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by trotro
Wed Mar 20, 2019 4:53 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winter season 18/19
Replies: 37
Views: 2243

Re: Winter season 18/19

Sounds like a nightmare. There is a descent like that at a local ski area called Barioz - very steep but maybe just 15 meters height drop, you just launch off and come to a halt on the other side but it is always hairy. I'm improving my balance so have had less brown trouser moments on skis, just pa...
by trotro
Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winter season 18/19
Replies: 37
Views: 2243

Re: Winter season 18/19

28C in some Pyrenees valleys yesterday. Much stickiness on snow.

Not looking good at the nearest X country center to work (1000 metes asl) today

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by trotro
Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winter season 18/19
Replies: 37
Views: 2243

Re: Winter season 18/19

@Neuro
Incredibly hot, they are forecasting 22C next week... in February. Everyone says it's only weather but I find it very worrying. Got out a couple of times last week but the snow is melting pretty fast.
by trotro
Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: The only correct way to measure XC ski pole lengths
Replies: 6
Views: 1190

Re: The only correct way to measure XC ski pole lengths

There is something to be said for checking on snow as you have the height of the boot + ski + binding + plus any plates the ski maker has stuck on, that can add quite a few cms. I'm 178 and took a pair of 155cm poles but at the club training the other day the instructor asked if they were "clas...
by trotro
Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winter season 18/19
Replies: 37
Views: 2243

Re: Winter season 18/19

Yeah that's way cold. Of course you probably know but worth reminding that risk of asthma is high when doing hard exercise colder than -15 C. But a watershed day for me as I sold my skate skis and it will be classic only from now on.. :? Reason is acquiring skin skis and lack of tracks. Basically j...
by trotro
Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My day at the Foulée Blanche mini ski marathon
Replies: 4
Views: 288

Re: My day at the Foulée Blanche mini ski marathon

Were you skating? A lovely area and surprised about the level of interest in XC there. They are mad about XC up on the plateau (as we call it in the valley). My son did the kids foulee in 2014 and you could see the gulf between the valley kids and the plateau kids. I doubt they get much schoolwork ...
by trotro
Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My day at the Foulée Blanche mini ski marathon
Replies: 4
Views: 288

My day at the Foulée Blanche mini ski marathon

There isn't a lot in English about the annual Foulée Blanche ski marathons up on the Vercors plateau in France. The 42km event is part of the World Loppet series. I opted for the 20km mini marathon event because i) I would need a competition license for the 42km event and this requires an extensive ...
by trotro
Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winter season 18/19
Replies: 37
Views: 2243

Re: Winter season 18/19

Change of programme today, spent the morning repairing the holes at our local cross country area,

https://youtu.be/UlBFBBHbPiE
by trotro
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winter season 18/19
Replies: 37
Views: 2243

Re: Winter season 18/19

Plans? Maybe do some more crust skiing, but it is too icy off track at the moment. I will try and do some classic, maybe on days when skating would get bogged down too much. So much to improve, so little time. For fun I threw this little video together at the start of the season, it is up at Chamrou...
by trotro
Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:53 am
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Stadium Biathlon
Replies: 3
Views: 306

Stadium Biathlon

Not a new thing but are indoor biathlon competitions an aberration?

https://youtu.be/Bowf5lvzxuM

Domracheva and Bjoerndalen were competing in what is probably their last competition. Worth watching the end, in any case for a sporting gesture.
by trotro
Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cold winter this time?
Replies: 48
Views: 5352

Re: Cold winter this time?

French Northern Alps is generally poor. A few high altitude areas are open but we've had rain to 2700 meters at times.
Warmest 2018 on record.
by trotro
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: Salomon + Atomic to be bought by the Chinese
Replies: 6
Views: 694

Re: Salomon + Atomic to be bought by the Chinese

Interesting. I wonder why they sold it. Climate change affecting sales in Europe and USA? XC going to boom in China? Ha, good one! https://realclimatescience.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/nhland_season41_shadow-1.jpg Unfortunately in France it's another poor start to winter - very warm still with ...
by trotro
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: Salomon + Atomic to be bought by the Chinese
Replies: 6
Views: 694

Salomon + Atomic to be bought by the Chinese

Looks as if Amer group is going to be bought by a Chinese company.
by trotro
Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cold winter this time?
Replies: 48
Views: 5352

Re: Cold winter this time?

It is good on the east side of the Alps at the moment, bad on the west (French Alps). A consequence of a hot summer and a too hot Mediterranean sea.

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by trotro
Sun Nov 04, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Roller Skis
Topic: Decathlon launches rollerski line
Replies: 2
Views: 1190

Re: Decathlon launches rollerski line

I'll keep you posted with any more information.

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