- The STW Ski & Snowboard thread. The 2019-2020 season
I’m super pumped for Les Arcs, already eyeing up slack country routes on fatmap. The 20yr old me would have hated the idea of staying Club Med. The 39 year old me is looking forward to it. I did it a few years ago in L2A and that was probably my best week on snow ever. This one is in Arc 2000 so the snow should be decent, hopefully the queues will be small, and the sun will be bluebird!Posted 4 months ago
The big question now is do I want a new pair of skis?…mahaloMember
I’m super pumped for Les Arcs, already eyeing up slack country routes on fatmap. The 20yr old me would have hated the idea of staying Club Med. The 39 year old me is looking forward to it. I did it a few years ago in L2A and that was probably my best week on snow ever. This one is in Arc 2000 so the snow should be decent, hopefully the queues will be small, and the sun will be bluebird!
The big question now is do I want a new pair of skis?…
Same age as you and did my first club med last season. bloody loved it. we were in La Plagne, the the weather and the snow conditions were absolutely perfect all week and i have never done more mileage in a single week before! i was dubious about going in ski school, especially as i ended up in a group without any others from our party, but it was great, basically like having a private guide all day everyday and we hardly set foot on piste all week! only 5 of us, all about the same standard, so it was flat out every day and never waiting around.
the hotel was alright, cannot fault the location for door step skiing but it was a little bit removed form civilization. the restaurant/food/bar/kids clubs/ski lockers etc were all spot on, just the rooms let it down a bit. We have stayed in some pretty salubrious chalets in the past so a very dated box room about the size of my downstairs bog on a noisy corridor was disappointing – it didnt really bother me tbh, im not that fussy (plus i was super knackered every night!!) but gave the women something to complain about.
Definitely gonna use them again this winter tho, weve even sold it to a few others too so just need to find one that ticks all the boxes…Posted 4 months agoBoardinBobSubscriber
New board arrived today. A Yes Optimistic 154.
My mate has one and I rode it for a couple of days in Cervinia this year. A ridiculous board. Rocket ship fast and mega stable through the rough churn. Will take it to the snowdome for a wee shake down this week but absolutely choking for winter now.Posted 4 months agocobrakaiSubscriber
Just booking our 3rd visit to family ski in Ardent. Good ski area, close to Geneva and the little one absolutely loves the skiing/child care.
Had a blast with ESF on an off piste guided day last year so prob do that again.
Will also get an off piste Tellie lesson subject conditions. Happily drop the knee on any piste but just can’t seem to get weight distribution right in powder.
No new kit this year. Finally got a set up I love!Posted 4 months agosweaman2Member
45cm of snow local to Calgary due to an early season upslope storm. Over 60cm further south near the USA border. It’ll probably all melt of course but still sweajnr was excited to get his new skis for the season on Wednesday.
Sweamrs has less luck finding an appropriate ski jacket. So ideas please for a warm, technical ski jacket. Her previous spyder has lasted 12 years with ~30+ days of skiing per year so if we can make the next one last as long then we’re happy to spend a decent amount.
One option is the spyder blaze but the sizing seems to have changed in 12 years so she seems to be between sizes… Other ideas appreciated as traipsing around the local stores has revealed lots of fashion choices but a disappointingly limited selection of more technical options.Posted 3 months agoDigbySubscriber
Anyone pre-booked with Crystal (parent company TUI on verge of bankruptcy)?
Source for this? I know TUI have issued some profit warnings recently especially since many people are apparantly delaying booking holidays until the Brexit situation becomes ‘clearer’ and the issues with Boeing’s 737 Max … but I wasn’t aware that TUI were on the verge of bankrupty!
A quick google doesn’t show up anything apart from the recent profit warning … TUI share value seems ok, in fact it seems to have benefited from Thomas Cooks demise …
Hopefully Crystal are doing ok (they do seem to be pushing North America/Canada winter holidays at the moment – if my inbox is anything to go by)Posted 3 months ago
So ideas please for a warm, technical ski jacket.
If you can bring yourself to wear a snowboard brand Burton’s LZ Down is great when it’s really cold. Used mine in -10 to -20°C and it was excellent. The Helitack is essentially a synthetic down version. Neither are cheap though.Posted 3 months agooliverracingSubscriber
Can’t wait – got the snow forecast sites added as bookmarks on my work PC again and flights and accommodation is booked for a week in the Aosta Valley exploring various resorts. Planning on spending a fair share of the time in Monte Rosa/Cervinia/Courmayeur (staying equidistant from them all) but will explore the other main resorts if possible! I know this commits us to driving every day but neither of us have skied this area at all so we’re going with the attitude of this being an exploratory trip – plus the accommodation was £230 for the week!
Finding a hire car that guarantees snow tired is turning out to be a touch tricky – we think we’ve found somewhere but then read online that they can’t guarantee it’ll be snow tyres – you my get a suitable alternative (chains!) We’d really rather avoid chains if possible as will be doing ~50km a day minimum which will get very old very quickly if there’s lots of snow and we’re stuck on chains!
Any tips from Milan MXP airport? We’re hiring at the ultra budget end of the spectrum but don’t mind paying an extra ~£30-50 for 100% comfort we’ll actually get snow tyres!Posted 2 months agooldagedpredatorSubscriber
Mostly likely UK based for me Glencoe, Yad Moss and Weardale passes (as usual) – year 11 of not going abroad and still clocked up somewhere over 250+ days. Admittedly 30% are probably best described days for the devoted. Hopefully a bit more backcountry this year.Posted 2 months agothegeneralistMember
Thinking of Obergurgl for early Jan. Anyone been? What’s it like? Good on a board or better on skis?
Any suggestions for good (and reliable) tree skiing in Europe, preferably not in France.
Only done one day at gurgl, but pretty sure that tree skiing is something that it utterly lacks. Proper high resort.
I can’t recall if we skied or boarded, and to be honest deciding based on the resort alone would be barmy. Are you going for a week or less?
Unless it’s biblical powder then I’d be tempted to ski the first day and then scope out the best lines that don’t involve flats….
Sorry, I’m waffling.Posted 2 months agotinybitsMember
Looking for ideas for the week before Christmas, it’ll be early of course so high is a good bet. VT? Where else please?
It’ll be me and Mrsbits, plus micro and nano bits. Youngest is 6 and now a pretty good skier, happy on reds and lift / tree runs (not fresh powder). However, he’s little and his energy falls off a cliff so need to be able to get back to base sharpish if needed. Have taken him to Sainte Foy a number of times and he loves it but it’s not exactly snow sure early season….
Ps – new atomic Vantage 90’s for me and K2 tough loves for Mrs. Never had my own skis before – I’m super excited!Posted 2 months ago
Are you going for a week or less?
The plan is to go for a week. We didn’t expect any trees there, we’re hoping as it’s high (for Austria) there will be snow. The tree question was more general. We normally get some time in Whistler so get our fix there, but we’re not going this season.
Well badly broken ankle has thrown everything up in the air for me, so I have done the only sensible thing a brought a full new splitboard set up as an incentive to get better!
I feel your pain. I spent a month in a cabin watching everybody go out riding everyday while I sat there nursing an atrophied shoulder following a break. And the ******s went split boarding for the first time too! What split did you go for?Posted 2 months ago
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