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Poster: A snowHead
Thu 22-03-18 15:16
Replies: 13
Thanks OP. I hired last summer in trepidation from Goldcar in Gibraltar (who are very cheap). The internet is FULL of really bad stories about them. They were charming, helpful and tried no funny business. The wheel trims were destroyed and not marked on the condition report, with some pressure chap agreed to mark it but said we were wasting our time. Upon return (to a different place) they did not inspect the wheeltrims. And my Mini Metro (or whatever it was) was upgraded to a Qashgai (sp?) which was frankly a bit big for the narrow streets of the Spanish towns. I always buy third party damage waiver insurance from whatever is cheapest here. https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-car-hire Did have to leave a 1000 credit card deposit with Goldcar, but I always feel with credit cards that you're pretty safe.
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Thu 8-03-18 17:48
Replies: 26
At least Jamie Pierre realised that a helmet was going to make stuff all difference when doing something quite so stupid!
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Wed 28-02-18 16:19
Replies: 229
Rubbish. As I previously stated, the rule with regards to uphill / downhill skier is not to be taken absolutely literally, whereby the second you pass you become the 'downhill' skier with automatic right of way. If you start the manoeuvre as the uphill skier, you are responsible for ensuring the manoeuvre is safe until the completion of said manoeuvre is complete - IE you are on the other side of that skier with a safe gap between you again. There is no transfer of responsibility at the immediate moment that you pass. Quite. A failure of understanding of the skier who once overtook me on a cat track, but never got all the way past, and then headed my way which would have pushed me over the "cliff" edge - so I fell over towards the mountain and knocked him over. In retrospect, I should have taken a bit of speed off to let him past more quickly, so I was idiotic for not looking after myself properly.
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Tue 13-02-18 11:33
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Don't tell anybody, but my favourite parts of the EK are the Col de Ves runs and Golf. There won't be many people risking the very slow lift up the Col de Ves; I sense it's black as much to discourage too much traffic (on account of the slow lift and the rather narrow piste) as because it's very difficult. Golf is never used by anybody on account of the bus-back-home issue. Wonderful. I recall it being an absolute pig underfoot last time but that was more than made up for by the absence of anybody else.
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Tue 30-01-18 11:30
Replies: 14
@T Bar, Seem to be a few policies that put in T%Cs without highlighting it. E.g. Insure and Go (Black) .. You must always adopt and follow the appropriate and recommended safety precautions when undertaking any winter sport activity inclusive of, but not limited to, the wearing of a safety helmet. I don't think that actually says "whilst undertaking winter sport activity you must always wear a helmet.' It isn't that clear. What I think it says is "whilst undertaking winter sport activity you must follow the appropriate and recommended safety precautions. Such precautions include wearing of a safety helmet" but unhelpfully it does not tell us who is doing the recommendation or under what circumstances they consider it would be appropriate. No, I don't fancy arguing it in court with them.
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Tue 30-01-18 11:15
Replies: 67
Your children are far more likely to die in the car on the way to skiing than to be buried in an on-piste avalanche. The greatest cause of death in car accidents in head injuries. So they should be wearing motorcycle helmets in the car; that will improve their life-expectancy much better than putting them in transceivers on piste.
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Fri 26-01-18 11:54
Replies: 29
Surely the half-pipe must be filled in by now with all that snow.
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Thu 25-01-18 16:09
Replies: 38
its only 3 tridents though so not sure if makes a difference Club Med have been going through a process of moving upmarket over the last decade (at least?), ditching their old, poky hotels and replacing them with new, shiny spacious top-notch places. This has meant that the old hotels have often become quite shabby owing to a reluctance to spend money on them. Never stayed in one, BTW.
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Mon 22-01-18 12:21
Replies: 1315
>>clown I had delightful visions of a chap with over-sized shoes and crosses painted on his face for a moment. Sadly, probably not.
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Wed 17-01-18 17:22
Replies: 9
One of those great savings that saves the TO 8 per person per night in order to add 50 to the individual's night out.
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Tue 16-01-18 12:17
Replies: 12
Being injured *EVEN* by someone that is *NOT* p!ssed is not recommended and could never be construed as amusing. Fixed it for you!
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Fri 12-01-18 14:06
Replies: 118
Have just ascertained you cannot check in for international flights in the French sector. So; what, is OP wrong? Is it French domestic flights only?
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Thu 11-01-18 13:33
Replies: 25
In Glencoe you can camp just outside the pub. (Or you could, it was a long time ago; I was at school, we weren't skiing but there was plenty of snow and others were. Do people still do it?)
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Wed 10-01-18 14:31
Replies: 1315
Still no news on the missing Brit in Tignes sadly. He had gone up Paquis, which is an odd choice for a last run as presumably he was staying in Le Lac (on the grounds he left his family to get on Paquis), but - I'm guessing as I assume almost everything was shut - he'd have had to go down Piste H into Val Claret. He might even have got lost walking back along the road. The weather was filthy. There has been a metre of snow since so any body is likely to be well hidden and could even be on/under the piste somewhere. How would you even begin to start a search? Unless there are Recco reflectors but they've gone out of fashion since the days they were attached to every piece of ski wear - and Recco might possibly pick up a mobile phone too. Otherwise a needle in a haystack looks like a more achievable search. Anyway, I hope I'm wrong and he's on an almighty sesh in La Taverne des Neiges.
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 9-01-18 15:15
Replies: 54
Yes, hope indeed. Umm. With another metre of snow on the top of it you might never get out of your cave again.
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Tue 9-01-18 13:17
Replies: 1315
They seem to have opened the carpets in claret, no doubt to avoid another payout on the passes. To be fair to them, they're working harder than ever and spending more money than normal, yet the punters are wanting their money back...
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Wed 3-01-18 11:07
Replies: 1315
As posted on Facebook an hour ago by Tignes (we might have to forgive them their conversions to Imperial): STORM and SNOW ALERT - Strong winds are expected in the coming days as well as lots of snow 80cm/19in for today and 2m/79in in 48h. Please be extremely cautious on the ski area as well as on the road. - We will give live updates on this post so please dont hesitate to check back here. - The risk of avalanches is very high (4/5 to 5/5). Stay on the open slopes. No off-piste. - For pistes live opening info http://bit.ly/pistestignes - Possible closing of the road between Tignes Le Lac and Tignes 1800 from 9pm on the 3rd January. - Dont hesitate to ask questions in the comments. - Download our app to be informed about openings and closings of the roads and pistes. Be safe out there.
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Fri 24-02-17 15:13
Replies: 265
On the one hand if theyve done a good job and been helpful and friendly a part of me thinks that they deserve a little extra, and Im normally happy to give say a 20 euro tip if Ive had a good holiday. 3 per day. My goodness you're generous. I tend to look at what I've paid for the holiday, knock 200 off for the flights and transfers and tip 5-10% of that, so about 25-50 per guest for a tour operator jobby bought with a discount. Of course if they're no good then I don't tip. And rule no. 1 of tipping is not to tip the owner, so if it's a privately-owned chalet without staff then tipping is an absolute no-no.
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Mon 20-02-17 16:49
Replies: 387
If you called him out and then back tracked to the piste but they skied down safetly how much stick would you get as Apres Ski? I think @DB that the corollary of your statement is that you'd prefer it if the rest of them had not managed to ski down safely but at least you didn't get any stick? And whilst I don't imagine for a moment that you would be wishing ill on the rest of the party, how else can your scenario end in a way that left you happy? Personally, I'd be alive and wouldn't care. If I'd missed out on the run of my life because I felt it would have a non-insignificant chance of being the last run of my life, then so what? Moreover if anybody wanted to give me stick at Apres for being over cautious then I'd know I had made the right choice in not risking skiing with them that run and I would never want to ski with them again. It's interesting. This is the second time within a week that you've posted that you would risk your life rather than risk embarrassment (the other time being on Weathercam's Nine Lives thread when you said you wouldn't want to risk embarrassment by asking your skiing buddies if they knew how to use safety kit). It's all about one's attitude to risk - and I'm generally pretty risk averse. I don't expect ever to ski with you, and I don't suppose you'd want to ski with me, I'm sure you'd find me very dull. But based on these posts I wouldn't ever want to go off piste with you as I would fear that you would allow peer pressure to get in the way of your judgement. Absolutely no offence meant, and I hope none taken. [/i]
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Mon 20-02-17 16:34
Replies: 109
Assuming this isn't a troll ('I hate the idea of skiing but am desperate to go skiing' 'I much prefer drags to chairs' etc.), there's no need for a huge resort - unless they're going for the nightlife. :sH: Indeed a low-budget resort is more likely to have drags than a big resort. What about Valmorel? At 26 per day for the lift pass the 'money no object' trip will have plenty of budget for a private ski instructor. They couldn't possibly go into ski school - they'd hate it and the others in the class would hate them. But ski lessons for 45 per hour would make a big difference to them.
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Mon 20-02-17 11:56
Replies: 15
snowcome @onzc :sH: In short, we wont be going back to the Grand Massif until the Tete de Saix area is made safer to ski and the inter sector links improved. Take some skiing lessons. I take your points, it's not novice skiing, but it really isn't very difficult at all. But some lessons would be easier than using dynamite on the slopes, and would mean you enjoy skiing in other places too. The GM doesn't really connect that well, Lanche needs a new, faster chair, the drag over to Flaine is quite hard work. But the slopes are generally quiet (probably outside half term).
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Mon 20-02-17 11:44
Replies: 30
So the answer is that this risk was already insured. So if you take out insurance as you suggest then you're paying twice for something as it's already insured. What you want to insure against is the risk of somebody not bothering to claim on their insurance. You can recover this cost easily by taking the person who dropped out to the small claims court. They're insured already, so their insurance will cover the amount you're claiming - though not the court fees and other costs which they will have to cover themselves. The cost of the small claims track is 70. So if each of you put in an extra tenner then you're able to recover the costs. Easy. Faced with this threat, then your ex-friend will pay up quickly.
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Mon 20-02-17 10:42
Replies: 188
If "steering a path through the valleys between them" isn't "skiing them as moguls", what is? Straightlining them. Keep your knees flexible and just go straight down the fall line. (Not claiming I can do that.)
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Fri 17-02-17 15:13
Replies: 387
My overriding reaction to this is that I am very surprised that the Lavachet wall is not avalanche controlled. I perfectly aware that when a skier is off piste he is at his own risk, and that part of the mountain is very much off the edge of the piste map; that's not my point. However, it's very bad PR for a resort for people to die within sight of the bars in town, so it surprises me that they don't put more effort into controlling known dangerous areas like that. After all, a ski resort is just like any other holiday resort and giving potential customers the idea that you can die in the village of Tignes is just poor PR.
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Fri 17-02-17 15:00
Replies: 106
What ratio do you have staff: pupils? 1:6? That means 141 is paying for the staff, making it 849 per head. Doesn't sound bad value to me. There's presumably a lot of instructor time in that - are children allowed on the slopes these days without one? (I'm not sure I'd fancy that 'free' holiday if I were a member of staff.)
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Wed 15-02-17 15:13
Replies: 18
I think it's more the pressure changes that low or high pressure that does it. That's more like it.
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Wed 15-02-17 14:51
Replies: 18
Don't forget the effect of altitude on ears. We all know the babies all start crying when a plane descends, and that's in a pressurised cabin... "At typical cruising altitudes in the range 11 00012 200 m (36 00040 000 feet), air pressure in the cabin is equivalent to the outside air pressure at 18002400 m (60008000 feet) above sea level." So higher than most ski resorts.
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Wed 15-02-17 11:20
Replies: 188
@dode, Agreed. Can't remember the last time I saw bumps the blue room. Not sure it's possible. There's a lovely *green* at the top of the Borsat lift in Tignes which is always bumpy as anything after about 10 am.
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 15-02-17 11:13
Replies: 40
6. Take advantage of chalet deals with equipment suppliers. Seriously?! The chalet deals are, IME, *far* more expensive than going through alpinresorts.com or similar.
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Tue 14-02-17 16:01
Replies: 13
If you're only skiing a week at a time I wouldn't bother buying. By the time you've paid for ski carriage - and carried the **** things - and serviced them you won't save money. And you'll want a new pair in three years, thus negating any saving. And you'll miss out on the opportunity to change skis during the week from the hire shop according to the changes in the snow.
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Tue 14-02-17 15:55
Replies: 415
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Tue 14-02-17 14:35
Replies: 41
Get on a gentle slope and move your knees until the skis are on their edges and then go round a corner. That's carving. Nothing more to learn.
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Tue 14-02-17 14:34
Replies: 97
@James the Last, can't imagine cooking Tartiflette or Dauphinoise with skins on :roll: No need to imagine it. :roll: Try it. :roll: If you put the potato pieces on end - rather than flat - you'll get the odd crispy skin too. And all the extra flavour that comes from eating the skins. There is nothing you can do with potatoes that doesn't taste better, and look more interesting, if done with the skins on. (I concede that if you're aiming for Michelin-starred presentation you might go for the extra faff and loss of flavour.)
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Tue 14-02-17 12:25
Replies: 97
@CaravanSkier, you can't make mash with scrubbed potatoes !!! And that potato peeler is most definitely used for other things. I haven't used a potato peeler in years. I always make mash with the skins on, it adds a lovely texture, particularly if you use electric beaters to make the mash. My mash is excellent and nobody has ever complained. There is no circumstance under which I would peel a potato. What else would you use a potato peeler for (hint: the clue is in the name). :-D I would take tea towels and a small selection of herbs and spices, dishwasher tablets (if relevant) and a bottle of duty-free gin (if flying to GVA).You don't want to be trying to buy, for instance, star anise. I've never dared take a knife, when flying, I'm always a bit concerned about travelling with offensive weapons.
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Tue 14-02-17 11:34
Replies: 34
@Wallski, anybody is allowed to ski closed runs (unless closed for competitions). Your point is?
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Tue 14-02-17 11:33
Replies: 30
I'd say that the jacket in the OP is not suitable. It has a non-wind-proof zip. You will get cold. Buy a waterproof and **breathable** ski jacket from Sports Direct or TK Maxx for about 50. You will be falling over, frequently; you therefore want a proper ski jacket - they're built to withstand abrasion and, most importantly, they will have a 'snow skirt' to stop the snow going up inside your coat. These are fairly well built: http://www.sportsdirect.com/nevica-vail-ski-jacket-mens-408041?colcode=40804103 This is hideous, but cheaper than the above: http://www.sportsdirect.com/nevica-meribel-ski-jacket-mens-408028?colcode=40802803
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Mon 13-02-17 18:18
Replies: 97
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Mon 13-02-17 17:33
Replies: 85
Please don't tell me I shouldn't be skiing, I love it Who would do that? It's your life, your holiday and your activity! The world would be a boring place if we all did the same thing...
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Mon 13-02-17 17:15
Replies: 387
I wish I knew how to post a Gif file as it looks pretty clear when you toggle between 1030 and 1040 and you see what appears like people there and then you click and they are gone.. 10.20 not there; 10.30 there - just below the red blob; 10.40 slipped. http://i.imgur.com/4ygQEep.jpg
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Mon 13-02-17 17:08
Replies: 387
@clarky999, This avalanche roughly where triangle is. 2013 death was on a (closed, black) piste during a very heavy fall of snow, which is somewhere around the crescent-shaped bit on the right (no doubt somebody can pinpoint it better). The top of the Toviere lift is there at the right end of my red splodge. For all they're about a mile apart, not similar places. http://i.imgur.com/cGFF4fE.jpg
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