first_imgPhoto: stmoritz.chBest for: curling and cross-country skiing. Why: of course, not all snow-lovers dream of hurtling down a mountain at 70mph. If you’re looking for a less adrenaline-soaked adventure, fly to Zurich and take a spectacular, three and a half hour journey to St Moritz. It too has plenty of skiing, as well as the famous ice track of the Cresta Run. But at the bottom of its spectacular mountains you’ll also find the long and broad Engadin valley. Cooled by a chilly climate, it’s the best place in the Alps for winter sports that require flat ground, and is the setting for Switzerland’s most famous cross-country skiing race – the Engadin Ski Marathon. In fact, so reliable is the winter in St Moritz that it hosts the Snow Polo World Cup every January on the frozen surface of the local lake. So, obviously, cross-country skiing is a must. But so too is curling. The first ever curling tournament on mainland Europe was held here and there are “sheets” not only in St Moritz, but in neighbouring villages, such as Celerina, too. You can also try Bavarian curling: simpler, more informal and (whisper it) more fun, too.Don’t miss: high tea in the lobby of the Badrutt’s Palace Hotel. If anything, it’s posher here than the Savoy in London.Where to stay: yes, St Moritz is upmarket. But not every hotel is a five star. On the valley floor, close to the frozen St Moritzersee, the three-star Laudinella offers neat and sunny bedrooms as well as doorstep access to the Suvretta Sports ski school.Further information: engadin.stmoritz.chLillehammer, Norway – return flights in March from £39 Innsbruck, Austria – return flights in March from £48 Photo:© David McColmBest for: a breathless week of everything.Why: Whistler is the great all-rounder of the winter sports world. Here, a couple of hours from Vancouver airport, a buzzing resort sits beneath two giant mountains, with a sprawl of cross-country trails and a bobsleigh track on its doorstep. At weekends, and during the Christmas holidays, it’s heaving. But there’s no doubting it’s infectious, adrenaline-hungry atmosphere.But where do you begin? Do you start on skis, with a devil-take-the-hindmost descent of the Dave Murray Downhill? Or maybe the GMC Race Centre on Blackcomb? Here, skiers race each other in pairs through well-spaced gates on an intermediate-friendly piste (with their times recorded so there’s no argument about who came first). Drop back down into the valley and you can also sign up for a blast on the bobsleigh, a whizz along a zipline, a snowmobile safari, or the unique challenge of biathlon – a Nordic discipline which mixes cross-country skiing with target shooting. It stretches both mind and body in a way few other winter sports can match.Don’t miss: Whistler’s rich mix of ski terrain includes some of Canada’s best lift-serviced off-piste. Anyone who fancies a crack at it should book a lesson with the top-notch instructors at Extremely Canadian.Where to stay: for the best mix of price and skiing convenience, you can’t beat the apartments at the Crystal Lodge & Suites – five minutes’ walk from the lifts up Whistler Mountain.Further information: whistlerblackcomb.comSt Moritz, Switzerland – return flights in March from £53 Photo: tyrol.comBest for: scaring yourself silly on a 70mph bobsleigh.Why: Innsbruck isn’t near the Alps. It’s in the middle of them – as you’ll see as soon as you walk off the plane at the city’s airport. On your left, almost within touching distance, are the hair-raising slopes of the 2,637m Nordkette – home to the some of the steepest lift-serviced skiing in Austria. Straight ahead are the gentler, intermediate-friendly pistes of the 2,246m Patscherkofl. Both look straight down onto Innsbruck’s elegant streets. But you don’t have to be a downhill skier to enjoy it here. Jet in for a long weekend and you can mix shopping and bar-hopping with every winter sport imaginable. A scenic, 30-minute train ride will take you to forest-fringed Seefeld for a cross-country skiing lesson, as well as ice-skating on one of Austria’s prettiest outdoor rinks – set beneath an onion-domed church. Meanwhile thrill-seekers should jump on the J-line bus to the villagey suburb of Igls, and join a professional pilot and brakeman on a four-person bobsleigh (see main image, above). It’s properly terrifying: like being strapped to a bullet and fired out of the barrel of a gun.Don’t miss: some of the best chocolate cake in Central Europe, courtesy of the Café Sacher in the city’s medieval centre.Where to stay: the Grand Hotel Europa is comfy, plush and just a little bit kooky, with a distinctly 1970s vibe. It’s 10 minutes by cab from the airport and next to the railway station and key bus stops: so day-tripping to the slopes is easy. Further information: innsbruck.infoPark City, USA – return flights in March from £507 Photo:© Michael ErikssonBest for: anyone in who thinks a 70mph bobsleigh is boring.Why: “Surely there’s nothing scarier than a four-man bobsleigh?” Actually, yes there is. Grab four friends, head to Lillehammer, (two and a half hours’ drive from Oslo), and sign up for a skeleton experience. Here, with guidance from a professional coach, you’ll learn how to slide down the same hair-raising ice track as the bobsleigh – lying face-down on a tiny sledge. At 45mph it’s a bit slower than the bob. But with your nose only inches from the ice, and nothing to protect you but a helmet and some lycra, you’re unlikely to get bored. Don’t miss: a soothing, 6km husky safari at Sjusjøen when your descent is done. Where to stay: at the Hunderfossen Hotel and Resort. It’s only 1km from the ice track. Further information: en.lillehammer.comPublished February 2018. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability. center_img Photo: © Justin OlsenBest for: ego-boosting pistes and giant terrain parks.Why: jump on a shared transfer bus from Salt Lake City airport, and within 45 minutes you’ll be checking into your hotel at America’s biggest ski resort. Based around the former silver-mining town of Park City, it spreads over the smooth, tree-covered slopes of the Wasatch Mountains, and serves up slopes for every kind of skier. Intermediates in particular will love the 13 groomed trails that fan out from King Con Ridge. They’re as wide as motorways and just as smooth. Ski them all in a single day, and you’ll think you’ve turned into ski-racing legend Ted Ligety, who grew up here.Meanwhile, aspiring acrobats will love the resort’s world-class offering of terrain parks. There are eight in all, offering everything from diddy little jumps and bumps for the first-time freestyler, to the towering 6.7m walls of the competition-standard superpipe. Just to stand beneath this giant structure is a thrill. But magine racing up the side of its walls on a snowboard and turning a double overhead somersault at the top…Don’t miss: a night out on Main Street, Park City. Life is a lot tamer in its Wild West bars since the silver miners left town, but it’s still home to some America’s buzziest apres-ski.Where to stay: at the ski-in, ski-out apartments of Marriot’s Mountainside. Each has its own kitchen, but the Main Street restaurants are only half a mile away if you can’t be bothered to cook.Further information: parkcitymountain.comWhistler, Canada – return flights in March from £421 ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedDreaming of a white Christmas?Skyscanner’s top 5 Christmas ski holiday destinationsTop 10 Ski Jumping CompetitionsTop 10 Ski Jumping Competitions9 ski resorts where snow is guaranteed9 ski resorts where snow is guaranteedlast_img read more

first_imgfaceplant – he is out KO by Ik Tae Jingood start to road FC— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) July 28, 2018 And Derrick Lewis calling out Volkov in Russian. ABC passes rule alteration to definition of grounded fighter Call out. Looking forward to getting back in the @UFC octagon, it’s been to long!! @rockypmma waiting on you let’s do this!!— Germaine de Randamie (@IronLadyMMA) July 27, 2018 Brutal knee faceplant at WGP 47. Guilherme Antunes KO’s Marcel Adur #WGP47— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) July 28, 2018 SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSEConor being Conor. This poll is closed. In this Storystream Free fight.Rashad on hanging him up.DC interview from last week.Behind the Scenes of a title fight.Rogan on if Shaq had gotten into MMA. Let’s make magic happen @dc_mma . 2 @ncaawrestling runner ups battle it out… only 1 can emerge the @ufc champ. And NEW or And STILL? And it’ll look good for wrestlers everywhere. #ufc #wrestling #ncaa #imwitit— Corey Anderson UFC (@CoreyA_MMA) July 30, 2018 Don’t see this kind of thing a lot in MMA. Apparel Looks like T-Wood wants to get some training in with Rockhold in prep for Till. LISTEN UP6th Round. Immediate post-fight reaction to UFC Calgary.Severe MMA. Discussing UFC Calgary, Conor McGregor, and Bellator U.K. Dana White addresses contender status of Colby Covington, Leon Edwards, Corey Anderson Gloves If you find something you’d like to see in the Morning Report, hit up @JedKMeshew on Twitter and let him know about it. Also follow MMAFighting on Instagram, and like us on Facebook. Colby Covington rips ‘diva’ Robbie Lawler for leaving American Top Team over a photo More: Weekend violence roundup. Video: Aalon Cruz scores ridiculous jumping knee KO on Contender Series Should Frankie Edgar finally fight at bantamweight? Coach Ricardo Almeida weighs in Volkov calling out evveryone. 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Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Daniel Cormier Check out this awesome feature. Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Morning Report: Tyron Woodley says he’ll fight Darren Till at UFC 228 even if Till misses weight Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Standard Ranked Rashguard Damnnn. Ahmet Kayretli TKO’s Shaun Spath with a vicious stomp to the body at #LFA46— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) July 28, 2018 Accessories Esther Lin/ [Pics] Born Into Billions: Meet America’s Richest Heirs Finance 101 Latest From Our Partners Gordon Ryan Competition Kit King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Back to bantamweight. At UFC 226, Daniel Cormier became only the second man ever to hold two UFC belts simultaneously when he knocked out Stipe Miocic to claim the heavyweight title. It was the biggest win of Cormier’s career and immediately vaulted the double champ into the conversation of “Greatest of All Time.” It also set up a massive money fight with former champion Brock Lesnar, who was cageside for the fight and came in afterwards to cut a promo on Cormier.But while the UFC is full steam ahead with the return of Lesnar, Miocic is upset with the way things went down after he lost his belt, and he’s not the only one. Fans, fighters, and even UFC commentator Joe Rogan have opined that, as is often the case with long-reigning champions, Miocic deserves a second shot at Cormier. But while Cormier is sympathetic to the idea, the champ champ says that Miocic will just have to wait because “you don’t turn your back” on a fight like Brock Lesnar.“Obviously he feels he deserves a rematch,” Cormier said on The Steve Austin Show recently. “Again, for what he’s done in the sport, you would think that he would get a rematch, but when there’s a fight like Lesnar on the horizon, you don’t turn your back. Honestly, Stipe has a lot of really loyal fans, but you can’t think for a second that if he would have won that fight, he wouldn’t have wanted or taken that Lesnar fight. It’s the biggest fight in the sport outside of fighting Conor McGregor and he fights at 155 pounds. So yeah, I’m gonna fight Brock.”Lesnar is among the very biggest pay-per-view draws in MMA history, topping over 1 million buys on four separate occasions, a feat only matched by Conor McGregor. His return to the cage at UFC 200 after a five-year hiatus from the sport was among those, proving he still has a powerful ability to draw interest among fight fans so it’s no wonder Cormier wants to fight him since, as champion, Cormier gets a percentage of the PPV sales. But, ‘DC’ says that fighting Lesnar is about more than just the money. Before he dropped down to 205 pounds to pursue Jon Jones, Cormier was among the very best heavyweights in the world, and his title win at UFC 226 showed that, had he stayed at heavyweight, he might be in consideration for the Greatest of All Time conversation in the weight class. A win over Lesnar, Cormier says, would only solidify that argument more.“Brock’s a big, bad, tough boy,” Cormier said. “A former UFC champ. Obviously he’s the WWE champion. Just a massive guy with a lot of fighting ability. I’ve known Brock a long, long time and I’m excited to compete against him. And really, not to compete against him, I want to put it on him because when you beat a guy like Brock Lesnar – if I beat the most dominant heavyweight champ of all time and then couple that with a fight over Brock, they may call me one of the great heavyweights of all time.”Lesnar is currently out of commission until January as he must pass six months of USADA tests to be cleared to fight. In the meantime, Cormier has said he intends to defend his 205 pound title before the end of the year, despite many thinking Cormier would never fight at light heavyweight again after winning the heavyweight title since the cut is so difficult for him to make. But Cormier says that he has every intention of holding on to both belts right up until he retires in March. “It’ll be tough but it’s always tough,” Cormier said. “It’s well-documented how difficult it is for me every time I go to 205. This will be nothing new. The next time I have a light heavyweight fight, I’ll go down there, I’ll make the weight, and I’ll fight. . . I do want to keep this belt. I don’t want to have to give it up because the UFC doesn’t believe I can make the weight. I can make the weight.” MUST-READ STORIESResults. Dustin Poirier knocked out Eddie Alvarez and the other results from UFC Calgary. Results. Takanori Gomi knocks out Melvin Guillard plus the other Rizin 11 results.Punishment. Dana White non-commital on sanctions for McGregor: ‘Conor and I are good.’205. Daniel Cormier says he’ll defend UFC light heavyweight title before end of year.Back. Dominick Cruz says he’s cleared to return to action, hopes to fight before end of year.VIDEO STEWPost-fight show. Я хотел бы сражаться @AlexDragoVolkov. Приходите в YA khotel by srazhat’sya @AlexDrago… my Russian needs some work but I hope I said that right — Derrick Lewis (@Thebeast_ufc) July 28, 2018 A perfect photo. FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTSAntonio Carlos Junior (13-1, 1 NC) vs. Elias Theodorou (15-2); UFC Sao Paulo, Sep. 22.Alex Oliveira (19-5-1) vs. Neil Magny (21-6); UFC Sao Paulo, Sep. 22.Ketlen Vieira (10-0) vs. Tonya Evinger (19-7); UFC Sao Paulo, Sep. 22.Ben Saunders (22-9-2) vs. Sergio Moraes (13-3-1); UFC Sao Paulo, Sep. 22.TODAY IN MMA HISTORY2011: Dan Henderson knocked out Fedor Emelianenko at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson. Also that evening, Miesha Tate submitted Marloes Coenen to claim the women’s bantamweight title. 2016: Tyron Woodley knocked out Robbie Lawler to claim the welterweight title at UFC 201. FINAL THOUGHTSUFC Calgary was wildly fun. Hope y’all enjoyed it as much as I did but we’ve got another big fight week ahead. It’s the immediate rematch no one wanted other than Garbrandt but it’s still a great fight so keep it locked to MMA Fighting for all your UFC 227 coverage.Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.EXIT POLL Poll How do you feel about the controversy in UFC Calgary’s main event? 80% There should be no controversy (1246 votes) Morning Report: UFC and MMA News, Multimedia and Hot Clicks A lot of people ask me about going to another organization besides @ONEChampionship. I won’t even tolerate the conversation. The staff, the professionalism, the courteousness, the respect, the image, and the atmosphere, of #onechampionship is unparalleled. I love these guys.— Garry Tonon (@Garry_Tonon) July 29, 2018 MMA Fighting They called it Rear Naked Chicken Wing Joshua Pacio > Pongsiri Mitsatit (ONE)— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) July 27, 2018 Recommended by Good Night Tee People don’t realize that we have to enforce the rules, even the small ones. 12-6 elbows, fence grabbing, or my particular pet peeve of coaching fighters during time outs. Quit blaming the messenger. #UFCCalgary.— Marc Goddard UK (@refgoddard_uk) July 29, 2018 NHL Mount Rushmores by Team Stadium Talk That. Will. Do. #RiteOfPassage4 (@AndreaKGBLee)— FloCombat (@FloCombat) July 28, 2018 As low blows go, consider this a trick shot. #ReignOfKings— Kyle Johnson (@Maldobabo) July 27, 2018 Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars 1563 votes total Morning Report: Jorge Masvidal praises Conor McGregor: ‘The dude is a f*cking G, bro’last_img read more