Author Topic: The Ski Locker thread  (Read 80784 times)

Re: The Ski Locker thread
« Reply #700 on: September 12, 2020, 05:03:32 am »
So, apparently we're going to have a La Nina this year, which would normally be good news, but with Covid and me, not even being certain I'm going to be in the province, I'm not sure if I should buy passes or not.
The border to the US is likely to remain closed, which should mean that Whistler might actually be worthwhile, so I'm leaning towards breaking my embargo on Whistler and getting a 5 day pass. Whistler will run a reservation system, so there will be a cap on how many people can be on the mountain. (Again, actually making it worthwhile to go)

My local hills are likely going to be overrun by locals in higher numbers than ever and with distancing restrictions, the line-up are going to be terrible, I suspect.

Re: The Ski Locker thread
« Reply #701 on: September 12, 2020, 08:05:02 am »
For the first time in about 30 years, Clan Ham will not be skiing over Christmas :(

Re: The Ski Locker thread
« Reply #702 on: September 12, 2020, 08:20:23 am »
The alternative would be to finally get that avalanche course done and start going backcountry...but that would require another $2k+ in new gear.

Re: The Ski Locker thread
« Reply #703 on: September 12, 2020, 09:46:13 am »
Due to hols getting cancelled x2 I should be able to carry some leave over to next year, which means a ski tour could be on the cards, assuming the huts are open of course.
Rust never sleeps

CommuteTooFar

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Re: The Ski Locker thread
« Reply #704 on: September 13, 2020, 12:57:29 pm »
I have decided not to book anything until after Christmas. Then I will consider the state of play. There is no direct Eurostar which does not help. We also have the consequences of brexit to digest.

Re: The Ski Locker thread
« Reply #705 on: September 13, 2020, 04:52:38 pm »
Buy your Euros now !!
Rust never sleeps

CommuteTooFar

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Re: The Ski Locker thread
« Reply #706 on: September 16, 2020, 03:04:33 pm »
I am watching the tdf climbing the col de Madelaine and col de Loze listening to commentators saying hard climbs and thinking Blue runs.

Re: The Ski Locker thread
« Reply #707 on: September 16, 2020, 03:20:13 pm »
Isn't Madeleine road a green?

CommuteTooFar

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Re: The Ski Locker thread
« Reply #708 on: September 16, 2020, 03:24:05 pm »
It was blue when I skied it.   The main piste in St Francvois Longchamps is green.

CommuteTooFar

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Re: The Ski Locker thread
« Reply #709 on: September 16, 2020, 04:40:10 pm »
It has changed a lot since I skied Valmorel. Pistes and lifts have changed.

Feanor

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Re: The Ski Locker thread
« Reply #710 on: November 23, 2020, 12:19:00 pm »
You know that thing where after a day hiking around the Glenshee hills, you stop in at Braemer Mountain Sports for a coffee and accidentally end up dropping north of 2k on new ski touring kit?
Well, that.

Seems likely our French trip won't happen ( again! ), so we'll get a refund from that.
And looks like we'll be exploring some of the back country and side country closer to home!

Re: The Ski Locker thread
« Reply #711 on: November 23, 2020, 12:20:51 pm »
:-)   That's an 'accident' that I am currently trying to avoid.
Rust never sleeps

Feanor

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Re: The Ski Locker thread
« Reply #712 on: January 04, 2021, 07:56:09 pm »
First outing for the ski tour kit today.
Meikle Pap, one of the outlying peaks of Lochnagar.

In a group of four, we had a hike and skin up, quick transition and ski down.
Snow was in good condition higher up, but the lower slopes was soft with a deep heather base which was a little challenging.

I provided some amusement for a couple of Mountain Rescue guys who spotted me from afar doing a spectacular faceplant having failed to see a deep accumulation of soft snow!
Looks like it may be some time before the next outing :-(

https://www.strava.com/activities/4566950966

Feanor

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Re: The Ski Locker thread
« Reply #713 on: January 16, 2021, 08:55:31 pm »
Another local mini-tour on the touring kit.

This time, to the Buck of Cabrach, the local high point.
A road I know well from cycling, but I've never skied the hills before.

There was little snow on the approach, but from the parking spot we could ski from ( and back to ) the car.
As we gained a bit of height, the conditions became good, if a little windy.
There were four other cars at the parking spot, and I reckon there were about 8 people out on the hill.

A blue-sky day, with pretty good conditions for Scotland.

https://www.strava.com/activities/4629931958/overview



Feanor

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Re: The Ski Locker thread
« Reply #714 on: January 23, 2021, 07:10:00 pm »
Scottish conditions today, again on an pretty unknown ( from a ski point of view ) local hill the Buck of Cabrach.
A few others up, individuals or groups of 2.
Not exactly crowded!

Blue skies and fresh snow.
We did 4 laps off the back, where the best snow was.

https://www.strava.com/activities/4668617355


Cabrach by Ron Lowe, on Flickr


Cabrach by Ron Lowe, on Flickr


Cabrach by Ron Lowe, on Flickr



Re: The Ski Locker thread
« Reply #715 on: January 23, 2021, 07:11:35 pm »
Fantastic !!!
Rust never sleeps

Re: The Ski Locker thread
« Reply #716 on: January 23, 2021, 07:37:47 pm »
Looks worth the climb.

almost

Feanor

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Re: The Ski Locker thread
« Reply #717 on: January 23, 2021, 09:18:45 pm »
Looks worth the climb.

almost

It is, but you need to regard the skinning up as an enjoyable part of the day, not a chore that needs to be endured.

It's a different experience to resort skiing.
More akin to mountaineering really.

But anyone who regularly goes 'off-piste' off the side of regular resort runs is ready for this.