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Poster: A snowHead
Tue 25-04-17 14:53
Replies: 4
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: 25
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: 67
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
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@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.
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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: 25
@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
Replies: 13
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
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@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: 25
@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: 25
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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Thu 23-03-17 15:42
Replies: 37
@Badbobby, I wouldn't discount Schladming completely. The easier/nursery slopes aren't on the main Planai hill, they're in a place called Rohrmoos, the slopes there are wide and very gentle (it's called the Rohrmoos plateau I think). You can stay in Rohrmoos itself (most places are ski in/ski out or a very short walk) or you can stay in Schladming but start your day at the Planai West lift for ski schools. If you decide to stay in Rohrmoos there are a few bars and restaurants or you can get the very regular bus in to Schladming that runs all day until fairly late. It takes just a couple of minutes. Flachau and Saalbach-Hinterglemm would be great options too. The monsters won't actually be skiing (they'll be 1yo and just under 3yo when we go), so I just need to be able to be on the piste with them to play about. So I'm just looking at avoiding getting a bus or bubble up to the main ski area. i.e. avoiding a Mayrhofen, Ischgl or Samoens type of set up. Cheers BB
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Thu 23-03-17 14:12
Replies: 37
@ousekjarr, thanks for the detailed info. @Richard_Sideways, thanks, too. Will investigate Flachau.
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 23-03-17 12:54
Replies: 37
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Wed 22-03-17 19:07
Replies: 37
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Wed 22-03-17 17:42
Replies: 37
@ousekjarr, excellent. I've been drawn towards Saalbach so would be nice if it would work out. I've found the hotels are good for kids, but only after 4/5 years when they can go to the clubs.
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Wed 22-03-17 16:21
Replies: 51
@medlington, Good choice. @cameronphillips2000, Lots of macho men on the lash too Really? You surprise me.......plenty women looking like they're having a good time too ;-) Very true - we ended up chatting to some older lady and her daughters on one of hte Mooserwirt benches - she got smashed so I ended up skiing down with her skis on my shoulders as she serenely trotted down the side of the piste!
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Wed 22-03-17 15:26
Replies: 37
So Kitzbuhel doesn't have many friends here! Just to be clear, I only would like a nursery slope in town so I can mess around in the snow with the kids in the afternoon - it's not to actually get the older one on skis as she'll be just shy of 3. For my purposes, as a mile muncher, I'd like as large a resort as possible.
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Wed 22-03-17 13:42
Replies: 37
@Hamish, Thanks for the info. What do Snowheads think about Kitzbuhel?
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Wed 22-03-17 12:00
Replies: 824
@Ozboy, thanks for the gloves tip. Sounds like taking a rucksack with dry clothes is a good idea ;)
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Wed 22-03-17 11:46
Replies: 824
@Ozboy, I've got the lessons booked in and they'll be what they'll be! Ideally there'll be some off piste, but my sister is coming for the first two days and therefore the first two lessons will be on piste as she won't do off. I've not had any lessons at all for 4 years, so it won't be a complete disaster if I don't get much off piste instruction - a few hours and decent pointers would be welcome though. Yes, the rain is my big fear! Never experienced it in a ski resort.
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Wed 22-03-17 11:21
Replies: 824
Fly on Saturday. Hoping it's going to hold up! Various hints of some snow on upper levels this weekend, but looks like next week might be clear skies again.
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Wed 22-03-17 11:11
Replies: 37
@cad99uk, nothing to be sorry about! Narrows my search down!
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Wed 22-03-17 10:59
Replies: 37
@cad99uk, bosh. Schladming crossed off the list!
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Wed 22-03-17 10:40
Replies: 37
@NickyJ, thanks - I used them last year in St Anton. It was very good with just one kid, but I wouldn't use it for 2 as you spend a lot to get extra space. I priced it up for this year with my dad and the one baby and it was prohibitively expensive for what you get, plus I want some peace and quiet in the evening. Also I'm not happy with their changes to allow older kids to eat with the adults. I have booked the flights so I am committed to DIY, which I much prefer anyway.
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