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Poster: A snowHead
Mon 16-01-17 10:49
Replies: 46
@jbob, A friend of mine was asked to open his ski bag at the airport as it was a trifle heavy. He had 7 frozen chickens in there. You cannot leave it like that - please tell us why he was smuggling chickens?
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Mon 16-01-17 10:42
Replies: 12
@SnoodyMcFlude, is correct carrying a rucksack is a very British thing. You will have to decide whether like @ed123 suggests, you want to carry everything you may posibly need (though he appears to have forgotten the bivi bag and proper emergency rations). Goggles are a tricky question but I would also actually suggest you buy a cheep pair from Decathalon
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Sun 15-01-17 19:08
Replies: 24
Flights are from Birmingham 19:30(ish) departure 22:00(ish) arrival. Who is this with and when is the return?
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Sun 15-01-17 12:05
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@marcellus, I flew from BHX in the summer. In my carry on baggage was my climbing rack and rope (if you don't know what a climbing rack looks like see http://www.backcountry.com/explore/how-to-choose-your-first-trad-rack, it is about 3kg of metal and nylon tape, my rope is 60m long and 9.4 mm diameter), my son just had his rack and my wife a rope. My wife had no problem going through security, I was stopped by the child doing a summer job on security who thought my rope was dangerous. Sadly, he wouldn't tell me what he thought I could do with it on a plane. Another child stopped my son and this time queried his rack. They both summoned the supervisor who said it was no problem. While repacking my son noticed that his "nut knocker" was stll on his rack and that really should not have been allowed on the aircraft. I have seen knitting needles, walking sticks, crutches on aircraft in the past. To be honest I cannot envisage any problem with snow chains, but as @harrim51, says - how do you know what size to take? ps what flight are you taking to get to Geneva at 22:30? It sounds really handy for a weekend. I am not sure, but during the summer they closed the link to the French side of the airport at 23:00 pps I don't worry about snow chains - if necesary I can buy them at a motorway service area or even in the little resort shop and having said that it will snow on my next weekend trip.
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Fri 13-01-17 11:46
Replies: 25
As the pilot said the last time I flew there "it's in a valley at the end of a lake, not the best place for an airport" So Geneva airport is out as well.
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Fri 13-01-17 11:00
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In Arpette restaurant hiding for a bit. Freezing, poor visibility but tons of fresh I'm jealous
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Thu 12-01-17 9:38
Replies: 57
@frankEvb, Yes, it was done on the NHS. Initially it was planned for October, 6 months after the accident, to see if I could cope, but it was delayed until Tuesday. Right from the begining the consultant treated me as an adult and described in great detail what was going to happen. He even gave me some youtube links. I have no medical training but as an engineering academic I am very familular with academic papers,statistics and carpentry. After the fall I sat there for a while, feeling the lump (the collar bone) then skied down to Arc 1800 and had a cup of tea. Then went to the doctors. Even the nurse who wecomed us knew exactly what it was. The doctor said it was a grade I/II, the registrar at the local trama clinic said II/III and I may get away with conservative treatment. He refered me to the consultant who went back to the French X rays and rated it IV. Skiing with just one arm wasn't too difficult and I was able to ski any run including blacks that were pisted. The only real problem was mogul fields where I found I need a pole plant. Oh I also needed a lot of help getting dressed. Thank you for the link to the thesis
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Wed 11-01-17 17:19
Replies: 57
@frankEvb, I entered an icy mogul field too fast and fell on my shoulder last Easter only 3 hours into a 9 day holiday. The rest of the holiday was spent pootling around on easy pistes. I have had a lockdown https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep--anDpvfc which doesn't involve any healing of ligaments. My shoulder was funtioning at about 80% with a full range of movement. It was the pushing down that hurt not the pulling up. I could do chin ups but not pushups. Since my principal physical activity is rock climbing, I could do some moves well, but others not at all. A bit of a risk high up a route. I hope to be climbing again come this summer and skiing in 2 months.
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Wed 11-01-17 15:01
Replies: 12
March 11th or 18th could be a problem with the Geneva car show. I would allow at least an extra half hour on those days. otherwise whatever maapy says
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Wed 11-01-17 12:39
Replies: 23
@shredder, Do you actually ski off piste on your own? In the French Aples I use Viewranger as my mapping application and it has a buddy beacon to show where your "buddies" phones are. Not sure if this constitutes a safety app.
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Wed 11-01-17 12:11
Replies: 74
@yorkshirelad, Is that the climate scientist (urban flood risk specialist co author of Climate change, justice and vulnerability) or the former chancellor who appears to have had no scientific training or published in the learrned journals. Given the choice between an expert or a politician with no science education I will always take the scientist. Global warmiing is a fact. You only have examine the data (if you can be bothered)
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Wed 11-01-17 11:41
Replies: 5
Val Thorens. There is a high probabilty of good snow and you will be able to ski back to the resort instead of a lengthy queue for the lift down. Do not abandon the kids, social services will be onto you in an instant
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Wed 11-01-17 10:14
Replies: 57
grade 5 ACJ right shoulder also conservatively managed! Wow! that is some injury. I though half of IIIs were operated on and almost all IVs and above. If you can get on with that injury then I don't think there are any mental barriers. May I ask what other sports you are doing ps just had my grade IV locked down yesterday.
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Wed 11-01-17 9:55
Replies: 502
@thefatcontroller, i'm not ar work, but off sick. I have just had a shoulder lockdown operation to repair the shoulder sepation Ipicked up last Easter. If all goes well I will be back for the final two weeks of the season. No doubt accpmanied by blizzards Keep up the good work on the photos. They supplement the live cams well
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 11-01-17 9:35
Replies: 74
Arguably some of the French resorts suffer from being downright ugly when not covered in snow, the Dollies and Austria are beautiful in any weather. It helps the summer attraction if you have a lovely lake nearby for beach and swimming. Arguably all ski resorts suffer from being downright ugly when not covered in snow. There is no getting away from the fact ski lifts and pistes are ugly, but usually a short walk later and you are into beautiful countryside, be it flower filled meadows and forests near Les Arcs or the majesty of Marmalada near Arraba.
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Tue 10-01-17 20:17
Replies: 74
The Beafurotain is very good for high quality riders, but luckily its still undiscovered. Paradi-ski has some easy trails over a large area, but the main bike park in Les Arcs is still aimed at a higher caliber rider. The main problem with all these places is the short season. Often July and August only. The "summer" is now potentially longer so why not open for longer. Oh yeah, its difficult to employ people in France. Skiing in Les Arcs in April you will often be joined by VTT riders in the funicular. It feels a bit weird. The reason the ski lifts do not open in June and September is because there would be too few, if any customers. Children, students and teachers will all be hard at work and dreaming
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Tue 10-01-17 19:58
Replies: 64
.....and 100 times better than in the culinary desert know as the Netherlands Where else can you get really good pickled herring. I try and change planes in Amsterdam purely to have pickled herring
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Mon 9-01-17 23:29
Replies: 64
@letsgetpiste, Excellent description, often I will only have the antipasto and the pasta course (incidently this is why there is no point in comparing the price of spag bol in Italy and France where it often the main course). My favourite pasta course is spaghetti vongole or a bit behind simply spaghetti aglio et olio, but some of the ravioli dishes filled simply with beetroot ot spinach are equally delicious.[ b]@mountainaddict[/b], It took me months working in Rome to figure out Italian menus. Unlike the Britsh or French custom the Italian menus are not written as a meat dish accompanied by a sauce but often given completely different name. I remember one evening just having a meal of Capon. Relax and enjoy
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Mon 9-01-17 15:16
Replies: 42
Sunderland. You can see the sea from the top of the lift
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Sun 8-01-17 21:56
Replies: 20
Note that on Sunday evenings the filling station in ferney-voltaire has a single automtated pump and no attendants. The queue can be 15 minutes so allow extra time when returning to the airport. Or fill up in St. Julien
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Sun 8-01-17 16:30
Replies: 502
So headed across to Vagere lift then a few loops of Arlette(blue) and Arlette lift, OK, put me out of my misery, where is the Arlette piste and lift?
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Sat 7-01-17 21:49
Replies: 59
Many years ago I was working in Sofia after it had snowed. The roads and paths were 10cm deep in dirty slush not a pleasnt walking environment. Some colleagues wore wellingtons. I wore yeti gaiters over my walking boots which were much more comfortable. My advice is to wear good walking shoes or boots. It is what I wear in ski resorts
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Sat 7-01-17 18:22
Replies: 109
@japes1275, The A65 carted me around Europe, climbing in the Dolomites etc. The gearlever fell of in Yugoslavia once and I rode all the way back with a mole wrench clamped arounf the shaft and some wire leading up to the thumb of my right hand for upchanges.
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Sat 7-01-17 17:23
Replies: 109
@foxtrotzulu, I download moreorless and inourtime podcasts and of course got through andrew marr's history of the world and silk roads, not to mention lots of novels, but they are just entertainment.
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Sat 7-01-17 16:35
Replies: 109
When I get round to driving I'll try and make it a bit of an adventure, I'd love to do it in a totally inappropriate vehicle like a Lotus Elise or similar. I could not work out how to strap my skis to my motorbike (an A65). I suppose with a Caterham 7 you can strap them to the running boards (I assume cars still have running boards)
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Sat 7-01-17 11:09
Replies: 109
@andrew e, It sounds as it was very lucky you flew that time. Why did Easyjet put you in a taxi to Newcastle couldn't they just have sent the taxi the other way to the Alps?
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Fri 6-01-17 19:55
Replies: 69
Does this constitute a drag lift. Wait until the end then see how people get off https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7kBtJ8q0Xo
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Fri 6-01-17 19:24
Replies: 103
I don't really understand all this antipathy towards backpack wearers; it's got just like the helmet argument but much, much sillier Didn't realise that there was any antipathy - just wondered why people carried them, which I think is a reasnoble question to ask
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Fri 6-01-17 16:09
Replies: 103
Doesn't have to. Minimum Breaking Strength is a thing and is measured in units of weight, not force. Climbing gear is always given in kN, I suppose because it is a/ not confused with mass and b/ the loads need not be vertically downwards and c/ it is the SI unit of force.
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Thu 5-01-17 18:14
Replies: 103
johnE wrote: the weather rarely changes significantly during the day You need to get away from Hemel and into the mountains a bit more I spend about 40 days a year in the mountains, and only once or twice have a been caught out with unexpected weather, usually thunderstorms, and it is a rush to get waterproofs on. The thunderstorms have been marked as possible on the forecast so I suppose they are not entirely unexpected. My ski gear is supposedly waterproof, but I have been caught out in heavy rain while skiing and realise that it is not as waterproof as I thought. What other changes in the weather catch you out?
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Thu 5-01-17 18:00
Replies: 103
Keys: there's one dedicated hook in the pants left top pocket Pockets in your pants! When I was at school some girls had pockets in their knickers but I hadn't realised this was still done.
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Thu 5-01-17 14:55
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My wife went out to 1600 last yast year without me so I wasted rather too much time monitoring her on the livecams. Does this consitute stalking? Combettes is completely deserted. Is this really New Year week?
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Thu 5-01-17 13:28
Replies: 103
@foxtrotzulu, was it not the the loading of bananas onto boats that prompted the design of chirlifts in the first place?
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Thu 5-01-17 12:58
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I should mention that I put each item in a separate pocket so I don't accidently drop my wallet while blowing my nose on a chairlift.
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Thu 5-01-17 12:53
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@dsoutar, I undo the zips and ventilation on my jacket and midlayer or stuff my hat in my pocket to cool off and adjust accordingly. And yes the weather rarely changes significantly during the day and the forecasts are actually very accurate. I have breakfast with a few cups of tea before I set off, lunch at lunch time and dinner at dinner time. I never snack and very rarely find the need to drink during the day apart from perhaps a tea break or two, which is mainly a social thing. If partners or kids or anyone else feels the urge to have someting extra during the day then they should carry it. Strangely, they don't have the need. My pockets usually contain: keys wallet, glasses, lift pass, hankerchief and quite often a mobile phone.
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Thu 5-01-17 12:07
Replies: 103
Standard 3mm paracord has a breaking strain of nearly 200kg Do you mean force and 2kN? The issue is more to do with poor backpack design, with all sorts of dangly bits to get hooked up with. Backbacks are designed largely for different purposes - mainly to do with carrying loads while walking or climbing. There is a lot to be said for different packs for different purposes a pack desingned to be taken rock climbing is very different from one designed for a multi day walk in the mountains. @foxtrotzulu, I agree backpack wearing on piste is a very British thing. You can spot British skiers a mile away, helmet, rucksack, and probably a avalanche tranceiver on a blue piste 20m from a bar
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Wed 4-01-17 13:21
Replies: 502
@nabus, see http://www.lesarcs.com/livecam-vagere.html clearly the answer is no. There is a higher propotion of helmet wearers than normal - must be a higher proportion of brits.
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Wed 4-01-17 13:15
Replies: 29
There is a via ferrata in Alpe d'Huez http://www.viaferrata-fr.net/via-ferrata-2-Les-Gorges-de-Sarenne-L'Alpe-d'Huez-Is%E8re.html but i suspect it will be a bit chilly and have risk of verglas.
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Wed 4-01-17 9:52
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@ScarlettInSpace, For a good introductory circuit of Les Arcs may I reccomend taking @Arctic Roll's, advice by heading down Cascades to Pre st Espirit, but then take the Comborciere lift towards Arc1600. From there head down Mont Blanc towards Arc1600 and either Cachette or Mont Blanc lifts (the combination of Comborciere and cachette allow fine views of other skiers antics with usually some good race trainiing on view from Cachette) then take Belvedere down to the Transarc and returing to the top of the Arc2000 valley. If your navigation skills are upto it then you can continue along Belvedere to the Grizzly lift in Vallandry and from the top of that ski back to the Transarc. This will give a good introduction to the whole of the ski area and will take at least half a day (I took my nepthew on it for his 3rd afternoon on skis but left out theMont Blanc piste). I assume your children will be in ski school in the mornings so their instructor will have bought them up to speed. Just a couple of points about this are: 1/ Mont Blanc is towards the hard side of blues 2/ The transarc is not the nicest of lifts it may be better to take the Carreley chair lift 3/ The continuation of Belvedere to Vallandry can be difficult to spot. I know many regulars to Les Arcs who miss it.
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Tue 3-01-17 15:54
Replies: 37
On ski's when you tune them yourself, you very rarely use a file, just a light polish almost with a diamond stone, it removes almost nothing. @coddlesangers, I hand file my snow ski edges every week. A prefer a fine file regularly rather than course one infrequemtly.It is better that I keep on top of the edges and not let them get too bad. I suppose it depends on when and where you ski how often you sharpen the edges. A week on really hard packed snow and the skis will need sharpening. Using skis on snow and as a consequence filing them every week the edges will still last the life of the skis (usually about 100 days); or at least untill other damages forces you to retire them. On the other hand dry slope skis will be sharpened every couple of hours and the edges will be filed away in a couple of years.
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