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Poster: A snowHead
Mon 9-01-17 12:52
Replies: 20
Coming from the East (Valais) I always fill up at the "La Cote" services on the E62/E25. Fill it right up and drive gently and it will still show full at the airport. Had a discussion with the Avis rep on returning a car at GVA, who said that it didnt matter what the gauge showed but if they had to put more than a litre of fuel into the car we would be charged the full 80 EUR refuelling charged. We then got back into the car , drove down the road and topped the fuel up.
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Fri 6-01-17 8:34
Replies: 10
Rule #1 is never tell the accommodation that you are a stag party or they will cancel the booking. The ones I have been on have been described as walking expeditions :D , so this is probably a 'BASI level one course' . If you are worried about it now I would cancel/forget about it, as you will only worry more, the closer you get to departure.
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Sun 1-01-17 13:12
Replies: 17
Every season there are countless known stars famous people (US,British,European) staying & sliding St Anton & Lech. Do they tip well, or do they keep you in the kitchen when they lunch ?
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Tue 13-12-16 12:58
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Fri 9-12-16 14:47
Replies: 6
My theory is that the week you have chosen has a number of benefits, namely it will have snowed by then (unlike Xmas), its generally cold sometimes too cold and its the last week you can ski crowd free before the vacances start. Its been our preferred week for Chatel during the last 25 years and I ve never been overly worried about rain. But..... it is the mountains :)
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Thu 1-12-16 9:15
Replies: 24
take the hamsters with you ?...for the cost and faff of an hour each way every day surely that's worth consideration ?? Yes, put them inside your gloves to keep your hands warm. Otherwise from Corsier, Thollon, Bernex, Abondance or Chapelle D'Abondance. My preference would be Bernex, if the snow is good down to the car park, lots of easy runs, three chairlifts (so you dont have to use the buttons), two restaurants at the top, plenty of ski hire and with great views of the lake and Mont Blanc. Check snow here http://www.bernex.fr/webcam scroll down for conditions at the car park. Thollon and Bernex will be very busy at weekends if the weather is good and at half term
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Sun 6-11-16 9:16
Replies: 8
@mountainaddict, Exactly, this snow is proof that this will the best season evagh.
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Thu 20-10-16 9:29
Replies: 7
Google throws up a few suggestions http://flexbox.ch/contact/
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Tue 11-10-16 6:53
Replies: 147
Hired from The swiss side over the weekend. Nothing was mentioned regards to travel into the EU but they did give a German registered car.
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Thu 29-09-16 13:00
Replies: 486
I usually buy mine in the morning before I get on the lift. Ditto, look out of window, assess weather, decide the days location. Bright sunny day, PDS pass, high winds , stick to Chatel, low cloud, local tree lined resort, rain, go shopping in Thonon.
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Mon 12-09-16 10:28
Replies: 15
Like what @snowdave, said. I use rentalcars dot com to compare prices then book direct with one of the majors. Less argy bargy at the pickup desk. Also if you fly Easy then the majority of passengers have hired via the airline website with Europcar and that will be the one with the long queue when you get there :(
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Thu 1-09-16 15:40
Replies: 106
Migrant activity blocked the A16 at Calais midday today, the first time during daylight hours. French police resolved the issue using tear gas.
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Thu 1-09-16 11:40
Replies: 20
The road will be shut from 8pm tomorrow (Friday) and remain closed until 6am Monday while they remove the bit left standing. Cue chaos.
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Sat 27-08-16 12:42
Replies: 20
For anyone travelling to or from the Dover ferries or Eurotunnel, the M20 is shut both directions due to a bridge collapse. Doesnt look like any easy fix so expect it to last a while http://www.kentonline.co.uk/malling/news/bridge-collapses-on-motorway-101496/
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 25-08-16 7:51
Replies: 106
Migrants again blocked the approach roads to Calais port and eurotunnel last night. Since the increased the lorry holding areas inside the port the migrants are blocking roads to slow the lorries but this affects the tourist traffic as well. This and the heightened security concerns regards the ferries means I am avoiding the area and reverting back to flying so I with the OP on this one
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Mon 4-04-16 13:37
Replies: 17
@poppyb, Not been recently but went with the school in 1974. The website shows Mont Dore is closed for the season but Super Besse is open tilll the 17/4 and most of the runs are open if that helps.
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Mon 28-03-16 7:10
Replies: 27
@Ricklovesthepowder, Port of Dover is now closed till 11am. Qe2 bridge closed as well
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Sun 27-03-16 7:57
Replies: 27
@Ricklovesthepowder, The storm is late Sunday night, early Monday morning with winds easing into Monday afternoon so you should be ok. The biggest problem is trying to get the ferries in and out of Dover harbour. When it gets really bad you find yourself going around in circles in the English Channel
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Thu 24-03-16 8:05
Replies: 43
@under a new name Should have dropped him at Aigle and let SBB take the strain., good in theory, I did this in January as I didnt fancy the Monday morning rush hour drive to GVA to drop off my mate for his flight. Sadly was all going well until someone decided to throw themselves in front of his train around Morges. He was put on a taxi to GVA but still missed his flight to Copenhagen.
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Thu 17-03-16 17:00
Replies: 60
@Filthyphil30k, ever wondered why they go slow now and then
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Tue 8-03-16 9:23
Replies: 28
@Neil Neige, Yes, they reclassified the run from a red to a black after a number of injuries were incurred, I guess to pursuade some skiers to take the gondola down. Thollon is great little resort, but at lot of the businesses are still run by the Viven organisation and their extended family. I think the run was originally made to allow some of the new properties being built by the prime developer in the area to be described as ski out ski in. ;-)
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Tue 8-03-16 7:45
Replies: 28
@DJL, Glad you enjoyed it. :D
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Sat 5-03-16 15:17
Replies: 36
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Fri 4-03-16 19:11
Replies: 28
Infos Remontées Mécaniques Thollon les Mémises is saying all runs open including let lanches from the top of the gondola back to the village @ 1000m so you should be OK. Webcams support that as well. Just choose a sunny day to get the best views.
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Wed 2-03-16 9:14
Replies: 91
@IamDanKeeley, I think chains are like an insurance policy in that you hope never to use/claim but when you do you hope they work/pay up. So personally I would go with the chains, in that, by the time you decide to get out the car and put them on, you have to. You do get snow in March/April and as its warmer it the slushy slippy stuff and maybe next year you will be driving down in December, ??. My thoughts.
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Thu 25-02-16 10:34
Replies: 21
@SnoodyMcFlude, Correct... on all counts
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Thu 25-02-16 9:51
Replies: 21
@Ozboy, Suggest that you take a bungy cable with you. wrap it around the front headrests and support the front of skis on them. I do this in a VW polo with a set of 176's. The added advantage is if the skis are wet, they drip back into the boot.
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Tue 16-02-16 16:48
Replies: 55
@andybomb1, just turn the gravity dial up to 11
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Tue 16-02-16 13:12
Replies: 285
@pam w, Ive started using eurotunnel over the ferry because it is now very easy to manage and change your bookings on line. PandO require a flexi ticket to do this but with eurotunnel you just pay any differences in price. Usually out of peak periods this is nothing
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Tue 16-02-16 13:08
Replies: 285
("tough", most likely). I think you will be surprised. there is no point arguing at the gate as the not empowered ' Computer says no'. you may end up with a voucher for another crossing and then you will have enough for another ski trip. :D . had a similar situation turning up early for a ferry (+24 hours) late one night, so few cars you could them on one hand. I complained that i didnt mind paying the admin fee to change the booking but that it was unfair for surcharging me due to the fact it was so empty.
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Sun 14-02-16 10:25
Replies: 32
@uktrailmonster, It must be pretty marginal, 5% of 225 or 11mm :(
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Sun 14-02-16 9:29
Replies: 285
@davidof, Are you ready for the '****** - the worst ski trip experience ever?' thread , *** insert tour operator here.
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Sun 14-02-16 9:01
Replies: 32
@holidayloverxx, as per @LaForet, the different size tyres will fit onto different sized rims to give the same rolling diameter. therefore you may not be able to fit the suggested winter tyres onto the wheels you have. I would suggest going onto mytyres dot com, selecting a winter wheel and tyre package, enter your car details and see what combinations are offered. I cant see why you cannot just fit the same size winter tyre and the summer tyres onto the rims you have as they will be the same size, (unless Audi are expecting to you to have to fits chains at some point because you will be driving in snow and they will not fit, so its the chains rather than the tyres that are the limiting factor)
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Fri 12-02-16 16:09
Replies: 16
@Nadenoodlee, is it a Volvo XC90 on snow socks ?
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Fri 12-02-16 11:16
Replies: 285
I see the snowploughs are out on the A40 into Geneva.
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Wed 10-02-16 16:19
Replies: 125
Are they using the same insurance company that provides the BASI indemnity insurance ?
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Mon 8-02-16 14:56
Replies: 55
@marcellus, but only applies if snow on the road 'Snow chains can only be used if the roads have a complete covering of snow'
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Mon 8-02-16 11:57
Replies: 58
You try here snowchains.co.uk . they do show chains available for that tyre size, so may be worth ringing them., however Volvo may not recommend due to arch or suspension clearance. For that tyre profile/size you will need chains considering the forecast, so a bit of a dilemma for your mate.
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Thu 4-02-16 9:24
Replies: 60
I would wager that the vast majority of holiday skiers (90% ??) Just want to pootle around their resort of choice, they don't want or need a boot to fit like Svindal's does, to transfer every shift of toe hair to the ski, they just want to be comfortable right from the off. Totally agree. I bought some new boots 3 seasons ago and I only plucked up the courage to wear them last week because I didnt want to have to go through the pain barrier. As it was, last week, I was in a pootle about situation and could have skied back to the car and changed backed to the old boots if needed. But.... boots were fine, no pain, just a mental block on my part.
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Fri 29-01-16 6:42
Replies: 1345
@Pamski, @sarah, the rain woke me up at five this morning. Would have preferred the snow plough. Won't be good for the south facing lower slopes that were already struggling but forecasts more positive for Saturday evening.
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