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Poster: A snowHead
Sun 9-04-17 14:00
Replies: 99
At the apartment in Les Collons till Tuesday. Great morning skiing on piste and the Piste de L'Ours is open all the way down to 1400m. The local lift companies are doing a grand job of managing the snow they have despite the temperatures. Best snow in the area is over by Les Chottes, between the pistes is still skiable too. Went over to Plan d Fou a couple of days ago but wimped out of the itinerary as the entry point was above my skill level and the elbow that takes you down a little but had poor cover. Still impressed it was open in to April. Slush in the afternoon so off the mountain and cold beers on the balcony by 2pm
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Mon 3-04-17 5:19
Replies: 657
Haha @stanton, Do you intend to refresh this thread every year until you prove you point :-p He is a Daily Express journalist and I claim my £5.00
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Fri 31-03-17 7:37
Replies: 18
I used my insurance legal cover for an employment matter a few years ago. The help lines and ultimately the the law firm instructed were very helpful. They assess the claim on its chance of being upheld and would only take it on if the chance was over 50%. In my case they were unable to take the claim forward but the solicitor's advice was invaluable in me knowing where I stood and strategies in dealing with my employer. I would at least talk to them, you have bought the cover for situations like this, they may not take it on but you may get other ideas to go forward with.
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Sun 12-03-17 10:10
Replies: 3
@valais2, always wanted to ski in Evoline. Was there for a day one summer and it looked lovely. If i recall at one point it was on the 4V pass but not for a few years. They have an itinerary that comes out near the L'Etygeon from the Thyon side. Our estate agent said there was proposed lifts to link it to the 4V 15 years ago but nothing came of it. There are a couple of more areas further up the valley. Have fun and don't forget the TRs
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Mon 13-02-17 17:48
Replies: 97
More and more on Air BnB, try Home Away as well.
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Mon 13-02-17 17:38
Replies: 97
@rossyl, Loads of options for you, just take some time looking at the various chalet / apartment rental sites. What could be worse than spending time looking for your next holiday. Our place sleeps 8 comfortably but we don't supply linen and do not have a hot tub but I'm sure others do. You may struggle with a large fully equipped kitchen, we have hob, oven , fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave but the kitchen is open on to the lounge. Just take care as not all apartments will have all the beds in bedrooms if that is important to you, which I am guessing it is if you have been to catered chalets. We have one double on a mezzanine. We could have another on the opposite mezzanine but it would be too many for the apartment. We now much prefer self catering after years of chalets and hotels, with the kids it was just easier. We drive to our place and that allows us to take basics with us and shop in the valley. We also have the option of eating out as and when we want.
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Wed 18-01-17 11:14
Replies: 19
It's an old saying used a lot in public schools and Monty Python/ Ripping Yarns Mick takes. Fridge Major is my eldest son, Fridge Minor the youngest not sure about any inbetween as I don't have any.
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Mon 16-01-17 21:10
Replies: 3
Saw this on another forum and thought it may interest some here. https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/come-rain-or-shine It is an online course, three hours a week for three weeks. No idea if it helps you understand wiggles but I may give it a go.
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Mon 9-01-17 22:21
Replies: 42
Nuuk , Greenland. was there for work once, right next to the airport, another area that I didn't get to ski, always next year https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UFU-eW9OaM
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Thu 5-01-17 8:56
Replies: 12
@Dave of the Marmottes, Have just read about Kadeena Cox and understand her desire to do as much as she can whilst her health allows. I do hope the show and its safety record improves this year because the idea is great and it has the potential to be a very good TV show.
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Wed 4-01-17 11:38
Replies: 12
I really like the idea of this show however, having watched last season, they couldn't have dumbed it down more if they tried. There was too much emphasis on z list celebrity and the former athletes that were involved were taken down to the lowest level. Interesting that they have managed to get the above mentioned retired athletes as well as a current Taekwondo athlete Jade Jones however her governing body have concerns http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/38494638 I am surprised that she has been allowed by her governing body to take part as I understand that other professional sports including football, cricket and rugby have clauses in their contracts forbidding taking part in recreational winter sports or other sports considered to be high risk. Tina Hobley's injuries were very serious http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37274550 Given Channel 4 admitted that the incident was as a result of human error and combined with Beth Tweddle's vertebrae injury I am surprised they got re commissioned and any one to insure them. I will watch the first episode in the hope that the format has improved over last years efforts, it would be great if it has.
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Fri 30-12-16 16:52
Replies: 46
I've never understood the lack of safety bars on North American chair lifts given their litigious culture. When I've been on a chair that stops suddenly I always think about it. if you are over a long span some of them bounce a fair way.
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Tue 1-11-16 18:55
Replies: 12
It all still looks a bit brut but the [url=https://www.facebook.com/Veysonnaz.ch/videos/1256290971100691/]cable is on and turning
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Tue 1-11-16 18:18
Replies: 4
Thanks Peter S, very interesting chap.
Poster: A snowHead
Sat 1-10-16 10:04
Replies: 23
@Igor1, A great idea, I like the possibility of skiing different places away from where we can usually access. Unfortunately the visa is a problem as it requires extra effort and most people on here (including me) are hobby skiers so go for the path of least resistance. There are a few adventurers on here so you should get some interest. Once the kids are off our hands we have a plan to drive to Australia via places like Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia etc to sample their skiing.
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Wed 21-09-16 7:18
Replies: 12
@rjs, I thought it could be a trick of the camera, the new lift is very welcome and combined with the existing Veysonazz lift makes that side of the mountain a great option. Thyon are talking about replacing some of the T bars with chairs over the next few years, however I still think there is a place for them. There are a couple of strategic surface lifts that do need replacing in the Printze area though.
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Tue 20-09-16 8:32
Replies: 12
Works going at speed, more pics from http://www.remontees-mecaniques.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=25936 at the bottom of page one. The picture P6, looks as if it is going down to Sion but I think it must be a trick of the camera. Also note that Tele Nendaz and Tele Veysonnaz have merged which if this then merges with Tele Verbier and Thyon can only be a good thing for the 4V Finally the newly merged NVRM have announced upgrades to the snowmaking, http://www.nvrm.ch/page_en.html not sure if this is the Plan du Fou back to Nendaz or not.
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Thu 18-08-16 20:57
Replies: 12
Thought about this the other day and found a thread on Remontees Mecaniques http://www.remontees-mecaniques.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=25936 Construction looks to be going forward at a pace. @Swissie, The other problem with those eysores is they have narrowed the piste at the bottom, which was always not that snow sure later in the season. I always felt that the Combyre T bar was great for that run at the end of the season but I have never seen it run in over 10years. In fact I do not think it is on the current piste map. It would also be a good lift to upgrade to a 4 man chair.
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Thu 21-07-16 21:43
Replies: 12
@Swissie, It would be nice to have the link to Sion,but I would prefer the two long drags at Grepon Blanc to be replaced with a chair. Do you know if they are moving the top station of the gondela or will it stay in the original spot. It is still a great upgrade for the area though
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Tue 19-07-16 22:01
Replies: 12
My gnomes in Les Collons tell me that the old 4 seat gondola has been removed including the lift stations. Televeysonnaz say the new 10 seat lift will be in place for this winter . Do any Snowheads on the ground know about the link to Sion.
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Mon 18-04-16 20:58
Replies: 42
Loads of them in the Printze half of the 4V. Love em :-D , and the quiet pistes that go with them. It's the killer button lift over in Les Chottes and in Grepon Blanc that get me, the later unavoidable at times.
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Sun 31-01-16 10:11
Replies: 2
All those advanced lessons paid off http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/winter-sports/35446555
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Sat 16-01-16 20:56
Replies: 41
Uxbridge/Hillingdon, is long gone, in the late 90's I think. Outside the M25, but I dropped in to Bracknell the other week for the first time in years, the whole complex, not just the ski slope looked very tired.
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Tue 12-01-16 22:25
Replies: 2387
@Gaza, except Hearts were not liquidated, they entered then exited administration as the same company and were punished as per the then SPL rules similar to the old receivership that Hibs entered/ exited in the 1990's and the same as Motherwell, Dundee and Livingstone later, unlike Rangers who were liquidated and are a completely new company that needed the rules to be ignored to enable them to enter the bottom tear of the then SFL. Sorry for the thread drift and Scottish Football discussion chaps but lets get our facts correct. As an uninformed observer who has read this thread over the year, I cannot believe how badly managed this event has been. It is a complete PR disaster from start to finish. If the quoted emails above are true along with the alleged conflict of interest, then I am glad I am not an instructor relying on this association to represent me. I imagine the ESF are blowing their nose at BASI as we speak and probably going to taunt them some more. Disregarding this case completely, there is also a conflict of interest in BASI wearing a number of hats, how can they be the regulator, governing body and representative of Snowsport instructors all rolled in to one. Hopefully either a better organisation or an improved BASI evolves out of this mess in the future to help the current and future instructors.
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Wed 6-01-16 22:50
Replies: 8
@swiftoid, Understood, but I did say could include, they may ask other questions or for other documents to support your claim. Remember you must support your claim, simply by making a claim does not mean it will be accepted by the insurance company. The insurance company is duty bound, amongst other things, to ensure your claim is covered by the policy wording in place. You agree and are bound, to abide by the terms of the policy that you have bought. If you had a small claim I doubt they would warrant any real investigation in to the claim, if you had a large medical claim or a large third party claim from another person, you may find that you are passed to an independent adjuster or in the case of a large third party claim, a lawyer. Whilst most of us will not need more than 21 days winter sports cover, I would not like to rely on the insurance company not asking too many questions if I needed to claim on such a policy over the 21 days. I fell foul of a max trip limit of 30 days last year as my family had to extend their stay at the in-laws. Our insurer's at the time would not extend our cover over 30 days, so I had to find another company, who would commence cover with the family overseas. I now have a policy with 60 day trip cover from another company. I am not trying to preach to anyone, just my views on whether it is worth the hassle or not and to highlight that its not a simple mater of they will never know.
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Wed 6-01-16 15:41
Replies: 8
@tangowaggon, you need to prove to your insurance company that your claim is valid. They can ask any reasonable questions on their claims form and for documents to support your claim which I guess could include relevant travel docs such as tickets or visas. If a condition of the policy is time limited then they may take more interest in this particular area. A big risk to take in North America if your claim is denied.
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Sun 20-12-15 23:55
Replies: 187
In Switzerland it is already illegal to tour up an open piste, although i have never seen it enforced or cared about Seeing more and more from Les Collons and Veysonnaz going up to Thyon and further, can't see the problem myself. Live and let live.
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Sun 25-10-15 15:02
Replies: 20
Decalthlon recommendation as well. But go now as once they sell out they will not restock. Our two have had all of their helmets from them, and the best low vis googles I have had were their own brand ones.
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 15-10-15 21:43
Replies: 15
The flight in to Kulusuk is worth doing just for itself. I had to fly from Rejkavik to Nuuk for work a couple of years ago with a fuel stop in Kulusuk. The approach down the fjord was just amazing. The color of the water especially around the icebergs was incredible. For us piste bashers, there is a small skihill in Nuuk with 2 or 3 lifts next to the airport. Sadly I never had time to get up the hill. Close but no cigar again. Looks like a great trip if I had the skills, hope you enjoy.
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Thu 1-10-15 21:44
Replies: 2387
Planet Ski commenting that alternate organisations may be in the offing. http://www.planetski.eu/news/7276
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Wed 3-06-15 23:27
Replies: 85
Ski resorts run by local cartels is hardly a shock. I remember chatting to a Morzine bar owner in the 90s who was quite open about all of the town's bar owners having a night our in October and setting the prices for the coming season.
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Wed 4-02-15 0:35
Replies: 202
On the only occasion that I have skied it, I recall there is a flatish, almost road section from the top, on the right, to about 1/3 of the way down taking out the steepest part . The moguls were big and solid but the black run bellow it was not that bad.
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Wed 21-01-15 21:44
Replies: 10
How about Les Sybelles, http://www.les-sybelles.com/, Large connected area with very little English heard when we were their a few years back. The villages of Le Corbier and La Tousuire are eye bleedingly ugly though. I seem to recall St Sorlin D'Arves was nicer.
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Mon 15-12-14 21:51
Replies: 202
2 and a half great days in Les Collons. they have had to work hard managing the little snow they have but there were 3 or 4 good runs open with almost a 1000m of vertical from the top of Thyon to the bottom of the Piste d l'ours. That being said, it was quiet and they really do need some more snow for the Christmas week They are busy making snow all over, and i think the Etherolla could be good for next week too. Fingers crossed for some snow soon.
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Fri 12-12-14 17:44
Replies: 202
First turns of the season on the Piste de l'Ours. Only two runs open but snow in great condition They are working hard managing the snow . the Picolo and Trabanta are planned to open tomorrow in Les Collons with links lifts from Siviez to the open Verbier runs operating tomorrow as well.
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Sat 6-12-14 9:24
Replies: 202
Tele Thyon webcams show a little dusting in Les Collons this morning, fingers crossed for more, have 3 days next weekend with some guys from work.
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Wed 22-10-14 20:09
Replies: 22
johnE, I had just opened it, then Fridge major asked me to do some thing. I was just sitting down again as he lost his first ski. That area looks way beyond my current fitness level. time to get back in training.
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Wed 22-10-14 19:15
Replies: 22
ouch, could have been worse Go to 8:15 minutes in. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbF_PsGy0Es
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Wed 22-10-14 11:27
Replies: 9
Big Paua, good read thanks for the link,
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Wed 10-09-14 8:56
Replies: 43
Nickski, I have skied the Printze sector at Christmas, New Year, half term and Easter, never had a horrendous queue in the league of Avoriaz or elsewhere. Granted the surface lifts are not for everyone but it does keep the area quiet. You are correct that Tele Nendaz needs to invest in the lifts at Les Chottes, there are a couple of button lifts that are too long, especially the double button that cannot be avoided if you want to ski between areas, which is where the worst queue I have experienced has been around 20 min at half term. There is also the last two man chair in that area as well. They have made a start with replacing the two man chair at Siviez with the new Gondola so here's hoping. Telethyon has an investment plan to replace more of the existing drag lifts with chairs, not sure of the timescales but they have been upgrading lifts every couple of years recently. You are missing some cracking runs in the Printze sector, the red down to Veysonnaz has to be one of my favorites, long and lots of different sub routes to take.
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