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Poster: A snowHead
Sun 15-01-17 7:38
Replies: 2822
It was bitter cold on the hill in Aosta yesterday. Bring your warmest clothes if you're heading out.
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Fri 13-01-17 16:13
Replies: 87
@HeidiAmsterdam, you can get a train from valorcine hourly which will take you to Argentiere and Flegere. Le Tour can be accessed directly by gondola from Valorcine.
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Fri 13-01-17 14:26
Replies: 87
A bit higher up. Note the fresh snow.
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Fri 13-01-17 14:23
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@HammondR, sorry about that. It was all a bit hit and miss. We hadn't a clue what we might do until we got up. The question was, how far in an hour, the answer was, not far enough. I was supposed to be skiing all day with Ali but the baby sitter cried off so we only had a couple of hours to play. Interesting all the same. I'll let you know when I'm coming over next time, also when I'm planning to be in Courmayeur.
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Fri 13-01-17 12:03
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A rare mission to Cham today. Skinning at les Houches. It was bonkers at the ticket office. Lots of new snow but not as much as forecast.
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Tue 10-01-17 17:45
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Skied Pila today. Start didnt look promising with low cloud and no sun forecast, but it turned out a lovely day. It did feel cold, but with no wind, hazy sunshine, turning to light snow later, combined with pistes in great condition and few people it was a very nice day's skiing. Extensive snow making caused the odd run to be closed but still mainly open. The off wasn't really on with a dusting over some hard lumps.
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Mon 9-01-17 17:54
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Mares' tails in the sky over Aosta this afternoon. It begins.
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Sun 8-01-17 16:44
Replies: 36
Failing a bash, do a course. Pick one appropriate to your level and that arranges the hotel. Always have someone to ski with and socialise with at night. Low season maybe no single supplement.
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Fri 6-01-17 18:41
Replies: 11
I swapped my tracker for a pulse and it's great. I got the pulse due to a good deal, but the element would have been fine. It's very straightforward to use. I used it on an avalanche course and it was quick and easy. Having broken a rib on my tracker I appreciate the small smooth form.
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Thu 5-01-17 7:48
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Wed 4-01-17 7:44
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Sun 1-01-17 19:28
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From Chamonix meteo " A persistent bise wind pattern might be setting up thereafter between the high pressure area settled over the Near Atlantic or the British Isles, and some low systems whirling between the Eastern Baltic and the Central Mediterranean, meaning : bitter cold weather, especially high up, cloudy at times… with some snow flurries fluttering about in the wind." At least he used the "S" word.
You know it makes sense.
Mon 26-12-16 15:17
Replies: 23
When you gotta go you gotta to go. Although quite tricky hanging it out of a swaying gondola window in 80mph winds. :D If you look closely there is always a little trapdoor.
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Mon 26-12-16 8:17
Replies: 23
When you gotta go you gotta to go.
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 22-12-16 16:13
Replies: 87
Nordic skiing. http://www.chamonix.com/snow-report,89,en.html Looks like the only thing open is the Bois du Bouchet which is less than 2 miles although a good effort getting that open. If your looking for some non skiing things to do, the hike up to loriaz refuge and maybe stay the night is a good outing. Might need snowshoes.
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Thu 22-12-16 16:03
Replies: 87
@fixx, I know exactly. As you come from sanglard to wards the mbc just before the MBC on the right set back slightly is a hire shop. They do Nordic stuff and well as snowshoes etc. Nice guy. Might do a deal if you want them a few days. The foyer for the Nordic skiing is just over the road from there.
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Thu 22-12-16 13:15
Replies: 87
@under a new name, that's really good news. In Chamonix for Christmas and Mrs Jbob and I will be looking for a shuffle.
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Wed 21-12-16 21:15
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Wed 21-12-16 15:28
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Mon 19-12-16 12:53
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My favourite Churchill quote "my tastes are simple, I like only the best".
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Mon 19-12-16 0:37
Replies: 88
You can deploy your energy and wits to saving money, or making money. The second strategy will in the long run deliver a lot more pleasure and money.
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Fri 16-12-16 11:44
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Fri 16-12-16 1:46
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18z GFS looks to have switched to colder around Christmas compared to previous runs I'm dreaming of a white Christmas lalalala....
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Sun 11-12-16 17:46
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My daughter was skiing at GM today. Said it was nice on piste and best of all empty.
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Sun 11-12-16 0:12
Replies: 54
Very important to note. Don't slavishly follow routes on the app, but observe local conditions. This photo shows the second pitch on the Grand Envers variation on the Valle Blanche. The line on Fatmap goes down the very centre of the glacier but on this day the safest route was on far skiers right where the bergschrund was bridged. It's not a fault with the mapping, glaciers are always changing and the route on the day has to reflect this.
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Sat 10-12-16 23:56
Replies: 54
You know it makes sense.
Sat 10-12-16 23:46
Replies: 54
Photo C the blue line is the trace.
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Sat 10-12-16 23:43
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Poster: A snowHead
Sat 10-12-16 22:34
Replies: 54
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Sat 10-12-16 22:33
Replies: 54
I used Fatmap last winter in Chamonix. It's a high resolution 3D mapping app come guide book. It's very useful. There are three ways in which it's handy. Planning, on the hill navigation, and sharing. Planning, all the pistes and standard offpiste routes along with ancillary infrastructure, restaurants etc are marked, and also for the routes there's a short description. It's also possible to overlay the maps with very useful shading to show aspect, gradient, and if it's on a glacier. It's like a guide book and map but better. There's also fly through soft the routes plus profiles of the gradients. On the hill, it will show you where you are with a high degree of accuracy. Sharing, it records your route which can be saved and shared with others. As an example, I used it last season to help navigate a route off the back of Le tour down into Trient. Finding the start isn't very hard but there are two other harder routes that start near by that I wanted to avoid. A is a description of the route from Fatmap, I did take a photo of the route a few days earlier which is photo B, C is the trace that Fatmap recorded, and D is the data. One thing to think about is battery life. I only used it occasionally on the approach and had it running all the way down. I do have a supplementary battery pack on the phone and had 50%+ when I had finished. I would recommend Fatmap for lift served off piste. It's use for touring is limited to areas covered by the maps and the routes are not marked.
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Fri 2-12-16 0:23
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It is now December 2016 and over two years later the L3 and L4 qualifications are still not actually finalised. BASI could help ALL members working rights by finalising this exercise so that our qualifications are graded and recognised throughout the EC. I would be keen to understand why this is not yet done and when we can expect completion. I would suggest that the people who control BASI don't mind bilking the membership for training fees etc but don't actually want them competing with them. Spot on.
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Tue 29-11-16 12:24
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While it may be the "business" of BASI's membership to ask what costs were incurred and expended, I dont think it is our business to speculate, there is a whole range of possible alternatives and we should probably just put it to bed from the outsiders perspective. Why not?
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Mon 28-11-16 23:08
Replies: 56
I'll be checking all the links. Any updates welcomed.
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Fri 25-11-16 11:07
Replies: 35
@szladob, with heat moulding it's still possible to fine tune the fit. If they do the boots up very tightly when moulding they will be slightly looser afterwards, conversely if the boots are done up looser then they will be tighter. If your feet are being squeezed/crushed sidewards then they could be agony and damage your foot when skiing. My advice would be to get them molded but have a good chat with the fitter beforehand.
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Thu 24-11-16 13:06
Replies: 52
Just sorting my stuff for the season thinking I was doing well this season having bought no skis and having sold two pairs, however! I've bought a harness, already have two, a pair of crampons, already have two, a rucksack, already have approx 6, a ski jacket, already....
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Wed 23-11-16 11:54
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I'm having a clear out. I've some brand new 113 marker ski crampons will fit f10/12 duke and baron. Skis upto 106 mm. A petzel touring harness light weight and can be put on with skis on. A 2m carbon probe new condition too short for Japan or the US.
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Tue 22-11-16 12:56
Replies: 4
This might help. https://theskimonster.com/blog/posts/how-to-adjust-your-rossignol-ski-bindings/
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Tue 22-11-16 12:54
Replies: 4
@iskar, if he skis backwards a lot then forward of the midpoint is fine. If not then slightly back should not be an issue. Maybe ignore the size mark, position the front so the boot midpoint is as close to possible or slightly back from the ski midpoint then position the rear to suit. I have found the axial a pain to set the forward pressure with the yellow mark in the little window if yours are the same as mine.
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Mon 21-11-16 15:28
Replies: 2
I've got a buyer for these. If it falls through I'll let you know.
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Mon 21-11-16 12:19
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The white flecks are part of the design not scratches. Photos
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