The Video Round Up: December 19th 2015

Video Round Up DEC 19th 2015
The Video Round Up is a new series highlighting videos and multimedia content that caught our eyes. Getting stoked on travel, good food, and extreme sports is best when shared with friends, so we’ll be posting a bi-weekly series on our favorite videos we find from every corner of the web. Have a tip or some awesome footage? Shoot an email to support@themanual.com

Distiller’s List Holiday Spirit Guide


Giving the gift of a bottle of good scotch or tequila will never go out of style. If you’ve left it to the very last minute, the pros at Distiller’s List put together a handy guide with picks for everyone in the family. In case you were wondering, we’d love to find that Don Julio 1942 under the tree this year.

Star Wars A Capella


Star Wars mania has a firm grip across the country this weekend. We’ll keep things spoiler free if you haven’t seen it yet. If you need a little extra dose of things from a galaxy far far away, Jimmy Fallon put together a star studded a capella arrangement of the original music. Enjoy.

Giro’s Engrained:Verbier Part 1


The Alps are steeped in ski heritage. Verbier, Switzerland, a tiny ski town in the heart of the range, represents the best of those European roots, but also plays host to some of the best extreme skiing in the world. As a stop on the Freeride World Tour, Verbier is the competition that every skier wants to win. This first part of Giro’s Engrained follows their athletes as they prepare for steep free ride competition. We can’t wait to see the rest of the series.

Scott Sports/Team Lac Blanc Blowing Up Corners


This is some of the best mountain biking film we’ve ever seen. Scott Sports recently launched their Genius LT with the new “Plus Size” tires (typically 3 inches wide rather than the standard 2.3). French riders Pierre Charles Georges and Amaury Pierron know how to use these more grippy tires to great effect while they charge down pristine, loamy trails.

Travel

Ski Butlers are a Thing. We Went to the Rockies to Find Out What they Do and Why

Why the saviest skiers and smartest shredders enlist the help of a ski butler to service and set up their gear.
Food & Drink

Dancing With the Green Fairy: 10 Absinthes to Try Right Now

Whatever you’re looking for in an absinthe, these ten spirits are a great place to start expanding your knowledge (and palate)!
Food & Drink

Gobble this Up: How to Smoke a Turkey (The Right Way, Every Time)

Find out how to not mess up the centerpiece of a meal where you're surrounded by your whole family (including judgmental Aunt Carol).
Travel

A New Class of Retro Designer Motels Recalls California’s Bygone Surf Era

Embrace an endless summer of sick surfer hair, salty beach air, and some of the world's best breaks.
Living

Home Maintenance Checklist: How to Prepare Your Property for Each Season

Follow our lead and keep your home looking and functioning fine in any season.
Living

Whiskey Ridge House Could Be Your Luxurious Personal ‘Walden’ (For a Price)

The property is dubbed "Walden" in reference to the home's gorgeous natural surroundings, similar to those that Henry David Thoreau escaped to.
Living

Take a Peek Inside a Contemporary Home in South Africa’s Wine Country

The simplistic style of Benguela Cove House ensures that the beautiful South African landscape remains the star of the show.
Living

Into the Wild is a Tiny Cabin that Let’s You Edit Your Views of the Forest

You’ve heard of choose your own adventure books, this is a choose your own view cabin.
Living

The 10 Best Adventure Dog Breeds for the Active Outdoorsman

Find your perfect canine companion.
Living

No Strings Attached with the Best Wireless Charging Pads

Wouldn't it be nice if we lived in a world where there were no cords at all? These wireless charging pads are a good start.
Travel

The Woodman’s Treehouse Has Everything You Want, Including a Pizza Oven

The ultimate escape for a weekend of reliving your childhood, there’s also hammocks, a slide, and a rooftop hot tub.
Living

Be a Rebel Without a Cause and Buy James Dean’s Old Hollywood Hills Digs

This restored and reimagined 1920s Spanish-style home is up for sale for just shy of $4 million.
Living

How to Winterize Your House and Yard Before the Cold Weather Comes

With just a few weekends of work, you'll be sitting pretty (and warm) in your newly winterized home.
Outdoors

The Best First Aid Kits for the Home, Car, Hiking, and More

Accident, injuries, burns, bug bites, and worse can strike at any time. Be prepared.