Las Vegas, the city of broncs, bull and bling plays host to all the top rodeos in the world for the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in December. A person’s Las Vegas experience is incomplete without NFR since it shows Las Vegas in all its colors and flavors with cowboys, cowgirls, jubilant fans and basically, every rodeo enthusiast. It also happens to be one of the biggest events that Las Vegas hosts. Following is a guide to Wrangler NFR –
• About Wrangler NFR – Every night, there will be a variety of things covered across 7 events and a total of 120 contestants will be competing against each other in those events. In order to qualify for Wrangler NFR, every year, PRCA World Standings are taken as a measure to choose 15 contestants who compete in events like bull riding, barrel racing, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, steer wrestling, tie rope roping and team roping.
• Book Early – Wranglers NFR would start on 5th December 2013 and end on 14th December but the tickets start selling months in advance because of the attraction that the event poses for the fans and participants alike. Thus, it is important to book early and this is not just true for the event tickets but also for the accommodation. Book early at The Hard Rock Hotel for special NFR rates and have a great time.
As far as tickets go, it is important to sign up for the lottery ticket drawing. But if you are not lucky enough to get a ticket through the lottery, get a Mad Dash pass which would give you any balcony seat that remains unclaimed.
• Ram Rodeo Live – Rodeo fans are never left without any entertainment and music, thanks to Ram Rodeo live which plays live music for the cowboys and cowgirls. This year’s Ram Rodeo live will have daily and live acoustic performances from the likes of Alexis Bloomer while Flint Rasmussen takes fans through everything that’s happening with NFR in his famous show “Outside the Barrel”. Other performances that are set to happen from 5th to 14th December are by Daryle Singletary, Brit Stokes Band, Josh Thompson, (more…)
Snow is not something to run away from. In fact, snow on the ground means it’s that time of the year again to do some winter outdoor activities. If you’re looking for a mountain resort to hone your skiing skills, the Hudson Valley region should be on top of your list. Besides the perfect winter environment, the place offers holiday events and athletic pursuits for people of any age. In fact, the Valley offers more than 15 downhill ski centers with a variety of terrains to suit both amateurs and experts.
Open daily except during snowstorms, Bear Mountain State Park lies on the west bank of the Hudson River and offers 10-kilometre marked trails for ski enthusiasts. Ice skaters can also have some fun at the outdoor rink that is open from October to March. If you want some downtime, go fishing on the lake and river or have a relaxing drink at the shaded picnic groves.
A popular landmark of the Park is the Merry-Go-Round with its hand-painted scenes of the park and 42 hand-carved seats of native animals, such as the black bear, Canada goose, skunk, wild turkey, and deer. The only place you can’t visit during the winter season is the 1,305-foot Perkins Memorial Tower situated on top of Bear Mountain. But you can always come back again to the Park and see something new in spring!
Off of State Route 28 in Highmount is Belleayre Mountain, which was declared “Forever Wild” by the New York State Forest Preserve in 1885. Before it was developed as a skiing location, skiers had to hike all the way up, 3,000 feet high, in order to make tracks. Finally, in 1949, trails were made, a chairlift was installed, and Belleayre became a winter skiing destination. Currently, it operates eight lifts, and 55 trails parks and glades and uses state-of-the-art equipment to make the park at the top of the ski industry. Despite its popularity among tourists—175,000 skiers and snowboards a year—Belleayre remains unblemished by commercialization and you will find (more…)
Undoubtedly, seeing England play Down Under in this winter’s Ashes Series 2013/14 is the ultimate dream for every cricket fanatic. In fact, sporting events aside, just visiting Australia during winter time is a dream of many British people!
You’re pretty much guaranteed to bask in hot weather each day, the famous golden lager will be flowing copiously and the atmosphere will be tense and electrifying from test to test. Plus, there’s the added excitement of spending Christmas and New Year in Australia, it’s the ideal chance to swap Christmas trees for palm trees and enjoy the world-renowned Sydney fireworks to welcome in the year 2014.
With five iconic Australian cities hosting each of the five tests respectively: Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney, it’s tempting to try and be there for every single one, but money aside, not many of us have six weeks’ worth of annual leave to spare for one holiday. Don’t underestimate the distance between the cities, the standard trip from Yorkshire to London may seem like a trek, but it will take a couple of days’ solid driving to travel between Melbourne and Sydney, for example.
Wimbledon is home to the favourite stadium of tennis – the All England Club – and is situated in London. Wimbledon – the tournament – represents a time of year when the players are preparing for all other major tournaments to come and the spectators are indulging in some strawberries and cream.
The construction of the tennis court began in 1868 and Wimbledon has been the home of world tennis ever since. Many top class players such as Tim Henman, Roger Federer and more recently Andy Murray have graced the stadium at some point in their careers. The tournament takes place every year and lasts for two weeks; this is a firm fixture in any tennis fan’s diary.
The stadium itself has had many alterations over the years, the last being in 2010, with the installation of the mechanical roof, this meant that people could leave their umbrellas at home and play would no longer be stopped by rain, as was tradition at Wimbledon. The 2012 final between Andy Murray and Roger Federer was the first final under the roof as the rain started during the third set.
There are five main events that take place at Wimbledon, including: Men’s singles, Women’s singles, Men’s doubles, Women’s doubles, (more…)