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Poster: A snowHead
Thu 23-02-17 12:50
Replies: 24
Could u tell the difference from a rocker and a camber in a "fridge"? Did some research on the store page, and there is no chamber board available for testing which sucks. So as my experience from riding is basically either flat board or rocker from the tests i am quite limited on the feel. I have always fridge snowboarded at Tamworth mid week, during school term times - this has meant totally empty slopes most of the time. Once I had done all the various lessons etc and countless hours on the hire boards, decided time to buy my own. Think the key with a lot of board selection - if you can't test everything you want is to also trust and have faith in the shop assistant / research you do on internet. For a lot of people who only do one trip a season (with frequent fridge trips) but can afford to and want their own board - you will often have to think about the riding you want to do, research boards suitable for that style and take a punt. I always knew I was not going to be interested in much park riding (my skateboarding days are well behind me now that I am 37!), hence I researched all mountain boards, researched the different styles of board - then looked at reviews. Yes Basic came out as a good progressive beginner board - that will also be rewarding for more experienced riders also. Lucky for me, they also had it in TSA at Tamworth a while back. Tried the Basic, followed by a number of other boards - found the Basic the easiest board to turn, felt more balanced and less flighty than others which I tried - hence why I chose it. (Obviously this is all my personal view and is no basis of fact!!! :D )
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Thu 23-02-17 12:30
Replies: 265
Tipping is simple - it is a reward for good service and the amount given should be subjective - based on your own perceived view of value. Everyone has different views on what is good and bad service. You may have someone providing what they believe is good service - to a "client" who does not agreed with said level and is below what they are expecting / used to and so may not tip. So it is never something that will always work for all. I think the culture of expecting tips is wrong - bottom line, if someone wants to tip - they will, if they don't wish to, so what?!?! As someone who worked for years in various tipping orientated service roles, if I received a tip "happy days", if not, I still provided to the person who hadn't tipped the same level of service I would to others. I chose to do those jobs based on the benefits I was getting from my employer (wages, perks etc). I never chose a job based on the receiving of tips. For those doing ski seasons, I am pretty sure they don't calculate the tips to factoring in whether they will choose to do a season or not - they are just an added bonus. My recent MW chalet hotel experience - 1. Barman - superb chap, always took time out to focus on my wife and I, offered us knowledge, sold us beers at "happy hour rates" to stack up, ordered pizza for us on the hotel staff days off etc. Really nice bloke that I spent hours chatting to every evening. Hence tipped 10% of my end of week bar bill to the man in cash (NOT a small amount!) 2. Room maid - never met the lady, me and my wife are very tidy anyway, room never needed cleaning, but she smartened up towels etc and did what she could. Tipped her EUR40 (EUR 20pp) at end of week - which seems about the going rate based on searches I did. If she had done nothing, then probably wouldn't have bothered. 3. Restaurant staff - no character - no help, just taking orders, serving food and dropping wine on tables. They didn't add anything to the experience / joy of the holiday etc, in fact at times you felt like they were trying to rush you so they could vanish. Hence I didn't tip any of them. Does point 3, make me a tightwad when point 1 was well tipped?!?! As per my view - tipping is very personal and it is a persons right to decide what they do and don't tip. Simples.
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Wed 22-02-17 13:26
Replies: 24
Yes Basic 156 wide (if you can still find one this year) would make a great first board for you. If you're partial to the odd pie or think you're going to become more freeridey, the 159. +1 - @Kuroda I have the Yes Basic 155 (2015/16 model). Am at a similar level to yourself in terms of what I can do, again, with a similar level of fridge vs actual mountain time. My only comparison is again fridge testing, so can't help give you a wider view with mountain experience. However, my week earlier in the season to Meribel Mottaret was brilliant, the board helped me progress quickly (according to my instructor) and gave me confidence. Whether the same would have occurred on other boards who knows.
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Mon 6-02-17 11:21
Replies: 4
Both my wife and I use the Demon X D3O for snowboarding. They are comfortable and I had no issues wearing them all day long. They certainly protected the knees well on a number of falls in Jan when in 3 Valleys.
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Fri 13-01-17 10:16
Replies: 524
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Thu 12-01-17 22:40
Replies: 524
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Thu 12-01-17 22:29
Replies: 524
Due to get colder overnight, so surely any damage will be minimilised by snow early doors tomorrow morning?
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Tue 10-01-17 9:37
Replies: 524
Then you'll get to see more forums.
Tue 10-01-17 9:29
Replies: 524
Cannot wait, fly out on Sunday for first time, couldn't have timed it more perfectly (or at least lady luck is being nice), good snow up to and including Sunday - then apparently bluebird skies next week! (Or at least that's what is currently forecasted). Keeping everything crossed that pans out. :D
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Thu 5-01-17 23:44
Replies: 4097
@Drew Carey, as a beginner - to be honest - you want flat pistes and blue skies. Everything else is luxury... Indeed, nice pistes and blue sky would be heaven but part of me really wants it to at the very least have enough snow to get rid of the brown / green sides to pistes! @nozawaonsen Cheers, will keep an eye out daily for all the posts and keep doing my daily snow dance to the gods.
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Thu 5-01-17 23:13
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@nozawaonsen From looking at the current various charts etc, would you agree that Trois Vallées between now and 16th are likely to have a few small flurries, but nothing major? All I'm hoping for (as a beginner) still is enough to make it look wintery and to freshen the pistes up.
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Wed 4-01-17 12:48
Replies: 4097
I think it's going to eastern/northern Alps and not France - Austria main beneficiary this week and next it would seem at the moment GFS / GEM both showing more than a sprinkle for next week for Trois Vallees (looking at the Ventusky website Monsieur Jellybean provided). Various apps / websites which use this data also showing the same thing......obviously, a week away - will likely change and be dry / warm and everything melted!!!!
You know it makes sense.
Wed 4-01-17 12:04
Replies: 4097
After the snowfall arrives this evening and tomorrow GFS has a further band of snow for the eastern Alps on Monday before a more substantial fall of snow across the northern Alps on 10/11 January. Its this band forecasted on 10/11 that really interests me......keeping everything crossed that it gives the Trois Vallees an aesthetic sprinkling at the very least (as a newbie going on 15th, just would love my first trip to not resemble going down monochromatic golf fairways!!!). :sH:
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Fri 30-12-16 13:16
Replies: 524
(Really helpful info.....) Thanks for all the good tips. Will take that on board. Will likely get a Meribel pass only and the. Use the free 3v extension and then decide.
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 29-12-16 11:38
Replies: 524
Howdy all. Question related to weather but not directly.....my wife and I are off on our first ski trip starting 15th of Jan staying in Mottaret. (Have about 20hrs in Tamworth fridge by way of experience). Given the current piste conditions and unlikelihood of there being much more snow - trying to decide between 3 Vallées or Meribel only pass. As beginners, if there was good snow everywhere then I imagine that Meribel only would suffice for our first trip. We have lessons each morning, leaving us the rest of the day to improve / go our own way. Given differing conditions - which pass would you get?
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Thu 22-12-16 14:52
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Cheers for the update @nozawaonsen I am keeping everything crossed that the above occurs (Everything!!!!) - even if it skirts Trois Vallees where I will be interested in - it should bring much needed change. Time to be optimistic!!!
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Thu 22-12-16 12:31
Replies: 4097
What's everyone doing for Christmas then? Watching this thread? :sH:
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Wed 21-12-16 12:08
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@Drew Carey, we have an idea of what will happen in the next couple of weeks. It looks better for Southern Europe on predictions from EC and CFS. But IMHO, there is a similar chance of cooler winds to the North meaning more snow for the Northern Alps. The charts have been unseasonably inaccurate from past approx 5 days. But when we get into proper winter, if we ever do, the charts will become much more accurate to 10 days and further in some cases. Trends over 24 hours, even better a few days, are the best way to see confidence levels rise. By the time you get there, some patterns will have changed in particular Negative NAO and AO around the 28th. Cheers for the positivity.....does help. On a separate note, the amount I am learning from this tread (and wider reading) is superb. It's made me have a new found appreciation for the art of weather prediction!! :-)
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Wed 21-12-16 10:59
Replies: 4097
Cheers everyone for the confidence boosting. Need to try and stop looking at webcams / forecast sites etc!!!! :lol: Easier said than done!
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Wed 21-12-16 10:46
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@nozawaonsen Cheers for the reply, that's my current feeling - anything can happen in the timeframe. Just lots of negativity around and hard not to get concerned. To be honest, providing pistes are ok, then I know we will have a blast - would be nice if everything had a sprinkle for aesthetics, but not a major concern.
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Wed 21-12-16 10:16
Replies: 4097
Hi weather Gods / Guru's (Yes flattery helps!).......as a total newbie to the site, with my first ever winter holiday being Meribel-Mottaret on the 15th of January I have been following this thread for weeks with both fear (of all the doom & gloom) and incredible interest.....it has taught me a lot! So thank you. Whilst I can see that there is likely to be little hope of major snow between now and when we go, given that we will be on piste only for lessons etc (as only have approx. 20 hrs experience in snow dome), will the manufactured pistes they have currently last if no further snow? i.e. whats the likelihood of there being a really bad Foehn that thaws the lot? I assume up high not an issue? With the forecast being so dire, I am now trying to allay my wife's fear that it will all melt and our holiday will be cancelled!!!!!
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