Apres-Ski Relaxation: It Takes A Village

After experiencing the convenience of ski-in/ski-out lodgings, I’m loath to do the “ski-rack-and-commute” shuffle the next time I ski. There’s nothing quite so decadent as relaxing in your cozy lodge room or condominium until the lifts open or the coffee is gone, then descending in an elevator, removing your skis and warm, dry boots from your own personal locker, stepping out the door, clicking into your bindings, and cruising down the hill.

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Cast And Blast, Western Style

Out West they call it a “Cast and Blast” where you combine a hunt with a fishing trip. I found myself on the Snake River, bird dog riding shotgun on the prow of a motored riverboat. That’s the point of cast and blast — use a boat for transport and fishing and to get to areas where you can disembark and go hunting. Among other fish species, the Snake and the Salmon, are home to white sturgeon, a fish so ancient it shows up in fossils.

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Hunting Chukars: Hells Canyon, Idaho

The only wild chukar partridge you’ll ever see on a flat place is one in the middle of your dinner plate. But to get him there, you must hunt country that God abandoned and the Devil took over. Take Hells Canyon, Idaho, for example … .

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