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Poster: A snowHead
Thu 18-01-18 0:17
Replies: 15
Thought this thread was started by the OH of the UKIP leader.
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Thu 18-01-18 0:14
Replies: 4
@Weathercam, looked at the full feature link. The guy doing the recording hit a bloke travelling uphill. Obviously has to be the videoing guys fault. :( he was the uphill skier in the collision.
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name.
Tue 2-01-18 23:21
Replies: 164
@Peter S, +1. Me and two buddies turned up at cairngorm nearly 30yrs ago in a whiteout. Tickets were limited to coire cas and below. We decided to hire boards for the first time, after all only the beginner runs were open. The only reason I still remember that day is coz of my mate face planting as the old chair went overhead. An 8-9yo central belter, who was riding the chair above my mate, and saw his fall, shouted “Hoi, big man, your shite!!” Just then, as I had little control, I had to limbo ropes that roped off the undersnow streams, praying I wiuldnt fall through the snow into the water below. The cloud lifted in the pm. and we handed back the boards. Heading up the M1.
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Tue 2-01-18 1:39
Replies: 27
@Aggerdoo, we only had two clear days in our week, heavy snow & limited visibility for the rest. I was struck by the lack of piste-side huts. Eating places mostly seem to congregate around the tops of the gondolas up from the villages. Most offerings have been already mentioned. The Rossinyol run has the best views of the mountains in their natural state, without any lift systems. But their isn't a hut, or such like, there. The stepD pointed out an ice hotel at Grau Roig, but it was still 'under construction' when we were there, so no idea of what it will finally look like. Visitors are welcome though. There is a champagne bar at the top of the Soldeu bubble (turn right and ski 50m or so, you can't miss the tall, thin yellow flags) but it's views may not be as good as the one @Kingofthec, suggested. Ps. Best bit of advice I can give is to wrap up warm. All the lift system, other than a few gondolas up from resort level, are uncovered, unheated chairs. They can get bitingly cold if the wind is up.
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Wed 27-12-17 23:50
Replies: 18
Can’t remember any names, but... at the top of the gondola in Soldeu: 3x cold chips, 1x beer, 1x coke, 1x mulled wine, 1x hotdog = €30.50. Gulp. In town today, again can’t remember the name (I know, I’m crap) 1x snails, 1x soup, 1x chicken, 1x rabbit stew, 2x tiramisu, 2x lemoncello, 1x bottle red wine (turned down 2x coffee) = €35
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Sat 23-12-17 1:28
Replies: 40
@Lechbob, you are missing a 't'. For £3m you could buy a very nice estate at The Lecht.
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Fri 22-12-17 23:41
Replies: 31
@agw, another +1 for Corvara. Blue heaven.
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Fri 22-12-17 0:09
Replies: 91
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Fri 22-12-17 0:07
Replies: 28
No idea! Years ago we sat in a piste side restaurant for 20 odd mins as the waiting staff walked past and ignored us.
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Wed 20-12-17 23:15
Replies: 111
I guess my first instructors taught me the rules early doors, as I don't remember skiing and not knowing them, I reckon they would have personally been ashamed had I been hooning around at lunch break under their tuition. I had most ski days per season in my early teens, it gets easier to shout a pillock down the more often you frequent. I must have been an intolerable 13 yo. I still don't like to see heavy petting in a pool.
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Thu 7-12-17 2:19
Replies: 7
I have only scratched the surface looking into it. The biggee for me was making sure the gas cowl never got enveloped in snow. Mine has less than 4" from the roof :?
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Tue 5-12-17 0:45
Replies: 27
You know it makes sense.
Mon 4-12-17 13:45
Replies: 27
Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Mon 4-12-17 11:30
Replies: 27
@Orange200, here is her car... https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/24174173_10156213584349131_3448898198927917663_n.jpg?oh=c49b45ead9a075d9f0f0e06f3ce2e6d2&oe=5A9BA052 :D
Poster: A snowHead
Sat 2-12-17 23:33
Replies: 39
@jjams82, @emwmarine, @davidof, @holidayloverxx, @Steilhang, @hammerite, @Bennyboy1, +1.
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Sat 2-12-17 22:49
Replies: 27
@Aggerdoo, the girl arrived in resort yesterday. After a day of blizzard, she spent 45mins digging her car out of a foot of snow, at resort level, should be more up top :D 3 weeks and counting.
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Fri 1-12-17 1:12
Replies: 234
@boarder2020, recreational skiing isn't that physical. Once you get past fighting gravity in a snowplough and get past regularly lifting your own weight after a fall, skiing down the hill involves far less exertion than walking down the hill.
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Fri 1-12-17 0:15
Replies: 234
It is ludicrous to suggest you need a £200k pa income to be able to afford to ski. Starting out, Dave Ryding, Alain Baxter et al would have chewed their own arms off for £200k pa. With that sort of income, you have the luxury of being able to prioritise so many more outgoings than most. If you want to ski and think you can't afford it, re-order your priorities. The further you are from the slopes the more it costs. I can imagine there are some areas of the U.K. where skiing is perceived as elitist. If I didn't live an hour's drive from a choice of Scottish ski resorts, I may well never have had the opportunity to ski. As it is, a huge cross section of the local public enjoy skiing. Even without buying a season ticket a day on the slopes (incl. fuel) is sub £50. Lots of young, working kids head to the hills for a day out. Every weekend new virgins get bitten by the bug. If snowheads is to be believed, school ski hols seem fully booked across the uk. So plenty youngsters get the opportunity to try it. I reckon most enjoy it, a minority hate it and will never return, a minority love it and ski every year from then on in. For the majority, most will have it lowish down on their list of priorities. They will be paying off the mortgage at the 40-60yo bracket, where most skiers come from as claimed in the piece, and have enough spare cash to splurge on a (for them) lower-level priority. Relatively speaking, I don't think skiing has become any more/less expensive than in previous times. Ohhh, and on the speed of learning nonsense.... Utter tosh! Perfection is a lifetime endeavour that is always at the bottom of the next slope.
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Sun 26-11-17 23:48
Replies: 27
@kb36, the non winter months seem to be the golden egg of the present custodians.
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Sun 26-11-17 23:46
Replies: 84
I echo the "why is this in the piste section" But, seeing as it is.... An A road walks into a bar. Sees a single track road chatting with the barman. Walks up and says "mine is a gin and tonic", bullying the single track into buying him a drink. Before the A road can take a sip, a dual carriage walks in and says "Oi, A road, get me a rum and coke!" The A road succumbs. Just as the dual carriage way raises his drink to his lips he feels a slap on his back from a motorway, who says "mine is a whisky". The dual carriage way buy the motorway a whisky, but before it can taste it, a thin sliver of red tarmac snatches it out of his hand and downs it. The single track road looks at the motorway in astonishment "why don't you sort him out". No chance, says the motorway... That guy is a cycle path. I'll get my coat.
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Sun 26-11-17 23:23
Replies: 27
@Alastair Pink, they have acted outrageously for quite a while. Getting rid of senior personnel and looking to make the area a (more) profitable year round tourist destination via the funicular, rather than caring about snow sports. The pioneers of Cairngorm must be turning in their graves. All in my own insignificant opinion of course :?
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Tue 14-11-17 23:17
Replies: 69
@GizmoOne, if I was you, I would be asking around to see if any of my friends had an old jacket I could borrow for the week. Maybe even think about renting one? Just to make sure that skiing is for you before you shell ;-) out on one.
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Tue 14-11-17 14:39
Replies: 38
@sheffskibod, the the main lift running up the middle of the image is the Fourclaz Express, with Roxi Bar at the bottom of it. Been to La Thuile quite a few times. Red 6 back to resort is best avoided early in the day as it is north facing and can remain icy for quite a while. @dobby, If you get the chair up rather than the gondola, there are some nice blue options down to the Chalets Express chair, which takes you back up into the main bowl. The blue that takes you over to La Ros is gentle and usually quiet, you need to do a red first to get you to the Belvedere chair that takes you up to the start of this blue, which will take you round to the Fourclaz Express (if you don't want to go over to France). A really nice red, usually quiet, red to warm up on is red 18, the one that takes you past Offshore Bar. It has one steep section but that is fairly short. Some very nice restaurants in town. Pepita is our favourite despite its unassuming position behind the petrol station forecourt.
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Fri 10-11-17 19:10
Replies: 10
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Tue 7-11-17 14:31
Replies: 33
@maggi, I've never been to Chamonix, but, if I do go I'm liking the look of your poster :D
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Mon 6-11-17 10:07
Replies: 33
We have quite a few of the vintage posters on our walls. All bought in resort- we have found the tourist office to usually be the best place to buy them. Stuff like this: http://pzrservices.typepad.com/vintageadvertising/images/2007/11/24/an_old_poster_of_zermatt.jpg http://rlv.zcache.com/vintage_ski_poster_wengen_switzerland_poster-r7810b79969a64ad49c5e537634809a09_i5fzy_8byvr_512.jpg
You know it makes sense.
Fri 3-11-17 23:12
Replies: 27
'Baby' 'arr kid' learn to love your spelling.
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Fri 3-11-17 12:48
Replies: 27
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 3-11-17 0:21
Replies: 27
@BCjohnny, the op states he is planning something special, and is looking for a scenic spot. You chip in with "the view over your shoulder on the way out". Why bother, really. There may be many better places to go that are nicer and more understated. But my stepD won't be there. We will be celebrating her promotion to resort manager with a family Xmas. It would be the same if she was in Zermatt or Bansko. Ps. Why mention 'cheapness'
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Thu 2-11-17 0:23
Replies: 27
I'll be keeping an eye on this thread, we are heading out there out to meet my stepD for Christmas week as she has been given Soldeu as her resort for this winter. @BCjohnny, I've never skied in Andorra before, what is it about the area that makes you so aloof?
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Wed 1-11-17 23:32
Replies: 19
George, I tried to fill in your survey (realise I am not your target audience as I don't need to rent, but usually fill in surveys on snowheads). There is a glitch on page 3/3 where if you answer the first question on that page 'I do not need to rent' then you cannot submit your response due to all the following 'required field' questions about what you look for in rental companies. Good luck though.
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Wed 1-11-17 23:22
Replies: 117
@WindOfChange, crashing on purpose to determine din settings is not something that should be encouraged/promoted.
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Thu 26-10-17 0:13
Replies: 37
Going on from what @horizon, suggested, Ljubljana old town is compact, pretty and inexpensive. Lake Bled is like something out of a Disney cartoon. All good. To throw another suggestion into the mix, what about Lapland?, my stepD did a season there last winter and loved it. Visit Santa, go husky sledding or snowmobiling to the Russian border, amazing northern lights, skiing by floodlight after 2pm with huts at the side of the piste that only have a fire and reindeer skins to keep the chill off.
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Tue 17-10-17 23:11
Replies: 207
My sister (who is 11yrs older than me) and future BiL took me up Cairngorm in Primary 7. I was done up in a woolly jersey and oilskin trousers. Never made it near the lifts, but really enjoyed myself. At that time (late '70s) there were two ski hire shops in town. I spent the rest of the winter getting lessons at The Lecht. Joined the Ski Club when I went to Secondary School, where a group of teachers took a bus load of us up to Cairngorm every weekend, we were about 50miles away. Great times.
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Sat 14-10-17 22:18
Replies: 71
@Awdbugga, as you describe yourself as a beginner, I'd advise against a backpack. It is ime easier to learn without one. I carried one as a teenager- but that is coz I ate like a wolf, and it was full of sandwiches, juice and Kendal mint cake. Now I have a piste map, sunscreen, ski pass, camera, hat (in case it gets cold) in my jacket, money in my ski pants. You should fit that lot into two pockets.
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Sat 14-10-17 14:14
Replies: 34
I used to listen to music when skiing, but stopped when my stepD pointed out that I might miss a cry for help.
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Thu 12-10-17 22:57
Replies: 63
As a kid I had two sports that I gave my all to. Skiing and rugby. Rugby was a team game that made you never want to miss a tackle. The joy of winning as a team. Being able to look fourteen other guys in the eye at the end of the game. Skiing was different, it was me v the mountain. No sense of team at all. Just a sense of self. You set your own challenges.
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Thu 12-10-17 22:45
Replies: 21
Anyone else remember the Veilhaber MTBs with segmented edges?
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Thu 14-09-17 16:24
Replies: 53
Definitely go with a Tour Operator. Depending on which resort you choose, the TO's are offering some good deals at the moment. Such as 'buy one lift pass get the second half price' or bundles like 'ski hire/week of lessons/lift pass' for not much more than the cost of the pass alone (eg. for one resort we looked at the ski hire/learn-to-ski lessons for the week/lift pass bundle was only about £30 more than the cost of the pass alone). I would throw Italy into the mix. The food (and coffee) is fantastic & prices are reasonable. Corvara or La Villa have a huge amount of gentle blue runs. The pistes are all immaculately groomed. They also have excellent snow-making, so it 'should' be a safe bet for that time of year.
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Mon 11-09-17 16:31
Replies: 19
StepD was looking at something like this.... http://www.eider.com/en/squaw-valley-f-fur-jacket-w-women-ski-jacket.html
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