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  1. When was the last time a ski / board film showed...

    When was the last time a ski / board film showed someone backing off a line ?

    As an older and slightly wiser dude cant help but feel the ski movie industry has some kind of obligation to educate...
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    YES! It is small town but quieter than Chamonix...

    YES!
    It is small town but quieter than Chamonix (the joke being it is the best powder stash on Chamonix lift pass).
    Daily weather and snow conditions can be very different on south side of alps -...
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    Thanks MeatHelmet - that is a mountain of bed...

    Thanks MeatHelmet - that is a mountain of bed time reading.
    I knew TGR SFTE would deliver :D
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    Thank you good people of TGR!

    Thank you good people of TGR!
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    Any Norwegians post here ? Would like to find...

    Any Norwegians post here ?
    Would like to find out how the snow is looking in Jotunheimen this winter.
    Planning a "Norwegian Haute Route" - would love to speak to a local about conditions and the...
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    I just bought some new dynafit bindings and they...

    I just bought some new dynafit bindings and they came shipped in a cardboard box.
    No bubble wrap ;)

    Sadly some people are "at it" on ebay these days.
    They basically submit a list of complaints...
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    Deuter Guide

    Deuter Guide
  8. Good info and similar to my current thought...

    Good info and similar to my current thought process - east coast skiing probably very much like skiing in Scotland.

    Sadly not much use for Praxis RX in these parts - however would be sadly...
  9. Cheers for all the advice - Who would have...

    Cheers for all the advice - Who would have guessed TGR is such a great source for pisten-carven skis ;)
    Want to use these for skiing hardpack at home + instructor exams.
    Some good suggestions -...
  10. ^ the old K2 sideshow ? not sure what they...

    ^ the old K2 sideshow ?
    not sure what they replaced it with in their 14/15 line up but I am sure they have something ?

    funny you ask - cause most 90mm skis these days are soft and aimed for...
  11. Good list of ideas & inspiration! Keep them...

    Good list of ideas & inspiration!
    Keep them coming....
    Thanks!
  12. Carving ski help ? 14-15m Turn Radius ? 178cm ?

    TGR tech talk,

    Piste-performance ski help needed...
    I know all about powder skis - but for this kind of thing I am clueless
    Looking for something that is a slalom / GS hybrid.
    Something between...
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    Video from Julien Lopezs slide during FWT event...

    Video from Julien Lopezs slide during FWT event at Kappl now online via facebook.
    Scary....

    https://www.facebook.com/FreerideWorldTour?fref=nf
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    ^ Way back in 2008 Kaj Zackrisson / Cody Townsend...

    ^ Way back in 2008 Kaj Zackrisson / Cody Townsend had a lucky escape 2 days before the Verbier FWT xtreme when Bec De Rosses avalanched above them on course inspection.
    ...
  15. Very good link. Interestingly the SLF have come...

    Very good link. Interestingly the SLF have come to same conclusion (that airbag improves your chances of survival by 50%) as Bruce Tremper did last winter.

    The ABS 97% figure was always nonsense...
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    Good link. SLF come to same conclusion as Bruce...

    Good link.
    SLF come to same conclusion as Bruce Tremper did last winter.
    http://utahavalanchecenter.org/blog-avalanche-airbag-effectiveness-something-closer-truth
  17. The pinnacle is called Sgurr Dearg - or more...

    The pinnacle is called Sgurr Dearg - or more commonly the Inn Pin.
    By coincidence we hiked the ridge a few weeks ago, and rappelled off ;)
    It is way to big to even consider riding off - even for...
  18. heartbreaking read....

    heartbreaking read....
  19. Danny Macaskill - MTB video, Skye Scotland

    This might just be the best mountain bike short video you ever watch ?

    I am not sure how well known Danny Macaskill is outside of Scotland / UK ?
    Here he is going for a wee mountain bike ride...
  20. Terrible news. Like many on the internet lived...

    Terrible news.
    Like many on the internet lived vicariously watching Andreas Franson's steep skiing videos & blogs.
    Sport of skiing just lost a true legend :frown:
    Maybe the most important skier of...
  21. 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
  23. 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...
  24. 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...
  27. 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...
  29. 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...
  31. 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...
  32. 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...
  33. 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...
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    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...
  35. 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!
  36. 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...
  37. ^ 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...
  38. ^... extra bonus gnar points for calling out the...

    ^... extra bonus gnar points for calling out the armchair quarter backs.
  39. ^ 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...
  40. ^ 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...
  41. 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...
  43. 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...
  44. 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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