2017/18 Epic Australia Pass: The World's Best Value Ski Pass?

Monday, June 12, 2017 marks the final day to purchase the 2017/18 Epic Australia Pass, Australia’s most valuable ski pass.

Skiers and snowboarders who are planning a ski holiday to North America for the 2017-2018 winter season can lock in the best price on skiing at Whistler Blackcomb – the largest ski resort in North America – Vail, Park City, Breckenridge and more.

Priced at AU$849 for adults, AU$479 for students and AU$566 for seniors, the Epic Australia Pass pays for itself in just under four of days skiing.

The pass is sold exclusively online at www.epicaustraliapass.com.au.

Australian skiers and snowboarders can enjoy 10 days at Whistler, Vail and/or Beaver Creek, combined; as well as unlimited access to Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe region of California and Nevada; and unlimited, unrestricted access to Perisher.

Holiday restrictions apply to resort access in North America. With such iconic resorts on one ski pass, the Epic Australia Pass is the best value and most flexible ski-pass for Australians, offering year-round skiing at an unmatched price.

Now is the best time to save on accommodation, as well.

Guests can book early and save. Visit www.snow.com/australia to find discounts of up to 40% off across Vail Resorts’ iconic mountains; but the pass value doesn’t stop there.

Because Vail Resorts’ believes pass holders should get the best perks, all 2017-2018 Epic Australia Pass holders can enjoy an additional 20% off the lowest available accommodation rates in the U.S.A. Additionally, all pass holders are automatically enrolled in the Epic Pass Club, an exclusive community that helps skiers and snowboarders get even more value out of their pass through exclusive deals on accommodation, airport transfers, mountain dining and more.

Source: Vail Resorts


Australian Accents Are Sexiest According to Americans

A foreign accent is enough to make anyone weak in the knees. According to a new study, pop culture icons such as the Game of Thrones cast and Wonder Woman are stealing the hearts of American singles with just their pronunciation of the English language.

MissTravel.com is releasing a list of sexiest accents, according to members of the site. Although Israeli women were the most desired nationality for men, the feeling is not mutual. Over 1,400 women reveal they are most-attracted to British accents.

Sexiest Accents for Men (According to 1,423 American Women)

  • British
  • Scottish
  • Spanish
  • Australian
  • Southern

Sexiest Accents for Women (According to 1,164 American Men)

  • Israeli
  • Colombian
  • Australian
  • French
  • Southern

“Accents have a tendency of taking our minds to unknown, and exotic places, adding a touch of mystery and intrigue to the speaker,” says Brandon Wade, CEO and founder of MissTravel.com.

“As Americans we often associate British accents with intelligence and class, both desirable qualities for a mate. While Israeli accents conjure up images of the Mediterranean.”

MissTravel.com connects adventurous people with a passion for travel and new experiences. The popular dating site boasts more than 500,000 members worldwide, in over 200 countries. More than 300,000 trips have been facilitated through MissTravel.

Source: MissTravel.com


First Look at Virgin Limited Edition’s Son Balagueret Villa

The new villa is Son Bunyola’s latest addition following the opening of the first two villas, Sa Terra Rotja and Sa Punta de S’Aguila in summer 2016.

Son Balagueret is spread over three floors and includes a secluded central courtyard, a private heated swimming pool and panoramic views over the estate and the dramatic coastline.

The villa sleeps up to 6 people in three bedrooms, one of which is located in a unique and historic turret dating back to the 13th century. Rates start from EUR 13,095 / AUD 18,360 or AUD 2620 per night based on a 7 night stay (at today’s exchange rate).

The private estate, with its own gated entrance, is over 700 acres and is located in between Esporles and Banyalbufar on the Northwest coast of Mallorca.

At the heart of the estate is an original Finca building dating back to the 1800’s surrounded by vines, citrus fruit trees, almond and olive trees.

What’s included in a stay?

• Accommodation for the 7 nights 

• All drinks including wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks and Spanish sparkling wine

• Breakfast, lunch and dinner including a local restaurant reservation one night

• A concierge service to take care of activities and restaurant bookings

• Wireless internet

• Daily housekeeping and pool servicing

Things to do….and also included!

Take a dip in your private heated pool just steps away from your villa or play a spot of tennis on the nearby court (racquets and balls provided) – this is shared by all three villas.

The estate is 3km×5km in size so perfect for a stroll to stretch your legs, or capture stunning ocean views with a coastal walk that starts from a pebble beach.

Source: inspired Luxury for Virgin Limited


Ellie Goulding Launches The Range Rover Velar In New York

The new Range Rover Velar made a spectacular US debut with an exclusive live online performance from Ellie Goulding.

The chart-topping singer’s New York show precedes a charity auction of the hotly anticipated new mid-size SUV at the East Side House Settlement Annual Gala later this week.

Ellie said: “I have always been a big Range Rover fan and it was a pleasure to be a part of its launch here in the US.

Even more rewarding to be supporting a local charity that improves over 10,000 lives every year in one of my favourite cities.”

A Range Rover Velar will be auctioned at the East Side House Settlement charity gala, a preview of the 2017 New York International Auto Show, at the Jacob Javits Center.

The winning bidder will be among the first customers in the world to take delivery of the highly coveted new vehicle.

New York remains the world’s biggest Range Rover market.

Proceeds from the gala will benefit the East Side House Settlement, a non-profit organisation providing education and social services in the Bronx and north Manhattan.

Source: Range Rover


Queenstown’s Coronet Peak Launches Hump Day Night Skiing – Wednesday Night Under the Stars

Coronet Peak in New Zealand’s adventure capital of Queenstown is bringing out the stars on Wednesdays nights, as it extends its popular Friday and Saturday Twilight and Night skiing experience to Wednesdays during July.

The announcement comes just days before the early bird pricing on the 2017 3 Peak Pass, the South Island’s best value ski pass, closes on March 30. The 3 Peak early bird season Pass, priced at NZ$599, includes night skiing.

Coronet Peak Ski Area Manager, Nigel Kerr, says this offers skiing and boarding lovers a hugely attractive mid-week option.

Night skiing is very popular with Aussies, who can realistically be at work in the morning and skiing at night on the same day thanks to a number of well-priced flights ex Australia.

“This mid-week option now opens up more itinerary choices for them when visiting Queenstown in July,” he said. It’s now not just weekends, but in July you can ski under the stars on hump day.”

“Night and Twilight skiing are more than just the extension of a day’s skiing. It is an entirely different, more magical experience, made even better by an awesome on-mountain après experience eating pizzas and burgers whilst enjoying a mulled wine on a heated deck near a roaring fire.”

Night skiiers will also be able to enjoy two new additions to the floodlit trails. Running off the side of the M1 trail Duncan’s Dance, a rolling terraced run, and the Pro Am run alongside the lower Coronet Express will be lit up for 2017 night skiing adding to the many runs on offer.

Night skiing is included in the 3 Peak Season Pass, offering pass holders unlimited access to Coronet Peak day, twilight and night skiing, as well as unlimited access to The Remarkables on the other side of Queenstown and Mt Hutt in Canterbury, officially New Zealand’s Best Ski Resort 2015 and 2016.

When paying as you go, an adult night ski lift pass from 4-9pm is NZ$59, while children 6 and over are NZ$35.

A Twilight pass, which runs from 12:30pm-9.00pm, is $119 per adult and NZ$60 for kids 6 and over. Children 5 and under are free for all passes at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables.

Source: Coronet Peak