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GoPro LCD Screen for your 1080p HD HERO camera

February 1, 2011 in Clothing & Accessories, Hardware

Buy your LCD SCREEN @ GoPro.com

Well If you didnt know already GoPro® have today launched their latest  accessory for the GoPro® 1080p HD Hero Cameras… The LCD BacPac is a detachable LCD screen for your GoPro® 1080p HD HERO camera

GoPro

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. As a removable accessory, the LCD BacPac keeps your camera as small and light as possible, yet provides the convenience of an LCD screen when attached.

Enhanced Convenience:

Use your HD HERO as an everyday camera
Frame complex scenes, see what you shoot
Playback footage instantly on your HD HERO
Simple one button design for easy control
Integrated speaker with volume control
What’s included:
• 1 LCD BacPac screen
• 1 Waterproof backdoor for HD HERO housing
• 1 Waterproof backdoor for HD Wrist housing
• 1 Non-waterproof Skeleton backdoor for
HD HERO housing
• 1 Non-waterproof Skeleton backdoor for
HD Wrist housing
• 1 Year Warranty

Buy your LCD SCREEN @ GoPro.com

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‘To Off Piste’ or ‘Not To Off Piste’ that is the question!!

January 11, 2011 in Uncategorized, Weekly Update

Here’s a really useful guide we here at SkiAndBoarding found that we just had to share with you guys…

Before you head off piste, as well as getting kitted out, you need to consider some other factors:

-          Group size

-          Speaking to others/ experts

-          Don’t go if you are tired

-          Don’t be overconfident

If you are in a group you feel happy with and feel prepared this is a good starting point.

You will also need to assess the avalanche risk for the day. Every day before you go off piste you should check the local International Scale of Avalanche Hazard Rating. This 1-5 scale (5 being the greatest risk) will help you assess the potential dangers of riding off piste from one day to the next. Just because it was safe yesterday does not mean it will be today! Even on a lower hazard rating, risk of avalanche can exist.

European Scale of Avalanche Risk

Grade of risk: 1. Low
Stability of snow pack: The Snowpack is generally well stabilised.
Probability of release: Release of avalanches is only possible on very few and very steep slopes. Only small spontaneous avalanches are to be expected.
Sign: Yellow
Grade of risk: 2. Moderate
Stability of snow pack: The snowpack is only moderately stabilised on some steep slopes* but otherwise generally well stabilised.
Probability of release: Large additional loads** may release avalanches, especially on steep slopes of the stated altitude and orientation. Larger spontaneous avalanches are not to be expected.
Sign: Yellow
Grade of risk: 3. Considerable
Stability of snow pack: The snowpack is only weakly to moderately stabilised on many steep slopes*.
Probability of release: Release of avalanches are likely by moderate additional load** on the most steep slopes. Occasional spontaneous avalanches are possible.
Sign: Checked Black and Yellow
Grade of risk: 4. High
Stability of snow pack: The snowpack is weakly stabilised on the most steep slopes*.
Probability of release: Release of avalanches are likely from low additional load** on steep slopes. Occasional medium sized, sometimes also large spontaneous avalanches have to be expected.
Sign: Checked Black and Yellow
Grade of risk: 5. Very High
Stability of snow pack: The Snowpack is generally weakly stabilised and mostly unstable.
Probability of release: Numerous large spontaneous avalanches have to be expected.
Sign: Black

Note:
* The terrain with avalanche risk is generally more described in more detail in the avalanche forecast (ie. altitude, orientation, terrain forms etc).
** Additional load – large: e.g. group of skiers, track mobile, avalanche blasting.
- moderate: e.g. jumping skiers, pedestrian.
- low: e.g. single skier.

There are national organisations in most countries who supply a daily avalanche forecast. These are a great resource both for checking current conditions and avalanche warning levels, but also a good place to gather historical information.

Scotland – Sport Scotland Avalanche Information Service - http://www.sais.gov.uk/
Switzerland – Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF http://www.slf.ch/
Austria - http://www.lawine.at/
France - http://france.meteofrance.com
Norway - http://www.ngi.no/snoskred/

The SLF (Swiss Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research) website, www.avalanche.org, is one of the best resources for finding out more about avalanche awareness as well as avalanche bulletins (current and historical) and avalanche statistics. They have a lot of their information in English.

Thanks to the Ski Club of Great Britain for providing the above content

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D-Pad Session by Nike 6.0

October 29, 2010 in Video's

Well its another sick snowboard video from Nike

Found and shared by us – check it out!

For more awesome snow related videos check out our SkiAndBoarding YouTube Channel!

Morzine Avoriaz, France

September 16, 2010 in Resorts

Morzine Avoriaz, France

Location: Rhone-Alpes Region, Part of the Portes du Soleil ski area (French Side), France

Nearest city: Cluses

Vertical: 2466m

Skiable terrain: Pistes of 650km

Runs: 288

Longest Run: Unknown

Ski season: Start of and end of season snow dependant (19th December-End of April)

Lift System: 212 lifts – 117 surface lifts, 81 chairlifts, 10 gondolas and 4 cable cars – 235,828 people per hour

Terrain Parks: 9 snow parks 5 boarder crosses

Morzine’s terrain makes it a fantastic place for beginners or those who haven’t skied in years. The laid back attitude of the locals in the restaurants and the friendly lift staff make it the perfect place to for a long weekend getaway. With the flight from London Gatwick taking an hour and 15 minutes its a short hop across the channel to Geneva airport, and then an easy hour and a half journey by car to Portes du Soleil.

The resort is traditionally very popular with families because of the nature of the skiing in and around the village area. However if you need a challenge just hop up to Avoriaz a 20 minute drive or 5 minute cable car journey from the Prodain bubble car into the heart of the Avoriaz Village where you can test yourself with a selection of black and red runs including the infamous ‘THE WALL’ run (not for the faint hearted).

If you get board (no pun intended) of all the slopes offered to you in Morzine and Avoriaz the Port du Soleil ski pass also incorporate the nearby village of Les Gets which has a good couple of days challenging skiing on Mont Cherry as well as some easier runs near the ski school in the centre of town. If France isn’t your cup of tea in the Port du Soleil why not pop over to Switzerland. As long as you’ve purchased the Port du Soleil lift pass the slopes are yours to roam. Just be careful not to get stuck there when the lifts close for the day!

‘THE WALL’

Ski Passes

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Duration From 19/12/09 until 03/04/10 Before 19/12/09 and after 03/04/10
Adult
16+ yrs
Child
5-15 yrs
Senior
62+ yrs
Adult
16+ yrs
Child
5-15 yrs
Senior
62+ yrs
Half Day (until 1pm or from 12 noon) 30 € 20 € 24 € 26 € 17 € 20 €
From 11am onwards 36 € 24 € 29 € 31 € 20 € 25 €
Full day 40 € 27 € 32 € 34 € 23 € 27 €
1 day and a half 69 € 46 € 55 € 59 € 39 € 47 €
2 days 78 € 52 € 62 € 66 € 44€ 53 €
3 days 111 € 74 € 89 € 94 € 63 € 76 €
4 days 143 € 96 € 114 € 122 € 82€ 97 €
5 days 173 € 116 € 138 € 147 € 99 € 117 €
5 x 1/2 days 150 € 100 € 120 € 130 € 85 € 100 €
5 x 1 day 200 € 135 € 160 € 170 € 115 € 135 €
6 days 205 € 137 € 164 € 174 € 116 € 139 €
7 days 230 € 154 € 184 € 196 € 131 € 156 €
8 days 254 € 170 € 203 € 216 € 145 € 173 €
8 days non-consecutive 240 € 160 € 192 €
9 days 277 € 186 € 222 € 235 € 158 € 189 €
10 days 297 € 199 € 238 € 252 € 169 € 202 €
11 days 315 € 211 € 252 € 268 € 179 € 214 €
12 days 332 € 222 € 266 € 282 € 189 € 226 €
13 days 349 € 234 € 279 € 297 € 199 € 237 €
14 days 364 € 244 € 291 € 309 € 207 € 247 €
Season Pass 760 € 509 € 608 € 646 € 433 € 517 €
Residents Pass 600 € 402 € 480 € 510 € 342 € 408 €

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Ski Hire

Typical ski hire and boot is between 20 Euros a day and 60 Euros a day, obviously dependant on the quality of kit hired and the provider. Whilst boards are a little more expensive at 25 Euros a day.

Ski hire shops are situated throughout the centre of Morzine Avoriaz and Les Gets, however it may be wise in peak season to pre book some equipment just in case.

Accommodation

Because of the relatively affluent area which it resides accommodation during peak times can be expensive however, look hard enough and you will always find a bargain.

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Nightlife

The nightlife for a particulary family orientated resort is reasonable. There are plenty of friendly bars and clubs in the centre of morzine with more and more springing up all the time however the downside to the tourism is that drinks aren’t cheap with a cheap pint being 4 euros.

In Summary

What’s Great

+ Part of the vast Portes du Soleil lift network

+ Larger local piste area than other Portes du Soleil resorts

+ Good nightlife by French standards

+ Quite attractive old town – a stark contrast to Avoriaz

+ Few liftlines locally (but see minus points)

What’s Not-So-Great
– Takes a while to get to Avoriaz and main Portes du Soleil circuit

– Bus-ride or long walk to lifts from much of the accommodation

– Low altitude means there is an enduring risk of poor snow, though increased snowmaking has helped

- Low altitude or inconvenient beginner slopes

– Not a great resort for experts

– Weekend crowds

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THIS WAY UP! HD

August 26, 2010 in Video's

THIS WAY UP!

One of our favourite Video’s of late, a slick edit met with some incredible moves makes this a much watch video.

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Winter X Games Tignes

August 25, 2010 in Video's

Welcome to the X Games, one of our collection of videos from the X Games, this time its held at Tignes… Some incredible tricks, slick landings and just moves that will blow your ski and boarding mind to pieces. So why not check it out!

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Atomic Video X Games Aspen

August 14, 2010 in Video's

Check out this Fantastic compilation of tricks and flips from some of the best featured at the X Games Held at Aspen

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