Family Ski Rentals Done Right

Family Ski Rentals Done Right

Skiing can be expensive, especially for families. The option to rent skiing equipment is often much cheaper and more flexible then buying it outright for the whole family, and is even more useful for the young ones who grow out of things so fast. It is often tempting for holidaymakers to look for the cheapest ski rental available – while this is necessary for many families, if you do not know what you are buying it can lead to problems on the slopes. Here are some tips of things for you and your family can look out for in order to get the best kit for your money.
Age and Quality

 

Just because you are renting and not buying does not mean that you should put up with old skis that are not fit for purpose. When you are renting skis always ask how long they have been in service for, and if it is longer than 10 years then ask for a different pair. Don’t worry about the surface scratches and scrapes, all skis pick these up very quickly. What matters more is how they feel in your hands – are they firm but flexible or are they sluggish and hard? All skis should have a bit of give and bounce back into shape easily.

Boot fittings

Making sure your boots fit properly is the most important part of ski rental. Get this bit right and you will be zipping along in happy comfort. It sounds obvious, but make sure that your ski boots are not too big or too small. The best way to ensure that they fit is to try them on properly first as shoe size does not always ensure well-fitting footwear. If they don’t fit, don’t sign.

Choosing Skis

These days, couples and families are bombarded with a hundred different options for skis, all with their own buzzword like ‘performance’ or ‘elite’. These range in price and scared tourists usually take a stab at skis in the middle range, whether they are suitable for them or not. To avoid this, have a good chat with your ski rental or tour operator to find out exactly which ones fit the slopes and experience you have in mind for that holiday. Then you can be sure that you’re renting the right skis for you – and maybe even save some money too.

Terms and Conditions

On a ski holiday, circumstances can change quickly and you may wish to return or change your equipment. In these instances – they happen to all skiers, beginners and pros – the small print of your rental contract is very important. Does it allow you to swap out equipment straight away? Are there exorbitant prices for breaking or losing things? All should be discovered before signing for anything, and if you are not sure don’t be scared to ask. Remember, the customer is king!

Get Your Family Covered

As well as taking care to get the right ski rental, it is also worth making sure your family has comprehensive winter sports insurance. At InsureMore we understand that holidays are expensive and having great protection for your family against accidents shouldn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. After all, you will need them for the skiing! We offer great low-cost family winter sports insurance that will keep everyone protected and give you piece of mind while the kids are shooting down the mountainsides.

First wooden free-form houses Museum of Bread!

First wooden free-form houses Museum of Bread!

COOP HIMMELB(L)AU designed PANEUM – Wunderkammer des Brotes is the first wooden building in free form!
Meticulously planned, this customer information centre and event forum for the company Backaldrin in Asten, Austria, is an iconic structure comprising two elements: a box-shaped plinth building with foyer and event rooms that can be used for a variety of presentations, receptions or workshops for up to 120 visitors and the Wunderkammer des Brotes (Museum of Bread), a two-storey freeform exhibition area floating on top. The square base building shows a cast-in-place concrete façade while the rounded wood structure of the museum is clad with stainless steel shingles.

 

A centrally chiselled circular atrium is at once the cynosure of all eyes as it is flanked by a robust spiral staircase that invites visitors to pause awhile and take in the exhibited items from various perspectives. The stair provides access to the two exhibition levels, where the objects are displayed with the help of walls, tables, and cabinets that are integrated into the architecture. It further allows for striking vertical displays that take on a chandelier-like appearance, adding on to the visual appeal of the commanding building. The raw aesthetic of the interior is augmented by its self-supporting wood shell with its layers of cross-laminated timber and the natural light that filters in from above the atrium. This method of construction enables the realization of the free form and the high degree of prefabrication with 3D CNC technology that is precision-driven and cuts valuable construction time. It is a step into the future of construction; as Design Principal, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Wolf D. Prix says, “3D plotting, 3D milling and building with robots – that is the future of building.”

Preparing Your Furnace for the Winter

Preparing Your Furnace for the Winter

Austin and surrounding areas, it’s almost winter. We know it may not feel like it, but its around the corner, we promise. The oncoming winter means preparing your home and yourself for the change in temperature. The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit inside your space should be at the forefront of your preparation. And during the colder months, maintenance and consistent checks of your unit’s furnace is essential. The furnace of any HVAC unit provides warm air flowing, keeping us nice and toasty while indoors. Heating repair and maintenance is very important. Keeping your furnace happy and efficient, ensures your own happiness and efficiency during the colder months ahead. Here are a few tips from us at Alamo Austin Air Conditioning & Heating:
1. Change those dirty filters once a month. Clogged filters can restrict air flow, both warm and cold – thus damaging your unit and reducing efficiency.
2. Set your thermostat. It may sound foolish, but you’d be surprised. Adjusting the settings of your thermostat could reduce your monthly bill and ensure a more efficient warmth.
3. Check your heating vents. Debris surrounding your heating vents obstructs the flow and circulation of warm air indoors. It also increases the risk of fire.
4. Inspect your burners. Ensure that your burners are clean and the surrounding is clear. A blockage of a burner can become quite dangerous, as it leads to an increase of carbon monoxide during start up.

 

Preparing Your Furnace for the Winter
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Need more help with preparing your furnace for winter? Don’t hesitate to give us a call. When it comes to heating repair, Alamo Austin Air Conditioning & Heating is here for you. As experts in the field of all things concerning heating and air conditioning, we’ve got you covered. For the past 11 years we have been providing Austin and surrounding areas with the best air conditioning and heating service. Preparing Your Furnace for the Winter

Out and About in La Plagne: Get Busy Off the Snow

Out and About in La Plagne: Get Busy Off the Snow

As any avid ski enthusiast knows, ski holidays are not just about shredding powder each day. After a long day on the slopes and once the sun goes down, there is nothing better than soaking up the atmosphere at the resort and mingling with other powder hounds.
One of the best places for events and après ski is, unquestionably, the famous resort of La Plagne in the Paradiski region. In my humble opinion, it is the best pick of the resorts for a group of lads looking for fun and adventure – this is because it has all kinds of fun activities that you might not normally try at home. Additionally, it boasts fantastic ac-commodation, so you can also spend time unwinding/nursing a hangover in your chalet. La Plagne has plenty of entertainment to choose from each night, but the some of the best events take place in a lively venue named Splitting Feathers.

 

Splitting Feathers is a brand new bar, which is conveniently located at the entrance to Plagne Bellecôte. It has an electric atmosphere every night of the week and a huge se-lection of beers, spirits, soft drinks, hot drinks and food – everything you could need after an exhilarating day on the mountain! Here are a few of the best ways to let loose in this venue.

Karaoke

Sink a few beers for some courage and then get up on stage and sing your heart out with your mates. The great thing about karaoke on holiday is that you’ll never see your audience again, so there’s no need to hold back. This is a barrel of laughs and most per-formers do not take themselves seriously, but keep in mind that the prize for best singer is a bottle of champagne. So get practising beforehand in your chalet! La Plagne’s greatest karaoke act is just waiting to be found…

Pub Quiz

Put your heads together or perhaps split into different teams for the brilliant pub quiz, which will put your trivia knowledge to the test. This is an excellent way to unwind and soak up the warm and friendly atmosphere inside Splitting Feathers, as everyone gets involved and the excitement can escalate rather quickly. There are also superb prizes from a few of the local businesses, such as a free trip on the Tyrolean Zip Wire. What’s more, this is an opportunity to sample the bar’s “resort-famous” home-made curry or to share a plate of nachos.

Bingo

This is not like the bingo your nan plays! Bingo in Splitting Feathers takes the typically quite sedate game and ramps it up a few levels by offering free shots for lines and house. You are sure to walk/stagger away from the bar, feeling very merry and content. Again, bingo is a great time to order some food from the bar and sample the wide range of booze that’s available (there may even be some ale on draft).

I love Splitting Feathers in La Plagne, as there is such a fun vibe and there are so many activities on offer. Of course, there are also plenty of other options in and around the area, which are easily accessible from your chalet. La Plagne has a lot to offer for young groups, and fun times are easy to find!

Barge Type: Know Your Spitzen From Your Clip

Barge Type: Know Your Spitzen From Your Clip

For newcomers to barge holidays, all barges may look the same. However, there are many types of ships with striking differences in history and design. This model evolved over 200 years, adapting to changing conditions and technology. In Europe, the barge – ships barges – connecting the English Channel, Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Here is a brief overview of the most common vessels you might encounter on your barge vacation.
Tjalks and Klippers Barge Type: Know Your Spitzen From Your Clip

This barging tradition can be traced back to the seventeenth century. Originally wind-powered Tjalks were built of wood; In the nineteenth century, ship builders began to consider the possibility of iron and on twentieth century steel properties exploited by this industry. Therefore, the modern version of Tjalk is constructed of iron or steel, yet retains the stern arch of indigenous wood.

Designed for fast-flowing estuaries and rivers in the Netherlands, the tough Klipper is always built of iron or steel. The use of steel leads to a stronger vessel, although this introduces the danger of corrosion. Klipper’s steering sat under a stern round and ridden with wheels. Barge Type: Know Your Spitzen From Your Clip

Beurtmotor and Luxemotor

Beurtmotor is used for passengers and cargo and often travels to a reliable schedule, replacing steam-powered steamers. It became even more popular with the introduction of diesel engines because their scheduling was more consistent than ever before. Like other barges, Beurtmotor was built to navigate the shallow waters – anywhere between 3 and about 10 feet of water. However this is not a limitation, as most inland waters in western Europe conform to this requirement.

Luxemotor trailblazing was built in the early 20th century and was the first barge to have its own machine. Driving on Beurtmotor’s success, they are quite luxurious with plenty of space – including kitchens and toilets – as well as a pointy bow that is ideal for more open waters.

Spitz

Spitz has a long and varied history. They were built to the standard of Freycinet imposed by Napoleon during the standardization period, and the ship was first withdrawn by hand (or horse). However, after the Second World War many Belgian Spitz ships were kitted out with tank machines that were often disabled. With some adjustments at the stern to fix the wheel, the Spitz Motor version is designed for canals in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

European Air Line: Our Fleet

The European Airway fleet includes a barge with lots of history behind them. Vacation barges match the history lover and cruise ship enthusiasts. For example, L’Art de Vivre – the oldest fleet – is an English model and built in the First World War to supply allied forces in the Somme. The beautiful Rosa is the Dutch Clipper carrying a variety of cargo in the early 20th century Dutch. Both now enjoy retirement by walking the beautiful streets of France, lovingly recovering in a way that celebrates their stunning legacy. Barge Type: Know Your Spitzen From Your Clip

Paul Newman is a Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the most respected all-inclusive luxury barge provider in France and other major destinations. Part of an experienced barge team, Paul first queued to support a slow-paced barging cruise facility for anyone looking for a unique holiday experience. Barge Type: Know Your Spitzen From Your Clip

Improve Your Health with Asparagus

Improve Your Health with Asparagus

The name Asparagus comes from Ancient Greek and Roman, and its name in English evolved from “sperage” to “church grass”, and then returned to its original name. A sleek green trunk with a “boiled” tip gives you a great health boost.
Asparagus contains compounds that can help fight birth defects, heart disease, cancer, sustains healthy skin and strengthens your immune system.

 

Charged with Folate One of the most important medical discoveries of the 20th century is that the incidence of birth defects of the brain and umbilical cords (called neural tube defects), can be reduced by half if women of childbearing age get 400 micrograms of folate a day

Asparagus is charged with folate, vitamin B is essential for growing cells. The sting asparagus sprite contains 110 micro grams of folate, about 28% of the important daily value. (DV) If you are pregnant, you may want to enjoy the double dish of the green spear.

Pregnant women need 600 grams of micro every day, and women who breastfeed require 500 micrograms of grams, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Apart from the health benefits for pregnant women, folate also fights heart disease in anyone. Folate can act as a flood gate, controlling the amount of homocyctine, which is in the bloodstream. Homocyctine is an amino acid that seems to damage the lining of the arteries.) When your folate levels fall, your homocysteine ​​levels increase, which can cause damage to the arteries, supply blood to your heart and brain.

Research suggests a possible link between folate intake, homocyctine, and risk of cognitive problems, especially signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

One study in a large group of people found that their risk of developing Alzheimer’s had doubled if they had high homocysteine ​​levels.

The amount of folate in your diet is also associated with lower cancer risk. Studies have shown that people with the highest amount of folate in their blood are the least likely to develop colon cancer. Asparagus offers strong protection against cancer. It contains a number of compounds that are basically a cancer-causing double team before they endanger it.

Another protective compound in asparagus is glutathione, one of the most powerful antioxidants. It helps neutralize free radicals, responsible for the development of cancer. In an analysis of 38 vegetables, freshly cooked asparagus was ranked first because of its glutathione content.

About the author: Adrian Joele became interested in nutrition and weight management while she was in touch with nutritional supplement companies. Since 2008 he wrote several articles on nutrition and weight loss and gained expert status with Ezine Articles.com. He has been involved in nutrition and weight management for over 12 years and he loves to share his knowledge with anyone who can take advantage of it. Get a free report on nutrition and tips for healthy living, Improve Your Health with Asparagus  Improve Your Health with Asparagus

For Love Key: The History of the Waters

For Love Key: The History of the Waters

As a barge cruiser, the canal system is a complicated and balanced engineering feat. The keystone that supports this water channel is key. Whether run by key owners, followed up by barge owners, or controlled automatically by computer, the key allows fast and easy barge passage through the countryside. Without this engineering miracle, the canal trip is simply not possible. So, how is the key found and what exactly does it do?
When and Why Are They Invented? For Love Key: The History of the Waters

Rivers have long served as important trade and communication networks. However, this network is limited because the ship can not travel deep inland and it is very difficult to travel up through the river. The key, the invention that allowed the ship to gain or lose altitude, was developed by the Chinese in the tenth century and by the Dutch on the thirteenth. The initial “pound” key focuses on filling and drying small sized rooms, and facilitating the construction of the first independent waterway – or canal – that causes worldwide trade expansion. This arrangement also helps ships travel up or down in the domesticated rivers like the Thames.

This centuries-old invention is used today in some of the most important global trade routes – the Panama Canal, for example – and also allows for more relaxed travel, such as barge cruises. For Love Key: The History of the Waters

How do they work?

As we know, this technical miracle is designed to help boats upstream or downstream. If a ship wants to travel upstream, first the bottom gate should be opened so as to let the key drain. Next, the bottom door opened, and the boat could enter the room. After the gates of the lower and lower gates of the water gate are closed, the gate of the upper water door is opened, the water flows in and the water level rises. The boat is gently lifted to the next level and the top door can be opened safely, so the ship can continue its journey. Once again the same process occurs, but vice versa.

Getting Technical: Flights and Ladders

Engineers working with channels often have to cope with sudden changes. This can often not be handled with a single key, leading to a common feature of a channel called ‘flight’. This term refers to a group of 30 keys adjacent to each other, but with a sufficiently wide range between allowing the ship to pass each other. They gradually raise or lower the barge to the appropriate level. Since each room uses water from the above, the flight uses the same amount of water as a single key.

The more popular setting is the stairs; Here the top gate of one room acts as the lower gate above. To help with this process, the side pool is used to adjust the level perfectly in the upper and lower spaces. Of course, the best way to appreciate this amazing engineering feat is from the gentle barge cruise deck.

Paul Newman is a Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, France’s most respected luxury all-inclusive cruise liner provider and other major destinations. Part of an experienced barge team, Paul first queued to support a slow-paced barging cruise facility for anyone looking for a unique holiday experience. For Love Key: The History of the Waters

The Anatomy of an Archipelago

The Anatomy of an Archipelago

For anyone with an interest in natural history, the group of islands collectively known as the Galapagos Archipelago is one of the most fascinating places on the planet. The region is renowned for its unique wildlife and the vital role it played in naturalist Charles Darwin’s research, from which he developed his revolutionary Theory of Evolution.
While the majority of visitors on guided Galapagos holidays arrive to experience a close encounter with the iconic wildlife, learning a little of the area’s geologic history can enrich the experience even beyond expectation.

 

The Anatomy of an Archipelago

The most common way for an archipelago to form is through constant volcanic activity. (They can also form from continental islands, due to erosion or evaporation of water.) Volcanic archipelagos can form in the ocean and in rivers or lakes as they erupt on beneath the surface of the water. When oceanic, the resulting land masses are known as an “island arc”. In many cases this forms as a result of a “hot spot”, in which parts of the Earth’s crust (tectonic plates) continually shift and create friction.

Where two tectonic plates meet and create a hot spot, magma (red-hot molten rock) can push through the sea floor to create an underwater volcano. As tectonic plates continue to shift over the hot spot, the constant eruptions cause lava to build up and up over millions of years until they emerge from the surface of the ocean to create an island.

In some cases, activity ceases when the tectonic plate eventually moves away from the hot spot. But in others, for example in Hawaii and Japan, the island chains continue to evolve, with many of the volcanoes still active today.

The Geology of Galapagos

The Galapagos Archipelago was formed through the repeated movement of the Nazca tectonic plate over millions of years. As it took place over such a long time period, the eastern islands in the chain are actually millions of years older than some of those in the west. The younger ones, like Isabela and Fernandina, for example, are thought to only be around a few hundred thousand years old, and are still in formation today. Some of the older ones, like San Cristobal and Espanola, may be up to five million years old – still relatively young in the history of the world. With the exception of Isabela (which, as the largest, is made up of six), each island was formed from a single volcano.

Due to their volcanic nature, most of the islands in the chain have a similar conical appearance, but they range from those with very low, gentle slopes to some that soar steeply more than 5,000 feet above sea level. It is this varied of topography that has created the astonishing diversity of habitat that supports the magnificent array of unique wildlife – much of which is endemic.

Discover a Unique Region on Galapagos Holidays

The geology and ecology of this isolated island chain make it one of the most unique places in the world. For those who want to learn more, organised small group Galapagos holidays provide the opportunity to explore this rich, bio-diverse part of the planet in an intimate, educational and truly memorable way.

Different Ways To Build And Managed Your Own Automotive Locksmith Business Entity

Having a comprehensive idea of your objective is vital to operating a prosperous locksmith service business. Meeting your goals doesn’t mean very much if you don’t need to overcome significant obstacles to get there. These techniques will help you advance your 24 hr locksmith business goals confidently.
Your auto locksmith service business website ought to be inviting and professional. It’s okay if you’re unable to put a website together yourself, as there are a number of professional website designers who can do it for you. You could make your website look professional by making use of premium-quality templates and images. Online commerce reigns in today’s 24 hr locksmith business world; be sure that your automotive locksmith center maintains an active web presence to guarantee your success in this field.

Always accept people into your auto locksmith service business with a lot of care and consideration. Ensure that they are fully certified and competent. It’s your job to make sure they are well trained and prepared to handle multiple tasks. The best companies employ happy, well-trained, and driven employees.

Success isn’t reached by the realization of a goal, and many Dealer Locksmith locksmith service business owners are not conscious of this. A 24 hr locksmith business begins to die the second it stops growing. By staying up with new trends and staying determined, you can improve your business. When you keep up with market trends and constantly try best to improve your automotive locksmith center, success is bound to follow.

The key to your automotive locksmith center’s success is excellent products, services and locksmith supplies. When you upgrade the quality of the products and services you provide, you’ll notice a corresponding spike in both sales and cash reserves. You’ll get a steady stream of referrals from your customers when you deliver an outstanding shopping experience every time they make a purchase. If you could visualize your auto locksmith service business as the undisputed leader in your industry, you could make it happen.

A small auto locksmith service business cannot survive without loyal buyers. Businesses that have been around for a long time all understand that to continue being successful, they need to treat each customer like an active member of their family. The devastating effects of one bad customer review can wreck a 24 hr locksmith business. Management of your online reputation is important.

In the operation of a profitable auto locksmith service business, nothing is much more important than a great plan. Setting detailed, attainable goals is one of the best methods to lay the foundation for a lucrative company; you should always include them in your marketing strategy. Planning for your automotive locksmith center’s future success is easier if you could devise a group of clearly stated goals. By keeping your goals smaller and more manageable, you will likely be more effective as an owner than if you set larger, more complicated objectives.

Starting an auto locksmith service business is one of the hardest things you could choose to do. Before you jump into the world of 24 hr locksmith business, research thoroughly. You could develop a prosperous business with the right planning. There’re countless online sources of valuable info on starting a 24 hr locksmith business.

North V. South: The Battle of the Poles

North V. South: The Battle of the Poles

Your breath feels like it freezes as soon as it leaves your lungs, your back and shoulders ache from carrying equipment for days and your legs are shaking – yet, somehow, you’ve never been happier.
Traveling to the Poles is the dream of many an adventure lover. These remote, inhospitable locations offer unique sights and experiences to those brave enough to venture towards their icy hearts.

 

Practicalities

For a first-timer, the safest and most practical way of embarking on a polar expedition is by joining an organised group. This way you can make the most of professional trekkers’ experience and truly enjoy the trip knowing you are in good hands. There are several good companies which specialise in polar expeditions so do your research to find one that suits your needs.

Which Pole if For You?

Teamwork and discipline are key during these trips and you’ll make lifelong friendships with those you cross the ice with. But which Pole is for you? North or South?

North V. South

A trip to the North Pole takes around three weeks and covers around 200km. To reach it, you must head out over the frozen depths of the Arctic Ocean. Underneath metres of ice is the freezing sea, so this ice moves! The drift of ice may work against you and the air is frustratingly humid so you must constantly work to keep your tent dry. Cold management is also a constant battle – keeping warm is key to survival.

Sound like fun? Other challenges include skiing against the drift of the ice and pulling your equipment hundreds of kilometres by sled…

Though these trips are hard work, you’ll have plenty of time to admire the stunning scenery as you’re not trying to win any awards. This trip is for you to gain a better knowledge of both yourself and the strange land surrounding you. A good polar expedition company will take their team at a steady pace, allowing you to absorb the misty mountains of ice and the overwhelming sense of isolation.

A trip to the South Pole is usually shorter, coming in at about a week and a half. Unlike the Arctic, the Antarctic is a continent. Underneath the ice there is firm ground so you won’t be battling ice drift here. The air is also extremely dry – the driest on earth in fact. These factors mean that habitation is possible at the South Pole. However, the Antarctic comes with its own challenges. The driving wind works with the immobile ice to create harsh ‘sastrugi’. These irregular ridges are difficult to walk on and navigate through – especially in the high altitude which can leave you breathless or dizzy. Of course, just like in the Arctic, keeping warm is difficult but essential.

Visitors to this remote region are left speechless by the icy wilderness stretching out endlessly before them, lit by the eerie 24-hour sun that never sets.

Though the Arctic and Antarctic offer very different experiences, the feeling of euphoria when you reach your goal is the same and unparalleled. How does it sound? Terrifying? Or thrilling? If the latter, a polar expedition might just be the perfect trip for you. Good luck!