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Poster: A snowHead
Sun 27-08-17 15:24
Replies: 9
Thanks for the tips. Ryanair allow a total of 20kg for ski equipment (for which they charge £80!). My boots and skis weigh about 12kg. My plan is to take a cabin bag for normal travelling stuff and to put skis and boots in the hold in a single bag stuffed with the rest of my ski stuff, helmet, goggles, trousers, socks etc. Being something of skinflint I'm reluctant to splash out on designer stuff. Hence my interest in a cheap snowboard bag. But happy enough to get a purpose made ski bag if I can find a second hand one.
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Sat 26-08-17 15:29
Replies: 9
Because Ryanair won't accept skis and ski boots in separate bags without paying twice, I need to find a bigger ski bag that will fit ski boots as well. I saw a cheap snowboard bag online which appears long enough to fit my skis and wide enough to fit my boots but I have no information on depth. What are the chances it will take both my skis and my boots?
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Mon 6-02-17 8:41
Replies: 44
Outside school holidays, when I look round the piste I would estimate the majority of skiers are over 40, a substantial proportion of those over 50 and quite a lot over 60. As one poster said, skiing is popular with babyboomers with some time on their hands and a bit of money. My 50th birthday present was a 'learn to ski in a day' voucher at the local snow dome. I never came close to learning to ski that day but was hooked. Still learning. goodluck with your project.
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Sun 5-02-17 21:10
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I'm on an extended ski holiday based in Alleghe. Friends and family have visited and gone and I am on my own till Feb 19th. I was thinking I make take some lessons. I am knocking on a bit (62) and have been skiing most years since I turned 50. Basically I'm fairly rubbish intermediate level. Can't afford more than a couple of sessions. But would like to find a good English speaking instructor who can give me some pointers and some exercises to practise. Already asked on another forum and informed that ski schools in Alleghe not the best English speakers. Have car, will travel. Any advice?
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Sat 4-02-17 21:26
Replies: 188
Why groom pistes? Because your average (UK) skier doesn't get more than a week or so a year skiing. We are not great skiers. We don't like being catapulted arse over tit by moguls and snow drifts. A groomed piste may be tame and tedious to the experts but for the halt and the lame it is a thing of joy and excitement. Just because we are not very skilled doesn't make us nobheads.
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Sat 4-02-17 20:45
Replies: 10
If you want to maximise do-able ski miles then the best bet is to find somewhere close to the sella ronda. That would include Selva, Canazei, Arabba, San Cassiano, La Villa, Corvara, Colfosco. Cortina is not the best option. You can get onto Sella Ronda from Ortisei (alpe di siusi) but it may take at an hour or so to get there. Natural snow has been thin, but the Italians have done a fantastic job with snow cannons. (I really mean that -- incredibly well maintained pistes) And it is now snowing again so I wouldn't worry too much.
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Fri 27-01-17 7:12
Replies: 582
I have been 2 weeks now in Alleghe. Been to Falcade, San Pellegrino, Moena, Pozza, Civetta, Cinque Torre, Lagazuoi, San Cassiano, Arabba. Susnhine everyday. Never seen the pistes in such excellent condition. Clearly all the better for the absence of that inconvenient, unpredictable, inconsistent stuff we call natural snow.
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Mon 16-01-17 22:33
Replies: 582
Arrived in Alleghe yesterday. Looks like the great war tour between cinque torres and Lagazuoi lift has been downgraded to skibus. I can understand why the long flat link between Falzarego and Bai de Dones might be tricky but why are all the blues and reds up the hill (especially skiweg croda negra) closed when these are all high lying? Anyone know what the plan is and when they might be open again?
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Mon 14-11-16 11:06
Replies: 8
I was there in September when they reopened the gondola from Bovec to the top of Kanin. So I can vouch that it is working, albeit a bit slow: it took maybe 30 min to get to the top.
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Tue 8-11-16 16:02
Replies: 13
@Casa Alfredino. Thanks for that. I will bring my own skis but I have friends who will be hiring and C.Elle sport appears to be the likely shop, so that should work out well. Thanks again.
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Mon 7-11-16 21:13
Replies: 13
@johnE I'm staying near S. Maria Delle Grazie. So something like a 20 min walk I guess... but not with skis & boots. Do they have ski lockers for hire at the lift station? I'm driving a little panda 4x4 and am not seeking too much white-knuckle stuff. I'm assuming all the diesel there gets winter additive, and your nephew's still froze? Thanks for the heads up. I'll make sure I take some diesel thaw.
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Mon 7-11-16 18:59
Replies: 13
@johnE, Since I'm staying just outside Alleghe, it's likely that I will be parking there quite often. Do you know what they charge? Can you get a weekly pass?
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Mon 7-11-16 18:12
Replies: 13
Excellent news. Thank you.
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Mon 7-11-16 14:42
Replies: 13
I'm driving to Alleghe and and hope to be visiting several of the more out of the way skiing villages within the Dolomiti Superski pass. I have visited the area several times, but never with a car. I remember seeing car parks but never noticed whether they were manned or had automatic pay booths. I suppose it's too much to hope that they are free. If not how do you go about paying?
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Tue 15-03-16 16:48
Replies: 194
@franga, @DrJohn. Thanks for the info. Hope you're having a happy time. Any other tips and breaking news gratefully received
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Tue 8-03-16 18:00
Replies: 194
@Franga. Thanks for the offer. We are a group of 23, all ages, all abilities. I thought we might treat ourselves to lunch at Chalet Etoile one day. I hear it gets fairly crowded so booking is a good idea. A couple of us won't be skiing. Looking on the map, the restaurant appears to be about half a kilometre up from Plan Maison. Is it walkable?
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Tue 8-03-16 17:27
Replies: 194
@Welshcakes. Well that's good to hear. We are heading out in a few weeks time. Never been there before, so I get a little anxious when the live ski info shows lifts shut.
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Tue 8-03-16 15:07
Replies: 194
@JohnMo According to the cervino website about 50% of runs on the Italian side are closed. http://www.cervinia.it/pages/IMPIANTI_E_PISTE_CERVINIA_i_en/447 Is that also a glitch?
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Sat 5-03-16 22:42
Replies: 194
@under a new name My worry is that resorts that invest millions of francs have, by definition, a vested interest in not frightening off the punters, and not drawing attention to any shortcomings. "Come to snowsure Cervinia" may be a fair and attractive advertisement but if the rest of the sentence should truthfully read "and experience week long white-outs" then I'd like to know now. Hence the post. And, yes, the weather is the weather and not very predictable. But once the weather has happened it is completely predictable and recording what happened allows us to summarize it statistically and make comparisons with other places. Statistics are statistics and can help us make our minds up. if I have some sense of the probabilities of some outcomes beforehand then I'd rather get my head round them before I go and perhaps lower my expectations and make contingency plans. That said, probability is also probability, and random. If the chance of a week long wind storm is only 1 in a hundred it doesn't mean we won't be unlucky. And of course... Whether the weather is cold or whether the weather is hot, we'll weather the weather whatever the weather, whether we like it or not. ...But I'd still like to know that probability.
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Sat 5-03-16 18:21
Replies: 194
We will be in Cervinia for the first week of April. I've been checking the interactive piste map and note that on several recent occasions the lifts have been closed, esp on the Italian side. I hear that this is not unusual. Does anyone have any stats on this? Eg Do high winds cause lift closures one day in 5, 10? Do the closures typically last a morning, a day, several days? What kind of windspeeds will stop the lifts? Are all pistes affected or do they keep the lower ones open?
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Mon 29-02-16 17:28
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A group of us are going to Cervinia at Easter and there will be some youngsters who haven't skied before. Are any of the lower lifts free for beginners. Looking at the piste map, there is a carpet lift called "Baby Cretaz" and and a short chair lift called "Campetto". Might either of these be free of charge? If the kids decide they don't much like skiing then it would save us a large outlay on ski passes, where even the local one costs 150 Euros for a junior.
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Mon 15-02-16 21:00
Replies: 3
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Sun 14-02-16 13:41
Replies: 3
We are a group of 20 headed for Cervinia, first week of April. We are of varied ability and none of us top notch skiers. So budget is an important factor in ski rental. Cheapest I can find is "Top One" ski shop (via Snowbrainer or alpineresorts), but it looks a bit on the small side and I wonder if they have enough decent kit to sort us all out. Otherwise there is Nol Ski (via SkiSet) which is more expensive but has good reviews on tripadvisor. We are staying at Hotel Lyskamm and both shops are quite close. Any advice?
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Mon 25-01-16 17:09
Replies: 25
As others have posted, I think your instructor is saying to lift the back of your inside -soon to become the new uphill- ski at the start of the turn. ie you lift the ski, not your heel inside the boot. Before the start of a new turn, your weight is on the downhill ski. To initiate the turn you need to transfer your weight to the current uphill ski, which during the turn is on the outside and eventually becomes your new downhill ski. Lifting your heel encourages you to take the weight off the inside ski and also to change edges. Harald Harb calls it "phantom edging". Here is quite an old video from Lito Tejada-Flores that elaborates the point. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D30kkyhnwBU
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Mon 18-01-16 12:16
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We are a group of 17 heading for Cervinia on Saturday 2 April. We are thinking of booking a coach to take us from Turin airport. We have been quoted 627 Euros for the one way trip. It will seat as many as 49 therefore we have lots of spare places. We will be arriving in Turin at 17:30 on the Easyjet flight EZY8379 from Gatwick. If you are also on that flight and looking for a transfer to Cervinia then maybe you'd like to join us and share costs. We may also book a a coach for the return journey for the Easyjet flight EZY8380 leaving Turin to Gatwick at 18:05 on Sat 9 April.
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Wed 6-01-16 16:23
Replies: 582
Kronplatz is essentially one large dome with lots of pistes coming off it. It has the slickest of ski lift systems (heated seats!) and is excellently maintained. I have stayed a couple of times at Hotel Diamant with Mountainsun Ltd which is in San Martino. This is a spur coming off the main Kronplatz ski area. Mountainsun offer v reasonable rates, Diamant has decent swimming pool and sauna, & jacuzzi. Staff well organized and will meet you at Venice & Innsbruck. The staff will take you to the Piculin lift in the morning (3min ride) and pick you up more or less on demand. There is a free public ski bus (20min) which connects with the bigger Alta Badia ski area and the Sella Ronda. Other villages to stay are Brunico and San Vigilio di Marebbe.
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Tue 5-01-16 18:18
Replies: 5115
Why are so few pistes open in France compared to the Dolomites? We're headed to Les Deux Alpes on Sat to take advantage of a cheap deal. It has been snowing and lots more is forecast, so I had a quick look online to see how many pistes were open. 65% of lifts are running and 42% of pistes are open (http://www.2alpesnet.com/lifts/status). Which is a bit disappointing. In the dolomites where they have had v little snow, they have still managed to get 85% of lifts running and 72% of slopes open (http://www.dolomitisuperski.com/en/live-info/open-slopes). The Dolomites is a huge area too. Is the difference down to national character -- French insouciance, Gallic shruggery vs Tyrolean efficiency? Or is it that the French just haven't invested in snow making kit. Webcams in the dolomites almost invariably show snow cannons going full blast. I must say that in my experience the ski lift system in the Dolomites is rather slicker that in France. It looks like studying the forecasts and following the snow might not always be the best plan.
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Sun 20-12-15 2:14
Replies: 21
I concur with the general feeling that you will be v unlucky to find a disappointing place to eat in Alta Badia. One place I think I would avoid would be an eatery at the bottom of the vizza lift leading to Monte Cherz, where you will get v basic frankfurter and chips. One of my favourite place is Mesoles on the Sella Ronda, up from Corvara, Colfosco, down from Jimmy's just off the Frara piste..
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Thu 3-12-15 12:51
Replies: 5115
nozawaonsen. Would you mind posting the link to your map of snow fall forecast? I have been wandering round the Wetterzentrale site randomly clicking buttons but I have no German and am not getting very far. Thanks
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Mon 23-11-15 11:44
Replies: 33
NeddySkiGoon, albob. You may be right about accuracy of the maps published on the Dolomiti Superski website. But I have been using them for a year or two and they are usually more accurate than the standard schematic 2D maps. Nevertheless the plan shown here http://www.funivie.org/cantieri/albums/userpics/10101/81341-attraversamento-arabba.jpg suggests that the terminus on the Portavescovo side may be closer to the main lift complex than indicated on the 3D map. And I suspect that the short black linking to the blue Pordoi piste, should in fact be coloured blue. It would indeed be odd to build a major linking lift that was only served by black runs.
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Sun 22-11-15 16:44
Replies: 33
I was looking at the 3D map as shown on the Dolomiti Superski website. http://www.dolomitisuperski.com/en/ski-area/ski-map. On the Portavescovo side I can see only black runs leading to and from the lift. Can you point me to piste map you are looking at?
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Sun 22-11-15 14:57
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The new fly lift will rid us of the long trudge through Arabba when following the Sella Ronda. But are they modifying the piste on the South side? Currently you can only get to the Southern end on a black run and it's also black runs from the lift to Arabba town.
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Wed 30-09-15 20:35
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We are a group of 20 heading for Cervinia on Saturday 2 April. We are thinking of booking a coach to take us from Turin airport. We have been quoted 627 Euros for the one way trip. It will seat as many as 49 therefore we have lots of spare places. We will be arriving in Turin at 17:30 on the Easyjet flight EZY8379 from Gatwick. If you are also on that flight and looking for a transfer to Cervinia then maybe you'd like to join us and reduce costs. We may also book a a coach for the return journey for the Easyjet flight EZY8380 leaving Turin to Gatwick at 18:05 on Sat 9 April.
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Tue 23-06-15 16:07
Replies: 24
Thanks for your help. I had a look on YouTube for footage of Santons and, yes it does look bumpy, busy and a bit of a bstd. Am I right in thinking that you can get back to the Olympique cabin lift (and home). via the Marmottes and/or Fontaine Froid chair lifts?
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Mon 22-06-15 16:58
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I'm planning a ski trip for Easter 2016. We will be maybe 15+ friends and family ranging from children just starting to learn, parents just starting to learn. Teenagers and twenty somethings, who are experienced skiers and boarders and their older more cautious parents. We'll be going 1st week of April so we're looking for somewhere snow-sure. Val D'Isere ticks that box. But I have seen several snowhead posts warning against it for beginners. Why is that? I went to to Tignes some years ago and was in ski school myself so didn't get chance to roam far but I did get to the set of nice green runs beyond Bellevarde peak and remember that they were still in good condition despite it being mid April. They are accessible straight off the main lifts so you don't have do anything scary to get to them. And you can get all the way back to La Daille on the appropriately named "Verte" green run or back to Rond Point on the blue "Santons". There also seem to be plenty of other blues for us cautious ones. Am I missing something?
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Fri 19-09-14 13:02
Replies: 6
andy: Dolomiti Superski reported it should be repaired, and photos on one of the lift geeks websites shows it progressing Thanks for this. I'm reluctant to book a hotel at Malga Ciapela unless I know for sure that the lifts are working. Can you point me to geeks website you mentioned?
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Fri 19-09-14 9:49
Replies: 6
Does anyone have information, after last year's avalanche damage, on whether the Padon no 2 lift back toward Arabba and the drag lifts from Malga Ciapela will be ready for this year's ski season?
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Wed 25-06-14 11:30
Replies: 22
Mountainsun have a chalet Albergo Frohsinn at San Cassiano that is ski-in-ski-out. You can get to the Sella Ronda, and also to Hidden Valley and Cinque Torri. http://www.mountainsunltd.com/chalet/albergo-frohsinn
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Wed 25-06-14 11:17
Replies: 12
Ski holiday booked for 2015, flights sorted. Only the question of ski hire unresolved. Every year the same dilemma: do I go for basic level, better or best; or something in between? Inevitably, I get suckered into the grade thatís a couple up from cheapest but below the top notch. I say, ďsuckeredĒ because I doubt that I could tell the difference between them, and Iím actually pretty certain that there is little real difference. Every year the manufacturers come up with some stunning innovation involving carbon fibre, microchips, fuel injection or Dolby noise reduction, but you just know that you could probably get the same improvement by painting on some go-faster stripes. I am not a strong skier and the things that make a difference to how well I ski are how fit and how fat I am, how much practice I have had, the snow conditions, the slope conditions and whom Iím following down the slope. I would guess these things account for 90% of the variation in my ability and the skis less than 10%. And when you book the skis you canít be sure what you will actually get. They always have a get out clause saying ďor equivalent modelĒ. So when I turn up at the ski shop and Iím given Rossignol touchscreens rather than the Salomon featherlites I havenít a clue whether Iím getting a good deal or a complete dud. It is precisely because Iím not a strong skier and not knowledgeable about ski models, that I persuade myself that any advantage I can secure is probably worth the extra cost. But is it? The economy level skis are often half the price of the higher grades. Should I have the courage of my convictions and go for the cheapest?
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Tue 4-02-14 15:19
Replies: 46
But WHY does Admin "Strongly recommend" that we don't use SkiSet. I would like to know the details and the resort and the shop name, so that I can make up my own mind.
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