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Poster: A snowHead
Wed 18-01-17 10:15
Replies: 74
@TheGeneralist, to be fair, you'd be paying to eat & drink if you stayed at home, so it's only an uplifted price you should consider...
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Wed 18-01-17 10:12
Replies: 37
Coo, wish I was being paid to get that level of detailed instruction!
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Wed 18-01-17 8:40
Replies: 5
@craigjbarker, given your need to 'do stuff' when you get there, Autoroute. The Annecy route is lovely and beautiful and for dawdling in the summer. Actually dawdling in the winter is good too - we went to Bourg via Annecy this winter because in no hurry. Came back via autoroute because we had to be sure of catching flight. It's like comparing A roads with the odd town to navigate, with a motorway version in the UK. You won't see a lot from the M-way, or get the ambience of the country/history/locality but you probably don't care.
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Wed 18-01-17 8:07
Replies: 64
No matter what you've picked up or learned in your first day on the slopes, don't try to teach anything to whomsoever is a @GorillySticks partner. Anything. Any time between now and your last breath.
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Wed 18-01-17 8:03
Replies: 24
@yorkshirelad, can only offer sympathy (and tea). Small consolation, but you are with people who absolutely know what they are doing with skiing injuries. All the best for a speedy and successful recovery.
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Tue 17-01-17 13:51
Replies: 510
@Pruman, it does sometimes restrict peripheral vision. Especially when you are facing straight forward along a cat-track, enjoying the sun, musing over which anecdotes and wittisims to share in the bar that night, and looking at the potential obstacles far front, rather than behind. A gentle noise brings you back to the here and now, and reminds you that you are sharing this great sport of ours with others. My singing, as some have suggested, is probably not a good option - no-one wants that (They really don't). Bells... jury is out I fear. See shared bike / pedestrian trails for many examples of surprise movements. I always unclip and slow down when approaching a group, I always ring the bell, and I always thank them if they stop, consider the bike, and move to one side, while collaring the dog... Admittedly significantly easier to do as a pedestrian than skier. But with more walkers / runners wearing ear-buds it is sometimes very difficult to get them to notice you from a distance; hence the pre-cautionary steps of having the feet available and reduced speed.
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Tue 17-01-17 12:46
Replies: 510
I am an experienced skier. I HATE it when someone comes up beside me unexpectedly on a cat track. I don't care if they are polite, or racing, or arrogant, or deferential: that sudden shock (if I'm taking in the scenery, or my mind has wandered, and at my advancing years that happens...) can be 'kin dangerous. Now we are all helmet wearers, it's not just boarders who have blind spots. So since I don't like it when people sneak up on me, I have , over the years, chosen to gently pole tap from some distance away to alert people to my presence. I may not even want to overtake them I just want them to know I'm there. Now. I accept reading this thread that there will be some who react badly to that. But on balance, and since it is my personal preference to be aware of other slope users so I can respect them ( ;-) ), I'm think I'm going to continue doing it. So bleah.
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Mon 16-01-17 19:34
Replies: 76
Apart for the latest being wiped out at Christmas (documented on the Les Arcs thread), daftest was a similar experience to rob@rar above, when an inadvertent synchronised set of turns on the red Reches (steep pitch just above Blanche Muree restaurant for those who know Les Arcs) led me to face-on contact with an ample German lady. Aka double yard sale. We dusted ourselves down, collected kit and wits, checked for injuries, apologised, first to her and then her partner who was with her, and who was less than enamoured with our "closeness". We agreed that clearly we were of a similar standard, in that our turning radius on the slope was very similar. We both set off, in opposite directions. Which in retrospect was a mistake. One turn later, bang! Exactly the same thing. Said partner was seriously not amused. Mrs Roll on the other hand was in stitches.
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Sun 15-01-17 18:39
Replies: 503
@charlie26, Luigis usually has a couple of screens on different Sky Sports channels, so I'd have thought you'll be good to go there.
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Sun 15-01-17 10:08
Replies: 19
"Lick a onesie" - As the title suggests. Usually easier in the lift queues, has to be witnessed, and hopefully without getting your face smashed in by irate boyfriend...
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Sat 14-01-17 8:26
Replies: 503
Looks as if it is still snowing up the mountain - the canopy outside Melis Snack, which doesn't go up until 7am, is covered again... you boys and girls are in for a TREAT!
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Fri 13-01-17 10:05
Replies: 41
(Thread marker so I can find easily in "your threads" ;-) ) Out in 6 weeks, so great to see the webcams today showing significant and continuing fall. Those of you on the ground - keep those reports coming!
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Fri 13-01-17 7:48
Replies: 503
@thefatcontroller, Hope the wind dies a little, you get to enjoy the fresh stuff. (am thinking the 'secret lift' to Villaroger is the way to go today...)
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Thu 12-01-17 21:12
Replies: 14
@jimphizacklea@gmail.com, I'm 200lb 182 cm, so very similar build to you. I've been skiing 163cm very happily for a few years now, Yes, it probably is time to go longer (any excuse for n+1), albeit I do worry about dealing with the mogul fields that I enjoy atm. While I do fall behind 'the lads' on the Reds, I make up for it on the blacks! Really, they're not as bad as some would make out. AR
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 12-01-17 21:04
Replies: 21
@warbis66, Colin (CEM is his :sH: username) is a boot fitter par excellence. His shop is in Bicester https://www.solutions4feet.com/ HTH
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Thu 12-01-17 15:25
Replies: 503
@Richie_S, as per bl - yup, that's the deal (and the < 4 goes free - but you'll need some ID to prove their age) Ref: eating out in 1950. It's difficult to be certain, as the places change from year to year, but we tend to go to Chalet de Lys for 'posh nosh' - we're usually in town for our anniversary, and have really enjoyed it. But have seen poor opinions being expressed too. The Savoyarde, and the Red Cow (sorry Vache Rouge) are both acceptable, but fairly standard fare: will be pleasant but won't be memorable. A "quirky" alternative might be the Wood Bear: more a cafe than a full fledged restaurant, but they produce some good stuff. Chat with Sebastien the owner when you come down to the village to book somewhere, see what he's got available. The new restaurant at the Taj I Mah hotel in 2000 did some top food when they were trialing it in the UK in Sept, but have seen disappointing reviews from the Arc1950 owners. And don't forget to pop into Georges Wine Bar for your pre-prandial warm up. It can vary from empty to full-on for no good reason, but there's always a welcome: behind the bar this year is Jack, one of the apartment owners' sons, and obviously the eponymous George: a-Scotsman-living-in-Holland-but-owning-a-bar-in-France kind of guy.
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Tue 10-01-17 17:18
Replies: 503
@thefatcontroller, ah OK. I can see the lights on the 1950 webcams which is why I asked!
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Tue 10-01-17 17:09
Replies: 503
@thefatcontroller, any fools out night skiing Marmottes atm? :lol: :lol:
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Mon 9-01-17 14:40
Replies: 42
In Aleskya the lifts start at the dockside... (I exaggerate for effect)
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Mon 9-01-17 13:12
Replies: 6
So I've always used Oakleys for skiing , and still would if (a) I hadn't lost 2 pairs ( if anyone found some on the La Tania bubble, I hope you are enjoying them...) , and (b) hadn't been given some Vaurnet as a gift so didn't bother replacing. These bad boys are the business, and very glad to give them a thumbs up. But I've seen people on old threads here talk about Maui Jims, Well, I have a pair of those too (also a freebie), and they are similarly tremendous - slightly lighter in both colour and weight to the Vaurnet, so used at different times. But really, point of this is to give their team in the UK a shout out for service. I've seen Oakley get fulsome praise too, but as losing those rather than breaking is my style, I can only note, rather than comment. The MJ s I sat on and broke the arm. :( Eventually got around to calling them, asking where I could get a replacement. They advised of a few places, but said there would be the local retailer charge on top, so I ended up sending them in, thinking well, it's been 4 years, let's see. There were emails throughout the process advising of progress, plus a phone call to discuss options (did I want to replace the lenses - they suggested probably not as they were only a little bit scratched and if not a problem, they weren't in the business of unnecessary repairs). £12 admin fee, no charge for bits, cleaned and back in 3 days, 'signed for' delivery, solid packaging. Effectively as new. I am now an advocate for life. If only all retailers could be like sunglass manufacturers.
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Mon 9-01-17 10:42
Replies: 59
so Uggs would not be a suitable shoe/boot. Nothing else needed in this post. :P
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Sun 8-01-17 16:38
Replies: 503
Ooh Plan looking snowed, but the surrounds a bit ugly. With all the snow-making, is there any water left in the reservoir? Let's hope those black clouds dump on you (meant in a nice way) AR
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Sun 8-01-17 11:33
Replies: 53
@Gillap, have a look at the Arcs family lift pass bundle. Your team's ages make it viable for the next few years, and is a significant saving. @Dorset Mogul, welcome to :sH: That's the sort of range work on... but tbh, rather too scared to look at the the big price, far better chunking it up and mislay the invoices!
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Thu 5-01-17 14:46
Replies: 503
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Thu 5-01-17 14:28
Replies: 503
@thefatcontroller, ba$tard... looks good out there.
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Thu 5-01-17 12:51
Replies: 503
@thefatcontroller, just for completeness, 1950 too now has a live feed: http://www.arc1950.com/webcams-meteo-la-station-en-live.html more timesuck...
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Thu 5-01-17 10:02
Replies: 503
@thefatcontroller, Oh my God, what a timesuck... seems to have a greater range of moment now than earlier in the morning, can see all the way around to the main square, and the 'renowned' (well, in Snowheads answers to questions on where to rent/buy/service in 2000) Equilbres shop Stopitstopitstopitstopit
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Thu 5-01-17 8:13
Replies: 503
@thefatcontroller, loving that live cam - can see the participants walking to ski school! ( I did write 'kids', but thought that a bit creepy...)
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 4-01-17 9:10
Replies: 503
@ScarlettInSpace, welcome to Les Arcs. The Arcs don't 'do' greens: there are none on the piste maps. This doesn't mean that all runs are terrifyingly hard for beginners however! Just that the printers ran out of ink... From 1950 the easiest run to start with is Cascades, down to the Pre St Esprit lift. This has a slight downside of being a 15 min lift that is a slow, cold return to the main domain (being replaced next year) but is a good start point. Alternatively, I'd suggest taking the Marmottes lift from the bottom of the village, then Arcabulle right to the top, where your children can take the Plan des Eaux blue: this then joins Valley de l'Arc which you can take all the way back to 1950, or retrace your steps back up via Plagnettes or Arcabulle lifts depending on your timing. Marmottes piste back into the village does have one tricky little pitch of about 100m length, just above the village (take it easy: it's not too hard, but can look daunting first time) but is otherwise a great run for the return. Some will no doubt suggest runs off the St Jacques lift, which is where the 'newbies' tend to end up for the first few days: these are definitely in the green end of the spectrum. You are the best judge of your step-children's ability and desire and whether you/they need that as a first step towards bigger and better. Other blues in the area to be explored later include Plan Verte, Edelweiss and Dents du Peigne, all eminently suitable for 2nd week skiers. And I have no doubt that the reds off Col de la Chal (Arcabulle lift) will be attempted before the end of the week, whether you want them to or not! AR
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Tue 3-01-17 15:15
Replies: 31
@Roguevfr, very sensible. Wonder if the name 'ski school' , or 'lessons' needs revising to better convey the appeal and advantages. Or as per @speed098, book some lessons yourself and lead by example. I know it doesn't fit you situation this week, but sometimes demonstrating is the way to go. We have beginners with us many times. Telling them we're unable to ski with them on say, the Tuesday, as we're having private instruction, often initiates and eases into the "Oh? but you're good, why are you taking lessons" discussion: from which you manipulate it towards them.
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Tue 3-01-17 15:05
Replies: 510
Am still recovering from being taking out in Arc 1600 just before Christmas (although thankfully it appears to be on the mend). Small pistes, hard packed, crowds, 1st day heroics /muppetry /lack of ability / bad judgement*: not a recipe for 100% happy days. But so, so sad to hear of a death. Horrible. And I'm sure the survivor isn't feeling too special either. Take care out there. (*delete as applic)
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Sat 31-12-16 0:18
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@Ricklovesthepowder, unfortunately not, was there with my daughter just before Christmas. But if you get the chance to go out with Snowcrazy you should do so, he knows a lot of good places! (And despite his name and "fearsome reputation", lol, he will be kind to your other half... Don't know what pass you've got, but if you're going for the day at a time, then the samedijeskie.com website is the place to go for a €30 ticket in Arcs on a Saturday - it won't get you to La Plagne with Snowcrazy, but is considerably better than the €50 otherwise. If you've got your 2 cartes from today, they can be recharged on line in the morning at the chalet, and will work as soon as you get to the Funicular. The cartes for Ros / Tuille are different, and will be an extra €2, but well worth it - and similar to above, can be used again if you go back. I think it was about €40 for the day, plus insurance and cards. @rob@rar, thanks. To quote the old 70's BR advert, we're getting there.
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Fri 30-12-16 17:55
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@rob@rar, glad to hear you're back in the game! FWIW, my leg is beginning to come back to me: the knee is good enough, and the ankle, well, a bit of a way to go, but then again, when it's in a boot... Still, not skiing again until end Feb, so hope to get back to some fitness / exercise before then. @Ricklovesthepowder, we hate that bit - it's right outside our apartment too, so we have to ski the top 50m to our boot room most days. It gets that way as it is the direct route from 2000 to the lifts. You can go through the 1950 village, but most people, and ski schools, just head on down. Narrow, busy, bumpy and icy - not a good combination by end of day. +1 for going over to Rosiere and Tuille - the latter being the better of the two, 10 days ago.
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Thu 29-12-16 9:52
Replies: 38
@Ricklovesthepowder, which chalet?
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Wed 28-12-16 14:56
Replies: 122
@johnE, Fair point, well made - but it isn't a binary decision, hence my reminder of a third credible transport method. FWIW, I flew last week, with 2 of us, but could well be driving at Easter: gives us the flexibility to visit the whole Tarantaise.
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Wed 28-12-16 14:52
Replies: 38
@Ricklovesthepowder, did the same last week (well 16 - 20th) - La Tuille and Rosiere is/was in good nick, and should certainly be visited. (you had to go all the way up to the Rosiere station, as the uplift lift was not on - it may be running now). Get over to the 2000 bowl in Les Arcs - it may be the more crowded, but despite some fabulous efforts by the pisteurs on the 'front side', was in much better condition than 1800. Hence why it is busy I guess... Is your chalet providing food? there's a good Chinese in town if not. Looking forward to the trip reports.
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Wed 28-12-16 14:43
Replies: 122
None of you guys heard of the train then?
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Tue 27-12-16 10:40
Replies: 59
Also worth noting that this year's Samedijeski in Paradiski is now all online -no vouchers, you either need to already have a card from last year (or The TO if arriving /handed out early) to charge, or you can order to pick up at a kiosk. Ready immediately, I did ours on leaving our Bsm hotel and walked straight onto the Funi. ,
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Mon 19-12-16 18:58
Replies: 503
@genepi, thanks.Looks like it may be recoverable - feels now just like severe brusing. Spent the day catching up with friends in 1950 and we are now at Geneva airport waiting on the last flight of the day. Snow wind and very cold in Les arcs today, so not too many regrets about 'rest'decision! Snow line was below 1600 on the road home, but not too much evidence of winter in the valley. Albeit freeing fog towards Chambery made for pretty trees. Anyone going to 1950, the new TV channels are up and working, with better info about lifts, pistes and conditions, available before you go out.
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Sun 18-12-16 7:44
Replies: 503
@snowcrazy, won't be able to ski today. Only got through the night after a couple of hours of pain, then getting a large helping of Ibuprofen. So while it hides the pain I don't want to mask any undelying problems that I might make worse, especially When there's a whole winter still ahead! But you guys have fun.
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