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Poster: A snowHead
Mon 18-06-18 20:49
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So if I get flights to Salzburg for 5th - 13th April. Am I likely to find good snow at a resort in reasonable transfer from there? Also how easy is it to get last minute accommodation for that week in that region.... so that we can book somewhere which has decent snow left? Thanks all
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Mon 18-06-18 13:14
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Just looking at doing this and looks fantastic. Can I just confirm that if flights are showing available to buy via BA app, then I will be able to select and book these via this once I have bought my flight pass? Just wanted to make sure that I have missed something. As I am looking at this for half term flights, even if we don’t use the extra flights it is still significantly cheaper than booking onto those flights for the one trip.
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Tue 12-06-18 12:01
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It is a very low season week, have gone that week a number of times in the past. Places include Courchevel, Zermatt, St Anton and Obergurgl Meant to also say - a number of those were very cheap last minute holidays but that was when we were just two so less fussy on rooms for the children.
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Tue 12-06-18 11:51
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It is a very low season week, have gone that week a number of times in the past. Places include Courchevel, Zermatt, St Anton and Obergurgl
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Thu 7-06-18 16:34
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Thu 7-06-18 16:12
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@timp, which geographic area are you in?
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Wed 6-06-18 13:41
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@NickyJ Not sure what the point of sharing with a partner would be unless they were in another vehicle . D’oh Getting confused between Eurostar and Eurotunnel stuff! Thanks for pointing that out :-)
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Wed 6-06-18 13:38
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For about £450 you can buy a season ticket giving you 10 single trips. You will be using two on this trip and presumably you will use at least another two on skiing trips. You can share the tickets with a ‘friend’ e.g. other Snowhead, as long as you enter their details at the time of purchase, and you don’t need to use all 10 trips to make it a cheaper option than buying tickets for each trip. Can those friends be children / partners ie, a family of 4 using 4 on way out and 4 on way back?
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Mon 4-06-18 14:03
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@Tubaski, hadn’t initially noticed it was an old thread and was amazed at how low the quoted ski carriage was :-)
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Sun 27-05-18 21:41
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Trip report here including a video http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=136525&highlight= Added advantage is that Sweden is cheaper for food and drink than staying in norway.
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Sun 27-05-18 21:39
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@lpsmc1, we were able to find Saturday to Saturday accommodation in Salen for Half term this year via Ski Star. We also flew into Oslo and hired a car from there to drive to Salen.
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Thu 24-05-18 13:15
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I've been thinking of those Kneesafe bindings as this is my second ACL injury. What do you reckon to them?. I have got on fine with them and managed a test of the heal twist release once. I got them from SpyderJon when I was doing he ski servicing course. It helps with my confidence given the state my knees are now in which in itself is helpful.
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Thu 24-05-18 11:00
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My understanding is that the vast majority of ACL injuries are caused by it not being able to twist at the heal. Traditional design of bindings are designed to prevent your leg being broken, not to protect your ligaments. I have changed my bindings to KneeSafe bindings to attempt to protect what is left of my knees (one of which has half the reconstructed ACL left inside with a third of the cartilage).
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Fri 18-05-18 17:45
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Well my Dad was saying at SFaB that he can’t do the same length of days he used to, but still able to ski for a reasonable amount and enjoy it. He turned 70 in Feb.
Poster: A snowHead
Mon 14-05-18 16:50
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@FrediKanoute, Good luck!! They are apparently now duty-bound by law to charge if they are out for 10 sessions or more (5 full days)... Think actual figures and policy is dependent on which education authority you are under. However that is definitely Hampshire’s.
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Sun 13-05-18 20:00
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@JackSkier, have you read the research and studies????
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Sun 13-05-18 9:01
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@NickyJ, Sounds similar the stuff I've been looking at. http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=3225549&highlight=diet#3225549 Maybe we should all be testing our sugar levels not just the diabetics amongst us. It's just that I hate needles (goes back to me having a full body scan for around 8 hrs with a needle/drip in my arm while I was a chid after a suspected disease). If I have to use needles then so be it but do you know (or anyone else know) if there is an easier way of testing bloodsugar levels on a regular basis? Could well be - it was a video so I didn't watch it (sorry, my personal preference for acquiring information is reading it, I will make some time later to watch it, but if you know of a transcript for it that would be great :-)). However what I didn't QUITE get over is that people can be putting a lot of effort into doing what they have been told is the "right" thing but it isn't the right thing for them, and telling them, you need to put more effort in, would then feel like an insult. More helpful is - maybe suggest reviewing what they are doing against the various (and often on the surface conflicting) advice and research out there, to try and understand what is going wrong in achieve their goals.
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Sun 13-05-18 8:34
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@DB, I wasn’t saying you were per se. Was more referring to the NHS / government advice, the bodies out there to profit from people like weight watchers etc. People buy into the “it should be simple” so think it doesn’t work for me.
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Sun 13-05-18 8:32
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@DB, oh I agree completely with you with respect to the low fat products - but you can follow the “low fat” advice without buying the products and still be disappointed by the outcome. Lots of detail about the insulin levels in that book and how they are impacted by different things. There was doing exactly what I was saying was part of the problem - trying to simplify how I presented it :oops:
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Sun 13-05-18 8:15
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The conclusions being reached in a lot of the studies really aren’t simple ones if you look across them all (although a lot take a simple premise to test). They include from what I have read so far (and I am by no means a research scientist within this area!) • When you sleep (working nights / days) • How much sleep you have. • How much you eat • Exaxtly What you eat • When you eat it • How much exercise you do • The timing of WHEN you do that exercise in relation to what you eat This creates a lot of complexity and means that people will end up tackling one (or two aspects) of the root cause but see very limited (if any) success. I do think the apparent desire to tell people “it is simple” which comes from many sources is also part the problem. Just my thoughts :-)
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Sun 13-05-18 7:46
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@DB, I am sure I saw one which did show that people with the same energy input and expenditure did have differences in weight gain. If I remember right it was to do with gut bacteria? It is something I am intending to read into further as I find the whole subject fascinating. Another book I am part way through reading is Michael Moseley’s 8 week blood sugar diet (or something like that in the title). He is (at lest in part) blaming the last several decades advice of low fat eating as the root cause of a lot of continued weight gain and obesity trend.
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Sat 12-05-18 12:06
Replies: 52
@Jonny Jones, thanks. We ended up with a 4hr drive to Salen last half term, on a lot of snow as well... don’t want to subject hubby to that again. Oh it is so tempting.
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Fri 11-05-18 19:22
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@boarder2020, Im not really interested in other activities although i enjoyed the dog sledding at Sun Peaks and that was after skiing. I would rather spread my holidays out and go different places. I don't only go to Flachau even though I have a flat there. I might want to stay longer if I was retired. I dont really get the 'all that way' point. If i drive to Flachau its 16 hours. I could be in Banff quicker...although my Canadian trips are more usually 2 flights so take longer It is 9hr flight + 2hr transfer so even factoring faffing with luggage easily. Even with the 4hrs transfer to Panorama yes.
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Fri 11-05-18 16:10
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@Hells Bells, it wasn’t plan a) which was to do a 10/11 day trip out there at some point in near future.... but prices are very attractive and the reports indicate slopes should be MUCH quieter as well as cheaper than doing that particular week in Europe. Which unless I spot something fantastic just won’t happen at all next year. Though April is still a possibility but again those prices are looking crazy already (however not all airlines have released those dates yet so possibilities do still exist at sensible prices).
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Fri 11-05-18 15:55
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@TQA, which week did you go. Was that mid Feb as well?
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Fri 11-05-18 10:23
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@NickyJ, personally, for just one day, I'd say nothing in advance. Then I'd tell the school the reason for their absence was due to 'exhaustion' (or similar word) after a physically and mentally challenging, though ultimately uplifting and educational, holiday. That might be a pragmatic approach to dealing with the bureaucracy and would almost certainly turn out to be true, so no lies involved. :sH: As @NickyJ asked her question 3 years ago to the day I think the matter can be considered resolved ;-) :lol: :D Yep - I put the application in, it was denied and she didn’t attend school that day. It caused her to miss one day out of the year (she wasn’t off sick at all that year) and it wasn’t reported to Hampshire Education authority and didn’t cause any issues with getting a place at secondary school or anything like that.
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Thu 10-05-18 8:57
Replies: 52
@Orange200, my eldest gets car sick, hence we try and limit to 2hrs if we can. Though have done longer. If we could go for longer it would be less off putting. Banff also looked attractive and that was a 2hr transfer.
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Thu 10-05-18 8:02
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@f1l, thanks. We only have the 5 days off school, so can’t do longer.... well we could go on the Friday as one child has an inset day and the other we could get away with - but I don’t think there are direct flights. I think the transfer time is the killer :-(. Oh well had to be a catch. 9hr flight - long transfer, messing time at the airport. I will look further at Easter but as schools don’t break up until 5th April - it looks like the resorts are going to be closed or closing so that we wouldn’t be able to do 10days or 2 weeks then. Oh well. Thanks for the insights and any other thoughts. I am still keen to get out there one day but may have to wait until the kids school.
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Thu 10-05-18 6:20
Replies: 52
@Orange200, our half term is 16th Feb. Thanks for the link - think I read your report when I was reading up but will read again.
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Thu 10-05-18 6:18
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Panorama is "not bad", would I recomend going all the way to Canada to ski it - probably not. I think for your family it is probably a little limited, the backside is more advanced terrain and don't expect all the front side to be groomed (single blacks in Canada are often left ungroomed). Its also a fairly long transfer 3.5 hours from calgary or more if the weather is bad. It tends to get less snow than the other resorts in that area - hence the "iceorama" nickname. Positive are that it's quiet and"family friendly", and may just about have enough terrain for a week. Of course if you are looking to get off piste and ski trees and bumps etc. it opens up a lot of terrain and will easily cover a week's worth of skiing (to be honest the big benefit of North American skiing is that off piste is avi controlled so you can ski it all safely). Ah - forgot to check transfer time when we switched to considering Panorama. I had started looking at Banff but was had concerns over it needing to get the bus to the skiing where Panorama was ski in ski out.
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Wed 9-05-18 21:08
Replies: 52
Fair enough, just thought I'd point it out. You will enjoy Canada but it can get very cold, if your flights are with Air Canada, ski carriage is always free with them. It doesn’t say who they are with via ski safari whereas I spoke to ski solutions earlier and know there’s is and they confirmed that which is rather nice change :-)
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Wed 9-05-18 21:06
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@RichardB, when I looked at Crystal the headline pp price looks interesting, you then view details and it jumps you then try and further and it jumps further. On the surface their lake Louise price for a room with two doubles, is the same as a two room condo in panorama. Though ski safari is looking cheaper for same condo. I will call them in the morning to make sure the price is as it appears and same deal of free ski carriage and free children’s lift passes. Oh no my mistake that was have two double rooms with one adult and one child in, when I changed to room with two doubles price went up £6092 from the original £5k
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Wed 9-05-18 21:01
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@RichardB, when I looked at Crystal the headline pp price looks interesting, you then view details and it jumps you then try and further and it jumps further. On the surface their lake Louise price for a room with two doubles, is the same as a two room condo in panorama. Though ski safari is looking cheaper for same condo. I will call them in the morning to make sure the price is as it appears and same deal of free ski carriage and free children’s lift passes.
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Wed 9-05-18 20:50
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Wed 9-05-18 20:42
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@Dave of the Marmottes, thanks. That doesn’t bother us - have two girls who get tired and like to go to bed early so we don’t get to go out. :-)
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Wed 9-05-18 20:27
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@NickyJ, Have you used this site? http://www.skiresort.info/ski-resort/panorama/test-result/slope-offering/ Then compare with somewhere you know I guess. Distilling everything down to a single number appeals to my inner geek. Excellent - hadn’t found that. Thanks
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Wed 9-05-18 19:17
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@RichardB, thanks- reading up although it only us 10 lifts it is quoting 151 trails. Which sounds a lot to me... but as I said having no frame of reference for the stats quoted on Canadian resorts I am struggling to visualise what that means in reality.
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Wed 9-05-18 15:34
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I am getting tempted by a week in Panorama for next Feb half term. Price wise coming in cheaper than a lot of prices I am getting for Europe holiday. I have searched here and read various reports and feels a bit conflicted as to whether it is going to be good for us as some give the impression it is limited and would only be good for a few days. We are family of 4 and girls will be 9 and 12 next year. Ellie was skiing up reds, Keira easy blues and greens in Val Thorens but us found fear of speed and been worried to let herself go too fast. Me and hubby normally ski on piste and if we go this will be our first time outside Europe so finding it very hard to compare. We will want lessons for the girls. Any similar families been there who can give us some insights? Thanks
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Fri 4-05-18 12:09
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@alexb123a, really sorry to read that - where we went in Sweden (Salen) was not very high altitude at all highest point 887m if memory serves (resort not open now) so maybe heading further north may help?
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Wed 2-05-18 17:39
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Does it work out any cheaper to hire a minibus from sixt or someone similar then drive your selves? I did think about that, but one of the 9 is an infant so would be a pita to take a car seat/booster Doesn't the hire company supply car seats? They do but normally charge per day and if you can take your own out for free you know how to use it, condition it is in etc
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