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Poster: A snowHead
Fri 16-11-18 15:57
Replies: 50
I'm thinking that an alternative to the ski chalet/apartment dream would be to build a relationship with a hotel that would be willing to pick you up from the airport and store your skis for the season. Cutting out the cost/hassle of car hire and ski hire/carriage would be a big bonus. Anybody manage this?
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Mon 12-11-18 21:33
Replies: 12
snowcome :sH: Looks like those lockers are €45 a week... https://www.merinet.com/meribel/questions/are-there-any-ski-lockers-near-to-the-pisteslifts Parking seems to have become more scarce in recent years, but you usually find something 5 mins from the centre.
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Sun 11-11-18 17:49
Replies: 18
So you had quite a lot of space around the toes in the old boots then!
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Sun 11-11-18 17:45
Replies: 36
Wouldn't recommend a Formule1 stopover if your with GF. Shared bathrooms/toilets are unlikely to go down well.
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Sat 10-11-18 11:25
Replies: 50
If I was near an airport that worked then I’d head for Salzburg. An hour to Ski Amade and a huge variety of resorts. The problem with Salzburg is that there never seems to be any late return flights to the UK. Although the drive to the Aosta Valley resorts is 2 hours or so, there are flights from Milan late in the day.
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Sat 3-11-18 17:03
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I'm thinking about getting my first set of boots, what should I be looking for? The first post of this thread looks like it used to have a nice guide for someone like me, but I'm not holding my breath for the update given it was last edited in 2009! I'm based in Brighton. I know we have a Snow & Rock who do boot fitting. We also have a Mountain Warehouse and Trespass, but I don't think either of them offer boot fitting. We used to have an independent (Surf & Ski), but that's now a pizza restaurant. The first time I'll use them is on the pre season bash in Tignes, am I better picking something up there or will I pay way over the odds by doing that? Sorry to hear that Surf and Ski have closed, as that's where I bought my very first pair of (rear entry) boots. Snowlab at Knockhatch in Hailsham (https://www.snowlab.co.uk/) have been good in the past. My current pair came from Captains Cabin in Sevenoaks (https://www.theski-shop.co.uk) - also very good. Both not too far from Brighton.
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Tue 30-10-18 20:54
Replies: 14
Best route to Saas Fee? Sion would appear to be the closest airport, but it looked like it only has UK flights once a week when I had a quick glance at the airport website. Would Geneva be the next best option?
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Mon 29-10-18 21:22
Replies: 11
If it's a late flight I reckon it's worth staying at a cheap hotel at the airport and then driving in daylight. Much less stressful.
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Thu 25-10-18 22:25
Replies: 18
Yes. Got my boots there a few years ago and recently got them to replace the sole plates. Excellent service. Will be the first place I look next time.
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Wed 24-10-18 11:55
Replies: 41
I've a similar situation for a trip in March 2019. A couple of additional qus... Is there a non skiers' pass that's worth getting for a long weekend that will be cheaper than paying for return tickets? Is there a good value place for ski hire anyone can recommend? We'll be staying at the Victoria-Lauberhorn. Non-skiers pass - yes. https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/jungfrau-ski-region/jungfrau-region-hiking-and-sledging-pass/ Skiset are the cheapest for ski hire, and they’re very good. The shop is next door to your hotel in the Main Street. https://www.skihirewengen.com Many thanks telford_mike
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Tue 23-10-18 16:44
Replies: 41
@nbt, The Jungfrau region is eminently suitable for a trip with a non skier as the mountain railways make it very easy for the non-skier to meet up with the skiers at lunchtime at Kleine Scheidegg. In addition to plenty of walks there are several toboggan runs too if the non-skier feels up to that! (toboggans can be hired by the day or longer). Grindelwald is bigger than Wengen, but I prefer Wengen as it's car free. If you stay in Wengen then in addition to the non skier taking the train up to Kleine Scheidegg they can take the cable car from the centre of the village up to Männlichen where they can also meet you for lunch. I've a similar situation for a trip in March 2019. A couple of additional qus... Is there a non skiers' pass that's worth getting for a long weekend that will be cheaper than paying for return tickets? Is there a good value place for ski hire anyone can recommend? We'll be staying at the Victoria-Lauberhorn.
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Fri 14-09-18 9:08
Replies: 31
too brutal folks. In my experience, of trying to coax a teenager through his GCSE's, the criteria for passing the exams seem to have been set with little regard (or awareness) for the 'real' world and trying to comprehend them through the lens of rationality tended to result in a quite perplexed state. The objective here, I would presume, is not an adult mission to produce 'the next great ski product' but to nurture, in a student, respect for the research part of the R&D process. Well said Admin. We’ve had worse surveys from degree level students on here. If the poster is a 14-16 year old trying to meet the crazy demands of GCSE coursework why would we not want to offer our support rather than worst aspects of web forums?
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Wed 15-08-18 8:51
Replies: 18
5 adults means a big hire car, so it may not be cheaper than transfers, but it usually is. There's always the possibility of bad weather and that makes transfers attractive, but I've always hired - like to be in control of my own destiny. A car is useful if you're self catering and want to go to one of the supermarkets in Moutiers or fancy a day out to another resort (skis on lap time?) - e.g. Champagny and skiing La Plagne. I've never used Lyon on a Saturday, but it's not overly busy at other times. It was being rebuilt when I was last there - now complete I believe. Note at both Lyon and Geneva that the car hire is a short bus ride away from the terminal - that's not an issue at Grenoble.
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Mon 6-08-18 14:10
Replies: 1920
@king key, Pilots will be indispensable in the not to distant future... You can learn to ski without ski instructors... dispensable ?
Poster: A snowHead
Sun 27-05-18 16:54
Replies: 24
Car hire from Milan ususally much cheaper than the alternatives.
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Sat 28-04-18 6:38
Replies: 32
Domes are dull as ditch water - much better to go for a walk in the countryside - generally speaking you will be faced with poor snow/ice long queues, short and boring runs and overpriced coffee. I always thought it was 'dish water'??? Sure that ditch water isn't that exciting either though.
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Wed 11-04-18 18:53
Replies: 34
What other ambitions do you have when you’re five??
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Fri 30-03-18 15:38
Replies: 26
A bit cheaper than I reported - a Swiss Transfer ticket looks like £116 each - so £232 for the two of us. Car hire looks like £132. I already have excess insurance. Parking at Lauterbrunnen for 4 days looks around £42. Return train fare between Lauterbrunnen and Wengen is 16.40euros each + petrol. So there's not a lot in it. Thinking that part of the Swiss experience will be to use the train, even if it does involve 4 changes.
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Fri 30-03-18 15:12
Replies: 26
Had started to plan the airport to resort by train option, but was surprised to discover it involves 4 changes of train! and the return price for two of us looks like 333 euros. Car hire starts to look the better option.
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Sat 24-03-18 15:04
Replies: 26
The famous Swiss integrated transport system makes Lauterbrunnen a practical prospect, but you do have to live according to a timetable. It's perfectly possible to stay in the valley, get a bus to the train straight up to Kleine Scheidegg, and go home on the train from Wengen, but if you miss the bus or train you'll have a certain amount of waiting to do. Depends on how organised your family is! I can dig out details of the large apartment we stayed in if you like (or wait for @Gämsbock to show up here; she'll know) But presumably if you stay in Wengen itself you've got to pay to park the car in Lauterbrunnen and transfer everything up to your accommodation on the train? As idyllic as Wengen would appear, that does sound like a hassle.
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Sat 24-03-18 11:46
Replies: 26
Thanks for the info. It looks like half term, then. I’m thinking of an apartment in Wengen or wondering if Lauterbrunnen might not give us more flexibility. Self catering is always the way to keep the costs down. Lift pass prices look comparable to elsewhere. Go on scare me - how much for a small beer? That famous Swiss dish - pizza?
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Fri 23-03-18 17:50
Replies: 26
It's always been on my list of resorts to visit one day and 2019 may be the year. The problem is I'm restricted to school hols. So when would be best - half term (better snow, but busier?) or early April (Easter is late next year and is at the end of the school break)?? Thoughts from any locals or those who know the area well would be appreciated.
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Tue 20-03-18 19:11
Replies: 3
Looks like it's France, Spain and Portugal at present with Italy joining in May... "French managers APRR and AREA offer an option to use the electronic toll badge in Italy on the TopEurop formula. This formula is marketed from May 2018. With APRR / AREA's TopEurop, you will be able to travel on all French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian motorways; with the exception of the cross-border tunnels of Fréjus and Mont Blanc."
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Sun 18-03-18 12:33
Replies: 12
Driving in the Aosta Valley is usually a dream as the roads are so quiet. The level of the tolls is clearly successful in pushing drivers onto other roads.
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Fri 16-03-18 15:07
Replies: 12
A Tesco carrier bag works pretty well too. I just tried this. Works fine, but I end up with my foot and carrier bag in my boot. To get the bag out I have to take my foot out. It is a Sainsburys bag though - is that where I've gone wrong? :)
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Fri 16-03-18 15:03
Replies: 48
The real test of a jacket is how water repellent it is after it's been washed for the first time. Some never seem to be as good regardless of what you treat them with.
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Thu 15-03-18 20:22
Replies: 18
The most frustrating thing is that paying more and using some of the the big names doesn’t seem to guarantee any better service. Avis/Budget always add on something above the pre-paid price with HA or RentalCars. They know that many people won’t notice or complain and it’s become their standard business practice. Worst experience of all with B-Rent last week at Malpensa. Contact number went to voicemail and shuttle bus was nowhere to be seen. Avoid at all costs!
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Sun 25-02-18 15:12
Replies: 43
Or pay 40 quid for annual excess insurance and dont sweat it How does this resolve these issues?
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 23-02-18 13:59
Replies: 38
Avoid Saturday - sure to be expensive. Italy (Milan at least) is usually a much cheaper alternative and Italy is significantly quieter than France at half term in my experience.
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Fri 23-02-18 13:52
Replies: 8
Interesting report - you certainly packed a lot into a week. A great place to go. Was equally quiet when I was there at Easter, almost 10 years ago. I'm surprised they didn't offer a flight to Edmonton as that would have shortened the transfer a bit.
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Fri 23-02-18 13:23
Replies: 43
To maximise profits the car hire co will try to take money from you for many things car hire excess insur dints/damage etc cross border etc The onus is on the rentee to be vigilant clued in. If you are not, expect unexpected bills for a full list of scams Google : Firefly or Goldcar I've heard of problems with Firefly and Goldcar and so don't use them. Avis are typically much more expensive and so you would hope that you were paying for a more honest business practice. Sadly, not the case. I have actually now had a full refund from Avis, but it took a phone call and a series of emails. Unimpressed with BA too who I had bought the flight/car hire package from. Any hope of a refund from them seemed to require a letter.
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Thu 22-02-18 19:34
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Car hire the only viable option? Often good value from Malpensa, but beware the terminals. EasyJet fly into T2 and most of the hire firms are in T1 which is a 10 min bus ride away. If you book car hire with EJ you get hire with Europcar from T2.
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Thu 22-02-18 19:20
Replies: 43
@dw832, I posted a few days ago about the Avis/snowchains thing. http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=136012 The Avis scam is that snowchains are included for free but you pay to use them (!) Either a) you prepay CHF 25 or so to have the right to use them, or b) if you actually open the packet and use them without pre-paying, you get charged CHF70. If you have them but don't use them, there shouldn't be a fee. Thanks for the link. It’s disappointing that such a big company is playing games with what is essential safety equipment when the conditions call for it.
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Thu 22-02-18 19:01
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@dw832, how do you get to invoice online? We have had an additional charge which was a bit higher than I was expecting, so would like to check? Do you access it via the British Airways website? You can find it on the Avis website. They didn’t give me a paper copy. My concern is that they know that many customers won’t check an online invoice and that an ‘extra’ charge of £30-£50 is going to get missed by some people. An easy way to increase your income if you are a dodgy business, but this is a world famous big brand. Why risk your reputation?
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Wed 21-02-18 20:10
Replies: 43
Just a warning for folk to keep an eye on their credit card bills if they rent with Avis or Budget. I've used them twice in the past few months and on both occasions discovered an additional debit made to my credit card. With the first case involving Budget I ended up making two phone calls and they eventually agreed it was a mistake and refunded the money. I'm currently still trying to get a refund from Avis for snow chains and an additional driver that were clearly included in the booking I made through BA. I get the feeling that they think you will go away if they make it hard enough to resolve the dispute. What I really object to is that the additional charges are not being discussed when the car is returned. The invoice is online and needs to be downloaded for you to have any idea of what the charge is for. A sharp practice in my mind, so I will simply not use them again. It may be worth checking your bill if you've rented from them recently.
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Wed 3-01-18 14:19
Replies: 28
Lessons aren’t just about skiing - you also learn about how vastly different a mountain environment is to a dry ski slope and how to find your way around. You may well feel very comfortable on the nursery slopes and make great progress, but heading up a lift you’ve never used before, on your own could prove to be an unenjoyable rather than exciting experience.
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Sat 30-12-17 22:32
Replies: 5
No suitably timed/priced flights to Innsbruck or Salzburg? Not sure what the situation is with snow tyres from Munich.
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Sat 16-12-17 18:33
Replies: 45
That’s the frustrating thing - you can’t ever be sure how the rules are going to be interpreted. I took my Citadel bike lock in the summer and that would be a pretty effective blunt instrument, but then so would a ski boot. Sadly, despite politicians’ rhetoric, the terrorists ‘won’ when these rules were introduced - they affect the day to day lives of thousands of people every day of the year.
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Wed 6-12-17 22:50
Replies: 18
You can't go wrong with Sauze. Great intermediate skiing and decent apres. Ski lifts were fine the couple of times I've been there Agreed. Very nice village feel. Some great, good value restaurants. Slopes/lifts a bit of a trek uphill from the centre though. Excursions into Sestriere have never made it appear a better alternative base.
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Sat 2-12-17 13:50
Replies: 11
After Valloire, a lovely French town, I think you'd be disappointed with Le Corbier which I felt was a bit grim in the centre. Val Cenis is worth a look, but very quiet in the evenings. Valmorel is an attractive, compact village, but I've not skied there.
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