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Want The Most Luxurious Winter Vacation? Buy Out An Entire Heli-Ski Lodge For A Week

This winter marks North America’s first full cold season in the midst of COVID-19. Where the onset of the pandemic abruptly closed many heliski lodges last March, those same lodges have been working for months to put new health and safety protocols, according to the most updated requirements from medical experts, in place to welcome guests back this winter.

One of the emerging trends in the industry is an option to buy out the entire heliski experience for you and your chosen bubble of people. Where you would normally be sharing a helicopter and the lodge with other groups, and might even be skiing with people outside your party, some operations are now emphasizing full lodge buyouts to give their guests the most comfort and assurance possible. These are some of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for the most luxurious ski vacations on offer.           

Mica Heli-Skiing

Mica Heli-Skiing is widely known as the most luxe heliski operation in the industry, offering small-group skiing in a spectacular alpine environment that spans over 500 square miles of mountains. The modern-crafted lodge, perched above Kinbasket Lake, hosts only 20 guests max, boasts two rooftop hot tubs looking out over the lake and its surrounding peaks, a ritzy bar, fireplace lounge, and rotating art on the walls from its artist-in-residence program. The dining room’s row of floor-to-ceiling windows showcases alpine sunsets best enjoyed over Mica’s signature innovative gourmet meals made with seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients.

Custom lodge experiences are nothing new for the seasoned guides and savvy staff at Mica, who’ve already created such experiences as bringing in a five-piece orchestra that composed and performed a piece for a guest during their stay, building backflips from snow outside the lodge for one keen group to hit after après, and flying a grand piano onto a glacier. Mica has also been offering full lodge buyouts for guests since its inception, making it practiced in the industry.

“We have several guests that book out our lodge exclusively and we work closely with them to create customized experiences that are all about them,” said Nicole Frico, CEO of Mica Heliskiing. “If they want to ski hard and fast then that’s what we do, if they want to have lunch on a glacier we work with them to make it happen. For us it is all about making sure they have the time of their lives with the people they care about most.”

Great Canadian Heli-Skiing

As a family-owned and -operated lodge since 1988, Great Canadian Heli-Skiing prides itself on being the innovator of small-group heliskiing. All of its packages in any given winter are skied in small groups of four guests or less and include unlimited vertical (no extra vertical charges). Its timber-frame lodge offers rare drive-in access, situated as it is on Rogers Pass on the doorstep of Glacier National Park (which frequently sets records for the snowiest place in the country), and also

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Economic expectations for spring break in Havasu murky as universities cancel week of vacation | Local News Stories

Spring breakers are still expected in Lake Havasu City come March, but just how large the flood of student visitors will be remains murky as some universities cancel the week of freedom in the face of covid-19.

University of Arizona is among the nation’s schools announcing spring break cancellations. The move intends to limit the spread of covid-19 cases on campus — a trend that many schools across the country saw last March after students traveled far and wide, creating outbreaks of the disease upon their return.

So far, Grand Canyon University, Northern Arizona University and Arizona State University all still have the break listed on their academic calendars. However, as is the nature of functioning in a pandemic, that still has potential to change, depending on the situation as the holiday nears.

As an alternative to a week of vacation, UA is instead speckling the semester with days off here and there, called “Reading Days,” in an effort to still provide breaks for students and staff. This same method is being used in several schools across the U.S.

So what does that mean for Havasu, a city that thrives on tourism and has learned to prepare for busy holidays, like spring break?

Whatever the numbers end up being, the pandemic and cancellations are expected to impact spring break 2021, according to local tourism leaders. At this point, it’s hard to say what exactly that impact may look like.

“It’s especially difficult to speculate since each day, week, and month recently have required everyone to be extremely fluid in how we act and react to the pandemic,” Matt Brewster, president of the Lake Havasu Hospitality Association, said. “For example, when this all started, Lake Havasu was in a real bad spot with all of the shutdowns and it was bleak at best, but in very little time, we found ourselves the hub of a lot more activity than anyone would have expected — in some cases, more activity than previous years.”

Brewster also believes it’s a possibility that students could be just as “wound up and in need of some much-needed outdoor activity” as boaters have been — in which case, they’ll be prepared to pump up coronavirus precautions.

“Even with students who have had spring break canceled, they may still want to enjoy that day or two of ‘Reading Days’ sitting on the beach with a good book here in Havasu,” he added.

For now, the Lake Havasu Hospitality Association is continuing to follow state health guidance while developing protocols for spring break 2021, Brewster said, noting that their plans are fluid and will change based on current information.

Summer Winter Action Tours, a company that organizes spring break festivities and events in Havasu, is returning to Havasu for 2021 after three years of absence. Terence Concannon, GoLakeHavasu president, said he hasn’t spoken with SWAT about the cancellations yet, but he plans to chat with them this week.

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Melvin Gordon won’t play against Patriots in Week 6 due to illness

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Brian Ortega dominates Korean Zombie at UFC Fight Island 6 to land title shot

In the fourth of its five-event stint on Fight Island, the UFC saw Brian Ortega dominate Korean Zombie (Chan Sung Jung) to earn a featherweight title shot.

Jessica Andrade may very well have punched her own ticket to a championship challenge in the flyweight division with her win over Katlyn Chookagian in the co-main event.

Brian Ortega puts on striking display to best Korean Zombie

After a short feeling out process, it was clear that Ortega was looking to employ his improved striking against Jung. He frequently landed leg kicks from the opening bell, as Jung was more intent on hanging back, looking for powerful counter shots.

Ortega stepped it up in the latter half of the first round, cracking Jung with hard punches and even sending him to the canvas at one point. Jung started swinging harder, but got caught with a head kick.

Round one was definitely a strong opener for Ortega.

Jung started quickly in the second frame, landing lots of punch combinations. The damage he was stealthily doing to Ortega’s lead leg with low kicks was also beginning to show.

But just as the momentum seemed to be in Jung’s favor, Ortega blasted him with a spinning elbow. Ortega stormed him, landing several more punches and put him on the canvas but couldn’t find the finish before the second round horn, although he stole the round.

Going into the third frame likely having won the first two, Ortega stayed at distance throughout the round, adding to his advantage. He remained out of Jung’s power range, slowly chipping away with an ever-more-effective jab and kicks that were keeping Jung from finding a rhythm.

Knowing he had to be down on the scorecards, Jung started pressing more in the fourth round. Ortega, however, didn’t let himself get overwhelmed, remained calm, and fended off the better part of Jung’s attacks.

Avoiding most of Jung’s punches, Ortega caught a kick and landed a punch as he drove Jung across the cage and to the canvas. He opened a cut over Jung’s left eye, though it wasn’t clear if it was the punch or an accidental clash of heads, but Jung quickly got up, eating another shot as he did. 

Ortega continued to look sharp, stinging Jung with his jab. Jung tried to find a way to land, but Ortega was so fluid at this point, Jung couldn’t find any openings.

Jung needed to overwhelm Ortega in the final frame, but he couldn’t. Ortega simply kept beating him to the punch and giving him different looks that kept Jung off kilter. Any time Jung moved forward to attack, Ortega nullified him with stinging punches, his jab in particular eating him alive.

Not one to give up, Jung kept moving forward, kept trying to find a home for that powerful blow that would steal the fight, but it wasn’t to be. Ortega was too elusive, his

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‘Look closely at everything’: Bye week will be working vacation for struggling Saints – New Orleans Saints Blog

METAIRIE, La. — The bye week has been pretty good for the New Orleans Saints historically. But they might appreciate it even more than usual this year.

Not only will the Saints (3-2) use this time to get healthier, just two weeks after they had six starters miss their Week 4 win at Detroit. But as I laid out earlier this week, they’re also badly in need of a reboot in all phases of the game.

So this will be even more of a “working vacation” than usual — especially since players and coaches need to remain in town for daily COVID testing, except for special circumstances.

“We’ve gotta look closely at everything — and the details,” Sean Payton said of the Saints’ approach during the bye week. Sean Gardner/Getty Images

“Everyone’s in town. So we’ll take advantage of it,” Saints coach Sean Payton said Wednesday.

That doesn’t mean extra practice sessions (the Saints will hold a bonus practice next Monday, as they usually do). But Payton did suggest that the coaching staff might be putting in some extra hours.

“I said this to the coaches yesterday and again today: ‘We’ve gotta look closely at everything — and the details,’” said Payton, who agreed with the notion that it will be a “back to basics” type of week. “You know, we’re 3-2, and yet we just have to improve situationally in a lot of areas. And the good news is we’ve got time to do it.

“But that’s gonna require the honest evaluation of, ‘Hey, are we doing things the right way? Are we calling it the right way? Are the right people on the field?’ We have to answer those questions.”

In the past, the Saints used to give their players and coaches and extended break during the bye week – something Payton picked up from colleague Andy Reid around the time of New Orleans’ 2009 Super Bowl season.

During Payton’s first three seasons as a head coach from 2006-08, the Saints went 0-3 after bye weeks. So he asked Reid for advice, since Reid’s teams had always been so good after bye weeks. And Reid suggested the extended time off.

The Saints then won five straight games following the bye week from 2009-13, including the year when Payton was suspended because of Bountygate in 2012.

The schedule wasn’t foolproof, however. The Saints are 8-3 following byes since 2009 — including one of their worst performances in the Payton-Drew Brees era last year when they lost 26-9 at home to the 1-7 Atlanta Falcons.

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Parks and Recreation is getting a one-off reunion episode next week

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Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in Parks and Recreation.


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In some of the best news since the Friends reunion special was announced, Parks and Recreation is coming back for a one-off scripted reunion special. It’ll air on NBC on April 30 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT, filling our screens once more with the warm and fuzzy world of Pawnee, Indiana.

“Like a lot of other people, we were looking for ways to help and felt that bringing these characters back for a night could raise some money,” said show co-creator Michael Schur. The half-hour special will help raise money for Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund.

“I sent a hopeful email to the cast and they all got back to me within 45 minutes. Our old ‘Parks and Rec’ team has put together one more 30-minute slice of (quarantined) Pawnee life and we hope everyone enjoys it. And donates!”

The episode will see Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) do her utmost to “stay connected to her friends in a time of social distancing,” according to NBC.

We can expect almost all the incredible cast to be there, including Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Jim O’Heir and Retta. And don’t be surprised if “several guest stars from the Pawnee universe” pop in (fingers crossed for any reference to Li’l Sebastian).

Poehler dropped the special bombshell in a teaser on Twitter, including that the “all-new story” will be shot from the actors’ homes (they’ll presumably be in character).

After seven seasons, Parks and Recreation came to an end in 2015. Last March, the cast and creators spoke on a panel for a 10th anniversary reunion at PaleyFest, hinting a reunion episode may not be on the cards, but Schur did say, “I would never ever say never.”

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