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February 12, 2014 | By Brian E. Clark
Winter has returned to the eastern Sierra. Or, in the case of Lake Tahoe, has finally arrived, just in time for the Presidents Day weekend and the start of the second half of the ski and snowboard season.   John Monson, a spokesman at Sugar Bowl on the northwest rim of Lake Tahoe, said his resort received a whopping 61 inches of snow - that's more than 5 feet - on its highest peaks, greatly improving conditions and allowing the resort to open additional terrain, lifts and trails.
February 7, 2014 | By John Horn
MOUNTAIN PINE RIDGE FOREST RESERVE, Belize - As Hummingbird Highway carves away from Belize's resort-laden sands, pavement dissolves into rutted dirt tracks and the dense jungle canopy starts to press in from all sides. The tallest buildings pushing through the foliage are Maya ruins, and howler monkeys and macaws lurk in the ceiba trees. Late at night, distant thunderstorms ring the horizon, broad sheets of lightning illuminating the mountains. Before I brought my family to Belize for 10 days last summer, I packed a copy of "Heart of Darkness," knowing that although traveling through Central America wouldn't precisely parallel a trip up the Congo River, Joseph Conrad's novel would remind me that the book was the indirect inspiration for our itinerary.
February 7, 2014 | By Anthony Clark Carpio
A teen who recently moved from Orange County died Tuesday after a snowboarding accident at a Lake Tahoe ski resort. Wyatt James Colvard, 18, who lived in Tahoe-area Kings Beach and recently moved from Fountain Valley, died of internal injuries from blunt-force trauma, according to the Douglas County sheriff's office in Nevada. Colvard was an employee of Northstar California, a sister ski resort of Heavenly Ski Resort, where he died, Northstar spokeswoman Rachael Woods told the Huntington Beach Independent . Sheriffs responded to a call of an injured skier or snowboarder at Heavenly at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday.
February 6, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Twitter is hinting that it will file a lawsuit if it is not allowed to release far more detailed information about requests for information about users it receives from the U.S. government. Twitter is "considering legal options" on 1st Amendment grounds, the company said in a blog post Thursday. Twitter has been pressing the Justice Department to be permitted to release specifics on the number and the type of requests it receives. Facebook, Google, LinkedIn and Microsoft recently reached an agreement with federal officials to disclose broad details about the data requests that they have been secretly complying with under national security orders.
February 6, 2014 | By Hugo Martín and Louis Sahagun
While the East Coast braces for another series of frigid storms, California ski resort operators are cursing Mother Nature for a winter of unseasonably warm temperatures and persistent blue skies. California's driest year on record has dropped snowpack levels to about 15% of the season average and reduced skier visitation numbers as much as 45%, compared with last year. To draw skiers and snowboarders to the slopes, some resorts are offering two-for-one ticket deals and $1 beers.
January 31, 2014 | By Jay Jones
The Cromwell, a $185-million hotel and resort that's a redo of the now-closed Bill's Gamblin' Hall, is set to open this spring along the Las Vegas Strip and will feature the first restaurant by TV personality Giada De Laurentiis. The Cromwell , whose name was announced Friday, will combine contemporary and classic French design in its 188 rooms and suites. Reservations will be accepted starting Feb. 24, by which time the opening date for the Las Vegas property should be known.
January 17, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
When people talk of "main street" in their coverage of the Sundance Film Festival, it's not a metaphor, as the small ski-resort town really does have a main thoroughfare that is central to much of the action. It's also the most obvious example of the tension between the growing glitz and the small-town quaintness that is part of the fabric of the event. As the film festival celebrates its 30th anniversary, these photos are a reminder of how truly intimate the event once was - and also how exciting the meetings it creates can be, bringing together critic Roger Ebert with provocateur Michael Moore, or maverick filmmakers such as John Sayles and Robert Altman.
January 17, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Those looking for a fresh San Diego getaway will have a new coastal place to go: Pier South Resort in Imperial Beach. The hotel south of San Diego near the Imperial Beach Pier features 78 suites, a tavern with Baja-Med cuisine and a day spa. The promise here is chic 620-square-foot suites with ocean views seen from floor-to-ceiling windows. (Who's going to bother with the 42-inch flat-screen TVs in each room?). The resort, which opened Wednesday, is part of Marriott's Autograph Collection , which includes the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and San Francisco's Hotel Adagio . The resort is a new building that stands at the site of the former Seacoast Inn, which was demolished in 2010.
January 10, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Don't know how to ski but want to learn? You're in luck. January is Learn a Snowsport Month, and some California ski resorts are toasting first-timers with lessons for as low as $49. Here are five worth checking out. Alpine Meadows in Tahoe City: The "Learn to Ski & Ride Special" costs $49 for adults and children at least 8 years old. It includes a beginner lift ticket, equipment rental and a two-and-a-half hour lesson. Discounted lessons are offered Tuesdays through Thursdays only through the end of January.
January 2, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Tough love doesn't come cheap. If your resolutions for the new year include going to a high-end boot camp with a little TLC, here are five that might fit the bill. Lonely Planet, Shape magazine and other publications chose these as among the best in the West last year. Cal-a-Vie in Vista, Calif.: The San Diego-area wellness resort kicks serious butt, according to Lonely Planet's "best luxury boot camp" list. Morning hikes, a choice of 125 classes (including CrossFit and TRX) are all part of the fitness regime.
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