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Poster: A snowHead
Sun 15-01-17 21:19
Replies: 2822
@whitegold I'm impressed with your 100% accuracy so far this season, what does February offer us ? And how about March?
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Tue 10-01-17 12:52
Replies: 69
@James the Last, Fri 06 Jan, 17 19:55 on this very thread!
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Mon 9-01-17 16:29
Replies: 20
Nor me. I've done the "fill to the brim at La Cote and pootle to the airport at 90 kph in top gear" option a few times and never had an excess charge. Its about 20 miles so if you drive really carefully that is probably about 2 litres. Mind you if you keep topping up carefully you can get at least an extra litre in after the automatic cut off of the pump.
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Sun 8-01-17 12:34
Replies: 375
@skiingwithdemons, I don't see any trolling on the Amozon reviews. Across both books there are 60 reviews - 52 for book 1 and 8 (all *****) for book 2. Overall 54 *****, 3 ****, 3 *. So most people who reviewed thought it was great, very few thought it was only pretty good and very few thought it was dire. Most customer satisfaction surveys I've been involved with would mark that down as a stonking approval rating.
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Sun 8-01-17 9:24
Replies: 10
@shockingmoment, the Chatel venue, Plaine Dranse is only accessible by ski lift so you need a lift pass. You can get there as a pedestrian on the lift but still then need a pass. Not sure where the Les Gets venue is.
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Sat 7-01-17 23:44
Replies: 469
@Tordi, could easily be a snow chain job (or stuck behind others crashing). You do have winter tyres? Alternative is to park at Prodains and get the gondola up.
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Sat 7-01-17 23:41
Replies: 20
Or drive up Avenue Louis Cassei (follow signs to Geneve Centre Ville). 3 petrol stations within a couple of minutes of the WTC.
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Fri 6-01-17 12:29
Replies: 69
@WindOfChange, That's the one! And its mate to the left
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Fri 6-01-17 12:28
Replies: 69
@Mjit, Djeu des Tetes / Conche 2000 give access to some of my favourite skiing, especially in a holiday week when the regular bits are busy. They're not really too bad. No need for cramp if you stand up straight. Now the left had drag in Morgins when you go over from Chalet Neuf - that one has you checking in your trousers and counting the bits.
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Mon 2-01-17 13:14
Replies: 15
Train to Milan on the Friday and overnight there? Surely better than flying via Manchester. Loco2 https://loco2.com is a good way to check the timings
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Mon 2-01-17 8:53
Replies: 469
@MountainIdiot, there is a fair bit of snowmaking capability in some areas and it would make quite a difference if they can produce artificial over several hours. This is what improved things on Friday at Pre La Joux. That said it won't allow more pistes to open. The closed pistes have generally got no snow apart from patches of artificial and it will take a lot more than a dusting of fresh and some man made.
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Sat 31-12-16 18:24
Replies: 9
Are you actually in Morzine and wanting to go to Avoriaz? If so ski bus to Prodains and up the new(ish) gondola. If directly from the airport you can be dropped at Prodains by your transfer company then as above. You can't be dropped direct at accommodation in Avoriaz as the village is car free. There is a horse drawn transfer service from the top of the gondola (or I think you can hire a sledge and DIY). No idea about pricing. Some accommodation is very close to the gondola, other a fair hike uphill.
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Sat 31-12-16 16:02
Replies: 9
My sister and family are in the thick of it. Her flight to Leeds cancelled and the queue for Easyjet desk huge. Alternatives in short supply so she has booked to Manchester with Jet 2 and leaving in about an hour and half from now (about 5 hours later than planned) and will then have to taxi across the Pennines. Problem has been fog in South of UK. Good luck everyone.
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Sat 31-12-16 14:56
Replies: 18
@Gazzza, I saw the gloves in Thonon Decathlon this morning and very nearly weakened and bought them. You might try keeping the receipt and billing BA. You never know........
Poster: A snowHead
Sat 31-12-16 11:04
Replies: 18
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Sat 31-12-16 10:59
Replies: 18
Decathlon - you'll spot one near a motorway exit. Open until 18.30 today (at least the one in Thonon is).
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Fri 30-12-16 16:07
Replies: 9
I bought the light cushioned Smartwool ski socks from Sportpursuit and went for large. I take 9.5 or 10 UK size and they fit perfectly.
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Fri 30-12-16 15:56
Replies: 469
Better today in Chatel. It was colder overnight and there was substantial snow making. Some runs were genuinely enjoyable first thing - an inch of fresh (artificial) on a groomed base. Still busy and accidents in evidence and as the day went on it gradually reverted to scraped pistes and piles of loose stuff. The village seemed busier and more cars in our parking area tonight so I think we still have people arriving for New Year, perhaps apartment owners who decided conditions weren't worth spending a week here but have driven out for the NY weekend. Last day for me tomorrow after I have done a GVA run so hoping for a nice quiet Saturday on the slopes but fear it will be busy by the time I get back to the village. Still, skiing in the sunshine for a few hours beats commuting to London and sitting in the office!
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Thu 29-12-16 21:28
Replies: 12
Unless you really can't bear skiing the same run twice I would say Courmayeur. If your idea of après is more nice bar for a drink and then a good dinner than skiboot dancing on table it ticks that box and based on a couple of trips I think there is enough skiing for 4 days. No idea about transfers as first trip was TO organised and second drove myself. If your girlfriend is looking for a cute town and is anything like Mrs DJL you won't go wrong.
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Thu 29-12-16 17:55
Replies: 469
Lots of rescues again in Chatel and a steady stream of ambulances heading up as we left at 1430 (well we saw three so a stream in my book). One of the issues at PLJ is that the classic beginners run from Plaine Dranse uses the road to avoid the steep bit and then follows the piste below. The road is currently all tarmac so closed. The alternative is the steepish pitch below Plaine Dranse which is officially a red and is scraped to an icy base with loose artificial on top. The less experienced can't cope with it but don't want to take the lift down, the more gung-ho intermediates reckon they can cope with it but either do a series of linked sideslips or straight line it. Mix that with the flailing beginners and carnage ensues. Almost no one skis it in both style and control. After a couple of near misses I started using the bumps of pushed off snow on the left side outside the piste markers. It is just about holding together with bare rock exposed on a couple of pistes and some of the roads used as transits needing repair by pisteurs at mid-day. Getting worse by the day and really needs topping up. Hope it snows before March when we are next out.
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Thu 29-12-16 7:07
Replies: 89
It's DOMS. If it was flushing something how come it wasn't present end of day one?
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Wed 28-12-16 18:14
Replies: 469
@no_snow_in_swindon, apologies, but I scraped off a bit more today at PLJ! More rocks in evidence in a few areas and quite icy both first thing and then generally later where it had been scraped by passing skiers. Some of the unavoidable pinch points were getting very challenging for the beginners and lots of crashes in evidence. Some of the locals we spoke to suggested the number of rescues and ambulances in operation yesterday was much higher than usual and with everyone squeezed into a restricted area it is easy to see why. Despite all the above the queues were shorter than I have experienced in a peak half term week and a table for lunch was easy to find. On the plus side the weather has been superb with blue sky and sunshine throughout. Here's hoping the suggested turn in the weather next week brings a couple of metres.
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Tue 27-12-16 15:47
Replies: 469
Went over to Avoriaz and Les Crosets today. Noticeably busier than Monday and survival skiing in one or two places to avoid people crashing all around. Far more rocks and bare or icy patches on the runs down from Avoriaz to Lindarets than on those above Plaine Dranse. Went straight over to Lindarets first thing, quite icy but no rocks then through Avoriaz and down Crot which was also OK. Up the Grand Plans lift and it was clear the black runs are unskiable. Blue Arare was very nice and then went up Mosettes and down the Swiss side where there is not much open but a bit of snow making going on near Les Crosets. Then up the Ripaille drag which was marginal though the piste looked OK. Took the chair up the wall where two people were coming down - mad, it is mostly rocks and grass. Then a few runs in the Fornet bowl which was getting scraped and down to Changabang for lunch. After lunch over to Mosettes and down the red start to Abricotine where we narrowly missed being wiped out by a teenager in a ESS Champery group who flew off the side on his backside at speed, lost both skis and hit a big rock. I was first there and diagnosed a broken collar bone but left further sorting out to the instructor who climbed back up. There was a lot of that sort of stuff going on. So a good day in brilliant weather but the pistes are suffering and it is getting pretty busy. Mainly due to the number of pistes not open. Queues actually not too bad - longest we had was about 7 minutes but mostly less than a minute. Based on yesterday and today I would say the best PDS skiing is from Pre La Joux at the moment
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Mon 26-12-16 15:58
Replies: 20
Probably as good as the 3 pairs I bought in Lidl in Holland last year for €8 each. They seemed to work fine today with my POC helmet and no logo on the strap for if you're a brand snob (I'm not). You can work out the markup yourself.
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Mon 26-12-16 15:45
Replies: 469
Noticeably busier at Pre La Joux today but still no real queues. The odd stone here and there but considering the lack of recent snow still amazing what is open and the condition of the pistes. No off piste to speak of. Got a bit cut up as the day went on and a fair number of home run idiots. Looked across from the top of Rochassons / Chaux Fleurie and it seemed noticeably busier over Avoriaz way. When we came down at about 1600 the top car park had filled up and the lower one was also about half full.
And they're a friendly bunch.
Sun 25-12-16 9:57
Replies: 469
Dropped the kids at Pre La Joux at 09.45 and the top car park was less than a third full. Spoke to one of the instructors I know and he reckons it will get busier from tomorrow as lots have stayed home for Christmas and will head up tomorrow. Strange being up there with grass all around! Happy Christmas to all the PDSites
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Sun 25-12-16 7:30
Replies: 4
It'll be busy but could be worse. Lack of Paris, most of the Brits, most of the Dutch and Belgium should make a significant difference to driving and keep it below complete meltdown.
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Wed 21-12-16 17:54
Replies: 469
@Sarahmac0, Easy to get to Avoriaz village if you go to Prodains - gondola takes you to the top of the cliff and it is a short walk to the village. If you go to Ardent you can gondola up to Lindarets and then walk down to the goat village or stay at one of the restaurants near the gondola arrival. Not easy to get to Avoriaz on foot from Lindarets.
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 16-12-16 15:36
Replies: 27
@knackered knees, This plan works but you have to avoid oversleeping. Up at 0600 and get on the road. The problem probably comes at Dijon when both streams of traffic out of Paris converge A5 & A6. That's the first point to get ahead of the game. If you were in Troyes at 21.00 you could have carried on a couple more hours to somewhere like Dijon or Dole and crashed out there but still got up reasonably early to beat the Paris wave. At least the Dutch don't coincide this year that's when it gets really ugly!
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Thu 8-12-16 15:00
Replies: 5
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name.
Fri 25-11-16 22:46
Replies: 27
We've had them for about four years. Work well as we usually leave after work Friday and cross in the evening. Return is usually afternoon with a supplement though I sometimes go for the first crossing after midnight to save 20 quid. That said we only have 100 miles / 90 minutes Folkestone to home. Easy to change bookings. Be aware there are limited frequent traveller spaces so even if there is space for a "normal" booking it might be greyed out for FTs. Best to predict when you will cross and get them all booked well in advance If you book single crossings it makes it easier to change. One good thing is that it isn't susceptible to demand based pricing so even at peak time it is only £44 + supplement when a standard crossing could be £134. I usually share with my brother and we have both travelled at the same times - no problem. It is a bit of a pain if you use an automated check in and the card you paid with has changed. You can buy any number greater than 9 so if two of you get together and think you will use 3 returns each you can book a package of 12. @garystarling's tip about booking as close as possible to first crossing is a good one though one year I did this and was caught because despite dropping £390 for 10 crossings (it was cheaper back then) they were all sold for my preferred date and I had to buy a standard ticket.
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Wed 23-11-16 17:00
Replies: 469
@gordonrussell76, The official page is here: http://info.chatel.com/dates-et-horaires-d-ouverture.html confirming 3/4 December
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Mon 14-11-16 7:40
Replies: 469
@MorganW, here's an on the spot report from Chatel (a real person using a tape measure) which is reporting 110cm at 1800m. Sounds like 160cm somewhere up high is not impossible! http://www.chatelweb.com/chatel_snow_report.php
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Sat 15-10-16 22:35
Replies: 34
@Belch, if your Mountain Equipment Lightline isn't warm enough it is too cold for football!
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Sun 25-09-16 22:02
Replies: 12
@Gämsbock, good to hear it is no longer a hassle. We don't often fly to Basel as GVA is more convenient for Chatel (and we usually drive out anyway) but for a visit to friends in Mulhouse it is super convenient and always seems very quiet.
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Sun 25-09-16 19:37
Replies: 12
I've hired from the French side and whilst vignette and winter tyres are issues you emerge straight onto the motorway which is highly convenient. Swiss side you have to head through the city. Not sure how complicated it is now as there has been a lot of road works over the last few years.
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Sat 24-09-16 7:21
Replies: 14
No brainer if it is included in a package but having checked a few dates (half term, random March weekend) for the timings we would generally use the price difference to standard booking is around £265. My experience of delays after getting to the check in is a maximum of 2 hours after booked time so I wouldn't pay the extra to avoid that. I think it could possibly be justified if you really struggle to predict arrival time to check in though you could probably just rock up and make a booking cheaper at other than peak times. We buy a set of Frequent Traveller tickets each year at £430 for 10 singles. Usually manage to avoid most of the supplements but even if you have to pay them it is competitive with standard tickets. Frequent Flexiplus is £1320 for 10 crossings - I've bought several cars for less than that!
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Tue 21-06-16 15:02
Replies: 17
Don't cause any trouble for the locals whilst you're abroad. You won't be at all Popular and might end up needing the services of the Consul.
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Tue 21-06-16 14:42
Replies: 17
If you are not too pushed for time you could go via Granada. It's a complicated route though so you either need to Focus or have an Escort.
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Fri 15-04-16 19:04
Replies: 41
Just bought a Poc helmet in the current offer and my credit card was refused. Used debit card instead and it went through OK. Bank called to say they had cancelled it due to a suspicious transaction based on information from the police. Must be to do with the Sportpursuit transaction. Both my and Mrs DJL's cards now cut up and awaiting new ones as bank took the decision to cancel cards and change the 16 digit number.
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