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Poster: A snowHead
Sat 21-04-18 17:36
Replies: 279
PdGers - pussies! On one late season foray to Verbier we outpaced a team down the piste towards the finish. Then we realised they only had 5 skis between the 3 skiers :shock: Quite an effort to knock 1:17 off the record.
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Mon 16-04-18 13:43
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@WindOfChange, Snake run is for kids (with short skis)! I had a go last week and it was a nightmare. Perhaps competence had something to do with it.
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Sun 15-04-18 12:10
Replies: 505
I think I lean towards @tomj's assessment. Tunnel not busy despite the texts they sent. We were late checking in for the 19.20 crossing arriving at 19.02 but put on the next crossing (19.36) and told it was boarding in 3 minutes! A few minutes delay for French passports (actually the delay was for the explosives wipe at security just after passports) and we drove straight round and never stopped moving before we were on board. In Folkestone for 19.01, unloaded a few minutes later and heading up the M20 before 19.15. Home in Colchester at 20.45 Yes, we got the downpour around Cambrai but otherwise completely plain sailing up the autoroute. Delay only caused by faffing in cleaning the apartment and a slightly too long lunch/ wine shop stop in Besancon.
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Fri 13-04-18 23:31
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Well that's it for me this season. A last minute Dads' and lads' trip with my brother and it turned out fantastically well. One soggy day below 1600m , some fresh snow and lots of sunshine. Not bad for mid April and still discovering new areas after 28 years. Today not quite as good as yesterday with the afternoon snow being a bit softer on and off piste. Still found some spring snow when the sun caught it right and again no rocks to be seen. Very quiet again. Third lunch this week at Abricotine - really like the place. See you next season. David
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Fri 13-04-18 6:00
Replies: 25
Chatel/Avoriaz last day is 22nd but otherwise would work. Loads of snow still and plenty of cruise red/blues.
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Thu 12-04-18 18:26
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A cracking day out today. Pre La Joux, Avoriaz, Mosettes, Les Crosets (impressive slide wiping out the blue down from Grand Conche) then back to Avoriaz, Changabang lunch and over to Plaine Dranse. Spotted a Blue Chilli instructor with two clients heading off piste and then returning further down so the Hidden Valley is hidden (from us) no more! Had a couple of runs down there and the snow was perfect with an inch of softened stuff on top of the base. Still not a rock to be seen and snow very good above about 1500m, a bit slushy below that. Sun out most of the day. Glorious. One of my best days ever on skis. Quite something for mid April The bonus point conundrum. I went into the tourist office and they said I needed to ask at the caisses though they said something was happening and when asked confirmed it is not finalised yet. At the caisses they said no points can be added after this season. Cards with 200 points will still give a free PDS day next season, cards with 150 points will get "something" and with 80 points you can have a day's VTT pass in the summer. In the end he said just bring all your cards and we will sort it out. So not a full definitive answer but I suspect those that press them a bit will get some sort of consolidation of existing points. Worth keeping an eye out for news for those like me that can't justify a season pass but accumulate a lot of cards and online points in various skiers names.
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Thu 12-04-18 7:45
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Tucked away in the terms and conditions on the liftpass page it says that bonus points have to be used by the end of this season II.4 in the link here https://www.skipass-chatel.com/media/download/chatelb2c/cms/media/CGV/CGV%20Français.pdf Anyone know anything about this? What to do with the stack of cards with outstanding points on them? Or my online account with 150 points? I'll try to get an answer from the lift pass office and post up if I get anything useful.
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Wed 11-04-18 19:19
Replies: 912
We went past the top of the Grand Conche run today. It is very definitely closed- not with a banner, rope or net but with a 2 metre high snow bank! You would have to work quite hard not to notice it. Great conditions today with grippy snow everywhere around Avoriaz and Pre La Joux. A little sticky on the very lowest parts.
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Tue 10-04-18 21:51
Replies: 912
Well that didn't really go to plan. Forecast iffy so a 5 hour pass again. Started well at Linga (10.20) but by 11.30 it was closing in and snowing up top/rain below Plaine Dranse. Coffee stop. Ventured out again at 12.20 and over to Les Combes lift (already a bit soggy) and it stopped - and stayed stopped for half an hour. Very soggy by now so straight back to Plaine Dranse for lunch. Snow on piste actually very nice. Eased after lunch so after a couple of runs back over to the car at Linga in the sun. Snow like glue below the gondola arrival station. Put the skis in for a waxing and tomorrow looking fairly promising.
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Mon 9-04-18 18:01
Replies: 912
The forecast rain never arrived! We opted for a 5 hour pass on the strength of the forecast - just as well -the legs wouldn't have lasted much longer. Firm corduroy first thing (09.30 in our case) but soon softening below Plaine Dranse. Everywhere very quiet, some pistes literally to ourselves. As the day went on the soft snow level rose but it never really became a slush-fest. Bit annoying that there has been so much snow this season. You have to pole uphill from some of the lift arrival points rather than just gliding down onto the piste!
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Sun 8-04-18 18:29
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Really very pleasant today though it was warm and snow sticky in places. Absolutely loads of snow cover with no brown patches at all above Les Crosets which is a first in my experience at this stage of the season. Coffee at Le Toupin before a run down to Grand Paradis which was a mistake with much poling. Back up Swiss Mosettes and to Abricotine for lunch. Pylon 11 on French Mosettes looked undamaged and unrepaired but the amount of snow shifted around the base suggests the avalanche left snow up to the height of the chairs. Anyone know? Home to Pre La Joux via the red run cutting out Plaine Dranse which is in good nick (again unusual for this stage of the season) and nice to bump into @Sarah on the way down. G&Ts being prepared and sun on the balcony!
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Fri 6-04-18 22:31
Replies: 505
@johnE, sounds like you are taking it in your stride. Were you towed to the Renault garage in St Quentin? We have been twice, 18 years apart and neither repatriation went smoothly. The most recent one they couldn't fix the car and suggested a new engine! Good luck.
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Fri 6-04-18 22:27
Replies: 26
@Wildsmith, this trip report is useless without pictures.....of the chambermaids
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Thu 5-04-18 17:30
Replies: 912
@snoozeboy, a pint on Saturday evening might be on the cards
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 5-04-18 15:31
Replies: 9
http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=137458
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Thu 5-04-18 11:55
Replies: 912
@WindOfChange, very pleased to hear that. With the depth of snowfall earlier we have decided to sneak in an extra week so arriving Saturday and it looks like classic spring weather. a bit of fresh today will help but freeze overnight, hard first thing and slushy afternoon will do very nicely. Bit of sunshine wouldn't go amiss after a UK Easter! @snoozeboy, still there next week?
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Thu 29-03-18 18:54
Replies: 505
@Noakes, Norauto seems to be everywhere and they usually have chains in the likely locations
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Wed 7-03-18 9:55
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@Aidan76, as@WindOfChange, says it is an easy drive. I would say just over an hour but only slightly. Unless you have a good reason to there is no need to drive up to Verbier, access from Le Chable is great - straight up two phases on the gondola. Definitely go for an early start to get a decent parking spot. It's a great day out and a different feel to PDS. If you want to go up Mont Fort you need the full area pass. I forget where we had lunch but it hurt the wallet!
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Fri 2-03-18 22:45
Replies: 20
@migletski, they are idiots if they think reducing stopping distance when it is cold, icy or snowy is a "bad thing". Sure, it could mean you drive a bit faster and brake a bit later but in all probability it just means you avoid running into the back of someone. Do they think filling your washer bottle with low temperature screen wash is a similar performance modification? Apologies, not having a pop at you but this sort of stuff makes my blood boil, especially if it is put at the door of an insurer (I work for a slightly more enlightened one).
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Fri 23-02-18 8:22
Replies: 50
@mgrolf, I'd agree with that - you only need to see how many Octavia 4x4 estates (non Scout) you see with Swiss plates in the Alps to get confirmation that they cope fine.
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Thu 22-02-18 23:44
Replies: 50
We've got an Octavia Scout with a spare set of 16" wheels and winter tyres. Jump in start engine and go. No issues at all even with 20 cm of fresh snow. 50+ mpg. Skoda Superb estate 4x4?
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Wed 21-02-18 19:04
Replies: 25
@Old Fartbag, Wot no strides?
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Mon 19-02-18 16:09
Replies: 14
Absolutely right. Either first lift (or for the late risers 15 minutes after skischool starts) followed by skiing. Then a coffee stop at 11.30 followed by skiing. Then a late lunch at 14.30 followed by skiing.
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Mon 19-02-18 15:23
Replies: 14
Busy. Two French regions including Paris plus some Dutch. At least most of the Brits won't be there! As @pam w, says w/c 10 March will be good but w/c 3 March also not a disaster. Our lads' trips have often coincided with the final week of French holidays and so long as Paris is back at school it is bearable, in the PDS at least.
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Wed 14-02-18 16:56
Replies: 47
I agree with your husband (you're overreacting). How many reported incidents have you seen about small kids having fallen off chairs (I accept one is one too many) ? I've been on plenty of chairlifts with kids and generally keep an eye on them.
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Mon 12-02-18 18:31
Replies: 912
@Paul Chittenden, One suggestion is above - there is a F1, an IBIS Budget and an IBIS in Thonon (and that is only Accor Group). Probably cheaper than Geneva if my experience is anything to go by and puts you ahead of the crowd on the Saturday. Up at 0700, dressed in ski gear and on the road by 0730, hiring gear in Morzine by 0815 and ready for first lifts.
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Sun 11-02-18 22:54
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@Mountaindoc, which night are you looking for? The Friday before a Sat-Sat booking or the Sunday after? If you have a hire car how about somewhere like Thonon Ibis and then drive up early to ski (or variations on that theme).
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Fri 9-02-18 13:04
Replies: 327
@Gazzza, 110 saves quite a bit on fuel, in my car at least (but is deadly dull)
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 8-02-18 18:42
Replies: 327
A tip for the tunnel travellers. When you get directed into the car park drive all the way round rather than immediately looking for a space and parking up. Continue as though you are about to exit the car park. You will be in a horrendous queue. Keep going until you are almost ready to leave the parking area and then park up so that when your letter is called you only have 10 yards before you exit the car park. The alternative is to spend half an hour in the car park queue after your letter is called and then be right at the back of your letter’s group (and therefore at risk of being bumped on the next later train when they are “reprogramming” due to “operational difficulties”). Bon courage!
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Thu 8-02-18 18:21
Replies: 5
I confirm the Avalanche is the go to bar for rugby in Chatel. With a 17.45 kick off (16.45 at Twickenham) it will be rammed. Best to get there early (though then you will hit the Ireland v Italy crowd and drink more than is entirely wise). We had one memorable experience for a France v England game there when the bar was occupied about 65% by England fans, 25% French and 10% assorted others. Sarkozy was attending the match in Paris and the first time the camera zoomed on to him there was an enormous chorus of booing from around the bar. In fact it was just the French giving voice!
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Tue 6-02-18 19:18
Replies: 327
Plenty of buzzards on the A26/A5 posts and lots of windmills. Bit harder to spot in the dark though (the buzzards that is)
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Sun 4-02-18 12:33
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Add in French Mossettes and Chaux Fleurie and it could fill half a day
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Fri 2-02-18 22:42
Replies: 48
@pam w, perhaps they didn't specify a spare when they bought the car!
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Fri 26-01-18 18:34
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@hedley, This thread from Skipass (a sort of French Snowheads) has a lot of good info. All in French I'm afraid but it basically says that there are two main systems and if you have a card that copes with that system even if issued in resort A it will be rechargeable in resort B if both resorts subscribe to that system. http://www.skipass.com/forums/enmontagne/stations_ski_france/haute_savoie/sujet-137955.html
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Fri 26-01-18 15:02
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@Pamski, One of my favourite spots in the PDS - they seem genuinely happy to see you which is rarer than it should be.
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Fri 26-01-18 14:00
Replies: 912
@Pamski, Something wrong with your report on SJA I think...you didn't mention where you stopped for coffee!
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Mon 22-01-18 12:52
Replies: 23
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Mon 22-01-18 8:44
Replies: 26
Best I've found (though they don't fit the OP brief as rarely cheap) are HH Warm. They are a mix of synthestic and merino and to my great shame :oops: I can confirm they handle six days straight without stinking.
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Thu 18-01-18 14:29
Replies: 127
Previous car had a space saver spare. My solution was to put 4 winters on the car and one of the summer wheels in the spare wheel well. In summer I put 4 summers on the car and one winter in the spare wheel well. Always had a full size spare if needed but a mismatch if used. That's a risk I was prepared to accept.
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Thu 18-01-18 8:21
Replies: 19
@johnboy, we've done day trips and for that it is great - superb views and some nice skiing. It is however too limited an area for me to consider as a base.
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