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Poster: A snowHead
Fri 24-03-17 1:31
Replies: 70
@Hurtle, nice to have that confirmed! Thanks. I'll definitely give them a call tomorrow (well, technically today) :lol:
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Fri 24-03-17 1:28
Replies: 70
Cheers @Timc, might be worth a shot. Not knowing what else to do, I tried yesterday to get some insurance quotes on a few comparison sites. Tried to declare my "pre existing conditions" - only I couldn't. Turns out none of the comparison sites' booking forms deems bone - fixing surgeries as a "pre existing" condition (only heart & gastric bypass surgeries, blood vessel corrective procedures and 1 more - I forgot which one). So it does appear as if LV were undully strict - I know, I know, that's their prerogative. But, equally, taking my business elsewhere is my prerogative, and that's exactly what is going to happen. It was too late yesterday to call anyone else, but will give a call to MPI tomorrow and see what they say. Thanks again for your input and help.
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Thu 23-03-17 16:22
Replies: 70
Have just spoken to LV and requested a quote. Preferred to do it over the phone rather than on t'internet (as I have had a fair few injuries over the years) and wanted to make sure everything gets described (and taken down) correctly. Well... their premium quote was £138, which I thought was reasonable, and was ready to take out a policy. BUT.... it turns out they view an operation on my ankle (to pin & plate my tibia & fibula, done 11 years ago; no problems since), as "pre - existing medical condition". Ditto for the surgery to repair my dislocated shoulder (27 years ago). So, with those two "pre - existing medical conditions" :roll: they quoted me £370!!! :shock: My explanation that it was a long time ago and that I don't have a problem squatting 400lb for 10 reps fell on death ears. "Sorry - the computer says NO", was their response. :cry: *Sigh* So, back to square one... Does anyone know of a half - decent insurance company that doesn't charge such exorbitant insurance rates for "pre - existing medical conditions"? :roll: I feel like crying...
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Thu 23-03-17 10:57
Replies: 179
@Ski Guide, great news! Thanks for bringing it! :sH: Let's hope the forecast for a big dump on Saturday turns out to be correct too! :)
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Thu 23-03-17 0:00
Replies: 70
@Timc, thanks very much for conveying your story. Sorry to hear that mrs @Timc had experienced a serious injury, but glad she had such a good experience with LV stepping in without hesitation and taking care of everything. Hopefully she has fully healed by now, or is well on the mend :) I'll give them a call tomorrow, as I'm sure I'd read in the other thread (annual hunt for insurance) good stuff about them. As you say, the only fly in the ointment could be the 31 days winter sports limitation. I plan to go away for about 4 weeks next winter, so that should be fine, but wonder if the odd trip to Hemel would take me over the limit :~/ Thanks again for sharing your experience with them.
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Wed 22-03-17 20:30
Replies: 179
Hmm, mixed reports. Thanks very much guys, hopefully the forecasted snow will fall. Can't wait to get away! :sH:
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Wed 22-03-17 19:30
Replies: 179
Off to Grandvalira this weekend. Is anyone in the resort at the moment, to give account on the snow situation? New snowfall forecast for next week but, with recent temperature rise, am getting a bit worried.
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Wed 22-03-17 19:14
Replies: 70
@dp, thanks for the info. Really appreciate it. Was about to pull the trigger after reading your account about your experience with MPI. But having read about @andymb's experience with them, I am thinking again. So is there a multitrip insurance company for which there's a consensus among snowHeads that it's an all - round good egg? Or am I searching for a red herring here :~/ So let's hear about your positive experience with an insurer, one that you wouldn't hesitate to recommend, o wise snowHeads! You don't have to give all of the gory details (if you can't be bothered to write). A thoroughly positive experience and/or unequivocal recommendation will suffice. I've got 3 days to decide :? Many thanks! :sH:
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Tue 21-03-17 15:25
Replies: 20
@Digger the dinosaur, great report, thanks. There's plenty of off piste in Kopaonik, if one knows where to look: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ratnvpHpQNg :sH:
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Tue 21-03-17 14:46
Replies: 70
@dp, thanks a lot. I'll be giving them a call today or tomorrow. If I'm not being nosy (and I do realise everyone's particular circumstancess are different), what did they want off you for an Excel policy?
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Tue 21-03-17 1:50
Replies: 70
@dp, who was the provider. I have had mixed experience recently. Yeah @dp, please do share. Who was it with?
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Mon 13-03-17 10:26
Replies: 18
@Gruffnutz, or come on a EoSB 2017 with 200 other snowHeads? 15.04 - 22.04. in Val Thorens. 4* apartment accommodation, ski in/out, with lift ski pass included. Have a look in the "snow events" section on this site
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Sat 11-03-17 19:19
Replies: 11
There are pros and cons what ever you do. This.
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Sat 11-03-17 17:57
Replies: 11
But the flip side of that coin is that you will be wasting precious holiday time to go & get fitted, and then possibly go back a number of times for adjustments (wasting yet more valuable time).
Poster: A snowHead
Mon 6-03-17 0:46
Replies: 64
@dp, no biggie - am not pedantic, honest :D But as several members have referred to the Heli Pro in their recommndation posts, it's not unfeasible that someone would have just gone ahead and ordered it. @under a new name, that price is crazy! :shock: The production costs + the overheads involved are easily higher than that! Still, the Heli Pack has some nice features that I personally find useful, like the fleece - lined goggle carry pocked, the hydration pack separate compartment and insulated hydration hose sleeve. Definitely not worth 20× more than the Decathlon one, but it's hard to find all the features one needs in just one rucksack. So, when one does, perhaps it's worth paying a little over the odds for the convenience. Though that price difference is crazy.
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Sat 4-03-17 7:13
Replies: 138
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name.
Sat 4-03-17 5:59
Replies: 64
A small correction, if I may: the Dakine backpack that everyone's referring to is actually Heli Pack, and it's 11L. The Heli Pro is the larger of the two @ 20L. My vote also goes to Heli Pack (which I also own), it's just perfect for skiing within bounds. Here's a brief demo of all the things this little gem can do: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PcAyWzT0_dw
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Wed 1-03-17 19:11
Replies: 18
If you are happy in a dormitory. Stayed in a 4 bed room at the MYaSH trip last year generally okay. I'm partly lucky because I sleep well, especially when I've been skiing all day. But anyway for some of us it's not necessarily down to choice/being happy but down to budget. If the difference between me being able to afford a ski holiday or not is staying in a room with 3 others then I'll stay in a room with 3 others, it's considerably better than staying at home where I get a room to myself :D @SnoodlesMcFlude, +1 to everything you've said! :sH:
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Wed 1-03-17 19:09
Replies: 18
I think it will, in some form or another. @Hurtle, I so wish that you're right but, it just doesn't seem that way. Typically, the chalet for preEoSB has always been arranged through Crystalski (@admin has not used anyone else for this before). That doesn't mean per se that he won't ever; but Crystalski are winding down their operation earlier this year, and it's not clear from whom else a chalet for preEoSB would be sorced. Besides, the discussions about this are now going in 3 separate threads (the original EoSB 2017, the pre vs post EoSB, and now here). So far, @admin has chosen not to step in and clarify the situation, which only serves to reinforce the suspicion that it won't happen.
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Wed 1-03-17 18:24
Replies: 18
If you are happy in a dormitory. 4 person bedroom is hardly "a dormitory", and I'd be more than happy to share it with fellow snowHeads. But YMMV.
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Wed 1-03-17 16:58
Replies: 18
@SnoodlesMcFlude, thanks, yes I have; I have even posted in that thread. The reason I decided to post here as well is that this thread specifically discusses staying at the UCPA. Quick look on Booking dot com reveals that acommodation prices for that week in VT are quite high already, and the UCPA represents a decent low cost alternative.
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Wed 1-03-17 3:50
Replies: 18
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Wed 1-03-17 3:46
Replies: 18
Is anyone else interested in the week before (08.04)? I know @dp mentioned that he might do it, depending. Any other takers? I'm keen to do it as well, as pre EoSB is probably not gonna happen this year. On the Crystal site (the usual provider of a chalet for pre-bash), the usual chalet (Chalet de Neige 2) isn't offered after the week 15.04, they are shutting early as well. Which means we'll be left to our own devices. The UCPA deal really can't be knocked!
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Fri 24-02-17 19:46
Replies: 65
Easily the best post in this thread by far: Until the immediately preceding post I was thinking what a sad thread this was. :) @davekt, @yorkshirelad, everything's got an end - and so does your forced time out from skiing! :nice: :sH:
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Tue 21-02-17 15:54
Replies: 65
@yorkshirelad, this season I am skiing, but I only had a week's skiing last year and had to miss the rest of the season through a knee injury :( So, you are not a lawn! :lol: :sH:
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Tue 14-02-17 23:47
Replies: 8
http://www.loyet.com Used these guys a few times and they've always been good. Cheap as well.
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Sat 11-02-17 16:27
Replies: 23
@5RED, which Julbo lens did you try? They do several photochrom(at)ic ones, Zebra Light being the lightest and IMO it does very well in low light. If you tried Zebra, I can see (pun intended :-D ) how you might have thought it was too dark! :sH:
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Sat 11-02-17 16:09
Replies: 12
Poster: A snowHead
Sun 5-02-17 0:31
Replies: 6
Thepisteoffice. Highly recommended.
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Sat 4-02-17 23:17
Replies: 188
Why groom pistes? All it does is encourage the nobheads to slide at great speed weighting tails of skis putting everyone else at risk? Some new snow and fresh bumps seems to slow them right down judging by last couple of days here in Tignes So limit their ability to allow their ambition to exceed their lack of any control equals immediate reduction in collisions at high speed Could not agree more. STOP THE BRUTAL GROOMING. BRUTAL GROOMING FTW :-D
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Thu 2-02-17 13:32
Replies: 7
My mate has APX2 and he highly rates them. From the clarity of the lenses, ease of swapping them out, performance of the low light lense, to the absence of any fogging (all according to him). No personal experience though.
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Thu 26-01-17 11:38
Replies: 72
@Hurtle, quite :) I meant to reassure @davkt of a full recovery, thanks to advances in modern medicine. But just wanted to caution him at the same time that recovery from such an injury will involve patience and care. Sorry if my posts accentuated the latter more than the former :oops: They were meant to be an encouragement!
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Thu 26-01-17 4:09
Replies: 13
@under a new name, guilty as charged! :lol: Well, inadequate angulation = poor tecnique (on my part). Well, here we go - I'm being pedantic again! :oops: :lol: :sH: Thanks for offering me a face - saving escape route! :) :sH:
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Wed 25-01-17 19:26
Replies: 72
Hopefully you won't, @Hurtle, two's quite enough methinks - fingers crossed for you! :sH: I love my heavy weights though, so for me having it repaired was an easy decision. But, by God, the recovery did take ages.... I've grown to view fractures as a minor setback now (had a few of those). Unfortunately, it's the injuries to the connective tissue (tendons, ligaments and cartilage) that are really tough to come back from.
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Wed 25-01-17 19:13
Replies: 13
@under a new name, surely you mean over - acute (as in, an angle), not oversharp :~/ Dunno really, I have some Dynastars which came from the factory with bevels set to 1,1. I'm sure a lot of it had to do with my technique, but they were really slippery on ice. Changed the angles to 1,3 (on 2 pairs), and never looked back. Ice is now something that merely requires my attention, whereas before it was something I actively avoided.
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Wed 25-01-17 18:58
Replies: 72
@Hurtle, yes, the Popeye :lol: I decided to undergo surgery though, as not only is the flexion affected, but also suppination. The window for re-attaching the distal biceps tendon is 3 weeks. After this, it's still possible, but it's harder, as by then it'll have found a new place to attach itself to :shock: After this - even after a few years, a repair is still possible - only now it involves some achillis tendon graft, borrowed off a cadaver :shock: Don't we just love modern medicine, eh :~/
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Wed 25-01-17 18:14
Replies: 13
I'm with @Digger the dinosaur, just get a 87° file guide and set your side bevel to 3°. All of my skis are tuned to 3°. Your skis will never be slippery on ice again!
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Wed 25-01-17 18:08
Replies: 72
@davkt, what bad luck! :( Prepare yourself for a long haul. Tore off my biceps tendon 3 years ago. It takes about 6 months for a re-attached tendon to fuse to the bone completely. No weight loading allowed during that period :( The good thing is that medicine has advanced a lot and recovery from these kind of injuries is a complete one. Patience is key... Good luck!
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Wed 25-01-17 1:28
Replies: 171
@Dave of the Marmottes summed up this thread the best with his quip "when you can bend reality, the softness of his skis doesn't matter" :lol: :lol: :lol: No further discussion needed - you know what they say, "don't feed them"...
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Sun 22-01-17 10:39
Replies: 28
@Richard_Sideways, ...goodness that explains Jura News: 'man found in shallow grave near abandoned camper van, French police appeal to relatives for information...' @valais2, nothing explains anything, I'm afraid! The puzzle remains: Did his dog reject his amorous advances and done him :~/ Or, d'ya reckon that, in the absence of any females coming forward, he settled for a gezzer in the end, and the geezer dunnhim? Or he done the geezer and legged it :~/ :-D If it's one of the latter two, the saga continues... :-D
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