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Poster: A snowHead
Fri 24-02-17 15:13
Replies: 265
On the one hand if they’ve done a good job and been helpful and friendly a part of me thinks that they deserve a little extra, and I’m normally happy to give say a 20 euro tip if I’ve 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: 90
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 11 000–12 200 m (36 000–40 000 feet), air pressure in the cabin is equivalent to the outside air pressure at 1800–2400 m (6000–8000 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.
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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.
You know it makes sense.
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: 402
Poster: A snowHead
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: 75
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...
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
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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Mon 13-02-17 14:03
Replies: 387
https://www.tignesnet.com/webcams/le-lac-centre between the 10.30 and 10.40 webcam shots. @Rob_Quads, It's outside the resort area though. Just because you can see a dozen bars doesn't mean that the skiing is safe... It's well off piste.
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Mon 13-02-17 13:50
Replies: 188
@foxtrotzulu, corduroy is the furthest thing there is from untracked powder. So surely practising on anything else must be an improvement when it comes to preparing for venturing off the piste?
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Mon 13-02-17 12:28
Replies: 159
So you interrogate everyone you ski off piste with? I interrogate everybody I go to a beach with as to whether or not they can swim and how well. Or if I rent a villa with a pool! It's all about your attitude to risk, isn't it, and you'd rather hope for the best than risk offending your ski partners. That's entirely your choice.
You know it makes sense.
Mon 13-02-17 12:13
Replies: 188
@clarky999, 3 valleys (I've been told) do a rotation green / blue nightly red / black every 3 nights. There is plenty of off piste blue stuff about but the people who track it are a very small % of the overall contingent. The majority are boarders, I guess it's easier to board off piste than to ski?? Just for the record, I am not dissing boarders/skiers and I think I've avoided sweeping statements by using 'tend to' and 'more likely'. I'm certainly not trying to offend anybody. I think it's more a lifestyle choice. Skiers who have reached a reasonable level have tend to have had a fair number of lessons and been warned by their instructors about the dangers of off piste. Boarders tend not to have had any/more than a couple of lessons, and just do what they do on a skate board/surf board or just follow their mates. So boarders are significantly less likely than skiers to have been educated to be afraid of the off piste. And if they have, boarders are more likely to belong to the 'surfer dude' school of casual so have a higher inclination to accept risk than skiers. I remember being in St Anton a week where we had metres of snow (literally). The boarders in the chalet were raving about the off piste. I asked them about avalanche training and equipment and they looked blank. Meanwhile I had an on-piste skiing lesson with an instructor who insisted on wearing his airbag ON piste. I'm not convinced that an unbashed piste with a few days of chopped up crud and moguls is really much training for off-piste/backcountry skiing Would you want to take somebody to the backcountry who wasn't able to ski that stuff :~/ Surely it's perfect training? You've got to start somewhere, and where else would you suggest? I remember an instructor saying to me, when I was with a beginner girlfriend, that I should never ski on the blue runs with her, but ski in the rubbish on the edges. Great tip for getting you used to tacking unpredictable snow.
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Fri 10-02-17 17:33
Replies: 54
And that your jacket goes OUTSIDE the gloves - Otherwise all that rain runs of you jacket, down your arms, INTO your gloves. Miserable :evil: Really?? Maybe if you're hill walking, but if you're skiing then: 1. If using poles your lower arms are at the lowest horizontal when pole planting; if not planted then they're inclined upwards. 2. On a button lift your lower arms are inclined upwards. 3. On a chair lift your lower arms are inclined upwards. So, Disagree strongly!
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 10-02-17 15:30
Replies: 159
Lol ! How to win friends and influence people. I'm not trying to. I'd be trying to make sure that, in a dangerous place, I would trust the people whom I am with not to get me into trouble and to get me out of trouble. If they are of such feeble self-confidence that asking them if they know how to shovel snow properly would pee them off then I wouldn't be skiing with them. It's all a matter of one's attitude to risk. I consider death a riskier problem than the risk of irritating somebody. Not everybody has the same attitude to risk.
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Fri 10-02-17 15:23
Replies: 188
I think that's fair enough, but the number of people we are talking about is pretty small and I would have thought that the unpisted runs and itineraires that already exist would have been plenty. There are no unpisted blues and reds. There will not be a *single* icy on-piste blue mogul in a ski resort. Think of places like under the Tommeuse lift in Tignes, off piste and popular - there are always people on it. Effectively an unpisted blue/red, but it's off piste. It's a big step up from a red to a black to an unpisted black.
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Fri 10-02-17 14:56
Replies: 19
Personally I wouldn't risk it; I have seen a car broken into in the fenced compound of a budget hotel. Dijon is 5 hours from Calais; Tignes (for example) is only 9. Are you sure you can't do the whole thing in one shot? Overnight ferry to Le Havre might make the start easier? Brittany Ferries. Or stay in a Campanile/other motel where it's easy to unload the car into the room. Le Val Moret looks delicious. Trotters and andouillettes are some of my favourite things. Veal sweetbreads too.
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Fri 10-02-17 14:42
Replies: 54
Skiing in rain is absolutely fab. The slopes are not busy. Love it. Make sure your gloves are waterproof though...
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Fri 10-02-17 14:37
Replies: 40
sunweb.co.uk Self-catering accommodation with ski passes included. Often the total bill including the accommodation is less than the ski passes would be if bought from the lift company.
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Fri 10-02-17 14:26
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Fly to Salzburg from London. Cheap, easy and regular flights. And 45 minutes from the slopes. (Or Innsbruck. But fewer flights.)
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Fri 10-02-17 14:22
Replies: 159
could potentially pee them off. So what. Do you care if they're peed off? They're the ones who will be digging you out. If asking them that question irritates them, then do you really trust them to dig you out? I wouldn't. Find some new ski buddies. Nobody should be embarrassed to ask about safety.
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Thu 9-02-17 14:48
Replies: 17
Back from a snowy 5-day weekend in the Grand Massif, staying in Morillon (which is a bit cut off from much of the GM). Came to the conclusion that if you can't see the scenery then you don't need miles of piste as there's no point in exploring different bits of the cloud. We got to Flaine on the nice day, but otherwise probably spent the rest of the time on maybe 10 different pistes. When its snowing they're not the same two runs on the trot.
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Thu 9-02-17 14:45
Replies: 15
When it comes to saving money look at the one-day pass options. I nearly went there last week, and IIRC a Saturday pass for Avoriaz only is about €20. I'd vaguely planned Thurs/Friday 2-day Morzine-Les Gets, Saturday 1-day Avoriaz and Sunday/Monday 2-day PdS.
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Thu 9-02-17 12:17
Replies: 402
On the Buyclub front, I plan on loading 4 days worth onto one ski pass before I travel. Anyone foresee any problems with that? That it is limited to two days per person in the Ts & Cs?
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Wed 8-02-17 16:57
Replies: 89
@Dave of the Marmottes - no need to be tetchy. My comment wasn't aimed at anybody. Guilty conscience?
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Wed 8-02-17 15:32
Replies: 89
Ever noticed how some drivers are 'unlucky' and keep on being rear-ended by other cars? Or how their cars are endlessly being hit by other cars when they've parked? Self preservation is the way forward.
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