March Preview: More Skiing, Spring Training, and Trinidad

Well, March took a little longer to sure up than usual, but I finally nailed down my schedule this week for next month. It’s looking very balanced – cold and domestic, warm and domestic, cold and international, warm and international – and it’s certainly going to keep me busy in very good way.

Here’s a glimpse of what I’ll be doing as winter winds down. You can follow along right here on Wake and see on-the-go photos on Facebook and Twitter.

Condo-style lodging at the Solaris in Vail.
Mountainside, condo-style lodging at the Solaris in Vail.

Vail, Colorado: Last time I went to “Vail,” I really wasn’t in Vail at all – I spent a weekend in Beaver Creek, which is twenty minutes down the road and considered Vail but not necessarily Vail proper. Make sense? Cool. I’ll be doing an article on Travel and Escape comparing the two towns and mountains this month, so stay tuned if you want to learn more. I’m spending two nights at the Solaris in Vail Village on this trip, getting in at least one day on the slopes and hopefully a snowshoeing trek. The Burton U.S. Open snowboarding event will be taking place, and as I said, mountain towns take on a new vibe when there’s a competition in town.

Spring Training, Arizona: To be honest, this is a lifelong desire manifesting itself, and hey, that’s what travel is all about. I’ve been a baseball fan all my life, but I’ve never heard the crack of the bat in person before April. From what I hear, the atmosphere is fantastic – relaxed and summer-esk – and you basically drink beer all day and watch high-scoring baseball games (no “baseball is boring” excuses there). I’ve also heard the players are accessible, certainly much more so than at the big league parks.

One of the great things about the Arizona version of spring training is that all the teams are so close (see map comparing Florida and Arizona). I’ll be catching games in Scottsdale, Tempe, and Goodyear, and my guess is that the atmosphere is not just for hardcore baseball fans, but I’ll let you know.

the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
The Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City. Photo by Wake and Wander.

Quebec City, Quebec: It will most likely be the final ski trip of the year, but my first ever ski trip to slopes outside of the United States. I will ski three mountains – Stoneham, Le Massif, and Mont-Sainte-Anne – as well as stay at probably the most recognizable hotel in all of Canada, the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac (epically pictured above). Quebec City has pretty harsh winters, but hopefully it won’t be too bad come mid-March. I’ll be writing a 36-hours in Quebec City styled story for OntheSnow.com.

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Trinidad and Tobago, South Caribbean: T and T’s location off the coast of Venezuela will mark the furthest south I’ve been in the Caribbean (look to the southeast on the map above), and the first trip I’ve ever taken where you can decide my itinerary. That’s right – a group of us will be taking your suggestions via social media and building our trip around activities you recommend. My hope is that you’ll make them as outrageous as possible. I’ll share when I have more details of when that collection process will begin.

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