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Hang On For an Extreme Sledding Experience

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By CATHERINE TSAI

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo., Feb. 2, 2006 — The first time Kate Duncan rushed down a mountain on an Airboard, she liked it so much she bought her own board the next day.

This past Christmas vacation, she and her sisters got Mom to try it, too. One "Oh, God" and an expletive later, Eliza Duncan, 51, slid head first on her 4-foot-long, 9-inch-thick air cushion into a powdery snowdrift as her family cheered her on.   more...

 



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CRASHING AN ICEBOAT

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Do you every wonder what would happen if you sailed into an unmarked 10’ x 15’ hole caused by a spearing shanty  hole? Well the GX-1 had the misfortune of experiencing such an encounter this past Saturday (14 Jan 2006) on Lake Skegemog and the result wasn’t pretty!

As the old iceboater’s adage goes, “there are those that have, and those that will.” Maybe now I’m good for the rest of my sailing days!   more...

 

 



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Day 4: Sherry DN NA Champion

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Again, "what difference 12 hours can make"...  Tuesday we were racing in light (some optimists might have even said "medium") winds.  Today we completed the regatta with the winds starting at 20+ mph and declining to the mid and upper teens.  After a little bit of rain overnight, the ice was very fast with a thin layer of standing water
almost everywhere.  There were still some of the larger snow drifts on the course, but most had melted down to slush or disappeared altogether.  There were still some attention getting bumps, but the sheet was quite sailable.   more...


 



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Mild winter mixed blessing for ice climbers

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By JOHN PEPIN, Journal Munising Bureau

PHOTO: Last winter's Michigan Ice Fest at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. (Journal file photo)

MUNISING - Recent warm temperatures have not spoiled the climbing outlook for the Michigan Ice Fest, which runs this weekend at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

About 400 ice climbers from across the United States and Canada are expected to attend the festival, which is the third-largest of its kind in the country.

Participants in the festival use ropes and specialized climbing gear to ascend ice formations hanging over the fabled sandstone cliffs.   more...

 



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What's New On iceboat.org:

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January 30, 2005
DN North American Regatta Moves to Lake Pepin
Via Geoff Sobering: "Moving to Lake Pepin, sailing out of Pepin on the Wisconsin side."


WSSA News
The WSSA Annual Championship as well as the Hearst/ Stuart Cup Challenge has been postponed until February 11th and 12th. More information will be available after 1:00 pm on Sunday February 4th at either (414) 559-6503 or (262) 691-0659.

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Wood still good for snowshoeing

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ERIC SHARP
www.freep.com

Snowshoes were invented to allow people to travel over deep snow, the kind where you would sink to your knees or deeper with every step. To me, that's the fun of snowshoeing -- going places you couldn't go without them.

So I have to admit to being more than a little puzzled by some of the modern snowshoes, many of which have about the surface area of a dinner plate and wouldn't float my 210 pounds on anything softer than a hard-packed snowmobile trail.  more...

 



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Skiers should prepare for warmer conditions: 2006 Noquemanon Ski Marathon

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By MATTHEW HANSON, Journal Sports Writer

MARQUETTE - If the forecast for weekend temperatures hovering near 40 degrees holds true, skiers competing in Saturday's Subaru-Noquemanon Ski Marathon will be confronted with challenging circumstances.

Fortunately, today's technological advances will make two of the circumstances fairly manageable. Another is solvable with something we're near plenty of: water.   more...

 



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No More Bunny Hills

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Down Hill all the WayAvalanche Preserve Recreation Area is a terrific destination for skiers looking to test their ability, while enjoying some of the best winter scenery going.  Avalanche is home to a 300-acre nature preserve, awesome cross-country skiing trials, snowboarding, skating, sledding, and snowmobiling. 

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Check-out Skiing in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

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Great Family Fun on the SlopesIf you're in the Upper Peninsula, you should check out Ski Brule  in Iron Mountain. Ski Brule features a new tubing park and the best table tops, ½ pipe and ¼ pipe in the Midwest on a 30-acre snowboard terrain park.

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What's New On iceboat.org: A Look to the Past

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4LIYC former-Skeeter sailor Bob Brockel has lent me a box of ice boating memorabilia. Here are some scanned pages from the 1958 Gar Wood Regatta that was held annually in Detroit.    more...

 



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WSSA Championship Regatta Tentatively Called ON for Clear Lake, Iowa OR NE Lake Winnebago for January 28-29, 2006

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article from www.iceboat.org

I just received word from Pete McCormick that conditions exist at Clear Lake, Iowa. The final decision will be made at noon on Thursday. If the Northwest Ice Yacht Regatta is called on for the same time, the Northwest takes precedence. For further information call either (414) 559-6503 or (262) 691-0659
UPDATE from Pete McCormick: The WSSA is tentatively called on for Clear Lake, IA.  Ice conditions are good with 11"+ of ice with easy on/off access.    more...

 



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Ski on Super Bowl weekend

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ERIC SHARP - Detroit Free Press

Tens of millions of people will enjoy sports vicariously by watching the Super Bowl on Feb. 5. If you prefer more active involvement in sports, mark Feb. 4 on your calendar and become one of about 750 cross-country skiers who participate in the White Pine Stampede at Mancelona.

Snow conditions in northern Michigan aren't all that hot at the moment. But the forecast calls for acceptably cool weather and regular snowfalls for the next 10 days, and race organizers hope it keeps up through the 30th start of one of America's biggest and best cross-country events.   more...

 



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Warmth melts revenue at Mich. sites

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ANCHORVILLE -- So much for winter. Mike Gleason of Anchorville is already thinking spring.

Looking outside his family room window Friday at the moving waters of Anchor Bay 30 feet away -- no snow in sight, 40-degree temperatures -- Gleason said he's ready to get back on the water with his 50-foot houseboat. Normally, snowmobiling would be on the 50-year-old cell phone salesman's mind this time of year. But without much snow this month, he hasn't even taken his sled out of its trailer.   more...

 



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2006 Nite National Championship on Lake Winnebago

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Photo Credit: Don Sanford

This past weekend a Madison iceboater Grant Frautschi of the 4LIYC won the 2006 Nite National Championship up on Lake Winnebago. In a strong fleet of 30 plus boats he was able to amass a significant 8 point lead and win the National Championship.
 
On Sunday Grant showed us that he knew how to make his boat go when the wind piped up too.  Sunday’s races began at 9 a.m. in a moderate, 12 mph breeze, which by 10 had filled in to a steady 18 then built to 23 by the time the final race of the day’s 5 race series was completed around 1:30 p.m.  No accidents were reported or observed in the 33-boat fleet during the 2-day, 6 race series skillfully managed by PRO Andy Gratton of the Oshkosh Ice Yacht Club. 
 
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Don't take a chance with thin ice

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ERIC SHARP
Detroit Free Press

It was the kind of thing that sends a shiver up your backbone.

Doug Deming, who owns Fish Point Lodge on Saginaw Bay, asked over the phone, "Remember where we were fishing a couple of days ago? Well, there's three miles of open water there now. All of the ice disappeared from that place overnight."

We had been ice fishing on the bay southwest of Unionville, and when I had tested it with a spud, the iron blade went through in a couple of punches even though the ice was four inches thick.   more...

 



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