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Poster: A snowHead
Wed 21-06-17 12:04
Replies: 938
PS - I was scratching my head for a while on your post: a couple of years ago, Cascades was renamed to 'Vallee de l'Arc (2)' OH! I think even some Les Arcs literature calls it Cascades still. I haven't really looked at the piste map recently but does the Vallee de l' Arc start on the Grand Col? or the top of the Varet? presumably so they can claim a long blue from the very top They could also rename that set of routes from the col de la chal to Vallandry and give it a single long red designation. Out of curiosity was is the piste from the Col du Chal down to the Col du grand reynard marked as red then becomes blue below that. It appears that there is no way for begineners to get to this blue piste. Have I missed something? I like your idea of a route through the Malgavert forest. It would be beautiful. Have nice views and be north facing what is there not to like - and surely fits into Macron's vision of reducing "bad government"
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Tue 20-06-17 9:31
Replies: 938
My reading of this is the lift is to go up to 2900m Apologies, I did indeed get this wong. The lift in 3km (or 2900m) long
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Mon 19-06-17 17:48
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I guess if they are going to increase car park usage at Pre, then they need a dual route back from the 1600/1800 valley for Red skiers for end-of-day -not just the Valley de L'Arc. From a selfish (skiing) perspective, this is a shame though... Then they will need another way to get to the ridge. Mugen is frequently closed due to avalanche risk and from a personal point of view ugrading Clocheret will spoil a beutiful piste as well . I think the idea is to utilise Cascades more.
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Mon 19-06-17 12:16
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The trouble is I cannot see where it would go. Down the other valley? with as you say a loss of off piste and a significant avalanche risk. Or weave through the existing piste, which interestingly is not a natur piste. They are definately trying to make that side of the resort busier. :(
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Mon 19-06-17 11:54
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The proposed red run down Comborciere looks as if it may be interestin as well A new piste :)
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Mon 19-06-17 11:52
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@Arctic Roll, It now looks as if we will be in Les Arcs in early Agust. Nothing booked yet. See you there.
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Mon 19-06-17 11:15
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An article on the new lift appeared in le Dauphine last week about the new lift http://www.ledauphine.com//savoie/2017/06/16/les-arcs-la-station-investie-dans-un-telesiege-chauffant My reading of this is the lift is to go up to 2900m - about the height of the Grand Col, so does it have a bend in it or are the French newspapers as bad as the British with numbers? The discussion beneath the article suggests that heated seats are regarded as a complete waste of money - I agree (but then I haven't got piles)
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Fri 16-06-17 10:19
Replies: 8
Wow, training to make sure you get that last navette. However I did note they were not carrying skis and poles so it is probably an invalid record. There may be other records for dragging a small child a long as well
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Thu 15-06-17 21:52
Replies: 13
@stevomcd, I disagree about the route down via Villaroger to Bourg. It is a nice touring route. starts with some tricky stuff down to to Arc2000 then a blast down the cascades piste to Pre st Espirit and fairly long boring road down to villaroger and and interesting pedal through the meadows to Bourg. It is actually a very pleasant excursion but could do with an open bar in villaroger. I like it. The only thing to be careful of is the risk of dehydration as it can get very hot in the valley. The more direct route via 1800 has some more technical challenges and is also very enjoyable. OK VTT is a marginal activity for me. I do a few runs and that is it. I normally prefer the climbing and the via ferrata in the summer and the odd trip down the Isere if we can muster a raftr full. ps what is "double tracking"
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Thu 8-06-17 21:51
Replies: 51
(are there any other ski resorts with strip clubs?) Soelden in Austria
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Thu 8-06-17 21:48
Replies: 19
I'm sure if it was up to him he'd just pitch up a tent. The campsite in Bourg st Maurice is open.
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Thu 8-06-17 21:46
Replies: 18
@rob@rar, Got it - he is saying point your skis downhill. Unless there is not an 'r' in the month
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Thu 8-06-17 19:50
Replies: 19
@deuce22, A £1000 for one or two days skiing strikes me as very expensive. It is quite important to see what your friends are planning to do for the rest of the trip.
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Thu 8-06-17 19:46
Replies: 18
I am trying to build a ski instructor translation lexicon. So far I have. Instructor says They mean Pressure Force Power Energy I will try to add to the list as I think of more examples
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 8-06-17 17:53
Replies: 21
You'd have to check the other European holidays, but if say Paris are on holiday you might find yourself in busy traffic all the way through France. Though I have never done the drive during the 1/2 term month I suspect it will be fairly quiet from Friday midnight as the OPwill get to Calais.
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Thu 8-06-17 12:25
Replies: 21
1) is it a realistic idea to drive to the Italian ski resorts? Yes, The Aosta valley for example is not much further than the Tarrentaise 2) if so, are both the French *and* the Austrian sides of Italy within scope? Yes, but it is a long drive. It took us over 20 hours to drive from Venice home compared to about 15 from Les Arcs. It is probably about 3 to 4 hours extra to Cortina than to les Arcs. A lot on this route depends on the the road works in Germany and getting stuck behind camper vans in the Dolomites. ps a lot of the Sud Tirol was transfered to Italy as a prize after WWI; be careful calling it Austrian in certain parts of Italy. They and the French appear less touchy about the Savoie.
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Sun 4-06-17 0:26
Replies: 63
@Thornyhill, are buffalo wings like chicken wings? I suppose the buffalo, like the chicken, is a bit too heavy to fly. I like liver a lot and it's quick and easy to cook. Kidneys are OK but I am not really that kean on other ofal, such as brains, chitterings, pancreas, tripe etc. Are trotters ofal?
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Fri 2-06-17 9:08
Replies: 45
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Wed 31-05-17 16:20
Replies: 9
@Perty, Bozel is a normal small town rather than a ski resort. I have only been there in the summer and really like the place. We think nothing of going to Les Arcs for a weekend and I suspect that Bozel is a simliar time from Geneva. Get the last flight from Luton and we can be in the resort before midlanight on a Friday and leave about 16:00 or 17:00 on a SUnday for the last flight back. Though not large it is certainly not a ghost town in the summer. In fct I cannot recall seeing any shop or bar there shut just because it is not in the ski season. If you can put up with having to drive or get a lift to the ski lifts then go for it. As well as the La Plagne ski area you have Pralognan and Courcheval near as well
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Tue 30-05-17 12:35
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@CosmoJo, Why insist on flying direct? Changing planes in somewhere like Amsterdam is quick and easy. Certainly easier than getting from Geneva to Mongenevre
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Fri 26-05-17 21:32
Replies: 51
@hawkwind, my memory of Bulgaria is that unless you go to a Turkish restaurant then the food is terrible. Cold, greasey, mixed grills were the norm when I was there. The Turkish food, however was a delight. To be honest the food is one of the things that puts me off Bulgaria.
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Fri 26-05-17 18:35
Replies: 51
I have been to Bansko, but it was a long long time ago. The town itself was a beautiful walled Balkan town. Outside the walls were horses towing carts giving the whole place an appearance similar to Borat's home town. To get up to the ski area we took an ancient huge military lorry to where most of the ski lifts were. At that point we hired skis from the back of a van (I got a matching pair) and went skiing. I have to confess I liked the whole experience but vowed to go back to Borovets if I found myself with a spare weekend in Sofia again. The skiing was better.
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Fri 26-05-17 18:27
Replies: 51
Throwing in 'the alps' is pretty pointless as they include three countries which vary considerably in price. Which one of France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy is not in the Alps?
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Thu 25-05-17 9:48
Replies: 148
@rob@rar, I think it's the only Merc I've ever been in. I take it you don't use taxis then
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Wed 24-05-17 16:00
Replies: 30
@Drammeister, I thought it was pretty accurate.
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Wed 24-05-17 10:52
Replies: 30
@Mike Pow, On my map Civetta is a mountain, a big serious mountain, what resort are you refering to, is it Alleghe? I like Alleghe but have only been there during the summer. @HJKettle, I agree with the other posters there is very little, if any, skiing in November. Go mid March to Mid April instead. Have a read of "Where to Ski and Snowboard". As it is no longer published you will need to search out a secondhand copy, but it is much more comprehensive than our knowledge.
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Mon 22-05-17 18:39
Replies: 63
@T Bar, I have seen it for sale in the Super-U in Bourg, but I have to disagree tripe is not lovely
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Mon 22-05-17 14:58
Replies: 63
Going back a few years before the dominance of supermarkets I remember that in the UK butchers were seperate from pork butchers and was told that in France they were called boucherie and charcuterie respectfully. Are they still separate shops in France? So @T Bar, where did you get your pigs trotters? The last ones I found were in an aformntioned pork butchers. For the record they are not worth eating, in my book on a par with tripe.
Poster: A snowHead
Mon 22-05-17 12:23
Replies: 63
@flangesax, boiling veg takes longer. And you want something tasty that doesn't take a lot of time or effort to cook. This could make for a less boring round in masterchef: the contestents have a short time in the morning to nip out, get breakfast and some food for the evening in the resort shop. They must ski hard all day and in the evening with a limited budget and time they have to prepare a meal with the limited facilities in a typical apartment. They also have to do the washing up. They can use my apartment if they wish and I will be the judge.
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Mon 22-05-17 12:14
Replies: 30
I thought this was going to be a plug for a reshowing of the Sylvester Stallone Cliffhanger film which was on just recently. But back to the cycling. A few years ago I drove up to the Rif. Auronzo near Misurina and noticed the painting on the road. apparently that year a stage of the Giro finished there. The road is very in steep places. I have no idea how they pedalled up it never mind raced.
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Thu 18-05-17 18:11
Replies: 6
Try getting in touch with John Biggar. He seems to know Chile better than anyone. And is a real nice guy. http://www.johnbiggar.com/world-ski-mountaineering/chile-ski-mountaineering.asp
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Thu 18-05-17 17:12
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@LaForet, It does sound nice. Continuing on the soup theme. My wife bought the ingredients from home and cooked this one one night. https://www.eatingthaifood.com/tom-yum-soup-recipe/ @under a new name, I misread your post as I'd have to ask my wife nicely to do it to me. It worried me.
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Thu 18-05-17 10:28
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@under a new name, Thank you for correcting my poor spelling. I appreciate it. I suppose the pierre bit should have given it away. I confess I have not been brave enough to buy a lobster in our SuperU yet... They put rubber bands over the claws
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Thu 18-05-17 9:40
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My apartment has a tiny Belling oven, a small microwave and two hot plates, but I also have a slow cooker and pirrade machine (pirrae mahines can be rented from the resort shop for very little any way). Some of my staples are very similar to what others have described. 1/ In the morning cube 600gms of stewing steak, 3 or 4 smallish onions and toss in slow cooker with 200 gms mushrooms a whole bottle of cheap red wine a stock cube and some mixed herbs. Go skiing. Later chop up some potatoes and boil unpeeled, nip to shop and see what veg is available. green beans, frozen spinach or tinned mixed veg will go fine. Cook veg, mash taties with some olive oil, season everyting to taste and serve. 2/ for each person chop 1/2 onions, garlic and mushrooms, season, place on foil and add some olive oil, a chicken breast on top. Wrap tightly and place in oven for about 40 minutes at 180. The timing is not critical cos the foil seals in the liquor from the onion and effectively braises the chicken. Add veg and carbs of choice. 3/ As above but instead of chicken etc use spring onions, ginger and salmon. 4/ Since French supermarkets have much better fish counters than in the UK. I will sometimes call into the Super U in Bourg and just see what is available. One of the advantages of Les Arcs is that the funicular connects to Bourg. Fish is usually very easy to cook. One favourite for a starter is to lash out and buy some St Jaques and fry these in olive oil with a bit of garlic then serve on slices of fresh bread. 5/ Though the pirrade machine is straight forward (you can even buy little bottles of the sauces in the resort shop) one that did work for us was the cheese fondu. After heating in a pan we use the slow cooker to keep it liquid. At this point I felt very proud of myself (or should I say ashamed) anticipating that ordering differing abouts of different cheeses in a small deli in St Martin may present difficulties for a non French speaker I asked a friend who claimed to speak French (I am ashamed to say that I do not) to come with me. By the time he worked out the correct grammer I had somehow by pointing managed to make the complete order and paid for it. The shop staff did not speak English and not a single English word left my lips. They just knew exactly what I was after.
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Thu 11-05-17 12:50
Replies: 40
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Thu 11-05-17 11:47
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@johnE, Not a bad rule but comes a bit unstuck with emergency gear! Yes, I suppose that will occur if I ever go and for some reason it doesn't rain. Or to quote Chouinard: if you bring bivy gear, you will bivy
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Wed 10-05-17 20:32
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Being on the rear the tyres would get very little wear anyway, Why? AFAIAA rear wheel drive cars wear their rear tyres out faster than the front. Well they did when I had rear wheel drive cars. My advice would be to put the better grip tyres on the rear, which in summer would not be the all season tyres.
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Wed 10-05-17 13:43
Replies: 32
A useful rule I learnt from backpacking is: On the return from a trip split what you took with you into 3 piles: What you used most days, what you used some days and what you never used. Get rid of everything you never used Look at what you used occaisionally and get rid of most of it Get rid of some of the stuff you used most days. Since you never used 4 pairs get rid of them.
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Fri 5-05-17 12:57
Replies: 16
@Mosha Marc, What grade is the serparation? I had a shoulder lockdown done on my grade IV at the beginniing of Jan and now it is fine. Before the op any pressing down with the arms hurt, mantleshelves in particular were almost impossible. Now just the long process of building up strength again.
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Fri 5-05-17 12:44
Replies: 24
@bar shaker, What is the snow like in the Caribbean over Christmas?
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