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Poster: A snowHead
Wed 21-08-19 17:48
Replies: 5
yeah, I did Coach in Tux at the end of the season. largely in a whiteout! There was opportunity to work on skiing, largely as part of exploring coaching methods but it's not the focus, and skiing itself is not assessed. we set quite a few courses, mostly stubbies / brushes - only a couple of courses with full gates (don't know if that is representative, weather was crap). So you don't need race helmet / protection. There was a real mix of candidates from a guy that had just failed his L2 to a girl who was finishing L4. Some had skied gates before, some hadn't. Everyone passed. For me the best bit was observing and coaching better skiers, I'm hoping thats a useful development activity towards the Teach.
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Sun 28-07-19 22:33
Replies: 5
I think the biggest problem will be persuading them to let you, or, alternatively, distracting them for long enough.
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Fri 21-06-19 11:05
Replies: 61
@kitenski, seemed to vary a bit throughout, I was driving and there were bits I didn't get because the quality was so poor. In general I'd say the volume of all episodes has been far too low - so you end up turning the volume up massively, amplifying all the background hiss too. That's probably due to the initial recording level being set too low, and needs to be fixed at the point of recording. This is a shame because it does distract from the content, which is generally very interesting.
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Thu 13-06-19 22:52
Replies: 61
@AL9000, dunno, I'm still on episode 5!
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Thu 13-06-19 22:29
Replies: 61
Have to say it took me a while to get round to it, but now it's filling up my drive to Hemel nicely. Some fascinating, if geeky, stuff in there, really enjoying it - even yours @skimottaret, ;)
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Thu 23-05-19 20:39
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My wife and family buying me a tank driving experience day for my 40th. To this day I have no idea why, as I'm not the least bit interested in tanks. I (eventually) swapped it for beginner ski lessons, and the rest is history. The house is rapidly filling with Skis etc, but at least we don't have a tank on the drive.
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Fri 3-05-19 22:22
Replies: 26
If they are bots it might seem strange that they are only running during China business hours...
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Thu 2-05-19 10:24
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@PowderAdict, You just beat me to it - I've deleted my duplicate Worth noting that on the link given it also mentions there that some Snowpulse Highmark airbags use this Mammut system. - you might want to tweak the thread title to include that?
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Thu 2-05-19 7:53
Replies: 26
@Ray Zorro, sorted
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Wed 1-05-19 15:51
Replies: 14
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Tue 30-04-19 20:02
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+1 for Cascina Zeledria :D
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Thu 25-04-19 18:21
Replies: 27
@kitenski, I don't know they are, I only said they seem to be, and I'm afraid I inferred that from the comments on all the videos. Although I do remember the trainer on my L2 saying they were going to allow it in future.
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Thu 25-04-19 17:38
Replies: 27
@kitenski, I'll let you know if I ever get good enough to find out :lol:
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Thu 25-04-19 17:22
Replies: 27
@kitenski, They seem to be encouraging just that now (well at least for variables). @kieranm, Was that an adaptive trainer? there isn't a L4 in that discipline. The trainer on my L1 Adaptive was L3 Adaptive + Alpine and was working towards L4 Alpine.
Poster: A snowHead
Mon 22-04-19 16:24
Replies: 24
Any use? https://thepegeek.com/2016/09/light-gate-speed-testing-mobile/
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Mon 22-04-19 12:11
Replies: 24
@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 11:50
Replies: 24
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 13:10
Replies: 27
@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 18:14
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 20:45
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 11:31
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.
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Thu 14-02-19 14:48
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 11:21
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 17:29
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 16:45
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 14:56
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 1:50
Replies: 17
@ElzP, that's good news. Celebrate your successes, forget your failures!
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Fri 25-01-19 17:50
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 9:03
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 23:33
Replies: 52
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Sat 19-01-19 23:08
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 14:35
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 17:55
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 23:04
Replies: 15
maybe try Anything Technical www.skiequipmentuk.co.uk
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Fri 4-01-19 22:17
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 18:46
Replies: 164
cable for charging my phone (usb) from the battery pack on my ski boot warmers :)
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Tue 1-01-19 23:35
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 23:19
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 18:36
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 13:34
Replies: 99
@tonyswift, nope, they'd be sitting. Hence the collective noun 'a park-bench' of snowboarders.
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