Powder Skiing for the Young at Heart

Written by Lockie Brown

About 8 years ago, I got a call fromrepparttar daughter an old friend. “It’s Dad’s 60th birthday soon andrepparttar 141241 family wants to send him on a ski trip. We are hoping that you and Bill and Owen will keep him company”. “Sure”, I said, expecting a destination like Sun Peaks or Rossland. “Where are we going?” “Cat Skiing near Fernie.” “What skiing?” “Cat skiing!” “What’s Cat Skiing?” “Its backcountry skiing from snowcats, sort of a poor man’s heli-skiing.” “Can I afford it?” “You can’t afford to miss this!”

That four-day trip wasrepparttar 141242 start of seven years of superb skiing. On that first trip, we had a marvelous time and powder skiing,repparttar 141243 likes of which none of us could remember. Run after run in fresh, untracked snow. There were steep rollovers that put my heart in my throat, whererepparttar 141244 deep snow seemed to support us like an invisible hand, letting us downrepparttar 141245 fall line slowly and gently. Wow! Face shots galore! I thought, “Life is too short not to be doing this every year!”

Onrepparttar 141246 second day of that tour, I presented myself atrepparttar 141247 lodge office and requested a booking forrepparttar 141248 following year. “Sorry, full up”. “No!” “Yes!” “However,repparttar 141249 year after has an opening, and you could have a whole cat.” “Done”, I said, and thought, “You fool, what are you doing?”

After much effort, evening after evening of phone calls, hounding old friends and a very long wait, we were back two years later with twelve good men and women. Some were old ski friends of almost 50 years. We had another wonderful trip with great skiing, great snow and great company.

Now, years later, we are still at it. We’ve changed venue from near Fernie to a spot near Golden, B.C., whererepparttar 141250 skiing is a little higher andrepparttar 141251 snow seems to be a little more reliable. Our host is Chatter Creek Snowcat Skiing (www.chattercreekcatskiing.com), a partnership of four personable young men who run an excellent operation, about 20 minutes by helicopter north of Golden, onrepparttar 141252 western flank ofrepparttar 141253 Rocky Mountains.

The 130 sq. km. tenure includes a large glacier at just under 10,000ft. elevation, huge open alpine slopes and bowls and a number of enormous ridges that offer superb tree skiing. After many trips to Chatter Creek, we have yet to skirepparttar 141254 entire area. Each summer, snowcat roads are extended to open up ever more terrain. An application has been made to increaserepparttar 141255 terrain size by about 85%. See Cat Skiing Terrain (http://www.cat-skiing-terrain.blogspot.com) for a photographic tour ofrepparttar 141256 Chatter Creek tenure.

Skiing onrepparttar 141257 Vertebrae glacier is “mellow” andrepparttar 141258 views are spectacular. Fromrepparttar 141259 highest point,repparttar 141260 view spreads torepparttar 141261 west, over nearby peaks and ridges torepparttar 141262 distant Adamant Range and Selkirk Mountains. Torepparttar 141263 east, much nearer and in clear view, are countless peaks and snowfields ofrepparttar 141264 Continental Divide, includingrepparttar 141265 Clemenceau Icefield, Mt Columbia andrepparttar 141266 Snow Dome. The latter isrepparttar 141267 source ofrepparttar 141268 famous Columbia Icefield and containsrepparttar 141269 hydrographic apex of North America. As skiers ski onrepparttar 141270 glacier,repparttar 141271 unusual “squiggles” ofrepparttar 141272 Sullivan Fault fillrepparttar 141273 view and formsrepparttar 141274 backdrop of many a guest photograph. See Glacier Skiing at Chatter Creek (http://glacier-skiing.blogspot.com) for many photos fromrepparttar 141275 Vertebrae glacier.

On bluebird days,repparttar 141276 guides usually head torepparttar 141277 high alpine for a few runs onrepparttar 141278 Vertebrae glacier, or in one ofrepparttar 141279 many large bowls or slopes such asrepparttar 141280 Clamshell, upper Lodge Ridge, Super Spruce, South Park, Lakeview , and Oyster Bowl. After a few of runs,repparttar 141281 group will move on to nearby areas, skiing here and there onrepparttar 141282 way, never staying long in any one spot. Every run in untracked snow!

Snowcat rides are rarely more than 15 to 20 minutes long, usually just long enough to enjoy half a sandwich and a drink, to restrepparttar 141283 legs and to share a couple of bad jokes with our companions. The Bombardier snowcats (http://www.bombardier-snowcats-at-chatter-creek.blogspot.com) are warm and comfortable. They accommodate 12 guests, two guides and a driver. The three cats move independently and are usually out of sight of one another all day.

Choosing A Cycling Road Bike

Written by Andrew Caxton

How To Choose Your Road Bike, Different Level Of Riders

How to choose your road bike? Wellrepparttar first question is how much do you want to spend and how much cycling will you do? The answer torepparttar 141155 first question is a difficult one, many people when they are younger they want to ride there bike all day and what to berepparttar 141156 next winner ofrepparttar 141157 Tour de France, but they can not afford to spend much on there bike. If they get fit and win some races and get in a good team they will be given a top class bike, but what usually happens is they have to give up and work, have a family etc. When they are older and have more money they can affordrepparttar 141158 bike of there dreams. As to how much cycling you do, that depends on whether you can justify havingrepparttar 141159 best bike around and only doing a short ride on Sunday morning. Remember you get what you pay for.

Basic Level Bikes.

If you go torepparttar 141160 larger sports stores or bike shops they will have complete bikes for sale, probably a alloy frame with Shimano Tiagra or Campagnolo Mirage or a mixture of cheaper components, this bike will be built to a price, will ride fairly well, wont be very light and is a good place to start. To get some thing better, start with a nice alloy frame and if you can afford it, carbon forks, then with what money you have left chose your group-set of either Shimano or Campagnolo and then you can pick your saddle, handlebars, wheel rims and tires, this is all fun, but if you are working to a budget, it can be tricky.

Mid Level, Touring and Possibly Racing.

In this range of bikes you can buy them as a complete cycle, inrepparttar 141161 cycle shop, sports store or even inrepparttar 141162 specialist magazines or onrepparttar 141163 web. It is more fun to chooserepparttar 141164 components for your frame and how much you want to spend. At this level you would probably be looking at Shimano 105 or Campagnolo Centaur road bike parts and you could possibly buy some built up wheels from Shimano, Campagnolo or Mavic, but first start withrepparttar 141165 frame, there are many frames out there to choose from, get onrepparttar 141166 net and look for what you want, it will probably be alloy again, with carbon forks. Alloy seat pin, handle bars and stem and a comfortable saddle.

Top Level Bike For Racing and Pleasure.

Now it gets more difficult, your components would be Campagnolo Chorus or Shimano Ultegra, unless you can affordrepparttar 141167 top components of both manufacturers. Wheels again would be possibly Mavic, Shimano or Campagnolo, deep carbon rims look Great and have a wonderful ride, but will probably be too expensive, best if you stick to alloy rims for high pressure tires as tubulars, even though they ride wonderfully, will be expensive and a lot of trouble. Handle bars, stem and seat pin could be alloy or carbon, if you haverepparttar 141168 money. The frame isrepparttar 141169 heart of your bike and you will want a good one, at this price range alloy is going to berepparttar 141170 first choice with carbon forks and possibly a carbon rear triangle. If you look around you might manage to find an all carbon frame at this price, Giant make a very well priced carbon frame in a compact, sloping design, there are others but you will have to spend a lot more money.

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