The most famous ski area in the USA is much more than just a celebrity hangout.

The most famous ski area in the USA is much more than just a celebrity hangout.

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To do this, you have to get to the heart of your own sporting ambitions on the one hand and investigate the snow conditions in the respective winter sports area on the other. With this knowledge in mind, the search for the right ski model in specialist shops or online is much easier.

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Find the right length

Once you have decided on a suitable ski model, length matters. People between 1.70-1.80 meters choose a ski length of 140-150 centimeters. Tall people from 1.90 meters, on the other hand, are better served with a 150 to 160 cm ski.

If you go on a winter sports holiday with your little ones, you should put together special ski equipment for children in good time. The search is sometimes more complicated and lengthy than with adults, since children’s sizes are often not listed.

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The components of ski equipment for children

Basically, ski equipment for children contains the same components as for adults. The only problem is the fact that even a well-stocked specialist shop does not always have children’s sizes in stock and must first order them – accordingly, you have to collect all the important utensils from various retailers well in advance of your holiday.

Your shopping list should include a hat, ski underwear, ski socks, winter shoes, ski jacket, helmet and ski goggles. In addition, there are winter sports-related purchases such as first-aid kits and sun protection. It is a good idea to take duplicate clothes with you when you go on vacation.

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A trip to the specialist shop is essential

Regardless of whether you buy the skis for the little ones or rent them on site: You should adhere to the guidelines of the German Ski Instructors Association. He recommends tailored skis from certain manufacturers, as they can be turned more easily while skiing and thus lead to a sense of achievement more quickly. An easy-to-use binding is essential – otherwise the children will need help every time they get in and out.

Prior knowledge, age, stature and weight of the child must be brought into harmony when choosing skis and ski boots. You should definitely visit a specialist shop for this, as fine adjustments are usually necessary: ​​the child may need an adult ski boot. Then an adult binding with a low setting value must be selected. Every winter sports specialist outfitter can make the appropriate settings very quickly.

Finally, the ski equipment for children also includes the right ski poles. These should absolutely meet the DIN ISO standard 7331. When the child sticks this vertically into the snow and takes hold of the handle, the upper and lower arm should form a right angle.

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Aspen is without a doubt the most famous ski resort in the USA. Here, like in St. Moritz in Switzerland or in Kitzbühel in Austria, the beautiful and the rich meet on and off the beautiful slopes.

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The slopes around Aspen leave nothing to be desired

The most famous ski resort in the USA is much more than just a celebrity hangout. Aspen offers an extraordinary flair that captivates every visitor. This includes the typical red brick houses in Victorian style as well as the chic boutiques.

But for all lovers of winter sports and snowy landscapes, the great skiing opportunities on the four almost equally large mountains in the Aspen ski area are in the foreground. The panorama that is offered from Aspen Mountain, the Highland Bowl, Buttermilk and Snowmass on Aspen and the mountain landscape is simply fantastic. (The most beautiful slopes in Switzerland)

Many luxury hotels for exclusive guests

Despite the extremely high prices for land and real estate, the Aspen ski area is in great demand. The construction activities in the village and the surrounding area are still in full swing, and there is no end in sight. Aspen hotels offer luxurious comforts known around the world. In addition, a visit to the numerous luxury boutiques is a welcome opportunity for the rich and beautiful to spend money and, above all, to be seen. (Ski goggles: how to find the right model)

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The ski pass in the five-digit euro range

In addition to luxury, the Aspen ski area also has a few crazies. Probably the most expensive ski pass in the world is sold here: If you want to hit the slopes before the celebrities, you have to shell out an incredible 25,000 dollars. In return, the owner of this luxury ski pass is offered a lot. You can bring friends with you, meet the women’s national ski team and get interesting insights behind the scenes. (Winter sports in the French Alps)

If you want to go on vacation, you are spoiled for choice right from the start: Where should you go with the multitude of travel destinations that planet earth has to offer? The experts from Lonely Planet, who decide every year which destinations are the best, cheapest or most spectacular holiday destinations, can help. See the top ten travel destinations in 2012 in our photo show. But the decision of the travel experts is extraordinary – they recommend a vacation in Uganda. Would you go on vacation there? Vote at the top right!

An East African country takes first place

For the seventh time already, the Lonely Planet publishing house has issued its annual travel recommendation. The publisher is known for its affinity to pristine areas of the world and many readers rely entirely on the judgment of the employees. Right at the top of the winner’s podium of the top ten countries this time is the African landlocked country Uganda, which borders among other things on Rwanda, Kenya and the Congo. The country combines the East African savannah with the West African jungle, so that safari tourists can see lions as well as chimpanzees and mountain gorillas. But other aspects of Uganda are also fascinating: golden grasslands, waterfalls and cultural sites such as the Kasubi Tombs ensure a varied visit to Uganda.

Europe is also represented

Second place among the selected countries is Myanmar (2), followed by Ukraine (3), Jordan (4), Denmark (5), Bhutan (6), Cuba (7), New Caledonia (8) and Taiwan (9). Last place was taken by Switzerland (10), which at least made it onto the Lonely Planet hit list. The list of the top ten regions this year is headed by the Welsh coast (1), followed by La Ruta Maya on the Yucatan (2), northern Kenya (3), the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh (4), the Croatian island of Hvar (5 ), Sicily (6) and the Canadian Eastern Provinces (7). Eighth place is occupied by Queenstown and the Southern Lakes (New Zealand), whose placement in the leaderboard is justified by the makers of Lonely Planet as follows: "Where else can you go skiing in the morning and play golf in the afternoon?". After the New Zealand region comes Borneo (9) and then Poitou-Charentes, a region in western France (10).

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Four European cities in the top ten

Europe is also represented among the cities recommended by Lonely Planet: England’s capital London (1) comes first, followed by Muscat, the capital of Oman (2), Bangalore in India (3), Cádiz in Andalusia (4), Sweden’s capital Stockholm (5), Guimarães in the north of Portugal (6), Santiago in Chile (7), Hong Kong (8), Orlando in Florida (9) and lastly Darwin in Australia (10).

Further information:

"Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2012": 208 pages, with numerous black and white illustrations, English Lonely Planet Publications ISBN-10: 1742203051 ISBN-13: 9781742203058, more information at www.lonelyplanet.com

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Aspen is a paradise for winter sports enthusiasts

There are plenty of private planes at the small airport in the middle of the Rocky Mountains "Rich and beautiful" romps happily between "You and me" – after all, everyone looks the same in a ski suit. Aspen vacationers have one thing in common: they all come to ski or snowboard. That connects. The four mountains Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk, which are part of the Aspen / Snowmass ski area, offer over 500 kilometers of slopes. The local mountain Aspen Mountain can be reached with the gondola directly from the village. Those who opt for a red one can even get in the mood for a day of skiing with their own music via an iPod connection.