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Poster: A snowHead
Thu 24-05-18 17:04
Replies: 322
From Chamonet ďWe've just heard that the Aiguille du Midi lift in #Chamonix will reopen on June 2nd, instead of May 27th, due to the engineering works currently taking place. Luckily, the Planpraz lift in Brťvent will remain open until then:Ē
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Sat 19-05-18 15:03
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I broke some movement red apples. They replaced them eventually but only after some pushing.
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Wed 16-05-18 19:15
Replies: 322
FYI if thereís anyone left. The top stage of the midi lift is closed due to a problem with the cable!
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Sat 12-05-18 18:16
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@ecureuil, I guess you need Bluetooth and GPS permanently enabled on your phone, which isn't going to do the battery life any good. I think most people leave BT and GPS permanently enabled these days, so I'm not sure that's a huge problem for most users. BT yes but a always on gps would nail most phone batteries in an hour or two.
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Tue 8-05-18 17:35
Replies: 11
Stewart McDonald who is Chamonix based is very good. Usually works out around 100 Euro a day. He does basic and advanced courses. If there are a few of you maybe even arrange something private. http://www.avalancheacademy.com/default.asp?
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Fri 4-05-18 22:16
Replies: 60
http://blog.alpineinstitute.com/2018/02/backcountry-skiing-skin-track-corners.html
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Thu 3-05-18 13:33
Replies: 599
Weathercam, that looks like the old hut before the 2008 refurb. This is it now, you can see the approach, which might be hard to locate in a storm.
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Wed 2-05-18 12:55
Replies: 599
Iím very reluctant to speculate on this terrible event from my warm living room. Iíve been in a whiteout storm on a piste Iíd skied hundreds of times and been totally disoriented. Iíve skied roped in a white out and skied slowly into a snow bank I didnít see 2 foot in front of me. A friend was benighted in the Dolomites descending by abseil, just 15m above the track which would have then been a short walk to the hut. One thing maybe to take away is even in a guided party for there to be some resilience in the group, and not to be totally reliant on one person even if they are well experienced. So at least one other person with a map and compass and working gps with the route logged. I know the place where this happened and have been there winter and summer, to the left are big cliffs, the hut is approached by a narrow snow ridge which could be difficult to find in a storm. When I did the HLR we sat out a day in the Vignettes hut while there was a quite storm blowing outside, at around 3pm two guided parties arrived knackered and covered in snow having missioned it from the Charion hut up the Otemma Glacier. I thought at the time they were on a schedule that had to be kept to!
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Mon 30-04-18 20:24
Replies: 599
https://www.rts.ch/info/regions/valais/9531944-quatre-morts-et-cinq-blesses-graves-retrouves-au-dessus-d-arolla-vs-.html A bit more. In French.
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Mon 30-04-18 20:08
Replies: 599
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/30/skiers-die-swiss-alps-spending-night-snowstorm Iím assuming they were HLR skiers. What a terrible tragedy.
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Sat 28-04-18 16:51
Replies: 322
@kenr, good point. https://youtu.be/ACAdVvO1KMw You need to watch to the end.
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Sat 28-04-18 16:42
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@HammondR, congratulations. I do admire you tenacity. When are you finally dipping.
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Fri 27-04-18 19:02
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@HammondR, have a watch of the video in the link I posted, it shows the start. They did say they were searching for it! Fair play to you for sticking it out to the end.
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Fri 27-04-18 17:41
Replies: 43
Plus one for early March, but if itís practical, and you can book last minute, wait and see on conditions, plus you might bag a bargain.
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 27-04-18 17:35
Replies: 322
@Fergus, Iíve only been up there in the summer. I would have thought more people would do it, it looks so nice. I guess 1200m up plus extra at the end of the day puts people off. Iíd never heard of it.
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Fri 27-04-18 15:37
Replies: 322
@Fergus, very good tick, not often done. They did it on chamlines recently. https://www.downdays.eu/video/chamlines-5-4-le-barbey-couloir/ Did you have to hike back over the chardonnet at the end.
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Wed 25-04-18 20:38
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Tue 24-04-18 21:24
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@HammondR, my daughter did a variation on the tour noir tour to the col de argentiere on Sat which she said was very nice. Itís 77a in the book of death and raps down onto the rouges du dolent glacier for the decent.
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Mon 23-04-18 11:12
Replies: 39
Iíve seen them in decathlon in Sallanches.
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Fri 20-04-18 9:27
Replies: 220
Try this. https://youtu.be/jreLOtVjm3k
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Thu 19-04-18 11:30
Replies: 89
One exercise that really helped me but is potentially dangerous is skiing with all your boot clips and straps undone.
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Mon 16-04-18 20:15
Replies: 220
What @BobinCH, says is spot on, big skis can be an effective skill multiplier. The two big problems youíre up against are; the off will show up and exaggerate the flaws in your regular skiing that you can get away with on piste, mileage, and this is the biggie, because in an average winter in the alps you only get 6-12 powder days in a whole season itís hard to get the practice. Tips wonít help much, what will in addition to the big skis is some good quality (a level 4 instructor) coaching to get rid of the flaws and packing up your job and becoming a Ski bum.
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Mon 16-04-18 9:31
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Maybe they should make the whole glove from gaffer tape. Tough and invisible to repair.
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Fri 13-04-18 21:16
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@under a new name, A very welcome and substantial improvement. I think the issue might be the parking.
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Fri 13-04-18 16:15
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https://www.chamonix.net/english/news/project-replacement-flegere-cable-car-by-gondola Looks like the cranky old cable car at Flegere will be replaced by a gondola ready for winter 2020. Not before time.
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Wed 11-04-18 16:42
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@Fourstar, +1 for Aosta. Pila which is a great resort for beginners is reached by a 20 min gondola ride while the town of Aosta is lovely and a non skiing tourist destination in its own right with plenty going on.
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Wed 11-04-18 14:07
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@holidayloverxx, well done! Chap comes along with an extremely generous offer of advice and who knows what heís talking about, even puts his link on the page to show his expertise. You have a pop and bingo heís gone. Here we go again. Please please donít respond youíll only make it worse.
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Tue 10-04-18 21:19
Replies: 322
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 10-04-18 19:02
Replies: 6
@dp, Mrs jbob pops most of the soft Ski stuff into vacuum bags and squashes them flat. We will also use the same thing packing the car for the season, keeps things dry and as small as possible if not a little creased! Iím always a little worried when I canít see may stuff and think itís missing.
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Tue 10-04-18 16:57
Replies: 322
https://www.planetchamonix.com/le-tour-terrorised-by-rogue-avalanche/ Read this.
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Tue 10-04-18 16:56
Replies: 599
Just reading Le Tour is threaten by a huge avalanche upto 3m deep. They temporarily closed the front side and when they evaluated releasing it they thought it might take out the lift! https://www.planetchamonix.com/le-tour-terrorised-by-rogue-avalanche/
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Tue 10-04-18 14:28
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... and check your boots if you stuff dirty socks in there to save packing space Dirty socks would-be fine, I discovered an orange left in a while back. I once found an orange in the pocket of an old down jacket that I hadnít worn for around 15 years. It had virtually fossilised. Anyway the other thread is the gag thread, behave. I was thinking of building a rack for storing my collection of skis, but whatís best vertical on their tails, or horizontal on their bases? Good call on the dynafits Jon.
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Tue 10-04-18 12:30
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Much as Iíve enjoyed http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=137491 I thought it better here. Before you put your boots away for the summer, pull out the liners and footbeds and leave them somewhere airy and dry to make sure they are not damp. After a couple of days put the footbeds and the liners back in the boots, do the clips up but not too tight and put them somewhere dry and dark until you need them again. While Iím at it take the batteries out of your transceivers.
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Tue 10-04-18 9:56
Replies: 27
Just a thought re accept buttons not working. Might using an alternative browser have worked. More of a question than a suggestion.
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Mon 9-04-18 10:11
Replies: 599
@davidof, well said. Hereís the Aosta avi forecast. http://appweb.regione.vda.it/dbweb/bollnivometeo/bollnivometeo.nsf/vista_i/$first?OpenDocument&L=_e& 4/5 all aspects.
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Sun 8-04-18 13:30
Replies: 599
Avalanche yesterday on Colle di Chamole, above Lago di Chamole, in Pila. Group of around 20 from Emilia Romagna; 2 killed, 2 in hospital. http://www.aostasera.it/articoli/valanga-a-pila-due-morti-e-due-feriti Difficult to know what led group to be there as slopes on both sides of Colle, towards Pila and Arbolle, are well known for instability, and fresh snow and fluctuating temperatures in past week would have contraindicated. Rescue operation involved divers as it was feared the debris had carried victims into the Lago. I agree, a dangerous place, although I did occasionally see tracks over there through the winter. There is a recognised route in the bowl to the right looking up, to the pointe monpers, maybe they were off route. I also witnessed a small slide onto the blue piste near the top of the Chamole lift. I reported it to one of the piste patrol, he took it very seriously.
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Fri 6-04-18 19:02
Replies: 144
{IMG11056_842_right}@Weathercam, A little fond above Cogne Last week. Avalanches all around.
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Thu 5-04-18 17:22
Replies: 322
ď[security communiquť - security report 05/04/2018] 🇫🇷️ message to all practitioners (Walkers, hikers, skiers, climbers...) due to weather conditions Large volumes of snow at high altitude and warming cause a risk of avalanche on the slopes of the slopes in the coming days. We recommend the greatest caution. Access to the site site and parking lot is prohibited from Friday, April 6, 2018. Just because it's dry down...: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlzT6VjXw-E Keep abreast of the conditions and contact the high mountain office / LA (04 50 53 22). For ski hikes, tomorrow the risk will be strong, it will be hot! More info on le: http://www.meteofrance.com/previsions-meteo-montagne/bulletin-avalanches/mont-blanc/OPP03 🇬🇧️ MESSAGE TO WALKERS, HIKERS, SKIERS, CLIMBERS ... DUE TO METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS Considerable amounts of snow at high altitude + warming raise fear of avalanche risk on the footpaths in the coming days. We recommend you extrem caution. Access to the site and parking Gaillands are prohibited from Friday, April 6, 2018. Stay informed about the conditions and find out more at the Office De Haute Montagne / La Chamoniarde (+33 4 50 53 22 08). For ski touring, tomorrow the risk will be 4/5, the temperature increase! more info / BERA: http://www.meteofrance.com/previsions-meteo-montagne/bulletin-avalanches/mont-blanc/OPP03Ē Looking sketchy again tomorrow.
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Mon 2-04-18 21:18
Replies: 322
Theyíre calling a 3>4 avalanche risk tomorrow. A fatality in the aiguille rouges today. Take it easy.
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Mon 2-04-18 19:36
Replies: 599
Tragic news. It sounds like it was on the traverse pitch of the Crochues-Berard.
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