The STW Ski & Snowboard thread. The 2019-2020 season
@smokey_jo – just out of interest, what makes you think it’s the skis?
Genuine question as someone who also always hires and wonders about the condition of the skiset skis you get. This year I had a set of Rossignol 83AIs which seemed pretty good no idea which year they were from but didn’t seem to be too banged up.Posted 7 months ago
Mine were 3 year old Blizzard Brahmas – in a couple of places there were gouges out of the top sheet. When looking down the edges you could see gouges in them and the bottoms had plenty of scratches.
When I asked them to service them they said no but they would swap them for something else but they had very little in the shop other that very piste oriented stuff in my size and I was keen to try and progress my off-piste technique from falling over immediately to standing up for 30 seconds.
Found it hilarious when the shop assistant started inspecting them for damage when I returned them – I think she noted a raised eyebrow and said they were fine and shuffled off to put them away.Posted 7 months ago
The best skis I’ve ever used came from a hire shop in Chamonix (south), whereas with normal hires you stop and just remain in a single place, these just wanted to keep on moving, all the time.
I’m torn on the purchase front as obviously ski tech ages quickly and they’d only get used for 1-2 weeks a year so it’s a lot to spend for something you then have to service and transport. But on the other hand you get used to those skis, know they are serviced and get to spec them to your skiing, or your intended skiing.Posted 7 months ago
£40ish every time you want to fly with your skis (except on Swiss Air).
I think it’s been worth it for me – I like having my own board as you get used to it.
Hire boards, you never know what you’re going to get, or what’s available at the time.Posted 7 months ago
I wouldn’t worry about the ski tech becoming outdated, there was a quantum shift in ski tech about 15-20 years ago when carvers came in, now its very much incremental (and getting fatter). For reference I took out a 2012 pair of Movement Source skis last time I skied and they were far, far better than the rental stuff I tried which was new that year (2018)Posted 7 months ago
There is also something fundamentally cool about owning skis / boards and picking them up at baggage reclaim 😉
As there’s two of us we can save 200 euro minimum per trip so in 3 years they will have paid for themselves as we tend to go twice per year and I’m not looking to buy anything spendy – just something not trashed.Posted 7 months ago
With buying skis, I mostly buy used of eBay. Bought a pair new from ekosport Nordica Nrg which are great in anything soft, piste or off. They were heavily discounted season or two old model. Ski Barn (eBay) have come up good for me too. All ex hire but good condition. Possibly been through the base grinder a bit but if you are only getting a few weeks a year our of them they should be fine for a few years.Posted 7 months ago
For smokey joPosted 7 months ago
I’ve used both Glisshop and ekosport and they were both fine although my skis from ekosport didn’t arrive in time due to New Year.
We have a pair of K2 all terrain rocker skis about 180cm long going spare. I can guarantee they have been looked after, my other half didn’t have them long before he started venturing more off piste. Let me know and I can email photos and more details about them if you’re interested.
Cheers both, unfortunately.@sprootlet they would be a bit long for me, need something 165-170 ish.
Will check out ekosport and ski barn.Posted 7 months ago
I’ve bought a few pairs of skis from Ekosport and they’ve all been spot on. Just make sure you are careful with communicating the boot size if they are fitting bindings for you.Posted 7 months ago
Starting to get excited. Driving to Aosta with the family for half term (Pila, Courmayeur, La Thuile, Cervinia). Weather has been very weird this last week as already commented so hopefully going to cool down a bit and get a top up. After using my now v old carvers I’ve decided to hire skis for at least the first few days to see how much better the tech is these days so reading the above mixed experiences of hire skis, hopefully I get something that is decent and recent.Posted 7 months ago
A foot of snow in the PDS yesterday, temperatures below freezing again, but climbing through the weekend. Pleney has snow cover again for now.
Timely! I’m off to Chatel on Friday for a long weekendPosted 7 months ago
Does anyone have any idea how the lower areas of the PDS are looking?Posted 7 months ago
What would you call the lower areas Andy? All the areas have snow, just not always all the way down to the road or valley bottom. At the moment even pleney is white.
Even st Jean d’aulps looks good on the webcams right now. Might not last long but I’m heading out tomorrow so will update at the weekend.
Keep an eye on morznet webcams for conditionsPosted 7 months ago
Bob we should see if we can grab a beer this weekendPosted 7 months ago
Cheers Stoner. We’ll be spending time on the Grande Terche and Avoriaz from the Ardent lift. We’re not going until half term, so hopefully it gets colder and a bit more snow please.Posted 7 months ago
You wont have any problems at Ardent and up to Avoriaz (That’s my main way up).
La Grande Terche is usually OK, but limited if the tour of the Domaine du Roc d’Enfer is not open because of poor snow off the back.
“Plateau” is the top of the Terche, but bottom of the upper slopes.Posted 7 months ago
“Tetes” is the top of the first area above Plateau and runs back down to plateau, but also links to the Col du Graydon and into the tour route
“Follys” is the col on the way basck from the tour, if there’s no snow there, the tour is a problem.
By the way Stoner, my cousin lives in the Essert Romand area across from Montriond. He’s lived across the Alps for the best part of 30 years but for the past 2 years he’s been managing/setting up/God knows what a company in Morzine.
On the chefs night off we all went to Alba bar in st Jean d’aulps. Haggis bon bons with an Indian twist is my new favourite mountain food.Posted 7 months ago
Not good news from the 4th valley in the 3 Valleys – Orelle gondola is closed for a fortnight
I like essert rommand
Mrs S and I will be doing the tour of the roc denfer at St J d’a either this weekend or Monday if the conditions are right so might have to track down haggis bon bonsPosted 7 months ago
@boardinbob Ht Chatel looking good this morning. Fresh snow this week is v hard packed but not icy. Pistes are running v fast. Slack is tracked out. Day of carving in the sunshine. Low temps so should stay OK for the a good while yet.Posted 7 months ago
How was the snow? Yes not bad, although I caught a stinking cold on the flight
I’m looking to get away with the boy on a cheap long weekend from 20th feb to 23rd feb ( i know , the back end of school hols), flights to geneva are looking cheap, but I cant find any cheap accomodation in any of the ski resorts, its either mega bucks or I have to book a whole week.
Anyone got any suggestions of where we can go for a bit of cheap ,easy skiing? doesnt have to be a mega resort as he’s only 8 years old and is only confident on easy blues, so somewhere small off the usual brit ski resort radar might suit as long as there is snow.Posted 7 months ago
I’m looking to get away with the boy on a cheap long weekend from 20th feb to 23rd feb ( i know , the back end of school hols), flights to geneva are looking cheap, but I cant find any cheap accomodation in any of the ski resorts, its either mega bucks or I have to book a whole week
put a wanted ad in the chalets direct solution room?Posted 7 months ago
Vinneyeh – nice one, didn’t know about that, have put something up, will see what comes back.Posted 7 months ago
Going to Monterosa in a couple of weeks, staying near Gressoney. First time in the area, any tips?
We just arrived in gressoney- two hours ago. Are you here now, and are you interested in meeting up for some good off piste?
Will be mainly skiing with the family but quite fancy a day where I can ski some moderate gnarr without having to worry about anyone I deeply love.
Assuming you have Pieps etc ….Posted 7 months ago
Just back from a week in Les Arcs, where conditions were a bit mixed
Sunday started with snow, but the temperature soon rose and it turned to rain. It poured down for the whole day, had to stop at around 11:30 as we were saturated
Monday was a bit moody, high lifts were all closed, but managed to get a full day in. Given the rain the day before conditions were better than expected
Tuesday brought a good dump of snow and very strong winds, high lifts were closed and as the wind got stronger more and more lifts closed. They briefly opened a couple up again, but soon closed all but one lift until the end of the day.
Wednesday was a mostly clear day and following the snow on Tuesday off piste was (mostly on). Ice could be found underneath the powder, so some sections were very tricky with the snow having drifted lots. I got caught out coming back onto the piste on my first run down the hill and hit a small solid block of ice. This sent me down onto my front and twisted my knee. Carried on until lunch, but that was the end of my week due to my knee injury.
Thursday and Friday were both clear sunny days and the only days when the highest lifts opened. Hopefully some better luck next year.Posted 7 months ago
@boardinbob Ht Chatel looking good this morning. Fresh snow this week is v hard packed but not icy. Pistes are running v fast. Slack is tracked out. Day of carving in the sunshine. Low temps so should stay OK for the a good while yet.
Hi mate. Headed straight to Les Gets yesterday and did Les Gets, Morzine and Avoriaz yesterday then headed to Chatel to the hotel.
Up early today and did Morgins, Champoussin, Les Crosets, Avoriaz, Lindarets and finished back in Chatel.
Think we’re heading to Ardent tomorrow. Ride until 3 then down to Geneva for the flight home.
Snow and weather has been fantastic. My mates first time riding here and he’s now a total PDS convert.View this post on Instagram
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Slightly snow related….
Anybody tried datawax polar x on their dry slope board or ski’s?
Applied some to my board today, wondering if it’ll be a revelation or hardly noticeable.Posted 7 months ago
Just wondered if anyone has giro goggles in particular lenses by Zeiss? What do you think of them?Posted 7 months ago
I have Smith i/os at the moment and whilst they are a lovely lens they do not seem to be the most robust and get scratched very easily.
Tried on Oakley flight decks and they are huge on my pinhead, tried Cairn Magnetik and they seemed to be low on my nose.
Ideally want a quality lens that is a bit more robust than my Smith, open to suggestions but they need to be a smaller goggle
I’ve been using Summit Goggles for the past few yars and they now do a smaller range – worth checking them out. Mrs NBT has a smaller head and uses child-szed Oakley o-framesPosted 7 months ago
I have a pair of the magnetic Summits – the normal ones are fairly tall so definitely go for the smaller size. Lenses have held up well over the last 3 seasons.
Bought the new skis at the weekend following 2 years of poor ski hire quality, now need ot find a bag.
Usually fly with Jet2 so we have a 22KG limit so it will only be skis and some gear that go in, not boots.
Any recommendations for a bag that will take 2 pairs of skis/poles and jackets and salopettes?Posted 7 months ago
Thanks Julian, I’ll have a look at Summit goggles
For smokey jo – Ellis Brigham have a couple of sale EVOC ski roller bags at the moment – blue in colour and £87 instead of £145…..
We have a dakine roller that has been great if you can find one going cheap. We manage to get 2 pairs of skis in by having 1 pair flat then the other pair along the edges of the bag with the ski brakes in the up positionPosted 7 months ago
Looking good @boardinbob !
But no one’s going very far today thanks to #stormciara
All but Les Gets/Ranfoilly/Nyon closed today, and they’ll be busy, windy and wet in places.
So Im off for a swim now 😉
Back again in a few weeks anyway, so no loss.Posted 7 months ago
Usually fly with Jet2 so we have a 22KG limit so it will only be skis and some gear that go in, not boots.
Don’t you have to pay extra for oversize anyway?Posted 7 months ago
With Jet2 (as I understand it) we have to pay for Sports Equipment which is £35 each way. Going to try and get down to 1 hold bag, 2 hand luggage and 1 ski bag next year.Posted 7 months ago
Anyone in the grand massif area?Posted 7 months ago
I was there for all of Jan, currently UK then back in March.
If you want up to date weather we found that snowforecast.com was pretty accurate this year.Posted 7 months ago
Biblical rain overnight and this morning in the PDS
Pleney back to green grass. 150km/h winds up in avoriaz. A huge change from the past 2 days!Posted 7 months ago
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