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Wildlife of the Arctic: An Introduction - Mantis Collection

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Far above the northernmost regions that your average tourist will ever travel, on a vast, ice-encrusted ocean surrounded by treeless permafrost, is the land of the polar night and the midnight sun – the magical kingdom of the Arctic. Average temperatures here never venture higher than 10 °C, and can dip as low as an …
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Far above the northernmost regions that your average tourist will ever travel, on a vast, ice-encrusted ocean surrounded by treeless permafrost, is the land of the polar night and the midnight sun – the magical kingdom of the Arctic. Average temperatures here never venture higher than 10 °C, and can dip as low as an astonishing -40 °C, seemingly making it one of the least hospitable places on earth.

But what may seem impossibly fierce to us is business as usual for the wildlife who populate the region, from polar bears to seals and narwhals, and in fact the Arctic is one of the most awe-inspiring wilderness holidays you’ll find, whether it’s via a jaunt to the slopes of our luxury ski lodges in Sweden or a taste of adventure with one of our Mantis eXtreme experiences. Whichever floats your Zodiac, you’ll have the privilege of encountering some of the incredible fauna of the region. Here are ten Arctic wildlife highlights.

Polar bears are top of the list of course. Seeing them in the snowy fur and flesh is breathtaking, and you can do so with a polar bear encounter from Arctic Kingdom, part of our Mantis Extreme portfolio.Arctic foxes are another well-adapted predator, with their thick, white winter camouflage and grey-blue summer coats. They can often be found slyly stalking bears, hoping to eat their leftovers.Snowy owls are only found in the Arctic, and just like the bears and foxes turn a pure white during the winter, to ensure best hunting.There are a number of whales in the Arctic, from the narwhal, with its single, long ivory tusk to bowheads, belugas, baleen whales and orcas.Another Arctic animal easily recognisable by his tusks is the walrus. They’re one of the highlights of a trip to the Svalbard Islands, which you can experience with Ishav Arctico, another Mantis Extreme adventure.Arctic hares, which look like rabbits but with shorter ears, thrive in a cold climate and dig a warm bed in the ground or under snow.Reindeer and caribou are special to the region, not just as a treat for wildlife watchers, but as a means of survival for centuries to the local people. You can find out more about the Sami way of life on a special tour from one of our luxury ski resorts in Swedish Lapland, Hotell Fjällby or Hotell Riksgransen.Lemmings get a bad rap (they don’t actually jump off cliffs in mass suicide displays) – these determined little mouse-like creatures live in the tundra and can migrate over vast distances (including swimming across bodies of water) in search of food.Sea otters are playful marine animals – always a pleasure to spot floating on their backs in the shallows. They smash Abalone shells with small rocks, making them one of the few mammals besides humans to use tools.Seals are another marine mammal that it’s always a pleasure to encounter, swimming in the chilly waters or sliding across the ice on their furry bellies.
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Le Chardon Mountain Lodges Christmas Offer - Mantis Collection

Le Chardon Mountain Lodges Christmas Offer - Mantis Collection | AllaboutSkiing | Scoop.it
Christmas is a time for sharing special moments with your loved ones, and a Christmas spent at Le Chardon Mountain Lodges certainly is special! This year the team at Le Chardon are offering the chance to book chalet Chardon on a shared occupancy basis to spend Christmas week with like-minded skiers in a fabulous chalet, in search of a …
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Christmas is a time for sharing special moments with your loved ones, and a Christmas spent at Le Chardon Mountain Lodges certainly is special!

This year the team at Le Chardon are offering the chance to book chalet Chardon on a shared occupancy basis to spend Christmas week with like-minded skiers in a fabulous chalet, in search of a white Christmas on the slopes!

Imagine an exclusive winter retreat with roaring log fires, warm luxurious furnishings and a dedicated chalet team ready to make your Christmas perfect.  Your private chef will be on hand to ensure the menu is just to your liking, not only on Christmas day, but throughout your week long stay at Le Chardon.

With only 10 rooms available and prices starting at just £1750 pp for a 7 night stay commencing Saturday 20th December, we advise you to book soon to avoid disappointment!

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Three Indian skiers all set for Sochi - Russia & India Report

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Three Indian skiers all set for Sochi
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There is minimal participation from the country in winter sports despite the fact that children in the Himalayan regions of India grow up skiing and sledding.
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The very best of luck to them all.

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Discover the twelve new winter sports events for Sochi 2014! - Olympic

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Discover the twelve new winter sports events for Sochi 2014!
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Twelve winter sports events (three mixed events, four men's events and five women's events) will make their debuts on the Olympic programme in Sochi.
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Am so looking forward to the Sochi skiing events.
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Lindsey Vonn back on skis for 1st time since crash - CBC.ca

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The reigning Olympic downhill champion posted on her Facebook page Thursday: "First day back on snow since my crash and it was awesome!
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The very very best of good wishes to Lindsey.

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Skiing World Cup: Hannah Kearney looking to make up for lost time at Deer Valley - Deseret News

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Deseret News Skiing World Cup: Hannah Kearney looking to make up for lost time at Deer Valley Deseret News Kearney, the 2010 Olympic champion in mogul skiing, was enjoying one of the most dominant runs in sports with 16 straight World Cup victories...
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A Winter Vacation at The Ranch at Rock Creek - Mantis Collection

A Winter Vacation at The Ranch at Rock Creek - Mantis Collection | AllaboutSkiing | Scoop.it
Escape to pristine alpine Montana for an unparalleled winter experience. Ideal for couples, families and adventure seekers who desire stress-free, all-inclusive luxury accommodations, tailored to their comforts and interests. The Ranch at Rock Creek offers seasonal on-ranch activities and off-ranch excursions, along with fireside relaxation, gourmet meals and The Granite Spa. As the world’s only …
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Between December and March, guests receive one day of complimentary guided downhill skiing at nearby Discovery Ski Basin, including lift tickets and equipment rentals. Only 25 minutes from The Ranch, Discovery boasts the shortest lift lines in Montana. The mountain has three faces and 67 trails, including bunny hills, moguls, groomed trails and expert runs. Avid skiers can book additional days on the slopes at minimal cost. Visit Historic Philipsburg on an Après Ski, featuring stops at The Sweet Palace Victorian candy store and The Philipsburg Brewing Company taproom.

Couples and families love the ambiance on the historic sleigh rides. Hitched horses pull the sleigh over snowy meadows, while riders sip hot cocoa.
Weather permitting; you can climb aboard their vintage Snowcat machine to see the spectacular valley floor and beyond. This four-track snow glider fits a family or group on an afternoon adventure. Their guide packs a picnic and drinks, as well as snowshoes and cross-country skis to reach hidden peaks.

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Sarah Hendrickson returns to ski jumping

Sarah Hendrickson returns to ski jumping | AllaboutSkiing | Scoop.it
World champion Sarah Hendrickson has returned to ski jumping, five months after blowing out her right knee in a crash that put her Olympic hopes in jeopardy.
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Beginner Ski Tips - FitSugar.com

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Beginner Ski Tips
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But for some of us novices, we have nothing but visions of awkwardly walking around in ski boots, face planting and snow patrol.
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Skiing: Designs and new technology available for the holidays - NorthJersey.com

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Skiing: Designs and new technology available for the holidays
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With fresh snow all around, it's time to get your favorite winter enthusiast geared up for the season.
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Arizona Snowbowl ski resort set to open - MyFox Phoenix

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Arizona Snowbowl ski resort set to open
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Snowbowl officials say three ski runs will open Nov. 29th and two lifts and a conveyor will bring skiers to the slopes.
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