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Poster: A snowHead
Thu 19-10-17 9:44
Replies: 1312
@msej449, it’s a long time since the £ was a reserve currency - I am not sure that’s a bad thing.
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Wed 18-10-17 19:12
Replies: 64
@cameronphillips2000, airline charges certainly are significant. That said, Ryanair charge £40 each way - so £80 return. What's the rental price of good skis at somewhere like Tignes? I haven't hired for a long time, so I really don't know.
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Wed 18-10-17 17:18
Replies: 64
@Penry, take a note of hire skis you like, borrow a friend’s for a few runs, and try out test skis.
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Wed 18-10-17 10:04
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..... If you make it to 'Silver' status then it's usually difficult to justify travelling Club in short haul. I fly only when I go skiing these days. I justified flying Club on short haul because it was comfortable and saved baggage hassle. I stopped because BA became strike prone. Ryanair are OK (if they don't cancel flights) but their seats are a lot harder!
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Tue 17-10-17 19:12
Replies: 19
Alpe D’Huez? Good for beoginners. Off piste good and not hammered. Wide variety of pistes. South facing.slopes. High.
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Tue 17-10-17 15:59
Replies: 31
@Dr John, 'clutching at straws' is an enigmatic remark, I am not sure what you mean - but hope this answers you. Gloom is in the eye of the beholder (ask Old Fartbag) - and of course artificial light helps. I used to go to EK a lot and stayed several times at Val Disere - but it was quite a few years since I was there last. I found I really did not like staying there early January because the valley was so gloomy - it came close to making me feel depressed as I was coming down the hill. From, say, mid February onwards I was a lot happier. I have stayed at both La Daille and the main town area - but the area I enjoyed most was Le Fornet, partly because there was a lot of easily accessible off piste that wasn't trashed as quickly as elsewhere, and partly because it seemed sunnier. I am delighted that you are happy with Val D'Isere. I have no wish to go back - but I've been there many times. Mostly enjoyed it a lot. But I personally wouldn't want to go there at Christmas. Each to their own, as I said above.
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Mon 16-10-17 14:12
Replies: 64
@UkuleleDave, gone solo to the Alps by train. Local train to East Coast Main Line . ECML to KX. KX to Waterloo. Eurostar to Paris. Taxi to Gr du Nord (could not imagine getting my ski baggage and skis through the Metro gates on my own). Lyon (IIRC) and Lyon to Bourg St Maurice by TGV. Quite enjoyable - especially travelling first class (not that expensive if booked well in advance in those days). But it would have been a lot more fun without the skis.
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Mon 16-10-17 10:38
Replies: 31
@Markymark29, not that I want to get involved in a Val/Tignes p!ssing contest, but really? Val is picture postcard old village beautiful at most times but especially so at Christmas. And Tignes is, well, you know, not going to win any beauty pageants any time soon. OTOH Val D is in a gloomy valley when the days are short. Each to their own, of course.
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Sun 15-10-17 21:56
Replies: 64
My Kneissel Black Stars will probably last me til I stop skiing - but then I am somewhat senior. I can't imagine a better on piste ski. I enjoy modern skis, but I have seen some pretty nifty swing on old fashioned skis too. For most recreational skiers, a spreadsheet will probably show a balance showing that it would cost you less to hire than to buy. Moreover, if you hire, you don't have the hassle of lugging skis around the transport system. On the other hand, it is nice to look after your own skis, know when the bindings were last tested, and to know through experience pretty much how they will behave over a wide range of terrain and snow conditions. Your call.
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Sat 14-10-17 13:27
Replies: 1312
@LaForet, the firm I mentioned manufactures - though there is a design element. Raw material costs are heavily USD oriented. That cost it big time in 2008, then the USD was fairly steady until mid 2014 from when it kept worsening until the recent GBP upturn, However, there is considerable value added based on GBP, both in terms of R&D and production. Service industries such as software design suffer little from import costs, so they should be flourishing. I wonder if the figures are right
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Sat 14-10-17 12:51
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@LaForet, firm I used to work for has been doing very nicely indeed from export orders since the referendum. Mind you, it did examine the way it was structured, including aspects such as management, production and marketing - and it looked outside Europe. Maybe other British firms need to sharpen up similarly.
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Sat 14-10-17 8:47
Replies: 41
There is a wonderfully uninformative thread called "next season is going to be more expensive" - this tells you exactly why - it has nothing much to do with exchange rates but profiteering airlines..... Risky game running an airline. Events can easily change an airline from being 'profiteering' to bust. Ask any former Monarch employee.
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Thu 12-10-17 18:54
Replies: 1312
@PaulC1984, ftse does not mean anything unless your invested. Most average people or below it means nothing. A lot of UK pensions have quite a dependance on FTSE companies' performance, as do many equity ISAs.
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Sat 7-10-17 13:19
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Which European countries allow dual citizenship? In general terms those permitting dual nationality are : Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Republic of Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Finland France Germany ( but only with other EU countries ) Greece Hungary Ireland Italy Latvia Luxembourg Malta Portugal Romania Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland so the vast majority of EU countries The UK does. Still in the EU last time I checked .
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 6-10-17 23:41
Replies: 61
@Lisa_BrentaSki, is the TO liable for a full refund if the trip is not taken up?
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Fri 6-10-17 23:29
Replies: 26
@Posidrive, yes - works well, provided they don’t go on strike.
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Thu 5-10-17 19:24
Replies: 1312
Except that I have just remembered I get a free lift pass where I am going :D
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Thu 5-10-17 19:20
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I actually meant a return visit but I see where you are coming from. Personally, I'm heading to Switzerland with my £288, 25 resort season pass, all bought and paid for. Bargain! Gosh, that is astonishing value. I'm committed for next season, now - hope a similar offer is made next year. Quite a while since I have skied in Switzerland.
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Tue 3-10-17 13:35
Replies: 17
@JulesBod, nothing to add to the excellent advice above, just want to add to @x7's welcome to snowheads. :sH:
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Mon 2-10-17 11:41
Replies: 61
@FFIRMIN, the pilots would need to be converted to Boeing’s, and then I am guessing they would have to serve time as First officers before they became captains. Maybe some would have 737 experience in the past, in which case I suspect transition would be easier. There is at least a temporary glut of pilots and and cabin crew on the market, I suppose. Very sad for all the staff involved. :(
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Mon 2-10-17 9:50
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@robboj, what's the 'racket' in a credit card surcharge? Credit cards cost the payee more than debit cards. Why should they absorb it unless legally necessary? They may want to do so in the cause of customer relations, but I can understand them not wishing to do so. Monarch didn't charge the surcharge, OTOH Monarch went bust.
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Mon 2-10-17 8:28
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From what Simon Calder has said on Breakfast TV those who are on holiday should be OK coming home. Those who had yet to go on ATOL protected holidays should get their money back. Those who did a DIY and paid by credit card should get their money back fairly easily. Those who did DIY and paid by debut card can get their money back eventually, but it is quite a messy procedure.
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Wed 27-09-17 12:45
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Interesting. I think the only solution for "media" is to find disinterested outlets, which is less easy to do than to say. UK productivity thing has been an issue for a long time, I believe - I don't think it was particularly affected by last year's events yet. Pro-leave people will be surprised by the export data, I suppose. Based on the experience of the company I used to work for, Which has landed a very lucrative export (non EU) deal, I am very surprised. The UK has not been brilliant in collecting reliable export data in the past. One would hope that that had improved - but I do now wonder.
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Wed 27-09-17 9:23
Replies: 21
Myashbash would probably be the best way to have gone had dates suited. Otherwise I would recommend going with a group of friends, if possible. If they are beginners too, so much the better, but even if they are not, I am sure that they will be interested to hear how you got on, and will encourage you when you meet up in th bar in the evening.
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Fri 22-09-17 21:59
Replies: 32
'Cheap eats Tignes' was an oxymoron when I used to go there.
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Fri 22-09-17 9:04
Replies: 91
I booked Ryanair for next season’s holiday because the departure and return airports and flight times were spot on for my requirements. Cost was not an issue. Had I been aware of the brewing trouble with the pilots, I would not have booked with them, but the alternatives would have been a bind.
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Thu 21-09-17 8:42
Replies: 12
Jet2 have been (and still are) advertising ski carriage for £1, but only on flights from or to Stansted not other UK airports. Yes, I was looking at flights from Stansted to Grenoble. Glad (a) to see that i wasn't hallucinating, and (b) that the offer is still available.
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Wed 20-09-17 18:23
Replies: 12
@speachmaus, I think the £1 return offer may be finished - I saw it a few days ago, but didn't take it up (the only flight out to Grenoble was a red-eye). Sorry, didn't think to post it up :( Who knows? it may come back again.
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 20-09-17 16:24
Replies: 1312
@bar shaker, not sure why I should polish anything, the graphs are there for each to draw her/his own conclusion. The decline against the euro is similar to the decline against the dollar. There is a time lag, but your theory does not explain the start of the pound's decline against the dollar. However, you seem very keen to attribute the pound's decline to Brexit - and if that helps you keep in your comfort zone, why not stick with that.
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Wed 20-09-17 14:43
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@bar shaker, Brexit was not 'announced' until after the referendum. [url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-35621079]David Cameron announced the referendum in February 2016, by which time the pound was falling steadily. You could take the view that the referendum was certain to take place once the 2015 election result was announced - but that was in May 2015 - so that doesn't tie in with your graph, either. So let's look at the Pound to US Dollar exchange rates - is that more in synch with your sentiments? [url=http://www.xe.com/currencycharts/?from=GBP&to=USD&view=5Y]Nope. The pound started falling against the dollar in 2014 - when most thought that the next election would result in another coalition, IIRC. I still think that Brexit has had little affect, long term, on exchange rates. Looks like your last pension advisor gave you sound advice.
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Wed 20-09-17 11:40
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@under a new name, the problem with Mars Bars is as a Universal Currency, is that they are not a fixed size against time. They have grown and shrunk. http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/09/18/15/2C77DCF300000578-0-image-a-19_1442586596153.jpg
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Wed 20-09-17 11:08
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@Layne, I would substitute 'probable' for 'possible' in your comment - but really, I agree with you. @Bennyboy1, I was concerned abut the lack of resilience of borrowers to an increase in interest rates long before the referendum ( as, I suspect, were you). IMV government (or possibly the BoE) should have intervened some time ago.
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Wed 20-09-17 9:26
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@achilles, and why does that mean this is not related to Brexit? Sure, GBP devalued in the financial c0ckup of 2007 but recent falls are purely down to having an entirely incompetent, useless bumch of idiots calling themselves government, and their handling of the farce that is the Tory party's internecine implosion. (I.e. Brexit). There was a steady downward trend long before Brexit. Rolling average shows barely a blip around the referendum. I think Brexit will bring all sorts of problems (as well as opportunities). But I really cannot see the logic that says a drop that was happening before the referendum becomes a Brexit problem after the referendum. As a side issue, I am not sure that a low exchange rate is a bad thing for the nation as a whole - but I can see it does make skiing more expensive, and adversely affect skiing related businesses.
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Wed 20-09-17 8:44
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..... For some reason some people (not necessarily you) seem to want to deny that that is related to Brexit, which is what I don't understand. Always happy to help. Try slapping a rolling average of, say, 100 days to the graphs of exchange rates of the Pound against the Dollar and the Euro.
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Tue 19-09-17 21:16
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...... LOL. I check the exchange rate almost daily to see how much less this month's salary is worth and to try to judge when to move it into €..... @clarky999, I am so happy that you are having lots of laughs. If you are happy, then everybody is happy - and laughter is good for your health. ......I do realise that people converting sterling income into € have concerns - always a risk when taking on commitments in one currency when the income is in another - but saying that doesn't help you a lot. Just had a quick look at the exchange rate a year ago - it was €1.17. Today it was €1.13. So 3.4% down today from then. Maybe no need to panic.
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Mon 18-09-17 23:34
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@Dave of the Marmottes, I am impressed you have reason to doubt the HSBC. Which bank are you advising?
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Mon 18-09-17 23:01
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“We were wrong. Contrary to our expectations, GBP has been exclusively driven by cyclical forces in 2017,” says David Bloom, Strategist with HSBC Bank plc based in London. “Combined with a more hawkish BoE, we revise our year-end 2017 forecast.” What appears to have caught Bloom and his team surprise is Sterling's unwillingness to be swayed by Brexit fears.
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Mon 18-09-17 16:35
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The Alpentherme Gastein in Bad Hofgastein is excellent. (Austrian rules for the sauna area). The skiing in the Gastein region is good too. Visited Bad Hofgastein just for a day; my impression tied in with yours. Brides Les Bains is another thought. 20 minutes ride up the godola, though.
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Sat 16-09-17 10:11
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If Zermatt doesn't appeal, consider Verbier.
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Fri 15-09-17 16:29
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