The Ultimate Ski Bucket List

For downhill skiers, “powder snow” provides the ultimate skiing experience. For most skiers however, good powder skiing is a short-lived and infrequent event. Ski areas in some geographic areas enjoy fairly frequent “powder days” but in most areas, powder days are rare and the dryness and depth of snow is often marginal.

In most ski areas too, when powder snow does occur, it is only a matter of hours before it is completely “tracked out”, lumped up and beaten down. Only those few early birds that ride the first chairs in the morning get the ultimate run of the day, in deep, consistent, smooth, untracked snow.

For years, diehard powder snow enthusiasts have headed for the backcountry to “ski the powder” among remote alpine peaks, far from crowded ski areas. Many enjoy the peace and quiet of ski touring and move and ski at a pace governed by their own physical fitness.

Others who may be less ambitious or have less time, but who have ample disposable funds, have headed for the backcountry in helicopters. For about $1000 per day or more, heli-operators offer small groups of proficient skiers 5 to 7 days of guided skiing on huge pristine slopes, high in the mountains. Guests stay in comfortable lodges and spend their days being shuttled back and forth with their guides, with each run on a fresh untracked slope. Heli skiing has its problems. There are “down days” when storms make flying impossible and there is always the inherent risk of all backcountry skiing: avalanche.

Avalanche risk depends on many factors. All reputable backcountry operators provide highly qualified guides who choose areas for skiing and a safe route down the hill. On days of poor weather or unstable snow, guides may avoid alpine areas and restrict their groups to “skiing the trees”. Tree skiing is a fixture of all mechanized backcountry skiing and is preferred by some skiers to the more open “alpine” skiing.

In recent years, a new type of mechanized backcountry ski operator has emerged. Snowcat skiing operators use snowcats to transport skiers and snowboarders into backcountry regions. Snowcats are fitted with a large cab that seats clients in a warm, comfortable environment. A snowcat typically carries a group of 12 clients, two guides and a driver.

Of course, snowcats are much slower than helicopters. They are also much less expensive and guests can expect to pay between $500 and $600 a day, including transportation, lodging, meals, and guiding. As slow as snowcats may be, most clients will wear themselves out every day and get just as much skiing as their group can handle.

The great advantage of cat skiing is that “down” days almost never occur. Clients ski every day and bad weather can often mean extra-good snow. Cat skiing is more relaxed and “laid back” than heli skiing as there is no need to share equipment between groups or to maximize equipment usage. Cat skiing is very “client-friendly”. Each group has a dedicated machine and it moves at the group’s pleasure. Weaker skiers can feel at ease and not “pushed”.

Snowcats provide a relatively quiet, comfortable, warm and relaxed environment in which the trip back up the hill can be almost as much fun as the run down. Guests can “unbutton”, dry out, warm up, converse and browse on sandwiches, cookies, cake and drinks. If a guest gets tired, it’s easy to “sit out” a run and ride down to the next pickup with the cat driver.

Snowcat skiing is more restricted geographically than heli skiing. However, that has a drawback. Since they can operate in a larger area, heli-operators may sometimes be less familiar with changing snow conditions and risk factors than snowcat operators who work in a more restricted area.

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Most snowcat operators have ample terrain to consistently provide good snow, even in periods of drought, and to ensure that clients exhaust themselves every day. Chatter Creek Mountain Lodges Ltd. operates in a 95 sq. km area and ski between the elevations of 5400ft and 9500 ft. Monashee Powder Adventures advertises an area of 66 sq. km and operate between the elevations of 7800 ft and 3,000 ft.. Baldface Lodge uses over 140 sq km. Guests need not worry about running out of terrain!

Snowcat skiing provides a wonderful holiday for intermediate and advanced skiers alike. Individuals, family groups, groups of friends, business associates can have a “trip to remember”. Operators with remote lodges offer a real “backcountry” experience, usually with good food and very comfortable accommodations.

Lockie Brown is retired and lives near Vancouver, B.C., Canada. He has cat skied for about 10 years, taking groups of 12 and 24 friends to different cat ski venues in British Columbia. He now takes his groups to Chatter Creek Mountain Lodges near Golden, B.C.

For more information, please refer to the Chatter Creek Web site at http://backcountrywintervacations.com/

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Useful Info About Different Types Of Skis

Transport is essential, regardless of the weather conditions. Sometimes, man has to rise above his surroundings and devise innovative means of transport. This was especially true in places where snow is an almost permanent feature. Skiing originated in Scandinavia as a necessity and since then, has seen a lot of progress in style, technology and use.

The father of modern skiing is said to be Sondre Norheim. He came up with the idea of using bindings that help in turning when skiing downhill, and this was improved upon by Mathias Zdarsky, which led to what is now known as alpine skiing. Hannes Schneider came up with the idea of body rotation for steering. The Arlberg technique became popular as the popularity of the sport also increased.

There are numerous types of skiing events: Alpine skiing (or Downhill skiing), Backcountry skiing (off Piste skiing), Cross-country skiing (Nordic skiing), Extreme skiing, Heliskiing, Newschool skiing, Telemark skiing, Speed skiing, Ski jumping, Ski mountaineering, Ski touring, Snowboarding, Snow kiting, Freestyle skiing and Cat skiing.

With this came a variety of techniques to enable a correct manner of skiing, and these helped in getting the best out of the sport. It became necessary to have the right clothing and equipment for all-around safety.

Skiing has proved to be a sport where even physically challenged people are able to join in, thanks to technological advances. The use of outriggers, ski tip retention devices, sit skis, single and double color guides and inter-skier communication takes care of most needs of these people.

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Ski slopes are color coded to define difficulty levels with green indicating beginners’ slopes and black for the experts. Snow conditions that are favored by all are the packed powder, granular snow, corn snow, and the most challenging of all, crusts.

There are many types of resorts for the uninitiated as well as the experts and competitions are held for every level. Facilities provide the equipment, ensuring medical supervision and well laid out, well marked tracks.

Learn from the experts, get your kit and you’ll experience the thrill of speed few activities can compare with!

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La Jolla Jet Skiing Adventure from Mission Bay San Diego

One benefit of living in San Diego is living right next to the ocean. However, many residents do not take advantage of living so close to the coast by, for example, taking a walk on the beach or going for a swim in the ocean. One could even take a tour along the bay as a way to enjoy living so close to the beach. What people often neglect to remember is the opportunity to explore San Diego on an exhilarating jet ski tour. Whether you just moved here, have lived here your whole life, or are simply visiting, a knowledgeable tour guide can show you great places you have never seen before.

There are many beautiful and exciting attractions to see while riding a jet ski in the San Diego Bay. The Coronado Island, sea lions and the USS Midway are just a few attractions you could see while dashing around the bay with your tour guide. The only way to get to Coronado Island by traveling on land is by using the Coronado Bridge. Although the Coronado Bridge is a sight to see, there are plenty of other places to see in the area. However, the easiest way to travel between Coronado Island and the San Diego coast is by using a jet ski or a boat. Considering the fact that the USS Midway is on the San Diego coast and sea lions can be found on the coast as well, it seems easier to take a tour on a watercraft to see a lot of San Diego’s great attractions. You may definitely want to consider a jet ski though because it would allow you to see sea lions closer than a boat would allow due to the smaller and, therefore, less intimidating size than a big boat.

A jet ski tour can accommodate one or more people. Therefore, you do not necessarily need to have a group to take a tour here in the San Diego area, although it might make it a lot more fun. If you have a large group, some tour companies will be willing to give discounts based on the size of your large group, but you will have to call for that special pricing. From firsthand experience, I can say that riding a jet ski is a lot of fun, though I did not get to drive because I had no experience beforehand. However, prior experience with jet skis is usually not necessary if you are going to take a tour on a jet ski or even a little boat. Usually before riding a an unfamiliar vehicle, the tour guide or someone else that is qualified will give you a quick orientation to the controls of the watercraft. It may seem scary at first but jet skis can be a lot of fun.

Skiing San Diego

Another benefit about living in San Diego is that the weather is perfect almost all year round. The San Diego weather makes almost any day perfect for taking a jet ski tour in the bay. Taking a ride on a watercraft allows you to see a lot of the great sights on the San Diego coast, while also enjoying the sun and ocean. A ride around the coast gives you a great experience to share on social media, but it also gives you a great life experience overall. In addition, taking a tour in the bay is a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday with your family or friends. Although San Diego jet ski tours can be expensive, the fun and thrilling experience you get from a jet ski tour is worth it. While you are in the area, you may also want to visit many of the great attractions on land, such as Sea World and the Balboa Park. Have fun!

If you are looking for adventure in San Diego, you should check out San Diego Bay Adventures. They offer jet ski rentals and tours, and even nighttime and daytime paddle boarding activities.

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