Senator Snowboard

Mar 20, 2004

Senator Snowboard - John Kerry

I was already leaning pretty strongly towards voting for John Kerry for President, but this pretty much clinches it. Kerry was taking a break from campaigning this week to ski/snowboard in Idaho and even hiked higher than the lift serviced area. If he wins he’d probably be the first President who snowboards. The NY Post called him “Senator Snowboard”.

The British Museum

Mar 12, 2004

British Museum pictures

Since I am lacking for content on this site lately I figured I would put up some more pictures from my trip to England and Scotland back in November. This latest photo album is some pictures from London, including a bunch from the British Museum.

Even though it’s called the British Museum, there actually isn’t that much British about it. It’s more of a museum for ancient treasures. The museum is one of the more famous of the London museums and is known for things like Rosetta Stone and the Elgin Marbles, a.k.a. parts of the Greek Parthenon.

In trying to remember what some of the exhibits I saw were, I came across The British Museum Compass, a great site that lets you explore the collections online. Very nice if you want to remember or find out more about something you saw or if you want to go to the museum but you can’t make it to London.

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A New Member Of The Family

Mar 8, 2004

The family that runs 2 of the mountains that I snowboard at the most, just acquired Crested Butte in Colorado. If they do as good a job out West as they’ve done in the East, it may require a visit.

Here are some stats and info for the 3 mountains:

Okemo Mountain
Location: Ludlow, Vermont (4 ½ hours from NYC)
Elevation: Summit 3,344 feet, Base 1,194 feet
Vertical Drop: 2,200 Feet (highest in Southern Vermont)
Acres: 604 (495 covered by snowmaking)
Lifts: 18, including 9 quad chairs (5 highspeed detachable quads), 3 triple chairs and 6 surface lifts
Trails: 113
1 Super Pipe, 6 Terrain Parks, 1 Snowskate Park
Skier/Rider Visits: 604,000

Mount Sunapee
Location: Newbury, NH (90 minutes from Boston)
Elevation: Summit 2,743 feet
Vertical Drop: 1,510 feet (highest in southern New Hampshire)
Acres: 230 (97% covered by snowmaking)
Lifts: 10, including 3 quad chairs (one high-speed detachable quad), 2 triple chairs,
1 double chair, 4 surface lifts
Trails: 65
Super Pipe and Freeride Terrain Parks
Skier/Rider Visits: 272,000

Crested Butte
Location: Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado (30 miles from Gunnison)
Elevation: 12,162 feet
Vertical Drop: 2,775 feet lift-served (3,062 feet with a short hike to the peak)
Acres: 1,058 (300 acres covered by snowmaking)
Lifts: 14, including 3 highspeed quads, 3 triple chairs, 3 double chairs, 3 surface lifts, 2 Magic Carpets
Trails: 85
Halfpipe: One
Terrain Park: Two, one beginner/one intermediate-advanced with rails and jump features of various shapes and sizes
Skier/Rider Visits: 342,416