For sure go with the Canon Powershot 200. that's the one i have you can take 15 second movies w/ sound, it's 2.1 megapixel and you can buy an underwater casing for it, which is good for skiing. I sell cameras and thats the one thta i sell most of, you get awesome pics from it and it's really really small so it fits well into a pocket. They run about 599$
Eeeek!! My icon makes me look like my face is a big fat circle!
My theory on dogs:
If you can kick it across the room. It's not a dog!!