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Poster: A snowHead
Mon 21-09-20 9:55
Replies: 115
There has been a superb conversion parked up near here the last few months. A long wheelbase transit...a stealth conversion. The windows are only revealed when the side doors slide back, and when the rear doors are opened. I got chatting with the people and they showed me the best bit: A decent sized double bed, with a proper memoryfoam mattress. The bed is hung on its four corners by cables which enable it to be pulled up tight to the ceiling in the daytime, fully made up, and then lowered for sleep. I thought that was genius because on the several occasions we have rented Campers the bed assembly/put-away, and general uncomfortable sleep, was the biggest negative.
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Fri 11-09-20 8:51
Replies: 46
@BobinCH, is it allowed...or just done regardless?
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Thu 3-09-20 15:36
Replies: 38
I think that RAB is now owned by Mike Ashley...
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Tue 1-09-20 17:50
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There is an open facebook thing for Verier called Verbier Community and I have often seen people asking if anyone could walk their dog...and getting plenty of enthusiasm. There are lots of resort workers who really miss their family dogs. If you dig around you may well find a similar chat-page for your chosen resort in Austria.
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Sat 29-08-20 12:18
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@snowornever, I can easily see a situation whereby many of the main skiing countries remain on 14 day quarantine status. The UK Government will be very, very, reluctant to un-list just because the rate dips below the 20/100,000 threshold. Add to that the very real prospect of the UK rate going up and those countries imposing 14 days on us. All in all I sadly think that 2020-21 season could be a no-go for the vast majority of UK skiers...and that is before we even consider the Insurance question.
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Wed 26-08-20 19:20
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@halfhand, probably is on the 14 day quarantine list from tomorrow
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Thu 13-08-20 18:00
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Total utter DELUGE here this afternoon in leafy Surrey. I have never seen anything like it, anywhere/anytime, in my life. The amount of detritus and mud swept into my courtyard is going to take days to wheelbarrow away....many cubic meters of the stuff. We are OK...there are going to be a lot of poor sods with flooded houses all over the UK (it certainly isn't a Surrey problem)
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Thu 6-08-20 10:43
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Thu 6-08-20 10:31
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If we look at how the Australian resorts planned on doing things (most now closed again for their whole season): 20% increase in lift pass prices No season passes sold. 2 people on a 4 man chair 1 person on a T-Bar Bubbles similar. Cable cars at about 20% capacity. tip-to-tail lift queues Cap on day tickets sold All day tickets must be reserved in advance. No mountain restaurants open. Apply that model to Europe and it looks quite alarming: I don't see big price increase Season passes will still be sold Restaurants will be open to some degree But the other measures? They look realistic to me. So look forward to long lift queues. A cap on numbers. I would suggest that for those of us who DIY our ski trips we will have to book lift passes well in advance for one thing. I would try to avoid all peak weeks if at all possible. It won't be "normal"!
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Wed 5-08-20 10:43
Replies: 95
The idea that East Coast skiing is no good is just that...an idea. We used to live near NYC and we took the opportunity to ski all over the East. We NEVER had boilerplate and all the other things that we are constantly told about. We skied just about all the Vermont, Massachusetts, NY State places and always had a good time. Killington is a big ski area, very big. It is at least a big and challenging as many out West and Europe. The local towns, and Vermont in general, are really nice too. Every fekkin time my colleagues at work would say "why did you go there, you should have gone West?"
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Sun 12-07-20 20:12
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@BobinCH, damn you and your speedy reply!
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Mon 29-06-20 11:31
Replies: 127
Both my daughter and son were full time ski instructors for a few seasons, working in Switzerland, Japan and New Zealand. He got recruited into the "real world" by a customer in Japan while riding a chair lift. He is now an ACA and life is good. She is almost a lawyer and worked for a big firm in Tokyo fo a summer as a direct result of ski instructing: she wrote a spec' application and the Head Partner was a very keen skier and recognised the degree of dedication it takes to reach the multi disciplinary levels she had got to. In interview now she is often asked about client relationships (and if she is not asked she makes sure to bring it up). "I have had innumerable client relationships. In a normal day I had two three hour cold client meetings in which I had to listen to their perceived needs, assess their actual needs, develop and deliver a lesson plan to meet those needs to the client's satisfaction, and then try to up-sell the client some more lessons or at least leave them with a clear action plan for the future" Those are transferable skills! Ski instructing is no cop out.
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Mon 8-06-20 10:01
Replies: 63
I've skied with @BobinCH a lot...he's really good, a lot better than me. I got the message in the end...swapping to green boots to up my game.
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Sun 31-05-20 10:43
Replies: 660
A copy/paste from today's Sunday Times because of the pay-wall The last patch of snow in England was no match for the sunniest spring since records began in 1929. On Friday morning, in a remote gully in the Lake District, a lick of gravel-flecked ice melted into a trickle and was gone. For a moment Iain Cameron, 46, felt a profound sense of loss. Since he first caught sight of a “necklace of snow” around the summit of Ben Lomond as a nine-year-old, Cameron has been dedicated to searching out the patches of snow that hold out the longest against the march of the seasons. On Friday, as much of the rest of the country prepared to enjoy a weekend of barbecue weather, it was time for Cameron to declare a victor. Great End, an outlier in the range of mountains around Scafell Pike, England’s highest peak at 3,210ft, had held on to snow for two days longer than its nearest rival, Brown Cove on Helvellyn, 3,120ft, another Lakeland peak. William Wordsworth immortalised Brown Cove in his poem Fidelity, describing it as “A cove, a huge recess, / That keeps, till June, December’s snow”. It can be seen from the town of Penrith, 14 miles away. As recently as a week ago, the snow appeared deep enough to survive beyond the end of May, but, as the sun continued to shine, its more exposed position counted against it. In the past decade, Brown Cove was the last place to shelter snow in four years, Great End three times and the Cheviot, in the North Pennines, twice. Cameron is not a mountaineer — he suffers from vertigo — but is so dedicated that in one summer alone he undertook 45 trips to check on the state of the snow. His honeymoon with his first wife had to be postponed, Cameron says, because he had to tramp through the Scottish Highlands to conduct his regular audit at the beginning of July. He will remarry next year. Cameron compares visiting snow patches to checking up on elderly relatives. They may look a bit more weathered than on the previous visit but are still recognisable. “If they look healthier than you expect, you feel fantastic,” he said. The last snow in Wales melted on an outlier of Snowdon on April 20, so Cameron’s attention will now switch to the Scottish Highlands. Garbh Choire Mor on Braeriach in the Cairngorms, the closest thing the UK has to a glacier, is expected to keep its snow all summer. It has only melted half a dozen times in the past 300 years. Field trips still come to the Cairngorms to study the impact of glaciation on Coire an t-Sneachda but the Ordnance Survey has removed a special symbol that it used to use to mark a “curved wreath” of a snow field on Ben More near Crianlarich. Cameron is an amateur but his recordings are sufficiently professional for the Royal Meteorological Society to have published his annual reports since 2005, taking over from his mentor, Adam Watson. Cameron’s eccentric pastime put him into contact with Peter Johnson, the late uncle of the prime minister, who shared pictures with him, showing that in 1979 there was still enough winter snow for skiing in July on Cross Fell, which at 2,930ft is the highest hill in the Pennines. The final traces of that drift did not disappear until August 18. Boris Johnson broke off from the Brexit campaign trail in 2016 to attend the funeral in the Lake District. It can be hard to detect trends, such are the vagaries of Britain’s maritime climate. In 2013, snow lasted until July 2 in England but it was all gone by April 13 in 2017. Nonetheless, Cameron says “there’s no question” that the climate is changing. “The rate of disappearance is accelerating without question. What the causes of climate change are, that’s for others to discuss.” His hobby, too, has changed over the years, as fellow enthusiasts upload pictures on to social media. A Facebook group dedicated to snow patches has about 2,500 followers. Cameron says: “The days of drones being programmed and sent out from 20 miles away, are nearly upon us. “Once that technology becomes available I would certainly use it because in 20 years’ time I will not be able to go to the far reaches of the Cairngorms and do what I am doing. “I’d love a younger version of me to come along to continue, but that might be wishful thinking. “Climate changes may mean there are no more snow patches to look at that in August or even July. “But whatever happens you can be sure that I will be the first to know, because I will always be doing this.”
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 22-05-20 18:47
Replies: 5
This post from @OnPoyntCreative may be spammy but we got one of these prints a while ago for a friend's 21st...it was very nice and quite a lot more expensive.
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Fri 15-05-20 12:22
Replies: 69
My Godfather was retired by a liftie in Meribel at the age of 86. He had been going there for decades and knew everybody. On that day the liftie saw him struggling to get on the chairlift, he stopped the lift came out of his hut and said "Arthur, today you come and sit in my station with me and we can talk like old friends because skiing is now finished for you, it's not safe now" He did it with such delicacy and care, and much to the relief of Arthur's family who had been trying to get him to stop for a while as he was getting very frail. For the next few days he was a Guest of various lifties in the base lifts and he had a lovely time. Personally speaking: A. I am going to live forever. B. I am going to ski forever. In the unlikely(!) event that those are not true I have been going on training courses (I am late 50s) with the clear intention of becoming the best technical skier I can be (still a lot of room for improvement!) because my observation is that the only really old people you see skiing have, or had, fabulous technique, even at low/moderate speed and difficulty, their skiing is very low physical input, almost effortless, skis that just seem to kiss the snow. Most (even all?) of us here can still "muscle" our way out of a bad turn or tricky spot but when you are old that muscle strength is largely gone and it will be pure technique and judgement that keeps you skiing.
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Tue 12-05-20 20:35
Replies: 28
@pam w, 10 weeks? I'm with you. I think 10 years from now it may well be in the disease menu and we will just have to learn to live (and sometimes die) with it. A vaccine would be great, but let's remember the rather similar SARS CV virus has no vaccine and AIDS has no vaccine even after about 20 years of huge effort and money.
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Fri 8-05-20 9:49
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Best monoskier I ever saw in real life was Paddy Ashdown, New Year 1989-90 (I think) in Flaine. He was really good!
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Sat 25-04-20 15:19
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Assuming your skis are all set up for the same set of boots why not just make a dummy boot sole out of wood. Close the bindings onto that. Have an "ankle" on the boot sole that is the same thickness as the tip and tail pices and just close the workmate onto all three. You would have a very stable middle section to press down on, no flex at all.
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Fri 24-04-20 10:04
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Austrian 'Ibiza of the alps' vows to ditch party tourism after Covid-19 lockdown Ski resort that became European coronavirus hotspot plans to switch to a more ‘upmarket apres-ski culture’ Reuters Fri 24 Apr 2020 01.10 BST Shares 72 Ischgl, in Austria’s Paznaun Valley, Ischgl, in Austria’s Paznaun Valley, plans to change its partying ways after the Covid-19 crisis. Photograph: imageBROKER/Alamy The Alpine ski resort of Ischgl, at the centre of Austria’s biggest cluster of coronavirus infections, has said it wants to move away from “party tourism” as it emerged from more than a month under quarantine. Ischgl is near the point where Austria, Italy and Switzerland meet and has described itself as the “Ibiza of the Alps”. It is now clear that more than 800 cases spread across Austria can be traced back to the resort and the surrounding Paznaun valley. In February and early March the virus found a breeding ground in crowded apres-ski bars. Hundreds of foreign tourists were infected in Ischgl and then unwittingly took the virus home with them. “We will question developments of the past years and, where necessary, make corrections,” Ischgl’s mayor, Werner Kurz, said in a statement issued by the tourism authority for his town and the Paznaun Valley, which on Thursday came out of a quarantine imposed on 13 March. Kurz said the town’s image as a party destination was unfair because that was just a small part of its offering, but he said he would work with local businesses to make changes. Austrian police officers block a road into Paznaun valley, after the government announced a coronavirus quarantine of the Paznaun valley. Photograph: Reuters “That means more quality and less party tourism, prioritising skiers and fewer day-trippers on buses who only come to party,” the tourism authority said. “We are also thinking with all businesses about what an upmarket apres-ski culture can look like.” Iceland declared Ischgl a risk area on 5 March after tourists returning from the resort were found to have been infected, but the provincial government of Tyrol, which includes Ischgl, responded by saying they probably caught the virus on the plane home. The first concrete measure was taken on 9 March, when a bar was closed after one of its barmen became the first person in the town to test positive, on 7 March. The resort remained open until 13 March. Tyrol’s Governor, Guenther Platter, has acknowledged that mistakes were made, and the national government has said there would be a review of what went wrong. Kurz said his town followed the instructions of “the authorities”. An Austrian consumer rights group preparing a potential class action lawsuit over one or more ski resorts in Tyrol says thousands of people across Europe have signed up, most of them in Germany and relating to Ischgl.
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Wed 22-04-20 18:55
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@LaForet, I'm glad it all worked out given the circumstances. The real question is...did she ask for a window seat in the heli? I was rather morphined and I asked for a windo seat so as to enjoy the view! The paramedic said I would not be in a seat, but lying down. He kindly put me in such a way as to fully enjoy the view all the way to the hospital roof. Morphine is strange...I had the total conviction that I HAD to text every contact in my phone to tell them I had broken my leg. The real issue was that it stopped me having a pee for a few days...forget broken bones...that was real pain! I ended up begging a nurse for a catheterisation :oops:
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Tue 21-04-20 11:01
Replies: 193
A club I am also a member of. Broken leg. Get well soon! The Air Glacier Insurance would not have been needed if she was on piste with normal full ski pass insurance. I assume that you used an EHIC card at the hospital? We don't bother with holiday insurance for skiing in Switz. EHIC covers all medical costs except the chf92 excess. Ski pass insurance covers the Heli (or ambulance) and pisteurs. As we drive out and have our own shack the consequentials of dealing with those are not really insurable anyway. I do hope EHIC continues, otherwise we will insure for sure.
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Tue 14-04-20 10:31
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I would be very interested...but only if it included some gates. I would also want clarification as to whether this was going to be a Coaching style course delivery, or a Teaching style delivery. ...for those who don't know the difference then I can only say it is a big difference!
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Sun 12-04-20 20:21
Replies: 509
@LaForet, and you accuse me of what-aboutism when you then say " A decade of under-investment in the NHS; active rejection of a rise in pay for nurses (cue TOry MPs clapping); ignoring repeated warnings about regional/global pandemic threats; and a hopelessly slow initial response." You couldn't make it up! At what point have I defended (indeed even mentioned) the UK as an example...never that's when. There have been a lot of failings from a lot of different people and institutions...and the lack of "U" in the EU has been one of them. Unusually I actually agree with @Haggis_Trap on this one: "Politicians couldn't win this battle : basically given a choice of crashing economy or let millions die." ....though I would question the millions, but his theme is correct.
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Sun 12-04-20 16:59
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There has been no "U" in the EU. Every man for himself, dog-eat-dog...you can choose. Schengen? Each country abandoned that in turn and imposed their own controls, totally ignoring their Schengen treaty obligations. Free trade? In the midst of Italy's crisis, when they begged for help with supplies some countries promptly made it illegal to export medical supplies! Debt crisis? Coronabonds...no further comment needed. The North is perfectly content to see the South in ruination for years, even decades, to come.
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Sun 12-04-20 11:38
Replies: 51
44 inch suits etc@ski3, not rude at all As I wrote the xl body was huge, and the arms absurdly long. Ideal fit for an NFL player in full kit!
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Sat 11-04-20 11:05
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20 deaths? Out of 400,000 ? You do realise that is only 0.005 % 1/200th of a percent of the population.
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Sat 11-04-20 10:55
Replies: 51
@BobinCH, Sue thought that the jacket was designed to be worn over a backpack with a contingency amount of room for an avi-bag deployment!
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Fri 10-04-20 16:50
Replies: 51
I got a Backside shell jacket...delivered yesterday. Quality is excellent...but Size is HUGE. Huger than HUGE...I mean really, really HUUUGE! I am about 185cm tall, 85 kg...normally an XL in most clothing, especially ski gear. The arms were so long that even with my fingers extended they were about 10cm away from appearing out of the sleeves! There was room in the body for my wife to squeeze in with me! I sent it back and asked for a smaller size.
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Wed 8-04-20 10:13
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BBC News this morning said France has now banned ALL outside exercise...is that really the case??
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Wed 8-04-20 10:10
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Both my "kids" (mid and late 20s now) did their instructor qualifications and worked several seasons, all around the world. One to ISIA and one became highly specialised in Adaptive. My son, at the age of 17, arranged shadowing with the Swiss Ski School in Verbier. Day 1 he turned up, the instructor said: "These are your four kids, I meet you back here at 12.30. Bye" The deep end! My daughter shadowed NewGen and they did it properly, she went on to work five winter seasons for them.
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Thu 2-04-20 15:20
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@BobinCH, damn you and your constant re-gearing...I didn't think I needed a shell jacket...but...well I can always send it back I suppose
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Fri 27-03-20 11:09
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I'd be interested in hearing the different pros/cons with regard to footbed customisation. In my limited experience most bootfitters have the customer standing on the softened footbed as it conforms to the underfoot shape. My favourite bootfitter has the customer sitting on a raised seat with legs hanging in air, the footbed is then formed to the unweighted underfoot. His argument is that the foots natural shape is when it is unweighted, and that is how it should be supported. If fitted to the weight bearing foot then the footbed is conforming to a squashed/flattened, collapsed foot and is thereby maintaining any problems. That makes a lot of intuitive sense to me (and I find my feet never have any problems with these footbeds). So why do the great majority of other bootfitters fit to the weight bearing foot...what is the differential reason?
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Fri 27-03-20 11:00
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Tue 24-03-20 12:56
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I cannet ever buy anything K2...a trigger effect I am afraid. I used to work for a totally unrelated company called K2 Corporation and it was (by miles) the most miserable two years of my working life. The two guys who ran it were total, utter C*NTS. They ruined the lives and careers of others who stayed there...when I later heard that one of them had died I almost (but restrained myself) from punching the air in joy. So sorry...no K2 for me
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Fri 6-03-20 19:36
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I will probably never use them but there is a real market for them. Lots of skiers just want an easy to use and comfortable boot. They are not looking for a high performance boot, not looking for the best control either. I think it will do well....just not with many snowHeads
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Mon 2-03-20 22:06
Replies: 193
Only the very top was closed,.all links open
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Mon 2-03-20 15:24
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Another 10cm last night. Overcast and flat light with gentle snow. Hardly anyone skiing.
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Sun 1-03-20 17:16
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@Snowysarah, I can only speak for Verbier...but 100% there will be top to bottom skiing at Easter...and same percentage of extensive skiing to the end of April. Not a shadow of doubt.
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Sun 1-03-20 11:55
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I was helied to Sion hospital with mega broken leg. I asked if they could put my head at the window so I could enjoy the view. It remains my only "heli ski" experience :D
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