Cowboy skiing makes it onto best winter trips list 2014

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Bored with conventional ski vacations? Why not watch a ski joring competition?
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(Relaxnews) – It may be a while before equestrian ski joring becomes an official Olympic winter sport, but according to a list curated by editors of National Geographic magazine, the cowboy sport for skiers is the reason Whitefish, Montana was named one of the best winter trips for 2014.

It’s an eclectic list that conspicuously omits sun-soaked tropical islands for little-known alternatives like Tanzania for its African music festival in February; Oman for a scenic coastal drive; and the beaches of Phu Quoc in Vietnam.

Likewise, instead of typical ski destinations in the French Alps or Colorado, editors point readers to the slopes of Georgia and the Gudauri Ski Resort, described as a strikingly beautiful, winter playground or Le Massif de Charlevoix in Quebec, which offers a 2,526 foot (770 meter) vertical drop.

For those who’ve never been able to reconcile their inner cowboy with their love for the slopes, the Whitefish Winter Carnival Ski Joring Championships is for you.

A variation of the Norwegian sport ski driving, equestrian ski joring involves a horseback rider pulling a skier who holds onto a tow or rope akin to water skiing.

The championships will be held in January.

Perhaps the only predictable and conventional choice on the list is Paris, described as being never more Parisian than in the winter, when tourist crowds are sparse and hotel rates lower than usual.

Here are the top 15 winter trips for 2014, as curated by National Geographic:

- Whitefish Winter Carnival World Ski Joring Championships, Whitefish, Montana
- Phu Quoc Vietnam
- Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia
- Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy
- Nosara Beaches, Costa Rica
- Winter Wolf Viewing, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
- Masquerade Games, Pernik, Bulgaria
- Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
- Skiing in the Caucasus, Gudauri Ski Resort, Kazbegi Region, Georgia
- Winter Festivals in Miami, Miami Beach, and Coral Gables, Florida
- Almond Blossom Season, Mallorca, Spain
- Muscat-to-Salalah Coastal Route, Oman
- Sauti za Busara Music Festival in Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania
- Le Massif de Charlevoix, Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Quebec
- Paris, France

For the full story, visit http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/best-trips-winter-2014/.

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