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Scandinavia is the new Japan for western skiers looking to up their travel ante and boasting rights and make some turns in Sweden, Norway and Finland. Lucky for you, Mint Tours have launched an 11 day Arctic Circle Road Trip powder tour that will have you salivating.

From March 17 to March 27, the team at Mint Tours will be taking a small group of skiers and boarders to the Nordic regions of Finland, Norway and Sweden. And you could be one of them.

Guided by Finnish locals who have been riding here for years, you’ll ride some legendary areas including challenging off-piste, incredible backcountry, and perfect free-riding terrain.

Add some unique husky and snowmobile safaris, try your luck at ice-fishing, head into the local backcountry to go snow surfing on Ilahu Boards and bask in the amazing natural beauty of the Arctic Circle and Northern Lights.

The ultimate highlight is a snow cat trip to Låktatjåkko Mountain Lodge, Sweden’s highest located Mountain Lodge, for an unforgettable overnight experience. This fully hosted tour includes private transportation, loaded up with local knowledge on all the ‘secret’ spots to shred.

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As a senior at Amherst College, Win Smith and a few of his fraternity brothers decided to grab some season passes, rent a house, and hit up the ski slopes in Vermont’s Mad River Glen.

The season came to a close and Smith didn’t ski again for almost 14 years.

After graduating from Amherst, Smith went to Wharton for graduate school and later landed a job in New York at Merrill Lynch — a company his father once helped lead.

He started out as an entry-level investment banking associate and ended up working for there for 28 years, rising to the role of executive vice president. In 2014, he wrote a book, “Catching Lightning in a Bottle,” which chronicled the rise and fall of the firm.

He hadn’t given skiing much thought over the years until a serendipitous gathering drew Smith back to the slopes in 1984.

He took his family to Vermont for a reunion with his fraternity brothers and his children became hooked on the sport. Smith bought a house in Warren, Vermont, in 1994, and started spending most winter weekends up there skiing at a resort called Sugarbush.

Then, in early 2001, he got a call from a two businessmen based in the Mad River Valley saying that Sugarbush was teetering on the verge of bankruptcy. They asked Smith if he was interested in buying and resurrecting it.

Smith then approached Joe Riemer — a Merrill Lynch colleague and good friend — to gauge his interest, and together they decided to give it a shot. (Riemer died of cancer a few months later.)

When the four of them bought the resort in September of 2001, Smith intended for it to be a “passive investment,” so he kept his day job in Manhattan.

A month later, Smith got a new boss at Merrill Lynch.

“He made me an offer to stay as vice chairman but I was really concerned about his direction and I was really distressed that he didn’t seem to appreciate the culture or the history of the firm.”

So Smith left Merrill and went into private equity.

He did that until 2004, when he realized that things at Sugarbush weren’t much better than they had been prior to the sale. He knew if he wanted to see the resort come back to life, he’d have to get more involved.

JEB Sugarbush 2014  054Win Smith at Sugarbush Resort. Win Smith

He was 55 at the time and “was up for the challenge” of making a major career change.

“I don’t believe one should ever ‘retire,'” he says, “I think you just go on to different things.”

Smith’s family was supportive of his decision. However, he says that not everyone understood why he was making such a big career change.

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Although it may not look like Christmas in the Southern Nevada desert, the onset of temperatures in the 30s is at least making it feel like the holiday season.

From ice-skating rinks to skiing and sledding sites in the mountains just 45 minutes away, there Las Vegas has several offerings to help you get into the holiday spirit. Here’s a rundown of some of Las Vegas’ locations for winter fun.

Ice skating

• Winter Wonderland

For those who prefer to stay indoors for ice skating, the Las Vegas Ice Center offers holiday public skating sessions for $10, including skate rental, and $6 for children 5 and under.

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