Tuesday, December 6, 2016

How Snowboarding Improves the Body

Apart from being the owner of the Tsaina Lodge in Valdez, Alaska, Jeffery Scott Fraser is also invested in a new company called Job Pose, which is geared toward creating innovative methods to match employers and job seekers. When he is not working, Jeffery S. Fraser spends his time snowboarding.

Snowboarding is one of the latest fitness trends among groups of friends. It helps them keep the motivation to stay fit during the winter season, while also creating a fun way to spend time together. 

Snowboarding inevitably strengthens the legs and abdominal muscles, which improves the body’s core balance. It also provides a good cardiovascular workout. Yet another health benefit, snowboarding can aid in weight loss by burning up to 480 calories per hour.

Those who are interested in learning the basic skills can sign up for snowboarding camps and workshops before attempting to go down the slopes. Not only will they learn the basic moves, and other skills like jumping and twisting in mid-air, they will also meet like-minded people they can connect with.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Choosing the Right Snowboard

The owner of Alaska’s Tsaina Lodge and an investor in Job Pose, Jeffery Scott Fraser spent more than two decades as a business executive. The former CEO of NIC Inc., he founded the group of companies shortly after receiving his master’s degree and oversaw their operations until his retirement in 2008. In his free time, Jeffery S. Fraser enjoys snowboarding.

The first step to finding the right snowboard is to consider the type of riding you intend to do. Most snowboards are separated into categories based on how they are best used. If you plan on doing tricks on the slopes, a freestyle board may be best. On the other hand, if you prefer stability and control when moving down the mountain, you might prefer an all-mountain board.

Once you know the type of snowboard you want, you can start thinking about flex and shape. The flexibility of a board affects how it moves: stiffer boards allow for faster reactions, but are less forgiving during off-balance turns or landings. Boards are also affected by their shape. Traditionally, snowboards all had the same camber, but now you can choose between rocker, flat, hybrid, and camber boards depending on whether you want better control, stability, or grip.

Finally, you need to determine the board’s length, width, and weight recommendations. Most boards can accommodate specific weight ranges. When considering length, the board should reach roughly from your chin to your nose when standing on its edge. Width is normally determined by your foot size; if you have larger feet, you will want a wider board.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Top Fishing Spots in Wyoming

Entrepreneur and executive Jeffery Scott Fraser divides his time between Alaska and Wyoming, overseeing operations at the historic Tsaina Lodge and serving as an investor in Job Pose. Outside of work, Jeffery S. Fraser enjoys a wide range of hobbies, such as fishing.

Thanks to its plentiful rivers, streams, and lakes, Wyoming is a great state for fishing. Anglers can find everything from crappie and bass to trout, but identifying the best fishing spots can be a challenge. Following are just a few of Wyoming’s best fishing areas.

Bighorn Lake: Located in Kane, Bighorn Lake covers 5,500 acres. Fishers can enjoy more than 50 miles of accessible shoreline or get out on the water in a boat. While the lake is perhaps best known as a bass fishing spot, it is also home to plenty of trout, catfish, and walleye.

Guernsey Reservoir: A popular spot for bass, crappie, and panfish, Guernsey Reservoir was created by the North Platte River dam in eastern Wyoming. It covers 2,400 acres and is known for having aggressive fish.

Flaming Gorge Reservoir: Teeming with bass, trout, and salmon, Flaming Gorge Reservoir is located near Green River in the southern part of Wyoming. Many record-setting catches have taken place here.

Boysen Reservoir: Home to the state record for black crappie, Boysen Reservoir is a great spot for trout, panfish, and crappie. The lake covers over 19,000 acres in central Wyoming and is located in Boysen State Park.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Four of the Highest Rated Airlines in North America

Jeffery Scott Fraser formerly served as the CEO for NIC, a Kansas-based firm that utilized internet applications to assist corporations and individuals in doing business with government departments. A retired executive since 2008, Jeffery Fraser enjoys traveling, and divides much of his time between Alaska and Wyoming. Travelers like Fraser will receive the opportunity to fly through a number of different airlines, although the following list includes some of the highest-rated in North America. 

1. Virgin America: Named one of the best airlines to travel with in 2016, Virgin America received top marks for its lower fees, friendly service, and overall airline experience. It also received recognition for its roomier-than-average seats, which make it one of the most comfortable airline options for flying coach. The carriage also features mood lighting and digital screens on the back of each seat. 

2. JetBlue: Featuring in-flight TV services, snacks, and reasonable prices, JetBlue received a four-out-of-five stars rating from Skytrax, and possesses one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). It also launched an improved WiFi system known as Fly-Fi in 2015, and offers complimentary basic WiFi. Furthermore, it remains the only airline to promise not to overbook flights. 

3. Southwest Airlines: Southwest Airlines falls below average for on-time flight performance, yet manages to maintain a committed following, due to its numerous flier benefits and lower fees. Fliers may check in up to two bags at no additional cost and in-flight services include complimentary snacks and an entertainment system that can link to mobile devices such as iPhones and tablets. Additionally, the airline offers low-cost priority check-ins. 

4. Alaska Airlines: Alaska Airlines earned a score of 77 with the ASCI and became a preferred airline of the Wall Street Journal in 2016, due to its low costs and big ambitions. Its fleet consists of 144 planes, and its current expansion project involves acquiring Virgin America. Additionally, Alaska Airlines possesses the lowest number of complaints with the Department of Transportation and features the lowest fees for checked-in bags.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Classes of Rock Climbing Difficulty

With considerable experience, including at Foot Locker, Webber Real Estate, and AT&T, Dr. Jeffery Scott Fraser functioned for several years as the CEO of NIC Inc. in Olathe, Kansas. He now splits his time between Wyoming and Alaska, where he owns and operates the Tsaina Lodge. An outdoorsman, Dr. Jeffery S. Fraser spends his spare time on activities that include paragliding and rock climbing.

Rock climbing can be categorized as a sport or hobby in which athletes scale indoor or outdoor rock formations. Outdoor events typically take place on natural rock formations while indoor events feature artificial walls. Rock climbing includes a variety of styles, such as bouldering and top roping, and utilizes the Yosemite Decimal System (YDS) to assess the difficulty of climbs.

The YDS consists of five classes, with the fifth class being applicable to rock climbing. The other classes measure other outdoor formations such as trails or bike paths. The fifth class of the system ranges from a 5.0 to 5.13, with the lower number indicating an easier climb. A 5.13 rating represents an extreme level of difficulty, as it reflects a smooth-as-glass rock wall with overhanging rock formations. Alternatively, rock formations at the lower ends of the scale generally include a large number of footholds for both hands and feet.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Alaskan Adventures at the Tsaina Lodge

Experienced businessman and entrepreneur Dr. Jeffery Scott Fraser operated for nearly two decades as the CEO of NIC Inc. Dividing his time between Wyoming and Alaska Dr. Jeffery S. Fraser now focuses on restoring the historic Tsaina Lodge with his wife.

Located on Thompson Pass in Valdez, Alaska, the Tsaina Lodge is a contemporary resort and lodge that features 24 guest rooms. In addition to being nestled amongst a wild but pristine Alaskan setting, the lodge itself boasts locally sourced fine dining, spa and fitness rooms, reading rooms, and other comforts. Guests can also participate in a variety of custom excursions that are easily accessible via the onsite helipad.

Guest activities at the Tsaina Lodge include guided and unguided excursions. Guided activities, which include equipment and instruction, take advantage of Alaska’s rivers, mountains, and glaciers. Some examples include mountain biking, rafting, fishing, and glacier trekking. Unguided activities occur around the lodge itself and include yoga, cooking, and trail hiking. For additional information, visit www.tsainalodge.com.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Four of the Highest Rated Airports in the United States


A retired entrepreneur with more than 20 years of executive experience, Jeffery Scott Fraser launched several successful startups over the course of his career. Jeffery Fraser spends his retirement traveling between Wyoming and Alaska, where he operates the historic Tsaina Lodge.

Frequent travelers often visit many different airports, leading to some of the best and worst airport experiences. The following list includes some of the highest-rated US airports to fly in or visit.

1. Tampa International Airport (TPA): innovative and convenient, the Tampa International Airport was designed over 50 years ago and still maintains its sense of panache and charm. It features a series of shuttles that transport people between the central terminal and its various satellites, a unique service at the time it opened. Its proximity to downtown also makes it a highly-rated airport.

2. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS): rated among the top five airports for leisure and travel, Austin-Bergstrom International offers exceptional dining locations and six live music venues for travelers and locals alike.

3. Nashville International Airport (BNA): Nashville International serves as a cultural hub with live music by local performers and rotating mixed-media art exhibits. Its small size makes it quick and easy to navigate, and it offers an old-country charm in design. Additionally, it has one of the lowest rates of delay among US airports.

4. Indianapolis International Airport (IND): efficiency meets Midwestern charm at the Indianapolis International Airport, which features the circular Civic Plaza at its center. It also possesses a security checkpoint system designed to help passengers breeze through procedures set by the Transportation Security Administration. Additionally, concourses offer a range of favorite eateries.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Heli-Fishing Offers a Unique Fishing Experience

A retired executive with more than two decades of managerial experience, Jeffery Scott Fraser sponsored a number of new business enterprises over the course of his career. Jeffery Fraser spends part of his time managing Tsaina Lodge in Valdez, Alaska, which offers a wide variety of adventures into the Alaskan wilderness. Guided activities include heli-fishing, a sport that provides anglers with the opportunity to ride in a helicopter as they travel to remote fishing locations.

Heli-fishing offers an experience unlike most fishing expeditions. Helicopters take anglers to remote and untouched regions of the Alaskan wilderness while delivering a bird’s-eye view of the country’s lush landscape. It thus enables anglers to fish in areas inaccessible by boat and too far to trek to on foot.

For detailed information about heli-fishing opportunities at Tsaina Lodge, visit tsainalodge.com/activities.html.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Pacific Halibut

Jeffery S. Fraser is a retired executive who divides his time between Wyoming and Alaska, where he manages Tsaina Lodge in Valdez. Since he retired, Jeffery Fraser has picked up a number of hobbies, such as fishing. Alaskan waters are home to a vast number of fish species, including the Pacific halibut.

A large flatfish up to 9 feet in length and weighing approximately 500 pounds, the Pacific halibut resides along the continental shelf from Northern California to the Bering Sea in Alaska. It has a diamond-shaped body and may live for up to 55 years.

The Pacific halibut is a migratory species. The fish travel great lengths to reproduce, and females can spawn anywhere between 500,000 and 4 million eggs depending upon size. Their annual migrations take them back and forth between their shallow summer feeding waters and the deeper winter waters where they lay their eggs. Halibut larvae begin their lives upright with eyes on either side of their head, although the left eye begins to migrate to the right side when the fish reaches about an inch in length.

Pacific halibut serve as a major sport fish in Alaska, along with salmon. Anglers may engage in guided and unguided sport fishing for halibut, although they must remain in compliance with fishing regulations set forth by the International Pacific Halibut Commission and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council each year. Fishing regulations determine the number of halibut anglers may harvest in order to keep populations healthy.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Thompson Pass - Destination for Generations of Sports Enthusiasts

Since their purchase in 2011, Jeffery S. Fraser and his wife have enjoyed rebuilding a luxury winter sports lodge in the spirit of the historic Tsaina Lodge near Valdez, Alaska. The old Tsaina Lodge had served as a popular low-key roadhouse for generations of sportsmen. Jeffery Fraser and his wife preserved as many components of the historic structure as possible, incorporating them into an upscale, contemporary Tsaina Lodge designed to welcome today’s adventure travelers.

The lodge is situated in an avalanche-safe area in the north shadow of Thompson Pass, the snowiest location in the state. On average, more than 550 feet of snow falls in the pass annually.

Thompson Pass is also the gathering point each spring for many of the world’s most accomplished and daring helicopter pilots, skiers, snowboarders, and other lovers of extreme winter sports. The 2,800-foot-high pass serves as their only land entree to the rugged glories of the Chugach Mountains beyond.

For generations, Thompson Pass has drawn legions of anglers to the lakes, rivers, and streams that crisscross the lands around it. The Tsaina River is particularly known for its wild rapids.

In 1899, Army Captain William Abercrombie named the area in honor of Frank Thomson, a native of Pennsylvania. While Thomson spelled his name without a “p,” Abercrombie’s map gave it the added letter, and this is the spelling currently in use by the United States Geological Survey. The pass had already been long known to the native Ahtna people.