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Poster: A snowHead
Sun 26-03-17 7:58
Replies: 10
@liam6913, Chatel/Morgins link shut so you are foiled. I recommend a couple of laps of Coupe du Monde instead.
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Sat 25-03-17 15:30
Replies: 10
@liam6913, best check the links before you go for it on your mission. Looks like Chatel-Morgins is closed and if Chaux Fleurie is not running as @Paul_Shanks, reports it is probably because the piste down to Lindarets from the top of Rochassons is not fit to ski.
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Sat 25-03-17 8:02
Replies: 10
Yes, if you know the shortest route and don't hang about. From the bottom of Avoriaz take Tour chair, down to the French Mossettes lift, ski to Les Crosets, Swiss Mosettes lift, down to Col du Portes du Soleil, drop into Morgins via Tovassiere (long boring road), cross Morgins and take chair, ski to the drag to top of Chalet Neuf, from there down to Super Chatel. Pause for breath. Take the two new lifts to Linga via Vonnes. Down to Linga gondola followed by Echo Alpin chair. Itineraire piste all the way to the top of Pre La Joux chair then down the road to Plaine Dranse, Rochassons chair, ski down to Lindarets, lift up to the ridge and ski down to where you started. Roughly 20 lifts or runs (mostly lifts!) so at 9 minutes for each and no stopping you should just about make it. I always calculate timings on 10 mins per uplift or run and that is slightly conservative for our usual group. It is always faster if you are solo. Bonne chance!
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Thu 9-03-17 16:30
Replies: 801
It was pretty warm today. Once the rain stopped we headed to PLJ and then over to Avoriaz. Pistes were very good and grippy. Anything unpisted was very heavy. Up Mossettes and into the cloud. As soon as we dropped down the Swiss side it cleared and we had a really good day, no queues, not busy and Grand Paradis still skiable and as calm as ever. Den a bit of sunshine. As soon as we came back over to France it was into the murk again! Despite the temperature the snow will last a while yet.
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Thu 9-03-17 6:49
Replies: 801
@Pamski, do it ( you know you want to)! If it rains more than expected the long lunch option is even better. If you are heading for Le Torchon best to book ( but you're an old hand and knew that already). We didn't yesterday and had to stand around at the bar for 15 mins which was excellent as they felt sorry for us and gave us a kir. St Jean greatly improved since I was last there with the new fast chair from the top of the bubble and the new drag to avoid the tarmac dodging on the way back to the gondola base.
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Thu 9-03-17 6:35
Replies: 801
Rain on and off overnight and looking damp down the valley with low cloud hanging about. 4C on the balcony and no sign of a snow line at 1700m - can't see higher as its in the cloud. Not ideal. Great day out round the Roc d'Enfer circuit. Two laps punctuated by a very fine lunch at Le Torchon just above the Follys drag lift departure. In there for about 2 hours which ruled out a third circuit but very enjoyable and run by a bunch of people who seem genuinely happy to see you.
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Tue 7-03-17 17:59
Replies: 801
Thigh deep on the red run down to the Onnaz lift. Visibility varied a lot but there was fresh snow everywhere and even runs that had been bashed had a decent layer on top. It was noticeably heavy below about 1500m but lovely stuff up high. Glad I had the fatter skis today. Tired legs now. Some spectacular wipeouts in our group but it's not so bad when you have a soft landing. Snowing again now in Petit Chatel and starting to cover the road.
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Tue 7-03-17 9:10
Replies: 801
Petit Chatel now open but Barbossine not (according to the app). Drags to Super Chatel and Tronchey chair still closed as at 10.08. Sounds like all will be open soon. Time to get dressed.
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Tue 7-03-17 8:44
Replies: 801
@alj, that big open field over from the side of Epervier is a frequent slider. Take care. We're just waiting for Petit Chatel/Barbossine to open. Don't fancy digging the car out!
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Tue 7-03-17 6:56
Replies: 801
It's snowing in Petit Chatel. It was snowing when we went to bed. I think it was snowing all night. It is forecast to snow most of the day. Why couldn't winter have arrived last week! Not ventured out yet but looking down to the parking area there looks to be about 40 cm and I can hear someone having an epic getting their car moving. A day to see whether 4x4 and winter tyres means chains won't be needed. Or maybe I'll just walk to Barbossine and start the day from there! Suspect it may be a slow start.
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Mon 6-03-17 15:30
Replies: 801
A couple of runs after lunch but then it started to blow and come down heavily. By the time we bailed out it was heavy rain at the bottom. Now snowing at 1300m and time for tea and cakes! Plenty of snow higher up but v soggy low down.
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Mon 6-03-17 12:44
Replies: 801
@Ozboy, currently raining at La Chapelle Cret Beni. Imagine it will be snow high up. Forestiere looked skiable when we went over it yesterday. Certainly last season it was full of rocks and with no snow cannons it is a bit low for reliable cover.
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Mon 6-03-17 7:29
Replies: 801
@BergenBergen, report updated. Now showing all open as at 08.22
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Mon 6-03-17 7:14
Replies: 801
Snowing steadily in Petit Chatel and according to the lift report Combes, Cornebois and Chaux Des Rosees are closed: http://app.infonet-online.fr/pdf/chatel.pdf Forecast shows gale force winds later!
Poster: A snowHead
Sun 5-03-17 21:32
Replies: 801
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Sun 5-03-17 21:24
Replies: 801
Still snowing at the moment and accumulating slowly in the car park.
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Sun 5-03-17 21:22
Replies: 801
Still snowing at the moment and accumulating slowly in the car park.
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Sun 5-03-17 21:16
Replies: 801
Still snowing at the moment and accumulating slowly in the car park.
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Sun 5-03-17 19:01
Replies: 801
@foxtrotzulu, snow at 1300m. Looked all white down to the valley floor at 1000m. 1C on our balcony so all good so far.
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Sun 5-03-17 16:55
Replies: 801
A good start with about 12cm of fresh snow at Pre La Joux car park. Quite busy with queues big enough to drive us onto the Combes lift as Cornebois was busy. Much quieter around Super Chatel. Nice piste conditions (slightly heavy low down) and a bit of sunshine mid morning. Snow started up around 1400 and wind soon after. Upper lifts closed by 1430 so we called it a day. Been fair pelting down this afternoon at 1300m in Petit Chatel.
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Sun 5-03-17 7:02
Replies: 801
It's all turned white overnight down to valley level. Looks to be about 5-10cm on the cars at 1300 m and lots of avalanche blasting to be heard. Just the odd flake falling at the moment. 1C on the balcony. Off to investigate when we've had some breakfast!
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Fri 3-03-17 9:31
Replies: 801
@BergenBergen, How are conditions in Thollon? We had a day out there last year and really enjoyed the change of scenery. Usually do at least one of Thollon, Bernex or St Jean d'Aulps during a week. Any one know if Praz de Lys/Sommand is worth a visit or is the snow a bit sketchy this year?
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Thu 2-03-17 17:39
Replies: 801
Glad to see there has been some fresh snow. We are heading out tomorrow and in Chatel all next week. Any Snowheads likely to be around?
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Mon 27-02-17 10:22
Replies: 215
Anyone know what happened to Caprice? Broke a fingernail I guess
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Mon 27-02-17 7:19
Replies: 34
@supergreg, Top first post! But really? That blue stripy bobble hat.
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Tue 21-02-17 12:13
Replies: 10
Walk to the desk from arrivals hall is 2 minutes (if you walk slowly). From there to the car park is a short shuttle bus ride or a 5 minute walk. Cant help with a recommendation - they all seem much of a muchness to me.
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Fri 17-02-17 17:03
Replies: 801
Next week the Dutch will start arriving and with 2/3 of France on holiday and many Brits it will be a busy week. The following week a bit less with only 1/3 of France, no Brits but the Belgians and more Dutch joining the fun. Then from 4 March when yours truly arrives it will be all calm - hope there's some fresh snow before then though
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Sat 11-02-17 21:51
Replies: 801
@WindOfChange, good call. As always, if there's enough snow it's just the best place to go in a busy week.
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 10-02-17 13:17
Replies: 80
@billb, I think you are correct however my belief is that winter tyres perform just a little bit worse than summer tyres in summer but very much better than summer tyres in winter. My wife’s Fiat Panda ran on winter tyres for the last five years with no noticeable issues other than a bit of extra road noise. Same point that @welshskier made I think
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Thu 9-02-17 21:03
Replies: 54
As a few have said rain often turns to snow as you go up the first lift. Pick a gondola rather than a chair if you have a choice. If wet in Chatel I park at Linga (1100m) with a gondola rather than Pre La Joux (1300m) which only has chairs. Then stay high. Other tip is put everything on (especially goggles) and then leave it alone. Constant on and off causes much sogginess and steaming up!
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Thu 9-02-17 20:43
Replies: 80
Only issue with running year round is to avoid getting to autumn with 3 mm left - too much to chuck out, too little for effective performance in the snow. I assess my winter tyres come spring and if they are getting too low (under 4mm) leave them on over the summer and then buy new in November. If over 4mm swap back to summers. This is made easier by having two sets of wheels and space to store them, not so straight forward if you are stuck for space.
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Thu 9-02-17 13:13
Replies: 80
@Ozboy, As you only drive around 4k miles a year how about putting on winter tyres and leaving them on all summer? They will last you 4 years and afterthat they should be replaced anyway as the compound gradually hardens. There will now be a flurry of replies saying they will wear out, not as good as summer tyres in summer yadda yadda yadda. Once you have winter tyres you are unlikely to have a problem, if you do fit the chains. We had front wheel drive and winter tyres on two Saab 9-5s for over 10 years and in all that time I fitted the chains once for a 20 yard section to get into our parking. I reckon RWD would have got us in without as it is steep uphill. Now got a 4x4 Octavia Scout estate with winter tyres and it is brilliant. On the route you'll be following to Chatel the bit through the Jura can be a challenge in a tough winter and if it is snowy the Pas de Morgins will be clogged with cars on summer tyres trying to get away with it. I'm sure you will be fine. Enjoy Chatel when you get moved in and we should have a Snowheads meet up!
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Mon 6-02-17 17:02
Replies: 24
I wasn't serious! Should have used one of the faces!
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Sun 5-02-17 22:16
Replies: 24
Lunch is for wimps
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Sun 5-02-17 22:13
Replies: 85
How difficult is it? As you get to the back of the queue put your change, phone, wallet into a zip packet in your coat (or if you're not wearing one into a zip pocket in your rucksack or wheely bag, whichever way you swing). Haven't got a zip pocket? Rethink your travelling gear! Then arrive towards the front of the queue, coat off, jacket off (if you've got one under your coat), liquids already packed into plastic bag out and into tray (you did prearrange for them to be in a plastic bag and accessible didn't you?), laptop and/ or tablet also out and then comply with any other perverse requirement usually publicised (belt, shoes, etc.) and through you go. I agree it's more painful than it used to be but really?
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Sat 4-02-17 10:23
Replies: 801
Big old rock blocking the road. That and the snow will liven up Paris transfer Saturday!
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Fri 3-02-17 18:11
Replies: 7
I stayed in the Hotel 33 once before an early flight, on Avenue Louis Casai. Cheap and clean enough and it was literally check in, go to bed, get up, shower and walk to the airport (about 10 minutes). There is parking there but no idea if they would do you a deal.
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Fri 3-02-17 18:04
Replies: 25
@WindOfChange, Interesting to see your route. I usually take the exit before you and follow Route de Ferney past the UN and then down to the lake. this its the way the Magic Transfers drivers go. Certainly better than straight into the centre but as you are a regular I might follow your route next time.
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Fri 27-01-17 23:43
Replies: 7
And they're a friendly bunch.
Fri 27-01-17 23:38
Replies: 28
In contrast to @Mr Marmot, I used the blue park in late November and drove up, took the ticket, strolled to the terminal (<10 mins), did my trip, came back, drove out, went home. Couldn't have been more straight forward. The advantage over mid-stay is that you have control over your own destiny.
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