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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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The ice cave season in Iceland is short, from mid-November to about the middle of March (and is adjustable according to conditions). Outside of that season, it can be dangerous to go into the caves because they can, and do, collapse. You should never, repeat never, go on your own; always go with a guide. Walking on glaciers is dangerous and, unless you know ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. Rentals are Y500, ...


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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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