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Poster: A snowHead
Sat 22-04-17 8:04
Replies: 14
Young chamois near Cogne. We were not touring but Nordic skiing, when we came across this little fella.
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Thu 20-04-17 11:26
Replies: 1875
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name.
Wed 19-04-17 11:25
Replies: 20
Best I've seen was Zermatt. Went on for ages, plus a good party in the square after. Chamonix on NYE is scary.
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Sun 16-04-17 11:13
Replies: 12
People do lots of transceiver practice which is good, but seldom do probing or digging practice. I skied with a lad a few years back who had been a ski patroller in Canada. The burials tend to be deeper there, but he was of the opinion that even in Europe efficient probing and digging was vital and needed to be practiced. ARVA training parks don't feature the need for probing and much digging, also they tend to be too flat. It's difficult to easily simulate a buried person i.e. burying a rucksack, without it being totally obvious where it is. I did some training once where the guide set up a real person for us to probe for, so we could learn what a body felt like! We dug a pit 2m deep then excavated sidewards at the bottom, enough for someone to lie there. I didn't volunteer to be the body. Shovelling http://www.varsom.no/media/1378/issw_p-052.pdf Probing http://schulich.ucalgary.ca/asarc/files/asarc/Probing_Revisited.pdf
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Sun 16-04-17 0:27
Replies: 36
@Scarpa, I can relate to that.
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Sun 16-04-17 0:10
Replies: 12
@Steilhang, at 00.13. With a closer look might be wind damage but also a cause for caution. I wouldn't criticise the skier, I could have done the same line, maybe not the jump with the big hit on the slope though.
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Sat 15-04-17 22:09
Replies: 36
Try rating the following as to how much they will help you stay alive. Phone. Probe. Transceiver. Airbag. Trained pal. Cautious attitude. Avalanche bulletin. Shovel. Agreed plan. Map. Skins. Compass. Altimeter. Rope. Training. Local knowledge.
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Sat 15-04-17 21:46
Replies: 12
My thoughts. There was a red flag even before he made the big punch that triggered the slide, evidence of spontaneous slides. He hesitated before the major steeping so may have had an idea it was sketchy but jumped on it hard anyway! In the rescue the cameraman correctly stayed high and kept his skis on, big plus. The others skied straight to the bottom which was a mistake. He correctly zig zaged the slope and found the victim quickly which was good and maybe made all the difference. The probe assembly was slow, from the debris it was likely to be a shallow burial anyway. The shovelling was poor. Mostly with hands, the hand digger was actually in the way of the shoveler. When he finally started with the shovel, there were three watching and one digging even if they hadn't got shovels they should have rotated the digging. At the end they all contributed. He located the victim quickly but lost time getting organised. My comments are critical, however he was dug out alive, four out of six who's head is buried, even with "kit" aren't. It's all very easy to be critical watching a vid, actually doing it even in practice is very very different.
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Tue 11-04-17 22:30
Replies: 36
@capability, I would be happy without, so long as the guide was planning to ski slope angles consistent with the avalanche threat level. Appetite for risk is very interesting. It's said that we all have a threshold and each time we mitigate a risk in some way we are happy jack it up in another area. Personally I'll go a bit faster on my road bike when I'm wearing a helmet. I've also been at the top of questionable slopes when the "leader" has asked has everyone got avi kit, ok, let's have it. For me I always keep front and centre my personal safety and keep my veto in a safe place and am happy to use it. What is a problem is our inability to judge risk The example I give above of the questionable slope is significant, the leader made a judgment, that everyone having avi gear was enough to mitigate the questionable slope. For me they didn't balance out!
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Sun 9-04-17 20:06
Replies: 306
@HammondR, it all seems so very far away. Good you're keeping the end up.
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Sat 8-04-17 20:29
Replies: 306
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Sat 8-04-17 12:12
Replies: 12
I've skied that area many times. It's interesting that when people ski the Valle Blanche they take all the glacier kit, i.e. Ropes, harnesses, ice screws, pulleys, etc. However it's very common, (myself included) to ski off piste off the top of GM with only basic avi gear. A couple of years back a guide running a crevasse rescue course in that area fell in a crevasse and died leaving his course on the surface. It's a potentially dangerous spot winter and summer. I once saw a measle map of the range with a dot on it for each fatality, approx half were in the Argentiere basin.
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Fri 7-04-17 19:10
Replies: 47
@Jonpim, my worst turn was when I chopped a bum sized hole with my axe, stuck my ass in it and lifted my skis round below me. I guess you could call it an A turn, not recommended.
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Fri 7-04-17 12:01
Replies: 47
@Weathercam, when the long blue dashes change to dots? Seriously, I tend to wimp it out especially if there is some boot packing anyway. It's a similar dilemma with crampons, the tendency is to put them on either skis or boots after someone's taken a pisser. I've been thinking of getting some 88s to supplement my powdairs. How do you like them.
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 7-04-17 10:34
Replies: 1875
Not an entry, but a contender for motorway skiing, you can literally ski on the motorway, specifically on a lid over the motorway at crevacol.
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Thu 6-04-17 17:38
Replies: 47
Without wishing to complicate matters, there is a slightly more polka version of the movement for the first ski (old uphill), where the ski is drawn back so the tip is next to the ankle, then the ski is pivioted around the tip somewhere between 100-170 Deg, depending on your flexibility, then the leg extended uphill to clear the tail from overlapping, then the little mantle shelf as before, with the option of stuffing the tail under the other ski if the ground is soft enough. I must add if I'm going to cock it up it's never with the first ski move, rather when I've transferred my weight then catching the tip of the second ski in the snow above. The pole thing is also interesting, some swear by having both poles uphill, others, myself and it looks like weathercam included go for one above and one below, which can be very handy if you don't quite make it :) @Weathercam, I see they are scott skis you have there but which ones? Superguide 88?
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Thu 6-04-17 1:56
Replies: 18
In the main I don't get cold hands. However occasionally I do if it's f cold. Just ordered some radiators. Thanks for the heads up.
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Sun 2-04-17 16:02
Replies: 21
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Sun 2-04-17 16:00
Replies: 8
@dmckillen812, welcome to snowheads. A very wide question, I'll do a little. Not speaking French is a bit of a problem but not a show stopper, also you still have a bit of time to start. Many but not all seasonaires start by doing an inclusive season, i.e. Working for a T.O. who arrange everything but don't pay a lot of money. This is easy and you automatically get friends in resort however ski time will be limited, you will work long hours and not get paid much, if you can hack that it can be loads of fun.
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Sun 2-04-17 13:19
Replies: 11
Many years back, I had a friend with a bag. He was a very keen climber and apart from a slight adjustment on his harness managed fine, and climbed to a high standard. He showed us how to change his bag but we never needed to. He did avoid fish and peanuts.
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Sat 1-04-17 10:00
Replies: 8
@HammondR, great idea. All those piste machines are doing nothing all day, why not get them on the off piste and make it a bit easier to ski. That's the trouble with skiing it's too difficult. And, yes.
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Sat 1-04-17 8:10
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I've always tried to have a good up to down ratio when touring ie if you need to skin up 500m you should get at least double that on the way down. I want to take it to the next level, no up at all. What do people think about 100% lift served touring. I can see loads of advantages, no need for special light skis or even skins, easy access to pisted snow, and cheaper insurance. The only downside I can see is having to buy a lift pass.
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Sat 1-04-17 8:02
Replies: 7
I'm in the market for a new apres ski jacket. I don't like wearing my normal ski jacket in case it gets damaged, beer splashes etc. Must be good enough to walk home in drunk. What do people use?
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Fri 31-03-17 22:39
Replies: 9
I recon you'll get away with it. PS, you might want to pop your ski crampons on hard traverses.
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Fri 31-03-17 14:46
Replies: 23
Assuming your guide is ok and if it's new it should be and your technique is ok then it sounds like they have been "tuned" to zero or may be less! Assuming you want to diy it then you need to first decide what side angle you want, I suggest you use either the manufacturer angle which is on jons website or 88. Its probably 1 base and 2 side. Then just some elbow grease required. Keep checking with the marker to check when it's done. For a mainly off piste ski zero is not a big problem. The base edge is a little more tricky as while you can sharpen it to the existing angle which you can check with the marker pen as before you can only keep the same angle or increase it. Assuming your not racing the bbr's then 1 max is right.
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Thu 30-03-17 17:54
Replies: 11
@kitenski, have a look at MapOut, not specifically a ski app plus you have to pay for it, but I've found it very handy in many situations.
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Tue 28-03-17 10:25
Replies: 47
@spyderjon, thanks that's it at the start of the video. I've never been great at kick turns and have been practicing for 30 years! I'm a little stiff in the hips which doesn't help. One thing that has made a big difference for me is the skis and their set up. Don't go too big, a long tail will definitely get in the way. If your skis are tail heavy ie the tail drops when lifted they will be harder to kick, but the tips will be less likely to catch in the snow of the slope above, if they are tip heavy they will be easier to kick but if you don't do it right the tips will catch above you. The worst case is if they are perfectly balanced then they may be both hard to kick and catch in the snow. @Weathercam, was correct when he emphasised practice, lots on easier ground when the consequences are not severe then you will be ready for the sh1t or bust turns. One thing I do is not to try and be too clever, if a slope is steepening and everyone is going to need to boot pack at some point near the top, then I'll take my skis off and boot pack before I start to struggle too much. I find it quicker in the long run.
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Mon 27-03-17 18:35
Replies: 47
Poster: A snowHead
Mon 27-03-17 12:38
Replies: 47
@Weathercam, I think you're referring to what davidof called the polka turn. It's very handy especially if your skis are a bit tip heavy, or you're having trouble! Only issue for me is I managed to put my back out doing it. How it works is you draw your ski back until the tip is near your ankle then pivot it round, then extend it to where you want it. Repeat with the other leg. I did post a video of it some time back. I totally agree about the video clips, I have no problem doing kick turns in places where I don't actually need to do one. One downside of pin bindings is that if you get in real trouble you can more easily take off a ski with a frame binding and sort things out.
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Sun 26-03-17 21:57
Replies: 27
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name.
Sat 25-03-17 19:40
Replies: 12
Try http://store.ornellosport.com/ManualeAttacchiRossi1011.pdf
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Sat 25-03-17 19:35
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http://www.look-bindings.com/technical/technical_guide.pdf Hope this helps. Top tip, when googling for tech stuff incl "pdf" as a search term.
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Thu 23-03-17 17:24
Replies: 47
Just a thought. On slopes that are hard, using ski crampons can help a lot, especially on traverses.
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Thu 23-03-17 7:52
Replies: 306
"Breaking News... Allegedly the Chamonix-Meteo man has taken the snow tyres of his car! That's it #winterisover #chamonix @Offpisteperform" I'm off home Saturday.
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Wed 22-03-17 15:47
Replies: 6
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Tue 21-03-17 14:03
Replies: 52
@clived, that link is for the edition in French.
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Mon 20-03-17 23:44
Replies: 1875
@altis, I did it many moons ago with my daughters who were 12. No avvi gear etc! Can't post photos at the moment, someone else have a go.
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Mon 20-03-17 22:55
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Sun 19-03-17 20:42
Replies: 306
@ronanh, no it's the decent down to mer de glacé and back to Chamonix. I have no idea what the conditions are like around arolla. There are teams on the HLR at the moment who are completing it. The pghm are the rescue service in the mountains in France. Things seem quite stable at the moment apart from wet snow purges in the afternoon at lower altitudes some large. It looks like most teams use the col du passion rather than the chardonnet. Skied at GM Friday. Good fun in places. F big lumps with some chalky snow.
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Sun 19-03-17 10:23
Replies: 52
Maybe only of interest to me. Saint Anselm, born in Aosta and became Archbishop of Canterbury at the time of the Crusades. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anselm_of_Canterbury
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