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Poster: A snowHead
Wed 1-02-17 12:00
Replies: 4104
@skanky, i saw a similar phenomenon in Burton On Trent next to the Marstons brewery. Very cold morning, the brewery pumping out clouds of steam and it falling as snow a few hundred yards downwind. A good 5cm as I drove through it that morning! Lets build microbreweries in the Alps to help with snow conditions.
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Tue 17-01-17 22:09
Replies: 25
Changabang burgers was our favourite by far for lunch. Cordon bleu it ain't but fresh, very tasty and relatively cheap.
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Wed 11-01-17 8:14
Replies: 13
@felstead, we walked up from the Marquise lift to the Col de Granier and in there. If you traverse to the left of the Marquise (as you ride up it) there is a big area where they are planning a new piste where you can drop back onto the piste. That was a favourite area for lots of people looking for bits of unguided off piste. One day last year we waited 30mins near the front of the queue for the lift to open and as people offloaded ahead of us and hit the untracked field you could hear all the whooping and hollering and see all the tracks. Like a human firework display! It was great to see, hear and then join in.
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Tue 10-01-17 14:34
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Hi James Evolution 2 did a great job for me and a couple of other chaps last year. They were very flexible in terms of arranging morning and afternoon off piste sessions to fit in with child care etc.. And we did manage a whole day over the top & down into le miroir. Our guide took video and uploaded an edited version to the website that evening. Colin was the chap arranging things. Enjoy!
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Sun 8-01-17 19:35
Replies: 178
@terrygasson, sounds good! Our 2nd trip with the kids was to Fiss and I thought the set up for the youngsters was the best I have ever experienced. The Friday race with automated timing, race bibs, commentary, medal ceremony and professional photos for all of the 100's of ski school kids was something to behold. For that trip we flew to Zurich and then caught trains to Landeck(?). The return trip gave us some hassle as the train was cancelled and we chose to catch a taxi to Zurich to avoid missing the flight. Insurance covered the costs after a bit of persuasion so in the end a valuable experience. How long did your trip take door to door? Interested to know as I think skiing in the Tirol is the essence of the experience. Oh god, wishing I was going this year!
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Sat 7-01-17 21:23
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Having used a combination of plane+train, plane+hire car, plane+taxi, full on TO plane+coach and driving I have to say that I much prefer driving. I appreciate that it's different for everyone but for me there was a great feeling of satisfaction reaching the French Alps at dawn knowing that you had made it under your steam. Also no delays owing to aircraft issues or the poor tour reps having to manage multiple drop offs. No having to listen to obnoxious poshos referring to a rucksack as "the osprey". The drive on the way home gave the opportunity to visit Puligny Montrachet and Vosne Romanee and pick up some nice vino collapso. Financially, given the 3 kids on board, it is cheaper than flying and I also hope that the kids now appreciate the pros & cons of the different travel options when they start planning their own trips. Good to read that some posters have successfully attempted the drive to Austria. I fancy that sometime in the next few years.
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Fri 6-01-17 22:16
Replies: 80
Put a set of winter tyres on a Q7 last winter and it coped perfectly in heavy snow on the steep road into Sainte Foy station and the compacted snow/ice ledge into the car park. So in my experience winter tyres + 4x4 is the bomb! Discussed the question about chains with the guides and they had winters on their van and never had the need for chains.
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Fri 1-04-16 16:45
Replies: 9
Stayed over at the Hotel des Ducs in the centre. Good choice of restaurants and generally a decent vibe. Also took the opportunity to stop off in Puligny Montrachet & Vosnee Romanee on the way for vino collapso. Highly recommended! :P
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Tue 23-02-16 16:59
Replies: 19
Wholeheartedly agree with the layer option. ME Changabang + Rab microlight/primaloft + very thin Base Layer & I am toasty in St Foy. It is pretty warm right now but I get the feeling that the addition of a fleece would perform all the way down to -20. Nice position to be in selecting new kit!
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Sun 31-01-16 16:07
Replies: 100
Can I ask some advice please. I will be in Sainte Foy from the 20/02 - 04/03 and wanted to ask if the Sainte Foy regulars have recommendations for guides. I fancy doing at least a couple of days skiing in the back country conditions permitting but will not do it without a guide. I am also wanting to take some boarding lessons having given it a go for the 1st time two years ago and caught the bug. Any recommendations for instructors? Cheers
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Tue 19-01-16 10:47
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Wed 9-12-15 8:37
Replies: 57
Over the years I have experience of TO & DIY and after 2 consecutive years of TO at Feb half term (wallet busting!) I am going back to DIY. Taking control of and being responsible for your own travel arrangements is a good discipline and leads to a better appreciation of what the TO's are managing. It's not difficult but it's dealing with the numbers that creates most problems I would have thought. The worst problem I had to deal with was being stranded with the family by a cancelled train at Landeck train station on the way to Zurich airport. One taxi and €400 later we were catching our flight home. The insurance coughed up eventually so we were not out of pocket and proving that you can overcome most problems with time and money. Not the same as being stuck I your car but I like to think we could overcome that with some initiative. We will drive this year for the first time in about 15 years inspired by a 22 hour door to door journey last year on a TO trip. We still joke about the tiresome people we had to share a coach with last year but at the time I was working very hard to stay cool and keep the chimp in its box.
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Sun 29-11-15 21:41
Replies: 95
Thanks for the feedback everyone. Having done some further research the auto socks look like a better option than chains. The autosock website quotes some French road regs that appear to give their product the thumbs up as an alternative to chains. The tyres are for a Q7 so hopefully the combination of winter tyres, 4wd, 3 tonnes + socks on the wheels will help get it up to resort. If the conditions were so bad that the combination of all the above doesn't work I will happily exchange a few hours delay for reaching our destination in one piece.
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Sun 29-11-15 9:17
Replies: 95
Absolutely agree with @midgetbiker, almost non existent customer service at tyrleader but as you say if you are confident with the delivery address i.e. Home perhaps, then all should go well and you end up saving a few quid. What are people's views on needing chains aswell? I am hoping not to need them. We are gong to Sainte Foy so if the gendarmes are insisting on chains I will need to drive back to Bourg and arrange alternative transport. Thoughts? Also take the point about going downhill being the most risky part of the journey!
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 27-11-15 17:47
Replies: 95
Just bought a set of Pirelli 295/35 R21 from tyreleader as they were the cheapest I could find. Bit of a cock up on the delivery as I selected a local fitting centre from their website that turned out to be closed. tyrleader were suggesting that I would have to pay a fee if the tyres were returned to them. All sorted out now thanks to the nice people at parcelforce. It had better snow now.
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Wed 26-02-14 16:52
Replies: 11
Fiss was recommended to us by a Bergfuhrher in St Anton 4 years ago. So took the kids the following half term and it was perfect for a 6 and 9 year old. Loved the Hexenalm for apres ski. Mad disco inside and oompah outside. Very slick table service for drinks. Good times
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Wed 26-02-14 16:46
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Fiss was recommended to us by a Bergfuhrher in St Anton 4 years ago. So took the kids the following half term and it was perfect for a 6 and 9 year old. Loved the Hexenalm for apres ski. Mad disco inside and oompah outside. Very slick table service for drinks. Good times
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Tue 25-02-14 23:19
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Our group - me, girlfriend, my kids, daughter aged 12 and son aged 9. Booked Chalet L'Arc with Skiworld as the kids enjoyed the company of other kids in a chalet last year in Val d'Isere. The chalet is fine, nice and warm loads of hot water. The food was good and we were very well looked after by the chalet staff, so we'll done Skiworld. Travel out was horrendous owing to the storms on the Friday night causing our plane to be diverted to Stanstead from Gatwick. This led to a 20 journey door to door. Ski's were hired via Ski Rental & Skiset. The shop in Les Arcs were pretty accommodating with us swapping from skis to boards twice during the week. The only one small issue occurred when my daughters poles were stolen and we had a short debate about the insurance that I had bought via ski rental. I get the feeling that if it had been skis that had been stolen we would have had a bigger issue but alls well that ends well. Ski lessons were booked with Evo 2. 3 private sessions for the kids as they had got fed up with ski school and 2 sessions for us two. The lessons started at 1130 so it was great having a relaxed start to the day rather than the pressure of getting everyone ready for a 0930 start. The weather was great with fresh snow on Sunday, a bit on Wednesday and more on Friday. The ski area has plenty of variety, off piste, the natur pistes in the bowl and tree runs for the poor vis days. Highlights - off piste with our instructor in the nature reserve on Monday, one of the best days I have ever had on skis and getting the hang of boarding on Friday, great feeling. Lowlights - temporarily losing my son in the clouds in La Plagne. Fortunately he had the intelligence to sit tight where we lost sight of each other so I found him exactly where I had hoped just two lifts later. Not a great feeling! Sad that it's over for another year so now looking at the Eurostar or driving to St Foy next year. Any advice from experts appreciated. cheers!
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Sun 16-02-14 16:25
Replies: 602
Snowing all last night and today. Great conditions and hopefully even better tomorrow. Terrible 20hr journey though thanks to the winds at gatwick on Friday night. Left home at 0600 on Saturday and arrived at 0230 on Sunday morning. Time to give driving a try I think.
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Thu 14-11-13 8:14
Replies: 602
Thanks Boris - we are almost booked up with evo2 now. Been a bit of a struggle getting hold of them so far. I get the impression that they are not in the office too often this time of year. Just trying to negotiate a discount now!
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Sun 20-10-13 22:34
Replies: 602
Thanks genepi & theft controller. Looks like I should contact esf and see what we can get in 1950 or 2000. I agree a trip over to Vallandry in the morning definitely out of the question but the afternoon sounds like a much more civilised proposition if we can't get anyone in 2000. Looking forward to the trip already. What are your recommendations for the resort and the mountains? We all loved the stash in Avoriaz 2 years ago, anything similar?
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Sun 20-10-13 16:20
Replies: 602
We have a quote from Faye @ New Gen in Vallandry for afternoon sessions but I wanted to see what the Snowheads could recommend before committing. We are happy to ski to wherever to meet up as long as time allows, in the mornings.
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Sun 20-10-13 16:16
Replies: 602
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Sat 19-10-13 18:56
Replies: 602
Hi All. I am looking for recommendations for private instructors who might be available half term week. There are four of us, 2 adults and 2 kids (12 & 9) who have grown out of ski school and looking for something a little more bespoke if that makes sense.
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Tue 22-01-13 14:20
Replies: 13
Hi All Snowheads - I am off to Val, February half term with the kids (11 & 8). Any advice on the best venues on the slopes for lunch and apres ski will be much appreciated. I am guessing the Folie Douce will be a favourite for afternoon drinks as my 8 year old son is a very keen dancer! We are travelling with SkiWorld and staying at Chalet Lores. Any experiences? First time with a TO after years of travelling independently so I not sure what to expect apart from missing out on Saturday skiing :cry: Can't wait to get back to Val. I have been 5 times in the last 15 years and have always been impressed with the progress in terms of lifts and the ski areas. Unfortunately never had the opportunity to hire a guide so have not made the most of the off piste. Cheers
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