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Monthly Archives: January 2016

  • Charlies Trip to Les Deux Alpes

    Charlies trip to Les Deux Alps

    Any of us lucky enough to get away this January know that finding snow, decent snow would be a rarity. I can imagine all you out there weren’t too dissimilar to me leading up to your trips, sitting in front of a screen checking webcams, forecasts and reports constantly to see if you will be on mud or the white stuff.

    Les Deux Alpes Les Deux Alpes

    To finally get away in January after seeing reports or a proper dumping in the French Alpes, I certainly wasn’t going to complain. It was now just a matter on packing up, getting on that plane and praying for snow at the other side.

    An early start, a less than fun rail replacement to Gatwick and quick nap on the plane and I had arrived in Grenoble, ready for Les Deux Alpes. The runways were white, the freezing level had dropped down to pretty much sea level and talks around the transfer that the regulars have not seen this much snow this low in years, things were sounding good.

    Les Deux Alpes Les Deux Alpes | Burton Process Flying V & Burton Mission EST Bindings

    By the time our slightly sore heads hit the slopes Sunday morning we were greeted by high winds, super low temperatures and fresh snow getting blown from piste to piste, maybe this was too good to be true. The plan was to get to the top glacier, get on the friendliest runs to get our eye in and check out the 10km Jandri run back into the main resort. Jumping in the gondola to 3200m, chalked on the board was the weather report: 70-90kmph winds and -19C, very inviting. Exiting the building at the top, one of the boys skiing got blown a good 20ft over hard snow by the gales and I walked out clinging to the board like I was walking out for a session at the Hot Pipe one windy morning in Shoreham. The decision was made, get a bit lower and out of the face-mask freezing blizzard and into the blue skies. A tiring day finished off with some icy runs back to resort but all in all, a fair first day to the week.

    I was on a Burton Process 152 Flying V for the short time I was out there, but found the board easy to float around on but not quite a hard edge to edge board. It had a mid flex feel to pop around the park on smaller kickers without getting bucked off onto your arse from loading it up to much.

    The Burton Missions EST ride with a mid soft feel and can really lock you boots in to get a better response. The ankle strap has a smart little kink in the plastic to fold the strap out of the way to get your boot in without the hassle. These bindings can be paired with a range of boards, it has a fairly stiff high back but it is alongside a softer feel underfoot.

    Now you might be hoping I don’t go through this blog with day to day updates on snow conditions, weather and what I had for lunch, I won’t put you through the boredom as time on the slopes was short lived for a second time in my visits to the Alpes.

    Les Deux Alpes | Charlie Les Deux Alpes | Charlie

    Sun was shining and a bluebird was on the cards for the second day, we found our way up through the gondolas to the glacier and made the most of the wide gentle runs at the top of the mountain. Stoked after exploring more of the mountain, we stopped off for lunch and a few beers by the park ready to head up there after. The snow park was showing signs of life as the boys were out setting up new rails and larger features (always worth scoping it out nice and early.) A few runs done on the Boardercross and hitting the kickers of the side track and we were content with what it had to offer.

    Long story short, I didn’t land the triple-cork McTwist 360 flip / frontside 180 and rolled over onto my toe edge and crushed my buckled knee and heard a lovely crunching pop sound. Before I knew it, the piste rescuer was down with me saying he will get me on the sledge and ski me down to the parks dropzone and I will be taking a site seeing tour via chopper back into resort….. time to use that insurance.

    Now the exciting part of trip was over, time to get prodded by an old French doctor and a quick diagnosis and impending order to rest and basically have no fun for the rest of the week. It was nice to slowly explore the town during the clearest blue sky weeks I’ve seen in the mountains was gutting, but I soldiered on through to one of the boys 24th birthday which consisted of stumbling, limping, hobbling around Smithy’s Tavern fitting in with other boozy Brits and a late one in Avalanche.

    Now time for the road to recovery after cartilage and ligament damage to get back out next year on some nice easy blue runs.

    Charlie

  • Snow Bargains

    Snow Bargains

    Ski resorts are starting to look just as they should this time of year as snow begins to fall. Just looking at some of the resorts in the Alps, their daily dose of photos and videos online goes to show that conditions are shaping up nicely. Closer to home Scotland has seen some snow with a few of the lower lifts in operation.

    Val Thorens snow bargains

    We’ve just had a truck load of bits and pieces from snowboard packages to beanies and base layers. There’s a deal to be had so take a look around at our snow sale.

    We’ve put together below a few of our favourite pieces below, so grab yourself something from our snow bargains.

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    1)  Dakine Ledge 11 Snowboard Ski Jacket Cypress
    A standard fit jacket providing a roomier body, traditional baggy style and more volume throughout.  With its vertical shadow stripe material shell, this jacket offers a subtle texture giving it dimension as light reflects off its surface. Not only does it look good but offers 10k waterproofing and 10k breathability with a DWR finish.

    It doesn’t just stop on the outside, with 100G PrimaLoft SPORT in the body and 60G in the sleeves and hood. This jacket offers less quilting less weight yet superior warmth. A Durable insulation with minimal loss in insulation values when wet.

    2) Dakine Switch Snowboard Ski Pant Harvest
    These Snowboard Pants offer a roomier body with a slightly baggy hip and leg style through the pant. A style perfect for ease of movement whilst you play on the slopes all day! The 2L full dull heavy oxford shell, provides a comfortable hand and strong construction to accommodate the daily needs of aggressive riding.

    3) Dakine Pitch Riders Shirt
    A quirky base layer ideal for on and off the mountains. It looks like and ordinary shirt but has Microban antimicrobial fabric treatment so your body stays both warm and dry all day!

    4) Dakine Talon Base layer Pant
    These pants have two layers for warmth and dryness without the bulk, featuring an elastic waist band with Dakine branding around it and a Microban antimicrobial fabric treatment.

    5) Dakine Excursion Ski Snowboard Glove
    A great quality mens snow glove from Dakine. Built from water repellent leather and 360g wool lining. These gloves classic design meets modern construction to produce a worldwide favourite!

    6) Dakine Gordon Beanie
    This beanie is a double layered band beanie, perfect for out on the slopes, featuring a Dakine label stitched into the front of the beanie and a pom pom on top!

     

    snow bargains

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    1) Dakine Switch Snowboard Ski Jacket Army
    A standard fit jacket which provides more room and a baggier style so you can layer up with ease. Its 2L brushed shell is Dakines high performance 2 layer Fine Twill poly microfiber, providing a brushed face for a soft hand. It's backed with a jet micro coating to guarantees excellence in its waterproofing and breathability.

    2) Dakine Quick Draw Thermal Crew
    A lightweight and dry top featuring Microban antimicrobial treat to keep you out for longer! Made from 65% polyester and 35% rayon this top is soft for ultimate comfort.

    3) Dakine Bronco Ski Snowboard Gloves
    These snowboard gloves feature a Gore Tex waterproof and breathable outer with a high loft synthetic liner (80g) to keep your hands super warm whilst out on the slopes! You can even stay connected with their touch screen compatibility.

    4) Anon Striker Snow/Ski Helmet
    All anon helmets feature easily removable ear pads and liners making every model easily convertible for riders who want to run a beanie and goggle under their lid for that skate-inspired, ultra-low-profile look without sacrificing comfort.

    5) Anon M2 Undefeated/Red Solex Snow/Ski Goggles
    Featuring anon’s patented Magna-Tech™ technology, the Magna-Tech Collection has set the benchmark for high-speed lens change-outs, providing riders with an ultra-secure lens-to frame seal and the ultimate in style.

    6) Dakine Elmo Beanie
    This beanie is great for casual wear or when your out on the slopes, made from acrylic with a ribbed knit, colour contrasting pom pom and doubled lining. This beanie is great as it can be worn slouchy or cuffed.

    Go have a look here >>

  • Snow Avant Premiere 2016-2017 Test , La Clusaz

    Snow Avant Premiere 2016-2017 Test , La Clusaz

    It's that time of year. Two member of our team headed out to La Clusaz to the Snow Avant Premiere to have a nose around what products the brands of the snow world had in store for the 2016-2017 season.
    This year the weather wasn't too kind with high winds causing a fair bit of chaos resulting in the mountains being shut. The last day (12/01) saw kinder weather allowing for some testing to take place!

    Snow Avant Premiere 2015 Snow Avant Premiere last year

    With a show room covering 450 square meters, it sounds like there is some exciting pieces coming this way so keep an eye out!

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