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Europe 2018 thread.

Discussion in 'Europe' started by Kletterer, Apr 27, 2017.

  1. Rimey

    Rimey One of Us

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    I turn up in Cham, end up in bed for days suffering a virus. Read the avi reports,
    "high risk", wet slides on southerly slopes ... very ordinary

    ... until today.

    Just to the left of the Grands Montents lift line, I spotted this wonderful pitch of unmolested
    goodness. It had no bottom and left a white smoke plume when I skied it. Pure joy.
     

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  2. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah it certainly seems to be on again in cham
    Stay safe. Also this: click and scroll through the pics


    @Swede you must be in for one hell of a trip!
     
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  3. Snow Dog

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    10cm in the valley and 30cm up at Grand Montets today. Fresh with the kids until 3pm....8yo getting used to steep off piste stuff after a jump turn lesson today! 10 yo going nuts.
     
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  4. Hyst

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    So there @Any s green jacket has gone.
     
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  5. Any

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    that guy in the green jacket sure has a great sense of style and fashion
     
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  7. Mike Pow

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    MONDAY 19 MARCH 2018

    A wild & blustery day up high with sudden gusts depositing & stripping the snow in equal measure.

    I was even knocked off my feet as I skinned past Bwlch Duwynt.

    An eerie 'Mars' light greeted me this morning, casting a desert hue over the snow and rocks.

    Mixed snow conditions from hardpack to wind crust to boot top powder made for a challenging but fun run from Pen-y-Fan down into Cwm Llwch ('Powder Valley')

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  8. Mike Pow

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    TUESDAY 20 MARCH 2018

    With a snow texture like unbaked meringue I took the skis for a walk in the Carmarthen Fans today!

    Despite the limited turns it was fantastic to experience total isolation in the far west of the National Park amongst terrain more reminiscent of Iceland than the 'Green Green Grass Of Home'.

     
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  9. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Wow--- that light. Great photos Mike.
     
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  10. Mike Pow

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    Many thanks
     
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  11. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah, really shows off the relief better than previous pics, looks lush as
    Thanks
    Added on the gram
     
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  12. Mike Pow

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    Cheers.

    Yes we certainly don't lack for rain in Wales.
     
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  13. Mike Pow

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    WEDNESDAY 21 MARCH 2018

    GWYNDRE GLACIER *
    * shaped by glacial action, but not a glacier

    Against the paint streaked peaks an ascension of kites soaring, stalling, falling from the sky.
    Sheep grazing, a languid thoroughness, cropping the green baize of the hillside,
    wild Welsh mountain ponies, their tails and manes sailing on the wind.
    The thrum of farm machinery in fields near and far.

    The shadowline of dry stone walling a sharp melt,
    on the undulating landscape a flag laid out on the contours,
    a Rorschach of green and white
    and me the red

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  14. gortonator

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    Old news, but here's a short report and video/pics from Lech and region for first 10 days of March.

    The usual fun was had. Not many places in the world I'd rather ski.

    Also first serious GoPro usage. Turns out my 2yo laptop isn't powerful enough to edit content at 60fps, so the resolution is not GoPro at its best. A decent first experiment - maybe :). I need a new laptop ....
     
  15. Mike Pow

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    Excellent first effort with the GoPro

    Snow looked magic #smilesformiles

    Music please?
     
  16. Swede

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    Cham keeps on producing the March Pow :)
     
  17. gortonator

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    thx - was fun!

    Music is free stuff from first page of this search. I forget which!!
     
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  18. Jacko4650

    Jacko4650 One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Still heaps of snow in the Italian Dolomites - last day of March. Wouldn't it change things if it were this reliable every year?
     
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  19. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    Bec des rosses lookin pretty lush for it yesterday
    ...in April. What a season.
     
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  20. Untele-whippet

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    Puking in northern Iceland atm.
     
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  21. Mike Pow

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    THURSDAY 05 APRIL 2018

    ON A COLD AND FROSTY MORNING

    A wonderful transition from a frosted to roasted NE Face of Pen-y-Fan and Cwm Sere at sunrise this morning

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    IF CANDIDE CAN

    Derek the Weather said there'd be snow
    On higher ground Tuesday night. Rain down low.
    Then cold, icy and clear on Wednesday morning
    With showers by nightfall, without warning.

    From the car park the peaks looked as white as the stars,
    Which pinpricked the indigo from here out to Mars.
    We walked up in darkness under the waning moon's stare,
    The breeze light and warm, the conditions set fair.

    We talked as we walked, the brothers and me,
    Green fields, rolling hills, was all we could see.
    From the Bwlch Duwynt saddle we saw all around
    The whiteness was lunar lit frost on the ground.

    It was 'One Of Those Days' with more grass than snow
    But I'd carted my stuff up there and still wanted to go
    Skiing on the flanks of Southern Britain's highest peaks
    Who knew when it would snow next, it could be weeks.

    So suited and booted, goggles on face
    I pushed off from a standstill, slowly gathering pace.
    The frost crystals crashing off the tails of my skis,
    Grass hurtling skyward, caught on the breeze.

    The hiss of the schuss like a thousand tyres deflated
    Pulling up, still standing, feeling elated.
    My eleventh day turning on the Brecon Beacons' peaks
    Are the skis put away now for the summertime weeks?


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  22. Untele-whippet

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    You idiot! :cool:
    Nice.
     
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  23. Claude Cat

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  24. Rush

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    Everyone in this thread now owes me a beer : http://swicca.eu/seasonal-forecasts-map/

    Yes, you can now produce seasonal forecast maps for Europe for temperature and precip based on the ECMWF season forecast model.
     
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  26. piolet

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    Les drus. Pretty damned accessible.

     
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  27. piolet

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  28. piolet

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  29. Snow Dog

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    We skied Grands Montets yesterday (Chamonix) - 10 to 20cm fresh and wet snow falling all day. 1st time skiing in May!
    This after skiing in 25c heat on Sat!
    On Sunday walked from Le Tour down to Les Bois - well below snow line and came across the huge avi debris from earlier in winter. Trees trunks and ice metres high sitting in the middle of green forests.
    Dangerous touring at the moment...
     
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  30. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    Did you hear what happened on the rond? Too warm?
     
  31. Snow Dog

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    Don't know. But we did have very warm temps for 2 weeks and then around 30cm new snow from 2000m+. Avi level was at 3.
     
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  32. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    Right so maybe new on ice. The layers are so skier compacted on that otherwise
     
  33. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Saalbach - Kohlmais Gondola replacement on track. Asitzmuhlden 6er also being replaced with an 3500 per hour heated 8 seater. Good move coz my bum used to get cold on that one.
     
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  34. climberman

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    They don’t **** around!!
     
  35. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thats for sure. I met the 2 lift company owners once and chatted at a bar . Very down to earth and their ethos was create the best resort possible and that was the best reward in their eyes.
     
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