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Poster: A snowHead
Thu 18-01-18 14:40
Replies: 10
Look and Salomon both massive manufacturers for bindings, both will be well-made and conform to all standards - The look ones have a max DIN of 9 so they are quite lightweight and designed for lower intermediates and/or lighter skiers but they'd be fine, the Salomon ones are beefier with a Max DIN of 12. Personally I would go for the Salomons as your DIN settings will be low down in their range so you won't stressing the binding much at all, however the if money's the main driver, the Looks will be absolutely fine as I can't imagine your DIN would be set at anywhere near 9* *I'm not a binding tech, do NOT take my word for what your DIN settings should/should not be!
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Thu 18-01-18 14:07
Replies: 6
Cremerie du Glacier in Argentiere is by far the best restaurant that non-skiers can access - great traditional mountain food - but you'll need to book. The valley is segregated into 4 areas: Vallorcine/Le Tour at the eastern end - exposed and cold in bad weather but good slopes for intermediates real beginners will struggle. Good restaurants that non skiers can access in Both Le Tour and Vallorcine, booking advised. (2 very good options in Vallorcine - Cafe Comptoir excellent but can be pricey, the one in the train station really good and more basic) Argentiere (Les Grands Montets) - all steep, challenging slopes, good intermediates and above will enjoy, anyone below that level would have a tough day at the office unless they really want push themselves. Cremerie (above) is great, L'Argentero at the bottom also good - pizzas etc. Nothing up above worth going up for food-wise. Brevent/Flegere - middle of Valley above Cham town so nearest to centre. South facing, lovely on a sunny day, 1 beginners area above flegere, 1 at Brevent but they're not extensive, runs off Brevent, Cornu, Index and Floria lifts steep and challenging. No restaurants non-skiers could meet at unless they got the bubble/Cable Car up but none worth doing that for - all expensive and bit rubbish. Les Houches - South Western end of Valley, lower down, tree-lined for most of it, nice slopes, something for everyone although again, real beginners might struggle. If weather's bad, head here, great on a nice day too though. Several good restaurants on the hill (La Ferme is a favourite - rumour it's changed hands recently though, not been to LH for couple of seasons.) but none that can be accessed by non skiers - not sure what the ones at the top of the main uplifts are like if non-skiers prepared to pay for a bubble - suspect better to meet for lunch down in town. Only been tyo La Taniere once may moons ago - very good, yes, can't see how possibly accessible on foot unless a path up from St.G?! All good food places need booking in advance. Evening meals you really don't need to leave Cham town - limitless choice! Munchies (asian fusion) awesome, Moo (burgers) very good, too many to mention really. In terms of ski-run colours, they're a bit coy about them in Cham - reality is most blues there would be red/black in most other resorts and reds are dark red/black. Even the (very few) green runs (except the Savoy and Planards beginners slopes) usually have a little steep-ish surprise somewhere along their length. Enjoy!
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Wed 17-01-18 14:32
Replies: 35
Dolomites - Sella Ronda villages - are much quieter than France at 1/2 term, been going there for last 5 years or so. It's weird as to why but I've always assumed that there's only so many beds such that even when everywhere's full, the ratio of lifts & km to skier numbers is always favourable. This 1/2 term does coincide with Karnival/Fasching (pancake day) though which is at least a long weekend in DE/CH/AUT(&IT?) so it may be more crowded with day-trippers but the same was true in 2015 and I've rarely had to queue beyond a few mins for any lift and if there's any hint of cloud cover (or, even worse(!), snow) a significant number of punters stay indoors! There's a huge number of long, cruisey reds, some good, steep-ish stuff around Arabba and amazing scenery and food. Nothing not to like.
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Wed 17-01-18 12:23
Replies: 10
My Wife's ski'd Bizzard Cheyenne's for the last 2 seasons and loves them, she's similar height to you, few lbs lighter maybe and a very good skier. They're excellent and forgiving on piste, (even icy ones) great over bumps and fine off-piste as long as you're not expecting the best from them in thigh-deep powder. They got her from the top of Grands Montets down to Argentiere in under 15 minutes last Easter which covered pretty much every snow condition you're likely to find without any fuss!
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Sat 13-01-18 11:49
Replies: 4
@Sharkymark, Cheers, will hold of booking until can see what conditions likely to be like nearer the time.. 2nd thoughts, may as well book as if there's enough snow to make Mesdi dodgy there'll be plenty of decent off piste from the normal lifts!
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Fri 12-01-18 23:36
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Hi all, anyone done Val Mesdi off Sella Ronda? From top of Pordoi is skinning essential? I.e. can you boot pack it to the drop in with normal alpine gear or is it too far/not possible? Thinking of booking a guide for it when out in few weeks but got no touring gear and frankly can't be bothered hiring any! (Also, knees can barely cope with kick turns!) but a reasonable walk no probs.. Cheers
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Thu 11-01-18 14:21
Replies: 131
@Richie_S, if we risk 'losing' a day due to conditions I wouldn't worry about that too much. The last couple of weeks have been exceptional and everything "in-bounds" will have been stabilised by next weekend - in over 10 years of multiple trips per year to Cham, I've never lost a day to conditions. Check the live webcams before you head out - it can gloomy in the town with a thick layer of cloud hovering in the valley but brilliant sunshine up at Brevent/Flegere and if it's really bad in Cham, conditions can be completely different through the Tunnel in Courmayeur.
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Mon 8-01-18 13:01
Replies: 131
Cham used to stay white from late Dec to early Mar. Maybe several millennia ago when there was a socking great glacier filling the valley but not since there's been a town there!
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Tue 12-12-17 17:18
Replies: 17
@dan100, chucking merino leggings over the compression ones is a good plan, has worked for me several times. Don't ditch the compression layer though as merino leggings have very little compression IME.
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Thu 30-11-17 11:12
Replies: 299
@Pasigal, this coming Feb will be our 6th consecutive 1/2 term in Selva and we've always had plenty of natural snow - even this year. Whilst the snow-making there is now legendary, there's a good reason there's a massive ski area there in the first place! Granted, not always fresh natural snow but if it's not snowing, it's sunny! (and if it is snowing, the slopes are deserted - win win!)
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Fri 17-11-17 12:50
Replies: 299
Haha, my post above makes no sense at all when it's at the top of a new page - if anyone's interested it references the "tube" map posted by luigi on page 1 :)
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Wed 15-11-17 12:00
Replies: 299
I wish my daily commute was from Venice to Passo Falzarego rather than Clapham to The City!
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Wed 13-09-17 13:34
Replies: 21
Some snow around the SR today! https://bioch.panomax.com/ https://valgardena.panomax.com/dantercepies https://colrodella.panomax.com/ :sH:
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Fri 7-07-17 12:21
Replies: 18
AirBnB actually very good, typically. +1 - used AirBnB with great success in Cham several times over last couple of years.
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Fri 3-03-17 10:34
Replies: 360
Courmayeur is included in the MBU pass (as long as it's more than 2 or 3 days iirc), not sure about Verbier but I think so. When you get there, you still have to go to the lift pass counter though to get it authorised for the day. There are daily buses to Courmayeur - they goes from the bus station in Cham Sud, the first one goes at 8.30 and there's another about an hour later and it costs 15pp, there are 2 returns at the end of the day. Don't think you have to book but they say you need to be there at least 15 min before departure. Not sure how early you'll be able get down to Cham Sud from Argentiere on the bus though.
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Thu 2-03-17 12:21
Replies: 360
There is a green at Flegere - runs down skiers right (direction east) from the Flegere mid station under the Trappe chair, it's very gentle and has a fun and easy ski/board cross adjacent (on the skiers right) to it. My kids love it but there's not much else for beginners there. Great on a sunny day though and worth a trip imho. LH more varied and better if weather's closed in a bit.
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Thu 9-02-17 14:17
Replies: 80
I fitted the Michelin Cross Climate tyres to my B-Class Merc and thought they were excellent - they do have a full winter rating (i.e. a snowflake) but they're a hybrid tyre. I also live in London doing generally limited mileage and ran them all year with no issues and (apparently) very little wear. I drove to Chamonix on them last Easter and they were superb in the wet on the autoroutes, definitely noticeably better than the previous summer tyres, I felt they dispersed the water better and there was no aquaplaning at all. It wasn't particularly cold or snowy in Cham though so I can't attest to their real winter performance although there's lots of good reviews and youtube videos of them driving up snowy slopes. If you follow the hype, they're a new type of hybrid in that they're winter tyres with some summer features as opposed to most hybrids which are the opposite and (according to Michelin) therefore more compromised - I believed it but didn't regret the purchase. I have, however, since sold the B-Class and got a Disco (for load capacity and towing reasons), off to Cham again this Easter - a little less concerned about getting around town but a little more concerned about getting there in the first place! (and the cost of treble the amount of Diesel!!)
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Tue 7-02-17 12:42
Replies: 6
Sounds like I'm a similar build to you although a bit shorter and lighter and I've had the Blizzard Bonafide in 180 as a general purpose all mountain ski for a couple of seasons now and it's an amazing ski on piste and in crud/soft bumps etc, a real charger. It's fine in deep snow but a bit too stiff to be a real powder ski and not really wide enough to float a gentleman of substance! This year, before I went I was actually considering getting something narrower as well (e.g. Latigo or RTM) because I was worried that we'd be limited to just hard, icy piste skiing but time (and budget!) didn't allow for further investment. I needn't have worried, I ski 3 times a season and in my head, before I go, I seem to regret buying an all mountain, wide ski and wish I had the perfect tool for each trip and then every time I get on the snow with the Bonafides they do everything I ask of them extremely well and I have a blast! Also, for what it's worth, a few years ago I had some Vlkl RTM 84s in about 177 and they were the best piste-oriented all mountain skis I'd ever had, really quite remarkable skis - especially for heavy (but fit and strong) blokes. I think they've tinkered around with the widths and don't do the 84 anymore but if you're more piste focused and want to progress, you can't go far wrong with the RTM range.
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Fri 3-02-17 14:59
Replies: 360
@alfgrey, don't worry, I was there last weekend, the condition of the pistes is very good. When people moan about conditions in Cham, it's nearly always because there's no thigh deep powder up at the Grands Montets and the rest of the off-piste is all icy moguls. They've done a great job maintaining the pistes in a challenging year this year. It's a good job you're up for a challenge - the reds and blacks in Cham (especially at Grands Montets and Brevent/Flegere) are a lot steeper than in just about any other ski area - and they're steep for their whole length, not just the odd pitch. They are also some of the best and most scenic runs anywhere in the world though, enjoy!
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Thu 2-02-17 14:14
Replies: 16
The trouble is there are many more places to eat than days in the week! +1 - this is a genuine problem (entirely of the 1st world variety, I know but a problem nonetheless!) For the ultimate gastro experience (and 1mEuro loos. Very Happy ), go for Refugio Emillio Comici's off of Piz Sella, Selva. Ahhhh, Comici. Got lunch on Valentine's day booked there :)
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Tue 31-01-17 15:31
Replies: 16
You're a bit spoilt for choice to be honest, the whole area is a gastronomic tour-de-force for every budget! Near where you're staying, Utia Pic Pre on the left half way down the red into San Cassiano is a lovely little sun-trap in the trees and good, basic food and very good value, Rifugio Bamby also good value. At the top end you've also got Club Moritzino at Piz La Villa where the food is amazing, but so are the prices (although still good value given the very top-end food!) A little further afield, Rifigio Col Pradat above Colfosco (top of 2nd bubble (Col Pradat) going off to the right) has gorgeous views and decent food (there's a cheap'n'cheerful buffet which is certainly OK and also a la carte option which is a bit more). Diametrically opposite you on the Sella Ronda is Rifugio Friedrich August above Canazei (on the Selva side) - great food, good value and well worth a visit but a bit of a mission to get to and from from La Villa - very doable if you're all decent intermediate skiers though. Those are particular favourites or ones that've stuck in the memory but there's so many options though and wherever we've stopped, we've never had a bad meal - but we tend to avoid stopping at the larger, canteen-style places you find at the obvious busy points (like the bottom lift stations and resort centres etc) but I've no experience to say that they're not very good as well! (they might be more likely to offer more kid-friendly food like pizzas etc though) Veggies generally well catered for I think - especially in the more traditional places strangely enough where pasta, dumplings and spaetzle style dishes are the norm (as well as schnitzels, ribs etc for the carnivores!) although, as it's not a consideration for us, I don't know if the various sauces are meat-based or not, they may well be made with meat stocks etc... just ask, service is nearly always very friendly.
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Mon 30-01-17 11:31
Replies: 360
Seems the world and his wife were in Cham this weekend - didn't feel that busy! Did Courmayeur Friday: Very cold, snow stayed nice all day, base looks much deeper than Cham, overcast but good day. Did GM Sat: Wonderful morning lapping Herse and Bochard with a couple of cheeky blasts down Pierre-a-Ric, booked a top bin and went up about 11.30, stayed above the Glacier on the right of the ridge and it was in lovely condition given lack of new snow - late morning perfect time up there - went all the way down to La Cremerie for lunch. Continued much the same as the morning after lunch but by about 3pm the runs off Bochard especially were very scraped and down to ice in some places, the gullies that are ski-able remained quite nice though. Up Brevent yesterday morning, lapped Cornu and Brevent in beautiful sunshine on really quite nice snow and not busy at all - walked straight on to Brevent lift 4 times! - was very warm though and grass/rocks starting to poke through by lunchtime. This weekend was one of the few times I've actually felt sorry for the people of the CdMB and the amount of work they're having to do to keep everything open but they're genuinely doing a fantastic job. The next couple of weeks looks promising weather-wise so fingers crossed! Back at Easter so hoping for a very stormy Feb/March!
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Tue 10-01-17 21:52
Replies: 24
It'lk all be pretty busy. French school hols Really? I thought they started on 4th Feb? Anyway, if it is school hols, definitely don't queue for the Bellevue - either do the 3 chairs as @dp says or go to Prarion - btw, you can ski down to Prarion from the top of the first chair if you don't want to walk.
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Tue 10-01-17 17:01
Replies: 24
@debtors#2, From the top of Bellevue it's a fairly gentle blue down to Voza Prarion chair which takes you up to the top of Prarion and from there it's a short easy cruise down to the top of the Prarion Bubble. Should be manageable by anyone but a total beginner - if it's her first ever go, head to the Prarion bubble on the first day though. In terms of snow, am not out until until end of Jan so can't give you a 1st-hand account but if you're there from the 20th you look to have timed it perfectly! LH should be lovely by the time you arrive - it doesn't need as much snow cover as the other areas as is mostly meadow underneath rather than rocks/scree but it's forecast to get 40cm this weekend and more next week.
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Fri 6-01-17 14:57
Replies: 6
head to Verbier round north shore and then to Argentiere via Forclaz after skiing. If you're traveling ski-ready, this is a GREAT plan!
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Fri 6-01-17 12:34
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Argentiere (GM) is probably holding up better than the other areas in Cham as it's north-facing however if it's no good and you've got a car, Courmayeur is much closer than Les Contamines and has good snow at the moment, also, Verbier is roughly a similar drive-time (as Les C.) from Argentiere... (obviously much more convenient to go to Les C. if doing so on the way up from GVA). Another problem with Les C is that a lot of the punters who've nothing to do in St. Gervais and Megeve will be heading there (if it's good...)
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Wed 14-12-16 11:36
Replies: 76
Merino baselayers definitely not a false economy (not that they need to be that expensive either - rewoolution, available occasionally on sportpursuit are excellent) I personally buy more expensive gear, generally made in Europe/US from brand names because it's better quality, lasts longer and (one pair of acid-yellow gore-tex trousers aside) I use all of it year round for cycling/dog-walking/generally-being-outdoors as well as skiing. The cheap stuff simply doesn't put up with the abuse I give it.
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Wed 14-12-16 11:12
Replies: 202
Anyone know of a good dog-walker in Cham? Thinking of bringing the pup with us at Easter next year but he'll only be 11 months old and is not used to being left alone for more than a couple of hours so we'd need someone to come to take him for a walk late morning...
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Fri 25-11-16 11:43
Replies: 78
Taken boots in hand luggage in a small wheelie bag on BA many times, Airport security not connected with airline and there's no security policy stating you can't take them.
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Wed 23-11-16 12:08
Replies: 30
The Hidden Valley is perfectly possible from Canazei the only problem is that by the time you get there (late-morning at best) it'll be very busy - we did it from Selva last season (admittedly at 1/2 term) and had a 20-30 minute wait on the bus from Armentarola up to Lagazuoi, and then a 45min-1hr wait to get on the cable car. The run itself was beautiful but also very busy - even crowded in some places where it was narrow and/or steepish and people had become stuck (which was surprisingly frequent)
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Mon 14-11-16 13:33
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@JeanPaulValley, I've got a Cham RapidCard for the boys weekends etc but, like you, last season took the family to Cham for the first time and found the MBU the best pass - certainly for the amount it includes (the GM Top Bin, AdM, the Luge and the Swimming Pool are decent benefits - LH less so as we were there at Easter..) but also for the cost - last season there was a good discount if you got a family MBU - i can't remember if it was one child free or 1/2 price if you bought 2 adult passes - made a lot more sense than me trying to build up loyalty days on my RapidCard. Probably less compelling for you if your Mrs is not skiing. I had many grand plans of trips through to Courmayeur or round to Les C etc but the reality was we did 1 day up Brev/Fleg, 1 at Le Tour and the rest were up GM - again, largely dictated by conditions but also kids were very happy to do other stuff in afternoons so proximity to accommodation/town was helpful. That may be because we do a more full-on (for the kids at any rate) ski week in the Dolomites at 1/2 term so 1/2 day's skiing is enough for kids at Easter but if you're going to stop after lunch, you want to know you're getting value from your passes and using it for whatever else you do do in the afternoons!
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Mon 7-11-16 17:01
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Got a pair of 14/15 Bonafides (the one before they put some carbon in) and they're superb off the sides, in crud and soft bumps. Big, hard bumps is harder work, as is hardpack if you're turning a lot but they're great for charging down a motorway. They go well in deep stuff but you need to concentrate, they don't float too readily and can be a bit hooky but they're surprisingly manageable for such a stiff, heavy ski. For me, they're really at home in chopped-up crud in and around the pistes though. Maybe the addition of carbon has made them lighter - might suit you even better?
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Thu 20-10-16 9:58
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I will take sandwiches, a beer and a flask up in my sack when I ski, probably will cost about 2.50 a day instead of 12. Yes, but that 2.50 might cost you the same in s that last season's 12 did...
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Wed 19-10-16 13:27
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It'd be a brave (suicidal?) government that starts rolling back the workers rights that have been implemented recently - especially around holiday and parental leave. Strangely enough they were very popular with the workers (who're obviously also the electorate!) Anyway, to revert to the thread title: 1st 2017 ski trip - Dolomites at 1/2 term - was 70% paid for in March so a comparatively good deal. However just booked the same apartment in Chamonix we had at Easter this year and it's 40% more expensive for same period next year :( I suspect a fair amount of that will be AirBnB cashing in as well as the exchange rate as I doubt the owners of the property have raised the price much - if at all given how late Easter is.. The balance of the 1/2 term trip is going to hurt, and if FX rates don't recover a bit I doubt we'll be able to afford to book it again for 2018 :cry: (Unless we don't go twice and that is NOT an option!)
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Thu 13-10-16 23:18
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@rachelharrisonsmith, that's great info, thanks. Not going in a van (I hope) but good to know we can change a standard ticket for a car with roof box.
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Thu 13-10-16 22:55
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@terrygasson, thanks, yes a flexi ticket might be the way to go for the outward journey. And yes, I meant Eurotunnel.
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Thu 13-10-16 14:21
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I've only ever booked the Eurostar months in advance (usually 8-10 months and never less than 6), does it get much more expensive nearer departure date (i.e. <2 months)? and do they charge loads for amendments? Reason is: Looking at driving to Alps 2nd week of Easter holidays next year. Currently, due to work commitments, we can only leave on Sat 8th - we'll get a crack-of-dawn Eurostar and do it in one hit. It's possible that the work commitments may change though, allowing us to go on the Friday morning, which would be preferable but we won't know that until much nearer the time - i.e. early Feb at the earliest - so the question is: should we book now for Sat 8th departure and amend the booking nearer the time if work allows or wait until we know for sure what date we can travel? Which is likely to be the cheaper option? Cheers! (accommodation is flexible and no problem and evening departure/overnight drive (or a pit-stop) not an option)
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Mon 5-09-16 14:39
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Skiing Arabba when based in Selva is a doddle. it's half way around the SR. Whilst that's true, if you wanted to do Arabba every day - and if you're after steep and challenging terrain; you do - it'd be between 2 and 3 hours of the same slopes/lifts getting there and back every day from Selva. If you want to ski mainly in Arabba, stay there. But, in all honesty, if you wan to party and ski steep stuff then heading west from Insbruck is probably a better option than heading south east. +1 to this - The Dolomite resorts in general are not party-central for powder hounds, St. Anton is a much better bet for that if you're flying in to Innsbruck.
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Tue 12-04-16 13:06
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Bought my wife a pair of Blizzard Cheyennes 163cm in the sale at end of last season, she's 170cm and c.58kg and a strong but slightly cautious intermediate skier who skis mainly pistes and dabbles off the sides. After initially complaining she didn't want her own skis, wasn't interested in them and that she could never tell the difference between all the rentals she'd had in the past, (wasn't the best birthday present she'd ever received last Oct!!) after 2 weeks on them this year she's an absolute convert to owning skis and says they're the best skis she's ever used! They're quite piste-oriented, not that wide (I think 78mm underfoot?) with a small tip-rocker and are fairly lightweight. They were great for her on-piste but she ski'd very well on them in knee deep powder off the top of Les Grands Montets a couple of weeks ago too!
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Thu 11-02-16 15:41
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@8611, lift openings are well publicised on the CMB website. They are, but not necessarily accurately... On Sunday morning CMB website said everything at GM was open except the top bin and Herse. Got there to find only Lognan, Marmottons and Tabe running - and a liftie at the bottom telling everyone to go to Le Tour as nothing else would open up due to the wind (As if you're going to head to Le Tour when it's windy!!) Anyway, went up and the wind was nothing like as bad as forecast but it still took them an hour to get the bottom bubble going and a further hour for Bochard and Herse - but that did coincide with heavy snow starting up so the couple of runs we got in from Bochard were fantastic! None of us were complaining particularly as we know well, and happily accept, the foibles of the CMB but just a cautionary tale to the uninitiated to take a lot of what they say - either on the web or in person - with a healthy pinch of salt.. (except of course, and before everyone howls, the avalanche levels!)
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