Skis. Wonderful skis.

Ok la Nina is coming and even if the kids don’t want to ski much, I sure do. Quick trip to Sturtevants and here r recommendations.

I need a goo all mountain ski and praying for la nina a great powder ski o complement the gotoma and six star I have for mid powder and groomed days…

1. Armada JJ. The ultimate powder skis. Tried them last year. They r well rockered so even though 120 underfoot. It skis so short on the groomed.

2. Watea 84. Had these from before thy got rockered. They didn’t score well but I’ve loved them because they r wood and super flickable on bumps

3. Need to try the Head Rock and roll. Apparently a great all mountain.

From skiing magazine. The magazine is gone but they still do (non numeric) reviews. As a note with rockered skis u need to go 5-7 longer as more of the ski is up in the air. I normally ride 167s on mid fats so that means 175 for me ­čÖé

1. Blizzard bodacious. 142/118/132. $950. 186 and 196 lengths. Rockered

2. Blizzard chochise. 135/108/123. $900. 177, 185, 193. Ski of the year. All conditions but best in crud and chopped powder. Rockered

3. Nordica Hell & Back. 135/98/125. $900. 161, 169, 177, 185. The new midfats r getting fatter but because they r rockered still good carving. rockered.

And while we r at it if u want to lust some get:

1. Zeal Transcend gps. These r ski goggle with a heads up display showing your vertical, speed, etc. And they r photochromatic. Just $500 for data paradise!

Snowing big flakes

It’s funny how certain small things can really touch your memory. The weather forecastera were wrong. Didn’t heat up instead, stuck at 0C and huge flakes started to fall. Sun set and the glow of the sodium street lights here leaves a beautiful glow.

Reminds of me of long ago when I took a dear friend skiing for the first time. Rain at the base, sleet half way up he gondola and at the top a huge winter wonderland. Not windy just big puffy flakes falling. A great day to learn. The soup had never been so warm and everything was covered in this snow.

Today I also skied in a little park but it was the afternoon of shopping that reminded me of that day.

Snipes

Had a chance to look at a Snipe. Its a two person 15 1/2 foot long racing sailboat. The class started in 1931 and it is a nice one to race and hang out with. The folks at “Snipe444”:http://snipe444.org are great and there is a “boat”:http://www.snipe444.org/classifieds.html for sale. It is boat 26752, I guess they are all numbered.

Boat #26752
All white with wood trim
Proctor miracle mast
Two mains, three jibs w/full length zipper bags
Pole launcher
Rudder cover
Board cover
Top cover
Dolly
Very custom galvanized trailer with 12″ wheels
Weighs in at exact min. weight

Miracles of the Internet are that you can actually google:”snipe 26752″ and learn more about the actual boat and see lots more boats listed in the “Snipe US”:http://www.snipeus.org/classifieds.asp classifieds to get a feel for the costs:

| Year | Builder | Price |
| 2004 | Persson | $7900 |
| 2003 | Jibe Tech | $7500 |
| 2002 | Skipper | $6500 |
| 2000 | Jibe Tech | $6500 |
| 1998 | Persson | $5000 |
| 1988 | Phoenix | $4600 |
| 1987 | McLaughlin | $2500 |
| 1982 | Mclaughlin | $1400 |

It is confusing because there are many different makers and you can see the costs differ alot.

The other amazing thing is that boat 26752 has an older listing, so you can see who owned it before and how much was paid

SCIRA: Snipe Used Boat List 2002

#26752 McLaughlin built in 1989. Sailed very little and in excellent condition. Stored for the last 5 years under roof, covered and not sailed. 2 centerboards, brand new seitech dolly, brand new trailer(registered), three suits of sails available, and new cover. Located in Oakland, CA. 925-766-9346 or csjwind@pacbell.net Asking $3,200.00 willing to deliver down south. April 2002

So $2500 now isn’t so bad.

And you can also see its racing results again from various sites in “Willamette in 2003”:http://www.willamettesailingclub.com/racing/results/2003/2003_Al_Morris_Results.htm, “Whiskeytown in 2007”:http://www.whiskeytownsailing.org/2007%20Racing.htm, Columbia Gorge in “2002”:http://www.cgra.org/Results/2002%20results/columbia_gorge_one_design_2002.htm

So what is a McLaughlin, well “Mike McLaughlin”:http://www.snipe.org/articles/buyused.php wrote a guide in 1994 that helps, he actually built the boat and also made Chubasco and Eclipse. Says that the Chubasco can get soft and overweight. If a boat is more than five pounds overweight then it may be the PVC is absorbing water.

Whistler Skiing

Arrgh, this is so complicated. I love the small resorts like “Sun Peaks”:http://sunpeaksresorts.com and who likes the fact that the US dollar is now less than the Canadian dollar, so prices are 30% higher, still the kids friends are all going up there, so I have to follow them. Here are some relative bargains up there:

* “EDGE card”:https://secure.whistlerblackcomb.com/EdgeCard/. This gives a small discount but more importantly you don’t have to wait in the ticket lines which are enormous there.
* “The Map”:http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/accommodation/map/index.htm. This resort is so large, that you really need a mega map to get it. The long and short of it is, that if you stay in Whistler Village, you are trendy, but it is a walk to get to the lifts. Upper Village and Creekside are the two ski in and ski out places really. Blueberry Hill works but you have to take the shuttle to get there. So the best places look like Creekside if you only want to stay on the Whistler side or Upper Village if you like Blackcomb. You can use the really cool “interactive”:http://media.intrawest.com/whistler/trailmap/index.html?sitecampaign=banner-nonflash_txt_101807 map if you want to see where things are. This is really a gigantic area. 9000 acres and in December 2008, they are going to put in a mountain to mountain gondola. In contrast, Crystal is 1500 acres and has just grown to 2500.
* “Packages”:http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/deals_packages/index.htm are where it is at given lift tickets for four folks can be $150 per day. Right now, the promotion is that you get a 4 skiing days for 5 days overnight plus two fresh track (wake up early and ski) tickets. Its a pretty good deal.
* “Trip Advisor”:http://www.tripadvisor.com/LocalMaps-g154948-Whistler-Area.html seems to have the best list of good hotels. The Aspens comes out well as a budget hotel

There are also other services that get you into condos

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Chart Reading

Well, sometimes when you are reading a navigational chart, all those little symbols are so mysterious. NOAA used to print something called Chart 1 which explains what is going on. “Chart 1”:http://chartmaker.ncd.noaa.gov/mcd/chart1/chart1hr.htm is now available online so you can figure out mysterious, but important things like obstructions and wrecks when you are tooling around.

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PDGA Disc Golf Course Directory and Mount Lake Terrace

!<http://www.leftcoastdiscgolf.com/images/zoom/KTQUNB/mlt_1t.jpg! A really cool use of Google Maps, this shows every disc golf course in a given area at “PDGA Course”:http://www.pdga.com/course/gindex.php. We went to Minerva Park last week, now we can go to “Mount Lake Terrace”:http://www.leftcoastdiscgolf.com/index.php?option=com_zoom&Itemid=42&page=view&catid=183&key=1&hit=1

Giro Omen and Fuse Helmet Sizing and Pricing

The “Giro”:http://giro.com website doesn’t help very much when it comes to sizing. I found tht I fit nicely into a Large Fuse or a Medium/Large Omen.

“MBStores”:http://mbstores-store.stores.yahoo.net/gifuskiandsn.html has a good size chart and it shows the Fuse at 14.5 oz.

| Model Name | S | M | L | XL | XXL |
| Fuse | 53.5-55.5cm | 55.5-57cm | 57-59cm | 59-60.5cm | 60.5-62.5cm |

In terms of pricing at the end of this season, the list price is $320 at Amazon, but you can find it on eBay for $150 thanks to “Mpire”:http://mpire.com/buyer/results.page?query=giro+fuse just be careful to get the wireless version, they have three versions, no audio, wired audio (called tuneup ii) and wireless (called wireless tuneup).

At “REI”:http://www.rei.com/online/store/ProductDisplay?storeId=8000&catalogId=40000008000&productId=48071050&parent_category_rn=4501607 there is the sizing information for the new top of the line Giro Omen, it is a little simpler as it has three sizes only that “Snowshack”:http://www.snowshack.com/giroomen.html has

| Model | XS/S | M/L | XL/XXL |
| Omen | 52-55.5cm | 55.5-59cm | 59-62.5cm |

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Virtual Skipper Skins

Virtual Skipper has a bunch of European sites that have a huge number of boats that are designed for it. The skinning work is amazing, so check out and you put them in c:\program files\Virtual Skipper 4\Templates\ and create a file which is the name of the boat:

* “Virtual Winds”:http://www.virtual-winds.com/modules/mydownloads/viewcat.php?op=&cid=48
* “VSK-Aus.com”:http://www.vsk-aus.com. These are the Aussies sailing down under
* “VSkipper.com”:http://www.vskipper.com/forum/local_links.php?catid=1. The Italians have a really big site.

Personal Water Craft Safety

We were wondering how safe these things really are:

!http://www.dnr.state.md.us/boating/safety/images/waverunner.jpg! VDGIF > Boating > PWC

PWC stands for personal watercraft with an emphasis on the personal. Trade name craft, such as Ski-Doo® (Bombardier Recreational Products), Waverunner® (Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.), and JET SKI® (Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.) are types of PWC.

although PWCs comprise just over 10% of all registered boats, they were involved in 22.6% of all boating accidents. Although PWC are involved in a disproportionate number of boating accidents (property damage and personal injury), they have a great safety record when it comes to boating fatalities. The main reason for low fatality rates on PWC is because all PWC operators, passengers, and persons being towed by a PWC, are required to wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket. Other boat operators and passengers are only required to have wearable life jackets on board, but are not required to wear them.

Most accidents are caused by the operator’s inexperience, inattention or failure to look out for hazards, The operator’s tense eye muscles and eye fatigue will contribute to the development of temporary tunnel vision, known as “boater’s hypnosis”. This is when the operator stares straight ahead in a trance, without looking to the periphery for approaching boats or obstacles. Excessive speed caused or contributed to several accidents last year. Never jump wakes, and never cut in front of another boat.