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Take the Lake Triple Jump Line Competition

March 19, 2011 in Media, Uncategorized, Video's, Weekly Update

Alpine Meadows is gearing up for our 2nd annual Take the Lake Triple Jump Line Competition – the Lake Tahoe area’s richest jump line competition with $15K on the line for the top professional or amateur riders and skiers who throw down biggest over the 40-, 60- and 80-foot jumps in Alpine’s Shreadows Terrain Park, March 18-20.

We are also producing a live webcast of the final day of competition – Sunday, March 20 from 11:50 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) – which we’re making available FREE to any online media outlets/blogs that would like to host the stream.

Here is the FREE LIVE STREAM:

Live webcast of Take the Lake Triple Jump Line Competition at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort

The finals schedule for Sunday, March 20 is as follows (conditions permitting):
(All times are Pacific Daylight Time)
· 11 a.m. – noon: Practice, Ski Finals competitors
· 11:50 a.m.: Live webcast begins
· Noon – 1 p.m.: Ski Finals (best of 2 runs)
· 1 – 2 p.m.: Practice, Snowboard Finals competitors
· 2 – 3 p.m.: Snowboard Finals (best of 2 runs)
· 3 p.m.: Live webcast ends

* For snowboard-specific or ski-specific outlets that don’t wish to highlight the other sport, feel free to only stream the webcast live during the specific time frame of the sport you are interested in. And we will produce and make available snowboard-specific and ski-specific highlight edits after the event has finished.

All we’re asking, in return for the free content, is that you make an effort to promote your hosting of the Take the Lake live webcast via your own social media, email and other promotional outlets.

Feel free to link to our social media accounts in doing so if you’d like:
· Alpine Meadows Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/AlpineMeadowsSkiResort
· Alpine Meadows Twitter Profile: @skialpine.com
· Take the Lake Twitter Hash Tag: #takethelake
· Take the Lake web page: http://www.skialpine.com/TakeTheLake
· Take the Lake live stream on SkiAlpine.com: http://www.skialpine.com/TakeTheLakeLive

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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

GoPro

. 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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Quick global update

September 24, 2010 in Weekly Update

The Stubai Glacier in Austria is now open for the winter season, operating six lifts this week. Lots of snow, over 40cm, is expected at many Austrian resorts between the weekend and early next week.

Good summer riding can be enjoyed at Val Senales in Italy along with Saas Fee and Zermatt in Switzerland. Typical late summer conditions exist and the temperature is lower than at the height of the summer season so the snow really does firm up overnight and stays firmer for longer during the day.
The skiing is good in Australia, although there hasn’t been any new snow since last week and temperatures have been up to near 10°C. You can expect lots of skiing under warm sunshine.

It is a very different situation in New Zealand. Cold and wintry weather is bringing lots of new snow to the resorts although the strong winds are affecting lift operations. Turoa on the north island reports the best conditions they have had all season.

All bar two of our Chilean resorts have now closed for the 2010 ski season. The remaining open resorts are Termas de Chillan and Valle Nevado.
Spring continues to dominate in Argentina although the ski season has now ended at Las Lenas.

Thats all for now…

Snow News data provided by BBC

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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SkiAndBoarding Now on FACEBOOK

May 13, 2010 in Weekly Update

Hey Everyone!

Hope everyone is well and Welcome Back to the site if your returning and a Massive Welcome to all who are visiting for the first time….

Great News We have now launched on FACEBOOK so make sure you do check us out and why not go add us as a friend and also JOIN our SkiAndBoarding group on there,
An easy way to stay on top of the latest content and information!!

The site is still in the process of being dramatically changed and we appreciate that currently its not perfect.. All the work is being done behind the scenes.

If you want to Join us and Sign up (Hint hint its on the right hand side) please feel free and help us get this Snow Community Growing !

Rome Targa Bindings

February 20, 2010 in Bindings, Hardware

The Rome Targa bindings, the worlds most adjustable bindings ever.  But what makes this binding so special?  In this review we’ll talk you through the features, the materials and how this essential part of your setup performs on the slopes.

Having snowboarded for a number of years now, its safe to say I have seen my way through a fair few pairs of bindings, from the cheap and nasty hire bindings through the latest and greatest, all of which giving different feels and responses when cruising the slopes, and of course all varying in expense.  Previous to the Rome Targa’s my choice of binding had been Ride Tomcats, a high-end binding setup which gave high levels of response and a lightweight feel (due to the aluminum chassis), but it was time for a change.

3 years of throwing my board around on holiday and in airports and the constant use had made my Tomcats a little tired, and well, out of shape.  So what was next? It was most definitely time for an upgrade!

Having spoken to the chaps at Bucks Boarding Centre in Milton Keynes and deliberated over what style of binding I was after, the Rome Targa was presented to me, and what a nice looking set they were, but it wasn’t about the looks, it was about what they did.

High levels of strength and response, lightweight construction but by far the unique selling point was the adjustability, allowing the binding to be customized to your exact stance and riding style, whether it be jibbing in the park or steaming down red runs and breakneck pace, these bindings could pack a punch any other binding would find it hard to keep up with.  Its fair to say I was sold!

So lets talk about the features individually to give a better idea of what all these levels of customization can do for you as a rider, after all, that’s what you want to know right?

The V-Rod Baseplate

The baseplate in the Targa binding is unique and pushes the boundaries of the conventional baseplate shapes and function.
The baseplate features “high” spots at both the front inner (big toe) and rear outer (heel) corners which essentially raises the binding off the board.  This allows the board to flex all the way through the base of the binding due to the smaller footprint therefore giving a smoother and more natural board flex (the same as when you flex the board in a shop!)

Yes, I Cant InBase System

Once again Rome have given us something unique and what seems like a fundamental design feature that should be included in all bindings.  Rather than the regular rubber padding you find in your every day binding which sits flat  on the board, the “yes, I cant” InBase system gives 3 customizable plates which adjust the canter or “angle” of how  your foot  sits within the binding.  To give a better idea of what this means, imagine this:  Stand with your feet  together and look  down, your feet are in line with your legs right, and perpendicular to the floor right?  Now extend  your stance wider and  wider, you feet will naturally stay flat to the floor but our ankles bend to accommodate the  angle.

The new InBase system counteracts this by angling the base of the binding to compensate for your ankle, making it  not only more comfortable, but also increased response and power transfer through to the nose and tail.  As I  mentioned previously, the system comes with 3 plates for you to customize your canter by 0, 2 or 3.5 degrees.

The Chassis

The underwrap heel loop chassis in the Targa Binding is made from a strong yet lightweight aluminium and is shaped in such a way that gives no flex during the power transfer from heel to toe, exactly what you want to give maximum response.

Ankle and Toe Straps

The progressive flex ankle straps are possibly the most comfortable, yet response straps I have felt on a binding.  The  difference felt is incredible and once again with Rome’s customizability ensures the perfect fit across your boot as well  as the level of performance you want.  The ankle strap in the Targa allows for an additional C-Flex insert to be slotted  in which will allow for a more responsive binding (by stiffening it) through to a flexible park binding.  The ankle  straps also include 3 points of adjustment along the chassis giving the overall ankle strap 9 points of adjustability.

The ankle strap also includes QuickStrap technology which allows for easy adjustability without the need for any tools, simply lift a small trigger and slide the strap along its adjuster, flick the trigger closed and the strap is locked in, its that simple.

The Conformist toe straps mould to ANY boot toe and stretch to accommodate any shape, ensuring maximum response and comfort without any pinch points, think of it as a hand cupping your toes!

Both ankle and toe straps include Autostrap tech which simply put, includes shortened rubber bands running along the strap of the binding, meaning when released the “rubber bands” contract and move the straps out of the way of your chassis for easy exit and entry.

Highbacks

Not wanting to be outdone by the rest of the binding, the highbacks stand up for themselves with high levels of adjustability allowing for a 0 to 12 degree rotation within the chassis of the binding to match the exact fit of your boot and increasing responsiveness when turning on your heel edge.  The highbacks also include tool free adjustment so you can set the angle of forward lean where and whenever you want.

What does all this mean?

Well, simply put, I can say that all of this tech and adjustability works to create one of the best pair of snowboard bindings I have ridden.  The control is incredible yet gives enough movement and flexibility to give you the feel that YOU are in control, and not strapped into a rigid set of clamps.  After a few attempts with different setups you can soon find yourself customizing your ride to exactly what you want, guaranteeing that no-one else will have your setup.

Due to the ease of adjustability (a few minutes here and there) you can easily change the entire feel of your ride and give yourself a whole new sensation on the mountain.

The Rome Targa bindings will grow as your riding advances and give you the confidence you need when you need to step it up a level and try something new.

A MUST BUY - Keep an eye out for more reviews on gear and hardware from the team here at SkiAndBoarding.com

Bad Gastien

June 17, 2008 in Menu, Resorts

Bad Gastein, Austria
Traditional spa resort with a huge ski & snowboard area.

The Gastein valley isn’t widely known internationally. It deserves better: its slopes are impressively extensive, and mainly quite challenging – great for intermediates who are happy on real red runs. But the place doesn’t cater properly for air-package holiday makers without a car. With five mountains, of which only two are linked, the valley really needs an efficient bus service instead of the current token offering.

With its grand hotels, trinket shops and cramped gorge-like setting, central Bad Gastein itself is a far cry from your standard chalet-style Austrian village. But staying above the center near the lifts offers a more normal winter sports experience, and both Bad Hofgastein and Dorfgastein, respectively a few miles and a few more miles down the valley, are equally well worth considering as a base.

To make the most of the valley you need a car. With five spread out mountains, of which only two are linked, the valley needs a first class public transport system, and it doesn’t have one – traveling from end of the valley to the other can take over an hour and may involve a couple of changes.

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What’s Great
+ Four separate, varied areas with a huge number of slopes both above and below the tree-line

+ Great for confident intermediates, with lots of long, challenging reds – and great cruising and carving in the Schlossalm sector

+ More snowsure than most low-altitude Austrian resorts, with the high Sportgastein area as back-up

+ Lots of good, atmospheric, traditional mountain restaurants

+ Plenty of off-slope facilities, many related to its origins as a spa resort

+ New Ski Alliance Amadé lift ticket covers wide range of nearby resorts

What’s Not-So-Great
– Unless you have a car, you need to choose your location with care or budget for a lot of pricey taxi rides – the lift bases are widely spread and the bus service is a disgrace

– Spa-town atmosphere is not to everyone’s taste, and Bad Gastein itself can suffer from local traffic on the narrow streets; Bad Hofgastein is a better base for many people

– Near-beginners and timid intermediates must be wary of leaving the Schlossalm sector