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  1. Don't ask, just vote! Joe is 100% legitimate....

    Don't ask, just vote!
    Joe is 100% legitimate.
    Surely rigging a corporate popularity contest is in the spirit of TGR ?

    Given that La Grave is a sausage party you really don't want pictures of...
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    And finally an off piste guide book for Verbier...

    And finally an off piste guide book for Verbier from local mountain guide Gilbert Crettaz

    http://www.guides-verbier.com/en/medias/livre-freeride-verbier.html
  3. uhhhmmm : the ironic satisfaction that you voted...

    uhhhmmm : the ironic satisfaction that you voted for joe to win a trip to la grave ?
    i am not benefiting in anyway. nor can I offer naked sister pictures as per TGR protocol.
    just thought a little...
  4. TGR Maggot help required : Joe Vallone needs your vote!!

    Dear Maggots of TGR,

    Joe Vallone needs your vote!
    Help a La Grave UIAGM win a ski trip to the town where he lives and works everyday.
    Why you ask ?
    Well : Surely rigging a popularity contest...
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    La Grave village, being north facing, doesn't...

    La Grave village, being north facing, doesn't seem much or any sun in January.
    Sun sets about 4.30pm and its dark by about 5pm.

    Southern alps seem to have a bigger base of snow building after...
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    Fun week in La Grave over new year. Short video...

    Fun week in La Grave over new year.
    Short video highlights below for anyone that gives a hoot.
    warning : its nothing extremo, just a bunch of 30-40 year old dudes skiing some nice snow and a few...
  7. Classic Salomon Freeski TV. Great episode -...

    Classic Salomon Freeski TV.

    Great episode - really enjoyed it.
    Informative and interesting.
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    Word on the street seems to be that James Wood...

    Word on the street seems to be that James Wood has a great chance in the slopestyle. Learned to ski as a kid on a dry (plastic) slope in Sheffield.... Has done well in the X games etc.

    Also...
  9. Very good article... Some iconic ski's in there....

    Very good article...
    Some iconic ski's in there.

    I like it when companies keep a ski in their line up (such as the Gotama or Mantra) for several years.
    Nothing worse than changing the names...
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    Stunning views of the Matterhorn and great pisten...

    Stunning views of the Matterhorn and great pisten carven in Zermatt all last week.
    Resort was really quiet.
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    Took a trip over to Chamonix to visit a friend before heading back home to...
  11. FWIW last winter in the alps a couple of bodies...

    FWIW last winter in the alps a couple of bodies were apparently found where the chest harness had ridden up and potentially strangled the victim (with crotch strapped stowed away the pack rides up...
  12. The new piste map doesn't show any changes -...

    The new piste map doesn't show any changes - apart from an obvious new lift!

    http://www.rma.ch/cartepistes/grimentz.php

    I imagine the new cable car is going to make it a very different ski area...
  13. K2 measure the effective edge length of the ski...

    K2 measure the effective edge length of the ski after it has been pressed.
    So they "ski long".
    i.e 188cm in K2 is similar to 191cm dynastar.

    Even with out considering the effect rocker may...
  14. I am 6"2 and the Mammut 22L ride sits on my back...

    I am 6"2 and the Mammut 22L ride sits on my back OK.
    Its a little high - but not enough to annoy me.

    Hummed and hawed for ages about going for the 22L or 30L ride RAS pack.
    In the end went for...
  15. if you have money to burn the I would contact Air...

    if you have money to burn the I would contact Air Glacier / Zermatt and the heli ski op's in those areas. nice situation to be in!
  16. That was great - worth downloading. Couple of...

    That was great - worth downloading.
    Couple of moments really had my heart going just watching the exposure.

    Really captures the modern day euro ski culture that the "anglophone" ski world don't...
  17. ^ Ever since it got converted from diesil to...

    ^
    Ever since it got converted from diesil to electric my beacon (bca T2) goes haywire if you put it into search mode near the top t-bar at Glencoe.
    Remember that when doing a range test the beason...
  18. ^... extra bonus gnar points for calling out the...

    ^... extra bonus gnar points for calling out the armchair quarter backs.
  19. ^ more likely ABS sent him a free pack and Ford...

    ^ more likely ABS sent him a free pack and Ford paid for a helicopter ride. I very much doubt that being a skier paid this guys bills.

    any professional skier (i.e a UIAGM / patroller etc) would...
  20. ^ I agree, we all can make mistakes. However...

    ^ I agree, we all can make mistakes. However that video glorifies an obvious error. Basically send out the message that if you drop into a wind loaded face and it avalanches then you just pull the...
  21. Funny thing is that in the explanation video he...

    Funny thing is that in the explanation video he says that he lost his googles.
    Right at the point where you can see them on his head.
    See 1:49
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=L2NE-TQQFtA#

    FWIW : I...
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    Milan -> Aosta -> Chamonix -> Verbier / Valais ->...

    Milan -> Aosta -> Chamonix -> Verbier / Valais -> Grand St Bernard -> Aosta

    Milan is actually very handy airport for western alps *if* you have a car.
    There is loads of good resorts on the loop...
  23. Nice summary here ...

    Nice summary here

    http://www.wildsnow.com/5014/avalanche-airbag-backpack-overview/

    Basically...
    Scott, Mammut, Snowpulse use RAS base units.
    North Face, Dakine, Rossi, Arva, use ABS Vario...
  24. The interesting thing about this video is that he...

    The interesting thing about this video is that he almost out runs it...
    Given the quality of the footage they were clearing filming for some kind of movie.
    My guess is that he knew it would rip -...
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    ^ correct. though as a clueless gaijin i found...

    ^ correct.
    though as a clueless gaijin i found it essential for trip planning (don't think there is a better english language resource?)
    it also highlights which resorts have the more liberal off...
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    Get the snowsearch japan book. Best English...

    Get the snowsearch japan book.
    Best English language guide book I know of (even if it was written by snowboarders!)
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    ^ Sounds about right :D Have only spent short...

    ^ Sounds about right :D

    Have only spent short periods of time in La Grave, though at different times of year.
    Had very different ski experiences at each time of year.
    Was lucky to meet some...
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    ^ Wow. Scary. Just think of the bad publicity...

    ^ Wow. Scary.
    Just think of the bad publicity Salomon got from an identical failure....
    Though statistically one failure tells you nothing about reliability ;)

    Skied new pair of 120 Pro Lites...
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    The laws of physics / chemistry also dictate how...

    The laws of physics / chemistry also dictate how small a battery can become.
    The main challenge for electric cars (for example) is making the battery small and light enough to make the range worthy....
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    Generally March / April is better in La Grave......

    Generally March / April is better in La Grave...

    The glaciers and upper slopes need time to fill in properly.
    It is rare for the entire mountain at LG to be in perfect condition all at one time....
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    If it works as well as they claim then expect...

    If it works as well as they claim then expect patent wars ?
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    The question is when ? Autumn 2014 ? Or...

    The question is when ?
    Autumn 2014 ? Or later.... ?

    Seems strange to leak your product in science magazine...
    Could be huge *if* it works.

    Wonder how close BD are to making it work and...
  33. Well - at least you didn't have to ask what a...

    Well - at least you didn't have to ask what a Cougar is... ;)
  34. I heard Courcheval is zee spot for Russian...

    I heard Courcheval is zee spot for Russian cougars in fur coats ?
    Post a TR.....
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    ^ Yip. Though when it is nuking with snow and...

    ^ Yip.

    Though when it is nuking with snow and the road signs are in Japanese we were very happy to take public transport. Like the alps in Europe the public transport is great and very reliable....
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    Last winter there was a bus to Seki Onsen. Quite...

    Last winter there was a bus to Seki Onsen. Quite hard finding information (in english) but once we there on the ground it turned out to be straight forward. Bus left Myoko at 8.30am and returned at...
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    Spent 10 days in Myoko last January on honeymoon....

    Spent 10 days in Myoko last January on honeymoon.
    We had a great time. Good ski area, not crowded, amazing snow and proper Japanese culture.
    Wife loved Myoko - It's perhaps not as pretty as Nozawa...
  38. BTW Lorne : A friend has some un-drilled 188cm...

    BTW Lorne : A friend has some un-drilled 188cm Core-upt gathering dust in his garage in Aberdeen.
    He tried to sell them to me last winter (100 euros) - could put you in touch if you were interested.
  39. Cmon : You know that after assessing all options...

    Cmon : You know that after assessing all options (for many hours) you will just end up getting some K2 Hardside / Sidestash off conrad for 200 euroz ;)

    Movement Jackal always looked like a nice...
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    As with any guided group the quality of the...

    As with any guided group the quality of the skiing depends on the weakest group member. You might get lucky and in the same group as a bunch of euro-rippers. Or it could be some fat unfit...
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    Classic TGR trip report. Enjoyed that. Nice ass...

    Classic TGR trip report.
    Enjoyed that.
    Nice ass & write up.
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    Just picked up a great deal on some Cochise 120...

    Just picked up a great deal on some Cochise 120 lite. Feels like a great touring boot that I would be happy to use for alpine or touring. Not skied them as it is mid summer - but guessing that I...
  43. Always used to think the Dent Blache is like a...

    Always used to think the Dent Blache is like a mini matterhorn!
    Cool mountain, great line, nice write up :yourock:
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    ^ Thanks. The summit of Ben Nevis is 1344m, but...

    ^ Thanks. The summit of Ben Nevis is 1344m, but you need to start walking from sea level.
    So basically a lot of time hiking for not much skiing - but hey it is mid May and we are still skiing on...
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    Fresh snow down to 700m in Scotland. Certainly...

    Fresh snow down to 700m in Scotland. Certainly didn't feel like mid May up on Ben Nevis yesterday.
    Had some great fun skiing a couple of the classic north face gully's (i.e couloirs) in winter...
  46. the worlds most sought after 2nd descent ? glad...

    the worlds most sought after 2nd descent ?
    glad that team Italy got #1 and #2 in their own backyard.
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    I have no PCL in my left knee and manage just...

    I have no PCL in my left knee and manage just fine (ski, bike, 5 aside football / soccer, hillwalking).

    It is very unusual to damage your PCL and not also the MCL or ACL. This makes getting...
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    ^ K2 have been making great skis over the last 5...

    ^ K2 have been making great skis over the last 5 years... So I am not so surprised that the SideSeth is a real "home run". (Verb61 is one of the biggest gear geeks in town!)

    They have done lots...
  49. Nice line, great photos, good write up. Enjoyed...

    Nice line, great photos, good write up.
    Enjoyed it from the comfort & safety of my cubical.
    TGR needs more of this.
  50. K2 measure long... Personally I blame Glen...

    K2 measure long...
    Personally I blame Glen Plake!

    However apparently the real answer is that some firms give ski length before they are pressed and the tips and tails are upturned. Other firms,...
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