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Poster: A snowHead
Thu 12-01-17 16:17
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Reporting rain at resort level in Verbier. Supposed to turn to snow at resort level overnight and stay that for for the weekend. It should be snowing up the mountain - freezing level just above village level according to bergfex.
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Tue 10-01-17 13:14
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It's pretty much impossible with the naked eye as I believe it is the AREA under the line that gives the level of snow fall.
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Wed 21-12-16 16:13
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Hey Steve - it was me that said a quick hello at the bottom of the Marmottes lift yesterday/day before? (addled brain). Nice day out there today - some interesting piste conditions with the odd deeper patch of wind blown snow on the pistes catching a few people out. Last day for me tomorrow unfortunately but due to be clear so looking forward to it. Cheers, Dave.
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Wed 14-12-16 13:14
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I know @AthersT, not 1.8 though. 1.26 the year before etc It's what I do as a job so it kind of jumped out at me ;-) @Zorrac, - yep - sorry - should have ignored it. Thread noise from me - apologies.
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Wed 14-12-16 13:07
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Ah the austerity effect, however given the exchange rates of 1.18 sterling snowflakes to a Euro snowflakes compared to 1.8 last year, a major dump in the UK won't strip France of as much snow as it would have last season. :) G Not sure where you get your Euros but it has never been 1.8 or even close and it has been considerably worse that it is currently (1.03 in December 2008).
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Wed 14-12-16 11:54
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Had a good week last week with VIP & TDC for a few days. I was amazed at the snow quality given the lack of snowfall since the big dump/rain. Rich was great with TDC and we even managed to head off the back of Borsat a couple of times and in to the Chardonnay bowl a couple of times too. Managed to say a quick hi to Clare at the meeting spot by the Olympique lift. Back again Friday with the family :D Cheers, Dave.
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Sat 3-12-16 11:05
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No need to be apologising Steve - not your fault! We had a great week and would thoroughly recommend it and TDC to anyone. Cheers, Dave.
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Thu 1-12-16 21:39
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Steve - I'm back for the VIP/TDC clinic with Nick - if you remember (you left us early with your dodgy ankle). Looking forward to it again. Cheers, Dave.
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Tue 29-11-16 8:39
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Just ordered your first book Chris - meant to do so last year but somehow slipped my ageing brain (like many other things). Looking forward to it. Cheers, Dave.
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Wed 23-11-16 12:52
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@AthersT, could you point me to the location of those ensembles please? I have ensembles to the nearest degree e.g. Lat 46, Lon 7 - so close enough for Chamonix but struggling to find on Meteociel.fr where these are being generated to the next level of precision for other areas. Thanks. Perfect - thanks very much.
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Wed 23-11-16 12:36
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@AthersT, could you point me to the location of those ensembles please? I have ensembles to the nearest degree e.g. Lat 46, Lon 7 - so close enough for Chamonix but struggling to find on Meteociel.fr where these are being generated to the next level of precision for other areas. Thanks.
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Fri 18-11-16 19:49
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Arctic sea ice is at a record low for the time of year. http://news.nationalpost.com/news/north-pole-20-degrees-warmer-than-normal-as-winter-descends Frustrating - as it depends who you listen to...... https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/nature/nasa-reports-antarctic-sea-ice-reaches-new-record-maximum// EDIT: Just noticed the one I posted says antarctic sea ice so maybe both correct after all. :roll:
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Sat 5-03-16 23:22
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Yes - a bit earlier - 2nd April for me - family time. I am guessing Olivia is keeping you up otherwise you should be getting some beauty sleep :D Cognon? If not I will leave it to others as I am out of guesses :( Cheers, Dave.
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Sat 5-03-16 22:43
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Mattis? Very jealous Steve - the snow looks awesome. A big difference from that first week back in November/December! I keep watching your periscopes with green eyes ;-) (I am spotdespot on there). Have a great end to the season - I have a sneaky week in Val Thorens to come but that's it. Cheers, Dave.
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 12-02-16 9:23
Replies: 4214
Holy cow - that is some snow - I remember going up that with you the first week (with Nick the week of your ankle problem) - it sure looked different then!!!
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Thu 11-02-16 11:57
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Snowberry are very good @snowsmog, - up by the Rond Point. EDIT: and if I recall Steve uses Killy Sport near the tourist information office.
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Fri 22-01-16 11:26
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If the piste isn't icy/very hard then ruts are formed and you really don't want to be turning at 80mph and hitting a rut - not a good outcome.
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Wed 20-01-16 18:48
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I'll be there too from next Wednesday for a few days. Hopefully a bit of a top up before then, if not it will still be so much better than I feared a few weeks ago. :)
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Wed 20-01-16 14:35
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Anyone have any experience with Brussels Air? Their website is awful and I can't find an email address. Ringing them seems the only option but I have had issues when nothing is in writing before with other airlines.
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Mon 11-01-16 14:00
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I'm certainly no expert but from looking at the GFS 06Z run for Chamonix area it looks very uncertain beyond Sunday and seem like there is a huge spread in the runs temperature-wise, but on average above this week's predicted cold temperatures. That's very much FI though - we will need to see the runs converging to have any confidence one way or the other. EDIT: It seems nozawaonsen is around so you will no doubt get a better and much more informed response ;-)
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Mon 11-01-16 8:46
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In my experience you have to ask specifically for the carte neige if buying a pass through a TO because they have to take photographic ID to the piste office to get the ski pass. This can be too much hassle for some young reps who have not bothered and brought us the standard pass instead. I'm not 100% sure about this, but someone did tell me that in some of the larger resorts the TO's have the facility to issue passes, so presumably they have blank cards and a card writer and an account? Photographic ID is only usually needed for season passes and passes that have a discounted rate - so free under 5's or over 70 or whatever - certainly in the major French resorts that seems to be the case. TO's can issue passes but it is done online now in a lot of places - so they have "blank" cards and activate them online using the card ID already printed on the "blank" card. Why the Carre Neige isn't linked to that card ID is crazy - presumably as the insurance company is separate from the lift companies and they don't talk nicely to each other..... :~/
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Thu 17-12-15 8:00
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Thanks, just got in and the guys at the hotel have said Brevent or Flegere are both partially open. Rich - maybe you should have gone to a snowdome to hone your epic skills first???? I guess you at least have Matty to teach you a thing or 2. :lol: Hope you find some ok snow mate. Cheers, Dave.
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Wed 2-12-15 15:33
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Sorry to hear about your "ouchy" ankle Steve - hopefully it will get sorted soon. A big thank you from Nick and I for the lessons - learnt a lot and had fun doing it too. I will definitely try to do it again when I next visit. Obviously we missed you today but Colin was great too and we made some good progress on the moguls as well as some more carving subtle tweaks. Have a great season and mend quickly. Cheers, Dave.
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Sun 29-11-15 21:19
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You'll be ok Steve, Nick and I are still working on wine "with" dinner. No idea where we are meeting you yet - presume near the Olympic somewhere but I am sure we will find out from the VIP guys in the morning. Cheers, Dave
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Wed 25-11-15 14:17
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Another newbie question for you and any other EK veterans if I may, how long would it take to ski from Tignes le Lac to Le Fornet and how long back versus the bus? Others have answered the question but just to be 100% sure - you don't mean getting the bus back from Val to Tignes do you? If so then I think you would get an expensive taxi shock. I don't think you meant that but better to be safe. ;-) Also I will say that those timings given above are dependent on your speed of skiing and lift queues too.
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Wed 25-11-15 8:20
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Awesome snow surprise on periscope this morning Steve - thank you! That was me getting excited about next week on the live broadcast. Some of the usually more reliable forecast sources seem to be way out for the second time in a week. They were saying 10-15cm at the top and minimal at the bottom. Some very conflicting forecasts for the weekend out there too. Fingers crossed for more light snow, cold temperatures and little wind..... :nice: Cheers, Dave
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Mon 23-11-15 19:44
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That would be great to meet you. We're staying at the Aspen Lodge so you'll have to let us know how they did! Cheers, Dave.
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Mon 23-11-15 15:49
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Just booked with a friend for Val for next Sunday with VIP and an early season 3 day clinic with you guys Steve. Hopefully a bit more snow before then but the forecast is swinging wildly this far out - hopefully the "dumping Sunday/Monday" one turns out closer to the truth. ;-) Cheers, Dave.
Poster: A snowHead
Sat 21-11-15 2:07
Replies: 13
Glad to be of use for a change - normally lurking :D @charliesimpson
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Sat 21-11-15 2:01
Replies: 97
Speed masks skill when it comes to skiing. Most speeding skiers have no skill whatsoever. Any fool can point their skis straight down the hill. well said Youtube clip......not wanting to fill the thread. That's actually quite funny. But not for the reasons you think. These guys were doing a relatively low speed, having a laugh, with an uphill slope after the little downhill slide with no-one in sight and you think they are being idiots/fools? They were about as likely to hurt someone or themselves as me doing a roly-poly down my back garden. It's called *fun. You should try it. *Disclaimer: Fun should never endanger anyone else and should definitely not be boring. I should also say I do kind of agree with part of the first statement: "Most speeding skiers have no skill whatsoever." - that is true.
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Fri 20-11-15 16:18
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Still not as fast as me. I'm the best skier on the mountain. G.N.A.R :)
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Fri 20-11-15 15:53
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Try the ski tracks smart phone app, but be careful it becomes a competition and by definition that can be dangerous. As my son pointed out, if you fall when going over 100kph that could be terminal or at least bone breaking - that was after i showed him my skitracks record of 133.3kph :oops: I'm convinced those app's just make things far more dangerous... hahaha. On that note, I've just set myself a goal of going 134kph this year... can't have someone beating me :-D I pretty much agree - they make things more dangerous because of idiots totally out of control in inappropriate circumstances. Having said that I think you should ski what's in front of you, bearing conditions in mind (visibility/snow) & probably just as importantly your own ability & fitness level. Skiing 130kph might be fine if you can ski that fast with a decent degree of control on a completely empty piste, with good visibility, a decent run out and appropriate snow (very, very rare) but 20 kph might be too fast in many other circumstances (busy nursery slope/bad vis) - very common. A friend and I found a perfect spot to try this a few years ago in Val Thorens in a very quiet week early morning. There is no doubt it got competitive but we didn't endanger anyone - if there was anyone on the run at all we either waited or scrapped the run.
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Thu 19-11-15 16:24
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Thu 19-11-15 15:34
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http://goo.gl/ODUJRu Assortment of the usual questionable quality stuff from Sports Direct but some bargains too & a great way for someone to get some ski gear on the cheap for a first ski holiday. Ends at midnight tonight - starts at 4pm apparently.
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Thu 19-11-15 10:05
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@nemesys, as they are not Gortex like the mens versions, how does your wife find their waterproof abilities? No problem at all. The leather has been treated - probably once a season but that's it.
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Wed 18-11-15 15:49
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Mittens are generally a lot warmer than gloves so that would be a starting point rather than gloves imo. My wife has the Hestra Mitts - something like these http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/Ski-Gloves-Womens-Reviews/Hestra-Heli-Mitt-Womens and they're the only thing that she wears that keep her hands warm (no Reynaud's but "always cold").
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Tue 17-11-15 14:23
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I wouldn't wear the socks for skiing - awesome for walking - especially if you might get in some boggy parts or your boots are less reliable than they should be.
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Thu 12-11-15 11:23
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imo - this is one of the best Ski Shops in Val Thorens - knowledgeable and have decent skis to rent/buy - whether they have what you are looking for is another question of course. https://www.zenith-skishop.com/ski-rental-val-thorens-home_en.html
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Thu 12-11-15 11:15
Replies: 54
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Wed 11-11-15 15:08
Replies: 26
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