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Every year across North America, and indeed the world, thousands of LGBT snow bunnies (or should we call them ‘mo bunnies?) strap on their ski gear and hit the mountains for a raucous week of winter shenanigans that almost always include some sort of downhill drag competition, late-night circuit events, indoor pool parties and daily après skis. Despite the winter weather, male participants at these events are often shirtless. Believe it or not, people do manage a little sport here and there, and even if you’re downhill skiing and snowboarding aren’t up to par there’s always the bunny hill. Here are four “must-attend” queer ski weeks and how to do themright.

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 Aspen Gay Ski Week Parade | Photo courtesy of Matt Power

Aspen Gay Ski Week Parade | Photo courtesy of Matt Power

Aspen Gay Ski Week: Aspen, CO (Jan 15-22)

Perhaps the most famous ski week in the queer calendar, Aspen Gay Ski Week (AGSW) celebrates 40 legendary years in 2017 by bringing together more than 5,000 outdoor enthusiasts to one of the most well-known and ritzy mountain towns on the planet. Surprisingly, AGSW is a nonprofit venture that benefits AspenOUT and LGBT organizations including the Point Foundation, the Gender Identity Center of Colorado, the Western Colorado AIDS Project and others.
DON’T MISS The Downhill Costume Competition is an annual highlight. Last year’s event was judged by Margaret Cho and RuPaul’s Drag Race faves Shangela, Ginger Minj, Ivy Winters and Katya. The centerpiece AGSW bash is the Mountain Party which happens 11,000 feet above the world at the Sundeck at Aspen Mountain.
Be sure and hit up Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro for a wild time. In case you’ve never been, it’s the legendary “cabin” atop Aspen Highlands mountain where skiers swing by around 2pm for an après-ski bite with a little bubbly. By 3pm everyone is on their chair spraying the cabin with champagne while grooving to dance music. There’s literally nothing else quite like it.  This all happens around 2 pm, and around 3, they “hit the crazy switch” and blare dance music. Diners get on the chairs (still in their ski boots, of course) and rock to the music, often spraying Champagne everywhere. There’s nothing else quite like it.

Winter Rendezvous in Stowe

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Winter Rendezvous: Stowe, VT (Jan 18-22)

If you’ve never been to the teensy winter resort town of Stowe, just know that it’s as adorable as the rest of the Green Mountain State, but with less fuss and pretension than its Rocky Mountain counterparts. Winter Rendezvous attracts up to 500 skiers annually to the largest and longest-running LGBT ski event on the East Coast. It’s also easier on the wallet then some of its competitors with an event pass that includes discounted lift tickets, rentals and lessons and access to all six main events including the opening Party, a live performance from Jimmy James, comedian Julie Goldman, the pool party, a VIP Cocktail Reception, the Blowout GLOW party and special rates on lodging.
DON’T MISS The pool party at Trapp Family Lodge and the Downhill Costume Drag Race at Stowe Mountain Resort.
HOT TIP Be sure and register! Winter Rendezvous participants ski and ride for only $46 per/day, compared to the normal lift ticket rate of $120 per/day. They also receive 25% discount on rental equipment and lessons.

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Pool party at Whistler Pride | Photo courtesy of Whistler Pride

Pool party at Whistler Pride | Photo courtesy of Whistler Pride

Whistler Pride and Ski Festival: Whistler, BC (January 22-29)

One of the largest andoldest (25 years and counting) LGBT ski events on the calendar, Whistler Pride finds more than 3,000 LGBT guests from 26 countries (including a large contingent from Canada, California and the Pacific Northwest) descending upon North America’s largest ski resort (Whistler Blackcomb is an astonishing 8,171 acres) for an 8-day ski celebration that doubles as Pride Week, meaning the mayor herself takes part and don’t be the least bit surprised to see a rainbow blur of Pride flags in storefronts as you stroll Whistler Village.
DON’T MISS Comedy Pride Night featuring bitchy flight attendant Pam Ann and mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden, the Whistler Pride Ski/Snowboard Guide Program which matches skiers together on the basis of skiing and riding abilities (great for beginners!) and the signature party Snowball25.
HOT TIP The daily après skis are insanely popular, so much so that guests are advised to arrive early or risk having to wait to gain entrance. Also, make dining reservations well in advance and always book a table with a couple extra seats. Chances are you’re here to make new friends and maybe even a new friend, so bare that in mind when making a reservation.

Telluride | Photo courtesy of

Telluride | Photo courtesy of Ryan Bonneau

Telluride Gay Ski Week: Telluride, CO (Feb 25-Mar 4)

Out Olympian and Brit downhill skier Gus Kenworthy kicked off last year’sevent (which sold out every single one of its parties) and brought hundreds to the chic Rocky Mountain town of Telluride (also famous for its annual film fest) for this 15th annual ski week which always includes an opening day party, daily après ski and a late-lounge or event that extends into the wee hours. Previous headliners have included Sandra Bernhard, Shawn Colvin and DJ Ruckus and DJ Bimbo Jones so when it comes to entertainment, the event goes all out.
DON’T MISS Events for this year’s ski week have not yet been finalized but last year’s White Party (literally!) brought the house down. Luckily, no one was hurt.
HOT TIP Hundreds of Telluride fans are beginners and just as many don’t even ski at all so don’t worry about skill level. Also, Telluride Gay Ski Week happens in tandem with a week of events hosted by Telluride AIDS Benefit (TAB) which on its own brings hundreds of people from around the world to town. Be on the lookout for a joint closing party between the two organizations.

Featured image courtesy of Whistler Pride 

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Jason is an associate editor at Orbitz, a social media marketing consultant and a freelance cultural reporter for numerous publications. His works has been featured in the Huffington Post, Time Out, Passport, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine and many others.
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Gearing up for a big ski season? If you plan on hitting the slopes often or plan on checking out more than one resort, it might pay off to get a season pass. Here are some of the best multi-resort passes available this year, but hurry—some of them won’t be available for much longer.

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Solitude, Utah

Solitude, Utah

Mountain Collective

Get two days each at more than a dozen top resorts for just $409 ($99 for kids aged 12 and under) when you pony up for the Mountain Collective pass. Partner destinations include Alta/Snowbird, Aspen/Snowmass, Telluride, Jackson Hole, Mammoth Mountain, Taos, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Stowe Mountain Resort and Sun Valley in the USA; Whistler Blackcomb, Revelstoke and Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine in Canada. International partners include Ski Queenstown-Coronet Peak-The Remarkables (New Zealand), Chamonix (France), Hakuba Valley (Japan) and Valle Nevado (Chile).

MAX Pass

With the MAX Pass, you get five days at each of 32 mountains which participate in this pass, including Alyeska, Alaska; Crested Butte, Steamboat, Winter Park and Copper Mountain in Colorado; Brighton and Solitide in Utah; Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands in Michigan, and Tremblant in Quebec, Canada. The pass is $649, with no blackout days.



Vail Resorts owns and operates more ski/snowboard destinations in the US than any other company, and also offers multiple choices for money-saving passes. These choices are the most popular, and pay for themselves in a few days:

EPIC Local Pass gets you unlimited skiing or riding with no blackout dates at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado and at Vail’s resorts in the Midwest, plus ten days total at Vail and Beaver Creek and five more at Whistler Blackcomb, for $649 ($509 for teens ages 13-18 and $339 for kids 5-12).

Standard 4-day and 7-day passes are best for that one-week vacation all season, at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in California. Plus, you get four or seven bonus days at resorts in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin. Epic 4-Day is $439 ($239 kids ages 5-12) and Epic 7-Day is $649 ($339 kids ages 5-12).

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Ski Utah Yeti Pass

Ski at all 14 resorts in Utah for $649 with this special pass. It’s one day each at each resort, but even if you limit yourself to the seven resorts within one hour of the Salt Lake City airport, you’re still saving money.

Tahoe Super 4

Get any four days this season at Tahoe‘s Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows for less than $83 a day. Four-packs are limited to one purchase per person per season, for $329 ($299 teens 13-18, $219 kids 5-12, and $299 seniors 65+)

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Evelyn Kanter

Evelyn Kanter

Evelyn is an NYC-based travel writer who would rather ride a chairlift, river raft or zipline than the subway. She's a regular contributor to major publications, including airline inflights, and has written more than a dozen travel guidebooks. Evelyn's website is www.ecoxplorer.com
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Looking for a vacation that fills your adrenaline seeking needs? Whether it’s jumping out of a plane, bungee jumping or diving 100 feet into the deep blue ocean, the world is full of amazing adrenaline filled destinations. Here are 5 epic destinations for adrenaline junkies!

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No better place to jump out of a plane than breathtaking New Zealand – Photo by GettingStamped.com

Queenstown, New Zealand 

Queenstown is often referred to as “The Adventure Capital of the World.” Not only is it ridiculously stunning, it is also home to a ton of adrenaline activities. In fact, bungee jumping was born here, thanks to AJ Hackett opening the first commercial bungee jump off the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge (141 feet) right outside of Queenstown in 1986. AJ has since opened up The Nevis (440 feet) for adrenaline seekers looking for even more height.

If jumping off of things isn’t your thing, try jumping out of a plane at 15,000 feet. Skydiving in Queenstown is among the best in the world, with gorgeous views of the city and the Remarkables mountain range. Other activities worth checking out in Queenstown include hang-gliding, SHOTover jet boating, the Skyline Queenstown luge, whitewater rafting, canyon swing, river surfing, snowboarding, skiing and many other hair-raising adventures.


Come face to face with your fears in Cape Town – Photo by GettingStamped.com

Cape Town 

All of the destinations on this list include bungee jumping, but only Cape Town has caged shark diving. Jump in a cage in the middle of the ocean, while fresh bait is thrown in all around you to draw the attention of great white sharks… Your heart will be pumping for sure. Another only-in-Cape Town adrenaline activity is the tallest rope in the world. Strap yourself in at the top of the 2010 World Cup stadium in Cape Town and get ready for the ride of your life. Once you step off the platform you’ll begin to fall 288 feet toward the turf and then swing across the field.

Other adrenaline activities in Cape Town include skydiving, bungee jumping, helicopter tours, zip lining, paragliding, sandboarding, surfing and many more.

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Victoria Falls is an adrenaline filled wonder of the world – Photo by GettingStamped.com

Victoria Falls 

Live life on the edge—literally—at Devil’s Pool. During the drier months in Zambia, typically mid-August to mid-January, you can literally walk/swim along the edge of Victoria Falls. Over the thousands of years, rock pools have formed, one of them right at the edge of Victoria Falls forming what’s now known as the “Devil’s Pool.” Victoria Falls spans 5,600 feet across with a drop of over 360 feet. Devil’s Pool is the most epic (and completely natural) infinity pool in the world. You can only access it from the Zambia side of Victoria Falls. Another unique feature around the falls is a microlight flight, where you basically strap yourself into a giant fan with wings. These miniature planes take flight over the falls for a one-of-a-kind experience.

Other top Victoria Falls activities include bungee jumping from the Victoria Falls Bridge 364 feet above the crocodile infested waters, paragliding, helicopter tours above the falls and through the gorges, white water rafting, abseiling, walking with lions and many more activities.


Soaring above the emerald colored glacier lakes in Whistler, B.C. – Photo by GettingStamped.com

Whistler, Canada

Whistler was home to a portion of the 2010 Winter Olympics and is jam-packed with adrenaline rushing activities year round. Many people think of Whistler as only a winter destination—wrong! When you can’t ski or snowboard down Whistler Blackcomb you can mountain bike down it or ride ATVs, ride the fastest bobsleigh track in the world (75 miles an hour to be exact!) and zip line 600 feet above the ground on the Sasquatch—the longest zip line in the USA and Canada (2 kilometers at speeds over 60 mph).

Other adventure things to do in Whistler include skydiving, bungee jumping and taking a seaplane above the glaciers and peaks.


Vegas from above after dark is nothing short of amazing – Photo by GettingStamped.com

Las Vegas, NV

Once you’ve had your fill of gambling take all your winnings and head to the top of the Stratosphere hotel, not for more gambling but to jump off of it! Leap off the 108th floor 829 feet above the strip. After jumping, take to the skies again in a night helicopter tour over the Strip and buzz by the Stratosphere again. If you’re still game for more adventure, hook yourself up to the Slotzilla zip line that has you literally flying over Fremont street in downtown Vegas.

Other heart throbbing activities in Las Vegas include skydiving, bungee jumping, and you can even operate heavy machinery like bulldozers while in Sin City.

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Hannah & Adam are travel writers & photographers who have called the road home since 2013. Their passion for adventurous travel has brought them to 60 countries and counting. They blog about their adventures on their travel blog GettingStamped.com.
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Humans aren’t the only ones working for some of the world’s biggest hotel chains. With more and more lodgings becoming pet-friendly—and more and more travelers yearning for the companionship of the furry friend they may have left at home—animal mascots are increasingly among those on “staff,” helping guests and their traveling pets have an adorably comfortable stay. Here are some of our favorite hotel “pet ambassadors”—in no particular order—you’ll want to cuddle up to next time you check-in.

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Park Hyatt

Photo courtesy of the Park Hyatt

1. Parker
Where: Park Hyatt Chicago: Chicago, IL
This luxury hotel on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile adopted Parker, a one-eyed pug, from the city’s largest no-kill animal shelter, PAWS, in June 2016. The five-year-old pug has her very own bed behind the front desk and attends meetings regularly with the rest of the hotel staff.


Charley | Photo courtesy of the Kimpton Hotel

2. Charley
Where: Kimpton Onyx Hotel: Boston, MA
Talk about top dog! Charley is so important at this Boston hotel that she’s got a title (Director of Pet Relations) and her own email address (charley@onyxhotel.com). Human guests can email her ahead of time with dog-specific requests.This five-year-old beagle was also integral in helping to select the dog beds now offered as part of the hotel’s “Pampered Pet” program.

Chance and Sunshine | Photo courtesy of

Chance and Sunshine | Photo courtesy of Palms Hotel & Spa

3. Sunshine and Chance
Where: Palms Hotel & Spa: Miami Beach, FL
Not many parrots (or humans, for that matter) can brag about being trilingual. Sunshine and Chance, who have been a fixture at this Miami Beach resort for more than 20years, speak bird, English and Spanish. The colorful dynamic duo has its own open-air tiki area with thatched roof near the pool where guests can chat them up. They’re the most popular “society birds” on Miami Beach: Sunshine and Chance have appeared on Kloe and Kourney Take Miami, and the hotel gift shop even carries their stuffed animal likenesses.

Photo courtesy of Wellington Lobby

Photo courtesy of EVEN Hotel Times Square

4. Wellington
Where: EVENHotel Times Square South: New York, NY
Wellington, a French Bulldog, comes to work daily with the hotel’s Chief Wellness Officer, which has earned him the title of “wellness dog.” When he’s not taking a break on his customized dog bed in the hotel lobby, he’s greeting canine travelers at this (obviously) dog-friendly hotel.

Maola | Photo courtesy of Colley Communications Inc. for Four Seasons Resort Whistler

Maola | Photo courtesy of Colley Communications Inc. for Four Seasons Resort Whistler

5. Maola
Where: Four Seasons Whistler: Whistler, Canada
Maola is an Alaskan Malanute puppy that joined the Four Seasons Whistler team in 2016. Her name translates to “racoon” in the Lil’wat language, an homage to the area’s first native tribe and the distinct markings on this pup’s face. While she is still in training to become a full-fledged resort ambassador and getting acclimated to her new home, hotel employees say she has recently developed an insatiable love of sock stealing.

Feather the miniature horse | Photo courtesy of

Feather the miniature horse | Photo courtesyof Hyatt Regency Lost Pines

6. T-Bone and Ribeye; Yogi and Boo-Boo; Patch and Feather; Blackjack, Boots
Where: Hyatt Regency Lost Pines: Austin, TX
Giddyup! The cowboy culture is alive and well at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines thanks to its team of animal mascots. All are “on staff” as part of the resort’s “Hooves and Horns” program, which pays homage to the ranching culture of Texas. They reside in an onsite corral, ready to greet curious guests. The team includes: Texas longhorns T-Bone and Ribeye; miniature horses Apache Dancer and Little Feather; Boots the dog; a mustang named Blackjack; and two alpacas, Yogi and Boo-Boo. (Watch out: Boo-Boo loves giving kisses.)

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Indie | Photo courtesy of Hotel Indigo

Indie | Photo courtesy of Hotel Indigo

7. Indie
Where: Hotel Indigo Atlanta Midtown: Atlanta, GA
Indie is a 12-year-old rescue from the Atlanta Humane Society who came to be “Head Dog in Charge” (HDIC) shortly after the hotel opened in October of 2004. The feisty Jack Russell Terrier is the official host of “Canine Cocktails,” a weekly dog-themed reception at the hotel to help bring attention to animal rescue efforts.

Amelia | Photo courtesy of Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island

Amelia | Photo courtesy of Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island

8. Amelia
Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island: Amelia Island, FL
This nine-year-old macaw was born at the resort and was named after Princess Amelia, daughter of King George II and the namesake for Amelia Island. She has a vocabulary of 30 words, and her favorite trick is to say “High Five” and lift her claw. She’s part of the onsite Ritz Kids program, where kids can visit and play with her. She’s also star of resort “pirate parties” and makes cameos during nighttime “tuck-ins” for children.

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Liberty | Photo courtesy of Hotel North Woods

9. Liberty
Where: Hotel North Woods, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member: Lake Placid, NY
Liberty, a 13-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer, serves as an ambassador to other pooches whovisit this dog-friendly hotel in Lake Placid and happily serves up the Nutty Maple Bacon dog treats that canine guests receive at check-in.

Bachelor | Photo courtesy of Ritz Carlton

Bachelor | Photo courtesy of Ritz Carlton

10. Bachelor
Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch: Avon, CO
This Saint Bernard began his role as “resident pup” for The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, in November of 2015. Arriving at work daily with the resort’s general manager, Bachelor greets guests and their canine companions at check-in and leads guided group hikes alongside the resort’s resident naturalist. The resort’s special package for four-legged guests, inspired by Bachelor, includes doggie massages and toys, with a portion of the proceeds going toward the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Tom and Jerry | Photo courtesy of

Tom and Jerry | Photo courtesy of the Alisal Guest Ranch Resort & Spa

11. Tom & Jerry
Where: The Alisal Guest Ranch Resort & Spa: Solvang, CA
Brought to the resort as kittens to help keep critters away, their original home was intended to be a barn. But Tom and Jerry had other plans. They befriended the hotel staff and found a plusher home in the resort’s main office. Today, they are the Alisal’s official “greeters,” inspiring repeat guests to enthusiastically ask upon check in: “Where are Tom and Jerry?”

Maddie | Photo courtesy of

Maddie | Photo courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton

12. Maddie
Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage: Palm Springs, CA
Maddie is a five-year-old Labradoodle who is afixture at this Palm Springs resort. Among the courtesies she extends to herfour-legged guests, Maddie gifts traveling canines with a “paw-written” note upon arrival and a custom menu for doggie in-room dining.

Photo courtesy of Casa Magna

Teresita | Photo courtesy of Casa Magna

13. Teresita
Where: CasaMagna Marriott Cancun: Cancun, Mexico
Teresita the “Good Luck Dove” has resided at the CasaMagna Marriott Cancun since 2012. A couple hosting its wedding at the resort brought her in as a good luck charm for the beachfront ceremony. After the nuptials were over, the white dove made the Mexican Riviera paradise her permanent home, finding a “father” in one of the resort’s bellboys, Alberto.

Archie | Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental

Archie | Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental

14. Archie
Where: Mandarin Oriental: Paris, France
Archie is a loyal Border Terrier who’s been accompanying the General Manager to work since the hotel opened in 2011. Archie greets guests with a special welcome card that provides pet-specific policies as well as recommendations on where to go for a walk in the nearby Tuileries Garden.

Snuggles | Photo courtesy of the Econo Lodge

Snuggles | Photo courtesy of the Econo Lodge

15. Snuggles
Where: Econo Lodge at the Falls North, Niagara Falls, New York
This 10-year-old Persian cat is the star of the front lobby at this Niagara Falls hotel. He lives onsite, greeting guests with healing purrs and fluffy cuteness. He’s also a bit of a diva when it comes to his diet: He only eats tuna fish.

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Erica is a practical free spirit who loves travel, yoga and ice cream. A Northwestern University-trained journalist with more than 15 years of experience straddling digital and broadcast media, Erica can be found doing handstands everywhere she travels -- even risking arrest in some cases. Learn about her at www.erica.media.
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Looking for a girlfriends getaway that mixes a little fitness in with your fun? Try one of these race and sporting events, which cater to women with creative courses in scenic locales, calorie-burning workouts and especially good swag.

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Strengthen muscles and friendships at events like Mudderella

Strengthen muscles and friendships at events like Mudderella | Flickr CC: Richard BH

Diva Half-Marathon and 5K Series

These races are held throughout the country at popular vacation destinations including Myrtle Beach, San Juan, San Francisco, Galveston, and St. Augustine Beach. Choose a 5K or half-marathon, and receive personal training plans, as well as pink tutus and personalized bibs (maybe you want to run under a moniker like Queen Diva?) upon registration. Perks along the course include aboa and tiara station, and finishers receive swag that includes a crown-shaped medal and champagne.

Venus de Miles

This summer road ride (not a race, so noncompetitive types can relax) geared toward women has events in Colorado and Illinois for bikers of all skill levels. Courses range from 25 to 100 miles (there’s also a 5K run/walk in Illinois) along scenic courses with plenty of rest stops along the way offering nutritious snacks. Post-ride festivities include spa services, bike road tests and lunch and drinks from local purveyors. The rides benefit Greenhouse Scholars, a nonprofitgroup that provides college scholarships and other resources to high-achieving students with limited means.


Like to get dirty? These five- to seven-mile muddy obstacle courses—designed by women, for women—are for you. Events take place in New England, Whistler, Toronto and Melbourne, and feature obstaclessuch as “Rise of the Shero” (use a rope to scale a 10-foot wall) and “Ain’t No Mountain High” (traverse muddy mounds and valleys with the help of your friends).  On-site rinsing stations are useful before the post-course parties, where there’s food, music and beauty treatments to help you feel like yourself again.

Wildflower Trailfest and Wildflower Pedalfest

Wildflower Outdoor, a community of outdoor-adventure loving women, hosts these two annual events outside Salt Lake City. Trailfest, in Snowbasin, UT, takes place over two days and includes a mountain-bike race and trail run. Pedalfest, in Morgan, UT, is all about biking, with course options that range from 20 to 70 miles. Participants at both events get access to training clinics, plus massages, live music and finishers’ gifts afterwards.

Esprit de She

Whether you’re interested in a run, duathlon or triathlon, this race series in more than 10 locations across the United States has something for you. Choose urban settings such as San Diego and Atlanta or challenging terrain in places like Red Rock, CO, and take advantage of training perks such as a weekly fitness planner, nutrition tips and playlists. Celebrate your success post-race at bubbly and beauty bars.

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Judy Sutton Taylor

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Judy Sutton Taylor is a journalist, travel lover and mom in Chicago, Illinois. Find her on Twitter at @jsuttontaylor.
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Canada is the second largest country in the world, but only 35 million people are lucky enough to call themselves Canadian. According to the latest census numbers, more people live in California than all of Canada. With this massive country packed full of amazing landscapes and natural beauty, let us take you on a photo tour that might just leave you wishing you were Canadian. And hey, it’s always an option if the election result don’t go as you hope!

Related: 17 photo that will make you wish you were Filipino

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Early Morning at Bow Lake in Alberta, Canada – Photo by Author

1. Sunrise over Bow Lake between Banff and Jasper National parks along Canada’s Icefields parkway. The soft light is just starting to reach the peaks of the mountains as they reflect on the calm lake below. Not a bad way to start a day in Canada.

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Grizzly Bear near Lake Louise – Alberta, Canada

2. A young grizzly bear collecting his last bits of food before the cold long winter in Alberta. Wildlife spottings are common in this part of Canada. It may be cold in Canada in the winter months, but it’s just as beautiful.

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Castle Mountain – Alberta, Canada – Photo by Author

3. Sunset at Castle Mountain is a must when visiting Banff National Park. The last light of thesun makes the rugged rock faces of Castle Mountain glow in soft pinks and oranges.

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Snow covered mountains behind a still pond along the Icefields Parkway – Alberta, Canada – Photo by author

4. The Icefields Parkway is filled with picturesque mountains and still ponds along the 143-mile drive. Just about everywhere you look is another impressive mountain or beautiful landscape.

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Two rowboats pulled up on shore in Jasper National Park – Alberta, Canada – Photo by Author

5. Boats park in the colorful water of the Valley of the 5 Lakes in Jasper National Park. The insides of the boats nearly match the color of the water of the lake. The water of the lakes in the area has a color that you’d normally onlythink possible in the tropics. Just another reason Canada is such an amazing place.

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Sea Plane over Green Lake – Whistler, British Columbia, Canada – Photo by Author

6. Just outside the village of Whistler is the aptly named Green Lake. A popular takeoff point for scenic flights over the village and the nearby Garibaldi National Park.

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Large Male Elk in Jasper National Park – Alberta, Canada – Phot0 by Author

7. An elk in Jasper National Park looks after his herd during the peak of the mating season in late fall. These massive creatures become very territorial ready to defend against other males trying to steal away his females.

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Reflections in Moraine Lake – Alberta, Canada – Photo by Author

8. Lake Moraine in Banff National Park is one of Canada’s most famous photo spots. The water gets it’s famous turquoise color from the minerals deposited here from the glaciers craving the mountains. The tall and regal mountains in the background complete the image.

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Peyto Lake – Alberta, Canada – Photo by Author

9. A short hike to the Peyto Lake viewpoint brings you to this beautiful Canadian vista. Like many of the lakes in the area, Peyto is the signature aquamarine colors. Fresh snow dusts the mountains and brings the photo to life.

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Valley of the Five Lakes – Alberta, Canada – Photo by Author

10. Bright red chairs placed at the edge of one of the lakes in the Valley of the Five Lakes in Jasper National Park. Each of the lakes in the valley has colors that you’d easily confuse with the Caribbean. The bright blues and greens of these lakes will have you wishing you were Canadian for sure.

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Garibaldi Lake – British Columbia – Photo by Author

11. A view from high above Garibaldi Lake located in the park with the same name. The crescent-shaped lake is filled with mineral rich water and is stunning aqua color. Landscapes like this one seem to be nearly everywhere you look in this one of a kind country.

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Hannah & Adam are travel writers & photographers who have called the road home since 2013. Their passion for adventurous travel has brought them to 60 countries and counting. They blog about their adventures on their travel blog GettingStamped.com.
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