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Poster: A snowHead
Wed 21-02-18 17:45
Replies: 12
@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: 12
@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: 540
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: 540
@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
Replies: 540
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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
Replies: 540
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
Replies: 540
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
Replies: 540
@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
Replies: 540
@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
Replies: 540
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
Replies: 4
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
Replies: 1866
Relatively high FLs on Thursday look like a short blip - they drop again on Saturday...
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 8-02-18 21:35
Replies: 540
9 days and counting - I really need this break, it's been 12 months too long. Looks like some snow is heading your way next week. Which should hopefully mean good conditions for us arriving over the 2nd week of HT.
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Sat 3-02-18 18:52
Replies: 17
@franga, thanks do you know if he has French instructors? @HandyHand, only doing it one day, skiing rest of week Thanks @snowrider Sorry, have only just seen this. I don’t think so - TDC is a British outfit. I would highly recommend Steve - he’s taught me 3 times and I’ve taken away 2-3 pointers which have been invaluable. Nice guy too.
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Sat 3-02-18 16:36
Replies: 1866
So no significant precipitation I’ve the next 3 weeks @Jellybeans1000?
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Sat 3-02-18 13:22
Replies: 1866
Bergfex not showing anything for the western Alps next weekend?
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Fri 2-02-18 23:06
Replies: 17
Steve Angus (TDC) - look no further ...
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Fri 2-02-18 10:40
Replies: 52
We love the Bouc Blanc above La Tania, mind you we always stay in La Tania so that is really convenient to us ...
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Thu 1-02-18 18:48
Replies: 54
Dry Twist And Shout in Whistler
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Thu 1-02-18 13:24
Replies: 43
Helmets have a clip on the back to hold goggle straps in place. Given that goggle straps are not completely flat (adjusters, clips, etc.), they would be most uncomfortable directly against the head and would potentially cause more of an injury in the event of hitting the head. It also suggests to me the the helmet does not fit correctly if there is room inside it for the goggle strap. I've never seen a goggle strap worn under a helmet. This.
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Thu 1-02-18 9:38
Replies: 1866
Not quite sure what the cold spell would mean for the snow pack @nozawaonsen particulalry if no freeze / thaw cycle to bond layers together (or am I talking nonsense) ... but good news for the HT crowds anyway ...
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Wed 31-01-18 10:02
Replies: 1866
This latest forecast is such a good example of how you can't place too much reliance on a forecast more than 3-4 days out, particularly when not all the models converge. Looks like a nice top-up tomorrow with cold and calm weather to follow (great for next week's first tranche of HT crowds) - at least for the Western Alps. A great season continues ...
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Fri 26-01-18 11:40
Replies: 1866
Bit of cloud today and snow for some particularly in the Pyrenees before another spell of mild and sunny weather. http://www.bustownmodernvintage.com/blog/imgs/20150529/1940s-lassen-skiing-suntan-lotion.jpg Then all change for the start of February with much colder temperatures and potentially substantial snow fall. Noza - I'm sure you've answered this question before, where do you get all these lovely pics from? Thanks.
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Fri 26-01-18 8:49
Replies: 1866
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Wed 24-01-18 13:08
Replies: 24
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Sun 21-01-18 12:27
Replies: 1866
I'm no@nozawaonsen or@Jellybeans1000 but it looks like high pressure is set to make a return after this storm cycle if I'm reading the latest models correctly - I presume this would give the snowpack a chance to stabilise if we get a defined freeze and thaw cycle? Any views on what may happen or what the models currently suggest in the medium term? Meanwhile, it is dumping it here in Knutsford (Cheshire) ... it's sticking too ...
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 19-01-18 0:07
Replies: 3
All, Mrs F and her mates need to get to and from Val to GVA in a few weeks time - every time I go to Val I drive but they are certain they'd like to book a transfer. Do you know of any companies that will do this sort of trip - they have been quoted ridiculous amounts for a normal taxi hire. Ta
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Thu 18-01-18 10:39
Replies: 1866
Still no signs of colder temps after sunday? A bit sad if all this new snow in the nw alps will rain away again :/ The current base which is the largest it has been for a number of years is not going anywhere (for the high resorts anyway) until April or May - the top layer (one that we should care about) will invariably fluctuate in quality depending on the weather cycle and other parameters but this season is turning out to be bloody brilliant.
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Wed 17-01-18 18:12
Replies: 540
I'm salivating - are the winds expected to die off tomorrow? What a day it will be if they are (but I presume piste patrol will be quite busy first thing) ...
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Wed 17-01-18 16:57
Replies: 284
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Tue 16-01-18 15:11
Replies: 284
@Bruce99, thanks, sorry I should have posted my Qs on the resorts thread. Thanks for the tips. Looks like the FL is relatively high today but is due to drop as the storm passes through.
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Tue 16-01-18 14:13
Replies: 47
Give up, go to the bar and order a large Weissbier
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Tue 16-01-18 13:16
Replies: 284
To all the lovely Flaine experts - let's take a break from the weather .... any recommendations for eating out at night (we are staying at the Totem) and do we need to book anything before we arrive (we are lads in our 40s who like a good meal and really good red wine) ... also are there any bars of note? Thanks a lot.
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Sat 13-01-18 22:41
Replies: 23
@rachiem, which airport can you fly to? That will determine what resorts you could get to easily? If Geneva, then the world is your oyster. You may want to look at chalets - it would tick the socialising aspect ... at that time of year I wouldn’t be too concerned about lack of snow as long as you head relatively high. La Tania may be a good bet for you - nice little place with lots of chalets (and apartments) that gives you access to the biggest playground in the world - the 3Vs. As @johnE says get yourself a copy of WTSAS - invaluable.
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Fri 12-01-18 21:07
Replies: 1866
Normally the forecast for snow later next week and over the weekend of 20th Jan, with freezing level at low altitude, would fill me with joy as I am planning to be in the mountains - at 1400m in St Martin de Belleville (so Tarentaise) until 21st Jan. However, I HAVE to be home in the UK by 21st Jan, and currently have a flight booked that day. Am concerned that the predicted weather and snowfall, especially the potential quantity, might cause chaos/close the road down the mountain, as well as flight disruptions at GVA. An even in the days before I am due to leave, the potential to ski may be scuppered again by high winds and avalanche risk. Am I being a big wuss in bringing forward my return date? I know it’s a bit too soon to be certain, but things are definitely looking stormy until Friday as far as I can see. Mountains. Snow. In January. I'm sat at my desk at home at 8PM on a Friday night trying to finish a business plan paper that should have been sent to my boss in Hamburg at 4 ... I'll swap with you.
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Fri 12-01-18 16:06
Replies: 540
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Thu 11-01-18 9:39
Replies: 1866
Hope the Hahnenkamm isn't too snowy and gets cancelled. Course is apparently in its best condition for years and years :D ... or the start is lowered again ... we demand a proper race!
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Wed 10-01-18 10:06
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