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Poster: A snowHead
Thu 18-01-18 15:29
Replies: 4
Iíve used a couple of guiding companies in Whistler, however both were related to ski touring rather than boarding, unless you are split boarding. http://whistlerskiguides.com/ https://www.mountainskillsacademy.com/ One thing to be aware of is that any new snow fall is referred to as powder, rather than new snow. Also, any new snow that falls doesnít last long, due to both numbers and snow type. Typically anything inbounds will be tracked before mid day. I guess that is one of the reasons they quote total season snow fall, rather than current snow depths like European resorts. When I was there in March 2015, the village was bare of snow, mountain bikes were being hired/ridden, and the bottom third of the mountain was slush in the afternoon. You will almost certainly be rained on in the village, even if it snowing higher up.
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Wed 17-01-18 21:15
Replies: 21
@SnowPenguin, DPS Spoon {IMG51438_364_left}{IMG51438_365_left}
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Wed 17-01-18 20:30
Replies: 21
@Mike S, Iím 6í and the same weight as you, I ski on 184-190cm skis with 112-148 underfoot. My easiest turning skis in powder/trees are the biggest 190cm 148mm waist skis, because they have full reverse camber, with only a 40cm running edge under foot. This means I can turn them with my ankles in powder, and perform multiple 360 spins on piste without effort. I was checking for the profile of the 114mm Comba and it appears to be a traditional camber with rocker, which as you mention is great for all mountain and gentle turns in powder. The more extreme the reverse camber you have the easier they ski will be to turn in powder. By powder, I mean you are skiing in the soft snow layer, not on the base underneath.
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Wed 17-01-18 16:53
Replies: 5
@PaulC1984, Iíve bought my first ABS Vario from them years ago, and a few things since, including multiple canister refills after annual testing of the backpack. Iíve never had any issue with them.
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Wed 17-01-18 10:04
Replies: 18
I use Fair FX, who seem give the best rates, accept debit card payment, and deliver the next day.
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Tue 16-01-18 22:57
Replies: 24
@FrequentFaller, You can pay more than £50 if you try :shock: The main criteria for me is that they stay up and maintain their shape, so I use socks designed to offer compression. I find I can get away with a couple of pairs for a weeks skiing, but my feet don't get sweaty. Also most socks cover 2 or 3 EU sizes, so you will find some fit better than others. I like Falke socks, but you need to find what works for you.
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Tue 16-01-18 22:28
Replies: 4
Aside from the main tread, they also have much harder 'pins', to provide additional grip. I'm not sure if these are metal, or just a very hard plastic. If they are plastic I expect these pins will wear away quiet quickly on any paved surface. I can't comment on the coefficient of friction on beer soaked tables though :shock:
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Tue 16-01-18 22:12
Replies: 4
I've just bought a set for my Sister. They appear to be very well made, and closer to a climbing boot sole, than the original Cat Track type rubber or plastic ones. They have a bolt adjustment for BSL (Boot Sole Length), with a slight stretch to hold them onto the boot. I guess the main issue will be finding somewhere to store them while you ski, unless you have a access to a ski locker or wear a backpack. They haven't been used on snow yet, but they will be next week.
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Tue 16-01-18 11:30
Replies: 8
As mentioned by @Timbobaggins, as long as the helmet is certified it will meet the minimum standards. Spending more, generally gets you better adjustment and finish, and more resistance to wear and tear. If you are looking at mounting a camera check to see if the helmet has a specific mount or mounting zone which has been specifically strengthened. Aside from the mentioned FIS racing helmets, the only other specific helmets are those designed to take multiple impacts in park skiing/boarding, were the learning process generally involves a lot of falling over. But unless he's thinking of becoming a park rat, he won't need one. As always, fit is everything. The helmet should stay on when you shake your head without the chin strap done up.
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Mon 15-01-18 21:36
Replies: 9
Weight, use of diff locks and tyres, but probably the skill of the driver in the VW.
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Mon 15-01-18 20:23
Replies: 19
@sproggski, Iíve just got a Barryvox S, after having a Barryvox Pulse for years. The basic interface of the new Barryvox and the Barryvox S are the same, and you only access the advanced features if you want to. Some good details and usage videos on the Facewest site: http://www.facewest.co.uk/Transceivers.html?BrandFilter=Mammut&GenderFilter=&Filter1=&Filter2=&Filter3=&Sort_by=price_desc
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Mon 15-01-18 17:37
Replies: 14
@rogersavery, By your logic we should have a petition to remove breast stroke, backstroke and butterfly swimming from the Summer Olympics since those styles are not as fast as freestyle/front crawl. :roll: Correct, swimming is the ďMinistry of funny walksĒ compared to pretty much any other competitive sport :P In my irrelevant opinion, Telemark ski is something that people forgot to stop doing, when skiing evolved with better bindings. However, that doesnít mean it shouldnít be in the Olympics. Also I my irrelevant opinion, if you canít measure it, count it, or time it, itís not a sport, its either a pastime or entertainment. If the result if decided purely by judges, then itís not a sport.
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Mon 15-01-18 10:43
Replies: 19
@ajdetpwm, Thankyou, now corrected :D
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Mon 15-01-18 9:58
Replies: 19
@alj, Take a look at http://beaconreviews.com/transceivers/transceiver_reviews.asp Buying something because it is the cheapest, is always the best way forward. See if you can test/borrow/compare the transceivers from those you ski with (assuming they donít have F1ís). Iíve tested most of the top end transceivers, and when comparing them in the same test there are differences in the way they behave. In any case whatever you buy, remember to practice with it.
Poster: A snowHead
Sun 14-01-18 17:57
Replies: 18
@OwenM, There are a few convertible ones that are certified for skiing / climbing and some cases MTB. A prime example is the Cebe Triology, which has removable sections depending on use. Then there lightweight helmets like the K2 route, which gets very good reviews.
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Sun 14-01-18 12:43
Replies: 11
@Kikib78, Welcome to SnowHeads :sH: In London there is Profeet, but the arenít going to be cheap £500+ for new boots and fitting. If you are interested in that sort of fitting you need to book immediately as they are very busy. Try Freeze Pro Shop in Edinburgh, they have a good range of boots. Iíve bought many things from them over web, but never had a boot fitting with them. https://www.freezeproshop.com/contact
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Sat 13-01-18 17:54
Replies: 72
The main thing is to look out for each other, checking for signs of frostbite (white patches on exposed skin), and for relatively quick changes from being fine to suffering. My record so far with photo evidence was at Asahidake, it went colder, but no one as inclined to take a picture. {IMG51438_334_left}
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Fri 12-01-18 8:13
Replies: 12
Mines 197cm and Iíve flown loads of time s with BA, including log haul, and itís never been an issue. However, Iíd make sure you donít stand it on end while waiting in the check in queue :D
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Thu 11-01-18 22:43
Replies: 42
So I thought squirrels hibernated in the depths of winter, that for me is more surprising than the colour ? Still no answer :-D The short answer is, "No, squirrels do not hibernate, but they do sleep a lot." Squirrels do not hibernate in winter, but they do not like cold weather, so they will stay in their den or drey when it is really cold, opting to stay warm rather than venture out. They need to eat during the winter, which is why they bury nuts/seeds.
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Thu 11-01-18 22:10
Replies: 6
I agree that Sass-Fee suffers from post snow wind effects, however the best skiing isn't on the exposed bits :D I'll be touring Hokkiado resorts from the 15th Feb for a couple of week, but based out of Furano and Otaru rather then Sapporo.
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Thu 11-01-18 20:27
Replies: 6
@atamar, Iíll be there from the 20th Jan, I ski with a born and bred local who Iíve known for 30 years, and he can barely contain his excitement at the conditions. They havenít had snow like this for years.
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Thu 11-01-18 20:12
Replies: 20
Hanging your gloves from a clip open end down, so they donít fill up with snow, if itís snowing. Hestraís usually come with with the clip.
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Thu 11-01-18 20:09
Replies: 34
I really donít know. The original Beast 16ís didnít have the indicator, and they worked fine. I donít know if there is any difference between the green Beast 16ís with the indicator and the gold ones. I know on my gold ones, when the indicator is fully depressed, the angle of the horizontal thin link arms, move from pointing slightly forward, to pointing slightly backwards (over centre?), so must be applying force in a different manner. When in touring mode the retention force is much higher with the indicator depressed. As shown below: {IMG51438_317_left} {IMG51438_318_left}
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Thu 11-01-18 17:27
Replies: 5
@foxtrotzulu, The Mammut Protection series offer the most protection, as the surround your head, but also restricts vision. As far as I am aware, only the Jetforce battery packs deflate quicky (after 3 minutes) to provide an air pocket.
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Thu 11-01-18 8:13
Replies: 34
@JeanPaulValley, Basically, you need to get grease on any part of the toe which moves. The pictures below are from @Sypderjon: {IMG51438_313_left} {IMG51438_314_left} {IMG51438_315_left}
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Wed 10-01-18 21:33
Replies: 21
I haven't thrown myself down a slope with my Jetforce, but it has been tested a few times, mainly by guides. However, I think it is a good idea to test in this manner, as the normal method of testing is to announce you are going to trigger it, and then pull the handle while standing up. Trying grab and pull the handle while rolling down a hill is a different matter. I always despair when I see Avalanche Airbag packs advertised as excellent condition, never fired. This means they don't actually know if it works, and have been skiing not knowing if it works. Like anything designed for an emergency situation, unless its tested, you'll never know. I'm from an Engineering/IT background, where Disaster Recovery plans abound, and an untested plan is pointless. One computer room had the usual Uninterruptible Power Supplies, and back up generators, the problem only identified during testing was that the generators fuel pump was on the unprotected mains supply, rather than the protected one, so the power failed after 2 minutes :roll:
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Wed 10-01-18 21:01
Replies: 34
@skimottaret, The worst icing case I had was in Japan, came out of a lift into what felt like a blast freezer, hiked up for 5 mins, and the toes were frozen solid, so that when you stepped in nothing moved. Eventually got them to work, and they were fine. I think it is only a problem due the skis being too fat to fit into the racks, so they are taken inside which allows partial melting. They are now pack with Jonís low temperature Dynafit binding grease, which definitely helps.
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Wed 10-01-18 19:25
Replies: 16
@rob@rar, I've flown BA for the last few years, and Japan the last two years with my 197cm x 37cm x 20cm ski bag without issue. JAL took it as well even though it was about 3 times the size of the tiny lady at checkin :D The main issue I faced in my journey to Hokkaido was the Terminal transfer between International and Domestic. The first time was rushed but ok, the second time all the ski bags took 1 hour to arrive in reclaim and there was only a one and a half hour arrival/departure window. So half an hour to exist reclaim, check bags onto domestic flight, transfer to other terminal (which involves an airport train), go through security, run the length of the terminal and board the plane with 5 mins to spare.
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 10-01-18 8:17
Replies: 16
@BenAS, I was on the Hokkaido Explorer Tour the last two years with Whiteroom. In terms of luggage reduction , the North Country Inn where you will be staying has coin fed laundry machines, making washing clothing easy, so you can minimise the additional clothing you take. They also have a very good heated boot / ski room, so no need to take any boot dryers. The other tip for the North Country is that you need to get down to breakfast before 07:00 when it opens, otherwise you may be stuck behind a queue of 20 elderly Japanese skiers, who very politely queue and carefully select each item of food. Niseko has a completely different feel to Furano, as somewhere to stay, feeling way more European. In terms of Apres just follow the trail of drunk Aussies.
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Tue 9-01-18 18:06
Replies: 24
@moseyp, Most trays have a simple clip which if you press allows the tray to slide out completely, just give it a wash/scrub to remove any build up.
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Tue 9-01-18 17:57
Replies: 58
@Mosha Marc, Depends on your orientation, since Onsens are segregated.
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Tue 9-01-18 17:50
Replies: 24
No detergent. I use Nikwax Tech Wash (make sure you clean out the detergent tray first), then once clean wash again with Nikwax Tx.direct reproofer. If the dirt is oil based, it might be difficult to shift.
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Tue 9-01-18 16:21
Replies: 58
@Bod, Iím the opposite, Iíve no interest sharing a bath, and I have no problem sleeping on a Futon. Way better to have a big Futon, than a small single bed.
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Tue 9-01-18 16:06
Replies: 58
@taffvalais, That rule seems to be common in Asia, but I guess it wasnít designed for skis, as it would limit you to nothing longer than a 170cm ski in a soft bag. Japan airlines have the same rule, but happily carried my 197 x 37 x 20 = 254cm or 100Ē ski bag, because I flew BA on the first leg. I guess they just want to make sure you pre register, so they donít end up with a 100 people with big bags. Have you already contacted them? https://www.cathaypacific.com/cx/en_GB/travel-information/baggage/check-in-baggage/cathay-pacific-flights.html
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Tue 9-01-18 15:41
Replies: 9
Could be a composite image. The old travel posters used to combine all the best bits in one picture, but would be impossible to see together. However, Google Images says - Christmas market of San Cassiano 2017
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Mon 8-01-18 22:52
Replies: 91
There is dedication to skiing, and then there is that :shock: If it wasn't for the lift/netting in the first picture, I wouldn't have recognized that as a piste.
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Mon 8-01-18 17:30
Replies: 20
@BobinCH, Hopefully Iíll be doing similar skiing on my Powderworks 124ís in a couple of weeks 8)
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Mon 8-01-18 17:15
Replies: 124
@1556garyt, In theory, yes. Make sure you contact the airline first, and notify them on checkin. Iíve flown many times in Europe and to Canada, and youíll get everything from ďThatís fineĒ, to phone calls to supervisors and upwards. Internal flights in Japan are another matter, as a few have been lost to over keen security operatives. Carry printouts of the IATA regs and the ABS technical specifications.
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Mon 8-01-18 16:46
Replies: 9
@enduroaid, Iíve had Waymaker 110, and now have the Waymaker 120, but my liners donít move as they are foamed. As mentioned by @DB, it does sound like your liner is moving excessively inside the shell, as is forming the equivalent of a blister at the friction point. Since the damage is already if effect, a lubricant might be the way forward, to make the movement friction free, or taking the alternative view, you need something to stop the liner moving as you walk.
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Mon 8-01-18 13:08
Replies: 28
It appears Iím an anti-weirdo, give me soft snow every time. If skiing meant hardpacked / man made snow, I would have given up skiing years ago.
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