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Poster: A snowHead
Thu 20-09-18 15:11
Replies: 48
I've been skiing a number of times in La Plagne the week before Christmas and @Jonpim is correct. Every year I went only the higher parts of the resort were open (ie nothing below Plagne Centre) because there wasn't enough snow or people. They usually opened the resort fully on the day the Vanoise opens (with free vin chaud!) so we could use the Les Arcs day pass on the Saturday before we left on the Sunday. One year we braved it down to Montalbert and it was so stony the hire shops would not have been happy. However, there was plenty of good skiing to be had in La Plagne, with nice quiet well-groomed pistes and no lift queues - so, every cloud! Some years we had absolutely tons of snow.
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Mon 17-09-18 20:52
Replies: 44
Cheers. I can't find anything about it on the Val D official website but I do find a lot of resort websites hard to navigate around. That is a very interesting option for some. Seems a bit niche and I wonder if they'll be much of a take up. Here are the details on the official site: https://www.valdisere.ski/en/decouvrez-les-produits-val-d-isere#pass-debutant
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Sun 16-09-18 21:28
Replies: 44
It also has free lifts to start off with and does beginner lift passes so you don't have to shell out for a full EK pass. I'm not saying you are wrong but I've never heard of any resort doing a beginner lift pass. Do you have more details? Here you go: https://www.skiline.co.uk/blog/new-%E2%82%AC35-day-val-d%E2%80%99isere-ski-pass Even if Val D'Isere has a cheap beginner lift pass it is not a cheap destination. The price of accommodation is probably at least twice the price of accommodation in Val Cenis or other resorts in the Maurienne. Any eating out/drinks in resort will also be more expensive. I never said Val was cheap, it's just someone said "ignore the big areas" and I was pointing out that actually Val d'Isere caters well for beginners. Yes it can be expensive if you want it to be, but you could get a self catering apartment and a beginner's lift pass and it would not work out much more expensive than smaller resorts that will likely have worse snow conditions. There are people suggesting Norway which is more expensive than Val! If cost is that much of an issue, go to Borovets in Bulgaria, it's miles cheaper than anywhere in France, Italy or Austria.
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Sat 15-09-18 10:26
Replies: 44
avoid the big ski areas. Actually Val d'Isere has a fantastic beginner area and is very well set up for progression. It also has free lifts to start off with and does beginner lift passes so you don't have to shell out for a full EK pass. There is a swanky new bubble up to Solaise where the beginners area is excellent, with two magic carpets and a lovely new reasonably-priced restaurant - and the Madeleine green run as well.
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Sat 15-09-18 10:22
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Fri 14-09-18 23:25
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Tue 11-09-18 22:43
Replies: 168
Something like this would do me - a snip at only £17m https://www.primelocation.com/overseas/details/47043158?search_identifier=30dfe5d524460ba8615ae4a43a36e638#f2csKpjKUHkwyFPq.97
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Mon 10-09-18 20:30
Replies: 22
@snomwonkey, wow you're weird
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Sun 9-09-18 12:43
Replies: 42
I'm female, and my previous boots were 80s and way too soft but very comfortable. My ankles jarred every time I hit a bump. My current ones are 100 and a thousand times better, I feel much better connected to the ski (I'm still crap though haha). Mine are Atomic Carbon Waymakers, I think Atomics are good for wide feet.
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Fri 7-09-18 0:56
Replies: 18
Wow that must be about the 6th one. They're obviously raking in the cash. Great fun!
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Tue 4-09-18 22:04
Replies: 168
Val d'Isere, it already feels like a second home! Plus I could get a private jet from Southampton to Chambery then a helicopter transfer like all the other ballers. But in reality I think being able to afford any sort of visit to the mountains - even just a long weekend - makes us very, very lucky.
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Tue 4-09-18 18:28
Replies: 30
Saalbach!! Best apres of all is Ischgl, but you'll struggle to find HB accommodation for £800. Mayrhofen is also a good shout. Wouldn't advise St Anton for beginners, they won't get the most out of it.
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Thu 23-08-18 13:11
Replies: 5309
I always find the skill of those pilots absolutely astonishing.
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Thu 23-08-18 13:08
Replies: 5
As @nelly0168, some tour operators are doing Buy One Get One Half Price deals on some dates - Crystal are, for a start.
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 22-08-18 22:15
Replies: 29
Oooh let us know. The smell of that chicken van always makes me soooo hungry.
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Wed 22-08-18 12:10
Replies: 29
By the way, a source in Val d'Isere says nothing's happened with the Moris this summer, so maybe the pub will be back next season and they'll just continue to use the hotel as staff accommodation until a decision's been made on how to redevelop the building. The Pacific Bar will just be closed for the coming season and nothing will happen with it for the moment.
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Wed 22-08-18 0:11
Replies: 84
I need new ski trousers, my beloved Oakleys are ripped and worn out. Mehhhh. I love them so much. I also would like some new goggles for sunny conditions and I'd realllllly like new skis but I don't need them. I want some Volkls with super-grippy edges *sigh*
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Tue 21-08-18 22:08
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End of another era! The Pacific Bar has been sold and will close its doors this weekend. Closing party this Saturday from 5pm. Pacific's been empty the last couple iof times I went in there - Ed Mullitt playing to no-one.
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Tue 21-08-18 22:06
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ooooo the Tunnel is back!! The rumours are true. Never, ever done that run - the drag lift and the way down look terrifying LOL The Pacific Bar has been sold and will close its doors this weekend - end of an era there. Closing party this Saturday..
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Tue 21-08-18 22:04
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End of another era! The Pacific Bar has been sold and will close its doors this weekend. Closing party this Saturday..
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Tue 21-08-18 21:29
Replies: 65
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Tue 21-08-18 21:13
Replies: 65
It always amuses me when people describe it as a "pretty village" just because it's less ghastly than some of the others. Just for me, I'd always choose VT over Val d'Isere, but I'd not choose either if there were a range of other possibilities. But Easter is late next year, and a high resort makes a sensible choice. It's a very attractive town, more so than a LOT of French resorts. https://67jxrn.pixelcrush.io/skiworld.co.uk/images/uploads/photos/large/main_street_at_night,_val_d'isere,_france_5494.jpg?auth=deeea6745997b139f052636d2c20a140abda6c1e Hardly "ghastly" :roll:
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Mon 20-08-18 23:07
Replies: 65
I've skied a LOT in both of them - but mostly in VDI (13 holidays there at last count). Both great resorts with lots to offer but of the two I prefer Val d'Isere for the general ambience, attractiveness of the town and superb skiing - not to mention amazing apres-ski, spectacular scenery and lovely restaurants. I don't think you'll be disappointed either way though - and staying in VT gives you access to the whole 3Vs and more mileage and variety than you can shake a stick at. If it's ski-in/out which you want, then it's VT. Val is mostly a very short walk to the lifts but is the all-round better resort IMV.
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Mon 20-08-18 14:08
Replies: 26
Another vote for Ischgl - v good lift-served off-piste which doesn't get immediately tracked out
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Sun 19-08-18 0:15
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Great pics Steve!! Any news on what's happening with the Moris hotel in Val? Mark Warner are no longer selling holidays to it and the word was the building was being sold for redevelopment.. I wonder if the whole thing including the pub will be knocked down and rebuilt - I presume the owners of posh new apartments wouldn't desperately want a noisy live music bar below. We are planning on staying in Tignes next year as they're building a new Cocorico in Val Claret.
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Sat 18-08-18 22:40
Replies: 41
If you want a cheap week go to Borovets in Bulgaria. Have a look into it. Loads for the kids to do, great skiing if the snow's good (IF!) and everything costs 10p.
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Sun 12-08-18 15:27
Replies: 34
Nice one @Bob, (What appeals most to my childish/warped sense of humour is to take a group down the piste outside that window and get the girls to wave to the men in mid-flow.) The challenge is to get them to wave back - with both hands :lol: Saalbach is a cracking resort in every way - and the already excellent lift system is getting even better.
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Sun 12-08-18 14:33
Replies: 29
@PeakyB, Probably the Danois, they still have live bands - and there's Cocorico for apres. @Rabbie, I went on the BB a few years ago, but going on it mean's missing my husband's birthday which is a bit mean so I doubt I'll go again :)
Poster: A snowHead
Sat 11-08-18 18:42
Replies: 1499
Great updates and pics, thank you. An awful lot of work is going in Tignes and Val, the area is changing all the time. I won't recognise the place next time I go!!
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Sat 11-08-18 18:08
Replies: 29
^ oh I've been on a few bashes before, great fun! I prefer to go the EK in March though when the weather is (usually) starting to get a bit warmer. The town of Val d'Isere itself is undergoing a massive redevelopment this year - a new moving walkway is being built!: https://www.igluski.com/news/val-d-isere-announces-huge-200-million-euro-redevelopment-project_a19736508
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Sat 11-08-18 16:41
Replies: 29
I seriously wonder if Mark Warner are just gradually giving up on running ski chalets (given all the hassle with staff, customers and regulations) and becoming a property play. They've got rid of so many hotels in recent years, I wonder the same. They've only got a handful of ski hotels left - six in France (three in the EK) and one in St Anton. I wouldn't be surprised if they quit the ski business altogether and just do summer holidays instead.
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Thu 9-08-18 22:33
Replies: 35
It does look fun, it's just a bit of a pain to get to (and get home from). I guess we could make a weekend of it and stay up in London, but my OH isn't really into skiing so would be bored!!
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Thu 9-08-18 1:10
Replies: 42
Last year, four nights in Borovets. Flights, transfers, hotel (B&B), ski hire and lift pass = £300pp.
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Mon 30-07-18 0:34
Replies: 33
I much preferred Ischgl to St Anton. Far better piste skiing IMO and the apres is arguably the best the world. On all three visits to St Anton I found the main pistes horribly busy and icy. Of course you can go further afield, there is good skiing elsewhere, but I just preferred what Ischgl had to offer (apart from the very end of the main home run).
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Mon 23-07-18 20:01
Replies: 24
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Sun 22-07-18 22:59
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Sun 22-07-18 11:47
Replies: 1499
@chocksaway, @rogg, thanks guys - yes the location does look good. A short stagger from the new Cocorico indeed! :-D :-D Shame it's not as cheap as 410 Euros though, what a bargain. Will keep you posted.
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Tue 17-07-18 23:16
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Some serious investments across the EK in the last few years. It's really changed! Still haven't booked yet but Tignes next March is looking likely. Any recommendations for 'cheap' HB hotels in Val Claret not too far from the lifts? We've been looking at the Diva hotel.
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Sun 17-06-18 3:14
Replies: 20
Wow, blast from the past. I did go to Ischgl! Finally, and it was everything I hoped it would be.
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Thu 14-06-18 15:29
Replies: 7
Ischgl. Large resort, decent long runs, some challenging pistes - and lots of lift-served side-of-piste if you fancy it. It does have banging apres but you can ignore/avoid that. Low cost could be the only sticking point but you could stay in somewhere like Galtur which is cheaper. You might find Saalbach a bit too easy.
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