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Poster: A snowHead
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).
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name.
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.
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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.
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
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: 35
@Toadman, Maybe I should have written "series weather"...
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Fri 10-11-17 19:01
Replies: 35
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.
You know it makes sense.
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.
Poster: A snowHead
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
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name.
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?
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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?
Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Mon 13-02-17 17:45
Replies: 30
@essex, Try duct-taping your glass to your other hand?
Poster: A snowHead
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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Fri 23-12-16 15:39
Replies: 2395
Strong stuff!: "The real problem comes from the British Association of Ski Instructors (BASI), which has never defended its qualified members, either due to their incompetence or to their collusion with the French authorities in the limited interest of certain individuals. The “Eurotest” is not an obligation!!! These judgements prove that the Directive applies in full and that mutual recognition of qualifications is absolutely compulsory, in the absence of demonstration of the existence of a substantial difference, or otherwise, if professional experience compensates the demonstrated difference. The judgements also confirm that the added value of the MoU and the Delegated Act in preparation can seriously be questioned: the Commission must simply insist and even demand that the Directives should be enforced by the Member States. British BASI 2’s, BASI 3’s and BASI 4’s can work without the “Eurotest”. This question should have been dealt with at the EU level for many years if BASI had defended British ski instructors and had not accepted arrangements committed in violation of the law."
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Thu 22-12-16 14:17
Replies: 8
I'd suggest watching the Olympics in Korea, then hopping across to Japan for the skiing.
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Sat 10-12-16 22:49
Replies: 13
t44tomo, i think the hill down from Fitzwilliam to St John's would make an excellent run, especially with the built in fun funnel of Magdalene Bridge. It's the ONLY bloody hill in Cambridge and I had to cycle UP it every day for 3 years to get to work.
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Sat 3-12-16 18:28
Replies: 7
Apparently one death already in Whistler: a snowboarder went beyond the edge of a marked trail (but, as I understand it still within the ski area: I'm not sure if it was marked as out of bounds, though) and fell into the recent unconsolidated new snow and was buried. Be careful in early season conditions.
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Tue 15-11-16 14:42
Replies: 5
Anything less than 11 days you get one day off. Then it's 11 out of 13 (2 days off). Tonight is 15th of November (!) but it's still when the discounts apply. In the past they have extended the discount deadline, but it's best not to bank on that. The % of the discount/day gets larger the more days/ticket you buy. - It's cheaper for Mrs A and myself to buy 2x 11day tickets and leave a couple of days unused, than one 11 day ticket for me and a 2-day plus a 7day ticket for her (she likes her recovery breaks).
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Fri 28-10-16 17:13
Replies: 56
@Harry Flashman, Winter Park is part of the Intrawest stable. Looks like Vail Resorts are really tightening their glove around Colorado: expect to see the lift pass prices rocket :cry:
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Tue 25-10-16 17:51
Replies: 56
@Harry Flashman, I've been to Winter Park a few times on business trips at that time of the year (since it's pretty close to Denver) and I've never been disappointed. Excellent if you like bumps, but plenty of terrain choices. Well worth a visit, especially if they've restarted the snow train.
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Fri 21-10-16 17:15
Replies: 53
More coming this weekend, by the sound of it.
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Sun 16-10-16 17:23
Replies: 16
@k_slatch, Definitely see a physio. I badly sprained my ankle playing rugby, when I was a student. I couldn't walk on it for the first couple of days. After the initial rest-ice-compression-elevation period (a few days) I got physio on it (ultrasound, if I recall correctly.....it's a long time since I was a student) and my physio recommended a regime of alternate baths (i.e. fill a bucket with hot water and another with iced water: immerse your foot and ankle in the hot water for as long as you can take it (- about 5 minutes: the hot water should be as hot as you can stand - but not scalding!) then transfer your foot to the other bucket. Continue for about half an hour. This worked pretty well. Try and keep the ankle mobile, without any high impact activity - I was told that cycling was good (which was just as well, since it was the only means of transport I had at the time). I was fine again in about a month (my physio was a VERY scary man, who had no time for people who skimped on their rehab: I certainly remember that one one occasion when he was confronted by a patient who he thought wasn't working hard enough on his recovery, he (the physio) dropped his trousers to display a series of scars across his thighs and declaimed "that was a Japanese machine-gun in 1944....they told me I'd never walk again" - very motivational). I should note that this was all about 40 years ago.................it's quite possible that medical technology has moved on. I should also note that the physio was a private practitioner: my doctor recommended that - if this thing was likely to happen to me often (a very percipient man, my GP) that student membership of BUPA was (i) cheap and (ii) covered all the physio costs so long as I was referred by a doctor. I certainly wouldn't have got the frequency or quality of treatment on the NHS then, and I doubt if it would be available now. (I don't know how much BUPA membership is for students, nowadays, either - back in the 1970s it was a really good deal). On the positive side, since you're obviously young and committed to getting fully fit in the shortest possible time, you should expect to fully recover quite quickly. Just don't try and do too much before you're ready: pain is nature's way of telling you when to take it easy, sometimes.
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Thu 1-09-16 13:39
Replies: 5
It's a short walk from Blackcomb to the Village. Personally I prefer to stay at Blackcomb base.
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