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Poster: A snowHead
Fri 24-03-17 9:23
Replies: 1
@Sinkrate, Hi, What bindings are on the skis? Are they a rail/system binding and if not what BSL are the skis drilled for. Thanks! J
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Thu 23-03-17 13:50
Replies: 45
probably not very representative!
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Thu 23-03-17 13:47
Replies: 45
I would say that if you've watched 4k video on a 4k monitor you'd probably not be hugely happy with much less. You never watch TV then?
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Thu 23-03-17 9:34
Replies: 72
surely it's not rocket science? You exchange when there is injury or significant damage to property?
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Wed 22-03-17 10:46
Replies: 76
BTW we bought my daughter some ex-rental boots at HT (I know but we found she'd grown out of her boots and the cost of buying the ones she rented was only 10 euros more than the rental fee, she'll will ski 8 days in them at easter then they won't owe us anything if her feet have grown again by next season) They stunk though. We put the liners through the washing machine at 30 degrees (biological detergent) then loaded them with bicarb. Stink free!
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Wed 22-03-17 10:43
Replies: 76
f you try and PULL a liner out it is difficult. It is easy if you........ Have the heel next to you. Hold the heel loop or powerstrap, then grab the loop at the back of the liner and simply push forward and away. this
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Wed 22-03-17 10:38
Replies: 15
@turbosmurf, doesn't matter how old your boots are, what matters is how much you've skied them... And even then - it's really a question of whether the liners have packed out too much. I've got a pair of boots that are 12 years old with I guess 200 days use and because they originally had a 10mm fit they are still fine.
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Tue 21-03-17 15:35
Replies: 51
The things she didnt like about La Plagne were that it was so busy and really icey and she really didnt like the inconsistencies of the runs, i.e. a blue run that suddenly had a section that was more red and was really busy. I'm not a huge fan of La Plagne but the skiing is way more suitable for a nervous beginner than St Anton. If she found LP intimidating I think StA would be a bad call. I know there is not a lot of choice of high resorts with traditional character...
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Tue 21-03-17 13:22
Replies: 51
@medlington, Honestly, I wouldn't choose it for a 1 week skier. "isnt very confident" is a red flag for me. Of course she will cope but she would have more fun somewhere else for her next trip. I've made this kind of mistake with my wife when she was a beginner. Take the long view - maximise her chances of building confidence and enjoying it.
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Tue 21-03-17 12:24
Replies: 30
@Thornyhill, as you've said it twice that must make me nearly 80 No it's just @Thornyhill's senility kicking in :D
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Tue 21-03-17 9:39
Replies: 5
Given the forecast the off-piste will be skied out so probably drop down to the Stormrider 88's. Good call I think. I haven't skied them but I love my old XLs and if I could find a pair of 88s half price...
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Mon 20-03-17 12:05
Replies: 26
Fantastic shots - thanks for posting.
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Mon 20-03-17 10:51
Replies: 31
Not many people carve clean, linked turns on a red piste. You need to generate large edge angles early in the turn to achieve a turn size which controls your speed, and there are relatively few recreational skiers who manage that. Even with big angles and "finishing your turns" the speeds are still high and the forces that are generated very large. Most people will skid at least some of the turn to control their speed, typically at transition to create a steering angle at the start of the turn. This. Unless you can get high edge angles you can't carve pure turns at a safe speed on a red run. I don't see many people doing it and the majority of people who do are wearing local ski club jackets.
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Mon 20-03-17 10:30
Replies: 54
maybe I'm just too much of a motorcyclist but I do find myself doing regular shoulder checks especially if changing position or at a junction. If said shoulder check reveals that I need to change position or speed then so be it. It feels like common sense. Yes. I'm a cyclist and perhaps as a result I wouldn't make a big change of pattern when skiing without a quick shoulder check. Sometimes I'll even get eye contact with an uphill skier and point where I'm going. Obviously you can't do that if you are closing fast on skiers below you.
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 17-03-17 10:36
Replies: 10
reviews seem good I'd be trying them on if I was in the market
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Fri 17-03-17 10:34
Replies: 12
oh, there is a speed dimension too - longer, less shaped skis can also carve tight turns but you need to bend them requiring a combination of mass/speed and edge angle. If you are unwilling or unable to create that you may want a tighter radius/shorter ski in a given model.
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Fri 17-03-17 10:32
Replies: 12
It's not just being able to pivot them more easily it is that - all things being equal - a shorter ski will have a tighter radius which means you will be able to carve turns in a narrower channel. If you like carving as many turns as possible and are a piste skier who doesn't really value float in soft snow then you can go shorter.
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Fri 17-03-17 9:31
Replies: 213
@Norrin Radd, Only if you are three abreast chatting away. Not on phone or speeding, just trying to do 40 not 13. Single file educated riders maybe 6-7 foot. Went to the pub last Sunday, couldn't park as the local cyclists were having a ride, all parked in pub car park or yellow lines. Not one had a drink or a meal, but I suppose that was them being spatial/special. They had not asked, just did what they fancied. Also as a pedestrian I am often forced to dodge the red light pavement runners! And in London red lights mean go if you are on a bike???!!?? No sympathy from me until more riders lose the chip and treat others with respect. I know this is not about skiing and is a bit old now but I really want to comment on two attitudes you are implying here which I think are utterly misguided, immoral and illegal: 1. You are suggesting that inconsiderate behaviour by cyclists (riding three abreast) makes it acceptable to put their lives at risk by passing too close. It doesn't. At least not in the world of anyone reasonable. It is disproportionate and clearly against the law. . Your responsibility to drive in a way that avoids the risk of an accident is not removed by anyone's lack of courtesy 2. You are suggesting that because some cyclists ride dangerously and inconsiderately NO cyclists deserve sympathy if drivers treat their safety with contempt. I don't ride through red lights, I give way to pedestrians, I get out of the way of cars as soon as I can do so safely - in what world would you be justified in not treating me with respect because some cyclists behave differently? To be honest the attitudes you express are illogical and very childish. They don't suggest you have the appropriate temperament to be given the serious responsibility of driving a car on public roads.
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Fri 10-03-17 16:23
Replies: 64
etter to buy one that has all the size and features you may require in the future as your skiing needs change/evolve Where's the fun in that? I have a quiver of rucsacs. My wife says my rucsac problem is almost as bad as my jacket one. I aspire to make my ski one equally bad :D
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Fri 10-03-17 13:54
Replies: 64
@under a new name, some people find that skis on the shoulder restrict blood flow to the arm and that becomes uncomfortable
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Fri 10-03-17 13:36
Replies: 64
For me I like to buy quality for 2 reasons: 1) A backpack interacts with your spine, shoulders etc... and buying something decent will get you something designed to be sympathetic to those crucial parts of your body, rather than sympathetic to your wallet. 2) A backpack might only cost £10 but it might contain a £400 camera, a £100 pair of sunnies, a £200 pair of goggles, etc etc you get the idea. The zips and buckles used on a cheapo backpack are likely to be of much lower quality than on a properly priced backpack, and if you wind up by losing a £400 camera because you saved £40 on your backpack, the zip broke and it fell out... well that's a false economy. ha ha! Excellent attempt to justify it to yourself! 1) If you were talking about a big pack for heavy loads this would be very important - 20l packs for bits and bobs when you are skiing? Hardly an issue. 2) Lots of cheaper simpler designs have few failure points anyway and can be very robust. It is very difficult to lose something out of a top loading sack for example. I like nice quality stuff too but I don't bother with all the self-justification :D
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Fri 10-03-17 10:05
Replies: 49
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Thu 9-03-17 16:05
Replies: 28
@Ricklovesthepowder, I was there in, ahem, 1995 but we drove up to Kirkwood (well worth it) and got the boat across to Squaw which was good fun - big breakfast on board in the morning, ski chutes all day, drink beer on the boat back. I remember the snow conditions being quite springlike - loads of snow which was well groomed but hard first thing and a bit slushy in the afternoon. I got the impression that is quite normal for Tahoe between storms. If there is no powder then there are plenty of steep chutes to ski - even at Heavenly
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Thu 9-03-17 13:40
Replies: 64
I guess sometime it's just nice to buy a thing (in this case a bag) once and know it'll do anything you might ever want it to. I suppose that's not everyones way, but I quite like ticking the box in fat permanent marker and thinking "done, never need to think about that again". yes - that's my bias too. Let's not kid ourselves that its necessary though!
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Thu 9-03-17 13:17
Replies: 64
You can really overthink this: Need features X, Y, Z? - for piste skiing you don't really need anything but a main pocket and a smaller one for bits and bobs. Simple designs are lighter and cheaper. Fleece-lined goggle pockets? That's a solution looking for a problem! Admittedly I wear my goggles 99% of the time so a bit of a non-issue but I do carry sun glasses in their little bag in my rucksack for sunny lunch terraces. Would hardly be a major inconvenience to do the same with goggles. Low profile? - If it is less than 20l and a fairly simple design then there is no need to remove it on chairlifts whatever the profile. I was skiing with a 25L zip on attached to my ABS base unit at the weekend - fairly bulky - and I didn't take it off for any lifts. No drama. Ski carry? - if you are a piste skier this is only relevant if you have a long walk from your accommodation to the lifts (say 15 mins) otherwise your shoulder is fine and it really isn't worth the faff to strap and unstrap them. If you are going to be boot-packing gullies or scrambling up ridges to reach off piste descents then of course you want a way of freeing up both hands. None of this means that the Heli Pack or Heli Pro aren't good packs just that they are over the top for most piste skiers. Course, lots of us ski around in gear that would cope with winter alpine climbing when we are swanning between piste side bars so that's not to say you shouldn't spend the money of you want :D
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Thu 9-03-17 10:41
Replies: 49
At UCPA in Val D'Isere, they said if your battery drops below 60% it's time to change it. Personally I'm a bit paranoid and change them at 80%. The ones that I take out get put in a tub for use in TV remotes , etc so no waste. Bit surprised that people were unaware about the lithium battery issue. IME it is clearly stated in the manuals. You really should read the manual properly on a piece of equipment you are hoping might save lives! On a related topic, the lock button on one of my Pieps DSP Sports has cracked meaning that it doesn't lock. Very dodgy as it can now switch off when you slide it into a holster or pocket :shock: I've put in a warranty/repair request to Black Diamond / Pieps - hope they can just replace the button. Will update if I hear anything.
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Thu 9-03-17 10:25
Replies: 11
Our friends had to do something similar in Les Contamines this year. They had had lift passes sent in the post but the lift company was very happy to move the booking (will automatically update the passes at the first barrier).
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Wed 8-03-17 12:30
Replies: 18
I'd say you want the 170s. I think the 163s would be fine on piste if you don't like making big fast turns but will be too short off piste (and you mention you want a bit of capability for that). Personally I don't agree with this: I like fast short turns on nippy skis on steep pistes and just have much more fun on the shorter skis. If you prefer just straight running and gentle carving on blue runs, take the longer ones Fast short turns on steep pistes mean a fair amount of pivoting unless you are a true expert. Ski length really doesn't make pivoting more difficult. I have some 186s which pivot easily and I'm 5'9 although a bit heavier. What it does do is make short CARVED turns harder but few people are skiing them on black runs and none of them are intermediates.
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 8-03-17 12:17
Replies: 4
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Tue 7-03-17 18:26
Replies: 62
The speed thing is mainly about absorption - you cant control it with your skis in the air!
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Tue 7-03-17 18:20
Replies: 270
@smac, Wow! Pics or it didn't happen! :D
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Tue 7-03-17 17:15
Replies: 62
@kitenski, Ha! Loved that. I think shorter helps a bit but skinnier is actually good in the bumps - easier to hold a narrower stance without clashing edges. But the technique hasn't changed - it's absorbing and pivoting isn't it?
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Tue 7-03-17 16:57
Replies: 62
Didn't look at all of the skiers, but I think the skilful ones aren't pivoting the entry to the turn, but are blending rotation in with edging at a equal rate throughout the turn That's fair but you can't do that with your edges set can you? You need to "feather" them by flattening. You can definitely see many of them getting lower at the end of the turn then standing taller through transition. I have to admit that the turns look like beautifully served vanilla ice cream to me. Brilliant way to get around the pistes with zero drama. Or excitement. Very useful for when conditions are difficult. Not exactly inspiring.
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Tue 7-03-17 16:46
Replies: 31
Guess what? DIN charts really don't know very much about YOU. They are statistically derived to be a good starting point but they are not an ultimate truth because they don't know your body or how you ski. So ON AVERAGE someone over 50 has lower bone density and loses a bit of muscle mass hence lower DIN but that doesn't mean YOU will suddenly change at the age of 50. That is not the same as saying it's rubbish though. Not that I'm an expert. For example I only recently realised there was a 3+ skier type which seems to just add a big chunk to your DIN setting. I still err on the side of caution.
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Tue 7-03-17 16:26
Replies: 62
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Tue 7-03-17 16:25
Replies: 62
@rob@rar, You're right - they aren't really unweighting they are standing a little to flatten the edges and blend the pivot into the turn ( as @Old Fartbag points out).
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Tue 7-03-17 16:21
Replies: 11
@ronanh, No but there is plenty of snow! I imagine avalanche risk will mean plenty is off limits for now
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Tue 7-03-17 16:16
Replies: 101
Sorry for the mess - the first frames work. I'm not sure what I need to to with the rest of the HTML.
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Tue 7-03-17 15:51
Replies: 101
And after another 30cm on Sunday night <iframe></iframe> <p>IMG 0013 from Jeremy Taylor on Vimeo.</p>
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Tue 7-03-17 15:46
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Back on topic - conditions on Sunday morning: <iframe></iframe> <p>IMG 0011 from Jeremy Taylor on Vimeo.</p>
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