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Poster: A snowHead
Sat 18-08-18 20:34
Replies: 41
@Canuck, the hills do have ploughs. But it’s not uncommon for the wind to fill in a ploughed path before the plough reaches the end of the road. I wouldn’t book a week of hard earned holiday time in advance.
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Tue 22-05-18 12:47
Replies: 62
@TopGooner, All the dogs that I have had have also had this problem. After a short while in the snow they start hirpling and you have to clean their paws free of 'snowballs'. Not such a problem in dryer snow though.
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Wed 2-05-18 16:28
Replies: 184
I can't see the need for mandatory winter tyres in the UK. I live in the highlands and have never used them, nor have the majority of people I know (that includes folk living in Aviemore). A handful of my mates use them, but they all have a fairly long commute to work. Can't honestly say I've ever noticed a big increase in accidents during winter either. Maybe we are just more used to driving in snow?
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Mon 30-04-18 15:23
Replies: 56
The Dolomites are a great destination with several hotels in various villages right opposite the main gondolas. One downside of going to a mega area is that you won't really get the most out of the huge piste map if you are returning to base at lunchtime to meet up with your wife. Wengen was mentioned upthread, I think that could suit well. Your wife could take the train up and meet you at the top of the mountain (or elsewhere at another stop) for lunch. Another one to throw into the mix would be Saas Fee. Hard to beat for stunning views from the village and easy to ski back to for lunch. It is high though, if breathing is a problem for your wife.
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Thu 29-03-18 16:17
Replies: 18
@leggyblonde, Lake Bled is stunning, hilltop castle over a lake, like something from a Disney animation.
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Mon 26-03-18 14:46
Replies: 12
La Lisse is a good value restaurant in town, they do a tourist menu of 2/3 courses for a set price. Go up the steps at the far side of the carpark opposite the Planibel entrance and turn left. Our favourite is Pepita, pricier but oh so tasty. It is just behind the petrol station.
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Fri 2-03-18 1:15
Replies: 229
Kudos to the OP for asking the question. But imho he is at fault. Clip starts with OP stationary, slowish moving traverser (the only other piste user in sight) skis past. OP takes off (as has been said- not looking) within 6-7 secs there is a collision. Whether or not the OP (as it looks) is taking the fall line, and the OS is skiing edge to edge. 7secs from setting off to colliding is unacceptable For those that say the OS is behind. is it possible to start skiing after the Os, then catch up and overtake, then slowdown enough for the ‘new’ uphill skier to hit him? All within 7-secs.
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Tue 27-02-18 16:16
Replies: 229
Just to introduce a different perspective - one that I am guilty off. I think there is sometimes a tendancy to want to maintain momentum. That is, someone has chosen their line, speed, etc and doesnt want to change. They may (giving benefit of the doubt) see the other skier but are hoping that the other skier changes their line so they don't have to. This is a very dangerous perspective.
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Thu 15-02-18 0:45
Replies: 47
@Paperback Writer, I am struggling to believe a liftie would put a tot on a chair with week one beginners. They usually look you in the eye. Are you a World Series of poker champ? As I'm always skiing with just the OH, we regularly get asked to look after a single got in a class on a chair. Some of my fave moments have been chatting to a wee one, in my school level parlance. Sometimes they prefer not to talk. Doesn't matter, you take on the role of guardian. Everyone does. It will be ok.
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Thu 15-02-18 0:33
Replies: 36
@iSnowhead, in answer to your question. Yes it does. Re-joining a piste requires looking uphill and joining in when safe to do so. Believing you are touched with more gnarl than you are doesn't mean jack.
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Sat 10-02-18 0:41
Replies: 75
As it's usually just me and the OH on a lift, she gets twitchy if we don't raise the bar beyond just about 3/4 the way up. As is her want. On the odd occasion that we get get asked to escort a wee tot, I wish my local lingo was better.
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Sat 10-02-18 0:32
Replies: 233
So take it we have no picks to make??
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Sat 10-02-18 0:16
Replies: 233
@Dave of the Marmottes, think I have joined??
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Sat 10-02-18 0:13
Replies: 233
Things I have got time for.. Curling, speed skating (winters version of the velodrome), biathlon, ski jumping, bobsleigh. Things I have no time for... Figure skating, big air/ half pipe etc. Anything that involves a judge giving marks to a gymnast on skis/board, bobsleigh variations. Things I love.... Timed races.... The real blue riband events, and Skier X and Boarder X.
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 9-02-18 0:20
Replies: 528
@Rabbie, but can you beat a lone ski on the loose?
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Thu 8-02-18 15:10
Replies: 528
@eddiethebus, that is what I touched on earllier with the runaway old style brakeless skis. No payload pushing them down into the snow, no extra wind resistance and gravity is constant.
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Wed 7-02-18 14:48
Replies: 528
Regarding the weight thing. I remember (from when skis were strapped to your boots and never had brakes) seeing a lot of them shooting down the hill unaccompanied. iirc they did seem to gather a fair amount of speed, I had always assumed it was because there was no load pushing them into the snow, they just whizzed over the surface.
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Wed 7-02-18 14:33
Replies: 15
@dobby, there is one short steeper section, but as the piste is usually empty then it is easy to traverse down if needed. As @JonA, suggests getting on to the Arnouvaz lift will avoid taking red 6 (?) back to the village, it is in the shade and can stay icy for quite a while in the morning.
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Wed 7-02-18 14:12
Replies: 15
In the main 'bowl' this year I really liked red 19a/18 (cafe in the middle of nowhere - with a nautical theme??) That'll be Offshore Bar, agreed that the runs around there are nice, cruisey, and usually fairly empty.
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Tue 6-02-18 12:52
Replies: 33
'70s glam rock platforms??
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Thu 1-02-18 22:51
Replies: 42
I still wear the bobble hat I had at school (35+ yrs ago) but it got de-bobbled with a pair of scissors in the 90s
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Wed 31-01-18 10:18
Replies: 163
that’s largely a matter for them. It can also give piste patrol good first aid practice* *or totally waste their time on a totally preventable call out.
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Thu 25-01-18 15:18
Replies: 34
But my first few goes were in shirtsleeve weather, I'm not sure it would have been as enjoyable with horizontal snow and zero viz. Yes Scotland, I'm looking at you @Mosha Marc, that is shirtsleeve weather ;-)
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Tue 23-01-18 15:41
Replies: 18
A container in my neck of the woods costs about £100/month.
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Sat 20-01-18 21:17
Replies: 57
@Jonpim, probably because the number of ski thefts are miniscule compared to the number of pairs of skis that are left outside of huts every day. Can't say I've ever noticed a locked pair, and split pairs are few and far between.
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Sat 20-01-18 2:42
Replies: 2
@Grizzler, skiing outdoor in the uk can really expose technique, not sure that ski width underfoot makes a whole lot of difference. When you can style it out back home, then you can pretty much ski anywhere well. Keep going at it.
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Thu 18-01-18 0:17
Replies: 15
Thought this thread was started by the OH of the UKIP leader.
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Thu 18-01-18 0:14
Replies: 4
@Weathercam, looked at the full feature link. The guy doing the recording hit a bloke travelling uphill. Obviously has to be the videoing guys fault. :( he was the uphill skier in the collision.
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 2-01-18 23:21
Replies: 165
@Peter S, +1. Me and two buddies turned up at cairngorm nearly 30yrs ago in a whiteout. Tickets were limited to coire cas and below. We decided to hire boards for the first time, after all only the beginner runs were open. The only reason I still remember that day is coz of my mate face planting as the old chair went overhead. An 8-9yo central belter, who was riding the chair above my mate, and saw his fall, shouted “Hoi, big man, your shite!!” Just then, as I had little control, I had to limbo ropes that roped off the undersnow streams, praying I wiuldnt fall through the snow into the water below. The cloud lifted in the pm. and we handed back the boards. Heading up the M1.
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Tue 2-01-18 1:39
Replies: 28
@Aggerdoo, we only had two clear days in our week, heavy snow & limited visibility for the rest. I was struck by the lack of piste-side huts. Eating places mostly seem to congregate around the tops of the gondolas up from the villages. Most offerings have been already mentioned. The Rossinyol run has the best views of the mountains in their natural state, without any lift systems. But their isn't a hut, or such like, there. The stepD pointed out an ice hotel at Grau Roig, but it was still 'under construction' when we were there, so no idea of what it will finally look like. Visitors are welcome though. There is a champagne bar at the top of the Soldeu bubble (turn right and ski 50m or so, you can't miss the tall, thin yellow flags) but it's views may not be as good as the one @Kingofthec, suggested. Ps. Best bit of advice I can give is to wrap up warm. All the lift system, other than a few gondolas up from resort level, are uncovered, unheated chairs. They can get bitingly cold if the wind is up.
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Wed 27-12-17 23:50
Replies: 18
Can’t remember any names, but... at the top of the gondola in Soldeu: 3x cold chips, 1x beer, 1x coke, 1x mulled wine, 1x hotdog = €30.50. Gulp. In town today, again can’t remember the name (I know, I’m crap) 1x snails, 1x soup, 1x chicken, 1x rabbit stew, 2x tiramisu, 2x lemoncello, 1x bottle red wine (turned down 2x coffee) = €35
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Sat 23-12-17 1:28
Replies: 40
@Lechbob, you are missing a 't'. For £3m you could buy a very nice estate at The Lecht.
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Fri 22-12-17 23:41
Replies: 31
@agw, another +1 for Corvara. Blue heaven.
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Fri 22-12-17 0:09
Replies: 91
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Fri 22-12-17 0:07
Replies: 28
No idea! Years ago we sat in a piste side restaurant for 20 odd mins as the waiting staff walked past and ignored us.
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Wed 20-12-17 23:15
Replies: 111
I guess my first instructors taught me the rules early doors, as I don't remember skiing and not knowing them, I reckon they would have personally been ashamed had I been hooning around at lunch break under their tuition. I had most ski days per season in my early teens, it gets easier to shout a pillock down the more often you frequent. I must have been an intolerable 13 yo. I still don't like to see heavy petting in a pool.
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Thu 7-12-17 2:19
Replies: 7
I have only scratched the surface looking into it. The biggee for me was making sure the gas cowl never got enveloped in snow. Mine has less than 4" from the roof :?
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Tue 5-12-17 0:45
Replies: 28
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Mon 4-12-17 13:45
Replies: 28
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Mon 4-12-17 11:30
Replies: 28
@Orange200, here is her car... https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/24174173_10156213584349131_3448898198927917663_n.jpg?oh=c49b45ead9a075d9f0f0e06f3ce2e6d2&oe=5A9BA052 :D
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