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Poster: A snowHead
Sun 17-12-17 10:15
Replies: 40
@pam w, yes you can take a second bag but it has to be the smaller sized one for "under seat" stowage.
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Sun 17-12-17 1:49
Replies: 40
@rob@rar, it goes through the same security as any other hold luggage. See: http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=134589
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Sat 16-12-17 10:17
Replies: 82
@andrey791, had your breakfast yet? What are you having? Spam sandwich?
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Sat 2-12-17 9:10
Replies: 11
I assume you are flying in/out of GVA? Sounds like the answer is to locate a Snowhead somewhere along the Rhone valley/N side of Lac Leman and exchange a spot in their garage for your duty free allowance. I would be happy to make our cellar in Chatel available but it's a hour's detour so not all that convenient!
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Fri 1-12-17 18:48
Replies: 22
@Robbie Loo, Listen out to 107.7 for traffic reports. This is the answer. They are in French but every half an hour they do an English version with an 'Allo 'Allo accent. Via Amiens>Boulogne adds a good half hour compared to the direct route so it needs to be horrible to be worth it (but it is often horrible). You say leaving early Sunday am. That will be much better than if it was Saturday (but still busy)
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Fri 1-12-17 18:14
Replies: 22
@Robbie Loo, this is a 3 year old thread but luckily I was still "watching" it". I'm 3 years further out of touch with actually travelling at half term so things may have changed a bit (doubt it!). The last peage is up near St Omer where the N42 branches off to Boulogne. And welcome to the madhouse!
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Thu 30-11-17 21:59
Replies: 57
If you have storage space and get some cheap spare wheels to fit your winters on and do the changeover yourself the marginal cost is really very small. In fact if you buy wheels an inch smaller than the summer tyre combination (provided that specification is recommended) your winter tyres will probably save you money. Whilst you can argue winter tyres are less good when it's warm/dry and summers less good when it's cold/snowy/icy the big difference is winters work in the warm/dry but summers don't work in the snow/ice. If anyone is planning to go for only one set buy winters!
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Tue 28-11-17 18:50
Replies: 22
I would totally not think a rank beginner would enjoy the run from Lindarets to Ardent! +1 He speaks the truth - absolutely not for beginners. Nor is the run from the ridge above the Plateau chair to Lindarets. I would say the beginners area in Avoriaz is the best bet and if the run under the Plateau chair looks too hairy it is walkable (or skiable) through the village to the Prodains lift.
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Tue 28-11-17 8:41
Replies: 265
+1 for Chatelweb.com - apart from the forecast there are some great current photos and totally honest reports (to the cm) of snowfall at various locations. Often multiple updates during a snow event. Best of all Chas takes an almost daily trail run that goes past our apartment and up to Barbossine so I get an almost realtime report on the conditions I'll be skiing.
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Thu 23-11-17 18:51
Replies: 16
This year with only France zone B (i.e. not Paris), no Brits, Dutch, Belgians or Swiss on holiday it won't be too bad. We've occasionally coincided with such a week on our lads' trip and whilst busier than the next week it has been acceptable in the Portes du Soleil.
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Mon 20-11-17 12:21
Replies: 61
It'll be like the current system but in reverse. Instead of trying to blag it and get on ahead of your allocated group those who paid a bit too much will be trying to blag it to get into the last group on!
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Sun 19-11-17 22:02
Replies: 33
@AllyK, down past the UN and then round the lake shore would be my recommendation. Seems to get less clogged than through the centre. You still get to see the jet d'eau.
You know it makes sense.
Sat 18-11-17 9:20
Replies: 5
This isn't a recommendation but there is a "kinesitherapie": http://www.chatel.mobi/fiche-presentation_afnor-3251-FR-A-246668-HIVER-MOBILE.html I haven't any direct knowledge of their capabilities. Hotel Macchi also has a spa with massage treatments but I don't think it qualifies as sports massage.
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Wed 15-11-17 14:52
Replies: 33
For fill-ups when you don't have the nerve for @2020rules method and the self service is busy or out of order it is one minute (I really do mean one minute) to the nearest petrol station on Avenue Louis Cassai. Do a lap round the outside of the multi-storey car park and head for Geneva centre and the nearest one is on your left after about 500m. Returning to the airport is less than 5 minutes and you can drop passengers and bags near check-in on the way and then go ditch the hire car.
Poster: A snowHead
Sat 11-11-17 23:54
Replies: 19
@mikeycharlton, half of La Chapelle is lift connected (via Super Chatel and Torgon). The other bit (Cret Beni) connects to the bottom of the Braitaz gondola by bus. With them on the Chatel pass it makes it a decent option.
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Sun 5-11-17 21:30
Replies: 40
I am. My son is due to be doing his year abroad in Japan. A March ski trip calls!
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Sun 5-11-17 21:26
Replies: 17
After years of renting I bought 2 pairs, one 81mm underfoot for more pistey days, the other 108mm for fresh snow days. Total capital investment (both second hand) around £300. I've had about 6 weeks on them so far and have paid around £50 in servicing (I've been lucky enough to also get a couple of free edge /waxes from our usual hire shop who still get plenty of business through us). So £350/6 = £60 per week in round numbers. @martinm, makes a good point. Mine live in the cellar in Chatel so no transport cost. The other benefit of hire from a good shop is you can choose what is ideal for the conditions and swap when it changes (or you fancy something different). 50/50 I'd say.
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Tue 31-10-17 14:11
Replies: 29
If you stay near Euston just jump on the Picadilly line. It'll take about an hour. This is not much more than going round to Paddington by tube, hiking from one end of the station to the other, just missing the Heathrow Express, waiting 15 minutes for the next one and then taking 15 minutes to get to Heathrow. Saves a good few quid as well.
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Sun 22-10-17 16:34
Replies: 265
Well... it's now coming down in big fat flakes at 1300m in Chatel and the black roof on my car has turned white. It's the sort of rate of fall that would get me properly excited if I was here on a ski trip rather than furniture transport and DIY duty but I sort of agree with @under a new name. This is however the snow report section and I'm here and reporting on it.
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Sun 22-10-17 10:07
Replies: 265
Looks to have dropped some snow on Mont de Grange down to around 1600m on the N side. Raining again and 6C outside so the chance of more up top. @Handy Turnip, is probably right about the warm up and melt.
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Sat 21-10-17 20:12
Replies: 35
I challenge you to find a train station and ski lift closer together than Champery. There is a hire shop right there as well. Pretty scenic journey up from Monthey and that one lift (cable car) puts you right into the heart of the Swiss bit of the PDS. If you have a car then day trips to all sorts of places are a doddle.
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Tue 17-10-17 16:37
Replies: 105
@Mountaindoc, with 6 people and a £600 budget you could probably hire two small cars. That's our usual solution with 5/6 people on the lad's trip.
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Fri 13-10-17 18:04
Replies: 71
@Awdbugga, The one in your link looks fine - even got hip belt pockets for your stash of mini mars bars (or whatever)
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Fri 6-10-17 14:10
Replies: 136
But in this case If you take up Dutch Citizenshp you have to give up your previous nationality unless it against the law like in some Islamic Countrys It's bollock$. My daughter's Dutch passport arrived last week and she didn't give up her British nationality.
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Fri 6-10-17 12:58
Replies: 90
@olderscot, me too. I recall one trip back home being overtaken four times by a black Range Rover with darkened windows between Chalons and Calais. First time on the open motorway South of Reims, got back past him at the first peage, second time on the non-peage stretch round Reims, past him again at the second peage, third time somewhere just North of the second peage, then he appears behind me at huge speed somewhere up near Arras. Presumably he had to stop for another 70l of petrol. Effectively took him 200km to overtake!
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Sat 30-09-17 10:34
Replies: 265
One further point - you can only use points accrued online for an online free day and points accrued at ticket offices at the ticket office. Odd but that's how it seems to go!
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Sat 30-09-17 8:10
Replies: 265
@Ukformula, as far as I'm aware the only way to use bonus points is to get a free PDS day pass when you have accumulated 200.
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Thu 7-09-17 15:32
Replies: 17
I suspect there will be just as much pressure on the overhead lockers. More people will think they can still get their two bags on board (one wheely, one small) if they pay £10 for priority, which is less than £25 for a hold bag. More money from priority travellers, same frustration at lack of luggage space, start telling priority passengers they have to check it at the gate, grumpy priority travellers, extra profit for Ryanair.
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 6-09-17 13:13
Replies: 17
Not really much of a change. They have been doing this ad hoc for a while. There is not enough space for all the wheely bags in the overhead so after they have let a certain number through they enforce into the hold for free on everyone else. When my daughter was living in Berlin she worked the system by packing a small bag with vital/important stuff and everything else in a wheely. Straight to the gate and ask them if they needed volunteers to check in bags - result no need to haul around the bag and struggle for locker space. both Berlin and Stansted were quick enough to deliver the bag by the time you got to the carousel. Swiss do the same on City airport flights from Geneva.
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Fri 1-09-17 20:55
Replies: 69
@snoozeboy, so true! The number of heavily laden Volvo estates with yellow NL plates I've seen in that exact spot.
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Wed 30-08-17 21:34
Replies: 75
I thought this looked promising (Sion-Chatel about an hour) but at around £350 (dummy bookings, non peak) for a long weekend from LTN or SEN at not very convenient times I think I will stick with EasyJet to GVA.
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Tue 29-08-17 15:48
Replies: 12
Best I could find in the Swiss online press was this: https://www.24heures.ch/vaud-regions/riviera-chablais/telemorgins-devra-fixee-sort-fin-mois/story/21867461 Sounds like discussions with the bank and other (potential) partners continue...... It has certainly been sketchy skiing down to Morgins from Chalet Neuf the last few March lads' trips (other than the day that had 70cm overnight). Hope it gets sorted - it is a pretty key link
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Thu 24-08-17 15:44
Replies: 4
@Grizzler, buy the cheap steels with the 4mm winters and use them from now to November. Then new winters for the winter. I've regularly done this to get the last few months out of winter tyres. It is true that you need a decent tread depth for "proper" (snowy) winter
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Tue 22-08-17 22:16
Replies: 60
I've done a few weekends (long or short). Away from work a bit early (say 16.00) and at any of LHR, LGW, LCY, LTN or STN within about an hour. Flight around 1900, car hire in GVA about 22.00, in bed in Chatel about midnight (or 02.00 if beers/heavy snow involved). Ski Sat/Sun/Mon until last lift. Pack up at apartment, down to GVA for a flight around 20.00 and home about midnight. Into work the next day tired but with a big grin. We have occasionally done the 0700 Tuesday GVA flight but the 0400 alarm call is a bit brutal. 3 days skiing, 1 day holiday. Issues - takes out two weeks conventional Sat-Sat bookings on the apartment, for best cost need exactly 4 participants (one small hire car), we all travel hand luggage only, wouldn't even consider it with kids.
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Fri 21-07-17 10:20
Replies: 8
Or you can get round to Ardent by bus, take the gondola up to Lindarets (above the goat village) and then one high speed chair (you have a choice of two) up to the ridge above Avoriaz.
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Sun 9-07-17 0:15
Replies: 64
@Claude B, can you make it through to November on what you have currently got? Do you do many miles? If answers are yes and no then you could get by on the best of your current sets and then buy a new set of winters and leave them on all year. When they get below about 5 mm buy new winters for the other rims and use good winters in winter and second best set in summer. Only compromise there would be a bit of loss of summer performance. Based on a few years of running one car on two sets and swapping and the other (low mileage) car on winters all year round I reckon this would work well and be cost effective.
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Fri 9-06-17 22:53
Replies: 2
@Ian Kenvyn, it depends a bit on where you are heading. We do the route from Chatel towards Hoek frequently to visit Mrs DJLs family and go via Bern, Basel, Mulhouse, through the Vosges for a bit of interest then Nancy, Metz, Luxembourg (cheap fuel), Brussels, Antwerpen. Sounds like you are heading further South so towards Lyon is an option or you could go via Geneva/Annecy. Lyon is often horrendous on a peak weekend. Geneva may be not much better. It's a longer drive than to Calais but if you are on the night boat you could do it in one hit. If you are aiming to ski departure day and get the following day's night boat you could overnight wherever you fancy. Somewhere in the Vosges perhaps. Once you drop down towards Nancy it is a bit uninspiring.
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Sat 22-04-17 19:43
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@Matt1959, in my view follow your route to Pontarlier then Besancon to join the autoroute and Dole, Langres, Troyes, Reims, Calais. Should be 7.5-8 hours driving plus stops assuming light traffic. I usually allow minimum 10 hours from leaving Chatel to my Eurotunnel check in time.
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Fri 7-04-17 13:42
Replies: 12
@uysalt, Just spotted this (a bit late). I had X-Wave 8’s which I was happy with but they were a bit old and I’d managed to fold the overlaps wrong on one foot so they started digging into my shin which was a pain so I visited Colin at Solutions4Feet. After the usual fact find on my ability and intentions and a good look and measure of my feet he recommended Quest Pro 120s and they have been great. A new footbed went in and the shells were heat formed with a bit of extra space over one big toe that has a bump and that was it. I put them on and clip them up, walk to first lift, tighten them properly and leave them like that until I have finished skiing – could be 8 hours later.
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Thu 6-04-17 16:43
Replies: 69
@Chamcham, Rarely, though in heavy snow it may. With winter tyres I have never had a problem and if it was so bad as to completely close the PdM (top height 1450m) the road up through Abondance and La Chapelle would also be pretty hairy I guess. If only equipped with summer tyres it would be much more likely that the pass would be difficult to cross or would need chains whilst the valley road might be OK(-ish)
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