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forget shaped carver: NEW VIDEO Rax ski
Posted: 05 December 2007 09:33 AM  
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Joined  2007-10-25

Teleferic on Mt.Rax started the new season Dec 1st
and so did we

Posted: 05 December 2007 12:19 PM   [ # 1 ]  
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Joined  2003-10-24

Blades with fins, it is an interesting idea just don’t take them in the half pipe!

Seriously I see you’ve been mocked on TGR and SHeads but I think the short ski concept is interesting. 15 years ago everyone ridiculed the idea that serious skiers should ski anything shorter than your own height + 10cm. I remember back in the mid 90s I fitted touring bindings to the first carving skis that were appearing at the time - the idea was to reduce length and get more surface area and easier turning off piste. No-one thought it was a good idea to use piste skis “off piste”. The final argument was that the didn’t have the little dinky “rando” hole on the spatula (remember those?).

I’m not convinced by the fins… although the rando guys have used a similar concept of keeping their skins on for descents to slow speed (technique used by beginners where there is limited space to turn). This is a bit like keeping your harscheisen on for the descent. Still the skier in your vid seems to be having fun and is riding much better than in the last video.

Posted: 06 December 2007 12:18 PM   [ # 2 ]  
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Joined  2007-10-25
davidof - 05 December 2007 12:19 PM

Apart from all ski trends and fashions,
the underground “firngleiter culture” has lived in Eastern Alps for 60 years.
Mort wrote an article on short skis under
These were the grass roots of today’s invention.
We’ve just added high-tech direction control to the primitive firngleiter
and made it slender and longer.
Pariahs are striking back now. 

Davidof, it would be a pleasure to ski and debate with you.
Longer stay in my loved La Grave is planned for January
but we could visit other sites in France, too.
And try a half pipe with fins.

[ Edited: 07 December 2007 07:15 PM by Tom from Austria]
Posted: 28 December 2007 04:49 PM   [ # 3 ]  
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Joined  2007-10-25
0leg - 21 December 2007 08:26 PM

Nice video. Also I shouldn’t have watch it because I am at the computer stuck with work :(

The same am I, Oleg.
Are you a Russian living in France?