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    Sounds similar to when I hyper extended MCL in...

    Sounds similar to when I hyper extended MCL in 2015.

    After the crash I stood up and knee collapsed.
    Was convinced that I had ripped ligaments : knee felt unstable.
    Need to get a ski-doo off the...
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    Horrible news. Remarkably the itinerary seemed...

    Horrible news.
    Remarkably the itinerary seemed to be open?
    Though this was on skiers right off the official route marked by yellow poles.
    I.e wasnt the usual black spot on first traverse path.
    ...
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    in theory French mountaineering rescues are free...

    in theory French mountaineering rescues are free but off piste skiing should be covered by carte neige (which you buy with lift pass). so the status for Aiguille du Midi is theoretically different...
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    Sad news. We have all likely been on an icy /...

    Sad news.
    We have all likely been on an icy / exposed slope that turned out to be a bad idea at some point.
    Not just avalanches that can be deadly.

    FWIW : I see at least a couple of people who...
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    Oh fuck. That happened to me at least once. ...

    Oh fuck.
    That happened to me at least once.

    Not cool : great boots but those pivots are infamous for falling out.
    Best to add some loctite / glue.

    If you cant find a local dealer I am near...
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    @DB - thanks for the links and interesting...

    @DB - thanks for the links and interesting suggestions.
    Find it hard looking at Austrian piste maps.
    Ski areas from 800m-1500m seem low altitude ? (compared to western alps)
    However I guess...
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    Austrians. Can i kindly ask for suggestions - as...

    Austrians.
    Can i kindly ask for suggestions - as i don't know that side of alps so well.
    Looking for a small resort for family ski trip next Feb.
    Criteria...

    1) Good nursery slopes for 4 years...
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    Good times in La Grave / Serre Chevalier last...

    Good times in La Grave / Serre Chevalier last week....
    We were blessed with 60cm of fresh to go play in.
    Now back home awaiting 2nd offspring making an appearance in this world :D
    Short video...
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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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    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
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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
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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...
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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...
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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...
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    Picture of the Col Du Mouche slide here...

    Picture of the Col Du Mouche slide here (www.freeride.se)

    The really scary thing is that it ripped all the way to ground. Main couloir has lots of tracks on it and looks well skied.... Sadly I...
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    ^ according to SLF estimates only approx 10% of...

    ^ according to SLF estimates only approx 10% of people in an avalanche are actually buried (though this figue is almost impossible to verify as most incidents go unreported unless rescue services are...
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    Horrible outcome - Tragic... The open bowl...

    Horrible outcome - Tragic...



    The open bowl to skiers right of the Chassoure -> Tortin intinerary.

    It is locally well known to be one of the most avalanche prone areas in Verbier.
    However...
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    ^ RE : Super St Bernard... I heard the...

    ^ RE : Super St Bernard...

    I heard the following on the grape vine :wink:



    Good luck to them - my fingers are crossed too.... sceptical they can find the money to make it happen (but this is...
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    Right or wrong the Le Chable to Bruson telecabin...

    Right or wrong the Le Chable to Bruson telecabin is a go-go.
    Hopefully no high end chalet developments and bulldozing new pistes to follow....
    ...
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    ^ Yip.... Its all about increasing the value of...

    ^ Yip.... Its all about increasing the value of people's property & chalets...
    In Valais there are 3 proposed new lifts coming soon.

    1) Le Chable to Bruson
    2) Nendaz to Plan de Fou / Verbier
    3)...
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    Link for Valais ski geeks. Work started this...

    Link for Valais ski geeks. Work started this summer on Grimentz to Zinal cable car.
    Due to open Dec 2013....
    ...
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    ^ I heard Greece default in November.... Any...

    ^ I heard Greece default in November....

    Any word on the proposed Le Chable to Bruson gondola ? Have mixed feelings about this - Was meant to go ahead this summer but now postponed ? Has obvious...
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    Über Schnee in Der Arlberg!... :yourock: My...

    Über Schnee in Der Arlberg!... :yourock:
    My first time in this region of the alps - nice part of the world, and probably the most snow I have seen in my life.
    This was Stuben / Austria (1400m) at...
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    MeatHelmet - Old SSB piste map here. Car park is...

    MeatHelmet - Old SSB piste map here. Car park is at 1900 (not 1600).
    I think your book talks about taking the poma on the left to 2200 for Grand Lui ?
    Would be very easy skin.Though both lifts...
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    Super St Bernard still closed :( Though you can...

    Super St Bernard still closed :(
    Though you can buy it for 1chf - assuming you replace the telecabin.
    Sadly couldn't afford to replace the old lift.
    Shame, good station, had some good times there...
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    So much snow :yourock: Fun 4 day euro mini tour....

    So much snow :yourock:
    Fun 4 day euro mini tour.

    https://www.tetongravity.com/forums/asset.php?fid=104122&uid=3986&d=1326027624

    Bad weather and lift closures necessitated skiing trees at Les...
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    Interesting observation and discussion.... Blame...

    Interesting observation and discussion....
    Blame the NAO (north atlantic oscillation) i.e Europes version on El Nino.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Atlantic_oscillation

    Since 2008 europe...
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    Completely true Story.... Several years ago in...

    Completely true Story.... Several years ago in Zurich Airport train station I once got asked by a tramp for spare change in 3 different languages (first German, then French and finally in English). ...
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    Time for an old joke.... In Heaven… *...

    Time for an old joke....

    In Heaven…

    * the cars are German
    * the food is French
    * the police are British
    * the lovers are Italian
    * and everything is organized by the...
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    Thanks all:yourock: Will see what happens...

    Thanks all:yourock:
    Will see what happens (lots of factors to consider, not just skiing unfortunately!)

    Looking at the insane exchange rate (£1 = 1 euro = 1.3chf) I am not sure who will be...
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    Cheers guy :yourock: Very much appreciated. ...

    Cheers guy :yourock: Very much appreciated. Have the opportunity to go for an interview later this autumn - sounds like an opportunity that is worth considering properly. Even if I don't...
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    Thanks Stoiber! TGR forum provides good info...

    Thanks Stoiber! TGR forum provides good info once more...

    How reliable is the snow ? Given that it must come from a southern direction ? From further reading sounds like there is a few decent...
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    Question for the Austrians please... How cool /...

    Question for the Austrians please...
    How cool / un-cool a place would Villach be to live ?

    Not as a ski bum, but for a 32 year old engineer working in microelectronics. May have the option of...
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    Public Service Announcement for The Euros. 184cm...

    Public Service Announcement for The Euros.
    184cm Coreupt Coirier - 99 Euros on Conrad :fm:

    http://www.sport-conrad.com/page/product-detail/__/shop/prod/18271

    Potentially a smoking deal for...
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    Just back from la Grave... Still a little fun to...

    Just back from la Grave...
    Still a little fun to be found up high on the giriose glacier and also in the trifide.
    But anything below P2 (2400m) has been destroyed - and even getting back there is...
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    Heaven... or Bollywood film set ? Only skied one...

    Heaven... or Bollywood film set ?
    Only skied one day at Engelberg - it rained, but they do a fine curry in the top station :D
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    The continuing -ve NAO trend is very...

    The continuing -ve NAO trend is very interesting...
    Last winter the large blocking high, and more southerly jet stream, resulted in

    - Very cold & dry in the central alps around Zermatt
    - Some...
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    Never met Idris - someone please tell him he...

    Never met Idris - someone please tell him he needs to come back and post some of his rad TRs....

    Scotland is in Europe right ? Nice to get some early November snow.
    Skiing slow in the mist can...
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    ^ yup - If your taking a car to Verbier for the...

    ^ yup - If your taking a car to Verbier for the day then park at Le Chable.

    If you need an overnight car park space in Verbier then the sports centre / swimming pool is the spot ;) Not much other...
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    Just a suggestion... seeing as your looking for a...

    Just a suggestion... seeing as your looking for a guided euro big mountain experience a trip to the skiers lodge in la Grave might be exactly what you are looking for ? Have only drunk in the bar...
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    Yup - all it takes is a blown knee / broken femur...

    Yup - all it takes is a blown knee / broken femur somewhere a little remote...
    Much better to have insurance! As you say, small chance, but cost could be huge.

    Air Glacier insurance is very...
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    ^ pretty sure the infamous Verbier bunker closed...

    ^ pretty sure the infamous Verbier bunker closed down last winter for good.
    spent one night there in 2007 - that was plenty....
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    Wow - solid achievement boys. Job well done. ...

    Wow - solid achievement boys. Job well done. :yourock:
    Very impressed - and also a little nervous just looking at your photo.
    That rappel looks 'tres sportif' to say the least....

    Before...
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    Alex - Arthur (older dude who you know already -...

    Alex - Arthur (older dude who you know already - skied with him at Arolla in 08) still lives in Chamonix. And also has couple of other mates visiting that week. Drop me an email and could put you...
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    Well at least you would still had the long flat...

    Well at least you would still had the long flat pole along the lac, an icy dam, and badly formed moguls in the trees as reward :FIREdevil



    SSB is in trouble ? :( whats the story ? Had some...
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    For the last 2 weeks it wont stop stopping...

    For the last 2 weeks it wont stop stopping snowing in Scotland.
    Maybe even the best snow in Europe right now! ;)

    Ben Thorburn (www.freeskiing.co.uk) rooting into Aladians Couloir / Cairngorm....
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