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Poster: A snowHead
Tue 9-05-17 0:12
Replies: 58
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Mon 8-05-17 16:18
Replies: 15
@London_Falcon, A couple of years ago if you bought early enough you could get a decent enough (25% or thereabouts) discount on the lift pass. I bought mine through Canadian Affair even though I didn't book anything else through them. If you can be a little flexible about where and when you fly from Canadian Affair are the agents for Air Transat and will be your cheapest flight option by some margin. :sH:
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Mon 8-05-17 14:27
Replies: 58
@Dave of the Marmottes, still a lot more scientific that a look at a picture online test though...... :sH:
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Mon 8-05-17 9:53
Replies: 58
Ok, thanks. Pretty much what I thought. A piccie would be great Mr Sideways. I had a pair of graded mirrored pink sunnies in the 80s and seem to remember lying around on the beach thinking they were particularly enjoyable, so it'll be quite nostalgic.
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Mon 8-05-17 8:35
Replies: 4
Oops, yeah I meant hi Pink.
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Sun 7-05-17 23:11
Replies: 58
Can anyone tell me what colour the prism lenses appear (when views from inside) - I'm looking at Hi Rose for low light and Prism Jade for more light. I tend to like amber/brown tones, but the Hi pink I assume is pink and the Jade a grey/pink from looking at promo info. Anyone confirm what colour they turn your view?
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Sun 7-05-17 23:03
Replies: 4
Anyone tried a pair? Any comments? Living on the West Coast of Ireland the place isn't endowed with dealers, so internet shopping it is....... obviously better to try before you buy, but it's only a few quid to return to sender. so: Oakley claim 'medium frame size', can anyone confirm? - they look quite large in some video/photos. Has anyone tried them with a Giro Ledge helmet, with a view to compatability? (especially if your head is identical to mine) How easy are lenses to change? As far as lenses go I was thinking Prism Jade and Prism Hi Rose. Any comments? Any other info would be handy.
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Sun 7-05-17 11:11
Replies: 657
According to the ONS link, prices have gone up, from 58 pp1000 to 65pp100, or 0.7%. However some place are cheaper according to the AOL article. Only some prices have gone up. Oh dear failed again.
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Sat 29-04-17 10:39
Replies: 33
Well we had a lot of luck on Venus, we always had a ball on mars, etc. First album I owned. Off to look it out now.
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Fri 28-04-17 13:50
Replies: 33
@rogg Not many last minute deals with crystal late in the season thou True. Not that many early season this year either.
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Wed 26-04-17 23:05
Replies: 33
I'm a last minute deals from Crystal kinda guy.
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Tue 25-04-17 12:38
Replies: 87
So we're all staying in Niseko, presumably most will be on the JAL/BA return leg, leaving from CTS at around 8:00am or so, so no trains, transfer busses or the like will get there in time. Looks like a stay in Sapporo or Chitose the night before the flight. I'm there for three weeks plus so I might ditch the last day of snow and get the earliest bus out of Niseko. Where to stay, Sapporo or Chitose - I'm leaning towards Chitose, it seems hotels run shuttle services to the airport first thing which would be a really mellow way to start the travel day rather than fight my way through an unknown city to the train station etc. Is there enough to see/do in Chitose or should I go for the big city vibe? Anyone looked into this yet?
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Mon 24-04-17 9:33
Replies: 44
:pinky: :eye: :eye: good lord Rap music is bad enough. French rap music would be terrible. :( rap.... music with a silent C :-D Musi ?
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Tue 18-04-17 11:23
Replies: 30
Hats off sir. Didn't see this till now. Looks steeper than anything I've tackled by a looooong shot. My rear is twitching like a bunny rabbits nose just looking at it.
Poster: A snowHead
Sat 15-04-17 11:17
Replies: 22
@scotspikey, You say most snow sure in the title. Is that the main criteria? I know nothing about the East side of the country and have only been a few times to the West. On the West side are the rockies, quite close to the coast.The closer to the coast you are the warmer it is likely to be but the more precipitation, note precipitation is not necessarily snow. The further inland you go the colder it gets, but the less precipitation. Banff is an easy and great option. Good town to be based in, lots of non ski activities if required, restaurants etc. Baltic cold in January so what falls from the skies stays in great shape for weeks. 3 ski areas (well 2 1/2) to explore. Bus ride to the hills. Fernie I Liked too. Cool little town and a really fun ski hill - do be wary that in a poor year it can rain at the lower level - last season they were talking about closing in early Feb!!! Revelstoke - epic hill, town not so 'touristy'. My next trip in a few years I'm looking at a couple of weeks split between Red Mountain and Whitewater.
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Fri 14-04-17 11:15
Replies: 657
@stewart woodward, We are going skiing in the third week of January nest year. What will the snow be like on the blue slopes? If the slopes look blue, probably icy. You's be better of sticking to the white slopes.
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Fri 14-04-17 0:12
Replies: 87
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Fri 14-04-17 0:03
Replies: 87
So that's me on Hokaido from 13th Jan to 6th Feb. Accommodation in Niseko to follow - the places I've priced don't take bookings until July and October, so if anyone comes up with some handy budget spots in the meantime maybe you could pm me? Really looking forward to it. 272 days 17hours 21minutes 29 seconds till lift off.
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Wed 12-04-17 21:12
Replies: 15
@DrLawn, I've been twice to Banff and ended up in the Caribou both times......
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Tue 11-04-17 23:08
Replies: 14
I think somewhere around Bristol (Swindon, Weston Super Mud etc) would have quite a good catchement area, all of the south West would be pretty much a captive audience, then south wales and across towards London too. I've driven up from Somerset to Tamworth a number of times just to slide for a day......
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Tue 4-04-17 10:27
Replies: 3
Cheers mate. I think I'll order one and see. The reviews of the one I'm getting do describe it variously as a 'low profile' and 'street inspired' look, so hopefully not to bulbous, but at the end of the day comfort is king and looks don't really matter.
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Mon 3-04-17 10:06
Replies: 3
I've got an old (15 years?) Bolle helmet which is probably well past it's sell by date and certainly well past any semblance of being sanitary. I need a new helmet. Living here on the fringes of the atlantic in Ireland I do more by mail order than not, so sportpursuit seems to be my default "shop" these days. I know I should try helmets on, but that's not really practical. My current Bolle helmet is ok, but does fit a bit snugger on the forehead/rear axis than side to side. My cycling helmet is a Giro and fits like a glove. Sportpursuit have a few Giro helmets on at the moment, so I'm looking at one of those. Does anyone know if a good cycling helmet fit/shape will translate into a good ski helmet shape? Are Giro helmets simailar/different to Bolle shapes? Do Giro helmets have a good range of adjustment? Do Giro helmets have a 'wide range of goggle compatability? Any other Giro specific comments would be very much appreciated.....
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Thu 30-03-17 13:36
Replies: 7
@gixxerniknik, I'm no expert but I'm sure one will be along soon. to clean the base there's two options: 1) Chemical base cleaner, spray on wait, rub off. Some people say it 'dries out' the base, some don't. I did it to my board and it didn't seem to harm it. 2) Put on hot wax and scrape whilst still warm, but set. The new warm wax will loosen and lift the old. (I think this is the most approved of and common method) Then rewax, allow to cool right down and scrape. I have a really hard nylon nail brush type thing which i use then a rub down with a scotch pad.
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Wed 29-03-17 12:39
Replies: 87
^ I hope not, but at least we'll have someone to blame for it if it does happen. :lol:
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Mon 27-03-17 20:36
Replies: 1071
I only visited there once or twice in the two dog era. Lovely hounds, but very nervy if I remember rightly (which is questionable since most visits were tinged with Mutzig induced amnesia).
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Tue 21-03-17 23:11
Replies: 11
I found Courmayeur to be really small. I had the area covered in a day, boarded pretty much every run with repeats within a couple of days, it's very small. Getting to Aosta is a piece of cake, the bus service was on time, efficient and around €5 or so. It's a few years since I was there, but it's not the longest walk from the bus station in Aosta to the base of the gondola (maybe half a mile?). If you get bored or you're a mile muncher it's no biggie. I wouldn't have lasted a week in Courmayeur and in general I don't mind lapping a chair looking for little side hits and tree runs.......
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Tue 21-03-17 17:24
Replies: 4
I live on the west coast of Ireland, less than half of a mile from the sea so it's properly mild here. Got a call from the UPS man and as I was on the phone we had a tremendous hail/sleet storm and within the duration of the call the ground and houses around were blanketed in a crispy clean white coating. I'll take this as an auspicious sign. The board is here now, and I have to say it's really nice looking. It's still in it's plastic all sealed up until next year. Airline tickets being booked soon........ :sH:
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Tue 21-03-17 17:18
Replies: 11
I liked Pila too. I'm a boarder, though you wouldn't catch me lapping the park. Really nice easy to lap side-piste that didn't get tracked out too quickly around the "upper left corner" as you look up the hill - was the lift called Cush 1 or something. Sit on lift pick out very obvious line, ride and repeat. I went to la Thuile too, some pretty fun stuff but also one really long flat valley bottom run (extreme right of piste map) which skiers were skating/polling. If you're going to hit one, Pila would be best.
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 21-03-17 17:13
Replies: 20
Buy shiny things. Now is a good time if you can find what you want in the sales which are starting up.
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Tue 21-03-17 11:24
Replies: 20
@blacksheep, I don't ski (snowboard) and no longer rent. When I was setting out i rented for a couple of weeks before committing. Both times we travelled with Crystal, rented via them on the 1st trip, not on the second. This was a good 12-15 years ago, so things may have changed, and might only apply to the particular circumstances. On the first trip (Alpe D'Huez) I rental the "Upgrade" board and boots, around €20-30 over the standard package. Whilst I was in the rental shop on the second day picking up a longer board I was chatting to the assistant and he made two very interesting points. 1) There was no upgrade package, i.e. only standard hire kit. I did complain to Crystal who refunded my upgrade fee. 2) Crystal took somewhere in the region of 60% of the rental fee as a commission. I was told there was no real scope for discount on the rental fee, but if I had rented direct from the shop that I would have been considered one of "their customers" and service/product might have been superior. Like I say it was a while back and only a one off, but this might still ring true.
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Sun 19-03-17 13:38
Replies: 20
I'm interested in Nelson/Whitewater as an option for a couple of years time, does anyone know what the situation is snow-wise? I've been to Banff (baltic cold, less snow, snow remains in good condition for ages) Fernie (great when fresh, did get rained on in mid jan) Revelstoke (meant to be great but I visited in a bad years. Giant Ice Toblerone). By it's general location I'm guessing it would be a bit like Fernie - receives good volumes of snow, but might be susceptible to being a bit warmer? Anyone got any comments.....
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Sun 19-03-17 11:47
Replies: 82
I have non removable liners and not particularly watertight snowboard boots. I have some dry zone boot drying bags - basically a big bag full of those silicon granules you get in some electronics packaging - put in lot overnight, bone dry boot in the morning. Place boot drier on radiator for the day and repeat.
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Sat 18-03-17 18:54
Replies: 87
I'm in the same boat - i.e. organising but I'm flexible. I'm thinking last two weeks in jan and the first week in feb? Does that seem right?
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Fri 17-03-17 20:55
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Thanks, I think I get 3 hours or so there, and can get a variety of onward connections too.
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Fri 17-03-17 20:35
Replies: 18
I'm looking at flying from Shannon with Aerlingus to Heathrow, Heathrow to Tokyo with BA and Tokyo to Sapporo with JAL, all booked as one ticket direct with BA. I'll try BA again and Aerlingus on Monday to try and get some sense out of them. If the bags go through and I don't have to go through immigration/security I'd agree it seems ok, I'm only concerned if The opposite happens.
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Fri 17-03-17 15:14
Replies: 18
It would be a single ticket booked and bought from BA. I talked to a BA agent this morning and explained the situation. He said that the baggage might or might not go straight through, it was more down to the 'partner' airline. When I queried the timing and asked what would happen if I missed the second flight he said it would be my responsibility. Yes, BA say "1 hour 30 minutes for connections that require travel between terminals at Heathrow" and follow that with "You must be at the gate for your onward journey at least 20 minutes before your connecting flight departs.", which means that 9:05->10;45 begin 1:20 is not in their guidelines, but they're still keen to sell the flight?
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Fri 17-03-17 12:56
Replies: 18
I'm just looking at some flights for next year and I'm a little concerned at some of the timing. I would arrive in Heathrow at 9:05. My connecting flight would leave at 10:45, so check in closes at 10:05. The airline I'm booking via (BA) could not tell me whether my luggage would be put straight on the flight or whether I'd have to collect and check the baggage in (bearing in mind I'll have oversize luggage to collect that will add min 15mins to the procedure) so I'm thinking 45 minutes from baggage to gate close. I've been told it's likely that I'll arrive and depart from different terminals too, (5 and 2 but I can't remember which way round) and it all seems a bit tight....... Anyone got any ideas if it's feasible? I'm looking at the earliest possible flight from i.e. to Heathrow and here's only one ongoing flight. Currently the gut says fly over the night before and hole up in a sleazy hotel.
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Tue 14-03-17 11:22
Replies: 15
@Danz, if you live anywhere near a fridge you might be able to get a demo board from one of the shops (TSA in Tamworth did for me a few years back). Not really a full mountain test, you never really build enough speed (safely) to get what you do outside but you can really feel the difference between boards.
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Sat 11-03-17 0:29
Replies: 35
My take is: There are rules to be followed to obtain the discount. These rules were not followed. No discount was given. Follow the rules, get the discount. Simple.
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Wed 8-03-17 23:58
Replies: 4
..... anyone got any thoughts on the Jones Hovercraft? Me: 6'0" 205lbs and quite fit. 40+, skied for 20+ years, boarded one week a year for 12 or so, surf a lot and am told I board well for 12 weeks. Why: I'm going to Japan for three or four weeks next season and want something pow specific, short enough manoeuvrable for trees but with good float. I've tracked down a 2017 season 160cm board for a really good price, anyone got any good reasons why I shouldn't?
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