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  • I'm actually quite tempted to give boarding a go, mainly due to some recurring knee problems. Its just so down heartening to think i will go from having the freedom of the mountain, to sitting on my arse and going not very far not very fast, at least for a couple of days anyway. Oh, and the fact i'll have to keep on undoing my binding every five minutes to get on a lift!

    I'd like to try borading but don't want to waste precious time on the slopes learning to board when I know I could be out having fun on skis. Maybe one day...

    everyone knows the biggest twat on the mountain, is always wearing snowblades.

    That guy is also having some seriously good fun though. Have you tried blades? I picked up an ex-hire pair a few years back, 65 Euros, bargain. So much fun, seriously.

  • They're fun for five minutes, and maybe useful for practicing getting some air, but really, they are gash.

  • They're fun for five minutes, and maybe useful for practicing getting some air, but really, they are gash.

    Pretty much. They are fun to watch though, especially on a nice scratchy ice.

  • Had a reccomendation from our local ski shop to try Amade in Austria so heading over there in January.

    Prior to that we've done Duex Alpes which was a little tough for a novice like me followed by Serre Chevalier, which was much better. There's a massive natural half-pipe there which is great when it's had a dose of fresh snow (a little scary when it's sheet ice). Alas I'm still one of those people who tack slowly down the difficult bits of black runs but I still enjoy myself.

    Luckily me and the gf are early risers so we always get on for first lifts and fresh snow. Can't understand why you'd drop a wedge on going on holiday only to miss the best bits of the day.

  • Its true, nothing like taking the first lifts and bombing it to the far side of the mountain. Mountain air cures even the worst hangover!

  • The air is a good start but I find a quadruple espresso and some adrenaline really kicks it into touch.

    Still, long live ski resort partying and the clear run at some fun reds while the lairy British scum are still sleeping.

  • I've been to Kandersteg and Lauchernalp in Switzerland; Kandersteg is great for complete beginners but once you are confident you'll soon run out of runs. Lauchernalp is much bigger in comparison and also great for someone on their first week of skiing. Plenty of gentler slopes with some pretty difficult reds/blacks for the more experienced among you. Also Both times I have been to Lauchernalp there has been at least a metre of fresh powder :) Both resorts are smaller than most of the main French ones though.

    In France I've been to Alpe d'huez, which was also great for beginners as well as having the longest black in Europe (very very nice run, follows river along the valley for a good few km towards the bottom).
    Les Arcs which has a large ski area and lots of good runs.
    Val Thorens which has plenty to keep the more experienced happy, but also seemed to have lots of good nursery slopes (part of 3 valleys so has a massive ski area).
    St Lary Soulan - one of the largest ski areas in the Pyrenees, longest red in Europe (I have spent the best part of 3 weeks skiing on this one run, it is that much fun), lots of Biscuit-Stealing-Spanish.
    And Peyragudes - another in the Pyrenees, quite small but had some very nice runs, not many people.

  • The air is a good start but I find a quadruple espresso and some adrenaline really kicks it into touch.

    Still, long live ski resort partying and the clear run at some fun reds while the lairy, ungraceful, uncoordinated, stand in the middle of the piste, British scum are still sleeping.

    fixed

  • any of you ski in the Rockies?

  • the only cool snowboarder I ever met was.........

    hmmm.
    skiing = ace.
    snowboarding = lacking in grace.

    motherfucking quadruple backflip with a triple flip in 1983:
    YouTube- quadruple backflip on skis (triple twisting!)

    snowboarders can suck it.
    I can huck it. and fuck it.
    plus skier= faster, and touring is impossible on a snowboard- ok well not impossible due to split boards and/ or snowshoes, but it sucks balls alot more than touring on skis.

    Summit ski descents are also wicked awesome.
    however, there is some merit to snowboarders, terje, the great one. JJ the second.

    Although i know you speak in jest, being a retired multiple saisonaire myself the only animosity i see between skiers and boarders these days id from newbs - nothing but love between us in my experience.

    I did the Tour Tarentaise from Val to Les Arcs on a split board, was no problem - JJ has just left Rossi to set up his own brand made with Nidecker, hes bringing out a factory split which i cant wait to get my hands on.

    And that video is meh - if your going to big up skiing at least use some footage of the master

    YouTube- candide thovex best of

    Plus have you seen how most of the newschoolesr dress - slight tall t obsession

  • Although I joke with the ski v snowboard rivalry, this video genuinely shows how much sicker everything skiers do is.
    LINE Traveling Circus Episode 3 - The Great Western Expansion on Vimeo

    I'm sorry boarders, but skiings progression has been phenomenal

    the grass skiing episode is fucking hilarious.

  • ha love this.

    i've got nothing but love for good snowboarders.

    dont enjoy it myself but most of the time id rather ride with snowboarders than skiers but the best snowboarder i know has recently converting to being a skyer.

    snowblades are for talentless skiers, full stop end of. they make people with no skill or ability feel like they can ski, i dont care what you think, im correct about this!

    shane mconkey was the bomb, any movie by matchstick productions is wicked, all about the combination of great photography, great skiers and brilliant music just makes me dream of skiing.

    my two favourite resorts in the world are les arcs and whistler.

  • +1 to all you say
    except the last bit.
    niseko and val thorens.

  • +1 to this muthafukkin thread!!

  • I have nothing but hate for skiers right now, (although im talking older gent skiers)
    most difficult people ever to deal with.

  • I have nothing but hate for skiers right now, (although im talking older gent skiers)
    most difficult people ever to deal with.

    you cannae post that and then not say the story.
    i've got some good gent skier stories.

  • fuck all this shit...

    check out this sick air.... WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP!

  • And its all about the one piece ski suits. C&A ftw.

  • Sick skills dude.

  • I am awesome.

  • I'm at val thorens waiting for the bus to get home, right now it's incredibly heavy with snow, day like today I want to be on the piste.

    Saw a couple cars skidding even at the slightest movement, ironically (but not surrising) the SUV were the one that got stuck whether the little French hatchback wheezed by.

  • Couple tips;

    Do not get those HH expensive baselayer, the uniqlo one work brilliantly well for cheap, I can afford a lots of those for the price of a HH baselayer (as an example)

    the Swrve hoodie worked surprisingly well providing you have enough baselayer (2 or 3), it's a lots more flexible than a regular ski/snowboard jacket, I have a lots of fun skiing than before.

    Not too hot, but not too cold on the longest ski chair (I have the old softshell version).

    Is there's such thing as a prescripted goggle? I'm on a mobile phone so couldn't really search.

  • I'd like to try borading but don't want to waste precious time on the slopes learning to board when I know I could be out having fun on skis. Maybe one day...

    What about the precious time you've missed when you learn how to ski?

    Frankly, the learning I got from instructor are always fun, even if you've never ski in your life before, so I don't thiink you'd miss out the best part of the day when you're having fun.

    Go for it, if it really bother you, learn snowboarding here in England first before you go aboard, but it's still a lots more fun in the alps than in a huge fridge in a shifty town.

  • What about the precious time you've missed when you learn how to ski?

    Frankly, the learning I got from instructor are always fun, even if you've never ski in your life before, so I don't thiink you'd miss out the best part of the day when you're having fun.

    Go for it, if it really bother you, learn snowboarding here in England first before you go aboard, but it's still a lots more fun in the alps than in a huge fridge in a shifty town.

    Well I could argue I've gained time on the slopes by spending the time learning to ski. If I had never learned to ski, I'd have missed out on all the fun I've had. One could also apply the same logic to learning to snowboard. But to learn to board now I can ski would mean taking some time out of skiing in order to board. Yes, I will probably enjoy it. However, I know I enjoy skiing, and as I don't have much time on the slopes, I'll stick to skiing for now.

    I'm not ruling out ever boarding, just for my upcoming trip, I'll be on skis.

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