Itching to have some fun in the snow this winter, but need a little help getting started? You’re not alone, and it’s perfect timing – January is National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month! This year, Beech Mountain Resort in North Carolina will once again offer its wildly successful Skiing 101 class in celebration.Skiing 101 at Beech Mountain is an all-inclusive beginner’s program, providing one night’s lodging, equipment rental, helmet rental, full-day lift ticket, and an introductory ski or snowboard lesson at the Resort. The program is available to anyone age eight or older, and runs all month long. Cost of enrollment is $101 per person, double occupancy required.“Skiing or snowboarding can be intimidating if you haven’t tried them before, so we offer a learning experience that’s easy, safe and fun,” says Talia Freeman, marketing director for Beech Mountain Resort. “We take you though each step. Everything is covered from equipment rental to lift tickets to the proper way to carry skis. We make all the rounds and ensure you arrive at the lesson on time and prepared.”Registering for “Skiing 101 at Beech” is simple. Just contact any of the participating lodging options listed on the Skiing 101 page and ask for the Skiing 101 package. The accommodation will book your room and provide a voucher at check-in to be redeemed at the ski resort for a lesson, equipment rental, helmet rental, and lift ticket.Lodging is available Sunday through Thursday nights. Ski and snowboard lessons are available Monday through Friday.Skiing 101 first debuted in January 2013 and received an award from the National Ski Areas Association as the top campaign to promote Learn-to-Ski Month. Beech Mountain has decided to keep up the trend for its third year running, and we have no doubt that it will be another amazing opportunity!So grab a friend or family member and take advantage of this opportunity to venture into a new sport during national Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.Further details are available at www.beechmtn.com or by calling (800) 468-5506
Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry has issued a travel advisory for South Korea on its official website, safetravel.id, amid concerns over the novel coronavirus outbreak. The ministry has emphasized avoiding travel to Daegu and Gyeongsang Bukdo, the two regions with the highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Korea. The South Korean government has declared them “Special Care Zones”. “Considering the outbreak of COVID-19 in South Korea, we urge those of you who are and/or will be traveling to South Korea to increase caution and not to travel specifically to the Daegu and Gyeongsang Bukdo regions,” declared the travel advisory, which was posted on Sunday. Other countries, including the United States, have also issued travel advisories for South Korea.The United States issued a level 2 travel advisory for South Korea on Saturday. Visitors were asked to “exercise increased caution”, according to the travel.state.gov website, but the US government has yet to issue a “do not travel” advisory. “Many cases of COVID-19 have been associated with travel to or from mainland China or close contact with a travel-related case, but sustained community spread has been reported in South Korea. Sustained community spread means that people in South Korea have been infected with the virus, but how or where they became infected is not known, and the spread is ongoing,” the advisory says. As of Sunday, 13 countries have banned or restricted entry of South Koreans, based on the world.kbs.co.kr report. (ydp) Topics : “We also urge you to always have increased awareness, maintain physical and psychological stamina, wear masks while doing outdoor activities, wash your hands with soap regularly, eat well-cooked meat, reduce interaction in public and continue to monitor information conveyed by the Indonesian Embassy in Seoul and by local authorities.” The advisory added that those experiencing problems in South Korea could contact the Indonesian Embassy’s hotline at +821053942546.According to data from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), there was a drastic increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Korea between Feb. 19 and Feb 23. As of Feb. 23, 602 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in South Korea. Five people have died, 18 have recovered and 579 are being treated in hospitals.