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Poster: A snowHead
Tue 16-01-18 12:57
Replies: 2698
Conditions today meen most of the lfts are shut, Trains currently running to Kleine Scheidegg, Bumps and Inner Wengen lifts open, First area shut except for the little Bodmi Drag at the bottom, best skiing today probably over at Murren, Birg is shut but the other areas are all currently open
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Fri 12-01-18 9:37
Replies: 19
A lot of buildings are designed with most doors opening outwards but one opening inwards as an inwards opening door cannot be blocked by snow, rather important if you have a house fire or a roof collapse due to heavy snow, traditional alpine structures have wide eaves which reduce the amount of snow against a building but obviously cannot stop windblown snow building against a wall, a bigger issue can be the weight of snow on a roof which is why many buildings have to have their roofs cleared after heavy snow (typically around 1.5M 5 feet of snow sitting on a roof is bad news as this works out to 150-200 kg per square meter)
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Mon 8-01-18 11:35
Replies: 45
Best answer, find a friendly ski shop in resort that will let you test the goggles for yourself by going out the shop on a flat light day and seeing if any lens makes a difference for you, everyones eyes are different so what works well for one person may not be any good for another, as has been mentioned elsewhere you need some contrast to be able to improve for any lens to have an effect. I once skied straight into a 6 ft deep snowbank where a side run had not yet been piested simply because it was white on white in a heavy snowstorm, days like that are best used for propping up the bar or similar social activities
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Sun 7-01-18 20:56
Replies: 45
Yellow, Orange and Red lenses alter the amount of blue light seen by the human eye, when you have flat light but otherwise reasonable visibility such as you might get under thick cloud (rather than being in the cloud itself) then these lenses will have the effect of increasing contrast, when visibility itself is poor such as skiing in thick cloud or a blizzard then the only thing the coggles do is keep stuff out of your eyes but will have minimal enhancement of your vision
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Sun 7-01-18 20:35
Replies: 2698
It should perhaps be pointed out that the Falboden chair is often not open, save for weekends, this has been the case since a tragic accident in 2008 when one person died and one was seriously injured after very high winds caused one of the cables to come off the rollers, the lift was already in the process of shutting down with no new passengers being allowed on due to earlier gusts of 60kph but still had 75 people om the lift when it was hit by a 90kph gust. It is generally easier and possibly faster to carry on the train up to Kleine Scheidegg then ski down to the Eigernordwand Chair as the Falboden Lift is also really slow. As Mike says you can ski the whole racetrack if you want to, last year the local Wengen Tourist Office organised some timed runs for tourists in the weeks (might have been 2 months) after the race itself not sure if they will do that again this year, the advantage of that is that they close off the crossing points so you can go fast without the risk of hitting a skier crossing your path. If you do decide to do the course take the final schuss at speed, it is far easier to do this and use the big runout at the bottom than do what many people do which is stop at the top and try to either traverse the slope or side slip down, this gives those going up on the innerwengen lift a lot of entertainment
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Fri 5-01-18 14:37
Replies: 27
Pretty much every modern chairlift/gondola has one or more sensors on a tower or at the top station that measure wind speed, the lifts all have a wind speed they will not operate above, however there can always be exceptions, it's rare for the cable clamps to fail, but not at all uncommon for the chair or gondola to act as a sail and pull the cable off one or more pylons, this is more dangerous than a single clamp failure as it can result in multiple chairs or gondolas dropping to the ground. In general the higher the pylon the lower the wind speed required to shut them down. The two main risks are unexpected strong gusts and particular wind speeds and directions that can cause a form of harmonic motion that just gets worse, this latter one is what causes the dramatic chair spins or bounces beloved by Youtube enthusiasts, if you see a lift with this sort of motion starting to occur take my advice and find another lift !
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Wed 3-01-18 18:05
Replies: 49
@CaravanSkier, so did I :lol:
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Wed 3-01-18 15:21
Replies: 2698
Looks like a brief cold snap this afternoon/evening then warm and wet until Monday/Tuesday next week. Thursday looks like potentially heavy rain from 8am with up to 100mm of rain tomorrow (but more likely to be 40-50mm)
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Wed 3-01-18 15:10
Replies: 49
@CaravanSkier, actually I think she was unfortunate to have had an idiot boyfriend taking her up a mountain in a resort he'd never been to after she'd had just one skiing lesson..... I couldn't not help, I only came across them in the blizzard because she was crying her eyes out and I thought maybe someone was hurt. The choice was help her get to the next station stop myself or ski down to a lift and try to get some help back up the slope, for me it wasn't a hard choice to make, but the run was easy, I don't think I'd have tried if the slope had been steeper
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Wed 3-01-18 1:19
Replies: 2698
@KeetnaWilson, I think same time and yes its currently 2019/20, I would imagine that they may start construction this summer with at least some structures since they have quite a lot to do, the Mannlichen top station is going to be enlarged and I see no mention of the Holenstein middle station so that might be going but there will be a big multi story carpark at the bottom, with direct access to the train and a bus stop that will take you up to the First lift
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Wed 3-01-18 0:46
Replies: 2
I would imagine that like the Jungfrau Region, timetabled trains will be covered but if it's a special excursion it might not be.
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Wed 3-01-18 0:34
Replies: 49
Just my two pennies worth, take every opportunity to learn every technique you can from good teachers, you never know when they might be useful, a number of years ago I helped a young woman with one mornings ski lessons under her belt, get down a 4km blue run (that her boyfriend had started her on) in a blizzard, the only way to do that was let her hold onto me as I snow ploughed in front, you cannot beet it for slow controlled turns on gentle slopes, mind you I was tempted to shove a skistick somewhere on the BF's anatomy where the sun didn't shine for being so stupid ! Many techniques are no longer taught for a number of reasons but it's often because those techniques can cause injuries if not done properly, e.g kick turns, very handy on steep narrow slopes when someone below you has crashed and you don't want to ski into them, likewise reverse snow ploughs for watching your friends ski towards you, side slipp (forwards and backwards) and so on.
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Wed 3-01-18 0:14
Replies: 2698
One reason for the long lift times is the length of runs, Scheidegg or Mannlichen to Grund is about 8km same from Top of Lauberhorn to Wengen, Schilthorn to Lauterbrunnen is about 13.5 km if you walk the little uphill bit of the Inferno run, when the Mannlichen Gondola lift was put in it was the longest in Europe things have changed since then with larger gondolas and faster uplift, some of us are old enough to remember the Mannlichen T-bar drag lift or even the Lauberhorn Drag Lift (I can just remember it but never went on it) Lifts are constantly being replaced with better ones (often both faster and with more seats) the replacement of the Mannlichen Gondola with the New lift that will go to both the Mannlichen and Eigergletscher will probably be of great benefit at the weekends, not for the access it will give those based in Wengen but rather because all the locals that pack the trains coming up from Grund (where there are plenty of parking spots) will instead take the new Gondola, thus those wanting to catch the train up after lunch at Brandegg will not have to cram onto a packed train :-)
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Thu 7-12-17 20:27
Replies: 53
The FIS do learn lessons Gernot Reinstadler died as a result of his ski getting caught in netting at high speed on the Lauberhorn Race Course in 1991, as a direct result much of the high speed netting has a covering to prevent things being caught, prior to netting it used to be chestnut pailing to separate skiers from crowds, I'm sure I recall someone getting impaled on that but I can't find a reference. As the DHO webmaster (bloody awful title) I regularly deal with our Racing and Training Staff, they deal with race trainees for the whole winter season and into the summer, everyone who takes part, children and parents alike understand that travelling at high speed on skis can and does occasionally lead to accidents, sometimes fatalities, of course the kids never believe t will happen to them, so it's the coaches and trainers who get the responsibility of accident prevention, they do a really good job of this but when an accident does occur these days everyone looks at who to blame. The reality is that with experienced skiers high speed crashes tend to be a result of a combination of errors, most often initially caused by an edge catching on something, in that fraction of a second balance is lost and with it control, if it occurs on a tight bend or jump then there is rarely time to self correct and a crash occurs, modern helmets protect the head pretty well, but if you fly over the netting or just as bad get a limb or skis caught in the netting, serious injuries result.
Poster: A snowHead
Sun 3-12-17 14:51
Replies: 2698
Looks like the Jungfrau Region has its best early snow for the last 20 years or thereabouts, cold temperatures and a possible further 30cm (12 inches) of snow at the end of next week looks promising, long range forecasts suggest that the following week will remain cold and may bring a further 20-30 cm (8 to 12 inches) of snow, if this turns out to be the case then the Week before Christmas will be great early skiing, However make sure you have plenty of warm clothing to take advantage of the powder snow.
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Sat 12-08-17 23:13
Replies: 110
Wengen Nursery Slopes the long almost flat Wengiboden rope tow with those little orange plastic handles, age either 3 or 4 was never a fa of those tow lofts for some reason, actually prefered the Figeller lift which in those days was strong enough to lift you off the ground as it started, it ran you up the steeper side of the nursery slope very quickly and almost threw you off at the top, but as a child I found that "Fun"
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Tue 1-08-17 18:26
Replies: 16
@DebbieD, From Geneva its easy, the Station at the Airport is in the basement area, You will need to Change at Bern station, you will certainly need to change at Interlaken Ost and Lauterbrunnen, Ist class Swiss trains are very comfortable, there are ramps as well as stairs at Interlaken Ost, Ramps at Bern, at Lauterbrunnen get out of the Left side of the train and walk across to the Wengen trains, people will be coming down not many going up at that time of day, the center of Wengen will be packed as all of the stages, temporary hospitality suites and so on will be full of race fans, by Monday it will be back to being quiet.
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Fri 14-07-17 19:32
Replies: 42
My mum went skiing when I was just 3 Months Old , parents took me with them and a friend in resort looked after me during the day, apparently I spent all day sleeping and was no problem.
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Fri 30-06-17 9:30
Replies: 19
Hmm I have an HP Elitebook, Quad core with multiple USB ports, 1394 port, HDMI and ethernet ports plus a simple round easy to find power port bit it doesn't have an apple on it ..... On the other hand I upgraded the RAM bought from my local PC shop, can buy non branded accessories and do't have to deal with Apple Shop staff :-)
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Sat 13-05-17 12:43
Replies: 2698
It will let you go from Mannlichen to Kl Scheidegg but possibly not the other way, typically at the start of the season high winds often strop off any snow on the slopes above the Arven and in particular Honegg lifts, you can still use the road to go through the woods to the Tschuggen lift but it often requires a bit of walking
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Thu 6-04-17 11:01
Replies: 2698
The Hundschopf on the lauberhorn course is 41° but is only a short section, the final schuss is 36° it always looks steeper from the top looking down opposed to the bottom looking up :sH:
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Wed 5-04-17 10:58
Replies: 12
@Chris Mason, It really dependson what the son wants to do, dad may not be competitive but son might like the idea of racing, in the UK most snowdomes or dry slopes have some form of club which he might enjoy, beyond that you are probably looking at raceclubs (they don't just race) but this can get seriously expensive with parents needing to cough up up to £10K a year or more if they want to go to every trip, this may not result in a top level racer (that depends a lot on natural talent) but will turn a child into a child who leaves the parents well behind them
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Wed 5-04-17 10:44
Replies: 58
The US culture of litigation combined with excessively high healthcare costs will always cause problems In Europe if you are involved in an accident even if you are not at fault and are uninjured you should always check on the other party/parties involved if anyone is injured ideally you want to wait until a pisteur turns up to get details so that there is less chance of being chased after for compensation if you are not at fault, I've had I think 3 people ski into me over the years, always from behind and always because they were out of control, had an aluminium pole bent once which I straightened out on my own, but never injured and the other parties have been ok each time. I always have insurance that will cover 3rd party liability because you never know what might happen. I once saw someone carrying their skis fall over on a patch of ice and their skis smacked into an adjacent child, who thank god was wearing a helmet, helmet was cracked but child was fine but if they hadn't had a helmet..... Just an accident with no bad behaviour involved but the potential for serious injury.
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Sat 25-02-17 12:05
Replies: 2698
@Deedee, sounds like you need to attach the straps to your gloves, then maybe the old elastic between gloves to stop you loosing those as well ;-) Worth contacting the Mannlichen lifts to ask if anyone has handed one in and also Wengen and Grindelwald Tourist Offices, it's amazing what does get handed in.
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Sat 18-02-17 21:33
Replies: 44
@snowornever, see https://www.bussenkatalog.ch/geschwindigkeitsbussen the swiss still punish the worst speeders with imprisonment
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Fri 17-02-17 1:15
Replies: 44
Swiss are an exception, because of the way the speeding system works, small speeding fines for just over the limit up to huge fines based on your income if you are a lot over the limit, also at that point they can put you in prison, I have heard of 1 case where someone was arrested at Geneva airport because he had been convicted in absentia several years previously, for the little fines the Swiss may not pursue you but for the bigger fines they will do an international arrest warrant, there have been several cases in the last 15 or so years in the UK where UK police have knocked on peoples doors and given them the option of paying the Swiss Fine pretty much there and then or being arrested. A chap driving a Ferrari got a fine of £180,000 for driving through a village at 57kph on a 30kph limit village back in 2010, but the biggest fine was a Swedish driver who thought it was a good idea to drive down a Swiss Motorway at 300kph+ that one got him 1,080,000 ChF fine !
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Wed 11-01-17 18:54
Replies: 2698
Potentially an extra 25cms of snow on both Thursday and Friday nights, this may well mean swapping DH race to Sunday in order to clear course
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Tue 10-01-17 12:44
Replies: 2698
Looks like snow is on its way, potentially (according to one forecast) 2 ft of fresh stuff by this time next week at resort level (that is likely to be more higher up) pretty cold though, with wind chill -20C on Saturday for the downhill
Poster: A snowHead
Sat 7-01-17 14:07
Replies: 37
Gerry why do you reference my quote by name and then quote Alastair Pink as if it somehow has something to do with me ?..... As I said I do not give a damn about what you may or may not think but please if you are going to quote people attribute the quotes correctly and do not try to put one set of quotes into someone else's mouth.
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Thu 5-01-17 15:49
Replies: 2698
@Bodeswell, with current snow cover you may not be able to go from Mannlichen across so have to train it up
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Thu 5-01-17 14:23
Replies: 37
@Gerry, I never made any comment about Nasties that's entirely down to you, your prejudices are showing once again I see, I'm not going to take this any further as I simply do not give a damn about what you may or may not think. :nice:
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Tue 3-01-17 12:18
Replies: 37
@damoto, the Antipathy has a lot to do with how snowheads was formed and stems back to when the SCGB simply decided one day to remove access to their forums to non members
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Tue 3-01-17 12:13
Replies: 2698
I do not think there is as much snow coming tomorrow as some places (snow forecast) suggest, they are saying 30cm my forecast is closer to 10cm, there does currently look like a possible substantial snowfall for the middle of next week though
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Thu 22-12-16 11:02
Replies: 2698
Booking your lift pass is now here https://www.jungfrau.ch/shop/en/skipass discount is applied automatically if you book 21 days in advance
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Thu 15-12-16 0:06
Replies: 2698
Amazing what a difference the snow making creates
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Tue 6-12-16 19:21
Replies: 2395
@mooney058, the issue is that they removed the MOU told the Authorities at once then waited until after he had been arrested to inform him of what they had done, to put it another way, imagine the DVLA decided that for some reason they were wrong and should not have issued you a driving licence, they then tell the police you have no licence who then arrest you for driving without a licence and then a few weeks later the DVLA decide to tell you that you don't have a licence.
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Tue 6-12-16 13:19
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So they informed the "Authorities" before they informed their member, that rather sucks and is dreadful behaviour from an organisation meant to represent its members
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Wed 30-11-16 15:47
Replies: 23
Old fashioned way, on a bit of string around your neck
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Wed 30-11-16 13:52
Replies: 2395
@dsoutar, because very simply there were 2 options for SB to carry on working in France, the obvious one was to have his MOU restored as that would grant him the grandfather rights, but the better option was for the French court to acknowledge that his training via BASI was as good as the French training and that he did not have to do the speed test, this as I under stand things was what the French Courts decided and is much better for SB (and other UK BASI Instructors) since it makes the MOU and the dodgy deal made between BASI and the French Instructors pretty much irrelevant
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Fri 25-11-16 17:17
Replies: 14
@pressi, Pretty much fully open, some shops will be shut Christmas Day but all lifts etc will be open subject to snow, Grindelwald has at least 2 sledge runs that I am aware of, one you take the Bus up to Busalp and from there can go up to the Faulhorn and sledge down, or up First and Sledge down, there are several route variations, you can also sledge down from Kleine Scheidegg and Mannlichen The Gondolas are not really slow but they are long which means they do take time You are unlikely to actually need to use chains as the Swiss are very good at keeping the roads clean, but you need them just in case, Grindelwald can get very icy/slushy after fresh snow
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