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Poster: A snowHead
Wed 4-01-17 13:55
Replies: 88
I love carving turns as fast as I can - I just don't ski straight down the fall line as some people do. At 90 kgs, and if you enjoy going fast, and preferring wider turns (rather than "traversing") then you should notice the difference and get more enjoyment from a stiffer ski, which generally equates to more expensive ski to hire. Why don't you hire your normal budget ski the first day of your trip and upgrade the next day and feel the difference for yourself? You will probably be surprised. If you find you are not enjoying the upgraded skis, just go back to what you are comfortable with - but if you feel you want to get more out of your skiing get some private lessons.
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Tue 6-12-16 13:39
Replies: 31
I bought Head WC Rebels junior skis in 156 for use on the dry slope, which were recommended by our local ski shop as a viable, and cheaper, alternative to the adult version. Quite a few people at the club use them. I'm 5'9" and approx 72 kgs and find them plenty stiff enough and brilliant fun on the dry slope. http://www.snowfit.co.uk/head-wc-rebels-isl-rd-team-sw.html
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Wed 2-11-16 10:42
Replies: 18
We went to Les Contamines at February half term a couple of years ago, and although there was a bit of a crush in the morning to get the gondola up, once up on the mountain we found the pistes very quiet and generally very small lift queues. We had a great time and would definitely go back.
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Sun 30-10-16 9:22
Replies: 31
I would agree that it would be best to speak to the ski school if you can. We first learned the basics at Norwich dry slope and when we enrolled for lessons there seemed to be just a few stark choices, "beginners", "intermediates" or "advanced". We didn't think of ourselves as beginners so signed up as intermediates. We had to meet our group at the top of the chair lift. Our problem was that we had never been on a chair lift and we had no idea what to expect. As we were getting near the point of having to get off I told the lady next to me that we were chairlift virgins and asked for advice and she just said "leave it to the last minute". As it happened this chairlift had a steep run off and we were totally unprepared, and by the time we realised we should be getting off our skis could not touch the ground and we had to jump off and ended up as a tangled mess of skis, poles, legs and arms sliding down towards the waiting onlookers :oops: Once we sorted ourselves out we had to ski down in deep snow (very different to the dry slope!) falling over a few times before we made it to the instructors. Having made it down the instructors soon sorted us out into the right group and then had a brilliant week and became totally hooked :sH:
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Mon 24-10-16 17:03
Replies: 64
Morzine which is part of the Portes du Soleil area, is probably a maximum of one and a half hours from Geneva. But if you did not mind a 3 hour transfer then it opens up a lot of options including La Plagne / Les Arcs, Three Valleys, Tignes - all "major" resorts with plenty of blues and nice reds. Third week of January should be good for snow wherever you go.
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Mon 24-10-16 16:53
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Mon 24-10-16 16:38
Replies: 64
For easy access from Geneva, big area with plenty of blue runs, Morzine would be worth considering. And welcome to :sH:
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Sun 16-10-16 7:10
Replies: 6
I have a very similar problem following a fractured right leg, complicated by a bit of bone which sticks out following the repair and which always rubbed raw on my boot liners. Had new boots and custom liners fitted by CEM with shims to lift my right heel and that seems to have fixed it for me.
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Thu 15-09-16 21:12
Replies: 3
I stayed at Le Bettaix for the week including christmas last season. Obviously poor start to season last year and we could not ski back but could download on the 4 man chair. There was also a bus from Les Menuires back down to Le Bettaix. There were no bars or restaurants in Le Bettaix when we were there, but we were in a largish group in a self catering chalet and made our own entertainment so no problem for us. The reason we chose Le Bettaix was that the cost of the chalet was a lot less than other parts of Les Menuires which meant we could heavily subsidise our kids and their partners (like 100%. :) )
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Wed 16-03-16 17:00
Replies: 2
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Thu 10-03-16 13:21
Replies: 11
We stopped at the Carrefour in Moutiers, on way to Les Menuires. It's pretty big and you'd get everything you need from there.
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Fri 26-02-16 14:29
Replies: 296
@AthersT, Thanks for that - I thought that may be the case. I suspect it may be more of an issue at the eastern part of Austria.
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Fri 26-02-16 14:14
Replies: 296
We're driving out to Ischgl for Easter, arriving Saturday 26th March. A friend has warned of delays at the border from Germany into Austria due to extra security because of refugee situation. I wondered if anyone has experienced this, and what delays we may expect if any?
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Wed 20-01-16 11:55
Replies: 11
I used Morz Express and had no problems at all.
Poster: A snowHead
Mon 18-01-16 21:18
Replies: 9
Definitely possible to find some uncrowded French resorts. Skied Les Contamines last Feb half term, and apart from queues in morning for the Cable Car to get up the mountain, once up there the pistes were generally uncrowded (sometimes empty) and lift queues were almost non existent. Can't comment on Serre Chevalier though.
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Fri 18-12-15 13:21
Replies: 1002
We're staying in Le Bettaix Christmas week - it doesn't look like the piste will be open to ski back down, and I believe that they are putting on a bus service. Does anyone know if you can get the chair lift back down?
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Fri 20-11-15 12:14
Replies: 114
Is it a coincidence that JollyClothing.com, as per link, are based in Wales as is the OP JollyKelly?
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Wed 18-11-15 15:39
Replies: 23
When we were in Ischgl last Easter we had one in our group who did not ski but made good use of the lift system to meet up for lunch. Excellent lift system with covers on chairlifts for inclement weather and with some heated chairlifts as well. The non skier also quite liked wandering around Ischgl during the day. Good skiing and probably as snow sure as most high ski areas.
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Fri 23-10-15 22:12
Replies: 70
I've not skied on any other dry slope but the Norwich dry slope is a great facility. Apart from the main dendix slope, which from the top has great views over Norwich, it has a series of "waves" running down the side of the main slope, a mogul area, a small fun park, a snow flex "blue" run which they also use for tubing sessions and a snowflex learning slope. It's also got an excellent club house and whilst I'm not a racer they have a great racing set up, producing a lot of young talent.
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Fri 23-10-15 22:01
Replies: 42
Our local dry slope has a Dendix main slope and Snowflex learning slope and fun park. The snowflex surface is much more forgiving if you fall over and so seems to work well for beginners learning the basics and also for the fun park, but you can't get a proper grip and so need to do skiddy turns. But for recreational skiing and boarding Dendix, in my opinion, is far superior as the bristle allow your edges to grip much more like they would on snow and so much more effective for practicing on. I've not used the other surface types mentioned but I would think that the only surface suitable for racing is probably dendix.
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Fri 16-10-15 16:30
Replies: 10
Also, perhaps the title can be edited to clarify the type of slope.
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Fri 16-10-15 16:29
Replies: 10
I see that We Are Vertigo is not a dry slope as such but the continuous rolling belt type of training slope ( http://wearevertigo.com/ski/ ). I would wholeheartedly recommend a normal dryslope to learn on but have no experience of the continuous rolling slope so wouldn't wish to comment on that. However there are snowheads that have used them and perhaps they may see this and share their experience.
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Thu 10-09-15 10:53
Replies: 44
We normally self drive and have given up using the tunnel. The queues on a couple of returns from Calais have been ridiculous. We have booked the ferry for our Christmas trip as the last few occasions we have used Eurotunnel we've always had a delay of at least an hour which negates the quicker crosser time. We used the ferry for our summer holiday and were able to get on an earlier ferry on way out and there were no delays on the return, and we found it to be a decent driving break before setting off again from Calais.
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Wed 9-09-15 21:53
Replies: 44
but NO drive to French resorts will be "easy" at half term - the roads get very busy. I can only go by my own personal experience last half term, and the drive was very easy and we had a good run through with no delays. However, we did Eurotunnel at about midnight, and drove straight through with my wife and I swapping driving every couple of hours, which I appreciate is not everyone's cup of tea. It is also of course dependent on weather conditions when approaching the mountains - but that can equally affect transfers from airports. We always drive, generally two trips a season and always during school holiday times, Christmas or New Year, and then either February half term or Easter, but more often Easter, and we have been fortunate to have never experienced any major problems. (I'm bound to regret saying that when it comes to our Christmas trip this year!!). Anyway, back to topic and agree that Baqueira seems a good choice - my son went with his school several years ago at Feb half term and they had a great time and had plenty of snow.
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Wed 9-09-15 14:42
Replies: 44
I was in Les Contamines last February half term, and other than the scrum at the cable car first thing in the morning, once up on the slopes it was not busy at all. In my opinion, it's a good resort for beginners and intermediates. Have you thought of driving? With 4 of you I am sure it will work out a lot more economical when compared to the cost of Feb half term flights. Les Contamines is quite an easy drive from Calais.
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Sun 1-02-15 19:42
Replies: 169
I would surmise that the pictures posted,may reflect what you think your skiing position is, but in real life skiing you are probably skiing in the back seat which will make you tired. 5 weeks is not a lot of skiing and most people will find it is difficult to learn how to be in the most efficient skiing position, consistently, without good instruction, and video feedback would help (and a few more weeks of practice). I would not underestimate the benefit of an exercise regime to be more "ski fit" but skiing inefficiently is still very tiring. If you are getting tired after just a few minutes it sounds like you are using an awful lot of effort to control your speed, rather than using the mountain, and the shape of the skis to help you. You may find that a few hours of one to one instruction will be of more benefit than group lessons. Oh, and as long as the colour of your pants match your skis you'll be fine.
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Fri 23-01-15 10:00
Replies: 69
I must say that I find it desperately sad that some people's idea of fun is to do their best to spoil someone's video. Get a life!
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Mon 19-01-15 22:11
Replies: 9
I used Morzexpress for a shared transfer on 03rd January, returning to Geneva on 10th January and they were excellent. Had cause to change the pick up point for the return and that was dealt with with no problem.
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 14-01-14 0:07
Replies: 101
Started at 46 when youngest of our children was 5 and she was old enough to have lessons at the local dry slope. Wish now had been able to take it up much earlier but in my younger days it was well and truly off the radar and didn't know anyone who skied. Now 58 and normally manage two weeks a season - sometimes I get lucky and have three (like this season) - and try to get down the dry slope as often as I can in the winter months.
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Thu 28-11-13 22:11
Replies: 98
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Thu 31-10-13 20:42
Replies: 23
Check your winter sports insurance policy - some provide third party liability cover, but some don't. Also check your home insurance policy. I have an Aviva policy provides third party liability cover and does not exclude winter sports.
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Thu 5-09-13 21:24
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franzClammer, I must admit I love your thread, love the enthusiasm that you have for skiing, love your exuberance and also your humility and good spirit you have shown when replying to your detractors. Like you, having started skiing relatively late - (I was 46 but that was 11 years ago - Good Grief where did that time go) I guess, you are making up for lost time and trying to progress as quickly as possible. I can certainly empathise with that. The main thing is, you want to learn and are prepared to listen and learn from others to do so. Sometimes you have to go back a bit to progress, but with your appetite progress you most certainly will! Keep up the thread and I will keep on watching it with interest.
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Thu 5-09-13 19:36
Replies: 49
I must admit I was very apprehensive about servicing my ski's, so i booked myself on Spyderjon's lesson, which was money well spent - particularly when looking after the whole family's skis and snowboards.
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Thu 22-08-13 15:30
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franzClammer, you need to go backwards to go forwards. Don't confuse him any more ;-)
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Sun 4-11-12 23:24
Replies: 48
"with only 1 in 5 accidents involved a head injury (very loose term and small percentage, should we have a look at the 80%) wearing a helmet is hardly going to reduce your premium significantly." It's not the frequency of head injuries versus other types of claim, but how much they pay out on head injury claims versus other types of injury. Presumably the insurer in question believes in the long term they will pay out less.
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Mon 29-10-12 23:11
Replies: 149
As I like to have my own skis rather than hire (and I don't want to open that old can of worms), can't justify buying numerous pairs of skis and have aspirations to do more off piste skiing, I ski on 101 mm Shoguns although the current reality is I spend more time on piste and to the side of the piste than proper off piste. (hope to rectify that the coming season :) ). I guess they're mid-fat rather than fat. I absolutely love the skis and they seem to handle pretty well whatever the piste conditions. The argument is made that if you are a good skier you don't need "fat" skis for off piste - perhaps the opposite is also true ;-)
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Wed 12-09-12 18:59
Replies: 34
does he wear a HELM....et ?????
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Sun 4-12-11 8:53
Replies: 51
I have assumed you are driving in France!
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Sun 4-12-11 8:52
Replies: 51
legally you should have hi viz vests and warning triangle in case of breakdown, spare set of bulbs for car, if you drive with glasses - spare set, headlight deflector patches - and snow chains. I drove for a number of years without winter tyres, but after one hairy experience I now use them as well and would recommend them if finances permit. A decent torch if you need to fit snow chains in dark - and a bin liner or something suitable to kneel on. If you have kids - DVD player and head phones for them to use so it doesn't drive you crazy!
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Sun 16-10-11 18:08
Replies: 35
jirac18, When we first started skiing my youngest was aged 5 and we all started at our local dry slope. I would definitely recommend having beginners lessons at the dry slope, and then practicing on the dry slope as often as they can before going in january. Your children will then be comfortable on their skis and make much quicker progress when they have lessons on snow. The techniques they learn on the dryslope are exactly the same as they will learn on snow. They will probably enjoy it and can then practice locally as often as they want to. When they first go on snow they will probably be surprised by how fast it is compared to the dry slope, but they will soon get used to that and then remember the techniques they learnt at the dry slope. I wouldn't worry unduly about them hurting themselves on the dryslope. They will be learning in a controlled environment and going pretty slowly, if they do fall it's unlikely to be a high speed crash! Being smaller and lighter, and not as far to fall, they are unlikely to hurt themselves. You mention that the best you can afford is one visit to either before January. Dryslopes are normally quite a bit cheaper to use than an indoor snowslope, and of course you also save money by not having as far to go.
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