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We Went Skiing At Loon, Lincoln, NH This Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2013. It Was Good.

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Anura Guruge


Some Related Posts:
1. Gunstock, NH vs. Cervino, Italy — Jan. 18, 2013.
2. Aerial Panorama Of A True Alpine Ski Resort … — Jan. 11, 2013.
3. FREE Ski & Snowboarding Lessons in NH … — Jan. 4, 2013.


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I am in the florescent green. The logic is that you might be able to see me under the snow if I ever get buried.


Devanee has the pink scarf.




This is pretty striking panorama taken by Deanna. You have to click on it to see it in its full glory.



I don’t ski much anymore. A major departure from prior to turning 50. Coming from a tropical island I got into skiing late. 1977, methinks. I was 23, approaching 24. Went to Italy for a week — as a chaperon for a group of 60 kids. Learned to ski that week. Day 1 I knew that this was my sport. Fell 18 times, on the trot, trying to use my first tow lift. [They don’t have them much here]. 19th time was the charm. You couldn’t get me off the slope.

I used to ski a lot. Evening and even dry ski slopes. But, now I am a warm weather, 1/2 day skier. It has to be close to 32°F before I will think about it. So these days I only ski in March. This was March and Devanee had been going skiing at Gunstock. She wanted to go skiing with me. Hence this jaunt to Loon.

Deanna found that now, late season, Loon has a flat, $29 (for all ages), Sunday afternoon lift ticket. Checked the weather. It was just around the magic 32°F. So we planned to spend St. Patrick’s at Loon.

I had bought stuff from them before, but I had never rented from Lahouts — who are on the main drag, on the way to Loon. I had heard good things about them. We stopped. It was quick and cheap. $20 for my skis and sticks (I had forgotten to load my pistol-grip ones) and the same for Deavanne’s skis and boots. She doesn’t use sticks — as yet. So $40 for rentals. They said that we saved $40 over Loon. Could be. They gave us Salomon skis, the new, shaped one. They put me in 165 cm. [I used to ski 215 cm with the non-shaped ones.] Truth be said, I was not impressed with the Salomon’s. They were OK. They were stable. Very forgiving. Allowed me to easily recover from my one near fall. But, they were also not ‘active’ at all; i.e., responsive. They were like old skis. You had to work to make them turn. That is OK. That is how it was. I know how to do it. But, as I get older I appreciate the new skis that reduce the amount of work you have to do. A few years ago, at Gunstock, I rented a pair of HEAD (Bys) XL 163. Best skis I have ever skied on. Magic. You just had to think. It was like ESP. The Salomon’s weren’t a patch on these.

We got the $29 tickets. So the 1/2 skiing at Loon, without crowds, cost $98 for Devanee and I.

That was good. It wasn’t perfect, but it was pretty close to it. The wind picked up and it started to get cold around 3:15. But, no crowds, no lift lines. It was good. Around 3:15 we got to ski ‘Lower Walking Boss’, my favorite slope at Loon, twice, with nobody else. I have had that before, because I have skied Loon on Sundays. Having that wide slope all to yourself is pretty special.

It was a good day. We stopped around 3:30. My legs had had it and it was cold. In my old age I now know when to stop. Most serious skiing injuries happen late in the day when you are skiing on tired legs.

So it was fun. We took the scenic way back, via Campton and Squam.

The only thing that distressed me was the food prices at Loon! $7.59 (or thereabouts) for a hamburger. That is not right. That is exploitation.

Gunstock, NH Ski Area, In Terms Of Trails, Compared And Contrasted, To Cervino, Italy.

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Anura Guruge


Two related posts:
1. Aerial Panorama Of A True Alpine Ski Resort … — Jan. 11, 2013.
2. FREE Ski & Snowboarding Lessons in NH … — Jan. 4, 2013.


In the January 11 post I talked about ‘Cervino’ ski resort in Italy, on the side of Mount Matterhorn and the 16 mile ski trail that they used to have. Deanna took Devanee for her free ski boarding lesson at Gunstock on Tuesday and came home with a nice picture of the Gunstock ski trails. Now I know it is NOT a fair comparison, very much chalk to cheese. But, this might explain why it took me quite a few years to get used to NH ski resorts and during that time I would ONLY ski Loon, Waterville Valley or Bretton Woods; Loon my favorite.

So here is Gunstock (which I have now come to like quite a bit, my legs not up to 7 hours of vigorous skiing a day).

Ski trail map Gunstock, NH

Click to ENLARGE. Trail map of Gunstock 2013 — taken by Deanna this week.


So now to Cervino. I found this online. Not sure how good it is. The 16 mile trail that I used to do, every morning during the week I would go there for, is on the right, at the top … looping down, all the way to the village. Now that I see it on the map, I remember ‘Plateau Rosa‘. Notice, that they don’t make much snow in Cervino.

Trail map Cervino, Italy.

Cervino, Italy.

Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Digital Camera: Automated Lens Cap Started To Stick! Just 20 Days Of Use.

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Anura Guruge


Related post:
>> 20X Optical Zoom On The Panasonic Lumix … — Jan. 5, 2013.




We were in awe of this camera. It took amazing pictures. We still hadn’t worked out all that it could do, or what it was automatically doing for us already. We were beginning to suss out that it, on its own volition, took multiple pictures in burst mode (and I think it can take up to 10 a second) and either just gave us the best or did an composite of all it took. It was pretty cool.

This morning we all hiked down to Halfmoon Lake through trails in the wood, sloshing through the melted snow. When we got to the lake Deanna took the camera out to take pictures. She though the picture in the viewfinder looked dark. So she happened to look at the front of the self-projecting lens. The lens cap was only 1/2 open! Not good. It wasn’t like it was cold. It was a veritable heat wave up here. It was probably 38°F. The second time she re-cycled power, it retracted fully. Then it happened again a few minutes later.

Not good. We have only used it for 20 days. Yes, it is an amazing lens. I have to assume that it has some kind of sealed lubricated mechanism. This camera, as far as we know, has not been dropped or abused. That comes later.

All said, we were not worried. I had got it from Amazon. The reason I insist that we buy through Amazon, rather than anybody else, is there superb customer care. To return it and ask for a replacement was effortless. Took less than 5 minutes in total, including printing the return barcode. We have had great luck with Amazon. So, as far as we know, UPS will come and pickup the return tomorrow. If things go per plan, we should have another one by next week. Yes, Amazon does ‘know’ me. It does keep track of EVERYTHING you do with them and I do more than just buy stuff from them. I have multiple sub-accounts with them for my book publishing, Kindle etc. Amazon knows all of that.

Well, I will keep you posted.


Click to ENLARGE. Panorama shot of Halfmoon Lake, Alton, NH, taken with the  Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Digital Camera.

Click to ENLARGE. Panorama shot of Halfmoon Lake, Alton, NH, taken with the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Digital Camera.


Panasonic Lumix ZS20 did take great pictures. Deanna took this halfway up Prospect Mountain Road, Alton, NH on Friday.

Panasonic Lumix ZS20 did take great pictures. Deanna took this halfway up Prospect Mountain Road, Alton, NH on Friday. Click to ENLARGE.

On Halfmoon Lake, Alton, NH, this morning. This was after Deanna got the lens cap to open. This is a very shallow lake. So my chances of falling in are remote.

On Halfmoon Lake, Alton, NH, this morning. This was after Deanna got the lens cap to open. This is a very shallow lake. So my chances of falling in are remote.