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Poster: A snowHead
Wed 26-04-17 18:24
Replies: 45
...... all tied up in the north American inability to cope with irony and mickey taking. .... Has TGR changed *a lot* then? Long time since I used it - but I used to put on a hard hat before I logged in.
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Wed 26-04-17 17:38
Replies: 45
Was Epic the site Wears the Fox Hat was involved with a few years back?
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Wed 26-04-17 13:40
Replies: 45
I was a member on Epicski, sad to see the place go. The Australian Ski Forum that I originate from ski.com.au, the admin there posted in the RIP thread to encourage people to move to the Aussie Ski Forums. I saw a message directing people to snowheads from a member there. Most people have duplicate accounts with Pugski, because they are kinda engrained with each other over the years. Those only on Epicski will migrate to Pugski or TGR, which I now have accounts on both (TGR for ages, Pugski today). This might get some to broaden their horizons to overseas forums like this and the Aussie one. Oh and if you want good old Aussie banter and a great European thread with guys who go every year. Join us down under: http://ski.com.au Judging by I know nobody would use his map to go down the Northeast Spur, and the "walking down is preferable to climbing up " suggestion is a trap for young players with a snowboard on their back and a Mars bar in their pocket. He gives me the shivers by showing a straight route down. It would take two days with a machette instead of a three and a half hours pleasant walk from the summit. Or quite a bit longer with a broken leg. NEVER go down the Northeast Spur without first climbing up it and tying your spare jumper to a tree to mark where you must drop off the ridge to visit the lyrebirds and be down before dark. ALWAYS keep in mind that a wonderrun far down the Glacier must be followed by a climb back up unless you have packed a paraglider.
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Tue 25-04-17 10:41
Replies: 45
Of course, there is the bijoux point that many skiers are friends on FB wouldn't have become friends without this forum.
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Tue 25-04-17 10:24
Replies: 45
Facebook is, I find, a much more transient platform and where its not searchable in any useful way in the same way SH or other forums are. That's true. But it's vastly easier to post photos to, because images are not size limited, and because posting to FB (and other social media) is built into mobile phone apps. It's also very easy to set up a new group - and there are no server costs to support.
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Tue 25-04-17 8:25
Replies: 45
A combination of Vail's branding and Facebook? Facebook has taken over an awful lot of forum activity - and not just for skiing. The bashes are a unique feature of snowHeads that holds the site together, IMV. As for the Ex Epic-ers, I think that they'll mostly migrate to Pug and TGR, if there are not already members, rather than here - though it would be good to see some more American faces.
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Sat 22-04-17 21:53
Replies: 14
Excellent photos - thanks.
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Wed 12-04-17 16:38
Replies: 42
Mine stand on their tails against a wall in the spare bedroom .
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Wed 12-04-17 8:17
Replies: 62
I have size 10 feet but there would still be room in my bag for slightly larger boots. I do travel very light, I probably get skis, boots and all my clothing for a ski trip within 20kg Perfectly possible for hold luggage. I used to do that including shovel, probe and helmet. I think I would have had a hard time including ABS gear though - but some do, I think. -
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Tue 11-04-17 12:08
Replies: 45
I wonder how much travel insurance premiums will increase by after Brexit (assuming that we will no longer be eligible for an EHIC card). I imagine much the same as now - except that there will be no waiver for use (when applicable) of the EHIC. That would be worst case - a deal may be struck to carry on with the EHIC.
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Tue 11-04-17 7:58
Replies: 45
..... Some of us go belt and braces, read the small print, understand the cover they have bought, or are prepared to take the risk themselves. But there are lots who must just cross their fingers and hope for the best, or are blissfully unaware. If that is true, I don't see what else the NHS can do. On the The EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. It will not cover any private medical healthcare or costs, such as mountain rescue in ski resorts, being flown back to the UK, or lost or stolen property. It is also not valid on cruises. It is therefore important to have both an EHIC and a valid private travel insurance policy in place before you travel. Some insurers now insist you hold an EHIC, and many will waive the excess if you have one. So everyone travelling in Europe should be aware - not just those who read snowheads.
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Sun 9-04-17 22:17
Replies: 45
@rob@rar, from my experience, that looks correct.
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Sun 9-04-17 21:52
Replies: 45
@Grizzler, good luck with that. Please let us know the outcome. An insurance company is of course entitled to expect you to minimise the costs of your treatment where reasonable to do so - such as using your EHIC. In the case of my insurance, my insurer Saga said this in my policy document (not the certificate of insurance): If you are visiting a European Union country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, we strongly recommend that you have an up-to-date European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you. The level of benefit provided by the EHIC card depends on the country visited and may not cover all treatment costs and services that are free on the NHS, therefore the EHIC is complementary to travel insurance and not an alternative. However, with Saga Travel Insurance if the costs of your medical claim are reduced by the use of the EHIC card, the excess of £70 under the section ‘Medical and associated expenses’ will be waived. Check what your policy document says.
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Sun 9-04-17 18:51
Replies: 26
@Grizzler, I've had 3 injuries which needed treatment abroad over the years. [url=http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=14770]here's the story of one of them.
Poster: A snowHead
Sun 9-04-17 18:03
Replies: 25
There's no such thing as "better piste" Well, call me a lazy punter, but for me, there is!! Ah. You must have been spoiled by Lech and Zurs :sH:
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Tue 4-04-17 20:12
Replies: 44
If you are worried you can pad the skis with clothing or bubble wrap. I use the latter. I am embarrassed to say that, although I flew into Grenoble last month, I can't be certain how the skis were collected. But I *think* that they came in on the carousel with the rest of the stuff.
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Sat 1-04-17 13:57
Replies: 58
Depends on the consequences of the accident. At Les Deux Alpes I fell and both skis unclipped when another skier collided with me from above. He was suitably apologetic and concerned for me. He fell below me, but his party helped me back up and into my skis. They too were concerned for me, and when they were assured I was OK, skied down to my companion to tell him. The accident was an error of judgement, and I was totally unharmed. No need to exchange personal details. Jules B's accident was a totally different thing. The offending skier, should certainly have stopped, rendered what assistance he could, and exchanged details.
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Thu 30-03-17 19:38
Replies: 47
How can a green run be "best" my experience isnthat they are usually flattish roads, requiring skating...... Have you tried Verte at La Daille? (not that I could ever say it was a favourite piste of any colour).
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Thu 30-03-17 17:20
Replies: 47
Also in Les 2 Alpes, Signal 1 (runs from 3200 to the bottom of the Signal lift (which can have quite a queue). A wide open motorway with excellent snow when I was on it a fortnight or so ago.
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Sun 26-03-17 18:21
Replies: 34
@Grizzler, I'm sorry to read that - real bad luck. If the Austrian medics feel that you can go back to the UK in steady time you should be OK, I think. MPI will, I hope, looking at what assistance you need to return (eg maybe a row of seats in the aircraft, seat for you helper close by, how you are going to get from UK airport to home).
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Sat 25-03-17 12:26
Replies: 25
Back in the 80s / early 90s my rule of thumb for St Anton was to imagine taking a suitcase full of cash, and emptying it during the week. Looks as though things haven't changed much. Quite a while since I have been there. Interesting place. Didn't think that much to the on-piste skiing, but the off-piste was fantastic - though that near the lifts was heavily skied very quickly after a dump. Great Après. And of course the rest of the Arlberg area is worth visiting. Had some great times - at a price.
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Sat 25-03-17 11:42
Replies: 16
@valais2, Here's a thought for you... if the flight is going anyway, any other form of non scheduled transport is merely adding to the CO2 output of the trip. Here's another thought for you. If enough people don't take the plane, it'll stop flying. Mind you, for various reasons, that might not be a good thing.
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Fri 24-03-17 14:23
Replies: 29
@Ricklovesthepowder, brilliant :sH:
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Tue 21-03-17 21:46
Replies: 10
First thoughts are that that screw was over tightened at some time - but I don't really know what loads it is taking. I'd be interested in CEM's opinion.
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Mon 20-03-17 9:29
Replies: 54
@foxtrotzulu, +1. I bought some Bolle goggles last week - can be worn in low light and very strong sun - so very convenient. I di check peripheral vision - I thought it near perfect for me.
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Sun 19-03-17 17:51
Replies: 87
Every skier has to go to Zermatt once in their life. Agreed. Might be better to avoid the Zermatterhof, though, if on tight budget.
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Sun 19-03-17 13:07
Replies: 228
On Thursday I skied to the bottom on the blue Jandri 1. Snow was deep, heavy and mogully - and there was a lot of traffic. Quite skiable - but not high on my fun list. However, the resort as a whole still was. On Friday the snow was good on piste from 3600 to the bottom of the Cretes area. The black Super Diable run was in superb condition - very even spring snow. As a side comment it's rather more of a black than the Dolomites blacks i have skied lately. I found myself doing stem christy tunes and short traverses - another season with easiski called for when I am next that way. Went down to the bottom on the white eggs. No big deal. To sum up: though a lift down to the bottom was worth considering, the resort's snow as a whole was in very good condition. The weather in the area was warm and sunny; the benefit of the high altitude was obvious.
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Tue 14-03-17 8:01
Replies: 213
I'm OK, thanks for the comern. Spyderjon gave me very strong advice that he should adjust my bindings downwards. Glad I took it, my skis released cleanly. I was surprised to be taken out; I had ben concentrating on a regular rhythm - and no traverses. I don't think the other guy was a speed freak, but he did make an error of judgement. There have been some skiers skiing fast with little evidence of control. In contrast it has been interesting to watch Claude B who is certainly quick, but has a knack of not appearing to be so. Very much in control. Gets through traffic without fuss or intimidation. It can be done.
Poster: A snowHead
Sun 12-03-17 20:28
Replies: 9
@Tubaski, sadly, that applies even when admin gets the passes. :(
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Sun 12-03-17 20:05
Replies: 9
@Hurtle, wrinkles discount applies at LDA - pass is free for those who have reached 72.
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Sun 12-03-17 20:01
Replies: 9
@achilles, It's simple, yet painful. Oh so true this morning. Equivalent of the wrong supermarket queue. And then there was a further delay whilst I hired some sticks - left mine at home: :blush:
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Sun 12-03-17 0:00
Replies: 9
Having skied exclusively on bashes for the last few years, I've got used to admin buying the lift passes. Tomorrow I have to just my own :shock: Can someone remind me how that's done?
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Fri 10-03-17 12:19
Replies: 31
Get your boots checked by a competent boot fitter - ideally, before you ski again, IMV.
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Mon 6-03-17 22:54
Replies: 18
Back in the 90s the police used to check tyres for chains fitted. Don't they do that now?
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Sun 5-03-17 20:25
Replies: 4
@Valkyrie, Nope. Both walking and skiing, I have experienced facing into icy snow snow in high winds and my face really stung. It may have been flakes of ice rather than snow - but not as vicious as you describe.
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Sun 5-03-17 10:59
Replies: 10
.....Eating a "proper" lunch is a waste of good skiing time. :sH: But very sociable - and one of the reasons I like an Alpine holiday. :sH:
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Sun 5-03-17 10:31
Replies: 48
There have been times when I have wished I were skiing on rock-hoppers.
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Sun 5-03-17 10:27
Replies: 158
Q - What's a hospice? Yorkshire answer - About a gallon and a half...... :lol:
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Sat 4-03-17 9:49
Replies: 12
@Thornyhill, buy new salopettes. You know Minime #1 is worth it 8)
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Sat 4-03-17 0:42
Replies: 16
Private lessons excellent for concentrating on one particular thing - but they are very intensive. Lessons with a small group (up to about 6) of about the same standard are not only more sociable, but enable you to learn off others especially if the instructor is commenting as your friends come down. That means you should not be at the back of the group all the time - but a good instructor will normally see that the order is shuffled during the lessons, IME.
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