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Old 02.01.2011, 21:43
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There's a rumour that WeeJeem will be forsaking the sailing, the sultry weather and the Scotch uber-next week, and will be back in ZRH - thus, will also be up for a couple of day-trips out (14th or/and 15th) to get some snow under the skis... Can I tempt any fellow adventurers to join me on the, err, slopes?




(@dod, @cmjohno: it's a wee bit too early in the year to be able to park up and watch the rugby, so we may actually have to ski )
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Anybody have a good online source for ski racks?
Second this. Particularly the kind you can attach to more or less any car - we mostly tend to take Mobility cars for a spin.

I've got a nasty suspicion that the only _really_ generic rack would be magnetic, something like this. I don't really like that solution, just one board per rack, and the magnet contact seems a bit iffy.
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

Hi all,

I am living in Geneva and was hoping to go over the border to pick up a snowboard and some general gear. Can anyone recommend a good place where I can pick up a board that would suit a beginner/intermediate?

Much appreciated.
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I visited Belalp on Sunday and was really impressed. It's not a big resort, but it's easy to get to (half an hour by bus from Brig, with buses twice an hour), not crowded at weekends and with a good range of runs including a lot of accessible off-piste.

Belalp is one of my favorites, as you say it has tons of easily accessible off piste with the ability to finish back in bounds. Nice, steep and cheap. This year they upped thier snowmaking ablities by adding a holding pond and a ton of permanent ekg snow guns that look like litter. The whole of wallis is talking about how ugly they are, and the fact that they are permanent. The guy who runs mountain ops isnt the smartest drunk cousin in the village. And he makes sure his subordinates are dumber than him. He once told me that even though I have a great C.V from one of the top ranked mountains in the world (Vail/ Beaver Creek) That he could not hire me because they had a bad experiance with a Canadian. I think he felt threatend by me since he noted that I would have been the only person on Belalp that had a degree in Ski Area Managment.
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

I would like to add that Lauchneralp (near gampel, lotschberg tunnel) is absolutley amazing on a blue sky powder day. Loads of steep freeriding.

Also rottwald was amazing on X-mas day as there were literally 10 cars in the parking lot and we were getting fresh tracks through the trees ALL DAY LONG. 1cm more and it would have been just too much snow. Plus one whole day on a T-bar lift and my legs were cooked.

Built a few kickers in Goms but my gopro battery was dead.
Could of had some nice shots. Well that was basically my X-mas vacation, had a blast but at the same time glad its over. (need massage) Until the next storm.....
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There's a rumour that WeeJeem will be forsaking the sailing, the sultry weather and the Scotch uber-next week, and will be back in ZRH - thus, will also be up for a couple of day-trips out (14th or/and 15th) to get some snow under the skis... Can I tempt any fellow adventurers to join me on the, err, slopes?


(@dod, @cmjohno: it's a wee bit too early in the year to be able to park up and watch the rugby, so we may actually have to ski )
I might be able to join
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I would like to add that Lauchneralp (near gampel, lotschberg tunnel) is absolutley amazing on a blue sky powder day. Loads of steep freeriding.
For sure, Lauchernalp is one of those little gems. Although it's a small resort it has got something for everyone... and although there are a couple of t-bars there is absolutely nothing you can't ski/board if you want to avoid using them.
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For sure, Lauchernalp is one of those little gems. Although it's a small resort it has got something for everyone... and although there are a couple of t-bars there is absolutely nothing you can't ski/board if you want to avoid using them.

I really liked the fact that there are little cliff drops and natural jumps everywhere. Oh, and that natural half pipe is amazing as well. So far in my experiance in Switzerland is that the little resorts with just one or even a few lifts are the best. Best terrain, best conditions, no tourists or lift lines. And thats the way I like it.
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There's a rumour that WeeJeem will be forsaking the sailing, the sultry weather and the Scotch uber-next week, and will be back in ZRH - thus, will also be up for a couple of day-trips out (14th or/and 15th) to get some snow under the skis... Can I tempt any fellow adventurers to join me on the, err, slopes?
I was wondering when the lure of the mountains would get you down here

Was planning on skiing the 16th, as puzzler event on the 14th...
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Old 05.01.2011, 11:59
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(@dod, @cmjohno: it's a wee bit too early in the year to be able to park up and watch the rugby, so we may actually have to ski )
But... hypothetically speaking if there was a pretty bar maid?

Keep me posted 15th would work well
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Maybe of interest to some of you, there's an excellent half-price deal today:

4 Days/4 Nights in a **** Hotel in Laax, including ski passes.
CHF 678.- instead of CHF 1'402.-

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Old 07.01.2011, 10:11
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Anybody determine where the weather is best tomorrow? I'm seeing mixed messages on the web, but looks like if any sun is to be found it will be down in Graubünden somewhere...
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Old 07.01.2011, 10:55
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Snow conditions look pretty dismal and the 8 day outlook doesn't look like things will improve. I'm going biking.
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The conditions for the next couple of days do not seem to be very promising. I would rather be stuck with indoor tennis and plenty of fitness training, yoga, aerobics and muscle workout on Wii sport
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Hey, I'm a beginner looking for a nice spot to do some ski day trips out from Geneva every couple of weekends. Tricky bit is we are totally reliant on public transport which can often lengthen the journey and make make access to some spots difficult because of connections. At the moment my main options are Morzine/Avoria/Chamonix type places which have plenty of shuttles and are straight up the highway without changes, problem is they are 1.5-2 hours travelling time and I'd like to reduce that if possible

Can anyone recommend some closer gems that will fit the bill? Being a beginner I'm not that fussy, heck I'd ski in the Jura if I could get there without 3 bus changes - and its only 40km away!
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Old 07.01.2011, 16:33
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Hey, I'm a beginner looking for a nice spot to do some ski day trips out from Geneva every couple of weekends.
Try the Snow'n'Rail offers from Swiss Railways and just take a good book and an ipod for the train journey. Leysin and Les Diablerets on the Villars side don't get too busy at weekends. True you have a 2 hour journey each way, but it is pretty painless.
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Try the Snow'n'Rail offers from Swiss Railways and just take a good book and an ipod for the train journey. Leysin and Les Diablerets on the Villars side don't get too busy at weekends. True you have a 2 hour journey each way, but it is pretty painless.
When you change at Aigle there's also a connection to Champery. Its a bit further away but in the massive "Portes du Soleil".

Leysin is probably better for beginners (like me) wanting to maximise snow time and not die though.
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