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Poster: A snowHead
Tue 17-01-17 19:41
Replies: 6
@Tom Doc, Pro Feet charge a separate fee, IIRC. I bought a pair of boots from S4F a couple of weeks ago and was hapy with the price. I assumed that the price included a fitting charge as shown in my earlier link. Whatever, I was very pleased with the service, and content with the overall price paid.
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Tue 17-01-17 19:25
Replies: 6
Prices are set out on [url=https://www.solutions4feet.com/services/our-charges]this page. I bought a pair of boots form there a couple of weeks ago. If in doubt, give Colin a ring.
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Mon 16-01-17 16:13
Replies: 76
@Claude B, seems to be a bit of a LDA problem, particularly on home runs (Valentin and Demoiselles). Valentin attracted skiers that couldn't cope (so there was often a danger of being taken out by someone falling from above); Demosielles attracted idiots trying to ski at Mach 1 through heavy traffic - so there was a danger of being taken out by one of the said idiots out of control. I found that generally it was better to drop down Y, or go down on the lift if conditions were poor - or I was tired. Of course that was all some years ago - so names/nature of runs may have changed. Looking forward to this year's visit.
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Mon 16-01-17 15:21
Replies: 76
Me tarquin and eeyore getting off the Fontaine Froid lift in val d'isere in November . No idea how it happened...we got off and the next moment we were clinging onto each other in a group hug with skis crossed all over the place. We managed to stay upright and get out of the way to untangle ourselves Reminds me of getting off a lift with my late (and best) skiing buddy - about 12 years ago. Maybe more. In my case the tangle did knee cartilage damage needing an op. Both of us very experienced. Just getting off a lift - what could go wrong? Well one of his skis was on top of mine. My outside ski dug in but did not release promptly ( probably because the load on it was undergoing a progressive rather sudden increase). So my right leg twisted and twisted - I thought it might fracture along its length. I think that the outside binding then released - and I fell to the ground. Amazingly I was able to get up - and whats more do a gentle off piste run. The I found I could not put weight on the leg. Even then I didn't realise what had happened, and somehow got to gondola - descended to Val D'Isere, and to my hotel over icy roads and pavements. Then realising the problem wasn't going away, I hobbled to the docs. I now take a lot more care getting off lifts. No, I did not ski my skiing buddy - both of us should have been paying more attention. I learnt from the accident - I am sure he did too.
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Sat 14-01-17 21:08
Replies: 27
IIRC the UK power supply from France has been partially severed for a while - but if France can't supply itself a full supply wouldn't be that much use anyway.
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Fri 13-01-17 20:51
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Les Deux Alpes Mar 2017 Looking forward to old haunts - and faces old and new :) [Oops. May be calling this one off. Not sure yet.]
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Wed 11-01-17 10:46
Replies: 12
suggardaddy's advice ties up with my experience back in the early 90s, when I booked a room at Haus Lina and had a wonderful week. Now under different management, I think, but from the [url=http://www.haus-lina.at/Haus-Lina-Gaestebuch_pid,7454,type,gaestebuch.html]guest book comments it's still good. When Lina ran it, it did pay to be able to speak some German, though. But as some guest book comments now are in English, I suspect that language would not be a problem today.
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Wed 11-01-17 6:57
Replies: 42
What about Troodos in Cyprus?
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Tue 10-01-17 7:32
Replies: 18
I think it depends on what you want to change about your skiing (as well as how much money you are prepared to spend). A decent instructor in group lessons across the week should have plenty of time to develop a broad range of your skiing skills, as well as having the time to lead you around terrain which stretches your comfort zone by the right amount. In a private lesson you have less time for that (unless you get a lot of private lessons, obviously). In my experience the private lessons are better for working on a narrow range of things, maybe just one or two issues which the instructor thinks will make the most difference to your skiing. Having said that, I think a more important choice of private v. group, is good v. poor instructor. +1. I found (small) group lessons with a good instructor extremely beneficial. Invariably the group gave one another mutual support. Moreover, we had a chance to watch our fellow students doing the sam exercises that we were doing whilst the instructor analysed problems constructively. I found individual lessons not only expensive, but very intensive. That was very good, as rob@rar has said, for dealing with specific points, but otherwise I preferred the group experience.
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Sun 8-01-17 21:33
Replies: 18
@boredsurfin, hence the question 8-) . @RUGBY PETER, thanks.
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Sun 8-01-17 17:50
Replies: 18
@Timbobaggins, 3 best options are... Claremont car park on Victoria road behind wilko 3hour max (2 mins walk), above sainsburys development 2 hours for free, pay for 3rd hour (4-5 mins walk), Cattle market car park also on Victoria road all day (4-5 mins walk) there is a little clicky linky on the bottom corner of the contact us page of the website http://www.solutions4feet.com/contact.php it doesn't show the cattle market,(whih is just further up the road on the right hand side on victoria road) and the sainsburys one is the bure place carpark which has been renamed Got an appointment with Colin tomorrow am - so a bit late to check with him (I ca do senior stumbly). Can I take it that the Victoria Road car parks are still the best bet?
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Fri 6-01-17 23:35
Replies: 103
An idea: Don't like wearing backpacks? - Don't. Do like wearing them? - Do. I'm a bag wearer through and through. I have seen the weather turn enough times to make it worth my while. Growing up in Scotland and being in a profession that involves being cold and wet frequently has given me a respect for the mountains. I carry a warm jacket for when I/someone crashes. I think we can all agree that injured people get very cold v. quickly on the hills. A small but fairly advanced first aid fit, too. A friend of mine had his femoral artery cut open by a rogue toboggan-an extreme example. I have some decent medical training; if I saw a friend injured and could do nothing I'd feel pretty poo-poo. I'm comfortable with my decision, and the kit I carry; it doesn't negatively affect anyone else. What negatively affects others is people not respecting mountain weather or being able to look after themselves. Risk aware, not risk averse/don't plan; prepare. I have some sympathy with that. Liked a back pack for similar reasons from my hillwalking scrambling days - and later, when regularly skiing off piste, carrying avvy gear round as well as the odd spare layer of clothing, bad weather googles first aid kit, rescue blanket and so forth. That said, now that I ski on piste only, I tend to enjoy the freedom of not wearing a back pack. But I can't see any reason for antipathy towards those who do.
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Wed 4-01-17 9:20
Replies: 510
Haven't read it. Piste probably crowded as heck with rubbish conditions, as so many want to ski but few pistes are open. Doubles (at least) the chances of an accident. Young males used to like snowboarding as it was cooler. Also cool not to take lessons. And not to follow instructions or be thoughtful of other people. Don't know how much the boarding bit is still true. I suspect most ski deaths on piste are caused by head injuries. A few will be body injuries (hit a tree). If so, a protected head is less likely to result in a death on piste. Not sure it would cause one any more than a lack of helmet - helmet A to skull B or skull A to skull B, skull B is still going to be hit by something very hard. The helmets discussion has taken place with motorbike helmets and car seatbelts for years; personal freedom/risk vs public health. I bought one a couple of years ago (after skiing/boarding on-off for 25 yrs) and don't see what the fuss is about. Frankly, if they make them compulsory and several skiers get angry and say they're now giving up, then woo-hoo, all the more piste for me :twisted: The [url=https://www.nsaa.org/media/68045/NSAA-Facts-About-Skiing-Snowboarding-Safety-10-1-12.pdf]risk of a fatal skiing injury is negligible unless you consider 1.06 fatalities per days of participation rate (per million) significant. I can see why insurance companies are not bothered about helmets - statistically discriminating against helmet wearers would make no sense.
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Tue 3-01-17 9:41
Replies: 29
@achilles, for enlightenment follow the magic linky to the snowbuddy. Ooo. Neat.
Poster: A snowHead
Mon 2-01-17 8:07
Replies: 29
......the bigger companies have meekly given in the french demands and stopped ski guiding...... = the bigger companies have not seen a business case for taking on the French authorities.
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Mon 2-01-17 8:04
Replies: 29
When you're a snowHead, you don't necessarily need ski hosting any more. Have a look at the snowbuddy, see which resorts have friendly snowHeads in when you want to go and give them a shout :sH: Of course, don't forget to add your own details to the snowbuddy once you've decided where you're going. Snowbuddy? Qu'est-ce que c'est? I can do out of touch.
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Sun 1-01-17 23:43
Replies: 39
@tangowaggon, seriously cold, particularly if you get significant wind. Take care, find out what the locals do to cope, and let us know how you get on.
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Fri 30-12-16 10:32
Replies: 64
Quite a while since I have been there - but Alpe D'Huez has to be close to a top resort (unless you are after 'cool'). Extensive piste system,with pistes ranging from easy peasy to pretty much as tough as it gets (the Tunnel). Also good for off-piste which isn't instantly hammered St Anton style - , because the resort has (or had) the reputation of being a 'family' one. FWIW, when I used to go there , I thought St Anton primarily was for off-piste skiers - on piste was not that exciting (though of course the mountain restaurants were good).
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Fri 30-12-16 10:17
Replies: 29
With fewer off-piste options this year, what are your favorite on-piste pastimes? Skiing between the mountain restaurants :-D
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Wed 28-12-16 21:06
Replies: 198
Unfortunately, the currency in which most of us are paid is now - after the referendum - worth considerably less in real terms. Some travel companies will have "hedged" against currency fluctuations for this year, but I guess Mark Warner may not have done so. I guess we shall have to expect much more of this next season - when the effect of this year's currency hedging has passed. - I suspect this is only a foretaste of what is to come when we actually leave the EU. :( Doubt it. TOs should be taking into account altered exchange rates already apparent when planning next year's prices. Mind you, if the Greek and/or Italian economies go down the pan, who knows what may happen.
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Wed 28-12-16 9:48
Replies: 19
Snowed all night in Flachau. in contrast to Arraba. http://snowmediazone.com/the_zone/data/535/medium/Screenshot_2016-12-28_09_30_05.png
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Tue 27-12-16 20:34
Replies: 91
Get a Ski Mojo.
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Fri 23-12-16 10:11
Replies: 7
It sort of sums up why I was thinking of giving up skiing. Hazardous activity.
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Thu 22-12-16 11:03
Replies: 144
[url=https://becderoces.panomax.com]A smidge thin in the Dolomites.
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Thu 22-12-16 7:41
Replies: 84
@CEM, I will take care when I visit you next month!
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Mon 19-12-16 22:20
Replies: 84
I have nor real idea of how many weeks I have skied. Haven't kept a log book.
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Mon 19-12-16 0:22
Replies: 30
Yet more backseat action from Raxski :roll: Got pretty damned close to a couple of bystanders as well. Does look a but tough on the quads.
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Sat 17-12-16 20:37
Replies: 30
Tom! We've missed you 8-) Yes indeedy.
Poster: A snowHead
Sat 17-12-16 15:06
Replies: 59
@AdTee, I like the look of kickstarter. Do you have a commercial / manufacturing interest?
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Sat 17-12-16 12:56
Replies: 100
...... None of the stereotypes about this Brits who book ski holidays were dispelled there... Not clear what you are trying to say. First and foremost snowHeads is a skiers' forum. It's British based (including the HQ, snowHead Towers). It kinda follows that the views here, for the most part, will be those of Brits who book ski holidays.
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Sat 17-12-16 9:14
Replies: 198
Mark Warner won't accept this reasoning though, will not divulge any further info and will not share their 'formula' for calculating the surcharge which, I believe, they are required to do legally I think so too. Price revision 11.—(1) Any term in a contract to the effect that the prices laid down in the contract may be revised shall be void and of no effect unless the contract provides for the possibility of upward or downward revision and satisfies the conditions laid down in paragraph (2) below. (2) The conditions mentioned in paragraph (1) are that— (a)the contract states precisely how the revised price is to be calculated; (b)the contract provides that price revisions are to be made solely to allow for variations in:— (i)transportation costs, including the cost of fuel, (ii)dues, taxes or fees chargeable for services such as landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports and airports, or (iii)the exchange rates applied to the particular package; and (3) Notwithstanding any terms of a contract, (i)no price increase may be made in a specified period which may not be less than 30 days before the departure date stipulated; and (ii)as against an individual consumer liable under the contract, no price increase may be made in respect of variations which would produce an increase of less than 2%, or such greater percentage as the contract may specify, (“non-eligible variations”) and that the non-eligible variations shall be left out of account in the calculation. Maybe worth pointing this out to MW - and advise them that you will be approaching Trading Standards should there be no satisfactory outcome?
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Sat 17-12-16 8:53
Replies: 100
Do you all fly with BA because they (obvi) have a lot of routes out of UK? Or just some loyalty to a homegrown carrier? Club Europe.
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Fri 16-12-16 21:34
Replies: 100
Check-in staff, baggage handlers and cargo crew at UK airports are planning a 48-hour strike from 23 December, the Unite union says. The union said more than 1,500 workers at Swissport, the world's largest ground and cargo handler, would walk out following a long-running dispute over pay and conditions.
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Wed 14-12-16 16:41
Replies: 99
That was the second time in three years I'd had a a puncture problem on that stretch of road - the other was a Swiss hired car with a stupid can of gunk and a big gash in the tyre. When I bought my last two cars ability to carry a full size spare was a key criterion. I recently bought a new car and I absolutely refuse to consider one which only has a can of gunk supplied. The car I bought came with a space saver tyre, which I will grudgingly accept, but I'd much rather have a full size spare! My 12-year old car has a full-size spare. Problem solved. 8-)
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Wed 14-12-16 16:38
Replies: 10
I used BMC when I wanted off-piste without a guide. IIRC snowcard did not, then at least, offer such cover. Snowcard were, however, good at handling an emergency I had, too.
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Wed 14-12-16 16:35
Replies: 100
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Wed 14-12-16 10:53
Replies: 198
@Millom, I think MW may be more interested in immediate survival than poor publicity. @jonathan22, MW use ATOL protection. IIRC they may be obliged to give a breakdown of the reasons for the surcharge. You may wish to take a look at the ATOL site and the conditions it imposes on TOs.
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Wed 14-12-16 9:28
Replies: 63
... However, I find them a real nuisance. I’ve had a couple buzz me when climbing in the Peak District and find the constant buzzing very obtrusive. They can be potentially very dangerous in the wrong hands. Gosh. It's been some years since I went mountaineering. I can think of many situations where a drone buzzing near me would have been hugely distracting, and potentially lethal. Glad they were not around in my day.
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Tue 13-12-16 8:54
Replies: 63
... Betcha regulation is coming. EASA regulation is on its way. The very understandable concerns of the authorities has in turn caused potential problems for perfectly resposible, insured fliers of model aircraft. Fortunately, the EASA has been sympathetic, and the Brtish Model Flying Association has been [url=https://bmfa.org/News/News-Page/ArticleID/2332/EASA-Proposals-for-the-Regulation-of-Drones-the-BMFA-Perspective]working with the CAA to present a British perspective.
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Tue 13-12-16 8:39
Replies: 198
@stewart woodward, beats going into adminsitration through poor cash flow.
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