- The STW Ski & Snowboard thread. The 2017-2018 season
Good laps today in Whistler. Had a good amount of snow in the last few days but also 150km/h winds, so no alpine skiing, but plenty of fresh stuff in the trees.
Hopefully the alpine opens tomorrow, should be around 50-80 cm of fresh snow up there if the wind didn’t blow all of it right off the mountain.Posted 3 months agoStonerSubscriber
off to Morzine in a few hours. Looks like lots of snow incoming over the next few days. We’re only there for 3.5 days so probably be playing in the trees for the main.
The tour of Graydon is open at St Jean d’Aulpes which is lovely in this weather so we will do that on Monday. Sat & Sun special price weekend tickets for Morz/Les Gets (€54 ea for the weekend) so will get the snow legs going around the Ranfoilly tomorrow, and try and get up to Chamossiere/Nyon if the cloud lifts briefly.Posted 3 months ago
Second Scottish day today. Cairngorm this time, cold and overcast rather than blue sky and cold as forecast, but not a bad day overall.Posted 3 months ago
The west wall poma is an aggressive bloody thing though 😆
Looks like Glenshee had the better weather, but just not enough open for the crowds that were there.
First time in powder, excited and nervous, might need a lesson.
Good luck! It can be a bit of a challenge the first time, but once it clicks, it’s the best thing ever. If you’re skiing, think about putting your weight a little more through your heels rather than your toes. Don’t lean back though, it’s a fairly subtle shift. Enjoy!Posted 3 months agosingletrackmindMember
My brother is stuck in Zermatt today.Posted 3 months ago
Avalanches and continued avalanche risk = no trains.
He paid to go on the Glacier express from Zurich after exteending a work trip out there.
Now he cant get back.
No ski kit/ outdoor clothing thats suitable for snow shoeing, so stuck hanging around a hotel lobbysingletrackmindMember
Yes Air Zermatt are running when the viz permits , but its drifting in and out with snow showers that blow through . However , the queue is approx 1/2 mile long as thousands of pepes want out.Posted 3 months ago
He has booked a 7pm GVA – manc flight on tuesday and is wincing at 9chf beer prices, plus 2 x extra nights stuck in Zermatt
So this happened.
Forecast was for anything between 10 and 35cm depending on which model you looked at. We ended up getting 58cm over night then another 20 odd during the day today. Nearly 2 hours late in opening due to high winds and doing avalanche control mid mountain, which is very rare.
We had a good day, but it turns out that 60cm of west coast cement will show a lot of people up! Some proper comedy viewing from the chairlifts today.Posted 3 months ago
Well after last weeks excitement it was a trip to Lake Louise (quiet at the back…). Sweajnr spent the morning in ski school and we were surprised to see on the comments card that he’d had fun in the terrain park which confused us as it’s pretty big and off a lift. After lunch he insisted on heading out and lo and behold at the top of the magic carpet there was a small jump complete with comprehensive warning which I’m sure he read and understood fully….
So a question for those with small children.. how to motivate them to turn / practice drills? Currently when sufficiently motivated he can turn and stop but most of the time he just wants to go down as fast as possible…. “My skis want to go fast daddy” Following mum / dad is boring…..Posted 2 months ago
Half of me leans towards the ski run kill or cure philosophy but I think it’ll be a disaster.. I sort of need him to learn / comprehend that turning is a way of checking speed as the beginner areas are so shallow it’s really not needed.
I’ve seen children heading straight down the hill locked into snowplow and still not turning so it’s not intuitive to all.Posted 2 months ago
Sweaman2, can you just stick him in a class and let the professionals do it? That’s what we have done with our lad and we just spend time with him on skis having fun. Not saying you don’t mind!
edit: just read your post properly.. he was in ski school! it’ll come i’m sure!Posted 2 months agovintagewinoMember
When he gets enough confidence on small runs going fast, he will ask to go on bigger and steeper runs, he will have no choice but to turn.
or he could just do what my 12 year old does and just straightline everything short of black runs. Gives me the fear and does my head in in equal measure!Posted 2 months ago
Swearman, don’t let Jr watch the Candide vid, not too much turning in there!
What must the budget have been for that film though?
Countless takes, Locations across the four corners of the globe, masses of editing / post production.
Nice work if you can get it.
Where is the sand dune segment, crumbs that looked like some big vertical?Posted 2 months agoGrahamSSubscriber
I wonder how much of that Candide video was digital compositing etc, or physical stunts but with hidden slidey bits?
In fact I wonder if it was all him? Having him cover his face like that makes it easy to swap in someone else rather than fly him round the world for a 5 second take.
(Not intending to diminish it in any way. He is obviously stupidly talented)Posted 2 months agoStonerSubscriber
Just back from Morz.
Nipped out for a long weekend with Mrs S. Enjoyed a heavily discounted weekend pass in the Morz/Les Gets secteur for €54 ea. That’s about £5/hour. Bargin.
Reasonably good conditions on Saturday in the Ranfoilly bowl, got wetter through Sunday playing around Chamossiere/Nyon area though.Posted 2 months ago
Monday didnt stop raining all day. Grim so we stayed off the hill and plans to catch this morning were dashed by avalanche risk keeping most pistes closed at Lindarets until lunchtime. Actually watched an avalanche on the flank of an un-skiied mountain opposite the flat this morning. Conditions were sketchy. Went for a walk instead. No matter, we’re back out again next month for another weekend.mossimusMember
Currently in Bella Plagne. Monday mountain road was closed and it snowed lots so instructors/lifties struggled to get to work, consequently not much open.
Tuesday winds kept the higher lifts closed but most of lower stuff open and a glorious day.
Today another blue sky day, glacier is shut but most the rest is open, avalanche risk down to 3. Fabulous conditions.
Should be good next week @graham1980Posted 2 months ago
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