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Poster: A snowHead
Sat 25-02-17 8:01
Replies: 227
@Thornyhill, your wife would chop off your tip if you did :lol:
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Sat 25-02-17 7:56
Replies: 227
@boarder2020, the TO staff do not own the company.
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name.
Fri 24-02-17 22:58
Replies: 227
@Hurtle, if I can charge what I want, have I told you that I can cut hair ;-)
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Fri 24-02-17 22:47
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@Stecleary84, business owners can go above and beyond, I try to every day. But I never expect more than the asking price.
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Fri 24-02-17 22:41
Replies: 227
@Thornyhill, not from the public, as I am no longer on the tools/job. My guys get tips from Mr&Mrs Smith. I get a Christmas gift from other regular businesses for whom we work. If a chalet business with employees gets repeat bookings for a jolly from a company, then I would expect those employees on the jolly from said company to tip the chalet staff, and the company to tip the chalet business by way of a gift.
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Fri 24-02-17 22:24
Replies: 227
@chaletcompanyconfidential, A tip is given in recognition of great service. But genarally a price is agreed with the owner and a contract entered in to. It is expected of the owners to work their butts off. That is just the way of the world. Owners have already factored in the profit percentage. How much they give = how successful they are.
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Fri 24-02-17 21:53
Replies: 34
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Fri 24-02-17 21:47
Replies: 227
Ps. It isn't a question of owners not deserving anything. Owners get the asking price. You pay that when you employ their services. I never expect to be paid more than the agreed contract sum. If my guys go above and beyond when carrying out that contract, then for sure, slip them something. But no need for a customer to tip me. Not that I am in the ski business, but the principle remains. I get that that is different from the example by @HoneyBunny, above, in that the owners didn't (appear to) have any employees, but the thread was about staff.
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Fri 24-02-17 21:17
Replies: 227
Not paid for a haircut in 25yrs, since I shared a house with a hairdresser who was an old friend from primary school. She hasn't paid to have her roof checked or gutters cleared in the last 25yrs either.
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Fri 24-02-17 13:53
Replies: 116
My worst was in Zermatt at easter. It was unseasonally hot and you could no longer ski back to the village. We skied down as far as we could to the midstation of the gondola. There was about 100 folk queuing already. Every gondola that came down was already full from the top station. Lots of disgruntled, over heated people squeezing in like sardines. It seemed to take forever to get back. My worst time spent skiing to queuing ratio would be at Cairngorm. But everyone is very orderly.
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Fri 24-02-17 0:13
Replies: 227
My stepdaughter did a couple of years as a rep, summer and winter. Her mum and I talked her into getting a 'proper job', saving for a house etc. She did a couple of years of office work, but said after all her bills were paid, she had virtually the same disposable income as she did as a rep. So she jacked the office a year ago and spent the summer in Greece. She is now just finishing up in Lapland, the season is short there, before heading to Andorra to see out the winter. She has had a great time, learning to telemark, husky safaris, seeing Santa, snowmobiling to the Russian border. Then she is home for a few weeks before heading to Sorrento for the summer. As she says, it's a lifestyle choice, she would do it for less cash and it is great to see her really happy. Oh and no one tips the rep. I don't think folk have misconceptions that resort staff can ski all day, nearly everyone knows that the wages are crap and the hours can be long. But it is a lifestyle choice, and the disposable income isn't necessarily that far off a UK office job. So, tip if you want. Or not if you don't. Tip as much or as little as you see fit. Except for an old man from lech, don't give him ten bucks or less if you want it to be accepted. ;-)
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Wed 22-02-17 22:55
Replies: 188
it's a toughy. When I started out, the bottom section of the White Lady was always mogulled. Living just over an hour away allowed me to join the school ski club, we could try afresh every weekend. She made me want to learn enuff skills to ski her. I will never forget my OH's words when asked "what do you really want from skiing" she replied "to ski the White Lady with a smile on her face", was a lightening bolt moment as far as being in a relationship was concerned Now... I'm a dedicated piste skier. I really appreciate all the bashers that create corduroy out with normal working hours. But if everything gets too groomed..... No one will learn the tricky stuff.
You know it makes sense.
Mon 20-02-17 19:22
Replies: 6
Thanks @Corky, will see if we can track him down
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Sun 19-02-17 23:43
Replies: 6
Heading out in a month, we have never been to this resort before. The OH is a timid skier, she has all the skills and is better equipped than she believes, but she wants a couple of mornings of private instruction to bring her on. She is going to email the hotel for advice, but I thought I would ask here too. TIA.
Poster: A snowHead
Sun 19-02-17 23:38
Replies: 241
I had my old SX80's til about 8yrs ago. They were totally goosed, but very comfy. A dog that is now ashes ate the top cuff of one as a pup. Made skiing a bit uneven but not unmanageable. The biggest difference I noticed with my new boots was the insulation values, man they are warm in comparison.
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Fri 17-02-17 22:52
Replies: 188
@Dave of the Marmottes, won't let me play the vid...
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Fri 17-02-17 16:16
Replies: 188
The first time I was taught to ski moguls (back on long skis) my teacher told us to ride up the mogul, turn on the summit, then ride down, and repeat. He explained that by turning on the tops only the snow beneath your boots was in contact with your skis (ie tips and tails were in mid air and not touching the snow)so it made the turn easier. I remember wondering at the time that if everyone turns on the tops then how did they form in the first place :~/ Took me a while to realise there was more than one method.
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Fri 17-02-17 8:43
Replies: 188
@alr1970, Cheers for the pic. That looks like fun. Could deffo see those lumps turning into moguls if left unbashed. Never skied Flaine but from the pic it does look like a purple end of the spectrum blue?
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Wed 15-02-17 13:32
Replies: 188
You can get manmade bumps on pretty much any pitch with sufficient traffic, over time. Agreed, it will get cut up and bumpy in places, but it won't be proper moguls surely? Unlike the much steeper slopes not everyone will be doing the short radius turns to create them.
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Tue 14-02-17 23:12
Replies: 90
"but to be honest it wasn't that stressful for the teachers on that trip" @terrygasson, your OH was lucky, on our school ski trips we could see our teachers age by the day...
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Tue 14-02-17 22:44
Replies: 188
Ps. @cooperman17, don't be a numpty.
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Tue 14-02-17 22:42
Replies: 188
Talk of mogulled blues confuses me. I don't remember ever seeing a mogulled blue. Leave a gentle piste unbashed and it'll get ungroomed, maybe even cut up a bit over time. But can you get manmade moguls on slopes under a certain pitch? Surely you need a certain steepness where turning significantly cuts into the snow.
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Fri 10-02-17 15:07
Replies: 40
Especially with two teens in the back
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Thu 9-02-17 19:26
Replies: 24
Cairngorm opened today, they do hire/lift pass/ day group lesson for £99. No idea of the quality of instruction, but details on cairngorm mountain dot org
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Tue 7-02-17 8:48
Replies: 164
It'll come down to whoever is the best jumper. It shouldn't matter how good you are at skiing/boarding/skeleton as long as you can beat the others in the jump off.
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Mon 6-02-17 12:35
Replies: 164
It was an awful lot of padding to stretch out a few minutes of racing. But it still managed to show more skiing than Ski Sunday.
You know it makes sense.
Fri 3-02-17 10:08
Replies: 89
Agreed it was the responsibility of the other skier who had to rejoin the piste. But as @flaming, said, being in the right doesn't mean much when you have a bone break. But with only one other skier on the piste I would have changed my line 'just in case'. Survival instinct really and a preference for maximum open piste in front of me.
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Thu 2-02-17 22:50
Replies: 117
Let's type in single sentences. With a space in between. But it's got to all be nonsense.
Poster: A snowHead
Sat 28-01-17 22:23
Replies: 10
@Boris, +1. I've yet to see a jogger smile.
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Wed 25-01-17 23:28
Replies: 97
I remember seeing a family on the Sella Ronda, the dad (an instructor quality expert skier) had a baby strapped to his chest, the mum (very much an early intermediate) had a hold-all full of nappies strapped over her shoulders. It was Easter, sun out, no wind chill. They were coasting down a blue. On returning to our hotel, another British couple asked if we had seen them. They were that concerned/agitated that they thought of reporting them to piste patrol.
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Wed 25-01-17 23:16
Replies: 14
The Hilton may come across as cheapest room option. But that gets blown out the water on the first visit to the bar.
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Tue 24-01-17 17:46
Replies: 45
Yep, looking forward to the second run
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Tue 24-01-17 17:44
Replies: 104
No more on-the-bus sales from Crystal reps. H&S issue apparently, no longer deemed safe for the rep to walk about the bus on the windy roads.
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Fri 20-01-17 10:46
Replies: 104
@James the Last, he steps into the lower ski first. The vid is shot facing up the hill.
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Thu 19-01-17 16:34
Replies: 32
As a kid I used to graffiti my skis and boots with the names of my favourite bands.
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Thu 19-01-17 8:54
Replies: 104
@rob@rar, that video shows it to be much simpler than my long winded description.
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Wed 18-01-17 17:58
Replies: 104
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Wed 18-01-17 13:51
Replies: 104
Following on from @Themasterpiece, you will find that that when you are trying to put on your downhill ski it was a tendency to slip down the hill away from you. To stop this lay your skis facing across the hill, stand with both your legs downhill of your skis. Lift your downhill leg, cross it over your other leg and click into the downhill ski, then bring over your uphill leg and click into your uphill ski. That way you are always stepping uphill into your skis. I've just read that back, it sounds more complicated than it is. But it works.
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Wed 18-01-17 8:11
Replies: 104
And they're a friendly bunch.
Tue 17-01-17 20:18
Replies: 76
I find the slalom more exciting than the downhill. Two runs, no mistakes. The time advantage of the later skiers being offset by the worsening state of the run. At Wengen, seeing Kirstoffersen's split times going green/red/green on the final run. The downhill is definitely more awesome to watch, but IMO not quite as exciting.
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