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Poster: A snowHead
Sat 16-12-17 18:54
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Just to correct one of RCAV's comments "so only did 9b (left hand one facing down)", left hand slope facing down from pralongia is 9A, right hand side is 9B Thanks for the correction, I knew I'd get something wrong, was going off an old piste map and memory so was bound to get confused somewhere. :~/ I stand corrected RCAV. You were right all along. Piste map is incorrect. 3D maps and Youtube videos show right hand slope facing down as 9A!!. Apologies
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Fri 15-12-17 15:14
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Sella Ronda now reporting 427kms open and 193 lifts running. That's currently twice the amount of St Anton or Saalbach which seem to be the next largest interconnected areas open in the Alps. Think the reason that not all slopes are open yet in Saalbach is that there are very few people there at the moment. It certainly wont be because of a lack of snow as they have 80cm in the valley and 100cm on the mountain!!
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Fri 15-12-17 15:03
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Most questions already answered, here are a few others: If skiing down to Corvara you have two main routes: one from Arlara down red 5 and then onto blue 5A. This is probably the trickiest route with several steep/steepish sections though most are short Second route is from bottom of Pralongia II chair down blue 8. First section just below Pralongia II chair is quite steep and gets cut up mogulled later on, otherwise its mostly flattish all the way to Corvara To get back from Corvara, go up Col ALto gondola, head straight down onto the blue cut around track and then onto the main slope, then towards the bottom, head left and over or around the mound to the Braia Frada chair and then up to La brancia hut area. To get to Arlara from the La brancia/L Tabla hut area, you need to get the Braia Frada chair heading downhill (you can see the top section on the piste map has arrows pointing two ways) and get off after a short ride. Head left and down and up a slope and arrive near Arlara restaurant just where the blue and red slopes 5 and 5B begin. To get from Arlara back to La Brancia/L Tabla huts, you can either go down blue 5B and get Braia Frada chair up or get lift 32 Pre Ciablun to roughly where you exited Braia Frada earlier and then you have to ski down blue 20 and get Roby chair back up You can also ski from Arlara down to Pralongia II chair by joining onto blue 8 From La Brancia/L Tabla hut area down to Ciampai hut area, you could go down blue 15, though I think the first part is quite steep as I recall. Blue 14 is slightly easier, though as already mentioned, the first part is quite steep but doable if you keep to the right hand side. This will take you all the way down to Ciampai. If you veer off left onto 15A and then chair La Fraina, then this is also a good route but will be a bit longer To get back to Piz Sorega from Ciampai just get chair 9 up to vegas hut and its a short flat trek to the gondola station Blue 6 from La Brancia hut to Pralongia II chair has a sod of a uphill section at the start. In the right conditions you may be able to get enough speed up to get up the hill (I never made it once and had to walk the last bit). AFterwards its a flat run and several sections of poling near the end Blue 7 from Bioch to Pralongia II chair I think is actually easier as no polling involved. The only steepish part is avoided by continuing round and dropping back onto the slope a bit further round/down (you will see where this part is when your there) From Pralongia, initial slope, to left of Pralongia II chair (looking downhill) is a bit steep where it veers off to join blue 8. ALso initial part of 21B is slightly steep but not for long. Otherwise I cant think of anything to worry about on the remainder. The end of blue 8 before the bottom of Pralongia II chair is also slightly steeper but quite wide, quiet and short If you get a chance also try blue 10 from Bioch to join blue 9A further down and also try 10A from vegas hut to also join 9A further down Just to correct one of RCAV's comments "so only did 9b (left hand one facing down)", left hand slope facing down from pralongia is 9A, right hand side is 9B The 3D map I find is an excellant tool and makes it easier to understand where the slopes, lift exit points and huts are, especially in the Arlara, Pralongia and La brancia areas
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Tue 5-12-17 9:44
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Thanks for the updates espri & Richard 40cm new snow reported at top and 20cm at village level. More to come Friday as well!!
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Fri 1-12-17 11:49
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Agree with all the comments re Spitzpub, Bauers and Burgiís. Very friendly staff inside Spitzpub and a nice cosy feel when it gets colder outside. Re Bauers, I didnít even realise they had an indoor bar area till our third night!!! Burgis also a nice bar with very friendly owner and as I recall, slightly cheaper drink prices. Next trip I need to get to the following venues which I missed last season: Underbar Otzi bar Zum Turm Castello Kuhstall Backstattstall
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Tue 28-11-17 12:43
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@PeteMan, Interesting that theyíve done that, and somewhat surprising for a swish 4 star bang in the village centre. Some friends of ours stayed there a few seasons ago and spent a surprising amount of time eating in the village restaurants, as they apparently found the Postís menu of beef done in a variety of different ways monotonous. Still, the various village restaurants (and Bobbyís) wonít be complaining, and B&B (or, dare I say it self-catering) makes more sense for the reasons you mention. Talking of the Post, I believe they have anew Apres ski bar opening this year. It's hard to judge exactly where it is but I think it could be at the side just down from the Spitzbub. Here's the link https://www.hotelpost-saalbach.at/en/postbar/. Hopefully it will be a little less weird than the existing bar! Oh no!! A new bar half way from SPitzpub/Bauers to our hotel. May be missing even more evening meals next trip!! :D :D
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Tue 3-10-17 16:25
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If they carry on like this, it will not be long before you will be able to do the 'ronda' just by using lifts....?!? (Ronda sans ski...?) They could use that as a good advertisement for summer visitors as well. Not that they need any more visitors in summer!!
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Mon 18-09-17 13:49
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Thanks for the update and kicking off the thread. Already booked our trip for March 2018. Just hope its not so warm this time!!
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Mon 18-09-17 13:43
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We hired a car from Innsbruck for a weekís stay in the Dolomites last September (2016). The journey down the A13/A22 across the Brenner was horrific!! Accidents, tolls, road-works and heavy traffic, doubled the estimated driving time. If I do it again, Iíll fly to Verona and drive up and access the Dolomites via Ponte Gardena.
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Tue 15-08-17 9:51
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Then in Alta Badia, looks like the Biok chair is getting an upgrade from 4 to 6 person detachable chair - probably a good thing as it was the focus of queues in the blue heaven area. Will be popular with friends who like to lunch at the Rifugio Bioch at the top of this lift. See This will be a good upgrade. Literally seemed to be the only lift where I queued for in the blue heaven area. Though to be honest it was never that long a wait!!
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Tue 15-08-17 8:47
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. There is another hotel even closer which we failed to get into, which looks nice (I forget the name). I think its the Gran Risa Hotel right close to the Gondola station?
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Thu 13-07-17 13:30
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Agree with Corvara being a good option. We were there last year in early September and it was fairly quiet. Although we had a hire car, we never used it as the busses were so convenient. We walked several times up on the plateau above Corvara; walked from Jimmy hut at Passo Gardena back to Colfosco (and then bus to Corvara) on both sides of the valley; got the chairlift up to Santa Croce and walked back down; Boe gondala up to Vallon and walked back down to Corvara golf club and then Pralongia chair up to main plateau. All relatively easy walks with only a few steepish sections here and there Just some advice: a) If you stay in Corvara, try and get accomodation near enough to the Col Alto and Boe gondolas, otherwise you will have an uphill walk from the bottom of the village or rely on a bus b) Just check which gondolas/chairs are open when you plan to visit as most will be shut from Mid September c) Check that the Cortina express transfer ties in with your flights as it runs infrequently during the day d) Get some good walking poles!!
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Tue 18-04-17 15:51
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We have always stayed in Selva, last twice in the Hotel Flora. Comfortable, good food and opposite the ski bus stop. And you can ski pretty much to the back door. Agree re your comments on the Flora, but skiing pretty much to the back door? Which slope is this on? nearest slope I can think of would be the Nives nursery slope, which is hardly near the back door?? Otherwise your looking at the slopes ending at Ciamponi lift station or across the rd; which again are hardly nearby the Flora??
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Mon 27-03-17 9:41
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I actually like the inside bar of Spitzpub. Small,cosy and warm; Perfect!! They also play decent music in there, and the brothers who own it, Mike and Kris, and their bartenders, are all friendly and welcoming. Absolutely agree with that!!
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Mon 27-03-17 8:17
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One of my 2017 Highlights was the evening spent at Spitzbub with Mr and Mrs Tatman and Kiteman69. I have to be honest, it wasn't a bar I have ever used, but after seeing the hoards in the Hinterhag, Mr Tatman suggested there and it was just amazing, I cannot recommend it highly enough, Spaceys singing is jus extraordinary, If you get the chance, go! You won't regret it! Agree on all that. I actually like the inside bar of Spitzpub. Small,cosy and warm; Perfect!!
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Mon 27-03-17 8:12
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Good restautant upstairs too (before security) with a view of the runway and mountains - much better than the offering airside And you can go outside on the balcony for some much needed fresh air. We always go here first and through security at the last minute. Same as Salzburg, no point going through security till you have to as there's virtually nothing in the departure hall.
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Thu 23-03-17 9:26
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@jimmybog, Very interested to read your impressions, and I'm glad that my info was useful. Most visitors are impressed by the general friendliness of the bar and restaurant staff (we're on first name terms with many of them), so I'm surprised that you were left with a different impression. I wonder if you were just unlucky in some of your choices. I note that we don't generally go to a few of the places you mention, such as the relatively new Luiz Alm (too much like a big cafeteria for our liking), the Reiteralm (always seem to be cruising past it on our way to other parts of the valley), Eva Alm (drinks pricier than other bars and not really our scene in winter), Spielberghaus (never been there, except once, briefly, in summer). Also you mention that you barely scratched the surface of the ski area and the night life, and of course you were on half board so would not have seen much of the village restaurants. So I'm quite intrigued and would be interested to know which ones you found less friendly than expected. Having said that, I note that your overall impression was positive and that you're likely to return next year. If you do, let me know, and I'll meet you for a drink and see if I can point you in the direction of some of the best skiing and apres-ski (and the friendlier bars/restaurants!) Thanks Richard The establishments that I personally noticed where the service was less than friendly were at both outside seating areas at the Saalbacherhoff and Luis Alm. I'll PM you the others as I need to check with others from our party. Few of them experienced unfriendly staff, especially in the first few days, but I can't remember if it was in restuarants/bars or shops. The flip side to that, is that we experienced particularly good/friendly service at the Berger prosecco bar, Schwips bar/club beneath Bergers, Burgi's apres, Spitzpub, Bauers Schi alm, Bobby's and hotel dining room. Thus overall the experience was good. Just a shame that it was so noticble by quite a few of us in the first few days. But suspect it was more bad luck than anything. As for next year, looks like we will be coming back. When you have a relatively large party like ours, its usually difficult to choose somewhere to please everyone due to different requirements. Saalbach just seems to tick so many boxes for most of us that its difficult to think where else to go. And yes I will definately contact you when we arrive for some bar/restaurant/best skiing advice. Just out of curiosity, noticed a restaurant/apres bar called Backstatt-Stall near to Bernkogelbahn gondola station and a cellar bar near the church called Zum Turm. what are these like and are they worth a look?
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Wed 22-03-17 11:10
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Not sure how flat the town is but Flachau may fit the bill. I'm sure nursery slopes are in the town. About an hour from Salzburg. Good size ski area with modern lifts. Not sure about creche/nanny though!!
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Wed 22-03-17 9:38
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@jimmybog, we must have been in Spitz Bub at the same time (we were there both nights Spacey was 'singing')! On the Thursday night, we were stood/dancing beside the back wall. I spoke to an English couple stood next to us which may have been you??
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Tue 21-03-17 15:56
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Saalbach trip report: Dates: March 11th to 18th Tour operator: Crystal Ski Party Size: 13, mixture of adults/children Hotel: Sport Hotel Berger Transfer to resort: Straightforward transfer to resort. No waiting for other planes and no detours. Journey took around 1hr 25 minutes. Have to say, the journey passed through a very picturesque part of Germany and Austria. Will certainly make an effort to visit this region in summer time Impressions of Saalbach village: I actually thought Saalbach was a nice village. Quite compact and not much walking required to get anywhere. Lots of bars, restaurants and hire shops but not many other shops. Also quite a busy and lively village and a nice atmosphere. I was also quite impressed with the pedestrian area in HInterglemm and certainly wouldnít have an issue staying there if I had to Service in bars, restaurants and mountain huts: Well unfortunately we found the friendliness of bar/waiter staff rather lacking. Generally they were friendly in the apres bars but not elsewhere. This was a bit of a shock to me as I have never experienced anything like it on this scale in any other resort I have been to. Meals: Six evening meals were in the hotel and one was at the Spielberghaus mountain hut/restaurant. Most lunchtime meals were on the mountain. Quality of food for all meals was very good. I canít think of one poor meal that anyone had. Prices were also pretty reasonable. Maybe not as cheap as I have experienced elsewhere but certainly not as expensive. Drinks: Found the price of beer to be reasonable (around Euros 4.50 to 5.00 0.5L) in most places. Long drinks such as Gin & Tonic varied widely. Night time bars: We didnít actually visit many to be honest. Too tired after apres ski and evening meal. Did visit Bobbyís which was good (no band the night we visited). Also went to Eva Alm, which we liked, even though drinks were expensive. One night a few of us chaperoned the youngsters to Bauers Schi Alm after dinner. Was absolutely shocked to see it still packed inside at 10pm. Other nights were spent in the Hotel Prosecco bar (reasonably priced drinks and no waiting to get served, unlike in the main hotel bar/restaurant). A few of us managed to catch the Elvis/Tom Jones show on the Thursday night and personally I thought he was a great entertainer. Place was packed with lots of people dancing. Weather: Dry all week until Saturday when we were leaving. Most days were sunny or at worst partly cloudy. Temperatures crept up during the week and was starting to get quite warm towards end of the week. Came back with a good face tan!! Snow conditions: As expected, best snow conditions were higher up and in the morning. Towards end of the week, snow was softening up quite quickly by late morning, even higher up, especially on the main slopes. No issues on connecting less steep runs The skiing: Iíll be honest here and admit we barely scratched the surface of the area. Most of our party hadnít skied in many years and others were in lessons. Thus we setup camp most days with our non-skier party members, at the Luis Alm at top of Bernkogel gondola. As most people know, the slope above is a nice easy slope and a lot of skiing was on this slope. A few of us did have a quick go on the nursery slope above Bauers but this was after lunch and the snow was just too soft. A few of our party also tried the higher Kohlmais slopes and skied across to Berger Alm and back again via Blue 66 and 52. They accessed the blue 56 link to Berger Alm from top of Panorama chair and found it quite tough going until the blue 56 turn off. Apart from the 56/66 links, they really did not enjoy skiing here. They found the snow too soft even at 11am and werenít that keen to go back. Other forays into the area were a trip from top of Bernkogel across to Hochalmhutte. Only four of us done this and we all enjoyed it. Had a drinks break at Reiteralm which we quite liked and lunch at the Hochalmhutte. As I mentioned earlier, we barely scratched the surface. Apres, age, ability, confidence etc., took its toll on most of us. Hopefully we will return in future in better shape and travel further afield Lifts: Certainly you can see the resort has invested heavily in their lifts. Only issues were people unable to get on/off or falling from the lifts. Chair up top of Bernkogel regularly kept stopping for this reason. Only queue of any note I experienced was benkogel gondola on Sunday morning. Otherwise no queues anywhere Mountain huts: As we didnít venture far, we didnít really visit that many. The ones we did visit or pass on the sunnier days were already packed by 11:30 to 12pm. It just seemed as if most people by 12pm had enough skiing and decided to park up for the afternoon. Apres ski: Obviously Saalbach is quite famous as an apres resort, so not much I can add really. Visited Hinterhag Alm once only. Admit I really enjoyed it as I liked the fact a band were playing rather than a DJ. Just seemed to be more of an audience participation with a band. Also the landlady/owner (assume thatís who it was) sang a few songs. I have experienced apres in other resorts and didnít think Hinterhag was any more crazy or mental than what Iíve seen before. Not a criticism by any means. Mainly though, we set up shop in Bauers late afternoon to catch the sun and then across the road to Spitzpub, which we really enjoyed especially when Spacey was singing. Also tried Burgiís which was small but more intimate/friendly Other visitors: Good mixture of nationalities I found (which I like anywhere I go). Most seemed to be Scandanavian, Dutch and German with quite a few British thrown in for good measure. No problems with/from anyone and we got along and made friends with quite a few, especially the large Danish party in our hotel. Would say overall, the age was mainly in the 20ís and 30ís though still quite a few in their forties onwards. Makes a nice change having a mixture of ages and languages in a resort. Thanks: Just a big thanks to Richard (Tatmans tours) for the invaluable information you gave me before the trip and it was great meeting you (in bizarre circumstances within minutes of arriving). Overall Summary: I wasnít convinced of Saalbach when my friend first chose it. But I can now see how many view it as one of the best all round ski resorts in the Alps. After we got back, I said that I probably wouldnít go back in a while; but now itís starting to grow on me and quite likely I may return next year. Thereís something about the place to draw me back but I canít put a finger on what it is.
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Sun 19-03-17 12:20
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@jimmybog, Just had a phone call from someone who has braved the weather and is at the Bergeralm. Apparently it's snowing at the top, turning to rain a couple of hundred meters down. Yes, webcam showed it snowing at the top. Luckily we were leaving anyway. We had a great week weather wise, though it did get very warm at times. The flatter sections of the pistes were excellent all week. Can't say the same for the steeper sections. They were getting chopped up even by half ten. And great to meet you finally.
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Sat 18-03-17 12:40
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Wed 8-03-17 16:37
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@jimmybog, Elvis does his Tom Jones impression in Burger's Sport Hotel on Thursday evening. Yes, non-skiers can either walk up the Turmwiese nursery slope to the Hinterhag Alm, or take the Turm chair lift, which costs 4 euros (6 euros including the 2 euro deposit on the ski pass). It's an easy walk down the Turmwiese afterwards. Obviously if you have a ski pass you can use it for the lift whether or not you are on skis or in normal footwear. Thats great, thanks for the info!!
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Wed 8-03-17 14:24
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Few last minute questions: 1. Does anyone know which night the Elvis/Tom Jones show is on at the Berger sporthotel? I thought it was Thursday but cant find any info on-line 2. Is it possible for non skiers to walk up to the Hinterhag alm from the bottom of the Turmwise lift? I can see there is a road up to it but it looks quite long and windy. I know they could pay to take the actual lift but I can't find on-line the price of it? Could they just walk up to it by keeping to the edge of the ski slope?? Thx
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Tue 7-03-17 21:20
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Within that there are four or five days of slightly milder weather coming and the snowline could be relatively (though not massively) high before more cold weather sets in again. Winds still quite strong in the west. Forecast snowline for Salzburg region on Thursday is 1200 to 1400 metres. Hope it drops before then as theres quite a bit of precipitation forecast that day!!
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Mon 6-03-17 12:02
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Where is all this Austrian snow? The forecasted amounts for Austria started to reduce towards the end of last week!! On the latest overnight GFS ensembles, i can't see any significant snow for Salzburg region for the next week or so. May be a few top ups but nothing major, unless I am reading the charts wrong!! This for Saalbach: http://www.meteociel.fr/cartes_obs/gens_display.php?ext=1&lat=47.39&lon=12.64
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Thu 2-03-17 9:20
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Forecast snow amounts for the weekend now greatly reduced for Eastern Austria and the Dolomites according to latest GFS run. France still looking good for more heavy snow
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Wed 1-03-17 0:44
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Snowing hard in Saalbach - surprised at the depth of snow in the streets (as we staggered home this evening) after only 3 hours. :D :D :D
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Fri 24-02-17 11:40
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15 more sleeps until our trip. The excitement is building! ditto, 15 sleeps to go! :) Same here, 13 of us staying in Berger Sporthotel!! nice to see it snowing on the webcams this morning!!
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Wed 22-02-17 16:25
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The 3.7 degrees C temps on the Hinterglemm and Zwolferkogel webcams have been stuck on those temperatures, night and day, for at least a fortnight, @jimmybog, Look on the Livecam feed: at the time of writing showing 0.3 degrees C at the berg, 15.1 degrees C in the tal!!! Very warm, indeed. https://www.saalbach.com/en/live-info/weather Thanks for pointing that out, wasn't aware they were stuck on those figures!!
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Wed 22-02-17 15:09
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Anxiously doing the pre-holiday thing of peering at the webcams and forecasts and very disappointed to see it's currently 13.4 degrees in the valley, forecast to reach 15 degrees tomorrow, some snow/rain on Friday and then back up to 12 degrees on Monday. :cry: Where are you seeing that temperature of 13.4 in the valley? All I'm seeing is 3.7C in Hinterglemm village, 3C in Saalbach village, 3.7C Zwolferkogel valley station??
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Fri 17-02-17 20:54
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Thanks all, really appreciate your help and advice!! Can't wait to get there and especially looking forward to the HinterhagAlm!! :D :D
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Fri 17-02-17 15:10
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Hi all, not long now till my first Saalbach trip. Been studying piste maps and YouTube videos for a while now and just have a few questions regarding some of the blue piste runs in the area. Iím trying (if at all possible) to avoid any steep blues so just need to check on some particular blues and routes to ensure Iím well prepared. Have already had some very useful info from Richard (tatmanís tours) but still have a few questions: 1. Route to Berger Hochalm from Saalbach. To access blue 56, is it easier to get the Kohlmaisgipfelbahn to the top and then traverse across to the start of blue 56. Or Kohlmais 3er chair up and then Panorama 6er chair up and then down to start of 56? Which of these two options is easiest (less steep) ?? 2. For trip out to Leogang I was thinking of catching the bus to Vorderglemm and then getting the Schonleitenbahn up to Wildenkarkogel. Then blue 62 to SeidlAlm and then blue 63 (instead of blue 64) to bottom of Polten chair. At top of Polten chair, would get the new blue variant 81 or MOntelino trail down to Asitzmuldenbahn and then up to Kleiner Asitz and then blue 87 to ALte Schmiede or Asitzbrau. Does this route/option sound ok? 3. To return from Leogang, I see I would need to get blue87 down to Asitzgipfelbahn 8er. Then up and either blue 85 or blue 83 down to Sportbahn. But which of the two (83 or 85) is easiest (less steepest)? Then blue 81 and then blue 63 down to below Polten 8er to rejoin blue 64 down to Schonleitenbahn mid station. From here I would decide on going down to valley station and catching the bus; or up to Wildenkarkogel and blue 66 across to Bergeralm and then across to blue 52 and down to Saalbach 4. From top of Bernkogel I would ski down to ReiterOst chair and then up to Reiterkogel. To get to the bottom of Hasenauer chair, I see two options: turn left onto blue 34 and then turn right (at some point near Reiteralm onto a blue trail to bottom of Hasenauer chair. Or option2, blue 32 all the way down to hasenauer chair. Which of these two routes is the easiest (less steepest)?? 5. From the top of Zwolferkogel there is a family ski trail ( I think) blue 11 down to Zwolferkogelbahn mid station. But looks like there is another blue run 18 down to Ellmaualm. Is this blue 18 relatively easy or quite steep/hard?? Thanks
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Thu 2-02-17 14:29
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If there is a possibility of snow problems on the Dolomite passes then I would go on the A57/A22 autoroutes and turn off at Ponte Gardena onto the SS242 route to Selva. Might look longer on the maps but the time is roughly the same as the A27/SP251 route
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Thu 2-02-17 10:37
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The trouble with staying actually on the Alpe Di Siusi plateau is that you have to get off the plateau and onto the Sella Ronda circuit to get to Cortina. Yes its doable but it will take a long time and will involve a bus for part of the journey. Suffice to say that basing yourself in Alpe Di Siusi area is probably not ideal to access the rest of the Dolomite areas. I would personally stay in one of the villages (Selva, Colfosco, Corvara, Arraba, Canazei) on the Sella Ronda route.
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Wed 1-02-17 9:49
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I've previously found that it's the punters that are the issue at the Eva Alm. Its deerskin lined benches seem to attract a certain clientele who likes to be seen flashing the cash. The only problem I've ever had is getting a seat since many of the people there have been there since about 2pm after their cursory bit of skiing. Agreed, it is definitely that kind of establishment. Not really my thing but it seemed like a nice place to stop for a drink to get out of the rain. It was actually two separate incidents the first being the bar tender abruptly shouting at the Mrs to speak English as it's better then there German - in which she's fluent. Brushed that off. As we were only stopping for a quick drink we took a seat by the bar. Then when I very politely tried to order another drink I got shouted at by a different guy saying it's table service only. When I apologised and wondered if would still be OK as we were sitting a the bar and had previously been served there, he began shouting again. When I say shouting I mean shouting. The place went dead only for all the attention to be put on the two for absolutely no reason or provocation. To be honest, I can only imagine if he behaves in such a way to the wrong person he's lucky all we did was walk out in that regard. So, if you do go. Speak English and don't order a drink at the bar?! Bobby's, Spitz and apres place opposite are all great and much better atmosphere. Disgusting behaviour that by the staff. Luckily I have never experienced that anywhere across the alps (so far). If that staff member continues, then yes, he will definately upset the wrong person sooner or later. The trouble is, some people thrive on situations like this and would enjoy nothing more than getting into a conflict with that staff member. It wouldn't take much for someone to make the atmosphere and situation very unpleasant and uncomfortabe for a staff member and other guests!!
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Tue 31-01-17 14:47
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Raining below 1300m in Saalbach today, heavy snowfall above. Very light rain/sleet around Zell Am See From the webcams, it looks like its turning to snow at village level in Saalbach!! :D :D
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Tue 31-01-17 10:24
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@nozawaonsen, @jimmybog, there was a discussion around the new year about people just picking out the best looking snapshots in FI. I was under the impression that unless one particular FI option was well supported across several models and several runs, then it would not be 'helpful' as expectations get raised. Anyway, we all like pretty pictures. Gotta run, tall blonde to meet. As I recall, all postings that nozawaonsen does of FI charts, there is always a caveat stressing that the chart is only a possibility and shouldn't be taken as gospel. Problems arise because people see a chart and don't read the caveat.
which other snowHeads love to answer.
Tue 31-01-17 9:51
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And Noz....I though there were standards set here for hand picking FI charts....don't see any support for one particular outcome, ie trend.....but at least the temps look like dropping which is the first step. If you read the comments that NOZ makes along with the charts he posts, you will see that he does specify that the FI chart posted is only one possible outcome e.g. "Would take Eastern Europe back into the freezer, but just one of many FI options at this stage. "
And they're a friendly bunch.
Mon 30-01-17 21:16
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there's a degree of irony that the webcam photo embedded above is a live feed and is now showing freshly settled snow in the square in Zermatt :D The original webcam photo had snow on the hillsides anyway. I couldn't see any part of the hillside that was brown/green so didnt really understand why the image was posted with the associated comment?? Meanwhile, looks like its snowing currently across Switzerland/Western Austria/parts of the Northern Frence alps.
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