Powder Skiing for the Young at Heart

Written by Lockie Brown

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When skiing,repparttar guide keepsrepparttar 141241 group together, while allowing everyone their own line in unbroken snow. There’s no pressure to “farm” snow.

The speed ofrepparttar 141242 group and number of stops depends onrepparttar 141243 group. Faster groups of expert skiers may ski non-stop torepparttar 141244 bottom. Groups of intermediate skiers may stop alongrepparttar 141245 way, to regroup, rest, share experiences and take pictures. Cat skiing is laid back and relaxed. The guests “callrepparttar 141246 shots” and determinerepparttar 141247 pace. The guides concentrate onrepparttar 141248 preferences and needs ofrepparttar 141249 group and provide a “tailor made” skiing experience.

A favorite with many skiers isrepparttar 141250 tree skiing onrepparttar 141251 great ridges. A group can ski for many days on any one ridge and not run out of fresh snow. Runs pass through old burns with widely spaced snags, living forest with open glades and cut blocks with deeply buried stumps that form “pillows” and undulations of endless variety.

Intermediate skiers who rarely ski “the trees” not only find they can do it, but that it’s fun. The snow inrepparttar 141252 trees tends to be deeper and unaffected by sun and wind. Snow is soft and consistent and there are no moguls and lumps. The short, fat powder skis that can be rented from Chatter Creek make it all pretty easy. Novices learn very quickly. Cat skiing does not require prior experience or special equipment, just boots and clothing and enthusiasm.

Cat skiing at Chatter Creek is well suited for skiers and snowboarders having a wide range of ability. My group of expert skiers has enjoyed every trip and is always challenged and experiencing new terrain. Chatter Creek recommends that guests be at least strong intermediate skiers. However, I have organized “friends and family” groups that have included skiers of lesser ability and everyone got on fine. Good physical condition makes up for a lack of experience. Ages have ranged fromrepparttar 141253 20’s to 70, with most group members inrepparttar 141254 50 to 65 year range.

Asrepparttar 141255 ski-day wears on and people may begin to tire, guests are welcome to sit-out a run and ride back downrepparttar 141256 hill withrepparttar 141257 snowcat driver. If someone wants to “call it a day”, a staff member will driverepparttar 141258 guest back torepparttar 141259 lodge on a snowmobile.

Runs can vary from about 800 vertical feet to over 2000 ft. Typical runs drop 1200 to 1500 ft. The amount of skiing done in a day depends entirely onrepparttar 141260 strength ofrepparttar 141261 group. Daily “vertical” usually varies from 9,000 to 14,000 feet. Very fast groups may do 16,000 ft, or even more. Our group has always worn itself out, day after day.

A nice feature at Chatter Creek is that almost always,repparttar 141262 cat picks uprepparttar 141263 group where they finish their run. Unlike some operations, there is very little skiing on hard-packed roads to get torepparttar 141264 cat.

The perfect end to a day at Chatter Creek is a run on Lodge Ridge, ending atrepparttar 141265 door of Vertebrae Lodge (http://www.lodge-life-at-chatter-creek.blogspot.com). We step out of our skis and boards and intorepparttar 141266 bar, dropping into soft couches, with cold beers in hand. After some laughs with our mates and browsing onrepparttar 141267 afternoon snacks, we stumble off torepparttar 141268 outdoor hot tub to enjoy another beer or a Caesar and to watchrepparttar 141269 sunlight disappear fromrepparttar 141270 peaks.

In 2004, Chatter Creek built a second 9000 sq. ft lodge and expanded to 36 clients. All guests enjoy double occupancy bedrooms, each with a private bathroom. Our group has expanded to fillrepparttar 141271 lodge and we have 36 enthusiastic skiers and snowboarders all signed up and waiting patiently for next year. Some ofrepparttar 141272 old-boys are now taking along their grown offspring, and one cat is set aside for two entire families. It’s going to be a great party, with great skiing!

Lockie Brown lives near Vancouver, Canada. He skis regularly at Whistler and gets the odd trip to Chatter Creek. He recommends the Chatter News photo journal (http://www.powder-skiing.blogspot.com) for many photos of all aspects of snowcat skiing at Chatter Creek.

Choosing A Cycling Road Bike

Written by Andrew Caxton

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The Top of The Shopping List.

When’re looking at a lot of money here if you want to buy a professional road bike. The frame will be all carbon or titanium with carbon forks and maybe a carbon rear triangle or alloy main tubes with carbon front or rear end. The nicest ones onrepparttar market atrepparttar 141155 moment, in my opinion, are Colnago, De Rosa, Pinarello, Battaglin, Time, Scott, Cervelo and many more, all are available in different colours, geometries and sizes, check out there web sites for information and try to make your choice, it’s a difficult job. This is a professional road bike so it will have to haverepparttar 141156 best components, Shimano Dura.Ace or Campagnolo Record are your only choice at this level. Same withrepparttar 141157 wheels, Dura-Ace or Campagnolo Bora, these can be for high pressure clincher tires or tubulars, tubulars are more trouble but do ride well, but clincher tires are very nearly as nice and much more practical. Handle bars, stem and seat pin will be carbon and your saddle will have a carbon base with a leather cover and sometimes with gel for a little extra comfort.

The Best Bike You Can Afford. You do only get what you pay for, so getrepparttar 141158 best bike you can afford, look aroundrepparttar 141159 magazines andrepparttar 141160 web sites and don’t forget your local bike shop until you get that little jewel, but be careful not to make your partner jealous! bike cycling reviews

Andrew Caxton contributes adding articles to http://www.bike-cycling-reviews.com. At his site you can find reviews on bike parts and cycling clothes.

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