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Poster: A snowHead
Wed 11-01-17 18:30
Replies: 83
Hi, great photos and videos Mike, glad to see you have got a few days in already! @sninhosa, I am in Brecon this weekend and might be up for a ski on Sunday... however for the sake of my skis & sanity I think I would wait for a bit more depth than Mike's last pics from New Year! Fingers crossed & snow-dance at the ready. Rob
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Sat 16-01-16 18:32
Replies: 132
Chamcham, congrats! I too joined that group today! Cwm Llwch in lovely conditions, ankle deep powder as you say. Especially the E and NE facing slopes above the lake. Storey Arms looked busier than Picadilly Circus! As did the summit, I stayed on the ridge and the quieter north side of the mountain. N face of Corn Du didn't look filled in, but NW face of Pen y Fan looked like it might just go.. Photos to follow. Rob
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Thu 14-01-16 20:03
Replies: 132
PS - if any of the Brecon skiing experts have any suggestions for good spots, I'm all ears! (looks like N / NW winds)
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Thu 14-01-16 19:59
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I saw that too. I was hoping to take a look at Cwm Llwch with skis on Saturday - if I get any luck, I'll let you know...
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Thu 26-11-15 10:56
Replies: 132
Great stuff Mike - I wondered whether you were skiing at the weekend! we were mountain biking as we had friends over (also at Gethin on Sunday). I'll be more prepared for the next snow...
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Wed 14-10-15 15:00
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Mon 12-10-15 19:19
Replies: 4
Nice pics! Cliff drops and naked dudes, Japan has it all doesn't it :) Thanks for the advice, will certainly drop them a line. Still keen to hear if anyone has done something similar with the remote huts & ski touring ...
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Mon 12-10-15 19:07
Replies: 39
Just to add some advice to the above on this thread... I have been powder hunting early season (Christmas and even early December) for the last few years and have had great powder skiing at all of the places listed below.. though have also had truly awful conditions (in the same week or weekend)! So, flexibility (hire a car) and taking the advice of a local guide is key. Based on that and what you've said, I would recommend hiring a car from Geneva and being flexible about where you go in the Haute Savoie: Chamonix valley is great of course, but the off-piste can get wind scoured very quickly especially Grand Montets and other high-up bits. Plenty of options within easy drive though even if you stay in Cham (or better Argie), either in Italy through the tunnel (have had awesome conditions at Pila) or down the valley (second the recommendation for Les Contamines - had epic powder skiing here last year while the crowds at the GM were scratching around on wind-pack barely covering the rocks!), but also St Gervais, Megeve etc - all depending on local conditions! For English guides, try googling for Rob Jarvis or Jonny Baird. Many areas within a few hours drive of Innsbruck also very good for this too, as Clarky says. Just stay away from my tracks :)
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Mon 12-10-15 18:49
Replies: 4
Hi all We've got a trip to Japan booked for two weeks late Jan / early Feb 2016. The first week we're staying in Niseko / Hirafu (might take a day trip to nearby areas Rusutsu etc, also have an eye on Mt Yotei if conditions allow!) - but the second week, we are after something a bit less crowded and ideally would love to stay in a remote hut / lodge / onsen and ski tour from there. Then probably end with a couple of days in either Sapporo or Tokyo to pick up a bit more of the experience. My wife and I are both good off-piste skiers and tour fairly regularly, we would ideally have a guide some days and do some more mellow days unguided. I have found a couple of options online (mostly near Furano - Tokachidake etc), but if anyone has any recommendations or stories from similar previous trips I would love to hear them! Ideally a staffed lodge with catering but we are open to all suggestions! Also, from previous threads I know that Black Diamond Tours get a good reputation on here, but does anyone have any recommendations for guides further east in the Furano area? Much appreciate any input! Thanks. Rob PS - Mike Pow - if you are reading this, I notice you are a bit of an expert but also from our neck of the woods... we have just moved to near Libanus, if you fancy a few beers at our expense in return for some advice, PM me!
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Tue 11-11-14 2:04
Replies: 18
I am no transceiver expert but I have been told that loss of directional indicators (but otherwise working) tracker can indicate that one antenna is broken, ie on the original tracker and tracker 2, you are down to one antenna for both search and transmit modes and therefore are taking more chances with regard to orientation of body / flux lines making a search more difficult. I can't get this link to work right now, but I believe this is where I originally read the above. It might be worth giving your old tracker a thorough test and then deciding whether it is fine for use or should be consigned to testing only. https://www.wildsnow.com/6031/older-beacon-test-how-to/
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Wed 20-08-08 17:32
Replies: 30
I spent Jan-March touring BC/Alberta this year, with about a month in Whistler. The place is awesome. I had doubts about spending so long in one resort, having never done a season before, but on leaving I felt as if I could easily have stayed much longer. I would say that unless you're comfortable in the 'proper' off-piste/backcountry (and are with people who are too; or are happy finding randoms to go out with) then a North American resort is the best way to stretch your skiing, simply because of the huge amount and variety of avy-controlled, in-bounds terrain at a place like Whistler. (try out the line Ladies First off the side of blackcomb glacier, or some of the lines in Flute bowl on whistler, on a power day...). The town has a very lively, young atmosphere - in general, quite a nice community of people really into their skiing/riding. I stayed in Creekside (the other gondola uplift area) in a condo near the owned by Max at 'whistler snowboard tours' - http://www.snowboardwhistler.com/condo.html . The set up was awesome - basic, but cheap and a great place to meet people if you're planning on going out alone. Made some really good friends there. The chap who runs it is friendly and laid back, and he might even be able to get you a deal on a ski pass... Downsides are the expense of things like groceries in whistler and the fact that it does get quite busy on weekends; also the infestation of aussies over for the season ;) Other resorts that particularly impressed were Kicking horse (though much less of a nightlife), Revelstoke (quite 'up and coming') and Lake Louise; though I would say that for the amount of skiing, and for the community and atmosphere, Whister tops out. rob
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Thu 13-03-08 12:31
Replies: 32
shoogly, congrats! When are you going, this season or next? I was there a couple of weeks ago, just for a few days, and had a pretty good time despite it being in a fairly long period of no snow. At sunshine, Delirium Dive was closed and so it was mainly groomers, bumps or park. They have had a bit of snow since, and apparently the Dive was open last week. Lake louise was good fun too; even with the lack of snow, some of the chutes in the back bowls ("the ultimate steeps") were lots of fun and in decent nick. Also I enjoyed the couloir which is just the other side of the rocks on Hectors ridge (requires a bit of a hike). Some of the groomers down to the village from the top of the gondi, and the top of the 6man chair, can be lots of fun too! Dont rule out the possibility of a day at Kicking Horse- in Golden, about an hour past LL. It's a great resort with awesome terrain and gets good snow (though the lift system, as alex mentions above, is definitely different to the European approach!). In Banff, check out the hot springs after a day's skiing; Aurora's on a Sunday night seems to bring out a lot of the locals/seasonnaires and from 9-11pm does 25cent beers (theyre tiny, about a third of a pint, but even so that's 75cent pints- in a touristy ski town!). There's a decent curry house ("masala" I think), and the food & booze at the Elk & Oarsman (iirc) was pretty good.
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Wed 12-03-08 16:04
Replies: 55
oops, missed out on the fact that you already had a pair. I agree- get some fatties!
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Wed 12-03-08 15:54
Replies: 55
I've just skied 40 days in western canada on a pair of PEs (164cm; i am 5'7" and 67kg), and I've been pretty much entirely happy with them- theyve let me have fun wherever i've been, from hardpack piste, to the park, to thigh-deep pow stashes, to bumps. I must confess that a lot of the time in the soft stuff, I was wishing for something a bit fatter (like the seth), though if you're wanting to use them in Europe as well (as I am!), then the on-piste performance is probably a swinger... My only problem with this year's PE is that IMO the topsheet is a bit, well, juvenile.. i bought them for the skis not the look :)
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 16-01-08 23:00
Replies: 21
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Wed 16-01-08 22:33
Replies: 21
Links from TGR forums, "A Dozen More Turns", an emotional but informative film covering an incident in the US backcountry which highlights how even v. experienced people can get caught out on un-avycontrolled terrain. Probably not one for the faint hearted! http://www.lifeonterra.com/episode.php?id=77 http://www.lifeonterra.com/episode.php?id=78 http://www.lifeonterra.com/episode.php?id=79 And the report of the accident: http://www.avalanche.org/proc-show.php3?OID=5337213 (I leave for BC in 3 days and am trying to pre-scare myself into skiing sensibly!)
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Wed 16-01-08 15:26
Replies: 16
Willd, [URL=http://www.thebmc.co.uk]The BMC alpine & ski seems to cover pretty much anything you care to do on skis - including backcountry in the US (eg. your cat skiing), though you have to join the BMC to take the insurance. Dogtag basic ('sport') policy seems to imply that it covers backcountry only when with a qualified guide, so you may be fine with that. (see http://www.dogtag.co.uk/sports-cover-faq )
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Thu 7-12-06 16:54
Replies: 9
Thanks very much for the prompt replies! I will hang back on this pair and visit one of the shops you mentioned when I'm back home. Bicester and Chamonix are unfortunately a little out of my reach, but I'll head to either Lockwoods or White Mountain. Would they charge extra for the fitting service? Thanks again Rob
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Thu 7-12-06 11:53
Replies: 9
Hi, I'm a confident intermediate skiier, about to embark on my 4th week on skis (in Alpe D'huez), and have decided (after confirming last night at MK Xscape that I have quite funny shaped feet!) to buy my own boots. Now over the couple of years that i've spent lurking here, a key point seems to be that you should take a long time finding a boot that fits properly, trying out lots of different boots, etc. I went along to a local (i'm a student in cambridge) shop and the fitter measured my feet, we talked a little about what kind of skiier I was, and then he produced a pair of Salomon XWave 8s, and got me to try them on without inners. This done, he said that after heat-molding the inners, they would definitely fit well (I tried them on with the inners in, and they didnt really feel snug enough around my heel & ankle - this is a problem I have with all sorts of boots, as my foot doesnt really seem to fit a standard last, fairly thin but with a high arch). The boots were last seasons stock, so ~40 quid cheaper than rrp. So my question is, is fitting to the outer alone enough of an indication that the super-heat-molding will fix all problems and the boots will fit? Or should I wait til I go home to Christmas (to Wolverhampton), and head to a S&R or similar? Also, I have a friend in Canada who could feasibly bring a pair of boots over for me; are they (any brands in particular) much cheaper over there? Thanks, Rob
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Mon 22-08-05 19:30
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RobH, Welcome to :sH: snowHeads :sH: Do you think you've quite reached the point where most skiers might consider themselves on a plateau yet? :nice: heh, fair point! :) .. thanks for the welcome. However I think the point still stands that it seems to be largely a mental thing - it's the same in every sport/skill, if someone really wants to improve, chances are that (with appropriate understanding of what theyre trying to do, or with instruction) they will.
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Thu 28-07-05 14:52
Replies: 224
The intermediate plateau definitely exists IMO. It is where a skier gets competant on red and blues and can get a lot of mileage ( literally ) from their holiday. However, they struggle on anything tricky or technical. This is because they have hit a comfort zone where they can surely get around the mountain but have got lazy and can or will not push themselves anymore. This does not mean this is bad as the skier might be quite happy here. It only becomes an issue if the skier wants to push on and for that there will be some hard work involved. From my experience (keen 2-week skiier), that's not true at all - I realise some people may fall into a "comfort zone", but for me personally, the excitement in skiing is in trying to do something just a little beyond your reach. So when fast blues were becoming comfortable towards the end of my first week, I wanted to know how to handle the icy reds.. Then when i got more comfortable on that kind of slope, it was all about hitting the steeper & moguled runs (although Epaule du charvet on my first day in Val D this year was possibly a bit too optimistic :)). Now i'm the first to admit that my technique isn't flawless - but it's solid enough to keep me in control, and what works on the blues seems to work on the blacks. And that just gives another challenge - learning to do the same things more smoothly and stylishly. I think a large part of the "plateau" is not knowing what you want to do with your time on skis, and pheraps not having the confidence to try something a bit harder than what you're used to. Rob
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Thu 23-09-04 14:31
Replies: 24
Wow, thanks for the replies everyone. kuwait_ian, oops, didnt see that other thread - thanks. Is cotton a definite bad idea for a base layer then? what kind of thing would you recommend (all my t shirts etc are cotton) moosepig, theres a chance I could get to the Kensington one (the one at the NEC would be ideal but ill be back at uni by that time). Sounds like a good excuse to go to London! cheers. Dan, argh, did you have to mention ebay! I've just found Snowy, hadn't thought about renting, seems like it could be a good idea. I'm a bit weary of spending ~30 quid renting a pair of salopettes when i could pick some up from ebay for around the same price, though.. I think i'll pop into Ski exchange when i'm back in cambridge - do you know of any other decent ski shops in the area? bladeski, Nadenoodlee, Slowplough - I actually had a look in TKMax for ski stuff before i went last time, but my local one seems to be pretty pants for that kind of thing - plenty of XXL sailing jackets, though.. I'm going into birmingham on saturday so i'll have a good browse in both Snow&Rock and TKMax then. Matalan could be worth a look by the sounds of things, too I've got a much better idea of what i'm looking for now - a two-layered jacket seems like a good idea (thanks Ray & Marc), although i'm quite tempted to leave it for another year and rent one for this trip. Rob ps, ben, those Royal Mail trousers sound ace! Would definitely be the coolest on the piste, in a retro/ironic way. And David, i think people might get the wrong idea if i turn up in a ladies jacket... Have to admit though, it does look rather spesh. Shoulder patches, eh? i wonder.... 8)
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Thu 23-09-04 10:21
Replies: 24
Hey guys.. I spent a week in Val T last january (first time on skis!) and massively enjoyed it, so i'm planning to get another week away this january - in Val D'Isere on the college ski trip. So i reckon it's about time to get myself some decent ski gear, hopefully before the sales finish - I'm a student so every pound saved is good news. I'm renting skis & boots, but need everything else pretty much (last time i borrowed gear). I guess a jacket and salopettes are the main thing.. So... does anyone have any recommendations as to what brands to go for? Are there any major no-nos or great deals at the minute? Also, do you think its worth getting gear that's a bit "above my standard" (after all, i'm only a beginner) so that i dont have to upgrade in the future? There seems to be a pretty big range in the quality (warmth & breathability i suppose?) of ski clothing - i'm basically after something that will keep me warm and not look like it should have been left in the 80s, so I wasnt planning to spend a great amount of money - or is that just a waste of time, should i be prepared to shell out a bit more? Thanks very much (and sorry if any of these questions seem a bit daft!) Rob
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Thu 18-03-04 14:29
Replies: 5
I went to VT as an absolute beginner in January, and took 6 hours group lessons with ESF. It was a bit of a mixed experience for me - the first day, the instructor was a bit crap and none of us really got much from the lesson. For the second and third days, we were switched to a slightly smaller group (there were 7 of us, i think) with a different instructor, who was great - very personal and offered useful advice. It definitely seemed as if ESF were the biggest school in the area (there were instructors in red suits everywhere), and most of the instructors seemed friendly and competant enough. It was enough to get me hooked, anyway! Rob
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Thu 18-03-04 13:15
Replies: 7
"Now Oxford's captain, Douglass Macintosh takes off from the 80-foot starting point... if he wasnt Dark Blue before, he will be now!" hehe, love the 50s commentators! :) Rob
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