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Poster: A snowHead
Mon 16-01-17 8:46
Replies: 11
Where do you live; makes a difference re flights.
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Sun 15-01-17 22:51
Replies: 175
Seems odd that after a really good dump they only have about have the runs open. Have they run out of money on account of the very poor start to the season? Or am I being impatient....?
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Sat 14-01-17 17:11
Replies: 27
Do you get your money back if it's too snowy to ski much? No.
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Fri 13-01-17 18:45
Replies: 502
Workwise I was thinking a work-for-board cleaning in a hostel would be good ideal as you would do it in the mornings and then go skiing and have nights free and it would be super social Does such a thing exist?
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Fri 13-01-17 11:35
Replies: 25
Or "I'm not racist but..." Statistically it will be fine. Otherwise they wouldn't use it. Problem with statistics is that sometimes you're stuffed.
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Thu 12-01-17 18:14
Replies: 24
I have a down gillet that fits nicely under my ski jacket for night time perambulation around ski resorts.
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Thu 12-01-17 17:10
Replies: 64
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Thu 12-01-17 15:27
Replies: 20
I find it very peculiar that a large TO would give any autonomy to staff on budgeting/menu planning. Buying in bulk for a standardised menu is cheaper and easier - surely? If your staff blue it all on steak on the first night and the rest of the week is beans on toast for all three courses, then it must reflect badly on you as a TO - surely?
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Thu 12-01-17 15:24
Replies: 64
It's not helpful I know but even randomly ordering from the menu is unlikely to be unsatisfactory... Unlike in France where, if you're my Dad, you end up with sheeps' brains. :skele: Daquise in South Ken always have brains - served with scrambled eggs - on their special menu. One of my absolute top favourite things.
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Wed 11-01-17 10:05
Replies: 74
A significant reason why ski resorts are ugly without snow is that the mountain slopes are brown as it is winter and the grass is not growing.
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Tue 10-01-17 14:50
Replies: 69
There's a page 1....?! :oops:
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Tue 10-01-17 12:23
Replies: 57
I've been with two female learners who were complete and utter nutters - point the skis down hill, enjoy the speed, and stop by, er.... um... didn't think about that... err... crashing. (They were both good horsewomen which I think makes a big difference to enjoying going quickly without really being in complete control.) And two who were complete scaredy cats who never went again. And male learners who have fallen into the latter camp, and into the 'get it done precisely' camp, and the nutter camp. Nothing to do with sex, everything to do with fitness and 'psych' (sic).
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Tue 10-01-17 12:15
Replies: 69
I've seen YouTube videos of a drag in Chile that takes you up a near vertical slope, four at a time, at breakneck speed. Doubtless somebody will know it.
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Mon 9-01-17 15:09
Replies: 24
It's like finding a good pub, you sit down by the fire and get comfy then someone suggests you all move again to a differerent one, nonsense imo. :? I know what you mean. I feel that way about new ski resorts... ;)
Poster: A snowHead
Mon 9-01-17 15:07
Replies: 24
Personally I think the logistics are a price worth paying . What are you getting in exchange for this faff that you don't get in other ski resorts? I'm here to be convinced...
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Mon 9-01-17 14:59
Replies: 24
I must confess, my thought has always been "Chamonix, why?" I know the off-piste is amazing, but for mere mortals it's an unconnected resort and there are many better alternatives. "Just jump in the car and drive 8km." When the car might need digging out (twice) and certainly require defrosting, and be freezing cold, and uncomfortable, and somebody has to drive home etc. etc. etc. - or go to a resort where it's all made to work for you! And Chamonix is the closest resort; others are well past 8km!
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Mon 9-01-17 14:18
Replies: 24
A chum is trying to persuade me that we should go to Les Houches. Four of us; three confident skiers happy with anything a piste will throw at them, one who doesn't always enjoy reds. From a look at the piste map it looks a bit limited to me. (Or an 8k journey into Chamonix.) Am I missing something?
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Mon 9-01-17 12:26
Replies: 21
Wear a thicker hat or warmer gloves.
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Fri 6-01-17 9:56
Replies: 10
Is accommodation really that scarce in Val D'Isere that week?
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Wed 4-01-17 11:05
Replies: 40
French toll roads are the quietest and therefore an easier drive. Germany Autobahns can have some crazy drivers on them where the speed is unrestricted and can thus be quite stressful. Beware pulling into the overtaking lane as that black dot half a mile away could be travelling 120mph faster than you so will be on you in 15 seconds. http://www.autobahn-speedhunter.com/ I'd probably choose the Lux route. Cheap petrol too.
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Tue 3-01-17 18:32
Replies: 2822
On the GFS outputs, what rate of snowfall does '5' equate to? Obviously it's the area under the graph that counts for total depth. Thanks.
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Tue 3-01-17 16:23
Replies: 331
I am sure the other person involved is mortified by this incident... :( Errr... I think the mortified one is the dead one.
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Tue 3-01-17 15:23
Replies: 31
@Maireadoconnor, next year go on a beach holiday with this couple.
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Tue 3-01-17 10:27
Replies: 42
If you want to go to France then go to Tignes. It's high up, there's loads of snow. Otherwise, go to Austria: This is the last seven days' of snow: http://www.snow-forecast.com/maps/dynamic/alps?over=none&symbols=snow&type=snow.last7days And this is the next three days': http://www.snow-forecast.com/maps/dynamic/alps?over=none&symbols=snow&type=snow.next3days
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Thu 29-12-16 14:17
Replies: 2822
In the past, Alpine snow at most altitudes in Oct to Dec would stick around. Now, it usually melts. What rot! You're suggesting maybe a 10 degree rise in temperatures. Since when? 10,000 years ago and the last Ice Age?
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Thu 29-12-16 11:54
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Can anybody shed any light on where the snow for the western alps on 3/1-5/1 has gone? Yes. It was a forecast, and so it was never there in the first place. It hasn't gone anywhere.
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Fri 16-12-16 10:39
Replies: 13
& if it's not too snowy - as it isn't - the grandparents might enjoy it too so you can take them...
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Mon 12-12-16 10:40
Replies: 15
They were newer, in better condition. We booked All Mountain skis, I'd question whether his were actually All Mountain i.e. mine were longer and wider. How does having newer skis improve your skiing? (On the basis that ski shop skis won't be older than two seasons; for the avoidance of doubt I'm not comparing 2015 skis with 1995 skis.) How does having skis that are in better condition help your skiing? (Assuming that the skis are not broken and still function as skis; the edges are sharp and the bases are waxed as they always are from hire shops.) All mountain covers the whole range between the two extremes that are not all mountain: "suitable only for slalom" and "nearly as big as a snowboard". So yours were more off- than on- piste and his were more on- than off- piste. Don't like your skis? Then take them back and swap them. Not everybody likes every pair of skis and ski shops realise this which is why often they barely have two pairs of skis the same.
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 9-12-16 12:50
Replies: 15
What do you mean by 'better'?
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Fri 9-12-16 12:47
Replies: 41
I thought salt was used as a thickening agent in washing up liquid rather than because it added anything to the effectiveness of a detergent?
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Thu 8-12-16 15:57
Replies: 15
It's your sixth week skiing. You're not going to notice *that* much difference, if any for your extra €100. There's no guarantee that more expensive means 'better' - whatever 'better' means anyway when it comes to skis.
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Mon 5-12-16 16:34
Replies: 132
I bought my boots because they fit. Without looking I can't remember the brand. They are no doubt a 'good' brand because that's what shops sell. They're black and white, if it helps you to know. I bought my jacket because it was cheap in a sale as the shop was no longer stocking the brand. It was expensive at full price, and not anything like so expensive at the price at which I bought it. Without looking I can't remember the brand, but it is red. I'd never heard of the brand before, but a poke around the 'net suggested it was 'good'. Trousers, came from TK Maxx. They were a brand I recognised as being regarded as a 'good' brand, but I'm blowed if I can remember it. They're black, if it helps.
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Wed 30-11-16 16:45
Replies: 36
https://www.we-make-it-happen.ch/index.html The 3-year pass states "guaranteed validity for three years." The 15-year pass has nothing similar... The resort could go bankrupt in which case the passes would no longer be valid, guarantee or not.
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Wed 23-11-16 13:41
Replies: 52
@James the Last, i don't think AirBnB charge anything like 15% ... They charge the owner 3%. And they charge the renter "Between 6 and 12%". Always looks like 12% to me. So that's 15% the owner is giving away.
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Tue 22-11-16 11:54
Replies: 52
And when you book via them, they're skimming 10% off the top. That's an issue for the guests. A bigger issue for guests - nine times bigger, in fact - is the other 90% that the accommodation provider is skimming off the bottom... 10% is actually tremendously good value. No guest imagines that the TO isn't making money (or at least, no guest with any sense!) Airbnb charge about 15%, for instance, and a real estate agent would charge far more. The problem here is that you - as a small business - appear to have made the mistake that small businesses so often make, which is to underestimate the costs of running a business and therefore to overestimate the potential profits available. In fact you're very lucky in that the internet allows you to make sales without any third party intermediary. How come Tescos make less than 5% profit on their sales? Because once you have taken into account the costs of running their stores, advertising, head office etc. etc. there's no such thing as an easy way to make money.
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Tue 22-11-16 11:52
Replies: 76
In St Anton. It snowed 4 metres the week we were there, so it was a bit like Armageddon. Anyway, at the end of a day's skiing in near-white-out conditions we jump on the bus from the Nassereinbahn back home towards St Anton. Being New Year it was getting dark. Oh dear, we're on the bus heading away from town in the wrong direction, towards St Jakob; no worry the bus just goes round in circles and the last bus of the day is some time off. It's nice and warm, and dry, and comfortable on the bus. So the bus reaches St Jakob and, ignoring the queue of people (both of them) at the bus stop waiting to go back into town, terminates his service. He kicks us off. Fortunately the people at the bus stop are Austrian so are able to explain to us in English that the bus driver isn't taking any more passengers because of the snow. The four of us trudge off back towards town. This is 2 or 3 km. In ski boots, with skis, in a blizzard. These things are sent to try us. After a while, the road is closed. There are police keeping it closed; they will allow cars through as it's just been ploughed, and cars won't be in the danger area for long, but not people as there is a high avalanche risk. So now what? Well, we take our lives in our hands and carry on walking; still with our new Austrian friends. Go quickly, says the policeman helpfully. To add insult to injury, the bus which turfed us out sails past us heading back - empty - to St Anton. Very scary. Eventually we found a cab.
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Wed 16-11-16 10:51
Replies: 25
'Insurance' is often nothing of the sort. Particularly if you book online, you will pay (guessing, roughly) 15% of the hire charge as insurance. Unfortunately this is capped at €400 (?) euros, so if you book the platinum you will be paying 15% of the higher hire charge, but not getting the extra insurance. An outrageous scam. Then... they often have the 'replacement' charges up on the wall in a shop. Fine, that would buy you a brand new pair of skis. But when the skis you are replacing are at the end of their life, they have no right to demand that level of charge. The whole thing is a potential scam, so be careful with your skis. That said, provided the skis come back they never seem to care much. There are all sorts of stories about ski shops stealing back their own skis, but I don't believe them.
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Tue 15-11-16 11:20
Replies: 69
I've done it three times about 10-11am (the time you'd do it if you were heading from Tignes to the Val glacier). On all occasions it has been quite a nice run, though I think we had to walk out at the bottom the first time as the snow ran out. (Finding a €20 note at the top made it the best run of the week!) On no occasion have I skied it with anything other than a low intermediate. I understand it shuts in the afternoons as it is an avalanche chute when the snow above warms up.
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Fri 11-11-16 9:29
Replies: 15
My question is - to ensure we were 100% covered if we did venture off piste can I purchase basic ski cover (to include off piste) purely for the weeks we are away skiing? And approx how much would this cost?? May I respectfully suggest you try calling Tescos rather than asking a bunch of internet weirdos :sH: to guess?
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Fri 4-11-16 12:24
Replies: 9
I would suggest Glenshee too BUT be very wary of skinning up the piste. The owner (and some of the staff) can get very arsey about folks using 'their' facilities for free. Is it not right to roam?
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