Gear

Got my boots back... Posted by Len at 11 Jun 2007 09:17 AM
A long time ago, in a valley far far away... Delta ate my ski boots, well, I arrived at Denver and my ski boots didn't. I bought some new ones (something that I was intending to do anyway at some...


New Toy... Posted by Len at 22 Feb 2007 08:59 PM
Last night whilst browsing the Jackson Hole website I noticed a link from their trail map page to a site offering GPS maps of the resort......


New Skis? Posted by Len at 28 Mar 2006 11:10 PM
The information pack that came with my receipt for the BASI course in Argentina included some fairly specific requirements for the skis that I should be using... "performance based (i.e. derived from a race ski). Under foot dimensions should be...


Happy Birthday to me... Posted by Len at 25 Feb 2006 10:22 AM
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 -...


Skiing with a Garmin ETrex Vista C (review) Posted by Len at 8 Feb 2006 07:55 AM
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....


Useful looking ski tuning tips Posted by Len at 7 Feb 2006 07:48 PM
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...


Fairly Detailed map of Megève village Posted by Len at 9 Jan 2006 07:38 AM
I can't remember where I originally found this but here's a fairly detailed map of Megève. You may need to zoom in a bit to see things but it has plenty of road names, locations of the main, in town,...


Lithium Batteries and Avalanche Beacons Posted by Len at 7 Jan 2006 10:17 AM
There's a useful explaination about why it's not a good idea to use lithium AA cells in avalanch beacons over on PisteHors.com. In summary, don't and the reason is that it's all down to how the beacons detect the amount...


Vintage Megève ski posters Posted by Len at 30 Dec 2005 08:29 AM
The ski pass system in Megève is 'hands free' and the passes are credit card sized plastic cards. Last season, the passes all had various vintage ski posters printed on them. I've been looking around for a while now...


Present ideas for skiers - Suunto S6 Ski watch Posted by Len at 18 Dec 2005 03:13 PM
Continuing the Christmas present ideas theme, here's a gift idea for skiers and snowboarders who like gadgets. The Suunto S6 ski watch provides tools to analyse your ski day. I got one of these for my birthday last year and...


Present ideas for skiers - Icebreaker "Skin 200" Merino Wool undergarments Posted by Len at 9 Dec 2005 09:36 PM
It's that time of year again and I thought I'd post a few present ideas for those of you who have skiers to buy for. First on the list are any of the Icebreaker "Skin 200" Merino wool undergarment range....


How to spot when your Suunto S6 needs a new battery Posted by Len at 30 Mar 2005 09:09 PM
I plugged my watch into the PC last night to download the latest log data to the crap piece of PC software that's supplied with the watch and it didn't want to play ball. At first I thought it was the USB serial port thingy that I had between the S6's serial cable and my laptop's USB port; I'd plugged the cable in after starting the Suunto software and wasn't sure that it would have spotted the new serial port...


Suunto Ski Manager software is crap Posted by Len at 24 Mar 2005 01:33 PM
As I mentioned a while ago, I got a Suunto S6 ski watch for my birthday from Miche. The watch itself is pretty good though I've only really used the ski run and descent counting functionality so far, the PC software on the other hand is pretty crap.


15'C in Megève Posted by Len at 18 Mar 2005 06:23 PM
We left the slopes at around 14.30 and it was 15'C in town as we drove through, not good :( Down in the Sallanches it was 22'C and in the valley on the way to Geneva it peaked at 24'C. Most of the snow by the roads is gone down in Combloux and everywhere is going green and coming back to life. We're not ready for spring yet but the weather forecast shows this kind of weather and hotter over the next six days... We picked Mark and Michelle up at Geneva, they're staying with us until Tuesday and if they're really lucky the snow might last that long... I guess one of the problems with lower resorts is that once the spring comes the snow goes pretty fast.


Bulging Boots Posted by Len at 11 Mar 2005 05:08 PM
I popped into see David at Ski Technic this evening to see if he could do anything about my boots. I had marked the inners with tape last night at the point where the pressure was greatest and due to the transparent nature of the outer shell it was easy to transfer this mark onto the shell and then use the hydraylic ram thing and a little heat to bulge the boot in just the right place. The boots felt better in the shop so lets hope that they're better next time I ski all day in them...


Boot adjustments Posted by Len at 8 Mar 2005 09:50 PM
On the way back from town I popped into Ski Technic and spoke to David about my boot problem and he said I should take them in and he'll blow the toe box a little to give me a bit more room, which should cure my hot spot - lets hope so, I'd really rather not develop huge bony spurs on the side of my feet ;)


Fartage 2 Posted by Len at 1 Mar 2005 08:12 PM
I finally got around to hot waxing some skis that we're actually going to use... It was as easy as last time and the results look equally good. I expect that I'll know if it actually worked when we ski...


Happy birthday to me... Posted by Len at 25 Feb 2005 06:00 PM
Miche bought me a Suunto S6 "watch" for my birthday. This has all manner of ski related functionality and tells the time too. It has an altimeter, barometer, compass, inclometer (to measure slope angle) and logging functions that allow it to record the number of ascents/descents and the distance covered, and much more... You can link it up to a PC to transfer the data and do "other stuff" with it. Should be fun to play with once we get back to Megève


Edges Posted by Len at 14 Feb 2005 07:03 PM
The ice that the slopes are currently suffering from has made us realise that our skis needed a bit of a service. Due to the good snow cover recently the skis haven't picked up any gouges in the bases so I've just been using spray wax on them every so often; I've ignored the edges as the quality of the snow has meant that we could get away with slightly dulled edges without problem... I got my books and files and file guides out and set about sharpening the edges. It seems to be a relatively straight forward job. I guess we'll know tomorrow if I've done it correctly or not...


Good gadget, bad gadget Posted by Len at 6 Feb 2005 06:06 PM
We bought a lot of bits and pieces for the trip, so far one has proved to be especially good and one especially bad...


New Skis Posted by Miche at 26 Jan 2005 11:35 AM
I wasn't intending to buy new skis this season but............