February 06, 2006

Back from Megève
We've just spent an excellent two weeks in Megève with The Original Ski Company. The chalet, food and service were all excellent (bear in mind we know the owner of the company so my view may be tainted but I...

The pre trip exercise program worked
My recent trip back to Megève was a great success by pretty much all the measures that I'd set. The only downside is that I now have a serious case of "run away to the circus" syndrome; being back is...

February 07, 2006

Something to try next time we're on telemark
There's an interesting article over on the British Ski School site about how skiing alpine style on free heel equipment can benefit your alpine skiing as it forces you to get it right all the time rather than allowing the...

Useful looking ski tuning tips
Harb Ski Systems have some pages of easy to understand and useful looking ski tuning tips. I doubt I'll do much home tuning this season; I hot waxed the skis before the recent Megève trip but we put them in...

February 08, 2006

Skiing with a Garmin ETrex Vista C (review)
As I mentioned on my technical blog a while ago, I got a Garmin eTrex Vista C handheld GPS as a Christmas present. I used this every day on the trip to Megève and it worked very well....

Skiing switch
Every now and then I play around with skiing backwards, or "switch" as those considerably younger and with baggier pants than me tend to call it... Each time I try I find that I get frustrated because seeing where you're...

Injurys
What with my medial ligament issue last December, Phil's fractures and Warren's medial and ACL mashup, ski injury and how to avoid it is on my mind again right now. I hadn't realised until today that there's a whole site...

February 10, 2006

Milky's pictures from the last trip
Milky has posted some of his pictures from the last trip to Megève. They're here. I'll post some of mine later. These posts are probably of no interest to anyone who wasn't there... Normal service will resume shortly....

Lessons learned on my second randonée
Back in April 2005 we did our first bit of ski touring. A 3 hour trip from the base of the Cote 2000 lifts to Col de Very. This season we did a little more, a technically much simpler trip...

Photos from the 2006 Randonnée
These are some of the pictures that we took on the Randonnée to the Igloo restaurant....

February 11, 2006

Scope Colorado Ski and Board Challenge 2007
I saw an advert for this in this morning's paper. Scope, a UK cerebral palsy charity, is running a sponsored, 150,000 vertical feet in 6 days, ski challenge next January. Details are available here on the Scope web site. Looks...

Looks like we picked a good two weeks
I've just had an email from Lucy which says that they've had 10cm of new snow recently but that it's on top of a very icy base which is less than ideal and quite similar to the conditions we had...

February 12, 2006

Video footage of Miche and me on telemark
We both spent 3 days on telemark when we were in Megève last. Here's some video footage of each of us. Thanks to Milky for doing the camera work....

February 13, 2006

Val d’Isère Off-piste & Avalanche Awareness Clinic
Dan Egan and Henry Schniewind (the Henry in Henry's Avalanche talks) are running an off-piste and avalanche awareness clinic in Val d'Isere in mid March. The timing is bad for me, which is a pity because it's just the kind...

Bumps on Alpette, Megève 2006
In the continuing theme of video self analysis here's some footage of me in the bumps to skiiers right coming down beside the new high speed 6 seater chair that runs up to Alpette....

SkiClinics.com
This is Dan Egan's site with details of all the ski clinics that he runs. Looks like interesting stuff. Now, remind me how I somehow wangle enough time to do all of these ski related things? And then remind me...

February 14, 2006

More self analysis
Once again I didn't really carry the video camera quite often enough, so I don't have as much footage as I'd like. I have to remember that a) sometimes you'll plan to use the camera and then decide against it,...

February 23, 2006

Fatal Avalanche above St Gervais
An 18 year old skier was killed by an avalanche yesterday while skiing off-piste above Saint-Gervais. The skier was part of a group of 4. Via PistHors.com...

February 24, 2006

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...
"In Colorado, so much snow has fallen that many mountain towns have piled it high on street corners and in parking lots. Aspen has had more than 21 feet of snow, with many longtime residents saying it's the best they...

February 25, 2006

Happy Birthday to me...
It's that time of year again... This year I received three presents that were ski related and lots of great clothes (which, quite amazingly, all fit perfectly!). The ski related stuff is as follows: Garmin MapSource United States TOPO -...