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Poster: A snowHead
Tue 17-01-17 16:27
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@jimmybog, @esaw1, Same here. Coming from the States in 10 days and have been obsessed with first not enough snow, now warm temps and if it snows can I get from Geneva to Chamonix on the 28th. Then will he lifts be closed if there is a storm? I need to relax. It'll be great no matter.
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Mon 16-01-17 13:58
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@Northernhills, I've done it twice and think it's worth doing if you don't set expectations too high. Terrain is often limited before 10:00 as alpine lifts seem to open later. I waited 1 1/2 hours last year after a big snowfall and it was ok. Worth doing once for the experience.
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Fri 13-01-17 12:26
Replies: 291
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Thu 12-01-17 16:01
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Thu 12-01-17 11:52
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Thu 12-01-17 1:17
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@JohnMo, How difficult are the pistes to Plan Maison? My wife is a lower intermediate and we are planning lunch there. Does she have the option to ride a cable car down if too difficult? Thanks.
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Wed 11-01-17 17:18
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Any snow today? Looked like a few cm were supposed to fall I've seen no indication it did. Hopefully the thurs/ fri storm will produce.
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Wed 11-01-17 15:41
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@Posidrive, I can't disagree. Resorts like Vail are sometimes poor attempts to replicate European villages. However, others such as Telluride, Park City, and Jackson have their own unique mix of cowboy, Native American and skiing culture that while not Austrian, is kind of cool.
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Wed 11-01-17 12:37
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@Posidrive, I can't disagree. Resorts like Vail are sometimes poor attempts to replicate European villages. However, others such as Telluride, Park City, and Jackson have their own unique mix of cowboy, Native American and skiing culture that while not Austrian, is kind of cool.
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Mon 9-01-17 22:34
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Mon 9-01-17 16:12
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@Jellybeans1000, After this series of storms are we looking at high pressure again? Looks like it to my very amateur eye.
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Sun 8-01-17 21:50
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Zermatt lifts were closed today and a few days ago due to high winds not lack of snow. I'm sure off piste is a no go but reports are good above 2000 meters.
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Sun 8-01-17 14:20
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I have one night in chamonix two in Verbier and 4 in Zermatt. Thanks for the input. Looking like more time in Cham/verbier would have been better.
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Sun 8-01-17 2:28
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What would be the best transport from chamonix to verbier. I have a car rental in Geneva for a chamonix/verbier/zermatt trip. I'd rather not drive given that zermatt is car free but I get different answers to this question. The hotel in chamonix suggested private transport at 200 euros. I understand the train journey is 3 hours and includes a bus ride. Any input would be helpful.
Poster: A snowHead
Sat 7-01-17 22:40
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@Jellybeans1000, Is a stretch a wide or narrow margin?
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Fri 6-01-17 13:34
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@Redwine, that should have read 8-10 week drought.
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Fri 6-01-17 12:23
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@Redwine, true the US has snow issues but I've never in 35 years of skiing seen an 8-10 drought stateside. Perhaps 14-15 in Tahoe. If I could cancel and go out west to Jackson or SLC I would, but I can't and am going in Late February anyway. I was sure January would turn around but the latest forecast looks Grimm until very late in the month.
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Fri 6-01-17 12:16
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There appears to be significant downgrades in the snow forecast for all but Austria. Very disappointing. Eager to see the experts on here's input.
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Fri 6-01-17 12:16
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There appears to be significant downgrades in the snow forecast for all but Austria. Very disappointing. Eager to see the experts on here's input.
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Fri 6-01-17 12:15
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There appears to be significant downgrades in the snow forecast for all but Austria. Very disappointing. Eager to see the experts on here's input.
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Thu 5-01-17 20:00
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The next 10-14 days seems to offer hope of a couple of decent storms.
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Thu 5-01-17 19:47
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The next 10-14 days seems to offer hope of a couple of decent storms.
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Tue 3-01-17 12:56
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@nozawaonsen, Any reasonable hopes for meaningful snow in Verbier or Zermatt over the next week?
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Mon 2-01-17 15:19
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@gores95, I'm in the same situation. The forecast maps favor Austria for this week but the 7-10 day forecast looks promising for Zermatt and Verbier.
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Sat 31-12-16 14:50
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@chrisb, I have a similar situation coming from the USA at the end of January. Chamonix/Verbier/Zermatt. I'm locked in for hotel at Verbier but considered St Anton over Zermatt for the last 4 nights. I have to decide today. I'll guess I'll stick with Zermatt given the altitude and proximity to Geneva.
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Sat 31-12-16 13:24
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@sparkzter, Sierra cement certainly beats rocks and grass
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Sat 31-12-16 12:21
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As I've stated I have a trip there 1/29-24. I'm locked into Verbier the first half and supposed to go to Zermatt the last 3 days. I can get out of the latter and considered The Arlberg, but it's a 5 HR drive. As Europe looks as dry as the Mojave desert for January as well, is it worth the change or not. Austria looks to stand a better chance at this point to get snowfall at least in the next few days. Everything falls off the Swiss map once you get within 4 days.
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Fri 30-12-16 4:12
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Sorry I missed the intermediate part. Best stay with the traditional hike off the t-bar.
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 30-12-16 2:53
Replies: 29
The roundhouse on Whistler is larger and handles lunch crowds better than Rendevous on Blackcomb. In addition to others mentioned, 21 Steps has a good menu, especially for families. Araxi was very good. As far as skiing, on the Whistler side, go to Symphony if open and go far right to Flute Bowl. Snowboarders will need to walk out a bit. Blackcomb Glacier a must. Hike up from t-bar or if you are a good skier, try Spanky's Ladder off of The top of the Glacier chair. It's a short hike as well. I've only been in March when the lower mountain is mashed potatoes or some sort of sticky paste. I would guess, from talking to locals and with the year they are having, conditions are great top to bottom.
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Thu 29-12-16 14:20
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Thu 29-12-16 2:35
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Wed 28-12-16 20:52
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@Toadman, @Toadman, I agree, but my job requires planning vacation months out with little flexibility. Also, living in the southeast USA now its's not so easy as living in Europe or the western USA. Last year it snowed heavily two days before I went to Utah, yet it was skied out and 50 degrees on my arrival,so as you said you just don't know. I'm trying to keep my options open for a couple of short trips to the west in March, but we will see. Sometimes too sticking it out yields great results. Last year at Whislter the morning was stormy with 100km/hr winds. My son and I stayed skied through it, the skies cleared, the mountain opened up and we were one of the few out to enjoy fresh snow. The trips planned way in advance do provoke anxiety, too much in my case, but I want to experience skiing in the Alps. Hopefully things will begin looking better.
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Tue 27-12-16 21:21
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@Gämsbock, Yes it does. However i learned to ski at Tahoe and would not visit there as a destination resort. It's too warm and inconsistent. I wasn't expecting Utah powder, just looking forward to a different experience outside the US, and a chance to experience the terrain there. There is still time, but I'm guessing that will come in mid Feb. In the meantime I'll obsess over reports of snow a week out that then gets pulled away only to fall in eastern Bulgaria.
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Tue 27-12-16 21:06
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@Raven, I chose Europe over Whistler, which is getting nuked this year, based largely on inconsistent PNW snow I dealt with the past two years. At least I have Jackson Hole in late February and Telluride a week later. Great resorts but not the quantity of terrain. I thought of switching dates to March but that runs in the thousand$$$.
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Tue 27-12-16 14:34
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Bergfex and Snow Forecast both showing significant snow next Tuesday for Ischgl. These are two different weather engines now agreeing. Fingers crossed! And now both have turned in to virtual non events.... Bergfex still has 50 cm snow falling on Parts of Switzerland Jan2/3 but I get the point. Another epic letdown looming.
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Tue 27-12-16 12:05
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I often see Europeans at US resorts and wonder why they would leave the alps to come ski what appears to be inferior terrain. Now I know: it snows here. Big disappointment for my first trip over there in late January. Looks like man made snow.
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Wed 21-12-16 13:46
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@Nozawaonsen, thanks, I guess I'm just looking for something that indicates a fundamental shift in patterns rather than wishing for a rogue system to break the trend. I still have 5 plus weeks to go so a lot can change.
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Wed 21-12-16 11:58
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@Drew Carey, we have an idea of what will happen in the next couple of weeks. It looks better for Southern Europe on predictions from EC and CFS. But IMHO, there is a similar chance of cooler winds to the North meaning more snow for the Northern Alps. The charts have been unseasonably inaccurate from past approx 5 days. But when we get into proper winter, if we ever do, the charts will become much more accurate to 10 days and further in some cases. Trends over 24 hours, even better a few days, are the best way to see confidence levels rise. By the time you get there, some patterns will have changed in particular Negative NAO and AO around the 28th. I will do an update into the long term in the next couple of days. New to this and coming to Verbier Jan 29. I've looked at articles on NAO. And still am trying to figure out if positive is good for the northwestern alps. I saw where it seemed negative for much of December, hence the cold here in the US. What is the outlook for January? I fear I chose poorly by coming to the alps late January and JAckson hole in late feb instead of the reverse. Would not be the first time.
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Tue 20-12-16 19:01
Replies: 144
I've had the "honor" of skiing Alta/Snowbird in their lowest snow year in record and whistler two years go when the mountain was barren below 4500 ft. Guess I'll experience the alps worst winter as well. Frustrating times.
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Tue 20-12-16 14:35
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Zermatt and Verbier trip for late January. I'm beginning to regret leaving the US for the awesome terrain in the alps. I'm used to Whistlers finicky weather but this is very discouraging. Rode at Verbier on Saturday. The area is in excellent shape considering and we had a lot of fun. Late Jan is a long way away and there'll be more snow before then. Thank you
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