The STW Ski and Snowboard thread – 2011/2 Edition

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  • The STW Ski and Snowboard thread – 2011/2 Edition
  • rkk01
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    my ski tech guy is doing a pre-season tune

    anyone do their own ski servicing?

    I used to do my own minor base repairs, waxing & edges – but the kit I had has long since been scattered to the four corners.

    Bit like bike mechanicing – I suspect most of what you pay for is little different than you would / could do yourself…?

    Edukator
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    Yup. The advice on the Worden site is good if anyone wants to start (and reads French).

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    I’ve always waxed (and sometimes edged) my own board and repaired the odd Ptex ding.

    It’s not too hard is it? Like pointless bike fettling I find it quite therapeutic.

    rkk01
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    I find it quite therapeutic

    yep, the smell of hot candle or wax…

    Used to do this when I still lived with my parents though…my mother didn’t find it therapeutic – she seemed quite stressed when she realised her iron was being used to melt ski wax πŸ˜†

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    I’m still using a Β£5 “value” iron I bought from Woolworths back in the day πŸ™‚

    My current board (Bataleon) needs constant waxing though, which is a bit of a pain, so “in resort” I get someone else to do it (shop or chalet bod) or I just whack on a load of Zardoz every morning πŸ˜€

    Not perfect, but I’m not exactly a “high performance” boarder and it leaves me more time for beer.

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    So much for Nevis and Glencoe opening this weekend – the lifts have been battered by the winds and I suspect most of their snow is somewhere over Norway by now! πŸ˜€

    anyone do their own ski servicing?

    did my own edges last year, but i know the guy at the shop, so just swap the work for beer and cake. suits me!

    http://serrechevalier.panomax.at/cucumelle
    Live cam at the top of the Cucumelle in Serre Che. Looking gooooood!

    Can I just add that the French for ski waxing is “fartage”. Which is very funny.

    rkk01
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    French for ski waxing is “fartage”. Which is very funny.

    My son is going to be very, very tickled with this πŸ˜†

    hammerite
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    CaptainFlashheart
    Can I just add that the French for ski waxing is “fartage”. Which is very funny.

    Glad I’m not the only one who loves this!

    Makes me chuckle walking past all the shops advertising “Top fartage!” and the like..! πŸ™‚

    Premier Icon scaredypants
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    I’ve just recently binned a copy of that Toko video where they walked around a car park with skis attached and then repaired the damage

    complete with 70s blue movie soundtrack !

    Seems that snake pass was blocked for 2 days this week with snow. Might be a fair bit up there then unless this wind has done some crazy stuff!

    Bunnyhop
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    Hoping we get enough snow to ski in Hayfield again. T’was fun.

    Fartage – very funny

    Radioman
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    I’m in Val d’Isere now. We have had a massive dump of snow in the last 3 days. in fact they say so far this season 50 per cent of last seasons fall has already arrived here! conditions are great and now most things including the Tignes links are open. Bon skiing all! We have been waste(and more) deep in powder…luckily I have 2 weeks of this… πŸ™‚

    Premier Icon zbonty
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    Good news about the snow. January for me. Well excited!

    Radioman
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    January should be goood. I am told more snow is on the way too ! My guides’ website has a good daily report of skiing here which I find useful to keep in touch with local conditions…..pls see. http://www.alpineexperience.com/waynes-daily-diary/

    Can I just say…..

    Week booked off in January! WOOOOOO!

    Looks like there’s been plenty of the white stuff in the Alps, so here’s hoping for a good base!

    Premier Icon BoardinBob
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    A very rough video from Glencoe on Monday

    [video]http://vimeo.com/33620244[/video]

    I’ve just splashed the cash for this winter…

    plus

    They’ll be fitted to older skis as I can’t afford (and I don’t actually need any new skis. They’ll be mounted on these.

    bajsyckel
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    Nice boots TroutWrestler – where did you get them? looking for a new pair myself.

    Thanks for the video Bob, should be up there tomorrow either on AT kit or twintip tele setup, depending on how the mood takes me. I’m hoping for good things – apparently this landrover [not my image] was visible at the weekend…

    Bunnyhop
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    Did you ride ‘The Haggis trap’?

    Boots from Mountain Spirit in Aviemore. NEED to mount the bindings before this weekend.

    Dark Side
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    No Alps trp for me this year πŸ™ I will have to console myself with spending Christmas at the Inlaws in Lapland from Wednesday, and hey live 5 mins from a snow resort πŸ™‚ no new get this year but I got a new Endevour board, SP bindings and Thirtytwo boots a year ago!

    Thirtytwo boots! How many feet have you got? It must take some time strapping in…

    bajsyckel
    Member

    You do indeed need to get them mounted up, Glencoe was fantastic today. I’ve been considering moving to an NTN boot that I might be able to use with both tele and touring setups – still on old skool cables and AT kit but that sort of arrangement seems to work for some. [ps bunnyhop – Haggis Trap filling in nicely, Flypaper closed as windloaded snow and steep slopes means avalanche risk is high]

    The Shiver Evos that I bought don’t have Dynafit compatibility, but in theory will clip into AT bindings. It’s the reliable release that is the issue due to the rubber sole. Β£280 from MS, but I think I got the last pair.

    Radioman
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    Bought some SCARPA Typhoon boots in Val d’Isere at the beginning of my trip… i’m pleased l did. Great boots . Quite light…

    Those look lovely….!

    Oh, and can I just add that Serre Che in January is all booked and paid for….! WOO and indeed HOO!

    Now, do I splurge a few beer tokens on a pair of skis or just stick to the “Superior” set I’ve reserved. Always a bit of pot luck hiring, but last year was a pair of Salomon Enduro, which I was very, very happy with.

    Tonight I will mostly be waxing skis…

    gravity-slave – Member
    Tonight I will mostly be waxing skis…

    Fartage… πŸ™‚

    peachos
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    not been in this conversation til now, but can i just add…

    that i’m flying to geneva on friday and they have got an absolute ton of snow. there’s loads right down in the village and its still going!

    shame i’ll be spending most of the time teaching the mrs how to board, but its looking like great conditions for her first time and hopefully i’ll get a bit of hiking/powder hunting in! maybe i’ll treat her to some lessons for christmas… πŸ˜‰

    Premier Icon DezB
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    Did someone mention Val d’Isere? Only 3 days to go.. and look at the snow!

    Peachos….Buy her some lessons as an early present! That way, she learns nicely and you get plenty of playtime in the fresh morning goodness before meeting her for a spot of lunch!

    πŸ™‚

    bazzer
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    I fly to Val on Friday πŸ™‚

    Where are you staying ?

    Just spoke to a couple of mates who live there and they said the snow is epic.

    Bazzer and DezB sitting in a tree….

    😈

    peachos
    Member

    yep CFH – that’s the plan i think, either that or palm her off onto my mate who we’re staying with…being a female also she’s bound to be a better teacher than me!!

    i’ve got another mate in val d’isere too – seen some of his pictures from the last week or so and it looks mental out there. i did a season there a while back and never saw anything like that in town…we’re talking a metre of the stuff piled on top of cars. incredible!

    bazzer
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    Who do you know in Val ? , I did a season there in 2008-2009

    Premier Icon DezB
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    I dunno.. Wifey books all that stuff! I’ll find out and post later. Be good to have someone to sit in a tree hook up with as wife and son will be in lessons πŸ™‚

    This was my brother digging out our rental car in Tignes Le Brev on Saturday!

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