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The European Biathlon Championships can draw sizeable crowds: In 2004 in Belarus, they attracted some 80,000 visitors, and given that the World Championship in Germany in February 2012 attracted more than 200'000 visitors over 6 days, you can expect that the Bansko region's ~100,000 beds will be rather well occupied. The competitors in the Biathlon event ...


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Europe has literally thousands of ski resorts. So I'll focus on the Alps. There I can recommend you two small ski resorts that are well suited for beginners. There are various reasons for this. Small ski resorts are generally cheaper. So you don't have to spend a lot of money for runs you won't ever use because they're too step. Additionally, small resorts ...


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Some options in Sweden. Romme Alpin outside Borlänge in Dalarna Sweden is a good place to start snowboarding. It got 23 slopes of varying kind, 3 chair lifts and a good small beginners area with a slow short button lift that is manageable for beginners. For intermediate snowboarders it may get boring after a couple of days though. A good thing with Romme is ...


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I would not do this. I would rather buy some bread and prepare sandwiches every morning and take them in a backpack, together with some drinks. When you are hungry, you can stop wherever you want and eat your sandwiches. There are enough places in Val Thorens where you can get a fresh baguette in the morning. You can even by your sausages, cheese, jam, etc ...


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According to at least one source, yes: Despite the rigid separation between men and women on the ski lifts, and often on the courses themselves, visitors revealed that on the mountain slopes, in the hotels and inns, one could drink alcohol, hear female singles and mingle freely until all hours of the night. "Just like many other things in Iran, ...


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The problem with arranging a group trip involving anyone other than close friends is that you (as the organiser) can easily be left out of pocket or worse if things go wrong; people can and will cancel at the last minute, pull out without telling you, miss their flights, trash their rooms etc. leaving you with the liability. That's why I'd recommend using a ...


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Most people skiing for the first time choose a ski package, where you get accomodation, lift tickets (skiing admission as you put it) and maybe meals and transport in one package. The big benefit is that everything is simplified for you - you know you are getting what you need. It also guarantees that the hotel is suitable for skiing and close enough to the ...


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Biathlon is a combination of cross-country skiing and shooting. As such it doesn't take place on downhill/snowboard slopes. While it is probably worth checking with the resort, I doubt any downhill slopes will be closed. Of course it may mean that the place is much more crowded.


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I don't know where you got it from, but the Wachau is definitely not a ski region. So, yes it is fine for non-skiers. By definition, so to say. The Wachau a quite picturesque region. It has some interesting historical monuments. The Wachau is also famous for its wine. An interesting way to explore the place and enjoy the landscape is by cycling. Have a look ...


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I couldn't find anything in Japan - my Japanese isn't that great, and search results are mainly about an apparently new fad called "water jump", which seems to consist of riding a snowboard down a rather small ramp into a lake or pool. Here's two event agencies offering two-day ski jumping lessons in Germany or Austria: http://www.jochen-schweizer.de/...


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I don't think there is a lake that could freeze over. A few mountain regions in VIC, TAS NSW and even SA get snow during winter, but there aren't any lakes at this attitude. The coldest place in Australia I could find was Collinsvale, TAS (close to Hobart) with a minimum average temp of +7.5 degree C. This is still pretty far away from cold enough for lakes ...


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If you are travelling through Wachau, the ruins in Duernstein and Loiben are remarkable, Duernstein having a connection to the myth of Blondel the singer. Both venues offer breath taking views of the Danube. And of course the local cuisine is a treat.


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Val Thorens has multiple moving carpets: Castor and Pollux, Musaraigne and Campagnols. Free, and easy for small kids. Roc is a small draglift, so less suitable. http://www.valthorensguide.co.uk/beginners-area.html In the next valley there's Courchevel 1850, which has three longer lifts: Cospillot, Bellecote, and Etoiles. http://www.courchnet.com/lifts/ski/...


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Even if it's possible, it's ILLEGAL and therefore the answer is NO. If you want to drink alcohol, just go somewhere else.


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In Borovets you'll find it very easy to rent skis or other equipment you might need. Most if not all of the places that rent skis speak multiple languages and will be clearly marked around the resort. In case you find difficulties, just ask anyone around in English and they should be able to help you. Expect around 20 BGN/day for ski + boot + poles rental.


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If all you're concerned about is snow. You can take a look at: Intellicast Weather Underground NOAA Snow Analysis NASA But you really should pick the locations to ski and then look at specific mountains or areas to see what the snow report actually says. EDIT OK. Here is the resource specifically for the SKI resorts in the US and not only there. On ...


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Here's my experience: In Shanghai (PVG), I went to the counter to check in, the guy barely spoke English, asked me what was in the bag. Eventually he checked me into the flight and attached the luggage barcode thing to my bag. Then he called someone on the phone and told me to wait for someone to collect the luggage. A few seconds later he asked me to ...


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I am afraid that troika rides are not easily available in Ukraine. Online search on troika rides in Ukraine gives no meaningful results. I think I can explain why. Troika is a cultural icon of Russia, not Ukraine. And seeing how are the political relationship between Russia and Ukraine - nearly open hostilities - I would not expect to find troika rides ...


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We've had good luck in Colorado resorts with Joel Gratz at http://opensnow.com/ He posts detailed ski forecasts in addition to accumulation reports. There are 4 other reporters on the site for other US ski areas.


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There are 3 main alternatives that are as close to Stockholm as Romme. Kungsberget outside of Sandviken in Gästrikland: 210 kms from Stockholm 11 ski lifts 18 runs Bjursås north of Falun in Dalarna: 250 kms from Stockholm 7 ski lifts 21 runs Säfsen in the south west corner of Dalarna: 270 kms from Stockholm 6 ski lifts 16 runs A bit further is Branäs ...


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I don't think Åre or Funäsfjällen are really so far away as to be impossible. I've driven from where I live (Östersund) to Stockholm several times and it usually takes 5 hours or so. If I start driving at 9AM I'm usually there by 3-4PM. Considering that the slopes usually close at 9-10PM or even later in some areas, that's plenty of time for a quick shower,...


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If distance wasn't an issue, Åre would be the way to go. It's one of the best Swedish ski resorts, with more than 100 runs, varying from green to black. Unfortunately, it's situated in Jämtland, and is a good 530 km away from Stockholm, so probably not going to be your first choice. Somewhat closer is Sälen, which also sports more than a 100 tracks of ...


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One of the closest would be Flottsbro 23.4 km or 21 minutes by car from central Stockholm. It has a vertical drop of 103 meters and the longest slope is 700 meters. It has five runs and jumps for skiing and snowboarding.


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I went snowboarding in Stöten, It's a nice small ski area but it seems a bit to far from Stockholm.


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Looking on their website, they could charge 200 USD to take it. https://www.airchina.co.uk/GB/GB/info/checked-baggage/overweight-charge.html I have the same problem currently, I want to fly to Tokyo with my snowboard, but don't want to pay 200 USD


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In the Lonely Planet book for Tokyo, page 196, it mentions two: Takadanobaba Citizen Ice Skating Rink: Takadanobaba / Skating rink Open noon-7:45pm (Sun. 10am-6:30pm). Open every day. Y1300 all day; skate rental Y500 Takadanobaba 4-29-27. and Meiji Jingu Ice Skating Rink: Open year round, you can use ice hockey, speed or figure skates....


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I think these rules are very dependent on the bus terminal and the line. First, Vancouver-Calgary is a part of the transcontinental line. So a lot of people are moving with a lot of stuff. From the little I saw, they are cool with everyone bringing random things such as guitars and even a bicycle, but I would not say it's always the case. For the terminal, ...


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From my experiences with greyhound, they usually don't mind a skateboard/snowboard if there is plenty of space in the cargo hold. This also applies to luggage exceeding usually allowed size.


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