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Train to Chur, then bus ride to Lenzerheide takes about half an hour and runs every hour. best stop to get off at to get straight up the mountain is Lenzerheide Rothornbahn. There is a highly reliable free bus that dos a circular round trip of the village and connects the lifts for the two sides of the valley.
I'd usually do it the other way, get off at Valbella (Post) or Churwalden (Lift from Churwalden to Statzerhorn is VERY slow). The west side which has sun all morning. Then in the afternoon you can either do a bus transfer or ski across to the Rothorn side at Parpan to get the last of the days sunshine. The West side loses the sun at about 2ish, but the Rothorn side has it till almost sunset.

Again personal preference and as Outrage says if you don't know the resort it's very easy to just get off the bus and up the mountain at the Rothorn valley station.

A word of warning, the Rothorn side has a lot of off camber traverses which snowboarders may not like. I certainly never really appreciated Rothorn until I switched to skis.
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

hey guys, general question here. just bought my first pair of skis before this season and i've been now skiing 10 times so far. is it time to take the skis in for servicing to sharpen the edges and apply a new coat of wax?

i've purchased the 'instant' wax and apply it before every trip.
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hey guys, general question here. just bought my first pair of skis before this season and i've been now skiing 10 times so far. is it time to take the skis in for servicing to sharpen the edges and apply a new coat of wax?

i've purchased the 'instant' wax and apply it before every trip.
I bought mine 2 years ago. Skied like 50 times and edges are still very sharp. Only surface is scratched in some places from rocks. I apply the instant wax, which btw goes off after single run.

Went to the service guy in Lenzerheide once and he told me to forget about the coat as long as the edges hold. If you are pedantic you can have it resurfaced it but all you really need is the edges.
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I bought mine 2 years ago. Skied like 50 times and edges are still very sharp. Only surface is scratched in some places from rocks. I apply the instant wax, which btw goes off after single run.

Went to the service guy in Lenzerheide once and he told me to forget about the coat as long as the edges hold. If you are pedantic you can have it resurfaced it but all you really need is the edges.
interesting about that instant wax. i guess the only it's good for is making me dizzy when i apply it. surely though 50 times is too many though? somebody told me i should be getting the edges sharpened every 4-5 trips, although that seemed rather often.
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interesting about that instant wax. i guess the only it's good for is making me dizzy when i apply it. surely though 50 times is too many though? somebody told me i should be getting the edges sharpened every 4-5 trips, although that seemed rather often.
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I'd usually do it the other way, get off at Valbella (Post) or Churwalden (Lift from Churwalden to Statzerhorn is VERY slow).
The rather nice piste back through the woods to Churwalden was closed last weekend (when I tried out the Coop two for the price of one vouchers with great success. I guess it will be closed until the next snow fall...
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...I'm back in the ol' Stadt middle of the week for a week or so, if anyone's up for a day out...?
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Cant do midweek but we're both free next weekend if you're still around. Hope life in Scotland treating you both well :-)
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Cant do midweek but we're both free next weekend if you're still around. Hope life in Scotland treating you both well :-)
Weekend would be ace Preferably Saturday, as I might be moonlighting at my old job at The Shamrock on Sunday night

Will try to get my sh1t together, and post an event for a day trip... Where's the snow decent at the moment in striking distance from Züri? ?
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

Snow report from Austria:

Just returned from a weekend in St. Anton/Zurs and while the weather was great, especially on Saturday, the snow on the piste is really poor. It's an ice skating rink in the morning and turns to the heaviest slush at mid-day. Don't even think about off-piste, because it's all melted and gone, and the dirt/grass is showing everywhere.
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

I got a little question for you SBB riding skiing enthusiasts. How do you go about getting your equipment to the skiing resort just for the day?

I'm asking because I had problems transporting my new skis, poles and ski boots from the shop home, it felt like a major effort. But I also wouldn't really want to walk in my skiing boots all the way.... And as I've never used public transport to go skiing it's a bit of a newbie question of course

a) Do you enter the tram/train/bus in full outfit, i.e. ski boots, skis, poles and everything else you're wearing?

b) Or you transporting it in a ski bag and then fold it up and get it into your rucksack? Can you actually get a ski bag folded up to fit into a bag?

c) Or do you lock up your ski bag and normal boots somewhere at the ski lift? Do some resorts actually provide these facilities in Switzerland? I remember seeing some in Austria in a ski shop right at the skiing lift, which I thought was a great idea if you would want to lock your bag or something.
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I got a little question for you SBB riding skiing enthusiasts. How do you go about getting your equipment to the skiing resort just for the day?

I'm asking because I had problems transporting my new skis, poles and ski boots from the shop home, it felt like a major effort. But I also wouldn't really want to walk in my skiing boots all the way.... And as I've never used public transport to go skiing it's a bit of a newbie question of course

a) Do you enter the tram/train/bus in full outfit, i.e. ski boots, skis, poles and everything else you're wearing?

b) Or you transporting it in a ski bag and then fold it up and get it into your rucksack? Can you actually get a ski bag folded up to fit into a bag?

c) Or do you lock up your ski bag and normal boots somewhere at the ski lift? Do some resorts actually provide these facilities in Switzerland? I remember seeing some in Austria in a ski shop right at the skiing lift, which I thought was a great idea if you would want to lock your bag or something.
I use a ski-bag (skis & poles) and back-pack (boots) with helmet/ski-gogles strapped to it. Only wear light clothes i.e. ski-pants and fleace / jacket all the time on me. You can take them off and hang on the train when travelling to the resort.

You can put your light walking shoes and folded ski-bag inside the back-pack while skiing.

Some resorts do have storage facilities with lockers e.g. Engleberg or you can leave your stuff at the restaurant or reception at the bottom of the resort. In Lenzerheide, I left my stuff at the tourist information desk once.

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I got a little question for you SBB riding skiing enthusiasts. How do you go about getting your equipment to the skiing resort just for the day?

I'm asking because I had problems transporting my new skis, poles and ski boots from the shop home, it felt like a major effort. But I also wouldn't really want to walk in my skiing boots all the way.... And as I've never used public transport to go skiing it's a bit of a newbie question of course

a) Do you enter the tram/train/bus in full outfit, i.e. ski boots, skis, poles and everything else you're wearing?

b) Or you transporting it in a ski bag and then fold it up and get it into your rucksack? Can you actually get a ski bag folded up to fit into a bag?

c) Or do you lock up your ski bag and normal boots somewhere at the ski lift? Do some resorts actually provide these facilities in Switzerland? I remember seeing some in Austria in a ski shop right at the skiing lift, which I thought was a great idea if you would want to lock your bag or something.
A velcro strap is a cheap and easy way to keep your skis toegether when lugging them to and from resort.

Regarding boots and accessories, a small daypack is a good solution. You can stick in gloves, hats, drinks, sandwiches and comfy shoes. Should you not want to ski with pack then I am struggling to think of a ski resort I have been to where the SBB or local lift-station does not have lockers. Certainly there is no problem around the bigger resorts; Arosa, Engelberg, Meiringen, Davos, Klosters, Flims, St Anton, Verbier.

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Personally I like skiing with a back pack as it often breaks my fall. :)
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

Thanks. Can anyone recommend a skiing bag that folds away really small?
My skis are only 152cm long anyway. I have a relatively small and flat Mammut backpack I always wear when I go skiing and I'd like a skiing bag to fit into that. The ski bag doesn't need all the cushioning and stuff... just so I can keep it all in one place.

re the velcro strap... they are ok, but I still have to coordinate with poles and boots and helmet and stuff... so I'd really prefer if I could just have a skibag to at least put the skis and poles into, so it's only 1 item to carry.
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Personally I like skiing with a back pack as it often breaks my fall.
I am inclined to agree, but it can be a hassle on some of the older chairlifts where you get squashed by the bar unless you are forever taking them off.

The skiing purists may argue that it is the weight in the pack that causes skiers to lean back too much and that is why you fall over.
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Thanks. Can anyone recommend a skiing bag that folds away really small?
My skis are only 152cm long anyway. I have a relatively small and flat Mammut backpack I always wear when I go skiing and I'd like a skiing bag to fit into that. The ski bag doesn't need all the cushioning and stuff... just so I can keep it all in one place.

re the velcro strap... they are ok, but I still have to coordinate with poles and boots and helmet and stuff... so I'd really prefer if I could just have a skibag to at least put the skis and poles into, so it's only 1 item to carry.
I would check in Intersport, Migros-Sport or Athelticum. I got my simple fabric skibag 190cm long from Intersport, which cost me around CHF50. I'm sure you can find smaller sizes as well. You can also use a velcro starp to keep the skis and poles together inside the bag, so that they do not damage the fabric inside from unnecessary rubbing of sharp edges against it. The bag folds nicely into small piece that is very managable inside the backpack on the slopes.

I would also check ricardo or ebay. Here is an example of skisack: http://www.ricardo.ch/kaufen/sports/...v/an635474518/

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I am inclined to agree, but it can be a hassle on some of the older chairlifts where you get squashed by the bar unless you are forever taking them off.

The skiing purists may argue that it is the weight in the pack that causes skiers to lean back too much and that is why you fall over.
I always put the shoes next to each other and flat inside the back pack. Also fold the skibag into a piece that fills up all empty space evenly. Then use the straps on the backpack to fasten both sides of it to be very tight. It squashes the whole backpack few more centimeters. It has also has two extra belts that fasten it to your chest and waist line. In result, my backpack becomes so flat that I can even sit on the chair lift without taking it off. As for the balance it doesn't affect me much anymore and when I fall, it still cushions the impact.
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

I wear some neoprene slippers to and from the slopes, although I know a lot of people just leave home with their boots on. I also usually take a small backpack with a microfleece, tube scarf etc so I can adapt what I'm wearing if the weather gets warmer or colder than I've anticipated. However it's worth bearing in mind that virtually every resort, or the adjacent bus or train station, has lockers so you can just bung what you don't need in the locker while you ski.
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

Morning everyone. So I decided I need a day off tomorrow.

Anyone up for skiing tomorrow?

Anywhere up to 2hrs by train from Zurich is ok with me (i.e. Lenzerheide or something alike).

Looks like it's snowing a bit today, so might be in luck to catch a little bit of new snow before the weekend.

Am at intermediate level.... meaning I get down everywhere easily enough but I don't do black runs, just taking it easy and enjoying the skiing, the sun and the views :-)

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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

Ok, at least anyone going on Saturday maybe???
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