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We are so full of gratitude from the support, well wishes and positive feedback we’ve received from our old and new friends, neighbors and community members. We’re excited to present our second issue after the success from our premiere issue. Our mission with this publication continues as we strive to highlight all the best that is available to Palisadians in all aspects of life. In this issue, Suze Yalof Schwartz’s story shows us how to find the time to meditate wherever you are in the world. We also catch up with Matt Rhodes who has made the Palisades his home while living out his Hollywood dream. Luckily, as we are still in ski season, Jesyka Mann takes us to her top 5 ski resorts in North America. Thank you again to our readers and advertisers who make this magazine possible. We are proud to be partners with you. In Gratitude,
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CONTRIBUTORS DEBBIE APPEL
Debbie Appel is a producer, writer and author who has been working in the entertainment business for more than two decades in both print and television. She earned a BA in Sociology from UCLA and an MA in Writing and Publishing from Emerson College. Based out of Playa Vista, Debbie is now the proud mother of one. Her work has appeared in US Weekly, Redbook, BOP and Seventeen and on networks including CBS, Travel Channel, Investigation Discovery and E! Entertainment.
Nicola is a British fine art and commercial photographer, with a distinct and unique storytelling style. Evoking more than just a visual experience, her images have a keen eye for detail. Her work has been published by the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post as well as other publications and she has worked on marketing content for major corporate patients. Fine art trained, Nicola has also exhibited in group shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco and London. She works closely with the local charity Heal the Bay photographing events and educational content.
Writer Alisa Wolfson is a native Palisadian who spent much of her childhood at Greg’s Grill, Mort’s Deli and Video 2010. She has been on staff at the New York Post and Us Weekly and has contributed to C Magazine, Angeleno, Huffington Post, Redbook and Moneyish. She lives in Brentwood with her husband (who is also from the Palisades), their two young daughters and their dog Gus.
Debbie Yanuck began telling family tales about her siblings, at a young age, claiming they were nonfiction, but learned to label them fiction, and thus began her writing career. Since then, she has written 11 nonfiction children’s books (i.e. “The White House, “The Bald Eagle.”) Visit her blog at www.debyanuck.wordpress.com.
Jesyka Mann hails from the mountains of Colorado where her love for adrenaline inducing adventures began. Her joie d’vivre has taken her all over the world documenting her travels along the way. When she is not traveling she resides in Santa Monica with her husband, Sandi and Cookie, their beloved boxer. Her passions for running, fitness, fashion and baking have fueled her writing and experiences.
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House of Cards MIXING BUSINESS WITH PLEASURE IS THE WINNING COMBINATION FOR THE HUSBAND AND WIFE TEAM BEHIND GOOD JUJU INK.
WRITTEN BY ALISA WOLFSON
reeting card connoisseur Juliana Kissick, née Tyson, grew up in the Riviera, across the street from a little boy she would later marry and start a business with. After meeting as three year-olds and seeing each other for sporadic childhood play dates, Juliana and Ryan Kissick reconnected some twenty years later at a mutual friend’s party in 2008. At the time, Juliana belonged to a professional dance company near USC and spent six days a week rehearsing until 10pm. Ryan was working as a management consultant and though his days began at 6am, he made time to take his former neighbor on a latenight date—an effort that ended up paying dividends.
over which I had 100% creative control,” says Juliana. The former theater student spent years as a performer and the fatigue of using her body as a creative tool began to wear on her both mentally and physically. “The discs in my lower spine ruptured significantly in my late twenties, which meant my dancing career was coming to an end and I was also growing increasingly disillusioned with the lack of integrity I found throughout the entertainment industry,” she says. As the daughter GOOD JUJU INK of acclaimed actress Shelley Long, WAS BORN OUT Juliana witnessed from a young age the OF A GENUINE cruel and haphazard way the system NEED TO CREATE treats female actors—an observation that ultimately influenced her decision SOMETHING to distance herself from Hollywood. THAT WAS 100%
After six years of courtship, a relocation to San Francisco and a fairytale wedding at Ireland’s Ashford Castle, the Kissicks have spent their post-marital bliss birthing something most couples can’t fathom—a company. As domestic partners in life and business partners of a paper goods company, Ryan and Juliana have fostered a bond that began decades ago in the Palisades. “Good Juju Ink was born out of a genuine need to create something that was 100% joyful and
While Ryan was getting his MBA at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, he suggested that Juliana take a break from life in Los Angeles to join him and retreat to the woods to draw. “I wanted to be surrounded by giant redwood trees and I wanted to make something that would bring people together in a totally joyful and positive way,” says Juliana. She recalls standing in the card section of an Urban Outfitters at the Stanford Shopping Center, laughing out loud at the greeting on a card. “I thought to myself, I can do this. In fact, I think I’d be really, really good at this.”
JOYFUL AND OVER WHICH I HAD 100% CREATIVE CONTROL
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RIGHT: BEFORE THEIR 2015 WEDDING IN IRELAND, JULIANA AND RYAN SAID “I DO” AT SAN FRANCISCO CITY HALL. PHOTO BY JENNA BETH PHOTOGRAPHY
THE INTIMATE KINDNESS OF A SMALL TOWN THAT CHERISHES ITS CHILDREN, ITS LEARNING, ITS QUIRK AND ITS CREATIVE EXPRESSION HAS THE EFFECT OF GROWING ADULTS THAT CHERISH THOSE THINGS TOO, NO MATTER WHERE THEY GO IN THE WORLD
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To start, Juliana launched three cards in an Etsy shop, but as soon as Ryan was armed with a graduate degree, she appointed him as COO of her company and business began to blossom. “The biggest benefit of working with my wife is that I get to spend infinitely more time with her than I would if we didn’t work together,” says Ryan. “We have completely different skillsets, my drawing skills peaked in second grade, so Juliana is in charge of product. Similarly, Juliana is happy to defer some of the operations and finances to me and our business partner Marina—that way we’re not stepping on each other’s toes,” Ryan says. When it comes to designing her collections, Juliana acknowledges that the wonder, humor and joy found in her line are derived from her upbringing in the Palisades. “It’s one of the most magical spots on the planet,” she shares. “The intimate kindness of a small town that cherishes its children, its learning, its quirk and its creative expression has the effect of growing adults that cherish those things too, no matter where they go in the world,” says Juliana. Her “Into the Woods” collection was inspired by her experience reading Thoreau’s iconic work about the Walden Woods. “Not only did I make the collection feature a wild array of North American woodland flora and fauna, but I also pulled actual quotes and passages from his essays that I felt connoted the simplistic magic of getting to know oneself in the humbling quiet of nature’s wooded kingdom,” she explains. And because the environmentally conscious couple cares about minimizing their carbon footprint, five percent of every Good Juju Ink sale benefits wildlife and nature conservation. “We’re as green as we can be, while still maintaining our upscale reputation,” says
Juliana. The majority of their goods are made from premium recycled paper or paper from sustainable and green mills and they keep a back stock of recycled boxes and packaging supplies so that they don’t create new paper waste when shipping wholesale orders. “Ryan and I sit on the leadership board for The Nature Conservancy, so we’re constantly trying to learn and implement the latest green business practices,” shares Juliana. In between designing letterpress cards, journals embellished with metallic foil and digitally printed wrapping paper, Juliana also carves out time to work on custom commissions. “One of my favorite custom projects was getting to design the baby shower invitation for one of
THE BIGGEST BENEFIT OF WORKING WITH MY WIFE IS THAT I GET TO SPEND INFINITELY MORE TIME WITH HER THAN I WOULD IF WE DIDN’T WORK TOGETHER. my oldest and dearest fellow Palisadians—and in a few weeks I’m flying a framed version of the invite to her house in Dallas as a birthday present,” Juliana says. Though they’re constantly working around the clock to produce pieces for card-worthy holidays like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and other perennial occasions like birthdays and well-wishes, the Kissicks still make it a point to come back to the place where it all began. “Both Feb /Mar 2018 | The Palisades 11
GROWING UP IN THE PALISADES IS LIKE LIVING WITH A PERMANENT GLASS OF HOT CHOCOLATE IN YOUR HEART -JULIANA KISSICK
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of our families still live in the Palisades, so we come back a few times a year. And you better believe that each visit is filled with some powerful nostalgia,” says Ryan. Even though Juliana and Ryan now reside in the Bay Area, they’ll always consider the Palisades home. “Growing up in the Palisades is like living with a permanent glass of hot chocolate in your heart; you’re always prepared to warm the next 12 The Palisades | Feb/Mar 2018
soul you come across, hoping to share—truly share—in the simplest pleasures this life has to offer. Everything I create through Good Juju Ink comes from that place in my being,” shares Juliana.
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THE CREATIVE SPACE & THE ZEN PLACE What place in the Palisades gives you the most inspiration? When on my daily run, there is a little spot just west of Friend Street at the Bluffs, you turn up Via De Las Ojas, you see the water, and usually something creative comes to mind. 16 The Palisades | Feb/Mar 2018
Generally I read 2 to 3 books at a time, it works for me. The Brave Athlete – Calm the F*ck Down by Simon Marshall & Lesley Paterson Force of Nature: Mind, Body, Soul (And, of course Surfing) by Laird Hamilton The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal by Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz
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For sure my dad, his work ethic is unmatched… even by today’s standards! And, I can hear him say, “Education… no one can take that away from you.”
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HOW A LITTLE BIT OF COMPASSION IS MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE
Written by Debbie Appel
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nearly barren bedroom. A solitary pair of worn-out shoes. An empty pantry. This real-life depiction of a young girl’s daily existence in Uganda was just one of many
that drastically impacted the students at Calvary Christian School. It was part of Compassion International’s powerful exhibit that brought the third world to the Pacific Palisades, and ignited a movement of children wanting to make a difference in the lives of other children living in internationally poverty-stricken areas. The organization’s message is mighty and its goal easy to digest: to provide a costeffective way for students and their families to sponsor the immediate education, health and physical needs of a third world child living in poverty while also building the sponsored child’s self-esteem and self-respect. Calvary enthusiastically welcomed their mission. “We are teaching our students that the smallest things they do can have huge benefits for other people who have so much less than we do,” says Victory Ludwig, Calvary’s Events and Communications Manager.
ABOVE: EXAMPLE OF A PHILIPPINES DESK FROM EXHIBIT. BELOW (CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT): SAMUEL ORLANDO, FORMER RECIPIENT AND NOW AMBASSADOR FOR COMPASSION’S MISSION. MEMBERS OF CALVARY’S CHOIR SINGING AT THE KICKOFF EVENT. FROM INSIDE THE CALVARY CHRISTIAN CHURCH. ADOPTED CHILD IN THE PROGRAM FROM CENTRAL AMERICA.
Shannon Moon, Calvary’s Community Service Chair and Palisades mother of four brought the organization to campus with love and purpose. “One of my older children sponsored a child from Kenya with Compassion International through our church. It was very impactful to see him learn life lessons through doing that,” she explains, wanting to continue and share the experience at Calvary. It became a reality on October 13th, at their annual community service kick-off celebration. Samuel Orlando, a jovial recording engineer with a keen sense of humor, took the stage to give an animated and impassioned presentation. A former recipient of Compassion’s help in the Dominican Republic, he captivated the entire student body with his personal tale of hunger and poverty as a child, and how he found a ray of hope in the letters he
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received from his sponsor. “She decided to give someone like me a chance. She said, ‘Samuel, you can become whomever you want to be,” he expressively explained. “It’s possible to dream again and to have hope.’ And I started believing that.” Newly inspired, the students went outside and experienced what Samuel called “the monster of poverty” in a very up close and personal way. Compassion set up three 18-wheeler trucks, each with a powerfully vivid and tactile exhibit of a day in the life of a poverty-stricken child living in the Dominican Republic, the Philippines and Uganda.
Told by actual sponsored children who are now adults, the ghastly stories of what they were rescued from resonated deep within the children of the Palisades. “In the Uganda truck the young girl told us how they didn’t know where they were going to get their food from. She talked about how there were these men that come to their village in the evenings and take the boys to be child soldiers,” explains Victory. “In another room, you are outside and she’s telling you how she has to lay down in the brush by herself at night time to be safe so that nobody finds her.”
ABOVE: COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL’S EXPANSIVE COMPASSION EXPERIENCE EXHIBIT REQUIRES THREE 18-WHEELER TRUCKS TO TAKE IT FROM CITY TO CITY.
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know, had an enormous impact on every student and parent who journeyed through the exhibit. “The children were blown away by the idea of seeing firsthand how other children have to live and they all wanted to talk about it afterwards,” says Victory. “And at the end, there was a room that has all of the sponsorships available and most of the kids were like, ‘I want to take them all!’ They were all very moved to see children who were their age and having this exact experience that they saw. It’s an amazing way for our Westside children to understand what is going on in other countries.” “It was hard to process that that was actually how people lived because 24 The Palisades | Feb/Mar 2018
it was so hard to see,” admits 14-year-old Lily. “And it was a little disorienting because it’s so consuming when you are walking through the exhibit and then you walk out the other side and are back at home and you realize that it was so real and you felt like you were actually there with them.” After their moving experience, the Calvary students were so inspired that each grade adopted one child from the poverty-stricken town of Temoaya, Mexico with a cost of only $1.50 per student for each month of the school year. Over the next few days, more than 2000 members of the Palisades community came through the exhibit, including students from
Seven Arrows, Corpus Christi and Palisades Charter High School. Shannon says, “I really envisioned that our children would feel empowered. They earn their money, they write the letters, and that class will take the same child through every year. So by the time our kindergartners hit 8th grade, they can say ‘We’ve done this. We’ve changed a life. We gave another child some of the opportunities that we have.’” “Going through these exhibits made it very personal to them,” notes Victory. “The kids are very fired up to do it themselves and to make a difference because they now have a deeper understanding.
It’s not just a picture of a kid on their refrigerator, but they actually feel like they understand a little bit more of the life that this child is living every day.” Kelly Tucker, mother of 8-year-old Scarlett, proudly reveals, “After learning about the compassion project, Scarlett took every dime, she had from that day forward and gave it to the project. She sold cookies and lemonade outside our house. She and her friends then spent a week making lanyards at recess and sold every lanyard for $1.00 and received additional donations, all going to the project. When I asked her why she did it, she said ‘It makes my heart happy.’”
For now, it begins with letters and funding from the Palisades to Temoaya, one child to another. But eventually, the hope is that some of the children will travel there and see their impact firsthand. “It really is a beautiful thing,” says Shannon. “Our kids who know each other will be sponsoring kids that know each other. And their classroom is changing a classroom.” Adds Victory, “We are actually instilling in our students confidence that their tiny little acts of service can really impact the world around us.”
OPPOSITE (CLOCKWISE): THE ENTRANCE TO THE UGANDA PART OF THE EXHIBIT. DUCKS DRYING OUT AS THEY WOULD IN THE PHILIPPINES. A SECOND GRADE CLASS FROM CALVARY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL. EXAMPLE OF THE BASIC FOOD CHOICES IN A PHILIPPINE HOUSE. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS TOUR THE UGANDA EXHIBIT. A SNOW CONE MAKER AS IF SET UP IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. ABOVE: REPLICA OF A UGANDAN LIVING ROOM.
To sponsor a child and for more information on Compassion International please visit www.compassion.com.
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Family Album WRITTEN BY SYDNEY EASTON
Photo: anthony roberts
nce the very force that kept parents at odds with their angst-ridden teenagers, music, both modern and old-school, has for the first time become the great connector. Widely accepted by all ages, there is no stigma held with listening to rock or pop music anymore. The melding of music streaming accounts spread across a family’s various devices has exposed the old to the new, and the young to the classic. The resurgence of the popularity of vinyl has kids with even the most extreme ADD listening to entire albums, rather than skipping around
the moment a song’s hook is not sticky enough. And the genre-pigeonholing nature of the local radio station has become subordinated by the endless stations of SiriusXM, Pandora and Spotify. It is a great leveling of extremes. The art has transcended almost every base-level medium, for better or worse, and for the artists, this accessibility can be a blessing or a curse, depending upon whom you ask. But there is one truth to which all will agree; in the age of hyper-accessibility, touring is everything. And it is in this great universe of interconnection and blurred barriers where the evolution of the music festival has come of age.
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music today has become a connector for families
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FROM COUNTERCULTURE TO MAINSTREAM From sixties Woodstock to nineties Lollapalooza, to benefit models like Live Aid, music festivals featuring the top acts of the age have had a place in our collective culture for decades. Today, they are not only a feeding-ground for high spirits, endorphins, and grossly overpriced water bottles, but also a melting pot of modern culture. While a concert for a single artist can sometimes attract a singularly-minded type of fan, the diversity of acts and experiences that any one of the evergrowing number of festivals bring together has allowed otherwise polarized groups of people to gather in a like-minded harmony. Yes, there are definitely huge, musically charged events that survive within their own distinct niches-- Events like Made In America (aimed at hip hop fans), Lightning In A Bottle (geared towards an audience of modern hippies), and Wacken Open Air (a metal festival) are all pulling their own distinct subsets
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of music culture-- but festivals like Coachella, Bottlerock Napa and Austin City Limits each span the spectrum of age, race, status and almost every music sensibility or personal label one can imagine. These massive music events that cater to people of every generation have further helped to bridge
handsomely for, just to get that coveted #coachella selfie on their instagram feed. An ironic twist when you consider that Coachella in part owes its origin to a 1993 concert that Pearl bottlerock’s Jam performed at the Empire platinum Polo Club in defiance of ticket viewing area monopolies and price gouging. is right on the Now owned by Goldenvoice, a main stage division of AEG, Coachella.com boasts packages like “Tent + VIP (for four),” which includes VIP passes and a “fully pitched ‘ready to go’ 12×14 foot safari-styled tent equipped with 4 cots, 4 sleeping bags and 4 Pillows. The price $5,200. And while Bottlerock Napa offers VIP tickets with various amenities like skydeck access, a shaded viewing area and front(ish) of crowd positioning, there is also the “Platinum” option with puts you in a barricaded section, right at the very front of the sea of thousands. The price for that 3 day pass - $3,100 per person.
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the divide between parents and their kids. And while that divide will probably never fully go away (and debate-ably never should), at least these familyfriendly festivals have helped to create a common ground in which they can all dance. Like a musical camping trip where your neighbors are Snoop Dogg, Robert Plant & Cage the Elephant, these gatherings are a celebration of both nostalgia and discovery all packed into one big weekend (or sometimes two).
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Yet as the popularity of festivals continues to grow, at some point, the laws of supply and demand kick-in. Amenities and refinements emerge and prices skyrocket. It has become a status indicator—something a young person (or their parents) will pay
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RIGHT ZELLA DAY, ‘HYPNOTIC’ AT BOTTLEROCK 2015. BELOW: THE VIP TENT AT BOTTLEROCK NAPA. BOTTOM: GLAMPING IT UP IN TEE-PEES AT COACHELLA
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Southern California resident, Julie Hainer, a lover of music with a like-minded family certainly sees the value in such packages. She has been taking her teens-to-earlytwenties kids to concerts “since they were babies.” Recently, a diverse assortment of top-notch artists ranging from Drake to the Foo Fighters, to Florence and the Machine enticed them to splurge a bit on an Austin City Limits 3-day Platinum pass. “They take you around the whole festival in a golf cart, into your private tent and then when the concert goes on, they literally take you right up to the front row and walk you right up,” says Hainer with a tinge of disbelief. “You get to hang out in the artists lounge with the artists, all the food is catered, there are bars, you’re in the shade. It’s well worth every penny.” At that, those who may not have the means for such an indulgence may raise an eyebrow at the extreme nature of it all, but they would be missing the point. For families like the Hainers, the value is ultimately in the experience they are able to share with one another. And the added access and transportation the high-end option brought allowed them to see exponentially more performances where others may have been trudging through the crowd to try and make it to an act on another stage. “Discovering bands together is really a cool thing. Realizing, ‘wow, I can love the same music my 15-year-old loves’ and introduce them to music I loved at their age,” muses Hainer. “It’s really priceless.” Barry Rudin, owner of Barry’s Tickets, which offers its clients festival tickets, has personally seen the demand for premium experiences evolve. “VIP tickets for Coachella have become much more popular,” says Rudin. “And the Artists Passes are in high, high, high demand. People will pay almost anything for those tickets because they give you special access and if you really want to see a headliner, this guarantees you will be upfront, right where it’s all happening.”
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With all these refinements emerging, purists, even some music industry veterans, will be quick to call out a disconnect from what it was all about. “I think most festivals have Photo: Andrew Jorgensen
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shifted from being sort of organic to being synergistic corporate marketing opportunities, right down to the outfits you’re supposed to wear.” Jill Glass, a retired senior VP of A&M Records says, comparing her experience at the second Woodstock to what she knows about the original incarnation. Though it’s an older example, it’s an excellent one: the proverbial “man” got wind of the magic that was Woodstock, and looked to replicate it. But it is also a generally accepted rule that without profitability, things go away, and it could stand to reason that if festivals were run against the earlier “business models,” there wouldn’t be many to go to today. “More often than not, the kids simply broke down the fences and they became free festivals,” says Elliot Easton, guitarist for The Cars and sixties rock enthusiast. But he is clearly hip to the shift in how things are handled today. “In this age, the price of tickets would prohibit many young people from attending on their own. So festival promoters and the modern rock festival in general has wisely expanded their demographic reach to include music lovers of all ages,” adds Easton.
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Ultimately, there is a reason these perceived (by some) “sell-outs” sell out. If you love music and people and art and culture (“popular” or “counter”) the experience at a good music festival is unparalleled. They bring an energy and a sense of oneness among thousands that can’t be manufactured. Bottlerock Napa, for one, is a three-day celebration of world-class music, food, wine and art. Extremely family-friendly, Bottlerock even has a park-like “family zone” where parents and toddlers can take a break from the crowd, chill on the grass, or climb into an art installation. One would hope that this kind openness and connection between fans and the artists would be the strongest argument to offset even the most cynical critic of the mainstream. But regardless of your take, whether it is Coachella or Made In America, Austin City Limits or Lollapalooza, all are inarguably aligned with the spirit of what makes music so universally appealing. There is something for everybody, whether blasted through earbuds or consumed in a sea sweaty, exuberant people eating watermelon... and really, what could be better than that?
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extensive knowledge of interior design, furniture manufacturing, art history and architecture. The Grace Home team of interior designers work to design beautiful homes that reflect their clientâ€™s individual styles. Walking into their 3,000 square foot showroom, you discover several vignettes, including bedrooms, living
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to east coast traditional and old Hollywood glamour. “Our creative process is one of communication, selection and editing with our customers,” Stoker shares. “We discuss their vision and then work on space planning and selecting furniture, fabrics, finishes, lighting, wall coverings, window treatments and more.” From a room refresh to a complete home interior design, Grace Home provides custom services for any type of client. “Our goal is to arrive at dynamic and comfortable spaces,” Stoker says, “spaces that our customers can call home.” Since Grace Home opened 18 years ago, they have worked with many of their clients as their families grow or they move to new homes. The team has experience designing beautiful homes that are also durable and livable. “We guide our clients to pieces that are not only aesthetically appealing, but that work with their lifestyle,” Ostrow says. The Grace Home Collection© of custom upholstery and furniture, all designed and manufactured in Southern California, is another unique offering at the showroom. Featuring upholstery and case goods, these pieces can be built in any size, fabric or finish. Grace Home Furnishings is also a terrific place to purchase thoughtful and elegant gifts. They have wonderful ice buckets in a variety of colors and prints to choose from, all made with the Grace Home Collection© fabric line. Their selection of picture frames, lamps, pillows and accessories can easily tie together a room or make it pop with the right amount of balance and color. Stop by their Los Angeles location to meet with their expert design team. Conveniently located in the quaint upper Brentwood Village at Sunset and Barrington, one can shop for distinctive gift or work with a designer to create their new dream home.
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alk into Natural Pilates Brentwood and prepare to exercise your mind as well as your body. For 57 minutes the workout is geared to everyone’s needs to enable them to strengthen the entire body. The trainers’ approach to exercise is not simply for a person to look good, but to affect the person’s well-being, inside and outside of the gym. Natural Pilates Brentwood is owner, Laura Bogdaniuc’s, third studio (it opened August 2017) and like her other two studios in Beverly Hills and Silver Lake, they reflect her commitment 36 The Palisades | Feb/Mar 2018
to understanding the biology of the mind and body, and what it needs to keep a person healthy, active and happy. Laura moved to the U.S. from Romania in 2002 with $100 in her pocket. Once she realized that she didn’t want to leave, she applied for a student visa and went to school in L.A. to study computer science, chemistry and biology. While in school, she trained and worked as a massage therapist for five years where serendipitously one of the offices she worked in taught Pilates.
She liked the philosophy and the training of Pilates and became certified as an instructor. Her first studio opened in 2005 in Beverly Hills and has grown from its original 700 square feet to the 3,500 square feet that it is today. The Silver Lake studio was opened in 2015, on the same day Laura’s daughter was born. The goal that Laura strives towards is to teach her instructors, her students, and even herself how “…to train better.” Although all her teachers are certified instructors, she also guides them to “…teach her vision versus just teaching motion.” Laura says, “Pilates is strength training with lower intensity, however it integrates the whole body using springs as resistance instead of weights. The springs pull the body out of position, so you have to balance and work at stabilizing.” She shows her students how to breathe and how to control the body on demand. No one person has the same needs with regards to their workouts so “…the classes are geared to manipulate resistance and reps to make sure it suits each person.” The depth and personalization of the workouts at Laura’s studio enhance the entire Pilates experience. The students are taught to understand the ‘why’ of the exercise as well as how to perform it. And with this knowledge and training, the students develop an awareness of their mind and body in the studio that they carry with them out into their lives.
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tunning traditional designer curated home in Lower Doheny neighborhood. Custom remodel in 2016 features unrivaled quality and an excellent floorplan with 3,440sf, 4 beds and 4 baths. Elegant foyer leads to a spacious living room with patio, formal dining room with French doors to grassy front yard, and custom chef’s kitchen with Subzero, Wolf and Miele appliances. Additional bedroom on main level with French doors to private patio leading to a large flat grassy backyard with pebble tech saltwater pool.
Upstairs is a luxurious master suite with custom built in cabinetry, large dual closets and a spalike Carrera marbled bath with heated floors. Two additional en-suite bedrooms with Carrera marbled bathrooms and custom vanities. Lower level is a great space for gym or playroom. All systems updated, speakers throughout, electric pool cover, Phillips Jefferies and Thibaut wallpapers and antique fixtures. Gated and secure with Control 4 and wifi-enabled camera system. www.1118NWetherly.com
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A PLACE IN THE CITY 357 W. 17TH ST. NYC | WEST CHELSEA
5 BEDROOM | 12 BATHS | 11,000 sf | 29,500,000
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est Chelsea Arts District. An exceptional mansion in one of Manhattan’s most exciting neighborhoods, 357 West 17th Street raises the bar for exquisite living in vibrant West Chelsea. Featuring 11,000 square feet of living space flowing unimpeded to 2,000 square feet of outdoor space, the atmosphere is airy, unfettered and incredibly inviting. Here, five luxurious bedroom suites, 11 bathrooms and powder rooms, an immense restaurantquality kitchen and sumptuous interiors provide a superb backdrop for supremely elegant living. The muted, luxurious design scheme is infused with Italian brands and aesthetics and punctuated by unexpected details like Swarovski crystals and leatherlike accents, while meticulous attention to details and creature comforts abounds. A stunning showplace made for luxe entertaining, the home boasts an impressive double-height mirror image kitchen with two massive islands, two ovens and two pairs of refrigerator-freezers. In the expansive 26-foot by 23-foot living room, a DaVinci gas fireplace acts as the warm focal point, and glassed-in terrace views surround the mezzanine formal dining
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area that seats more than a dozen guests in utter comfort. Wine lovers will rejoice in the 400-bottle capacity, temperaturecontrolled wine cellar and additional wine refrigerators in the home’s primary kitchen and two wet bars. Four remarkable bedroom suites attend to guests and family while the full-floor master suite with twin bathrooms, a powder room, kitchenette, two flex/sitting rooms, endless wardrobes and chic custom cabinetry provides a decadent and serene escape. For relaxation and rejuvenation, head to the cellar-level outfitted with a swimming pool, combination steam/sauna cabinet and state-of-the-art fitness center. Or perhaps the latest action flick is what you crave. The soundproof home theater with stadium seating, 3D HD projection and THX Dolby surround sound provides a full cinema experience in your own home. And the home’s top-notch electronics and technology are customizable to your needs including integrated sound, CCTV and intercom. Ample outdoor spaces are found throughout the home, from the small garden to the two oversized rear terraces to the massive roof deck surrounded by iconic New York City views.
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CULINARY CREATIONS COURTESY OF CHEF RICKY MORENO, CAPO RESTAURANT, SANTA MONICA
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White Corn Ravioli
with european butter & shaved black truffles
For the Pasta Dough • • • •
1 1/2 cups Mondako flour 12 egg yolks 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
For the Corn Filling • • • • • • •
1 lb. ground and cooked corn 2 oz. cooked Yukon potato 2 tbs Parmesan cheese 1 tbs truffle oil Pinch cayenne pepper 1/2 tsp salt Pinch ground white pepper
The Process First, make the pasta dough for the raviolis by placing all of the ingredients together into a food processor for about 2 minutes, or until the mixture forms into one ball of dough. Remove from processor and place into the refrigerator for about 15 minutes. While the dough is cooling, prepare the corn filling by placing all of the ingredients into the food processor and blending to a thick, creamy consistency. Remove the cooled dough from the refrigerator and roll it through a pasta maker or use a hand roller to work it into a long, thin sheet, about 1/8 in. thick and 6 in. wide. Place the pasta sheet onto a surface dusted with the flour. Using a pastry bag, place dollops of the filling about 3 inches apart. Fold the pasta sheet in half lengthwise then use your fingers to compress the dough around each dollop, forming a seal. Use a pasta cutter to trim around each ravioli. Cook the ravioli in slow-boiling, salted water for 2 - 3 minutes until they float to the top and are tender. Gently toss ravioli with melted European butter, plate, and then top with shaved, Perigord black truffles.
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Fire Grilled Branzino with roasted potato & vegetable gratin
The Herb Oil
Branzino (European Sea Bass or Loup de Mer) 1 pound, scaled and cleaned.
A teaspoon each of parsley, oregano, thyme, rosemary, basil, chives and garlic, finely chopped and added to two cups of olive oil.
Thin slices of Chinese eggplant, Mexican squash and San Marzano tomato.
A German butterball potato, baked for 1 hour at 350 degrees, then sliced very thin and dressed with herb oil and sea salt.
The Grilling If you can grill over walnut wood embers, that is optimal, but any grill you use should be at medium heat. Dress the fish with the herb oil outside and in, and place in a grill basket, then place on the grill. About six minutes each side should do it! The vegetables can also be skewered and grilled at the same time. When plating, drizzle the fish, vegetables and potato with the herb oil and serve with a slice of Meyer lemon.
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Tomato Vegetable Salad with gioia burrata cheese
There is plenty of room for creativity in this simple and sumptuous medley, bringing together local heirloom tomatoes and Santa Monica vegetables of your choosing. Root vegetables are boiled for 15 minutes in salt water, zucchini and green beans for 8 minutes. Dress with Fontodi Olive Oil and Sea Salt and serve with Gioia burrata cheese. Garnish with fresh basil.
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INGREDIENTS • 1 oz Single Malt Whiskey • 1.5 oz Apple Cider • .5 oz Lemon Juice • 1.5 oz Hot Water
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DIRECTIONS Add all ingredients whip shake and then add hot water Garnish with Lemon wheel and dried spices
Academy W Toasted Pecan
DIRECTIONS INGREDIENTS Stir in glass and • 2 oz Bourbon • 1 tsp of buttered brown sugar garnish with chopped pecan syrup • 3 dashes of pecan bitters
hen you are born in New York and you grow up in Pacific Palisades it’s easy to know the finer art of entertaining. For Matt Landes, founder of Cocktail Academy, he has perfected the presentation and creation of cocktails for Angelenos to enjoy no matter where you are. Cocktail Academy brings highly curated cocktails and bar tending expertise to events all over the city with personalized and memorable experiences. Drawing inspiration from LA’s diverse neighborhoods and cultures Matt shares with us a few of Cocktail Academy’s signature drinks for us to enjoy during these winter months. Cheers! CocktailAcademyLA.com
• 1 oz Blanc Vermouth • 4 oz Dry Champagne • 1 Lavender Bitters Soaked Sugar cube
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PHOTO: BRIGITTE LACOMBE
THE POWER OF ONE’S
Ripple Effect SUZE YALOF SCHWARTZ GIVES SPACE FOR SPIRITUAL PRACTICE WRITTEN BY JENNIFER CHAMPION
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f you would have told Suze Yalof Schwartz that she would one day be the creator of the world’s first drop-in secular meditation studio, she wouldn’t have believed you. After all, she had been in the fashion industry for over two decades working with Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Glamour and frequently appearing on television giving sage fashion advice. However, in November of 2012 her life was about to go through a makeover of its own after her mother-in-law gently told her she was too stressed out and led her through a three minute guided meditation. After experiencing immediate relief by going to an oasis within, she was left wanting to know what that was and how to have that feeling again.
boost the immune system, improve attention and concentration, cultivate well-being and share that innate peace and joy with those around them. Some people forget to take the time for themselves, filling their days devoted to others and outside activities, in turn creating pent up stress with no outlet. “Stress can kill you and meditation can save your life,” Suze simply states. Her own life underwent a shift as her meditation practice grew. She detaches from stress and calms herself down in an instant. “I’m able to have perspective on things that activate me. If someone says something, I can pause, breathe and not react. I’m more present with my kids. I know nothing is an emergency, and all you have to do is breathe.”
Suze has made mediation easy and accessible Suze’s desire to feel that peace and relaxation led and not just for Los Angeles residents who can take her to search online for places to go meditate and a class morning through night at the studio. Even from her home in Pacific Palisades discovered there was nowhere with the Unplug Meditation app, quick and easy to go. Many places her ripple effect spans beyond her required a level of commitment own city reaching 58 countries. that most people could not fit into There are dozens of videos to their busy lives. “Where was the choose from under 5 or 10 minutes, drybar of meditation?” she asked as well as longer ones, so that herself. The idea of creating a one can meditate wherever and meditation space and her being whenever it’s most convenient. the one to do it wouldn’t relent. World famous teachers guide the “I told my husband that I was meditations which can also be quitting my job and opening up seen in hotels, schools and offices a meditation studio,” Suze recalls around the world. with some levity. “Everybody said I was crazy, but I said if I want to do “I’ve opened myself up to meeting Suze Yalof Schwartz this, I want to do this.” With “crazy” new and interesting people. They being the catalyst to do something are the biggest gem. I feel better different, she became a seeker of as a human being because I all things meditation. She turned into a dedicated know them. The practice is also a gem, because student of Vedic meditation technique, one of you get to discover things about yourself that you the oldest forms of meditation, as well as learning didn’t know.” One of those things being her ability all she could before opening Unplug Meditation to create a global spiritual brand. studio in April of 2014 in West LA with the Unplug When Suze isn’t working, she enjoys life with her Meditation app that followed. husband and three children in the Riviera. When “Once you start meditating, you want to know all they first moved to the Palisades in 2010 both her the other kinds of meditation that are out there,” and her husband fell in love with all the lush green Suze shares. That is why one of the goals of Unplug vegetation and fruit trees in their backyard. As her has been to introduce different styles of meditation spiritual practice has grown, so has her garden to all those seeking peace and contentment from with the addition of avocado, pomegranate and within. Many roads lead to the path of meditation, more citrus trees. It seems Suze knows how to from sound baths to aromatherapy to breath work make internal and external spaces more peaceful in addition to many other forms, so that people and beautiful than they were before. The can choose what works best for them. Their clients Unplug Meditation app is currently undergoing range from elementary students to CEO’s and improvements, a second studio is opening in West everything in between, all receiving the benefits of Hollywood, and her book, Unplug: A Simple Guide the practice. to Meditation for Busy Skeptics and Modern Soul Practitioners know that benefits of meditation Seekers expands her ripple further beyond. For are worth the time, especially when with a little more information and class schedules effort one can slow down the aging process, www.UnplugMeditation.com live longer, reduce stress, minimize chronic pain,
“Stress can kill you and meditation can save your life”
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PEPPER PIKE to the Palisades A SMALL TOWN BOY FINDS HIS VOICE IN HOLLYWOOD
MATT AND KENDALL RHODES, AT HOME IN THE PALISADES.
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trolling through the Village on a Saturday afternoon, the camaraderie of the Pacific Palisades permeates the air. But how well do you really know your neighbors? Living amongst the moms and dads, the youth and elders, are people doing incredible things that may take you pleasantly by surprise. Matt Rhodes, a homeowner in the Alphabet Streets, is one of those amazing individuals. Husband, father and movie and television producer, he was once a small town boy, but is now using his influential voice to help bring awareness to important social issues across the country as part of the Creative Coalition. Founded in 1989 by Christopher Reeves, Alec Baldwin and Susan Sarandon, the Creative Coalition is a non-profit advocacy group made up of members of the entertainment industry dedicated to educating, mobilizing and activating its members on issues of public importance. “Being in the public eye allows people to use their voice in any way they want,” says Matt, a proud member of the Coalition’s advisory board. “And being in the Coalition lets them use their powerful voice in a way that can spread the word about something that’s important to them by using things like digital social platforms, industry appearances and shooting public service announcements to get the word out there.” “What I enjoy the most is using the power of the platform of the arts and entertainment community to have a voice to service advocacy campaigns to make a difference in the world,” Matt continues, “For example, there’s a lot going on in politics right now which is taking away the money for art programs in schools and that’s one of our resounding and biggest issues in our #RightToBearArts campaign.” And the Palisades is well represented in the organization. Matt reveals, “There are
a bunch of neighbors and friends that are members who also live in the Palisades. So that always makes it fun when we’re together at events and we can talk about this amazing community.” And that includes his wife of 11 years, Kendall, who is a manager of high profile digital influencers at Paraluman Media. She is currently championing the campaign #KeepTellingPeople, created to empower people to help eradicate the sexual harassment and assault epidemic that’s going on. Over the past 20 years, Matt has made over 35 feature films, but he wasn’t always in such a power position. His journey from the small town of Pepper Pike, Ohio to Hollywood originated from humble beginnings. After working at his local Channel 8 news in high school, he fell in love with the entertainment world and thought, “This is what I want to do for the rest of my life!” While studying film and television at Ohio University, the head of the film school gave him the push he needed to make it a reality and suggested he go to Hollywood to pursue a career in film. “Growing up in Ohio, that was not even a possibility in my mind. But he said, ‘Just go out there and you’ll figure it out.’ And I did.” The summer after his freshman year, the ambitious 19-year-old hopped on a bus headed to Los Angeles. “I didn’t know anybody and went out there with $800, my guitar and a suitcase, landed in downtown LA and took a taxi into Hollywood,” Matt recalls. “I stayed there that summer, sneaking onto movie studio lots and sets, running around trying to meet people and giving my spiel about why I would be a good intern… and I promptly got escorted off of numerous lots.” But Matt struck gold after sneaking into Raleigh Studios, wearing a suit and pretending he belonged there. Only one movie was filming and he used his persistence
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WHAT I ENJOY THE MOST IS USING THE POWER OF THE PLATFORM OF THE ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT COMMUNITY TO HAVE A VOICE TO SERVICE ADVOCACY CAMPAIGNS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD,
ABOVE: MATT RHODES, ACTRESS, BRIE LARSON, AND PRODUCER, JUDD PAYNE, AT THE 2017 PRE-OSCAR, WOMEN IN FILM EVENT RIGHT: PRODUCER, MAX HANDELMAN, ACTRESS/ PRODUCER/DIRECTOR, ELIZABETH BANKS, MATTHEW RHODES, ACTOR. JOSH GAD. JULY 2016, WASHINGTON D.C. AT THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION SUPPORTING THE “RIGHT TO BEAR ARTS” CAMPAIGN FOR THE CREATIVE COALITION. OPPOSITE: RHODES AT THE WHITE HOUSE, LOBBYING FOR THE “RIGHT TO BEAR ARTS” CAMPAIGN.
to befriend a woman in the hair and makeup department, who in turn introduced him to the production manager. Matt remembers, “I gave him my spiel and he said, ‘You’ll work for free?’ I said yes and he said ‘You’re hired!’ And I ended up being an intern on a movie called ‘Single White Female’ for Columbia Pictures. Many weeks later, one of the PA’s had to leave, so I wound up actually getting paid as a PA for the last month of the movie. And that’s how I got my start.” He continued to venture back to LA every summer and winter break during film school working on movies and TV shows, eventually working his way up the production ladder. After earning his degree in 1994, Matt made LA his permanent home and continued his ascent through the ranks of Hollywood with jobs ranging from a producer’s assistant to ultimately becoming the president of
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various boutique studios including Mandalay Entertainment and Bold Films. This past summer, Matt hit a personal milestone when he became the president of The Hideaway Entertainment, his own financing and production company which is currently shooting its first feature “Mile 22,” starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by Peter Berg. It’s not surprising that The Hideaway is determined to produce content that has an impact, starting conversations and protecting and advancing the cause of the creative artists with which they have the good fortune of working. When he’s not working or helping to spread the Coalition’s messages, Matt spends time with his family enjoying all that his magnificent
neighborhood in the Palisades has to offer – shopping, hiking with his 9-year-old daughter, who attends the Village School, and brunching at his favorite spots Café Vida, Noah’s Bagels and Matthew’s Café. “Being from Pepper Pike, a small town in Cleveland, where there is a real community growing up, and Kendall, who grew up in a town like that in Memphis, we loved the concept of community,” he reveals. “We had friends who lived in the Palisades and after visiting a few times, we woke up one day five years ago and said ‘Let’s sell our house and move there.’ And that’s what we did.” Members of Kendall’s family followed suit and now her mother, as well as her brother and family live in the area, enriching their sensation of community even more. For Matt, that small town feeling has never gone away. “The best thing about living in the Palisades is that in walking around and being in the Village, that feeling that almost everybody that I’m walking into, talking with, seeing on the streets, they most likely live in the area,” he admits. “You get to know your community really well. I love identifying with a community that also loves living there too and that’s really hard to find in Los Angeles.”
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- IN NORTH AMERICA BY JESYKA MANN
he weather has cooled, days are shorter, clocks have fallen back making it officially winter. It’s time to wrap yourself up in a cozy scarf, break out the cashmere sweater and slip
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into some winter boots. Luckily, we have beautiful weather all year, but sometimes it’s nice to experience a true winter with snow, hot cocoa, a warm fireplace and of course skiing!
Skiing and snowboarding are as popular as ever, but some major changes and expansions have happened in our favorite, most wellknown beautiful little ski towns and resorts across the country. Did you know Vail now owns Park City, NorthStar and Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe as well as 12 other resorts in 3 different countries all connected and skiable using the one and only Epic Pass? With the purchase of the Epic Pass, Vail has made it possible to ski as much as you want at any of the resorts listed on their website. Did you also know that Aspen Skiing Company now owns Mammoth Ski Resort right here in California? It’s time to start looking at your winter plans and hit the slopes! This list consists of my all-time top favorite ski towns ever. You can’t really go wrong with any of them. Skiing is skiing and eventually all runs kind of look alike, however each little town has its own character, its own personality, culture and of course its own history!
aspen Aspen is a real town with a lot of history. Unique from some of its neighbor ski resorts, Aspen was founded as a mining town in the 1800’s and birthed the largest silver nugget in history. Nestled deep in the Rocky Mountains at 8,000 ft. in elevation, Aspen is now a famous elite luxury travel destination. Which happens to make it the most expensive ski stop to travel to on this list. Most importantly, Aspen is also known for having some of the best ski terrain in the country. With four incredible mountains to choose from all within 20 minutes of downtown, there is something for everyone whether you are a beginner or an expert. With its gorgeous small town charm, historic downtown brick walkways, exquisite high end shops and boutiques, upscale cozy cafés and restaurants, Aspen is a ski destination that absolutely should be explored. ››Where to stay – Ski in Ski Out: The Little Nell, The St. Regis. In town The Limelight Lodge and The Jerome Hotel.
With its gorgeous small town charm, historic downtown brick walkways, exquisite high end shops and boutiques, upscale cozy cafés and restaurants, Aspen is a ski destination that absolutely should be explored.
park city / deer valley Park City was also founded on mining but died out in popularity until the 1980’s when Hollywood’s annual Sundance Film Festival relocated from Salt Lake City. Which attracted more of Hollywood’s ‘it list’ so they could enjoy a week of film and skiing all in one. The ski resort flourished and today is one of the biggest ski resorts in North America. As of 2015, Park City and The Canyons Ski Resorts have been combined with a state of the art gondola which travels over a shallow valley Feb /Mar 2018 | The Palisades 61
connecting the two. With Luxurious Deer Valley less than15 minutes away, that’s basically three ski resorts in one! 45 minutes outside of Salt Lake City, Park City is known for its incredible pristine champagne snow. Many visit from all over the country to get a taste of it and come back year after year. Park City embodies a humble culture and casual downtown Main Street lined with upscale family restaurants, casual cafés and art galleries. Fantastic for beginners, exciting for experts and tons of fun for intermediate skiers, Park City truly is the place for anyone and everyone. ››Where to stay – Ski in Ski Out (Deer Valley): Stein Erickson, The Montage. In Town (Park City): Main and Sky, The Hyatt Centric
whistler Specifically founded for consideration to host the 1960 Winter Olympics, Whistler encompasses the feel of a ski town and resort in its own unique way. Even though Whistler was not chosen that year, a ski resort was born, word started to travel and the popularity of its
TUCKED AWAY 75 MILES NORTH OF VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, WHISTLER HAS BEEN CONSISTENTLY RANKED AS NORTH AMERICA’S NUMBER ONE SKI RESORT FOR MANY YEARS SINCE 1992. existence became contagious. Tucked away 75 miles North of Vancouver, British Columbia, Whistler has been consistently ranked as North America’s number one ski resort for many years since 1992. Eventually, they were selected to host the 2010 Winter Olympics. With all the fun winter activities such as skiing, innertubing, zip lining and snowmobiling Whistler is a definite worthy candidate for your ski trip. Whistler and Blackcomb are also connected from peak to peak with an exquisite gondola. This upscale travel destination is composed of endless ski trails, wide open cruiser runs and adrenaline filled bowls and backcountry. Whether you’re on skis, cozied up in a café, or strolling the town center exploring its unique shops, Whistler provides its own personal experience to each of its visitors. ››Where to stay – Ski in Ski out: Fairmont Chateau Whistler, The Westin Resort & Spa. In Town: Sundial Boutique Hotel, Four Seasons Whistler. 62 The Palisades | Feb/Mar 2018
Unlike its competitors, Mammoth has a different story to tell. No, it wasn’t founded because of mining, and it wasn’t created for the Olympics however, in 1955 a local Los Angeleno who worked for the city discovered the mountain and decided it had consistently more snow than others. In fact, in the coming years it would be the only resort to be open into the summer months, June, July and even August! Close to Los Angeles with a 6-hour drive or a 45-minute flight, Mammoth has been a popular destination for most, if not all, Angelenos. Beyond casual and addictively affordable, Mammoth embraces its California culture making it feel like the city in the mountains. With the longest ski season in the country, and some of the most amazing vertical runs, Mammoth is an incredibly affordable ski destination for those who live near the beach and want to experience all the diversity California has to offer.
During World War II, soldiers of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division underwent survival training in the backcountry of Vail. In the early 1960’s two veterans returned to the area and discovered a peak that they felt had good snow in a great location. Vail is unbelievably easy to access as it sits directly next to the major I-70 freeway, and is an hour and a half outside of Denver. As you pass through Vail it’s hard not to notice the impressive resorts and condominiums huddled at the base of the mountain. The ski resort doesn’t look like much from below but once you head up the gondola and over the ridge the expansive ski terrain emerges inviting you to get busy exploring all the endless ski trails that Blue Basin and the Back Bowls have to offer. Vail seems to go on forever and ever. Like Park City, Vail is located very close to the city. A small modern ski town, Vail has plenty of restaurants, high end resorts, cafés, and fantastic shops.
››Where to stay – Ski in Ski Out: The Village Lodge, The Westin Monache Resort
››Where to stay – Ski in Ski Out: Hotel Talisa Vail, Lion Square Lodge. In Town: The Four Seasons, The Arrabelle at Vail Square. Feb /Mar 2018 | The Palisades 63
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