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Poster: A snowHead
Fri 13-01-17 14:47
Replies: 17
@HoneyBunny has basically posted what I was going to post - Edelweiss stands out for me, particularly on a sunny day. And the Mangard blue is one of my favourites in the EK. Not sure what standard skier / boarder you are but the biggest attraction in the EK for me is the red Arcelle down to the Manchet valley as well as the black Sache down to Les Brevieres ... if you head that way then the L'Armailly is lovely for lunch. Only 5 weeks to go ... enjoy.
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Fri 13-01-17 12:47
Replies: 25
You lost me after the "blonde woman" point - spend 1 minute on the Weather thread and you will soon realise that alpine weather is impossible to forecast accurately past the 1-2 day point. Yes, it is a bit like quantum physics. I agree with all the points made about Chambery by the way.
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Mon 9-01-17 13:32
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Terrible behaviour by the ski instructor - I agree with @intermediate, if one my team behaved like this I'd like to know. Re the SKY box @Steve Angus - try disconnecting / reconnecting the dish input cables from both the box (and the input socket if you have one). It did the trick for me on Christmas morning when at one point we thought we were going to have to watch the Queen's speech on Freeview ... Your office have been great and booked an AM session for my wife and I with your good self on Friday 24 February - see you then.
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Sat 7-01-17 11:53
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Sat 7-01-17 10:15
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I've just enquired with the guys in the office about my wife and I having an AM session with you @Steve Angus. I board / she skis. We are both strong intermediates, we are just looking for some tips and pointers as it's been a while since we had any lessons. You can either ski or board (we did the same a couple of years ago with 2 of my mates and I think it worked OK). Hopefully you'll be free - WC 20 February ...
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Thu 5-01-17 20:58
Replies: 131
Had a great last day in Gressoney today - very windy and bitterly cold at the top of the second gondola so came down the Salati run as fast as we could. Spent most of the day lapping chairs 23 and 24 - we (including our 2 boys) absolutely loved all the reds around that sector. Definitely the highlight of our short / last-minute trip. Sat on the runway at GVA now looking forward to our next trip to Val d'Isere in 7 weeks ...
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Thu 5-01-17 20:43
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Bitterly cold with strong winds in Gressoney today - most of the high stuff was closed but we did manage some lovely laps on crunchy / grippy snow. It's been trying to snow in the Monterosa area for the last couple of days without quite managing it. Some light snow falling as we drove past Chamonix and around the Morzine area as we made our way back to GVA a couple of hours ago. One for the experts but would pisted snow that has been lying on the ground for days feel better just because it's colder? Our hotel host suggested this is because the moisture content reduces and the flakes / crystals bond better? @clarky999, + whatever the number is BTW.
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Wed 4-01-17 18:34
Replies: 131
@mooney058, You'll be absolutely fine next week according to our hotel hosts. Most local kids (Turin / Milan) go back to school on the 9th. I'm sure you'll have a blast. Snow is holding up amazingly well given what's happening across most of the Northern / Western Alps. You've picked well.
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Wed 4-01-17 17:49
Replies: 131
@under a new name, No, we are staying in a lovely little hotel called Hotel Gletscher up in Staffal. Easy drive down to Trinite.
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Wed 4-01-17 15:28
Replies: 131
We drove down to Gressoney (Trinite) together with everyone else and their dog. Very long queues for the 2 person chair that gave you access to 1 red and 1 black. We did 4-5 laps and gave up - wind pretty fierce at the top, the 2 runs offered a cocktail of boiler plate, hard pack and some soft snow stashed on the edges. Italians being Italians like their speed irrespective of conditions and crowd levels which when you are with 2 young (albeit very competent) kids makes it a bit unnerving - not sure we'll be coming back even though I'm sure it will get much better from next week (from a crowd perspective at least).
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Wed 4-01-17 7:23
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Tue 3-01-17 18:36
Replies: 5
Hi @bigtuboflard, We are in Gressoney now (actually staying at a lovely / small hotel up the valley in Staffal). Hired car at GVA - flight landed at 10AM, we were having pizza and a well deserved beer at Chamonix 2.5 hours later. Drive up here very straightforward even though I found the multiple tunnels on the Aosta motorway quite tiring / uninspiring. MB tunnel not busy. Snow here surprisingly good but it's extremely busy - I'm sure it will be much quieter by the time you come out. Keep an eye on the Weather thread - it will snow soon (because we are in Val at February HT)!
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Tue 3-01-17 17:21
Replies: 131
Spent day on-piste in the Champoluc valley. Pistes are pretty hard but we've found some soft snow on some runs. Our 6 year old who is normally confident on reds had a bad fall on the top part of the Sarezza red down from the Alpe Ostafa chair - thankfully he managed to recover pretty quickly after that. Lift queues long ... delighted I didn't bring my brand new board given the amount of bashing our rental gear sustained on most lift lines. We don't normally ski / board in Italy (other than Cervinia when we stay in Zermatt) ... I've been pretty impressed by how far you can travel in this part of the Alps if you put your mind to it. Only negative has been how recklessly some people ski / board here (I know this can happen anywhere but it's been quite stark today). I'd love to come back here when it's quieter ...
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Sat 31-12-16 13:33
Replies: 131
Poster: A snowHead
Sat 31-12-16 8:41
Replies: 131
@Super Steezy, We are spending a few days in Gressoney from tomorrow - we are bringing our 2 young boys too (they are confident on most reds), are we better off sticking around Champoluc / Gressoney then? Thanks
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Thu 29-12-16 20:02
Replies: 131
Bergfex forecasting strong winds next week (Wednesday in particular) - still time for this to change of course ...
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Thu 29-12-16 15:37
Replies: 131
Off to Gressoney on NY Day for a 4 day blast - never boarded in Italy other than Cervinia (always from Zermatt) so really looking forward to it.
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Tue 27-12-16 11:09
Replies: 12
You're right @under a new name, just had a look at a number of sites. Thanks
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Mon 26-12-16 21:50
Replies: 12
@under a new name, Is it compulsory to carry chains in Italy during winter? And is the drive up to Gressoney relatively straightforward? Thanks
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Mon 26-12-16 16:42
Replies: 12
Thanks very much everyone - Castor full but I think the Gletscher in Gressoney might just be able to accommodate us. One more question - we will hire a car from GVA, I presume they come with winter tyres fitted? And do we need to carry chains when driving through Italy? Thanks
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Mon 26-12-16 12:33
Replies: 12
@kitenski, Without fail we tend to go to the favour big resorts such a Val, Zermatt, Whistler etc ... but this is a last minute trip (we already have 2 more booked this season) so we've decided to visit a smaller area that still gives access to some decent skiing / boarding ... Not looking for a fancy hotel - a nice B+B able to accommodate 2 adults and 2 young kids under 10 fits the bill 100%. I've emailed the Castor (thanks for the recommendation) - just what we need! Thanks
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Sun 25-12-16 22:34
Replies: 12
Merry Christmas everyone! We have flights booked to GVA next week (1-5 January) ... 2 adults and 2 young boys who are very comfortable on reds. We are looking at either Champoluc or Gressoney - any thoughts / hotel recommendations? I'm assuming that the snow is relatively decent here at the moment. Thanks!
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Sat 24-12-16 16:18
Replies: 5
Thanks both - booked very cheap flights to GVA just now, 2 adults + 2 kids = £240. Aosta valley very appealing, will have car so may travel around too. Merry Christmas.
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Sat 24-12-16 7:27
Replies: 5
All, My wife must have had a perfect night's sleep as the first sentence she uttered this AM is "shall we go skiing for 3-4 days in the first week of January?" ... our kids don't go back to school until the 9th ... We already have trips to Val d'Isere and Ischgl / St Anton booked for later this season. I don't want to commit to a resort just yet (please refer to the Weather thread) but would like to book our flights today - easiest airport to get to from Manchester is Geneva (particularly for a short trip) - does this preclude some of the Italian resorts like Sauze who seem to be faring pretty well at the moment? Or can we still get to them from GVA without too much hassle? Turin's a bit of a pain for us ... Any thoughts? Thanks and Merry Christmas everyone.
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Thu 22-12-16 11:30
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Mon 19-12-16 13:12
Replies: 29
@rob@rar, +1. Mentally he wouldn't be able to relax and apply an agile stance on the board - his knees will be stiff and he will naturally be very cautious, slow, looking behind him excessively etc. I have boarded with bruised ribs a few times and I can tell you it's not pleasant. Current conditions would make the whole experience even worse - I would think it would be extremely busy ... If you are able to claim I would cancel, get a refund (good luck) and rebook for later ...
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Wed 14-12-16 10:30
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I ran the ensembles for Knutsford (East Cheshire) earlier - they seem to be backing up the Daily Express story above, looks significantly cooler with precipitation from the 20th ... sorry, can't get too excited about the Alps right now as our first trip is not until February HT ...
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Thu 8-12-16 10:22
Replies: 2848
Do all women in the Tyrol ski with their tops off? I'm sold.
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 7-12-16 11:00
Replies: 2848
Is it cold enough for a Glühwein Noza? Once again, thanks for all the insights and for sharing your extensive knowledge with us..
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Tue 29-11-16 11:51
Replies: 5
Great pics @bar shaker, You've whetted my appetite for our family trip in February. Have they removed the rope tow at the top of the Solaise now?
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Fri 18-11-16 14:29
Replies: 5
Thanks both. I'm leaning towards the PYL but I will have another think about the Custom X too.
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Thu 17-11-16 17:41
Replies: 69
Before we are all too critical I might have done something similar on my way down from the KK and the Mooserwirt ...
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Thu 17-11-16 17:05
Replies: 69
making a train me sat between her legs holding the skis across my chest Sorry mate ... you came down the whole length of the Face sitting down between your wive's legs? That's absolutely brilliant. I dread to think what would have happened had she let go ...
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Thu 17-11-16 11:59
Replies: 21
@Snow Hound, How are you finding the PYL? All I'm interested in is a board fit for fast / controlled / elegant carving on reds and blacks in Europe? Thanks
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Thu 17-11-16 10:36
Replies: 5
I've been riding a Rome Solution for 12 years now(yes, I know) but I'm now in the market for a new toy. I mainly stick to pisted runs in Europe with the odd trip out to Whistler. I consider myself to be a strong intermediate (with the caveat that I absolutely despise moguls). There's nothing I love more in life (other than the dog and possibly the kids when they behave) than fast carving down a lovely red such as Arcelle in Val d'Isere, Jerusalem, Combe Saulire etc ... I weigh 92.5KG / 1.8M tall. I've always fancied a Custom X but I don't quite think I'm going to do that board justice ... I've had an initial look at The Snowboard Asylum / Snow And Rock - the boards that stand out at the moment are : - YES PYL (will I find this too stiff / aggressive?) - Jones Mountain Twin - Jones Explorer / Flagship Any recommendations most welcome ...
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Wed 16-11-16 17:47
Replies: 10
We have always used New Generation (who Le Ski use) in both Val and the 3Vs. Lessons run between 9:00 and 13:30 - this means that your GF will have a blast for a decent chunk of time (which is what my wife and I do before we meet our 2 boys for lunch and a family ski in the afternoon) ... BUT she needs to make sure that the little one will cope with a long morning at ski school. We are in Val over Feb HT, we booked the ski school places back in August. Why don't you email them, they are very responsive (info@skinewgen.com). Good luck. PS - any ski school stories @Old Fartbag? 8-)
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Wed 16-11-16 13:11
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Lake Louise downhill cancelled (training was due to start next Wednesday with the race on Saturday) due to unseasonably warm temps (even though the resort is opening tomorrow for pure mortals). According to Svindal's FB feed Beaver Creek is also looking green at the moment.
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Wed 16-11-16 13:08
Replies: 69
Thank you to anyone reading my nonsense....a captive audience is hard to resist. I'd much rather read your posts @Old Fartbag than any old John Grisham trash my friend. Keep them coming - has Mrs Fartbag been down the Face or the Sache (in April when the moguls are the size of VWs), would love to hear how she got on?
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Tue 15-11-16 17:13
Replies: 69
As@dogwatch has mentioned above the OK run down to La Daille might be a better option - not that the La Daille runs are that easy in the afternoon when they've been chopped up and scraped by every man (and woman) and his dog. As a boarder my 2 preferred routes down are either the Face or the lovely Mangard to Fornet (short bus ride back to Val).
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Tue 15-11-16 14:03
Replies: 69
@Old Fartbag, Loved reading your account, we've all been there (not necessarily on Santons) ...
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