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Poster: A snowHead
Tue 16-01-18 13:49
Replies: 289
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
Replies: 308
@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
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Wed 27-12-17 15:03
Replies: 289
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
Replies: 45
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
Replies: 27
Absolutely outstanding in Gstaad. Skied off piste all day yesterday in waist deep powder.
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Thu 14-12-17 23:50
Replies: 45
They're in the ski bag 👍
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Thu 14-12-17 22:27
Replies: 45
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
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. Can I take my shovel and probe on as hand luggage too?
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Wed 13-12-17 12:39
Replies: 308
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
Replies: 1549
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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Sat 9-12-17 21:10
Replies: 17
Good evening all - I'm still looking for a pair of skis around 110 mm in length. Does anyone have anything ?
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 7-12-17 14:27
Replies: 289
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
Replies: 45
Meteoexploration is forecasting 2 meters of snow for La Clusaz in the next 8 days........
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Mon 4-12-17 10:21
Replies: 30
@johnE, bus every 4 or more hours? Hardly a swift transfer. It's a 45 minute drive from Cluses to Flaine too........
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Thu 30-11-17 16:49
Replies: 234
How many 20s-40s are going to have the funds to take up or reengage in skiing? The ones who have their parents accumulated property wealth bequeathed to them ? 7.4 million property owners back in 2014 were mortgage free. 6.9 million had a mortgage :- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/mortgages/11435636/Home-owners-outnumber-mortgage-borrowers-for-first-time.html The silent majority.
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Thu 30-11-17 16:03
Replies: 234
@jedster If prices better reflected the needs of current society, more people could ski. I think that you need to look up the difference between "needs" and "wants". Very few people need to go skiing. A lot of people want to go skiing. No-one has a divine right to go on a ski holiday. If everything is too expensive then there will be two scenarios :- 1. Lots of companies will go bust. 2. Prices will come down. It's the simple economics of supply and demand. If companies can get people to buy a product at a certain price point, they will - it's pretty basic business acumen. If you can't pay that price then I'm sorry. I do feel for the Millennials a little given the current housing market, but can I let you into a secret ? Life was pretty hard for me too when I was your age and saving up for a deposit for my first flat. Two jobs and not earning a lot of money. I had to go without, scrimp and scrape to save. It's life - get over it.[/u]
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Thu 30-11-17 12:39
Replies: 24
It was as clear as muck during booking but we have now been told that there is no more space for ski carriage on this flight. We are flying Edinburgh to Verona (for the Dolomites) on the 30th December with Crystal and were told at booking that there was restricted space for skis on the flight and that the weight allowance per ski bag was a paltry 15 kg. I assume that they're using the same aircraft. It's pretty clear on their website :- BA Cityflyer Charters (BA) For the following flights: Edinburgh to Toulouse Edinburgh to Chambery Edinburgh to Salzburg Edinburgh to Verona Baggage allowance Your checked luggage allowance is one bag at 20kg. Your hand luggage allowance is 5kg per person with maximum dimensions of 56×45×25cm. Ski carriage Your ski carriage allowance is one bag at 15kg. Your boots must be carried as part of your hold luggage allowance. Carriage costs £40 return and can be booked by calling us on 020 8610 3123. Space is limited so we recommend adding this to your booking as soon as possible.
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Thu 30-11-17 10:20
Replies: 234
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42110566
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Thu 23-11-17 12:40
Replies: 32
I have used them in the past without problem.
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Tue 21-11-17 14:57
Replies: 15
I have come across a timed dual slalom in Fiss and a Speed Experiance Zone in Les Carroz d'Araches. I thought that they were quite good fun.
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Wed 1-11-17 10:51
Replies: 17
@JoyZipper, I will be. I normally get there for around 7:00pm. Perfect. How will I recognise you ? Flower in the lapel ? Paper under the arm ?
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Tue 31-10-17 14:38
Replies: 13
I had a weekend there on my own last January and ended up skiing on the Sunday with a British man that I met on a lift who was being a ski bum for a season in Cham. It was great as he knew the terrain very well and took me to lots of secret places that I would never have found. I took a lesson and did an day guided off-piste with ESF and they were pretty good (the full day off piste was very good value I thought @ around 90 Euro). The ESF office is at the bottom of the Prarion lift. If you want to ski the rest of the Mont Blanc area I would advise hiring a car as they are pretty spread out.
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Tue 31-10-17 13:23
Replies: 17
@JoyZipper, if you want a pair for trashing at the Plastic Mountain I have a pair of Salomon X Race Sl @ 138cm you can have FoC. They were my sons training skis that were hammered at Hillend. There is a slight delamination on the tail of one and the bases are a bit scored but there are no big chunks out of them. Thanks very much for your kind offer, I would like to take you up on it. Are you at Hillend on Thursday evening ?
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Sun 29-10-17 21:16
Replies: 70
Carv had a very good write up in the Sunday Times today.
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Thu 26-10-17 9:10
Replies: 933
Canned our trip now. Found a room at Moutainsun on Booking.com so rang them. They tell me that due to volume of skiers and closure over weekend it's limited to 4 hour passes (10 - 2 or 12 - 4) at 26€. Something like 200€ in total for 2 of us for 4 hours skiing is just too much 😯 Almost as expensive as the Snow Factor in Glasgow. Family of four skiing for two hours last Sunday morning - two adults and two children. A bargain at £ 126........
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 25-10-17 8:54
Replies: 33
We were in Tignes/Val d'Isere from 8th - 15th April this year. You will not have any problems finding decent snow. There are plenty of options for off-piste/touring :- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UG7-8jIDEMY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgBAWyHpyxs I would book a guide as our one took us to places/routes that we would never have found without him. We did some four star routes (as per the ESF guidebook) and they were pretty full on - the five star routes would have serious gnar points.
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Tue 24-10-17 10:11
Replies: 3864
This was two seasons ago, was one of the best days of the season for me... http://i1367.photobucket.com/albums/r788/basestation/Nevis%20Range/Screen%20Shot%202016-02-26%20at%2018.34.40_zpsdapo8hqr.pnghttp://i1367.photobucket.com/albums/r788/basestation/Nevis%20Range/Screen%20Shot%202016-02-26%20at%2018.15.43_zpslwwryty7.png The back corries @ Nevis ?
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Mon 23-10-17 8:57
Replies: 17
Hello all ! I am looking for a couple of pairs of junior skis for my ever growing children this season. 130 cm and 105/110 cm. Let me know if you have anything which may be suitable.
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Fri 20-10-17 22:51
Replies: 64
The best way to get ski fit is to ski. That is the top and bottom of your problem.
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Fri 20-10-17 22:50
Replies: 64
The best way to get ski fit is to ski.
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Fri 13-10-17 8:32
Replies: 31
I'd go EK but Tignes rather than Val at Chrimbo. Higher accommodation and better access to high slopes, ie quicker to the snow. Val D closer to the Pissalais glacier above La Fornet. 1. To the Pissalais Glacier from Val D'Isere Centre: Bus to Le Fornet, then rides on a cable car, a very long gondola and two chairs. 2. To the Grande Motte Glacier from our digs in Tignes Val Claret: 5 min walk then 7 minute funicular ride. Hmmmm....;-) But the funicular only takes you to the bottom of the glacier. There's a cable car trip (which isn't quick) to add to this too.........
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Thu 5-10-17 15:37
Replies: 59
@WASHOUT, yep, I stuck one of the mounts onto a ski and thought I'd done a reasonable job of it. However, it took less than a morning on icy Italian pistes to lose the mount. Thankfully I hadn't clipped the camera in at that point as wanted to see how the mount stood up. I wouldn't recommend using the standard 3M sticky pads......... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1a_2FJwr2nQ Wait until the end of the clip. It took me half an hour to find the camera once it came off. Luckily it didn't leave the piste as it was early season and it would have been lost in the green/brown forest. The camera was, however stolen a few weeks later on a trip to Chamonix.......
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Mon 2-10-17 19:58
Replies: 76
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Thu 28-09-17 13:49
Replies: 26
Timed parallel slalom on Mont-Chéry for this winter advertised by Les Gets on this link, may be of interest. http://en.lesgets.com/organize-book/news/novelties-on-the-skiing-area-in-les-gets-on-winter-2017-2018.html Thanks Tim - that sounds perfect.
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Thu 28-09-17 9:33
Replies: 33
Val D'isere is in no way guaranteed snow in April at only 1800m Tignes yes or even better Val Thorens. An interesting statement given that they are essentially using the same mountain. Val D'Isere is down in the valley and Tignes is up on the hill. You can ski effortlessley across the whole domain from either.
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Thu 28-09-17 7:52
Replies: 99
this implies that as well as a refund, a free flight voucher will be issued. no mention of that anywhere else, do we think that its a typo? The BBC were stating this morning that under EU law they have to pay for an alternative flight too.
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Wed 27-09-17 8:42
Replies: 26
Avoriaz has a free timed dual next to the half-pipe, although it's not always set, or the timing's not working etc. If it's free it's hit'n'miss whether anyone can be bothered to look after it. Thanks Shep.
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