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Happy Holiday Updates

- Posted by Kevin - Posted on 12/09/13 07:35AM

Happy Holidays from LiveOnceEnjoy.com!

Liveonceenjoy.com is proud to announce to the purchase of new domains.  We have recently purchased the liveonceenjoy.org, liveonceenjoy.net and liveonceenjoy.info domains in addition to finally getting around to renewing the liveonceenjoy.com domain.  Be on the lookout for new and exciting things to happen over Q1-2014.  We will be implementing a new backend management system which will allow all parts of the website to be unified into a single system.  This means more updates, articles and easier access for management while us administrators are out at events and such.

Facebook connectivity will also be included which should allow users to login using their facebook credentials and link right up to the site.  2014 should be a fun and exciting year for us here at Liveonceenjoy.com .  Please join us in the fun and show your support.  Contributors are always welcome.  We will be looking at separating out recipes and diet things into their own categories.


12'-13' Local Ski Locations and Changes (Lehigh Valley)

- Posted by Kevin - Posted on 11/30/12 07:10AM

With the 2012-2013 Ski and Snowboarding season rolling in, it is time for our annual pre-season 'where to' ski report.  I will discuss the best and most convenient locations available within Eastern Pennsylvania and Western New Jersey.  All slopes should be within a two hour drive of the Lehigh Valley and are listed in non ranking order.

ImageLocated in Palmerton, PA, Blue Mountain Ski area is one of the most convenient and offers up some of the best skiing in Eastern PA.  The mountain is home to more trails than any other in the state with 39 and also hosts the highest vertical drop in the state of 1,082 ft.  Blue offers night skiing and daily discounts on lift tickets and membership programs.  Your average lift ticket will cost you $35-$50 dollars.  New this year: Remodeled Summit Lodge upstairs Vista, added Magic Carpet Lift to ski school and revamping beginner lesson options. Website: www.skibluemt.com

In the Pocono Mountain region of PA, located in Blakeslee, Jack Frost/Big Boulder is one of my personal favorites to ski or board.  Offering two separate but together mountains, Jack Frost has some of the best day skiing and provides you with many off trail shortcuts that are dangerous enough to have some fun but not so dangerous they need to keep people off of them.  On the Big Boulder side of the mountain, they are wired for night skiing and are hosts to many snowboard and trick ski competitions throughout the winter.  There is often times a radio station and great live music is scheduled throughout the season in one of their couple of lounges.  Between the two mountains there are 40 trails but the highest vertical drop is only 600 ft.  They are usually the first mountain open and the last to close and your lift tickets will cost you between $30-$55.  Website: www.jfbb.com

Bear Creek is one of the smaller mountains located on this list but is very convenient to get to as it is right off rt.78 in Macungie, PA.  Hosting at most 17 trails and a peak vertical drop of 510 ft, this mountain is more of a family oriented resort with a couple of bunny trails for beginners and the rest of the trails ranging from easy to mid level in difficulty.  Website: www.skibearcreek.com

Viewable from the highway along rt 80 in Tannersville, PA, Camelback Ski Area is extremely accessible for patrons from NY, NJ or PA.  With 33 trails and over 800 ft of vertical drop opportunity, there is plenty of area to ski on this mountain.  I find the mountain to be very crowded and oversold whenever they have the chance and the ski patrol does not allow off trail skiing. Ticket prices are average but good deals can be found as they often work with the local restaurants to ffer coupons. Website: www.skicamelback.com

Our only mountain on this list located in New Jersey, Vernon, Mountain Creek is home to over 45 trails though more than 40 are very rarely ever open.  This ski resort was formerly known as Vernon Valley/Great Gorge and was bought and renamed to Mountain Creek in the Late 90's. With a vertical drop of 1,040 ft there is plenty of mountain to see and speed to obtain.  Once again, this resort is often very crowded and difficult to enjoy the skiing if there during peak times.  Being the closest mountain for the New Jersey residents out there, it is really quite a nice a dominant resort for the state.  Website: www.mountaincreek.com

Those are the five most recommendable ski resorts for this area.  I have skied all of them and have worked at a couple in the past as well as an instructor.  Get out there and enjoy the shortening ski season.

-Kevin


2011 Wrap-up – Goals, Recap and more...

- Posted by Kevin - Posted on 01/06/12 08:51AM

At the start of 2011, I set aside a few goals for myself as I always do when it comes to my outdoor activities.  These goals are typically very achievable for me but each year gets a little stronger and more aggressive.

My cycling goals in 2011 were reach 2,000 miles which I did reach off the books and about 1800+ miles recorded in the database.  I don’t typically record my rides below 10 miles and they do add up.  For 2012 I will be recording everything I can remember to.  I also wanted to ride in 3 Charity rides which I did not think I was going to accomplish until the Pat Ytzma Memorial ride was organized just before the Holidays.  The first two rides were the Tour de Cure for Diabetes, which took place in early June and the Central Bucks County Cycling Clubs – Covered Bridge Ride which happened in October.  I did the longest route at each of these rides which were both just over a metric century and both to be considered somewhat hilly.

In addition to my mileage and event goals, I had set out to lead and participate in as many group rides as possible.  This Spring/Summer/Fall I was fortunate enough to lead the Wednesday night bike rides through our local club.  Every Wednesday, I led anywhere from 2 to 10 other riders around North Bethlehem for 25 to 30 miles of beautiful country and some local crowded riding.

As a bonus to the goals I did set and achieve, I also was lucky enough to be involved or responsible for helping two of my favorite riding partners get new bikes.  Both, very serious upgrades what they were previously riding and both seemed to have the best rides ever once receiving them.  These things will only make 2012 more exciting.

Returning to Seneca rocks was accomplished on my birthday weekend thank you to my family and friends.  A couple of hikes up the mountain, a few small bike rides around the town, a party at the climbing school, some climbing in extreme heat and lots of camping and time with people who all had a lot of fun.

In regards to my kayaking in two thousand and eleven, I took an ALL day trip down the Delaware in my Flex Vertex stubby.  This trip was with a group of friends which I consider my own family.  Pete, John, Jon, and I started the trip just north of the Del. Water Gap and paddled for about 5 or 6 hours until just south of Belvedere, NJ.  Other than this trip, I was limited to a few small runs in the local canal and Lehigh River.

All of my skiing for 2011 was accomplished from Jan 3rd to late March where I spent about a dozen local ski trips up at Blue Mountain.  There was not as much skiing as I would hope, but considering my cycling season lasted the entire year, I couldn’t complain much.

My hiking and backpacking was also not as frequent as I would have hoped for at the start of the year.  However, aside from a couple days at Seneca Rocks, I did make it out to Glen Onoko on a few occasions, Jacobsburg for some Hiking and Mountain Biking and Dingmans falls in November for Chris’ birthday.  I visited the Hickory State Park and its Boulder Field on a couple of occasions, including a hike with my mom on Mother’s Day.

All in all, it was still a fairly active year for me and I did meet almost all of my goals except for the racing goals that I had set for myself at the beginning of the year.  These moments of year end reflection really do give you a bright opportunity to see just what you’ve been up to for the past 12 months.  Now it’s time to move on to my 2012 goals.  Happy New Years, Live Once readers and inspire yourself to be even better in the next 12 months.