Messages posted by : andymol2
A friend of mine put his beer on the balcony in Kreishberg only to find the bottles had burst.
In spite of speaking German he missed the "Alcohol Free" on the label!
We made a wine chiller in a mound of snow behind our hotel in Passo Tonale last year. (No balcony to close)
On Google maps it looks to be over an hour's journey by car.
It "can't" calculate a bus option for this journey.
"Big air" is usually followed by "ground level splat" in my case.
It's been a tough few weeks watching the huge dumps of snow in the Alps.
However I've just had some good news that this season may not be over (before it started) after all. So I'll do a bit of a blog as I hopefully get to ski later in the season.
The summer had gone well – back running 10ks and started to do some gym work ready for skiing (3 weeks planned for this season as last year was curtailed by a freak injury to my big toe and surgery to put it back together)
On 7th November, having a knock about on a badminton court at Centre Parcs with my brother-in-law and his son-in-laws. I used to play on the league circuit in the midlands but hadn't played for over 15 years and was pleasantly surprised how easily I dropped back into playing. Then, as my timing returned I scampered back to smash a flick serve to the accompaniment of a loud crack as my Achilles snapped. The others thought I'd broken my racket. (Other than my wife who saw the look on my face) I'd failed the 20-20 test in that common sense should have told me I was 20 years too old and 20 Kg over my playing weight to play how I used to. Whilst some of the look on my face reflected the pain, it was more the realisation that that I had B***ed up skiing for another winter.
A trip to hospital in Bury-St-Edmunds saw me put in a boot. Messages sent to warn work I would be off for a week or so and not driving for many weeks and a follow up arranged back home in Leicester.
The next week I saw the consultant who is a national expert on Achilles injuries and was reassured that surgery wasn't required & I swapped to a Vacoped boot which is remarkably similar to a ski boot with a rocker sole and the facility to open up the hinge to allow restricted movement as the Achilles starts to heal. Strict instructions that I was not to take it off other than when changing the liner and washing my foot. Other than that 24/7. Now I am sure going to bed in ski boots is probably a fetish practice in the Alps, Claire was none too impressed by 2.5Kg of plastic flying around the bed. Still it's better than the old days of an above knee cast. At least you can swim in it.
After 2 weeks I went back to work, driving a desk. All seemed well until one of the physio's where I work decided it was time to take a look, 3 and a half weeks post injury (2 weeks in to the Vacoped regime) and declared that the ends of my Achilles haven't stuck. Off to see the consultant mulling over the likelihood of a late surgical repair, not a recipe for a good outcome. Fortunately the consultant disagrees and decides the ends have stuck! Come back in 2 weeks for the hinge to be unlocked. After 2 weeks all was well and the hinge unlocked to give me 15 degrees of movement. Felt strange for a few hours but no pain. 2 weeks later a further 15 degrees and a flat sole – real progress and I could tell things were really moving.
Saw the consultant 2 weeks later it came off (the boot).
Asked the key questions such as:
When can I drive? – at the weekend.
When can I run? – about 3 months – when I can comfortably raise onto my toes standing on my right foot.
OK to ski next year? You can go this year – the treatment is to wear a boot and the risk of re-rupturing it in a ski boot is negligible.
(That was 2 weeks ago and initially it felt strange as if it was someone else's foot I was walking on attached to a leg that belonged to a sparrow. 2 days later it felt like my foot again. Saw the physio who gave me graduated calf exercises and OK'd getting back on the static bike and the rowing machine. No stretching permitted to avoid elongating the scar. He too said he had no concerns about skiing. Pleasantly surprised that within a week I was doing my usual program within 5% of the outputs I was doing before the injury. (Perhaps that was the benefit of keeping swimming – which was definitely hard work with the boot on.
Saw the physio at 8 days out of boot and he upped the calf exercises and set me on the cross trainer. Joy! I have always hated cross trainers and thus far I've not changed my mind!
Broke the news to Claire that I have been passed fit to ski. Not so well received – she's a timid skier after doing her ACL at the end of or very first week's skiing 11 years ago and has to psych herself up, although she does admit to enjoying it.
If progress continues to plan mid-March is my target.
There's a good interactive piste map for the Portes Du Soleil
You can put in the departure, destination, time and ski ability. and it will calculate a route.
Check carefully as it does come up with a few odd ones such as the Swiss wall for an intermediate.
Not sure I would have got that one past Mrs M and lived to see the next day.
If you are in a car then you could drop down the hill from Morzine to Montriond & get the bubble up from Ardent which brings you out at Les Lindarets. There's free parking and not as busy as Morzine first thing in the morning. It's s simple enough by bus too although I'm not sure if the buses would start early enough. The a relatively simple ski to Chatel without the hold ups around Avoriaz.
Blind studies on the effectiveness of helmets with real people are going to be limited. Ethical approval for real life crash test skiers might prove difficult.
At the extremes of impact they will be irrelevant.
Moderate impact with be reduced - hopefully by enough to reduce life changing injuries into something less severe.
Skull cracking by impact with pointed rocks may also be prevented.
Cuts and scrapes may well be reduced as the helmet should stay on when a woolly hat might not!
Whether that is enough to justify wearing one is an individual choice.
The stats from motorcycle accidents suggest they make a difference but social skiing is vastly less dangerous than riding a motorcycle on the road so reducing the risk may not translate into big numbers of lives saved.
You may well find swimming hats are required in most pools in Italy unless you are bald!
Ski'd there last year.
Last minute deal after getting the all clear from injury,sadly coincided with the heatwave that hit the Alps, but still got some good skiing.
Not a huge amount of steeper or difficult stuff but good for intermediates. Novices are sell sorted as the easy blues are literally on the doorstep - step across the road from the town and there are a row of straightforward slopes served by lifts all along the road so no big queues as you can jump on any of them to start working your way up and across depending on your destination.
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