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Poster: A snowHead
Mon 24-04-17 20:32
Replies: 37
@Markymark29, You must have different Flightdecks to me. Airbrakes etc are a true 10-15 second swap, and can be done easily on a chairlift. My Flightdecks are probably an absolute minimum of a minute if the nose connects cleanly, otherwise a couple of minutes, plus a lense clean to remove all the finger prints. I can remember a lense swap video clip from an Oakley chap showing how easy they were to swap. It was clear when he had finished, that they weren't in properly. There is a difference between getting them attached so they don't fall off, and getting them fully fitted and sealed.
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Wed 12-04-17 10:57
Replies: 15
@Kuba, Nice one. Iceland / Greenland are on my list.
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Mon 10-04-17 13:38
Replies: 28
@Dave of the Marmottes, Ok, maybe "Protect" was the wrong word, how about give confidence that they got it right and are backing the design.
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Mon 10-04-17 7:14
Replies: 28
@Markymark29, With all the investment involved, l'm fairly sure that Black Diamond and Arcteryx aren't going to be releasing new packs every couple of years. They also need to protect the early adopters, as no one wants to see their £700-800 investment made obsoleted the following year. With battery technology advancing rapidly, the packs will get lighter (also see Lou's half sized battery on WildSnow). But the requirement to extract all the air for inflation through the walls of the pack (rather than only 50% with the gas packs), does restrict what they can do with the design.
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Mon 10-04-17 7:02
Replies: 28
@beenative, Sorry, missed your post. My Pieps Tour 24 is still for sale. PM me if you are interested.
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Sun 9-04-17 7:05
Replies: 25
@andy1234, It started around 10 years ago, lasted for a couple of years and is back to normal now, so not fair to name them. The same situation often occurs with any business which is sold as an investment, after having been run by people who care about the service they provide.
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Sat 8-04-17 14:05
Replies: 25
@dewsbury, Of course there can be massive differences. A resort I have frequented, at one point employed an excellent skier as its piste/grooming manager. The result was very well prepared pistes, smooth transitions, no steps at the edge of the piste, for want of a better description perfect pistes. Of course this level of preparation requires good well maintained equipment, trained and motivated drivers, and costs more. Then the lift company was sold to another resort and a manager installed on a large salary with bonuses paid for saving money. The result was infrequent pisteing and poor quality pistes (steps on piste, and walls at side of piste), he bought in a different cheaper piste machine manufacturer (thereby losing all the maintenance and goodwill for the exist machines). There was also 'saving' of pistes and snow for high season :shock:
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Sat 8-04-17 12:01
Replies: 12
This is why you take a guide when on glaciers. He was lucky it was narrow crevasse, that he rattled down and slowed himself. I really wouldn't have taken my board or skis off. One of the first things you should learn is keep your skis on to distribute the pressure. There are plenty of cases of being safe on skis, and then stepping out of your bindings and punching through a snow bridge :shock: Also a reminder to keep your spacing when on glaciers, only one person should ever fall in, if more than that you are too close.
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Mon 3-04-17 22:01
Replies: 16
Despite being relatively high, Saas-Fee is suffering greatly from years of low snow fall and rising average temperatures. Since I first went there in 1987, at least 5 and possibly 7 red/black runs have disappeared due to glacier melting/withdrawal/thinning. The biggest concern at the moment is finding a way to maintain the Panorama Hill (the steepish red mentioned from the top down to Morenia). This run is massively steeper and narrower than it has ever be, and no one really knows what is underneath (probably a rocky cliff).
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Sun 2-04-17 21:46
Replies: 3
@midgetbiker, I found that elasticated Booster straps, rather than power straps, are the way forward. Alternatively try Anything Technical as they deal with Tecnica, or Solutions4feet or Profeet who probably have a large box of bits they have taken off boots.
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Sun 2-04-17 7:16
Replies: 9
@April1689, My initial reaction would be no, unless the delamination only extends a couple of mm into the ski. The rusty edges could be cleaned and sharpened, but if the metal layer within the structure of the ski has started to oxidise causing the ski to delaminate, it cannot be stopped. I assume they were put away wet/damp in a closed sport tube, so the perfect warm damp environment for corrosion to form.
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Sat 1-04-17 18:49
Replies: 11
@jkchops, Which binding do you have on your skis? Normally there is some adjustment in the heel piece, and although this is primarily for setting the forward pressure, on some bindings there is sufficient movement to adapt to a shorter boot.
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Sat 1-04-17 11:17
Replies: 9
@Dabber, One other thing, if you decide that you really do need new skins, consider the G3 High Traction version of the Alpinist. I switched from the Alpinst to the HT (on my Wailer 112's) and the difference was huge in terms of grip. You do of course loose out in terms of weight and glide, but for me I use less energy (because there is always grip), than I loose on the glide. There were a couple of hardback sections I could go straight up, whereas my guide had to zig-zag.
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Sat 1-04-17 7:00
Replies: 9
@Dabber, It all depends on the quality of the snow and the steepness of the skin track. In mellow terrain and soft snow you won't notice it. Don't forget some people tour with straight skins that only touch the edges underfoot. As mentioned above, on harder snow traversing a steep slope on a steep track you will have to extra careful with your technique. I would plan a test day, where you try a variety of slopes and snow conditions before planning a epic on them. I wouldn't have thought you would have any/many issues finding G3 skins in BC if you really need new ones.
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 30-03-17 21:20
Replies: 28
@Markymark29, I've got a Pieps Jetforce Tour Rider 24 in S/M Black and red, that I'm looking to sell, as I've now bought the larger Tour Pro 34. Not sure if the 24Ltr size is of any use to you?
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Thu 30-03-17 21:16
Replies: 28
@GlasgowCyclops, Nothing on their website, so I guess in store only. Excellent price though :D
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Thu 30-03-17 13:49
Replies: 22
@Griggs, Have you checked there is nothing in the toe area of the liner? Obvious I know, but unlikely if on both boots. Is there any indication that the liner has degraded, and is thereby thinner, so allowing you foot to sit further forward? If you previously took out your liners, is there any chance you didn't replace a shim layer, which would increase the volume, allowing your foot to sit further forward? Are you wearing much thicker socks?
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Wed 29-03-17 19:43
Replies: 87
@mooney058, As mentioned any skiing related hotel will have a ski/boot room, but the drying facilities may vary. I took my Hotronics boot dryer, as it is 100-240V switchable. http://www.skiequipmentuk.co.uk/shop/products/Hotronic_Snapdry_Ski_Boot_and_Glove_Dryer.htm
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Tue 28-03-17 7:05
Replies: 28
@GlasgowCyclops, Is that a commercial website source, or someone in the trade? The lowest price I've seen was the £629 I paid for my Pieps last summer. @clarky999, Maybe the Jetforce has a different sized tool pocket to the Pieps versions.
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Mon 27-03-17 20:09
Replies: 28
@clarky999, I would say that be Jetforce bags have proper sized Avi Pockets, rather than huge. Most packs I've used struggle to fit a full sized shovel and probe, but the Jetforce ones there obviously designed to take the Black Diamond Evac 7 and 320 carbon probe.
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Mon 27-03-17 16:13
Replies: 28
If anyone is in the market for an electric fan Avalanche Pack, Snow Safe are selling the Black Diamond Saga 40 for under £700 (I know, but the thread is titled cheapish). Not cheap, but the cheapest one I've seen since last Summer. I've got the Pieps 34 Tour version. http://www.snowsafe.co.uk/product_info.php?cPath=63&products_id=834&utm_campaign=SNOWSAFE+END+OF+SEASON+SALE+2017&utm_source=emailCampaign&utm_content=&utm_medium=email
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Mon 27-03-17 11:30
Replies: 17
@Dabber, The DPS Wailer 112 Tour is a lot more about the up than the down, so if you have tried the standard Wailer in Pure or Hybrid and liked them, you should test the Tour to make sure you still like the downhill performance. That said the 4-5 people I've spoken to who have them a very happy.
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Sun 26-03-17 19:59
Replies: 7
After 30 years of skiing, I saw my first binding test machine in January at Felix Sport in Saas-Fee. I wasn't sure if the boots/skis/binding being tested were the ladies own or rentals. I'm assuming it has potentially become a liability issue, with people no longer accepting crashes as accidents, and someone has to be to blame. Sorry, can't help with a London location. Maybe contact Wintersteiger and see if they have a list of shops in the UK.
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Sun 26-03-17 19:46
Replies: 4
@ajc2260626, Click your toe into the toe piece only, and it should still wiggle from side to side. This means you are in skiing mode. If with the boot inline with the ski, you lift the toe lever, you should loose the side to side motion, and you are in walk mode. Obviously, or maybe not, once in walk mode at the toe, you should lower the first of the heel riser, and step down to lock the brakes up.
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Sun 26-03-17 7:34
Replies: 14
@afrodizzy, Buy a new one?
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Sat 25-03-17 18:45
Replies: 40
One point I couldn't see mentioned was was the maybe delicate subject of being overweight (ducks and runs for cover). Everyone I know who suffers badly with fogging, is also on the larger size of the fat spectrum. Leaving aside the cases due to rapid temperature changes (lifts/helicopters), in my experience those who are fatter sweat more, and therefore fog up more.
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Sat 25-03-17 17:19
Replies: 1
@Mleighton, Welcome to SnowHeads :sH: Check on this link and if you don't find what you need give them a call. http://www.skiequipmentuk.co.uk/shop/ski-boot-spares/ski-boot-heels-and-toes/salomon-ski-boot-heels-and-toes/
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Fri 24-03-17 19:13
Replies: 29
I wish I had a Sweet Protection shaped head, or more correctly a Sweet sized head, as their helmets are one size smaller than practically every other brand (with the possible exception POC). This is particularly applicable to the MIPS models, where they are the same shell as the non-MIPS, but with the added size reduction of the MIPS layer (maybe 1 cm). I have friends who swear by the Sweet Rooster helmets which are closer in design to motorcycle helmets, than than the cycle helmet style of many ski helmets. As it stands the current best fitting helmet for my big head is the Giro Range with its clam shell design.
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 22-03-17 22:11
Replies: 69
I've mountain biked twice a week for the last 20+ years, and still suffered from thigh burn when skiing. This summer I decided to try to reach 10,000 steps a day, every day, primarily so that I got up and literally walked about rather than sit at my keyboard for hours (I work from home). This made more of a difference to thigh burn (or complete lack of), than anything I have tried previously. On long runs where I would have previously stopped 2 or 3 times, I could now go top to bottom without stopping :D
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Wed 22-03-17 22:05
Replies: 29
@Penry, I believe POC and some GIRO helmets fit oval heads, but I guess neither of those brands will fit your price criteria. I might be better if you listed what Brands/Models didn't fit, so people can suggest alternatives.
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Tue 21-03-17 8:23
Replies: 7
@Mountaindoc, I wouldn't use any of my skis on a dry slope :shock:, and certainly not a brand new pair. Get yourself along to a proper snow slope.
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Tue 21-03-17 8:10
Replies: 297
@sj1608, l've had a couple of similar cases of mailing list being sold, and since both were sold to companies in the same market segment, it didn't concern me in the slightest. - The first was Step Stone, which was a job website, which didn't last very long. I was then contacted by a different Job Site company. - The second was for Borders the Book Shop, who couldn't compete with online only companies, and went bust I think their list was sold to Books.com If you don't like the new company contacting you, just unsubscribe. If you are that paranoid, use a different email address for every website you buy from, that way you will know if it has been resold. A contact list from any selling website is a valuable asset, as the purchaser has a ready list of known buyers of their market segment. Also don't forget that practically everything you do online is tracked and recorded (which is one of the main functions of cookies), which is why for example you can view something on Amazon, and then find the same or similar items appearing in banner or sidebar adverts. Also don't forget Google etc make their money by selling your browsing history......
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Tue 21-03-17 7:27
Replies: 10
@Spikyhedgehog, you are now suffering the consequences of buying online abroad........been there, done that. Anyway, try the following: http://www.facebook.com/scottsportsuk info@scott-sports.uk.com
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Sat 18-03-17 21:48
Replies: 82
Electric fan boot dryers are the way forward. Most have a timer so you can leave them to dry themselves.
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Sat 18-03-17 19:21
Replies: 10
@monotokpoint, Since those likely to buy the DPS will know about skis, probably best to list the year and whether Hybrid rather than Pure construction.
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Sat 18-03-17 19:17
Replies: 87
@1556garyt, Definitely January rather than March. I was in Niseko on 2nd March, and Spring had started to arrive.
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Fri 17-03-17 20:50
Replies: 18
@rogg, You will almost certainly have to collect your bags in Tokyo, but there is a domestic checkin for JAL in the international terminal.
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Fri 17-03-17 12:21
Replies: 10
@bar shaker, They don't fit me (I have a high instep) but I haven't seen any negatives. You may well find the Salomon X-Alp version easier to find and test.
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Thu 16-03-17 16:53
Replies: 28
@Pink_flamingo, Welcome to SnowHeads :sH: There are some highly qualified instructors on here who maybe able to provide better advice, but as a non-instructor who has never seen you ski, it sounds like you have temporarily lost the 'automatic' process of skiing that you built up during your childhood/teenage years. You mention your boots not fitting, but it is also possible that you have badly tuned skis. There have been a number of posts from experienced skiers, who suddenly found they couldn't ski, after badly serviced skis. So a ski swap might be an option.
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Thu 16-03-17 15:38
Replies: 2
@MattCee, Go with what you have, you will be carrying extra weight, but you shouldn't be in pain (worst case some blisters), and you know how they ski. The chances of any brand new untried lightweight boot fitting better than your current boots is minimal. Ideally you would have been on several long tours with the skis/boots you will be using for training. You will almost certainly find the altitude a way bigger issue than the boots.
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