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Gear Made Clear: Ski Boots

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They say that “a bad day on the ski hill is better than a good day at work,” but foot pain can ruin a skier’s experience faster than a Clayton Kershaw fastball comes across home plate. Your ski boots are the control center of your entire setup and a great deal of fine-tuning is required to ensure you’ll perform at your best out there. Each person has a differently shaped foot and perfecting your boots’ fit is absolutely essential. Below, we’ve broken down the vital information you’ll need in order to make your ski boots perform like Tom Brady and boast comfort like a king-size bed at the Ritz.  Read On.. CANTING

DO NOT Use a Smart Phone App as an Avalanche Beacon!

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The Canadian Avalanche Center has just released a press release denouncing the use of “smart phone apps” as avalanche beacon.   3 European smart phone apps are offering service as avalanche beacons now and they have been found to NOT WORK.   When you are running out of air underneath an avalanche, you won’t feel that great about having saved $300 bucks by using a smart phone app instead of a real, certified avalanche beacon. A smart phone app will never replace your avalanche beacon.   There are so many reasons that an app cannot replace an avalanche beacon:   they don’t work properly,  battery life, robustness, reliability and interference .  Please get an proper avalanche beacon and learn how to use it. Please read the Canadian Avalanche Center’s press release: Canadian Avalanche Centre Warns Backcountry Users About New Smartphone Apps Apps marketed as transceivers give users false sense of protection Oct 24, 2013, Revelstoke, BC :    Smartphone avalanche search application

Why the Portes Du Soleil keeps solo skiers coming back!

Why the Portes Du Soleil keeps solo skiers coming back! The solo ski experts at The Ski Gathering tell us what is attracting first-timers and veteran solos to Morzine, Avoriaz and Les Gets. The Ski Gathering offer  singles ski holidays  for individuals and sociable pairs. They have chalets in Morzine, Les Gets and Meribel. To find out more, visit  www.theskigathering.com . Across the board, solo travel has grown enormously in recent years, mirroring a general trend in ‘independent’ and socialising hobbies. Today, people use apps and websites to find flatmates, meet gym buddies, arrange car shares… and plan their solo-travel adventures. This is particularly noticeable with ski holidays, where solo travellers are increasingly making their mark. Some solos prefer to ski alone, enjoying the total freedom of the mountain. But most see it as a social opportunity to meet other skiers or boarders and avoid paying the empty-bed supplement. For the latter group in particular, th

The magic on the bottom of your skis!

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Its a fascinating subject- well, it is to us ski wax geeks!, but here's a little insight into the eco friendly waxes we use in the workshop at Doorstep Skis; NST-Sports  designs and distributes the eco friendly “wax” for alpine, snowboard and Nordic skiing.  NST  waxes are an innovative and ecological formula designed as a substitute for traditional waxes. Its originality lies in its high gliding performance combined with it’s long term efficiency. FAST, EASY,EFFICIENT, and especially MOUNTAIN FRIENDLY • NST waxes are ecological “waxes”. They contain no paraffin or fluorine additives. • Its formula is composed only with non-toxic, environmentally-friendly ingredients. • In contrast to traditional waxes, NST waxes do not gradually disintegrate in contact with abrasive snow and does not leave any harmful residue on the mountain. • They are 100% biodegradable! You‘ll be doing nature a favour by choosing it! Made in the French ALPS

Guide to understanding and buying skis

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The 2016-17 season is here, and in anticipation of the best winter of your life, you’ve decided to buy a new pair of skis. You browse the internet or walk into your local ski shop and realize that you’re overwhelmed by the multitude of options facing you. You wearily admire topsheets while secretly wondering, “what the hell is the difference between a freeride and a freestyle ski? Do I want a poplar or beech core? Does any of this even matter?” Well, it does. And we’re here to help explain it all. Below, you’ll find everything you need to know before investing in your next pair of skis, broken down into two simple parts. - See more at: http://freeskier.com/stories/freeskiers-guide-to-understanding-and-buying-skis#sthash.WQjJUKsp.dpuf The 2016-17 season is here, and in anticipation of the best winter of your life, you’ve decided to buy a new pair of skis. You browse the internet or walk into your local ski shop and realize that you’re overwhelmed by the multitude of optio

Food to your Door.

Have you ever got in from a hard day on the slopes (and maybe a hard apres-ski session too) and thought that the last thing in the world you want to do is to spend your time cooking a meal?  There are a lot of amazing things to do on your ski holiday, and when time is precious you don't want to be wasting it shopping and cooking right? Well...the good news is that our friends at Chalet Kitchen have got you covered.  They deliver fresh and delicious meals right to your accommodation to give you more time to enjoy your holiday.  It's easier than cooking, and cheaper than eating out every night; And with options like local smoked sausages or confit duck, we think it's a great option. Chalet Kitchen will deliver Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner direct to your chalet door each morning as well as having special raclette nights, and delivering your wine and beer too... We've teamed up with Chalet Kitchen to offer Snowbus customers a free case of wine with their ord

Why the Portes Du Soleil keeps solo skiers coming back

Why the Portes Du Soleil keeps solo skiers coming back The solo ski experts at The Ski Gathering tell us what is attracting first-timers and veteran solos to Morzine, Avoriaz and Les Gets. The Ski Gathering offer  singles ski holidays  for individuals and sociable pairs. They have chalets in Morzine, Les Gets and Meribel. To find out more, visit  www.theskigathering.com . Across the board, solo travel has grown enormously in recent years, mirroring a general trend in ‘independent’ and socialising hobbies. Today, people use apps and websites to find flatmates, meet gym buddies, arrange car shares… and plan their solo-travel adventures. This is particularly noticeable with ski holidays, where solo travellers are increasingly making their mark. Some solos prefer to ski alone, enjoying the total freedom of the mountain. But most see it as a social opportunity to meet other skiers or boarders and avoid paying the empty-bed supplement. For the latter group in particular, the

Ski hire is all the same, right?

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The Good Ski and Boot Guide: Rental Step-By-Step By  Jock Dun Ski hire is all the same, it’s just a question of getting the  cheapest price – right? Well you couldn’t be further from the truth. If you’re planning a ski trip, then sorting out your equipment hire will be high on your list of things to do. The age, the fit, the suitability and the condition of your equipment all make a massive difference to your ability to ski well and progress, not to mention to your comfort, safety and enjoyment. The internet is awash with sites offering too-good-to-be-true deals on ski hire, and many of the big tour operators will try to sell you ski hire as well. Unfortunately, though, far too often they focus only on the price – as if ski hire was just a commodity – and not on the much more important issues of quality, service and suitability. Yes, of course the price is an issue, but it’s really about the best  value  for money rather than just the cheapest price or the biggest discount.