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This Fish Gave The World's Best Side Eye To A Scuba Diver

This awesome photo from Australia's Great Barrier Reef shows a scuba diver and a tropical fish with the same expression of surprise.<p>Swedish traveler Henric Carlstrom was scuba diving for the first time in Australia late last year when he had the encounter.<p>"I actually didn’t see him swimming with me …

Google's New 'Street View' Maps Let You Dive in the Galapagos Islands!

Google has coursed the Amazon, swam the Great Barrier Reef and scaled the Burj Khalifa – and now the tech giant has launched their latest Street View …

2014 Ski Town Throwdown

Before we begin …<p>In our November issue, we ranked the top 64 places to ski powder in North America based on Powder Per Person (or P3), which took …

Your Weekly Travel Zen: Ski Vacations

This week's <i>Moment of Travel Zen</i> comes to us from Johnny Volk. His panoramic photo of Homewood Mountain Ski Resort in Homewood, Calif., shows the serene, untouched beauty of the mountains. Of his photo, he says:<p>Homewood Resort is uniquely situated on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe making it a prime …

Winter sports in weird locations

Alpine huts, chocolate crêpes, outdoor hot tubs and gallons of glühwein. These things probably spring to mind when you conjure up images of ski or snowboarding resorts.<p>But what about active volcanoes, African sunsets and a warming plate of rogan josh at the end of an invigorating day on the slopes? …

Diving and coastal cool in False Bay, South Africa

South Africa's False Bay is known as the 'Serengeti of the seas', such is the diversity of its marine life, providing incredible scenes for scuba divers. Buzzy resorts around its edge provide something for landlubbers too<p>Sitting in a forest holding on to a tree, I wait for the big beasts to arrive. …

The Most Amazing Scuba Dives on the Planet

For most novice divers, the otherworldly world beneath the surface of the sea is fantastical enough in its own right. But as with any sport, the more you progress, the more you want to push the envelope. So after you venture to the Great Barrier Reef and exhaust the Caribbean, what next?<p>For most …

Great Barrier Reef

10 Great Scuba Diving Locations

Whether you want to explore shipwrecks or see coral of every color, scuba diving is a great way to experience the underwater world. We’ve picked our …

Top 10 Ski Runs & Lodges

Travel<p>Whether you want to hit the slopes or just drink some hot chocolate by the fire, these are the places to be this winter.<p>From the National Geographic book <i>The 10 Best of Everything</i><p><b>Whistler/Blackcomb</b><br>British Columbia, Canada <br>www.whistlerblackcomb.com <br>These two towering mountains provide excellent …

Ski resorts: best-kept ski secrets

JAHORINA, BOSNIA<p>The site of several events from the 1984 Winter Olympics, Jahorina is pretty well-known to skiers from the Balkan countries yet has remained off the radar of all but the most determined British snow lover. The resort sits 28km from Sarajevo on the slopes of Bosnia's second-highest …

Reno and Denver: forget the resorts and stay in a US ski hub

Most skiers who fly into the large US skiing hubs of Reno or Denver head straight out again to a resort. But stay in the city and you can ski a new powder field every day – and get more of a taste of America <br>Plus five more city ski hubs<p><b>RENO</b><br>March in Reno, Nevada, isn't particularly cold. The average …

SKI Magazine Ski Test Results Announced

Welcome to Gearfinder 2013-14, SKI Magazine’s comprehensive compendium of information on virtually every adult recreational ski on the …

Excerpted from DEEP: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow.

The Alps are tall, but they are not big. From end to end, the range is just over 750 miles long, arcing in a boomerang around the cuff of Italy’s boot.The mountains are part of the ancient Alpide belt, which begins in Gibraltar and hooks east and south through the Carpathians and Himalayas to peaks …