- The STW Ski & Snowboard thread. The 2015-2016 season
you have more than one!?
Buy one specially for waxing – it won’t be any good for clothes once you are done with it. Cheapest you can find because you don’t want fancy teflon bases etc.
Think I paid less than £5 for mine from Woolworths back in the day and it is still going strong.
This sort of thing: http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/3194669.htm
Of course if you want to be fancy and do the right thing then here is a “proper” wax iron:
which will do exactly the same thing, though possibly with slightly better heat control!Posted 3 years ago
Follow this tweet for a video of a couple of big slides being set off (deliberately I assume) in Les Arcs today:
Posted 3 years ago
Au moment ou l'actualité du jour va nous rappeler une fois de plus la dangerosité du ski hors-pistes, regardez ça: https://t.co/xO1MnQlYi3
— Guides Espace Killy (@guidespacekilly) January 18, 2016
/\/\ that vids from the 14th I think.
I’m on a bike in a gym, so may easily be wrong.Posted 3 years ago
@Jamba, you mean this one?
If so I had a lunchtime pint on the deckchairs today washing down half a pizza.Posted 3 years ago
vinneyh: that video is blooming terrifying and very instructive:
you can see all the time wasted in shock and headless panic with no plan and limited equipment.
That guy is incredibly lucky to be alive. If he hadn’t been able to waggle a ski pole I’m pretty sure he’d be dead.
Les Crosets too – I’ve boarded there in pretty similar in-bounds slackcountry, with no equipment and no idea 😳Posted 3 years ago
There is an account of that burial at http://avalanchesurvival.tumblr.com/
Apparently they heard the avalanche “whumps” and decided to push on regardless because they’d skied it before and got away with it.Posted 3 years ago
Which goes to what we were talking about earlier regarding negative reinforcement.deadlydarcyMember
Viney, shows how much snow you may need to shift dosn’t it!
Yep…everytime I thought…”yeah, there he is, just grab him and pull”, they had to shovel more. And all the time I was waiting for the pile of snow they were “under-digging” to fall down on top of him again. Lucky escape, that.Posted 3 years agosweaman2Member
Digging can be the most time consuming part of any rescue.
I’m sitting at a nice warm desk thinking “they should have come in more from the side as per training”. I do wonder though if in the heat of the moment I’d remember…
On my last training course the drills started with someone yelling avalanche and doing everything from there – not just starting with following a beacon you already had out etc. Also splitting people up into teams and deploying kit. Make it as realistic as possible.
We did however get the police called… apparently repeatedly standing in a dark car park yelling avalanche and then running round randomly was enough to worry the local busy body. Took a bit of explaining 😀Posted 3 years agogreatbeardedoneMember
It’s been twenty years since I’ve been near a snowboard, but I saw this on YouTube and figured that with the right conditions it might be good to hike up, take some pics and try to board back down to Luss.
Well done there, exu200 for the cracking vid, btw.
Obviously shot without any snow, but a noticeable lack of boulders etc and a fairly uniform gradient makes it look appealing.Posted 3 years ago
First go on the splitboard at the weekend. Assent of Cairngorm on Sunday from the Ciste car park then back down to the daylodge for overpriced soup and coffee, brill 😀
[url=https://flic.kr/p/D8qU7m]First splitboard assent of Cairngorm[/url] by Gavin Belton, on Flickr
[url=https://flic.kr/p/D8qTJC]First splitboard assent of Cairngorm[/url] by Gavin Belton, on Flickr
[url=https://flic.kr/p/CJv2RB]First splitboard assent of Cairngorm[/url] by Gavin Belton, on FlickrPosted 3 years agoDigbySubscriber
Might try splitboarding one day – but I should probably learn how to ski first
Being able to ski isn’t a prerequisite for splitboarding – ok it’s handy to be able to snowplough and do your ‘french-fries and pizza’ if you are traversing undulating terrain by it’s by no means necessary.
I’ve often wondered, what is the deal when you are splitboarding:
Depends where you are doing it – i.e. inbounds in North America – you apparently need a valid lift pass to be on the slopes going either up or down.
Europe – in resort – some places allow for a one way ticket up the lift (like they do for summer hikers/aiguille du midi) but to make the most of it and avoid potential long hike outs/hitch for the van you need a valid day ticket at least
Out of resort – obviously no lift ticket required, but bus/train/hitch/hike might be required to get back to your start point or wherever you left the van …!Posted 3 years ago
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