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Poster: A snowHead
Sat 18-08-18 17:46
Replies: 56
@Pruman, my thoughts of the state of the rental helmets being offered to my children were why we bought them their own! They also take good care of their helmets.
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Fri 17-08-18 12:35
Replies: 8
@carettam, if you are prepared to wait / take a chance, I have seen last minute deals very cheap with Esprit for Christmas week especially for 2adults / 1 child. This would then mean you could also book their nursery if you wish (but no obligation to). I realise you prefer self catering but going with Esprit will also mean things like travel cots, high chairs, beakers, child suitable cutlery, access to microwave and changing areas are all there making live a lot easier and less to bring out with you.
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Wed 15-08-18 10:32
Replies: 56
@Graham Warren, we were sharing a nursery slope a few years back with a mum and their child. The child kept taking the helmet off and refusing to wear it, mother shouting at them to put it on.... looked at the mother to see they werenít wearing one themselves. Hmm wonder why the child didnít want to wear the helmet :roll:
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Wed 15-08-18 7:12
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@Gšmsbock, +1 I didnít wear a helmet 10yrs ago. However when my eldest started skiing (age 4) and helmets were compulsory for her, we started wearing them, so as to set the right example.
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Mon 6-08-18 18:33
Replies: 42
@schifoan, I did find it somewhere but struggling to now. I can guarantee that our booked flights are showing my baggage allowance (the standard 1 bag at 23kg)
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Sun 5-08-18 18:44
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Sun 5-08-18 16:55
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@NickyJ, When you say Tunbridge do you mean Bowles? It's a nice place with some lovely people there, but it's Dendix so not ideal for kids to learn on. Thatís the place - actually where I learned 1 or 2 <cough> (30+) years ago. It isnít the SAME dendix as then is it???
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Sun 5-08-18 9:57
Replies: 10
@Handy Turnip, thanks very much.
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Sun 5-08-18 9:37
Replies: 10
@Handy Turnip, good to hear. Similarly this is for my Niece and nephew. They just had their very first lesson over at Snowtrax but they donít live locally. They are slightly closer to that one that the one at Tunbridge Wells.
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Sat 4-08-18 13:36
Replies: 10
Anybody know what the Knockhatch dry ski slope is like in terms of the actual ski surface and for childrenís lessons
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Thu 2-08-18 15:49
Replies: 29
@maddren, the availability of accommodation will depend on which week you are actually looking at in Dec?
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Wed 1-08-18 16:56
Replies: 12
@Layne, +1 Certainly one of the sunweb ones talks about cots and childrenís chairs (presume this is high chairs!) and mini clubs for kids but may not be suitable for age of child in your party. https://ski.sunweb.co.uk/france/chamrousse/chamrousse/residence_les_villlages_du_bachat.htm Havenít been there myself so couldnít say one way or the other.
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Wed 1-08-18 15:50
Replies: 12
@Homebrewed, have you also checked the (only two!) options that can be booked via Sunweb to see if that meets all the groups needs? Certainly looks cheep enough (as prices include lift passes) but donít know if even vaguely suitable.
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Tue 31-07-18 13:57
Replies: 15
Decided to go for it. All booked, fingers crossed for a good end of season but if not will drive over to the glacier.
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Tue 31-07-18 13:41
Replies: 27
Happy with the price it is coming back with. Just reading up on posts about Sunweb before clicking on the ďBook NowĒ. All booked :-)
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Sun 29-07-18 21:55
Replies: 27
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Sun 29-07-18 20:54
Replies: 27
Just like to say thanks all for this. Just about to book a weeks accommodation with sunweb.
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Sun 29-07-18 8:48
Replies: 18
If you are Worried about linking runs between there is a bus as well that links the two areas which I had cause to check out when I ruptured my ACL on the Hochgurgl side (not that I knew that was what it was but I certainly couldnít carry on skiing we had to down load on a gondola... reached by a lift on a skidoo and take the bus back)
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Sun 29-07-18 7:07
Replies: 15
@Bennyboy1, thanks hadnít appreciated that. @Grizzler, thanks as well. We could go the week before but was liking the idea of it being quieter going after the snow bombing. Plan is to hire a car at the airport so we will be mobile? I presume plenty of parking at Hintertux? The advantage of going the week later is only 4 days leave needed due to Good Friday and accommodation is significantly cheaper. This is a second Week for us so needing to keep the costs down. There is a little part of me that wonders if we should book St Anton but that is going well over the 3hrs drive which hubby is very reluctant to do and I am keen to go back to the Mayrhofen as an adult.
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Sun 29-07-18 6:46
Replies: 18
My vote would go for Obergurgl. They open early December and pretty snow sure.
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Sat 28-07-18 15:29
Replies: 15
So the lifts opening dates are caveated by May close early blah de blah. How likely is that to happen? Especially give there is the glacier?
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Sat 28-07-18 9:35
Replies: 15
@NickyJ, I've never been up there. Definitely on my to do list. It's open year round, up to 60km of pistes. Around 60% of that is open today! Excellent. Mayrhofen is where I skied for the very first time as a child but that was as a beginner and we had beginner lessons on the Ahorn so donít know what the main skiing is liked, but it certainly started my life long love of skiing :-)
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Sat 28-07-18 8:34
Replies: 15
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Sat 28-07-18 8:34
Replies: 15
What is the glacier like? How much actual skiing is on it? Thanks
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Sat 28-07-18 7:52
Replies: 15
Hmm getting a little concerned that in trying to get ski hire prices for my youngest and all the shops I have tried so far are closing on the 14th April.
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Sat 28-07-18 7:28
Replies: 15
I am on the verge of booking a trip for the second week of Easter school holidays (going out on the 13th April) to Mayrhofen. Searching on here looks like it should be a relatively good shout for That time of year (we already have flights to Salzburg we can take any time in April). Obviously there is no crystal ball but on the whole is it a reasonably safe shout? Thanks
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Fri 27-07-18 19:24
Replies: 207
Yes but if you've ever monitored late late deals there will be lots of resorts and accomodations available which will suddenly disappear all at once. They haven't all been sold just the last few seats on the flights serving them sold. Yes which is why is said... if you can be flexible with when you go and if you can go off peak. Used to do last minute deals a lot when it was just the two off us. Would start looking end of November and snapped up what I liked the look of. Often ended up going week before Christmasís quite a number of times sometimes the first couple of non New year January weeks, other years April. Now we have kids and stuck to school holidays and different tactics work best.
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Thu 26-07-18 12:01
Replies: 207
@NickyJ, @Mike Pow, only potential problem with late booking that is flight availability and cost (resort availability I think a bit less of an issue). Yes this is best for purchasing a package deal.
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Wed 25-07-18 15:55
Replies: 49
@mike1993, have you looked at the Gnarly But Nice bash under snow events?
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Wed 25-07-18 13:34
Replies: 207
@dp, another option you havenít listed is doing a cheap last minute deal. The first time I dragged my hubby skiing (he had previously been put off by going skiing on a school trip) was by a very cheap last minute deal with Inghams £199 per person flights, transfers and catered chalet (obviously this was a number of years ago!). If you can be flexible with when you go the off-peak weeks with only two of you, that approach is valid. If you agree you will do a week somewhere, prep work can still be done now / in the autumn.
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Wed 25-07-18 11:10
Replies: 207
@dp, I think you are right, about groups being best.... as long as they are small groups my personal feeling is 6 is a good max. I suggested Les Arcs / Le Plagne which have OxygŤne in that resort. I have only used them personally for private lessons but my friend has used them for groups and got on well and their max class size is 6 for group lessons.
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Tue 24-07-18 17:11
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@NickyJ, I haven't. Do they offer a price for people which doesn't include lessons, too? Edit: I looked and it doesn't appear that they do. So I'd have to proactively want to have lessons myself, to make the trip worth it. Just thinking that would give you people to ski with. Havenít been with them ourselves but have looked on occasions and given everything they include in some resorts for some weeks I didnít think they looked bad price wise once you factored in value of each of the included elements... obviously only worthwhile if you WANT those elements :-) Another thought is it sounds like certain resorts from certain TOís (obviously outside France!) are still / again offering ski hosting, which again gives people to ski with.
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Tue 24-07-18 17:02
Replies: 207
@dp, have you taken a look at the Club Med offerings? There prices include everything even lessons except ski hire.
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Tue 24-07-18 14:29
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@dp, thanks, that is good to know about Chamonix I had got that impression from the piste map and had been thinking it might be a good place to take the our girls... probably not. :-)
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Tue 24-07-18 9:32
Replies: 207
Obergurgl would be pretty good as well.
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Tue 24-07-18 8:48
Replies: 207
I would highly recommend a course of lessons before going the first time. If she is not convinced - the reason is that any new sporting activity requires slightly different muscles, doing a 6 week course for an hour a week (for example) will start to exercise and build those muscles, going straight in 6hrs a day everyday for a week will wear out and strain those muscles. As to where? This is going to be slightly less important that when, getting good snow will make the experience much nicer and easier for the first time, so aiming for when you should have best snow BUT also when it isnít too busy which can also make for a poor experience. I guess very late Jan or early March is going to give the best compromise between busy and snow. The first place we ever skied at (aside the dry ski slope) was Mayrhofen, our lessons were all on the Ahorn we had a fantastic time and were absolutely bitten by the bug as a whole family. It was helped by having fantastic weather which you canít predict - they had a massive dump of snow just before we got there and then bluebird days very day. There are quite a number of places I would say would be suitable which is why I guess you arenít getting many recommendations- from where I have been La Plagne / Les Arcs and Mayrhofen would be suitable. Would have thought Chamonix or Les Get would equally suit but I havenít been there yet.
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Fri 20-07-18 8:56
Replies: 47
They didnít look that much more than Avis over priced normal offering. My booking through Ebookers for MegaDrive came up at around half the prices quoted by Avis for the vehicle class we booked in the end.
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Fri 20-07-18 8:30
Replies: 47
I have booked the cheapest ďstandard wagonĒ I could get thanks for the help on this. Though I just received an email from Avis offering their ďselectĒ service where you can order an exact car model. I had a look through and the Toledo wasnít an option (but a 3 other seat models were). It does show that they are starting to respond to the market demand though so maybe this may become more of an option in the future.
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Thu 19-07-18 13:30
Replies: 40
Just got this in an email through from Flexiski Donít know if this helps you at all Want something a bit more lively? Head to St Anton for some of the best aprŤs in Austria. Booking Hotel Banyan through flexiski is the ONLY way to get a short break hotel in St Anton all season - even over peak dates! Whichever sounds good to you, drop us a line on 020 8939 0871. Havenít used flexiski myself yet but they had some interesting looking stuff hence I gave them an email address.
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Fri 13-07-18 8:09
Replies: 11
Get a front seat, it is windy, but it depends on the skill and empathy of the driver I get car sick and so does my eldest. We always try to get a seat near the front 2 of the front seats are normally blocked by the reps and others are always highly sort after by others to extremely rarely do we succeed. Though saying that the reps have been known to let he eldest sit in their seat once she turns green :-(
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