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Poster: A snowHead
Thu 18-01-18 10:45
Replies: 28
Though I gather that the police are not implementing it there is a law in France that makes wearing a balaclava illegal
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Thu 18-01-18 0:10
Replies: 595
Traverse piste they created so you can get to Carrelley from the top of the Derby lift without dropping down the Arc 1800 snow front. It's even better than that. You can get across to 1600 without that horrible run from the bottom of Derby to 1800 (those rollers really wreck my knees)
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Wed 17-01-18 19:03
Replies: 595
and a horrible trek from Arpette to Varet, better to go Arpette, down to marmotte to Varet. Which is almost certainly what I would do. That, or take Clocheret and pre st espirit, but do you notice no one is suggsting the transarc. I wonder why :-D
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Wed 17-01-18 18:56
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I know it is all really ice, just packed in different ways, but to me you can easily recognise ice - it is blue and best avoided.
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Wed 17-01-18 18:33
Replies: 595
If anyone is thinking of coming we are loving 1600 as a location. Tiny admittedly. So not the place for great apres, but such easy access everywhere. Max 2 lifts to Vanoise Express, 2 to 1950/2000, so I think just 3 to the glacier (did that First thing on Monday). I make it 4 to the glacier: cachette, arpette, Varet, Telepherique. Or 5 in my case cos I cannot be bothered to walk through town and get the combettes lift.
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Wed 17-01-18 18:27
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@Christopher, I would head up to the Bellecote if the runs up there are open.
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Wed 17-01-18 18:19
Replies: 73
@smithski, Have I missed something. Reps in the resort took your 6 day lift pass and reissued a 5 day pass. Had you already paid for a 6 day pass? If so then they stole your money. It is a criminal offence and should be reported to the police. Your lift pass was stolen by deception.
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Tue 16-01-18 15:10
Replies: 595
As a fairly frequent skier in Les Arcs (we will be there for about 18 days this year) I find a paradiski pass unneccessaary. Like @thefatcontroller, we might go over to La Plagne once every year ot two but generally stay in the Les Arcs area. This Christmas we bought paradiski passes (over 1200 euro for the 3 of us) and only went over to La Plagne once. We could go more often but far too often the trees of the Vallandry area seduce us to stay.
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Mon 15-01-18 21:45
Replies: 9
Have a look at Ross Noble achieved in the Scottish Six Days trial if you get the chance. It's on the Dave TV channel. It does make these attempts look a bit poor
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Mon 15-01-18 19:18
Replies: 595
@thefatcontroller, I know the piste. Oddly I cannot recall any flat bits or seeing many boarders scootering along or even carrying their equipment. I suppose we skiers and boarders have different perceptions of what is flat. The bar is the Altiport and it is IMHO a pretty tedious run. Cutting down Rouelles helps us skiers relieve the tedium but for a boarder it just dumps you on the flat bit of Gollet
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Mon 15-01-18 18:21
Replies: 595
@thefatcontroller, The only run I can think of from the 1800 to the 1600 sectors with flat sections is Traversee (formally know as Gollet). On skis if you get baulked then you may have to pole. @Layne, Is the long path you are thinking of the red grand reynard piste, though for th elife of me I cannot see why it is red and it is the only way to get to the dentes du Peigne, which is a very gentle blue. OK I am a skier so my concept of flat is when you have to pole and I can only really think of 2 places in Les Arcs when you may have to walk (though I have managed without skating or poling when the snow had been good): Col du la Chal as you approach the Grand Col chair lift and Belvedere as you approach Charmettoger (The main route from 1600 to Vallandry). The other main point, approching 2000 is now served by a rope drag
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Sun 14-01-18 19:47
Replies: 595
@stevew, It sounds like a good first day. I don't know why but it is always a lot busier in the 2000 bowl than the 1800/1600 side, but over christmas we were able to walk straight from the Varet onto the AR cable car which set off immediately. When there is no queue this is a mightly fast lift. It looks to me as if the 1m plus of snow at low levels has been packed really firm by the recent rains and I expect stay as a good base all season.
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Sun 14-01-18 19:39
Replies: 5
On a whim once's wife and one thought it would be a good idea to try somewhere a bit different for skiing. After a bit of airport and airline trawling I discovered a very convenient flights from Birmingham to Krakow. They were not cheep but they left on a Wednesday afternoon and returned on the Sunday evening. Just about ideal timing for a long weekend. My limited knowledge of geography had Krakow to the north of the Tatra mountains and I knew from friends that there was skiing in the Tatras. A quick look at a map threw up Zakopane. So we booked a hotel there and that is about as far as we have got. The question is: has anyone skied Zakopane and has any experiences to share. We will need to hire skis and I assume need to get a shuttle bus to the slopes, which appear to be a couple miles out of town but is there anyting else we need to be aware of? I would love to read other snowheads expeiences.
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Sun 14-01-18 19:24
Replies: 164
I looked at the live cam of the combettes chair in Les Arcs and saw only one person come down in the few minutes I was watching. So based upon this small sample the ratio of boarders to skiers is 1:0, in other words 100% snowboarders
Poster: A snowHead
Sun 14-01-18 14:30
Replies: 23
@rachiem, a nice article on Jasna in today's Sunday Times (but then it would have to be, the local tourist paid for the trip) but it made me think; you could also look at the Eastern European resorts. Just a thought on Austria, My wife and son, then about the same age as your son, went to Austria a couple years and discovered that the Austrian idea of single beds was actually a double bed, euphemistically known as an "Austrian twin". My son, galantly, decided he would sleep on the floor rather than share a bed with his mum. Check before you book. I'm not saying don't do it, but check first.
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Sat 13-01-18 17:56
Replies: 23
@rachiem, The skiing season in Europe finishes end of April, even the start of May in some resorts. Mid March is pretty much high season and IMHO just about the best time to go. As others have said the half term holidays will have just finished so the slopes will be quieting down, snow depth will be at a maximum, the evenings gettiing a little longer and the temperatures moderating. For easy/intermediate runs my suggestion would be La Plagne. Personaly I would take Alpe d'Huez over les 2 Alpes but that is a purely pesonal choice based on not much. As you say there are so mamny resorts and the choice is truely confusing: Do you value the convienince of doorstep skiing over going cheeper and getting a bus every morning (a nightmare with children) do you want raucous nightlife or a few quiet drinks in the evening. To lots of skiers these are binary choices. However to make a meaningful suggestion a bit more information would be useful such as how old is your son, is child care necessary, are you thinking of hiring equipment, how do you want to travel (drive, train, fly etc) is your budget catered or self catered etc. May I humbly suggest buying a second hand copy of Where to Ski and Snowboard and use that for your research. It is a book I relied on a lot in the past.
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Wed 10-01-18 17:55
Replies: 127
@Layne, Oddly I find it is off peak such as the early hours of the morning when I have had the most disruption. I wait on average on 1 - 2 hours at the service sation waiting for my delayed train. I think when it is very quiet they wait until they have a train load before going or do some engineering work. My wife, who used to use the tunnel a lot in the middle of the day, said there were rarely any delays at that time of day. I am much more relaxed about it now and expect it to take 2-3 hours from entering the slip road to leaving the slip road. Now I expect that I don't get so wound up.
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Wed 10-01-18 11:34
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@Jonny996, During the winter of 1963 we had quite high snow fall in Durham where I lived. My village (Burnhope) was cut off for 5 days before we cleared the road. I never thought much about wakiing along paths at window sill level for what seemed months. It was only years later that my uncle showed me a picture of his house. It was completely covered in snow except for a corridor to the front door to allow access. All the windows were completely covered. And yes it was burried
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Tue 9-01-18 23:23
Replies: 595
@thefatcontroller, funny handshakes?
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Tue 9-01-18 22:35
Replies: 59
@SnoodlesMcFlude, I like it, please tell me what you do with them? @dp, rubbish!! A bargain is a bargain, and you always want to take advantage of a bargain. I'm a single bloke but even I subscribe to the motto "as long as you're saving a fiver in the process, you can never have enough tampons".
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Tue 9-01-18 21:39
Replies: 595
@red 27, I have to agree the new club med is horredous. It dominates the Mont Blanc piste and Arc 1600. I wonder how they ever got planning permision for it.
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Tue 9-01-18 0:12
Replies: 6
Meteo France are claiming it is a 30 year event, the avalanches of 1999 were supposed to be a 150 year event. Go figure. These figures are entirely consistent and based on the probability distributions of extreme hydrological events.
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Mon 8-01-18 18:53
Replies: 595
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Mon 8-01-18 16:30
Replies: 127
@papajc, Probably get thrown off snowheads for this, but I do not have winter tyres, do not have an overnight stop, do not fill up especially close to the mountains for winter diesel, do not use a telepeage transever. I have chains (because it is a legal requirement) but in 20+ years of driving once or twice a winter to the alps only used them twice. I also don't wear a helmet, carry a rucksack while skiing or drink spirits from a hip flask during the day. However, I would suggest filling up with at least -20 screenwash and packing a snow shovel in the car.
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Sun 7-01-18 23:34
Replies: 16
I was in Prague the other day and saw a number of massage places including some advertising Thai massages. I saw some people having Thai massage in Thailand and it looked pretty close to GBH to me. Are they actually any good?
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Sun 7-01-18 12:05
Replies: 16
@cstreat, do not ignore the placebo effect of a massage.
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Fri 5-01-18 19:59
Replies: 595
@sugarmoma666, There are lots of good places in the Les Arcs area, but oddly most of them are waiter service. Places I use and please accept that I cannot recall the names - they keep changing, include Arcabuse and Cairn in 1600, Parentheses in 1800, (formally known as) the Cordee and hotel Vanoise in Vallandry all of which are waiter served and the Pre st Espirit which is waiter and self serve. The Arpette between 1600 and 1800 has a good waiter served area but the queues for self serve are IMHO too long. I usually simply go for the Plat du Jour, but my wife will often have the starter and the pudding (she has a sweet tooth) and we will get the menu du jour between us. Oddly I have never found anywhere I really like in 2000 or 1950. Isn't a steak hache just a burger without the bun?
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Fri 5-01-18 9:36
Replies: 24
Gentlemen, be careful with these wrist straps. For simple tasks like taking a photograph I leave them hanging from the wrist. Now when urinating you (as I have done) end up peeing into your glove.
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Thu 4-01-18 1:09
Replies: 8
@Bergmeister, I thought Soelden and the French resorts such as Tignes were not too disimilar in price for the same quality of food. In Soelden we tended to have a bowl of soup in a motor service area type of place but ate more lavishly inTignes. The big difference I did notice between the resorts were: beer: in France it was 25cl glasses in Soelden 33cl. For more or less the same price Cigerette smoke in bars in Soelden made visiting them rather unpleasant hence saving on drinking expense There was a marked shortage of lap dancing clubs in Tignes The pistes in Soelden were all bashed smooth, even those marked as itineries Lift queues were huge in Soelden - typically 30 minutes just to leave the village. Looking in one of the ski shops in Soelden I saw a jacket at over a 1000 euros. Similarly with pairs of skis. Tignes lacks the bling. It is a down to earth ski resort Both resorts have some pretty long descents but really they are such different resorts that I cannot envisage anyone seriously thinking should I go here or there? The differences are so stark.
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Wed 3-01-18 14:22
Replies: 414
With the correct tyres you can get some phenonomal grip on ice, but I am not sure how they will perform on ice free roads. https://i2.wp.com/ridermagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Eisspeedway_Journal_1.jpg
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Wed 3-01-18 11:05
Replies: 14
@Mjit, and switch off bluetooth, wifi decrease screen brightness and make sure it is switched off whenever you are not using it. But we all do this anyway.
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Wed 3-01-18 11:02
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@MelH, I use viewranger with download 1:25,000 topographical maps. It just about survives a full day in the mountains, but keep the phone in an inside pocket for warmth. We did compare Viewranger, Ski tracks and Yuge while in Les Arcs all 3 agreed on roughly how far we skied every day. Yuge did not record distance traveled on the lifts whereas Viewranger did. IIRC the sort of average was about 50km and 5000m a day skiing. By day 5 we couldn't be bothered with any of it any more. The most interseting statistic was a top speed of 114kph, which I will confess was when I switch YUGE on to check the lifts open while driving to the resort. It tickles me that this may be held in the YUGE database for the season.
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Wed 3-01-18 10:43
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Surely snow chains are already mandatory? I think the rule is that they are only mandatory when the blue signs says they are. The change is is that they must be carried at all times in the car like in northern Italy.
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Tue 2-01-18 23:02
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@Alastair, Thanks for the info, but what does � Permanence at the parking Lac des Combes at Arc 2000 and the entrance of Arc 1800 all nights from tonight to saturday morning mean?
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Tue 2-01-18 21:38
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@charlie26, If the pass is 3 days or longer you get a day in La Plagne. Otherwise it is a 30ish euro extension for a day across the Landry valley.
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Tue 2-01-18 21:35
Replies: 164
I thought boarding was enjoying a resurgence with the ratio up to about 1:20 and an increased number of younger boarders. I even saw some children learning in Les Arcs last week. And a couple of mono and Telemark skiers.
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Tue 2-01-18 12:09
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Just got back from a week in Arc 1600 so my prices are fairly upto date. Lunch. Normally we would end up spending about 20 euros for lunch in a waiter served restaurant consisting of a drink (beer, soft drink fizzy water - they are all about the same price) a main course of Plat du Jour (about 12.5 - 14.5 and of a quality much better than anything in the UK) or a tartiflette and a coffee. Beer in the Abre (used to be the Abrevoir) 3.5 euros but a large one will cost more. I only bother with small beers. Of course part of that cost is going to the entertainment of a live band. A vin chaud in the smoking boar on the way down is about the same price. If you want to cut the cost of lunch then a burger, chips and a beer in the Rocky mountain in 1600 is about 13 euro, but that was a couple years ago. A sandwich at one of the sandwich bars costs about 7 euro, but a bagette costs 1.05 from the bakers (their croisants at 1 euro are a rip off) a pack of good ham from the Sherpa 3 euro and a tomato not a lot. A good lunch for two at about a 2 euro each. An eveneing meal in the Arpette restraunt consisting of vin chaud, a 1/3 litre of wine, a starter and a pierrade plus a pistuer to accompany you back down the piste in the dark costs 30 euro. It is only on a Wednesday night and must be booked in advance. @Truckerg, I have an apartment in 1600. It is a very friendly place. with excellent skiing. The eyewatering cost was the cost of lift passes. We paid over 1200 euros for paradiski passes for my wife son and me over Christmas and onl went to La Plagne once. Just buy Les Arcs passes
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Sun 31-12-17 18:03
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@willirvine, I never think as March 24th as late in the season. There is at least another month to go. Anyway we cannot forecast what weather will be like 3 months in advance. The practical liomit is about 5 days. However my experience of over 30 years of Easter skiing is that there is usually skiable snow and the equinox storms often bring some of the best powder of the season. I think most Easters in Les Arcs we have skied down to Villaroger. The important thing is to remember the factor 50 suncream. I will be out that fortnight and I am not expecting any problems with snow
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Sun 31-12-17 17:55
Replies: 595
After the soaking yesterday the pistes froze overnight. It was almost like spring skiing today - except the pistes never really softened. The riverlets in the snow formed from the rain made some pretty patterns There was quite a lot closed due to a 4/5 avalanche risk. The combination of some lifts being closed and the New Year crowds meant there were some fair sized lift queues in places. Some were over 5 minutes. The amin bottlenecks were: Arpette, Derby and Arcabuse. No suprise there. @Arctic Roll, It is what is known in cibming circles as an "epic". Was the extra expense covered by insurance? I know it would not be on my travel insurance. Out of curiosity is it not possible to get a shuttle bus into Grenoble and get the train from there. I know Grenoble airport is nowhere near Grenoble.
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Sat 30-12-17 19:53
Replies: 595
@mutineer, I hope youi get here soon. The local roads are perfectly clear
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