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Poster: A snowHead
Sat 14-01-17 23:42
Replies: 18
Yep, probably trolling, but it did bring back memories of playing 'dominoes' with the school ski club. Much older and wiser now, but back in the day, on the bus to cairngorm we would all brag about our intent. There were two (maybe even 3? It's a long time ago) classes. The aim of the game was to fake losing control and crash into a different class as they were stood Indian file down the side of the piste. Points for every kid you knocked over domino style. You had to be good enough at faking a crash that the teacher never cottoned on and if you wiped out the teacher you got bonus points. Stupid, potentially dangerous, immature, but aged 14 great fun.
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Fri 13-01-17 23:31
Replies: 330
As a kid who had fis code drummed into them from the get go. We took great pride in the unspoken art of faking a fall just above the other class and careering into them a over t. Taking out the most, domino style. Most takeouts won the bus tunes home. But we were 12 and we knew not to endanger or be reckless in front of anyone else.
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Fri 13-01-17 22:09
Replies: 24
In my youth, having to 'lucky dip' my hand into 80s style salopettes (the skin tight ones) trying to find the pound that I knew was there, but my fingers were numb to. To pay the nice lady for a hot chocolate. Took many dips and much longer than either of us would have preferred. Nowadays I'm much more of a woose and quit before my extremities do.
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Sat 7-01-17 0:09
Replies: 103
In my jacket I carry, piste map, hat, sunblock, camera, phone, OHs shades, vape, liner gloves- suffer from the cold. In my pants cash and a hanky. My mum used to make me carry Kendall mint cake and juice. Don't have boobs.
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Fri 6-01-17 23:54
Replies: 68
First day on the hill, at cairngorm,(with my eleven yr older big sis and to be bro-in-law) not worth paying for the lift, just walk up a bit and skiied down. He taught me how to carry my skis up on my shoulder.... But not how to remove them.... Split his head with my edges. Blood, woolly jumper and oilskin breeks. Never got my nuts judged.
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Fri 6-01-17 23:37
Replies: 69
I think @hang11, wins, but as @ardbroilach, says (albeit I never started til the end of the 70's) any drag with a ten foot horizontal icicle on the pylon makes you shiver. For me it was a poma on the lecht, the last section of which actually left me, as a kid, off my feet and suspended.
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Fri 6-01-17 21:02
Replies: 5
@814man, you should have a great time. There is more snow there than many neighbours, hence the bussing in. Very apparent when you are at Piccolo San Bernando and looking over to the snow line in France. It will be a lot quieter so will get a loss less chewed. The only hassle was having to download via the centre. So if you went to play at argillien/arnouvaz or over by Roxi bar then you had to head back to Les suches to download. Hopefully they will have red 6 & 7 up and running for you, but if not still great skiing to be had. The only rocks we saw were at the top of four claz heading back to the magic carpet, and top of belvedere heading back to la thuile. The pisties should have this patched up I hope.
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Fri 6-01-17 14:04
Replies: 20
Corvara might suit them. Pretty village, access to a sea of blue runs, beautiful views, delicious well-priced food. No experience of the local ski schools though.
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Thu 5-01-17 22:35
Replies: 5
27/12/16-3/1/17 No snow for nearly a week before we turned up, but the resort was >90% open. First five days were beyond expectation, blue skies, not one cloud, no wind. Only on the last day did a hint of cloud appear, and the wind pick up enuff to remind you that it ain't called the Italian Siberia for nothing. Plenty re-bashed snow all week, but the resort was subject to a lot of outside interest during the week.... Saw lots of classes from around and about. They were shipping tots in from megeve, sauze, and other Aosta spots. This meant over use of the available snow, combined with the new year footfall. Red 6 and red 7 were unopened... (The two runs from lhs or rhs), resulting in the only ski home being a choice of two blacks and one red down through the middle. It was carnage after 2-3pm, not a lot of fun to be had trying to catch kids accelerating past going A over T screaming mama/papa. It got well chewed, easier to download on the gondola. A few isolated chips of stone appeared on the last two days, and the very occasional rock tip reared its ugly head, got a couple of dings. No idea what la ros was like as I, out of the blue, bumped into a pal going Thursday-Thursday with esprit on our second day. He was based in la ros but had skied in italy for the last five days, so we took his word and didn't head over. In summary had a great week, and the snow canons were running for the last few days, just needs more Mother Nature to let you ski home.
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Wed 4-01-17 19:29
Replies: 64
For me it would be a traditional Swiss resort.... with a cog railway and views of the Matterhorn/Eiger With Italian rifugi..... Pride filled pasta, pizza, coffee, bombardino Austrian après.... Even if I am too old for it Bulgarian prices.... How cheap? Scottish attitude.... Hey Baw Bag! Call that a hurricane? French language.... Coz I did it at school
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Wed 4-01-17 12:49
Replies: 330
@foxtrotzulu, agreed that anyone can tackle a black, but with the caveat of pistes marked 'expert only'. These aren't signed to allow self-proclaimed experts to bomb down, but to prevent self-proclaimed non-experts from putting themselves at risk of injury. I don't really get the 'mastering' of one coloured piste before progressing to the next. Depending on conditions, a blue can be trickier than a black. And whilst there may not be speed limits, there are areas marked 'slow'. Eg. Where pistes merge/cross. I reckon this has historically proved to be sufficient. In almost 40yrs of skiing I've never had to push someone out of the way, and I can't imagine not trying to take evasive action if someone pulls out in front of me.
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Wed 21-12-16 23:04
Replies: 84
@Rabbie, I had also thought of the cycling analogy. Went on a bike a few years back after a long absence, bit wobbly for a bit, but didn't fall over. Have also in the past had a lengthy break from skiing, was pleased with how much feel I had on my first run. But was also a bit PO'd at my rustiness. 'Good' is (as has been said upthread) too abstract and too dependant on surroundings to be definitive of a certain level. Whatever rung you are on, others will be good, or fair, or advanced, or expert, or whatever.
You know it makes sense.
Wed 14-12-16 14:30
Replies: 9
@boredsurfin, my stepD did a couple of seasons in Kransjka Gora. She said the prices were very reasonable and the people were very friendly, she really enjoyed her time there.
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Thu 8-12-16 21:17
Replies: 198
@Dave of the Marmottes, I will defer judgement on matters of survival til I see what the highest paid director takes home for this season. We probably all should.
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 8-12-16 13:41
Replies: 198
The wording of it stinks a bit: "we have as promised absorbed the first 2%" When as per @dklemm, post above, they are duty bound to cover this anyhow, regardless of any promise.
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Wed 7-12-16 11:26
Replies: 11
It went from -5 in my bit of Moray yesterday morning to +15 this morning. A 20 degree jump in 24hrs!!!
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Tue 6-12-16 15:16
Replies: 132
On the skier v boarder thing, this is a fallacy. There is no leg-pulling or mickey-taking that goes on at all. Ps. What is the difference between a snowboard instructor and a learner snowboarder? About 3hrs.
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Thu 1-12-16 8:21
Replies: 24
You might find this map useful: https://www.j2ski.com/ski_resorts/Airports/Ski_Resorts_Near_Geneva_Map.html
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Wed 30-11-16 14:55
Replies: 23
Dunno how anyone manages without one of these http://skipassdefender.com/ "Squeeze to read, let go to ride!" :-D :-D :-D
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Mon 28-11-16 20:00
Replies: 29
@robboj, :lol: :lol:
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Mon 28-11-16 16:22
Replies: 51
@madlondoner, have you looked at tues-tues options with Crystal?
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Sun 27-11-16 0:36
Replies: 29
We looked at inghams from Inverness two years ago. Meant a 40min drive compared to a 3+hr drive down the A9. Never went for it in the end as you had to book the holiday then call the airline to reserve ski carriage, this was limited to 15no. carriages per flight. We reckoned as we were late bookers the carriage would be full, esp. outta Inverness where a higher %age are likely to own their own. Last yr, with inghams they offered free ski carriage from Inverness. We booked it. Best ski flight I have been on, everyone got talking, everyone was interested in each other, we all got chatting about where we were going. Typical Highland fayre. We were told the uptake was high enough that this season was guaranteed. But The flight has been dropped, so it's back down the A9 to share a plane with weegies or whoever has just moved in to Edinburgh. Ho hum.
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Thu 24-11-16 23:33
Replies: 51
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Thu 24-11-16 13:20
Replies: 51
@Ravelin, we have booked the same dates as yourself with Crystal. Perfect timing for us.
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Tue 22-11-16 9:02
Replies: 52
I think the only times I have used a TO for accommodation is when I am already in the town and need a bed for that night. I certainly have never looked on a TO website for a place to stay.
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Fri 18-11-16 22:28
Replies: 9
What is a b(l)og?
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Thu 10-11-16 16:47
Replies: 27
How did he take off his skis when he got to the bottom :D
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Sun 6-11-16 23:30
Replies: 40
I've had my poles for 35+yrs. I think I cherish them more than my skis now. They have that grip that starts wide at the top, has contours for each finger and widens out at the bottom. Seeing as I always use the (more) bent one in the same hand, I think they have actually moulded/worn to the perfect fit. Not much paintwork left on them mind.
Poster: A snowHead
Sat 5-11-16 22:59
Replies: 76
Having done plenty of solo skier days (in Scotland), I have really enjoyed skiing where/when I want, especially enjoying the lack of queuing time at tbars when you get the shout of 'single'. You are more likely to meet and chat to others- you are almost forced into it. The dangers of hurting myself on my own never bothered me, maybe because you very rarely get a piste to yourself in Scotland, but mainly because you never ski past someone who has taken a spill without checking that they are okay. Having said that, I'm not sure I could fly out on holiday on my own, it would be the down time that would do for me. Luckily I haven't had to, I really enjoy skiing with my OH and step daughter, even if we are all at different levels. I remember we met a guy on a transfer a few years back, turns out he lived 6miles from us, he'd booked a holiday as a couple and split up before departure. We spent a few days and a few evenings together. We are still in touch now, skiers tend to be an accommodating friendly bunch. And we have had hailstones tonight, not snow but it's a start.... Roll on winter
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Wed 2-11-16 12:37
Replies: 202
Does this ever happen at the Scottish resorts? not every weekend, but... http://www.groovecairngorm.co.uk/
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Tue 1-11-16 12:52
Replies: 202
@foxtrotzulu, for that weekend you can leave Gatwick at 18:55, arrive Inverness 20:35 for £32.49. Leave Inverness 06:45 on monday to arrive in Gatwick at 08:20 for £9.49. Bargain.
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Tue 1-11-16 12:43
Replies: 202
@escooler, you could look at Gatwick (or Luton) to Inverness flights, if you want to ski Cairngorm, or flights to Aberdeen for Glenshee. There are cheap tickets out there, we picked up a couple of oneway Inverness-Luton 2 days before departure for 40 odd quid each, and you get to make a full weekend of it :D
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Sun 23-10-16 21:46
Replies: 17
@Weathercam, to be fair, the op isn't looking at a weeks hut to hut ski touring.
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Fri 7-10-16 11:44
Replies: 522
I'm tempted to exchange half of our holiday money this week, then play the waiting game a little with the other half.
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Sun 2-10-16 21:41
Replies: 25
Poking fun at learners. Not that clever.
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Thu 15-09-16 22:13
Replies: 47
@nixmap, congrats on making it to 50, too many don't. Do you not have enough real friends to celebrate with without having to ask to self paying internet weirdos?
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Sun 4-09-16 19:40
Replies: 113
I enjoy all four seasons. As pam says, no point wishing your life away. I am wishing for a very snowy winter, but it'll come when it comes. Hopefully a few hot days yet before the sun retreats.
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Sun 28-08-16 20:12
Replies: 68
@Deedee, like I said, it depends on your budget. A fairly cheap and easy to do (so I have been told- not tried it myself) option would be captain's seats. Really opens up the habitation space. If you are not going for units behind the drivers seat then you could do both front seats. Unless you are travelling solo.
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Thu 25-08-16 7:42
Replies: 68
@Deedee, rock'n'roll beds are surprisingly comfy. What you should fit depends on your budget and what you will use it for really. Curtains/fly screens and tables are probably essential. Leisure battery for habitation lighting? Hook up socket for 110v. Poptop roof so you can stand up in the back, need to put skis in a tailgate rack if you did. Not sure how far north you are, but getting gas might be a good idea for heating. (It will also serve to heat a water heater, work fridge, allow a hob/grill... depending on how far you want to go.) Plenty of dedicated vw forums and conversion sites out there for ideas/advice.
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Fri 19-08-16 14:27
Replies: 68
I'm just finishing a year early my lease finance on another VW "status" buy, a Transporter Kombi - settlement figure after three years is £15.2k - I'm now selling it as a private sale (37,500 mls) and I'll get closer to £19,500, so as a canny Scott sure you appreciate that! nice deal there @Weathercam, we bought the '96 plate Trooper four years ago for £7.5k, sold it a month ago (to the first couple that saw it, without advertising) for £10k. Vdubs do hold value very well, and the price of campers is increasing all the time, I'm sure we could have got £12k if we were prepared to wait it out. We did look into hiring it out, as we could get £600ish/week, but after speaking to folk that did this we decided against it. They had damage from almost 50% of hirers. The thought of our all original pride and joy getting bits repeatedly broken would have been too much for the OH to bear.
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