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Poster: A snowHead
Fri 31-03-17 17:47
Replies: 12
Try a clearing house eg Rentalcars and you'll have a v good idea of hire cost within 5 mins. Don't forget insurance ie covering excess, there's a thread on that here somewhere ie using a separate company to the rental company and at a substantial saving.
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Mon 27-03-17 20:06
Replies: 4
Good advice. Although funny that ski service prices on display in the shop turn out to be "sorry, last season's prices"...
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Wed 15-02-17 21:52
Replies: 4
heading out there in mid-March, some will need ski hire (piste skis, nowt too fancy) and one needs a ski service - recommendations of good ski shops in Le Praz gratefully received...
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Wed 11-01-17 18:55
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Here on an excellent Inside Out gig, conditions pretty good considering lack of natural snowfall, and improving rapidly - great powder (ok not super deep) skiing to be had this morning just off piste. Lots more seems to be on the way. @malks, dunno tbh but no doubt locals will fill you in. The resort is transformed as of yesterday into a proper winter wonderland - enjoy!
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Sun 8-01-17 17:43
Replies: 24
Really good food and service (and iffy 80's playlist) had last week at the Ofenturl. Its at the base of Flachauwinkl, across the road from Highliner 1 lift station. Highly recommended for good Austrian nosh.
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Fri 6-01-17 13:37
Replies: 445
@Hurtle, + loads, it is epic here right now and looks set to stay that way :sH:
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Fri 6-01-17 13:33
Replies: 23
A big thumbs up on the Ski Amade! Currently recovering (in one of the best mountain restaurants i've had the pleasure troughing in) from epic powder in the Radstadt/Flachau area. Despite loads of powder but a few yards off piste, most folk here are pisting it. Prob inverse to the places that powder addicts normally frequent.
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Wed 4-01-17 18:03
Replies: 445
Great conditions in Radstadt and connected areas today, bit breezy up high but loverly powdery snow falling and all set fair for next few weeks. Fantastic skiing with fellow snowheads (Felicity, Adrian and Ben too). Quick shout out for Haus Susanne as a place to stay at if heading to this area: great people, food, location etc.
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Mon 2-01-17 18:31
Replies: 4087
Wind kicked up in Vienna this morning, did not seem q so cold, now snowing. Hopefully bodes well...
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Mon 26-12-16 15:27
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@DB, a minor detour from the thread, but out in Vienna from Wednesday for a few days. Any recommendations in addition to Hochkar for something within striking distance of Vienna for a day trip (we have hire cars)??
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Thu 24-11-16 8:28
Replies: 81
some nice marketing for you in the Times today, a lovely snowy pic on p.39. "The ski season at Yad Moss near Alston in Cumbria got off to a flying start yesterday." :sH:
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Fri 18-11-16 11:46
Replies: 79
@Old Fartbag, brilliant yarns... :lol:
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Thu 20-10-16 8:52
Replies: 115
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Tue 27-09-16 22:30
Replies: 48
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 21-09-16 21:52
Replies: 48
@Hils68, another vote for Pila, feels spot-on for what you're after. I'd imagine the staying in Aosta novelty of up/down the gondola each day will wear off quickly, whereas being up in Pila would make an afternoon off trip down to Aosta lots of fun.
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Fri 29-07-16 8:18
Replies: 42
@Sarge McSarge, I've got a nephew out there at the moment, doing a season at Cardrona. He emailed me this morning to say this: "I had a phenomenal powder day yesterday - we had 50cm through the week and close to 30cm fresh overnight - I was on the third chair and just smashed some awesome terrain all morning! I got fresh tracks on heaps of lines/faces and multiple 20ft+ cliffs too - so sick!" Reckon he's doing ok.
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Wed 18-05-16 17:24
Replies: 25
@louisaski, I'd want somewhere a bit more likely to have good snow for Xmas week. That week might be tad less manic than NY, but as you've heard it is a place best avoided at peak times. But I really liked the place when I went 3 or so years back, an interesting change from Italy and France and some excellent off piste as well as good piste action; probably one for a quieter week further on in the season as . @NickyJ says.
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Thu 28-04-16 9:56
Replies: 45
@moseyp, because it was the quickest way of doing it and train frequency minimised risk of connections not working...cos nope bus v much not the same spot, the bus to Aosta goes from a place NW of city centre, about 10 stops on metro away from Central, called something like Lumpagno.
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Thu 28-04-16 9:12
Replies: 45
@moseyp, dunno about from Turin, but getting from Malpensa to an Aosta resort via bus to the Gnarly bash last month proved cheap but v faffy. Malpensa 2 to Malp 1, Malp 1 to Milan city centre on train, then a metro to the bus station, where the bus to Aosta goes from, only a few of which go direct to resort...Fortunately admin heard of our plight and collected us in the dub-bus :D
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Wed 20-04-16 21:37
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yep, always a real treat when @123_456 shares these wonderful photos. Enjoy your downtime :D
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Mon 11-04-16 14:10
Replies: 14
nb was hiring skis then but imagine they'll have lockers or a ski shop will host them for a few e's
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Mon 11-04-16 14:09
Replies: 14
@Gaza, I had a week in Bormio a decade back and a few years after that a week in Santa Caterina. Loved them both. Basing yourself in/near Bormio gives you 3 distinct ski areas to go at - Bormio itself, a 2nd ski area about 2 miles from Bormio and then SC about 20 mins or so up the valley by ski bus - ignoring Livigno (and St Moritz). Unless you are going for a fortnight and/or obsessive about avoiding doing some runs a few times per day then should work out fine and journeying to/from Livigno too faffy to bother, esp as is a hike to get to Bormio region from airports fore/aft your holiday. We left our skis at the lifts, memory a bit hazy but think we did so at Bormio 2000 and downloaded, but possibly IIRC at base station too. Seem to recall there is a poster on here who has a ski chalet in Bormio, he might be around soon to say more.
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Fri 5-02-16 23:11
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Great vid @skimottaret, pleased to see customary grim reaper stuff in final minute :D
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Thu 4-02-16 20:44
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@kitenski, yep you've trumped my generalisation with another one ;-) Point I was making is that for folk like @gazzaredcruiser, who seems to get a single lesson p/a, if he / she starts mucking around with solo drills without having had plenty of foundation work from good instructors, it is as likely lead to bad habits as good ones. As well as wasting a south coast summer.
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Thu 4-02-16 20:18
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@gazzaredcruiser, I get what speed098 is saying, but personally reckon it is better investing non-spend on fridge skiing into a holiday that combines fun and tuition - you will improve and quickly. Inside out skiing is one excellent option (and if u do want to spend summertime in a fridge you can do that with them too). Don't see the pt in fridge skiing without tuition - skiing solo won't get you better to extent you're after. Massive respect to Franz btw. Looking forward to the Kitzb. video next year :-D
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Wed 27-01-16 16:56
Replies: 241
In my part of London are numbers of nippers now wearing helmets. They are not skiing, some on scooters, some just walking about. Bizarre but lucrative trend.
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Wed 20-01-16 20:23
Replies: 23
@pam w, agreed. A bit of a trek to get to, but well worth it imv. My BIL has a place there, 2-3 miles outside of Bankso, he's had some epic snow and off-piste on a good few occasions. Went there myself 3 years ago and had a great time: http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=95591&highlight=
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Thu 14-01-16 15:33
Replies: 297
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 13-01-16 19:54
Replies: 297
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Tue 5-01-16 22:09
Replies: 3
thanks @Samerberg Sue, we went to the Petit Bois Verts in the end, v close to the river. Was quiet with a nice mix of locals and tourists. V good food and local wines, good value too :)
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Tue 5-01-16 22:04
Replies: 23
+1 on the write-up front. It's a fascinating place and can offer great vfm.
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Sun 3-01-16 12:21
Replies: 3
Any suggestions for a nice lunch stop in Strasbourg city centre? Local, "authentic" food rather than glitz and Michelin stars. Merci!
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Sun 13-12-15 13:57
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v old school tuner complete with twiddly button dial facility, arcam alpha 2 - on the (very) off chance someone wants it then it's yours if you can find your way to S London.
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Mon 23-11-15 19:57
Replies: 198
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Mon 23-11-15 19:52
Replies: 137
@Pamski, know what you mean. Variation on that theme (which strayed into book lending argument territory) was the classic killjoy creation when they added car reg. nos to the carpark charging machines at hospitals and the like. Silly pleasures of giving/receiving to ano a 1/2 used ticket denied :( Plenty of ski resorts out there competing for business, if some chicanery around pricing will get more punters in surely some will do that. Quite a few already adjust price by season, Dolomites being a v good e.g.
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Tue 3-11-15 20:18
Replies: 26
@T Bar, I've skied the first and second weeks in most parts of Italy and apart from one dodgy year way back the snow was always good. Sella Ronda area has amazing snow making facilities and so unless there are high temps persisting btwn about end of Nov and Jan then you are going to be skiing. I went to Canazei a few years back and loved it, the only downside to it back then was that the queue to get up the gondola in the morning cld be a faff, but not that big a deal tbh. Since then there are new options to explore from that valley (other than heading straight on to the Sella Ronda) and so I reckon it is an even better good option. The second week will be quieter as the Epiphany holiday is over (although maybe a few Russians still around, at least those who can still afford it post Rouble trouble) but I'd certainly not discount either of the weeks re concerns of queues. The trick in those parts is largely about only using the Sella Ronda when you have to; get off it and you're into calmer waters. The food & drink are of course amazing in quality and value.
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Sun 27-09-15 21:42
Replies: 5
@Chrisssyg, this might throw up some interesting possibilities: http://www.helpx.net/index.asp
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Sat 12-09-15 20:11
Replies: 8
like @countryman, I've been to two ski areas there. One was St Lary - lifts were a bit on the slow side as reported above but not horrendously so and despite being there in the run-in to New Year we didn't experience major life queues. I liked the area and would def go back. Other one was Pyregudes where the skiing and infrastructure was better, but lacked a bit of rustic charm (seem to recall it was nearly all above the tree line too). We were staying in a village north of the mountains called Montrejeau which was lovely, pretty much an hour and a bit drive to all the main ski areas. Prices were great, loads of spas about (we went to the Bagneres du Luchon town spa after skiing in Pyregudes which was good, amazing 'steam tunnel/cave') and would def like to go back, based somewhere like Bagneres and visit one or two other spots. V different kind of holiday to the mega-resorts and v relaxing...
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Sun 5-07-15 0:10
Replies: 51
@Hils68, I'd second the positive vibes re Pila. Been there 3 times, incl my first week on skis, and thought it a great place for beginners. It is v easy to find ski in / ski out places to stay in Pila, which cld be an advantage over La T; Pila is also a sheltered bowl and so tends to be quiet when other places are windy.
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Sat 2-05-15 23:27
Replies: 15
@balernoStu, i had a similar situation a few months back. For about 36 hours the tracker thing was showing no info. Then it all happened and was told about which flight my bag was arriving on. Hang in there, hope the boots arrive for you.
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