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Poster: A snowHead
Wed 18-10-17 11:39
Replies: 9
@Super Steezy, That was a horrible watch! It looks beautiful up there but pretty thin. When you know the punch line you are on the edge of your seat on every turn as you wait for the crunch. The speed they were travelling at when the cover is thin made me a little queasy...
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Wed 18-10-17 10:22
Replies: 53
When we went to Les Contamines there were a few lift break downs. And the run back to base is a bit of a mare (many prefer to lift download) Think you were a unlucky with the lifts but one does really needs replacing. Run to resort - would have thought that wasn't an issue for the "experienced piste skiers looking for a challenge" I rather enjoy it even when it is patchy late season.
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Tue 17-10-17 14:38
Replies: 53
left field choice - Solda (aka Sulden am Ortler) in Sud Tyrol. High, spectacular, quiet with some good steeps and big vertical. If you do a search you'll find a trip report from me from some years ago. Someone (Mikepow?) visited a couple of years ago and wrote anther report. Never met anyone from the UK who has skied there. Recommended.
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Mon 16-10-17 19:04
Replies: 132
one week with school aged 12 another aged 17 every year since I could pay myself I'm 47 tomorrow. I'm surprised more people aren't saying they skied as small children. Perhaps most people who grew up skiing are just too blase about it unlike us obsessives?
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Mon 16-10-17 18:58
Replies: 11
@flog873347, From what I hear I doubt you'd go far wrong with the Atris - they sound a great offpiste focused "one ski quiver" to me.
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Mon 16-10-17 13:45
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I used to ski prophet 100s as my daily driver (still have them) and funnily enough (post above) now mainly ski on WD R108 Carbonlite. I haven't skied the Atris but it was definitely on my shortlist when I bought the WDs. Key difference between prophets and a ski like the Atris is that prophets are really high performance piste skis only a lot fatter - stiff, full camber, full sidecut means that they will carve significantly better than any flat/rockered ski. I mean higher edge angles, higher gs, more precision. However they require more care to ski well in deep snow - the camber means that you can get the tips to dive despite their size, the full shaped tail means that they can get "hooky" when the snow gets heavier (need more care to release the old turn). In comparison something like the atris is more playful, relaxing and flattering off piste. If you ski off piste most of the time I think you'll find the atris more fun. Just be prepared to find the piste skiing you do a little less satisfying.
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Mon 16-10-17 13:32
Replies: 10
@ajc2260626, if your criteria is easily accessible offpiste near GVA - with or without a bit of skinning - and you don't need anything extreme then I'd say Les Contamines is just ideal. Your criteria is why I bought a flat there. My first trip to Les C was 3 days with mates. We took a guide for one day to introduce us to the less obvious routes but skied all over the mountain offpiste too. Fell in love with it.
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Mon 9-10-17 18:08
Replies: 63
1. I love being in the mountains - my shoulders relax, my lungs open, I am happy. I'll hike, climb or ski while I'm there. 2. I love the physical sensations of skiing - managing the forces, going from weightlessness to high g, in and out of balance 3. I find it captivating - one of the very few things in life where I can focus intensely without it feeling like an effort 4. I find the unconscious competence aspect of it very satisfying 5. I love the playfulness - gets you to a child like state at times 6. I enjoy the responsibility and self-reliance - managing the risks of being off-piste 7. I value the "quality time" with my kids and close friends - hardly anything else gives me so much
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Fri 6-10-17 17:19
Replies: 22
god yes - that's pretentious still I just find appropriating special forces/military associations by civilians particularly icky
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Fri 6-10-17 16:54
Replies: 22
Unlike Scotts "The Ski"? yeah that's a bit rubbish but it doesn't have the pseudo special forces cringe
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Fri 6-10-17 9:35
Replies: 22
I know this is shallow but I think I'd finds the name too embarrassing to be seen sliding on :oops:
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Wed 4-10-17 10:44
Replies: 47
@CEM, well that made every other post on the thread redundant! very clear
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Tue 3-10-17 14:02
Replies: 59
However, the tip of a ski bounces and vibrates like crazy so I question whether the footage will be of much value. Didn't someone post some beautiful footage shot on a gimballed/stabilised ski-mounted gopro?
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Mon 2-10-17 15:44
Replies: 59
selfie stick Can we use the official terminology please - that is "wand of narcissism" :D
Poster: A snowHead
Mon 2-10-17 15:33
Replies: 6
@Perty, I've had intuitions in three different boots. They came as standard in a pair of Scarpa Denali touring boots and also in some Full Tilt alpine boots - both were wrap although thinner than the aftermarket ones I have since bought to use in my newer touring boots. I bought the pro wrap liners to take up a bit of volume and stiffen up my newer (Fischer) touring boots for lift served days (my go to skis have tech bindings). I still use the stock liners for long tours (give better stride length). I've found them easy to get on with - I molded them at home which is fairly simple. You can use them without footbeds (have a very thick foam bed which will mold to your foot) but I used my custom foodbeds. They have done exactly what I hoped - mine are pretty thick (there are a range of models so you need to consider how snug you want the boots) particularly at the doubled wrap /overlap. The main benefit has been taking out volume - doubtless they will pack out in time but currently they fill the shell so well that I'm using the buckles on very "open" notches. They also effectively increase the flex rating a bit which I find useful (not radical - may be 10 points or something).
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Wed 27-09-17 19:18
Replies: 47
@under a new name, hang on - bump skiers tend to ski a softer boot surely?
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Tue 26-09-17 14:39
Replies: 31
@Maireadoconnor, I get the impression is that quite a lot of people doing the lower qualifications are comfortably off and have no real intention of working professionally. Don't see the attraction myself but each to their own...
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Tue 26-09-17 9:56
Replies: 47
Personally I don't like really stiff boots because I find it difficult to move up and down while keeping my weight centred (effectively my backside gets pushed back if I can't push my knee over my toe - the alternative would be to fold at the waist so that my shoulders counterbalance my bum but I find that more awkward). I think a huge part of good skiing is moving up and down to manage pressure without getting out of balance. However everyone's physiology is different and where you carry your weight can be as important as how much you weigh. I actually find that softer boots become more of a problem with big skis off piste - particularly in heavier snow. One of the great things about fat skis is that if you come off a roller etc a bit forward you can just lean on your shovels and the won't dive. With soft boots you can "go over the front" in an alarming fashion. For piste skis - at least the way I ski them as a non-racer - lateral stiffness is much more important than forward stiffness. I just don't need to pressure the fronts that much - edge grip comes from edge angle.
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Mon 25-09-17 18:23
Replies: 31
@Tim Heeney, I can get an awful lot of skiing done for 30K pounds. That doesn't sound like a very good deal to me! in fairness I doubt (or at least hope) most ski instructors think of their career as being to get as much skiing done as possible. I hope they find TEACHING people to ski rewarding.
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Fri 22-09-17 11:57
Replies: 39
I'd have no worries about a TSQ with a Rag or similar. I have R108CL and Redeemer and I think R98CL and Redeemer (or Rag) would be an even better combination.
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Fri 22-09-17 11:36
Replies: 2
Oh my god that looks amazing :shock: The one of Evan setting off is so atmospheric - can almost feel what it was like
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Fri 22-09-17 11:32
Replies: 36
I think somewhere bellends have to be bellends no matter what activity they pursue. To be fair piere-a-ric is bellend central at the best of times. And its equal opportunities for downhill bellends as well as skinning ones. Perhaps there is some mileage in that try and concentrate and keep them away from the rest of us.
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Fri 22-09-17 9:44
Replies: 36
Also zig-zagging up pierre-a-ric at closing time (suicidal). point taken - that is just absurd
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Thu 21-09-17 18:52
Replies: 39
@under a new name, weight matters doesn't it? At a give speed and angulation sure the ski will bend more if you are heavier? Of course a ski who skis faster and angulates more will generally enjoy a stiffer ski than a skier of the same weight who is less dynamic. But if you have two skiers who ski in a similar style then won't the heavier one want a stiffer ski? Or have I got that wrong?
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Thu 21-09-17 18:44
Replies: 36
@fixx, I must confess it makes me think of cycling the wrong way up a motorway... I can see the operational appeal of skinning up a pisted surface but it does seem daft. And hardly "in spirit" really? I'm sure you are less at risk skinning up the side of a piste than standing at the side of one a) you present a smaller target face on b) you are looking up hill at the people that might hit you If we think skinning up is dangerous then we really shouldn't allow people to stop even at the side of the piste! To be fair - if hoards of people were doing it or at busy times then it would be a problem. Anyway - useful to know it is not allowed in a lot of places.
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Thu 21-09-17 16:37
Replies: 3
It's a helpful idea - avalanches being a low frequency event - low probability but high consequence - and this being a psychological trap. There is a parallel in investing. Nassim Taleb (Black Swan, Fooled by Randomness) talks about it a lot. He scorns strategies that are "picking up pennies in front of a steamroller" - can seem like a low risk way of making money day in day out until that day ten years later when you trip over you shoe laces and get crushed.
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Thu 21-09-17 12:44
Replies: 39
WD Director is a good call. I would also look at Black Crows Atris If you go a bit more mainstream Rossi Soul 7 series are really fun do everything skis
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Thu 21-09-17 12:39
Replies: 17
@philwig, modern is a caveat though The OP is talking about buying second hand for £100 I agree about the bells and whistles though - simple is probably better for most of us
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Thu 21-09-17 10:47
Replies: 36
good point about glacier! People seem to do it a lot in Les Contamines FWIW - alternative to going for a run. I've only done it when the lifts were shut for wind.
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Thu 21-09-17 10:05
Replies: 17
@TOOTIE, no such thing as a cheap transceiver, only difference is one that works and one that doesn't. You don't want to be the wearer of the latter. Your choice. That's just not true. More modern transceivers are typically easier to use in search mode. Older second hand ones can be in full working order and will allow you to be found just as easily as a modern one but they require a bit more skill and practice to use in search mode. It's definitely not binary work or doesn't work. (personally I'd pay up to give myself a better tool for rescuing other people but if money was tight and realistically I wasn't going to be well enough practiced to be any use as a rescuer then buying a chepa s/h one would not be a stupid idea).
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Thu 21-09-17 10:00
Replies: 36
I haven't done it that much but I've never seen anyone get in trouble for it. Don't believe you need passes to access the land only the lifts (in Europe at least - may be different in US)
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Mon 18-09-17 14:33
Replies: 38
we gave our daughter three lessons at Hemel before her first proper skiing holiday (she was 4) - it made her much more confident on the first morning and she never looked back. It was worth it in her case. Probably a bit less important with older kids but still worthwhile IMO
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Fri 15-09-17 11:18
Replies: 40
@Sainter, January is a great time to go given how quiet is. It also means you can afford to book late once you know where the early season snow has fallen. That is what I would do. If the PdS has been blessed then may be a different resort there. I don't know Serre Chevalier but I always feel that is my loss and loads of snowheads love it - think it is doable in 2 hours? Outside France I'd recommend the Milky Way (Via Latea) in Italy. I really like Sauze D'Oulx there but Sestriere works too - less than 2 hours from Turin. It's a big ski area and great food.
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Thu 14-09-17 10:55
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You'll struggle to get most places to make an offer for a long weekend until much closer to the date, and only then if it is outside of peak times, as it burns two whole weeks of potential bookings for a 3-4 day booking instead. You'll have more luck in places which tend to have a lot of German weekenders, or somewhere like Innsbruck where short stays for business will fill in the rest of the week for them. When we've done it in the past, we've targeted mid-January or early-late March, and booked 2-3 weeks before when property owners can see that they have a gap that they're unlikely to fill any other way. +1 Not a criticism of anyone - you don't know until you try it - but the number of times that this point about availability of weekend accommodation has to be explained on these boards is quite striking. There is a case for a sticky on "how to do ski weekends"
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Wed 13-09-17 17:58
Replies: 35
Yes looking at the weights, your carbon whitedots don't look overlight at circa 3.5 kg/pair (186 cm). Something like a Scott Superguide 88 @ 178 would save you around 500 gram per foot which is significant for long tours. Are you thinking of downsizing? I'm not thinking of losing the R108s - they are my go-to ski in most conditions whether that is lift served or earlier season day tours. At this point I plan to hire something like Superguide 88s for future hut to hut / ski mountaineering stuff. For now, the number of days I do that makes it hard to justify another set of skis/bindings/skins/crampons - our local hire shop has that kind of gear and is pretty reasonable.
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Wed 13-09-17 10:46
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skis like he has a stiff rod up his backside. Would be good to see more footage in difficult steep terrain where he would probably fall back on a more functional technique. Not sure I get that - sure the upper/lower body separation with VERY quiet upper body is highly functional? One of the bedrocks of high level skiing?
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Wed 13-09-17 10:41
Replies: 35
Also read reports which have said some of the wider carbon skis aren't very damp at speed, their very low weight leads to chatter. have to say that is not a problem with R108CLs - they are very stable. Limitations are more fiddling around the mountain in dicier/icier spots
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Wed 13-09-17 10:37
Replies: 12
I think last year was rather unusually bad for NY. That said we have had a couple of close run things when the snow came REALLY late. I expect we will be going to our place on the 26th but we've decided to buy flights last minute only if the snow looks good. Doubtless that will cost us money but if the snow is good I won't care! Benefit is that we won't feel bound to use our prebought flights if the snow hasn't made an appearance.
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Tue 12-09-17 14:27
Replies: 21
Retraction turns sames as cross under? unweight smoothly managing rebound stay low at transition move the feet and knees through underneath you place the new outside ski down delicately on edge Needs to stand up taller, introduce more dynamism and use a more positive pole plant. You could do all of that but it would be a different sort of turn IMO - I think he is nailing cross under turns in the vid
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Tue 12-09-17 14:16
Replies: 35
Now that the tech patent has run out are touring skis with tech bindings widely available to rent or are only traditional frame type touring binding setups available? don't know in general but the shop that rents ski touring gear in Les Contamines has 80%+ of its touring gear mounted with tech bindings
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