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Verbier 4 Vallées 2020/21

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Shocked Shocked Shocked

that is all
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kitenski wrote:


Traversed across the top of that with my son a couple of weeks back. Terrifying....
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It’s the standard entry into the Mont Gelé “Grande journée” itinerary, which was open before the last dump...
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Also, just look at the cracks on the slope in the distance on the right of @kitenski's photo Shocked
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Jeez.. I've skied that lots of times in other years
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denfinella wrote:
Also, just look at the cracks on the slope in the distance on the right of @kitenski's photo Shocked


That's actually insane, I've never seen that before

Maybe COVID is for the better in at least some ways
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8611 wrote:
denfinella wrote:
Also, just look at the cracks on the slope in the distance on the right of @kitenski's photo Shocked


That's actually insane, I've never seen that before

Maybe COVID is for the better in at least some ways


Fair point. The avalanche deaths across the alps would have been very high in a 'normal' season
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Maybe stick to the pistes Shocked


https://instagram.com/stories/skipatrol_nendaz/2500259442410277518?igshid=1m0jjbijqgdig

And on Chassoure Shocked
https://instagram.com/stories/skipatrol_verbier/2500138206143932906?igshid=yhxfrt6gu3sb
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@BobinCH, slow button lift across a massive debris field = not my idea of fun Laughing
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Arno wrote:
@BobinCH, slow button lift across a massive debris field = not my idea of fun Laughing


I imagine the pisteurs might prepare it if they heard you were coming Very Happy

You’d be surprised by how much fun you can have off that button lift wink
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Surprised nobody has mentioned Mr Pisteur's rather risky photo-op. If I came around to that, I'd go nowhere near it, just turn around and walk back to the lift.
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Not sure, there's no weight below it trying to pull it down any more.
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Nickski wrote:
Surprised nobody has mentioned Mr Pisteur's rather risky photo-op. If I came around to that, I'd go nowhere near it, just turn around and walk back to the lift.


I'm always surprised by those photographs but they always seem to be avalanche professionals in them, or at least you'll see similar photos in avalanche literature, so presumably they know what they're at
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8611 wrote:
Nickski wrote:
Surprised nobody has mentioned Mr Pisteur's rather risky photo-op. If I came around to that, I'd go nowhere near it, just turn around and walk back to the lift.


I'm always surprised by those photographs but they always seem to be avalanche professionals in them, or at least you'll see similar photos in avalanche literature, so presumably they know what they're at


Yep these are professional patrollers and they’re in this terrain everyday. As above the slab has already gone at the weak point so a slab this big is not going to fracture any more unless there is a big weight on it. As the patrollers and wildlife are the only ones up there they can be pretty sure a ski school group of 15 isn’t going to do a warm up dance above them!
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Good YouTube live Q&A session from Xavier de le Rue last evening.

http://youtube.com/v/qAFXcY7igKA

Another session organized on Friday will be worth tuning into for

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8611 wrote:
Nickski wrote:
Surprised nobody has mentioned Mr Pisteur's rather risky photo-op. If I came around to that, I'd go nowhere near it, just turn around and walk back to the lift.


I'm always surprised by those photographs but they always seem to be avalanche professionals in them, or at least you'll see similar photos in avalanche literature, so presumably they know what they're at


It's part of the job - they're there to do snowpack analysis and investigate on which layers (and when/how those layers were formed) the snowpack failed.
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@BobinCH, sadly I missed it but my brother got in with the first response from the Q&A session! Sent me a vid - looked really good. Very tempted to tune in next week.
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@BobinCH, sadly I missed it but my brother got in with the first response from the Q&A session! Sent me a vid - looked really good. Very tempted to tune in next week.


The recording is still there at the link above if you want to check it out. And the one on Monday should be good. Kids get a late pass so will have the family tuned in!
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This is some great old footage of the Verbier Xtreme on the Bec des Rosses

http://youtube.com/v/Jw_dFvC44ro
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Wow those shots remind me of chamonix stuff

Are they bombed then?

Are there many in the resort and many foreigners or is it hard to gauge?
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Wow those shots remind me of chamonix stuff

Are they bombed then?

Are there many in the resort and many foreigners or is it hard to gauge?


I don’t think they bomb it for the comp as it would wreck the face.

Yes there are quite a few people here including lots of foreigners. I think it’s French holidays next week which could be interesting...
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@BobinCH, they bomb it like crazy before the competition....I've seek it being done.

They simply CANNOT have an avalanche happen on the day.
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BobinCH wrote:
8611 wrote:
Wow those shots remind me of chamonix stuff

Are they bombed then?

Are there many in the resort and many foreigners or is it hard to gauge?


I don’t think they bomb it for the comp as it would wreck the face.

Yes there are quite a few people here including lots of foreigners. I think it’s French holidays next week which could be interesting...


Sorry I meant the itineraries in the photos above? The previous photos of dodgy faces have me worried when I see a face like that
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8611 wrote:
BobinCH wrote:
8611 wrote:
Wow those shots remind me of chamonix stuff

Are they bombed then?

Are there many in the resort and many foreigners or is it hard to gauge?


I don’t think they bomb it for the comp as it would wreck the face.

Yes there are quite a few people here including lots of foreigners. I think it’s French holidays next week which could be interesting...


Sorry I meant the itineraries in the photos above? The previous photos of dodgy faces have me worried when I see a face like that


Sure the itineraries are definitely bombed and fully secured as long as you stay within 20m of the poles
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rungsp wrote:
@BobinCH, they bomb it like crazy before the competition....I've seek it being done.

They simply CANNOT have an avalanche happen on the day.


I know it’s a few years back but did you see the avalanche in the film Shocked
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@BobinCH,

Nice pictures. Very interesting for me to see the drone picture from the entrance to to Col des mines and vallon d’arby as we once had a really bad trip down there. A friend of mine took a really bad route and got stuck above the transport route. Had to hang on to one of the cliffs above it and lifted out by a heli. Dangerous situation for him and not good with people skiing below him on the transport route. Best picture I have seen of that side.
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Woosh wrote:
@BobinCH,

Nice pictures. Very interesting for me to see the drone picture from the entrance to to Col des mines and vallon d’arby as we once had a really bad trip down there. A friend of mine took a really bad route and got stuck above the transport route. Had to hang on to one of the cliffs above it and lifted out by a heli. Dangerous situation for him and not good with people skiing below him on the transport route. Best picture I have seen of that side.


Sounds scary! It’s a super sector, one of my favorites in good conditions. The route via Chassoure is one of the best wide couloirs in Verbier and features on the cover if the Freeride Verbier book
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BobinCH wrote:
...Freeride Verbier book


Great book! The intro text for each chapter (in English / French) are lifted direct from pdf file I wrote way back in 2008. It got shared around one of the local ski schools and posted online. I get a wee mention at the front as "collaborator". Gilbert did a fantastic job with the aerial photography of the routes and descriptions.

Still seems a bit odd to see my text in it (was looking at it the other day and thinking I am due trip back)
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Haggis_Trap wrote:
BobinCH wrote:
...Freeride Verbier book


Great book! The intro text for each chapter (in English / French) are lifted direct from pdf file I wrote way back in 2008. It got shared around one of the local ski schools and posted online. I get a wee mention at the front as "collaborator". Gilbert did a fantastic job with the aerial photography of the routes and descriptions.

Still seems a bit odd to see my text in it (was looking at it the other day and thinking I am due trip back)


Excellent! You sent me a copy of that back in the day. Thanks

Funny story, I asked the guy credited with the cover photo to confirm the location.... he tells me he didn’t know his photo was on the cover and it’s actually a photo of a heli-ski trip to Greenland that a client hired him for along with some guides!!!
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Bit of mega Foehn powered Sahara couloir skiing

http://youtube.com/v/4yMdd4_zfOE

POV

http://youtube.com/v/YZmpPJqCfrU


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@BobinCH, bit more stable now?? Think you've posted the same video twice?
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@BobinCH, bit more stable now?? Think you've posted the same video twice?


Yep fixed now. Still delicate conditions and the sand will apparently create another weak layer. Access is difficult for the Bouquetin and we waited off the lift so knew no one coming in above us. J. Heitz, Léo Slemett and crew went straight under the cables which is ballsy - proper no fall zone on Mont Gelé Skullie
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Fantastic video from the Verbier ski patrollers. Never seen a Gazex used in anger before Very Happy

https://www.instagram.com/tv/CLGrDM0KMt1/?igshid=adrqnenqtvls
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Splendid conditions off Mont Fort







Some vidéos here: https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=154926&highlight=
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@BobinCH, never done Super Bowl, it just looks lush. How long is that bootpack?
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I skied past their explosive store one day and paused, wondering what they were doing.

"Do you want to help us prepare some saussisons? One said to me.
I had no idea, but thought why not...my job was loading the prepared charges into a skidoo....for all of 10 minutes.

Does that make me an almost-patroller?
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