1/5 Cessna 182 Flight in Winter

December 20, 2010

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Arizona Winter Getaways – From Golfing to Shopping

July 16, 2010

Got an itch to travel this winter, but not sure where to go? How about a place where you can find great hiking, golfing, skiing, shopping, and ruins to explore? And, all within a few hours drive of one another? Of course that place is Arizona, a state that offers travelers an endless array of things to do in the winter.
Superstition Mountains: One of the best places for winter hiking in Arizona is The Superstition Mountains, just east of Apache Junction, which is east of Phoenix. They are best known for the fabled Lost Dutchman Mine. Legend has it that the mine, discovered by Jacob Waltz (the Dutchman), still contains a great stash of gold. That is, if anyone could find it. You can be among the many who have tried to find the mine (some have died trying), or, you can be among the many more who venture to the Superstition Mountains in search of great hiking. Be sure to visit Lost Dutchman State Park, where you will find a variety of hiking trails, as well as Ranger-led morning and full-moon hikes during the winter and spring months.
Arizona’s also a wonderful place to go golfing during the winter. A couple golf courses worth noting include:
Grayhawk Golf Club: Located in Scottsdale, the Grayhawk Golf Club consists of two golf courses, Talon and Raptor, which have been the recipients of numerous accolades throughout the years, including “Top 100 You Can Play in the U.S.” by Golf Magazine.
Troon North Golf Club: Two golf courses make up Troon North Golf Club: Monument and Pinnacle courses. Also located in Scottsdale, Troon North Golf Club has also received numerous accolades, including being named No. 21 in the nation and No. 1 in Arizona by Golf Magazine.
There’s skiing in Arizona? Why, of course. Arizona not only has the sun in the winter, but it also has a couple spots in the state where you go downhill skiing.
Sunrise Park Resort: Sunrise Park Resort is located in Greer, in the eastern part of the state, just a 4-hour drive from Phoenix and Tucson. Owned and operated by the White Mountain Apache Tribe, Sunrise Park offers 8 lifts and 65 runs for skiers of all ability levels. There is also a separate snowboarding area, children’s area, cross-country trails, and tubing hill.
The Arizona Snowbowl: The Arizona Snowbowl is located on the San Francisco Peaks, above Flagstaff and just a few hours from Phoenix. Offering 32 trails and 4 lifts, The Arizona Snowbowl is one of the oldest continually run ski areas in the United States. If snowboarding’s more your style, they also offer a terrain park with rails and boxes.
Exploring Native American Ruins
You could plan an entire vacation in Arizona going from ruins to ruins, but, if you’re visiting Phoenix and you only have a day, be sure to drive about an hour and a half north on the I-17 to Montezuma Castle, a five-story, 12th-Century cliff dwelling which used to house the Sinagua people. It’s an easy walk on a 1/3-mile loop trail, where you have a great view of the Castle. If you have time, drive 11 miles north and visit Montezuma Well, where you can view a natural sink hole and small dwellings built into the steep walls surrounding the hole. A sink hole may sound like a big yawn, but it really is an interesting place to visit.
If you’re going to Arizona for the shopping, then you’ll probably want to head for Scottsdale, home of luxury resorts, high-end shopping malls, art galleries, and the 5th Avenue Shops. The Scottsdale Arts District in downtown Scottsdale boasts one of the largest concentration of art galleries in the nation, featuring a variety of art, including contemporary, Western, and Native American art.
Arizona can also lay claim to some of the best antique malls in the country, including the Brass Armadillo at 12419 N. 28th Drive in Phoenix, where you can spend hours walking the rows and rows of antiques and collectibles. And, Glendale, a small town just west of Phoenix, has so many antique stores in its downtown that it has been called “Arizona’s Antique Capital” by readers of local papers. Serious Antiquers will want to devote an entire day discovering the treasures in downtown Glendale.
Of course, the above is just a handful of things to do in Arizona in the winter. If you can’t do everything in one winter getaway, there’s always the Spring!

Winter on the Arizona Divide, BNSF’s Seligman Sub

May 16, 2010

  • No region code, plays in all NTSC DVD players.
  • Color, Sound, Narration
  • 90 minutes

Product Description
Lots of action on this DVD as we watch big time winter railroading across the Arizona Divide. Heavy snow in the San Francisco mountains, Arizona’s highest point (north of Flagstaff) brought snow to the BNSF’s transcontinental main line. This busy route is now home to the new GE “GEVO” and the new paint scheme. Many favorite locations on the Seligman sub, including Darling, Maine, Chalender, Williams Junction, Doublea and Eagle Nest.

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Winter on the Arizona Divide, BNSF’s Seligman Sub

Winter Skiing In Deer Valley Resort

February 28, 2010

Deer Valley Ski Resort is a top class vacation resort for skiing enthusiasts of all levels of expertise. It is situated in Utah’s portion of the majestic Rocky Mountain Range.
The resort is just about 37 miles from Salt Lake International Airport, in the ancient mining town of Park City. The management team that runs Deer Valley Ski Resort prides itself on providing superb customer service, consistent good quality and attention to details of each and every customer. Skiers on vacation in Deer Valley have consistently voted the resort as one of the best, if not the best ski resort in the world especially in the department of customer service.
Deer Valley Ski Resort is huge and sprawls over four spectacular mountains. This means that skiers of every level from the beginner to the expert skier can find their own ski trails and runs.
Towering at 8,400 ft (2,560 m) is the Bald Eagle Mountain. This mountain offers exhilarating skiing terrain for the novice and experienced skiers alike. Beginners will appreciate the separate protected beginners’ ski area known as the Wide West which is made accessible by two chairlifts called Burns and Snowflake.
Another Deer Valley mountain, the Bald Mountain, looms at 9,400 feet (2,865 m) and this area provides more challenging skiing terrain for the more experienced skiers. The view and scenery at Bald Mountain is simply spectacular. The skiing areas at The Sultan and Mayflower are filled with numerous runs and exhilarating trails. This area is a favorite for the more experienced skiers.
At the Flagstaff Mountain which peaks at 9,100 ft (2,775 m) are a variety of experienced and novice ski trails. Flagstaff Mountain skiing areas are also very suitable for family skiing because of several gentle gladed skiing areas. Skiers can glide into the Ontario Bowl which boasts of scintillating views of Park City and the Rocky Mountains.
The last mountain on Deer Valley ski resort is the Empire Canyon which stands at 9,570 ft (2,920 m). Empire Canyon offers intermediate and expert skiing terrain. It offers some of the most advanced skiing experience at Deer Valley which includes three bowls and eight chutes.
Deer Valley ski resorts not only offer varying terrain for different grade of skiers, it is also a ski resort built with family fun as its focus. Deer Valley ski school offers several coaching programs for children, teenagers as well as adults. It even have a licensed childcare center for non-skiing children when their parents are out there navigating the ski trails.
With so many fabulous features at Deer Valley Ski Resort, is it any wonder why this resort is often voted as one of the world’s best ski vacation resorts?