Ski Club 2.0 Home
Snow Reports
FAQFAQ

Mail for help.Help!!

Log in to snowHeads to make it MUCH better! Registration's totally free, of course, and makes snowHeads easier to use and to understand, gives better searching, filtering etc. as well as access to 'members only' forums, discounts and deals that U don't even know exist as a 'guest' user. (btw. 50,000+ snowHeads already know all this, making snowHeads the biggest, most active community of snow-heads in the UK, so you'll be in good company)..... When you register, you get our free weekly(-ish) snow report by email. It's rather good and not made up by tourist offices (or people that love the tourist office and want to marry it either)... We don't share your email address with anyone and we never send out any of those cheesy 'message from our partners' emails either. Anyway, snowHeads really is MUCH better when you're logged in - not least because you get to post your own messages complaining about things that annoy you like perhaps this banner which, incidentally, disappears when you log in :-)
Username:-
 Password:
Remember me:
durr, I forgot...
Or: Register
(to be a proper snow-head, all official-like!)
Found 41 matches (ignoring forums: None. Change)
snowHeads Forum Index
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 1-01-21 17:11
Replies: 52
I haven't used straps while skiing on or off piste for years, but I haven't cut them off. They are quite handy after all for hanging the poles up when not in use. Bruce Tremper has a picture in his book, Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, of his poles without straps. Apparently avalanche professionals in his area are not allowed to use poles with straps. Having survived a massive head plant in deep snow (don't ask) without straps, I would not want to be in that situation with my hands or arms restricted by pole straps.
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Thu 24-12-20 14:43
Replies: 1029
I was expecting the price of the Platinum membership with travel insurance to go up, and so was not too surprised to get an email telling me about the price. I wasn't expecting another email telling me the increased price was a wrong and the real price was even higher. Then looking at the cover offered I discovered that there is no cover (even at additional cost) for going on holiday on the motorbike. The most they can offer is cover for occasional use of a motorcycle over 125cc (not as the primary method of transport) within Activity Pack 3. The previous policy allowed use of your own motorcycle as a standard. Reluctantly, I have cancelled the auto renewal of the Direct Debit for the Ski Club membership.
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name.
Thu 10-12-20 16:13
Replies: 16
You haven't said whether the repair will be open surgery or laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery. Oddly enough, my surgeon said that they would not carry out keyhole surgery under local aneasthetic. I have had two hernia repairs, and the advice was that I could resume everything including heavy lifting after four weeks in both cases. However both of these were carried out as keyhole surgery under general anaesthetic, and, comparing notes with a friend who had open surgery, the recovery from keyhole surgery is very much more rapid than open surgery. So recovery times quoted on web sites may not apply to the type surgery proposed to repair your hernia. The key question for me was whether an activity is likely to damage the repair and the advice was that the mesh would be firmly in place after two weeks. I don't expect this would be the case for open surgery. Of course your surgeon is the best person to give advice.
You need to Login to know who's who.
Sat 16-05-20 13:23
Replies: 7212
Thanks Steve. It's been fascinating to have an insider's account of what its been like in a French resort. We have stayed in your apartment block in previous years, but this year it all closed down before we could get there. Like the familiar views from the balcony nevertheless.
Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Thu 2-04-20 18:51
Replies: 7212
Continuing the favourite run theme: On-piste I always look for the Triffolet to be open. It has a nice combination of terrain, but it seems to be closed a lot of the time, probably due to the slopes above it and then lack of snow later in the season. Off-piste I would vote for going over the Col Pers with an exit through the gorge. Again a good combination of terrain and surroundings. Still following your reports to see what it's like in locked down France, since my trip to Val d'Isère fell through as everything closed down. Great to see things from another perspective.
You'll need to Register first.
Sun 22-03-20 14:18
Replies: 256
@Weathercam, zoom level does affect the blog site. Normally I use the default browser zoom at 100%, but if I reduce the level to 80% both Chrome and Firefox on Win7 render correctlly (more difficult to read of course). Both still fail to render at 90%. The other URL for anotherharddayattheoffice works correctly at 100% right up to and including 240%. I am using a smallish Dell laptop with a 13" 1600x900 (native) display with 100%(default) display zoom.
Well, it's only polite to Register
Sat 21-03-20 23:05
Replies: 256
No adblocker, and the same problem on Firefox and Chrome and Win 7 and SuSE Linux.
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Sat 21-03-20 19:02
Replies: 256
@Weathercam, I have now tried Chrome V 80.0.3987.149 on Win7 and I get the same thing as FF.
Then you'll get to see more forums.
Sat 21-03-20 18:29
Replies: 256
Hi @Weathercam. I'm using FF V74.0 on Win7, but I haven't got Chrome set up on that machine. I get the same thing with OpenSuSE Leap 15.1 Linux and FF V68.5.0 ESR on another machine. It looks as though there is an overlying blank window obscuring 75% of the main stories giving a vertical strip on the left. The title menus look OK. Happy to discuss over mail if that will be of assistance.
And post your own questions...
Sat 21-03-20 14:06
Replies: 256
Many thanks @Weathercam for all the posts on life in Serre Che. It is fascinating to see how things are going over there in comparison with life here. Would it be churlish to point out that the blog doesn't render properly in Firefox? Seems to be OK with an old copy of Internet Explorer, though.
which other snowHeads love to answer.
Sat 22-02-20 18:34
Replies: 29
Wayne Watson, one of the guides working in Alpine Experience in Val d'Isere, has had a hip resurfacing operation but it certainly hasn't stopped him skiing. He skis off-piste pretty much every day of the season and has been doing so for years after the operation. His exploits appear every day in his blog https://alpineexperience.com/en/waynes-diary/ So anything is possible!
And they're a friendly bunch.
Mon 27-01-20 14:30
Replies: 35
Previously, I have had to tighten the QK screws every couple of days or so. However, I got much better results this time over Christmas when I used plenty of Vibra-Tite and made sure it was dry before use. You seem to need a lot more Vibra-Tite than you would use with Loctite (not recommended for use with skis) . Off to @spyderjon for more Vibra-Tite...
You know it makes sense.
Mon 27-01-20 14:10
Replies: 21
I have both heart block and a pacemaker, and I am using Ski Club insurance. There was an additional charge, but they seemed happy to provide cover.
Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Wed 18-12-19 18:55
Replies: 256
I'm hoping to travel from Calais to Briancon by car at the weekend. Previously, I have used the Col du Lautaret, but I have seen the post above saying it was closed due to the volume of snow. Any advice? I've got winter tyres and snow chains. I have found this [url=https://inforoute.hautes-alpes.fr/www/index.htm]link. Is this the best info on whether the col is open?
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 19-07-19 16:18
Replies: 165
From the Ski Club today: New Representation Service UPDATE Following our announcement on 2nd July regarding the change from Leading to providing reps in resort, we are now able to provide further details about how the new service will operate. The reason for the change is to safeguard Leaders and the future of the Ski Club against the increasing risk of potential prosecution, and therefore we have no choice but to halt the service; both on- and off-piste. We can however go back to our roots and remain a Ski Club: where members of the Club meet and practice their sport and passion together, much as we might with a running or cycling club. From a member’s perspective, there will not be much change. You can, as before, meet up with other Club members in resort and go skiing. The difference is that there will be no single person taking responsibility for on-snow activities. Ski Club Reps and other members will simply go skiing. Social skiing refers to members gathering together to ski without either a professional or an individual promoted as being responsible for the group. It may be as adventurous as the group wishes, without the constraints of a programme. Reps may join other members skiing as they wish, but purely in a social capacity as an ordinary member, with no on-snow responsibility. Any member is welcome to volunteer to become a rep. The purpose of our Reps is to be present in resort, to act as the focal point for the Club’s activities off-snow, building and maintaining relationships with local businesses and communities. We believe members will continue to receive considerable benefit and enjoyment skiing socially together, as already occurs to a significant extent in some resorts, notably Val d’Isere and Zell am See. We see this change as a huge opportunity. It is certainly not about stopping a service helping members get the most of their trip to the mountains: indeed, it is quite the opposite. It allows for any member to be involved and for us to significantly expand the service to any resort around the world where Ski Club members are present. We also hope to further promote the Instructor-led Guiding (ILG) service, providing opportunities for both social skiing and to learn and develop your skills with local instructors and mountain guides. ILG will continue to support the rep service as we extend it across our French resorts. We will continue to run what was the Ski Club Leaders’ course (indeed probably the best quality course available anywhere), for those wishing to obtain training in mountain craft, avalanche safety and developing off-piste skiing skills. We will also be offering more mountain craft and avalanche training with Bruce Goodlad and Caroline Elliott to continue the Ski Club’s position at the forefront of on- and off-piste mountain safety and education. Separately, we will define the process of training our new reps, to take place in the autumn, ready for this coming season. We look forward to seeing how popular this iteration of the service becomes, reflecting the changes that this service has experienced on a regular basis over the last 50-60 years. We welcome your input, feedback and ideas. What is the role of the Rep? The Ski Club Resort Rep is the face of the Ski Club in resort. The role is to ensure that Ski Club Members have the most enjoyable time possible, whilst promoting the principles of safe, responsible and enjoyable recreational skiing. The Ski Club Rep offering will allow us go back to our roots of being a club, facilitating social events and member meetups, allowing us to be more inclusive. The Rep role includes meeting members, making introductions, arranging a programme of social events, and encouraging the use of and helping to book mountain guides and instructors for Members, whilst building and supporting communities of Ski Club members in that resort. Are Reps allowed to suggest itineraries, routes or give directions on the mountain? Can I still ski off-piste with Ski Club members? Any member of a social ski group may suggest plans for the day on the mountain. When on-snow, Reps are skiing as individual Ski Club members and are not responsible for any on-snow activity, including off-piste skiing. If a Social Ski group decides they are adequately experienced and prepared, they may ski off-piste at their own risk, as would any other group of skiers choosing to ski together. Will this affect my Freshtracks holiday? Your Rep will continue to act as the focal point for your Freshtracks holiday, but they won’t lead on snow. Instead, they will ski with your group socially, as they would if they were a member on a trip. Will Members still receive their Ski Profile? Reps will give Ski Profiles to each Member at the end of a Freshtracks holiday. This is to enable the Member to choose the most appropriate holiday the following winter. One of the most important benefits of the Club is bringing people of a similar level to ski together. In which resorts will Reps be based? We hope to run the Reps offering in the 18 resorts where we previously had Ski Club Leaders: Austria: Ischgl, Kitzbuhel, Mayrhofen, Obergurgl, Zell am See Switzerland: Davos, Grindelwald, Klosters, Murren, Saas Fee, Verbier, Wengen, Zermatt Italy: Cervinia, Sauze d’Oulx Andorra: Soldeu - Grandvalira USA: Jackson Hole Canada: Whistler We will also be looking to see where we can expand the programme, in order to allow more of our members to take advantage of the service. We will also continue, and hopefully expand, the Instructor-led Guiding service currently provided in eleven resorts across France. Will current Leaders automatically become Reps? All current Leaders will automatically become Reps, unless they choose otherwise. The role of Rep is also open to any member who would like to experience being a rep on a Freshtracks holiday or in one of our resorts. Any member is welcome to apply.
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Tue 2-07-19 16:06
Replies: 165
Someone who has completed a Ski Leader course might stand out a bit here?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name.
Tue 2-07-19 12:31
Replies: 165
We were always told that leaders were not reps.
You need to Login to know who's who.
Tue 2-07-19 12:02
Replies: 165
Ski Club of Great Britain announces new in-resort representation service - Changes to Leading Service as well as a raft of membership developments in the pipeline - The Ski Club of Great Britain, the largest and oldest snow-sports membership organisation in the UK, with over 26,000 Members, has today announced developments to the Ski Club’s membership offering for the 2019/20 season and beyond. From Winter 2019/20, the Ski Club will replace its Leading Service with a new representation (“rep”) service, with a continued focus on facilitating social skiing for Members across around 30 top resorts around the world. Ski Club reps will continue to create a community for Ski Club Members in resort; delivering a weekly programme of social events, promoting and facilitating social skiing, encouraging and helping with the Ski Club’s Instructor-led Guiding service or mountain guide bookings, offering advice on restaurants, arranging après spots, providing advice on equipment, and assisting with any issues in resort. Reps are free to ski with Members in a social capacity but will no longer be acting as a leader on snow. The Instructor-led Guiding programme in our French resorts will continue unchanged. Of this change, Ian Holt, Chief Executive Ski Club of Great Britain, said: “We have made this change following a detailed consultation period within the organisation. In the current climate, it is clear that leading groups both on- and off-piste without the appropriate instructor or mountain guide qualification is no longer prudent. Whilst perhaps disappointing to some, this is an opportunity for the Ski Club to ensure our presence in the mountains can develop further, enabling the Ski Club to promote and protect safe, enjoyable and inspiring snow-sports experiences for anyone who loves snow and the mountains.” Ian adds: “We are delighted that our reps will continue to act as the focal point for our Members in resort, ensuring that our Members have the most enjoyable time possible on their holidays with the Ski Club. With no fixed programmes, our Members will experience a more social setting, skiing together as friends would do, no matter how big or small the group. We are confident that this new service will appeal to our Members and potential new Members alike.” Alongside the introduction of the representation service and a renewed focus on social skiing, the Ski Club of Great Britain is planning an exciting Partnership programme providing unique offers to Members and an enhanced Events programme to bring together Members both across the UK and in the mountains. Specific details will be announced in the coming months.
Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Sat 16-03-19 10:24
Replies: 35
Looking around I have found the original discussion of why Vibra-Tite is preferred to Loctite: https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=70966 and this on Loctite: https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=70048
You'll need to Register first.
Fri 15-03-19 19:31
Replies: 35
Thanks for all your replies. @gsb, The first time I used them, the screws had Vibra-Tite already applied to them by the supplier @spyderjon. Recently I haven't been letting the Vibra-Tite dry before inserting the screws and this may be where I am going wrong. I am using a good quality Posidriv 2 screwdriver. @Scarlet, I have never lost a screw through it becoming loose, and I suspect I could leave them longer without tightening without anything going seriously wrong. I have to admit to skiing some rather dubious surfaces off piste which could have rattled the skis around a bit. @big_ben, The reason for using allen head screws would be that you can apply more torque with an allen key than with a screwdriver. They would also be less prone to graunching with ice and snow getting stuck in the head.
Well, it's only polite to Register
Fri 15-03-19 15:18
Replies: 35
I have been using Quiver Killer inserts for a while, but I find that I have to keep tightening the screws every other day or so. I am using the recommended thread locking liquid, Vibra-Tite, and tightening the screws using a standard Posidriv screwdriver. Using fresh Vibra-Tite on each screw and tightening it hard I still find the odd screw loose after a couple of days. Is this normal? It means I have to spend five minutes checking and adjusting all our skis every other morning. Checking them when I get back from skiing is a bad idea because the skis are wet and the posidrive slots may be clogged with ice, with the likely graunching of the slots when I try to tighten them. Should I tighten them harder and is there a recommended torque for this? Or should I try a different thread locking fluid? Would allen screws be better than posidriv? The inserts are really useful because of the ability to swap bindings and easier packing for travel. Also the inserts are fully sealed with epoxy glue into the skis and so you do not get the water damage around the fixings for the bindings that I have found with conventional screws. So I will definitely carry on using the Quiver Killers even if I do need to tighten them up frequently.
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Sat 5-01-19 23:08
Replies: 7212
Following on your comment @Steve Angus about the area being public land, does that mean you would be allowed to skin up and then ski down on piste without a ski pass? Presumably similar considerations to dangerous use of bicycles would also apply to skis? However I completely agree about reckless fast skiers and I always try to make myself as small a target as possible.
Then you'll get to see more forums.
Sun 30-12-18 21:40
Replies: 4
And post your own questions...
Sun 2-12-18 18:04
Replies: 27
I haven't tried NotWax with skins yet, but I have wondered whether it affects the way the skins stick to the skis. NotWax is based on teflon after all and not much sticks to teflon...
which other snowHeads love to answer.
Tue 17-04-18 13:56
Replies: 226
Powder turns have been described to me as a series of hockey stops linked together where you don't quite stop.
And they're a friendly bunch.
Tue 10-04-18 19:11
Replies: 20
See duplicate topic [url=http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=137550#3223375&sid=9e09eade81a1251e9968e65ca51dee64] for comment on accommodation
You know it makes sense.
Fri 19-01-18 17:49
Replies: 52
What persuaded me to get winter tyres was trying to drive along a Swiss motorway covered in snow. Everyone else had winter tyres and kept up a brisk 50mph. Very difficult to drive at a safe speed for summer tyres with everyone else barging past and certainly not a good scenario for chains. I had previously driven to resorts using summer tyres supplemented with chains. IMO chains are fine for short distances at low speed on very difficult surfaces. Once I had winter tyres I found they worked pretty well on snowy roads and were especially good for partially covered roads where you could end up running chains on tarmac some of the time. In fact I haven't had to use the chains yet, although this weekend might be the first time... I now have a cheapo set of steel wheels just for the winter tyres and swop the wheels over spring and autumn.
Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Wed 17-01-18 18:01
Replies: 1055
Plenty to ski at Vallandry today given the interesting conditions, even though only a few lower level lifts open. You can get lists of open pistes and lifts for all the Paradiski resorts here https://www.lesarcsnet.com/lifts/status
Poster: A snowHead
Mon 14-03-16 23:29
Replies: 9
Jean Sport http://www.jeansports.com/index.php/en/ rent out ABS airbags.
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Mon 22-02-16 17:31
Replies: 37
We have used these hotels near the motorways near Riems several times and really like them: Hotel du Chemin des Dames at Corbeny and the Auberge des Moissons at Matougues. Both can be booked via the Logis website. The Moissons is better if your French is a bit limited but it doesn't do food on Sunday evenings.
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name.
Thu 2-04-15 21:01
Replies: 4
I'm now in La Plagne, having driven down from Calais. I usually stop overnight at the Auberge de Moissons which can be booked online through Logis de France. It is about 3hrs from Calais and is very close to the motorway, but I would normally aim to get there around 7pm. I suspect I use the same route as @chocksaway,: A26, A5, A31, A39, A42, A432, A43. The A432 avoids Lyon and goes past St Exupery airport. Roads here have been pretty clear, but it never hurts to have chains. Make sure you get chains which are compatible with the car - some cars require thin chains to avoid fouling wheel arches, etc. Saturday is changeover day and you can get some bad traffic jams from Moutier onwards.
You need to Login to know who's who.
Mon 9-02-15 15:34
Replies: 16
I do my own hot waxing without worrying about scraping and brushing, and the skis seem to go very well after the first run has polished up the bases. However using an all temperature wax like the Toko white wax in very cold conditions has resulted in sticky skis that have to be poled downhill sometimes. Use a lower temperature wax like the Toko red wax or a better all temperature wax like the Dominator Zoom Lime Universal Wax from the Piste Office and all is well.
Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Fri 6-02-15 18:30
Replies: 14
For good French food there is the Hostellerie du Petit St Bernard. It has a good value fixed price menu, and the staff can speak English. It is on the road out to Val d'Isere just after the roundabout near the station.
You'll need to Register first.
Sun 4-01-15 14:09
Replies: 2
also women's slalom on Ski Sunday Extra on BBC iPlayer
Well, it's only polite to Register
Fri 17-01-14 21:43
Replies: 11
We have just driven down today to Taesch via J3 of the A36, around Besancon and down the N57 to Pontarlier. The roads were fine and the traffic was quite reasonable, much better than the last time we went around Besancon. Basically you turn off at J3 and follow signs to Pontarlier and Lausanne.
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Wed 4-09-13 17:01
Replies: 34
I would vote for Bruce Tremper as well. I can relate what he says to what you see on the mountain, whereas other books are more theoretical. Theory is all very well but it leaves you wondering what you are actually supposed to do about it when skiing.
Then you'll get to see more forums.
Wed 1-05-13 21:10
Replies: 7212
Steve Angus - Excellent blog, been following it all season. Gives a great impression of day-to-day life in Val d'Isere. Thanks for all the work.
And post your own questions...
Thu 16-02-12 13:27
Replies: 14
It's one of the best ski resorts anywhere. Suggestions: to eat - the Riffelberg station buffet to drink - the North Wall (seasonaires use it, but it's not easy to find)
which other snowHeads love to answer.
Mon 13-02-12 12:49
Replies: 8
I damaged a toenail (big toe) skiing with boots slightly loose in an ill-advised attempt to get a bit more flexibility. No problems with new boots properly done up. I think the toenail was hitting the end of the boot and affecting the tissue at the base of toenail. I didn't lose the toenail completely but I had a bruise which appeared after the holiday that worked its way up the nail.
And they're a friendly bunch.
Tue 20-12-11 14:31
Replies: 4
I believe Fritschis are correctly adjusted for boot length when the aduster screw head is flush with the housing (and the boot is in the binding of course).
Page 1 of 2 Page 1, 2  Next
All times are GMT
Go to:  



Terms and conditions  Privacy Policy