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Poster: A snowHead
Tue 16-01-18 14:41
Replies: 59
How about we use some real numbers. From 'Fatalities on Austrian Ski Slopes During a 5-year period' http://www.wemjournal.org/article/S1080-6032(11)00158-X/pdf (the link seems to break, copy and paste into your browser should work) Causes of traumatic deaths, N (%) Fall during skiing 40 (41.2) Collision with other skier 18 (18.6) Impact with solid object 34 (35.1) Avalanche on slope 4 (4.1) Unknown 1 (1.0) The major cause of non-traumatic fatalities were heart attacks. Causes of Non-traumatic Deaths, N (%) Cardiac arrest during skiing 51 (47.2) Cardiac arrest while riding on lifts 12 (11.1) Cardiac arrest while standing on the slope 14 (13.0) Cardiac arrest in ski huts 2 (1.9) Unknown 29 (26.9) based on this it looks to me as if: - You're just as like to die from a heart attack on the slopes as from a traumatic injury - Of the fatalities from traumatic injury, 76% were the results of a fall or 'impact with a solid object'. - Death from Avalanches is just 2% of total fatalities. Regarding non-fatal ski injuries. I'm sure I saw another report recently that said that something like 87% were self inflicted. ie no-one elses fault. You seem to be equating the number involved with a percentage of traumatic injuries with the number for a similar percentage of non- traumatic injures. On what basis? And are you suggesting that the number involved with the 13% non self-inflicted injuries is insignificant?
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Tue 16-01-18 9:29
Replies: 59
An appalling accident. I agree with valais2 that publicity can change behaviour, and so the media was justified in reporting this.
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Mon 15-01-18 16:27
Replies: 13
The thread title may be offensive - but the dangers of piste bashers do need highlighting from time to time. My regular ski buddy told me of a horrific incident involving a RAF skier - made me wary. Maybe this thread will warn others.
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Sun 14-01-18 20:03
Replies: 56
@Mr Marmot, snowheads gripe; it's almost their job. Last holiday I had with Crystal was several years ago at Wengen. I thought they gave me a good deal and an enjoyable holiday. Since then I have either been on bashes or going to resort I know very well - but one I wanted a TO, Crystal were fine.
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Sat 13-01-18 12:59
Replies: 54
I was on my own when I strayed inadvertently off piste in bad vis. As there was soft snow on piste, I wasn't immediately aware I was now off piste. Fortunately I realised that whilst the snow was delightful, I was definitely not where I should be. I was lucky. I could make out a piste marker and ski towards the piste, and there were no traps in the terrain until I was safely back on track. Off many other pistes the outcome could have been much grimmer. This thread has given me food for thought. My heart goes out to Pelle658, and the missing man's family.
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Sat 13-01-18 8:46
Replies: 72
Have skied at -20°C. Used lots of layers - and a snood as a face mask, IIRC. Our group had a great day, I wouldn’t have wanted it colder. A side issue was the windscreen wash being frozen throughout the drive between Flaine and Chamonix both ways. This was some years back - maybe modern windscreen wash gloop would stop that.
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Fri 12-01-18 9:40
Replies: 12
Do BA actually enforce their 190cm restriction on the length of skis? It represents a real problem for anyone wanting to fly with cross-country or off piste skis. And other airlines, in so far as they have a length restriction, tend to be much more generous, 250cm on Norwegian, and the same on Flybe Embraer flights for example. When packed my ski bag is 200cm long. Do I avoid BA or risk them not noticing the extra 10cm? Anyone have any relevant experience? Flybe have a There are restrictions on the length of skis and snowboards permitted: - E195/E175 Max Length 8.2ft / 2.5metres Q400 Max Length 5ft 6in / 1.67metres Any skis/snowboards over these lengths will only be accepted on a space available basis.
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Wed 10-01-18 18:35
Replies: 25
Then you'll get to see more forums.
Wed 10-01-18 17:07
Replies: 19
@GlasgowCyclops, yup. Top of the first lift up, IIRC.
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Wed 10-01-18 14:48
Replies: 19
Digging out can definitely be a good idea. http://snowmediazone.com/the_zone/data/535/medium/IMG_1133-s.jpg
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Wed 10-01-18 6:03
Replies: 39
Skiing kit is basically a set of overalls. It gets a bit grubby. Unless you are skiing in Lech or Zurs it doesn't matter. TBH, it doesn't matter much in Lech and Zurs, either.
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Tue 9-01-18 15:23
Replies: 54
@James the Last, I did wonderful about that. But I reckon I'd take a chance with a snow cave rather than exposure. Maybe someone who is more versed in snow survival than I could advise.
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Tue 9-01-18 14:51
Replies: 54
[url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-42622139]Let's hope he's hunkered up somewhere safe. Best chance is to be in a snow cave, I suppose.
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Mon 8-01-18 21:54
Replies: 24
It defeats me why anyone would expect to get their money back because of heavy weather. I've sat in expensively chartered yachts sheltering from gales - never occurred to me to look for a refund!! Have a look back at the time the Birthday Bash (or a good chunk of it) got stranded at Alleghe instead of Arraba. There were some agitated bunnies. Mind you I was happy - I had promised Mrs a that my Off Piste days were over --- but on piste was fresh powder. Result :sH:
Poster: A snowHead
Mon 8-01-18 20:19
Replies: 9
@Swiss Toby, I'm hurt 8-)
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Mon 8-01-18 20:06
Replies: 9
@Swiss Toby, ..."cheap(ish) supermarket in Val d'Isére/Tignes". [url=https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oxymoron]Oh dear. You need to shop wherever common people are. :-D
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Sun 7-01-18 14:13
Replies: 28
@valais2, fair enough. I mostly avoid tyre threads these days - year by year they add little that’s new ...... and I no longer drive to or in the Alps.
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Sun 7-01-18 13:39
Replies: 28
Who said ''snowmageddon' No one, as far as I know, regarding this season. The snow does look good - but as you say, not exceptional by the standards of not so long ago.
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Sun 7-01-18 13:24
Replies: 12
What hawkwind and ChrisKernow have said. Advice from snowheads is one thing. Professional advice from someone who has actually examined you, and following that advice is another - and what is needed.
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Sun 7-01-18 0:27
Replies: 33
@Old Fartbag, stem christie is still a good get out of jail turn for me.
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Fri 5-01-18 21:51
Replies: 159
@Claude B, shame about La Grave. Not my thing now, but I've had happy days there - and I'd like to think that the traditional arrangements with L2A could be restored again. I have memories of proposals to link L2A with ADH - is that all off now?
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Fri 5-01-18 21:40
Replies: 186
..... Off to La Plagne in March, one of the reason for choosing this resort is Oxygene... Oh yes... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DDEl7JnWvo
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Thu 4-01-18 14:43
Replies: 27
[url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksEwUseLPHQ]Not just chairs are vulnerable
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Tue 2-01-18 21:04
Replies: 155
... Regardless of what the ratio actually is, I enjoy bimbling round the slopes with fellow sHs whether they are skiers or boarders. :sH: +1 I hope there isn’t a dress code :sH: +2
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Tue 2-01-18 11:28
Replies: 155
As regards 'ratio' ....... who cares as long as everyone's enjoying themselves.... Sneachta2013 cares - wouldn't have asked the question otherwise.
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Tue 2-01-18 8:45
Replies: 3
[url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-42512357/winter-olympics-china-prepares-for-the-2022-games]Looks as though China will be well prepared for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Will need a lot of artificial snow laid on - and be ready to wrap up warm if you spectate.
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Mon 1-01-18 20:09
Replies: 21
Several good options above. Saas Fee is another.
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Mon 1-01-18 11:50
Replies: 186
@NickyJ, clubmed do good discounts when they first release their holidays. I have been looking at the Spring family bash too and trying to convince my other half that a second ski holiday would be great for boosting my sons confidence.. but he is not so easily convinced... Admin is looking at getting an instructor where we can book some private lessons with them. My youngest (8yrs) could use some more lessons but doesn’t get on well in groups due to being on autistic spectrum and dyspraxic so I hope to book her a couple of 1hr or so lessons. I think you are right it would be great to improve his confidence and being with other British similar age children. I’ve probably skied my last bash, but I have been to many hugely enjoyable ones - and taken ski lessons. Without exception, I have been impressed by the instructors admin has arranged. I expect you will be for your child’s, too. Getting back to the OP. If you or your family are getting poor instruction, think about going to another ski school. I appreciate that instruction is part of the Ski Med deal, and so you’d be paying extra, but if you can afford it then you may have a solution. You need to get the best you can for your family whilst enjoying precious time in the Alps.
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 29-12-17 17:41
Replies: 14
@philwig, I'm not a boarder - but for skiing I like thin socks (is sock thickness less critical for boarders?). Are electric socks thin? Just curious. Fortunately I have never suffered from cold feet and toes - even at low temperatures. Hands and fingers are another matter.
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Wed 27-12-17 14:17
Replies: 88
@Old Fartbag, hmm. Looking at your link: The shell is the main part of the ski helmet that is designed to protect you. The shell is designed to absorb both impact and sharp, blunt forces caused by collisions or falls where you hit your head on ice or protruding rocks. Bearing in mind the minute thickness of shells I have seen, I wouldn't bank on much protection. However, The shell and core of a helmet are the parts of the helmet who's primary function is to protect you. The shell is generally made from polycarbonate plastic, and the core from expanded polystyrene, although shells can also be made from fibre glass and carbon fibre. Both the polycarbonate and polystyrene plastics are light weight and good at absorbing impacts, making ski helmets light and comfortable to wear. The shell helps spread out the force of an impact and protects you from sharper objects, as well as protecting the core from day to day abrasions and scratches. The core is the part of the helmet that absorbs the energy of an impact, which it does through compression or destruction. Googling around (I admit quickly) I have seen little to suggest modern design has caused more protection with lighter weight. Carbon fire may have an effect, though its strength can be affected by knocks not necessarily noticed by the owner (for example in storage or transit).
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Wed 27-12-17 13:38
Replies: 88
@dp, interesting comment. Have the basics changed much? Ski helmets I've seen (including mine) use EPS, maybe 12mm thick for energy absorption, with a very thin ABS shell to hold the EPS place.
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Wed 27-12-17 13:00
Replies: 88
.. I really found the latest helmets more comfortable, better ventilated and generally much lighter. .... And so probably less effective? I know they meet the CE tests ... but so did Volkswagen diesels.
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Sun 24-12-17 23:22
Replies: 3
Yes, looks like a well-practiced operation.
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Sun 24-12-17 13:36
Replies: 5
Have you tried the [url=https://www.altoadigebus.com]Alto Adige bus service?
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Thu 21-12-17 20:54
Replies: 9
Can't fault Ski Amade. Ports du Soleil another possibility - staying at Chatel, maybe.
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Thu 21-12-17 9:29
Replies: 2
There is a vast range of options. Serre Chevalier springs to mind - caters well for intermediates, very good off-piste options in resort and close by - if you want to get roughy toughy, La Grave is just a short drive away. Alpe D'Huez - thought of by many as intermediate, but with a black run just about as hard as it gets (The Tunnel) and some very good off piste. Les Deux Alpes is another thought: a good variety of pistes, and a link - sort of - with La Grave. Loads of other possibilities of course - those are just the resorts I think of in conjunction with Lyon. I am sure others will have their ideas.
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Tue 19-12-17 10:11
Replies: 26
I know this is an old thread but .... I had a meniscus operation on the NHS quite a few years ago. No problems since.
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Mon 18-12-17 15:23
Replies: 9
Yikes. I hope that spyderjon comments on this one. You have my sympathy - but I can envisage even worse could have happened than a long walk, in different circumstances. Mind giving the binding make and type?
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Mon 18-12-17 10:18
Replies: 111
@Hurtle, how aware of the back protector whilst you are wearing it - particularly when skiing?
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Sun 17-12-17 22:01
Replies: 9
@johnE, in my off-piste days (past now) I thought BMC was a good as it gets. Clear wording of useful cover. These days Saga does it for me ;-)
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