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Poster: A snowHead
Sat 19-05-18 16:52
Replies: 12
My experience over 4 years from 2011 to 2014/15 was pretty bad, with only 1 week of what I would call good snow out of 8 weeks (2 weeks per year). If you look at the annual monthly snowfall figures, there isn't much consistency with regards to which month gets the snow fall. One year Feb might get 4m, the next 1m, and being Whistler new snow lasts hours to a day or so, before its skied out. The last time I went was in March 2015, they had a very good start in November, but by March you wouldn't know it had snowed on the lower third of the mountain and MTB's were being hired out.
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Fri 11-05-18 6:56
Replies: 6
@HoneyBunny, You can add items to the basket, so it appears the online shop works, but Iíve not tried completing the checkout process.
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Thu 12-04-18 16:41
Replies: 17
First rule with any new site you are thinking of using, is to check the Ďcontact usí page. If there is only a mail form, with no phone numbers or physical address, then be wary. This page will usually give you the country where they are located. There are plenty of large sports companies using .co.uk domains, and Iíve bought from most of them without issue. I have experienced similar issues with a request to change an order hours before it was shipped, or even the day before it was shipped. I guess these companies have pickers in a large warehouse who have no access to the admin systems, and they just fullfill any order that appears in their work queue. Anyway, Iíve bought from eXXposed.co.uk a few times without issue.
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Wed 4-04-18 16:17
Replies: 2
@Zorrac, If you do manage to get the handles off, make sure you wear a very good face mask when cutting through the poles. You donít want to breath in carbon saw dust. Iíve cut carbon bike handle bars and seat posts. You really need to use a dedicated carbon cutting blade for the hack saw. If you are friends with anyone in a local bike shop they will have the equipment, and may cut them for a small fee. I would contact Leki with regards to removing the grips.
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Tue 27-03-18 8:12
Replies: 51
@DB, I think the Radical 2ís ski better than the 1ís, but there were a number of versions of the 1ís. The later ones had elasticity at the heel, but not the rotating toe. I never skied on a early Radical 1, but my 1ís had the elastic heel. When I switched skis I went to the 2ís, and they are less harsh on piste, but as expected feel pretty much the same in powder.
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Tue 27-03-18 7:07
Replies: 51
@nosiesta, Iíve only got Tech / Pin bindings on my skis now (Beast 16, Beast 14, Radical 2, Plum Guide). The Radical 2ís you have are a massive step forward when compared to traditional TLT bindings which donít have elasticity in the heel and the rotating toe piece. My first tech bindings were the Plum Guides, and while light and great to skin on, they feed every vibration direct to your feet/legs. On the Beastís I donít even think about being on tech bindings when lím skiing. For those suffering an obvious difference, when switching from alpine to a modern tech binding, take a look at your delta angle, as couple of degrees can make a big difference if you are sensitive to such things.
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Mon 26-03-18 20:37
Replies: 59
Not in the Alps, but Japan. I was surprised to see ski/board theft warning signs at the Furano Kitanomine base lift station. I hadn't seen them anywhere else in the 10 plus resorts I've visited. In the case of the Kitanomine lift you can walk off the street, up a staircase/lift one floor, step outside, grab what you fancy and return pretty much unobserved, and walk into town.
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Fri 23-03-18 20:48
Replies: 5
Not massively different from night riding a mountain bike through woods. Your senses and reactions become enhanced and sharpened (hopefully :D)
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Wed 21-03-18 12:54
Replies: 4
Iíve got a couple of Osprey bags, they are top quality.
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Mon 19-03-18 15:43
Replies: 12
@MontyP, I would have a look at the Oakley.com website and try and identify which model you have. If they are the Airbrake model, then the lense swap can be a 10-15 second affair (made easier if you have someone else to hold/hand the swapped lense to). Many other Oakley models described as easy swap, can take a lot longer, and 2/3 tries to get right. Many other manufacturers have now gone with magnetic retention systems, which really are seconds to swap lenses.
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Mon 19-03-18 8:16
Replies: 23
Great report, thank you. Iíve only been going to Hokkaido for the last 3 seasons, for 2 weeks each time, running from mid February, into early March. Iíve definitely got the impression that conditions are much more variable at this time, than in January.
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Sun 18-03-18 20:25
Replies: 13
On my Outdoor Research and previous Heatra/Black Diamond heated gloves, Iíve regularly had a similar effect. On mine both batteries plug into one charger at the same time, and as expected light is red on the charger. Once fully charged the light is green, but if one battery finishes charging before the other the light flashes red/green. Eventually, the light goes solid green. Iíve had one faulty battery that never went green, which was confirmed by replacing it from the other pair of gloves. Iíve also experienced apparently fully charged batteries, green light on, going back to red by touching the leads etc.
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Sun 18-03-18 17:05
Replies: 12
@Super Steezy, I agree on the Cameleon lenses as I had them in my previous Jublo Explorer 2.0 glasses. Strangely I didn't get on at all with the Jublo lenses in their goggles which I tried before the Prizm lenses were released.
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Sun 18-03-18 13:47
Replies: 12
@OTS, I tried a pair of Wind Jacketís, which I think is what you mean, and they really didnít fit, leaving wide gaps on my cheeks and at the sides.
Poster: A snowHead
Sun 18-03-18 12:26
Replies: 12
Iím a great fan of the Oakley Prizm goggle lenses, so when it came to look at replacing my touring sunglasses, I looked at the Oakley Prizm range. I already had the Jawbreaker Photochromic for mountain biking, especially night riding, which are brilliant working from literally sunlight to night time. I bought the Jawbreaker Prizm Snow which is the same lense as the Sapphire Prizm goggle, and I have to say it lives up to my expectations, providing startling clarity. Since they are a white frame with blue reflective lenses, you shouldnít be out posed by the Italianís :D
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Fri 16-03-18 17:33
Replies: 23
@mh8782, It used to happen to me when I still had badly fitting ski boots. In my case it was from walking to the slopes, rather than skiing. As others mention, it will grow back again, and provided you normal shoes are the correct size, it will be fine. Once I had properly fitting boots it never happened again. On a recent holiday, I was the only one not constantly buckling and unbuckling their boots. Some were doing it after every run, undoing all 4 clips, riding a lift then doing them up again at the top. If they were racers, the fair enough, but not for general skiing.
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Wed 14-03-18 19:34
Replies: 46
I can recommend the G3 Love Glove :oops:, as an alternative to plastic cheat sheets, and a skin bag. It makes removing, folding, and packing skins much easier in my opinion. https://us-store.genuineguidegear.com/products/love-glove There are online videos of how to use them, but be careful what you search for, as you may get unexpected results :shock:
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Mon 12-03-18 17:28
Replies: 78
There were similar reports of Pilots and Co-Pilots having 2Ē bladed penknives on keychains confiscated. The Pilot pointed out that he was actually flying the aircraft , and that there was a very large sharp fire axe behind his seat. I guess the security staff are contracted to follow orders, not show intelligence.
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Mon 12-03-18 14:34
Replies: 78
From the opposite side, just after 9/11, I was behind a couple who were arguing at check in. They were having great difficulty understanding that their son couldnít take his fairly realistic looking and sized toy M16 machine gun on as hand luggage, and it would have to go in the hold.............. I also had an unopened bottle of water purchased from a vending machine at the gate confiscated, as I went through the gate.
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Sun 11-03-18 18:17
Replies: 12
@Kalwells, Welcome to SnowHeads :sH: There are plenty of ski/board bags, and there is always a trade off between features/strength and weight. The heavier the bag in general the tougher it is, but the more of your airline baggage weight allowance you use. I haven't heard of Lokker bags, but the Double Team mentioned is listed at 2.9Kg which is pretty light for ski bag, but the length at 170cm seems more like a Board bag than a ski bag. The Amazon reviews indicate that it might come up short in terms of length. Many rate the Dakine bags - https://www.dakine.com/en-gb/bags/travel-bags/ski-travel-gear-bags/fall-line-ski-roller-bag/ Also the poorly named by good Douchebags - https://douchebags.com/the-douchebag
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Sun 11-03-18 13:51
Replies: 31
The dog transceivers I mentioned above, arenít on the standard frequency, so you can only search for them deliberately.
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Sun 11-03-18 13:18
Replies: 31
There actually are dog transceivers, the Pieps TX600, but they are only searchable from Pieps DSP Pro transceivers. https://www.pieps.com/en/product/pieps-tx600
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Sat 10-03-18 22:22
Replies: 5
Strangely Google images isn't showing anything that matches the top sheet, which is pretty unusual.
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Sat 10-03-18 9:18
Replies: 10
@BigJAK, Welcome to SnowHeads :sH: As mentioned by @foxtrotzulu, there is a separate Forum thread - http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewforum.php?f=44 Ultimately only you can decide what level of comfort and risk you are willing to take, but as I am sure you are aware the level of technology for skiing advances rapidly, as you will have seen in the Paralympics.
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Fri 9-03-18 17:12
Replies: 48
@eblunt, Since everyoneís taste and budget is different, you would need specify your size and what you consider ďgoodĒ. Itís not too early, Iím getting mails daily from outdoor retailers and companies advertising their end of season sales.
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Fri 9-03-18 0:31
Replies: 2
There are a few reports out there of snow build up behind the toe in tour mode causing what sounds like similar breakage of the frame part of the binding.
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Thu 8-03-18 16:23
Replies: 26
2 minutes 35 seconds of trying not to fall off a cliff, followed by 20 seconds of falling off said cliff :roll:
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Wed 7-03-18 17:31
Replies: 25
Next season the Black Diamond Jetforce and Arcteryx Voltair will be joined by the technology changing Scott Alpride E1 Capacitor airbag for the 2018/19 season. I believe that Black Diamond are going to license the Alpride E1 technology for the 2019/20 season.
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 7-03-18 16:42
Replies: 25
@mk28, There is a massive thread about flying with airbags - http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=72233&highlight=flying+airbag Iím in a similar position to @mishmash, and have flown without significant issue, other than explaining what an airbag is. Iíve had Jetforce airbags for 3 years without issues. What are your concerns, other than maybe weight?
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Wed 7-03-18 8:22
Replies: 3
@motdoc, Training with more load than is normal for endurance sports is a standard method. If you were going ski touring it would have direct easy to define benefit. Anyway, it shouldnít do any harm, provided the weights fit properly and donít cause rubbing or bruises.
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Wed 7-03-18 8:16
Replies: 9
Providing the double bag you are considering isnít significantly heavier than the single, you really donít have anything to loose. I use a tripe with 1, 2 or 3 pairs, plus whatever else fits within the weight restriction.
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Tue 6-03-18 22:43
Replies: 278
@element, The Grand Park is a step up from the usual resort hotel. I stayed there the last three years. The rooms and breakfast are good, but I wouldn't recommend the hotel evening buffet, the food was ok, but nothing special for the 4000-5000 Yen price. The hotel is part of a huge shopping mall where you can get anything from KFC, Mcdonalds, Italian, Sushi etc, and a massive supermarket. Just found the website for Rita's - http://nikka-rita.jp/
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Tue 6-03-18 17:59
Replies: 278
Whiskey Bars seemed to be a big thing in Otaru. We went to Ritaís which is a tiny place down an alley, ask a taxi driver. By tiny I mean maybe 10-12 people, but they have 100+ Whiskies. The sample menus allow you to try up to 8 different ones. I went to Otaru Beer on a Friday in 2016 and they had run out of food :roll:
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Tue 6-03-18 17:37
Replies: 7
Iíve used a Dakine Altitude 40L for years, as I can get my ski boots (28.5) into it Tetris style. Iíve had it weighing 15Kg+ and never been questioned.
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Tue 6-03-18 12:06
Replies: 278
@BobinCH, Volkl Katana V-Werks. Varied conditions - almost everything apart from slush really! Probably had really deep powder only about 1/3 of the time. Overall they were good. Next time I might take them along with some narrower ones and see how I get on. Feel like I've missed out on a really epic season in Japan this year, I'm definitely going back next winter! Thatís a pretty stiff ski by all accounts. I went from a 193 119mm waisted Volkl Shiro to a 185 124mm waisted DPS Lotus 124 and it is a much easier and more fun ride in all conditions - it is even remarkably good on piste! Worth a look if you can try some. The Wailer 112ís are also great! Pricy but Telemark Pyrenees have 15% off FreezePro also have some good discounts at the moment on DPS - https://www.freezeproshop.com/brand/dps
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Tue 6-03-18 11:17
Replies: 7
There were a good number of airbag packs around where I was skiing in Japan, mainly worn by Europeans. At least I should say there were plenty of packs, but not that many with the trigger handles deployed. The American chap I skied with on my first day, had a Jetforce Tour 34, but still had the plastic shipping protection on the trigger handle, so hand never tested it or read the manual :shock: A number of American and Australianís I spoke to had airbags at home, but hadnít brought them due to the difficulties of flying with them. I took my Jetforce Tour 34, because 1. We were potentially going to do some backcountry touring, and 2. I donít mind the size/weight. However, apart from a couple of slopes at Furano and Teine, I didnít ski anything that really justified it.
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Sat 3-03-18 23:01
Replies: 278
@SkiingQuinHat, Did we go on the internal transfer bus to the domestic terminal together?
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Sat 3-03-18 8:23
Replies: 278
@Idris, that's exactly what we experienced the one and only day we skied Niseko. Though the top was shut, in fact it was only open twice in the seven days I think. Pretty much sums up my experience as well. In 2016 it was closed for one day due to wind, and the next day was open for wind blasted snow and near zero visibility at the top, and sun crust at the bottom. In 2017 the snow was like skiing on chalk, and we ended up lapping the park. My (admittedly limited) opinion of Niseko is that it is similar to Whistler, an all or nothing resort for powder, that gets tracked out immediately.
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Thu 1-03-18 21:57
Replies: 12
My Prizm lenses went to Japan immaculate, and all came back with scratches from twig/branch impacts from tree skiing. I'm not concerned about damage when skiing, but I get p*ssed off by casual damage, especially if caused by someone else's incompetence (carrying skis badly, swinging skis poles while walking upstairs in front of you, etc).
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Wed 28-02-18 0:16
Replies: 278
Day 11 : Kiroro. With little new snow forecast we went back to Kiroro, and were very surprised to find around 25-30cm of the good stuff at the top. What a difference a weekday makes compared to the weekend, with the previous Sunday visits hundreds of cars replaced with maybe 15. We were in the 3rd gondola up, with only 5 people in the first 2. As a consequence we had first choice out of the top gate, and farmed the powder making quick laps via the chair. However within an hour or so the warm temperatures and sunshine had already started to turn the snow on the East faces, so we switched to the opposite side of the ridge line. With less snow forecast I was on my Lotus 124's rather than the Spoon's which turned out to be a wise choice as the exist traverses had become high speed concave bobsleigh runs, littered in places with boarders. Final days skiing on Wed 28th, not sure where yet.
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