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Poster: A snowHead
Tue 12-06-18 10:39
Replies: 11
That's awful, brought a tear to my eye when i read it this AM ...
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Tue 29-05-18 20:07
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RIP - how very sad. His family can finally have some form of closure. @Timg60, you've lost me ... whats' this meant to show?
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Thu 26-04-18 13:55
Replies: 48
Can we not just have a normal Arlberg thread (I really hope this becomes the one @skimastaaah) like Steve Angus's on Val and choksaway's on Tignes - you know, one where people on the ground post live info, a place where SHs are not worried to ask for any advice because someone might slag them off because they only manage to go piste skiing once a year or they have the nerve to use a lift to go up the mountain?
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Fri 20-04-18 10:56
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Thanks @Markymark29 and @Sitter - definitely group lessons ... I've sent inquiries to both. Thanks for your help. Side question - how long does it normally take to head over to Lech, do a couple of hours over there and head back. Is it doable in a morning or is it a full day trip? What about Warth? Thanks
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Thu 19-04-18 11:26
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Arberg regulars - I'm looking for some advice for a friend of mine ... which ski schools would you recommend for kid lessons? Their 11Y old is a strong skier (he is very confident on blacks) and their 8Y old is comfortable down most reds (he just needs to work on his technique). I know that New Generation are now in St Anton - they and we have used them / have been pleased with them in a couple of the big French resorts. I think they'd rather use a local outfit though - any thoughts? @munich_irish, you've given me some great advice on my "Where In Austria" thread BUT it looks like we might be joining our friends in St Anton now ... Kitz and the Ski Welt might have to wait another year ... Thanks everyone.
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Wed 18-04-18 21:26
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@nozawaonsen, best wishes, we are thinking of you.
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Fri 13-04-18 12:43
Replies: 31
@tatmanstours, as far as I'm concerned you have been extremely helpful (together with everyone else on this thread) with all your insight / advice on S-H (much appreciated). I think quite a lot of this stuff is down to personal preference - Mrs F despises jumping on the free bus in Val to get to the centre from La Daille (if the kids are too tired to come down the Face) but I just think it's part and parcel of the whole experience and it doesn't bother me in the slightest.
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Fri 13-04-18 12:17
Replies: 31
@rg1, thanks very much, a really balanced view. TBH I'm tempted to try all of these places - as a family we'd welcome a break from France and Switzerland so I'm hopeful that we will be skiing / boarding in Austria over the next 3-4 years. I bought a copy of the Where To Ski In Austria guide yesterday (from the same guys that wrote Where To Ski And Snowboard) - it looks like a really good book .. time to get reading. Thanks
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Wed 11-04-18 15:27
Replies: 31
All, many thanks for your insight and recommendations. @munich_irish / @Ozboy - thanks very much for suggesting we look beyond S-H and for your advice on travel etc .... I do like the idea of turning this into a mini road trip and trying out different resorts such as Kitzbuhel and the Ski Welt. And Serfaus definitely fits the bill at first glance. In all likelihood we will be hiring a car as we all have our own gear - plus it allows the flexibility of being able to move around if we'd like to. Thanks again.
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Tue 10-04-18 14:49
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@Colinthc, thanks very much. We've only skied the Arlberg and Zell / Kaprun in Austria (both extensively) but looking at the piste map and reading the comments on this thread I think that Saalbach is a fantastic option for us. We have booked flights to Munich (flying to Salzburg would have cost us £800 more for February HT week). I'll look at the hotels you have both recommended and email a couple. Thanks again (I'm actually looking forward to going back to Austria after a long hiatus).
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Tue 10-04-18 14:40
Replies: 31
We (2 adults / 2 boys) have decided to break from our usual February HT routine which has seen alternate between the 3Vs and the Espace Killy over the last few years. Mrs F and I skied the Arlberg and Zell / Kaprun extensively when we didn't have kids - we would be more than happy to go back with the boys to either (particularly Lech) but I just fancy something different. 3 of us are pretty competent and can come down any pisted run, our 7Y old is comfortable on most reds but has only been down 2-3 blacks (not intentionally, I can't do everything) ... mileage is key for us. Saalbach looks appealing - any other recommendations / views? We have booked flights to Munich so we can drive or take a train (Munich and Innsbruck were ridiculously expensive for February HT week). Thank you.
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Tue 10-04-18 10:02
Replies: 620
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Tue 10-04-18 8:02
Replies: 620
I am determined to break away from our February HT routine which has meant alternating between the 3Vs, the Espace Killy and Whistler for the last 6 years ... we’ve only been to the Arlberg and Zell / Kaprun in Austria but fancy Saalbach in 2019. I presume February is a safe bet (in a normal snow year)? And which is the best airport to fly to? Any recommendations for a 4/5* family friendly hotel too? Thanks.
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Fri 6-04-18 18:10
Replies: 934
@kitenski, If you are staying in La Tania you would ski Folyeres anyway (I think it may be a bit unpleasant at the end of the day at this time of year ... my favourite time to blast down it is just before lunch when everyone else is on the restaurant decks) ... Other runs : 3 reds off the Chapelets chair in 1650 Jockeys Saulire Suisses Combe Vallon Faon / Lievre Jerusalem / Biollay (all the way down to St Martin) Most of the La Masse and high VT / Orelle runs
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 4-04-18 8:50
Replies: 934
@breeze11, I would take them down Combe Saulire first to test their legs, it's a cracking run (I particularly like the steep drop into it just to the right of the Vizelle). Suisses is a nice black to take the kids down as is m - as other have said Combes Pylones is in the shade for a large chunk of the day and as such can be icy. My 10Y old's favourite black is Jockeys down to Le Praz though - we did it a few times in February when it was in great nick ... I presume the bottom half would be going through a thaw / refreeze cycle now so I would leave it until midday to do. Don't miss the 3 sweeping reds off the Chapelets chair in 1650 - all 3 are great carving reds.
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Thu 29-03-18 22:35
Replies: 16
@mjh1972, I presume you mean the Val (Pisaillas) glacier, not the Grand Motte? There is a lovely blue from the Motte called Genepy but that ultimately gets you back to Val Claret ... as always @chocksaway has provided you with some great info / tips. I would say that the Verte may be a bit tricky at this time of year. Another fab restaurant is the Edelweiss on the sweeping blue Mangard from Signal down to Le Fornet ... no music there but you can always visit Cocorico in Val on your way back over to Tignes (if you were to download on Solaise). Enjoy.
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Thu 29-03-18 8:35
Replies: 32
Le Totem in Flaine, tired and in need of updating when it closed, but always good value for holiday with kids using the in house kids club with Crystal, and right on the slopes, did 7 years consecutively there. We stayed at the refurbished Totem 2 weeks ago - it's now a superb hotel, great bar with floor to ceiling windows, arcade games and lovely food. Highly recommended.
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Thu 15-03-18 16:20
Replies: 347
I can't believe we had to cut our day short at 15:40 ... but the snow has intensified and the visibility is not great, I swapped my goggle lenses over lunch (which was had at Chalet d' Clair - excellent) but they didn't make much of a difference. First time here in the Grand Massif and I am positively surprised - some lovely runs through the trees all the way down to Morillon and Les Carroz, we particularly enjoyed the blue Les Chars down to the Coulouvrier chair. It's forecast to be dry tomorrow with the sun making an appearance - should be a good day. Snow forecast to return overnight and into Saturday.
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Thu 8-03-18 22:14
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The resort has published an interesting stat today saying that the "cumulative number of skier days by the end of last week is down 7.1% from last year at the same time." So this year so far the resort is over 7% down on number of skier days... surprised to hear that? Surprised to hear but then again it's been such a cracking season that everyone has spread out a bit more ... I'm sure the lower resorts have benefited massively this year. We were at the 3Vs at HT - we didn't have to queue for more than 5 mins (and that was at the usual pressure spots).
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Thu 8-03-18 10:35
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Trying to get an idea what the likely freezing levels will be for my week away next week. I'm staying up in Arc 2000 which i think is actually at 2150m. First ski day will be Monday. I'm not the best with interpreting the models. Is it looking like a rainy week even at that altitude? Nope? FL looks high on Saturday (but precipitation levels look relatively moderate) - it then starts to drop from Sunday onwards hovering between 1,100M and 1,300M ... so a decent week in store (I'm out to Flaine for a few days on Wednesday so I've not seen anything in the latest charts to worry me - other than what happens in a couple of days). Mrs F arrived in Val last night - 10CMs of fresh, blue skies and sun this AM ... great day in store (she doesn't venture off piste). Meanwhile it's snowing (wet but sticking) here in Cheshire ...
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Tue 6-03-18 23:01
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Tue 6-03-18 20:28
Replies: 347
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Tue 6-03-18 19:11
Replies: 347
@Loganberry, we are out next week too ... after some snow and near average temps this week the FL is expected to rise over the weekend with rain up to about 1,600Ms :evil:
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Mon 5-03-18 14:32
Replies: 2255
Anyone with any tips on what's in store for Val D'Isere for next week? Forecast seems to be swinging rapidly on google search result sites! A bit of everything by the looks of it.
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Tue 27-02-18 17:47
Replies: 12
The trains are so seemless and integrated it is no hardship going by train Direct trains (or just one change) from Geneva or Zurich airport to Visp then the mountain railway through to Zermatt. Very easy and a very nice trip whichever way you do it. This - the Zurich trains are nicer and more comfortable (double-decker) than the ones from GVA.
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Sun 25-02-18 11:40
Replies: 934
Anazing week in the 3Vs but also frustrated to see so many headless idiots skiing recklessly fast, without helmets but with headphones and on Face Time (yes, that’s right) ... 1 such idiot nearly took our 10Y old out on Combe Saulire 😡 yesterday. I tried to chase him to give him an earful but I gave up as he carried on skiing like a complete prick and disappeared into the distance.
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Wed 21-02-18 17:45
Replies: 21
@kitenski, sorry, I should have worded my response better ... there are some lovely runs around, the black and red combo from the top of the Salati pass down to Alagna is a personal favourite of mine. And you can definitely register quite a bit of mileage in a day ... but I don’t think it’s comparable to getting to Orelle and back from La Tania which is what we did today. I can definitely recommend the Hotel de Gletscher up in Staffal - owner managed, friendly, modern and with food to die for.
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Wed 21-02-18 17:16
Replies: 21
@o11y, +1. I think Gressoney is great for a long weekend ... if you like the sense of travel that the 3Vs and the Espace Killy offer you are likely to be bored. Having said that there are some lovely runs around and the food on the mountain and in the villages is absolutely superb. Why don’t you consider hiring a car and combining a few days at Monterosa with a trip to Cervinia?
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Tue 20-02-18 19:55
Replies: 934
Out in the 3Vs at the monent, staying in La Tania. Piste conditions above 1,600 - 1,800M are absolutely superb. Lovely crunchy snow. I said to Mrs F earlier that the last time we had such great snow to ski / board on was in March 2012 in Whistler (record snowfall month for them). Even though this is HT week for us Northerners we’ve only had to queue at a handful of lifts. Jerusalem has been regraded this year, it’s still a cracking run. Sun is out tomorrow after a mostly cloudy day today.
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Sat 17-02-18 14:34
Replies: 934
@Alastair, thanks. We are in the 3Vs next week. Enjoy, looks like Tuesday be snowy too.
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Sat 17-02-18 13:53
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Fri 16-02-18 10:10
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Looks like it @Redwine, I'm a bit worried about the drop in temps though given the rain of the last couple of days ... moist snow and cold temps are a bad cocktail (lower down anyway).
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Thu 15-02-18 22:52
Replies: 4
Thanks all. @Vasta, they ended up booking with Snowdrone, prompt response and a very competitive quote. Thanks very much, never came across them before.
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Thu 15-02-18 13:14
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Raining at the mo in Les Men freezing level I reckon around 2500m. Raining as in Manchester rain or a bit of drizzle? Hopefully not too much damage to the top snow layer, it needs to be pristine for our arrival On Sunday.
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Wed 14-02-18 18:23
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Though rain/snow limit up to 2200m forecast for tomorrow I bloody hope not ... even though precipitation levels look relatively low on Bergfex.
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Tue 13-02-18 10:17
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@franga, yes you can get to the lift that way...but Petit Bosses is a pretty flat traverse around the hill so not ideal for a boarder. If he’s reasonably confident, after the gondola take the Signal chair up,and then head towards the Roc Mugnier red run. You could also cut out some of the flatter bits Petit bosses run by taking that same chair and heading down and across to the Gentianes blue...would give a bit more momentum for the final flat section of Petit bosses before it finally turns left and heads downhill. Great, thanks very much, very useful. He'll be fine on the Roc Mugnier, he's a very confident skier (he has been in the freeriders group with New Gen for the last couple of years) but this will be his first time on a board. There's always the bus as you say ...
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Mon 12-02-18 22:17
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@Raceplate, thank you. I have been pulling him on flats with his poles for the last 6 years, I now fully expect to be pushing him for a couple of years until he learns to anticipate flat sections by managing his momentum accordingly.
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Mon 12-02-18 21:42
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Arriving in La Tania on Sunday for 1 week ... can't wait. Just a quick Q - our 10Y old is boarding for the first time this season (he'll ski and board all week), he's nervous about drags. I thought I knew the 3VS inside out but I can't fathom (if we venture out to 1650 with him) whether we could get to the bottom of the Aiguille du Fruit chair by dropping into the Pte Bosse green from the top of the Ariondaz bubble (without the need to do the short Pte Boisse drag)? Ta
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Sun 11-02-18 19:22
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OK - my wife is nowhere as organised, methodical and diligent as I am when it comes to anyth .... long weekends in Val ... She and her friend would like to ask if anyone would like to share a transfer from resort to GVA on Sunday 11 March with them - need to be at GVA at 08:45AM for a 10:45 flight. So I presume you will need to be leaving Val at around 6AM. Ta
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Sat 10-02-18 16:20
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Relatively high FLs on Thursday look like a short blip - they drop again on Saturday...
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