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Poster: A snowHead
Fri 6-04-18 13:41
Replies: 24
Prince Hubertus von Thingummybob represented Mexico in 6 Olympics and 17 World championships, with little distinction but enormous panache. - Probably helps to make the standard if you're independently wealthy minor royalty, though.
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Thu 22-03-18 16:18
Replies: 40
There are other creeping signs of Vailification as well. Typically, widening of groomed trails at the expense of the ungroomed areas (e.g. on 7th Heaven). Snow has finally returned with 6cm overnight and another 15-ish expected today and tonight......Lifts open in 15 minutes :D
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Sun 18-03-18 15:30
Replies: 40
It's March, but so far definitely not "spring skiing". Arrived Thursday night, and on Friday morning I was contemplating the mantra "I hate Whistler: it's too crowded and it always rains" :roll: For why? - Bluebird day, practically private trails, skied onto every lift. Snow in great condition from top to bottom, although nothing new until the forecasted 10-15cm arrives (fingers crossed) in a few days time. A great couple of days of fast piste skiing, though, with an excursion into the glacier for some soft (but a tad heavy) snow, and no sign of an untimely thaw in the pipeline, just yet. :sH: The crowds tuned up in full leprechaun gear for Paddy's day, but should drop off again this afternoon.
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Tue 13-03-18 18:12
Replies: 35
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Mon 12-03-18 14:30
Replies: 78
@welshskier, I offered to open and hold it upside down over my head Then it would have been classed as a gel, and confiscated
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Mon 12-03-18 14:27
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@sugarmoma666, It's certainly feasible thanks to the efficient Japanese rail system, and some years ago I spent a couple of days in Yuzawa at the end of a business trip. You can't expect Hokkaido-like powder in the Japanese Alps, and if it snows it can be pretty wet. There are a number of ski areas around Yuzawa, so you don't have to be limited to just the one (which are typically lift-rich, but piste-poor - in number, that is). Also, it might be pretty busy at a weekend, since it's one of the most convenient destinations from Tokyo.
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Fri 23-02-18 19:11
Replies: 8
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Fri 23-02-18 19:05
Replies: 8
Like anywhere, conditions vary from year to year. I've usually been in Whistler in the last half of March, sometimes stretching into the first week of April, and even in a bad year, when there's been no snow on the lower mountain, there's always been enough at the top. Lower down you'll get "spring conditions" (but there's a LOT of upper mountain :D ) This year, temperatures are low, and the snow should hold up well through April. Next year? Who knows. (but what@philwig, says is on the button).
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Mon 19-02-18 15:04
Replies: 48
Feck curling is the crack cocaine of late night wintersports viewing - and not just for the spectators by all accounts!
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Mon 19-02-18 15:02
Replies: 38
Not only is she a darksider, but she won with a pair of skis that she borrowed from Shiffrin :shock: The race is on the BBC iPLayer BTW.
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Thu 11-01-18 16:53
Replies: 39
What's wrong with grubbiness? Don't you want that 51-weeks-a-year-global-ski-bum look? I bet you've got a helmet with forward and backward-looking Go-Pros. Go on, admit it.
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Thu 11-01-18 16:13
Replies: 42
Black squirrels used to be all over the place when I lived in Toronto (and I assume they still are), and are definitely variants of the North American grey squirrel (like @geepee's imported ones).
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Tue 9-01-18 19:03
Replies: 11
A couple of days at Panorama is certainly worthwhile, especially in the context of a 14-day trip. I've done this a couple of times, and like @gryphea, I rather like it. It has a lot of vertical, and some good inbounds off-piste in Taynton Bowl.
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Mon 8-01-18 19:17
Replies: 11
I've done this using buses, but I have to say that this was using some time ago, and I used a TO to arrange the trip. You might try seeing if Ski Independence could organise something for you: they're pretty good at putting together custom packages.
Poster: A snowHead
Mon 8-01-18 19:13
Replies: 24
Hmm. Interesting editorial in the latest edition of the Whistler local newspaper about the problems with car rental companies failure to guarantee winter tyres: https://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/whistler/time-to-get-a-grip/Content?oid=6379836 May be not unconnected with a recent fatal RTC on the Sea-to-Sky. Whenever I've been to Banff I've relied on the bus. A very stress-free way of getting around and as @Orange200 points out, very comfortable.
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Wed 3-01-18 18:52
Replies: 24
I’ve had rain on the mountain at Whistler and it didn't put me off. I like Banff too, but Whistler provides everything in one place.
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Fri 8-12-17 19:46
Replies: 97
12 runs... well heli operators wax boards/ skis every day, and in the depths of winter you may be hitting around 12 runs a day. I think it would be unwise to assume they're wasting time and money there. They're certainly not wasting money, they're investing it. Heli operators predominantly serve clients who are prepared to shell out big bucks for the experience, and the heli operators want them to come back. They'd be daft not to provide a gold star ski waxing service.
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Mon 4-12-17 16:53
Replies: 75
It's even questionable whether Bach actually wrote the Toccata & Fugue in D minor. There's a school of thought that it was Buxtehude.
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Fri 17-11-17 15:08
Replies: 22
@Snowsartre, Rather than going into the US, with its attendant hassles, why not stay in Canada and try out Mount Washington - the "unknown" ski hill on Vancouver island. Take the ferry from Vancouver across to Nanaimo and it's about a 150 k drive. A real hidden gem.
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Sun 12-11-17 16:35
Replies: 40
@Toadman, Maybe I should have written "series weather"...
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Fri 10-11-17 19:01
Replies: 40
Looks like some serious weather is heading in for the forthcoming week: It'll be interesting to hear from the folks on the ground whether the eventuality matches the expectation.
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Tue 19-09-17 16:38
Replies: 24
I like Banff, although it's quite a few years since I last went. Another day trip is Nakiska - It's not as far as Kicking Horse by bus, and it's quite a nice hill. I also like Norquay: it's a good place to go on a Saturday, when most of Calgary descends on Sunshine & Lake Louise; it's a Banff locals family day. Although small in area, there is some seriously steep skiing of the North American chair, if you like that kind of stuff.
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Tue 12-09-17 17:34
Replies: 32
@TommyJ, We've done all these options, over the years. If you do the BA from Leeds to catch the AC flight, you won't be able to check your bags all the way through to Calgary, but you'll have to collect them at LHR and then lug them across to whichever terminal AC now fly from to re-check them in (used to be T4, I think). This is a right royal PITA. (You'll be able to check them right through to LBA on the way home though). How late is "Late" in Calgary? The transfer from Calgary to Banff isn't too painful - I've never had to miss a day by including a local airport hotel after arrival in Canada. If you go KLM via Amsterdam, the 4 hour transfer is OK. Schiphol is a MUCH nicer airport than Heathrow (try and bag one of the lounger type seats when you get there and you can put your feet up and relax). Longhaul economy is painful in every airline. @Ozboy, I don't think any US airlines fly from Leeds (thank God, since they're universally awful).
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Tue 15-08-17 17:21
Replies: 41
Thing is the skis were bought 9 months ago and have less than three weeks on the clock also they are about 600 quids worth Should now read ...........................they WERE about 600 quids worth.
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Mon 8-05-17 15:27
Replies: 36
@philwig, wrote: "Deer Valley Skier" is a term of abuse ....but somewhat unjustifiably so (but only somewhat). There ARE steeper and ungroomed parts of Deer Valley. In fact it has some really quite interesting terrain, and the good thing about the majority of "Deer Valley Skiers" is that they stay on the groomers, which means the good stuff tends to hold good snow for quite a time after a dump. (And it IS expensive).
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Thu 4-05-17 20:29
Replies: 21
You know it makes sense.
Fri 28-04-17 17:47
Replies: 92
Better shocked than socked.
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Thu 27-04-17 14:36
Replies: 92
@wot?, First post a flame. Are you Whitegold or Stanton in disguise?
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 26-04-17 16:50
Replies: 92
I was shocked to read about the Epicski shutdown. I found it early in its life as I was just getting into skiing, and thought it was a great resource, and it was a post on Epic that brought me to Snowheads. I disengaged from Epic soon after it became a corporate site, but still occasionally looked up technical stuff there. There were some really interesting discussions between the instructors on the forum. It looks like they got hit by a perfect storm of an unsuitable platform and ownership by a corporate giant.
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Mon 24-04-17 11:47
Replies: 44
@ulmerhutte, I've seen him too in St Anton, people were stopping and laughing at him, especially kids - looked a complete plonker! Sounds like the Euro version of the GSA (https://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php/239662-The-Gaper-Spirit-Animal)
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Mon 20-03-17 4:21
Replies: 53
@stuarth, It was, wasn't it. And Sunday has been pretty good also, with clear skies and sunshine.
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Sat 18-03-17 15:57
Replies: 97
A good day yesterday: updated in the Snow Reports thread.
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Sat 18-03-17 15:55
Replies: 53
A good first day yesterday, with excellent conditions and visibility. The snow held up right down to the base, only becoming slushy (but eminently skiable) on the lower pitches. Hero snow in the Blackcomb Glacier. 25 centimetres overnight: it was snowing in the village. While that sounds good, I'm not optimistic about the top lifts opening very quickly, and if they do, the visibility could be dreadful. I'm contemplating large Saturday crowds all squashed into mid-mountain.
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Wed 15-03-17 17:52
Replies: 97
Going out tomorrow. Wooooooooohooooooooo!
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Tue 14-03-17 14:47
Replies: 26
@Orange200, Mid March will be fine. It warms up a lot by then.
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Tue 28-02-17 20:29
Replies: 97
@Rois1980, I'm not venturing off piste so that doesn't worry me. Being able to venture off-piste in safety is part of the point of going transatlantic! @geetee, Are you in Whistler again this March?
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Tue 14-02-17 14:10
Replies: 30
@Bones, Camelback full of beer?
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Mon 13-02-17 17:45
Replies: 30
@essex, Try duct-taping your glass to your other hand?
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Sat 11-02-17 23:10
Replies: 10
And for those who can't watch them live ('cos they're at work) they're also on the BBC iPlayer on Ski Sunday Extra.
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Tue 7-02-17 16:58
Replies: 85
@WindOfChange, I live in hope that my high jinx will one day come to haunt me, and I will hear the words "Please come the booth" followed the the snap of a latex glove being donned. FIFY
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