Experience Yosemite’s solitude backcountry ski and stay at the mountain cabin. The Yosemite Winter Club – Cross Country Ski Section has been active for decades. Its primary purpose is to provide supported ski trips. The members of the Club pack and deliver caches into the various huts and cabins located throughout Yosemite in the late fall and retrieve them in the spring. Thus the members are able to ski with a much lighter packs containing only lunch, snacks, and sleeping bags. Members have years of cross country skiing experience, including backcountry skiing, and are excited to teach others who wish to learn and experience the thrill of skiing into the back country of Yosemite in the middle of winter. Come view at least 40 years of trips throughout Yosemite, learn about how the ski equipment has developed over the years and the opportunities to learn how to cross country ski or broaden your knowledge of cross country skiing into the back country realm.
Winter Yosemite backcountry ski and snowboard points of interest:
+ Glacier Point
+ Half Dome
When and where:
Meet the Yosemite Winter Backcountry Ski Club
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
San Francisco REI at 840 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94103; Register
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Berkeley REI at 1338 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702; Register
Cost: Members & Non-members Free
Host: Jane Raschke-Goodman of The Yosemite Winter Club – Cross Country Ski and Backcountry Ski
Have you ever thought about getting away from the hectic Western lifestyle where each day flashes by with little in the way of cultivating our inner soul and our playful spirit?
When was the last time you’ve enjoyed some quality personal time at a writer’s retreat to tap in to your creative side or a yoga retreat for some much needed relaxation and meditation to re-energized? Or if food is your motivator, treat your palate to a Thai foodie adventure and add a side trip to learn how to cook Thai dishes.
For those yearning for a warm sun drenched tropical vacation where your dollar goes a long way, Thailand offers one of the best value getaway.
In particular, Prachuap in Thailand is our favorite quaint off the beaten path beach town retreat getaway which checks off our list of requirements:
✔ Swaying Palm trees
✔ Scenic beaches and warm ocean water
✔ Tropical warm sunny weather in an exotic locale
✔ Quiet, relaxing setting
✔ Inexpensive lodging (unbeatable price value comparatively)
✔ Inexpensive Thai food with availability of Western restaurant options
✔ Local small beach town charm
✔ Outdoors recreation: scuba, snorkeling, water snow sports, hiking, biking
✔ Night markets
✔ Open air farmer’s market
✔ Local music scene entertainment
✔ Inexpensive massages and spa treatments
For a $1,000 USD monthly retreat budget; this vacation rental in Prachuap, South Eastern Coastal Thailand checked off all of our requirements plus it’s comparatively inexpensive with prices starting at $19 USD per night so one month’s stay (31 nights) would cost $589 which leaves $411 for food, entertainment, and Thai massages, etc. In terms of food cost, a meal of savory grilled chicken or fish with sticky rice plus freshly made to order papaya salad and Thai iced tea will set you back only $3.50 USD.
If a non-touristy small beach town is attractive to you, Prachuap is that place.
This vacation rental retreat aptly named Baan Aomjai (which means “home of warm hearts” in the Thai language) is located in Prachuap Khiri Khan, a beach side town in Thailand accessible by inexpensive daily express bus directly from Bangkok airport (BKK) or by or a scenic train ride to the friendly beach town of Prachuap.
Baan Aomjai is available as a nightly rental or long term vacation rental; great for all travelers and writers and it’s perfect as a retreat getaway from the busy city life in Bangkok. “Baan Aomjai consists of just five unique free-standing bungalows, varying from a petite 15 sqm studio to a spacious 80 sqm 2 bed, 1 bath bungalow, all equipped with WiFi, air-con, modern amenities, brick pizza oven and a covered patio.”
This air-conditioned apartment features free WiFi, a mini-fridge, towels, bed linen, terrace, free parking, washing machine and flat-screen TVs. Enjoy their relaxing patio aka sala equipped with an opened kitchen and dining area. It is a very relaxing location surrounded by swaying palm trees. There’s also a swimming pool, gym and restaurant within 5 mins walk of the guesthouse apartment and the scenic Ao Manao beach is within a 20 minutes bike ride.
If you’d like a change from the local Thai food, there are excellent Western food options such as pizza, pasta (Italian), German and French food available in town.
The owners are helpful in getting you acquainted with Prachuap and can help you pick daily activities to enjoy your vacation or relax at scenic beach near by and go for a swim, get a tan and kick your feet up and relax up under a palm tree reading your favorite book.
Highly recommended for those seeking an alternative vacation spot to noisy city life in Bangkok. Added perks include inexpensive Thai massages in town that start at only 150 Baht (which equals to approximately $5 USD) and enjoy night markets for cheap tasty eats and a good place to buy souvenirs for friends and family.
This is a newly built August 2016 vacation rental; the property is well maintained with daily maid service. A great place to stay for couples, solo adventurers, business travelers, and families with or without kids.
Foodies, explore and enjoy some of Thailand’s best street foods; watch the video below to prime your palate for a foodie vacation (for reference: $1 USD = 32 Thai Baht (as of November 2017); a bowl of Tom Yum Shrimp noodle soup will set you back about $2.50 USD or about 80 Baht; a freshly made to order Papaya Salad will set you back about $1.25 USD or 40 Baht):
+ Browse airfare pricing from Google Flights from San Francisco (SFO) to Bangkok (BKK), Thailand.
+ For a scenic aerial view of the beach town Prachuap, check out this Facebook video.
Watch the video below for the key attractions and things to do if you’re planning a Thailand vacay getaway and aiming to check off traveler’s top ten to do list:
“Thailand, also known as the Land of Smiles, is a jewel of Southeast Asia. Developed enough to provide most comforts yet still wild enough to offer off-the-beaten path adventure, Thailand is a country ripe with opportunity for once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences. Whether you start with the scenically stunning world-class beaches in the south or the mountain villages in the north, Thailand will not disappoint.” -planetware.com
Btw, if you’ve seen the movie,’The Beach’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio filmed in Thailand, you might want to visit the famous FILM SET of Maya Bay on Ko Phi Phi Lay, an enclave of paradise on the coastline of Koh Phi Phi Leh in Southern Coastal Thailand. Imagine a stunning beach cove, located 30 minutes away from a populated island. A cove whose crystal blue waters are almost glowing (swim, scuba, snorkel to your heart’s content), the sand silky soft dancing between your toes, the surrounding cliff faces beautifully dominant in a protective hug and where the surrounding choppy waters protect the enclave from human invaders.
“You fish, swim, eat, laze around, and everyone’s so friendly. It’s such simple stuff, but… If I could stop the world and restart life, put the clock back, I think I’d restart it like this. For everyone.” – Alex Garland, ‘The Beach’.
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By Vicki Olds, aka Shibumi – “Snowpals Reporter At-Large”
SnowPals is making a difference; saving our planet and particularly the Lake Tahoe Basin, one ride-share at a time.
“Did you know there are 1 billion cars in the world? Unfortunately, we’re set to double this in the next 10 years. Each shared car takes 13 cars off the road (average). You can make a difference by sharing a car.” — getaround.com
Since 1999, SnowPals members have ride-shared from the Bay Area to Lake Tahoe and back at least 5,100* times (this is a conservative estimate*). An average 400-mile round-trip in a vehicle that gets 28 miles per gallon average highway miles will burn 14.3 gallons of gas. A gallon of gasoline burned releases 20 pounds of CO2 into the air. By carpooling, each rider, in addition to the driver, represents 14.3 gallons of gasoline saved from being burned — or 286 pounds of carbon dioxide per round trip!
“A gallon of gasoline weighs about 6 pounds. Roughly 90% of that mass is carbon or about 5.5 pounds. When that carbon is burned one atom of carbon, C, combines with two molecules of oxygen, O2, to form carbon dioxide, CO2. One molecule of CO2 weighs about 3.5 times as much as an atom of carbon, so that 5.5 pounds of carbon burned results in about 20 pounds of CO2.”
Plus, think about how much you have saved in gasoline expenses by offering to share your vehicle with a snow rider or two. At 5,100 SnowPal ride-shares, times 14.3 gallons, times the price of a gallon of gas … that’s no small change. In fact, that would be $218, 790 in dollars that did not go to Big Oil if you had paid $3/gallon at the pump, alone.
And, how many of us have made friends along the way? Or shared a meal and a drink, or two, after the slopes … Oh, well let’s not go there!
* Median of 15 ride-shares/wk; with New Snow this shoots up to 30-35 ride-shares/week. We’re saying that at least 4x/season there’s a surge of snow riders looking for new snow.
Help keep our planet green, save money and expand your circle of friends by joining Snowpals to ride share to Tahoe area ski resorts and beyond(members of Snowpals in past years joined forces and resources to organize ski and snowboard trips via carpooling/ride sharing to Colorado, Utah and even British Columbia ski resorts).
Join us for Warren Miller’s 67th ski and snowboard film screening at 9 PM on Saturday November 19, 2016 of Here, There & Everywhere with Snowpals’ exclusive pre-show pizza social. Here’s a great opportunity to meet local skiers and boarders to expand your social circle/meet a few new friends for Tahoe ride share and ski trips for the winter season.
Got season pass? Maximize your ski season pass by joining a ski lease and expand your circle of friends and activity partners in the process.
Pre-show Pizza Social Tickets Remaining: 3 tickets left as of 11/17/2016. Ticket sales via Snowpals close at 11:59 PM PST on Friday Nov. 18, 2016.
Join us for our exclusive pizza social prior to the movie from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Pizza is included. Buy your own drink(s). Pizza social location is in Campbell; exact address will be given to all participants by email on Saturday Nov 19, 2016 by 11 AM.
Once you have purchased your ticket(s); PayPal will send you a receipt by email. Please print the receipt and bring it to the Pizza Social get together to redeem. If you have any questions, please Tim or text/sms 408.341.9744.
*Pizza social tickets are non-refundable but transferable to someone else; you are responsible to sell /transfer your ticket if you can not go. If you missed or can not make it to the pizza social, there’s no refund.
Film Ticket Holders will receive coupons at the film showing for:
2-FOR-1 LIFT TICKET TO SQUAW VALLEY | ALPINE MEADOWS: Everyone attending this screening of Here, There & Everywhere will receive a voucher good for One (1) 2-FOR-1 lift ticket to Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows. Buy One (1) adult lift ticket at the resort rate and receive a second lift ticket for FREE. Offer valid from Opening Day 2016 through Closing Day 2017. OFFER NOT VALID Saturdays AND the following blackout dates: 12.17.16 through 12.31.17, 1.14.17 through 1.15.17, AND 2.18.17 through 2.25.17. Not valid with any other discount offers. No cash value. No refunds.
FREE LIFT TICKET TO MT. BACHELOR: Everyone attending this screening of Here, There & Everywhere will receive a voucher to Mt. Bachelor good for One (1) FREE lift ticket valid Opening Day 2016 through Closing Day 2017, Sunday through Friday (non-holiday). One (1) coupon per person. Not valid with any other discount offer. No refunds. No cash value. Non-transferable.
FREE EARLY- OR LATE-SEASON LIFT TICKET TO STEAMBOAT: Everyone attending this screening of Here, There & Everywhere will receive a voucher good for One (1) FREE lift ticket to Steamboat. OFFER VALID 11.24.16 through 12.16.16 OR 4.1.17 through 4.16.17. Non-transferable. Not valid with any other discount offers. No cash value. No refunds.
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About the movie:
It’s been 67 years since ski-film pioneer Warren Miller picked up a camera to capture the wonder, the adventure, the humor and the beauty that is skiing. Since that time, Warren Miller film crews have traveled the globe—from storied slopes to hidden, snow-covered corners—to celebrate all things snowsports. Their quest has taken powder-hungry filmgoers, well, Here, There & Everywhere—and this year continues that legacy.
In this 67th annual Warren Miller film, take a freeski adventure with industry veterans Ingrid Backstrom and Wendy Fisher in Crested Butte, tour Eastern Greenland by dog sled with Seth Wescott and Rob Kingwill and follow Jess McMillan and Grete Eliassen on a Swiss holiday aboard the Glacier Express. Explore the backcountry of Western Montana’s Glacier Country with Tyler Ceccanti, Collin Collins and Keith Curtis and catch a powder day with Kaylin Richardson, Matt Elliott, Marcus Caston and the Kicking Horse ski patrol in British Columbia.
Travel along as Warren Miller Entertainment commemorates Stein Eriksen in Deer Valley, captures the big air at Boston’s Fenway Park (yes, that Fenway Park!) and rides the steeps of Squaw Valley to the big lines of Cordova, Alaska, plus much more. This year, don’t miss original ski bum and filmmaker Warren Miller himself in on-screen interviews as he spins tales of the past as only Warren can do, reminding us that through the years, these films have truly taken audiences Here, There & Everywhere.
Sponsors of the 2016 Warren Miller Film Tour include: Western Montana’s Glacier Country, Gosling’s, L.L. Bean, Moosehead, Switzerland Tourism, Helly Hansen, Korbel and SKI Magazine.
Featured Athletes: Aaron Blunck • Chris Anthony • Collin Collins • Grete Elliassen • Ingrid Backstrom • Jeremy Jones • Jess McMillan • Jonny Moseley • JT Holmes • Kailyn Richardson • Keith Curtis • Marcus Caston • Matt Elliott • Morgan Hebert • Rob Kingwill • Ryland Bell • Seth Wescott • Tyler Ceccanti • Wendy Fisher
Narrated by: Jonny Moseley and Featuring Warren Miller
Featured Locations: Squaw Valley, CA • Crested Butte, CO • Deer Valley, UT • Montana • Switzerland • Kicking Horse Mountain Resort • Cordova, AK • Greenland • Boston’s Fenway Park • Steamboat Springs, CO
Snowpals’ Top Pick for Bay Area Ski Shop goes to California Ski Company
California Ski Company is a premier San Francisco Bay Area’s ski equipment shop specializing in:
alpine skiing(aka downhill skiing)
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What is most important to you when you’re looking to buy or get your gear serviced? California Ski Company provides stellar customer service and has an experienced, knowledgeable and capable staff with insightful answers to your product and gear questions. Most importantly, they care about your snow riding experience and have the track record to prove it — thousands of loyal customers.
“For more than 16 years, California Ski Company has been the Bay Area leader in specialty alpine ski sales, offering knowledge, expertise and experience that few volume retailers can. Our staff is what makes our store unique. We are a group of ski enthusiasts drawn together by the desire to work in a SKI ONLY environment where skiers come to learn about the latest and best products from people who spend every available moment using those products.”
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Parting thoughts: Great all around ski. Can be a quiver of one ski.
What follows is a gear review of the Praxis MVP skis from your everyday working man who’s passionate about that sensation of floating on untracked powder:
I just finished three days on my new MVP’s and thought I’d tell you about them since there doesn’t seem to be much out there about them. I’ll start by telling you a bit about me so that you can determine if you want to take what I say with a grain of salt or decide that maybe this may be helpful to you. then I’ll describe my observations with this ski and you can do what you want with the info. My hope is that you will gain some sort of insight (good or bad) about this ski if you are in the process of pulling the trigger or not.
So, I am a early 40’s guy, 6’0, 205 lbs (athletic, gold medal at SF tri last year, scratch golfer that wins amateur tournaments), that is now able to ski again because my kids are now old enough to enjoy time on the mountain. I used to ski lots in high school and college and was considered an expert. Zipper lining was my favorite past-time. the bigger the bumps the better. I would also huck cliffs and anything else that would impress my friends and girls because I was fearless. They tried to get me to race in Nastar stuff, but I just wanted to rip around with my buds.
So, fast forward many years, three kids later and a great career. I’m back to skiing again and its like riding a bike. You never forget how to although it seems like “carving” is all the rage these days. When I learned, I was taught to ski as fast as you can in as strait a line as you can, keep your upper body pointed downhill and only pivot your skis to control your speed. I skidded my turns to control speed.
With this “carving” thing all the rage, my trusty 195 K2 5500’s weren’t going to cut it anymore so I bought some used Atomic Slalom skis and skied them all last season. They are pretty awesome skis and you can turn so quick in them. They are stiff as boards too.
Then all I kept hearing about last season is “rocker” and wide skis. So this year I bought a pair on a leap of faith without trying any. I orignally ordered Praxis Pist Jibs. Keith then recommended that I go with MVP’s and that’s what I did. Praxis MVP, 184’s, Medium/Stiff with Carbon/glass layup. Bindings mounted on boot center on dot indented on left side of ski. They are not nearly as stiff as my Atomics.
I skied them for the first time on Friday at Squaw. Basically all on groomers, the steepest terain being Siberia Bowl, but mostly on the runs off Shirley Express. I love moguls so was happy to see little bumps form. Anyhow, on Friday the skis felt very “spinny” or pivoty. They wanted to pivot at the slightest movement. I’m guessing my first experience with rocker?
The tails kept washing out on me and the tail tips would cross a lot. I also felt very forward on this setup and noticed that the bindings looked too centered on the skis. When the speed increased the tails seemed to behave a lot better and so I started seeing how fast I could go until I felt unsafe on them. At higher speeds, they would start twisting around on me. Its like there is some sort of speed sweet spot on these. Not enough speed and the tails misbehaved and too much speed and they start being thrown all over the place. I was not happy on Friday. I hated these skis. I wanted my Atomics back.
So after Friday I needed to do something about these skis since I dropped a boatload on them. I took the skis to the Squaw shop and asked them to remount them for me. The centeredness of the bindings bothered me so I eyeballed the binding position that looked right to me and asked the guys in the shop to remount them there. That ended up mounting the bindings with the boot center mark 4 cm behind the mark on the left side of the skis.
What a difference that made!! It is like a totally difference ski. Not sure of the technicalities of moving the mount position but it looks right now. Better for my old style of skiing? Don’t know.
By today, I’ve got them so dialed in and I feel I have total control over them. Not one crossed tip or tail, zip through bumps, great skidded turning and sometimes I would even get on the edges and carve some nice turns that felt locked into the snow and solid. I had lots of fun Saturday and today. I don’t feel a speed limit anymore and they are now stable at high speeds. I did plenty of beginner slopes too, teaching my kids skiing and these skis are much better when going faster.
Anyways, that’s what I have to say about these so far. Again only three days on these and all on piste. I feel like I have the control like my Atomic slalom skis with solid edges that I can lock into the snow, but also with the rocker for deeper snow that hopefully I’ll be able to experience soon.
I totally love them now and have confidence to do anything on them now. I have the feel of my Atomics in a modern form factor that will add to the terrain I can ski with them. I want to try the 187 to see if I can control them as well as I can mine at 184.
Those are my thoughts on these. Hope this review helps someone in the purchasing decision process . Take care!
Gear review by Joe Woo who mainly ski Squaw and Alpine; he’s based out of the North Bay.
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POWder Parties, Ski Bus Deals, Ski & Ride Vacation Getaway
Help us celebrate our 14th Season as a ski and ride community: engage in some fun at our annual season kick-off POWDER parties happening around the SF Bay Area – view photos from previous events!
East Bay, Berkeley POWDER party – Wednesday DEC 5, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM; 20% of event funds collected will be donated to Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts managed by New Your Cares; $5 event fee,view details & RSVP
Treat yourself, family and/or friends to a ski/ride destination vacation to Revelstoke Mountain Resort in British Columbia, Sun Valley Idaho / Grand Targhee in WY and Brekenridge / Vail in Colorado; get $30-$40 off these trips.