Get Vertical

first_imgPhoto: Paul KellyOutdoors athletes have many different ways of measuring a successful season. Some measure it through competition results; others through personal progression. One overriding commonality that seems to exist among athletes from all sports is tabulating the number of days spent doing what they love.For whitewater kayakers, canoers, rafters, and riverboarders, there is an event that channels this energy while also raising money for a very good cause: the EddyFlower Vertical Challenge. The premise of the Vertical Challenge is simple: team up with other paddlers and drop as much elevation as humanly possible in one month. These teams work together to paddle and record their runs, and rally together to raise money for First Descents, a kayaking cancer camp for young adults.Eddyflower Vertical ChallengeThe Vertical Challenge runs from April 1 to May 2 on the East Coast. Now in its sixth year, the event is as much about the community as the competition. Paddlers of all ability levels are welcome to participate, and last year over 100 boaters spent an entire month chasing water and ticking off runs in the online portal to increase their accumulated total vertical feet.“This competition is growing because people think of it as getting back to the soul of the sport,” says EddyFlower co-owner Justin Bellucci. “It’s all about just getting out with your friends and lapping your favorite runs.”The event this year will be ramped up even more with the presence of an East Coast category as well as the traditional West Coast contingent. The long-standing rivalry between these two paddling meccas will surely come out in the competition, and there will be only one overall winning team.In spite of this competitive aspect, everyone still remembers the root cause for the event: helping those who are struggling with cancer. First Descents is an organization based out of Denver, Colorado, that was originally founded by professional kayaker Brad Ludden.Since its inception, First Descents has created something unique for cancer victims and survivors: outdoors experiences that help them to regain the confidence and self-efficacy lost to the disease. The week-long camps are designed to facilitate happy, natural and organic healing. The camps are also a wonderful place to connect them with others and create lifelong friendships. 2012 will be a huge year for First Descents, as the organization will host over 40 camps in 10 states.The EddyFlower Vertical Challenge raised over $15,000 last year, and is shooting for a much larger number this time around. The donations are tax deductible, and all of the revenue from donors and sponsors goes directly to First Descents.Participants are also competing for some impressive prizes. A number of industry leaders have stepped forward as sponsors, and kayaks, helmets, shoes, and other prizes will be given away at the awards ceremony to the top competitors and fundraisers.last_img read more

Ask the Doc: How to Avoid the Stomach Bug on the A.T.

first_imgWelcome to our new Ask the Doc feature. We will be posting regular updates from Dr. Sean Cook with questions pertaining to outdoor injuries and basic health and fitness. Hey Doc,My husband and I are going camping for a week on the Appalachian Trail. Ten weeks ago we did the same trail and two days after we returned home both of us had a stomach bug for next five days. How can we avoid a repeat situation?————————————————- First, congratulations on the trip (not on the illness). An estimated 3 percent of outdoor adventurers will return home with more than memories of their trip. Wilderness associated diarrhea (WAD) is caused by bacteria or viruses though less commonly due to parasites. The time frame of exposure to onset of symptoms is usually no more than seven days. Most WADs require no management beyond hydration and replacement of electrolytes like salt and potassium. Imodium can be used to help decrease frequency of diarrhea. Warning signs to seek medical attention would be diarrhea persisting more than 5 days, if the diarrhea is accompanied by fever, abdominal pain, or if blood is noted in the stool.WAD prevention is the key. Choose running water sources. Avoid water that is cloudy or run off water from nearby farms. Boiling water at 500 C (1600 F) for 30 minutes or 2-3 minutes at 900 C (1940 F) is adequate to kill all types of pathogens. If boiling water is not an option, using commercial filtration followed by iodine or chlorine tablets will work equally well. UV light devices have also become a popular alternative to chemical tablets. Be aware that colder temperatures and the amount of particles in the water will affect the purification efficiency UV light devices and chemical tablets.When Sean Cook, M.D., is not tempting fate kayaking the Chattooga River, you can find him practicing infectious disease in Eastern Georgia and South Carolina.last_img read more

NCUA webinar offers grant process guidance

first_imgThe NCUA announced it will host a May 11 webinar to assist credit unions with the grant application process, which is set to begin June 1 and ends June 30. At stake in the application process is $2 million in grants for low-income credit unions.The Community Development Revolving Loan Fund assistance grants help low-income credit unions support, grow and train staff, and improve security. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Joanne Chan, IPPWORLD: The most important thing for Chinese tourists is the authentic experience. They want to see how local people live, work and have fun

first_imgConsider that the Chinese can procure absolutely everything that is produced in their country. That is why, for example, the feeling they have from the message “I bought sandals in a shop in Zagreb” is less attractive than “I visited a small shop in Split and bought handmade sandals made of local wood”. Yes, Chinese tourists have taken the lead on the global scene and since 2012 they have become the country from which most tourists come. And interestingly, only 10% of the Chinese population has a passport? So, what is quite clear, we can expect global dominance and a struggle for Chinese tourists. What are the first steps for tourist destinations that want to attract Chinese tourists through advertising, how should they proceed? What marketing programs should be implemented to attract as many Chinese tourists as possible? REPORT / Marketing towards the Chinese outbound tourism market – Inside view / Marketing To Chinga Outbound Travelers – An Insider’s Perspective ” He comes from Shanghai as the main lecturer Joanne Chan of IPPWORLDwhich will give a lecture Profile of the Chinese market – an inside look at these key strategies for selling in the Chinese market and give concrete first-hand advice on the Chinese market. Before the conference, we bring you an interview with Joanne Chan from IPPWORLD. For the Chinese, online payment is their daily activity, so accept Chinese credit cards and mobile digital wallets. In many surveys, as many as 93 percent of respondents said they wanted to use their cell phone to pay for services. It is therefore wise to include online transactions of Chinese payment channels such as Union Pay, Alipay or WeChat Pay. For Chinese tourists, the most important thing is the authentic experience. They want to see how local people live, how they work or how they have fun. Organize visits to farms, plantations, vineyards, etc. Create a series of tourist packages for day and night trips, educational tours, etc. Croatia is known for having over a thousand islands. Use this potential and organize excursions with accompanying facilities. Joanne Chan, IPPWORLD “My initial answer is definitely yes.In order to understand the travel consciousness of the continental Chinese, we need to look at their past, even from the dynasty era.At that time, emperors would pay homage to gods and goddesses who were believed to live in distant lands. Each emperor would be accompanied by a large retinue consisting of his followers, the army, scientists, philosophers, servants, etc. While ordinary people traveled to distant lands to make pilgrimages and visit tombs, temples and shrines. In later years, the Chinese government built monuments and historical sites to commemorate Communist Party leaders. People were encouraged to visit these places as a sign of patriotism and respect. During Chinese cultural festivals, masses of people visited their relatives and close friends. It was quickly dubbed “Red Tourism” because it resembled the exodus of millions across the country. The government saw this form of domestic tourism as an opportunity to liberalize domestic consumption and raise living standards. As the wealth of the local population and economy began to grow, the government continued to encourage local businesses to invest in infrastructure, transport, shopping, entertainment, etc. began to give in to the issuance of passports and visas, which are still strictly regulated today due to the communist regime. “I would say that consumer behavior in China is changing much faster than in other countries. For the Chinese, going on vacation means relaxing with family and close friends. As many as 70 percent of them travel because they want to experience the destination to the fullest. But due to limited time, they can only walk around and take photos and videos. For example, a typical European tour lasts between 10 to 14 days. They stay for two or three nights at each location and then move on to the next. Travel advisers have recognized that Chinese tourists have more purchasing power than most others. In recent research, it has been observed that prices are no longer their primary motivator but usability, practicality and taste. On average, each person spends between $ 5.000 and $ 6.000 to travel. Also, there was an increase in passengers of the so-called “Y generation”, ie people in their twenties to mid-thirties. They have much more developed skills in digital communication and technology than their ancestors. It is estimated that there are more than 400 million such tourists. During their travels, they like to experience tourist adventures as well as local culture and cuisine. For them, safety is extremely important, given that they travel to a completely different cultural environment. With the advent of the internet and social networks, Chinese consumers have even more sources for reviews and opinions on virtually any type of product or service. We have been in this business since 1994 and with our local knowledge of China, many years of experience working with client hoteliers, we know what Chinese tourists want. We can help Croatian tourism companies in what ways to attract, connect and include the Chinese tourism market ” concludes Chan. On the other hand, it is a huge market, only one of the 31 regions in China has a population of more than one million, and so the province of Guangdong alone, according to Statistics from 2017, has over 111 million inhabitants. Just imagine how difficult it is to market the market of just one region in China, let alone the whole of China. Also, what is most important is the market and the profile of the guests, which is totally different, very specific, and completely different values ​​and way and culture of living. If a business cares about its international markets, it will need much more than a machine translation system or a student translator. It will need transcription, or creative translation, to make sure that the original content is effectively localized in the language you want to communicate. transcending linguistic and cultural boundaries. Build an emotional connection with your brand in the same way you would write something in your own language. And that’s exactly what we’re working on in IPPWORLD. We help clients localize and transform their brands and marketing content.Says Chan. Joanne Chan, IPPWORLD: The most important thing for Chinese tourists is the authentic experience. They want to see how local people live, work and have fun SIGN UP HERE Nowadays, artificial intelligence is making great strides in many areas. For example, to translate documents, people can turn to online translators such as Google or Microsoft. Given that you are a language service provider, how do you view these translation systems? In your opinion, could these systems replace human translation? How important is a Chinese translation when it comes to promotional materials and a website?  Therefore, it would be wise for hoteliers and other companies promoting travel-related services to link their websites, translated into Chinese, to Chinese social networks. The Chinese use their smartphones for practically everything. From buying airline tickets, booking a hotel, paying bills, taking a taxi, reading about a destination, checking the weather, etc. The strategy is to adapt as many services as possible to mobile devices. In order to effectively target the Chinese market, we can present our business on Chinese media platforms such as Baidu, WeChat, Mobile QQ, Momo, Wangxin, Youni, Toutiao, Meitu, etc. It is important to show the brand on all Chinese applications to Chinese consumers could review, discuss and evaluate. Unfortunately, all Western mobile apps or internet platforms used internationally are banned or censored in China. We have published an extensive list of things that should and should not be done in the article “Marketing To Chinga Outbound Travelers – An Insider’s Perspective”. These references take into account the typical norms and practices of the Chinese. Whether it is a customer in a local store or a hotel guest. I believe that adhering to these rules would greatly improve interaction with Chinese customers. ” Chan points out, adding that he believes that adhering to these basic rules would greatly improve interaction with Chinese customers. That is why it is extremely important to educate yourself and get to know the market as well as possible, because Chinese tourists are extremely prone to word-of-mouth marketing, ie oral presentation is the most important thing for them. In order to better understand the market, it is organized The first regional conference on the Chinese market – key solutions to access the largest market in the world, which will take place March 14, 2019 at the Academia Hotel in Zagreb. “To begin with, Croatian hoteliers or local companies must first internally study existing marketing materials and operations. Then take that information and localize it in Chinese. Remember that marketing saying, “If I can’t read, I won’t buy.” This means that all your marketing and nonfiction literature must be translated into Chinese. But all that content would have to be checked by a professional translator. Next, it should be borne in mind that the marketing strategy used on domestic or travelers of other nationalities does not necessarily mean that it will be equally effective or appropriate for the Chinese market.  Every tourist has their own unique preferences about what they want to see and do. How would you describe the average Chinese tourist? What should Croatian hoteliers and local institutions consider in order to meet their expectations? ATTACHMENT: This is the only such report produced and published since 2001 since China joined the WTO, which only adds to the importance of the same. Did you know that less than 10 percent of the Chinese population has a passport? Since 2012, Chinese passengers are the most in the world, and by 2015, the numbers had risen 105 percent, to 117 million trips. In 2016, the UNWTO announced that Chinese tourists had spent over $ 261 billion. To conclude, in my opinion, the number of Chinese tourists traveling abroad, as well as their total consumption in the next few years will remain high.”Chan points out.  The Chinese Institute for Tourism Research (COTRI) predicts that by 2030 that number will reach 400 million. Chinese tristas are in everyone’s focus and we constantly read through the media about the large number of Chinese tourists who come to Croatia and travel the world. Some still wonder if it’s a matter of trends or whims. Do you think Chinese outbound tourism will continue such phenomenal growth in, say, three or five years from today? The first regional conference on the Chinese market – key solutions on how to access the largest market in the world, which will be held March 14, 2019 at the Academia Hotel in Zagreb, is a great opportunity to learn everything first hand about the profile of the Chinese market. When registering, put #HrTurizam in the subject of the message and get a 10% discount. “Machine translation systems appeared more than 60 years ago. Many IT companies have invested a lot of time and resources in trying to create a system that can translate just as well as man. But these systems are not designed to decipher emotional expressions or analyze whether a sentence is funny or serious. Also, the system will not recognize different dialects. In other words, the translation will be imbued with unnatural sentence structures or meaningless phrases. I would rather say that these systems were created as an aid to professional translators. It will not replace or make translators redundant. Some words have multiple meanings, and the machine will not be able to understand their differences. Only people can detect if there are errors or inconsistencies in the original text. last_img read more

Luxury hoses hit the shelves in Brisbane boutique

first_imgSunday Society Luxe Garden Hose in carribean kiss ($159). The Claw Wallmount Hanger is $279.Sunday Society owner Eliza Ditchmen said homeowners were increasingly paying attention to the “extra touches” when it came to decorating their property. “Often in life it’s the small details that enhance our experiences and the same applies to our homes,” Ms Ditchmen said.“Adding a glamorous hose and nozzle set to your beautiful garden is one of those interesting little details that surprise visitors in those spaces.” Garden hoses don’t have to be boring — or ugly!Homeowners are upping the ante in the decorating stakes and splashing cash on items previously thought of for practical purposes only. Homewares boutique Sunday Society, based at Coorparoo, sells everything from lamps to lounges, cushions to bookends, and recently added luxury hoses and hose nozzle sets to their stocked lines. Luxe Nozzle Set in Gold (Brass) is $167.Don’t forget about hanging your hose — a regular reel won’t do.Grab a claw wallmount hanger ($279) or a reindeer hose hanger ($299) for the final touches. Sunday Society patterned hose nozzle ($103).The nozzles come in a box with the neatly lettered phrase, “For glamorous people with dirty nails.” Sunday Society Luxe Garden Hose in gold digger ($219).Forget about garish green and orange hose nozzles, with nozzles to match the hose available for $79.If matching colours are not enough, a leopard print hose nozzle ($103) can be picked up, or a brass or chrome nozzle ($167) for the ultimate in class. Rusty rose hose with a claw wallmount hanger and chrome nozzle.The Luxe Garden Hose comes in seven different colours, from black swan and white snake for those who like to keep it monochrome, to rusty rose and carribean kiss for a colour injection, and will set you back $159 for 20m. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago Sunday Society Luxe Garden Hose in rusty rose ($159).For those who want a little extra luxury, there is a gold version of the hose for $219. The Reindeer Hose Hanger will set you back $299.last_img read more

Ghana v Mali preview: 21 Stars train without injured Jonathan Mensah

21 Black Stars players participated in the team’s first training session in Paris ahead of Tuesday’s friendly international with Mali.Only defender Jonathan Mensah missed the session after sustaining an injury during Ghana’s 2:1 loss to Senegal in an earlier friendly on Saturday.The players trained on Sunday morning with head coach Avram Grant and his technical team in charge of the session.According to the Ghana FA’s official website, the Black Stars will hold their final training session on Monday evening.The match will be played at Stade Sebastien Charlety in Paris.Meanwhile Mali coach Alain Giresse has extended a late invitation to FC Paris’ Tierco Keita. The Frenchman has given the youngster a debut callup following the absence of captain Seydou Keita, Abdoulaye Diaby and Moussa Marega.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith read more

N.J. Appreciates Sacrifices Its Veterans Made

first_imgBy Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, 11th DistrictVeterans Day started out as a commemoration of the end of World War I, which was supposed to be “the war to end all wars.” Sadly, a century later, violent conflicts continue every day around the world as we face ever-changing enemies who constantly evolve their ways to threaten our safety, peace and security.The recent 10th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is a reminder that we will always need brave military men and women who are willing to sacrifice their lives for the freedoms we enjoy, whether it’s the right to choose our representatives, as we did this week, or to stand on the street in protest, or simply to spend a peaceful day with our family.Everything we enjoy as Americans comes to us thanks to our brave veterans.Every day of the year, and especially on Veterans Day, we must remember that.For the past four years, I have had the privilege of representing Monmouth County in the Legislature, including Fort Monmouth, until its unfortunate closure.There are an estimated 484,000 veterans in New Jersey, and I have confidence that each one of them has the full support of New Jersey government.If there’s one thing we can agree on without partisan dispute, it’s that the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is beyond reproach in how it helps our state’s veterans return to civilian life, whether it’s connecting them with their federal benefits, helping them find a job or making sure their physical and mental health are secure.Our state operates three state-of-the-art nursing homes that serve nearly 1,000 veterans and a network of Veterans Service offices to help with employment, education, housing, burial and health issues.It maintains three major war memorials that will ensure that the memories of our fallen heroes survive for eternity.As a human services professional, I am proud to see New Jersey become a national model for preventing suicides related to military experience.The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey has found it could forestall problems by meeting with soldiers before and after their deployment.New Jersey’s hotline, 1-866-VETS-NJ4, provides peer counseling by those who have served in war for current military personnel, veterans and their families.The purpose of this innovative, proactive approach is to make sure extraordinarily brave men and women don’t take their own lives.It has worked so well that the program is now replicated at Fort Hood in Texas, the Army’s largest stateside community.Some want to expand it further to make it a nationwide service.We intend to repay the debt we owe to everyone who has put on a uniform and the families who stay behind.New Jersey is second to none in the way we support our veterans.As our world has become more turbulent, in terms of armed conflict, terrorism and natural emergencies here at home, there is an increased need for our military, such as the National Guard, which is always involved in emergency management when disaster strikes.As we navigate these difficult economic times, when there are fewer jobs for everyone, it will become increasingly difficult to make sure our veterans continue to have the access to jobs, health care and support that they and their families deserve for sacrificing so much for our freedoms.As we honor veterans today and as we continue to hope and pray for the end of war, we cannot lose sight of the price they paid, the sacrifices they made and the debt we owe them.Please take time out of your busy day to thank a veteran for his or her service — after all, he or she took time out of his or her life to protect you and yours.God bless America.last_img read more

Comprehensive Homeless Veterans Village Coming to Tinton Falls

first_img“It seemed to be the right thing to do there, so I reached out to Soldier On president Jack Dowling, who came and made a presentation,” Burry said. “What I loved most about Jack’s presentation was that this is the rest of the story for the former fort.” “The average resident has had a number of decompensating events,” Dowling said. “When they come into our care that ceases. We are going to find a way to keep them so they don’t fail. Our mission is to offer a continuum of care that includes immediate and long-term housing with services delivered where they live. Our ultimate goal is to provide formerly homeless veterans with permanent, supportive, sustainable housing, assisting them in their transition from homelessness to homeownership.” TINTON FALLS – Following years of effort and last month’s unanimous approval from the Tinton Falls Planning Board, a comprehensive residential community for homeless veterans should open its doors to 70 former military personnel in 2021 on Essex Road, adjacent to Fort Monmouth. Kellie Donovan, Soldier On’s executive vice president, said residents come from a variety of outreach efforts, including referrals, veterans services offices, a toll-free hotline, the Jersey Shore Rescue Mission, and agencies like Red Bank’s Lunch Break. Applicants can contact the county’s Veteran’s Office, get on a waiting list and be certified. “The application for the final piece of money (to fund the project), $500,000, was approved,” Burry said afterward. “The money will be passed from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the county.” The project has a commitment of $8.1 million from the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, and another $1.5 million from the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York. “There are an estimated 300 homeless vets in Monmouth County,” Burry said. “This is not just housing. This is a full-service operation addressing the individual’s needs and a county need.” “As a result of Lillian’s steadfastness in supporting us over the years, a number of people came into our support system,” Dowling said. “That’s what makes this such a vibrant organism. We will be in touch with all of them going forward.” Burry has been seeking a location for a Soldier On community to complement the fort’s overall redevelopment since she was first appointed to the effort over seven years ago. She learned of Soldier On from her husband Donald, a retired Coast Guard captain, who read about it in an officers’ magazine. On Nov. 20, the organization’s top officials presented their application to Monmouth County Community Development along with Freeholder Lillian Burry, the county’s longtime representative to the fort’s redevelopment efforts. Despite initial support, finding a suitable location took an on-again, off-again long and winding road through the three towns the fort spans, Eatontown, Oceanport and Tinton Falls. As each potential location emerged, then failed to materialize, Donald Burry told his wife, “Don’t give up.” “Keeping women safe in their environment is critical,” Buckley said. “Some may have had military, pre-military, or post-military sexual trauma.” Added Dowling, “Maleness can be a threat for the women. All female staff assists them. Winn has helped us design a unique concept.” Added Burry, “Dignity is so important.” According to Bruce Buckley, Soldier On’s CEO, this will be the largest facility the organization has built to date, made possible by its affiliation with Winn Companies, a national leading operator of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit units.center_img Finally, former Tinton Falls Mayor Gerald Turning, then a voting member of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA), offered to donate the borough’s 11-acre Essex Road property adjacent to Seabrook Village. Helping get the ball across the Tinton Falls goal line was Gary Baldwin, an Air Force retiree who lives at Seabrook, who was a two-term president of its council, is the Tinton Falls Council President, and often attends FMERA meetings. The Tinton Falls facility will be called the Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Community, as are all Soldier On projects, named for a paralyzed Vietnam veteran who became deputy secretary of the Veterans Administration and helped Dowling open the first Soldier On community. Amenities will include a multipurpose community room, outdoor patio and grills, a greenhouse and community garden, walking paths, communications technology in all units, and a memorial columbarium with an eternal flame where ashes of deceased residents can be interred. “They don’t die on the street and they don’t ever leave us,” Buckley said. A variety of support, therapeutic, wellness and life skills programs are offered. The community will be created and run by Soldier On, a nationally recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with similar communities in Massachusetts, New York and elsewhere in New Jersey. Groundbreaking is expected on the four-story building in spring 2020, with construction taking one year to complete. Plans are to house primarily men in single-occupancy furnished units. Monmouth County Freeholder Lillian Burry, seated left, reviewed plans for a new community for homeless veterans with Soldier On officials, from left, Kellie Donovan, vice president; CEO Bruce Buckley; and Jack Dowling, president.Photo by Laura D.C. Kolnoski Seventy former military personnel who currently do not have a home will be housed at the building on Essex Road, adjacent to Fort Monmouth.Photo courtesy Soldier On Officials hope to break ground on the Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Village in Tinton Falls next spring.Photo courtesy Soldier On “We have become intertwined with Winn and have accomplished a lot together. They are energetic, professional and have experience with a Marine hospital near Boston,” Buckley said. Winn has other New Jersey projects in Bridgeton, Jersey City and West Deptford. Resident management teams are responsible for rules, maintenance, transportation, treatment advice, intakes and discharges. Freeholder Burry has arranged for the county’s assistance with transportation via its SCAT program. Officials estimate less than one dozen occupants will be female. They will be housed in a separate section with its own entrance, laundry, elevator and more. By Laura D.C. Kolnoski The full-time staff includes a case and project manager and an attorney for wills, powers of attorney and health care proxies. Formerly homeless vets also serve their peers. For more information, visit wesoldieron.org.last_img read more

Whitewater set to open, preps for development at base of hill

first_imgBack in the saddleThe first weekend in December is expected to usher in a new season in paradise as Whitewater Ski Resort will deliver over 600 acres of new skiing, three new top-to-bottom intermediate runs, and the Glory Ridge chair lift (2,044 vertical feet.The new lift will open by Dec. 16, with the final pieces of the lift and testing still yet to be completed. The galvanized metal triple lift was brought in from Vail, Col., at “a steal” of a price.Whitewater management will also try to assess the impact of the new triple lift on the Summit double lift — Summit could be overloaded at certain peak times to get people to the top, said Cusack.“But between the three lifts there we should have pleasant lift lines,” he said.The Mountain opens fulltime on Dec. 11. Last year, thanks to a huge dump of snow in the middle of November, Whitewater opened in the third week of November.Over 100 centimetres of snow have fallen on the top of the mountains at Whitewater, with around 40 cm. accumulating at the base. Note:In areas with heavy snowfall, changes are in the works. Backcountry skiers heading to Revelstoke’s Glacier National Park will find anyone entering a prohibited area or a winter restricted area that is closed could be hit with fines of $2,000.For information on the Winter Permit System call 250-837-7500 or check out www.parkscanada.gc.ca/glacier. By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily With the weekend opening of the Whitewater Ski Resort season one day away, an opening of another sort on the mountain is still gestating, says the hills’ general manager.Brian Cusack said the master plan — finalized and adopted by Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts in the beginning of June — is still on schedule to see the first shovel hit the ground on real estate development in 2013.The notion of a $40-million expansion and development project still looks promising, he said, but right now they are in a studious mode, with actual planning expected to come later once it the area has revealed its real working possibilities.The groundwork for the real estate development is now being assessed, with a water study underway for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, as well as a search for a septic field that meets approval of the Ministry of Environment.Cusack believes the consultants on the project have found a suitable field that can take all of the sewage they can throw at it.There is also a water table and water source analysis ongoing to see how much water the new development can use without impacting the nearby creek and its resultant habitat.A hydro geologist is studying the possibility of water being collected over time from an aquifer and stored in huge water tanks, as opposed to taking it on demand from the creek, the current method of water usage at Whitewater.The former idea has a much gentler impact on the environment, said Cusack.“We believe we have a sufficient amount of water in the valley floor in the aquifer,” he said.The master plan — only a portion of the resort’s Master Development Agreement with the Province — is somewhat scaled back in terms of its real estate (originally believed to be in the range of $90 million) and leaves the sensitive Qua Basin and its mountain caribou denizens untouched inside the resort’s Controlled Recreation Area (CRA).An agreement was struck in June with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Arts to retain the Provincial Government’s Action Regulation (GAR) order under the Mountain Caribou Recovery Strategy, specific to Qua Basin.The depth and breadth of the “wish list” for the development project includes 127 units of housing and six new lifts, expanded and increased runs, the creation of up to $40 million in real estate at the base of the mountain — all with the intent of increasing skier visits from 85,000 to 110,000 per season.In all, there will be $10 to $15 million worth of infrastructure improvements made, including the possibility of geothermal heat, with $40 million worth of strata-type real estate created over the next 10 years.In the base area there would be a core set of buildings created, with a commercial building housing a ski shop, rental shop and the ski school.There will be a small hotel with a bar and restaurant and a hostel — 50 units between the hotel and hostel — that may include some condominium units. There would also be 123 multi-family and single-family units phased in around the bowl.This would put 694 beds on the mountain,The whole complex will be divided into areas: 35 single family housing units (210 beds)38 duplex units (152 beds)54 multi-family units (216 beds)12 hostel units (46 beds)24 hotel/condo units (46 beds)10 remote lodge units (20 beds)editor@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more