Author Topic: The Ski Locker thread  (Read 94729 times)

CommuteTooFar

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Re: The Ski Locker thread
« Reply #725 on: 04 April, 2021, 12:52:43 pm »
www.snow-forecast.com have just warned me that my subscription is going to run out :-)

Re: The Ski Locker thread
« Reply #726 on: 29 September, 2021, 06:33:57 am »
Is it too early? I probably ruined the season by buying a pass to one of the local mountains. The regular one (Cypress) was a total shit show last year, as people couldn't travel and stayed local. The other resorts put a limit/reservation system up, but Cypress went "Come on up, y'all". You had to buy your ticket in advance, but already at 8am there was a 3 hour line-up for parking.
So, I bought a pass to Mt Seymour which will continue running their reservation system on the weekends.
Better yet, my contract runs out end of November and I plan to take December and most of January off and abuse the hell out of my pass.


......which probably means we wont get any snow at all.

Re: The Ski Locker thread
« Reply #727 on: 19 October, 2021, 06:45:03 am »
We had an en-famille moment last week when we realised that we were in severe danger of spending a second year at home for Christmas, as if the experience of last year wasn't enough to last. Cue much clicking, we are now on the cusp of either (a) a mega-apartment in Courchevel if some friends can get their shit together and say yes or (b) a first time in Saas Fee. Not _quite_ a first for me as I was there <mumble mumble> years ago, with an early trial version of the current Mrs Ham, who was a Swiss national, we had borrowed the picture postcard chalet of some of her friends, set alone a couple of hundred metres on the slopes (and yes, it did feature on a picture postcard of the resort, which card I still have in that "odd stuff" box). Unfortunately (?), because weather we probably spent more time on indoor sports, we had to dig ourselves out when the storm abated. This combined with generic annodominitus means I don't remember too much. Anyone been there lately?

Feanor

  • It's mostly downhill from here.
Re: The Ski Locker thread
« Reply #728 on: 21 October, 2021, 06:34:48 pm »
First dustings on Lochnagar.

Folklore has it that a good crop of Rowan Berries presages a hard winter, and we've had such a crop.
We shall see.

Sorry about the FB link, it's what Braemar MRT use.

https://www.facebook.com/braemarmrt/posts/4250320128350614

Re: The Ski Locker thread
« Reply #729 on: 21 October, 2021, 06:58:35 pm »
Just booked our annual run to the hills. A return to Arabba for the first time in about 18 years. Really really looking forward to showing our friends round.
Rust never sleeps

Re: The Ski Locker thread
« Reply #730 on: 21 October, 2021, 09:56:46 pm »
Update.

we are now on the cusp of either (a) a mega-apartment in Courchevel if some friends can get their shit together and say yes or

Well, well. Every time I looked at the apartment I thought to myself, that's the expensive end of Courchevel, innit? and, even at the other end, £9k for the Christmas week for a 7 bed apartment is too little. And it was showing as 100% available. Fishy. And there were zero reviews about this chalet. Pescatorial again. I bunged in an enquiry to ask if it was still available, thinking maybe availability just hadn't been updated, back it came swiftly, my booking request had been accepted (oh, and could I please hand over the full rental amount now to secure the rental).

Time to delve.

The renter was declared as the owner of this business renting on behalf of owners, which added a little credibility. Until I discovered that none of the properties on the website had any reviews. Using reverse image search I found the REAL chalet renters. Chalet Gentiane, not Belvedere.

Have a guess how much the weekly rent for it is - and of course it is unavailable having been rented for the peak weeks - before you click. Go on, the rent on the scam site is £9,000.

(click to show/hide)

I found alternative sources for some other of the photos on the Bellgold  Holiday website and I reported the dirty scammer to the site I found it on, but it still seems up.

Bullet dodged.

Saas Fee, here we come, wheeeeeeee!

Re: The Ski Locker thread
« Reply #731 on: 22 October, 2021, 10:52:59 am »
Even in a house of that size I cannot think of 14 people I would want to spend a whole week cooped up with!

Feanor

  • It's mostly downhill from here.
Re: The Ski Locker thread
« Reply #732 on: 03 November, 2021, 12:21:14 pm »
Winter arrives early in the Cairngorms.
The first flurries of snow have already been and gone, a light dusting of fine delicate powder which flitted on the high ground like a butterfly.

New kit arrives in anticipation of the forthcoming season.
The workbenches are cleared of cycling paraphernalia.
The 'Atelier de Ski Ron' is open early this season.

These touring skis and bindings together cost more than some package holidays.
Most home ski techs do not have the fancy jigs to position the bindings, and rely on paper templates. This is just as good, but more time-consuming and fiddly.

Measure twice, drill once.


Round up all the stuffs... by Ron Lowe, on Flickr


Drilling templates fitted by Ron Lowe, on Flickr


Measure twice, drill once! by Ron Lowe, on Flickr


All done! by Ron Lowe, on Flickr

Re: The Ski Locker thread
« Reply #733 on: 03 November, 2021, 12:57:18 pm »
Nice work. I completely get that you needed a pillar drill for this.
Rust never sleeps

Re: The Ski Locker thread
« Reply #734 on: 03 November, 2021, 01:18:57 pm »
Very nice work (and skis), I also like your warning sticker ;)

In separate news the "clickstay" site have removed all the scammers properties from their site, but his own site remains up. Unsurprisingly, there is no response from the fraud squad in response to my complaint.

Re: The Ski Locker thread
« Reply #735 on: 28 November, 2021, 08:11:53 pm »


Saas Fee, here we come, wheeeeeeee!


Bugger

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You are eligible to enter Switzerland for any travel purpose if you are fully vaccinated and can show adequate proof (detailed below). From 27 November 2021, in addition to the requirements below, you must show a negative COVID-19 test result (PCR or antigen) and self-quarantine for 10 days.This follows the addition of the UK to the Swiss Federal Office of Health’s list of countries with a variant of concern. More detail is available on the Swiss Federal Office of Health’s website.

From 27 November, travellers arriving in Switzerland from the UK who wish to transit to another country will need to self-quarantine in Switzerland for 10 days.

Re: The Ski Locker thread
« Reply #736 on: 03 December, 2021, 04:10:21 pm »


Saas Fee, here we come, wheeeeeeee!


Bugger

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You are eligible to enter Switzerland for any travel purpose if you are fully vaccinated and can show adequate proof (detailed below). From 27 November 2021, in addition to the requirements below, you must show a negative COVID-19 test result (PCR or antigen) and self-quarantine for 10 days.This follows the addition of the UK to the Swiss Federal Office of Health’s list of countries with a variant of concern. More detail is available on the Swiss Federal Office of Health’s website.

From 27 November, travellers arriving in Switzerland from the UK who wish to transit to another country will need to self-quarantine in Switzerland for 10 days.

And now...... it's on again! Whoop whoop!

Re: The Ski Locker thread
« Reply #737 on: Today at 11:30:41 am »
Lots of snow in Val Thorens apparently.

Mini was texting me yesterday for instructions as the coach drivers were struggling to work out how to get the chains on.
Rust never sleeps

Re: The Ski Locker thread
« Reply #738 on: Today at 12:30:27 pm »

Feanor

  • It's mostly downhill from here.
Re: The Ski Locker thread
« Reply #739 on: Today at 02:56:20 pm »
A lot of snow at Cairngorm yesterday.

A friend set off early, to join Inverness Backcountry Snowsports Club for a start of season bash from the Cairngorm car park.
By the time they arrived, the gates at Glenmore Lodge had been closed, and they were faced with a very long hike up.
This was vetoed, and the trip was abandoned.

Those who arrived earlier and made it up to the car park reported deep fresh snow, high winds, and zero viz.
They didn't stay out long.  Pretty much a normal Cairngorm day out, then.

Mountain rescue saying their were several avalanches in Coire An t-Sneachda, and I think a couple of shouts.