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Poster: A snowHead
Wed 28-10-20 16:39
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Wed 28-10-20 11:40
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Here's another video arguing why you shouldn't use pole straps off piste: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=804213130414843 Thanks. That's me convinced ....
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Wed 28-10-20 7:50
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I have been told many time not to use pole straps off-piste. @FoofyNoo, by whom, and did they explain why? Probably best explained here by people much more experienced than me ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF2vFsYR8dU
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Tue 27-10-20 19:18
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I have been told many time not to use pole straps off-piste. I have Leki poles with Trigger S strap system which is supposed to release when snagged. Do people think this is enough to mitigate against the possible dangers that straps pose, or would you still not use them? Any words of wisdom appreciated ....
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Sat 12-09-20 15:41
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Been to both many times ... Sauze: Generally cheaper, better food, friendlier, better-value and nicer ski schools, beginners have to go up and come down on a chairlift, have to be a bit lucky with the snow. Val: Better skiing and lifts, big area linked to Tignes, everything is more expensive, better organised, a bit of a skiing factory, more reliable snow, also no easy [beginner's] way down. For general fun for a mixed group I would go to Sauze if the snow is good and get a bus to Montgenevre for a day [you get a free day there on a 6 day lift pass and it has some lovely beginner's slopes]. For more diverse challenging snowsure skiing, I would go to Val. I love Italy and am fed up with massive unfreindly French resorts so it would be Sauze for me even with it's faults. But I also ski Canada and Japan in the same season so don't need to be challenged on a group holiday ....... :D I have been to Sauze every year for the last 12 at least
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Wed 26-08-20 14:11
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Thanks all ... FYI: After extensive research, I am going for the Atomic Bent Chetler 100s. They consistently get reviewed as one of the most versatile low weight All Mountain skis. They seems so versatile that they are often put in both All-Mountain and Freeride catagories. They also seem very good value. Someone told me once to buy skis for the snow you are likely to be skiing on, not the snow you would like to ski on .... hence the 'go-anywhere' Enforcers. It looks like the BC 100s are similar in that they will cope well with anything ..... but are noticably lighter which is what I was looking for. I regularely ski runs where the snow conditions change many times during the descent ... from powder to ice to hardpack to rubble to slush ... apart from Japan where it seems to change from powder to powder and back to powder :D . I need a ski that can cope with anything [Enforcer] and one that can cope with anything nearly as well, and not totally wear me out when bootpacking/skinning [BC 100] If I could have loads of skis for every occasion then I would, but my luggage allowance only really allows me two sets of skis with Quiver Killers and one set of Shifts. I do have a set of Head Rebel World Cup skis but those only come out if I am just trying to [unsuccessfully] race carve through gates. My heart is really off piste ....... I will post back to let you know how I get on.
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Fri 21-08-20 16:48
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Thanks @Dabber ..... also any opinions on the Kastle TX98?
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Fri 21-08-20 13:57
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Thanks @clarky999 Just had a look at the Volkl Mantra V.Werks .... any thoughts anyone?
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Fri 21-08-20 11:49
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I have for the last 4 years been skiing on Nordica Enforcer 100s with Shift bindings and I love them. A great combination of stability, power, and off-piste performance. I am 11 stone and an advanced but not expert skier. Favourite terrain is Canadian trees in powder. My only gripe is, they are not the lightest skis due to the two metal sheets. So when boot-packing or touring I suffer especially as I have just turned 60 and don't have as much puff! I also have a set of Sick Day Tourists with Vipec bindings which are lighter but are quite disapointing in comparrison. I spend all my time on the 'down' wishing I was on my Enforcers. The Enforcers sit in that range along with the Bonafide, the Mantra, and the Mindbender all of which I know would appeal to me but are all not exactly light. With all the latest technology available, does anyone have a recommendation for a ski that is noticably lighter, but maintains the attributes of the Enforcer and is bags of fun? I would probably stick with the Shifts for maximum knee protection. :D
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Tue 4-08-20 7:37
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Just wanted to give a shout-out to Colin @ Solutions4Feet. I was there yesterday to get the final adjusments to my boots. I have very prominent ankle bones and it has always been a nightmare to get them properly adjusted. I got my last pair to fit perfectly the day I had to replace them .... :roll: This time I decided to try Solutions4Feet as there were a lot of recommendations for them on this forum. I was not dissapointed. I have been so impressed with the level of care and determination shown to achieve a perfect fit. My boots are now quite significantly modded to fit my weird feet using bits of equipment that wouldn't have looked out of place in a medieval torture chamber. This was my second return visit to achieve near perfecton. Feeling guilty that I had used up so much of Colin's time, I tried really hard to pay for the adjustments, but as I had originally bought the boots from them, Colin utterly refused to take anything. It is rare to find this kind of care and customer facing service. Very impressed and highly recommended.
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Sun 2-08-20 8:43
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@FoofyNoo, good on you and like mind with us. Let’s face it the airlines and holiday companies need people like us to have any hope of staying afloat Yes, I really feel that too. I knew of a good few companies that were pretty much 'on the edge' even in normal circumstances. With covid they must be desperate! Even selfishly, I don't want to see these companies fold. The future of skiing is precarious enough already. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVSjsYHX6eM If I can help a bit by being a little over-optimistic with my booking then ... great!
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Sun 2-08-20 8:35
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@FoofyNoo, Hemel still closed. Next review 15 August. Thanks for the info ... I will check back on the 15th.
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Sun 2-08-20 7:49
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I just turned 60 and seemed to have gained a somewhat teenager-ish WTF attitude ..... so I have pulled the trigger on four skiing hols. France, Macedonia, Canada, and Italy. I have done this on the acceptance that I may not be able to go on them all due to the ever-changing Covid situation. Sadly I think that Canada [late January] is the least likely as they seem to be the most risk averse. There seems to be a reasonable degree of flexability with the airlines/resorts and I have a season pass for my Canadian destination so I may be able to roll with the punches. We all need something to look forward to, and I prefer to stay positive ... it's good for my mental health. It all may go horribly wrong, but I think C.S.Lewis said there is as much joy in the journey as in the arriving. I am enjoying the planning. I have just bought a new avi bag, a pair of heated gloves, and I am going to Colin to get my boots adjusted [again] tomorrow. I might even head to Hemel one day soon seeing as it has just opened again ...... Recent days have shown that the restrictions can change hourly. It is impossible to second-guess. I've managed to get some pretty cheap flights. It may all be crassly optimistic but .... hey.
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Mon 18-05-20 17:32
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Nobody skis as beautifully, effortlessly and joyously as Candide. He is totally inspirational ... and makes me want to cry ....
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 7-04-20 6:52
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@Scooter in Seattle. An amazing treasure trove of information. Thank you
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Sun 5-04-20 8:23
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Sorry to jump in here, but will Air Canada provide food and drink on a Heathrow to Calgary flight in December does anyone know? Been on many Air Canada flights ... food always provided. :D Not exactly Haute Cuisine though .....
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Sat 4-04-20 7:49
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Sun 22-03-20 9:19
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I ended up buying this ..... https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B016VV1YXS/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 It worked perfectly!
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Mon 17-02-20 19:16
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Answer.... If it hasn't been said before (sorry if it has) ... Stop bashing pistes. Leave them au-naturel. That would slow everyone down and vastly increase the quality of skiing /boarding by necessity. They pretty much adopt this approach in the Canadian ski resorts I frequent and there are virtually no bad skiers at all..... The commercial pressure to produce ultra-sanitised pistes to appeal to as many paying punters as possible will always allow less proficient skiers/boarders to be dangerous. Maybe we have gone too far and made it way too easy? .... or am I just sad and old..... :~/
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Sat 15-02-20 14:49
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Other skiers can do what he does but NOBODY makes it look as effortless. He is absolutely beautiful to watch.... ..... and no spring chicken ..... and after a potentially career ending accident (see Few Words)!
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Wed 12-02-20 13:59
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Blimey! There are loads of places suggested that I have never even heard of! Perfect. Thank you. Head down now for much research ......
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Wed 12-02-20 10:29
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Looking for suggestions for an off-piste adventure next year? This year I found my limits. Went to La Grave and skied boiler plate in no-fall-zones with much younger guys who have skied seasons and from the age of two [I will be 60 in a couple of weeks] ……. I have realised that I am not part of that demographic. I just got very scared and had no fun. I am simply not good enough/experienced enough for that level of danger. My absolute love is skiing reasonable trees on good snow in Canada. Not interested in skiing on-piste as it is too dangerous ….. ;-) I have skied Japan a few times and loved it but it’s such a bloody long way away. Only started getting seriously into off-piste in my 50s on Snoworks courses having been a decent-ish piste skier for 25 years. These courses were perfect for me as I have virtually no friends who wanted to take the time, spend the money, or ski off-piste. I have skied the majority of major European ski areas [3 Valleys, Espace Kily, Alrlberg etc] and am a bit fed up with the industrial nature …. which is why I like Canada so much. Very happy with Snoworks but need to try something different now. I have realised that I don’t really want to tour …. but skinning to find good snow for a couple of hours is fine. Much prefer the down to the up. I am not really interested in skinning for 4 hrs for half an hour of skiing. I am also not interested if it is massively steep and narrow in areas where I am going to die if I fall. Has anyone got any suggestions for interesting, off-the-beaten-track, off-piste destination that doesn’t involve a long-haul flight? Preferably skiing with a group? I may be asking too much?
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Tue 11-02-20 20:26
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This is very interesting .... I have literally just got back from Canada where I fell twice.... both time ejecting forward from my Shifts, once dropping a measly one foot back onto a groomer, but at speed. This was a huge surprised and I felt it was not warranted .... and it hurt! I am on 6.5. Maybe as Jon says, I should go up a bit at the back?
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Tue 4-02-20 3:26
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Loads of totally brilliant suggestions! And some slightly dubious one's...... :D I will sift through them and get back to you with my preferred solution. Thanks everyone!
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Mon 3-02-20 1:51
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Are you fastening the powder skirt to seal the bottom of your jacket from drafts? Yup .. at first I forgot to do this until a stint in Japan powder permanently jogged my memory :lol: Now I do it up every time. I think that a lot of dynamic off-piste skiing is just pulling the layers apart and letting cold air in. This is never noticeable when actually skiing but I really feel it on a chairlift.
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Mon 3-02-20 1:44
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Are you wearing a softshell under another shell or insulated layer ? It's more of an isulated layer than a full soft shell jacket. I will look into the back protector idea ... thanks
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Mon 3-02-20 0:21
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I have a Norrona Lofoten Pro Outfit and I wear a sweat wicking T-shirt, a Merino base-layer, and an Ortovox Merino soft shell jacket underneath. I also wear one or two sets of Merino long-johns, depending on how cold it is. This is a bunch of top-line expensive stuff. This all works brilliantly apart from ... my waist/lower back tends to get cold, ie where all these garments meet. I have tried basic stuff like pulling layers over layers but nothing seems to work consistently. Has anyone had a similar problem and come up with a good solution? Any suggestions/advice appreciated! Currently up a mountain in Canada ......
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Wed 27-11-19 8:06
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Yes ... and don't forget to check you are adequately insured. This is a big difference between Canada and Europe. In Canada the whole of the ski area is 'in-bounds' and therefore covered by insurance. In Europe, the moment you stray off a defined run you are effectively 'off-piste' and your insurance category changes. You need to be sure you are covered.
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Wed 27-11-19 7:50
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Yes ... definitely check out other airlines if you are taking skis. More often than not, after the inclusion of ski carriage, the so-called budget airlines work out more expensive than BA, Swissair, etc which either include skis as hold luggage or allow skis to be taken free of charge. I have a massive double ski bag. In it I carry one set of skis, my boots, and all my clothes, and still manage to stay under 23kg. I take an avalanche backpack as hand luggage with my helmet strapped to the back. Never had a problem. In fact, I am flying with Air Canada in January and, by using this method and adding a boot bag, paid for no hold luggage at all as they carry skis and boots free ..... not bad.....
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Mon 14-10-19 17:34
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Mon 14-10-19 14:32
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One more thing, if it's not a stupid question? If you use cheat sheets then all of the glue surface is fully protected .... if you fold the skins in half and stick them to themselves then, due to the variation in widths, some of the edges of the glue surfaces are exposed. Is this OK or should you stick one skin to the other so they marry up perfectly? This would possibly be difficult to do up a mountain but would be OK for inter-season storage.....?
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Mon 7-10-19 18:46
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Mon 7-10-19 17:16
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The blurb says that you can store Colltex Clariden skins glue to glue without a cheat sheet. Between ski days I am sure that is fine but is that true when storing between seasons or are there better suggestions?
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Fri 13-09-19 11:17
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@FoofyNoo, I did my EMS training with Atomic RT Ti plug race boots, Dukes and Volkl Mantras. 4 days later was almost in a coma :-D Do you reckon Dukes & Whitedot R.98s be ok for the mountain safety course do you think? That should be fine for a training course .... less extreme vertical. I just bloody hate frame bindings cos of the misery they have caused me, so I am biased. They are for the young and fit ... not for the old and warty like me! I was skiing in Japan last year with a guide who was touring with skis and frame bindings that were so heavy I could barely lift them. He was in his 20s and was not affected at all! He just wouldn't use pin bindings due to reliability/safety issues. He did ski ridiculously hard thought ..... For me the Atomic Shifts are perfect. Best of both worlds and still not too heavy ..... but I am someone who prefers to sleep in a hotel rather than a hut! ;-)
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Thu 12-09-19 18:12
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@FoofyNoo, On my last hut to hut touring trip I took my WD R108CL 186. There were 80 pairs of skis at the hut and mine were the biggest. That didn't reflect genius on my part! Weight of skis does make a difference when you are skinning >1000m vertical a day. Ultimately you are still pushing those kg up the mountain. And you will probably have them on your pack at some point too. It is always worth watching what the guides use... For shorter day tours and side country the trade off is different. Of course you are absolutely correct .... for long tours/ski mountaineering then weight is everything. I nearly always tour/skin to ski. This would not involve days of massive vertical therfore allow more compromise. If the snow is cruddy, for me, all enjoyment is gone with light skis. I think my post was for people thinking that they absolutely have to buy superlight gear for any form of touring/skinning. For me that was both unecassary and reduced my enjoyment. Conversely, the very first time I skinned I had heavy skis, frame bindings and a heavy Spyder jacket ..... that was also a bad mistake! :shock:
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Thu 12-09-19 15:11
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IMHO To get through crud you need a bit of weight. I have learn't .... basically cos Cody Towsend said it and who am I to argue ... that for touring, ski weight is much less important than you think. If you are doing it properly, you are more sliding the ski rather than lifting it. More important is boot and binding weight [if you are using a frame binding] as those are what you lift. I bought lightweight skis bindings for skinning but was always bitterly dissapointed when skiing down especially in crud as they would deflect everywhere, and engendered no confidence. I now happily compromise with Nordica Enforcers [pick your width] and Atomic Shift bindings. Slightly heavier but a joy on the down...... or anywhere for that matter .....
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Tue 28-05-19 8:05
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I never though I would ever have the money to ski but ......... The band I was in was asked to play at the university ski championships in Alpe D'huez in the mid 80s. They gave us free week-long ski passes. Then, at the end of the week, apologized profusely that they didn't have enough transport to get us and our gear home so did we mind terribly if we could stay another week with another free pass???! That was it ... I was hooked. Now, a hundred years later, I am still obsessed. I ski about 6 weeks a year all over the world. It's weird how one chance event can completely change your life.
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Fri 29-03-19 21:06
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Highly likely your skis will not make the internal flight. ..small planes and too much luggage . There is a customer service desk next to the carousel. They will give you a ski hire voucher and deliver skis the next day. Take note of this ... in January, our skis didn't arrive on either the outgoing or return trips to Kelowna!
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Wed 13-03-19 21:58
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Having been to a number of resorts in BC, like me, most skiers used to Europe get quite a shock. We don't realize how sanitized skiing is in Europe until we go elsewhere.. However, as everything in bounds is patrolled, skiing is safer as most lines you pick are going to see you just fine.! I think our experience is different ... I would totally agree with you if it wasn't so terrain dependent. On most lines in BC I can only see a few meters as I am in the middle of a large quantity of trees. There is absolutely no chance of being seen if injured..... even if the area is officially 'patrolled'. If the terrain was more open then I would absolutely agree. In the BC resorts I ski, it is virtually all tree skiing. If you are not in trees you are on a piste. I think I have said before ... in these circumstances I rarely see any other skiers except those I am skiing with .... I have never seen anyone from ski patrol. For me this adds an extra level of risk that has to be acknowledged and allowed for.
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Tue 12-03-19 22:54
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Perfectly sane 8-) - there's probably a cliff sign up there somewhere to keep you safe! ;-) No, no, you're completely wrong.... there is absolutely no need for a sign cos the whole area is patrolled and avi controlled. They'll be fine.... ;-)
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