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Poster: A snowHead
Fri 6-01-17 8:10
Replies: 55
Depending on where you are skiing FATMAP is excellent. Bob
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Sat 3-01-15 14:07
Replies: 55
My point is, why do so many of you worry about what skis you buy ? Depends on your circumstances, if you ski a more than an annual holiday, then it is far cheaper owning (even several pairs for differing conditions). Also, some people will purchase skis for specific conditions/use, which may not be available to rent. Others just like owning kit. I really doubt the economics of renting if you ski more than four/five weeks per year? Everybody is different, you appear to be generalising a little too much.
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Tue 23-12-14 9:37
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Just a quick note to put things in perspective. Yes, the conditions are not good and Morzine and Les Gets need a good dump before they can open, however, things are much better in Avoriaz. It is limited and nowhere near being "great", however, there is some good snow high up and some of the piste skiing is actually pretty good. The thin base is certainly an issue generally, in particular lower down and in areas of heavy traffic. The Lindarets bowl conditions will suffer somewhat over the next few warm days, however, the resort are to be commended for the work they are doing to maintain everything and I was really surprised how much they have got open. The lower temperatures forecast for later this week will help greatly in regard to snow making and if the snow forecast for next weekend arrives it will obviously make a huge difference. It is a little more difficult for beginners due to the limitations, but if you can ski a bit head high and enjoy the sunshine and decent snow. The decision taken in regard to lift passes is, in my view, the correct one. If a restriction had not been in place it would have been absolute chaos, in regard to both access and skiing, and the lower slopes would now be un-skiable. Anybody this week who cannot get a pass, I really feel for, however, if you have passes make the most of it. Here's hoping for a much better week next week and a proper start to the season. Bob
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Sun 23-11-14 8:25
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@no_snow_in_swindon, These guys do a late night cab service, pre-book only. http://www.snow-drops.com
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Sat 29-03-14 8:23
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MaxiMac, Try these, I can't recall seeing anything, but there may be something in them. http://camptocamp.org http://www.chablais-grimpe.com/skirando/skirando_index.html Bob
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Sun 16-02-14 16:11
Replies: 1774
…..everyone must have gone elsewhere! :D Judging by the congestion when we headed home from Hauts Forts , everyone is in Avoriaz and Lindarets. Absolute carnage on the run down to Ardent!!
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Sun 16-02-14 16:02
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What a great day, despite challenging viz at times. Face shots all day, easy to get away from the crowds and snow very good. Hope everyone enjoyed it. :D :D :D
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Sat 18-01-14 13:06
Replies: 156
This guy sounds like a bit of a dick but it's still a lot safer to ski without a beacon with someone with years of experience of an area and understanding of what's likely to slide and what has happened in previous years rather than an enthusiastic amateur with all the gear, but the latter is generally viewed as 'ok'. A 1 in a million chance of getting buried without a transceiver is better than a 1 in a 100,000 chance of being buried with one Agree with you totally, but on occasion very experienced people get it wrong, so why not also carry the appropriate equipment just in case? I don't think an enthusiastic amateur is viewed as OK just because of equipment, there is a lot more to skiing off piste safely than carrying some kit, anyone who has that view needs to have a long hard look at themselves! Bob
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Sat 18-01-14 9:32
Replies: 156
never summer, Basically he said that the area is normally itinerary but it is closed because the resort are too lazy to open it. He said that if they close that area to normal punters it gives them a safe area for off piste skiers to use. If it was open it would force off piste skiers to go elsewhere with more risk. A little late to this, but this guys attitude is a disgrace. Crozats gets closed for very good reason - it is not necessarily what you are skiing, it is what is above you at Hauts Forts. It would be interesting to hear and see the reaction of the sector pisteurs to his view! As to the area where he first took you, I personally would never be in any of the couloirs without being equipped properly - before I even considered skiing I would need to be happy with conditions. They do purge on occasion. Looking at your photograph you were in the first couloir as you traverse in from the top of Cubore, it is easy to get to and does get skied a lot, however it is 38 degrees in places, so definitely an avalanche risk. As you go further across toward the wall, the couloirs get harder to get into, steeper and narrower. In short it is very much an off piste area, it is not controlled and to ski it you you need to have assessed and understood the conditions (or be with someone who has/does) and be suitably equipped. Bob
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Sun 5-01-14 15:18
Replies: 1774
Great day, plenty of fresh higher up. Lot's of blasting this morning and most places late in opening - through lucky timing at lifts managed first tracks down the Combe de Machon! Lot's of instability around and quite a few reasonably sized slides - most of which blasted, but not all. There are some people skiing in some very silly places! Enjoy the conditions, but ski with caution and take advice if necessary. Bob
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Fri 3-01-14 18:53
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Decent amount of fresh snow around higher up, but snow level seems to be quite high at present. Currently pretty heavy rain at the chalet (1000m). Possibility of heavier snow lower down tomorrow night. Pistes in pretty good nick other than very low and there is some off piste to play in, but care still required. Bob
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Thu 26-12-13 16:52
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What a difference a day makes. I would estimate about 60cm up top and 30cm lower down, which will make a huge difference going forward. Snow pack very unstable, so care needed, but should make for some good skiing. Enjoy. Bob
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Wed 25-12-13 7:28
Replies: 1774
Merry Christmas all. .......Incidentally, the day before I left for this holiday (19th) all the weather forecasts predicted 40cm of overnight snow, it didn't happen....... Err, 30cm in the Lindarets bowl on the night of 19th, and more higher up, does that not count!! Bob
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Tue 24-12-13 21:40
Replies: 1774
joemalone, where are you skiing? Morzine, Avoriaz and Les Gets. Apparently I'm being pessimistic for reporting the facts. We were skiing mud today and more than one person in our Chalet commented that it's the worst skiing conditions they've ever encountered. I watched various piste workers shovel snow onto large bare patches of earth throughout the day. I'm not a pessimist, I'm a realist and these are the worst conditions I've ever encountered, almost freakish. One of our Chalet staff tells me that last week it was -7 degrees in Geneva and 15 degrees in Morzine. Yes we all know how weather conditions can change and I've been here 4 days and been promised snow on every day plus had weather forecasts of 40cm of snow before we left. It hasn't happened and I'd have happily wore a t-shirt for most of the day, it is that mild, way too mild for snow. We're promised it will snow tonight though.... I'm not sure who has been promising you snow for the last four days, but none of the forecast models have predicted any precipitation in this area since last week (when we did in fact get some, but the foehn has been brutal since), so there really is no surprise. Have a look at the links posted by Chatel Snow in this thread. Snow forecast for late tomorrow and early 26th (rain lower down), nothing forecast by anyone for tonight! When the weather is like this you need to stay high, in Avoriaz you will not be "mud skiing", the conditions are OK given the current meteorological conditions, not ideal by any means, but OK and you can ski. This is early season, you are skiing low, it can be like this - it is certainly not freakish. I, like everyone, would like to be waist deep in powder, but it does not always happen. Bob
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 24-12-13 7:02
Replies: 1774
Chatel Snow, Sounds as if the whole of the Abondance valley is driving up to PLJ and I guess the whole of the Vallee d'Aulps will be driving up to Ardent, which will indeed make for a very busy Lindarets/PLJ sector. It has certainly been very busy over the last few days in Chatel/Avoriaz and yesterday was busier than the weekend. Given the fact there is no off piste, snow cross and not all pistes are open, the issue is made worse. This coupled with the strong foehn does not paint a pretty picture. The volume of people is also detrimental to the condition of the snow on piste in these areas as everywhere is taking a hammering. Stating the obvious, but the higher you go the better and there are some very nice soft bump runs around. This weeks forecast snow is much needed, so let's hope we get what is forecast. Best skiing is first thing when everything is quieter and the pistes have had some fettling overnight - early skiing and long lunch, sounds like season end! Bob
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Wed 18-12-13 7:31
Replies: 1774
First foray of the season yesterday up to Avoriaz and Chatel and I was pleasantly surprised at the piste conditions. As others have said a few stones around in certain areas and there are some icy/scraped sections, particularly where there has been snowmaking, but generally nice grippy pistes. Credit to the resorts as they have done a great job with limited snow. That said tomorrow's snow (and next weeks if it comes) will be very welcome. There is considerable snowfall required before the off piste comes into play, but no issues on piste. A great opportunity to be perfecting your carving! Bob
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Thu 11-04-13 10:55
Replies: 1123
I think a bit of sensationalist journalism from mymorzine there, that video presentation is a good few years old, dating from the time of the Olympic bid. Shep, I know this is the old video, but I was under the impression that the dust had been blown off and the "concept" resurrected? Seemed to be timed to coincide with the actual completion and opening of the new Prodains gondola. Bob
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Wed 10-04-13 6:06
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Morzine-Avoriaz connection. Looks like things are moving forward, not sure how long this will take though! http://mymorzine.com/new-ski-lift-to-connect-morzine-avoriaz/ Bob
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Fri 29-03-13 8:03
Replies: 800
Ardoyne, cheers. Which village is it in? Clarky, In Morzine. Probably best to pop into Beanies coffee shop (centre of Morzine Rue de Bourg) and ask for Jamie. He will probably have kit there, but may need to get it from the other shop on the Montriond road. Bob
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Thu 28-03-13 18:42
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If anyone has any idea where I could rent a reasonable sized pair of skis with touring bindings/skins for my Dad tomorrow (at least as wide as his Sultan 85s) that'd be great...[/quote] All Mountain Rental will be able to sort you out. Bob
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Mon 11-02-13 15:53
Replies: 800
Conditions over the last few days can only be described as superb. Friday was pretty close to the best conditions I have skied in anywhere, anytime. Deep, fluffy powder and blue skies, what more could you ask for? Snowed all last night and although visibility was poor higher up the conditions this morning were again superb - a full morning of "snorkel" powder and fresh tracks. At one point whilst looking back up for Ardoyne Jnr, all I could see was a moving snow cloud, no sign of the body that was creating it - fantastic. Anybody heading out is in for a treat. Oh and it is snowing again. Bob
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Wed 16-01-13 14:22
Replies: 47
Guess I only partly fit the bill, I'd better change jackets. What do the style gurus recommend for my profile? Eat more pies, enter the green card lottery. I'll make a start right now!
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Wed 16-01-13 13:53
Replies: 47
One more question. I run quite hot when I am skiing does anyone know if this is a very warm jacket? Thanks again Wakkitt Mine is certainly warm. Most have great ventilation with underarm zips. Bob
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Wed 16-01-13 13:33
Replies: 47
I must say this thread has had me chuckling, stereotyping in the extreme. I ski, a lot, and have had many jackets, however, the Spyder jacket I bought 8 years ago is without question the best I've ever had. Still in great condition, still fully waterproof and exceedingly warm despite being pretty light ( I rarely wear anything more than a base layer under the jacket). This jacket has put in a lot of days! Not the cheapest, but in my experience exceptional quality. Now lets go through the checklist: - Yes, I can ski a bit. - I suppose I could be considered old by some. - Definitely not sporting a belly. - Jacket could not be considered garish. - Not American. - Just canvassed opinion in the bar in regard to looking like a booby, answer was resounding no from those who know what a booby is. Guess I only partly fit the bill, I'd better change jackets. What do the style gurus recommend for my profile? Bob :D
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Tue 15-01-13 9:48
Replies: 1123
If you do not want to go the ESF route, then I would highly recommend Freedom2Ski (www.freedom2ski.com) who we use all the time for the kids and coaching. Very flexible in location and will be more than happy to meet you where it suits you (sounds like top or bottom of the Ardent bubble would suit best). FlyingStantoni's advice on the runs is spot on. Bob
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Sun 13-01-13 9:14
Replies: 25
I lost count of the number of skis Mrs A tried just before Christmas and she eventually settled on Volkl Kenja. She was looking for something that would perform better off piste, but not compromise performance on piste too much, as that is where she spends most of her time. I was very surprised with the choice given they are 87mm underfoot, but she loves them and says they performed on piste as well as others with a narrower waist. Oh, and she says "the colours are bonny"! Bob
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Sun 6-01-13 14:43
Replies: 800
Nearly relegated to page 2, can't be having that now can we! Lovely day today, hordes seem to have disappeared if you get away from the main thoroughfares. Some lovely snow to be found this morning if you looked for it and sunshine all day. Snow still in good condition, but some south facing lower slopes could do with a bit of a top up. Looks like being pretty warm until the tail end of next week, when it will cool considerably and more snow will arrive. Bob
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Fri 4-01-13 6:51
Replies: 7
I can't comment on the Crusairs with Fritschi, but I have them with Marker Tours and I am very impressed so far. Skied them in differing conditions over the last few weeks and they have been great. I have found them to be very responsive even on hardpack, but they really come into their own off piste - whether it be powder or crud. I would highly recommend them.
Poster: A snowHead
Sat 29-12-12 16:55
Replies: 800
Wow, that was busy - I don't think there can be anyone left in the valley. Some nice snow around though to escape the hordes, but still need to exercise caution. Bob
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Mon 24-12-12 7:50
Replies: 800
andy from embsay, Very warm yesterday, but there is plenty of snow. Definitely would not want an extended period of this warm weather, but looks to be cooling again, with snow, on Boxing Day. Pistes very busy as everybody arrives for the festive season and sadly nowhere to escape as off piste is a no no at present. A lot of natural avalanche activity, not seen any huge slides, but plenty to cause concern. People by and large being sensible, however, there are others skiing some pretty stupid lines. Here's to the return of the cold weather. Merry Christmas to all. Bob
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Tue 5-04-11 15:29
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Ardoyne, Skiing on his own and could not remember anything. Was he wearing a helmet?? No.
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Tue 5-04-11 14:39
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Eventful day, found a guy unconcious underneath a small cliff - looked like a drop/jump gone wrong. Skiing on his own and could not remember anything. :shock: Good job somebody noticed him! Almost missed him, at first glance from a distance he looked like a rock, but then saw his skis below!!
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Tue 5-04-11 14:26
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Well, not skied for a while, but we ventured up to Fornet this morning. Great spring conditions that lasted for a couple of hours, several inches of fresh on a hard base - very pleasantly surprised. Softened up considerably by about 11am. Eventful day, found a guy unconcious underneath a small cliff - looked like a drop/jump gone wrong. Skiing on his own and could not remember anything. Fortunately, no lasting serious damage and after getting him picked up and off to hospital, skied a while longer, had a leisurely lunch and then (water) skied back down to Ardent just in time to witness a punch up in the car park!! Not sure how long the lower pistes of Avoriaz and Lindarets are going to hold up, but there is still some nice snow higher up if you look for it. Enjoy what is left of the season. Bob
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Fri 28-01-11 16:19
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Hi DB, Totally agree, unfortunately I can't get to the slopes at the moment so freezer is better than nothing. Normally the guys at Ellis Brigham are also pretty good with their advice and knowledge. Piste performance, albeit in a freezer is of interest. Unfortunately this makes choosing a ski in the UK a bit of a nightmare, we just don't get chance to trial the skis is their optimal environments. :( It's a bit of trial, user review, cutting through marketing BS and a leap of faith! Are you not better just waiting until you head off on holiday and then trying them all? I must say I agree with DB that you are really not going to get the feel for the ski in a freezer. Is there a particular hurry to get them, as several skis over a few days whilst skiing the mountain is very enjoyable and definitely the way to get the right ski for you? You may make a selection based on limited use and other peoples opinion and then hate them once you get them in differing conditions on the mountain. Bob
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Fri 28-01-11 16:07
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Haven't skied for a couple of weeks, but managed to squeeze in a couple of hours this morning in Avoriaz and the pistes are holding up very well considering the lack of snow. Certainly icy in places, but on the whole fine. Sharpen your edges!! Bob
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Thu 27-01-11 9:10
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Achilles - any weaknesses with the missions? They look a little fat for enforced piste days. Cheers all! As I said on another thread I was pleasantly surprised at the performance of the Missions on piste. Quick edge to edge and are very responsive. I now ski my Missions more than any of my other skis, quite often on piste days. Everyone is different, try them, but I think you will be surprised. Bob
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Tue 25-01-11 8:14
Replies: 20
.......so I'm still stuck with two pairs to cover the likely options on a trip. But that is the whole issue here isn't it, that people are looking for an all rounder, accepting there will be some compromise, such that they only need one pair of skis? The Holy Grail does not exist, but there are some pretty good efforts. Much to the chagrin of my wife I have four pairs of skis which give me maximum flexibility, however, I do not have to lug them around all the time as they live in the chalet in France. I added the Missions to the collection such that I had a pair of skis that I could ski anywhere, without too much compromise, for those days when I don't know what I will end up doing. Also, should I ski away from "home" I only want to take one pair with me. As it turns out I ski them more than anything else as they perform so well. Not really had any issues on ice with them at all. From the original post greigt falls into the one pair camp who is looking for the best compromise and feedback on a particular ski, we seem to be getting into perfect ski selection for differing conditions. Bob
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Mon 24-01-11 15:22
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greigt, I went for Missions at the beginning of this season and have had them in pretty much all variants of snow (early season powder, crud, breakable crust, slush, ice, you name it!) and they perform superbly. Wide enough underfoot at 89mm (length 178cm) to handle anything off piste, but are very easy to get edge to edge on piste. I was very surprised how good they are on piste. As with any all rounder there are compromises, however, if you are looking for something to ski the mountain, in my opinion I think you will be hard pushed to find better.
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Sun 16-01-11 9:05
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Sat 15-01-11 17:42
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Had a good chat with Tim at Snowshepherd, really good advice and am glad I did as he steered me in a different direction to where I thought I wanted to be. Ended up going for a snowpulse bag, which isn't what I thought I wanted.... :-) Very interesting. I am looking to buy an airbag and had concluded that I was going to go for ABS, any information that you could share from your conversation that I should be considering? Bob
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