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Poster: A snowHead
Thu 18-05-17 8:33
Replies: 49
If you have access to a freezer, buy a copy of 'The Curry Secret'. It will show you how to make a curry base sauce, it's a bit off a faff but will provide enough sauce for approx. 6no. curries that serve 4, so 24 portions. Once you have the base sauce made, every curry only takes about 15mins to make. The recipes are in the British curry-house style (which explains why, when you phone for a takeaway, every curry-house in the UK says- it'll be ready in 15mins). Only problem is you might struggle for some of the spices in resort?
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Thu 4-05-17 13:56
Replies: 90
When pricing up DIY, I can never seem to better the TO price (we do get a 5% discount as stepdaughter is a TO employee). There also appears to be a wider range of ski destination airports available through TO charter flights versus (direct) airline schedule flights, when flying out of Scotland. For us it is a case of get on flight, get on transfer and receive lift pass. We have no further contact with the TO, or their reps, til we get on the transfer to go home. Welcome meets etc aren't obligatory and we never get the 'hard sell'. Have done a few quiz nights, but only coz we enjoy quizzing.
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name.
Wed 5-04-17 0:29
Replies: 35
@queen bodecia, @biddpyat, +1. The piste will get less cut up and stay groomed longer, giving a more consistent surface to practise on, and as has been said, little distraction from other users.
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Wed 5-04-17 0:23
Replies: 44
Like others I pack out the bag with base layers etc. Put the tips to the bindings inside a leg of warm ski pants, the tails to the bindings in cool ski pants. Have a pair of lightweight snow boots (north face nuptse III boots- like wearing a duvet on your feet, weigh next to nothing) stick one over the tips, the other over the tails.... Job done.
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Tue 4-04-17 8:48
Replies: 35
I've never heard of a resort re-grading runs due to piste condition. It would cost a lot in re-printing of piste maps and open them up to claims "but my piste map from yesterday said this was a blue, that is why I broke my leg" As @swiftoid, says many resorts want that 40-45% blue, 40-45% red, 10-20% black to attract as many skiers as possible. Oh, and nearly all runs connecting different areas will be a red at most, again for appeal.
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Mon 27-03-17 8:26
Replies: 8
@MCL, be prepared for the shortest plane to airport building ride :D The baggage handlers are super slick, hold luggage arrives in no time, and if you are taking your own skis, they are stacked outside. Go out the back, turn right, and they are on a rack about 15m away.
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Sun 26-03-17 3:07
Replies: 8
@pjd, there is an offering airside??? :lol: :lol: Other than laughing at folk who realise they are standing on a glass floor.
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Fri 17-03-17 0:34
Replies: 213
If litigation grasps the slopes it will be a sad day for me. The founding fathers of our sport were pioneers and gentlemen. They saw fit to sum up responsibility in a few guidelines that, if everyone adheres to, are sufficient. If you rear end someone, regardless of their actions, you are in the wrong. For me, the only grey area is rule 2, always in control. There are always beginners, they are not always in control. I treat them like learner drivers, stay farther back, have more patience to allow them to practice reverse parking or slide slipping. Yet you always get some numpty than can turn left, turn right or stop when they want on a gentle slope. Then they hit a short steep section, and straight line it out of control because they do not have the ability to control their turns in the tougher stuff, so they don't even try to turn. Folk riding on the cusp of their ability, pushing the envelope are the dangerous ones.
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Wed 15-03-17 21:37
Replies: 213
Perhaps out of respect for the dead and the injured we should move the physics discussion (and the cartoons) to a different thread? Maybe continue in après?
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Wed 15-03-17 15:30
Replies: 213
It is more to do with velocity than speed
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Wed 15-03-17 15:26
Replies: 213
@king key, would you rather walk into a stationary car or walk into a car coming at you doing 40mph? They are not the same.
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Mon 13-03-17 14:33
Replies: 15
I couldn't tell you the last time I parked in a designated parking space and was able to fully open my doors.
You know it makes sense.
Sun 12-03-17 23:44
Replies: 215
@Mollerski, not a happy bunny.
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Sat 11-03-17 12:50
Replies: 228
@sparklies, Crystal reps are no longer allowed to walk up and down the aisle when the bus is moving (a few fell and hurt themselves apparently) so I doubt you will get your ski pack on the bus.
Poster: A snowHead
Sat 11-03-17 10:03
Replies: 35
We had no problems getting our discount. 1. Pay holiday in full, request discount at this time and give employee number. 2. Tell employee to confirm, via email, that you are family (or friend). 3. Get 5% paid directly into bank account that was used to pay holiday. This was because we were a late booking. Had we not been a late booking the discount would have been deducted at time of purchase. I doubt your friend's daughter was an employee when you booked. As pointed out by @anarchicsaltire,
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Tue 7-03-17 23:40
Replies: 62
yebbut... We could always edge the old skis. You just got less turns in per ride.
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Wed 1-03-17 17:40
Replies: 5
We spent xmas '14 in Arabba and xmas '15 in Corvara. 2014 had us worried looking at the webcams almost daily, but the hills were white when we arrived. Nothing in the village at all tho. You could see the snowline stop and the hills turn green. 2015 was a bit surreal. No natural snow at all. We were skiing on ribbons of white in fields of green grass. Amazingly the managed to open, iirc, over 700km of manmade piste (some of which was several hundred metres wide- other bits were a pistey basher wide) The skiing was surprisingly good and the pistes held up well throughout the day. We skied every day of both holidays and it was possible to ski back to the villages both years. But it'd didn't look very 'Christmassy'.
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Tue 28-02-17 14:12
Replies: 11
@intermediate, nice link :D
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Tue 28-02-17 9:23
Replies: 11
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Sat 25-02-17 9:01
Replies: 265
@Thornyhill, your wife would chop off your tip if you did :lol:
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Sat 25-02-17 8:56
Replies: 265
@boarder2020, the TO staff do not own the company.
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Fri 24-02-17 23:58
Replies: 265
@Hurtle, if I can charge what I want, have I told you that I can cut hair ;-)
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Fri 24-02-17 23:47
Replies: 265
@Stecleary84, business owners can go above and beyond, I try to every day. But I never expect more than the asking price.
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Fri 24-02-17 23:41
Replies: 265
@Thornyhill, not from the public, as I am no longer on the tools/job. My guys get tips from Mr&Mrs Smith. I get a Christmas gift from other regular businesses for whom we work. If a chalet business with employees gets repeat bookings for a jolly from a company, then I would expect those employees on the jolly from said company to tip the chalet staff, and the company to tip the chalet business by way of a gift.
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Fri 24-02-17 23:24
Replies: 265
@chaletcompanyconfidential, A tip is given in recognition of great service. But genarally a price is agreed with the owner and a contract entered in to. It is expected of the owners to work their butts off. That is just the way of the world. Owners have already factored in the profit percentage. How much they give = how successful they are.
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Fri 24-02-17 22:53
Replies: 34
You know it makes sense.
Fri 24-02-17 22:47
Replies: 265
Ps. It isn't a question of owners not deserving anything. Owners get the asking price. You pay that when you employ their services. I never expect to be paid more than the agreed contract sum. If my guys go above and beyond when carrying out that contract, then for sure, slip them something. But no need for a customer to tip me. Not that I am in the ski business, but the principle remains. I get that that is different from the example by @HoneyBunny, above, in that the owners didn't (appear to) have any employees, but the thread was about staff.
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Fri 24-02-17 22:17
Replies: 265
Not paid for a haircut in 25yrs, since I shared a house with a hairdresser who was an old friend from primary school. She hasn't paid to have her roof checked or gutters cleared in the last 25yrs either.
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 24-02-17 14:53
Replies: 116
My worst was in Zermatt at easter. It was unseasonally hot and you could no longer ski back to the village. We skied down as far as we could to the midstation of the gondola. There was about 100 folk queuing already. Every gondola that came down was already full from the top station. Lots of disgruntled, over heated people squeezing in like sardines. It seemed to take forever to get back. My worst time spent skiing to queuing ratio would be at Cairngorm. But everyone is very orderly.
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Fri 24-02-17 1:13
Replies: 265
My stepdaughter did a couple of years as a rep, summer and winter. Her mum and I talked her into getting a 'proper job', saving for a house etc. She did a couple of years of office work, but said after all her bills were paid, she had virtually the same disposable income as she did as a rep. So she jacked the office a year ago and spent the summer in Greece. She is now just finishing up in Lapland, the season is short there, before heading to Andorra to see out the winter. She has had a great time, learning to telemark, husky safaris, seeing Santa, snowmobiling to the Russian border. Then she is home for a few weeks before heading to Sorrento for the summer. As she says, it's a lifestyle choice, she would do it for less cash and it is great to see her really happy. Oh and no one tips the rep. I don't think folk have misconceptions that resort staff can ski all day, nearly everyone knows that the wages are crap and the hours can be long. But it is a lifestyle choice, and the disposable income isn't necessarily that far off a UK office job. So, tip if you want. Or not if you don't. Tip as much or as little as you see fit. Except for an old man from lech, don't give him ten bucks or less if you want it to be accepted. ;-)
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Wed 22-02-17 23:55
Replies: 188
it's a toughy. When I started out, the bottom section of the White Lady was always mogulled. Living just over an hour away allowed me to join the school ski club, we could try afresh every weekend. She made me want to learn enuff skills to ski her. I will never forget my OH's words when asked "what do you really want from skiing" she replied "to ski the White Lady with a smile on her face", was a lightening bolt moment as far as being in a relationship was concerned Now... I'm a dedicated piste skier. I really appreciate all the bashers that create corduroy out with normal working hours. But if everything gets too groomed..... No one will learn the tricky stuff.
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Mon 20-02-17 20:22
Replies: 11
Thanks @Corky, will see if we can track him down
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Mon 20-02-17 0:43
Replies: 11
Heading out in a month, we have never been to this resort before. The OH is a timid skier, she has all the skills and is better equipped than she believes, but she wants a couple of mornings of private instruction to bring her on. She is going to email the hotel for advice, but I thought I would ask here too. TIA.
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Mon 20-02-17 0:38
Replies: 241
I had my old SX80's til about 8yrs ago. They were totally goosed, but very comfy. A dog that is now ashes ate the top cuff of one as a pup. Made skiing a bit uneven but not unmanageable. The biggest difference I noticed with my new boots was the insulation values, man they are warm in comparison.
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Fri 17-02-17 23:52
Replies: 188
@Dave of the Marmottes, won't let me play the vid...
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Fri 17-02-17 17:16
Replies: 188
The first time I was taught to ski moguls (back on long skis) my teacher told us to ride up the mogul, turn on the summit, then ride down, and repeat. He explained that by turning on the tops only the snow beneath your boots was in contact with your skis (ie tips and tails were in mid air and not touching the snow)so it made the turn easier. I remember wondering at the time that if everyone turns on the tops then how did they form in the first place :~/ Took me a while to realise there was more than one method.
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Fri 17-02-17 9:43
Replies: 188
@alr1970, Cheers for the pic. That looks like fun. Could deffo see those lumps turning into moguls if left unbashed. Never skied Flaine but from the pic it does look like a purple end of the spectrum blue?
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Wed 15-02-17 14:32
Replies: 188
You can get manmade bumps on pretty much any pitch with sufficient traffic, over time. Agreed, it will get cut up and bumpy in places, but it won't be proper moguls surely? Unlike the much steeper slopes not everyone will be doing the short radius turns to create them.
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Wed 15-02-17 0:12
Replies: 106
"but to be honest it wasn't that stressful for the teachers on that trip" @terrygasson, your OH was lucky, on our school ski trips we could see our teachers age by the day...
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Tue 14-02-17 23:44
Replies: 188
Ps. @cooperman17, don't be a numpty.
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