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Poster: A snowHead
Wed 2-08-17 15:40
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Sat 20-05-17 10:43
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Great, thanks for the heads up. Do you know if ITV4 are showing the highlights?
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Fri 19-05-17 11:35
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Those apartments look lush and the location is great, BUT the prices quoted are ridiculous. On the Val v Tignes point - the main draw for both is the combined / shared ski area, the lift infrastructure, the quality of the snow, the history etc ... We always tend to end up in Val as we prefer the overall vibe, how the village is laid out etc (plus we always seem to stay with Le Ski who only have a presence in Val) - having said that what @chocksaway refers to when he talks about demographics is spot on. And I also get the impression that some people just end up in Val just to say they've been to Vall (darling). Having said that I would hate to stay in 1850 - always stay in St Martin or La Tania when in the 3Vs.
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Mon 17-04-17 20:48
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A massive thanks from me (and I'm sure lots of other SHs) for all your reports, advice and weather tutorials @chocksaway - this, together with Steve's blog, is my favourite thread on this site. Enjoy your summer, looking forward to next season's thread already.
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Tue 11-04-17 22:24
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Yes, great pic. EDF drained the dam a couple of years ago (I think it was around this time of year / it's done every 10Y for maintenance reasons) - we stopped to take some pics on our way up to Le Lac as the old village of Tignes had resurfaced and was clearly visible.
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Tue 11-04-17 16:14
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take the blue down to the bottom of the Vallon Gondola Blue being the key word here - the red alternative (Table d'Orientation) is possibly the least enjoyable run I have ever been on. Great tips as always by @chocksaway, I would also add that the following runs should be on your must-do list (all blues / reds) : Arcelle Club de Sports Double M Genepy (both) Mangard reds on the Pisaillas glacier Enjoy
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Tue 11-04-17 13:42
Replies: 15
Great report @Gainz, my wife and I have been to Banff 4 times but not since we had kids ... we much prefer what Whistler has to offer as an all-round experience (including the fact that you don't need to sit on a bus for 30 minutes to get to the lift base). Shame about KH - the bowls at the top are great in fresh snow.
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Wed 5-04-17 18:45
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Then you'll get to see more forums.
Wed 5-04-17 17:49
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As @bar shaker says I would avoid Genepy, the last schuss when everybody presses on the accelerator to avoid the flat / uphill segment at the start of Prariond can be a bit unnerving for her. The blues around the Brevs sector would have been ideal earlier in the season - they were suffering in the sun even as back as late February though. I would have thought Grattalu would be a good place for her to build her confidence, she can lap the chair a few times. Make sure she stays on the side of the piste as the middle can become a bit intimidating. Also +1 for Grand Pre and the green Genepy in Val (the top of Borsat might scare her off but you should make your way down via the path on the right). Given her low confidence you should really make sure you plan your route and make max use of the gondolas to download.
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Wed 5-04-17 12:30
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Chalet des Deux Lacs in VT Soucoupe in Courchevel (just below Chenus) I think the Eterlou in 1650 is shut (lovely outside area and cracking pizzas) but not sure if it's been replaced by something else?
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Tue 4-04-17 15:08
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The lady liftie was exasperated and I expect went home for a large glass of wine tonight. Understatement of the season!
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Mon 3-04-17 21:22
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@Bergmeister, sounds like a cracking day, bet you won't forget it for a while. I think I've only enjoyed the blue run to Mottaret (Martre) once - when I inadvertently went down it at 10AM. It's a terrible pace to be after 2PM.
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Mon 3-04-17 13:37
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@RichClark, Snowberry at the Rond Point ... you can leave them with the guys at the shop on Sunday and pick them up on Monday AM. I'd book them in if I were you.
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Sun 2-04-17 8:10
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Poster: A snowHead
Fri 31-03-17 10:48
Replies: 11
Same, it doesn't need data or wifi, or Bluetooth to work Only annoying thing is mine doesn't seem to save previous seasons, I have an account but every year (when I inevitably have a new phone because I broke the previous one) I only see the present season and I'd like to see the difference in distance and days Email the app designers moseyp - they are very friendly, they should be able to sort it out for you.
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Thu 30-03-17 21:11
Replies: 47
I'd say stringing together PicNoir, Blanchot and Lapin from the top of Col de Loze down to Meribel Village is pretty hard to beat. Yep, bit busy in places but the golf course down to the bottom is a great run Yes, I forgot about that one. Loved it this time last year at 9AM with 15CMs of fresh on it (while everyone was still enjoying their croissants). Also Biollay down to St Martin - combine that with the jem that is Jerusalem (red) and you have one lovely descent.
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Thu 30-03-17 18:41
Replies: 8
Great post @mika, welcome :)
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Thu 30-03-17 18:38
Replies: 11
@kitenski, I've been using Ski Tracks for a few years now, I like it. You can overlay your route onto Google Maps for a different perspective on your day. It does use a lot of battery though - I have to turn data, wi-fi and Bluetooth when I'm out. I also like the fact you can view your stats by season ... My mate used Strava in Zermatt last week - output was completely ridiculous but the route was mapped correctly. If you cycle you may have come across an interface called Relive - it basically uploads your Strava route onto a fancy moving map (like the ones used for the Tour de France coverage). Viewing your ski / board day in this format is awesome.
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Thu 30-03-17 18:29
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@under a new name, that is very true but, as others have said, Genepy in Val d'Isere (Bellevarde sector) is a cracking run. It holds its snow very well and has nice banks on the side in its top half. The gradient is just about perfect too, I love boarding down it with my 2 little boys (they ski).
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Thu 30-03-17 8:30
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3Vs : Folyeres / Jerusalem EK : Arcelle / Face / Mangard Whistler : DMD / Franzs / Peak 2 Creek Zermatt : R29 to Gant
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Wed 29-03-17 15:39
Replies: 424
@Aviatork, not sure what boards you own but I would definitely go for whichever one is more snappy on the turn, there were a lot of soft stashes, bumps and moguls in Zermatt last week ... my Salomon Asassin (which is amazing at fast piste carving including on hard pack) was a bit out of place. Having said that, the Cervinia runs are less steep, hold snow much better etc so a good piste carving board will do the job.
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Wed 29-03-17 8:53
Replies: 424
Then you'll get to see more forums.
Wed 29-03-17 8:52
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I wouldn't unless you've never been to Zermatt TBH - came back (from Zermatt) on Sunday night. Saturday night's snow came too late for us. We had a reasonable time but I can't remember a year when the snow coverage was as poor as last week at this time of the season. Some pistes were great, others OK and some very soft and bumpy by as early as 11 - I always find that the snow on the Zermatt side (talking about pistes) is inferior to what you get over in Italy - scrapy with a very hard base that gets moved about and chopped up easily.
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Mon 27-03-17 22:59
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I am about to put my brand new (bought at Christmas / 2 weeks on snow) Salomon Assassin away for a few months ... :( Debating whether to service it now (edges / wax / repair some minor base damage) or wait until just before my first trip of 2018? What do SHs think?
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Mon 27-03-17 17:38
Replies: 528
@snowhound, good to hear. BTW where do you normally stay? Always struggle to get a last minute deal at reasonable prices?
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Mon 27-03-17 12:59
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You know it makes sense.
Mon 27-03-17 11:48
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Let's ignore the fact that this is lovely St Martin (and NOT Les Menuires or VT) at an altitude of 1,450.
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Sun 26-03-17 11:06
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@sharon1953, as @motyl has suggested these very much feel like IBS symptoms. I suffer from occasional IBS flare-ups which over the last 2-3 years have been much more stark when I'm at altitude. Everyone is obviously different but here are a few pointers that seem to work for me (they don't fully eliminate the relevant symptoms BUT make them noticeably better) : limited alcohol intake (most resort bars tend to stock alcohol-frei beers now), no milk or caffeine, no cheese or dairy, no carbonated water / soft drinks etc. I'm not an expert but you may want to see if your local GP can refer to to a dietician - it's been very beneficial to me.
Poster: A snowHead
Sat 25-03-17 11:51
Replies: 424
Thanks very much - I think we came down the 69 a couple of years ago ... seem to remember a ropey section below the Matterhorn.
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Sat 25-03-17 10:03
Replies: 424
Stinker of a morning (and day I would guess). Extremely high winds - currently in the Matterhorn Express being swung from side to side like there's no tomorrow. Long lunch / early finish (if we ever get started). As a side note does anyone know why the 69 has been closed for the last couple of years (in March at least)? Thought it ended at the mid station of the gondola - no evidence of that ...
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Sat 25-03-17 10:00
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@Steve Angus, hope your trip home goes well and you enjoy some precious time with your mum and family.
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Fri 24-03-17 16:53
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@mollymoo, by the looks of it the link to Cervinia might be open tomorrow. Forecast is only for light winds next week, you'll be fine.
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Fri 24-03-17 13:29
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We've been here since Wednesday - link to Cervinia shut since then due to strong winds. No snow in Zermatt itself, first time I've seen it so bare at this time of year. Snow soft below 2,800M and slushy as you drop below 2,200 (red 41 and the black 62 were not in great shape this AM). Rain in the town last night meant about 15CMs of fresh (not powder / a bit heavy) at the top of the Furggsattel chair. Nice fresh tracks to be had first thing, it became pretty chopped up by midday. Plenty of runs still in very good shape though.
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Tue 21-03-17 18:24
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Forecast for next 4 days looks horrendous - heavy precipitation with the FL at around the 2,200 mark :( :( :( What areas should we stick to assuming that most lifts are open (if winds stay relatively moderate as the current runs suggest)?
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Sun 19-03-17 21:19
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Thanks for the update@JohnMo, let's see what the week holds ...
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Sun 19-03-17 20:09
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Bergfex forecast for Zermatt looks very "interesting" next week - taking a good book with me as if it comes true we'll be confined to the treelined stuff.
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Sun 19-03-17 15:42
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Did yesterday's rain cause a lot of damage further down? Forecast for next week a bit too volatile at the moment for my liking - keeps chopping and changing but 2 common themes remain : high FLs and wind (aaargh)
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Sun 19-03-17 0:37
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Is there even any reason to get up tomorrow morning for skiing (or the rest of the week)? So warm and high fl! :( Yes, it's late March.
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Thu 16-03-17 20:38
Replies: 229
Thanks all - we've just pressed "buy" on the Session, an SD card and a cheap accessory pack. He was desperate to get the GoPro and who I was to argue after a shit day at work. It's his money, I hope he looks after it as he's not getting a replacement if he breaks it. He'll get a lot out of it - he loves doing rails and jumps in the snow park and is very creative too.@bar shaker, good point, I'm viewing it as his first foray into this type of stuff. I'm sure he'll progress to the Hero in a couple of years.
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Thu 16-03-17 14:45
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franga How life has changed. I wanted an Intrepid Black Prince fishing reel when I was 9. My nan bought me one with the Green Shield stamps she had saved up. How true ...
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