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Poster: A snowHead
Fri 24-02-17 22:25
Replies: 34
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
Replies: 34
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: 105
Been snowing in Les Arcs - anything in Alpe Dhuez this Friday?
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Fri 24-02-17 15:56
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or a theatre electrician going for blackout lamps.
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Fri 24-02-17 15:09
Replies: 671
@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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Fri 24-02-17 8:40
Replies: 671
@snowcrazy, very sad, and as you say, a bit strange. Nevertheless once again, a sober reminder that we partake in a dangerous pastime - be careful out there everyone. Heading to ADH tomorrow, and I shall remember the old adage about paying for the view as well as the snow: if things are looking a little crowded on the pistes, then I too will head for the nearest terrace
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Fri 24-02-17 8:28
Replies: 109
If only the OP had considered their language, and used the more accurate "I want a Nanny" rather than "need a Nanny" all this unpleasantness could have been avoided. But then I guess the responses would have been more on the lines of "Don't we all, dear?" and a slew of emojis. Here's one: ;-)
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Fri 24-02-17 0:48
Replies: 57
One nice thing about WB is the rain policy. There was a day we were out there: raining in the village, got soaked on the way up the chair; which then promptly froze on us as we passed into the snow line, it was truly horrible. So we skied back down, and as we were unclipping, one of the piste guys said " leaving at 10 am? - you should ask for your pass money back" . Would never have occurred to us in Europe. So we went to the booth, and yes, even though we had a ten day pass, and even though technically we'd skied that day, they refunded us the day's value of the pass. Top geezers.
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Thu 23-02-17 8:24
Replies: 95
@Hells Bells, I'll always defer to Mrs Roll on the wine: but if you can find me a good lady to sort out the beer, then she's a keeper. A spare, granted, but a keeper none the less. :lol:
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Wed 22-02-17 15:20
Replies: 671
@johnE, :sH: Parchey is quite useful if you are over the far end of Peisey, eating lunch at La Vache or La Ferme: it also supports a beginners slope IIRC. On the other hand, it is under used - so much so that it closes for lunch...
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Wed 22-02-17 12:39
Replies: 671
@johnE, agreed don't mention Clocherets! Rhonaz is a godsend in bad weather (only open when other access to Villaroger is closed), and has led to some of the most amazing powder skiing ever - no-one there, freshies all the way. Don't you dare suggest they close that one! (and like Clocherets, don't tell anyone about it either... oops) St Jaques is for the beginners, and gives access to those starting out in their skiing career. I've used it with beginners, but not for my own stuff. IIRC Lac is for getting out of the 2000 apartments.
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Wed 22-02-17 9:54
Replies: 46
Still have a slightly swollen ankle from Christmas 'being run into' event. To AdH again next week, so was concerned about pain of getting boot(s) on. Used the tips in the above, and it was fine. OK, so the buckle will not be as tight as usual, but actually getting an ankle into the boot with limited movement - wow, what a difference to even the usual, fully functioning days. The tip about moving the tongue slightly to one side, and using your opposing thumb to pull the shell away? Genius. Thanks Hariad. And thanks @Old Fartbag for posting it.
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Wed 22-02-17 8:42
Replies: 671
@snowcrazy, can only think they want to remove Charmettoger as it is (a) slow, and (b) rarely used through the day - which, agreed, makes it great for the kind of skiing you are talking about! But it's a bit parochial, and access to the available on-routes (say by getting to Derby or Transarc Mid-station) is duplicated by other lifts out of 1800. We've used it only once or twice in my 15 years of visiting. I suppose there is a limit to how much the area can afford to run: if anything is going to have to go to ensure funding for other lifts to stay open, then I'm afraid this would be up there as one of my candidates (Unlike Grand Reynard, whose removal was a travesty!). Alpe D'Huez for us next week - back in April to Paradiski to compare the two... if there is any skiing left in either :?
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 21-02-17 11:30
Replies: 33
@SnowBeau, Groupon are doing deals for Summer lessons at Hemel - which while not quite East Midlands is not a million miles away: https://www.groupon.co.uk/deals/hemel-snowcentre-ltd-t-a-the-snow-centre-2-24444521
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Mon 20-02-17 15:42
Replies: 105
@bigtoe, good to hear. Was getting " OMG it's hot" reports from across the Tarantaise last week, so beginning to be a bit concerned. It's been 20 years since I was last there, so looking forward to it. Not that I remember much about it, so I won't notice the improvements!
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Mon 20-02-17 13:10
Replies: 16
@joskin, If you stay in Bourg, ( with access, as above to Rosiere, Tuille, Les Arcs, La Plagne, St Foy. 3V etc.) then for vfm I can recommend the hotel l'Autantic - just on the outskirts. They deal in days not weeks, is a fairly basic, but then relatively cheap, B&B style. Can walk into town for evening meals (but probably not in full ski gear, so need a car for your day trips, but sounds like you'll have one). Does have a pool! I stay there when down in France during the shoulder seasons or, as at this Christmas, when we want to visit a number of resorts - as in: all those listed above! - and don't want to start with a 30 min drive down from Arcs every day. Has Wifi and ski room. http://www.autantic.fr/english/ HTH
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Sun 19-02-17 11:22
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@bigtoe, hmm doesn't sound good. We're arrive next Saturday. Hope there's still something pleasant to ski! (Ah well, there's always the bars... and the views... ) More info any one please - keep it coming! AR
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Sun 19-02-17 11:22
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@bigtoe, hmm doesn't sound good. We're arrive next Saturday. Hope there's still something pleasant to ski! (Ah well, there's always the bars... and the views... ) More info any one please - keep it coming! AR
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Fri 17-02-17 1:15
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@djf, yup, you're correct, you won't manage a 7am to apartment with the funi. As an aside, I would recommend the Wood Bear Cafe for breakfast. They do an excellent 'full english' bagel...
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Thu 16-02-17 16:35
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@thefatcontroller, crikey it's been a while: iirc, does between €70 - €85 sound about right - and comparable to what you pay to 2000? Which given that the funi is €8 each, for 5 of us, is a small per person uplift if its not a ski day (e.g. evening arrival)
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Thu 16-02-17 9:12
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@djf, You may need to ask a BsM native for who's 'best' these days:I've literally tens of cards from all the different taxi drivers who we've used, and who wait at the station - and a couple we've pre booked as well! They are all much of a muchness tbh, and there are any number of large mini-vans able to carry you, family and skigear. But what I can say is, it will take between 30 & 40 mins to get to 1950 - depending on traffic & driving conditions - it is just over 20km. HTH
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Tue 14-02-17 10:53
Replies: 95
A quick advert for Arc 1950 ( yes , declared interest etc.) self catering. 1) The apartments are (nearly...) NA size, and hence you are not in a shoe box. Sufficient catering capability, ( oven , microwave, 4 ring hob, dishwasher, all utensils) sufficient storage etc. OK, so the TO's may expect you to sleep 2 in the lounge when pricing up, but even that's nothing compared to the rabbit hutches of the earlier developments in France. The bathrooms are en-suite as in 'part of the apartment'. (so for example, our apartment 1 double, 1 twin, and potentially 2 in the lounge, 2 bathrooms, one en-suite, one shared amongst remaining guests. 56sq metres + 18 sq m balcony.) But no, not shared with any other families! 1, 3, 4, 5 bedrooms options are available. 2) Hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms in all blocks. Yes, you share them with other apartment users, but it is rarely a problem. 3) Ski-in /out like nowhere else in the Alps. Seriously. Well located? - you can hardly get better. 4) Soap / towels / toilet rolls / cleaning pack all supplied , and refreshed mid week. Yes you can, as above, get 'staff' in to cater for you. We find however, the ski in/out aspect normally means we can get back for bread and soup lunch: and for the evening, we take in turns to cook (so the others of the party can go for a cheeky apres - or be responsible for dispensing the G&T and Pringles in the flat) and once or twice a week have a meal out. We do this with family, group and 'boys trips'. Group works really well, as you not only rotate the cooking, but also the apartment you're cooking in, so take in turns to host the evening. Load up at Bourg supermarkets on the way in, and top up on a daily basis (if necessary) at local 8-a-huit supermarket up the hill. There is no value in re-visiting Bourg for a s/market trip alone. You're here to ski, not shop! so the odd euro saving here and there isn't worth it. So can you make s/catering work, and still have a fabulous relaxing, great, amazing holiday? Absolutely.
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Fri 10-02-17 16:14
Replies: 36
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Thu 9-02-17 20:33
Replies: 89
riding a bike, you are so much more venerable, Why thank-you kind sir, very charitable of you to notice my elevated status ;-) When being taught to drive, "mirror, signal, manoeuvre" is a fundamental teaching point, and safety 101: indeed these days I am assured includes PLAN, mirror...[] So it should be in ski lessons. Although in skiing maybe it's Plan, look, execute.
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Thu 9-02-17 16:03
Replies: 17
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Thu 9-02-17 14:55
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@wills_h, try "Le shop " in 1950. They have old style posters for each of the 7 residences there. edit URL added - note the 'wrong' spelling is correct http://www.arc1950.com/en/stroes-in-les-arcs/the-shop.html
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Mon 6-02-17 12:30
Replies: 105
@howiet, excellent. We're out in 3 weeks, so please keep the reports coming, and save some snow for us.
Poster: A snowHead
Mon 6-02-17 12:26
Replies: 126
Can't recall exactly, but I think every race was won by the skier on the blue course (RHS looking downhill). Now, it may be that their pairing were such that they were the stronger skiers of course, but it seems a bit off not to have them go down both courses. (It would also help fill the 90 mins without so much Davina waffle...)
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Fri 3-02-17 14:13
Replies: 89
@Dave of the Marmottes, fairy nuff. @jedster, Ain't that the truth. Skiing protocol is sooo easy from 700 miles away...
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Fri 3-02-17 14:11
Replies: 7
@Matt1959, +1 for Ibis: drop car off, and shuttle around to hotel. But it's not as cheap as it used to be (last done 3 years ago) @selly_skier, agreed... almost! Mini Roll and I did this in Dec. for a 5 day trip. took the late night option on Wednesday night. Was thinking on exactly the same lines. Then, discovered, for some inexplicable reason, it was cheaper to pick up hire car that night than next morning! You might want to check... So then booked hotel 25 mins out of Geneva en route to the Tarantaise, (http://www.hotel-rey.com/ ) which not only gave us better value, but also a proper head start...
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Fri 3-02-17 11:44
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They have also extended their £20 deal until end of Feb ( albeit, you do only get access until end of Dec.17, not a full year)
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Fri 3-02-17 11:32
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I think this problem only exists 'on the internet'.Yes and no. There doesn't seem to be any reports of rental cars being stopped (although that doesn't mean that it hasn't happened), but the rental companies have changed their practice to a certain extent. I'm driving a German registered car this week. That wouldn't have happened before this law change / reminder of existing rules. With Rob on this one: Christmas, I emailed ahead to Europcar, saying I was going to France ( I was arrriving late, and thought that if I 'needed' an Euro registered car, then better that they know in advance, since at 10:30 at night, I thought it less likely they'd have them lying around). They asked me again at the desk to sign a form saying I was going to France, then delivered me to a German registered car (with only 50km on the clock, now that was nervous: driving a brand new car! In the dark. In the fog. On the wrong side of the road. Going to a hotel that I didn't know... ) No worries, no hassles, no problem. But could have been?
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Fri 3-02-17 10:35
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@rob@rar, why aren't you out enjoying the new snow? ;-)
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Fri 3-02-17 10:33
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@Richard_Sideways, and here it is... Email just in from SKY: --- What's Changing... TV The price of your Variety bundle will increase on 1 March 2017 by £2.00 extra a month. This change will show in your March bill. --- My move to Eurosport player justified right there!
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Fri 3-02-17 10:22
Replies: 89
@dode, you said it much shorter!
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Fri 3-02-17 10:20
Replies: 89
@flaming, the problem with The problem with saying "yes, it was all his fault, I was blameless" is that your shoulder didn't get better overnight because it wasn't your fault. However much DotM bangs on about 'blame' and 'fault', it really doesn't help you - other than perhaps the psychological boost of 'knowing you were right'. @Dave of the Marmottes It is not a question of slowing to a crawl, but you should be aware enough to consider the potential for muppetry and the concomitant escape route / evasion option, in every situation. And that applies juts as much when you are driving a 2 ton killing machine or on the pistes. Yes there will still be accidents because some numpty will do something so incredibly stupid it can't possibly have been considered. Or the conditions were unavoidably unexpected. But by being responsible, and taking account of the human condition, you've have removed at least one variable from the equation. And if that starts by the simple rule that 'everyone downstream of you (including those you've just seen go into the trees...) is likely to do something daft' - sorry: "has the right of way" - irrespective of their ability to think or consider other people - YOU will be safer. Frankly " I'm in hospital for 6 weeks but it's OK because I was right" is a bit of a silly position to take. Take care out there, and look after yourself by respecting others' ability to behave like a muppet on the mountain.. Not a bad metaphor for life in general actually.
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Thu 2-02-17 12:04
Replies: 89
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Thu 2-02-17 12:04
Replies: 89
"It's written on his gravestone: 'It was my right of way' " . The OP, and the video as far as I can tell, is about respect, it is about avoiding accidents where possible. And the best way to reduce them, is to respect everyone - specifically those below you, but, and as he says in the video, those above you too. In this context, who cares if someone comes in from the blindside and you hit them: we're not discussing 'fault' or 'blame' here: this (thread) is not about insurance payouts. Respect your fellow mountain users, and no matter who is 'wrong', you are less likely to be in, or cause others to be in, an accident. Of course the more people who take on this mantra, the better. But to start with, let's "change the mountain one slider at a time".
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Thu 2-02-17 11:50
Replies: 671
@rob@rar, I do wish you'd stop showing people the best snow, best run and best access to untracked 'between the pistes' powder (above/into the snowpark) in the domain... Thankfully it is accessed by 'certainly NOT the best lift', so maybe all is not lost!
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