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BKK - welcome to SH's... AFA the seasonnaires program is concerned.... far from being aimed at beginners (we only get a few to those) it is generally aimed at those wanting to fulfil their ambitions of which of piste sessions are one of the most popular... we have people who have done many seasons in Val signing up for the sessions. So most definitely there will be a group that fits his requirements... tell him to either drop me a line on here, pop into our office in Snowberry (Slopeside) or visit the www.tdcski.com website and contact us that way. He should do it sooner rather than later as we are going to finalise the groups in the next week or so!

Thanks for the info Steve - I'll pass this onto him
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bar shaker - yup another season of Wednesday afternoon swearing as you pass the Folie!!!!! Sure you'll sort something out for the clinic! Good luck!
richjp - yes you're right that there are other reasons that piste are closed but what chocksaway says is spot on in terms of his associate... we have to justify decisions and a closed piste has been actively closed for a reason that other professionals deem it not able to be open!
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Tired doesn't cut it

With Ben having an early morning party the day started in effect at 5am - arghhh! So it was off nice and early.

When it really was time to start the day the sun was shining and it was to prove a fairly warm and lovely day on the mountain! I met my team and the topic for the session this morning was moguls.... if anyone reading has ever had a moguls session with me then you will know that i like lapping the Tommeuse lift to get the drills etc in... so that is what we did. With one of the team missing it was effectively a private session the other two participants got and I think they really enjoyed.

I got an hour at home at lunchtime and then it was a dash down to Bourg to collect a click and collect food shop... it was a very quick turnaround down there before heading back up and trying to get as much put away as possible before the next thing... that was to drive to Tignes les Boisses for our annual ski school SAF heli training... basically so we can offer heli trips as individuals / schools. It was the same old but important stuff.

I got home and after doing the kids tea and bed time it was time to get the rest of the shopping away etc.... oh the joys of life indeed!

Tomorrow I am only teaching in the afternoon so I am considering going back to bed after getting the kids off to school - possibly as I am shattered and the school holidays are only just about to start!





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@richjp, Not sure, were there piste poles by the side. If not it is not a piste under the French rules (just a line on a map).

I spoke to an off piste instructor, I know well. If he is instructing a group he will not go on a closed piste as he would be deemed negligent if there was an incident. If there is an incident off piste he will be judged on the merits of the individual case, taking into account local knowledge, conditions etc, his peer group of instructors would be consulted.



Come to think of it, I don't think there were any piste markers so according to your explanation I was probably off piste anyway. As you know the ladies' downhill was due to be run on that slope before it was cancelled which is maybe why the piste markers were not there in the first place. Once it has been pisted, which I assume has happened by now and the markers put in place, if the slope was subsequently closed after a new snowfall, it would then presumably become a closed piste.

You said that you had spoken to an off piste instructor, however we were with a very experienced local mountain guide. Do you know if being a mountain guide would make his position any different compared to that of an instructor if something were to happen? I am thinking in the case of something like a leg injury because of a fall rather than an avalanche.
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Not sure on that one. If he had a radio to ask the Pisteurs why it was closed?? Clearly if they were blasting from above or piste bashing with one of those wire tethered jobs it wouldnt matter if he was an instructor or a guide Shocked
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More snow on a frustrating day

It was a strange day on the work front as I was not booked this morning which is a rarity to put it mildly. However I was quite glad not to be working as it was another early start with the kids!

Anyway Clare was out working therefore I had a fairly quiet morning at home doing some chores.

I was supposed to be out teaching this afternoon but there was a mix up on the planner and that never happened so it turned into a full day out of ski boots. To be honest on the eve of the busy school holidays period it is not a bad thing really. Later on this afternoon I did have to pop into town to run a few chores so not all is lost!

On the weather front it clouded over quite quickly right from breakfast time onwards and by lunchtime snow started to fall. This was good news mainly as there was worry that it would actually fall as rain as the temps are quite high! Anyway the flakes that have been falling are large, fat and round and it got heavier and heavier and as I write we have now had about 30cm to fall today down here in town and way more up high.... tomorrow could be a big day on the hill!

The road to bourg quickly became snagged up and it could pose some problems tomorrow... remember to pack chains!

When I picked Ben up from creche this afternoon I timed it just right as as I walked in Father Christmas was visiting and at that moment in time Ben was coming up to get a gift from him... so I was able to get a snap with him and ben!!!! Brilliant! Talking of Father Christmas he also made a visit to the school today so Olivia was stoked to get a gift from him too!

Anyway tomorrow we are having a nice family day altogether before the chaos of school hols really kicks in!

I think I am going to take an early night and hope that the kids dont get up too early!

Oh I did a periscope (weekly) one today too... check out:

https://www.pscp.tv/w/1nAJEyqPDpyJL




Rather snowy


Better be well insured in case of accident as Id rather not pay these amounts if injured out my own pocket!

TTFN
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Something different

It was Clares turn to get up early when the kids (well Ben really) had us up early! So I got a small lie in - until 7am!!!!

Anyway we had a lazy start to the day before heading out mid morning to go to our apartment we rent out to do some bits and pieces before we then headed to Blue Note... Father Christmas was coming to Blue Note so all the kids (and Mums and Dads of course too) all arrived for a couple of hours of fun and games, a drink or two and of course a chance to get a present from the big man himself! Well the time came and went but Olivia was not very happy to go and get her present off FC and Ben - well he balled his eyes out!!!!

Whoops!

After a snack lunch at home everyone got some shut eye - well I would have if it werent for a phone call from the co-props for our apartment in town - the place we rent out seasonally, to say that the boiler had blown up (well I knew about that) and there was someone around already to fix it, but it would seem that the next door apartment might have gotten flooded as a result of the problem!!!! Uh OH... so my afternoon and early evening was spent with me trying to get around what was going on..... cutting a long story short it was a complete waste of time as I dont think the problems stemmed from our place after all... however the plumber was replacing the boiler all afternoon so at least it looks like that might have been fixed - yay!

So that pretty much ruined my whole afternoon of rest... it also meant that I didnt really get anything sorted on the photo taking / video casting front etc - doh again! So I will have to utilise the photo form Radio Val instead...

On the snow front we had about 30cm of fresh yesterday but with some wind BUT most importantly the temps really are unseasonably warm. I had it on good authority that at 2500m or below the off piste was unskiable today... it was not until you got to 3000m that it was any good!

After a nice family evening meal we are here once again!

Clares dad arrived in town this evening so in the morning as Clare works and I look after Ben, he is taking Olivia out for a ski... hope that goes well - I am sure it will!

Anyway I think that is all for now. The crazy season of lessons has started and from tomorrow afternoon onwards it is pretty much go go go.

TTFN

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Not sure on that one. If he had a radio to ask the Pisteurs why it was closed?? Clearly if they were blasting from above or piste bashing with one of those wire tethered jobs it wouldnt matter if he was an instructor or a guide Shocked


chocksaway, he was certainly in touch with fellow guides and pisteurs by radio at other times of the week. I suspect that he was on that day as well. I cannot be certain as this was an early season Freshtracks trip with about a dozen groups and with so many people milling around at the bottom of the Olympic I would not have heard everything that was said.

He deliberately entered the closed piste a little way down so as to discourage others following him which is something he was very critical of. It was a blue sky day with no evidence of blasting.

There were no piste machines in action at the time which was early morning, although I admit that is a potential hazard which had not crossed my mind.
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Getting festive

With Clares dad and step mother in town (they joined us for dinner tonight) it is certainly feeling much more festive now - yay!

Anyway Ill start with 'which piste is this' quiz... I think this is an easy one but then again sometimes they are not as easy as you'd think...



Anyway so this morning Clare was out teaching and Clares dad took Olivia out for a ski - just the two of them. They had a ball - hot chocolate / Mars Bar and lots of fun skiing with 'grandpa' were on the agenda - I think it was fun one. Meanwhile I was at home with Ben and then the problem of being self employed and school holiday kicked in but was immediately solved... that was the fact that it was going to be a pain in the butt to get Ben dressed for me to head to the meeting point with him as Clare finished her lesson for me to simply hand him to her for her to bring him back home - there was just not enough time between Clares am lesson and my pm lesson to allow time for a hand over at home. But then Clares step-mother was able to step into the breach so she came around to fill the gap - phew!

So my afternoon lesson was an interesting combination of mums (2) and one of their 11 year old daughters. Initially the 11 year old daughter was MIA as she had skied off somewhere with her elder sister so the dad was off trying to find them on the mountain. Alas we had a situation whereby the mums had been scared in the morning on the mountain so it was a softly softly approach I needed to employ. But ultimately we got around the green triangle (Zone Tranquille) on the Bellevarde mountain and conditions were great. Whilst the off piste I am led to believe is pretty average to put it mildly!

Anyway we made some really good progress and a good platform for the remainder of the weeks lessons. As it turned out the 11 yr old did finally catch us up but being 11 and a different standard it always makes for tricky teaching! Anyway I used a few tricks to get it going nicely!

So this evening as I said we had a get together with Clares dad and now here we are.

So tomorrow is obviously the last day before Xmas (which I have off) so have been sorting a few presents out this evening before we get the final things set up tomorrow night!

The weather is also set to change tomorrow - being warm as it is unfortunately it might actually rain tomorrow - doh! We shall see.

TTFN


This might make it easier to guess the answer to the question above possibly!


Its still early in the season but already someone has some digging out to do!
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If anyone is looking for childcare options out here this Winter in Val then a SUPER well qualified and SUPER amazing nanny by the name of Kellie is here in Val for the season and available for bookings... comes really highly recommended... check out https://www.themountainnanny.com
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Have a great Xmas. Was there last week and often coudnt see the pistes:Genepy?.
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Weather a bit grim today We arrived in Tignes Saturday night but we're in Val for lunch yesterday
Sun Bar was bathed in sunshine which was a nice surprise.

Pistes were in great condition yesterday apart from the last section into La Daille Shocked
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Marry Christmas to you and yours and thanks for all the updates...won't be long til we are out there ourselves!
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@Steve Angus, Happy Christmas to you and all the family snowHead
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retsil - you are the winner it is Genepy - you must have been able to see something!

Thanks everyone else for the comments and the festive wishes! The same to you guys back! Onwards and upwards!

Merry Christmas eve!

So we woke to rain, lots of it this morning... it was an early start with the kids so goodness knows what tomorrow morning will be like - eeeek

Anyway it was a busy start to our day... Olivia had to get to the Village des Enfant for her 'club' and part of that was a ski lesson and she had to be there before 0830 so it was go, go, go before Clare headed to her lesson... meanwhile I was in charge of getting Ben sorted and off to creche... and like Clare I had to do that and get off to my lesson.... so yes hectic was the word of the morning!

Anyway everything worked out...

So the weather was grey and miserable with a thick band of low hanging cloud around and the heavy rain that was pouring down... it was pretty miserable and it was definitely a day for a trenchcoat. So I had 4 teens (brothers and sisters and friends) and it was a case of trying to give them blast around the mountain and challenge them. So we headed up Bellevarde and the weather at the top was horrendous it really was - strong wind and hail in the face - argh! This all meant that there was limited openings up top... the link to Tignes was certainly not open.

So we made the most of a bad situation and I hope they had fun given the options available! I was pretty wet and miserable by lunchtime but with only a 30 min lunch break there was barely enough time to eat lunch let alone get warm etc before getting back out there again and doing it all again!

It was the same afternoon booking as yesterday afternoon and we toned down our expectations of where we could go given the weather! So we made the most of doing laps on the Village lift and then as the weather eased off a little later on we did a trip up the Solaise to have a go at the magic carpet.

After repeating for collection purposes to get Ben home I was really ready for a hot shower and an early night but of course being Xmas eve there was all sorts of things of jobs to do at home this evening AND we had a mini drinks party for a handful of people at home too. So finally I can report that santa has visited, the mince pie has been eaten and the reindeer have eaten their carrot and I am really ready for bed! So I will hope that we get a reasonable wake up time tomorrow (yea fat chance!!!) and with Clare out working in the am I'm hoping I will be keeping the ship shape at home!

TTFN

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Hope you all have a lovely Christmas. Nice to meet you on the bus last week
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Merry Christmas

Thanks muppet - yes absolutely... in fact it is always nice when I bump into people who either read this or watch my broadcasts etc! And yes special thanks and season greetings to you too sno trax - hope you enjoyed your first xmas out here!

It would be easier being back teaching on the hill than having a day 'off' but I wouldnt change it for anything.

So the day started quite early with the usual wake up call but it was Olivia that surprised us with being clothed and being ready to go at the decent time of 7!

Clare had to go out working therefore I contained the kids (after they had opened their stockings) and apart from acting as crowd control they played very nicely. It is amazing how slow it is to actually get anything done with the two little ones on their own around and it was nearly 11am before I got any breakfast down me.

Anyway the mother in law arrived late morning to help me get some prepping down for the Xmas meal but we mainly drank some bubbles and chatted whilst stopped the kids from killing each other (well Olivia killing Ben or Ben (the nutcase) killing himself).

Ultimately by mid afternoon we were sitting down for a nice meal and eating far too much (as usual) before we opened some presents.

Unfortunately I got a call regarding the plumbing problem I have been having in one of our flats to say the problem had not been solved and they needed to do some more investigating as the problem was getting worse... ultimately I was up there for a few hours whilst the IDEX people did some investigating... we ultimately found the source of the problem... the water draining pipe out the bottom of the bath had fallen away - yes seriously.... it meant that the bath / shower was draining out the bottom of the bath and ultimately flowing through the wall and damaging the flat next door - arghhhh! So fixing the actual problem was easy enough and took 10 mins to screw a new pipe in but the damage caused next door will take quite some time to fix - arghhhhhh nightmare!

Anyway enough on all that....

The weather had cleared nicely overnight and this had lead to a serious freeze overnight but then with all the water we have had recently the pistes were firm to put it mildly in places... certainly places in the shade and lower down were very icy indeed! However the sun was shining and the blue skies were out which was a welcome return!

However the instabilities in the snow pack have become evident today as the temperatures rose... it is almost as if we are going through a Spring style melt freeze cycle already! It was up to about 5C in the afternoon sun down here in town but now with the nice time chill off as the sun disappears the temp has dropped to -8 already!

Anyway so with the warming of the snowpack we had a large slide in the Cugnai... details of how it started and what the circumstances were but essentially someone in their 30's was buried for nearly 20 mins under a metre of snow and the lost consciousness... ultimately they were dug out alive by the pisteurs and the person came around (sort of) but it would appear as if their are cranial injuries so the person was airlifted to Chambery! Hoping for the best on that one!


Credit to the Val pisteurs not only for the rescue but also for the photos



But there are signs of instability all over the place on slopes in the sun (especially at the moment) so west and south facing slopes... Henry from HAT took the following picture near the Glacier Express lift.


So the pictures had the blue run where this slide came down onto closed for that exact reason today so stay safe out there people.

Right I really must get some sleep as knackered as usual!

TTFN
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Crikey, those are some bonkers snowpack conditions. Stay safe everyone! Belated merry Christmas Steve and fellow snowHeads snowHead
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Certainly agree with Steve on the ice lower down.
I had decided I wanted a Fois Gras burger from Edelweiss for my Christmas dinner and the run down Mangard was truly awful.

However the sun made it a fantastic day .
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Busy

Well that was the end of the holiday period was it for us!!!! Ha ha always the way out here at this time of the year - the holidays come and go but its really non stop for us.

So it was the usual early start and get ready for a full day on the hill. We had a really solid freeze overnight so it was chilly out there but the sun was shining so it would warm up sooner or later! So I dropped Ben off at creche - boy the buses are busy at the moment and even more of a problem when you are wearing a huge child carrying backpack, your ski boots on your shoulder and carrying your skis and poles too - argh!

Anyway I met my teen team and the plan was for 'more speed' along with some technical input.... well that was the official line anyway but in reality been teens they just want to ski - teaching is tricky when you have that lesson set up but thats what you get booked in for sometime!!!!

So we had a fast blast on empty pistes up the solaise side... I made the most of the first hour to have a real blast before we headed over the top to the Fornet and of course given the weather and the first day after Xmas it was pretty busy up there. The Pisallias Glacier had good snow but it was busy!

After some more skiing around it was time to finish up for the morning and grab some lunch before embarking on the afternoon session. Like the last few days it was the same afternoon session and with the plan / request to finish at the Folie it was off up the Olympique side of things. We did some laps on the Borsat before heading to the folie... not surprisingly it was pretty bonkers the ski down there but the ladies did just fine and I left them heading off to get a drink of bubbles before heading to collect Ben and doing the usual evening chores and bath / bed time etc!

Tomorrow I have the teens (and their dads) for an all day session and we are hoping to get some off piste in!

Right must get some sleep in.


All quiet on the western front before it tee's off



TTFN
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Hi, I’m back out this weekend with my daughter but have never done new year in Val d’Isère has anyone got some good advice to beat the queues - should we head high and go towards fornait or head up the Olympic. and then head over the top to Tignes.

If anyone fancies meeting for a couple of hours one day or a beer let me know.

Steve I never got to catch up when I did my level 2 in 2012 but I seem to have your number saved on messages if it’s still the same and you fancy a beer if you can fit it in on the busiest week.

Happy Xmas everyone
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Curtains - 'good advice to beat the queues' - you need to be up and out EARLY thats the first thing to note.... secondly the Olympique side is the busiest side of the mountain and until you get to Tignes les Brev you are going to be in the thick of it so avoid if you want quieter slopes! Seriously consider taking the bus to fornet first thing (not skiing from the centre) or the bus to La Daille and heading up the funicular if you really want to head up that side (as the funi opens first in the morning!). Basically if you get to the far ends of town first thing and get up and away you will get an hour (or two at the Fornet end) when you will beat the queues. Also its worth remembering that places like the Fornet and the glacier are busier when the sun is shining! Ultimately its New Year so beating the queues will be extremely tough!

My number is still the same French number and I have to be honest I can't recall the circumstances as to how we were going to meet up back in 2012 (that was a long time ago!). Not sure ill get time to catch up but you never know!
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It was an even earlier start this morning so by 0730 we were twiddling our thumbs before getting off to drop the kids off at their respective places. If only they would always get dressed and ready etc as quickly as they did this morning then we could set our alarms an hour latter - ha ha fat chance!

So anyway I met my team for an all day session. It was the same teens as I have had this week but today with their dad... and today was off piste day! After the safely chat we headed up for some testers... thats me seeing what they are like but also me seeing what the snow is like... it was better than I thought it was going to be and there is some nice snow out there but of course as the days go by without fresh snowfall the options become more limited!

So anyway I did my usual spots up on the Solaise to get in the zone before we dropped into a descent of the Cugnai... so the top half was surprisingly untracked and the snow surprisingly good... so we filled our boots... however (expectedly) it got heavier and heavier before it got to the stage when it was crusty and nasty and then finally pretty unskiable so like everyone else we cut out on a long traverse and went for lunch. Ultimately we ended up at Chez Paulos in town as everywhere else was full but we got a nice pizza there.

With the temps unseasonably warm still I took a rare decision at this time of the year to ski sunny bowl knowing that the sun might have softened things up... and I was right - sunny bowl was pretty well tracked but the snow was excellent non the less.

A request to finish with a black and we were down the Foret run which was the usual bun fight!

So it was the worlds quickest turn around after skiing as we headed to the Toviere hotel for a drink not only with Clares dad and stepmother who are still staying there this week BUT also with the owners (Florence and Fabrice)... who are of course Clares employers in the Summer AND their youngest daughter is Olivias best friend! So we had a nice couple of hours there before heading back!


Nice views before heading into Sunny Bowl


Lovely and stunning views in Cugnai as always!


Empty pistes - well not really but it was when I got this pic

TTFN
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Spring like

The sky had a thin veil meaning it was definitely a red sky in the morning type day but the clouds never really developed into anything other than a filter taking away the direct sunlight. However having said that it was warm... in fact one of the first things I noticed when I stepped out the front door was that the freeze last night was very minimal - it was very much like a Spring day almost in that the ground was actually quite soft in most places and not totally frozen.

It was the usual faff getting Ben to creche but then I was at the head of the queue for the opening of the Olympique as I was actually meeting atop the Bellevarde at 0915... it was nice getting first lifts and being up there nice and early. In fact I bumped into an old colleage of mine whilst queuing up so it was nice to catch up!

Anyway we got up there and I met my team for some good onpiste tech development. We worked a little on rotational separation before adding in pole plants and finally some softening and extending and then got some mileage all over the Bellevarde mountain blending it all together... there was some nice skiing at the end.

It was a jolly good session all in all!

Before I collected Ben from creche I ran a few errands in town and then got home just before Clares dad arrived for a cuppa (he is off back home tomorrow).

Tomorrow I am working in the morning but need to then get home to allow Clare to go out teaching as we swap child care from one to the other!

So the end of the Xmas week is upon us and the resort will swap busy for mega busy next week.... in fact with 30k cars on the road tomorrow it is going to be a busy one that is for sure!

I thought I would start a little 'series' that I will contribute to when I get a chance (read that as remember). So this will all be about the top mistakes that people make on their ski holidays - not necessarily in terms of Val in particular or technical errors etc just mistakes that people make. So here goes.

1) Mixing performance and skill up with colour of run skied and speed. Put simply everyday on the mountain I do see the 'faster and steeper' the run the better you must be attitude... Ultimatey people just get their bad habits more ingrained and performance goes down... this means that whilst tolerance for speed and steepnees increases the mental image of how good we are doesn't match the reality! The race for the bottom that you see going on just means that skill is actually deteriorating not improving!

So ill have some more perhaps tomorrow / perhaps another night!

TTFN


Beautiful morning but the cloud never really got anymore severe...

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@Steve Angus, Lovely pic.
Completely agree with 1). Carving down a blue run, practicing smooth transitions n getting some angles in, is much more fun (and beneficial IMHO) than skidding down a shiny black run snowHead
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What I hate is how incredibly rubbish I am when my legs are tired. All technique goes out of the window, I know I'm leaning back and can't help it which makes my legs ache even more. It's such an awful feeling. The worst thing is being stuck on something steep/mogully when you're tired (happened on Sache earlier this year).

So I would say my big holiday mistake sometimes is skiing back when I should download.
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@Steve Angus, where is the area known as "sunny bowl"? I know it starts from the Signal drag above Le Fornet but I'm struggling to visualise it.

As for holiday mistakes... fitness, fitness and fitness. Every bloomin' time. Skullie
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Just posted this video report on the new La Daille lift - very lovely it is too!


http://youtube.com/v/UhjFuN80EhM
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AL9000 - thanks! Yes I agree that carving etc is much more fun than 'making it down' a black!
HoneyBunny - well yes that is a common one - but often pride of NOT downloading outweighs the practicality of it all!
moosepig - Sunny bowl - as you go up the Signal drag lift its the big bowl off to the right as you look up.
iainm - I didnt know that you were in town - you should have given me a shout! And I live opposite that lift. I also notice that one of my colleagues loads right behind you when you are doing the report at the start too! Let me know if you are back in town soon!
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Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
How the snow at the moment? Coming to do an off piste course 05/01 and the forecast doesn’t look great between now and then
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Was it colder or warmer, I'm not sure

As is always the case at the moment it is groundhog day weather wise with cold nights and pretty warm days with the sun in full swing. However for some reason it actually felt colder today than yesterday - well in the shade anyway!

So the plan was that I was teaching in the morning and then at lunchtime we were swapping over the kid care and Clare was teaching in the afternoon! The day had not started too early which was a nice change for us too!

So anyway I only had to walk over the road to the funi to meet the team for the lesson which meant that the morning commute was really really easy today! We headed Tignes way and improved our awareness of the edges from the point of view of getting early edge grip etc and we found some amazing snow on pretty much deserted Double M piste down into Val Claret. Ultimately it was darn good skiing. The slopes were pretty quiet too until about 11am aswell and even then quiet being a Saturday compared to the rest of the week (last and the one to come!)

So it turned into a really nice morning and some good awareness of things to work on were gleaned by all (I hope!).

The afternoon was spent with the kids at home and it was a chilled afternoon for sure including some phone calls home etc etc!



One thing that does seem to be annoying me at the moment is the poor standard of construction of my new skis from HEAD. I haven't 'done' anything to them at all but somehow the tails on both skis seem to have gotten bent back and broken... I'm a little annoyed I must say!



I also have the second 'mistake' to write about:

2) Fundamentals. Skiing is actually a pretty straight forward (conceptually anyway) sport to understand and it is all too even to loose sight of the fact that if we work on the fundamentals / the basics of ski technique and really get them down to a 'T' then high performance can be achieved. That is to stay that focus on the basics such as posture and practicing finding the middle of your skis etc and that will make you a better skier - simple. However most people seem keen to ignore the very things that make better skiing in the first place!

Anyway folks I think that is all for now.

TTFN
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mk28 - Off piste snow - well it is not the best to be honest... if you want decent snow then you need to go take a walk for it currently and that aint changing any time soon! Some of the off piste will be nice and chalky sometime soon though on the classics which is nice to ski!... but no powder!
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 Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
@Steve Angus, thanks steve. Hopefully there’ll be some snow over the next couple of weeks. At least it looks to be going a little colder
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@Steve Angus, thanks. It's been a long time since I went up Signal, and on that occasion we went left at the top snowHead Those skis look like they've been rammed into a gondola ski rack by an overenthusiastic liftie.
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Then you can post your own questions or snow reports...
Those skis definitely look like they have been rammed in to something - obviously not by you but it's hard to imagine that damage is possible by just skiing? If it is just skiing then that's appalling. It would be interesting to see what a ski/tech expert (spyderjon?) would have to say.
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 After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
mk28 - yea in the medium term but getting warmer first!
moosepig and nemesys - I know exactly I'm really miffed as to how it happened on BOTH skis... didnt do anything to them that I can think of that should have caused this damage. Its very strange! One minute they were fine and the next minute I look at them and they are like that - very strange! Arghh!
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@Steve Angus, thanks for the fundamentals’ reminder. On a related note - what information a person booking a ski instructor should provide to make it usefull to a ski instructor? As a professional do you listen to what it a client is asking for or telling you or are you judging on what need to be worked on after a firts few test runs? I will be booking some lessons for my teenage son, he is an OK skier having skied since the age of 7 and went through quite a few ESF lessons. He is now 1.85 and 72 kg and I am not sure of how to communicate to a ski school of what to focus on. Your point on the fundamentals got me thinking and I would simply ask to focus in the fundamentals.


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@Steve Angus, there is someone having problems with a pair of Head Titans delaminating- have a look.
https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=140591#3327915
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