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PostSubject: Blast Snowboard trip   Thu Sep 19, 2013 6:26 am

Seeing as we both missed out on a snowboard trip last year, we are definitely going this year. Our plan is to not decide where to go until a week or so before and then choose the place with the best forecasted conditions.
The date will be 11.01.14 - 18.01.14

If anyone fancies joining us just give me a shout.
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PostSubject: Re: Blast Snowboard trip   Fri Sep 20, 2013 4:17 pm

I'm not yet sorted for skiing this season, but perhaps I'd be too gay to join you as a skier Embarassed
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PostSubject: Re: Blast Snowboard trip   Fri Sep 20, 2013 7:32 pm

Correct, no skiers or dinghy sailors!
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PostSubject: Re: Blast Snowboard trip   Fri Sep 20, 2013 11:36 pm

Hay !!!
I'm a skier, and was thinking of saving my pennies and coming along. But perhaps us skiers will cramp the boarders style or perhaps we are not prepared to sit on the slopes all day!!!Laughing Laughing 
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PostSubject: Re: Blast Snowboard trip   Mon Sep 23, 2013 10:24 am

We could make an exception for old skiers...there was no such thing as snowboards when Tony started!
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PostSubject: Re: Blast Snowboard trip   Mon Sep 23, 2013 10:29 am

Thanks Marc

That is true, I'm an old skier and there was no boarders and I learnt in leather boots and size 207 skis.

Keep me updated please .........
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PostSubject: Re: Blast Snowboard trip   Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:31 am

Could be tempted if I don't sort something out for getting away over newyear. Any thoughts on a snowkite trip -apart from Storey arms;) 
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PostSubject: Re: Blast Snowboard trip   Tue Oct 01, 2013 6:48 am

We would love to but they are usually very expensive and I don't think I'd like to do a week of just snow kiting, I'd like to snowboard as well and I don't think there's anywhere you can do that.
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PostSubject: Re: Blast Snowboard trip   Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:06 am

Yeah its not the cheapest sport. I think there are couple of place in Norway where you can ride off the top of the lifts but it prob not the best snowboarding.
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PostSubject: Re: Blast Snowboard trip   Tue Dec 24, 2013 6:13 pm

Starting to look closer now, anyone interested let us know
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PostSubject: Re: Blast Snowboard trip   Thu Dec 26, 2013 7:39 am

Keep us updated !!

Sorry I didn't make the Xmas flow session, shopping got on top of me !!!
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PostSubject: Re: Blast Snowboard trip   Sat Dec 28, 2013 4:34 pm

Hi Tony,

we intend to book by next weekend....Italy has the best snow depth at the moment but most of the Alps is getting plenty of Fresh over the coming week.

Anyone else interested let us know asap

Only three going so far plus Tony if ya come?
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PostSubject: Re: Blast Snowboard trip   Thu Jan 02, 2014 7:53 am

Looks like 45 of us going now...snow looks awesome too!
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PostSubject: Re: Blast Snowboard trip   Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:23 am

Ooops just seen the above post...4-5 not 45!!


Anyway, the temps are going to start dropping and there is fresh snow coming for the end of the weekend..Italy already has an insane amount of base layer....

Booking this evening......it's on!!
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PostSubject: Re: Blast Snowboard trip   Mon Jan 20, 2014 1:32 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Blast Snowboard trip   Mon Jan 20, 2014 1:57 pm

Aww that, just looked awful  Rolling Eyes 

I liked the end  Cool 
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PostSubject: Re: Blast Snowboard trip   Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:11 pm

Looks like a fab time was had.. we are off to passo tonale on Saturday. lets hope the snow is as good.. Very Happy 
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PostSubject: Re: Blast Snowboard trip   Mon Jan 20, 2014 3:36 pm

tonyn wrote:
Looks like a fab time was had..  we are off to passo tonale on Saturday. lets hope the snow is as good.. Very Happy 

What?
Why didn't you come with us after?

If you don't get fresh snow you will do the whole resort in half a day....total and be bored the rest of the week as it really is small and more geared to beginners!
That's why we only booked it on the Thursday before we drove up to Gatwick on the Friday i.e. we saw the forecast for a dump the coming week.

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PostSubject: Re: Blast Snowboard trip   Mon Jan 20, 2014 4:20 pm

Marc, the video is private
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PostSubject: Re: Blast Snowboard trip   Mon Jan 20, 2014 4:23 pm

Nice one Dave, should be sorted now!?
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PostSubject: Re: Blast Snowboard trip   Mon Jan 20, 2014 4:29 pm

yep Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Blast Snowboard trip   Mon Jan 20, 2014 4:52 pm

Here are 10 simple tips for you to keep in mind when you’re venturing off-piste with your mates.

1. WATCH YOUR BLIND SIDE
Remember that when you’re riding you have a blind spot on your heel side. Try to be aware of other riders in the group, and when passing people, give them room to manoeuvre on their heel side. This seems really obvious but is a common cause of accidents on the piste. In the backcountry – where everyone is charging or competing for the freshest turns– it can have very serious consequences.

2. ONE AT A TIME!
The most common cause of slab release is external loading. When you make a turn in fresh snow you can exert up to six times your body weight on the snowpack. If two riders are descending at once, this pressure-loading is doubled. If you’re venturing onto a slope that has an element of avalanche risk (i.e. it is the right angle, rolling, unsupported or untracked) treat it as unstable and take the precaution of riding one at a time.

3. USE A SPOTTER
Always have someone watching your ride from a safe vantage point where they can see all of the descent. If you’re riding one at a time (as you should be in this situation) the spotter can indicate when it is safe for the next rider to drop in.

4. STOP IN A SAFE SPOT
Many avalanches are triggered by a group of riders stopping above a slope and overloading it from above as they examine it. A typical scenario sees one rider stop on top of a convex roll-over to check out the slope below. The next rider follows suit and so on until now all the group are standing on the ‘convexity’ –the point of most tension in the snowpack and beyond the shear point of the slab. Try to gain vantage points where you can look into a slope from the side.

5. RIDE UNTIL CLEAR AND SAFE
At the bottom of a run, make sure you are clear of any danger from above before stopping. Ideally you want to be out of the path of any avalanche but close enough to offer assistance to riders still on the slope if anything was to happen.

6. PITCHING AND PLANNING
On a steep or long slope it is wise to break the descent down into pitches; this allows everyone to keep in contact and enables you to gradually check out the descent. It also avoids anyone getting swept off the mountain by sluff created by the rider following them. Establish ‘stopping points’ which are out of the line of fire from above, and ride one at a time where necessary.

7. HIGH GROUND IS GOOD GROUND!
In general, high ground is safe ground i.e. following ridgelines up or down is much safer than following gullies. Avalanches take the line of least resistance and so will flow down and be concentrated in gullies. Highpoints also have a point of lesser angle on the top, which is safer for stopping and makes a good vantage point for checking things out. Think ‘high ground is good ground’ when planning your escape lines and stopping spots.

8. SPREAD OUT WHEN TRAVERSING OR HIKING A SLOPE
Although turning down a slope exerts more pressure on it than hiking or traversing, you must be careful not to overload one spot on the way into a line. Simply spread out and keep moving as a team, and make sure that if one person stops you all stop – so as not to catch up and cause bunching.

9. DON’T FOLLOW GULLIES!
Many people get caught out following gullies. Gullies are streams in the summer and probably come to waterfalls or constrictions which are hard to pass and have steep sides. They are difficult to get out of, and once you’re in there they keep drawing you in until retreat is sometimes impossible. I’m sure there are many people reading this that know what I’m talking about here! Not really a group management issue but a pretty important rule and super simple.

10. THINK ‘SAFETY IN NUMBERS’
Make sure everyone has all the right kit and knows how to use it. Make sure everyone has the emergency phone numbers and a good idea of where they are and where you’re going. Tell a friend who’s not in the group where you’re heading and when you should be back!

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PostSubject: Re: Blast Snowboard trip   Mon Jan 20, 2014 6:21 pm

I was very tempted but I agree with you, its small and two weeks would of done my head in,,
as it is I will be taking it easy this year anyway, Sharon done her knee in last year and will not be up to skiing mogals, and hard blacks. so its poodling for me……...
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PostSubject: Re: Blast Snowboard trip   Wed Jan 22, 2014 7:33 pm

Hey Tony, looking good for you next week mate!!  Cool 
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PostSubject: Re: Blast Snowboard trip   Thu Jan 23, 2014 2:49 am

Ye, I think it will be another powder week…..  Very Happy 

I love powder but we don't get much of it anymore ...  Evil or Very Mad 
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