Your Day At-a-Glance
On and off the trail, there’s a world of cultural discovery—and pleasure
Just like snowflakes, no two days with VBT are alike, given the array of locations and choices for activities. But we set the stage by making sure the best of the region is at your disposal, and leaving plenty of room for you to follow your own inner compass. Here’s how it all might unfold….
6 - 8 a.m. in the Lamar Valley, Yellowstone NP
Early risers will enjoy a head start as we spend a rare day away from our skis. Our early morning transfer takes us to the Lamar Valley, known locally as the “American Serengeti,” in time to catch a glorious Yellowstone sunrise and increase our chances of seeing wildlife movement. The pristine, snow-covered winter landscape makes spotting wildlife such as elk, bison, bighorn sheep and antelope much easier. Although we likely won’t encounter any bears, due to the vast numbers of potential prey, the valley is also one of the best places in the world to catch a glimpse of wild wolves. As we explore, we’ll learn more about the successful re-introduction of wolves to Yellowstone and the role that their packs play in the surrounding ecosystem.
8 - 11 a.m. in Planica, Austria
We’ll enjoy a delightful morning ski up to the Planica Ski
Jump —the world's largest ski flying hill. Then we’ll either continue skiing up
the valley to the iconic Tamar Hut or take your time skiing the flat valley
below. After skiing we’ll visit the Olympic Center where we’ll enjoy a snack
and video, as well as the opportunity to meet 1961 Ski Jump World Record
jumper, Joze Slibar.
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Yellowstone NP
we’ll ski along The Lone Star Geyser trail which features both groomed and
skier-tracked trails. We will enjoy our packed lunch outside, on route to the
Lone Star Geyser. This magnificent geyser erupts routinely every three
hours—eruptions can last up to 30 minutes—with water blasting up to 50 feet in
the air. Geysers such as Lone Star are quite spectacular in the winter, as the
combination of colder temperatures, ice and snow, coupled with hot water and
steam, offers the very best viewing.
2 - 4 p.m. in Tarvisio, Italy
lunch, we make our way towards the International Dog Sledding School run by
Ararad Khatchikian, a renowned Iditarod racer. Here, we'll learn how this
important means of alpine transport became a sport before enjoying a dog sled
ride, mushing the dogs ourselves! When it's not your turn to ride you can ski
the trails here or relax in Ararad's house.
4 - 6 p.m. in Podkoren, Slovenia
After skiing and exploring the Olympic Center, it’s time to come indoors for a Slovenian cooking class. As we learn to make strujkli, a rolled dough filled with savory cheese and cream, local friends come to tell us the story of Kekec, a fictional children’s book hero who’s become a Slovenian national icon.
6 - 10 p.m. in Ramsau, Austria
Tonight we work up our appetite with a sleigh ride in the crisp night air up to the Gruberstube for dinner, perhaps borrowing lanterns from the Almfrieden to light our way. The restaurant is about a mile from the hotel, but is well worth the journey. Specializing in traditional Austrian fare, the restaurant offers a variety of fondues and a large selection of excellent wines, so we’ll return to our hotel well satiated and ready for a rejuvenating night’s rest. Or perhaps we unwind some more and regale our new friends with stories over a nightcap at the inviting bar.