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Poster: A snowHead
Mon 22-05-17 18:39
Replies: 49
@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
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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.
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Mon 22-05-17 12:23
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@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
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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
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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: 35
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Thu 11-05-17 11:47
Replies: 32
@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
Replies: 40
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: 18
@bar shaker, What is the snow like in the Caribbean over Christmas?
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Thu 4-05-17 22:58
Replies: 71
As people have said, the problem with the NHS are the waiting times. In NI, Orthopedics has the longest waiting lists....3 or 4 years just to get seen. In Worcestershire the last couple of times I have needed treatment (one knee and two shoulders) it has happened within a couple of weeks.
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Thu 4-05-17 14:05
Replies: 90
@pam w, Good to see you haven't deserted us. Am I alone in not finding cooking on a self catering holiday a chore? Our kitchen area is part of the living area. I get on with preparing and cooking the food while being part of the general conversation, drinking beer and wine with the rest and summoning sous chefs as required. TBH it is easier than at home when I am in the kitchen on my own.
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Thu 4-05-17 10:44
Replies: 90
@froomie, yopur experience of TO reps are clearly better than mine. My experience is that they really don't know what they are doing and need telling and if the problem is too difficult then they go sick. But I can see the advantages if you have never been skiing before, never been to a ski resort or, perhaps, never been to that country before. My experience with airlines is very similat to that of @under a new name, I got stuck in Delhi when a volcanic erruption distrupted air travel. I realised that the phone lines were going to be jammed so went straight to the klm office at the airport and after a bit of a wait got a flight home the next week. My colleague using a travel agent got a flight home a week after that.
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Thu 4-05-17 9:36
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@bobcat, 1. I won't be able to beat TOs like for like Yes, you can quite, easily, but not all of the time. If you want to go mid January then the TO will be very hard to beat. The last time I used them a catered chalet with flights, transfers, food and drink for 6 days came in at £400 per person. I couldn't get near it organising it myself (OK the reps messed up the lift pass purchase which cost us an hour of skiing and there was no hot water for a shower in the evening, but you cann't expect perfection for that price). Meanwhile in Feb the TOs are charging close on £1000 per person per week. I can rent an apartment and drive to it for about £100 more per person than I can in Jan. Fuel, tolls, food and lift passes cost the same. The rental rate and ferry crossing are all that go up. There is no simple "do this" answer, you have to do your research @froomie, Search out an old copy of Where to Ski and Snowboard. Very good information
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Tue 2-05-17 19:19
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• Injuries you get from dangerous hobbies (often called hazardous pursuits) Um! is skiing a dangerous hobby? but only really noticed the difference when nurses came into the office to give me a flu jab. I can see the Group PMI business taking off soon. My employer ran a private flu jab clinic without any PMI, it cost us £5 a shot. High-quality private clinic and hospital accommodation • Privacy of an en-suite room • Home amenities such as TV • Comfort and cleanliness Not really sure about this one. In a public ward (I have been in a few) it is nice to have things going on around you during the day, you don't feel so alone. In a private room I have been generally more afraid and lonely. As for comfort and cleanliness I have never had anything to complain about in a NHS hospitial. But they are correct about one thing - you are paying a bribe for prompt attention of the consultant
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Thu 27-04-17 12:30
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@Arctic Roll, We haven't worked out when we will be in Les Arcs yet this summer, but early August is a strong probability. Hope we can meet up. As to getting off the bike and walking down, it happenened to be when they were building the Derby lift. At the top they redirected the rout down Reche. I had skied it many times and thought nothing of it untill it came to riding down. It is actually quite steep and I could see why it used to be a black piste. I got off and walked.
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Thu 27-04-17 10:18
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@Skiingruby, I had mine done a few years ago and TBH I cannot recall any serious pain or difficulty now. For some reason the surgeon didn't want the leg weight bearing for 6 weeks so I was on crutches. My GP wouldn't give me a sick note either so 3 days after the op I was back at work. That leg has been absolutely fine ever since. It was a good decsion. You have probably made the right decsion. As a tip if on crutches when it comes to going down stairs put the crutches down first.
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Wed 26-04-17 18:16
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@snowcrazy, @Arctic Roll, The Ridge is an apartment block that appears to be on the site of the hotel Beguin judging by the arists impression; the description says Orienté plein Sud . The apartments look lovely but at 1/2 million? I will ski the same resort from my place at a fifth of that. http://www.gsi-vente.fr/fr/annonce/vente-appartement-neuf-les-arcs-p-r7-730124037.html
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Wed 26-04-17 17:48
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@Arctic Roll,Yes I like the blue from the Col du Chal down through 2000 and around to Arc 1600. The navette back is a good choice, but the only time I tried to catch it the bike rack was already full. It is a bit of a slog around to 2000 for us unfit people. I'm impressed that you did the black run down the Cachette - very impresed I quite like the route down to Bourg from the Col as well, but last time missed a turn below Villaroger and ended up on th eroad through Seez. That was not so good. Like you I didn't use body armour last year and had a couple of spills resulting is considerable loss of skin. It has prompted us to get a/ a first aid kit for the apartment and b/ wear elbow protectors. I will listen out for your voice in 1600. In the meantime I see the resort opens for the summer on July 8th. Now to check when the mountain huts open for some high altitude stuff.
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Mon 24-04-17 14:38
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(Never did take them all they way down to Pre St Esprit in the evening for the bus - that would be naughty. Laughing ) And youv'e never thought of catching the bus up to Arc200 for a cheeky ski down cascade without paying? Oddly in Arc1600 the number of english voices in 1600 rises in the summer. It is the mountain bike crowd coming in for lunch in the square. I suspect it is part of a guided route @Arctic Roll, you may be shocked to discover that I have only been into Arc1950 twice and on one visit did hear a lot of English voices. It is not as bad as Val d'Isere where the lift attendents address you in English first.
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Sun 23-04-17 19:46
Replies: 81
The YUGE app for paradiski uses GPS data to calculate distances, speeds etc. you have to have the GPS switched on on your phone. AFSIK it doesn't look at the lift data at all. In Espace Killy the lift data does not exist for every lift since once up the mountain not all lifts have rfid readers.
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Sun 23-04-17 19:06
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@boredsurfin, You are probably close with your 17%. I wonder how they record that since no one has ever asked my nationality. I do remember being stopped one by a lady with a clip board asking me some questions about the resort, but that was over 30 years ago. My esimates were based upon what language other people on the chairlift spoke or when standing in the bakers in the morning (actaully I haven't heard a single other English voice in the bakers, perhaps they all stay in hotels), once again not a good sampling method. My method of measuring the popularity of snowboarding is equally crude - either count them from a lift or in a particularly bored day at work count all you can see on a web cam. There are definately pockets of UK citizens around the resort. In 1600 there are very few, but I gather a much higher percentage in 1950. Sorry, some of my favourite web sites are the ONS and http://ukdataservice.ac.uk/. I love listening to more or less on the wireless.
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Sun 23-04-17 16:02
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@always29, First stage - call in and see the GP, but you need a referral to an orthopaedic specialist. The French love the heparin injections. The UK GP will probably discontinue them immediately. They have with both me and my wife in the past. I am not sure about the MRI referral. My GP just refused to beleive it was damaged, and I had to harrangue him to get me an appointment. (It was of those crazy NHS times when hospital referals came out of the GP's budget so they avoided doing it). In the end it was diagnosed under a general anaesthetic, and then operated on some months later. The GP seems to have changed their procedures; the last two injuries (both shoulders) have resulted in hospital referrals within a week and operations as soon as medically appropriate.
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Sun 23-04-17 11:48
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@Scarpa, Yup, that was a hard day, early Dec, no crowds, 8:30 start and only one pee stop, eat and drink on lifts. If we assume you stopped about 17:30, then that is 11 hours with only 1 pee! Skiline is purely on the lift data so if you venture off the pistes down it is a little approximate. It also only records the length of the piste so the more turning you do the more distance you cover in reality Are these true lengths or the famous overestimates in the resorts publicity material? How does it know which piste you took down from the lift?
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Sun 23-04-17 11:15
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@Griggs, I went to St Anton a couple times a few years ago and found the crowds unbearable. In places it was shoulder to shoulder ski tip to ski tail skiing. I thought this was due to the massive amount of accomodation related to the limited piste available. I vowed never to go back until they increased the ski area. They seem to have improved the lift system so the 3 1/2 hour waits to get up the mountain has gone. I hope that Les Arcs doesn't follow suit with too much accomodation for the pistes. Having one of the oldest apartments in the domain what appears to be happening is that the older property is staying unoccpied for longer. This is what the resort managers keep refering to as the "cold bed problem". For example, on our stair well there are appoximately 14 apartments. Over the 2 week Easter holidays only about 4 of these were occupied. It is hard to say exactly because some groups had more than one apartment and people did come and go at various times during the fortnight. It is a pattern that is visible across the whole resort. @snowymum, Once again my observations from Arc 1600 is that only a tiny proportion of the visitors are from the UK. This year there seamed to be an increase in Slavic and German voices in the resort, but the number from the UK was about the same. The largest proportion of people appear to be French. I suspect the big change is that the resort is trying to attract wealthier clinets who want luxury hotels, rather than those of us who don't care for huge apartments and quite content to muck in together (I have had 8 people staying in my 35m2 apartment) and don't actually spend that much. The ideal customer for the resort is probably those that stay in upmarket chalets or hotels, head out about 10 to find a nice restaurant for lunch, stopping for a hot chocolate on the way, have a two hour lunch break with wine then head back to the hotel and collect their children from ski school. Apart from the ski school (child minding) snakes I would also encourage these clients. After all it is the people who buy lift passes and don't ski much that are funding my holidays Just a question how many hotels do we know about in Les Arcs? I have:- Arc 1600 Cachette Explorers (L'Arcadien?) Beguin UCPA? Arc 1800 Golf Mercure Is Village Club du Soleil a hotel? Is Hotel Grive a hotel? I only know it as a restaurant Arc 2000 Club Med Taj-i Mah Vallandry There are a couple I know of and have even stayed in one, but cannot recall their names la Vanoise Emeraude Vallandry Ignoring Bourg does anyone know of any other hotels
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Sat 22-04-17 14:08
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@Arctic Roll, I don't think they let you take your own sledge down the course and insist that they take one of their helmets.
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Sat 22-04-17 14:07
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@Richie_S, @Arctic Roll, Perhaps I am entering my second childhood, but I actually enjoyed the rodeo sledge. The first couple of times the piste was freshly pisted and rock hard. The final straight section was great, taking off over the bumps and bouncing over the ruts. I was racinng my nepthew and sone. The third time the run was covered in soft snow and it tougher. There was no walking required. Talking to some children on the way up on the lift they said they prefered the Mile8 track in Arc 1800
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Fri 21-04-17 13:55
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Also runs down from Bois/Arpette lead to Arcabuelle, Marmotte leads to Arcabuell, most runs lead to the at lift. Well yes, but the runs from the Grand Col and Col du Chal basically stop at the Plagnettes. In most cases when I am skiing the 2000 bowl I will take Varet up and across to the Plagnettes rather than wait for the Arcabulle. It is funny how no matter how they increase the capacity there is always a queue at that point (remember when it was served by just a pair of drag lifts.) @Richie_S, a Viz top tip: to shorten the queue at the Arcabulle, get a sledge from Rodeo and walk around the side to get on the lift quickly. I must apologise for mentioning the run we were never going to mention on this forum and bringing it to the public attention. My normal first lifts of the day are Combettes, Cachette and often the first piste - the red from the unmentionable lift.
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Thu 20-04-17 16:05
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@Arctic Roll, Oddly I was also taken out on the Mont Blanc piste down to 1600. There were only 4 people on the piste - my son and a friend of his 100 metres ahead and I was hit from behind by the only other skier on the piste. He raced off leaving me lying on the ground for quite a while before a ski school came down and iinstructor radioed for help. Yes, I am in Les Arcs a bit over the summer, but cannot recall the plans at the moment.
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Thu 20-04-17 14:09
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@Arctic Roll, I went down Clocheret on Monday and it was beautiful, firm corduroy, almost empty, great views. And it is kept that way by being served only by a single very slow lift that if you didn't know where it was you could never know about. I wouldn't want to lose that just to reduce the crowding in Arc 2000. Re reading that about the hotel Beguin made me think - I was sure that only a few years ago it was gutted and turned into an aparthotel. Now, it doesn't even display its name only the word "BAR" It also made me think that I have never been into it. It must have one of the finest views in the Alps (well one side, the other must be the worst)
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Thu 20-04-17 13:58
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@rob@rar, The national park boundary runs roughly south of the lac des moutons off piste ski trail marked on the map down to the Chalets des Rossets is clearly not in the national parlk
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Thu 20-04-17 13:24
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These announcements were made last year. I remember hearing about them in London sometime in October. Pré Saint-Esprit: detachable chairlift, with station for the seats (faster restart after a stormy night). 6 seats, duration / 2, flow * 2. € 12 million. Heated seats, bubbles, arrival directly above Plagnettes (which is underutilized) By underutilised they mean doesn't have a permanent 5 minute queue. To me the Plangnettes lift is perfectly utilised and runs about 80% capacity (3 out of every 4 seats full) Upgrading Comborciere would offer to an incentive to link over that way. Well I have often used it as a convenient lift back when the queue for Ours is too long. I keep wondering what the original drag lift up Comborciere was like and would it have been faster than the current chair. I must admit the prospect of an extra 1050 beds without any new pistes is a bit scary and saying that the Mont Blanc and Cascades are underutilised is not IMHO a good enougth reason for not expanding the piste capacity. IIRC Cascades was designated a piste mauve a few years ago specifically for slow skiing beginners - do beginners really want busier pistes? I am with @Arctic Roll, about possibility of developing over the Col du Chal, but it is south facing so only a relatively short piste will be possible. I keep wondering if it is possible to develop from the Mont Blanc piste down through the Malgovert forest to the 2000 road.
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Thu 20-04-17 12:56
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@valais2, You did notice that this was a personal blog not a peer reviewed paper in a scientific jhournal.
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Wed 19-04-17 9:14
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I went to Sante Fe once in January; it is a desert and very cold and dry with temperatures of -20 and RH pretty close to zero. You could easily tell who was not a native by the little dribble of blood from their nose
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Tue 18-04-17 16:19
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Well I am home now after a fantastic few days in Les Arcs. The snow conditions high up were pretty good. Yesterday we did the Arandelieres piste which was much better than usual. Instead of the usual stone covered start it was full snow cover without a stone in sight. And not too busy. This was also the first time I have every got straight onto the Arcabulle chairlift. Normally I try to avoid this lift as it usually has a 5 to 10 minute queue, one of the worst in the resort. I wonder how we used to cope when it was only a pair of drag lifts to the Col du Chal? I cannot remember the queues being that long. Apart from the heavy knee wrenching snow low down and late in the day the conditions this week were IMHO better than most Christmas/New Year weeks. Ar some time last week we skied down the Cascades piste to Pre st Espirit. The conditions were very poor and I suspect the run was closed a day or two later. If the rumours reported by @Arctic Roll are true we may have been one of the last people ever to travel on the old Pre st Espirit lift.
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Sun 16-04-17 19:56
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The snow above about 2000m is pretty good. but getting poor below it. In fact we had to walk the last few m to both the Vagerre and Mont Blanc lifts. Thinking about I have known many Christmas with much worse snow than we have now. They are bolting the bike carriers onto the cachette lift and I saw the local mountain bike club heading down from the funicular. The seasons are definately changing.
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