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What is the ideal number of a group skiing?

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Interesting to note that there have been quite a few posts suggesting that it's good to ski with people slightly better to push oneself........wonder what their view is......slightly restricted by someone not quite up to it?

Don't get me wrong, mixed ski=ing is fun. But I'm reminded of a day's ski=ing on a recent trip where one of our group (3 weeker) decided that she could manage a day out with the rest of us, who were quite competent. Having had one 2 hour lesson earlier in the week, she felt that so long as we didn't move above mostly blues and some reds there would be no problem. In the interest of harmony we agreed to take her along.

Nightmare - I've never skied in such a stop start fashion. The arrogance to assume that she was able to ski with us, given the obvious lack of ability was staggering. The conditions meant that regularly the main group had to stand around getting cold (and more likely to pick up an injury or strain). The following day, the woman's husband, following a suggestion that perhaps more lessons would be of benefit, responded that there was nothing wrong with his wife's technique Shocked I suppose not, if you consider kicking off your ski's a quarter of the way down a shortish (and quite benign) red and stomping down reflects good technique Exclamation
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I don't think a day skiing with people who are slower/less competent is too much to ask. But more than a day......
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I feel there's far to much emphasis on technical progress. Most of us don't have a chance in h@ll of winning world cup, or even passing eurotest. What's wrong with just playing?
Skiing with slower friends gives me time not just to admire scenery but to play around a bit more. Ever tried carving backwards? How many moguls can you get round on one ski? How about a few ollies or some gentle 180's?
I bet that would teach you a heck of a lot more about your balance than practising the same two turns all day.
Anyone getting bored waiting for a slow group must have little imagination.
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Oooh! Don't get me wrong - I wouldn't want to spoil anyones holiday Shocked and in that respect wouldn't expect or want anyone a lot more competent to 'hang around' with me – it’s their holiday too - for any more than 1/2 a day. I'm well aware of my [lack of Confused ] abilities and wouldn't suggest that I 'try' the more difficult runs just to keep up. If I thought that I'd be pushing myself too much, I'm quite happy on my own, in relatively populated areas that I know. But I don't yet feel competent or confident enough to explore on my own, therefore some poor kind soul needs to be there occasionally to guide into new areas!
Thanks for your words of encouragement, Ski Bunny!
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Michelle, With friends we have skied with a few times before; we always have an agreement that no-one gets left on their own & no-one is made to do anything they don't want to. It works well. I think if everyone is flexible & considerate then there is no problem. As long as you agree on the hot chocolate/vin chaud stops, who cares??!! Wink

Perhaps the perfect solution would be to ski in a group of 6 for a week & then everyone gets to be "leader" for a day??
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I agree that it is better if you ski with someone who is of a slightly better ability than you, however there have to be a few ground rules-

You have to be prepared to return the favour with other friends who are not as good as you, that way everyone gets the benefit of being pushed a bit.

You have to be prepared to go outside your comfort zone when skiing with the person of higher ability, and not shout at them when you are little scared.

I have no problem with skiing with people of lesser ability, I do mind it when they blame me for the difficulties that they are having.
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Tony Lane,
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There should be one big outing for half a day for the whole party

There are 28 in our party! It would take us half a day to organised and onto the first lift!
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Q: What is the ideal number of a group skiing?

A: 42. No more, no less.
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skanky,

Shocked Y? Shocked

Or should I say: "when & where?" snowHead
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I enjoy a bit of everything. On the first day I prefer to ski by myself or with a competent friend. As the week goes on I don't mind taking it at a slightly easier pace and ski-ing with say 3 - 4 others especially if it is a small resort and I have explored everywhere.

This year 8 of us went to Alpe D. 4 beginners, 2 with 1-3 wk on snow and 2 with reasonable experience. My mate has about 4 wks and I have 8 wks.
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Hi johnboy, how goes it? You're almost a stranger these days. That new bloke in your office still curtailing activity?
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42 is the answer. Well done, skanky.
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Michelle wrote:
skanky,

Shocked Y? Shocked

Or should I say: "when & where?" snowHead


To understand the answer, you have to understand the question.







(How sad am I? Shocked )
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To understand the answer, you have to understand the question.

What, How many roads must a man walk down?
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Mark Hunter, I agree that the ideal of being with someone that pushes you does presuppose that the difference in standards is not that great. The weaker person needs to be encouraged but not intimidated and must also not feel that they are a hindrance. Similarly, the stronger person must not have reason to feel resentful.

My recent experience of this was a visit to Courchevel where a friend was doing a season. She was that bit faster and smoother than me and, being a seasonaire, had got out of the habit of stopping mid-run. We flew around and covered huge amounts of ground, but in order for me to keep right up with her i really had to concentrate on my turns. If i did an unnecessary turn or a messy turn or if a took a line that was not straight down the fall line, i suddenly lost 20 yards. It was the best thing that could have happened because i had to be committed to every turn and make sure that my technique was perfect. Now the test is whether i can do it when I'm on my own or with others that are not stretching me like that!
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skanky, I understand the question. H2G2?
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MartinH, I'm with you on this. Skiing is fun.
I wonder if the common suggestion here of the need to race around the piste could be linked with the discussion on Bad behaviour on the pistes ? (I'm in a stir-it-up mood today...)
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Me too, Jonpim, my kids have great fun jumping in and out of trees waiting for me. How was VT?.
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Helen Beaumont, Val T was great. I skied with complete beginers, intermediates and kids going at warp factor 7. All were fun. Indeed, skiing with slower skiers is good for technique as most moves are more difficult at low speed.
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Glad you enjoyed it, bruised my shoulder badly in Serre Che, but it was on the last run of the holiday so didn't matter too much . Otherwide a fantastic time.
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I mostly ski off-piste (so obviously I can't ski alone even if I wanted to, which I don't).
Consequently I ski alot with guides. The maximum most guides are prepared to ski with off-piste is usually 6. This is a matter of safety. For really steep slopes many prefer to take only 3 or 4.
Personally I really like that sort of number, but guides are expensive so I usually ski with 5 or 6 to keep the cost down. It has the added advantage that, since I'm older and/or less fit than most of the people I ski with it gives me a bit longer to get my breath back between pitches

It's important to ski off-piste with people the same standard or you either stand around alot or get run to exhaustion if you are the slower person. Also, if there is a less good skier in the group the guide won't take you on slopes that will challenge the rest of you. (I must admit, though, that sometimes I've been with a group where the slower skier dropped out due to exhaustion and my own lack of fitness made me wish him back again to give me a breather!

Of course one way to ski with people of the same standard and wanting to ski the same sort of things is to go on a Ski Club of GB holiday, but they are ridiculously expensive!! Why don't they do any cheaper ones? They keep on about wanting to attract younger skiers but you have to be older or have rich parents to afford them.
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snowball, they did one in January to Flaine which was far more reasonably priced. I think what they offer is good value.
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skanky, I understand the question. H2G2?


Very Happy Yup. Said it was sad.
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Well, perhaps, Elizabeth, but I ski mostly off-piste and want to ski 3 weeks per year. The ski-club gold standard off-piste holidays are about £850 - £900 for the Alps without liftpass, lunches, helicopters etc., and well over £1,000 for the USA. If I arrange it myself with a group of friends I can do it much cheaper. (sorry, this should be in the Ski Club section)
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I was in Flaine when that january trip was on. Conditions wer awful - offpiste more or less closed, rain for three days, most lifts closed...
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Well, nbt, I know the Ski Club is very Establishment but I don't think you can blame them for the weather (or did they know somethiung when they made it cheap!)
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I mostly ski off-piste (so obviously I can't ski alone even if I wanted to...)
Interesting you should say that, coz elsewhere here (but can't find it just now) I had a vigorous discussion with fellow-snowHead on this very subject. I'm with you on this, but it seems this opinion is far from universal.
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I must try to find that discussion, Jonpim.
Though I'm an experience off-pist skier and have done a snow-craft course I know I don't know much.
Even a guide can be caught out.
I've been in a lage avalanche (the guide was buried, but I stayed on the surface, though it carried me about 300 metres). The slope had had a long time to consolidate and it wasn't particularly steep. The 7th person down set it off (he found the one patch of snow that triggered it). We were lucky: nobody was hurt though lots of skis and sticks were lost. We were many miles from a piste and had to call a helicopter to get those without skis home.

Anyone who skis off piste alot will see a few avalanches. I've been been with groups that set off various avalanches and sloughs, mostly small, but even a tiny slide that goes a couple of yards can trap you. If you are caught in one or just get injured and there is nobody with you you're Be Nice please!. Even losing a ski in a bad place can be potentially fatal.

Mostly I ski with guides and despite that one experience its amazing how precise their knowledge can be. If I ski without one I play safe. Any slope I'm in any doubt about I don't ski. But even that is a calculated risk.
The few times I've skied off-piste on my own I've known I was doing something I shouldn't.
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5- enough to play chairlift soldiers !
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Tell us more nade... sounds like a fun game!
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Tis fantastic- we tried it with 6 in Pas - but that got nasty. Now im sure half of you will all whinge and say we're irresponsible etc etc

Right- First of all you have to all get on the chair lift- easier said than done if theres 6 of you going for 4 spaces

The object of the game is to be the last soldier standing. You can do this in two ways, either be the last to stand up when you get to the end - whos got the strongest nerve

or

You have to knock over as many of your fellow soldiers as possible when you get off, but still be standing- extra points if you get the lift stopped

Its not stupidly dangerous or anything and we dont do it on the busy lifts- its surprisingly good fun though- good idea to form an alliance with another soldier and go for glory! Winner gets free drinks all night NehNeh
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Don't know where that smily face came from in my last: I know I typed the word Be Nice please!. Very strange.
Where did all these soldiers come from? (Doesn't someone ever fall off from a great height doing that)?
I feel like I'm talking to myself... Perhaps I am. Snowball is melting
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No we dont get ready until the end- I fell off before we got to the end once but only because i was getting ready to perform a manoevre, so i got the the edge of the seat and the liftie stopped the lift cos of the previous chair loads soldiers and I lost my balance and fell off, only about 4ft though !
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try hovering your mouse over the smily face snowball.... Wink


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Oh I get it, obcenities get replaced!
(Just talking to myself again,Nadenoodlee, - but now I'm puting this file top of the list I expect you'll be back here in a moment, assuming you're still on)
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I realize that the intended focus of the thread was probably groups of friends, but, from a different perspective, last season, I skied with a group of 12 beginners from southern China, ages 20 to 68, who had never seen snow before and barely spoke English (I don't speak any form of Chinese).

The other instructors were rolling their eyes and breathing an obvious sigh of relief when this group was assigned to me. It turns out they were a great bunch to work with. I had more fun with them than when I ski with certain fellow instructors.

Attitude and cooperation is everything - size of the group is less important. If everyone truly is content to simply spend time together going at the pace and on terrain suitable for the weakest skier, there will obviously be little tendency for the group to become fragmented, people won't become impatient waiting for others, etc.. As in one of the stories above, problems usually happen when the better skiers become impatient, and, for example, decide to split off to "try an interesting run", "get an extra run in", etc..

Tom / PM
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Sounds hilarious Nadenoodlee - but I guess you have to be in a resort where the lifties are pretty relaxed about people messing around so much!
If I'm in Andorra I'll try it - know enough crazy people who would be up for it!
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Nadenoodlee, you play dangerous games. Shocked
Ski lifts are dangerous
I know a number of people who have buggared up their knees getting on or off chair lifts.
As sportsknee.com says:"One of the most dangerous areas on the ski mountain is not the Double Black Diamond Slopes, it is the chair lift."
Ski lifts are the third most common "cause" of ski injuries, according to myfitnessexpert.com .
I quote: "Falls are an obvious cause of injuries, accounting for approximately 75 to 85 percent of skiing injuries. Collisions with objects including other skiers, account for between 11 and 20 percent, while incidents involving ski lifts contribute between 2 and 9 percent."

I also wonder about the possibility of your actions being considered culpable negligence and nullifying your insurance.

(Aren't I a real old spoilsport: but you know it's only coz I love you.....)
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Agreed that it's all about attitude - or maybe it's just about skis.

I used to ski 185 salomon x-free9's. They were good, long, stable skis but U had to be going at a bit of a pace for them to feel good. Skiing with people of a much lower standard than me was enormously frustrating as it involved letting them get as far ahead as patience would allow, bombing down the hill past them and stopping (usually just a handful of turns later) just before u disappeared out of their view.

When I got Pocket Rockets, it just transformed my mountain experience. Suddenly
skiing at just about any speed could be exhilarating. They manoeuvre well, so doing loads of quick-carves is a buzz. If we're pootling along blue runs with the kids (although, to be fair, they pootle pretty fast now), the PR's twin-tips invite going backwards or roundy-round. They're so fat that they make any old off-piste a laugh so bombing on and off the piste can kill a bit of time while the slower skiers take a more direct route.
The other week, the kids wanted to go down this little slalom run over and over again and naturally U have to 'race' them but it won't do to win every time rolling eyes so eventually u just have to try doing it backwards: what a laugh Laughing

I do get a buzz out of teaching the kids though (or at least trying to) and I've given Mme Brain a few tips here and there too. Again the PR's manoeuvrability make this task far more fun than it might otherwise be.

This yr i skied with everything from an 8yr old worried about the steep bit on a blue run to a 60yr old off-piste-fanatical-powder-hound and enjoyed every inch I slid - even if I did spend the odd hour going more backwards than fwds Wink
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