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sorry, you are a noob to snowboarding but you want to start with tricks first?
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I was wondering about La Dole. I hiked to the top a few weeks ago and saw the lifts but didn't know how the runs would be. Is there any area to do tricks on a snowboard? Sorry I'm a noob but Shane sold me a bunch of gear today so I have to take advantage of all the opportunities I have. And the Dole is definitely close!
There is no specific "tricks" area per se, but there are plenty of humps and bumps and off piste bits. There are always a load of snowboarders around La Dole trying stuff out. Its a very quirky resort, and small, but great value for a day.
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Old 08.11.2010, 16:33
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

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I've made this Sticky in place of last year's Thread which has now come unstuck.
RIP 2009 thread. May this year's thread bring us a long season of deep dry powder falling @ night followed by sun filled days to carve it up!
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

The Alps looked amazing today. Fresh powder coated mountains are always one of my favorite things to look at in wonder. HERE COMES WINTER!!!!
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All white around here in the Jura - picked up my new skis today. Bring it on!
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I was wondering about La Dole. I hiked to the top a few weeks ago and saw the lifts but didn't know how the runs would be. Is there any area to do tricks on a snowboard? Sorry I'm a noob but Shane sold me a bunch of gear today so I have to take advantage of all the opportunities I have. And the Dole is definitely close!

Some people can do tricks even as a beginner. In fact my very first day was in a small park (350m long) with a T-bar lift. I landed an indy grab and a 180 on a small kids sized kicker...... and then falling on my arse a few feet later but I landed it. The only thing I was able to do was go striaght, heel side turn, and then fall on my a$$ to stop. Coming from a skateboarding background helped alot. My advice is if you can already link turns and stop without falling then you can start on small jumps already. Find (or build) a small jump with a landing area thats out of the way of other people and spend a day hiking that one jump. (make sure its soft cause your going to spend the day falling) I still do this. Every year I go out with some friends and we build a kicker in the hills just outside of Zurich when we get some good snow. Every year the kickers get bigger but we always build a smaller one to warm up on. Thoses days are some of the best days of the entire season. Can't wait for the next kicker weekend.
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Plenty of good parks for tricks around- both official and unofficial. There is often a good crew building all sorts at Champery-Les Crozets. Chatel across the border has a good 'official' jump and rails park.
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

Can not wait for new ski season !

This year is going to have a lot of snow.
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What's your favourite ski area from Lausanne? We often go to Torgon to get access to the Portes du Soleil (start at Plan de Croix) - or Haute Nendaz to the 4 Vallées - Verbier without the Hurray Henrys!
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

From Lausanne I tend to take the train, so Le Chable for the Four Valleys (although I like Nandez as a setting off point too, but its a crazy bus ride up from Sion), Champery to get across to Avoriaz, and Les Diablerets both for the glacier and also the mountains shared with Villars. Further up the Rhone valley the villages of Val D'Annivers are fab, but you really need to go by car. I also really like Leukerbad (especially for an overnight break so I can use the spas in the evening), and Crans-Montana is perfect on a sunny January morning.
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Leukerbad is a long way down the Rhone Valley - but skiing is great and lovely views- and as you say great spa. For a resort with a good spa, much nearer to Lausanne go to Ovronnaz. Torgon is actually the nearest and quickest access to Portes du Soleil - bang opposite Leysin above Aigle. The resort is tiny - but big car park + restaurant at Plan de Croix with telesiege up to Tour de Don and access to Chatel, Super Chatel and Morgins, and lift up to ski down to Chapelle d'Abondance. No crowds.
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Looking for a job with lots of skiing? The Ski Company based in Torgon above Aigle is looking for a handyman (or woman). Look up The Ski Company on Facebook or pm for more details.
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Wow, tough crowd here. I guess I misspoke. I'm a noob in a sense that I don't know all of the terminology, details about maintenance or where to go here. The last time I went was 4 years ago and I was almost able to connect turns but I used to skate so getting used to the balance was easier for me.
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I've got a dicky knee due to a severe accident when young and learnt to snowboard aged 49 - so anybody can do it.
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

Hey guys. I can already feel the winter in my bones so I'm getting ready for my first season in the Swiss mountains. I've arrived here couple of months ago and before that I've never lived so close to the slopes (not to mention Alpes).

I'm not a begginer myself but I'll be going with some very beginners so could you advise on places to go to? With some vere easy slopes but with some longer and more difficult ones as well. And definitly not crowdy. And withing the train ride distance from Lausanne. I've heard a bit about some places around but not sure which ones are less popular/better for begginers/cheaper (that's quite important for me as well - I'd prefer to save a bit on ski lifts this year to be able to buy a better board that I have and go to the mountains as often as possible).

I'll be greatful for any advice/good links.

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Welcome - yes I can feel winter coming in my bones too - it's called arthritis!

Read the whole thread, some good suggestions above already. Torgon is about the nearest, as well as Villars, Leysin. I keep pushing Torgon because it is the least known, the least crowded and the cheapest. Very small resort, but huge ski area including 6 resorts, and for all abilities. As the resort only has one company operating from there is from the UK and works in very close liaison with the Ski/snowboarding School (same building practically on the slope)- they operate in English. Nice restau/pizzeria just next to the beginners' area. The beginners area from Torgon resort can be a bit short of snow at times though, so do check. From Torgon/Plan de Croix it's pretty well snowsure- especially once you get over to Tour de Don and over to Chatel/Super Chatel. If anybody has questions, about the resort or the Ski Company (Greenwich) - pm me.
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

Hey Magic, and everyone else living near Lausanne for that matter.
I'm not a complete beginner but I too am looking for places to go that are near Lausanne and cheap! Maybe we could go together sometime? I am hoping to go soon! Either at the end of the month or the first weekend of December. Let me know if anyone is interested.
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

Ok Snowhounds, it's about time the EF pre-season ski social was sorted out.
How about Thursday 25th Nov' at the usual haunt http://www.shamrock-irishpub.ch/location.php for some of Barts great Murphy's, or if someone else has a venue in mind? Open to everyone, no standing on ceremony, just pitch up and mingle, have a beer and get the craic. It doesn't matter if you've never skied as if enough folks are interested i'll see if I can get a certified instructor along again, or can ski backwards (eh Mr Mind), it's a chance to find ski buddies into the same things as you, and find out were the folks in the know go as there are other places than Flumserberg

If your interested fire me off a pm or reply on here and I'll post and event, and see if I can get some drinks or a food special out of Bart.
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Sadly won't be around that week-end - but have a great time.
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