This Week in Travel: Time to Ski in Whistler

Whistler’s slopes are staying open longer this year, plus airline seats for auction—here’s what’s happening in travel.

Apr 26, 2013
Skiing Whistler
Blackcomb Mountain is enjoying an unusually long ski season thanks to the more than 36 feet (11 metres) of snow that fell there this winter.
Photography Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane

There’s still time to ski in Whistler.
Some slopes have shut down for the season, but Whistler’s Blackcomb Mountain will remain open for skiers until May 27. (Los Angeles Times)

Bid on business class.
Several airlines are now auctioning off upgrades to travellers in economy or premium economy cabins—you can even bid on empty middle seats. (Wall Street Journal)

Your travel-reading list just got longer.
Spring’s best new travel books range from poetry to natural history, but they all have one thing in common: A great sense of place. (National Geographic)

See the stars above Shanghai (and London and São Paulo and New York . . .).
The perpetual bright lights of big cities prevent us from seeing the starry skies above, but photographer Thierry Cohen has created a series of works that simulates them. (Web Urbanist)

Put on your walking shoes and go to Europe.
Adjacent to an illustrated story about wandering literary heroes, the New York Times published a more user-friendly guide to nine of Europe’s best walks. (New York Times)

Smile from Bangkok to Macau.
Thai Smile, a new airline under Thai Airways, is now operating two flights daily from Bangkok to Macau. (China Daily)

Get voluminous lashes from a vending machine in London.
Chanel’s first volumizing mascara will be sold via a vending machine at Selfridges in London through May 8. (Vogue UK)


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