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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.
Since some people are planning on starting their ski season on November 20th thats an in the ski season social!


Drinks also next Thursday (18th November) night at the same location.
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Old 11.11.2010, 10:52
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

Not happy that Papa G will not be in attendance.
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The date was set with Papa G, unfortunately he got subsequently double booked by someone that has more power over him then me!
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Verbier and Zinal will be opening this week-end. Upper sector/Lac des Vaux only for Verbier. Week-end only for both. Then every day from 27th for Verbier, and 18th Dec for Zinal. Crans Montana partial opening from 20th Nov, then fulltime from 18th December. Saas Fee and Zermatt open already, but full opening 27th Nov and 4th December respectively. Nendaz (next Valley to Verbier) opening 4th December. St Luc/Vercorin/Chandolin/Grimentz area oeping 18th Dec if sufficient snow.
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Not happy that Papa G will not be in attendance.
Aw shucks, that makes me feel all fuzzy:-))

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The date was set with Papa G, unfortunately he got subsequently double booked by someone that has more power over him then me!
Indeed Obi Wan, she is strong in the dark side of the force!
I hope your bash goes well and gutted I can't make the 18th. Looking on the bright side though, us snowhounds get 2 bites at the wonders of Barts fine brew.
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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.
Start the Apres before we start to ski? Sure why not. It does not take long for a discussion on skiing and snowboarding to quickly evolve into a discussion on drinking. The two go hand in hand Unfortunately, I will not be able to make it. Just started my full time job as a father. Any free time at the moment is used for lost sleep. lol
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Old 11.11.2010, 14:57
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skiing and drinking. The two go hand in hand

Which reminds me of Bode Miller. He is back for his 13th season, I wonder how many more his liver can handle?

This commercial may be funny, only cause its true.
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

Any resorts open this weekend? Thinking about going up but not sure where to go, as I have not skied here before.
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Any resorts open this weekend? Thinking about going up but not sure where to go, as I have not skied here before.
Laax should have part of the glacier open this weekend, Engelberg is closed until 19th November for revisions. Anywhere else that is open is probably quite a big trek from Zurich.

If you are looking for people to ski with there will be a group going somewhere accessible from Zurich on Saturday the 20th. Check out the events tab in this group.
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Any resorts open this weekend? Thinking about going up but not sure where to go, as I have not skied here before.

Forecast is 10cm today at laax...looking like it might be ok for tomorrow...
http://www.j2ski.com/snow_forecast/Switzerland/
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

Does anybody know which angle is best to sharpen your skis if you do not know the manufacturer recommendation? My research has fallen into two categories - by ski model or by snow type?

In any event, I have Scott Punisher twin tips.

Any advice much appreciated.

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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.
Would love to, but prior dinner engagement that night. So I am out.

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Since some people are planning on starting their ski season on November 20th thats an in the ski season social!

But I am there for that one!

Drinks also next Thursday (18th November) night at the same location.
And that one 2!

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Not happy that Papa G will not be in attendance.
Alas, will have to make up for it one day in the ski season. If only that Austrian powder was not so seductive, it would be much easier

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Verbier and Zinal will be opening this week-end. Upper sector/Lac des Vaux only for Verbier. Week-end only for both. Then every day from 27th for Verbier, and 18th Dec for Zinal. Crans Montana partial opening from 20th Nov, then fulltime from 18th December. Saas Fee and Zermatt open already, but full opening 27th Nov and 4th December respectively. Nendaz (next Valley to Verbier) opening 4th December. St Luc/Vercorin/Chandolin/Grimentz area oeping 18th Dec if sufficient snow.
Awesome!

I am planning a trip to Grimentz to chase the vin du glacier over a weekend. If anybody has any suggestions please PM me.


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Aw shucks, that makes me feel all fuzzy:-))


Indeed Obi Wan, she is strong in the dark side of the force!
I hope your bash goes well and gutted I can't make the 18th. Looking on the bright side though, us snowhounds get 2 bites at the wonders of Barts fine brew.
Likewise Papa G, will grab a brew for the opening day ski season. Waiting on advice for sharpening before I wax.

Look forward to meeting some new folks over the course of the next week.
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Which reminds me of Bode Miller. He is back for his 13th season, I wonder how many more his liver can handle?

This commercial may be funny, only cause its true.
Bode is the Guy Lafleur of skiing.
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Does anybody know which angle is best to sharpen your skis if you do not know the manufacturer recommendation? My research has fallen into two categories - by ski model or by snow type?

In any event, I have Scott Punisher twin tips.

Any advice much appreciated.

<insert snow dance here>

That depends on the kind of skiing you will be doing. Carving, park or powder? What ever you will be spending 90% of your time skiing. Early season will be best on a more aggressive tune since you will mostly be skiing on man made icy hardpack. I like rails so my edges are as dull as a butter knife, it makes the icy sections sketchy but I like sketchy.
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Luminousmind - I must say that personally I'd rather get my skis sharpened by a specialist. I go to a small shop where I know the guy personally and get truly trust him. Edges are only narrow, and if you get it wrong (or the shop) you can very quickly find that you have very little left and they will be extra vulnerable to any stones you find on the slope.

Very warm here in the Jura - did anybody get any skiing this week-end? Tell us about it.
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That depends on the kind of skiing you will be doing. Carving, park or powder? What ever you will be spending 90% of your time skiing. Early season will be best on a more aggressive tune since you will mostly be skiing on man made icy hardpack. I like rails so my edges are as dull as a butter knife, it makes the icy sections sketchy but I like sketchy.

Thanks for answering the question. Good advice.

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Luminousmind - I must say that personally I'd rather get my skis sharpened by a specialist. I go to a small shop where I know the guy personally and get truly trust him. Edges are only narrow, and if you get it wrong (or the shop) you can very quickly find that you have very little left and they will be extra vulnerable to any stones you find on the slope.
Wise words Odile.

If there are any certified technicians out there, please send me a PM. Would be interested in a ski tune-up refresher course.

I am nervous that my ski season may be more relaxed this year, and will have to pick my days to go all out. So I'll be waxing all season exploring long green's through the forest, mostly gliding on flats . So just easier to do it myself than the pain of going to the shop through the season.

It has been over 20 years since I maintained my own skis in the Laurentian Mountains (Eastern Canada). It seems strange to consider them mountains now, but that's what they were called.

Back then we used a straight file. This time I opted for the Toko ergo multi glide.
My search of You Tube has convinced me the techniques have not changed that much. My main concern was the impact shaped skis have, as my Scott Punishers are very different from my turquoise 4S and White 3G''s circa 1988.

My technique is to use a felt tip marker on the edge, and lightly brush over in overlapping segments of 10 - 20 cm until the color is gone. Dull the tips if required, probably more so on GS skis.

Any suggestions welcome or send me a PM. I'm going to search the forum to see if we have a ski maintenance thread.
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Friends of mine when to work as snowboarding instructors on MtTremblant and they said they never ever experienced cold like that before!
As said, I am lucky to have a friend with a small sports shop here who does my sharpening/tuning for me (in the NE Jura). I've had one pair of skis ruined by ski shops, with both edges and sole 'repaired' by just shaving off any problem until smooth. Many shops will 'repair' any dents in sole by putting on machine and smoothing until flat. Looks brilliant when you pick them up and pay the bill - then realise that there is practically nothing left. If you have a dent in sole, insist that they fill it then file down!!

Happy farting! (farter = to wax skis)- as I explained to my future father in law, the better you fart the quicker you go! (a language mistake I only made ONCE..)
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Coldest I have ever been was on the old double chair over Expo on the North Side of Tremblant broken down for an hour in howling wind only to get to the top and find out the restaurant was also closed. Had to ski all the way down.

That was cold.
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Happened to me and daughters in Les Deux Alpes in a blizzard- stuck for nearly an hour with chairs swinging more than the 60s! Not fun.
Enjoy the ski season you and all.
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Any suggestions welcome or send me a PM. I'm going to search the forum to see if we have a ski maintenance thread.
During my snowboard bumming days I worked at a few ski-board shops and have done hundreds of tunes. My best advice that you won't hear at any other shop is this. You won't be able to tell the difference unless your a pro skier on a solid ice race course. As long as they are somewhat sharp is all that matters. Very, very, very few people can tell the diffence (within one degree) between 0 and 3 tune. Just make sure your edges don't have so many burrs that they start ripping your jacket up.

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