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Poster: A snowHead
Wed 28-06-17 20:31
Replies: 15
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Wed 28-06-17 20:27
Replies: 15
@mountainaddict, don't call me Shirley. Nope; we are not teenagers ;)
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Wed 28-06-17 18:22
Replies: 15
@Dave of the Marmottes, thanks Dave. Given it's a low season week and we aren't overly fussed where we go, I guess we'll have to hold our nerve.
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Wed 28-06-17 16:12
Replies: 15
@manicpb, given it's France, I think the plan is ski until 4pm, soak in spa, then food and lash. If it were Austria I'd be suggesting finish at 4pm then drink until 11pm!
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Wed 28-06-17 15:50
Replies: 15
@intermediate, thanks for the offer - but I think the desire is to have a pool on site or, at the least, a spa.
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Wed 28-06-17 15:27
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@under a new name, Yeah, I'm looking at new year for me and Mrs BB and can't see much then either - and that's just for 1 room. @manicpb, considered a gite/chalet, however, it's 6 lads that would rather pay more for a decent hotel with decent facilities like pool etc. I've looked at getting different hotels for the group and that doesn't help - so i'm hoping it is jus a wee bit too early. I've looked on all the portals plus the tourist office sites for some of the usual resorts. Puzzling as i'm sure it's not been this hard before.
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Wed 28-06-17 11:46
Replies: 15
Hi I'm sorting a short break for around 6 people - so 3 (not 2...!) twin rooms. Found very cheap flights in mid Jan from Sat to Tues but struggling to find accomodation at the moment in the French resorts within 1.5hrs. Is this because it's still too early for January 2018 for the rooms to have been released onto the tourist office sites as we're still in the "summer" season? Thanks Rob
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Wed 28-06-17 11:36
Replies: 0
Volkl Skis - Unlimited AC20 - 163cm Currently on ebay per the link at the foot of this post. Happy to sell to a snowhead for a reasonable amount. Length 1630mm Tail 103mm Waist 74mm Tip 118mm 14.5m radius Used condition. Have been well used and enjoyed. I've moved onto some all mountain skis and these are therefore gathering dust. Would need a service. Collection only from Kenilworth. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/192228435423?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
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Mon 5-06-17 14:01
Replies: 18
Try the Kirchwirt Apartments for sub-week in Ischgl (better known as Kiwi apartments) http://www.kirchwirt-ischgl.at/. Not stayed their myself but we made friends with a group who were doing a part-week staying there in mid-March 2016. I stayed in these apartments a few years ago. Nice owners, always reserved a table for us downstairs. Nice and clean, but can get very icy outside! They do bread deliveries in the morning. Bells from the church can be loud if you're a bad sleeper.
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Wed 31-05-17 0:29
Replies: 23
@Badbobby, certain weeks are very affordable with them we went second week of our school holidays in April and they were great value. Similarly 15th Dec to Gressoney looks great value as well for this coming season. Agreed in that esprit really hits all the buttons if you're kids are all under 4 so you can avoid the peak weeks and get big discounts.
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Tue 30-05-17 17:25
Replies: 23
They are fantastic from child care POV. There chalet hotels are a little rough around the edges but when the kids are happy we are happy! Our first holiday with them our girls were 1 & 4, we have been with them 5 times now April just gone the girls were 7 & 10. In terms of catering the food isn't bad, for evening meal you get a choice of 3 dishes for starter and main and two dishes for dessert. Agreed. Not perfect from the adult snobbery point of view, but a happy child = happy parent. So in that respect we found it perfect when we took our 11 month old last year to St Anton. We've self booked a child friendly hotel in Austria to keep the cost down (now we've got 2 kids) but if money were not an object then I would go back to Esprit and just get a larger room/suite.
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Mon 8-05-17 20:49
Replies: 22
I went to Pepi Gabl last year. If you search my posts you'll probably find some info. Overall it was good. We had an 11 nth old so our main issues was getting the child listening service, which was great. Also paid for sitters a couple of nights. Food above average and good at changing things you didn't want. Wine better than expected and plentiful. Other parents of older kids seemed happy and most were returning guests.
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Tue 2-05-17 22:52
Replies: 76
@under a new name, It's first and foremost a mid range/price jacket for skiing so not sure they'd factor in needing long sleeves by design? Maybe yanks are built more differently than I thought!
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Tue 2-05-17 19:36
Replies: 76
So all my stuff has arrived, returned, then arrived again. Funny sizing and surprisingly large variances between M and L. I'm 5'10" and say 12 stone. Fairly broad shoulders and chest. Average dad bod waist ;) Although improved recently down to 33" but hampered by big bum! The large jacket was massive - though large might be better for layers - sleeves came down to the tips of my fingers! Medium is just fine. Trousers in a large are similarly gigantic, particularly in the thigh and bum. The mediums, again, were just right. My only real reservation is that the trousers are not elasticated so I'd better not "winter" too well! I'll report back on how they work once I've had the chance.
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 25-04-17 14:53
Replies: 6
A lot of them wait quite a while as they offer/reserve rooms for their "regulars" to decide.
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Fri 21-04-17 23:10
Replies: 13
Can't you just buy 5 hour passes on a day by day basis? You may well have a day off during the week so you may not even notice the fact that it's a bit more than a 6 day pass - 5 single days/5hrs prob equal a 6 day in most places. Re resorts, if you're not bothered about childcare then just take your pick. As a parent of young children I'd recommend somewhere with a short transfer. Samoens, les gets, Morzine being the most obvious from Geneva. Or plenty of resorts near Salzburg if you SC through Airbnb
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Sat 15-04-17 22:13
Replies: 26
North face is half price and free returns. I've bought the NFZ jacket and trousers, which arrive on Tuesday. Not sure if they do them in female. If not, they do the brigandine.
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Wed 12-04-17 13:14
Replies: 76
So i thought that I would update to say that, having been way too hot in the March sun recently, I've seen the sale at North Face and have caved...! I also have been doing a bit more off piste and getting hot and bothered. Currently awaiting the NFZ shell jacket, trousers and some new gloves. I'd still be reluctant to commit at full price, but at 50% off it seems a fairly decent price. I guess i'll know that they're like in due course...
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Mon 3-04-17 13:59
Replies: 37
@holidayloverxx, thanks - that's reassuring ;) Yes, nothing to do = no apres drunks/noise! I'm quite used to taking buses around resorts in recent years, so it's not a practical problem for me at all. If it's a disaster then i can just get taxis if I have to.
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Mon 3-04-17 13:22
Replies: 37
@holidayloverxx, yes, our plan is to drop the kids off then get the bus (stop is by the hotel) into Flachau and return c.2-4pm, depending on how we get on. So we won't be going to and fro during the day - apparently the hotel take the kids to lessons, not that ours are old enough for that. Just noticed that you'd recommended not staying in Reitdorf!
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Mon 3-04-17 12:46
Replies: 37
Bit of an update. Whilst we prefered the idea of self catered, too few resorts in Austria had any creche facilities for younger children and the ones I found seemed to be in inconvenient locations or too expensive. I'm also a bit apprehensive about getting a random nanny through the tourist office rather than through a proper company. After doing a lot of research and using the inputs on this thread, we found a few hotels that offer childcare from a young age. Depending on your budget there are lots of options. In particular, we found one that is half board, inclusive childcare and baby monitors that reach all rooms. So we're going to be staying at the Hotel Felsenhoff just outside of Flachau. Ski bus into Flachau, which is fine - I'd rather have on site childcare then a bus than a walk to the lift and the childcare. Looking back at my list of requirements, I think I've probably compromised more than I thought, but that's life! Having just come back from a week with my 2 yo daughter in Morzine, I know how much keeping the kids happy is #1 priority vs everything else. Will report back in March 2018 once we've returned - now to wait 11 months!! Cheers BB
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Mon 3-04-17 7:06
Replies: 20
I wouldn't book Morzine unless the Super Morzine bubble is open. If not, even though the resort is quiet, the number of English on Easter break will fill the buses to Prodains. If you're dead set on PdS then stay in Avoriaz or Prodains. I was there last week and it was really starting to slush up in most of Avoriaz by midday. Whereas in the mornings it's very firm - as a newbie I'd be concerned on both as you'll find it very challenging.
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Sun 2-04-17 20:44
Replies: 17
Warth has the highest snowfall in Austria, non?
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Fri 31-03-17 18:44
Replies: 824
@Pamski, yes, lots of ski school kids. Presume from les gets and Morzine? Lots at Prodains when I uploaded at 9am
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Fri 31-03-17 17:10
Replies: 824
So that's me done :( Again it was a bit busier on the pistes and they're cutting up earlier in the day whilst also revealing more hard pack.
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Thu 30-03-17 13:50
Replies: 824
@WindOfChange, noticeably worse today all over Avoriaz. What a difference a day makes. Also much busier - don't know if that Morzine is so bad that everyone has come to Avoriaz. As always, forst few hours in the shade are the best, albeit hard pack, but not like ice of new year - I can easily ski this stuff.
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Wed 29-03-17 16:21
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Been all over the PdS over the past few days. Morzine below pleney is poor or closed. The rest was ok and good in places. Avoriaz was really good throughout my 55 miles today. Particularly if you can time your day around the journey of the sun across the sky. I got down to Linga, but didn't try Chatel proper. The town looked very very green. But all the runs from Avoriaz to Linga and in between were great. Popped over to Switzerland and it was in a very sorry state.
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Wed 29-03-17 16:16
Replies: 12
@boabski, true, but I'm sure 16 lads can pony up the shared cost of a taxi back each night if they can save 20pp a night. Having said that, Nasserein isn't necessarily cheaper as it's a popular family choice.
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 28-03-17 12:02
Replies: 69
@planeurge, yes, but the Ts and Cs have to be fair.
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Sun 26-03-17 16:04
Replies: 824
Just finished day/morning 1. Stuck to Morzine as I put my daughter in creche and didn't want to be far. Snow was better than I feared. Clearly none in some areas, but Nyon was good as was the red off chamossier (sp). Ranfolly runs weren't too bad either. Slushy getting down to the golf chair and I forgot how much of a faff it is to get to pleney, esp with a number of options withdrawn due to piste closures.
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Sat 25-03-17 15:26
Replies: 30
@achilles, I've been a Number of times and found it very reasonable, apart from the hire and lessons. Pensions are the same price as elsewhere plus it's dead easy to get to from Zurich - that means you get free ski transit on Swiss. So that pays off the lessons tax!!
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Sat 25-03-17 11:18
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Where are you flying to? If Innsbruck, you could bus into town then pick up some skis there? Train to st anton and post bus to lech... A lot of faff to save 50 or so though ;)
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Sat 25-03-17 10:30
Replies: 824
@Nelbert75, cheers I'll report back through the week. Fly out at 3
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Fri 24-03-17 23:36
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Hi Is Super Morzine open at all, in either direction?
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Fri 24-03-17 18:17
Replies: 69
I've edited the title to this thread as CDM have now promised to refund my money. I'll edit it again, when I actually see the money on my statement. That's great. Do I presume that they had the money all along and had not transferred it to Budget, which they only do once you arrive and confirm/take up the booking?
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Fri 24-03-17 10:42
Replies: 37
@ColP, thank you. I have emailed SkiFix to see what they can do. EDIT: On review, I don't think I've emphasised the childcare enough - decent childcare, creche or nanny service, is absolutely no1 priority!!
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Fri 24-03-17 9:01
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If anyone is going next week theres currently an offer on lift passes online, 6 days for the price of 5. Save yourself about 50. I have just done this actually - used last year's card as well so saved 3!!
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Thu 23-03-17 21:20
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Thu 23-03-17 16:11
Replies: 30
@SlipnSlide, private lessons are also v expensive and until recently only two schools. iirc owned by the same guy. New Generation have just opened there, so will be interested to see what that does.
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Thu 23-03-17 15:57
Replies: 30
Hi, does anyone have a link to cheap ish ski hire st anton? Prices seem soooooo high! Twice the price of hire than in France! Cheers 😀😀😀 Just do what I did a few year ago for Mrs BB: 1) Wince in advance at price of hire 2) Go to resort thinking that I could negotiate a decent rate 3) Find out it's a big cartel and no cheaper 4) Drink 8 pints watching England v Italy 5) With my heightened sense of reasoning, me and the boys "work out" that it's surely better value to just buy a set of skis/poles... 6) Walk in a few shops and buy them for about 30 more than the hire Worked out OK in the end as: a) I had a bag in which I could bring her new skis back in b) Have used them a few time since for no cost If I only went to places like St Anton it definitely makes sense to buy (imo of course).
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