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Poster: A snowHead
Sun 16-08-20 13:54
Replies: 25
@GlasgowCyclops, Most (of not all) L1s will be part time working on dryslopes or domes. The L1 course is specifically targetted at people like you. It's only a week. I recently did a L2 tele, and after 30 years of ski teaching, some of that content grated a bit -- but I also learnt new stuff too :D
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Fri 14-08-20 16:22
Replies: 49
@Scarlet, skiing in the rain should be made illegal. @rob@rar, You are obviously spending too much time in a fridge!
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Mon 10-08-20 12:18
Replies: 49
.. and a waxed ski resists damage much better than an unwaxed one.
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Wed 17-06-20 14:29
Replies: 60
so lessons here in the UK? Yes! This is a good place to start. Plastic lessons cheaper than a snowdome (when they re-open). Ask for an experienced instructor/coach (BASI L3 or similar). If you are a teeny bit competative, then the race club at your nearest dryslope will be an economical and fun way to improve, and keep improving.
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Tue 31-03-20 12:08
Replies: 32
The are 2 potential drawbacks with SSE. But if the OP starts with SSE L1, and then chooses to do BASI/IASI or whatever, BASI L1 will be much easier having completed SSE L1.
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Wed 25-03-20 13:29
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@kitenski, Did the refund button work? I just get "An error has occured" ?
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Tue 24-03-20 16:51
Replies: 32
Snowsport England course calendar https://www.snowsportengland.org.uk/course-calendar/ Course descriptions https://www.snowsportengland.org.uk/ukss-ski/
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Mon 23-03-20 20:18
Replies: 32
@Math1984, What @RobinS, says. SSE qualifications cheaper than BASI, IASI and perfectly applicable to dry slope. Have a look at Snowsport England website for more info.
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Tue 17-03-20 13:58
Replies: 17
@double360, Does the lead change happen before you initiate a turn or while in the middle of the turn (i.e. when both skis are facing downhill)? You can do the lead change more or less when you want. I like to do it later in the turn, i.e. start the turn with the old lead, so pole plant/edge change and then lead change. Doing a lead change right at the start of the turn -- especially for alpine skiers --- can lead to overturning the new lead (outside) ski, and not being in a balanced tele position afterward, usually because you've forgotten the back ski. @geoffers, Nice skiing :D
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Mon 16-03-20 17:28
Replies: 17
@double360, If folk say you are "Fake-a-marking", then they mean you are not making a proper tele stance. For it to be a tele, you need the following; Knees separated vertically and horizontally (i.e. back knee lower and further back than the front), and back thigh vertical. Your feet should be separated too. The tele stance should feel balanced --- that's what it's there for! In order to practise this, start your turns using an alpine/parallel turn, and then go into a tele after the fall line. Get comfortable and balanced in the tele and then try getting into a tele earlier in the turn. On easy slopes mono-marking/snurfing (i.e. turns in a tele stance without chainging leads) will help you find the back ski. @skimottaret, Yup -- Allen and Mike have too much applying to leather boots! I think about 50/50 weight distribution on skis --- actually think more about the back ski. Are you in the Sarf --- if you are near enough to Hemel (and it stays open) we could meet there and have a play together.
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Sun 8-03-20 16:54
Replies: 10
@TreborRedins, I'd like to be able to ski alpine and tele. Indeed --- but (IMV) a tele boot even with a locked heel will not give you the same support as a full alpine setup -- it won't feel or perform nearly as well. Whatever you do I hope you enjoy it :D Frankly the argument that you can alpine as hood as anyone in your ntn or 75mm setup just dosen't hold water. I never suggested I can alpine as well on teles as alpines. Of course you can't --- but it is possible to alpine pretty well, good enough for steep descents when there isn't enough room for a tele, which is what I understood from you wanted from your post.
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Fri 6-03-20 10:57
Replies: 10
Or, altenatively... don't bother with an alpine heel at all. I've done some pretty steep descents on teles in Chamonix and La Grave, using old 75mm gear (Superloops - later Hammerheads), and alpined when I had too. I did at the time dream of an alpine heel, but that was not an option then. Now I have Outlaws I really don't feel the need. I have skied with my telemark boots in alpine bindings (for complicated reasons to tedious to relate here) --- ugh! Of course the Meidjo will give a much better performance, and have an element of safety. The other thing to note is that you are restricted to Crispis or pre 2016 Scarpa boots (if you can find a pair). My feet just don't get on with Crispis.
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Wed 4-03-20 16:37
Replies: 4
@fallLine54, We have a small (ish) club at Bowles Outdoor Centre. Training is on Friday evenings from 5:30 -- which may be difficult for you? Open to all ages, relaxed atmosphere etc. Bowles is just north of Crowborough.
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Sun 1-03-20 16:15
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@skimottaret, Snurfing is the drill for you. On a very easy slope, make a tele stance...and without changing leads make turns down the fall line (which is why it needs to be a very easy slope). Do this on both leads. You can't do this unless you are properly balanced on the back ski. The position you are aiming for is back thigh vertical, and back knee lower and further back than the front. If you want to meet at Hemel we can play at this together...
Poster: A snowHead
Sat 29-02-20 13:14
Replies: 26
Boots and (telemark) bindings. Everything else is a looong way behind...
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Tue 11-02-20 22:06
Replies: 37
@Grizzler, They go inside the boots. Spyderjon has 12 and 240v versions.
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Mon 10-02-20 18:10
Replies: 37
I have Therm-ic ones. One set is 240v, used at home, with the 12v set used in the car. The boots go in a cool bag I got from the charity shop. Warm flexible boots whenever I get to where I'm going.
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Tue 4-02-20 10:28
Replies: 19
+1 for the Aspen -- but I prefer their Veggie Burger :D
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Tue 4-02-20 10:26
Replies: 37
@Grizzler, You can find 12v versions of electric boot heaters --- they work well with an insulated bag too.
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Mon 3-02-20 17:20
Replies: 47
Need to mention Paramo. Wash-in treatment (TX-Direct) works, and the garments stay waterproof until the literally fall apart. Breathable, but not the same as Goretex. My oldest jacket os 25 years old and still keeps me dry.
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Sat 1-02-20 16:09
Replies: 65
@Roguevfr, Dry slopes are better than nothing, but can be painful and uncomfortable to fall on, indoor is much better in this regard. Pretty much all dryslopes use a carpet material for their beginner areas theses days. Much more comfortable to fall on :D @el nombre, If you are near Knockhatch --- Bowles Outdoor Centre might not be too far away ? It's just north of Crowborough.
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Sat 1-02-20 16:07
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@Roguevfr, Dry slopes are better than nothing, but can be painful and uncomfortable to fall on, indoor is much better in this regard. Pretty much all dryslopes use a carpet material for their beginner areas theses days. Much more comfortable to fall on :D
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Sat 1-02-20 15:58
Replies: 37
@Grizzler, I use heaters like that -- but put the boots into a thermal cool bag first. 30 mins later toasty and warm :D
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Wed 29-01-20 18:18
Replies: 25
Does anyone have any (presumably older) skiing manuals which proselytise "yawing" the skis and feet-together? I'm curious if that was ever expert technique.... or perhaps it was just what they taught beginners, like the snowplough? BASI 3 (now 2) training -- 1988 included "Refined" (Feet together) and "Basic" (Feet Apart). By 1993 and Grade 2 (now 3 !) it was all feet apart. And yes we could carve on straight skis.
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Tue 28-01-20 18:16
Replies: 25
I think it all depends on the skis you have, and if they are really 20 years old. Looking at skis from 2000 (Salomon X-Scream for instance), they are a long way from the straight skis we used up to the late 90s. That said, rocker tips, wider skis, and better materials will make todays skis easier to use. Has technique changed a lot in the last 20 years? Not that much, but that doesn't mean a lesson won't help. If you've used the skis a lot then they will have lost some of their spring -- which does make a difference to your skiing.
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Sun 26-01-20 12:10
Replies: 37
@euanovsky, I have an older Mantra (similar to the M5) -- teles very weil indeed :-)
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Sat 25-01-20 16:02
Replies: 37
@BenA, I think we'll have to agree to differ. Having skied several pairs both alpine and tele, that's the feedback I've felt. From the tele skiers I've seen and taught I've never come across a ski that was too stiff, but I have come across folk oversteering a too-soft ski.... but this is tele so there is more than one way to peel the banana.
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Sat 25-01-20 13:16
Replies: 37
@freethemind, what's the theory behind stiffer skis for telemark? As you don't have a heelpiece the ski is able to flex more with a tele binding than an alpine. I've had several sets that I've changed from Alpine to tele - ranging from 155 FIS slalom skis to 180cm powder fatties ---- they all ski softer as a tele ski. I'm not very tall or heavy either.
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 24-01-20 11:27
Replies: 37
Hmm -- interesting read... I agree with stiffer, but longer? I'm 60kg and about 170 tall, and I ski on Mantras at...170. I've also got Tuas (remember them ?) at 178 and have previously skied longer tele and alpine. Other than looking a bit of a wimp last week going out with a bunch of Alpine fat ski lovers I find that about head height, and 95/96 underfoot lets me do pretty much everything? If I had something with more of a rocker I'd go longer I suppose. I think as long as you have a stiffish ski pretty much anything works better for tele anway... Outlaws and TX-Comp, btw :D
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Tue 14-01-20 20:09
Replies: 11
Turn the cartridge. When you attach the heel lug, does it snap closed? Can you do it with one hand? If yes and yes then not too tight. Next question is where are you attaching it on the heel?
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Sat 11-01-20 19:11
Replies: 25
@MissBambi, Yep -- coming back from snow onto plastic can be somewhat demoralising. On the other hand, if you can get grip on a dryslope -- you'll find snow much much easier next time. Assuming the slope is Dendix, made of brushes linked together with holes between them, as opposed to a carpet surface, then it's totally worth going back. You will not get the immediate feedback you get on snow, but it is possible to ski very well on plastic. Shorter skis help -- on snow I'm usually on 170ish, and on the dryslope 155 (ladies slalom skis). I'm 9st5lbs and 170cm tall. If there is an instructor at your slope --- ask them for tips. @johnnyboy, I couldn't disagree more! :D About a quarter of the price, much less busy and outside! I do go to Hemel -- but my local dryslope makes weekly practise pratical and affordable ;-)
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Mon 30-12-19 17:44
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Mon 30-12-19 16:00
Replies: 183
@Powder Pete, A ski that wide could never be my daily driver I ski Mantras (96mm) underfoot. I can leave pencil lines on the piste, bounce through trees, powder, bumps. A ski that wide can be your daily ski. Back home on indoor snow and plastic I use Racetigers, it takes me a couple of turns to adjust. Both skis are telemark, not alpne tho'
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Thu 26-12-19 11:38
Replies: 16
@motdoc, You can even use this as an excuse. After any embarrasing fall --- look at your boots and mumble (loudly) about tour mode.... ;-)
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Tue 24-12-19 14:32
Replies: 35
@GlasgowCyclops, Ski pass holder? As pretty much everywhere now use hands-free cards why would you need one? I put my pass in a chest pocket of my mid layer that won't be opened during the trip, not in my jacket :D
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Tue 24-12-19 12:49
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Paramo. With re-proofing (easily done in the washing machine) they will last years. Only issue is work out how to justify a new jacket. My oldest one is 25 years old, a bit shabby, but still waterproof.
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Sat 14-12-19 17:35
Replies: 19
@sev112, Bit late to this party, but I have CFS/ME. It's mild now, so I can ski. Some ideas. Do everything possible to minimise energy usage. If someone else can do something let them. Don't worry about starting late, having coffee and a long lunch and finishing early, because if that's what you have to do to ski then so what. Enjoy what you can do, and try not to regret what you can no longer. Even skiing a green run is still skiing. I find resting after breakfast, but before skiing helps. And, yes I'm the guy how may not show up. On the other side, the first time I got back on skis was marvellous :-D
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Sat 2-11-19 11:04
Replies: 57
@The Lady Vanishes, If you want something to last a long time you should look at Paramo. It is pricy --- but then the jacket I bought in 1995 is still waterproof.
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Sun 27-10-19 18:20
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@Nickski, Not sure of this helps...but. I have a set of Racetigers which came with Marker Motions. I took bindings and the plate off so I could convert them to telemark. They ski just great! So you could just take the plate off and attach another binding of your choice.... and sorry but I disposed of the pate and bindings.
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Sat 26-10-19 14:01
Replies: 22
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