Guest Post: Hitting the Slopes In Canada

Summers end is fast approaching. Soon the air will grow crisp, the leaves will change, and before you know it you’ll be making plans to hit the slopes. Check out this great guest post on hitting the slopes in Canada by Martin Nolan.


When it comes to travel one that is a deciding factor for what we do and how long we stay is our budget. Unfortunately until scientists learn to cross pollinate money with trees it is always going to be that way. That is why skiing in Canada has become a distant dream to most of us. With airfares increasing and an exchange rate that is becoming less favourable by the day, all too many of us are put off.  I used to think along these lines myself but after hours of painstaking research on Crystal Ski’s website I realized it can be done on a budget. But only if I go to Banff.

Banff is a small town situated in the heart of a national park surrounded by the Alberta Rockies. It is near three quality ski resorts with spectacular views. It offers the perfect location if you are looking for a central base to ski the big three. With Calgary airport just 2 hours there is no shortage of international flights to choose from either.

Why Is Banff Good for Budget Travelers?

The reason that is that it offers the best value skiing in Canada is because winter is Banff’s low season. It is one of the country’s top summer tourist spots for people who want to hike and bike in the Rockies. So right in the middle of ski season the accommodation is at its most affordable. That money set aside for that low rent accommodation can now be used for something a bit classier. Alternatively you can set it aside for a few nice meals in resort.

Top Tip on Airfares:

Airlines release their fares 11 months in advance of travel.  A recent trend is to not release them all at this stage. So leave it a month and there can be bargains to be had. Leave it any later and you will feel the pinch.

Balancing your budget:

·       –  Choose a hotel with complimentary shuttle services. With a number of hotels running their own shuttles to the town centre and in some cases to the slopes it can really cut down on paying for public buses or even the dreaded taxi.

·        – Tri-Area Passes. The three most popular resorts have come together to offer one pass for all of them. Great value and much lower than some of its neighbouring resorts too. Make sure you are looking to book in advance so you don’t get stung in resort.

·         -Eating. Banff has over 600 restaurants so there are deals to be had. Don’t just go to the nearest, take a look around for set menus.  With that much competition the prices are generally low anyway.

·         -Hot Springs. The local public hot springs offer a much more affordable option for relaxation. Costing around $8 (CAD) a visit it won’t dip into that budget nearly as much the spa treatment you have been eyeing up.

With Canada long being one of the premier ski destinations in the world it should be on every powder chasers list. Visit Banff if you are looking for new places to hit the slopes ways to maximize your budget.

Wishing you Happy Travels!

Sports and Travel – 2013 NBA Draft

Powered by Tene Nicole Marketing and PR, Black , High Flyers Club, Vodkila, and Clyde Fraizer’s Wine and Dine the Art of Luxury NBA Draft Series celebrated and pampered NBA draft picks and celebrities, and AGT was in the building on the red carpet getting the scoop on their travels and the adventure of launching an NBA career!

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Mason Plumlee being interviewed by Black Enterprise Magazine
Photo Credit: Rene Colon

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Mason Plumlee from Duke University – Drafted to the Brooklyn Nets
Photo Credit: Rene Colon

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Mason Plumlee and Rudy Gobert
Photo Credit: Rene Colon

All events were hosted at Clyde Fraizer’s Wine and Dine Restaurant and Lounge in Midtown West Manhattan. From a Gifting Suites Event with pampering stations, sweet treats, fitness gurus, and clothing designers, to a Passing of the Torch Dinner, to an exclusive and swanky red carpet event the host, Tene Nicole Marketing and PR pulled out all of the stops.


Nail Lounge NY Glaming up Celebs


Nail Lounge NY Glaming up Celebs and Players


Testing out bands with Fitness Compulsion

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Photo Credit: Rene Colon
Top (Express), Pants (Express), Jewelry (Baublebar and Michael Kors), Shoes (Guess), Hair (Envy Me Remy)

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Brianna Colette
Photo Credit: Rene Colon

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Did you catch the draft live at the Barclay Center or from the comfort of your couch? Who are you looking forward to watching play next season?

Until Next Time! -xo AGT

Photo/Video Credit: Rene Colon

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Travel Fashion Guide: Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

When you travel a great way to experience the city is to check out a local sports game and it’s such a great time of year for a baseball game! The weather is amazing, the teams are always looking great, and we will get to wear some fun fashion…This season some of the top couture designers came out with ‘baseball inspired’ pieces to really get into the sport and the season.


Tory Burch’s skinny awning pants inspire a couture baseball themed look. Check out D Squared double wool baseball cap, one of the greatest pieces in the collection. J. Crew mocked a baseball tee with contrasting sleeve colors. Givenchy and IRO Paul created similar baseball jackets (one leather formal, one casual) with contrasting sleeve colors. To finish up an overall baseball theme look, Ash developed a high top, cleat inspired sneaker with buckles and chic leather.


Whether you’re cheering on the Cubs, Yankees, Red Sox, Tigers, or the Braves, make sure at the baseball game you’re sporting your teams colors and merchandise to support your boys. Throwing on a pair of designer, distressed denim shorts and pairing it with my favorite shoe, a Chuck Taylor adds some fashion, as well as, a comfy appeal to your look.

Just remember … take me out to the ball game, take me out to the crowd, buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks, I don’t care if I never get back. Let me root, root, root for the home team, if they don’t win, it’s a shame. For it’s one, two, three strikes you’re out at the old ball game. – Do you have a favorite baseball team?

Follow me on twitter @missblackseries to catch up on fashion trends and tips through the week….tweet me which team your cheering on this weekend :)

until the next time….


-miss black