January 17, 2014
December 29, 2013
The readers of Conde Nast voted in their 'reader's poll' and picked the twenty top ski resorts in the United States. There is still three good months of ski season left and it is not too late for you to book one of these places. While not a skier I am in love with St. Regis Aspen Resort!
Below is the top five and you can see the remaining 15 by clicking here.
1. St. Regis Aspen Resort ( Aspen, Colorado) Readers' Choice Rating: 94.8
Starting rate for doubles in December: $759
The St. Regis Aspen topped the list of hotels and resorts in North America—according to the 19,534 readers of Condé Nast Traveler who took this year's survey—and for good reason. For starters, the 179-room hotel sits between the iconic Silver Queen Gondola and Shadow Mountain Lift, and it's just steps from the town's boutiques, art galleries, and sceney restaurants and bars. The St. Regis's spectacular ascension to first place—it ranked forty-fifth last year—can also be attributed to last year's tip-to-tail renovation led by Lauren Rottet. The interior designer and architect gave the hotel a heavy dose of Gilded Age grandeur, which is only augmented by the hotel's swanky butler service. Its Remède Spa offers a slew of new treatments, including the Farm-to-Massage-Table, which engages all five senses, even taste: A bite of dessert and a glass of champagne are served after you've been exfoliated, massaged, and slathered in whipped body butter. And executive chef David Viviano, formerly of the James Beard Award-nominated team at Jardinière's in San Francisco, was recruited to revive the hotel's Italian eatery, Trecento Quindici Decano.
2. Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creak Mountain( Avon, Colorado)
Readers' Choice Rating: 94.7
Starting rate for doubles in December: $178
The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa is a gondola ride from Beaver Creek and a ten-minute drive from Vail. After you've spent the day shredding endless powder, the infinity hot tubs at its superb Spa Anjali come to the rescue. So does the tequila at chef Richard Sandoval's Mexican restaurant, Maya. He stocks more than 100 varieties of it behind the bar. Our readers say the Westin Riverfront is an "absolutely beautiful ski resort property" that makes it "the perfect place to stay for a ski vacation." Thanks to "excellent access to the mountain—gondola out back of the hotel," the slopes will become your second home here.
3. Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge (Telluride, Colorado)
Readers' Choice Rating: 94.5
Starting rate for doubles in December: $475
Telluride's 2,000-plus skiable acres are best accessed from the Mountain Village, where the ski-in/ski-out Fairmont Heritage Place Franz Klammer Lodge sits in the center of the action, just steps from the Village Express lift and the Telluride Golf Club. Its 63 residences all have private balconies, stone gas fireplaces, and Viking Range-equipped kitchens. You'll receive "fabulous service and ambiance" at "one of the best ski lodges in one of the best ski towns in North America." Our readers have made it clear that they believe skiing at Fairmont Telluride is "undoubtedly one of the best in the U.S."
4. Lumiére Telluride (Telluride, Colorado)
Readers' Choice Rating: 94.2
Starting rate for doubles in December: $275
The intimate Lumière Telluride, with just 11 hotel rooms and 18 one- to five-bedroom residences, is a reader favorite thanks to its stellar service and crack team of ski valets, not to mention the mixologists whipping up cocktails at the Lumière's cozy Little Bar.
5. Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa (Lake Placid, New York)
Readers' Choice Rating: 93.8
Starting rate for doubles in December: $252
Who would have thought that a ski hotel almost 2,000 miles east of Colorado would rank among the top five? But Lake Placid's luxe Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa did just that. The historic inn's three restaurants plate the best food in the Adirondack's—if you have to choose, make a reservation at The View to dine on locally sourced American fare overlooking picture-perfect Mirror Lake.
December 23, 2013
December 14, 2013
If you are offended by the beauty of the male nude body, don't watch this video.
Nudity is wonderful and liberating and these British jocks prove my point. Their calendar that they made to raise funds to fight homophobia is well known. Now they have released a video about the making of that calendar.
Let's hear it for the British Warwick rowers for their politics, their spirit and .....yea, their bodies!
December 03, 2013
" Sport Does Not Discriminate On Grounds Of Race, Religion, Politics, Gender Or Otherwise"
-Principle Six of the International Olympic Charter
AllOut.org and Athlete Ally has created a brilliant campaign to take to Sochi in February. The genius of it all is that the LGBT community is not putting any Athletes at risk while slowly and steadily feeding the International Olympic Committee their own words.
There is no question that by the time of the Olympics the Principle Six Campaign will stand not only for human rights but clearly for the freedom from the tyranny directed against the Russian LGBT community. The more athletes, media personalities, entertainers and others who wear Principle Six somewhere on their person the more powerful the message.
The two organizations announced this week that some Olympians have endorsed this effort. However it should not be limited to just Olympians but all athletes and supporters of human rights. American athletes should put a brilliant red '6' on their uniforms to show solidarity. That includes high school and college athletes.
Now is the time in your communities, school, universities and institutions to ask people to wear the bright red six to show resistance to the Putin's Punks.
American Apparel has partnered with the groups and will help finance the bold statement to take to Sochi. You will be able to get your "6" merchandise after January 1. Hope they have a small classy pin to put on your suit or formal wear.
This should be a campaign that everyone should be able to rally behind including NBC Sports, sponsors, athletes and activists
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November 25, 2013
Enjoy the slopes!
Readers' Choice Rating: 94.1
Our readers consider Telluride "the most beautiful mountain town in Colorado with views reminiscent of the Alps," rocketing it to the number one spot in our poll. Readers love the no-line lifts, the steep terrain, and the overall laid-back vibe, adding it's "absolutely the world's greatest ski area when it comes to variety of difficulty." What's more, Telluride is a "fun town to explore," "a little slice of heaven in a gorgeous box canyon."
Readers' Choice Rating: 91.8
There is "enough terrain to keep you on new trails for a solid week." And after a day of full-force skiing, don't miss out on the après-ski options, because "the bar scene is the most fun part about Whistler," as well as the "fab restaurants." "Whistler has it all, from arts, culture and festivities to the amazing ski and snowboard hills for the avid winter adventurist."
3. Deer Valley
Readers' Choice Rating: 89.7
If you're one of those skiers who hates sharing the slopes with snowboarders, Deer Valley might just do it for you. The resort prohibits snowboarding and Nordic skiing. With "the best groomed snow" and the ideal "family-friendly setting," it's "no wonder the whole world skis Deer Valley." One reader said the area is very accommodating and provides "perfect skiing, especially for those over 60 with some physical limitations."
4. Jackson Hole
Readers' Choice Rating: 87.9
Although the terrain is considered some of the toughest and steepest in the country, "Jackson Hole and the Grand Teton Mountains are an American treasure" with "views to die for." Readers "felt at home with the mountains and the scenery," and aside from skiing, the town is "a good size for shopping and eating with enough glitz but not too much to spoil the rustic atmosphere."
5. Aspen Mountain
Readers' Choice Rating: 87.8
The "classy ski mountain" of Aspen showcases "the best grooming and snowmaking in the country." The secret of Aspen is that it is actually a "wonderfully laid-back and fun little mountain town with this big glitzy reputation." Similar to the other mountains on this list, Aspen is "great if you're a black diamond skier." You'll experience "one of the most efficient and fun ski days ever" and afterward you can check out the "good variety of bars" and "sensational restaurants on and off the mountain."
Well, with Thanksgiving, we enter the Football Bowl season. Quarterback's all over America will be doing their damnest to impress the professional teams in this period. So this year, davidmixner.com is having its first ever 'Quarterback Bowl' to pick the hottest college quarterbacks.
Here are this years winners.
If you have a favorite that didn't make it, be sure to let us know!
1. Clint Trickett
University of West Virginia
2. Clint Chelf
3. Derek Carr
Fresno State University
4. Aaron Murray
University of Georgia
5. Devin Gardner
University of Michigan
6. Blake Bell
7. Tyler Tettleton
8. Casey Pachall
Texas Christian University
9. Max Wittek
University of Southern California
10. John Robertson
November 24, 2013
In a many states, college football coaches are among the highest paid public employees in the state. Actually in most states they get paid much more than the Governor. Despite educational cutbacks and tight funding for scholarships, these coaches get paid massive amounts to bring football glory to their educational institutions.
Ironically many of these high paid coaches are from some of the poorest states in America. Here are the top ten according to Business Insider.
1. Nick Saban
University of Alabama
Total Compensation: $5,545,852
2. Mack Brown
University of Texas
Total Compensation: $5,453,750
3. Bret Bielema
University of Arkansas
Total Compensation: $5.150,000
4. Butch Jones
University of Tennessee
Total Compensation: $4,860,000
5. Bob Stoops
University of Oklahoma
Total Compensation: $4,774,167
6. Urban Meyer
Ohio State University
Total Compensation: $4,610,000
7. Les Miles
Louisiana State University
Total Compensation: $4,459,363
8. Brady Hoke
University of Michigan
Total Compensation: $4,150,000
9. Kirk Ferentz
University of Iowa
Total Compensation: $3,985,000
10. Charlie Strong
University of Louisville
Total Compensation: $3,738,500