ski.com blog at: https://www.ski.com/blog/ski-com-dream-jobs-new-hires-2020/.

To follow The Ski.com Dream Job new hires travel the world this winter, follow along at www.ski.com/dreamjob for updates, Ski.com’s Instagram, Ski.com’s Facebook page and the hashtags #skidreamjob and #tothemountains.

Founded in 1971 in the heart of Colorado ski country, Aspen-headquartered Ski.com is one of North America’s largest providers of mountain vacation packages and an industry leader in online travel technology. The company specializes in booking custom ski vacations at more than 120 of the most popular ski resorts and heli- and cat-skiing destinations in North America, Europe, Japan and South America and offers the largest collection of mountain lodging and ski-vacation components, including discounted lift tickets, flights, equipment rental, ski school, activities and more. Ski.com’s 70 Mountain Travel Experts average 26 years of experience in the ski travel industry.

 

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Aspen Mountain & Snowmass Opening Early for Season, Nov. 23

November 18, 2019
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Aspen Mountain is opening early for the 2019-20 season.

ASPEN SNOWMASS, Colo. – Nov. 18, 2019 – Aspen Mountain and Snowmass will both be open for daily operations Saturday, Nov. 23, five days prior to the resorts’ scheduled opening date.

Aspen Mountain will operate Little Nell and Bell Mountain chairlifts giving access to 75 acres of terrain with over 2,600 vertical feet. Available runs will include Deer Park, Tortilla Flats, Spar Gulch and The Little Nell. Additionally, the Silver Queen Gondola will be open for sightseeing and the Sundeck will be available for food and beverage options.

Snowmass will offer a total of 60 acres of terrain with skiing and riding from the Village Express midway unload point along Upper Scooper to Lower Hal’s Hollow to the bottom of Fanny Hill as well as at Elk Camp Meadows accessed by the Elk Camp Gondola. The Breathtaker Alpine Coaster will be up-and-running and the Elk Camp Restaurant will be open with food and beverages.

“With a series of incredible early season storms and cold temperatures, our mountain operations teams have been hard at work and we could not be more excited to open early on Aspen Mountain and Snowmass for the second year in a row,” says Katie Ertl, senior vice president, mountain operations. “With 135 acres of combined skiable terrain on Aspen and Snowmass, perfectly groomed corduroy and a few storms coming mid-week we are looking forward to a great 19/20 season.”

Four Mountain Sports will be open and the Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen Snowmass will offer both group and private lessons for all ages at Snowmass, including children’s lessons out of the Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center, and private lessons at Aspen Mountain.

For opening weekend through Wednesday, Nov. 27, lift tickets are $109 per day for adults and $69 for children, teens and seniors. Half-day tickets for adults are $79 and $52 for children, teens and seniors. Sightseeing tickets for both the Silver Queen Gondola and the Elk Camp Gondola are $37 for adults and $26 for children. The sightseeing tickets include a $10 lunch credit at either the Sundeck restaurant on Aspen Mountain or the Elk Camp restaurant on Snowmass. All pass products are good for the early opening. Ticket offices are currently open at the base of Aspen Mountain and at the Snowmass Base Village Gondola seven-days a week. The Snowmass Ticket Pavilion on the Snowmass Mall and the Two Creeks Ticket Office will open for the season Saturday, Nov. 23.

Aspen Mountain lifts will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Snowmass, the Village Express lift will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with the Elk Camp Gondola running from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

As conditions allow and weather permitting, terrain will be added on both Aspen Mountain and Snowmass. For the most up-to-date terrain openings, visit www.aspensnowmass.com/our-mountains/mountain-announcements.

Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk are scheduled to open Saturday, Dec. 7.

Aspen Skiing Company (ASC), based in Aspen, Colo., operates the four mountains in the Aspen Snowmass area – Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk. In addition, ASC owns and operates the award-winning Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen Snowmass, a collection of rental and retail shops titled Four Mountain Sports and a hospitality division that includes the five-star, five-diamond property, The Little Nell and three contemporary Limelight Hotels, one based in the core of Aspen, one at the base of Snowmass Mountain, and the other in Ketchum, Idaho. In its current form, ASC is a values-driven company that is grounded within the core values of: Live Passionately, Awaken the Spirit, Elevate Community and Honor Place. Aspen Snowmass is accessible by one of the most convenient airports in the mountains – Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE) (3 miles from Aspen).

For more information about Aspen Snowmass, visit www.aspensnowmass.com or call (800) 525-6200. Follow Aspen Snowmass @aspensnowmass on Twitter and Instagram, or at www.facebook.com/aspensnowmass.

 

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Enjoy Holiday Traditions at The Willard, Historic Hotel That Has Hosted Presidents, Dignitaries for 200 Years

November 1, 2019
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There’s something about the holiday season at the Willard InterContinental, a legendary hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, located in the heart of the nation’s capital that has welcomed U.S. presidents, foreign dignitaries and celebrities, as well as has been the site of many historic moments in U.S. history for 200 years.

Washington, D.C.– There’s something about the holiday season at the Willard InterContinental. The elegant garland-wrapped columns outside lure visitors to take in the stately lobby décor, snap a photo by the tree dripping in glittering ornaments and wind through the lobby to find this year’s “how did they do that?” gingerbread display. Year after year the music, aromas, events and traditions offered at The Willard suspend the stress of the season to allow for enjoyment of the simple pleasures that only the holidays can bring, all within the formal yet welcoming backdrop of the beloved property.

The Willard’s collection of holiday offerings fills the hotel, calling visitors from around the world and locals from around the region to pop in and linger longer than they anticipated. Here is an at-a-glance rundown of the seasonal events:

Nightly Caroling Program

Step into the lobby of the Willard InterContinental between December 1 and 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., to enjoy complimentary caroling performances.  A time-honored tradition for over 18 years, The Willard’s holiday caroling program features a wide range of highly accomplished vocal and choral ensembles, and is regarded as one of the most comprehensive of its kind in Washington, D.C.  Sip a seasonally inspired cocktail from the lobby’s pop-up bar while listening to a medley of classic holiday carols from groups including The Gay Men’s Chorus, Washington Saengerbund, Arlington Children’s Chorus, Georgetown Visitation and Vox Pulchra, just to name a few.

2019 Gingerbread Display

The unveiling of the hotel’s annual gingerbread display, a cornerstone of the Willard InterContinental’s holiday décor, is one of the most highly anticipated events each holiday season. Every year, The Willard’s pastry department works to create a gingerbread display that pays tribute to an iconic landmark around the nation’s capital. This year, The Willard is thrilled to announce that their 2019 official gingerbread display will be of the Jefferson Memorial, including The Tidal Basin and D.C.’s iconic cherry blossom trees.

Standing at 8.5 feet by 5 feet, The Willard’s gingerbread display will feature a southeast view of the famed Jefferson Memorial, and include the famed bronze statue of Jefferson by Rudulph Evans and all four quotations from Jefferson’s writings that are carved into the walls of the actual memorial. The display will also include an audio feed of Thomas Jefferson’s Inaugural Address, as well as a real water simulate the Tidal Basin complete with live fish. Intricate chocolate techniques, along with the use of fondant, will bring the famed cherry blossom trees surrounding the memorial to life.  Spearheaded by Executive Pastry Chef Jason Jimenez, Pastry Cook Magenta Livengood, and Engineer David Sanabria, the display’s creation is currently underway and is expected to take over 600 hours to complete.  The displays anticipated reveal is slated for November 20th.

The Gift of Giving Back Campaign

This memorial was chosen to be the featured landmark in this year’s gingerbread display as it speaks to The Willard’s newly formed partnership with the Trust for Historic Preservation and the Trust for the National Mall and the fundraising campaign the hotel will launch this holiday season in an effort to bring awareness and necessary funds  for the ongoing efforts needed to preserve the Jefferson Memorial, the Tidal Basin and the surrounding historic grounds, recently named as one of America’s most endangered historic places. Official announcement to follow shortly.

Holiday Afternoon Tea in Peacock Alley

Beloved by visitors and locals alike, Afternoon Tea remains one of the Willard InterContinental’s most cherished holiday traditions.  Seated in the gilded hall of Peacock Alley, lined with Christmas trees, adorned with whimsical holiday décor, and featuring the elegant sounds of a live harpist, the Willard’s signature holiday afternoon tea experience offers an exquisite menu of sandwiches, scones and pastries with a seasonal twist.  Inspired by Tchaikovsky’s iconic Nutcracker Ballet, Executive Pastry Chef Jason Jimenez has created an assortment of decadent desserts that speak to scenes of the classic Christmas story including sugar plum scones, inspired by the Dance of the Sugar Plum, and Pryanki, a traditional Russian gingerbread cookie inspired by the famed Russian Dance.  An indulgent affair, named among “the top ten places to do Afternoon Tea like a royal” by the Travel Channel, The Willard remains one of the most premiere venues for Afternoon Tea in Washington, D.C., and is a must do event this holiday season. Afternoon Tea is offered daily in December (excluding December 24, 25 and 31) with seatings from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The cost is $75 per adult, or $85 with a glass of champagne, $45 per child (5-12 years of age). Guests younger than five years of age dine complimentarily.

History Happy Hour – The Sweet World of the White House

Back by popular demand, Roland Mesnier, former Executive Pastry Chef at The White House, returns to the Willard InterContinental this December to join The Willard’s veteran bartender Jim Hewes for the holiday edition of History Happy Hour. Providing an insider’s perspective on White House holiday traditions, Chef Mesnier will share memorable moments and entertaining stories from his 26-year tenure serving five American presidents from 1979 to 2004. As no History Happy Hour would be complete without a cocktail lesson or two, Jim will provide attendees with hands-on instruction on how to craft two holiday cocktails inspired by a few of Chef Mesnier’s famous desserts, as noted in his new book, Creating the Sweet World of White House Desserts: A Pastry Chef’s Secrets.  Hosted in partnership with the White House Historical Association, this event will take place on December 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $56 per adult (21 years+) and can be purchased on the hotel’s website, under the events calendar. Cost includes three cocktails and light appetizers. Due to the overwhelming popularity of this event last year, this event is expected to sell-out quickly.

Holiday Cookie Decorating Class

Calling all junior bakers! Step into the sweet world of the Willard InterContinental’s pastry department this holiday season for a hands-on class on all things cookies! Led by Executive Pastry Chef Jason Jimenez and his talented team of pastry chefs, bakers will learn the art of cookie decorating using a variety of techniques and decorating tools.  Ideal for children ages 4-12, this two-hour interactive experience will take place on December 14 at 11 a.m.  Tickets can be purchased on the Willard InterContinental’s website, under the events calendar. $45 per child.

Chocolate Making Class with SPAGnVOLA

Join the Willard InterContinental and SPAGnVOLA recognized by National Geographic as one of the world’s best chocolate shops, for a two-hour hands-on chocolate truffle making class.  Guided by Head Chocolatier Crisoire Reid from SPAGnVOLA, participants will learn the artisan technique of tempering chocolate, the process to making chocolate ganache, as well as the steps to using the ganache to handcraft your own delicious seasonally inspired chocolate truffles to take home.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to taste a variety of SPAGnVOLA’s signature bon-bon’s and truffles, as well as their incredibly popular hot chocolate, all while hearing from Eric Reid, co-owner of SPAGnVOLA, on his experience as a cacao grower in the Dominican Republic. Offered on December 14 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., tickets can be purchased on the Willard InterContinental’s website, under the events calendar. $65 per ticket or $100 for two tickets.

Christmas Day Brunch

For Washingtonians and visitors alike, Christmas at The Willard is a feast for the senses. Stepping into the lobby your eyes are drawn not only to the majestic 20-foot Christmas tree but to the whimsical décor throughout. Your nose is drawn to the blend of sweet and savory scents emanating from the extravagant brunch buffet set throughout the gilded hall of Peacock Alley, lined with Christmas trees, while your ears are drawn to the sounds of the season gently playing in the background. Set in the picturesque and ornately decorated Willard & Crystal Ballrooms, Christmas Day Brunch features a festive menu of items, including a variety of action stations offering a range of cuisine from pancakes and waffles, to seafood and wild game, to risotto made in a parmesan wheel, to a carving station with traditional Christmas meats including Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb, Baked Ham and Slow Roasted Prime Rib. An elaborate dessert display, including an action station for cherries jubilee flambe with vanilla ice cream, will also be offered. For the youngest of diners, a buffet offering a selection of tot-approved dishes, such as mac & cheese, pizza, and chicken fingers, will also be available.

Christmas Brunch at the Willard InterContinental is a longstanding tradition among generations of families. As no Christmas would be complete without a visit from Santa Claus himself, families are able to meet and greet the man himself throughout the duration of brunch. Four seatings for Christmas Day brunch will be offered between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The cost is $125 per adult, which includes bottomless mimosas, bellinis and bloody mary’s, and $55 per child (ages 5-12 years old). Guests younger than five years of age dine complimentarily.

Holiday Package

There is really no other place quite like the nation’s capital during the holiday months. Whether wanting to escape for a long weekend away or for a midweek break, guests can keep cozy with the Winter Wonderland Package and receive upgraded room accommodations to an Executive Suite, complimentary breakfast for two at Café du Parc and valet parking for one vehicle.  This wintry retreat will be available for stays between November 21 and March 20, 2020 with rates beginning at $359.  Reservations must be booked 72 hours in advance of arrival and upgrades are based upon availability.

A legendary hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C., is a world-class destination known for its rich history, luxurious accommodations, premier meeting spaces and inventive cuisine. Often referred to as the “Residence of Presidents,” this iconic property located in the heart of the nation’s capital has welcomed U.S. presidents, foreign dignitaries and celebrities, as well as has been the site of many historic moments in U.S. history for 200 years. Recently named among the top two hotels in Washington, D.C. by Travel + Leisure, The Willard offers 335 spacious and elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites that exude a unique blend of contemporary luxury and historic charm.

For more information, visit www.washington.intercontinental.com  or call 202-628-9100.

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Sail into Europe’s Holiday Markets, Festivities Aboard CroisiEurope Cruises

October 31, 2019
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CroisiEurope, a leader in European cruising, is offering many different holiday itineraries; the cruise company is also taking bookings for 2020.

CroisiEurope Cruises, one of Europe’s largest cruise lines and a leader in affordable cruising, is offering a selection of holiday itineraries. Whether it’s a traditional European Christmas market or a Christmas or New Year’s Eve experience, CroisiEurope has plenty of options to choose from. Prices for these holiday cruises start at just $512 per person and vary depending on cruise length, destination, and cabin booked.

Highlights of CroisiEurope Cruises’ 2019 holiday season programs include:

Christmas Markets Cruises: 

Christmas Cruises:

  • Christmas on the Elbe: Spend the holiday cruising along the Elbe while exploring beautiful cities like Berlin, Magdeburg, and Dresden. Prices for this 7-day trip begin at $2,360 per person.
  • Rhineland Christmas: Discover new traditions through Strasbourg and Colmar, and attend a Christmas Eve mass in Breisach. Prices for this 3-day trip begin at $696 per person.

New Year’s Cruises:

  • New Year’s in Venice: Ring in the New Year by exploring all that Venice has to offer. Travel by boat to surrounding islands like Burano and Murano for a deeper dive in Venetian history. Prices for this 5-day trip begin at $1,963 per person.
  • New Year’s on the Wild Rhine: Cruise the Rhine and make unforgettable memories exploring the Romanesque and Gothic styles of Breisach and Strasbourg. Prices for this 3-day trip begin at $736 per person.

CroisiEurope’s 2020 catalog of European and global cruises are now available to book.

Among the highlights:

Travelers who make a new 2020 European cruise reservation before October 15, 2019 will receive a 10% price reduction.

Visit http://www.croisieuroperivercruises.com to browse all cruise itineraries, departure dates, and prices.

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Fall Deals from Topnotch Resort in Stowe, Vt.: Adult Sleepaway Camp + O’Christmas Tree Package

October 26, 2019
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The AAA Four-Diamond Topnotch Resort, Stowe, Vermont, is offering fall deals including an an Adult Sleepaway Camp Promotion and O’ Christmas Tree Package.

With the kids back at school and (hopefully) settled into a new school year routine, it’s your turn to go to sleepaway camp and get some rest and relaxation in before the busy holiday season kicks into high gear.  Topnotch Resort in Stowe, Vt. has an Adult Sleepaway Camp Promotion valid on travel Oct. 20 through Dec. 13: there are still s’mores (with a glass of wine), activities (tennis or beer/distillery tours, anyone?) and time to relax (soothing spa treatments) but the accommodations and company are upgraded from our youth. Stay one night, get one free 50 minute spa service, 22% gratuity included (offer valid per room and limited to one treatment per room night). Rates start at $212 per night. Book here.

And come December, picking out the family Christmas tree is a great way to kick off the holiday season, and Topnotch’s O’ Christmas Tree Package includes luxury overnight accommodations and a wagon ride through a tree farm to find the perfect tree (up to 9 feet tall) that you select and cut on-site. Once cut, the tree is professionally wrapped, packaged and loaded onto your car for a safe trip home.  Rates start at $179 per night and the package is available Nov. 29 through Dec. 20. Book here.

The AAA Four-Diamond Topnotch Resort is located 10 minutes from Stowe with the best views in the area of Mount Mansfield. Relax in the award-winning spa, enjoy locally-sourced dining at two restaurants with sweeping views of the Green Mountains, take a tennis or pickleball lesson at the Topnotch Tennis Center, or marvel at the stunning mountain views from the heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi while sipping hot chocolate or a specialty cocktail at the outdoor fire pits, or during a horseback or carriage ride arranged through the Equestrian Center at Topnotch. Mountain Ops Outdoor Gear located on property can arrange and outfit for any activity year-round, from skiing and boarding to mountain biking and fishing, or take the Topnotch Brewery and Distillery Tour which visits the region’s highly acclaimed breweries and distilleries. Dogs are welcome at Topnotch, with dog beds, CBD treats and special canine-friendly turndown service and spa treatments.

Call 800-451-8686 or visit www.topnotchresort.com/.

 

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PHOTOPLUS, the Photo Expo at Javits Center Oct. 24-26, Will Present New Show Features

October 8, 2019
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NEW YORK— Photography enthusiasts and professionals will enjoy several new initiatives to enhance the experience at PHOTOPLUS this year, which returns to the Jacob Javits Center in New York City  on October 24-26. Interactive photo, video and education spaces will allow attendees to gain invaluable insights that can heighten their photo and video skills, hear from inspiring professionals, and test new gear in a real-world setting.

Pet Portrait Studio, presented by Tamron, invites attendees to learn how to perfect their pet photography in a fun environment, while also supporting a worthwhile cause. Attendees will have the opportunity to see live demonstrations with Tamron ambassadors who specialize in animal photography, as well as try out new lenses. PHOTOPLUS is partnering with Best Friends Animal Society who will provide dogs for guests to photograph and even adopt.

PDN’s 30 Creator’s Lounge celebrates the anniversary of PDN’s 30: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch. The Lounge will host photographers from the past 20 years of PDN’s 30 to share how they honed their styles and their best advice on how to establish and sustain a successful photo career. This dynamic event features panel discussions, creative meet-and-greets, book signings, and a DJ’d happy hour. Guests will include Shawn Theodore, Miranda Barnes, Janelle Jones, Kareem Black and more.

PHOTOPLUS Image Reviews offers all attendees the opportunity to receive a free one-on-one review with a notable photographer. They can also discuss visual trends, technique, and post-production.

The Adobe Show Floor Theatre will present free, 20-minute educational seminars from industry leaders in photography and filmmaking during all three days of the show.

VIDEO+, sponsored by Videomaker, will feature leading brands in the video and film space. Additionally, attendees can stop by the VIDEO+ stage to hear speakers discuss topics for cinematographers or photographers looking to expand their craft.

The 2019 show will also include a series of exhibitions right on the show floor. The Icon Gallery, sponsored by Chromaluxe and printed by Blazing Editions, will feature images by Stephen Wilkes, creator of the renowned “Day to Night” project. In the PDN’s 30 Creator’s Lounge, guests can tour an exhibition by PDN’s 30 2019. PDN and Professional Women Photographers have teamed up to curate and produce an exhibition highlighting talented women working in a variety of photographic genres and styles. FUJIFILM will present their Legacy Project showcasing talented visual storytellers whose photography has had a profound impact on their personal journeys of self-discovery and on the lives of the communities they have photographed. Finally, PHOTOPLUS teams up with United Photo Industries to bring a selection of the smaller emerge-cube exhibitions that were on display at this year’s Photoville.

Designed for professionals in the photographic and imaging industries as well as enthusiasts, PHOTOPLUS — http://www.photoplusexpo.com/ — showcases the latest advances in photography, digital imaging and filmmaking. Held annually at the Javits Convention Center, attendees have the opportunity to explore an inspiring array of photography and imaging products and services – all from the industry’s leading manufacturers and brands.

Advanced registration for PHOTOPLUS is free for all attendees until October 23, 2019. A fee of $25 will be charged to anyone who registers onsite, October 24-26. Attendees can register now at photoplusexpo.com.

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New Luxury Adventure Company Rebrands as Atlas Ocean Voyages, Opens HQ in Fort Lauderdale

September 28, 2019
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Atlas Ocean Voyages is focusing on authentic, active and adventurous experiences in some of the world’s most captivating destinations, such as Antarctica, Baltic, Mediterranean, and Central and South America. The line’s luxurious and intimate small ships will bring inspired travelers on exciting itineraries for invigorating, at-sea and shoreside adventures, while employing the latest sustainability technology to help preserve the waters they ply for future generations to enjoy.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.– Mystic Invest Holding’s Chairman Mário Ferreira announced that the company’s U.S.-based subsidiary cruise line is changing its name to Atlas Ocean Voyages and establishing its headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Mystic Invest Holding is a leading international travel and hospitality company, which owns and operates the world’s third largest river cruise fleet, as well as hotels, attractions, helicopter tours, consumer space travel, and now, ocean cruise ships. The cruise line was previously Mystic Cruises USA.

Atlas Ocean Voyages is focusing on authentic, active and adventurous experiences in some of the world’s most captivating destinations, such as Antarctica, Baltic, Mediterranean, and Central and South America.  The line’s luxurious and intimate small ships will bring inspired travelers on exciting itineraries for invigorating, at-sea and shoreside adventures, while employing the latest sustainability technology to help preserve the waters they ply for future generations to enjoy. Atlas Ocean Voyages’ World Navigator is currently under construction at WestSea Viana shipyard in Portugal and scheduled to launch in mid-2021.

“Atlas Ocean Voyages will bring inspired travelers on authentic and luxurious adventures around the world,” said Ferreira. “We adjusted our brand name to better reflect the distinctive and luxurious global experiences that North American guests will enjoy. And to bring our unique adventure-cruising vision to life, we’ve assembled a highly skilled team of experienced industry professionals to lead our operations in Fort Lauderdale. I am confident that travelers will delight in exploring the world in the new immersive and active way that only Atlas Ocean Voyages can deliver.”

Ferreira has appointed Alberto Aliberti as President of Atlas Ocean Voyages. He will lead the new company’s U.S. expansion. Alberto led strategic development and commercial operations at Mystic Invest and its subsidiary river-cruise company DouroAzul for nearly 15 years. He had also been a part of the shoreside management teams at Seabourn and Cunard. Prior, Alberto served aboard cruise ships for various lines, and started 27 years ago as a receptionist aboard Sun Lines’ Stella Solaris. Alberto is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.

“It’s an honor to lead Mystic Invest’s latest venture and we are excited to open Atlas Ocean Voyages new office in Fort Lauderdale,” said Aliberti. “We have an amazing team of industry professionals who will apply their breadth and depth of experience to bring new adventure travel options to U.S. travelers. We continue to build our Sales and Reservations teams and look forward to open bookings for World Navigator later this year.”

Lisa Auguste is the Vice President of Operations and responsible for establishing the adventure cruise line’s Fort Lauderdale headquarters and ensuring its ongoing office and call center operations. Lisa’s entire professional career has been in the cruise industry. She knows many areas of the industry and worked in nearly every corporate role, most recently as Vice President of Oceania and Regent Seven Seas’ International division. Her immense experience is pivotal as the cruise line continues to establish itself.

Atlas Ocean Voyages’ Vice President of Sales and Trade Partnerships is Brandon Townsley. Brandon’s tenured career in the cruise industry includes sales and revenue positions at Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, and Virgin Voyages. He fully appreciates the indispensable service that the travel advisor community provides to both suppliers and travelers and will lead the cruise line’s Sales strategy to build loyal and mutually rewarding relationships with travel trade partners and industry leaders.

“Brandon is a commercial leader who understands the invaluable role that travel advisers play,” added Aliberti. “He will leverage his extensive industry experience and unwavering advocacy to excite and educate travel advisors about our new travel product and help them create unforgettable Atlas Ocean Voyages adventures for their clients.”

Additionally, Marie Fernandez-Abou is named Vice President of Marketing, and brings her extensive experience in branding, design and promotions to advancing the adventure cruise line and inspiring travelers. She previously served as Managing Partner at Miami-based Imagery Creative for 15 years and has been a recipient of the Hispanic Woman of Distinction and numerous outstanding business woman awards. Marie also brings extensive experience in leading strategic marketing initiatives for Seabourn Cruise Line and other travel and tourism clients. She currently also serves as Executive Director of the non-profit Pack of Dogs Volunteer Task Force and is a former Chapter President of the American Advertising Federation.

For the latest news and more information about Atlas Ocean Voyages, please visit www.AtlasOceanVoyages.com and follow @AtlasCruises on social media at Facebook and Twitter, and @AtlasOceanVoyages on Instagram.

 

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