The swirling winds and desolate snowscape immediately capture a mood.
A lone skier with alpine touring bindings purposefully cuts through the white room.
Bearded and backpacked his head is bowed, seemingly at one with his environs.
Then he grasps his smart phone and places a bet.
Juan Beiza is a legend of the Chilean Resort Portillo. I got to meet him three months ago and heard about how this one time he nearly got shot trying to give Fidel Castro back his gun. Happens I guess …
Juan Beiza is a man of substance, impeccable habits and has a penchant for making you speak Spanish.
The maitre d at Portillo’s yellow hotel has been there almost as long as the ubiquitous yellow establishment – more than 50 years.
There’d be plenty of tales to tell over that time but in the circumstances it’s timely to relay one and one only: that time he almost got shot by one of Fidel Castro’s henchmen.
Alta, one of the last skier-only enclaves in the United States, is set to open its lifts to snowboarders this season.
While the delayed season start – now slated for December 2 – was initially put down to a lack of snow, it is understood the resort is actually fine-tuning its policy to allow boarders on to the mountain.
Alta is even looking at offering free passes for anyone who brings a board on opening day.
Hate your future president? Too hot where you live? Not enough mountains? There’s a one word solution for you: Canada.
The Snow Gauge has handpicked the five best ski towns in the land for you to relocate. I’ve even managed to check out the real estate and have marked them on the infalible ‘Trudeau Rating Scale’.
So just as soon as the Canadian Immigration website gets back online you can put your application in …
Why put a bumper sticker on a Ferrari?
That’s my general opinion when it comes to the tattoo.
Plenty of people who are “making a statement” disagree with me; so perhaps I’m missing out on something.
As I love skiing and if I was to “get some ink” (do the kids even still say this?) as part of a midlife crisis it would make sense to get something snow-related. So I’ve done some research.
I’ve found the best and worst snow tattoos and rated them accordingly, just in case.
Meantime, sharpen your needles local tattoo parlour, when I feel the need to “express my individuality” by doing something 38.5 per cent of the 18-40 year-old western population has got done, I’m coming your way …