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Poster: A snowHead
Mon 16-04-18 9:10
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@what...snow, We are just getting lots of quotes for family rooms in La Villa. if you find anything then book it quickly especially if your going in February. We have already had a few issues booking rooms for next January in Corvara.
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Thu 12-04-18 8:58
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WOW!! Thanks Family half term trip. The children are 7 and 6. We are seriously looking noe at going to the Dolomites with the three children for half term. My worry is ski school for the 4 1/2 year old who would be learning to ski, and ski school for the two eldest girls (aged 8 and 11 next Feb). Did you find a language problem with the kids? We are thinking about using the ski school in La Villa, as they have a choice of two, and one does all day lessons (which the children are used to), nd the other looks much better for small children as it can provide some sort of kindergarten thing as well as the skiing. We have been gong to Champoluc for the past 10 years, skied extensively around the Dolomites before children, and had two holidays in Selva with two children with Esprit (who no longer go there). We have stayed summer and winter in the Alta Badia, as well as Arraba, but have now dismissed Arraba as a place to go with a 4 1/2 year old as there are many, many more play parks and things to do in the Alta Badia. Any suggestions on places to stay most welcomed! Deal breaker atm is that all children need to have a separate bed to stop the squabbling. I don't want to drag them out again of an evening to a restaurant to eat (middle child can't keep still) and would moan about going out again, so I think as nice as your apartments were, they are't suitable for us. Thanks, Zoe As your looking to use the La Villa ski school, then I'm assuming you want to stay in La Villa. You could look at the following hotels, all of which are next to or very near to the main gondola and ski school: Hotel Savoy, Hotel Christiania and Hotel Gran Risa
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Wed 11-04-18 15:02
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Almost forgot about the Ski Amade region. If you base yourself in say Flachau or Wagrain, you can ski and bus easily to other nearby resorts of Apendorf, Kleinarl, Flachauwinkl and Zauchensee If you have a car, you have other areas nearby such as the Gastein resorts, Hochkonig resorts and the Schaldming area which has lots of resorts in itself!!
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Tue 10-04-18 15:11
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Saalbach does sound ideal for you if milage is priority You could also look at SkiWelt, Kitzbuehl/Kirchberg, Serfaus/Fiss, Ischgl/Silvretta and Zillertal valley/Mayrhofen regions
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Tue 10-04-18 15:04
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Yep - there's a bus timetable on that link but I have no idea which one goes to Corvara You need whichever bus goes to Col Alto and Boe (both gondola stations in Corvara)
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Tue 10-04-18 12:14
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Yes I can see the access road to the new ski school offices in the first photo. Will check it out next trip. If the stop is not in the ski school car park then we'll check the main car park. Looks a very short walk between the two so shouldn't be an issue. This is great to know as it means we can stay for the Edelweiss apres for longer and not rely on the gondola to get us back to Corvara
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Mon 9-04-18 14:26
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If the Borest gondola is closed, you can take the local bus, which runs hourly. Or catch the ski bus, check the timetables in the link below. From the route map, ideal bus stop would be number 12 "Ski School" but for the life of me I cant picture where this bus stop would be. The route map shows it at the end of the borest gondola but I cant even think there is a road anywhere near this point: https://www.pensionmirandola.it/en/ski-bus-colfosco-2015-2016-kopie.html
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Mon 26-03-18 11:50
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@jimmybog, thanks, next time I’ll head over to the church at least. I found the piste maps a bit confusing sometimes. The Alta Badia map has piste numbers on it, so that was ok. But the Val Gardena map doesn’t even state piste numbers, just lift names, so I found it difficult to navigate. Agree about the confusion on piste maps. RE the Alta badia one, I initially found confusing as to what the map showed in relation to the pistes, lifts and rifugos. The area around L'Tabla and La brancia rifugios is a bit confusing as the map doesn't make it obvious that you can access some of the slopes from the top of Roby and La Brancia lifts. It almost looks like you cant access slopes 6 and 20 from here. Also on the map, its not initially obvious which way the blue slope goes between top of Pralongia chair and botom of incisa drag. I find the 3D map of this area far better to see exact locations of rifugios and where the lifts are located in relation to the slopes.
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Mon 26-03-18 9:59
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Wasn't that impressed with the rifugio near the La crusc church, thought the one's half way down were far better. Though it's still worth a visit to the church and maybe a drink at the rifugio, just for the spectacular setting. Blue 18 down from Piz la Illa, I cant think of any flat part on this run? Unless maybe the very initial part from the top maybe, before the turn off for the Bamby red run 16A? Run 5 is a red and blue down from Arlara. Again maybe the initial section from below Arlara restaurant is perhaps quite flat. Cant think any part of the remaining run is flat anywhere? Being a skier, i don't tend to appreciate the difficulty boarders have on some slopes. Blue run 6 in this area would be a killer for a boarder. It's bad on skis with too much poling involved. A boarder would really struggle. As for run names rather than numbers. Would be difficult in Alta badia as I dont think the run name is listed on the piste map. Only shows the numbers I believe? And thanks for your reports everyone.
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Fri 23-03-18 16:06
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Thanks for replies what..snow. heading back to Corvara next year after a break, having just done Saalbach for the past 2. Can't wait and will make sure I do the runs I missed last time.
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Fri 23-03-18 13:46
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@agw, @All,. Not sure why most of the pisted are rated red, I don‘t think they are. But it‘s an alpine pasture so it‘s naturally more flat than steep. The runs around Goldknopf and Florian lifts were quite nice with a decent incline and nice snow! To get back to the Sella Ronda I took the bus from Saltria to Monte Pana, at this time of the year it goes approx. every 30 minutes. . That is a nice area and I agree a lot of the reds could be blues. Some lovely mountain huts there as well and one of the best views you can get. Lovel red run 34 off top of Florian, past Zallinger hut. One of my favourite runs though could pose a problem for boarders as its very flat going past Tirler hotel
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Fri 23-03-18 13:33
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What is that orange stuff you often see them drinking in Austria and Italy, with ice? Is it sprtizer or something? Colour of lucozade but always looks a lot more tempting Aldi selling its own version called Aperini for £6.99. Anyone tried it yet?
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Fri 23-03-18 13:30
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@jimmybog, Last week there was a slow-moving warm front (foehnig) passing through. This week is similar to the excellent conditions we had in mid-January, except that there are fewer people. As usual, the luck of the draw. It’s not unusual to experience a cold snap in late March, or to get fresh snow into April. In my experience of being here all season (for a few years now), it’s entirely dependent on which way the wind is blowing, and that applies throughout the winter. The pistes are currently hard, smooth and powdery from top to bottom and regardless of altitude or orientation. Even piste 68 is still open. Yes it never seemed to be that cold all week till friday evening. Compared to the same week last year, overall I thought the snow was a bit better this year, probably due to it being more cloudy this time. When we managed to get out by 09:15am on the Thursday, the snow was absolutely brilliant for our lesson up top of Bernkogel. Even by lunchtime the snow up top of Schattberg was really good and grippy Funnily enough last week i thought was quieter overall compared to same week last year. Village, apres bars, slopes, mountain huts etc all seemed quieter. Not excessivley so, but enough that others in our party noticed it. Whats your thoughts on this? Did you think it quieter perhaps? The busier mountain huts just weren't as packed this year!!
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Fri 23-03-18 12:49
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I think tatman reported in the Saalbach thread on the Resort reviews forum that the snow was currently great this week. Shame it wasn't the best last week. A right mixture depending on the day, time, slope etc. Blue 32 below Hasenauer chair was poor even in the morning. Learner slope at Kohlmais was absolute rubbish even at 09:10am Blue 52 from mid way point was rubbish most of the way at 10am Blue 51 was great top to bottom late morning Top section of 46 was fine most of the day Blue 34 to bottom of hasenauer chair was soft on the initial steeper section where it crosses red 35, but once you turn off before Reiteralm, it was excellent. Steeper sections of blue 28 were a bit soft late morning but still easily negotiable. Others in our party reported poor snow on other runs back to the valley even before lunchtime. Red 48 was great in the morning but bit chopped up after lunch
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Fri 23-03-18 12:35
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@jimmybog, ‘I find its just a bit too inconvenient to get to the area above Corvara/La villa etc.’ Is it not more convenient to carry on over Dantercepies into the Gardena Valley? I’m not sure how steep those runs are as I was in a busy cabin going up there and too late to ski down. There are 2 flat lifts in the area that obviously mean no ski for the time spent in the lift but I used them both and they are only a quick 5-10mins in a moving seat. I didn’t find them a chore. Worth it for the fabulous scenery. I would say they are quite steep over Dantercepies, compared to the reds back to Colfosco. For an intermediate skier this wouldnt be an issue but for someone looking to avoid steeper slopes, I think they potentially would cause an issue. I do see your point re staying in Colfosco and i think for a total begginner or even a 1 week skier, it would be ideal. Yes the Borest gondola is not that far but you need to make sure your back to it from Corvara in good time, otherwise your looking at having to get the post bus back. I think for me, i liked staying in Corvara as I could ski back to the village at any time (within reason) stopping at the Boconara or Capanna Nera huts on the way down and not having to be concerned about catching a gondola down/back before it closes. On the other hand if you choose your location right in Colfosco, you can almost ski back to your hotel/accomodation with ease and you can experience the Edelwiess apres hut and ski back down. I suppose really, either choice would be good. p.s. just read your San Cassiano report. Fantastic!!
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Fri 23-03-18 12:19
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Wow, stunning report there and appreciate the time you took to write it: Few questions/comments which I would be interested on your views: Blue 28 from Sorega: I used to access this slope via the narrow track from Sorega to avoid the steeper initial top section. Once I cut across the slope I didnt think the remainder was particularly steep. Maybe steeper than other blues in the area but not excessivley so. In fact I thought it an ideal progression slope to experience/learn skiing on a slightly steeper slope rom the top you can get 15 which is a lovely blue that takes you to Bamby (for Piz la Ila), I never done this slope. It looked quite steep and not wide initially from the top just past La Fraina. Whats your opinion? The only steep section of 8 is below Pralongia 2 lift yes I agree. mostly used it to return back to Corvara and caused me untold problems as it was always chopped up and the steepest part was not that wide. I should be able to handle it better in future, hopefully I get Pralongia button lift to take me to Arlara chair which only leads to Pre Ciablun chair which only leads to 20 heading to Roby Yes once at Arlara, not much you can do otherwise. I used to just ski down blue 5B and get Brai Frada chair back to the top to avoid the Pre Ciablun and blue 20 Take all the lifts up to Jimmi’s Hutte From Jimmys hut did you go down the first run red 40 or down to chair 42 and up and down to red41 via the pass itself ? Up Cherz and down the blue. Mrs finds last section even steeper but just about avoids swearing at me I also thought that last section was steep. Didnt try the red so would be curious if you thought it easier than the blue? Looks ok on Youtube!!
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Fri 23-03-18 12:17
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Wow, stunning report there and appreciate the time you took to write it: Few questions/comments which I would be interested on your views: Blue 28 from Sorega: I used to access this slope via the narrow track from Sorega to avoid the steeper initial top section. Once I cut across the slope I didnt think the remainder was particularly steep. Maybe steeper than other blues in the area but not excessivley so. In fact I thought it an ideal progression slope to experience/learn skiing on a slightly steeper slope rom the top you can get 15 which is a lovely blue that takes you to Bamby (for Piz la Ila), I never done this slope. It looked quite steep and not wide initially from the top just past La Fraina. Whats your opinion? The only steep section of 8 is below Pralongia 2 lift yes I agree. mostly used it to return back to Corvara and caused me untold problems as it was always chopped up and the steepest part was not that wide. I should be able to handle it better in future, hopefully I get Pralongia button lift to take me to Arlara chair which only leads to Pre Ciablun chair which only leads to 20 heading to Roby Yes once at Arlara, not much you can do otherwise. I used to just ski down blue 5B and get Brai Frada chair back to the top to avoid the prei Dar Corf and blue 20 Take all the lifts up to Jimmi’s Hutte From Jimmys hut did you go down the first run red 40 or down to chair 42 and up and down to red41 via the pass itself ? Up Cherz and down the blue. Mrs finds last section even steeper but just about avoids swearing at me I also thought that last section was steep. Didnt try the red so would be curious if you thought it easier than the blue? Looks ok on Youtube!!
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Fri 23-03-18 9:40
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@Frosty the Snowman, If staying in La Villa I’d suggest maybe going down in the gondola. But that first slope in the morning would be fantastic. A very wide easy blue. Easyish blues ever onward after that. The only narrow tracks I remember are the blue alternatives to reddish slopes at the top of Col Alt and Biok (very short). Getting back to La Villa, you can avoid most of the red by coming from Bamby/La Fraina but I didn’t do the blue that joins these areas so I don’t know how narrow it gets. 15 is reasonably wide to get there, as are both the reds. Don’t remember any cat tracks in Supermorzine-Avoriaz but a long time since I’ve been there. Morzine-Les Gets side might be better. Both have more reds and are generally steeper than Alta Badia though. The blue down the Sodlisia chair at Colfosco is immensely wide and easy. I didn’t go up Edelweiss so I don’t know how it is up there. Not sure about Corvara as base, would have to use: 1) Costa de l’Ega chairlift and run back fine but to go anywhere - either a narrow twisty busy track through the village for Col Alt gondola or the button tow! Not sure this snowboarder would enjoy either. 2)Boe gondola takes you to red runs, none particularly narrow but definitely red. 3)Borest gondola takes you to Colfosco. Might as well stay there. So maybe the answer is Colfosco! . Blue beneath Sodlisia chair would be perfect to learn technique on a shallow slope especially the section towards the left next to the drag lift. Blue from Edelweiss is nice and wide and a bit more steeper, a perfect progresion slope but I would avoid from mid day onwards if the weather is warm, as it catches the sun and it can get quite soft. The costa de l'ega chairlift and run down to col alto gondola is mainly used for that purpose - to get to Col Alta gondola. Or you can simpy walk to the gondola. I'm sure virtually any skier/boarder can manage this short narrow section Agree Colfosco would be an ideal place to stay but I find its just a bit too inconvenient to get to the area above Corvara/La villa etc. You would have to make sure you were back in time to get the gondola back to Colfosco. And I cant imagine anyone would want to ski for a whole week in Colfosco only. As good as the slopes are, I think the op would eventually need a few more challenging slopes to learn/perfect technique.
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Wed 21-03-18 15:44
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Alta badia in the Dolomites, especially area above the villages of Corvara, San Cassiano and La Villa Seiser Alm plateau in the Dolomites Cervinia
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Fri 16-03-18 22:46
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Currently at the end of my second trip to saalbach and i can assure you the blues here are far more steeper than in Corvara. In March unless you are very lucky with the weather you literally will have to be up skiing by 9am. This past week some of our group skied some of the so called easier blue runs and the concensus is that they were either steep or the snow too soft (even at 9.30am to 10am). Ill be following this thread with interest as our party is looking for something similar for next year.
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Thu 8-03-18 12:44
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No one mentioned Bergamo yet? Absolute dump!! I thought departure lounge and gates at Salzburg and Innsbruck were bad enough; but they were nothing compared to Bergamo. Otherwise not very often experienced any issues at Innsbruck, Salzburg, Venice Marco Polo or Verona. We always go early to mid March and I suspect everywhere is quieter then, which just makes the experience more bearable. Every outbound flight for ski trips has been from Gatwick. And for all its faults, some things have definately improved there, such as luggage retrieval, passport control and check in (for easy jet and BA flights). Some things could still be improved such as a better junction coming off the M23; more restaurants, bars and seating in North terminal departures area. But I still feel that Gatwick offers plenty of positives, such as good flight prices, cheap parking, cheap airport hotels and is easily accesible from London and the South East.
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Wed 7-03-18 14:14
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Could anyone tell me what is going on here? It seems to have gone all over the place.... http://www.wetterzentrale.de/en/show_diagrams.php?geoid=46346&model=gfs&var=205&run=06&lid=ENS&bw= Best I can do I'm afraid. Thanks, I was meaning for the 00 run on that link which shows todays date 00hz and the data is all over the place for the precipitation! Aha yes I see what you mean. It basically shows a fault with the graph. This does occasionally happen on the wetterzentrale ensemble charts. Same on todays 6z chart. I dont believe its a fault with the actual ensemble runs themselves as they all show ok on the meteociel chart I posted
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Wed 7-03-18 12:23
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Could anyone tell me what is going on here? It seems to have gone all over the place.... http://www.wetterzentrale.de/en/show_diagrams.php?geoid=46346&model=gfs&var=205&run=06&lid=ENS&bw= Its out of date. It was produced after yesterdays 6am GFS run. For some reason they have not been updated since then. Below is from the midnight GFS run for Bourge saint maurice http://www.meteociel.fr/cartes_obs/gens_display.php?ext=1&lat=45.62&lon=6.77 SO it shows it warming up from 9th to the 11th (good agreement) Cooling down on 12th and then warming up again on the 14th (still pretty good agreement) Pretty good agreement of precipitation 10th and 11th and possible on the 12th After these dates the probability lowers but indications are that it would be average to above average temperature wise. Possible precipitation but up in the air as to when and how much Best I can do I'm afraid.
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Tue 6-03-18 18:56
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The 12.00 ensemble for next week in the Ski Amade looks like a class of errant children have gone mad with a box of crayons. I can't link to it but it looks hot with precipitation all over the place. I have everything crossed Didn't think the 12z ensembles are out just yet? Either way, next week regards precipitation on the ensembles doesn't really have much agreement yet., though it looks like there should be some on Sunday/Monday. Temperatures look quite high initially though, so would expect rain at village level then turning more to snow late Monday. Ensemble for Bad Gastein: http://old.wetterzentrale.de/pics/MS_1347_ens.png
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Tue 6-03-18 14:01
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Looks mild again for our ski trip next week. Hardly any snow since mid February and little in the forecast. Looking like a rerun of last year. Just hope that at least its sunny rather than overcast. :D :D
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Thu 22-02-18 14:19
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I thought that oil companies provide winter diesel from Sept/Oct onwards till March?? Or is this just in the UK??
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Tue 20-02-18 16:11
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Saalbach starts off the season, as do I, pure and unsullied, and then all these pesky, diseased tourists start arriving, bringing with all manner of assorted germs, and anyone who gets into a cable car or steps into an apres-ski bar is a lamb to the slaughter. I’ve missed a whole chunk of this fabulous season (as I did last season) with chronic man flu - which unfortunately has a habit of getting into your lungs if you try to ski before you’re fully recovered, and also if you aggravate it with passive smoking. Anyway I’m now hitting it with two weeks worth of amoxicillin bombs. Next season I shall go around in a surgical mask and plastic gloves. Hope you get better soon Richard. Must be awful being ill over there especially this season. I'm sure we'll come across you at some point (probably Elvis night) when we're there from the 10th onwards!!
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Tue 20-02-18 14:37
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I think it is pretty certain that midweek next week will be extremly cold. The uncertainty is how long it will last.. At the moment the extreme cold looks like lasting for four days. Then looking like remaining cold (but not as extreme) but still uncertainty over this!!
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Mon 19-02-18 21:03
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Return to Saalbach from Asitzbrau/Alte Schmiede restaurant area: Comments: 6. I don't think the upper section of 63 is steep, in fact 68 (particularly the lower section) is a run that weaker skiers will really enjoy. 68 and the roadway off to the right are very nice too. Thanks Pete. But comment 6. didn't make sense to me? You repeated mentioning run 68 twice? Did you mean that?
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Mon 19-02-18 13:38
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Might turn extremly cold from mid next week. Cold air from Eastern Europe sending the temps down below - 20.... Colder air could start arriving in Eastern Austria as early as this Saturday and then move into the Dolomites by Saturday evening!!
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Mon 19-02-18 11:20
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A while ago I wrote myself a guide to get to Leogang and back the easier way (for my upcoming trip), based on Richards advice and various youtube videos, photos, google earth etc. Be interested to see what others think of it and wether its doable and to add their own advice where required, as for some parts of it I'm not 100% certain of things: From Saalbach: 1. Take bus to Schonleiten bahn gondola station 2. Take gondola up to Wildenkargoel 3. Blue 62 down to Seidlalm and then blue 63 to bottom of Polten 8er 4. Up Polten 8er chair 5. Montelino trail and last section of blue 81 down to Asitzmuldenbahn chair 6. Up Asitzmuldenbahn chair 7. Blue 87 down to Asitzbrau, Alte Schmiede restaurant area. Getting onto blue 87 to the right of the Asitzgipfelbahn chair exit looks less steeper than it does to the left side?? 8. Choice of runs blue 92 or blue 88 Return to Saalbach from Asitzbrau/Alte Schmiede restaurant area: 1. Take blue 87 from Hendl Fischerie restaurant down to Asitzgipfelbahn chair. Or take the track just below Asiztbrau restaurant to where it crosses red 86 and then turn left onto red 86 to rejoin blue 87 down to Asitzgipfelbahn chair 2. Take Asitzgipfelbahn chair up 3. Blue 85 or blue 83 down to Asitzkogel chair. (advice required as to which route is easier?) 4. Alternate route down to Asitzkogel chair is take the track down below Asitzbrau, cross over red 86 and join blue 85 down to Asitzkogel chair (Advice required if this is possible?) 5. Asitzkogel chair up 6. Blue 81 and then onto blue 68 (assuming its open). After a short section, turn right onto a track (no piste number) taking you down to bottom of Polten 8er chair. This to avoid steeper section of blue 63 above Seidl Alm. Advice required to determine if blue 68 is usually open at least until the right turn onto the track down to Polten chair, even if remainder of 68 is shut. 7. From bottom of polten chair, blue 64 to mid-station of Schonleiten bahn. 8. Download to valley and bus back or 9. below 9. Schonleitenbahn up to Wildenkarkogel 10. Blue 66 down to Bergeralm and Saalbach. From videos, the top section of blue 66 looks ok for a weaker skier but from where it joins the slopes from top of Magic 6er chair, it looks quite steep down to Bergeralm. Could this section pose an issue to a less confident skier? It looks quite steep for a fair distance?
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Mon 19-02-18 10:19
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That is an excellant guide Richard and thanks for the time you took to write it, much appreciated. My assumption for point 7. is that you could instead of going down F1C, take blue F6a and then F4 to the top of the Strueboden gondola area??
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Fri 16-02-18 10:28
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That guide would be great as would one for getting to Leogang the easy way (see my post above). I've been mulling the grading of runs over this afternoon. A minor problem with Saalbach is that many of the blues are reds are basically of similar gradient and difficulty. But there are definitely some runs that are at the easy end of blue (46, 47, 34, 29, 25, 63, 68, 88, 90, 90a, etc I think). Conversely, there are some blue runs that many intermediates will hate (2b, 22a, middle section of 81, etc). I believe you and I have similar views on which runs we consider to be in each category. I'm not that weak to be totally put off but we are benefiting from having skied Saalbach for a few years and know the runs that we enjoy most. Obviously, it's not in the piste map designers interest to reflect the above in the piste map but if you could give a list of easier runs then people could perhaps annotate the piste map themselves. Or perhaps in your guide to Saalbach you could produce some suggested circuits or itineraries for weak and / or nervous skiers. Of course, pizza is important too! If you look at Richards Saalbach guide then you will see that there is already advice on some appropriate runs. Also over the past few years if you look at the Saalbach threads there is lots of additional information on the easier runs. Last year Richard kindly gave me even more additional information on routes and runs specifically suited for my wife (who in the end did not even ski). And overall his information was excellant. A fully detailed guide of all the blue runs, whether they are easy or hard would be great, but I suspect it would be quite time consuming considering there are so many of them across the skicircus. Probably a better idea is for more than 1 person to contribute to a guide that one person can collate and then maybe Richard could add the finalised list to his Saalbach guide or have it as a separate guide.
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Thu 15-02-18 12:10
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My nervous companion seemed to cope quite well with 37, which may be slightly more challenging than going in the other direction towards Hinterglemm, but is relatively short. We were returning to Saalbach at around 4.00pm, and going down 37, followed by the Bernkogel was immensely preferable to heading off to Hinterglemm and having to get a bus or taxi. Anyone who found 37 too daunting could take the chair lift down of course. When I get a little more time I’ll write a more detailed guide to taking a nervous intermediate on excursion to Fieberbrunn, which I can see might be useful - probably more doable than going to Leogang actually. Are you allowed to take the chair down (below run 37) Richard? I thought the chairs were for going up only?? A guide for Fiberbrunn would be great. Studying the piste map, it looks fairly doable with lots of gondola upload/download options to avoid the red runs there. Never even considered it last year!
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Thu 15-02-18 10:44
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I wouldn't have an issue with either of these area's. I've skied in Alta badia from the 16th to the 23rd. and had excellant conditions even though it wasn't a particularly snowy season. If your really concerned about snow conditions then wait till closer to the time. No one knows whats going to happen in march weather wise, but based on the amount of snow already there, I really dont think you will have an issue this year.
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Thu 15-02-18 10:36
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37 then 46 is the direct route back, however 37 is a little steep (albeit short) for someone very nervous and at the end of a warm day can be a bit chopped up. 46 however is delightful and if tired you can always download on the Bernkogelbahn lift. Yeah 37 looked quite steep (for a blue) when I was there last year. Think the wife might freak out a bit if I took her down there. Would probably have to take her back via blue 32 which again looks quite steep (for a blue) but at least it is wide, which should help. Also when blue 32 comes out to the main slope below the Hasenauer chair, it looked like you could ski right across to another slope which comes down from the Rosswald chair (blue 31), but which joins 32 a bit further down. That looked a little less intimidating but its hard to tell when viewing it from the Hasenauer chair. Ive only skied down to the hasenauer chair base via blue 34 and then turned off right before the Reiteralm. Trouble is the section before the turn off is a bit steeper and was really chopped up and bloody hard work.
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Wed 14-02-18 11:16
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@nozawaonsen, twice today BBC Weather forecasts on TV have made mention of possible “extremely cold” weather at the end of the month. Highly unusual for them to speculate, were not talking The Express here ;-). Any thoughts ? The possibility is there but the major models are not agreeing on this outcome currently. Probably need to wait until the weekend at least to have any confidence of wether any major cold plunge will happen. Even then it could still change to a less colder outcome at short notice
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Wed 14-02-18 10:09
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@Mountain Lover, As an illustration of the latter point, last Friday I took a relatively cautious and inexperienced skier over to Fieberbrunn, where there are usually gloriously well-groomed and uncrowded (easy) pistes to be found. Whilst Mrs tt and I skied the more challenging red runs to get over there and back, she happily travelled in the gondolas, and generally we tended to arrive at about the same time. By the end of day our cautious companion felt that she’d not only had a good day’s skiing, but that she’d also travelled some distance and had a bit of an adventure (without over-extending herself). . Just been reading this on another thread and would love to know the route the skier took to get to the easy slopes and which slope numbers in Fieberbrunn are the easier ones? Also when you got back to Saalbach, how did you take the skier back to the village? From top of the Tirol S at Reiterkogel did you go down blue32 to Reiterkogelbahn mountain station and then download or down blue 37, up Wetterkreuz lift and then top of blue 46 to bernkogelbahn?
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Tue 13-02-18 12:05
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I've heard a number of people say "Not Sella Ronda" - is this because it's very busy? Full of loons with a death wish? Rubbish food? I haven't (to my shame!) been skiing in Italy since going to Aprica in the 80s! The Sella Ronda route is busy throughout the season. In most of the Sella Ronda villages you can still ski in areas that are not directly on the route. Staying in a village not on the route is fine, but if you want to visit other areas on or off the route, then you need to allow extra time. Staying in a village on the route just gives you that bit more convenience in my opinion. As for "rubbish food"!!, not that I have yet experienced, though some may have. Though I will say that the prices seem higher (especially in Alta badia) compared to say the Ski Amade region in Austria!!
And they're a friendly bunch.
Tue 13-02-18 9:38
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Wagrain was mainly Dutch and German with some Scandinavians (including Danish) when I was there. Very few Brits. Saalbach seemed to be mainly Dutch, German, Danish, British and Scandanavian I know its not Austria, but in Corvara year before last, there were quite a few North Americans. Think they're starting to get the Dolomite bug!!
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