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3 Tips For Choosing Rental Skis

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Renting skis has much less stress associated with the process than with buying skis largely because less money and overall commitment is at stake. However, you still need to put time and thought into the kind of skis that you choose to purchase. If you get the wrong skis, your entire day will either be ruined because you are out on the mountain and cannot switch to more appropriate skis, or you will spend far too much time swapping out your skis. Consider these three tips for choosing rental skis. They will increase the chances of getting perfect rental skis the first time. 1. Know Your Ski Conditions If you are going to be renting skis for the day, make sure that you know the skiing conditions before you even enter the rental shop. This is because skis are often designed specifically for a single condition and will not work as well in any others. The three conditions that skis are made for are untamed, powdered snow (or snow that has just fallen and has not been changed), groomed, powdered snow (or snow that has fallen and has been packed down slightly), and packed snow (or snow that has been packed down consistently). You can usually ask anyone working at the ski lodge or resort what the conditions are. 2. Try the Skis Before you go far away from the rental ski shop, make sure that you try the skis out. Go outside, put them on, and try to move around with your poles. If you are able to move easily and have a great deal of control, then you will probably enjoy both of these conditions when you are actually skiing. If it is hard for you to move around, then you probably want to consider changing your skis before you even leave the shop. 3. Match Your Experience Level Talk to the rental shop owner and make sure that he or she understands your experience level. The shop owner will the be able to direct you to skis that will be suitable for your level of experience. People who have just started to ski will not want skis that have been engineered to go as fast as possible people who are experts will not want to deal with especially wide skis that are easy to balance. For more information, talk to a rental shop owner (such as one from Rebel Sports Frisco). He or she will be committed to making sure that you find the skis that are best for...

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3 Ways You Can Keep Your Outboard Motor In Good Condition

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Purchasing a boat for seasonal recreation purposes can provide you and your family with hours of summer fun, and if you are lucky enough to live in an area that enjoys a mild winter climate, you may be able to use your boat on a year-round basis. In order to ensure that it remains in good running order, there are three things that you should do as a matter of routine no matter if you use your boat for three months in the summer or during all twelve months.  Flush Out the Engine Often Flushing out the engine following the instructions in your boat’s owner’s manual is recommended after each time you use the boat in salt water. Exposure to salt corrodes the aluminum that makes up the majority of an outboard motor. Your motor should also be flushed out after each outing if you use it in a freshwater lake or river that contains brackish material or has high degrees of pollution, sand, or silt. If you use your boat in a relatively clean mountain lake, you should nonetheless flush your engine out after several uses. Don’t Use Ethanol Gas Ethanol gas is not recommended for use in outboard motors because ethanol products attract moisture — and that’s one of the last things you need in a gas engine. Water in your gas tank can leave you stranded in the middle of the lake, river, or on the ocean and also cause you to spend substantial time and money on repairs. A good marine fuel-water filter should be a standard part of your outboard motor’s gas line, but hedge your bets by using regular unleaded gasoline rather than anything that contains ethanol. You should also make certain to use fuel that is less than 60 days old. If you only use your boat on a seasonal basis, empty the fuel tank at the end of the season and either take it to the proper recycling authority or use it in your vehicle. Inspect the Fuel Line Often It’s very important that you inspect the fuel line often during the course of boating season. In particular, look for cracks or leaks in the fuel line, check the tank itself for corrosion, and make certain that the fuel line clamps aren’t becoming rusty. You should also check the fuel line fittings to make sure that they are properly sealed and not loose. Keep in mind that nothing should take the place of regularly scheduled maintenance by a skilled and knowledgeable marine mechanic. Your boat should be serviced by a professional, such as Rick’s Master Marine, at least once per year, and always at the beginning of applicable boating...

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4 Must-Do Water Activities On Your Next Beach Vacation

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A beach vacation is a wonderful way to relax and unwind, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t throw in some exciting water activities during your stay. Many beach vacation destinations offer a myriad of water activities that you most likely can’t experience at home. If you want to make some great vacation memories, consider trying out the following. Scuba Diving The underwater world is beautiful and mysterious, and there is no better way to be a part of it than through scuba diving. There are many places around the world that offer excellent scuba diving opportunities for beginners and experts alike. If you are not certified to scuba dive, that isn’t a problem- many scuba diving operators offer certification classes on-site, so you can spend a couple of days learning the basics in a pool and cap off your training with your first scuba dive. Jet Skiing If you’re looking for a thrilling adventure, a jet skiing tour may be the ideal choice for you on your next vacation. There are many options when it comes to jet skiing—you can choose a package that allows you to frolic in the waves at a high rate of speed, or take a more mild guided tour that will show you secret aquatic spots that cannot be accessed by land. Many people cite jet skiing as being a can’t-miss activity when you’re vacationing at the beach. Parasailing Parasailing gives you an exciting birds-eye view of the land and water as you are attached to a parachute and pulled by a boat as you soar hundreds of feet in the air. Let your captain know if you want to get your feet wet—it is possible to take a quick dip in the water during your descent. Many parasailing operators have equipment that allows two or three people to parasail together, so you can share your experience with friends or family members. Whale Watching Depending on the destination that you are visiting and the time of year, you may be able to have the opportunity to take a whale watching trip. There is nothing like seeing something as majestic and huge as a fully grown whale frolic, spout, and leap out of the ocean. Experienced whale watching tours have the knowledge and expertise to take passengers out to areas where whales are likely to be, increasing the odds of you seeing these amazing marine mammals in their natural...

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Going Hiking This Winter? How To Choose The Best Boots For The Job

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s always important to wear the right pair of boots when hiking, but it’s particularly important to choose a good pair when you’re going to be hitting the trails during the winter months. To ensure that you stay safe, warm and comfortable when you hit the trails, follow these tips to choose the perfect boots from places like The Shoe Box. Waterproof It’s always a good idea to look for waterproof boots when you’re hitting the trail, but it’s particularly important during the cold season. Ice and snow can melt and can cause extreme discomfort — in fact, in the worst situations, it can even cause hypothermia or frostbite. Therefore, it’s important to look for waterproof boots that will keep your feet completely dry when you’re out on the trails. Proper Insulation Obviously, you will want to make sure that your boots keep your feet as warm as possible when you’re hiking this winter. Don’t just look for the boots that “look” warm; in some cases, the fur and other accompaniments can be deceiving. Instead, look for boots that are insulated. Single-layer insulated boots are good in chilly temperatures, but you will want to look for double-layer insulated boots if you are going to be hitting the trails when it’s extremely cold outside or if you are going to be in conditions with a lot of ice and snow. Compatible with Snowshoes If you like to hike when it is snowy outside, you will probably want to use snowshoes to help you make it down the trail a little more easily. Therefore, you will want to look for boots that are fully compatible with your snowshoes. It’s important to look for boots that will fit comfortably with your snowshoe binding. Proper Traction Most boots are designed to have good traction, but some are definitely safer than others. When you’re hiking during the winter months, however, you have to make sure that your boots have great traction that are safe for walking in the snow and ice. Try your boots on, and make sure that they stick properly to the ground when you walk. You will also want to look for a nice, thick sole. Going hiking during the winter months can be made a lot more comfortable, safe and warm if you wear the right pair of boots. If you’re unsure of which boots to get, look for these things. Then, you’re sure to stay as comfortable as possible when you hit the trails this winter...

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Putting The Right Spin On Your Ball: How Some Bowling Equipment Makes Your Game Better

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Unless you are a pro-bowler, you probably do not have certain bowling equipment items in your inventory. Like everyone else, you have a ball and maybe shoes, but there is more to bowling than that. It is not a game of luck. Body mechanics has a lot to do with how your ball rolls and the extra equipment helps. If you would like to improve your amateur game or just impress a date, you should add the often-missed items to your bowling bag and these lesser-known bowling secrets to your bowling knowledge. Wrist Brace Watch a professional bowling game, and you will see that several of the bowlers use a wrist brace. You might think this has something to do with a previous injury or an occupational hazard, when in fact bowlers use wrist braces to add extra support to the ball hand. Even when you have a ball of the right weight, your follow-through on swing and roll is affected by gravity and your wrist can bend or tilt. This causes your ball to go in an unexpected direction when you release it. Wearing a lace up wrist brace helps your ball go right where you want it to and improves your game immensely. Ball Polish and Rag Most bowling alleys, such as Frontier Bowling Lanes Inc, wax and oil their lanes regularly. It keeps the wood from drying out, cracking, and splitting. It also prevents the balls from slowing down and creating pits in the lane. The downside to all of this oil and wax is that your ball gets really slippery and can escape your grip before you are ready to release it. Keep a bowling rag in your bag and you can wipe some of the excess lane oil and wax off whenever you need to. If you forget to remove the wax, it puts sticky spots all over your ball and dulls the ball’s finish, in which case you will also need ball polish to keep your ball free of wax residue. Uncommon Approaches to Bowling Equipment If you really want to feel like a professional bowler, you should consider some of the less common approaches to care for your equipment. For instance, if you have a new pair of bowling shoes, they are going to be extremely slippery on the lane floors. If you take some steel wool and scruff up the bottoms of your new shoes, you can make them less slippery, which definitely helps your approach to the lane and will keep you upright when you play. The only thing in a bowling alley that should be slippery are the lane floors. You can control the rest of the body mechanic slip-ups with your added equipment and the previously mentioned...

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Love To Fish? Advantages Of Using Charter Fishing

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you love to fish but need some expert help, you may want to consider charter fishing. Having a fishing expert share with you their knowledge and their fishing charter boat has many advantages, such as being pampered, catching more fish, and gain some experience. Get Pampered When you choose charter fishing, you will not have to deal with unhooking your boat from the trailer, and then getting the boat into the water. You also will not have to deal with hooking your boat back up to the trailer, and getting it out of the water when you finish fishing. In many cases, you will not even have to worry about having your own supplies, fishing pole, or cleaning and dressing your own fish. The charter captain and the crew take care of all of this for you. The only thing you have to do is to show up and be ready to fish. Find Expert Help The charter captain and crew have many years of experience fishing in the area. They can share their knowledge and experience with you on the best lures to use, the best type of fishing poles to use, and more. Getting this help is very useful if you are planning to fish a tournament in that area. Bring Someone With You If you have a friend or family member that wants to learn how to fish, this is a good way to expose them to it. Charter fishing will allow them to learn how to cast in the correct way, how to reel in a fish, and more. You will not have to worry about teaching them these things, and instead can enjoy spending time with them fishing. Catch More Fish When you spend a day fishing in a lake that you are not familiar with, it can be difficult to find fish. If you use charter fishing, however, chances are you will catch many fish. They know where the fish are more likely to be, as they are on the lake many times throughout the week. You should be able to find charter fishing in any lake you want to fish in. Talk with people around the boat dock, who should be able to recommend someone to you. They will be more knowledgeable on the best charter fishing in their area. If you want to do other activities, many fishing charters provide their clients with things like spear fishing, scuba diving, and...

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How To Choose The Right Golf Course For You

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Choose The Right Golf Course For You

Choosing a golf course can be intimidating, especially for a beginner golfer. With this article, you will be able to figure out which courses are worth your time and money so you can enjoy yourself and move up from that beginner status in no time! Private Vs. Public When choosing a golf course, be sure to find out whether or not the course is private or public. There are advantages and disadvantages to both private and public golf courses. Advantages of private golf courses: Tee times are not always necessary You have access to other amenities such as tennis courts and pools People know your name and will know your “usual” golf cart preference or drink at the bar You can put everything on your account  Disadvantages of private golf courses: Expensive Very cliquey You feel obligated to play that course throughout the season, so even though you may do well on your “home course,” your game suffers at other courses Advantages of public golf courses: Not as expensive as private courses You can play at a variety of courses You have access to online discounts Disadvantages to public golf courses: Public golf courses are often not as well kept as private courses because they get so much playing time Tee times are necessary Size Matters! Another factor to take into consideration when choosing a golf course is its size. Is the course a Par-3, Regulation, or Executive golf course? According to the October 2014 Golf Construction Report from National Golf Foundation, a Par-3 course is a golf course that is made up of only par-3 holes, meaning it takes the least amount of time. If you are hoping to keep your golf game short, then a par-3 is the way to go. A Regulation course is a golf course that is a traditional length and includes a variety of par-3, par-4, and par-5 holes. This type of course will take the longest but will have the most variety, so you get more practice at different types of shots. The Executive golf course is a shorter version of the Regulation course, so it typically takes less time than the Regulation course but more time than a Par-3 course, because it still has a variety of par-3, par-4, and par-5 holes. Although choosing a golf course can be intimidating for beginning golfers, with these helpful tips you will be able to figure out which courses are worth your time and money so you can have a good time and achieve your golf goals, such as at The Pointe Golf...

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