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Poster: A snowHead
Mon 27-02-17 10:22
Replies: 164
Anyone know what happened to Caprice? Broke a fingernail I guess
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Mon 27-02-17 7:19
Replies: 23
@supergreg, Top first post! But really? That blue stripy bobble hat.
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name.
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
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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: 638
@WindOfChange, good call. As always, if there's enough snow it's just the best place to go in a busy week.
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Fri 10-02-17 13:17
Replies: 67
@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!
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Thu 9-02-17 20:43
Replies: 67
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: 67
@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: 638
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.
Poster: A snowHead
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
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name.
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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Thu 26-01-17 17:14
Replies: 28
@Richie_S, I've used both of the parks you mention and they are both fine. With kids, clutter and a plane to catch short stay might be a walk too far. Another option (at the cost of £3) is to drive up to the front of the airport, deposit bags and rest of family and then drive down the ramp and pay your £3. Turn left at the roundabout and you are in the short stay park. Then hot foot it to the terminal (<10mins slow walk and meet then at check in)
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Wed 25-01-17 13:57
Replies: 10
For PDS (well Chatel anyway) I've first hand experience of four trips with Magic Transfers (either me or family members travelling) and each one was on time, friendly and safe. http://magic-transfers.com/ Don't bother with priority shared unless you are absolutely desperate to be first drop off - not worth the extra cost to save 15 mins max. The only ones I have used have been shared rather than private. In the case of my daughter going back to GVA on 27 December it was booked as shared but actually was private - just her and the driver.
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Mon 23-01-17 12:02
Replies: 24
@LaForet, makes a good point about arrivals on different flights. 2 cars then gives the flexibility. On one trip we had six adults and two cars booked. One flight (mine) was delayed but I only had hand luggage so they picked up one car, put 3 people and as much luggage as possible in it and off they went leaving two people to await my arrival. Worked out fine and we arrived first as the first car went via the supermarket.
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Sun 22-01-17 9:08
Replies: 24
2 small ones is the way to go. Use one with 2/3 rear seat folded and passenger seat all the way forward (skis feed into the space cleared by passenger seat being fully forward) with a driver and a passenger in the seat behind the driver and the other with 2/3 folder and two in the front, one on the back. In this set up I reckon you would get away with 2 VW Up!s. We've managed 6 adults plus gear in an Up! and an Astra.
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Wed 18-01-17 13:32
Replies: 25
Half way down the Linga on the right - can't remember it's name, but cosy inside with good quality plat du jour. La Leiche - nice place and a frequent stop for us but fine dining it ain't.
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Sun 15-01-17 21:19
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@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: 82
@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: 381
@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: 638
@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.
Poster: A snowHead
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.
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Fri 6-01-17 12:29
Replies: 82
@WindOfChange, That's the one! And its mate to the left
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Fri 6-01-17 12:28
Replies: 82
@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: 638
@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.
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
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........
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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: 638
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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