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Poster: A snowHead
Thu 19-10-17 16:13
Replies: 18
@Spoon, I think so too - albeit I'm using it on a Vivoactive.
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Thu 19-10-17 16:10
Replies: 15
@Boris, there is no such thing as a Discovery pass anymore. All Arcs passes of 6+ include one day in LP. And, as further up the thread, a 2nd day is €30.
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Thu 19-10-17 14:32
Replies: 15
@boredsurfin, hoho - it works both ways of course - you book accommodation in La Plagne and want to spend 2+ days in Arcs? daft. @Lucywuk, fairy nuff - although your calculation presumes you are going to go over to LP twice or more - see previous comment. The "6 + 2 1/2" is cheaper even if you do go twice, but substantially so if you only go once. However it is, as with all things :sH: , what works best for you. Frankly, you'll enjoy it with whatever pass you go for!
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Wed 18-10-17 14:03
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@Alastair Pink, you are using the word "slightly" in a manner with which I am unfamiliar.
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Wed 18-10-17 11:58
Replies: 4
Yeah but... you couldn't go anywhere else afterwards could you? I mean, after perfection, what else is there? OK Lotto - do your stuff...
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Wed 18-10-17 0:13
Replies: 15
@Pejoli, no , you are correct - the SamediJeSki passes come out on the Wednesday before the Saturday you want to use them. IIRC now though, they do take the QR code off your mobile phone rather than insisting on a print out, so not too much of an issue to get you act togheter for the second of the two Saturdays. And, as above, it does cover your Funi price too: €7 TBH we've never found the 'extra' half day's skiing worthwhile booking the extra day for, while there is this very well priced Saturday discount on offer at each end of your trip. Except of course that SjS @Gämsbock make the same point does not cover all Paradiski, merely the side you are on - so if for example your last day is to include a last minute dash over to La Plagne, itsanogood. Any ticket of 6 days+ includes one day in La Plagne. You can get a day's upgrade as well if you fancy a second day over there during the week - buy at the Peisey ski school/pass office: the building behind the Peisey lift. 5 mins walk from the Vanoise. We reckon if you want more than 2 days over that side in any given week, then you've booked the wrong resort...
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Tue 17-10-17 9:35
Replies: 132
15: Three school trips. My Dad had always wanted to try, so he booked a family trip to Scotland - which for some reason got cancelled (Foreign travel money restrictions? :? JOKE ) Anyway, as compensation allowed me to go with school. (When I look back, I wish I had taken dad so he could see it for himself: but it wasn't something I could have afforded to treat him with when he was well enough to enjoy, and by the time I could, it was too late. That last sentence are words you never want to write. IIRC it was £60 all in, train to Dover, ferry, sleeper train to Landeck from Calais. 2nd and 3rd times, paid for by cashing in a life insurance policy started by my grandmother - one of those "pay a penny to The Man From the Pru" at the door - netted about £100 so covered most of the two trips. Leather boots, pyjama bottoms under jeans for warmth, Norwegian walking socks... how did we survive? Then a long gap, 15 years? - until I persuaded Mrs Roll to try it - 1st trip she hated ( Confess, I wasn't too enamoured either - thought it would be like riding a bike and dead easy to get back to where I'd been. It wasn't. And, somehow it didn't seem as much fun in your early thirties as as a teenager). Fortunately, she was game enough to try again: now we own an apartment, and go 2, 3, 4 weeks a year or more. MiniRoll OTOH, started at 3, and has well over 25 weeks experience on snow now. I'm glad of that.
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Sat 14-10-17 22:00
Replies: 42
Has anyone seen an updated piste map for 17/18 season yet? All I can find are the lifts for last season. Linky appreciated if there is one out yet. AR
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Wed 11-10-17 14:36
Replies: 33
As an aside, and ALMOST back OT, for, for example, bash flights - and I know you can't be a TO before goldballs gets his knickers in a twist - if you use "BA group booking" for 10+ seats, you get a substantial discount. Eg 10 of us flying LHR to ZUH Sat to Sat, mid morning (so no crack-of-dawn wake up) £120 each ret. All taxes and baggage allowance inc. Best offer when booking 9 or less - £156 Now my purpose for being on this thread becomes clear - transfers from Zurich to Ischgl for 10 - thinking 2x large vehicle hires (e.g. S-Max) . But anyone else got any other ideas?
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Thu 5-10-17 8:13
Replies: 72
@Hells Bells, thanks. One day, one day...
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Thu 5-10-17 7:51
Replies: 72
Is it true that you can use one of these (Sanef?) on the M25 Dartford crossing?
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Wed 4-10-17 16:33
Replies: 15
@johnE, don't forget Droset (when open) as a 'proper' black - you don't so much fall, as lean against the piste... There is also a 'Deep Natur' Spa in 1950 which may be easier to get to than 1800, plus another host of restaurants to supplement those in 2000. And with the lift between the two villages running now until at least 11:30 , perfectly accessible. Both villages do have a host of free entertainments available for the kids: check out the respective websites nearer the time for what's on in the week you're going to be there.
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Wed 4-10-17 12:54
Replies: 15
Given your previous Paradiski experience, let's concentrate on the slopes in and around 2000 that you may not have seen so much of: For both beginners and intermediates, the new Pre St Esprit lift is going to make big difference in being able to use Cascades, aka Vallee de l'Arc 2, aka "that run down to Combouciere" : you'll be able to get back into the 2000 bowl without the current 15 minute 'freezer lift'. But agree going up the Combouciere lift is a nice way into the 1600/1800 face. It also may change the thought process on the route back from Villaroger: is it better to continue going up via Droset lift, or maybe take the picturesque tree-lined track back to Pre, and speed up to the 2000 bowl? Will for sure take a bit longer, (and may involve a stop at the restaurants at the bottom!) but may also be a nicer ski. Guess we will find out when the season opens (12 weeks and counting...) To save hanging around for the Aguille Rouge cable car - can be a loooong queue - you can take the Lanchettes lift out of the centre of 2000 - joining the piste Dav mentions about 1/2 way down. Doing it just after lunch will give you Red but child friendly access to the Villaroger sector, and importantly with better snow conditions than first thing in the morning. After the first couple of hundred yards, it opens out, becomes a much easier red, and then splits into mogul red or a nice easy blue that re-join each other maybe 400 yards lower. And of course there is the Solliet cafe that is beautifully positioned for a chocolate stop for, well, everyone! The run to the bottom of Villaroger (below the Violets lift) are not a lot to write home about, unless you are (a) looking to get to the edge of the area for box ticking, or b) intending to visit La Ferme. It is a gorgeous little hamlet, and the restaurant is well regarded (we especially like the tarte myrtille). In which case, worth doing! For your advanced group, then the blacks under the Varet lift are a must: Lanches, Dou de l'homme and Cretes. If you do get up to Aguille Rouge, and there is sufficient snow cover, then Robert Blanc, for me anyway, is THE signature run. But make sure you are feeling good - it is not an easy black, and there is no bail-out once you start. Gosh, even just thinking about all the possibilities is making the mouth water and the concentration on what I'm supposed to be doing falter... AR
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Tue 3-10-17 15:52
Replies: 716
Just for balance... ( says a pro fence sitter) I got my current boots initially at a Snowheads day at Lockwoods. Been getting a bit loose recently, so got them replaced by the boys in Bicester - I was prepared to buy a whole new set, but they said no, not necessary: just new linings and insert will do you. So it cost more to travel than I actually spend on replacement bits. Nevertheless, lovely job. Took time, money and effort, but well worth it. I like CEM & co , and happily endorse them*. (Oh, as does Mrs Roll, who also got hers done there) We have also been buying boots for my daughter from Ski Barlett over the past 6 years. Not so far to travel. Again, a great effort, great shop, and great boots. And they do PX for a new set. Once more, will endorse their service*. But, as anyone with teenagers know, they tend to grow somewhat. So it's been new pairs rather too often for the bank manager's liking. So, this year, prior to going to the 'professionals', we looked at the UK Decathlon range (Reading) . Having got 25+ weeks snow experience of what feels good, bad or indifferent, I trusted her. I trusted her so much, I even said (holding breath...) if they don't suit, you don't like them, we will go back to Bartlett and get the expensive fit. As it happened, with trying the various options in Decathlon, she found a boot that worked. For her. I emphasise, for her. ( Note: not a shop assistant in sight - we sent them away). It wasn't instantaneous, took a bit of Q&A between the two of us. Wasn't the most expensive, wasn't the cheapest. But at least we knew what we were looking for. And it appears to be the right boot: she's done 3 weeks in them this winter, and loves them. Responsive, accurate, and yes, comfortable (it is possible...) . Hope to get Christmas this year out of them too, and depending on the rate of continued growth, might possibly do Easter as well. (But if not, well, there's always renting... ) Point is: sometimes Decathlon can be the right answer. Sometimes a pro boot-fitter can be the right answer. Some people need to take a chill pill * NO fees were involved in the making of this post
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 26-09-17 11:31
Replies: 1312
And if you listened my little cloggie friend, to the BBC this morning, (or indeed read to bottom of article...) you will have heard them also say that: Yes, prices increasing, and probably due to FX effect, but: 1) demand drives price (see Blahblahblah post for my +1 reaction) 2) Spanish are using the money to invest in upgrading the facilities, hence you get more bang for your buck - I'd call it a trade-off. 3) Holiday makers are returning to Egypt - which in parallel with price rise will dampen demand for Spain, and hence effect a price drop in the future. The latter is a bit of a shame, as I've really enjoyed 2 visits to Egypt when there's been no-one else around! (It doesn't do their economy any good to have people stay away though, so fair's fair)
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Tue 26-09-17 11:22
Replies: 10
I need to go now and see for myself Having seen that, I feel the same. Perhaps a DPRK Bash?
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Fri 22-09-17 10:33
Replies: 648
Hence terrible problems when the Arpette lift packs up for those in Montchavin/Les Coches or those returning to Les Arcs. Ain't that da truth. Stuck waiting for Arpette to be fixed / declared US / lifties back from extended lunch and fag break can be mighty stressful!
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Fri 15-09-17 23:23
Replies: 13
@ish303 and fellow Maidonian, listen wisely to the words of @arcsinice - for truly (s)he has much to share.
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Fri 15-09-17 8:42
Replies: 42
@Pejoli, well in that case the Autantic may be your option - about 5 mins before Bourg on the RHS http://www.autantic.fr/english/ Again, clean, cheap, does 1 night stands (...). Stayed there both during off seasons, and also last winter when doing the Rosiere / Arcs / Val road trip, easier to be in the valley than up in our apartment.
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Tue 12-09-17 7:36
Replies: 92
@edwardsnde, looks interesting - and at that price, even it it only last one ski trip! worth a punt.
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Mon 11-09-17 11:03
Replies: 42
@Pejoli, I've stayed at this place, both summer and winter, and would recommend it as an overnight stop - 20-30 mins from Geneva. https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g1790465-d565825-Reviews-Hotel_Rey-Saint_Blaise_Haute_Savoie_Auvergne_Rhone_Alpes.html Another option if you'd like to get almost the whole way there is the Autantic in Bourg itself: but I guess it depends what time your GF flight gets in.
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Thu 7-09-17 9:04
Replies: 19
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Thu 7-09-17 7:33
Replies: 19
@mayr, I'm seeing €62 each way ( trainline.eu ) where are you getting them for €19? I could be very interested!
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Wed 6-09-17 17:39
Replies: 42
just saying Hi to get this on my 'personal' threads. Arriving for first trip Dec 23rd...
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Tue 5-09-17 8:21
Replies: 241
@Steilhang, assuming you are not eating the Canadian 1oz variety (90 ) there are 71 calories per standard 14.8g biscuit. A chocolate biscuit takes it up to 86. source: MyFitnessPal That's a lot of steps...
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Mon 4-09-17 22:40
Replies: 92
@Awdbugga, ref elastic knee supports, the ones you get in Decathlon can be pretty damn good (depending on severity of knee issues). I use: https://www.decathlon.co.uk/mid-500-knee-brace-black-id_8334535.html (57, and quite a bit short for my weight) I was taken out while standing still at Christmas: being doing physio ever since, but have completed another 3 weeks skiing, a couple of weeks hiking / MTBing in the Alps, and yesterday a 50 mile bike sportif wearing one: am very satisfied. When not wearing it, the knee is a wee bit sore still, but with it on, the support is terrific - it gives you the confidence to trust it not to hurt, rather than trying to compensate and make things worse. And of course, with Decathlon, you ain't wasted a fortune if they aren't right for you.
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Mon 4-09-17 10:28
Replies: 19
@halfhand, @liam6913, we're going to Ischgl in January (well, Kappl): one of our party is returning a day early, and is getting taxi down to, and train from Landeck to Zurich. Seems as if it was quite easy to organize. (PS we chose Zurich cos our flights were £122 :) And alos from LHR rather than GTW, so additonal transfer time at that end, less time at this end).
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Sat 2-09-17 0:36
Replies: 241
@Thornyhill, oh I agree about the crew thing. It is the ultimate team sport - if you no show, the team don't go. And that's the motivation entirely. As for not splashing the oars, well yes. But sometimes in winter, the Thames can get a little choppy...
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 1-09-17 23:15
Replies: 241
Eh when I were a lad... winter water training. By end of session, when street lights were bright in the gloom, I remember the coach peeling our hands off t'oars: the water were regularly frozen between fingers and wood. But we was hard, and it made men of us, lad. Bit of advice tho - don't think that as a fit J16, winning regattas and tankards in the 1970's, you can just jump in a boat 20 years later and row with the youngsters... technique gets you only so far.
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Fri 1-09-17 17:38
Replies: 1312
Point is, if Stanton says " skiing will be more expensive" [for all you dumbo Brits - his usual opening gambit], and everyone else replies "yes, we agree" , then thread's done and dusted in 2 posts. Which come to think of it...
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Fri 1-09-17 17:01
Replies: 45
@Arctic Roll, The way to use BA Baggage Allowance effectively is to have one large wheeled ski bag no longer than 190 cms, put in your (and a partners) skis with a few odds and ends. Keeping the weight under 23kgs so as to qualify for one persons included hold baggage allowance. Then keeping to BA cabin baggage dimensions, take as much as possible in that cabin bag as you can. The Cabin Baggage allowance weight is another 23kgs, so I would suggest boots and heavier items. I regularly use BA for my ski hols and have found that this works. @skimastaaah, indeed. And that's what he'll do. But still find it a bit odd to charge more for your luggage than yourself. :lol:
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Fri 1-09-17 12:00
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So here's a bizzare one for this winter. BA LHR into Zurich, return from Nice (don't ask...) total ticket price £117 Sweet. And includes 23kg of luggage too. However, if you want to take an extra bag, say full of skis, it's £60 each way Gulp. It is cheaper to buy an extra seat, put an 6 foot invisible rabbit called Harvey on it, and use his baggage allowance. Or, as the person in question is doing, stuff all his gear into one skibag and hand luggage, and deal with it.
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Thu 31-08-17 20:20
Replies: 27
@mgrolf, we hired a car from Geneva to get to Bourg in Dec 16. It was cheaper (!) to pick it up the night before (arrived about 10pm) - have no idea why 5.5 days was cheaper than 6, but there you go. We then stayed at www.hotel-rey.com , which is about 25 mins out of Geneva on the motorway towards Annecy (St Blaise / Cruseilles). Stayed again this summer (you can see my two TripAdvisor reports), and will do so again: Heike the manager is an excellent host. So overall, saving on the car rental AND the extortionate cost of an Airport hotel just to pick it up the next morning - our original plan, like yours - was significant. And we were 1/2 hour closer. Win-win.
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Thu 31-08-17 11:51
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@foxtrotzulu, +1 for reasons to do it.
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Tue 29-08-17 16:56
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Back on OT - flight booked, accommodation booked, money changed last year. 3 trips sorted. I'm happy with my skiing plans for 2018. Maybe next year it will be too expensive.... but I doubt it.
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Tue 29-08-17 11:38
Replies: 241
@Hells Bells, ref the food log: I think this a good place to start. I find the app "MyFitnessPal" a real boon for this - it has a bar code reader to make it easy to record all your intake, or if you have standard meals ( e.g. your breakfast of 'not porridge') it's a single button press once set up. If you put in personal details at the beginning, as well as goals, it will give you a daily calorie intake to achieve those goals, as well as , if linked to a fitbit or other HRM, what you've done exercise wise. Additionally you can share your achievements with a fitness partner, so can keep an eye out for each other. And a daily blog of hints and tips. Just seeing it on the screen I find incredibly motivational. BTW, thanks everyone else for the ideas about weight loss. There's a couple of ideas I think I could try. As a type I diabetic I'm finding it difficult to lose weight - more exercise? = more insulin, more carbs. Time to see the nutritionist I think... PS hate running with a passion - used to do half marathons, then knees started objecting to pavement pounding. Cycling , and hill s in particular are they way I'm going at the moment.
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Tue 29-08-17 11:03
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@snowcrazy, interesting to hear that. I was under the impression that it was severely frowned upon, if not outright banned. Live and learn eh?! @MJB, liked the look of that place - we started a morning cycle from there (to Bourg and back); stopped off on our way home. Certainly wouldn't have been wanting to white water in the river above it though - looked very low as we travelled alongside it. I know levels in the river depend on dam release upstream, maybe there was more water earlier.
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Sun 27-08-17 18:10
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@Layne, certainly seen swimmers in the lakes up around the Col de la Chal (accessible from 1950 and 2000) - but to be fair, they are not open water swimming type facilities - you wouldn't get more than 50 yds in them I suspect. The reservoir above 1950 is definitely off limits. OTOH there are tennis courts outside the Varet bubble - you know that flatish area as you approach the lift base....?!
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Sat 26-08-17 11:38
Replies: 1312
Oh FFS - do I need to apply to admin for more 'ignore' buttons ?
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Mon 21-08-17 15:16
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@Layne, ahem. We bought in 2003, at 1.48, bemoaning the fact that we hadn't changed our currency a few money earlier like some, at 1.55... Win some, lose some. Mind you, with prices dropping anyway, I think the FX gain would just about cover our capex losses if we were to sell, so we shan't. But we've be enjoying our time in France this summer on a stash purchased last year at 1.38. Makes alpine prices almost (almost...) bearable.
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