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Old December 9th 06, 04:16 PM posted to rec.skiing.alpine,rec.skiing.backcountry,rec.skiing.nordic,rec.skiing.resorts.europe
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Default Anyone remember Scorpion skis?

Anyone on here remember the short Scorpion ski, late 70's early 80's - I
seem to recall quite a lot of hype over them when launced, but want to know
what they were primarily designed for.

Reason is that I have picked a pair up via Ebay which I intend to use as
short approach skis for touring as they are quite a bit wider (90mm) and
longer than my normal approach skis (108) so should be a little better for
climbing in deep powder.

I'll fit my Dynafit bindings to them - point is that for normal use the
binding was towards the back - and I intend to move them more to the middle,
or as far as I can get away with for fitting my ski crampons.

Any advice / help appreciated.

Regards


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Old December 9th 06, 06:57 PM posted to rec.skiing.alpine,rec.skiing.backcountry,rec.skiing.nordic,rec.skiing.resorts.europe
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Default Anyone remember Scorpion skis?

Weathercam wrote:

Anyone on here remember the short Scorpion ski, late 70's early 80's - I
seem to recall quite a lot of hype over them when launced, but want to know
what they were primarily designed for.


Skorpion with a 'k', IIRC, but I may be wrong.

They were designed for fun. Total waste of time really, but these fads
come and go.

Who else remembers those little ski-bikes you sat on?

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Old December 9th 06, 10:57 PM posted to rec.skiing.alpine,rec.skiing.backcountry,rec.skiing.nordic,rec.skiing.resorts.europe
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Default Anyone remember Scorpion skis?

Ace wrote:

On Sat, 9 Dec 2006 18:57:21 +0000,
(The Older Gentleman) wrote:

Weathercam wrote:

Anyone on here remember the short Scorpion ski, late 70's early 80's - I
seem to recall quite a lot of hype over them when launced, but want to know
what they were primarily designed for.


Skorpion with a 'k', IIRC, but I may be wrong.

They were designed for fun. Total waste of time really, but these fads
come and go.

Who else remembers those little ski-bikes you sat on?


They're still going strong, in various guises. The oldest, and I
suppose original, are the patented ones they use (only) in
Grindelwald. e.g.
http://www.rubi-holzbau.ch/velogemel/index.htm


Blimey; made of wood!

I had a vague recollection that a lot of resorts banned the things on
the slopes.


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Old December 10th 06, 09:40 AM posted to rec.skiing.alpine,rec.skiing.backcountry,rec.skiing.nordic,rec.skiing.resorts.europe
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Default Anyone remember Scorpion skis?

On Sat, 9 Dec 2006 22:57:29 +0000,
(The Older Gentleman) wrote:

Ace wrote:

On Sat, 9 Dec 2006 18:57:21 +0000,
(The Older Gentleman) wrote:

Who else remembers those little ski-bikes you sat on?


They're still going strong, in various guises. The oldest, and I
suppose original, are the patented ones they use (only) in
Grindelwald. e.g.
http://www.rubi-holzbau.ch/velogemel/index.htm

Blimey; made of wood!

I had a vague recollection that a lot of resorts banned the things on
the slopes.


Lots of Swiss resorts in particular are very popular with sledgers and
have special runs reserved for them. These are often open to
'snow-bikers' as well, whereas many ski runs are not. Signposts and
piste maps attempt to make this clear, but don't always succeed.

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Old December 10th 06, 10:06 AM posted to rec.skiing.alpine,rec.skiing.backcountry,rec.skiing.nordic,rec.skiing.resorts.europe
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Default Anyone remember Scorpion skis?

Ace wrote:

On Sat, 9 Dec 2006 22:57:29 +0000,
(The Older Gentleman) wrote:

Ace wrote:

On Sat, 9 Dec 2006 18:57:21 +0000,
(The Older Gentleman) wrote:

Who else remembers those little ski-bikes you sat on?

They're still going strong, in various guises. The oldest, and I
suppose original, are the patented ones they use (only) in
Grindelwald. e.g.
http://www.rubi-holzbau.ch/velogemel/index.htm

Blimey; made of wood!

I had a vague recollection that a lot of resorts banned the things on
the slopes.


Lots of Swiss resorts in particular are very popular with sledgers and
have special runs reserved for them. These are often open to
'snow-bikers' as well, whereas many ski runs are not. Signposts and
piste maps attempt to make this clear, but don't always succeed.


Ah. Ta for that. It's been many years since I skied in Switzerland.


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Old December 10th 06, 04:12 PM posted to rec.skiing.alpine,rec.skiing.backcountry,rec.skiing.nordic,rec.skiing.resorts.europe
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Default Anyone remember Scorpion skis?

On Sun, 10 Dec 2006 15:15:06 +0000,
(The Older Gentleman) wrote:

Ace wrote:

On Sun, 10 Dec 2006 10:06:09 +0000,
(The Older Gentleman) wrote:

Ah. Ta for that. It's been many years since I skied in Switzerland.


You should try it some time - I think you'd be surprised at how
inexpensive it can be - at most resorts it's quite possible to find a
decent half-board hotel for well under a hundred francs a night ( i.e.
less than 40 quid pppn). I know it may not be as cheap as your beloved
Bareges, but it can compare very favourably with the French Alps, IME.


Agree absolutely. Much cheaper than one expects. Especially eating on
the mountain.


Indeed. And that's very much unexpected, as in general Switzerland is
very expensive for eating out. I think a lot of it is down to the
choice of dishes available - for example a bowl of Goulash soup and a
shared plate of chips is usually ample, whereas in France you'd
normally be needing something more of a main course.

Some things - evening bars, clubs - can cost a ****ing fortune, mind.


Bars? No, not really - about the same as prices in France.

Clubs? Well, I wouldn't really know, but it's always been possible,
IME, to find drinking establishments open until the early hours who
don't charge much of a premium on their drinks, which is all I'd be
looking for anyway.

Indeed, thinking about it, they don't normally seem to have the same
concept of a club vs. a bar. I can't recall ever having to pay for
entry into a late night drinking/dancing establishment in Switzerland.

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Old December 10th 06, 04:46 PM posted to rec.skiing.alpine,rec.skiing.backcountry,rec.skiing.nordic,rec.skiing.resorts.europe
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Default Anyone remember Scorpion skis?

Ace wrote:

Indeed, thinking about it, they don't normally seem to have the same
concept of a club vs. a bar. I can't recall ever having to pay for
entry into a late night drinking/dancing establishment in Switzerland.


Hotel I stayed in, in San Bernardino, some years ago, had a few steel
plates on the floor which they called a dance floor. This meant they
qualified as a night club, and after 10pm the prices more than doubled.

So the Brits would order half a dozen drinks each, at 9.55pm. The Swiss
got rather dischuffed, but if they were going to take the **** to begin
with....



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