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Poster: A snowHead
Mon 14-08-17 15:08
Replies: 7
Ortovox S1+ - Now sold as well.
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Mon 14-08-17 12:16
Replies: 53
@coddlesangers, Any new snow is welcome to protect the ice. The Saas-Fee glaciers have retreated massively in the last 30 years. When I first went in 1987 there was a 8m high ice wall at the glacier lake. That glacier tongue has now retreated 400-500m. This old poster shows the changes in the last 200 years. There are big changes in the last 15 years since 2002:
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Mon 14-08-17 10:55
Replies: 6
There are a few of these Bluetooth tiles, tags, buttons available. This one is being sold at 20% of its original price, so apparently wasn't that successful for its original purpose.
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Mon 14-08-17 10:43
Replies: 7
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Sat 12-08-17 20:04
Replies: 7
@SnoodlesMcFlude, Excellent, I'll PM you.
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Sat 12-08-17 17:30
Replies: 7
@esaw1, I've got a BCA Tracker 3 and a Ortovox S1+ (recall upgraded), bought so that I could do some serious single and multiple transceiver testing. Both are as new, upgraded to latest software, with harness and box. BCA Tracker 3 £160 Ortovox S1+ £200 Collection from South Cambridgeshire or plus £6.95 p&p signed/insured.
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Fri 11-08-17 16:49
Replies: 21
I've seen plenty of Ski Patrol dogs on chair lift. I've also seen one treat a T-Bar as a continuous 'stick' throwing device, catching each one until the tension was too high, letting go and catching the next one :D
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Wed 9-08-17 18:21
Replies: 81
First physical lift was on the rope pull at Bassingbourn Barracks Dry Slope in late 1986 for 6 weekly lessons, first proper lift on snow would have been the Village lifts in Saas-Fee in March 1987. I can remember going up and it taking the entire 2 hour morning lesson to come down that massive slope :D
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Wed 9-08-17 18:14
Replies: 5
@dulcamara, Wildsnow.com has loads of details.
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Wed 9-08-17 17:22
Replies: 1
We just need it to snow every week until the start of the Winter season, and maybe there will be a base for some decent off piste for next season :D
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Wed 9-08-17 17:07
Replies: 7
I haven't rented in Saas-Fee for years, but I can remember paying around £300 for top end platinum skis for 2 weeks, so even allowing for inflation and exchange rate movements the prices seem excessive. One of the biggest sports shops is Cesar Sport, so you could book your rentals in advance, but their website is currently not responding, for a price check - http://www.cesarsport.ch/ Another big shop is Glacier Sport, who are part of Intersport, they are showing between CHF 140 - 280 on adult skis for 6 days - http://www.intersportglacier.ch I used both in the past.
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Tue 8-08-17 17:23
Replies: 4
@esaw1, There is often something on the Winter section of the resorts website. Most resorts seem to be in the 08:00-08:30 range. Edit: Just been proved wrong by the post above :D
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Tue 8-08-17 17:20
Replies: 32
@Mattjjohn, Booking restaurants at least 24/48 hours in advance especially on Fri/Sat/Sun is definitely recommended for a party of 4. Depending on what you fancy (or what the kids fancy), you can spend anything from excellent large Pizza's at $1 slice, to $100+ per person. You sometimes have to hunt for restaurants, as although there are many on the main strip, others are downstairs under the retail shops.
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Mon 7-08-17 20:05
Replies: 7
Yes, I've used them many times under the old www.bergfreunde.co.uk name. They actually held a competition for the new website name, and Alpine Trek was the best option.
Poster: A snowHead
Mon 7-08-17 15:57
Replies: 23
@Valkyrie, Yes they work fine in cycling shoes. I've used mine on my Shimano mountain bike shoes/boots for years without any issues. I should add, that if you have any Thermo mouldable components such as foot beds, be careful with the temperature.
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Mon 7-08-17 12:38
Replies: 27
@Grizzler, You need to quote the exact Smith lens you have to be helpful to others. @Daishan, The Prizm Rose isn't designed for really bright days, you would need something darker. If you really only wanted one lens then mid range Prizm lens would be your best bet.
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Mon 7-08-17 10:50
Replies: 53
I don't know where it is, but it's not Saas-Fee.
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Sun 6-08-17 20:55
Replies: 27
@martinm, I got my A Frame 2.0 (Prizm Rose) for 60GBP from Freeze Pro shop....but you need to keep an eye out for sales. Ta, will do. Shade Station, Rx Sport and Absolute Snow, are also good bets. I would add, strangely the Cycle Store, I've bought cycle gear and Oakleys from them. They are currently list goggles from £50. https://www.cyclestore.co.uk/rangeViewer.asp?categoryID=175
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Sun 6-08-17 20:51
Replies: 27
You can often get genuine bargains on more unusual Oakley frames, particularly pro skiers/riders models. I have picked up the lens I wanted by buying a bizarre frame colour/pattern, cheaper than I could buy the lens by itself. Also be very careful of the "too good to be true" prices for Oakley stuff (or any other expensive brand), there loads of fake Oakley sites out there. Don't go near anything without a phone number or physical company address. Random price amounts are the other give away.
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Sun 6-08-17 19:58
Replies: 42
@stanton, Is this the same EU that was objecting to the UK proposal for checking the records of all EU citizens living in the UK, because it was an invasion of privacy. Anyway, in a passport queue how are any of the first 4 going to be checked in real time? How would points 1 and 4 be dealt with? Both presumably would cause the person to be refused entry on the way in to the EU, but presumable let through on the way back to the UK.
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Sun 6-08-17 19:47
Replies: 27
@martinm, It really depends on the actual conditions, as apart from the full on inside a ping pong ball, dragging a pole to confirm if you are actually moving conditions, pretty much everything else is "It depends". I've got and tried pretty much all the Oakley Prizm lens, and the Hi Yellow, Persimmon, Pink etc. The Prizm lens certainly work over a much wider range than any of the others. It also depends on how much of a visual skier/boarder you are (yes, I know about Rule 5).
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Sun 6-08-17 6:56
Replies: 14
@imull, As mentioned by @Sarge McSarge, the quality of the pistes is excellent, and strangely in my experience didn't seem to degrade during the day. This is helped by the quality of the snow, and more importantly there isn't any man made snow (at least in all the resorts I visited). With regards to off piste, you'll need to check the local rules, as some have no restrictions, some have no official off piste, and some it is mandatory to have a guide for off piste. I'm sure our resident Japan expert @MikePow will be along with some advice.
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Wed 2-08-17 7:01
Replies: 6
@sugarmoma666, As you are aware the main issue is the difference in width. Toko make an adapter that fits their ski vices (and probably others as well). Looks like it can be bought for £23. http://www.racewax.com/adapter-converts-ski-vise-to-snowboard-nordic-xc-wide-vise-by-toko/
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Tue 1-08-17 10:25
Replies: 45
It's happening in Europe as well. The new Spielboden lift in Saas-Fee has wi-fi in every cabin. I'm sure a read about cabins in Vail or Aspen having iPhone docks.
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Sun 30-07-17 16:24
Replies: 3
@MogulMonkey, Provided you are within the size/weight limits it shouldn't be a problem. After all, a heavy set of skis with 3Kg frame bindings can easily weigh more that two pairs of touring skis/bindings. I think it tends to be more of an issue with the budget short haul operators. I was once on a Easyjet flight and they announced during boarding that there were too many pairs of skis, and some would be removed and sent on later flights. It appeared to relate to storage capacity, rather than weight. As you mention BA don't care, I've flown with 3 pairs in a big ski bag multiple times without issue.
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Fri 28-07-17 20:10
Replies: 8
@Jill, Welcome to SnowHeads :sH: The first thing I suggest you do is ask for a username change as its never a good idea to use a real mail address. On to the boots. Depending on how restricted your foot/ankle movement is, and what level of skier you are, you could consider looking at the boots by Apex and Dahu. Both offer a separate liner to the shell, so are much easier to get on and off. https://www.apexskiboots.com/ https://www.dahusports.com
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Thu 20-07-17 16:17
Replies: 25
Sounds like you are following the same path as me. I went to Whistler 4 years in a row, and got 2-3 days of proper powder skiing out of a total of 8 weeks. After reading posts on SnowHeads about Japan, I gave it a try and skied more powder turns on my best day than my entire time in Whistler. What makes this more impressive is that Hokkiado has had relatively poor winters the last two years. In terms of ski width I'm with @clarky999, my narrow skis are 124mm and the fat ones massively rockered 148mm. Although I have skinned for powder on the 124mm, if I was planning long touring days I would drop down to lighter 112mm with ST 2's
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Wed 19-07-17 11:47
Replies: 25
@telemark15, I agree with the cold comment, as we had -36C on Asahidake, which being the highest mountain on Hokkiado as a direct feed from the Siberian winds :sH: These days 90mm isn't big, the narrowest on the tours I was on was 108mm (the guide), while most were on 120mm plus. Having said that, there are some who ski powder on 65mm skis to get as deep as possible.
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Tue 18-07-17 17:29
Replies: 6
There are not just people in glaciers, allsorts of things will be revealed when global warming really gets going. The infamous Stendec flight/message is just one example. There is a 2015 film "45 Years", which has a body in a glacier storyline, which reappears after you guessed it.....
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Sun 16-07-17 7:29
Replies: 25
@FoofyNoo, I have the SCGB Platinum Insurance, as it seems to offer everything I need for off-piste and worldwide cover. Good news on the Jetforce, I have Pieps Tour Pro 34. The guides generally use BCA Float packs I skied with Ronan for a day last trip. Apart from being a guide, he is also (slightly bizarrely since he is from that well known Alpine Nation of Ireland) the New Zealand national Avalanche forecaster 8) I agree with regards the cost, especially since it includes all travel, transfers, half board, fully guided days. Yes, it would be cheaper as a DIY exercise, but you would miss out on the best powder stashes in each resort. Another thing, when you arrive at Chitose and are waiting for the Resort Liner transfer, you need to remain alert, as they tend to call all the boarding for the 3-4 buses to different destinations at the same time, and you need to be in the correct queue.
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Sat 15-07-17 21:35
Replies: 25
@FoofyNoo, I'm 53 and many of those on the trips I went on were over 50, so you'll fit right in. The Whiteroom office administrator said that one reason for the 'Advanced' classification was to weed out the intermediates who have gone through a little slope side powder, and think they can powder ski. The booking form then asks you to detail what you have actually done. Your listed experience will be fine. Also, attitude is important, as everyone will fall over at some point, and you need to be able to sort yourself out (which isn't always easy in a meter plus of fresh snow). Everyone soon becomes friends, and will pull each other out of the snow if required. They just want to make sure that you have actually skied 'proper' powder for for a few days. Even so they said someone will occasionally slip through the checks, typically one half of a couple, where one can ski and the other just traverses and falls over repeatedly. The first couple of runs of the day will form the group selection process, where the guides assess whether everyone can ski/board. Typically at Furano you will go up to the mid-station and then ski down the pistes to the base. They are not expecting you to be a world cup skier, particularly as most will be on fat powder skis/boards or touring skis, but they expect that everyone will reach the bottom together within a few seconds of each other, rather than a few minutes. The first year the groups split skiers/boarders, and the second year was largely driven by a group that had traveled together and wanted to ski together. The terrain isn't generally hardcore at most resorts, as they generally fall into the category of small hills with a flat top, steeper mid section and a shallower run out. You will need to be prepared for some long traverses to return to pistes. Also, at Asahidake you will probably be going on 20 min uphill boot backs carrying your skis (your backpack will have a ski carry option, so learn how it works). Make sure you are prepared to leave on time, and have all your equipment/boots (skis/boards are often left in the vans overnight). You might get some leeway on the first day, but not if you are late/forget things every day. Which AviBag do you have? As you may have issues if you are flying internally in Japan (many have lost gas bottles). I have an electric fan pack to avoid issues. In terms of ski width, go with what you know, providing you are on something around 100mm, you'll be fine. In terms of culture, politeness is key in Japan, also check on the etiquette of using chopsticks during a shared meal. We also found that trying to change a set menu to order something different resulted in random results. Also make sure you have proper off-piste insurance which is valid in Japan. I believe that most resorts have free recovery off the mountain from on-piste, but off-piste is chargeable.
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Sat 15-07-17 11:22
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@FoofyNoo, I was on the White Room Hokkiado Explorer the last two years, and have booked the Central Hokkiado Tour for next season. They are very well organised, and the guides seem to know every gap in the trees. The North Country Inn, is perfectly adequate for a skiing holiday, and the breakfast is excellent. Be prepared for early starts, as we often left the car park at 07:30 fully suited and booted. Any other questions, let me know.
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Fri 14-07-17 20:56
Replies: 25
@FoofyNoo, You mention an "Off-Piste Tour", are you going with a Tour Company or DIY?
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Tue 11-07-17 18:03
Replies: 13
@DJ, good. Makes me wonder if they've abandoned the heating technology? Hestra still have their heated gloves and mittens on the website, they are described as "A further development of our popular ski glove with heating loops.", so maybe they have been fixed. But then again, many of the Snow Sports related manufactures seem to give up updating their websites out of season. https://hestragloves.com/sport/en/gloves/alpine/30440-power-heater-man-woman-five-finger/100/
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Tue 11-07-17 16:43
Replies: 13
As a cold hand sufferer I've bought and had replaced all the major brands. Most of the early ones rarely lasted 2 weeks, and at most 4. All the manufacturers replaced the failing gloves sight unseen, so I guess they failed so often they didn't question it. Black Diamond actually sent the replacements direct to my holel in the Alps. They all used the same Thermic elements, these included SnowLife, Hestra, Black Diamond. Black Diamond then released there own updated version ( I think they had just bought Pieps, so had access to their Engineers). I still have these, as they are the only original pair that haven't failed. I now have the Outdoor Research Lucent gloves which are much warmer than the Thermic based gloves, but even with these, I'm on the third pair. These fail on individual fingers, rather than the whole glove. Maybe it's time to try the much recommend Blazewear.
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Tue 11-07-17 12:12
Replies: 22
When I was looking for world wide, touring, off-piste with/without guide, heli-skiing etc, SCGB were generally up to 50% cheaper than anyone else I checked. I've been with them for 6 years now, and saved hundreds compared to similar policies, but haven't needed to claim, so can't comment on that aspect. When you add in the online discounts, the 10-15% discounts soon add up towards the cost of the policy. So as you say, it does look too good to be true, but apparently isn't :D
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Sun 9-07-17 18:47
Replies: 39
If there has been a decent snowfall, it isn't that unusual to be able to "ski" as you go up a chair lift :D. You may also find some of the really old pizza box or meat hook lifts. This is one of the top lifts at Niseko :shock:.
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Sun 9-07-17 17:16
Replies: 39
I did find that many of the resorts had lifts that ran at very low level. This may have been by design or due to the depth of the snow pack. A number of times when skiing or crossing the lift lines, you had to dodge the ascending and then remember to dodge the descending ones as well. On some chairlifts you had to make sure you kept your tips up to avoid hooking the snow. Part of this is due to the smaller/lower chairs designed for the typically smaller Japanese person, rather than long legged lanky Europeans.
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Sun 9-07-17 17:06
Replies: 32
@Daishan, As you already know, reviews of ski boots can only really be used to determine if there any mechanical or reliability issues with the boot, and the target usage. You will also get some very rough guidance with regards to the fit, but not if they will fit. The only time you can really rely on a review for fit is when they compare the boot being reviewed to a boot you already have, or have used. Boot brands tend to stick with a similar last, so some are known to be narrow, some high instep etc. I know exactly what you mean about favorite boots. I really wanted to get some Dynafit Beast/FT1 boots (the updated Khion), but they wouldn't fit. I (and many others) only use tech bindings/boots for all our skiing, and as you point out the latest offer much improved release characteristics, so you shouldn't have any issues unless you are a from the "Crash Test Dummy" school of skiing. With regards to Profeet, you need to call them, and check when they expect to have their entire range of touring type boots in stock (usually late Sep/Oct), so they will have every size of boot available. Also, if you know you have problem feet, make this clear at the time of booking.
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Thu 6-07-17 20:52
Replies: 111
The most common mod on Airbag packs is to the crotch strap, particularly when heli-skiing, where the constant taking on and off, makes the threading of the crotch strap an inconvenience. The favorite mod is a carabiner on end of the strap which makes it easy to clip on if you forget to thread it. I tried a quick release military retention strap on mine which works well. Arcteryx are the first manufacturer to think it through properly with their ice screw clip type connection for the crotch strap.
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