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Poster: A snowHead
Tue 23-05-17 11:33
Replies: 27
I have travelled with a ski bag booked under "other sports equipment" (I think) which is a little more expensive but allows you 32kg. I have never had a problem with this and have a Dakine Concourse douyble ski bag - it's huge.
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Sun 16-04-17 20:38
Replies: 7
Try sending the tourist office an email with your requirements. We did this last year and had a good number of hotels replied very quickly.
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Sun 2-04-17 8:37
Replies: 1084
Looking at the webcams Le Lac has had a blanket of white overnight, Les Brev not so much.
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Sat 1-04-17 9:19
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Thu 30-03-17 16:17
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I am heading out to Tignes on the 8th April and not too sure what skis to take. As the family will be in lessons (until 1.00 pm) I was thinking about a pair of all mountain skis and doing a week of mornings off-piste with ESF, but I also fancy taking my hard charging piste skis (which I love) and scooting around on piste until they soften up at lunchtime. Thoughts @chocksaway ? Will there be any decent off piste left if we don't have another dump by then ?
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Thu 23-03-17 13:53
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As per the title really. I have the chance of a sneaky day off tomorrow, which has the best snow? Nevis or Glencoe?
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Tue 21-03-17 13:34
Replies: 7
@JoyZipper, we must have at least 15 versions of the same video form the past few years. Good times :) Good times indeed. :D We had an apartment at the Hotel Philipp Garni and it was excellent. It's about a five minute walk from the gondola station and has a boot/ski room but we opted to pay for the ski/boot storage at the bottom of the gondola as it was so handy.
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Tue 21-03-17 13:14
Replies: 31
Important is obviously relative to your goals, if you want to go fast in a GS course, carving is very important, if you want to ski moguls, less so. Carving isn't too useful if you're skiing powder either........
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Tue 21-03-17 13:09
Replies: 17
I do like the Maurienne Valley because of the French feel but have never skied from Orelle over les 3 vallees. Good to hear that a trip over to Courchevel and back is easily achievable in a day.
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Tue 21-03-17 13:01
Replies: 7
Serfaus is a very family orientated resort at the main nursery area is at the top of the Alpkopfbahn gondola (don't get off at the half way sttation !). I agree that the home run from Alpkopfbahn is an easy ride back to the village apart from the final 2-300 meters as this is steeper and was pretty chopped up at the end of the day when we were there at New Year. Blue 131 was very icy at New Year so wasn't much fun at all for the children. I would have no problem taking my children back there. It isn't a cheap resort but you can see where the money has been spent. The snow making and uplift facilities are excellent. It's a nice little village too. We used Skischule Serfaus for the children and were pretty happy with them. Here is the blue run from the top of Alpkipfbahn down to the main basin :- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBovDM5FdIM
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Sat 18-03-17 23:03
Replies: 82
I use Boot Bananas and they are excellent.
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Fri 17-03-17 20:45
Replies: 15
La Norma is the perfect fit. Small (ish), great value for money, very family orientated and about an hour from Turin. The Frejus tunnel toll is pricey though - about 50-60 Euro if I remember correctly.
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Tue 28-02-17 14:37
Replies: 50
In Alaska last year we got caught out in a white out - guide attached a ribbon to a spare glove and threw it in front of him - skied to it and repeated the exercise countless times. I was also taught to use this technique on a winter skills mountaineering course. Take a bearing, throw, check bearing, walk to glove, repeat. Probably require something a lot heavier than a glove in winter in Scotland though !
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Tue 28-02-17 9:29
Replies: 50
Easy get a GPS or compass and map (which are prerequisites to Backcountry travel anyway) and follow it to the nearest hut or town. Do a quick Avy test when you change aspect and you'll be fine. Don't follow a GPS like a headless chicken. Learn to navigate your way out using map and compass. GPS should only be used either to :- 1. Find out your intial location. 2. To back up your thoughts when using map & compass.
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 22-02-17 13:13
Replies: 8
We were there at New Year (Serfaus) and liked the resort a lot.
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Wed 22-02-17 11:13
Replies: 13
What tosh, I can't see anything in that video that shows the planes getting anywhere close the camera or cable! The plane DIDN'T clip the cable, the camera mount just wasn't designed to take the wake turbulance of a fast jet flying that close to it. Thanks for that - I am glad that we have an on the ground expert in our midst. Others have a different opinion though :- "Update: On Friday afternoon, the army released this statement: By today’s training of the PC-7 Swiss air team at 11:30 in the finish area of Salastrains at the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, one of the planes touched the wing cam cable camera. This caused a tear in the cable, causing the camera to fall down. No one was hurt in the incident and the plane landed safely in Samedan at the regional airport. For security reasons, the operation of the chairlift Salastrains was briefly stopped. This caused the second men’s slalom run to be postponed from 13:00 to 13:30. The police and military will further investigate the incident." Thanks for your input :roll: :roll: :roll:
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Tue 21-02-17 11:27
Replies: 13
Apologies if it has been posted already :- Watch as the second run of the men's Giant Slalom at the Alpine Ski World Championships in St Moritz is delayed after a military air display plane clipped a cable, causing a camera to drop onto the course. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/winter-sports/39006789
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Tue 21-02-17 10:43
Replies: 148
I rented on the Swiss side a couple of weeks ago and the receptionist asked where I was taking the car. I replied France and they gave me a German registered car. No problems with it at all.
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Tue 21-02-17 9:54
Replies: 4
I have a pair of Dalbello Panterra 100 (with custom footbed) and love them. The Aspect 90 are designed for "advanced and aspiring intermediate skiers" whereas the Panterra 100 are deigned for "advanced to expert" skiers. The inner is mouldable (it looks like the same one as I have) so I would take them to your nearest retailer and have them moulded.
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Sat 18-02-17 12:11
Replies: 68
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Fri 17-02-17 20:33
Replies: 50
Champoluc very family friendly and both less busy and better vfm than France. If it's for next year we have a fine apartment opposite the main gondola :sH: would do a SHs price. www.ski2.com operate there and appear to provide a very good service (also running to Les Gets this year). Whilst not cheap, ski2 are a fantastic TO. Great ski school.
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Fri 17-02-17 20:32
Replies: 50
@ac505, Places we've skied with the children in no particular order: ADH (staying in Oz-en-Oisans) - highly recommended but it's not a "less busy" resort La Norma - recommended - smaller and probably falls under the category of less busy Paradiski (staying in Les Coches) - our "go to" resort - lift pass is expensive but you can always rely on it for early/late season skiing and the variety of terrain available is huge and lot's of fun places to take the kids + snowparks, etc. Les Contamines - smaller, great snow and slopes but some steep drags not appropriate for children and many feel downloading in the cable car is preferential to the one run back down 3V (stayed in Les Menuires) - OK but not smaller or "less busy" EK (staying in Tignes) - switched here early season when first option (Les 7 Laux) didn't open. Not small or less busy. Les Gets is a place I haven't been that seems to be well thought of for families. La Norma had a fantastic nursery slope. Good value for money too.
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Sat 11-02-17 13:13
Replies: 30
@under a new name, she does nothing for me I'm afraid. There are FAR more attractive skiers, both inside and out. I concur.
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Tue 7-02-17 11:20
Replies: 18
Both of mine (now 6 and 9) have wiped out numerous times (alot!) where their bindings haven't released and their legs are twisted completely 180 degrees with skis pointing in opposite directions. Makes me whince to look at it. This. There have been times when one of mine has had a wipeout, their legs are pointing in different directions and I am thinking "Oh oh, there's something broken/dislocated here." but they just get up dust them down and get on with it. I'm amazed at how supple they are when they are young.
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Mon 6-02-17 15:52
Replies: 215
But then the barman in the show was referred to as "Herr E. Dick" and Kadeena Cox vs Robbie Fowler were introduced as "Cox vs Balls" :shock: Regards the slalom races they should have got rid of some of the padding and got the contestants to race twice swapping runs and taken the overall time. Having not watched the program and read this my interest has dwindled from a little to zero. Lowest common denominator tabloid television. Davina McCall is an absolutely awful presenter too.
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Sat 4-02-17 20:32
Replies: 360
Had a guide all day for off piste and we started at Grand Montets, up the first gondola and back down as the second was closed. Over to Le Tour and we managed up the gondola and the chairlift. However, to no surprise at all, when we reached the top of the chairlift we were informed that they were closing the mountain. It was very windy with heavy snow, a complete whiteout. Lunch in Chamonix and headed back to Les Houches and noticed that the Prarion gondola was working (the cable car wasn't). Paid for four hours and whilst the weather wasn't great the whole resort was pretty much off piste and an enjoyable few hours was had. Let's see what tomorrow holds.....
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Fri 3-02-17 19:41
Replies: 360
@jma, thanks for the good advice. Hopefully I have not over estimated my skiing ability 8-) I was skiing in Les Houches today and piste conditions were absolutely fine for a second week skier. Nothing to worry about at all. I even had an off piste lesson (it wasn't too deep). However my guide called me tonight to say that tomorrow we are going up Grands Montets and that I should be prepared for deep powder :D It has been lashing it down in Les Houches this evening.
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Thu 2-02-17 17:09
Replies: 101
Don't shoot the messenger ! http://www.meteoexploration.com/forecasts/St-Gervais/?lang=en
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Thu 2-02-17 16:32
Replies: 101
Been skiing in Saint Gervais today, first day here and whilst some of the slopes are really suffering, it's amazing the condition of the open pistes given the lack of snow. I think these are generally the ones with lots of man made coverage but it's been a great day all things considered. I do worry though what will happen if there is another significant rainfall event or no snow until after half term holidays begin as I can't see it holding out for many more weeks, it felt like Easter spring skiing today, not first week in February. 112 cm of snow forecast over the next 4 days according to meteoexploration.
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Thu 2-02-17 13:42
Replies: 3
Tomorrow looks OK with 45% sunshine. Sat and Sun defo a bit cloudy. Snow to 1,300m Sat and 1,000m Sun. Which suggest LHs fine tomorrow, and Sunday. Sat may be a bit tricky. What is this "Fun Tour" of what you talk? Just stay in Les Houches on Fri/Sun then? Cham'ski Fun Day link :- https://www.skischoolleshouches.com/adults/off-pist-skiing
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Thu 2-02-17 12:50
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I have this weekend (3rd-5th February) in Chamonix booked and am staying in Les Houches. The forecast is pretty much for whiteout all weekend and with a high freezing level along with it. Where would the best place be to ski ? High altitude would be good for snow quality but lower down would be better as runs are tree lined. I am thinking about booking a private lesson on Friday and Sunday and doing the ESF Cham'ski Fun Tour on Saturday (has anyone done this?). I did contavt Evolution 2 regarding off piste lessons and they were full. They also did mention that this weekend might not be so great due to the probable high avalance risk (120 cm forecast for Cham. over Fri/Sat/Sun). Thanks in advance.
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Thu 2-02-17 10:50
Replies: 127
30-40cm more like!! 10m?? The arete was around 40-50 cm wide when I went down it. I wasn't skiing though, was roped up to my guide and had crampons on as we were climbing Mont Blanc via the Cosmiques Route (much better than the Goutier Route). That was at the end of summer in September though. It certainly is an introduction to the mountain from the safety of the cable car station as there is a lot of exposure. If you aren't good with heights forget it.
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Wed 1-02-17 9:11
Replies: 74
Yup, he is getting very consistant results now that he is getting decent start places :) I don't quite see how he gets a decent start place in straight knockout dual slalom :-D :-D :-D
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Mon 30-01-17 14:02
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I am heading over to Geneva on Friday and it looks like there could be a decent dump this week/weekend in the western Alps. Can anyone recommend a good ski school for group off piste lessons in Megeve/St Gervais/Les Houches/La Clusaz/Les Carroz/Combloux ? Thanks in advance.
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Sun 29-01-17 20:00
Replies: 20
La Norma in France has the best nursery slope that I have seen - it's fantastic, and private lessons won't break the bank too.
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Thu 26-01-17 15:02
Replies: 5
We were there last New Year and I have the following comeents to add (below). I liked La Norma quite a lot- it's a very French resort, it is small and welcoming. I would go back. Here's a funny video clip of one of the runs (it starts off a red then changes to a blue) with my eldest doing the classic racing snowplough. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4a8v_xyUXQ Parking - we were in an apartment just as you enter the village and there was lots of parking opposite. The centre of the village is car free but when you park up it's only a couple of hundred yards (max) walk. Mostly apartments or hotels - all apartments I think - I don't recall seeing a hotel. ski in/ski out - it isn't a big resort so everywhere is within 200 yards from the end of the pistes. Bars and Restaurants - only a couple of bars and a few restaurants. We really liked Le Dahu Bodega. Excellent fondue! Evening activities - not a lot. There is a bowling alley on one of the bars. What runs are like? - good. It isn't a resort that will have expert skiers too excited, but there is a good mix of reds, blues and an excellent nursery slope. Prices of food and drink - very reasonable by Alpine standards. It isn't an expensive resort. Can passes be used in other resorts - we just bought a La Norma pass, but the Eskimo pass allows you to use Valfrejus, Aussois, Val Cenis & Bonneval. Hire shops - we hired from the shop at the bottom of the piste (beside the ticket office) and had no problems with them whatsoever.
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Wed 25-01-17 19:28
Replies: 32
I think that 7-10 days before departure gives you the best discount.
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Tue 24-01-17 15:27
Replies: 169
Martin Bell and Graham Bell the top two.
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Mon 23-01-17 9:49
Replies: 148
What is the latest with this issue ? I am flying into Geneva in a couple of weeks time and planning to head down to Chamonix. I would rather use the car rental on the Swiss side as I have done this before and know the lie of the land.
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Sun 22-01-17 20:21
Replies: 78
Quite simply outstanding. Very well done "The Rocket"!
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