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Poster: A snowHead
Wed 18-01-17 13:53
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Counting down to take-off on Friday for this year's "not the Alps" expedition, this time to Georgia. Starting with 4 days in Gudauri, then flying over to Mestia for 4 days at Tetnuldi. Then one night on the razz in Tbilisi before the long journey home. Forecast looks good http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Gudauri/6day/mid Though yr.no is less optimistic http://www.yr.no/place/Georgia/Other/Gudauri/long.html Reports and pics to be added here, internet permitting.
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Thu 15-12-16 14:44
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Meanwhile, a short hop eastwards Good morning, Gudauri. +1 m of fresh snow. https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/15392842_1818514618405801_378637326519954872_o.jpg?oh=769b7888a66346cf3ff5f25411b88395&oe=58F981F0 Goderdzi resort got about 2.5+m of snow in last two days https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15391141_10154778645474414_8160025062454570174_n.jpg?oh=e56efb824b66a7dce1b5e010dc9d66b6&oe=58B24D53
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Fri 9-12-16 15:48
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So to my question: where is there most likely to be good snow from Dec 28th on say??? p.s. this is taking into account current snow on the ground, weather for the next 10 days (blended probability as we move out) and likely mean reversion to some sort of seasonal norms for the period from the 20th on (which usually happens btw). p.p.s. for me for now, (& I am no guru ;) ) , the most likely places for good snow that stick out are North America (unfortunately), Japan is too much of a hike , Norway too bloody cold and dark this time of year, but any suggestions on any hidden gems!?! Georgia https://www.facebook.com/gudauri.georgia.186/posts/105861013239146
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Thu 10-11-16 14:32
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Engelberg pics March 2012 https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/423520_10150703604941774_576027363_n.jpg?oh=bc0bbf1cce1898a01952a9724c15e941&oe=58C571ED https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/431772_10150703605491774_561360312_n.jpg?oh=ed71bbc1d119e88ed2cf9042029e6d3b&oe=5895E1A2 https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/422909_10150703606476774_395260486_n.jpg?oh=fa61ffd540769f28b823e531513ec8fb&oe=5897EFB5
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Mon 7-11-16 9:22
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Presume you are going for the off-piste? Queues can be extensive there on holiday powder days especially for the lift from the base station, though this may have improved with the installation of the new gondola. Once on the mountain there is so much off-piste terrain it's almost always possible to find fresh tracks after a recent snowfall even on the busiest days. Go.
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Wed 2-11-16 17:29
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What, no heating in the chairlifts in feb.! Er...no. Imagine this in a -20°C blizzard. https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/t31.0-8/10857178_10155285218865574_4079916180062813310_o.jpg
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Mon 31-10-16 13:03
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Each to their own...I had a great weekend in Andermatt a couple of years ago. Gemstock is steep so very little walking/poling and lots of easily accessible off-piste. They are putting in a lot of new lifts so probably even better now. Only downer was massive Sunday queues for the cable car, but maybe that's because everywhere else nearby was hurting that weekend, plus new lifts might help now. www.snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=2624987
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Mon 31-10-16 12:07
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https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/t31.0-8/10974246_10155285219710574_8477296930092348077_o.jpg https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/t31.0-8/10934096_10153056954261774_8918775974907658231_o.jpg https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/t31.0-8/11002707_10155285214795574_2784993574121290710_o.jpg Last pic is Hakkoda
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Mon 31-10-16 12:00
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What time of year was that? Early Feb 2015
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Sun 30-10-16 14:17
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Sun 30-10-16 13:06
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Quick ? about Moiwa, can you ski across to An'nupurri Yes, but they don't share a pass so if you intend to ski An'nupurri for the day it's cheaper and quicker to take the shuttle. Otherwise will save Moiwa till our last day as it'll only be a half ski day It's well worth allocating 2 or 3 days to Moiwa. Much quieter than Niseko and some fantastic terrain, more than you would expect from looking at the map. Pic below is at Moiwa traversing as far as possible from skier's left of the chair: https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/t31.0-8/12079900_10153645293711774_8175635003981448382_o.jpg
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Wed 19-10-16 20:54
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Is a 9 day trip including Gudauri and one other resort feasible, or best to stay in Gudauri only for that time period? How far between resorts?
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Fri 14-10-16 15:37
Replies: 31
Narvik...one of the best off-piste mountains I have tasted http://www.snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=2883040
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Sat 9-07-16 19:12
Replies: 5
Very nice area varied runs and great views. South facing though so that late in the season snow likely to be at best a slushfest at worst non existent.
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 15-04-16 21:39
Replies: 12
Just a warning if you are bucket-listing this as the most northerly lift-accessed resort - that accolade actually goes to the Nord Star Ski Complex in Murmansk Nope it's Alta in Norway http://www.goski.co.uk/resorts/norway/other/alta/index.htm
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Thu 31-03-16 10:55
Replies: 12
I didn't think much of Riksgransen to be honest. Very flat top of the mountain then only a short steep section at the bottom. 2 slow chair lifts which took 20mins+ to get to the top, to provide only 350m vertical. Lots of drag lifts on the back side with long queues. It got uncomfortably busy there the day before Easter. The arctic wildnerness location though was very spectacular. Bjorkliden was even more limited but ok for a day trip. Much less snow than at Riksgransen - apparently that was normal. Narvik, however, was incredible. Big vertical and consistent steep pitch all the way down. Amazing off-piste area on the north-east face accessed directly from the top chair. Not busy at all even though it was Easter weekend. Stupendous views. My only concern if I ever went back would be its vulnerability to warmer temps due to its maritime location - not sure if we were just unlucky with this.
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Wed 30-03-16 15:53
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Fairly straightworward. Fly to Kiruna via Stockholm, bus or train to Riksgransen, train to Narvik (probably the most scenic train journey I've ever made), bus to Harstad airport, fly back via Oslo. Contact Riksgransen tourist office to arrange accommodation there. Narvik stay in the Best Western if you want to be close to the slopes. The gondola is just across the road. In Narvik make sure you are there when the gondola is running. It normally closes outside of weekends and holidays. If so then there are 3 drag lifts which deliver you to the same place but obviously the gondola is quicker and more comfortable. Also be warned that the gondola and top chair (which accesses the good stuff) are prone to wind closure. Not sure what it would be like as a family destination though. Very limited pistes, potential for extreme cold, not much else to do. You really need to be an off-pister with willingness to do a bit of hiking to get the most out of both mountains.
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Tue 29-03-16 23:19
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Just back from an amazing trip to the Scandinavian Arctic Circle. 4 days in Riks including a day trip to Bjorkliden, then train to Narvik for another 4 days. Big dump just before we arrived then another 3 days later...perfect. Unfortunately temps then really warmed up and it rained heavily on our penultimate day which ruined the snow. But the fantastic conditions for the first 6 days more than compensated for that. Narvikfjellet is an absolutely incredible mountain...amazing off piste and the views are bonkers. Hope the pics below tell the story. Any questions feel free to ask. http://s24.postimg.org/w6w073jbp/FB_IMG_1459292097103.jpg http://s17.postimg.org/gytf45mr3/FB_IMG_1459292078192.jpg http://s12.postimg.org/m9wu88u3x/FB_IMG_14592921y01202.jpg http://s24.postimg.org/o9t5fwec5/FB_IMG_145929211y7941.jpg http://s14.postimg.org/n2h3mailt/FB_IMG_145929201y1495.jpg http://s22.postimg.org/wdercznld/FB_IMG_14592920gg16469.jpg http://s8.postimg.org/vpw55vzvp/FB_IMG_14y59292023699.jpg%20 http://s28.postimg.org/kwt3ih5ul/FB_IMG_145929203y5243.jpg http://s28.postimg.org/8jlb8omhp/FB_IMG_1459t291938281.jpg
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Sat 19-03-16 7:27
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1 hour on the choo choo from Zurich to the Flumserberg gondola valley station at Unterterzen. Snow and rail ticket for travel and lift pass = 95 CHF.
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Tue 15-03-16 11:29
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Flumserberg is also well worth a day trip from Zurich.
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Sat 12-03-16 14:31
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With only scraps off the table within the next 10 days or so in the Alps, looks like the best place to be for European dumpage is north. Like way, way, Arctic Circle north. After a brief spell of crazy warm temps and rain Narvik and Riksgränsen should be copping it big time from mid week onwards. Which is nice. :sH: http://www.wetterzentrale.de/pics/MS_1768_ens.png
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Sat 20-02-16 6:56
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@Sharkymark, IIRC most of last season's snowfall arrived early doors and late Jan into early Feb were relatively dry (emphasis on relatively). You seem to have scored it much better than I did this time last year...not that we were in any way skunked :sH: Your reports have removed any lingering doubts regarding whether I want to go back :-)
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Sat 13-02-16 16:18
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Great report! How much did you pay for the cat skiing
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Mon 1-02-16 12:56
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Great report makes me want to go back. We felt Niseko was the worst place we visited Which area was your favourite?
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Wed 20-01-16 17:32
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Great report - do you have a link to the lift pass that you purchased?
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Mon 18-01-16 17:48
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Mon 18-01-16 17:22
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Snow forecast seems have dropped the temps in its forecast. That's now out of date. When SF updates to GFS 12Z in about 4 hours it will show much warmer temps, at least for the weekend. It'll probably change again.
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Mon 18-01-16 16:20
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GFS 12Z is re-introducing the option of snow at the weekend :sH: Looks like there's continuing significant uncertainty regarding if/how/when the current warm Atlantic air mass will or won't kick out the colder block sitting on the continent. Though not sure if this is any more uncertainty that normal 5 days out.
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Mon 18-01-16 11:34
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Hi, sorry to be a pain, but do you have a link to the ensembles charts for Scotland? Aviemore http://www.ski-finder.co.uk/images/gfs/MS_457_ens_18Jan2016_1100.gif
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Fri 15-01-16 10:10
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Bergfex are going warm from Wednesday. Yup, it is still too far to say with any certainty but it is quite a big jump. It will be interesting to see how they go when they update at about 12:15 (CET). Which forecast model do Bergfex use for the rest of Europe? Does ZAMG extend outside Austria?
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Thu 14-01-16 8:52
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Both this morning's GFS and ECM have settled on a switch to above average temperatures next Friday. Next week in general looks very different from this with high pressure meaning more settled, sunny weather. Still some further snow fall on the northern side of the Alps between now and Sunday before drier weather arrives. My very amateur interpretation of this morning's ECM output is that it's suggesting a W-NW'ly flow for Friday next week onwards which if (big if...) it happened presumably would mean snow for the northern alps...or have I got that completely wrong??? :~/ http://www.wetterzentrale.de/pics/ecmpanel1.gif
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Thu 24-12-15 19:47
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Tue 22-12-15 23:06
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Ischgl, Hotel Alpenrose. Schatzi! ;-)
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Tue 22-12-15 22:57
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Tue 22-12-15 22:03
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what exactly are ECM and GFS?? http://bfy.tw/3PSb
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Sun 20-12-15 23:07
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Good skiing but not the place to go for lash. Relocate to the other side of the Silvretta pass for that.
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Thu 10-12-15 14:02
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Bernese Oberland also worth considering http://wepowder.com/forum/topic/217831 Usual caveats regarding exchange rate apply
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Mon 16-11-15 8:58
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Tue 3-11-15 13:00
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http://www.moiwalodge.com Single room occupancy is likely to be pricey in most Niseko hotels and hostels.
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Fri 9-10-15 10:47
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