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  • The STW Ski & Snowboard thread. The 2017-2018 season
  • Premier Icon CaptainFlashheart
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    Could be…..
    😆

    Premier Icon giant_scum
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    First ski lift would have been on the dry slope at Aviemore Centre.
    My first lesson would have been the year before when there was no tow, which at the age of 10 in 1981 really sucked!
    Move on a few years and our secondary school had it’s own ski slope, again no tow.
    The school’s slope was actually an old bit from Hillend and it’s still lying out the back of the school and hopefully it’ll get fitted in our local public park, no doubt without a tow!

    Premier Icon hammerite
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    I’ll second the Sella Ronda as a recommendation. We stayed in Arabba which is nice.

    As mentioned earlier in the thread Cervinia. It’s an intermediates dream, long wide slopes, not too steep – very flattering! Bonus is the ability to ski Zermatt too.

    Premier Icon TheDTs
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    It’s snowing in Austria!
    WEATHER

    Premier Icon TheDTs
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    Also, just enrolled on the transceiver & search training course with Henrys Avalanche Training (HAT)
    Dates just released for his various courses.

    Premier Icon igm
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    Well for anyone Les Gets / PdS bound, they are rebuilding the Ranfolly (Tulipe) chair.

    Premier Icon NZCol
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    Igm-indeed they are, ran round the top of it last month, new footings for the towers were going in

    Giant – you didn’t go to inverkeithing did you ? We had one there which was tiny

    Premier Icon igm
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    New footings looked finished and a new bottom station built when I was there 10 days ago.

    Premier Icon giant_scum
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    No NZ I went to the equally glitzy Bathgate Academy!

    Premier Icon jambalaya
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    Get training 🙂

    http://www.bbc.com/sport/winter-olympics/41256544

    Premier Icon hot_fiat
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    Trying to book our crossings to Ijmuiden so we can head to Mayrhofen, but DFDS haven’t released the winter timetable yet. 🙁

    First lift would have been the rope tow, on the nursery slope in Wengen, right in front of the Mannlichen lift, in 1981. Since they had to move the lift following the avalanche, they appear to have built all over that field.

    Premier Icon NZCol
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    Biked home in Edinburgh last night to a white garden !

    Booked for Les Gets 4th Feb, woo hoo ! Ski Famille again, Marjorie which was being significantly rebuilt when i biked past in July.

    Premier Icon mossimus
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    First ski lift would have been on the dry slope at Aviemore Centre.
    My first lesson would have been the year before when there was no tow, which at the age of 10 in 1981 really sucked!

    Also had my first lesson here in 79 or 80 could have sworn it had a lift. this is the place in Aviemore town not up the mountain?

    First snow lift was a couple of months later in Bardonecchia.

    Premier Icon smokey_jo
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    I bet no-one has the same first lift as I had – The Familiale at Le Lioran
    Here in it’s current state

    Premier Icon lunge
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    First lift was Telford dry slope, first snow was Schladming.

    Currently trying to decide if I can justify 2 trips this season. A week in Obergurgl is a given, another few days in France (I fancy La Grave and Deux Alpe) appeals as well.

    Premier Icon oliverracing
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    So I’m off to Sainte Foy Tarantaise to work the season as a ski tech. Really looking forward to it and especially looking forward to improving my off piste skills with that being what the resort is primarily known for!

    Anyone from here skied there and have any tips? I know stevo (I think that’s his name) operates white room from there and I’ve heard it’s great but any particular things I should do?

    Only slight concern is that I’m going to be off the bike for 5 months, anyone know if there are places in Ste Fly that have fat bikes that can be rented? Either that or some in Les Arcs, Val D’Isere or the surrounding area?

    Oh and my first lift was the maenlichenbahn in the grindelwald area

    Premier Icon TheDTs
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    any particular things I should do?

    All of it, your there for the season, make friends find ski buddy’s, ski Loads. There will be loads of nice road riding and bikes of all types available to hire I am sure. Have a great time. *no jealousy here, reminiscing of seasons past. Oh heady days.

    Premier Icon TheDTs
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    Oliver, also get a bit of Avy training in if you haven’t already.

    Premier Icon stevomcd
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    Who are you working for Oliver?

    Skiing-wise, there’s an incredible amount of terrain, far, far more than the piste map suggests. You really need to get out and ride with locals to get your head round a lot of it though. The more obvious stuff gets skied-out pretty fast these days (or maybe that’s just my rose-tinted glasses).

    Nobody rents fat-bikes in resort, but there’s a few places around the valley which do. We’ve thought about it, but never gone for it. Doesn’t seem worth the investment in cash for the likely number of clients. There would be some cool stuff to do in Sainte foy though. Riding from resort level or just above and going down into the valley. Honestly though, just forget bikes for the winter season! Come March, some of the stuff down at valley level will start to open up again, can be fun to get out on a bike if the snow isn’t great. There’s always a few days at the end of the season where they start letting bikes on the funi at Les Arcs!

    I am going to try to run some seasonnaire stuff just before the season starts, probably including some avalanche training.

    As for me, I will mostly be on my snowboard this winter: http://www.whiteroomsnowboarding.com ! :mrgreen:

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    I’m working for the Auberge & Chalets sur la Montagne.

    I’ll definitely attempt to get out with as many locals as possible, plus a few of the guys I’ll be working with have done some seasons in the area already so I should have plenty of people to show me what’s what!

    Thought that might be the case, guess I’ll be fine bike free for 5 months just not something I’ve done in the last 8 years!

    I know I’ll be doing some avalanche training in the first few weeks of my job, plus I’ll supposedly have access to all the safety gear so I’ll have stuff to use before I get my own!

    Haha, I’ll be on skis, no chance you’ll catch me on a board….

    Premier Icon stevomcd
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    You’ll be down in La Thuile rather than up in resort, which is a bit of a pain but doable with the right attitude. It would help to have your own car.

    Premier Icon cchris2lou
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    Been to the Lorian lots of time but dont think it was my first lift .

    Planning a week on 17th feb , french holidays . not sure where yet but french Alps .

    Premier Icon CaptainFlashheart
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    Serre Che this morning! Mid mountain, below L’Yret.

    Premier Icon CaptainFlashheart
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    http://rideeasy.co/how-it-works/

    Er…no. Thanks.

    Premier Icon oliverracing
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    You’ll be down in La Thuile rather than up in resort, which is a bit of a pain but doable with the right attitude. It would help to have your own car.

    Yeah I had worked that out, and supposedly after dropping the guests off at the slopes (9-10am depending on the day) the staff normally just ski from there. Taking my car is not really possible as it’s up there with the least winter-proof vehicles possible (fibreglass kit car), plus the insurance would be silly.

    Is it often possible to ski right down to the base of the valley (ie where I’ll be in La Thuile) or does the snow cover/terrain make that difficult?

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    Seeking advice on Swiss ski resorts. Help me STW, you’re my first port of call (will be going on snowheads later)

    I’ve never skiied in Switzerland. Mrs NBT’s aunt lives there, so we’d like to combine a ski trip to a new resort with the opportunity for some quality familial time. We’re thinking of spending a week in march in a resort that’s accessible and has something for non-skiiers for a day or two

    At the moment we’re looking at Davos (Platz) as I’ve seen a good deal for a week’s half board in a hotel. As Mrs NBT’s aunt lives in the Zurich area, Davos is a fairly short journey too.

    However I’ve seen that Powdair are offering very reasonably priced flights to Sion, which is close to the Val d’Anniviers (Zinal, Grimentz et al) where I’ve fancied skiing for some time, and Crans Montana, as well as Verbier and so on. It’s a lot further from Zurich though, and a fair whack more expensive, and I’m not sure about non-skiiers. I’m working on the idea that Dearest Aunt will only be in resort for a couple of nights, and will entertain herself in the daytime while we ski, meeting us in the evening for a repast of epic proportions.

    Constructive feedback and suggestions welcomed – is it worth us looking at Western Austria for instance? We’re both experienced skiiers but happy with a medium sized ski area. Last season was Passo Tonale and a late season last minute week in Meribel – previous to that we’ve enjoyed Courmayeur, and both love the Espace Killy and Les Arcs

    Premier Icon mefty
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    Not stayed in Davos but have stayed in Klosters. As you say easy to get to from Zurich and final train forms part of the lift system. Doing the run down to Kublis, sitting in the station bar waiting for the bell to indicate the train is coming, is one of the great skiing experiences. Good mountain restaurants etc, really good trip for us as a couple.

    Verbier has a lot going for it, as does Crans Montana, but if I was you I would go to Davos.

    Premier Icon geoffj
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    EasyJet flights released today.
    Cervinia / Zermatt trip flights and accommodation booked for Easter 😀

    Premier Icon CaptainFlashheart
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    [video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csoP8Didoi0[/video]

    Premier Icon stevomcd
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    Is it often possible to ski right down to the base of the valley (ie where I’ll be in La Thuile) or does the snow cover/terrain make that difficult?

    I’ve never bothered myself (never lived in La Thuile), but I had some mates who used to do it pretty regularly. Getting out of resort is slightly awkward, but it’s then mostly fields down to La Thuile so it’s supposedly pretty doable in a good snow year. I wouldn’t be relying on it though.

    There’s a shuttle bus between the resort and La Thuile as well, although it’s not super-frequent (4 or 5 times per day).

    Premier Icon stevomcd
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    Er…no. Thanks.

    Seen that pop-up on Facebook a few times. Hysterically shite.

    Premier Icon nedrapier
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    nbt – have a look at Arosa. I went there with mrs r and some mates a few years ago and had an awesome time. Quiet, great pistes, pretty village, good lift and train connections – we did a ski tour over to Davos and back one day.

    Ay-may-zing lift served off piste. Steeps, cliffs, bowls, looong tree runs. Most people stick to the pistes or the winter walking trails.

    Would go again. Don’t quite know why I haven’t. It was really good.

    Oh, mountain meal and pissed up tobogganing down the hill again. It doesn’t have to be dangerous, but…

    Premier Icon leggyblonde
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    Snow falling at high levels in Austria. Too early to get excited but it’s good for the glaciers at lest.

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    Fall has arrived in Whistler, but not full winter yet. We’ve had a few dustings up top but nothing in the valley yet, which makes a change from last year where it snowed in the village at this time of year then rained pretty much right through until the week before opening. Currently dry and about 8 degrees.

    Hopefully going to get into touring this year. Finally have a job here that affords a little more spending money and the time to get out when the snow conditions are good. Just need to decide if I want to go whole 9 yards and buy tech boots and bindings or get an alpine touring boot and go from there. Decisions decisions….

    Premier Icon Tom-B
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    *whispers*

    After spending my first 4 years and 9 snow holidays on a snowboard, I’m learning to ski over Xmas!!

    Did a full day lesson at Chill Factors the other week….much less painful than learning to board innit!!!

    Premier Icon sweaman2
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    I think it depends on what type of touring and what your partners are using. If you’re the only one on AT gear it’s going to be a long day when they scamper off ahead of you on tech bindings. But if it’s mostly slack country then less of an issue. Personally I’d go tech bindings and then choose the boot to match expectations. The walk mode on tech is still way better than any frame binding I’ve tried. I notice flexy ski boots way more both uphill (good) and down (bad)

    I’ve got dynafit with Maestrale boots and marker’s with Freedom SL. I didn’t mix and match last year but this year will try the freedom with the dynafits.

    Premier Icon Edukator
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    If you’re the only one on AT gear it’s going to be a long day when they scamper off ahead of you on tech bindings.

    The fittest guy will still be the fastest. My times weren’t much improved when I went from Silvretta steel to lo-tec twenty five years back. I reckon my current gear saves perhaps 3 minutes per 1000m vertical.

    In the Silvretta days I used to use Asolo plastic climbing boots to gain speed/comfort uphill when the snow was in good condition. 1.95m straight skis with a camber like cross country skis so the skins made next to no contact when you lifted your weight off. Looking back they were dreadful to ski, slow, steep turns were a series of jumps.

    Premier Icon NZCol
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    Glenshee planning permission approved to replace Cairnwell T with a chairlift. Perhaps this year the snow will stick around ?

    Premier Icon sweaman2
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    The fittest will be fastest; my comment was as much around comfort. I much prefer the walk mode of tech bindings (pivot at the toe) to the walk mode of frame bindings (even modern ones) and find it more efficient over a long day.
    As with Nordic good technique helps and people adapt.

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