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Poster: A snowHead
Fri 3-04-20 20:20
Replies: 23
@Weathercam, love it, hope the dog keeps writing!
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Fri 3-04-20 20:16
Replies: 32
@red, buy yourself some Head Titans. I’m similar size to you and the 177s were perfect for me. If you’re flying with EasyJet get a double bag and you can fit all your stuff in with the skis.
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Fri 3-04-20 20:05
Replies: 59
I had a week in Grimentz at the start of January. I was there for the touring but had a couple of weekend days on piste and the standard of skiing was almost universally excellent. I suspect 90% of the skiers were locals who’d skied since infancy and had race training all through their school years.
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Thu 2-04-20 11:22
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There's a few threads on this forum that you'll find helpful - like this one https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=139396&highlight=skis+basi and others on choice of skis for L2 Basi courses. Last season I changed from Head Titans to Dynastar Speedzone14 (after the Titans delaminated) and the SpeedZones are substantially stiffer and quicker to turn. Like you I was looking for a ski to help me improve my short turns and I'm happy that I made the right choice. I'd love to try a full-on pair of SL skis but I think I'd find them tiring if I skied them for a week.
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Fri 20-03-20 18:01
Replies: 25
I quite liked the Coylumbridge when it was a Hilton, used to be good value outside of peak holiday periods. Don’t think I’ll be going back there now.
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Wed 18-03-20 23:07
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From Innsbruck you should also look at Ischgl and Sefaus/Fiss/Ladis. Wherever you choose I’d recommend Christmas week in preference to New Year. Cheaper, much quieter and generally a more happy, laid back vibe.
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Wed 18-03-20 23:04
Replies: 13
I’d second Munich Irish. Been in all 3 at New Year and much as I love the Arlberg I think St Anton is too busy. Obergurgl is small but it can be lovely and never gets stupidly busy. Downside there is that it’s high and mostly treeless and can get nasty in bad weather. Not a lot to do there if the lifts are shut. The Zillertal has a decent range of pistes with different aspects and altitudes so there’s usually good skiing to be had. I like Mayrhofen as a town but it’s my least favourite ski area in the Zillertal and does get really busy. Kaltenbach would be my first choice, then Zell am Ziller.
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Mon 16-03-20 13:06
Replies: 43
Just going back to this thread to add a bit of data that I thought was interesting. For the first four seasons I used SkiTracks my max speeds have been been 102 and 115kmh. This season my maximum speed credible to me (i.e. a fast speed recorded when I thought I was actually going fast) has dropped to 86kmh. I don't feel like I'm going slower, the only significant change is I've moved from an iPhone 5 to an iPhone 7. I've also got a Garmin Fenix 5 watch which I used skiing this year to compare to the iPhone 7 and there was a pretty good correlation between the two. My conclusions are that GPS recorded speeds do depend on the quality of the device and I'm not as fast as I thought I was! :oops:
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Mon 16-03-20 12:46
Replies: 48
Last drink on the last run of my season! {IMG22914_5907_right}
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Tue 10-03-20 8:11
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Will you have a car? Mayrhofen is a nice town but I prefer the skiing in Kaltenbach or Zell, so I’d look in and around these towns for an apartment. I had a couple of weeks in an apartment in Stumm a few years ago and I thought that was a great base, village had a few bars and restaurants and was only 5 mins drive to Kaltenbach gondolas.
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Mon 9-03-20 19:54
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Two weeks ago my employer decided to implement a 2-week "self-isolate" policy for anyone travelling back from Italy. As I was skiing in Selva that week I'm writing this from home! Latest update just in is that the self-isolation requirement has now been extended to France and Germany too. I suspect other big companies will be taking a similar approach.
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Thu 5-03-20 18:15
Replies: 7
I'd recommend Ischgl. Easy to find/book hotels via the town's own website - https://www.ischgl.com/en - just make sure you get a hotel that's close enough to the gondolas. Some of the places that claim to be in Ischgl are really a bus ride away. About an hour from Innsbruck, 3 hours of easy driving from Munich which is how I usually do it coming from Edinburgh.
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Mon 2-03-20 14:46
Replies: 2
Fauser Stadl is my favourite there. Nothing fancy but good decent food and a friendly atmosphere. Praemontan near the gondolas is a little bit fancier but not really that much better. Don't think I eat anywhere else - prefer to get a nice lunch on the mountain and then have a basic self-catering dinner in the apartment.
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Mon 2-03-20 13:17
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I got back from Selva on Saturday and I still have the cold (cough & snotty nose) that I had from before I went. GP has told me to self-isolate for two weeks and I'm waiting on a call back from Public Health to find out if I need to get tested. On the plus side, it was my first ski trip to the Dolomites and I really liked it. Not a lot of really challenging pistes but great scenery for just cruising around. Mountain food and drink was really good and very cheap.
Poster: A snowHead
Sat 29-02-20 18:55
Replies: 5
Datawax Universal works fine for me. I use their non-fluoro version on my touring skis and that works well too.
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Wed 26-02-20 18:57
Replies: 4192
I’m in Selva Gardena this week, on an Inghams package. We arrived on Saturday, came via Innsbruck and no border checks on the way here. I don’t speak Italian so I’ve not looked at local media but there’s absolutely no signs of anything amiss around here. People are cheerfully overcrowding gondolas, bars and buses same as usual and not a single face mask to be seen. Yesterday morning I had a quick ski round the Sella Ronda circuit, which means I was in Veneto for an hour or so. Because of the my work has decided that I need to self-isolate for two weeks when I get home. My wife and I both have bad colds that we had before we left the UK - I hope the coughing doesn’t get us any attention on the trip home.
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Fri 21-02-20 20:49
Replies: 13
I'd second the SpeedZones. I've got the SpeedZone 14, which are the same as the 12 except they've got a raceplate instead of a rail binding system. I'm about the same weight as you and I ski the 174 length. They feel much stiffer and more responsive than the Head Titans they replaced. I got mine from Sport Conrad last season and their service was excellent. It looks like they've still got excellent deals on the current season ski - https://www.sport-conrad.com/en/products/dynastar/speed-zone-12-ti-spx-12-dual-sc.html?gclid=Cj0KCQiAnL7yBRD3ARIsAJp_oLbAVykhm-0SiA1Um0g_21kYqqfEmqhMSifs8pwpRoY3fxl_9Sx9IzgaAuIHEALw_wcB&hc_fcv=XlAzTRHLTXxed8BN~LZ-nHOc39BW74kCLzzzzzzzz~LZ-nHNs39BW73kCJzzzzzzzz
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Fri 21-02-20 16:12
Replies: 33
Might be worth asking over on https://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/forum/ - there's quite a big section in there on motorhomes and skiing.
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Thu 13-02-20 13:44
Replies: 36
+1 for Serfaus Fiss Ladis. I reckon it's got the best mountain restaurants of all the places I've skied. Good prices too, probably half the price of somewhere like Val D'Isere or the Three Valleys.
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Thu 6-02-20 22:45
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Serfaus kids & beginners area is at the top of a gondola ride, at mid-mountain level. If that doesn't suit you then pick Fiss instead. The kids are for Fiss & Ladis is also up a gondola, but it's a very short trip to a low, fairly flat area. I don't have kids and prefer Serfaus to Fiss village, but there's not really much in it and both are lovely.
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Tue 4-02-20 22:31
Replies: 22
@horizon, I think you’ll find Lech a brutally expensive place to buy skis. Strolz is a lovely shop but super expensive and most of the other shops aren’t much cheaper.
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Mon 20-01-20 8:29
Replies: 15
A couple of years ago I did a Thursday - Tuesday holiday during the English half-term. We flew to Munich, hired a car and an easy 3-hour drive got us to Nauders. I'd booked a hotel there via Booking.com and the ski area was busy at the weekend and quiet the rest of the time. Really nice variety of skiing, good mountain restaurants and very well groomed pistes. Nauders is much smaller than nearby Serfaus/Fiss/Ladis but fine for a few days. I suppose there are hundreds of resorts that would work for you, the trick is to avoid anywhere used by large UK tour operators.
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Sat 18-01-20 23:57
Replies: 13
Most hotels in Austria can sell you ski passes. We just get ours from the hotel when we arrive, they just add it on to our bill. Same price as going to the ticket office
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Sun 12-01-20 9:33
Replies: 19
I love that you’re so relaxed about losing a ski that you can stop to take photos!
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Tue 7-01-20 18:41
Replies: 9
@ski_zuers, welcome to Snowheads!
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Thu 2-01-20 15:41
Replies: 10
Not much flat ground in the Grand Massif, only one blue run - Portets, comes to mind. It's an easy one to avoid.
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Tue 31-12-19 15:16
Replies: 35
I got a great deal flying this year on the original "Brexit day" so I'm hoping I'll get an equally good last minute deal for flying out on the 1st Feb 2020.
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Tue 31-12-19 15:07
Replies: 19
@ribblevalleyblue, if you hire a car then don't drive straight to Mayrhofen. Stop at Kaltenbach, it's the first big ski area you get to in the Zillertal. Same ski pass as Mayrhofen and there's a big car park right next to the gondola. That should get you at least an extra half-hour compared to going to Mayrhofen and it's a nicer ski area.
Poster: A snowHead
Sun 29-12-19 14:50
Replies: 115
Ischgl seemed quiet for the Christmas week, but I suspect the weather had a lot to do with that. The one good sunny day we had there was a significant queue for the first gondola up out of town but even that day there weren’t any real queues once up the mountain.
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Sun 29-12-19 9:48
Replies: 53
@under a new name, :D :D :D
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Wed 25-12-19 17:36
Replies: 80
@8611, stickers and buffs can be bought on the forum if you have a wee look about. Very handy on skis to help identify yours on the rack and also good for meeting random Snoheads!
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Tue 24-12-19 12:50
Replies: 80
Snowing again, but less wind than we’ve had the last few days so lots more open. 12 piste bashers driving down a piste in formation was impressive to see!
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Mon 23-12-19 15:20
Replies: 80
Still it snows! Decent levels on car roofs in the village now, no shortage at all up on the mountain. Skiing today has been limited by high winds, all the Samnaun links are shut as are many other lifts. Yesterday started off a bit better so my wife and I had a nice cruise over to the Swiss side and stopped for a coffee. When we came out the hut we found the direct lift back had just closed, so we had a frantic scramble to get on the last remaining link and made it just before it shut. The descent back down on the Austrian side was a choice of steep black or very exposed red, both in white-out blizzard conditions. We made it down the red but my wife was fairly freaked out by the experience! I’ll be very cautious about getting stuck on the wrong side now. Today I saw a Snowhead ahead of me in the gondola queue. Hi to the guy with the yellow White Dot skis!
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Fri 20-12-19 18:06
Replies: 7
I think Champoluc would suit you perfectly, specially if you book with Ski-2 as they do the transfer and have a really good ski school. https://ski2champoluc.com/ I don’t often do package trips so I’ve only used Ski2 once but I was impressed with their set up.
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Thu 19-12-19 0:07
Replies: 35
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Thu 19-12-19 0:01
Replies: 33
I’ve always used the boot room heaters and never found them to cause a problem.
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Sun 15-12-19 21:12
Replies: 9
I’d like to know where that is, just so I can avoid it.
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Fri 13-12-19 0:42
Replies: 19
Two thoughts - if you fancy a spa resort that’s a nice place to stay then Bad Hofgastein would be my recommendation. If yo want real ski in/out the I d got to Powder n Shine in Reberty.
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Mon 2-12-19 3:34
Replies: 80
A few passes with a gummy stone to remove burrs isn’t going to do anything at all to your base angles, so it’s fine to do it by hand. WTH taking a gummy with you on holiday as it’s easy to get wee burrs from running over rocks. No real point to buying base guides as you’ll end up needing to get the bases ground in a shop anyway if you change the angles.
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Wed 27-11-19 14:28
Replies: 3
I used to own the Titans and I loved them. They were easy to ski fast and very forgiving, looking at the Head website the V-Shape range seems to be aimed at slightly slower/less advanced skiers. The V-8 certainly doesn't seem to be positioned as a progression from the Titans. The Speed, Magnum and Rally all seem very similar, I'd choose by the colour! @dmaster, my stats and skill levels are pretty similar to yours. When my Titans delaminated I switched to Dynastar SpeedZone 14. These are really good for short turns on-piste, a bit less forgiving that the Titans but faster to turn. There's some good deals around on the SpeedZones online.
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