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Poster: A snowHead
Tue 21-03-17 22:11
Replies: 7
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 16:24
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 16:18
Replies: 7
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.
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Tue 21-03-17 16:13
Replies: 14
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 10:24
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 12:38
Replies: 19
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 10:47
Replies: 76
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 17:54
Replies: 18
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 19:55
Replies: 18
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 19:35
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 14:14
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 11:56
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 10:22
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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Fri 10-03-17 23:29
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.
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 8-03-17 22:58
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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Mon 6-03-17 13:38
Replies: 48
The one you can't really fake is sliding across a floor in your socks. Take a run up and slide as far as you can. Either regular or goofy will feel better. ^+1. This is the one I always recommend for surfing.
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Mon 27-02-17 22:38
Replies: 18
Icebreaker merino stuff or TNF base layers. Wear for at least 6 days (No wonder @PaulC1984 was coughing on our recent trip). As an experiment I wore the same Patagonia Capilene base layer for 12 consecutive days whilst away the year before last. No issue with odours.
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Sun 26-02-17 9:28
Replies: 10
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Sat 25-02-17 21:14
Replies: 18
^pretty much this, cheap enough synthetic wicking base layer, plus extra layers/thin/thick fleece to suit. One thing to add is that some synthetics (and merino) can get pretty smelly quickly - look for one that has an anti (stink) bacterial treatment, silver ion or similar to keep you fresh as a daisy.
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Thu 23-02-17 13:11
Replies: 24
I'm no expert but i think you can get a bit of a feel for a board in a fridge, even at quite an early stage. I tried three or four boards at Tamworth over a morning/afternoon having had 2 weeks on mountain (I'm told I picked it up really quickly). One board shone out as being more drivey and poppey than the rest but just felt 'right' under my feet. I bought it without a second thought.
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Mon 20-02-17 10:37
Replies: 14
I have a Tescos value iron, piece of plexiglass (off cut from a mates workplace) an old stiff nylon brush and a green scotch pad. All in about a tenner excluding wax.
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Wed 15-02-17 10:50
Replies: 36
Just tried to do the survey. iMac running 10.9.5 and safari. When I click through the click and drop menus (e.g. q5) it seems to blank off one of the previous answers as I answer the next. I then get a "this is a required answer" response when I try to submit.
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Mon 13-02-17 14:33
Replies: 862
I think that's called Lavachet wall. I was warned to avoid it, apparently its a bit prone to sliding. Nasty terrain trap behind it if I remember correctly.
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Sun 22-01-17 18:33
Replies: 34
I wouldn't put in heel lifts - you want a flat sole - something like this? - http://www.skiequipmentuk.co.uk/shop/products/Sidas_5mm_Ski_Boot_Volume_Reducer_.htm Try that first and see. There's other pads for volume reduction too - Maybe a "butterfly" rather than a j-bar?
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Thu 19-01-17 22:25
Replies: 18
@noisey, Richard_Sideways was posting to godspeed who is a boarder.
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Thu 19-01-17 18:25
Replies: 18
@djf, i have a pair too, and yes you can move your hand, as you can in day to day life. As I understand it's about limiting motion and forces at the extremes of the range of motion, but I'm not and expert. There is a video on their website explaining how it works. Levelgloves.com
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Thu 19-01-17 13:04
Replies: 18
@sequoiaboard, Level do a glove with inbuilt wristies called the "Fly". I have an older pair from when I learnt to snowboard, good quality glove, comfortable easy to use. Their website has a video of how comfy they are for you ski-ists. Well worth a look. (Ps. i had you down as being a sidewards chappie?)
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Thu 19-01-17 9:52
Replies: 22
@Peter Groom, not all. I think because resorts in North America (maybe USA cos i haven't been for ages, but Canada for sure) are less likely to have RFID type passes some NA/Canadian brands e.g. Arcteryx don't see them as necessary.
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 17-01-17 11:45
Replies: 27
Interesting they're sold in threes. Lucky there are six of you.
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Mon 16-01-17 15:08
Replies: 91
@JordanJSY, book last minute, you'll get a good deal. For example next week: self catering La Plagne £329 (Igluski) Catered - the alpaca, Tignes £459 (do I recall it's no longer run by a SH?) (Igluski) All the big companies will have self catered for a week in the £3-400 range, spend the rest eating out for a week. Decent enough half board hotel for around £600 and you can pick where the snow is good.
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Fri 13-01-17 11:37
Replies: 26
@Old Skool, no use to you for this trip, but if you decide to go againI got reduced Tri Area passes from Canadian Affair by buying them before a certain date (mid December I think). If you're DIYing the flights are really god value from them, they're owned by Airtransat.
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Fri 13-01-17 11:20
Replies: 26
Yep, Level make a great glove, had several pairs, but layering is the way to go for warmth, and make sure you separate your inner glove liners from the outer glove at night to dry out. Got a pair of Dakine gauntlets for really heavy days which are really good too but more bulky. Mates swear by mitts, but I'm not a fan as I like my fingers free. You might want to have a look at the Dakine or Burton Lobster gloves too, a mitt but the thumb and forefinger are separated out so you've got more function when dealing with buckles etc. I've got a pair of Flys with the wrist guards built in, and a pair of Levels gauntlet Lobsters for when it gets cold. They do work well, you hardly notice the difference between them and gloves when in use.
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Thu 12-01-17 12:11
Replies: 248
Any updates - particularly on off piste depth?
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Mon 9-01-17 13:53
Replies: 4006
@danieljw, I'm not a weather god, but it did look like that on the charts I was looking at. More than a week out so hopefully we'll both be wrong. :sH:
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Sun 8-01-17 23:19
Replies: 71
I've only ever had to use them once. After forty plus years you'd think i'd remember to dry the gloves overnight. Threw the kit in the backpack for the bus ride from banff to sunshine in -20c ish, up the gondola, out into the cold. Gloves out, dammit. Ran into the shop intending to buy new gloves, but the lass serving said to try the hot packs. Life (and wallet) savers. Always have a spare set nowadays.
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Sun 8-01-17 23:08
Replies: 6
I've just bought a Patagonia Nano Air from John Lewis at a good price. . .meant to be mega breathable and toasty under a shell - will report back in a few weeks! . . .Older spec nano Puff also available with hood - less breathable but more wind resistance - both have good reviews I've a friend who has one of those Nano air jackets - reckons it's the best piece that he's ever owned (NB he is sponsored by them but is truthful about their kit)
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Fri 6-01-17 14:30
Replies: 49
Great attitude clarky999, if the glove fits......... I also like the "Mick Fanning' attitude of punching sharks - try a quick google. Hope it heels up soon.
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Wed 4-01-17 23:49
Replies: 1660
@clarky999, the country starts with the right letter (I think)
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Mon 2-01-17 12:28
Replies: 115
Hey Phil - how long's your pole? (Fnar fnar) Do I remember you saying it was well over a metre long? I was given a Gopro for christmas and reckon the selfie stick type footage looks the best..... Looking on ebay and the longest a quick search comes up with is about 95cm.
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Mon 2-01-17 11:38
Replies: 39
Just filling in time till I catch two coaches to Gatwick then two flights and another coach to Silver star, arriving about 34hours from now. The snow is looking good, http://www.skisilverstar.com/my-mountain-info/mountain-conditions/webcams But the temperatures are as low as -24'c this week :shock: My first time in N America, meeting up with my brother. you passing through Vancouver Gary? Whistler would be right up your street. Are you flying the Westjet one out to Kelowna. Little plane that makes quite a descent at the last minute........... :lol:
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