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Poster: A snowHead
Sat 25-02-17 12:18
Replies: 13
@RichardBishop, Looking good. There is nothing in your skiing that looks anything other than a natural balanced stance. The professional instructors may disagree, but that is for them to comment.
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Sat 25-02-17 11:40
Replies: 445
7th day of our tour, this time in Kokusai, which is in the mountains between Sapporo and Kutchan. The access road is a spectacular spiral road which loops up on to a flyover in front of a large dam. The resort was already fairly busy when we arrived at 09:00 (a Saturday and and a powder day), but the vast majority of the skiers/boarders were families who all stayed on piste. We spent our time lapping the drainage to the skiers right of the main gondola. You exit the top station, and boot pack left up maybe 10m, which gives you access to the slope. The top section is flattish, and had so much powder (40-50cm) that you ground to a halt unless you were following someone else's track. Even then we had to play ski leapfrog to make progress until the line opened up. Once at the rollover the slope hit 35-40 degrees and the real skiing (and face shots) started, but maybe only for 20-25 turns before a creek stopped play and the traverse out began. Thankfully the traverse out discourages most who try it, so there was probably no more that 20 people in there. Our group put in 10 laps (100 tracks), and there were still plenty of new lines available when we left. The day started bright, but snow soon started fall, and our guide estimated 2cm an hour, but at the top the strong wind was adding another 2cm. Each lap our boot pack tracks were almost filled in again. There are some even more spectacular lines further skiers right, but you need to skin for 20mins to reach them. It was still snowing when we left, so tomorrow there should be just as good 8)
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Sat 25-02-17 8:47
Replies: 445
@Mike Pow, As far as I am aware we will be in Kiroro tomorrow for first lifts. I'll be the one in blue Norrona jacket/pants, with the fat DPS skis.
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Fri 24-02-17 12:18
Replies: 445
6th day of our tour, is a transfer/down day. We have relocated from Furano to Otaru, stopping on the way for some site seeing in Sapporo. According to the forecasts many resorts were shutdown due storm and high winds. Furano was only running the Ropeway when we left. Resorts in the Otaru area were reporting in the 30-40cm new snow range, so hoping for an epic day tomorrow. Two days of luxury in the Otaru Grand Park hotel, its a hard life, but someone has to do it :-D
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Fri 24-02-17 0:56
Replies: 8
Old news, there was a thread weeks ago. It is in their small print.
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Thu 23-02-17 22:53
Replies: 4
I've seen it. I guess it depends on the size of the bag of money they put on the desk in front of you.........
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Thu 23-02-17 21:52
Replies: 57
I've been in Whistler and experienced biblical rain in the village, where you would think no sane person would go outside, let a alone consider skiing. If you can brave the walk to the lifts, the top tip is to use the covered sidewalks, the rain typically turns to heavy snow before you hit the mid stations. Just make sure you outer layers are fully water proof 8)
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Thu 23-02-17 21:39
Replies: 445
@musehead, It's a bit of both :-D You take the top pizza box/meat hook lift, and have to pole/walk 20m past a little wooden toilet shed on your left, so still facing up hill. In front of you there is then a low rope, and slightly to the right (with no rope) an open up hill trail, which is the boot pack line. We boot packed for 5-10 mins farming the lines and didn't hit the end of the slope. The tree skiing is that whole back bowl, which includes a series of drainage systems. Once in the slope it is now skiers right, and you either exit left back onto the piste directly, or continue right to the bottom where you will hit a road. The road has sufficient gradient to return you to the main lift with gentle poling, but boarders would probably have to walk. There was no indication that this was officially illegal, and you cannot be seen from the top lift station hut. The closer you get to the bottom, the more streams/creeks there are, so you need to keep left for the piste return, or you are going to the bottom. One warning is that there are snow covered liana type vines, some of which were head height, and pretty much invisible as you are concentrating on the gaps...... :-D Oh, and the first rule of the Pippu tree run, is that you don't talk about the Pippu tree run 8)
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Thu 23-02-17 10:47
Replies: 445
5th day of our tour, this time in Sahoro, which again is around an hour from Furano. Sahoro is larger than the previous resorts , but was almost completely empty when we were there. There were probably less than 50 people in the large base station restaurant at 1pm. The main lift is the 6 person gondola, but due to the ancient ski racks, any ski over about 80mm (and all boards) has to be taken inside, so the capacity is reduced to 3/4 persons. It was no issue for us on such a quiet day, but I can imagine it being annoying when busy. In the morning we spent our time lapping the trees off the Sahoro Express 4 person chair, where there was plenty of un-tracked lines, among the tight trees, and slightly more open glades. Only the creek at the bottom spoilt the run, forcing us back on to the piste, and leaving un-tracked lines :( In the afternoon we took advantage of our 4x4 van, and lapped a wide tree run from under the main gondola to resort approach road. There are 8 of us in our group (normally as 2 groups of 4), and we all just disappeared into the run, and came out of the bottom whooping and hollering at the bottom with insane grins. We did it 4 times, and only really crossed tracks at the bottom for the return to the road. So far easily the best run of the trip, even exceeding the excellent Pippu run. As for the road pickup. This is not strictly legal, and they have attracted police attention in the past, but we were fine. We just had to pile into the van while the guide and driver loaded the skis/poles.
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Thu 23-02-17 10:10
Replies: 445
@nickH, Not come across a Tonelli, our guides are Fernando and Tom.
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Wed 22-02-17 21:45
Replies: 48
@Dave of the Marmottes, my view is that the ratio of good to bad years has changed. I've been skiing for 30 years, and as pointed out by others above, it is the regular big dumps that have disappeared. The locals I've spoken to state that the resort never used to report snow falls less than 30cm, but these have now become much less frequent. Now 1cm counts as new snow! I cannot honestly remember when man made snow making equipment was first installed (15 years ago, or more?), but that shows the resorts already knew snow fall patterns had changed enough to make regular new snow an unpredictable occurrence. I would love to see honest figures across Europe for conditions without artificially produced snow. I predict that the majority of traditional locations (rather than purpose built) would have no runs to the resort open for the majority of the time. Oh, and Spring Corn and Slush don't count as 'Snow' :)
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Wed 22-02-17 13:31
Replies: 445
4th day of our tour, this time in Asahidake, which about 1 hour 30 mins from Furano. Asahidake is a one lift resort, with a 100 person cable car running every 10 mins first thing, then every 20 mins the rest of the day. It is primarily set up for touring. We were greeted with blue sky's and sunshine, so had spectacular views of the volcano and active fumaroles. Temperatures were around -8C, so the coldest day of the tour so far. The top was wind blown and in places resembled frozen ocean waves, making skiing a challenge. The short middle section offered 30cm of heavy untracked snow/powder, which we lapped 5 times. It is not one of my favourite resorts, mainly due to the long run out to return to the lift, and the approx 50 minute lap time (or longer if you just miss the 20 minute lift). However it makes a nice change, and it is one of the view places you can ski lift assisted above the tree line.
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Wed 22-02-17 12:10
Replies: 116
In the 90's in Saas-Fee before the new lifts, the Felskinn main lift regularly had 2 hour queues while running a 100 people every 10 mins in the morning.
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Tue 21-02-17 11:48
Replies: 445
3rd Ski day of our tour this time in Pippu, which is about 1 hour 15 minutes from Furano. Many of the other central resorts either had poor wind blown snow, or were shut due to high winds. It is small largely unknown resort with only 4 lifts, but has some excellent tree skiing. In fact the best tree skiing Iíve ever experienced. It didnít took that appealing when we arrived with three wide slopes, each of which was half pisted and half natural. The place was also filling up with school children and the Army practicing on army issue telemark skis. However, there is a large area of trees to the left of the resort which has variable gradients and perfectly placed trees, and a simple exit back on to the piste, or resort road, depending on line choice. This can be accessed via a traverse, or extra turns can be earned by boot packing for 5-10 mins. We found fresh lines every time, in fact probably 10 times. The pistes though not our target were in very good condition, and again the best experienced this trip. We used the option of a 5 hour lift ticket with lunch included. When we got back to Furano it was dumping heavily, but I don't know how long it is supposed to carry on.
Poster: A snowHead
Mon 20-02-17 22:26
Replies: 15
@rob@rar, @DrLawn, :-D :-D :-D
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Mon 20-02-17 21:06
Replies: 15
@BertieG, As mentioned above, Anything Technical would be my first point of contact (unless you have already tried them). Just because it isn't on their site doesn't mean they cannot get hold of it. http://www.skiequipmentuk.co.uk/shop/ski-boot-spares/ski-boot-heels-and-toes/atomic-ski-boot-heels-and-toes/ There are various places offering ski boot repair, but I don't know if this counts as simple bolting on a replaceable toe/heel, or actual plastic surgery, which sounds like what you require. You would need to phone around and ask. For example - http://www.skiexchange.co.uk/workshop/ You could also contact Feet First Resoles, an excellent company I have used for hiking boots. They don't do ski boots, but being in that industry, they may know who can. https://www.resoles.co.uk/
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Mon 20-02-17 11:35
Replies: 445
2nd Ski day of the tour this time in Kamui, which is about 1 hour 10 mins from our base in Furano. Kamui is a small resort with only 4 lifts, 1 of which is the main gondola, which runs from base to top station in one stage. Since we arrived on Monday, after 2 days of weekend abuse, pretty much everything in bounds was tracked. Also bizarrely many sections of the piste felt and sounded like man made snow, which was probably the result of high humidity and cold temperatures. We spent the majority of out time in the North Bowl area, which still had plenty of un-tracked lines for every lap, and offered around 40cm of powder. As with many resorts, we had to hit the traverse line out, which left plenty of options for more powder below, for those with skins or prepared for a 20 minute boot pack back out. In bounds there are plenty of tree lines available, without any of the tedious gully floor traverse exits, so after new snow it would be a excellent resorts for powder laps. The only downside is the incredibly slow blue chair on left, which is imaginatively named.........Double Chair No.5. It is the return route from the North Bowl exit traverse, so has to be used every lap. The lift also shuts at 15:00, so cuts out any last minute powder hunts, as the nearest ski-able run back to the base is a long boot back uphill.
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Mon 20-02-17 9:50
Replies: 445
Yep...the trouble is with Hokkaido that you don't get any sun, and it is all low-angle stuff so really not fun to ski...plus this year they have not had much snow (All are real reasons that ski instructors elsewhere have given me for not going) :D :D :D Excellent, all the more powder for me 8)
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Sun 19-02-17 19:00
Replies: 11
@Ozboy, Sidas sell both Foam injected and Thermo mouldable liners to replace your stock liners. For example from Profeet http://www.profeet.co.uk/custom-ski-boot-liners
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Sun 19-02-17 18:53
Replies: 15
@felstead, My Norrona Lofoten jackets have excellent wrist gaters, with thumb holes, and they are designed in such a way that my thumbs never miss. https://www.norrona.com/en-GB/products/lofoten/lofoten-gore-tex-pro-jacket-m/
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Sun 19-02-17 18:47
Replies: 14
@skiski16, Welcome to SnowHeads :sH: The walk mode on Hike to Ride boots is huge benefit if any significant walking is involved, as you are dictating to the boot how you walk, rather than the other way around. Your World Cup race replicas are as you say designed to put you in the position to go fast on smooth snow, and probably have high forward lean angle. Once you are off piste, you need to move your body weight around a lot more, so a more upright boot would probably benefit more than a much softer flex boot. As others will tell you flex rating only really apply with a single manufacturers boot range, so if you took 3 120 flex boots from 3 manufacturers, the flex characteristics would feel different. I'm a relatively lightweight 68kg, but I use 120 flex Atomic Waymaker FR boots off-piste without issue. Don't forget that your skis probably have more influence on how you ski off-piste, as a really stif ski for your weight will throw you around and back on your heels, a lot more than softer flex ski.
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Sun 19-02-17 9:03
Replies: 445
I'm back in Japan with White Room Tours on their Hokkaido Explorer tour (10 resorts in 12 days). After a hectic arrival yesterday, due to Chitose airport staff managing to take 1 hour to deliver bags to the luggage carousel, from the BA flight, the bags were so slow that the oversized ski bags arrived first. This resulted in 20-30 Brits having to try and make the 09:05 JAL flight in the domestic terminal in 30 mins. The Customs staff then made this much worse, by insisting that every ski bag was opened to check what it contained. I can only assume they have some sort of smuggling problem. We all made the JAL flight by running the length of the terminal. The flight and ongoing coach transfer went smoothly, and I arrived in Furano in the afternoon on Saturday. 1st Ski day in Furano, and apparently it was the best day of the season due to a recent, and ongoing, heavy snow fall. For a Sunday powder day the resort was remarkably empty, and we only had to wait for the Ropeway a couple of times. The snow was deep enough to cover the majority of previous tracks completely and the Diamond area to left looking up, delivered proper steep and deep snow on all faces. However, the long traverse out via the dam, was worse than before, presumably due to the weeks of poor snow resulting in a polished bob slay run with constantly changing chambers and compression's. The sidestep up to the dam was down to bare rock/roots after 3 circuits. A few days work with a mini digger in the summer would transform that traverse :D Not sure where we are off to tomorrow, but I'll post an update.
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Sun 19-02-17 8:08
Replies: 241
@Glroberts, All I can say is that your feet must be an exact match for the last used by Salomon when they created the boot, everyone I can remember using them considered them as instruments of torture, a forefoot adjuster that squashed your foot, and a cable the tried to cut your instep in half. As far as I am aware rear entry boots are only available for small children now. Salmon SX50's are available for £9.90 on eBay - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SALOMON-SX50-LIGHT-GREY-BLACK-BUCKLES-LINERS-SKI-BOOTS-SIZE-340-45-MONDO-315-/142264567209?hash=item211fa105a9:g:RG8AAOSwal5YIPc6 Alternatively you could upgrade to Salmon SX71's for 9p more.
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Sat 18-02-17 18:41
Replies: 27
Get a Booster elastic power strap, I've used them for 10+years now. Better hold and no hard end to the flex, and a sprung return.
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Sat 18-02-17 6:39
Replies: 39
I had a pair of late model Dynafit 3F's (the one with the internal spring) crack/split after about 6/7 years, fortunately while walking rather than skiing. Apart from liners packing out and degrading (especially if you have sweaty feet), I would have thought that heel/toe sole wear would be a significant retirement factor.
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Thu 16-02-17 20:19
Replies: 6
@paulmags, I doubt you can get alternative ear pads. The ear pads are designed to be removed or have audio systems inserted. The problem you have is the balancing act between improving sound transmission, and keeping your ears warm. You could try punching small eyelets through the middle of the ear pads.
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Thu 16-02-17 13:15
Replies: 381
The buyer of the SkiTrab's in the picture are the target market for these shovels. Under competition rules you have to carry a Transciever, Probe and Shovel, but you know you aren't going to need them, so you go as light as possible. I know the rules changed so that you now have to carry a 3 antenna Transciever, but I don't know about the probe and shovel.
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Thu 16-02-17 11:24
Replies: 381
@SnoodlesMcFlude, +1 Just imagine what the reaction would be of the search team if you turned up with a 1.8m probe and a plastic shovel............
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Wed 15-02-17 21:59
Replies: 381
That is a 7 year old video and poly-carbonate shovels have fallen out of favour since then. Ortovox only sell one, Black Diamond, BCA, Mammut, Voile, Pieps, Brooks Range etc don't sell any. If they were the way forward, they would all be selling them. The only other plastic/composite shovels are in the safety boxing ticking Skimo racer market. What I find most bizarre about the video clip, is what did the digger with the Ortovox shovel find that was more important than digging out the buried skier. When he did return, he moved a couple of shovel fulls, then went off again :shock:
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Wed 15-02-17 20:55
Replies: 381
@richjp, @achilles, Now that Mammut have brought out the Aluminum 460g Alugator Light, there is no need for anyone to buy the heavier Poly-carbonate Ortovox Economic II to save weight. I for one wouldn't want to have the 'what if' question weighing on my mind in a rescue situation. I would rather carry an extra 200-300g and have a full sized metal shovel. Also don't forget a snow saw with wood cutting ability. An avalanche below the tree line may well contain branches blocking access or trapping the victim.
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Tue 14-02-17 20:13
Replies: 4
There is a lot more information about this now. The chap was a skilled hucker, as he is a Kiwi Freeride instructor, so knew exactly what he was doing. It may have been his first time, but certainly not his first time launching off big drops. Still impressive though, as I wouldn't have dropped in using the more traditional approach :-D
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Tue 14-02-17 18:04
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@Jonpim, I have to say there was a definite split between Europe and Canada. In Canada whether going touring or heli-skiing, I was asked to read and sign 1 or 2 pages of paperwork, and perform as a minimum a transceiver search. In Europe, admittedly with a Guide I know, preparation was 'Ready'....... In Japan, the Australian Guides started the assessment as soon as they saw you on the first morning with your boots/skis/equipment. Were you there on time, fully kitted out, carrying skis 'properly', clearing boots of snow before clicking in etc. Being typical direct no BS Aussie's any issues were sorted out immediately and only once.
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Tue 14-02-17 17:14
Replies: 86
@Harry Flashman, Engaging your core (tightening your stomach muscles as if about to perform perform a sit up), works for me when I need to be quick edge to edge. The best instructor I ever had a lesson with, instead of trying to get me to ski like them, started off the first couple of runs skiing behind me, trying to ski like me to understand what I was doing. Since I have a mild club left foot that results in me skiing with my left leg rotated about 15 degree (so my foot is parallel), and having practically zero left ankle flex, I was impressed. This resulted in them working out what I could do, rather than, what I should be doing. The other 'trick' is to push beyond your limit occasionally (or outside your comfort zone). The tricky run or section you find difficult will 'disappear' after you have skied something more difficult. The most basic example is the massive steep, bumpy, icy slope you were faced with on your first day as a beginner, isn't even noticed now as it is flat and smooth compared to what you ski now.
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Mon 13-02-17 20:40
Replies: 9
@snowpony12, Welcome to SnowHeads :D I expect one of the Pro Boot Fitters will be along to analyse your issue. If your boot is too small, then it is typically squashed either in length or width (or both). If your boot is too large, you end up doing up the clips too tight so form pinch points on your foot (which sounds like what you are experiencing). With properly fitting boots, you should be able to wiggle your toes, but everything else should be held firmly (especially your heel), without any pressure points. This chart from Evo is really to show BSL (Boot Sole Length), but it does show the models that come in 22/22.5. There really are not that many, and whether you will be able to find any in stock is another matter. http://www.evo.com/ski-boot-sole-length-bsl-size-chart.aspx
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Mon 13-02-17 20:31
Replies: 40
@Posidrive, With all the earthed lift towers and cables you should be fine. I wouldn't advise climbing any peaks though. I suspect the resort will shutdown in the event of a proper thunder storm.
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Mon 13-02-17 17:39
Replies: 2
@jangab73, There are 2 other threads already running.
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Mon 13-02-17 16:36
Replies: 44
@Zayna99, Do what makes you happy. My Sister hasn't really changed her skiing in 30 years, she skis slowly but in total control on Blue, Red or Black pistes.
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Sun 12-02-17 20:49
Replies: 30
@Kayceus, I would look for a jacket that does not look like a ski jacket, so that it can be used on the street afterwards. The North Face do some excellent Tri-Climate jackets with zip in/out fleeces that work over a wide range of temperatures.
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Sun 12-02-17 18:44
Replies: 44
@Hells Bells, True, I have a colleague who lives/works in Rome, he tends to use a Scooter rather than the car as it takes a third of the time. He regularly reports every form of moving and stationary traffic violation. However, the most spectacular was when in snowed heavily in Rome a couple or three years ago. Italian city driving and snow was not a good combination........
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Sun 12-02-17 18:36
Replies: 44
Speeding fine in Italy, what was it for, not going fast enough? :twisted:
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