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Poster: A snowHead
Mon 16-10-17 15:03
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Depending On Thursday´s EU meeting we may see parity by the end of this week I hope you've got the Kleenex ready
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Tue 3-10-17 11:25
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@Mjit not interested in trains Presumably the o/p doesn't want the perceived hassle associated with lugging ski bags etc from airport to bus to train to bus/taxi. With 5 in a taxi the total cost will be not that much more than public transport.
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Mon 2-10-17 22:09
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Check sbb.ch e.g. tomorrow: Train Express Regional 96638 Richtung Grenoble Erwartete Auslastung ZM Genève, Gleis 8 Erwartete Auslastung 12:00 Zwischenstopps ausblenden Bellegarde (Ain) Erwartete Auslastung 12:25 12:28 Aix-les-Bains-le-Revard Erwartete Auslastung 13:03 13:05 Chambéry-Challes-les-Eaux
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Sun 1-10-17 11:46
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Thanks noza I thought as much. Interesting analysis just posted on wepowder of the upcoming weather this week and possible effects of the snowpack at altitude on longer term conditions off piste. http://wepowder.com/forum/topic/246833
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Sun 1-10-17 8:57
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Has this had any longer term effect on lowering the snowline, and increasing the snowpack above that altitude?
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Fri 29-09-17 18:00
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Tumbling - are you the Expresses headline writer? Its a 0.6% change (at 1600). Just an average day on the currency markets. Nothing wrong with a bit of hyperbole every now and again ;-) The point is that there has been a marked dip in the exchange rate when you would expect it to rise given more bleatings today from Carney about an imminent interest rate increase. Which makes you wonder if the currency traders think he is bluffing, and hence have expressed more concern in today's poor growth figures.
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Fri 29-09-17 14:50
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I attended a Bank of England briefing earlier in the week. Firstly, don't believe what you read in the media. Having sat in on one, it's a surprise how much of the subsequent reporting/commentary/analysis I've seen is inaccurate in terms of representing the actual BoE assumptions and strategy. Especially how many articles tie together a headline like 'BoE Latest ' and then talks about stuff that is actually just an analysis of the market by the journalist or someone in the City they've taken for a free lunch. The key takeaway is that this is the first time in a long while that more than two of the MPC members are seriously discussing a rate rise. That's enough to make it a real possibility. If it does, it will be a rise of 0.25% and then a wait to see how this affects the market. The Bank will not increase rates more than 0.25% at a time. Given similar market conditions in the past, you might have expected interest rates to be around 3%-4% but obviously there are factors acting against this. Another nugget is that, all other things being equal, the Bank would expect wage rises to be in the range of 2.5%-4% given market conditions (e.g. inflation at close to 3% and rising). But they're nowhere near this. Directors in the room I was in all seemed to agree that this isn't something they'll be passing on to their staff. (Something to bear in mind if your Annual Review is soon.). One of the BoE forecast assumptions is that it will not be a Hard Brexit - there will be a gentle Transition. Ummmm ... so if we assume that the Bank and the Government are talking to each other, then the implication is interesting (for me it's that "No deal is better than a bad deal." is dead). In relation to the OP - The BoE uses a composite exchange rate measure to represent key trading currencies, and this is down about 15% compared to the day before the Brexit Vote. It's down about 20% compared to mid-2015. Exports are up about 3.5% against a year ago. Given the devaluation of the GBP this is worrying because there's no sign that a cheaper £ has done much to increase exports, contrary to what many expected. If the trade-weighted £ is down around -15% then +3.5% exports isn't good: for example, you'd probably think it should be around +8-12% and rising, but no. The really inexplicable trend is how poor UK productivity remains. Before the 2008 crash productivity was rising at around 3-4%. It dropped to -4% after the crash but did recover to about 1.5% then dropped back. It's currently a pretty flat 0.3% This is against a backdrop of a very high 'labour participation rate' (i.e. most people who would be considered as candidates to work are in a job - It's hard to see this getting much higher). Doing some research, in April 2017 the UK worker productivity was an average -16.6% less than that of workers in the other G7 countries; the UK suffered twice the productivity downturn of other G7 countries following the 2008 crash; and for 2015 UK productivity was lower in comparison to the following countries as shown -10.5% Italy -22.2% USA -22.7% France -26.7% Germany none of which is encouraging for a whole variety of reasons. Very interesting analysis thanks for posting. There is an argument that poor productivity is partly due to inefficient companies surviving because they can borrow endless free money. A short sharp interest rate rise would force them to raise their game or put them out of business, with the slack taken up by the high producers. Possibly. GBP tumbling today thanks to new poor growth data and in spite of Carney trying to suggest that interest rates will go up soon. I wonder if the currency traders are calling his bluff.
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Mon 25-09-17 8:57
Replies: 301
Early October starting to throw some options in the air Still looking possible for <2000m snow? http://old.wetterzentrale.de/pics/MS_1147_ens.png
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Thu 21-09-17 21:11
Replies: 30
I thought I'd pop into this thread, I'm going to be staying with my daughter, son in lawn and granddaughter in Zurich for Christmas. I know we'll have to go skiing while we're there even for a day. We'd either have to rent a car for 6 of us or get there by public transport. Any ideas on a least phaaf destination? It does not have to be tough skiing as this is my granddaughters first season, she's five already but this is the first winter that she will see snow. Won't it be exciting? Worth considering Flumserberg. 1 hour direct train from Zürich to Unterterzen from where a gondola transports you up to the resort. Really nice varied area perfect for a day trip. Go midweek if you can as its easy access means it's likely to be busy on a good snow weekend. There should be some great value snow and rail deals for day trips on the SBB website.
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Wed 20-09-17 15:25
Replies: 30
Might be worth checking Powdair and Swiss airlines into Sion, as Sion is just a few stops from Brig, where you'd get the train up to Zermatt. If approaching from Sion or anywhere else from the west change at Visp for Zermatt. Also now if from the north since the opening of the Lötschberg base tunnel which lands you at Visp not Brig unlike the old tunnel.
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Wed 20-09-17 9:16
Replies: 21
Still dumping down in Mayrhofen, been a whiteout since yesterday. And the gondola is spinning? Why???
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Wed 6-09-17 14:57
Replies: 17
Is there a size/weight limit on the bag they will put for free in the hold?
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Fri 11-08-17 10:47
Replies: 38
On the topic of pow boards has anyone tried the Burton Gatekeeper? I have seen a good deal for one which I am considering realising.
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Tue 8-08-17 23:17
Replies: 32
If you pay off the withdrawal straight away on the mobile banking app no interest is accrued, so no there isn't a charge for withdrawals.
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Tue 8-08-17 22:51
Replies: 32
Halifax Clarity card is generally rated as the best, the interest rate is done on the day of transaction, and there are not additional charges for purchases, but they do charge for cash withdrawals Not abroad they don't http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/travel-credit-cards#halifax
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Tue 1-08-17 9:40
Replies: 39
Whitefish TR January 2008: http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewpost.php?p=846286
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Tue 1-08-17 9:38
Replies: 39
@hammy050, I'm with Mike Pow on Whitefish, it's a great little town and hill with lots to explore if you venture into the trees and was deserted during the week whilst I were there. Fernie is easily accessible over the border if you fancy a 2 centre trip. I'll try and dig out a link to my TR.
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Tue 18-07-17 10:52
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@musehead, thanks that's worth knowing, NO off the list then unfortunately.
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Tue 18-07-17 10:50
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@Mike Pow, how does that work at Tsugaiake if there on a day trip? Do you make yourself known to the authorities when buying your lift pass on arrival in the morning, then you receive the briefing? If it's a blue sky powder day are you at risk of the best areas being tracked whilst you sit in a lecture room...?
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Mon 17-07-17 13:05
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@Mike Pow, any problems with off-piste permissibility in the Hakuba areas?
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Sat 15-07-17 9:03
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Re transfers, we don't mind a long one at the start and end of the holiday, but it's the travelling between our bases in the middle of the trip which ideally should be no more than about 2 hours, so we don't have to use up a skiing day.
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Sat 15-07-17 8:56
Replies: 17
@Sarge McSarge, thanks, which hills in those areas are the best to visit to maximise the snow quality/quantity and off piste permissibility to powder stress ratio? Cortina sounds good, but does everyone head there on a powder day?
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Thu 13-07-17 21:38
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Thanks for the tips. @clarky999, to get to Tazawako from e.g. Hakuba would it be necessary to travel back into Tokyo then out again? @MagSeven, we've visited Hakkoda on our last visit, loved it and would not be at all adverse to going back but our preference is to try new places. Yuzawa looks like it's easily accessible from Tazawako - only 1hr 20mins train. Any opinions on the resorts around there e.g. Kagura? How bad is the powder stress for the Yuzawa resorts, given their easy access from Tokyo? I see that one has a shinkansen station built into its gondola base station! edit: just realised there are 2 yuzawas and I was looking at the wrong one doh :(
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Wed 12-07-17 23:17
Replies: 17
@clarky999, looks great. Is there anywhere nearby to go afterwards for a 2 centre trip?
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Wed 12-07-17 14:15
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Recommendations please for a 2 week 2 centre trip to the main island for Jan/Feb next year. Priorities are snow record, resorts where off piste is not banned, reasonable amount of vertical, and not excessive travel distance for the mid holiday transfer between the 2 bases so that ideally car hire is not required. Many thanks in advance.
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Fri 7-07-17 13:31
Replies: 27
Also worth looking at Arosa if you prefer the train to resort option instead of bus. Now linked to Lenzerheide/Valbella.
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Thu 6-07-17 21:27
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Thu 6-07-17 21:23
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As it stands, I can get (imo) a nicer hotel in Engelberg for less money than in Klosters. Is the latter significantly better as a ski area For piste skiing, yes. More variety, more kms and fantastic long runs back down to Klosters. The previous comments about the Engelberg pistes are very much correct. However where you go depends on how high on the wish list for your holiday the quality of the piste skiing is. If it's at the top then Klosters over Engelberg every time. (or Flims/Lenzerheide etc)
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Thu 6-07-17 14:57
Replies: 27
Klosters looks a mission by train... 2hr40 inc 3 trains and a bus! :( What about using a town as a base and getting buses to a couple of resorts? It's about 2hrs 10mins. Search for trains to Klosters Platz which is the main station in the village.
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Thu 6-07-17 14:46
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Stay in Klosters instead. Nicer village, accesses the same mountain as Davos, closer to Zurich. Valbella is in the same area as Lenzerheide/Arosa.
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Thu 6-07-17 14:05
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Are these around 2hrs by public transport though? Yes. The Swissies have been going tunnel building crazy over the last few years with significant reductions in train journey times. The Zimmerberg Basistunnel out of Zurich is your new friend in this instance. https://www.sbb.ch
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Thu 6-07-17 13:40
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Don't bother with Engelberg if you're not off-pisting. Arosa/Lenzerheide, Davos/Klosters and Flims/Laax amongst many others are all within easy travelling distance of ZRH and well worth visiting, snow and overdraft limit permitting.
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Sat 13-05-17 16:52
Replies: 27
Did you use the "non-binding enquiry" form on the Serfaus website?
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Thu 4-05-17 13:53
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@Markymark29, where there's a will there's a way. I split my chin open on 2nd day at hakkoda, needed to find a hospital urgently to get it stiched up, nearest was 1 hour away in aomori. Would seem like an impossible predicament given how isolated we were and the language barrier but got it done. The Japanese are so friendly and helpful that language to a certain extent doesn't matter.
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Thu 4-05-17 12:46
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@Gämsbock, yes fair point if you want some social. Re less crowded places Hakkoda for example is very much an off the beaten track location, wasn't at all busy when I went in early Feb 2015 and gets sh*t loads of snow. Recommended. http://www.powderhounds.com/Japan/Honshu/Hakkoda.aspx
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Thu 4-05-17 8:26
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Surely it's not all that difficult to enjoy the full JaPow experience without paying stupid money for guides etc??? For example - Hakkoda - all of the mountain is uncrowded off piste. Yes you need a guide for the backside but the frontside area is huge and not difficult to explore - all routes lead back to the cable car. Stay at the ultra traditional Sukuyu Onsen for the authentic Japanese experience. Niseko Moiwa - avoid the Niseko crowds and benefit from the easy accessibile gated off piste. Again route finding is very easy. Head over to Annupuri on a quieter day (if there is one...) for more gated off piste and bigger vertical. All very straightforward. This came in at only just over £1500 in Feb 2015 for 2 weeks for flights/accomm/transport/everything (admittedly with a better exchange rate). You can of course hire a guide for a day or 2 if you feel it is necessary.
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Mon 1-05-17 19:57
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Top of the mountain today...dumped. Gutted they're not open tomorrow would be epic :-(
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Mon 1-05-17 7:52
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Saturday morning was the best alpine conditions I'd experienced all season. In nearly May! 30cm+ of cold dry powder and bluebird skies...stunning. Had to watch out for sharks though and powder stress was fairly high. Yesterday almost as good...bluebird again, fantastic snow all over the mountain loads of which still untracked. Deserted on the Swiss side in the afternoon. Today frustratingly looks like it is going to start dumping in the afternoon down to resort level...in May...but just as everything shuts down for the season. Can't complain though, crazy good conditions for the time of year. January 2018 should be a great time to visit. My 2 visits here have been superb - last one was in January and was fine for queues and crowds. Fantastic resort.
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Sat 22-04-17 11:55
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Great. Conditions and forecast look good but was just wondering if they shut down most lifts and focus on the party, but obviously not.
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Fri 21-04-17 14:06
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Just booked into Ischgl next weekend for the end of season party on the hill :) Does anyone know how many lifts/pistes they normally keep open until the last day? Assuming good snow of course, of which looks like there should be plenty :sH:
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