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Poster: A snowHead
Tue 9-01-18 12:19
Replies: 15
@Valais2. Plausible answers, thanks so much for taking the time. Reason 1) would seem quite likely, except that the skis serviced in the UK in December had definitely been waxed, so not entirely forgotten. And last year, I used the skis for 3 weeks solid after their resort service and didn't notice any deterioration at the end of my stay. I also took them out for an hour or two in September to the snow dome and again they felt fine. Assuming it was something to do with the angles, what if the the UK shop failed to put a bevel on the base and gave me a flat ski with horizontal base and 90 deg vertical side (as in top left figure below). That would presumably make it harder to get on the edges when turning? (I am an enthusiastic but not athletic skier) https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1373/6495/files/ski-edge-profile.jpg?2768405140073722328
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Tue 9-01-18 1:14
Replies: 15
My original post wasn't all that clear and I've re-tweaked it. My local UK shop is really a bike shop. But the owner prides himself on edge tuning by hand. The resort shop on the other hand was rather proud of its hi-tec robotic sharpening machine.
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Mon 8-01-18 23:26
Replies: 15
I bought a pair of second hand skis last year and skied for several weeks. Mid way through the season I had them edged and waxed at the resort. Before skiing again this year I had them edged and waxed again by a local guy in the UK. On reaching the resort this year, I felt as if I had forgotten how to ski. On any reasonably hard surface, even a newly groomed piste, the skis would slide out from underneath me. I had to press really hard to make turns and to steer clear of any bald patches on the piste. Even getting off a chair lift I found myself drifting unpredictably. On deeper snow it wasn't so bad. I am an older guy and began to think I was over the hill and losing the plot. After the third day I went into the resort ski shop with the aim of trying some other skis. The technician took a quick look at my skis and said they definitely needed edging. I thought "well he would say that". I came back next day and paid him his fee. The difference was remarkable. I had a good confident grip round corners and a very enjoyable week. I am an intermediate skier and more or less ignorant about the technicalities of edging angles. I'm assuming my local UK ski shop did something wrong. Any ideas about what it was? I have skied for 10 years or more and have never experienced anything like the loss of control I felt at the start of my ski trip
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Sat 6-01-18 7:40
Replies: 258
Dolomitisuperski website has a downloadable app. If you have space on your mobile, you can download maps of the regions to view without needing wi-fi or paying for data. You can also review where you've been by entering you ski pass id. Our last day here. Tons of snow. Could do with a little more sunshine, but a fine time anyway.
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Mon 25-12-17 20:31
Replies: 258
@Tony111. Excellent news. Headed out to Badia on Sat. Conditions look brilliant.
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Fri 22-12-17 18:14
Replies: 258
Well those ancient britons were a bit rubbish compared to the Romans. (@icicle and Whitegold)
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Fri 22-12-17 1:35
Replies: 24
The bus to the bottom of the Piculin lift at San Martino does not actually leave from Villa, but a a little further along the valley at a place called Sompunt at the bottom of the Sponata red run. I think they are every half hour or so and the journey takes 20min. The Piculin black run is the steepest and best done in the morning as it it gets the sun on it later and can get slushy. The other long black runs come off the Kronplatz dome which will take a while to get to, involving the horizontal lift across San Vigilio. You won't get long there, so make sure you know the times of the return buses so you can catch the last lift to Dantercepies
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Tue 12-12-17 15:43
Replies: 16
The weak point is the Skiweg Croda Negra piste which is often closed. (I think it depends solely on natural snow whereas most other runs have snow cannons). The Croda Negra is fairly narrow and begins quite steeply, & if not well-covered there can be the odd rock. It then flattens out and there may be a bit of poling. That said, Cinque Torri is very lovely and well worth the detour. The restaurant at the top, Averau, is very good.
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Sat 2-12-17 13:44
Replies: 258
@zvordauk. If you hire a car in Venice, you should specify a winterised version, ie snow tyres, chains. If it's a diesel then Venice fuel stations unlikely to be adding low temperature additives: make sure you fill up as soon as you get into the mountains. Road is fast motorway as far as Belluno, then it gets more exciting. Scariest bit is Passo Falzarego above Cortina. But they are pretty thorough with snow-ploughs. Good Luck.
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Fri 1-12-17 21:25
Replies: 258
I have a small problemette with my mydolomitisuperski card. I bought a season pass last year when I stayed in the area for several weeks. Recently I wanted to revisit some of the my skiing itineraries, to see where I'd been. Unfortunately, on typing in my ID the website says that this ID is not allocated to me but to some unspecified other. So my past skiing activities have disappeared. However, I an going for a week over new year and was thinking of replenishing my ski pass online rather than buying a new one when I arrive. But given my experience above I'm worried that I will be adding funds to someonelse's ski card. I suppose the sensible thing to do would be to busy a new one when I get there. Still... I would like to retrieve my last year's ski history if possible. I have emailed dolomitisuperski but no response so far. Any advice?
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Fri 1-12-17 18:30
Replies: 258
@zvordauk . Closest airport is Innsbruck. But flights are more plentiful and cheaper at Venice Marco Polo and Treviso. EasyJet and RyanAir do very good deals. Getting from Venice to Dolomites takes 2-3 hours depending on where you're staying. Some hotels organise their own pickup service. I have used Dolomitistars several times (https://www.dolomiti.org/en/arabba/transfer/). They have 2 services on sat, 2 on Sun and 1 on Thur. Cost is 60E return, or 40 Euro if you are staying in one of the hotels subsidising the service in Civetta, Falcade, or Arabba. Alta Badia has fewer options.
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Fri 3-11-17 17:58
Replies: 258
Quite fun going through the webcams looking to see who is going to join up the white dots first. http://188.213.174.146/webcam/kronplatz/40/webcam4.jpg
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Wed 4-10-17 17:40
Replies: 258
Spent several weeks in Alleghe last winter. Despite the snow being fairly thin on the ground, snow-making was stunning. I would guess >90% of pistes were open and in excellent condition. However, we were lucky to have long spells of cold weather; snow-making doesn't work if it's warm. Heading out to Alta Badia with family over New Year. Be nice to know what's happening there from any early visitors.
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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
Replies: 0
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
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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
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Sun 14-02-16 13:41
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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
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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
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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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