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  • The Andorra 2020/21 Skiboarding Report

    The world is still crazy and no one really knows what the new season will bring. There are lots of talk of how many people will be allowed per gondola or ski lift, of having to book a place in advance even for pass holders or CALAMITY whether skiing will be allowed at all.

    On the slopes these conversations are debated and anecdotes thrown around. Did I just sais SLOPES ??

    Indeed!

    We had the most autumnal snow in years and with about 45 days before the season opens we were on the slopes. A couple of us got together to walk up in skis.

    I decided to instead of rolling out the Ospreys, I'd rather snowshoe up in glorious sunshine carrying a pair of Elaila 94s strapped to my pack.

    It's October and I had my first day skiboarding for the season.

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    Current: '20 Spruce Slingshot 119s, '20 Spruce Crossbow 115s, '18 Spruce Osprey 103s (touring)
    Also: '11 Allz Elaila 94s, '12 Rockered Condor 110s, '15 Spruce Osprey 132s (touring), '18 Spruce Crossbow 115s
    Previous: Gaspo Hot Wax 84s, Mantrax 98s, Summit Nomad 99s, Spruce Yellow 120s, Eman Uprise 104s

  • #2
    I have become a fan of the Karpos and Crazy brands. I specifically like the slim fit of their winter offerings. I just invested in a Pull Repeat for this season.

    https://www.crazy.it/en/product/pull-repeat-man-3.aspx

    I has an outside pocket for a small waterbottle, one outside pocket, two inside pockets for water, mobile phone or avalanche beacon. Interestingly the manufacturer used graphene in the jacket.

    The jacket will be great for touring and also for snowshoeing. I'm quite curious how well it will handle windflow on downhills runs.
    Current: '20 Spruce Slingshot 119s, '20 Spruce Crossbow 115s, '18 Spruce Osprey 103s (touring)
    Also: '11 Allz Elaila 94s, '12 Rockered Condor 110s, '15 Spruce Osprey 132s (touring), '18 Spruce Crossbow 115s
    Previous: Gaspo Hot Wax 84s, Mantrax 98s, Summit Nomad 99s, Spruce Yellow 120s, Eman Uprise 104s

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    • #3
      What are the prospects for Andorra this December ? At the moment France and Italy are planning to keep resorts closed in December
      Myself: RVL8 2015 Blunt XL, RVL8 2009 ALP "Condor", Spruce 125 LE
      Daughter: Twoowt Pirania 95cm; RVL8 2010 Revolt Trees; Spruce 120 Yellow/Red

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      • #4
        Originally posted by newbie2011 View Post
        What are the prospects for Andorra this December ? At the moment France and Italy are planning to keep resorts closed in December
        The Grau Roig / Pas de la Casa areas of Grandvalira as well as Arcalis are making snow and were planning to open 4 Dec. Vallnord resorts are considering pushing back to 19 Dec, but it looks like they might also go for 19 Dec. This is related to the French resorts opening later and the lack of tourists due to border closures.

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        Current: '20 Spruce Slingshot 119s, '20 Spruce Crossbow 115s, '18 Spruce Osprey 103s (touring)
        Also: '11 Allz Elaila 94s, '12 Rockered Condor 110s, '15 Spruce Osprey 132s (touring), '18 Spruce Crossbow 115s
        Previous: Gaspo Hot Wax 84s, Mantrax 98s, Summit Nomad 99s, Spruce Yellow 120s, Eman Uprise 104s

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        • #5
          You're lucky ... Germany now is also planning to keep resorts closed until beginning of January, like France and Italy.
          I need to get some skins and find some backcountry maps for the Alps
          Myself: RVL8 2015 Blunt XL, RVL8 2009 ALP "Condor", Spruce 125 LE
          Daughter: Twoowt Pirania 95cm; RVL8 2010 Revolt Trees; Spruce 120 Yellow/Red

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          • #6
            Originally posted by newbie2011 View Post
            You're lucky ... Germany now is also planning to keep resorts closed until beginning of January, like France and Italy.
            I need to get some skins and find some backcountry maps for the Alps
            Or snowshoe... and skiboard down

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            Current: '20 Spruce Slingshot 119s, '20 Spruce Crossbow 115s, '18 Spruce Osprey 103s (touring)
            Also: '11 Allz Elaila 94s, '12 Rockered Condor 110s, '15 Spruce Osprey 132s (touring), '18 Spruce Crossbow 115s
            Previous: Gaspo Hot Wax 84s, Mantrax 98s, Summit Nomad 99s, Spruce Yellow 120s, Eman Uprise 104s

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            • #7
              What about Austria? All I know that they are lockdown for the moment.

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              Salomon SPK

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              • #8
                Originally posted by montigo View Post
                What about Austria? All I know that they are lockdown for the moment.
                I have no idea. Austria is not my radar as it does not affect me directly. I know that Pres Macron of France is trying to get all EU countries to agree at the same time - it seems to be more political dealing at home than medical-supported reasoning.


                Of course if French resorts remain closed, but Andorran resorts are open we'll be swamped with French tourists. Too many people can be a bad thing.


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                Current: '20 Spruce Slingshot 119s, '20 Spruce Crossbow 115s, '18 Spruce Osprey 103s (touring)
                Also: '11 Allz Elaila 94s, '12 Rockered Condor 110s, '15 Spruce Osprey 132s (touring), '18 Spruce Crossbow 115s
                Previous: Gaspo Hot Wax 84s, Mantrax 98s, Summit Nomad 99s, Spruce Yellow 120s, Eman Uprise 104s

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ysb33r View Post
                  I have no idea. Austria is not my radar as it does not affect me directly. I know that Pres Macron of France is trying to get all EU countries to agree at the same time - it seems to be more political dealing at home than medical-supported reasoning.
                  I've read that Austria want to open, but EU is pushing for staying close, to be in line with the rest. But skiing is more extensive there so they ask at least for some compensation, because the industry will take a bigger hit.

                  In the French Alps region, I've read that at the moment the hospitals are overcrowded, that was quoted as the main reason for not opening until mid January.

                  Not really a satisfying explanation to me, I feel more exposed if I take the subway in Paris and go do some shopping in a toy's store ( those will open soon ), than if I'm in a lift cabin with open windows, wearing gloves, helmet, goggles, mask, scarf and whatnot...

                  Switzerland are going to open, but indeed, there's a risk of people flowing en masse to Andorra and Switzerland creating much bigger crowds ...

                  I'm all for lockdown and such, but seriously skiing is a zero contact sport, it would be easy to come up with something better than full closure, while keeping the risk as low as in big cities where people will get more crowded for Christmas shopping
                  Myself: RVL8 2015 Blunt XL, RVL8 2009 ALP "Condor", Spruce 125 LE
                  Daughter: Twoowt Pirania 95cm; RVL8 2010 Revolt Trees; Spruce 120 Yellow/Red

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