This useful article from PisteHors summarises the possible equipment choices for accessing the backcountry including snow shoes, approach skis and split boards.
Great chart here from the Les Arcs site showing all the school holiday periods. They are hard to avoid!
During my Christmas break in Vermont I managed to squeeze in a couple of days riding at Killington so I thought I would post some thoughts on the place.
Tough new measures on speeding from the French police apparently.
Dave Mossman writes in The Telegraph about taking up snowboarding at 40 plus as though it were a near impossibility. In fact, his learning experience sounds very similar to many others, both older and younger, and demonstrates that attitude rather than age is the only barrier to learning to ride.
To maintain a board in optimum riding condition one should ideally apply hot wax to the base and sharpen the edges after every three days or so of riding with a full base grind maybe every ten to fifteen days.
Although a base grind will necessitate checking the board in to a service centre, waxing and edging can easily be done at home or, preferably, as a therapeutic aprés ski activity in the basement of a cosy holiday chalet. That is just what I did the other day and I took some pictures to serve as an illustrated "how to".