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Poster: A snowHead
Wed 18-01-17 16:46
Replies: 510
First day I wore a helmet I tried to come to an emergency stop where a load of my mates had stopped - hit ice, powder, ice and then catapulted myself - it was only on my last roll that I smacked my head hard on the ice. Got pretty bad whiplash for the week - but could have been a lot worse. The issue there is the 'emergency stop' rather than just stopping in a controlled manner. Helmets can't fix the basics. Whatever. If I had not had the helmet I would have been quite seriously hurt. It makes no difference whether I was skiing outside of my ability. It was the classic "oh, there they all ah, wait, oh, arggh"... I make no apology for the helmet saving me.
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Wed 18-01-17 13:13
Replies: 510
Well it is (if you smack into something) but as we know from tracking apps, some people are regularly hitting 70/80/90 kmh. At those speeds all bets are off. Kind of pointless wearing a helmet designed to save you at 15mph. I utterly disagree. Just because I am initially travelling at say 40mph doesn't mean that my head will hit a hard object directly at that speed. Friction may well slow me down, I may hit something softer than a tree, I may strike with a glancing blow that makes the effective impact speed a fraction of my velocity. There are many ways that a 15mph protection could make a real difference to the outcome even if you fell at 40mph. Agreed. I wouldn't like to slide down a rocky sparsley covered slope banging my head as I go along without a helmet! First day I wore a helmet I tried to come to an emergency stop where a load of my mates had stopped - hit ice, powder, ice and then catapulted myself - it was only on my last roll that I smacked my head hard on the ice. Got pretty bad whiplash for the week - but could have been a lot worse. So it's not the initial impact that I'm looking to be saved from, it's the aftermath.
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Wed 18-01-17 11:56
Replies: 17
Burgers rosti and chips are all very well but I can get that anywhere, including at home, made by myself. A treat-lunch surely is a little different? Agreed. I found PdS poor for top quality food. Seems that all the "best" places sell the same stuff but slightly (and only slightly) more chefy and more expensive. I asked about this last year and went to the best recommendations and didn't think any were great vs the normal tourist trap places. My humble opinion of eating in ski resorts is that it's all about finding the venue with the best service, decor and ambience so that you can kick back and enjoy a long session.
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Tue 17-01-17 21:35
Replies: 17
Grande Ourse was great. I'm sure I had a burger that went: rosti, burger, rosti, burger, rosti. Plus fries.
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Tue 17-01-17 14:36
Replies: 11
What it's not designed for is being caught on the end of my big toe nail as I was rapidly pulling them up, almost tearing it off!
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Tue 17-01-17 12:30
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I think the 2 items of luggage is 2 from: pram, car seat, buggy, booster seat etc. Then they get a small bag, which is really just to cover the rubbish they need on a flight (45x36x20cm) - nappies, milk etc. Given you've booked, I can't add much! I personally would have chosen somewhere with shorter transfers given that one of you will be holding the 5 month old for the whole time. But that's me. At 5 months old, he/she won't be up to much so concentrate on enjoying yourself and not getting worried! Tip: Maybe buy a wifi CCTV camera in case the concrete of the chalet stops the baby monitor getting through for dinner time etc? Tip 2: Hire an off road buggy in resort? Although the nanny might have her own. Tip 3: Consider whether your baby is used to being with a nanny in MArch? Perhaps get it used to being with other people in advance. Our friends but their young baby in creche for the first time when on a ski trip and he went mental!
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Wed 11-01-17 16:13
Replies: 12
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Wed 11-01-17 16:08
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Wed 11-01-17 12:14
Replies: 12
Thread resurrection, but thought it better than start a new one. At what time does the morning "rush hour" start to calm down? I'm looking at 5pm flights from Geneva, so would presumably need to leave around 1.30pm (private transfer). Will things have calmed down by then? Regards BB
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Tue 10-01-17 16:40
Replies: 13
Another tick for Skiidy - used them 3 times on short trips to Morzine and each time they have been spot on. Mixture of shared and private transfers.
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Fri 6-01-17 20:22
Replies: 65
@Badbobby, It depends on the NF range. The Summit Series stuff is top end stuff. Excuse my ignorance, but what makes it top end?
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Fri 6-01-17 19:15
Replies: 65
So, on the subject of tech, where do we stand on North Face clothing? I have recently found out that I can get a decent discount on the gear.
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Fri 6-01-17 12:20
Replies: 4
Go on the tourist website and do a search. The only way, apart from googlemaps, to find the B&Bs/pensions that are all over Austria.
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Thu 5-01-17 7:32
Replies: 12
IMO, i'd just pay for a hold bag: - only c£35 return with easyjet - take any liquids - doesn't take long to get it from the luggage collection - airlines are constantly changing their hand luggage limits. E.g. Ryanair's allowance is smaller than easyJet so any bag you buy may not work for them. - you'll not have space for things on the flight like headphones, books etc
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 4-01-17 11:45
Replies: 510
@dp, i see your point but i'm hoping that these are a once every few season event, rather than a once a weeker. I've not hit anyone (or been hit) ever. Maybe lucky.
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Wed 4-01-17 11:14
Replies: 510
@dp, I just don't buy that this happens this often. i.e. that you're forced to nail someone who appears from nowhere. On any piste I'm always tracking my route down and conciously (or subconciously) picking up the paths that skiers downhill from me are taking. Accordingly my speed is adjusted and ski through them, or not, as the case may be. Ski schools snake along, so you try and aim to pass ahead of the instructor, mobs of rubbish skiers on too tough a piste are normally random in movements so i get as far away as possible and as for skiers off piste, I also tend to see where they are and tend to not be on the edge of the piste in case they re-enter. Sure, I might end up getting close to one or two from time to time and they may feel I cut them up, but it's a long way from pushing them over. IMO.
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Wed 4-01-17 0:25
Replies: 65
I'll concede that my quicksilver trousers have seen the zip pocket fail and the jacket has an unacceptable number of inside pockets!
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Tue 3-01-17 21:32
Replies: 7
@Steve77, Chamonix does sound a good idea. Almost too obvious that i missed it out! @J9, I have been with Esprit in 2016 to St Anton. Felt it was great for me and the other half with the baby, as one can bond better with the other parents, but not so sure for me and my old man. I'll probably consider one of their chalet's nearer the time or maybe the Belle Plagne property with the pool.
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Tue 3-01-17 19:03
Replies: 7
@J9, I think for ease we'd go with a deal that includes crèche. May be a full TO package or, more likely, we will book flights and book a chalet that includes a creche. Could do with something that's quite large for dad, so he can take the beastlet to the pool or if he just wants a wander to regain some sanity!
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Tue 3-01-17 18:18
Replies: 7
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Tue 3-01-17 11:35
Replies: 7
Hi everyone As always, I come cap in hand for some advice. I am looking to go skiing with my dad and my 2 yo in late March/early April this year. My dad doesn't ski and had a total knee replacement a couple of years ago. He's fully mobile, but ideally want him somewhere flatish that is perhaps well gritted. If he's out with the beastlet, I don't want him falling over chasing her etc. I would book my daughter in a creche all day so that he can drop/collect her as he sees fit given that she'll knacker him out in about 5 minutes! Meanwhile, I would probably look to join an off piste ski school for the mornings only. What kind of resorts would fall into this category? I've thought of: - Tignes (maybe too much snow?) - Val D'Isere (ditto?) - Morzine & Les Gets (lots of options with chalets with creche on site) - St Anton or Lech (harder to get creches in Austria - could go back to Esprit ski in Nasserein) - Innsbruck (wildcard - could stay in the centre and I could bus/train out to resorts) If I was being really picky (and this is a preference), I would prefer to avoid Grenoble and Chambery with a young child given the carnage. Might rule out Espace Killy. Happy to book it DIY if necessary or flights plus chalet deal. Welcome any advice of other resorts and/or companies that might fit the bill. Regards BB
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Fri 30-12-16 16:57
Replies: 486
Felt quieter today but skiing very ropey. Helicopters out and lots of blood wagons - joking aside, I've seen more serious accidents in 2.5 days than I've seen in all my trips since 2016. Advice remains to get up v early and do what you can before leaving to beat the queues for the buses back to Morzine. The following are covered in hard packed ice and very dangerous past midday: Mossettes - run back down from the top to the bottom of the lift. Extremely bad near the end Chaux Fleurie - run back down to here, mainly bad at the start Chaux des Rosees - run from top to bottom of this lift. Pretty bad all along but treacherous at the end. Be safe.
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Thu 29-12-16 12:01
Replies: 486
Echo the earlier comments. Lifts not very busy but lots of people and lots of beginners, ski schools etc clogging up the pistes. A lot of accidents and seeing the blood wagons often. If I'd had a week booked I'd have changed location but it's only a quick 3 nighter.
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Thu 22-12-16 12:12
Replies: 2910
@Jekllybean - sorry, I'm with Noza. I think your posts come across with a degree of certainty (and maybe a hint of arrogance!) that is either unintended or unfounded. I think this is generally unhelpful, especially in this current dry spell where folk are dipping in and out of this page and clutching at straws. Nice of you to hound out someone just trying to help.
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Wed 21-12-16 16:17
Replies: 486
@Mjit, thanks. Bugger. Last year it was open, which must have taken a lot of pressure off the buses.
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Wed 21-12-16 14:41
Replies: 486
Hi everyone. I was in Morzine last year 28-31 Dec and found it ok getting the buses around. It was a massive queue at Prodains to get back so we just sank a few beers first. Ardent was a much nicer bus journey back... Re this year, is the Super Morzine open yet?
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Mon 19-12-16 22:31
Replies: 2910
Been really enjoying the contributions on this thread and have learnt a lot. Currently loving the snow in Courmayeur but somewhat apprehensive about Porte du Soleil on the 28th...
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Fri 16-12-16 18:39
Replies: 65
Thank you for all your contributions and. Very interesting to read the replies.
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 15-12-16 0:02
Replies: 65
On the Tk Maxx subject, this and last years kit has been garbage.
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Wed 14-12-16 20:49
Replies: 65
@Dave of the Marmottes, Something dirty inside does make me want to buy Bogner plus some fighter pilot helmet/goggles efffort!
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Wed 14-12-16 19:18
Replies: 65
@essex,Ha! This is the most middle class forum ever, I must say! I could argue that crying and calling me provactivr for suggesting people might have wasted their hard earned cash is the truth hurting. I'm very much interested, which is why I started the topic. @vjmehra, very good points. Why people buy a poverty spec 3 series instead of, say a skoda Octavia, moreso a golf which is pretty much the same car.
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Wed 14-12-16 18:33
Replies: 65
@Badbobby You came on with a provocative stance, have been inundated with lots of versions of the same argument and you don't want to buy it. The reality is that the cheap kit probably suits what you need it for, but for many of us it doesn't and we'd prefer to be warm/cool/dry depending on the weather. Until you take the plunge you'll never know but most of us have done what you're doing and prefer what we now do. Ouch. Brand snobs never like being questioned ;) late edit: I haven't called anyone a snob. Must have touched a nerve. And I wasn't provocative, merely starting a forceful debate. The analogy is fair with cars though. But then I use good value older cars rather than new ones, so I use the same logic for ski clothes. As I said, I can see the benefit if you're an off pister but just seems snobbery on piste. IMVHO
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Wed 14-12-16 14:23
Replies: 65
Interesting. I can see the hiking uphill issue re getting too hot and can also see how going off back country and getting lost and cold can both require specialist expensive clothing. My jackets tend to last as long as it takes to cover them in candle wax in some bizarre pub accident or have them stolen like in Mayrhofen...!
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Wed 14-12-16 14:10
Replies: 486
@Wrekingirl, I'll echo these comments. We went last year between xmas and new year in Morzine. Got the bus to Prodaine every day and then came down by Ardent as it was less crowded for the return bus - the bus queue from Prodaine was really long. We would ski until around 2pm, lunch until after 3pm and then dropped down to the bus.
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Wed 14-12-16 10:17
Replies: 65
Interesting. Still not very convinced (apart from the ethical choices, which I understand)
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Wed 14-12-16 8:09
Replies: 198
The issue MW will potentially find is that well researched punters will now think twice about their offers/sales for this season, rightly fearing that any discount will get clawed back. Ultimately this must be a one off (given they can hardly do it again in Jan) and they must think that their order book is at its max vs the amount of customers travelling within 30days (those exempted). To be the only company doing it will really be a black mark against them.
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Tue 13-12-16 21:42
Replies: 65
So, probably a really annoying question, but I'm going to ask it anyway and potentially start a fight! But I am genuinely interested in knowing the answer! I've been skiing annually or twice annually since 2008, having been on school trips in the mid/late 1990s. I consider myself a useful skier. During the past 8 years I have been on the slopes from December to March in a range of locations and weather. I rack up the km and tend to ski at a useful pace, whilst tackling cruisy stuff to things like the Swiss Wall. During this time I have uniquely used extremely cheap equipment. Pretty much 100% puchased from TK Maxx for very few pennies. Given the price I've tended to have a couple of jackets and trousers at anytime so that if they get wet/damaged/stolen then I have a spare pair. I reckon I've spent no more than £50 on any jacket and £40 on trousers - mainly Quicksilver but also some Trespass and No Fear trousers. Socks I think are just socks from when I was at school in the 90s! Never had to wear leggings and undertops are just a long sleeve top of any kind to stop me sweating on the jacket and T shirt over the top of that, depending on the weather. The only time I've ever been cold is in my knuckles when my nice gloves finally perished coming down from the top of Ischgl in early Jan when it was about -15. So why do people spend so much money on shells, or other gubbins like merino wool? (I get it if you're an instructor standing around all season teaching 5 year olds) Educate a non believer!
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Sun 11-12-16 22:43
Replies: 7
I have used Skiidygonzales for Morzine twice - based in Morzine. Left promptly, good prices, collected as instructed. Would recommend.
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Fri 9-12-16 16:33
Replies: 39
Thanks for the reply. Looking a lot more expensive than Courmayeur, which seems to have a bit of cover.
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Wed 7-12-16 21:19
Replies: 39
I've got flights to Geneva booked 17th December to 20th December. Original plan was one of the resorts around 1hr away in France (Cham, PdS or Grand Massif), however, looks like it's not going to snow until we fly (at best!). So now looking at other options within 2hrs that offer decent priced shared transfers. How's Verbier looking if it didn't snow until we get there in 10 days? Seems to have a lot of snow already, high village level, skiing mainly over 2000m etc. Any other suggestions greatly received as well... Thinking perhaps Courmayeur? Cheers BB
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