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Smile

my first pair was a Ukranian-made Fischer-licenced Fischer Competition, old traditional shape, but I lked the flex a lot. I bougth them second hand, with semi-auto Marker bindings (the ones with exposed chromed steel springs). They werer relatively cheap and all that I could afford. These lasted several seasons and I sold them on.

I then got some Atomic Carbon skis - same pair as a friend. We each broke one ski the same season. so we each gave our pairs away to another friend who made one set out of the two and still has them.

I then got the Salomons X Mountain from a friend who knew the Salomon/Rossignol distributor and had loads of the best skis so he gave one to me - these are the ones I used for 15 years and was so happy with them. I eventually ripped out an edge and had to replace them.

So after 2 seasons of renting I now got these Dynastars. Smile

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In case you have never used it, this stuff is brilliant, and always worth bringing along....especially if the snow is a little sticky: http://www.amazon.co.uk/F4-QUALITY-FLUORO-UNIVERSAL-Snowboards/dp/B000XP87AW

It makes the skis considerably faster than any other wax treatment I've come across. It lasts about a day, but is very fast and easy to apply (put on top of normal treatment).

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good slippery surface does make a difference! especially on those connecting slopes where you have to keep speed to roll further to avoid pedalling on flat/upwards sections.

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good slippery surface does make a difference! especially on those connecting slopes where you have to keep speed to roll further to avoid pedalling on flat/upwards sections.

30% less polling.......has to be a good thing as you get old!  Dirol

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saves time for you rum coffee session, too :grin:

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saves time for you rum coffee session, too :grin:

I have hollow ski poles with screw tops.........Gin in one and Tonic in the other! (ice isn't a problem)   :twisted:

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Wot? Only two skiers on this forum?

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Wot? Only two skiers on this forum?

They're probably too busy arguing on other threads.  >).............. and maybe Snowboarders feel excluded.......which they are not!

It would be great if more people shared their experiences.

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OK Cno I'm here...

Haven't looked through this thread tho - too long!

Skiing and hi fi are the only things I'll spend money on without question. Life without 'em just aint worth living.

My wife and I have both skied since we were kids and we're both really good. I don't feel conceited writing that 'cos I'm total poo at every other sport on the plant, but I really can ski... Thought we'd have to give up skiing in 2008 when our boy was born, but luckily that only turned out to be a year's break as my in-laws bought a place in Morzine shortly after and we've been skiing there, mostly twice a season, since.

We went out at Xmas. I'm starting to slow down now but my boy who was then four, had a couple of private lessons and, despite it being his second week on snow, became a total maniac, shooting down the hills and through the trees without a care - amazing.

We're heading out again at Easter. I know the snow can be a bit rubbish so late in the season, but I actually quite like slush and the long days and (generally) warmer weather make up for it. So if anyone's heading to Morzine / Les Gets for Easter let me know...

 

 

 

 

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OK Cno I'm here...

Haven't looked through this thread tho - too long!

Skiing and hi fi are the only things I'll spend money on without question. Life without 'em just aint worth living.

My wife and I have both skied since we were kids and we're both really good. I don't feel conceited writing that 'cos I'm total poo at every other sport on the plant, but I really can ski... Thought we'd have to give up skiing in 2008 when our boy was born, but luckily that only turned out to be a year's break as my in-laws bought a place in Morzine shortly after and we've been skiing there, mostly twice a season, since.

We went out at Xmas. I'm starting to slow down now but my boy who was then four, had a couple of private lessons and, despite it being his second week on snow, became a total maniac, shooting down the hills and through the trees without a care - amazing.

We're heading out again at Easter. I know the snow can be a bit rubbish so late in the season, but I actually quite like slush and the long days and (generally) warmer weather make up for it. So if anyone's heading to Morzine / Les Gets for Easter let me know...

Roger, thanks for reporting in.

I also have been skiing a long time, and took a lot of time (and lessons) to get rid of my "old school" technique. I play a fair amount of sport, but skiing has always been my favorite.....but everything has been on hold while my back is crook; and missing the skiing has been tough, so I like to hear about the adventures of others.

My guilty pleasure is a set of full-blown Atomic slalom skis.

I've been to Morzine / Avoriaz near Easter (20 years ago) and the snow was dodgy giving rise to a 2 hour queue to get down in the cable car from Avoriaz..... I'm sure things have improved since then. I do remember skiing "The Wall" in order to head over to Switzerland.

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Les gets was where I discovered the Alps so is a special place for me. A friend of mine is a local there so I had the best possible introduction, complete with genuine food, cheese and wine. Great place, great snow, great memories!

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So, any plans for this season, fellows?

After more than 10 years on a pair of second hand skis and cheap boots this season I am on a brand new set of skis and boots! Looking forward, to say the least. 

Anybody knows Chamonix?

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So, any plans for this season, fellows?

After more than 10 years on a pair of second hand skis and cheap boots this season I am on a brand new set of skis and boots! Looking forward, to say the least. 

Anybody knows Chamonix?

 

Skiied there once. You must ski the Vallee Blanche, it is a great experience. If you do, you have to take a guide. The hairiest bit is the climb down from the lift to the piste along a rocky,icy path. I would recommend getting some sort of strap on doofer for your boots with spikes to make it easier - I would get it there and ask the guides advice on what to get (although they scamper up and down the path like gazelles). Compared with the 3 vallees, I found the ski areas a bit disjointed but it is certainly worth a visit.

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So, any plans for this season, fellows?

After more than 10 years on a pair of second hand skis and cheap boots this season I am on a brand new set of skis and boots! Looking forward, to say the least. 

Anybody knows Chamonix?

I would love to have skied there, but never did, mostly because it used to be difficult to get there from Ireland.

It is an almost uniquely traditional resort, steeped in climbing history. The skiing is on the tough side (not great for beginners), with the different areas being a bit disjointed, but with good off piste. Beautiful in good weather, and tough in bad. I think it has the highest skiing in the Alps, with the Vallee Blanche being a highlight (with a guide)......but as Hammill says, with a precarious climb.

Being a proper Alpine town, it isn't particularly convenient (compared to purpose built), and resort level snow can sometimes be a problem, though there are alternative activities available. If you are going there, be aware of its logistic short-comings.

I think this is a resort for the intrepid skier, who likes a challenge and a large dose of tradition.

Let us know how your plans go.

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AlmaataKZ wrote:

So, any plans for this season, fellows?

After more than 10 years on a pair of second hand skis and cheap boots this season I am on a brand new set of skis and boots! Looking forward, to say the least. 

Anybody knows Chamonix?

I would love to have skied there, but never did, mostly because it used to be difficult to get there from Ireland.

It is an almost uniquely traditional resort, steeped in climbing history. The skiing is on the tough side (not great for beginners), with the different areas being a bit disjointed, but with good off piste. Beautiful in good weather, and tough in bad. I think it has the highest skiing in the Alps, with the Vallee Blanche being a highlight (with a guide)......but as Hammill says, with a precarious climb.

Being a proper Alpine town, it isn't particularly convenient (compared to purpose built), and resort level snow can sometimes be a problem, though there are alternative activities available. If you are going there, be aware of its logistic short-comings.

I think this is a resort for the intrepid skier, who likes a challenge and a large dose of tradition.

Let us know how your plans go.

thanks Cno and hammil

this is very consistent with the other reviews I read! Will try to try more off piste...

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