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Poster: A snowHead
Wed 9-08-17 15:23
Replies: 817
Long term average is 1.25. Meanwhile UK stock markets bounce off all time highs, unemployment falls to lowest rate for many years and number of jobs in UK at all time high. Chocksaway smiles and books another season's ski holiday. TBF it has been below 1.20 since June last year and shows no signs of being much higher than 1.15 for the foreseeable future. Whether that bothers anyone is another matter. The stock market is traditionaly high when the pound is low, because most major companies in the FT500 make more money abroad than they do from the UK. The exchange rate boosts their profits. The jobs thing is not good news. Anything less than 5% unemployed is considered to be 'full employment'. This means that any increase in activity puts very direct pressure on wage levels as companies struggle to service the demand. This creates inflation. This is something the BoE have become increasingly concerned about and interest rates are under much more pressure than they were in May 2016. As the EU work force slowly repatriates without being naturally replaced, we will find wage pressure from an economy that is actually shrinking. In my sector, construction, the industry is predicted to be serviced by over 30% EU immigrants. My own company had over 60% EU workers in June last year, that is now just over 50%. Many have left because they have simply 'done their time' away from families, some because they no longer want to live here after the referendum and quite a few because the fall in sterling value means the money they send home is now worth much less. Those that had 'done their shift' away from home were always replaced by new entrants, but we are finding it harder to recruit and are moderating our workload to suit. We aren't the only ones doing this. And the FTSE also rises because the shares become relatively cheaper for overseas large investors to purchase, due to the exchange rate.
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Tue 1-08-17 23:06
Replies: 27
Update. Thanks for all the input. My avios points cleared this morning so I've booked the flights to Zurich and booked up an overpriced hotel in Klosters for 3 nights. Can't wait!
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Tue 1-08-17 10:29
Replies: 24
@Dublinfella, personally, I'd recommend using an tour operator for your first trip with a kid. We always do DIY, but felt that the safety net of using a specialist would be good for the first time; and we were happy with that decision in the end. Little things like the baby listening service with Esprit plus being able to pay very little for baby sitting was a real plus when it's potentially the first time you've left a young kid. Now we've done one trip we're back to DIY - helps that the kids will both be over 1 next year, which means we can use a number of Austrian hotels that have free childcare that kicks in from age 1 (although most are 2 or older).
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Mon 31-07-17 14:36
Replies: 24
My few pence: - Short transfers are helpful with very young kids - Look for childcare in your actual accomodation (some creches are shared by a few chalets and it's a pain to decamp to drop them off imho) - Avoid hotels/chalets where young children can eat with adults (pet and very personal hate of mine - when I went with a 11 month old (who wasn't always sleeping through), I enjoy having some peace and quiet without being subjected to the elder kids who do run riot all day! Some of the Esprit hotels have recently changed their policy) I think that what you want for a young child will be somewhat different to elder kids who are more self sufficient - hence my first 2 points above. Also, they will be in your room so the additional costs are less of a factor - once you've got 2x kids needing a flight and another room between them, ski passes etc... Not looking forward to that!
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Wed 26-07-17 12:39
Replies: 33
Isn't it better to do Saturday to Tuesday/Wednesday, so that you're not messing up 2 weeks of bookings for an owner?
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Mon 24-07-17 19:28
Replies: 128
@NickyJ, when I'm the UK's benevolent dictator I'll enforce the rule from age 11. Happy?
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Mon 24-07-17 18:35
Replies: 128
@dp, not that you need my approval, but I agree 100pc. Add to the disruption in the week after a non scheduled absence as little Jonty doesn't follow anything. Loss of respect for education/rules in general, parents know best etc etc etc rant rant.
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Thu 13-07-17 12:52
Replies: 12
I've had a pair since 2010, bought due to their fit as the only reason. Since then I've been away twice a year and enjoyed them. Yes, they might appear flimsy but they've proven to have been robust. Had one buckle sheer off But easily fixed once I found somewhere in St Anton to sort it.
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Fri 7-07-17 11:17
Replies: 27
Hotels.com shows a few, but not many. Enough choice for now. Fri to mon is clearly not ideal and I expect to pay a premium, sadly !
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Thu 6-07-17 21:27
Replies: 27
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Thu 6-07-17 21:25
Replies: 27
@hd, thank you so much again. Just to clarify you mean Flims/Lenzerheide are both much better than Engelberg for piste skiing?
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Thu 6-07-17 21:09
Replies: 27
Just to jump back into this... Thanks for the advice thus far. My only question remaining is that it's meant to be a relaxing 3 nights away from our young children, so having nice digs (unusually for me) is more important than the ski area. As it stands, I can get (imo) a nicer hotel in Engelberg for less money than in Klosters. Is the latter significantly better as a ski area, bearing in mind we'll be doing 2.5 days of skiing and long lunches etc.
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Thu 6-07-17 14:58
Replies: 27
@hd, ah ha - I just worked that out as I checked it - SBB is very literal in that if you say a town it seems to think that the main station isn't good enough and then get naother bus!
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Thu 6-07-17 14:57
Replies: 27
Just been looking on the SBB website for the all the options - happy to be corrected of course - Dr Google-von-Map also seems to agree.
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 6-07-17 14:52
Replies: 27
Klosters looks a mission by train... 2hr40 inc 3 trains and a bus! :( What about using a town as a base and getting buses to a couple of resorts?
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Thu 6-07-17 14:35
Replies: 27
So let's summarise - Lenzerheide is 2hr20 with 2 changes (albeit the first is always Zurich central). Davos 2hr30 (2 changes). Flims 2hrs - looks good and the mountain seems to be called Crap, which is an added bonus. Trying to get it to 2hrs so as to maximise skiing on days 1 and 4. Googlemaps usefully shows lots of lifts etc at Valbella, linked into Arosa and a 2hr transfer - might be a winner, non? Any comments on this area?
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Thu 6-07-17 13:58
Replies: 27
Don't bother with Engelberg if you're not off-pisting. Arosa/Lenzerheide, Davos/Klosters and Flims/Laax amongst many others are all within easy travelling distance of ZRH and well worth visiting, snow and overdraft limit permitting. Are these around 2hrs by public transport though? Kind of need that to get a bit of skiing on day 1 (early flight out) and then most of the day on the lats day (21hr flight back to UK). Cheers
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Thu 6-07-17 13:55
Replies: 27
@under a new name, I know and agree. However, I would be furious if it didn't snow there again. What separates oomans from dem robots.
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Thu 6-07-17 12:57
Replies: 27
RAMBOTION, thank you. Might look at St Anton then!! Under a new name. Would you tickle a cat a third time after it bit you twice ;) Ps. It's 3 now for Morzine. ;)
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Thu 6-07-17 12:29
Replies: 27
Hi Snowheads I can get decent Avios flights to Zurich over New Year (can't for Geneva - and, besides, I've had two years in a row with rubbish snow in the Northern French Alps), so am looking at resorts that aren't far away from Zurich with public transport as it's just 2 of us. Engelberg seems the best option apart from, say, St Anton (been there a lot recently so less keen). What is it like in terms of a 3 night 3 day break? No desire to go off piste, although I know it's good for that, as I'll have Mrs BB with me. Main areas of interest are km of piste, ease of walking to lifts and finally queues... Cheers BB
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Wed 28-06-17 20:31
Replies: 15
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
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
Replies: 15
@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
Poster: A snowHead
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.
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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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