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  1. #26
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    Man, that takes me back...I was hoping to be there this season, but it looks like it's not going to happen.
    Great pics, they really give you a sense of what some of those places are like.
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    nice stokeage, euromang!!!



    looks like ban de rios (wrolngly spelled) and trifides are in a quite bad shape? not much snow? was the any skiers on riding them?
    I have never been good with facts.

  3. #28
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    AWESOME pics!!!

    Had to wipe the drool off my chin!
    Onea these days.................

  4. #29
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    Y o Yo Yo!

    Great TR, Ripz. The Mini is on. Have fun, stay safe, you guys.

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    Saweeeeeeeeet!!

    Note to self: Save for Europe Trip next year.

    Hell, maybe we should upgrade the "mini" status of it this year to next year's "Summit".
    "... she'll never need a doctor; 'cause I check her out all day"

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    Originally posted by Spamhelmet



    looks like ban de rios (wrolngly spelled) ....
    dude,
    like its the Pan Reee Dough.

    and how 'bout that Eegrrete (heh)? bring the tools.

  7. #32
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    Originally posted by Spamhelmet
    nice stokeage, euromang!!!

    looks like ban de rios (wrolngly spelled) and trifides are in a quite bad shape? not much snow? was the any skiers on riding them?
    dunno the names, you'll have to ask bad roo. i did see a snowboarder taking the route in red tho. f-n-a! big balls for sure.

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    Originally posted by Ripzalot
    Don't ask....

    We've kinda learned not to.

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    Nice report Ripz. I´ll be adding some of my own stuff in due course.

    The Triffyde couloirs are ok. #3 has an impossible huck and doesn´t look as if it will be skiable this season (not unusual). Apparently #2 is ok, I haven´t skied it though. #1 is in good shape but the entrance is pretty tricky. #0 is cool, Roo and I skied it a couple of days ago.

    The Pan de Rideau is the Couloir de Pan de Rideau this season - a narrow chute instead of an open field. There is more routefinding on the glacier than in previous years but it looks ok - although I am not sure how good the snowbridges are. There is hardly any snow in the Y couloir, loads of gaps, doesn´t look as if it´ll be doable for quite a while if at all.

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    BTW It is snowing pretty hard now

    Hoping to go up later; messed my foot up yesterday and not too keen to ski with it yet.

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    Originally posted by Mulletizer
    BTW It is snowing pretty hard now

    Hoping to go up later; messed my foot up yesterday and not too keen to ski with it yet.
    Damn, you boys be careful! Snowing, eh? Hey, it's only a 4 hour drive back down for the weekend. Hmmmm...

    I'm jonesin' to get back down there already. La Grave makes everything else look like the kiddie slopes. I'm completely jaded now.

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    Originally posted by Ripzalot
    dunno the names, you'll have to ask bad roo. i did see a snowboarder taking the route in red tho. f-n-a! big balls for sure.
    Micah Black skied that one in RAP's Snowdrifters, I think. There was way better coverage when he did it, though. Looks sweet. I'd love to test my fortitude over ther some time.

    So fucking cool!
    "When restraint and courtesy are added to strength, the latter becomes irresistible."
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    Damn, that was awesome. Those pics are fricking great. 5 stars brother.
    More fucked up than a cricket in a hubcap

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    Originally posted by Karl Stall
    Micah Black skied that one in RAP's Snowdrifters, I think. .
    OMG!

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    Hey Mulletizer, you still have to show those boyz the goods. What no rope with you those dayz. keep rippin and tell everyone I'll be back.

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    Originally posted by sluffhunter
    tell everyone I'll be back.
    They already know

    The rope will come out soon...

  17. #42
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    Just landed back stateside...all I can say is OMFG!!!! Thanks to all the euro mags for babysitting this uber jong on his euro vacation...pics and more will follow after a shower and some good lovin from my better half. She's waiting for me so I'm audi5000 G.

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    Make it a quickie so we can get some porn.

    Nice shots Ripz

    It’s so quiet, it’s so cool, it’s so cold

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    Very Cool thread. Brings some memories to my mind...

    I visited la Grave spring 2001. The conditions were superb back then. Skied Pan de Rideau many times, and once the Y; maybe the most extremo-mountain-doodhish run I've ever made
    But it was in unusually good condition back then - my friend met Doug Coombs(!) in gondola, and they chatted for a while, and Doug pointed out that 'steep skiing conditions are excellent right now'...Still, maybe the best runs were just the bowls at Vallon after a huge dump, wind packed mach-3 cruising stuff!

    We also watched some Finns hucking the Trifide 3...after seeing couple of skiers took some big yard sales, me and my friend decided we have no balls for that stuff. Afterwards thinking, a very good decicion, because when I think it now I wasn't ready for that!(and I doubt I ever will, with current back problems) One snowboarder stuck it nicely, just a slightly butt check (but he´s quite good, eh)...and then we saw from distance one swedish girl stomping it cleanly...very humbling

    Also, the route down to Freaux through the woods was quite an experience...very tight trees, steep,heavy snow, some down climbing over rocks, sudden cliff bands here and there, and finally avalanche chute with volkswagen sized snow chunks ...obvioysly we didn't take the so called 'right' route...heh

    By the way, no wonder that some of those Finns happen to live right there at 'Les Freaks'!!!

    I think in Europe La Grave might be the closest equivalent(sp?) to Alta - every skier should visit it at least once!

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    Originally posted by Jiehkevarri
    I think in Europe La Grave might be the closest equivalent(sp?) to Alta - every skier should visit it at least once!
    I was wondering about that - what other resorts stateside can compare to La Grave? Everything seems so short and dumb now.

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    I didn't actually think about vertical meters etc. -more about the unique feeling...never been to Alta though, but I can sorta imagine the vibe there.

    But you´re right...not that many resorts are comparable. La Grave is barely even a ski resort...more like just a huge mountain with a few lifts!

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    Great report!

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    Originally posted by meatdrink9
    Sweet report and pics. I love Roos clicked-out cliff huck. I don't understand why there is gear in the landing though?
    I'd orginally decided to climb up onto that knob and then ski off it, but the damn thing was only about 18 inches wide and overhanging, soo I threw my gear off in disgust and piled off after it. Brownmonkey has a mid air shot of me where I look distinctly 'special'.

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    Originally posted by bad_roo
    Brownmonkey has a mid air shot of me where I look distinctly 'special'.
    You are distinctly "special" Roo.

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    Some panoramics...

    From 3200m on top of La Grave...


    Serre Chevalier...


    From the chalet looking up at La Meije...

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