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Poster: A snowHead
Wed 11-04-18 15:59
Replies: 18
@denfinella, I would try and find accommodation in Abondance or Chapelle D'Abondance and this is central to the resorts listed but will also give more options if the snow is poor, ie Chatel. As others have said Thonon is a bit industrial unless by the lake and Evian wont give easy access the the resorts listed. Hirmentaz / Haberes and Les Brasses will be a bit of a slog and probably not worth the effort. Accommodation in Thollon and Bernex is an option albeit with longer drives but you can certainly keep yourself occupied for a week in these two resorts. Also worth remembering that these smaller resorts still have a high proportion of drag lifts and what you are considering is what the populace of Thonon and Evian also do at the weekends if its sunny.
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Tue 10-04-18 10:34
Replies: 912
http://en.portesdusoleil.com/webcams.html looks like it foggy all the way up to the top
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Fri 2-03-18 17:52
Replies: 99
@WindOfChange, I was thinking bus a la Italian Job 😉
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Fri 2-03-18 16:03
Replies: 99
Our resourceful bus company Flixbus is proposing taking us over via Les Rousses as currently no traffic is being allowed onto the A40 from the west. Should be interesting! The power of sat nav, that route will be more than interesting in those conditions.
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Mon 26-02-18 10:22
Replies: 51
@WindOfChange, When i was waiting for the Tronchey lift a few weeks ago there was a sign on the building next to it saying it was the location for the new lift and also giving details of what was planned, but to be honest I didnt take much notice of it.
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Tue 20-02-18 16:28
Replies: 37
This just came up on BookFace. Ferry from Lausanne, Navette up to Thollon or Bernex, Ski pass inclusive @32CHF https://www.lematin.ch/suisse/offre-cgn-ski-prix-casse-france-teste/story/28232572
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Fri 2-02-18 14:05
Replies: 11
@Stew P, Saw this on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AlerteRadarHauteSavoieSavoie/photos/a.212037358961260.1073741826.137115489786781/965184683646520/?type=3&theater You should be through by then but the road through St Gingolphe will be closed on Sat 10th Feb from 19.30 to 21.00
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Thu 1-02-18 10:55
Replies: 912
Been snowing all morning in Thollon @ 1000m. Just been down to check out the huge new Decathlon at Amphion.
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Wed 24-01-18 10:55
Replies: 47
The St Gingolphe route is not immune to the odd rockfall and closure. Found out the hard way one year and had to divert via Chatel back to Thollon, not the sort of thing you want after a 9 hour drive. If you do take the St Gingolphe route, there is a short cut at Lugrin up and over to Chevenoz.
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Tue 23-01-18 16:19
Replies: 466
@JohnMo, Was this the avalanche ? https://www.facebook.com/weerenradar/videos/238814763325763/
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Tue 23-01-18 10:15
Replies: 11
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Fri 19-01-18 14:09
Replies: 26
Hhhmmm I was not surprised when I clicked on the link to find the people concerned. I will PM you. I'm intrigued, I think you need to expand on this ,withholding names to protect the guilty :D
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Thu 18-01-18 18:03
Replies: 19
Can get a 23m2 studio for €79K or 1 bed 37m2 for €109 Location, Location , Location etc.... personally I think those prices are on the high side. I wouldn' t base a property purchase in Thollon on the basis of the skiing quality there, you will get bored quickly. The best runs mentioned previously are impacted by poor snow. On the other hand if you want a year round village with access to the PDS, CH, mountains, lake , GVA, Evian etc then there is a lot to recommend it.
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Mon 15-01-18 8:37
Replies: 11
@Stew P, If you want to get off the autoroute and save some toll money, then a variation of the route suggested by @DJL, is to exit the A31 Junction 6 Langres Sud and hit the D6 - D67 through Gray and on to Besancon. Fairly straight fast road (slow down for the villages :) ) that will add about 20 minutes to the trip
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 12-01-18 15:11
Replies: 47
@WindOfChange, They're still building :D but not so involved with the local politics, the new mayor is dynamic and has brought a lot of good things to the village. Think the brother is selling up the hotel side of things. After what happened at Drouzin le Mont is was a toss up between imprisonment or lynching.
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Fri 12-01-18 15:02
Replies: 47
Enjoy Chatel - this is my 28th year of at least one ski trip a year there. Picked up the keys to my flat in Thollon 29 years ago and did the inspection trip the prior winter during a ski trip to Chatel. Time flies, but I dont think much has changed in Chatel over the time. Lifts have been upgraded and some runs re profiled but its pretty much the same.
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Fri 12-01-18 12:47
Replies: 47
The Besancon may be longer/slower which is why the SatNav offers the Poligny route but it does have the advantage that a % is dualled and its a relatively straight major route compared to the other.
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Fri 12-01-18 12:40
Replies: 47
@Matt1959, You can order a vignette from the UK @ https://www.swisstravelsystem.co.uk/products/motorwaysticker , price in GBP and UK postage. But sometimes early in the year they dont have any :?
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Sat 6-01-18 9:53
Replies: 912
@under a new name, Where snow covers the watercourse. Hidden Valley in PLJ for example
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Thu 4-01-18 14:43
Replies: 27
@boredsurfin, a falling tree hit the cable for the gondola in Abondance last year knocking a cabin off. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4295596/Ski-couple-amazing-escape-cable-car-tree-crash.html
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Thu 4-01-18 14:41
Replies: 27
Once saw the cable for the OLD Rochasson chair in Chatel depart from the runners in wind and with people on it. It wasnt catastrophic and the speed that the lifties rectified the situation suggested in was a common occurance. They had a device that looked like a hydralic trolley jack that hooked around the cable and then dragged it backed over the runners, took about 10 minutes .
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Tue 2-01-18 18:36
Replies: 35
@andy, I turned up at calais around 1 am after bailing out due to the weather forecast. with the admin fee plus the going rate for the crossing it worked out around 70 gbp for the change. There were only around 20 people on the ferry so wasn't impressed but complained and got the refund. Luck of the draw, I do prefer the ferry.
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Tue 2-01-18 16:54
Replies: 35
Back in time P and O used to be very flexible, basically turn up and go. At some point they must have employed some clever business analyst and then introduced a multitude of fare types which meant a penalty charge for any type of change in travel plans for the cheap tickets. Thereafter my preference was to use the tunnel.
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Tue 2-01-18 10:13
Replies: 35
You can modify your booking online, you may have to pay the difference in the rate but thats unlikely this time of year
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Thu 21-12-17 16:14
Replies: 230
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Thu 21-12-17 16:03
Replies: 230
@Matt1959, Same for me in terms of travel. I suspect most of the focus will be on the A40 autoroute up to Chamonix although I once saw a -20Km speed reduction on the A39 Dijon to Bourg en Bresse a few years back due to pollution levels
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Thu 21-12-17 15:38
Replies: 230
@Matt1959, from the crit air site "In case of an air pollution peak, the Prefecture provides a set of measures in several stages. After an early warning stage (usually after two days), a first air pollution stage („niveau d’alerte N1“) is announced. This happens when the daily or hourly measurement of the responsible institution for air quality exceeds 50/80 μg / m³ for particulate matter or 180/240 μg / m³ for ozone or 300/500 μg / m³ for sulphur dioxide or 200/400 μg / m³ for nitrogen dioxide. As a result, the road speed within the ZPA environmental zone has to be reduced by 20 km/h. If one of the above-mentioned pollutant values still exceeds the stated values, then a second measure will be applied and an air pollution alarm („niveau d’alerte N2“) with traffic restrictions will be declared, during which only vehicles equipped with Crit´Air badges E, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 are allowed to drive within the zone. After the first two stages, the Prefect can also declare a third stage of alarm, which is an aggravation of the second stage (the official definition is „niveau N2 aggravé“). In this third stage, the Prefect can also ban Crit´Air badge classes 4 and 5 from traffic.
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Thu 21-12-17 9:34
Replies: 230
IMPORTANT UPDATE: All of Savoie and Haute Savoie are now ZPAs (weather related). I was looking at the critair site and its says "However, in case of an air pollution peak, the city or municipality within the department, in which the weather-dependent zone comes into force, has to be defined first. This requires a separate individual order from the prefect or the local police. As a result, there can only be locally changing traffic restrictions within the ZPA Haute-Savoie, to which the car owners must adapt." To me that says it will not be a blanket implementation but individual towns that will impose the zone, so you could avoid the area if needed. Can any locals confirm ?
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 14-12-17 16:33
Replies: 912
@Jenniper, To ski back from Chatel you will need a PDS pass. if the links are open then the offices will be selling them. However I would pay attention to @BobinCH post re the weather forecast before making any plans. The higher links maybe closed for safety reasons
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Thu 14-12-17 12:50
Replies: 912
I might be wrong though The weather forecast might support that :D
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Sun 10-12-17 14:36
Replies: 308
. Glad I'm headed for the Tunnel, not a ferry. Bet you are, Port of Calais closed and the Pride of Kent has run aground outside the port. :roll:
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Thu 30-11-17 17:37
Replies: 24
@under a new name, Sorry, confused your post with one from the OP. I did repeat you :-D
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Thu 30-11-17 17:27
Replies: 24
@under a new name, Sort of ;-) but if you bought the pass from skipasschampery.ch would you have to validate it from Champery, ie the resort it was purchased in
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Thu 30-11-17 9:50
Replies: 24
Pretty sure in previous years you had to start your skiing from the station you bought from. That was my impression but I looked at the terms and conditons on Telemorgins.ch and it does say "Conditions générales de vente et d'utilisation des forfaits 2017-2018 Le 1er jour de ski doit commencer dans la station où le forfait a été acheté." so looks OK.
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Tue 28-11-17 9:52
Replies: 38
Drop off attendant once told me that if they have to put more than a litre into the tank upon returning they will charge you the full cost for refuelling. I then took the car back out the car park and round the block to top it up.
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Sun 26-11-17 11:37
Replies: 32
fill up with the -30 windscreen washer fluid. Check the weather in advance and plan a contingency. While every one talks Snowmageddon the worst trips I have experienced have been due to thick fog, once from Calais all the way down to Dijon.
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Sat 14-10-17 9:18
Replies: 23
Travel Journalists? Eh? The same copy writers who tell you that the Ryanair flight you have booked is convenient for the city you are going to.
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Sat 30-09-17 11:43
Replies: 912
. Odd but that's how it seems to go! That would explain it. Could never understand why the on line system didn't match what was on the pass when I asked at the ticket office
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Mon 18-09-17 8:03
Replies: 21
Nice to see the tops of the mountains painted white this morning http://live.chatel.com/webcam_village.php?langue=FR
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Fri 8-09-17 13:48
Replies: 912
There is some posts on here towards the end relating to Morgins. https://www.remontees-mecaniques.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=5883&st=1160 Doesn't look promising. On the plus side, Chatel appear to be updating things on the Torgon side.
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