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Poster: A snowHead
Fri 6-04-18 10:32
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@nozawaonsen Leaving for La Rosiere on Sunday for a week and the weather seems to be warming. Hopefully not too warm for freezing at night so that we can have a nice freeze/thaw cycle and some good spring corn off piste. What are your thoughts ? Thanks in advance.
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Wed 4-04-18 14:55
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When people talk about buying them lunch, is that because the lesson is all day and so you are naturally stopping for lunch? Or is it just expected you shout them lunch after a morning lesson as a 'tip' All day private lesson for me.
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Wed 4-04-18 10:10
Replies: 70
I don't tip. I will happily buy an Apres drink or lunch for the instructor (private lessons).
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Sat 31-03-18 12:23
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Van loading today and roll up to Glencoe tonight for tomorrow, will stay there tomorrow night as well and then Nevis range Monday weather permitting. Tipping down hail in Edinburgh. It has just started snowing in Edinburgh 😳
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Thu 29-03-18 7:12
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La Clusaz. Lots of north facing slopes and a lovely village.
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Mon 26-03-18 19:31
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Problem is skiers are actually quite a conservative population This. I know loads of professional people who ski (doctors/dentists/lawyers/architects etc). Most are pretty conservative and wouldn't be seen dead on an outlandish pair of skis. Or on a board for that matter.......
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Sat 24-03-18 15:17
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"If you think Serre isn't a big ski area then I wouldn't imagine Sauze would do much for you either" - but you have the whole of Sestriere & Montgenevre as well as Sauze ............ As has been mentioned, chalets in Italy are few & far between, tho' we did stay at one in Arabba a couple of years ago, but Inghams have now removed from their brochure :~/ Would happily go back to the Dolomites if we could find somewhere to stay that suited, would happily use a hotel rather than chalet if everything else fits .............. La Rosiere, 2 of our group stayed at a couple of years back, they were disappointed in the ski area, said it was much better over at La Thuile, as was the weather, but I know the links quite often close due to winds- we're just a bunch of whingy old gits really aren't we?!! :twisted: Don't think the Miami beach snow is what I'm looking for! :shock: We stayed in a catered chalet in Canazei ((Val Di Fassa) over New Year this year with Crystal. Maybe worth a look.
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Thu 22-03-18 12:23
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Is there another retour d'est brewing next week ? We are heading out to La Rosiere on the 8th so it would be nice for some fresh.
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Thu 22-03-18 12:08
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I am out on Sunday for a few days. Have booked up with Evo for morning off piste sessions. Am I to miss out on the powder again? Hopefully the off-piste is skiable though as I like an adventure. I was in Tignes on the 8th-15th April last year and did a week off-piste with ESF. There was plenty to keep us entertained then (in a poor snow year). Given that they're reporting 235 cm at resort level you won't have a problem.
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Thu 15-03-18 10:34
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Scotland is pretty much 100% open today, so there should be plenty open in 1-2 weeks. Book it. Scotland is pretty much closed today. Lots of snow but very high winds.
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Tue 27-02-18 11:55
Replies: 44
Can't say I was overly impressed with the chap in the bobble hat who presented the after-midnight coverage. Where did they get him from? The Blue Peter auditions? Not very impressive and struggling even to read the autocue. Edit - just googled him, apparently he was on Blue Peter! Agree - he was terrible. Completely out of his depth. If I were a cynic I would have said that he was there because of the BBC's blatant positive discrimination policy.........
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Tue 27-02-18 11:48
Replies: 62
@WaitForMe!, he is 7. I just want him to enjoy exploring the mountains safely. IMHO too many local kids oriented towards skiing gates all weekend... Outstanding !
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Fri 16-02-18 11:14
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The West, Glencoe and Nevis Range have received over a 1 metre of fresh snow since the weekend, and there is more to come over the next few days, Eastern resorts have also got a good dump. Scotland is having a stellar season so far. Stellar? :shock: Not stellar imo until we get some high pressure/blue sky days. So far this season nothing at Christmas/early Jan but plenty snow since but with constant very poor weather and many lift closure days for wind. Live up here and keen to get up there (Glencoe) and following weather reports to pick days and it's not been good. Half term holidays in Argyll this week and until today it's been plain awful, Glencoe webcams still look poor presently and website saying problems with wind again, supposed to improve for tomorrow hopefully. Need high pressure soon. :D I agree with this. It's a pity that this should have been the busiest week of the year for the ski resorts (half term) but very little has been available due to the weather.
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Tue 13-02-18 21:03
Replies: 11
As above, it was mentioned in the commentary today that it may well be replaced with a city based dual slalom.
Poster: A snowHead
Mon 12-02-18 10:23
Replies: 11
We are thinking about a week in St. Moritz in April (7th-14th) and would be flying into Milan and driving to resort. Looking at Google maps the only troublesome point seems to be the Maloja Pass - is this open all winter ? Also, any recommendations for ski school in St Moritz would be appreciated. We are probably going to be staying near Corvatch due to the north facing slopes.
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Fri 9-02-18 14:02
Replies: 4
The thing about skiing the Flypaper is that it's pretty convex so it's like skiing over a huge roller. You have a sensation of skiing off the edge of the world. Don't fall or you will end up at the bottom.
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Thu 8-02-18 14:27
Replies: 19
I saw an ex-rental pair of 2017 Blizzard Cochise 185/108 with Marker Griffons for sale in La Clusaz last weekend for 230 Euro. I was very tempted but would have had excess baggage to contend with........
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Tue 30-01-18 22:24
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Just back from a fantastic L/W in LGB. Stayed in the Hotel Vermont which was lovely. Snow was perfect, weather ditto and the food, ambiance and friendliness was a real eye-opener for anyone used to the French mega-resorts. Had a day in La Clusaz but we weren't so keen on that I skied both for the first time at the weekend too. I loved them both, probably La Clusaz more because of the bigger area. Very French, very lovely.
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Fri 26-01-18 9:10
Replies: 624
The Marmolada would be worth it on a clear day, make sure you climb up to the viewing area at the top of the station for 360 views. From Alba it would be a similar or slightly longer distance covered to the Sella Ronda. Don't bother if there's cloud, it's awful with no vis. Don't ski back down the flats to the base station, catch the Padon chair back to Arabba. You would know if you had time on the way back to take a look Sass Pordoi too. I'll second this - I skied over from Alba and was racing against the weather closing in. Unfortunately didn't quite make it by the time that I reached the Marmolada cable car. It was utter carnage on the glacier - no fun at all. The trouble is that the cable car is the only way up so 80-100 people are getting off at the same time, there's only one piste down and off piste isn't a good choice on a glacier. It was very flat light, a bit bumpy and bodies were strewn everywhere ! There were quite a few 1 or 2 week skiers who shouldn't really have been there. There were a couple waiting to be coffin'd off the mountain. On a clear day I'm sure it would be a lot better ! The long red/blue run down from Rifugio Padon is very nice indeed.
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Fri 26-01-18 8:53
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Thanks again so much to all for this great info :sH: @JoyZipper, nice skiing from the young'un :D Mine is 13 now! This takes me back :lol: Thank you. :blush:
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Thu 25-01-18 14:31
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How long does it take to do the circuit. I see a earlier post says it's possible to get round in a day if you are reasonably comportment on reds. However at a drinks party the other day I was speaking to a late middle aged woman who claimed it was something you could do in 2-3 hours. Is she a super good skier or full of it. I should also mention that if you're not too keen on black runs best to avoid the "alternitivo" route in the orange (clockwise) direction in Val Gardena as it includes two or three of them.
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Thu 25-01-18 14:21
Replies: 624
@JoyZipper, Looks great, and what a competent little skier your five year old is. Out there myself in 4 weeks....Cant wait. Thanks for that - the many hours spent up on the dry slope at Hillend are now paying dividends !
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Thu 25-01-18 10:09
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Nice....anyway they are at LGB down the road. Massive base, pistes were a bit bullet proof 2 days ago after the rain but softened up nicely yesterday after two days of sun. Off piste anywhere below 2000m is "interesting" massive heavy rain affected crust....but maybe a light dusting tomorrow. Thanks for the info., planning to work on my sons carving so won't be venturing off piste. Bullet proof pistes may be a good thing for that....
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Thu 25-01-18 10:07
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How long does it take to do the circuit. I see a earlier post says it's possible to get round in a day if you are reasonably comportment on reds. However at a drinks party the other day I was speaking to a late middle aged woman who claimed it was something you could do in 2-3 hours. Is she a super good skier or full of it. I did the orange route twice recently. About 2.5-3 hours on my own and all day with the family (wife & boys 5 & 8 ). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Kqp9r0Xwt8
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Wed 24-01-18 14:45
Replies: 86
Hello all. What are conditions like in La Clusaz at present ? I am heading out for a quick weekend skiing on Friday :D
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Tue 16-01-18 13:49
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So, booked for Selva in just over 3 weeks. Got a few more days to decide whether to cancel and book elsewhere or stick with Selva. What are the snow conditions like? Is it hard packed on the pistes? Or soft under foot? Any off-piste and side-piste fresh to smash? Is this a wind up ? What are the snow conditions like - excellent. Is it hard packed on the piste - er, yes, the pistes are compacted by the piste bashers. Any off-piste to "smash". Yes, but it may be tracked out in three weeks if there isn't any fresh snowfall. Having said that it's probably best that you book elsewhere. :roll: :roll: :roll:
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Fri 29-12-17 16:42
Replies: 26
@timmythedog, you really can’t go wrong with the ski school We had no problems with the ski school either. My two boys loved the GS that they raced at the end of the week too. There was a photographer there and you could buy some professional pictures (MUCH better than mine!) at the ski hire/lockers at the bottom of the gondola in Serfaus. I think that it was only 6 Euro per picture last New Year. It's a lovely part of the world.
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Thu 28-12-17 17:37
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@JoyZipper I'd second @snoozeboy in suggesting you hop on a train at Geneva Airport and take a Brig-bound train to Martigny, change for Le Chable, then bus or télécabine up to Verbier. You're arriving nice and early so there should be plenty of trains to choose from. And if the trains are delayed, then the roads will be much worse. See www.sbb.ch and perhaps the Verbier Tourist Office or myswitzerland.com Thanks for this but I was there on the 15th-17th Dec. Ended up taking a train from Geneva Airport to Schonried (Gstaad) and had a wonderful weekend skiing waist deep powder. Hired a fabulous guide on the Saturday and he took me all over the mountain. Schonried is a lovely village. I would go back in a flash. I managed to miss the worst of the storm which was coming in from the southwest. Off to the Dolomites on Saturday for a week to do it all again :D :D :-D :D
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 27-12-17 15:03
Replies: 624
What is the off piste like at present? Heading out to Canazei on Saturday for a week and unsure whether to take my all mountain or GS skis.........
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Tue 19-12-17 10:39
Replies: 27
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Sun 17-12-17 7:22
Replies: 45
Packing for a red eye flight to Geneva tomorrow. I have an email from Easyjet stating that I can take my Scott Alpride airbag on as hand luggage. Just because you have an e-mail from EasyJet there's no guarantee that the airport security staff at the xray machines will accept it, ultimately it's their decision not EasyJet's. Personally I wouldn't risk it even with the email but would be interested to hear how you get on Security picked up on it (gas canisters and an electronic device - a Gopro). After showing them the email and the person checking with his manager everything was fine.
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Sun 17-12-17 7:19
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They're in the ski bag 👍 Which you're taking as hand luggage. I can't work out whether you're just trolling, or being deliberately dim. I'm not sure my ski bag would fit in the overhead locker - my skis are 180cm long.
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Sun 17-12-17 7:17
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Absolutely outstanding in Gstaad. Skied off piste all day yesterday in waist deep powder.
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Thu 14-12-17 23:50
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They're in the ski bag 👍
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Thu 14-12-17 22:27
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Can I take my shovel and probe on as hand luggage too?What do you think airport security will say when they see those items as your hand luggage is x-rayed I don't know - that's why I asked.
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Thu 14-12-17 22:03
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Packing for a red eye flight to Geneva tomorrow. I have an email from Easyjet stating that I can take my Scott Alpride airbag on as hand luggage. Can I take my shovel and probe on as hand luggage too?
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Wed 13-12-17 12:39
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I am flying into Geneva at 9.40am on Friday and was planning to hire a car and head down to Lez Carroz/La Clusaz/Cham/Megeve but am having severe doubts given that there is forecast a lot of snow and high winds in the western Alps over the next three days. Thoughts on travel disruption ? One other option would be to get the train from Geneva Airport and head to Chateau d'Oex/Rougemont/Gstaad. Would this be a better idea given the weather forecast ?
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Sun 10-12-17 16:12
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ECM (yr.no) says freezing level should about 1300 meters and 22mm of rain in Chamonix right now, but webcams clearly show inches of lovely snow. I thought freezing level and snow line was about the same? Is the forecast just wrong or am i missing in some basic weather knowledge? Could one hope for snow down to village level in Cham tomorrow as well? :) It varies, but snow line is usually 3-400 meters below freezing level.
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Thu 7-12-17 14:27
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Dolomiti Superski currently 354 lifts are open and more than 840 km of slopes are ready to be enjoyed.
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Thu 7-12-17 2:47
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Meteoexploration is forecasting 2 meters of snow for La Clusaz in the next 8 days........
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