Sandboarding: It’s like snowboarding but, you know, on sand. And it’s growing in popularity.
There are two main types of sandboarding: standing up and lying down. Essentially sledding and snowboarding, respectively. The lying down method is easier for beginners and boarders usually go down the slopes on their bellies, though there is also a toboggan style.
Standing up, however, requires more balance. Sandboarding instructors are quick to note that boarding in sand is different than in snow — it requires a different balance as the sand is softer and a bit slower. However, after your first few rides you’ll find it’s similar to boarding in thick powder.
One disadvantage of sandboarding over snowboarding is that it is very often impossible to build lifts to the top of dunes so athletes must walk back to the top. This disadvantage can be mitigated; however, with the use of ATVs or other vehicles. Unlike snowboarding, dunes stay open all year.
Sandboarders in Nambia regularly reach speeds of up to 50 mph. Unofficially 60 mph is the fastest a sandboarder has been clocked. Sandboarding is popular in places where there’s more sand than snow, like desert areas and coasts with large dunes. Think Dubai, Australia and South Africa.
In the United States, Sand Master Park in Florence, Ore., was the world’s first sandboard park and features more than 40 acres of sculpted sand dunes. And then there are the world’s 10 largest dunes, every sandboarder’s dream.
Montage Los Cabos partners with Chef Mauro Colagreco of the award-winning Mirazur restaurant in France on an exclusive Mirazur Beyond Borders experience. Chef Mauro will take up residency at the resort for the dinner series, Feb. 9–18. The unique dining experience highlights the rich culinary traditions of Mexico, ingredients from the Baja Peninsula and sustainable cooking techniques. The dinner experience starts at $550 per person, with an optional wine pairing for $160. Book reservations here.
Now that concerts, sports games and other live events are back, everyone is rushing to see their favorite artists, sports teams and more, with many traveling for an event. The AC Hotel Orlando Downtown has the perfect offer for those visiting Orlando, Florida.
Choose Chicago and United Airlines currently collaborate on an Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Apprenticeship Program, also with support from Tourism Diversity Matters. United Airlines fully funds the program in 2022, and one lucky candidate will be selected to complete the competitive pilot program.
Santa Fe County, New Mexico, recently announced the launch of the Santa Fe County Experience app to exhibit the many sites and businesses found in the county through different itineraries. Visitors and locals using the app can easily plan trips in the county and explore both well-known and hidden features found in Santa Fe County.
Four new properties are set to debut in New York City and Los Angeles in 2022 from developer and real estate investor Lightstone and Moxy Hotels. Two new Moxy hotels will open in New York: Moxy Lower East Side and Moxy Williamsburg. One new Moxy hotel and one dual-branded Moxy and AC hotel will open in Los Angeles: Moxy Los Angeles Downtown and AC Hotel Los Angeles Downtown.
The nation’s oldest and largest celebration honoring the first president of our country, Washington’s Birthday Celebration, returns to Laredo, Texas, for the 124th year. A celebration lasting more than a month, Jan. 21–Feb. 27, this party includes more than 28 events, such as a jalapeno eating contest, a Martha Washington Colonial Pageant and Ball and more. The month-long celebration draws a crowd of more than 400,000 people and offers some of the most well-known social events in South Texas.