From the Editor



Writers Michael Frank and Hilary Nangle have been schussing down mountains throughout North America and Europe since childhood. Given their ski worldliness, neither of these passionate skiers is easily impressed by new developments in the ski world, yet both returned to the U.S. raving about the two European ski resorts that we dispatched them to for our cover story ("Are You an Avid Skier?") - Deplar Farm in Iceland and Andermatt, Switzerland.

Michael's high-five take on the heli-skiing Deplar serves up: "The guides have it dialed. That's what's so amazing. You're skiing in Oz, or on Pluto, but the runs can be ultramellow even though the landscape is wild."

Hilary sums up her enchantment with Andermatt with similar praise. "I loved the endless skiing possibilities, especially from the resort's Gemsstock summit. Seemingly endless untracked powder beckoned from all directions and inviting corduroy zigzagged down the front face."

Hmm, quotes like that should motivate you to pack your skis for both destinations if you're as passionate about skiing as Michael and Hilary.

If you're more into cruising, click here for stories on two of the most anticipated new ships - Regent's Seven Seas Explorer and Seabourn's Encore. We tell you whether they live up to their hype and redefine "wow" on the high seas. In the same package, we also take you back on land and aboard the new Belmond Grand Hibernian, a luxury train that delivers the best of Ireland via the tracks.

We've also got golf, food, liquor, and much more in this issue.

- Don Nichols

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