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Poster: A snowHead
Mon 26-06-17 11:09
Replies: 21
Hi All, So I have been following this thread for the past 5 years, and again, thanks to everyone who take the time and put in the effort to keep this thread interesting. I am however heading over to Canada in December this year (Banff), instead of doing my normal January Austria trip... So I was wondering if there is a thread as informative as this one that deals with the Canadian / US winter forecast and snowfall forecast? Thanks in advance, Cheers. @Toadman normally contributes some good info on the Pacific North West on this thread. I'm sure he'll be along later in the year.
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Wed 21-06-17 15:33
Replies: 106
Just catching up on this thread and some interesting thoughts. If you fancy an alternative view on seasonaires then check out our blog on chaletcouple.com ,specifically the 'Dear Seasonaire's' post at: https://www.chaletcouple.com/single-post/2017/02/02/Dear-Seasonaires I think our views align with a few of those on this thread, but if you hate it, let us know (and if you love it of course!) :D. Agree entirely with the sentiments, but FFS lose the infuriating gifs.
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Wed 21-06-17 10:50
Replies: 21
Thanks to Noza, Jelly and all our other resident weather gurus for the efforts that you make. Skiers enjoy obsessing about the weather and the annual outlook thread makes the whole thing so much more intense!
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Mon 19-06-17 12:54
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Unusually high temperatures in the Bernese Oberland at the moment. This is the Jungfraujoch at 3454 metres - not dipping below zero all week. http://www.mikeeasley.co.uk/joch.jpg
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Fri 9-06-17 15:04
Replies: 8
Apres isn't as wild as nearby Sölden but it's ok. Certainly very good for easy, snow-sure skiing though.
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Thu 18-05-17 13:33
Replies: 2527
Wow! New skipass for next season covering Jungfrau Region, Gstaad, Meiringen and Adelboden/Lenk. 666km of pistes for CHF666, as long as you buy before 15th December. http://www.jungfrauzeitung.ch/artikel/154626/
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Tue 16-05-17 0:07
Replies: 44
@telford_mike, I think it was 2012, A lot has changed since then. The Jungfraubahn have spent a fortune on the snowmaking infrastructure. It is extremely unlikely that temps in January would be too high to use it. Certainly this season (which was mediocre all over the Alps, particularly in December) there was no problem.
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Mon 15-05-17 23:57
Replies: 44
Rode through a proper speed-gun in St Anton once, I clocked 77kph. That's after about 150m of mellow blue run, from a standing start. On that basis, I reckon 100kph+ is pretty easy. The snowboard speed record is over 200kph! You might be surprised at how difficult it is. In our village we have a fixed speed camera at the botttom of a very steep pitch on the Lauberhorn World Cup downhill run - it's way more accurate than an app on a phone. In 2013 a French racer called Johan Clary managed 161.9kmh down this hill - that's carrying speed from the upper part of the course and wearing a cat suit and DH skis. The speed camera stays put all season so of course we all have a go, and I can tell you that skiers using recreational equipment and clothing have a really hard time breaking 100kph from a standing start at the top of the hill. A mate of mine managed 88kph on snowblades mind - but he's a big guy!
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Mon 15-05-17 23:45
Replies: 44
@telford_mike, and a few years ago a WC SG on the Lauberhorn was cancelled because of lack of snow. TQA is correct, Wengen is low and not snow sure TQA is incorrect, and so are you. Wengen now has one of the most modern and comprehensive snowmaking systems in Switzerland. The fact that a single race was cancelled many years ago is irrelevant. It's 2017. Things change. This season (which was poor right across the Alps) we had plenty of great skiing while neighbouring resorts were very limited. When did you last visit?
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Mon 15-05-17 17:07
Replies: 44
I would pass on Wengen in early January if you are looking for ski in ski out it is low. Err.... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38623669 Have you ever been to Wengen?
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Mon 15-05-17 15:06
Replies: 44
Surprised Wengen hasn't had a mention yet. Nursery slopes are in the middle of the village with most hotels within 100 or so metres away. Car free, and easy-peasy blue runs back to the village from Wengernalp. Great ski schools too - Swiss, Altitude (British) and Privat. Looking down at the village from the top of the nursery slope: http://www.skiresort.info/typo3temp/pics/81cab04709.jpg
And they're a friendly bunch.
Sat 13-05-17 12:11
Replies: 2527
New snowmaking between Gummi and Tschuggen to be installed. This is great news as it will ensure the connection between Männlichen and Scheidegg opens earlier in the season. http://www.jungfrauzeitung.ch/artikel/154469/
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Sun 30-04-17 18:02
Replies: 13
Sad indeed. Our local hero and all-round nice guy. When asked why he liked to climb the Eiger so fast, he replied that his wife liked him to be home in time for dinner.
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Tue 25-04-17 19:33
Replies: 7
Sorry - here's a better reply. Gstaad is lovely. Great scenery, fantastic restaurants. If you only have a weekend then all you need is the local Eggli area and you can ski over to Rougemont and back - plenty of terrain up there. Of course no one can predict what the snow will be like, but beginning of March was good this year (and it was a poor season), so you have every chance of good conditions. I think skiers need to be 'glass half full' people. If we weren't we'd never go anywhere!
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 25-04-17 17:21
Replies: 7
What will you do if you don't go? Stay at home? Is this glass half full or half empty? http://cdn.playbuzz.com/cdn/00eda5c7-6f12-42e6-87ee-68fe3b3422b5/2ee4c550-26f9-4b55-88c5-a077f9233a8e.jpg
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Mon 10-04-17 23:02
Replies: 16
Be warned. Last year we did our first proper season. Just coming to the end of our second and have now secured a home here. Even a season isn't enough!
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Mon 10-04-17 15:52
Replies: 2527
Still very good snow on Salzegg this morning if you're thinking of coming for Easter weekend. http://mikeeasley.co.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/img_1461.jpg
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Thu 6-04-17 23:30
Replies: 52
I think Val d'Isere is pretty bad for it, I'm ill every single year, usually a few days in. This year I was struck down on the way home, it was a very miserable journey indeed and a sorry few days afterwards. I always take hand gel with me because some of the bars don't have soap (the Rosee Blanche loo NEVER has any) and wash my hands a lot but it always gets me. I have to ask - why on earth do you keep going back?
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Mon 3-04-17 17:59
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Männlichen now closed for the season, but still good skiing at Scheidegg. Village very quiet. http://mikeeasley.co.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/wp-image-673436891jpg.jpg
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Sat 1-04-17 1:09
Replies: 709
Here's one for Stanton :) £ jumps on news of German inflation http://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/785913/Pound-euro-exchange-rate-Sterling-Germany-inflation-data-exchange-rate Fake news though, it didn't.
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Sun 26-03-17 18:01
Replies: 7
A friend had his bindings checked here yesterday. It cost CHF20, and he came out of the shop with a little round sticker on his skis saying '2017'. All good. The conversation then turned to the means of calculating the DIN values that had been tested. This of course depends entirely on info provided by the owner regarding weight, skiing ability, boot sole length & age. It strikes me that in addition to checking that a binding will release according to the values determined by the DIN standard, shops would provide better value by trying to validate the base info used to calculate the DIN values. Having a set of scales would certainly help, but things like 'skier type' (1,2 or 3 etc) are so subjective as to render the whole exercise pretty haphazard. The insurance thing has to be bunkum by the way.
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Sat 25-03-17 15:50
Replies: 2527
Vertical Up race today in Wengen. The challenge is to get from the bottom of the downhill course to the top. You can use anything you like as long as it isn't motorised, but most people seem to use running shoes with crampons. Shortened course today owing to a big föhn storm on the Lauberhorn. http://mikeeasley.co.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/wp-image-358008787jpg.jpg
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Sat 25-03-17 1:00
Replies: 40
I never used to wear goggles - hated the damn things - always fogging up. Finally gave in and bought some POC Iris Stripes last autumn. What a revelation. No fogging at all, comfortable and have survived he rigours of a season. Recommended.
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Sat 25-03-17 0:28
Replies: 10
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Fri 24-03-17 15:57
Replies: 13
@Ashridge I've skied all season on mine, even went so far as giving my Atomic Race LTs away as I never used them even on days when the snow was hard packed. For info I am a few kilos heavier than you and the 176s are fine for me.
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Fri 24-03-17 14:24
Replies: 13
Are these this years CTI version? I am thinking of these or the 100mm (wider) version - I skiied on the 90s in December and really liked them. Am torn between going also for the 176cm length or 180cm - currently ski on Salomon X-Drive 80 Ti - 177cm length, 80mm waist, but the Atomics have more rocker, so less effective length/edge on the slope ... Any one any knowledge and able to compare the 90 and 100? I don't want to lose too much, if any ideally, of the on-piste carving ability of the Salomons. Yes, CTI version. I'd avoid the 100s if you value on-piste performance to be honest. The big pull of the 90 is that it's an all-rounder. You really need to try them out to determine the best length for you. Personally I like short skis so I bought the 176 and they're fine. They do ski pretty short though, so maybe go for the 184?
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Tue 21-03-17 1:23
Replies: 2527
@tripowski, hope you enjoyed Duo Centrale in the lounge tonight.
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Mon 20-03-17 15:18
Replies: 2527
After our wet weekend we're back to normal service here with lovely weather, good pistes and very few people about. Temps are high but the pistes didn't get choppy today as hardly anyone was skiing. http://mikeeasley.co.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/wp-image-1176552342jpg.jpg
Poster: A snowHead
Mon 20-03-17 0:04
Replies: 15
End of the season (May) seems to be good for S&R and EB. Got great deals last MY on boots from EB and skis from S&R.
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Mon 20-03-17 0:00
Replies: 10
You went to France on a budget? Try Italy or Austria next season.
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Sat 18-03-17 18:10
Replies: 2527
I think 17.00 at the moment. Last cable-car back down is also 17.00.
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Sat 18-03-17 17:32
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@tripowski, it's been raining today (and still is) so the lower runs may be a bit marginal tomorrow. My suggestion would be to get a half-day pass. Get the cable-car to Männlichen (5 minute trip) and ski the pistes up there until the lifts close. If the weather/snow is nice you can ski down to Grund (you may have to get a bus down the last bit from Aspen, but probably not). Back to Wengen via Scheidegg and you're done. Last train down from Scheidegg is 18.33. You could ski it of course, but you'll be way past last piste patrol time so go steady and look out for piste machines.
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Sat 18-03-17 9:12
Replies: 15
Valmorel worked for me with young kids. +1 for Valmorel.
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Thu 16-03-17 23:09
Replies: 13
I bought a pair at the end of last season. Haven't used anything else since - really good all-rounder.
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Thu 16-03-17 22:52
Replies: 2527
@telford_mike, good to meet you a few days ago and hope you enjoy the rest of the season. I gather from various sources that the V bahn up from Grindelwald to Männlichen And Eigergletscher is unlikely to be built in time for next season due to a number of ongoing controversies? Hi Pete! Latest news a couple of weeks ago was that the Jungfraubahn hope to have the building permits by early summer. This being the case they might just have time to get the gondola from Grund to Männlichen completed by next season. The new gondola to Eigergletscher would follow the year after. The existing gondola from Grund to Männlichen has to be decommissioned in 2018 regardless, so they need to get a move on or Männlichen's going to be mighty quiet next winter.
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Thu 16-03-17 11:52
Replies: 2527
Agree with all of the above, and would add that Arven red at Scheidegg (surprisingly perhaps) is one of the easiest runs in the area for finding your feet. Restaurants are much of a muchness as @Bodeswell, has said. If skiing Männlichen to Scheidegg you can avoid 95% of Hönegg by bearing left down Rohr a couple of hundred yards after getting off the Gummi chair (nicest route anyway imho). Hope you have a good holiday, looks like we should get some snow at altitude on Saturday & Sunday. Food at the Sunstar has been particularly good this season.
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Sat 11-03-17 11:39
Replies: 3
Sounds great. If only we had a car...
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Sat 11-03-17 0:02
Replies: 2527
Lovely video Chris, the new snowmaking looks nailed-on for next season. Looking forward to it.
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Fri 10-03-17 16:46
Replies: 2527
Cracking day today. Pistes got soft in the afternoon in the sunshine, but the snow cover is excellent. http://mikeeasley.co.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/wp-1489158162590.jpg
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Fri 10-03-17 16:42
Replies: 15
This one is very good: http://www.campingjungfrau.swiss/en/camping/wintercamping/default.asp Easy access to Wengen and Mürren, lovely site.
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