Privacy Policy

Effective January 1, 2009

Our postal address is:

Ultraskier
7193 Yosemite Park Way
Yosemite National Park, CA, 95389

We can be reached via e-mail through our contact form or by telephone at (209) 379-5242

The simple straight dope version created by Tom

We collect only what we need, we use it only as you ask and we do not spam you, send you unsolicited messages, sell, rent, lease or lend your information to anyone. We share only the information that you choose to put in your public profile. If you don't want to share it, don't add it to your profile.

Unregistered users must leave an email address to if they wish to add a comment. That address is never shown publicly and is used to keep spammers at bay and, if the spirit moves us, to drop you a personal, hand-crafted, unique note of thanks for taking part. You will not get a form letter, a spam mail or an advertisement. Nor will you get a coupon to a free lift ticket or $100 off on a pair of skis.

If we decide in the future to offer a new service, such as a monthly newsletter, you will be notified and you will have to opt in to new services. If you do nothing, you will get no communication other than the notification. We do not anticipate any new services, but if we can get super organized and get off our butts, we might like to start said newsletter. Don't hold your breath though.

In order to comply with child privacy laws, we do not allow children under 13 years of age to register on this site. Sorry, but that's the nasty world we're in.

Advertisements, your privacy and our money.

We reserve the right to put advertising on this site at our discretion. If you click on an advertisement and some product links, a tracking cookie is set that tells the merchant which site you came from. Beyond the fact that some anonymous person clicked on some ad, no information is sent back to us. We are typically paid in one of two ways when you respond to an ad or product link on this site. First, we may receive a payment for the very fact that you clicked on an ad, this is known as Pay Per Click advertisement. The most famous example are Google ads. Please note that Google may use various means of tracking your browsing (cookies, Google toolbars and other such means) on this site and pretty much anywhere on the web and use that information to serve up customized ads based on your browsing habits. In other cases, we get nothing for the click, but get a commission if you purchase. This is known by various names, but most commonly as an affiliate relationship. The merchant typically pays 5% to 8% commission. The most famous example of this is the Amazon.com affiliate system. What information you give the merchant once you arrive on their site is between you and the merchant and subject to their privacy policy.

This costs you nothing and sometimes we even get special coupons that save you money. In return, we might earn a few dollars, which is much appreciated. If you don't like us and don't want us to get money from this, simply type the address into your browser manually and we will not get credit.

The merchants we recommend are the ones that we do business with ourselves when we have extra cash and sincerely hope that you don't begrudge us our commission. If you click on an ad on this site, a tracking cookie will let the merchant know that you came from this site. This information only counts clicks from our site to their site and provides us with no information as to your identity. Obviously, if you buy a product from the merchant and provide a credit card and shipping address, they have that information, but we never have any such information (except what you put in your profile). That transaction is between you and the merchant, as are any problems. Suffice it to say, we appreciate it if you allow these cookies. Email us if you have any concerns.

Please note: this is the same setup as on almost every review site (digital photography sites, laptop reviews, etc) and information site you find on the web. If someone recommends a product or otherwise lists it, in 99% of the cases, they are getting a commission in this way.

The lawyerly version that I don't understand either

(created with an online privacy policy generator and edited somewhat
from the unreadable prose left behind by that monstrous judicial robot)

We do not automatically collect any personally identifiable information about our visitors. For the purposes of improving our site, we collect aggregate data concerning our users browsers, the number of visitors to each page and similar broad statistics.

Unregistered visitors who comment must leave their email address. This address is never displayed publicly and is never added to any mailing lists. It is only used to respond to the comment for which the visitor left the address and to help prevent and manage spam.

We use cookies to track logins. If you want to block cookies, you will be able to use all public functions of the site. If you want to log in and manage your profile and such, you will need to allow cookies.

If you click on an ad on this site, a tracking cookie will let the merchant know that you came from this site. This information only counts clicks from our site to their site and provides us with no information as to your identity. Obviously, if you buy a product from the merchant and provide a credit card, they have that information, but we never have any such information. That transaction is between you and the merchant, as are any problems. We use the tracking cookie because the merchant typically pays us a percentage in event of a sale, commonly 5% to 8% of what you purchase in the case of outdoor gear. Suffice it to say, we appreciate it if you allow these cookies. Email us if you have any concerns.

If you do not want to receive e-mail from us in the future, please let us know by sending us e-mail at the above address.

If you supply us with your postal address on-line you will only receive the information for which you provided us your address.

Persons who supply us with their telephone numbers on-line will only receive telephone contact from us with information regarding the reason for which they provided the phone number in the first place. The number will not be sold, given away or placed on any sort of call list.

Upon request we provide site visitors with access to all information [including proprietary information] that we maintain about them. Visitors can access this information by e-mail us at the above address or simply visiting their user profile page.

Visitors can have this information corrected by, again, sending us e-mail at the above address or by visiting their user profile page.

If you feel that this site is not following its stated information policy, you may contact us at the above addresses or phone number or denounce us to any and all regulatory agencies.