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Poster: A snowHead
Sat 18-03-17 21:08
Replies: 228
@sparklies, bordsurfin That's interesting the price is around 4Km2.. I thought it would be a lot more from looking in the window of Erna Low! (yes, I looked, ha ha!!) The difference between what they want, and what they get... I also, may have inadvertendly quoted GPB rather than EUR, which while not 1:1 does make a difference! (especially when we bought, at ~ 1.6 - ie paid £250k aka €400k. If I sold for €400k now, I'd be chuckling...) I'm attempting to find various emails with more accurate assessments: but don't forget that taxes, officials and realtor charges, do add around 25 - 30% on that window figure.
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Sat 18-03-17 16:12
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@boredsurfin, she (...!) wants a lot more than she's likely to get... I think purchase was 7k per m2, wants at least 6. Current crop of sells seem to be going for about 4. + Fees and VAT, naturally.
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Sat 18-03-17 14:25
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@Richie_S, we're there 1st - 15th April, (well OK: 14th, train home home on the 15th) - if you are around during that time and want to have a closer look, pm me.
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Sat 18-03-17 10:03
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@sparklies, I know an Arc1950 owner of a 4 bed duplex of 100m2 who is interested in selling... :lol:
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Fri 17-03-17 21:24
Replies: 228
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Fri 17-03-17 18:25
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@Richie_S, dammit, just wrote a long post saying how the 7 blocks ( Refuge, Hameau, Prince, Jardins, Auberge, Sources and Manoir) differed very little in the important aspects (apartment size, boot rooms and piste access, and comfort) and the damn thing crashed on me. Oh well: I'm not retyping it. So: Yes there are differences, just not a lot, and not worth worrying about!
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Fri 17-03-17 10:59
Replies: 31
@valais2, @Yoda, :blush: been there done that - a run back into Motteret. Off to the side of the blue piste by 3, 4 m, was convinced I was going correctly. Suddenly upside down in a drift. Took ages to dig self out, and plenty of energy too. I was seriously worried at the time. Of course, no-one around to see the fall or help (even if there was, they wouldn't have seen me, as I wasn't on the piste anyway...). Lesson learned. "Learn the ways of the poles, young Skywalker".
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Wed 15-03-17 23:26
Replies: 228
@sparklies, great to hear the family enjoyed Refuge - Mrs Roll's favourite run, but yes the moguls are like buried VW Beetles...so respect too. Now take them down Lanches - under the Varet - to see how well they've learned the mogul lesson... (only kidding. Please don't. 1.5km of moguls and a long way to slide. Enjoy it from the bubble.) As @Richie_S says, the Carreley and Froide Fontaine reds (accessible from Arpette, Vagere or Carrely chairs) are some lovely runs, and very, very quiet, even at busy periods. We can lap them for days: hopefully this post doesn't alert too many people to them! The other empty place are the runs from Clocheret - but first thing, the blue can be more icy than the red so be careful until you get back in the sun. One last thing, if you can help - bit of a discussion going on in the village about "the tree". I'd like to get an independent view , so what are the family's thoughts on it - signature statement, or eyesore? Feel free to pm me if you'd prefer - thanks.
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Wed 15-03-17 14:56
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France has orange tips on skiers right, no orange tip (so fully black/red/blue/green) on skiers left. This is one of those things that I've known for a long time... but have to check every time I go skiing as to which the orange is: left or right: due to a shortish of memory space on the old grey disc. At least I do know to look on first run of each visit, and re-establish it firmly in my mind for the trip. It's a godsend in fog/cloud/whiteout conditions to know you are on the piste, not following just outside.
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Mon 13-03-17 21:57
Replies: 228
@sparklies, great to hear your reports - and so positive too: keep them coming! Have you & the family ventured out in the evenings around 1950 yet? You do need to pop into Georges' - kids' board games in there are ex-Roll clan from our younger days: but keeps them occupied while you sip on your vino. (Hint - buy by the bottle: considerably cheaper than the glass. And if you don't finish, he'll hold it for you until tomorrow). Say hi from me!
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Mon 13-03-17 10:53
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http://www.accuweather.com/en/videos/moose-runs-alongside-skier-in-colorado/u4m2s5yte6drfawvltgvg0sogh9ais5h
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Mon 13-03-17 9:11
Replies: 45
@Tiesto, just for comparison ("I took 7 hours of video") ... Even 'cheap' -eg student films from the NFTS - will shoot at a ratio of 35:1 ie 35 mins in the can will result in 1 min on screen. Hollywood can be 100+:1 (think about that for a moment - 100 minutes of "action.... cut" for every 1 minute on screen... and that's not including all the rehearsals, and blocking, and lighting, and makeup, and set dressing, and script-writing, and and and. Want to know where the money goes when making a blockbuster?!) Obviously with gopro / phone you can extend that ratio to "huge", as the process and costs are much lower and you're are probably shooting a lot more speculatively than film-makers with a storyboard to follow (even if you are not doing multiple takes of the same shot). So the message is: editing is the key. Be prepared to spend a lot longer on the keyboard than on the piste!
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Sat 11-03-17 14:16
Replies: 228
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Wed 8-03-17 12:31
Replies: 228
@sparklies, Skiset is on the ground floor of the building you've ended up in. If you look at the street from the 'Clocher' webcam, it's behind the big tree on the left! Precision for boots is about 20 yds further up the street, on the other side of the piste http://www.arc1950.com/en/live-from-the-village-webcams-weather.html You are right, there is a lot of "cross branding" between the various hire shops in 1950 and 2000 (one might be tempted to say 'a cartel', but that would surely be pejorative...) Enjoy!
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 7-03-17 20:56
Replies: 34
@sparklies, Trying to find out if any of the owners in 1950 buy boots locally: quite a few hire for friends and visitors, not sure if I've actually seen a buying recommendation. I'll come back if I find anything. So I've found a thread from the summer (it's behind a paywall for owners only): a couple of people have come back with our favourite locals, Seb and Thibaud up at Equilbres in 2000 : they don't do custom footbeds, but seem to have solved some quite tricky feet... If nothing happens before you go, you can always pop in and ask... http://equilibres.free.fr/ There's also a shout out for an individual in Precision in 1950 (name forgotten bleah) . Both shops would appear to be able to deal with boots bought eleswhere that need a tweak after a few days on the snow - which may also be what you end up needing HTH
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Tue 7-03-17 20:34
Replies: 34
@sparklies, Bartlett have now added the ability to book appointments rather than just queuing - call them for a time and date (hope to be up there in a fortnight with my daughter: I get to go to CEM next week!). http://www.skibartlett.com/ski-boot-fitting-i45
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Tue 7-03-17 8:34
Replies: 805
@thefatcontroller, @rob@rar, what sort of temps are we looking at ?
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Mon 6-03-17 18:21
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@thefatcontroller, lovin it! Just hope there's enough base and low temps in March to make it last until we get there on 1st April...
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Mon 6-03-17 11:02
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It's only 150 m - if all else fails you can walk up past the huskie kennels (we do that if the queue is too long...) Worth it though, for all the space and first tracks over that side
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Mon 6-03-17 10:56
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@thefatcontroller, pah. Still think you should try to get over to Villaroger...
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Mon 6-03-17 10:55
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@grumpygargoyle, we've just got back. Can't help too much with area names, but the frontage is very long, and slopes (a gentle green sort of slope) at right angles to the main pistes, from left to right on the piste map. Bergeres (sp?) is at the 'bottom' end (furthest from Yoghurt pots drop off). There does appear to be slope-side accommodation along most of it. The yoghurt pots are slow. I mean painfully slow. They were there 20 years ago, when we first visited (and they were slow then...), and don't appear to have changed much in between times. There are free buses running various circular routes around the town that are far more effective if you are not based on the front line. As an aside, there's a lot of ski removals when on the slopes, as a lot of the uplift is by gondola: be prepared for some walking around in boots unless you are staying on the green slopes with the kids. Can see it is a great place to learn though.
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Sun 5-03-17 10:44
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@thefatcontroller, it's not often I've experienced people in the terminal building cheering when they announce arrivals!
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Sun 5-03-17 9:27
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@thefatcontroller, how was your landing into Chambery? While we were waiting we saw an inbound Amsterdam flight diverted, (passengers sent to Geneva) a flight from Cardiff land but only after a go-around, a flight from Southampton (I think?) divert to Grenoble, passengers bussed down there, and our Charter inbound flight from LGW landed on time (hurrah!) , followed by a BA while we were sitting on the tarmac. We had a Monarch pilot in our group, who was explaining the approach route, the limits, and all the decision making that goes on which, because of the approach angles, is necessarily at a much higher altitude at Chambery than other airports. And sometimes a minor break in the clouds can get you in: 5 mins later, and it's off to somewhere else. I now have a shiny new app on my phone explaining these sorts of things!
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Sat 4-03-17 10:50
Replies: 134
A bizzare and capricious morning, with a forerunner of a potential snowmageddon (wind huge amount of snowfall in minutes, cloud all around) suddenly replaced by sunshine and visibility across the valley. Still chilly, but blue sky appears to be the order of the hour. Waiting on coach trip to Chambery, no doubt there will be 3 more weather types between now and then!
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Sat 4-03-17 10:45
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Heading out of Chambery tonight at 6pm. Any good wishes to @thefatcontroller crew are of course full of self interest! What felt like snowmageddon an hour ago has been replaced with bright sunshine (in ADH) so here's hoping for a safe trip for all.
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Fri 3-03-17 17:49
Replies: 62
@Richie_S, for those of you with the mobiles the Yuge app in Les Arcs is good for keeping track of each other. As well as a myriad other diversions.
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Thu 2-03-17 21:27
Replies: 228
@sparklies, just watch out that the upgrade doesn't become the expected for future holidays. You've got a very big apartment now! Well done and have a great time. 1950 will suit you well.
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Thu 2-03-17 18:28
Replies: 134
@nobrainbcn, so if you know the resort, snow above DMC 1 is gorgeous, and the Tunnel was great. Fog lower down until about 2.30made for tricky conditions, and the warmth of the sun when it did break through has meant a lot of slush at rsort level. But overall we're a happy crew! Am told that is likely to remain warm, so may continue ue to affect lower slopes . Sorry.
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 2-03-17 8:52
Replies: 134
Light snow in the village this morning but snow at this altitude is very wet. Will be going a bit higher today to see what's what.
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Thu 2-03-17 8:50
Replies: 228
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Wed 1-03-17 21:38
Replies: 134
And now freezing line gone up, and there's a melt going on at village level. Dammit.
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Wed 1-03-17 21:16
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@sparklies, I really enjoyed your day trip report, and wish you weren't being mucked about. As above, Erna low are a great bet ( pm me if you want some senior mgmt emails) or alternatively a group of the independent apt owners have got together under arc1950direct.com. Or I can get you the email, of the PnV resort manager. Somewhere between the three they should be able to find you a 3 bed apt to take back to Crystal,. I hate it when TOs drag my village through the mud like this, and if I can help, happy to do so.
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Wed 1-03-17 17:02
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Nice day. Snow stopped about 10 ish, then sun til about 2.30. I'd estimate 20 cm on the upper slopes. However was too warm and a lot of it was lost in the village. On a positive note the freezing level dropped below the main town by 5pm and a wet drizzle turned to snow again. Settling on the roads, but only just,. Let's hope overnight tempos continue to drop. As per page 1, leather outfits at bottom of Sarenne appreciated. ..
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Tue 28-02-17 22:42
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Been snowing in alpes dh for 20 hours straight, and it continues. Wednesday is going to be awesome!
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Fri 24-02-17 22:25
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Nah - mine's an executive summary - the meat is in the main report. We don't want to lose that.
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Fri 24-02-17 22:19
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For @achilles: a summary of the OF's OP, "You know you're getting old when the brain is writing cheques the body can't cash". Remembering cheques is also a sign.
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Fri 24-02-17 21:34
Replies: 134
Been snowing in Les Arcs - anything in Alpe Dhuez this Friday?
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Fri 24-02-17 15:56
Replies: 58
or a theatre electrician going for blackout lamps.
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Fri 24-02-17 15:09
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@kapt, @johnE, not just the beds, but the fact that they've reduced lift queues has inevitably meant more people on the pistes as opposed to waiting for their turn. But we can't turn back the clock, so we have to find personal coping strategies. Enjoying the mountains for their own beauty works for me! ( and yes, I acknowledge that I am extremely lucky, getting 4 weeks this year: I guess it won't work for everyone. OTOH, 4x as many chances to cock it up...) @snowymum, I feel that you'll find that net migration ( there's that phrase of the week...) between LP & LA is a zero sum, and probably cancels itself out. Can't be sure, but I doubt there's a particularly unidirectional flow. Has anyone any real as opposed to anecdotal evidence?
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Fri 24-02-17 11:25
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@lynne123, as @Old Fartbag says, the funicular goes straight into Bourg from 1600. 7 minutes, 3 times an hour, 4 or more during rush hours. A short walk (10 mins?) to main town centre, inc. the connections via train and bus routes to other towns. There are free buses that also run from the other arcs villages to 1600 that timetable to catch the funi. You can also get pedestrian passes should you wish to meet the non-skier up the mountain for lunch; for example at the top of the Transarc. Other non skiing activities up in the villages include snow shoeing, swimming, husky dogs, the wellness spa in 1950, as well as the traditional shopping. Both 2000 and 1950 also lay on plenty of day and evening street entertainments (I don't know about 1600 and 1800 but presume they too have events). Lots to do for the non-skier.
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