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Heli-Skiing: An Overview of the Sport

Originally published on SeanCarothers.org

Ski enthusiasts around the world are very familiar with this extreme sport, but for those who may not have the same amount of experience, ‘heli-skiing’ can seem like a terrifying idea. While you don’t have to necessarily jump out of a helicopter from great heights, you do have to ride one to reach truly remarkable slopes, which many would argue is well worth the trip.

Heli-skiing allow skiers and snowboarders alike to access hard-to-reach areas for some truly adventurous downhill riding. These untouched slopes make for a unique experience in that many skiers are the first to ever reach them, and by helicopter to add to the excitement. The sights at these destinations are unlike any other, giving skiers bird’s-eye views of their surroundings, and a perspective of the mountains that is not attainable at any other point.

Derived from the actual word “helicopter,” heli-skiing (and heli-boarding) first began in 1960s Canada when hikers and skiers began to seek out new adventures, eventually stumbling upon the Canadian Rockies. This spawned the use of helicopters to access theses areas more quickly and conveniently for those wishing to ski down their enormous slopes.

Hans Gmoser is widely regarded as the founder of heli-skiing. He first began offering guided tours throughout the Canadian Rockies in 1965, and soon thereafter began to take advantage of helicopters to provide his guests with the most stunning views possible. He then created his heli-skiing business Canadian Mountain Holidays, which has since become the leading company in the heli-skiing world. CMH now operates out of 11 resorts around western Canada.

Today, heli-skiing is popular in countries all over the world. Italy, Chile, New Zealand, and the U.S. have all embraced this unique sport thanks to the mountainous regions of their respective borders. However, heli-skiing is prohibited in a few countries, those being Germany, Switzerland, and France due to conservationists claiming the use of helicopters is harmful to the environment and the mountains. The argument against this is that helicopters are accessing remote areas away from crowds and wildlife, leaving little impact on the environment. While this drums up some controversy, the sport itself remains a highly sought after adventure for winter sports enthusiasts everywhere.

Those attracted to extreme sports are constantly looking for new thrills, and heli-skiing is one of many ways skiers can satisfy that craving. While many resorts offer off-piste skiing areas and access to newer slopes, there is nothing quite like skiing down the side of a mountain unreachable by foot.

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Differentiating a Doe from a Button Buck

A confusing and somewhat frustrating aspect of bowhunting whitetail deer is being able to tell the difference between a doe and a young buck. Depending on what you are hunting for, mistaking the two can be surprisingly common, unlike hunting buck who tend to stand out with their large antlers. Though harvesting doe is a necessity at times, understanding the differences between them and a button buck is still crucial; something that is much easier said than done.

The physical traits of a doe and button buck are extremely similar, but there are a few key characteristics to look out for. For one, adult does are much larger than younger bucks. They are typically taller and longer with a slight rectangular shape to their midsections. Their snouts are almost always longer as well, compared to a young buck’s shorter snout.

Because of their smaller size, fawns have more of a square midsection, as they are equally long as they are tall. Additionally, young males will have flat, stubbier heads. This is why they are referred to as “button bucks.” The buttons atop their heads are budding antlers. Female deer, whether fawns or does, will have much more rounded heads.

Behavioral traits are much more challenging to catch, though they can give away a deer that may be difficult to decipher. Button bucks are much less cautious when it comes to being out in the open. This is evident when observing a popular feeding ground. Young males will confidently trot out to eat, whereas females of all ages are much more timid, coming off as nervous.

Their behaviors are also differentiated when you take note of how many other deer they are traveling with. Does will stick together going off of the notion that there is safety in numbers, but button bucks generally travel solo. Should you come across a small herd of just two, chances are the larger deer is a young male. Herds of three or more typically include a parent doe somewhere in the mix.

It’s important to note that deer are much more easily defined from a higher position where their pedicles are clearly visible. Always take advantage of some basic hunting gear to do so, such as binoculars and a field guide. Once you’ve mastered the art of identifying each type of whitetail deer, your bowhunting abilities will begin to improve tremendously.

3 Things to Examine Before Expanding Your Business

Every entrepreneur wants to start a business with the mindset that they will one day need to expand. After all, that is a necessity that comes with success. While it is certainly a positive aspiration, it can be extremely challenging for individuals who have never had to take on such a demanding task.

To start, think of expansion as having come from a strong foundation. Obviously, scaling your business can only be done once your goods or services have been deemed valuable, thus requiring growth to continue that success.

Take a step back and make a note of the your average customer tenure. Do your customers leave after a short period of time to find business elsewhere? Are lost customers easily replaceable? A strong business foundation is dependent on retention and profit. With that said, the following business aspects should be closely examined before you decide to expand.

Customer Service

We’ve all heard the phrase “The customer is always right.” While this is widely considered too forthright for today’s business standards, there’s no denying that good customer service is absolutely vital to a company’s success. Effective business leaders know that operations are contingent upon the client’s happiness, and that simply losing them could cause irrevocable damage.

Expanding a business can only be done if it has hundreds, thousands, or millions of customers willing to spend money on its goods or services. While millions is unrealistic coming right out of the gate, marketing your brand as something that people want and need is a great way to reach a much broader audience. Look at Apple and the hundreds of incredible products they have developed over the years. They have become a staple in the tech world and are considered the most profitable company of all time.

Frequency of Mistakes

Being able to correct mistakes made on any level is a requirement for all businesses. The question is, how frequently are these mistakes being made, and are they resolved for good? If this can’t be managed on a smaller scale, it certainly won’t be more manageable upon expanding.

Mistakes are going to made. That is inevitable. Resolving these mistakes and ensuring they don’t occur again however, is up to you as the sole leader. This is something your customers and clients will pay attention to as well.

Level of Confidence

This may not be a measurable goal, but it carries a lot of weight in terms how much a business may be able to expand. A company can only grow as much as its founder wants it to. Because of that, a confident leader who aspires to expand beyond the realm of success is much more likely to get there than one who is afraid to take that next step.

The worst thing a business leader can do is become complacent. As Henry Ford said, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning is young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”

Proper Etiquette on the Slopes

You may have heard about the “Skier Responsibility Code” if you’re new to downhill skiing, but you might not know exactly what that means. While your ski instructor will hopefully give you a few pointers about safety and etiquette, many novice skiers are in the dark about the finer details regarding the code. As a result, they often come off as inconsiderate to other skiers without realizing it.

First of all, let’s take a look at the “Skier Responsibility Code.”

  • Stay in control and be prepared to stop or avoid other people and obstacles.
  • Avoid those ahead of you. They have the right of way.
  • Never stop on a trail or where you aren’t visible from above.
  • Yield to others uphill before starting downhill or merging onto a trail.
  • Use proper devices to avoid losing equipment.
  • Stay out of prohibited areas.
  • Do not use the lift unless you have the knowledge and ability to do so safely.

It is your responsibility to know this code and to follow it. Fortunately, this should be posted in some form at every ski resort. The wording may be different depending on where you go, but the rules will remain the same.

Skiing and Riding Courtesy

In addition to following the responsibility code, you should keep the following courtesy guidelines in mind wherever you go downhill skiing.

  • Never wave your poles around or plant them on someone else’s skis or board. Children are the biggest offenders here, but some irresponsible adults have been known to accidentally hit or poke someone else with a wayward pole.
  • Give novice or younger skiers some extra room. Nobody likes a jerk who intimidates newbies by showing off.
  • Help people in need. Accidents happen to the best skiers, and you’ll never know when someone will need some medical attention. Either help a fallen skier up yourself or find someone who can.
  • Wait in line with your group if you all want to ride the ski lift together. A clustered ski lift can be extremely dangerous.
  • Don’t smoke when you’re riding the lift. You may be outdoors, but you’re still too close to people who might not appreciate it.
  • Throw your trash in the appropriate receptacle. Don’t just leave it on the ground. The slopes take pride in their cleanliness and aesthetic.

Source: https://blog.liftopia.com/riding-skiing-etiquette-slopes/

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5 of the Best States for Bowhunting Deer

Avid bowhunters often hunt for a variety of reasons, some of which being for sport or food. Regardless, having a successful hunt is rewarding for those taking part, and the first step in ensuring this is picking the right location. If you are one for traveling around the country, the following states are some of the best bowhunting locations in the U.S.

Mississippi

The state that I call home, Mississippi may be a surprising bowhunting hotspot given its southern location, but there are a surprising number of mature deer throughout the state. The only downside to hunting in Mississippi is that bow seasons tend to run a little shorter than others, but don’t let that deter you from visiting. Some of the largest herds of deer in the U.S. call this state home.

Wisconsin

Absolutely riddled with deer, Wisconsin is a well known hunting hotspot where bowhunters can flourish. However, it is important to note that there are a large number of hunters that visit the Badger State as well, most of which hunting with rifles rather than bows. If you get there early enough though, particularly during the beginning of the rut, you will encounter a great number of deer with fewer hunters. Wisconsin also has an enormous area of land upon which hunting is legal.

Ohio

Boasting one of the later bowhunting seasons in the country, Ohio’s season runs from late September to early February; perfect for hunters that prefer wintery conditions. Even better, gun seasons are not in line with the rut, leaving larger populations for the archers. Because of this, there are many more deer than there are hunters.

Iowa

Iowa is somewhat glamorized in the eyes of bowhunters given its scenic landscape and ideal weather conditions, but few actually take the time to visit this perfect location. Yet another state that allows bowhunters time to flourish before rifles start firing, Iowa’s wildlife is much less disturbed due to December being the first month guns can take the field.

Kentucky

Kentucky is known by most as the land of purebred horses and, of course, the Kentucky Derby. What some people may not know is that it is also a whitetail deer hotspot. Hunting season here opens early than most too, so bowhunters can set their sights on a prized buck before others. Because of the large patches of land throughout the state, there are plenty of acres to do your hunting on. Even privately owned properties are often lenient enough to allow hunters to perform on their land, so long as the homeowners oblige, of course.

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Fitness Perks Earned on the Slopes

Like all sports, skiing comes with an array of health benefits from the constant movement and muscular demand, but it isn’t seen as a great exercise too often. Those with a very basic understanding of skiing may not know just how beneficial this sport truly is. That being said, people of all ages can enjoy a day on the slopes while taking advantage of both the physical and mental health benefits of skiing. Below are just a few of many.

Improved Strength and Coordination

As many skiers know, balance is crucial in staying upright whilst traversing the snowy slopes. The more you ski and begin to better understand the mechanics of it, the more your balance and coordination improves. You will learn to adjust each ski individually to better navigate varying terrains, and build muscle doing so, thus strengthening those necessary to stay up and prevent any injuries sustained from falling. The constant squat position you’ll find yourself in greatly strengthens your quads, hamstrings, glutes, and calves as well.

Your bones are also strengthened from these movements, as the weight that that they bear upon downhill skiing helps them adjust to the constant pressure, which can prevent knee and ankle injuries. This directly translates to a decreased chance of developing osteoporosis later in life.

Increased Positivity

It’s hard to envision someone skiing with a frown on their face. Enjoying the slopes and surrounding scenery is quite a sight, and taking it all in can actually improve mental health. Allowing your mind to escape from reality for a day comes with a plethora of positive thoughts, and can help develop a more optimistic mindset in all facets of your life.

Cardiovascular Endurance

Skiing is an aerobic activity that requires a great deal of endurance if one is to last an entire day on the slopes. Continued activity and practice can build your endurance, leading to a higher metabolic rate. Though it may seem a bit extreme for some, another great way to build your endurance for skiing is by actually walking back up the slope rather than taking the lift.

Better Sleep

Most people have probably experienced the sheer exhaustion that follows an intense workout, especially one that engages nearly every muscle in the body. Skiing does just that, which often leads to a longer, deeper sleep at the end of the day. With a better night’s sleep comes a better mood the next day as well, making this sport an endless cycle of positivity.

Time Management Tips for Business Leaders

Starting a business from the ground up, or running an already established company are both incredibly time consuming tasks. Individuals in these positions understand the importance of balancing their time and schedules accordingly, but doing so is much easier said than done.

Seven days a week, 24 hours each day rarely seems like enough time to accomplish all that has to be done for business leaders. This often leads to working well past normal business hours or during weekends, thus resulting in burnout, stress, and general exhaustion. But, aspiring entrepreneurs and those willing to make sacrifices for success understand that this can be a typical aspect of business. The key is finding a solution that benefits your personal time and company time.

Map Out Each Day

One of the best ways to manage your time any given day is by planning beforehand. Start the day by choosing what you want to accomplish, and what is the most important task to be completed, i.e. what can you do to improve your business that day, or make the most profit? Always account for unpredictable situations as well. Remain flexible and open to change. It is rare that a normal business day pans out as just that. Unexpected events will arise from time to time, but being prepared for these before they occur will give you the best chance of overcoming them, which leads us to our next strategy:

Manage Disruptions

Going off of the notion that very few days will act out in a predictable manner, knowing when and how to approach unexpected events is crucial. If an interruption is as small as someone asking for your time, take your current situation into account right then and there. Do you actually have time to spare in which you can help your colleague? Or, will doing so put you behind in terms of workload? It may be difficult to tell someone “No, I can’t help you,” but it’s a necessity in a busy work environment every now and then, and other professionals will almost always understand. To avoid coming off as cold, offer to help them at later time when you.

Stick to Your Calendar

There is no better time-management tool than a calendar, whether it is handwritten or digital. While this is extremely beneficial in terms of mapping out your days and the work that needs to be completed, it’s also essential in guaranteeing you time off. As an entrepreneur, it can be easy to never stop working and lose track of your personal time. However, this time is just as important as the time you put into your business. Devoting some amount of time to yourself, your family, or your friends can prove incredibly useful in the long run. Your levels of productivity are contingent upon a healthy brain.
If you find yourself struggling with time management, the aforementioned tips are just a few of many techniques you can implement in order to improve this essential business aspect. Others may include outsourcing work that a professional in that field may be more skilled in, or simply studying other successful business leaders and how they have come to manage their time. All it takes is dedication and inspiration to effectively manage how your days are run, which can lead to an unlimited amount of success.

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