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Poster: A snowHead
Mon 22-04-19 15:24
Replies: 16
Any use? https://thepegeek.com/2016/09/light-gate-speed-testing-mobile/
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Mon 22-04-19 11:11
Replies: 16
@Haggis_Trap, I agree, if they are sending stop/go but if they send a timestamp from a common source the latency /jitter issue goes away. As the system could calculate the run time as the delta between the finish gate GPS timestamp and the start gate GPS timestamp.
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Mon 22-04-19 10:50
Replies: 16
Surely a mobile phone based system wouldn't just send a crude 'start' message, when it could send a message with a timestamp from a common, accurate timing source, such as GPS?
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Sat 20-04-19 12:10
Replies: 5
@skimottaret, Yeah, really good. The bumps one especially, really good to see the different lines / tactics illustrated. I also liked that as well as having a male and female and a variety of equipment there were noticible differences between their skiing too.
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Wed 17-04-19 17:14
Replies: 7
It is, in fact they are having an event on 28th Apr to support their campaign to keep it open. https://www.facebook.com/events/288938128673751/?ti=cl And welcome to snowheads! (you might want to change your username to something that doesn't expose your email to the world...)
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Sat 9-03-19 19:45
Replies: 19
Theres a rather nice restaurant - Cascina Zeledria - off run 54 (towards Campo Carlo Magno). We had a couple of very nice meals upstairs there (not sure if the menu is the same downstairs). If there's not enough snow for 54 to be open they run a landrover shuttle from the side of Piste 50 down to the restaurant.
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Tue 19-02-19 10:31
Replies: 17
My problem with all these apps is that its virtually impossible to use a phone in bright sun with goggles on. Not to mention gloves (even with etips). I just find a paper map so much more suited. I've tried a few apps, and the only one I use is Ski Tracks - and then I turn on in the morning and leave it in my pocket - so I'm not actually interacting whilst on the hill.
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Thu 14-02-19 13:48
Replies: 50
Sorry to hear of your accident Cyper. I've sucessfully managed to claim unused lift pass from my insurer (LV) previously - subject to excess of course. But I guess it depends on the terms of the policy. Even if you could the excess may may it not worthwhile to bother (depending how many days left on it) Sorry to say I don't think you've got much come back on the hire shop, normal bindings are designed to reduce the likelihood of broken legs but can't effectively protect against ligament damage. There are other bindings like 'knee-bindings' which are designed to provide better protection against those kinds of injuries but they are not common on rental kit. (This is just my layman opinion though, I'm not a ski tech). Regarding your Physio, talk to your insurance co. first. If it is covered they will probably only reimburse if pre-approved. If not covered then at least you know.
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Wed 13-02-19 10:21
Replies: 12
Basically although i can get down a blue slope i want to improve my technique so i feel more comfortable on narrower, steeper sections and feel more confident that i can stop or control myself in an emergency. I'm not a daredevil or particularly confident but would like to increase my speed a bit. That's a very good brief for your instructor. Enjoy your lesson and your holiday!
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Tue 12-02-19 16:29
Replies: 12
Go with an objective Indeed. You've identified that you feel you need a lesson, think about what has led you to that conclusion? Here's some questions you might like to reflect on (for yourself, no need to answer me!).. What weren't you happy about last time out? What would you like to do better? Do you feel out of control? when? Do you think you lack confidence in your technique? Or conversely you have confidence but things don't quite happen the way you intend? Are you going faster or slower than you want to? Are you finding you skid sideways a lot? Are your turns Z shaped (to be discouraged) or S shaped (to be encouraged)? Do your thighs burn by the end of a run? Equally (...or more...) important, what do you enjoy in your skiing? what would you like to do more of? what are the strongest bits of your skiing relatively speaking? The more practice you get, the more you will improve. If you are practicing the right things. Practice makes permanent, not perfect. The trick is having lessons at the right interval to keep your practice on track.
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Tue 12-02-19 15:45
Replies: 5
But that also begs the question of why bother running them over the stone if the damage was so superficial that "very light pressure" removed it to a point where it's only visible to you as you know it was there previously!?! I think the clue to that lies here... he very kindly did it there and then for beer money Whether the primary reason was the beer money, or just to have a customer leave happy I wouldn't like to suggest...
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Tue 12-02-19 13:56
Replies: 5
depends how 'light'is 'light'. If all the tech did is take off the raised edge of the scar then probably ok. If you've got a base edge guide with you you could blacken the base edge with a marker pen and polish it off with a fine diamond stone in the guide to see if the angles have been changed. It would seem unlikely that a tech would miss the opportunity to sell you a full service if he wase going to do something that would change your base angle though.
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Sat 26-01-19 0:50
Replies: 17
@ElzP, that's good news. Celebrate your successes, forget your failures!
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Fri 25-01-19 16:50
Replies: 22
Looking at @Hurtle's link, there doesn't seem to be very much ski behind the binding :shock:
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 24-01-19 8:03
Replies: 17
If you're the slow one at the back, it's better to be the slow one at the front behind the instructor. It gives you a proper rest between runs and a far better example in front to learn from.
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Sun 20-01-19 22:33
Replies: 52
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Sat 19-01-19 22:08
Replies: 6
Personally I'd always want to wax new skis before I used them for a week. My wife has NX on her skis, and I have SPX on my Speedzones. My impression is that the NX are lighter, but the SPX look more robust. A quick look online suggests that NX is aimed at beginner / intermediate, SPX more at intermediate / advanced / expert. Seems an odd binding to sell with the Speedzone 12, and not the one that Dynastar's site says it ships with. I rather suspect ekosport have dropped the binding spec to make the price more attractive. Unless you have a reason for wanting a race plate (e.g. needing to shim to adjust binding delta, or wanting a bit of the extra stiffness) why not support your local retailer.
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Tue 15-01-19 13:35
Replies: 78
@Valkyrie, yep the difference is only the binding / race plate. I went for the 14 because I needed to shim the toe binding which isn't possible with the rail system. If you are heavy or aggressive enough to need a beefier binding I think that is also an option with the 14.
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Sat 12-01-19 16:55
Replies: 14
No it's still on firmware 3.0, I understand 4.0 is the current version. In this day and age it seems a pain to have to send it away (abroad!) for a firmware update. I wonder if the current version has a USB port or similar to make updates easier? The current Barryvox / Barryvox S has a feature to do a software upgrade from another unit wirelessly. Obviously only handy if you happen to have a buddy with the more recent firmware on theirs. (presumably aimed at businesses running a fleet) https://uk.mammut.com/service/barryvox/barryvox-upgrade/#1 You can also do an upgrade at any of the (rather large) list of avalanche saftey centres... https://uk.mammut.com/service/avalanche-airbags/avalanche-safety-center/#10
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Fri 4-01-19 22:04
Replies: 15
maybe try Anything Technical www.skiequipmentuk.co.uk
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Fri 4-01-19 21:17
Replies: 20
The other key question is what you want to get out of the lesson(s)? How well a shared (private or public group) lesson works is not just (or even, necessarily) a reflection of how similar your standards are, but how compatible your goals for the lesson are. If your youngest 'never learns anything', perhaps the problem is he is not being taught something he wants to learn, and thus might not be fully engaged?
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Thu 3-01-19 17:46
Replies: 164
cable for charging my phone (usb) from the battery pack on my ski boot warmers :)
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Wed 2-01-19 7:42
Replies: 3
@Biriani La Plagne, if you don't have any luck woith this you might like to know that Ellis Brigham have the set (including the elements for the footbed) at half price currently... https://www.ellis-brigham.com/products/therm-ic-smartpack-set-rc-1600-heated-footbeds-inc-trimfit/715029 (Welcome to snowheads BTW)
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Tue 1-01-19 22:35
Replies: 55
FWIW I found specsavers useless, they tried me on two different lenses and when neither worked for me it was 'you can only try 2, we can't help you any more'. So I went to an independent optician and paid them properly for their time - money well spent. I looked at rx sports before and thought they were a lot more expensive than prescriptioninserts.com. I had some issues with my inserts initially and prescriptioninserts were very quick and helpful to sort it out - so much so that I now buy my glasses from their other brand (despite their slick website they're a small family firm and it shows - in a good way)
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Tue 1-01-19 22:19
Replies: 55
I found prescription inserts okay and still carry as backup, but these days use contacts. Accuvue Oaysis are the first I've found to be comfortable enough for me. For inserts try prescriptioninserts.com (part of spex4less) - but the real problem is reading the lunch menu then, as I didn't find it convenient to carry prescription sunnies and regular specs for lunch. Over the glasses goggles can work, but tend to fog depending on the goggles.
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Tue 1-01-19 17:36
Replies: 161
wow - saw him beat Hirsher on the first run then missed the rest of the race. Just caught the last run of the final on Eurosport's twitter. Wow, I really thought he had him there. Still - great result! https://t.co/4rSwAEixP0
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Fri 28-12-18 12:34
Replies: 99
@tonyswift, nope, they'd be sitting. Hence the collective noun 'a park-bench' of snowboarders.
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Fri 28-12-18 12:14
Replies: 28
I've got a couple of these for hand luggage.. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mountain-Pac-Boot-Helmet-Bag/dp/B00F9IQHCS/ref=sr_1_1?s=sports&ie=UTF8&qid=1545999029&sr=1-1&keywords=mountain+pac Cheap n' cheerful. By standing the boots next to each other but slightly offset (to keep the width within limits) there is enough space to get a helmet (with goggles inside) in front of them and other bits and bobs in the top
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 26-12-18 16:11
Replies: 150
Classes for ‘nervous’ skiers of whatever gender are probably what are needed rather than the assumption that the clients for such classes must be female. Hmmm, isn't that statement in itself in danger of assuming that the clients for the female only sessions are there because they are nervous. Surely there are other reasons? (although I agree that sessions aimed at nervous skiiers irrespective of gender might well be welcome, there are certainly nervous male skiers too)
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Sun 23-12-18 20:37
Replies: 20
You might also find that they may refuse to compensate you appropriately if you have taken skis without booking them as sports equipment
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Fri 21-12-18 18:18
Replies: 150
@boisdevie, do you think men only sessions are necessary to assist with solving the chronic underrepresentation of men in the sport? How does the lack of these disadvantage you?
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Tue 18-12-18 19:34
Replies: 29
@ise, my point (although I may not have expressed it clearly) was I couldn't see @Idris meant by... Use the Barryvox not the S, avoids confusion, when the only differences between the S without expert mode enabled (default it is off) and the standard model are features that ate described by Mammut as... Barryvox S contains several features in the standard operating mode that benefit all users, regardless of their experience or ability level. I'm not disagreeing with you that the Barryox is perfectly good and may be better value. But I don't think the S is more confusing (unless you enable expert mode)
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Tue 18-12-18 16:37
Replies: 45
Worth mentioning to those who have dismissed contacts due to comfort that my experience is that contact lenses seem to have improved markedly in the last few years. Having failed about 3-4 years ago to find contacts that I could bear I'd tried OTG googles, then prescription inserts with varying success. About a year ago I went for an eye test and happened to ask my optician if there were any advances in contact technology - ended up with some Accuvue Oasys which i can wear alday on the mountain. Now I always ski with contacts...
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Tue 18-12-18 12:59
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@Idris, My understanding is that the S is actually has additional ease of use features that aren't present on the non-S model - the advanced 'pro' features which might cause confusion are disabled unless you explicitly enable them. Certainly from my experience as an almost complete novice (I'd done 30 minutes of training once before) having done 2 training sessions with the S I found it very clear, quick and easy to use. This from the page @ise linked above Barryvox S contains several features in the standard operating mode that benefit all users, regardless of their experience or ability level. These features are not found in the standard Barryvox, and most importantly these functions operate in the background of the standard operating mode, so the user doesn’t have to “do" anything to take advantage of these benefits: * The larger 2.2" screen makes it easier to see and read, even in difficult lighting conditions * Dynamic screen icons cue the user through a search, helping to keep the search moving and hopefully preventing moments of indecision. A "dynamic screen icon" is one that MOVES or changes through the search to indicate what you should be doing--an example would be the searcher icon shown at the bottom of the screen: running during the signal search, slowing down through the coarse search, and finally crawling during the pinpointing phase. * Smart Search operates in the background and allows for efficient, follow-the-arrow guidance through both the coarse search and the fine search, ending at a specific probe-location, in a manner that is forgiving of imperfect searching technique such as a sloppy grid search, changing the height of the beacon from the snow or turning the beacon. * Auto Guidance also operates in the background and allows the transceiver to continue providing uninterrupted search direction even during signal-overlaps encountered during multiple burial searches. This feature virtually eliminates the "stop stand still" message that the Pulse and Element used to indicate signal overlap, allowing you to continue following the curved field line without stopping or being sent off-course because of the overlap. * Lithium Batteries the Barryvox S can utilize Lithium batteries or alkaline batteries, like the Pulse before it (link). Lithium batteries last longer, are lighter, and if they fail don't damage your beacon from acid corrosion. Make sure to read the REFERENCE MANUAL for critical information on the battery life indicator function, but this is a very big advantage for many users.
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Mon 17-12-18 22:33
Replies: 41
I bought my first boots before my first trip (because the rentals at Skiplex were crippling me and I already knew I was hooked). I ended up replacing them after 4 weeks of holidays and a couple of hundred hours indoors because my skiing had outgrown them. Still think that buying them in the first place was the second best thing I did for my skiing (the best being replacing them at the right time). Whilst I'm sure I made the right decision I don't necessarily think it's the right decision for everyone. If you have the money and the desire, or rental boots aren't snug - or are very uncomfortable - then it probably makes sense, but accept that if you're doing more than a week or so a year / taking lessons / being coached regularly your technique may well outgrow the boots before they are very old. If you're lucky and hire boots fit you well (snuggly without being particularly uncomfortable - rather than being comfortable because they are too big), or you are concerned about the cost and/or want to get years of wear from your boots then it might be more cost effective to wait until you've got a few weeks under your belt. It short it depends on your feet, your finances and your goals... Either way, if you do buy go to a reputable fitter and let them sell you the boots/footbeds your feet need. It's not a great idea to buy some off the internet just because they are a bargain (someone will be along to say they just did that and it was fine, and of course for some people it works, but it is a lottery with an expensive ticket)
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Sun 16-12-18 22:42
Replies: 29
I bought a Barryvox S recently and have done a couple of transceiver training sessions with it. It outperformed pretty much everyone elses I saw, with only the Pieps one that someone else had getting a similar range. very easy to use, neat group check function, even an easy multiple burial / flag function. So far I'm very impressed with it and glad I spent the extra money.
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Sat 15-12-18 20:45
Replies: 86
I ski every week, but only manage about 5 weeks a year on a real mountain...
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Fri 14-12-18 21:47
Replies: 50
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Fri 14-12-18 15:38
Replies: 10
As I suspected - thanks everyone for saving me a trip across town.
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Fri 14-12-18 14:33
Replies: 10
Does anyone know if there is any difference between what one sees through the Prizm Sapphire/Jade/Torch Iridium lenses? Or is the difference just the colour the Iridium coating appears to others? If no-one knows I'll take a trip to the Oakley store in Covent Garden and see if I can find out, as the website isn't exactly helpful..
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