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Poster: A snowHead
Fri 11-08-17 10:47
Replies: 30
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
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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
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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
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Whitefish TR January 2008: http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewpost.php?p=846286
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Tue 1-08-17 9:38
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@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
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@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
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@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
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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
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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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Wed 19-04-17 9:03
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@AthersT, cheers looking into a possible may day weekend trip to Sölden so my eyes are peeled on how the forecast is shaping up. ECMWF appears to be suggesting something slightly warmer and drier but I may have got that completely wrong?
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Wed 19-04-17 8:35
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@nozawaonsen, messy as in rain or wind or snow or all of the above?
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Tue 18-04-17 10:48
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@stanton, with this recent snowfall and more to come, any chance that end of season might be extended to the may day weekend?
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Tue 28-03-17 16:51
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I also spent a week with a guide and mates three or so weeks back who were not being too complimentary about mainland resorts and a few threads here sort of confirm that. Do you mean Honshu? What did they say?
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Sat 18-03-17 19:31
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@RetroBod, it was snowing heavily on the kaprun glacier today from the first lift station up. Very strong wind at the top. Fairly busy in spite of the inclement weather. Tomorrow could be good if the wind doesn't ruin it, but reckon it will be rammed as the rain was destroying what was left of the snow below 2000m at the neighbouring resorts, so the whole world and their dogs will probably go to kaprun, especially if the sun makes an appearance.
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Fri 10-03-17 14:21
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I'm arriving in Obertauern tomorrow at 2pm if all goes to plan with flights and transfer. Does a 6 day pass purchased for Sunday onwards allow use of the lifts for the last hour or so on Saturday?
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Mon 6-03-17 18:03
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There does seem to be disparity between those very nice looking charts and snowforecast/bergfex etc which are predicting only a dribble within the reliable timeframe for eastern Austrian resorts. @nozawaonsen, @snowheads68, what is the current GFS thinking on when the majority of the snow in those charts above is likely to fall?
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Fri 3-03-17 13:53
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@horgand I would recommend my trip 2 years ago which was internal flight to Aomori, 3 days at Hakkoda staying at the ultra traditional Sukayu Onsen, then train from Aomori through the Seikan tunnel to whichever Hokkaido resort takes your fancy. We went to Niseko Moiwa which was great. Niseko itself ranked a tad too high on the powderstressometer though. Check out resort reviews on Powerderhounds. Not difficult and probably cheaper to DIY it rather than selling your soul to a tour operator.
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Wed 1-03-17 16:11
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But ECMWF is less optimistic I think? I have the option of a week in Obertauern or a surf trip in sunnier climes for 11-18 March. Keen for the former but only if there'll be a significant covering of fresh, so I'd be grateful for the thoughts of the gurus on what weather is likely in the next 10 days or so for the Eastern Alps, before I decide which flights to book. Looks even more uncertain than normal at the moment beyond a couple of days out.
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Sun 19-02-17 12:18
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Great vid. Props for the lack of GoPro footage.
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Wed 15-02-17 14:53
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Zermatt is the definition of an Alpine ski resort. Go.
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Wed 15-02-17 14:36
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@kesone1 great thanks for info. Did you ski Suginohara? Looks interesting...big vertical http://www.powderhounds.com/Japan/Honshu/Suginohara.aspx @musehead how good/bad was powder stress at Nozawa?
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