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Poster: A snowHead
Wed 9-08-17 9:50
Replies: 85
I'm not sure if it still there but it was a single seat chair on the flanks of the Tofana near Cortina, near Pocul IIRC. I jumped on clutching by rucksack to my chest wondering how I was going to getoff and what happened at the end. It was agreat way to get over the grind to the bottom of the crag. It was years later that I realised that these things were also used for skiing. I cannot remeber the year exactly but it was probably late 70's
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Tue 8-08-17 11:59
Replies: 12
You will need a blue badge to guide people around London.
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Sun 6-08-17 18:38
Replies: 11
@Fridge03, Join the local dry slope ski club and learn to race.
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Sun 6-08-17 12:41
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Put passport in self service passport scanning machine. Wait 5sec. Walk through when the gate opens. Except when the machine doesn't recognise you and you end up at the back of the queue anyway I flew Luton to Geneva a few weeks ago and it was much as normal. 20 minutes through security at Luton and the same queue at imigration at Geneva. Both exactly as normal. Coming back it was 10 minutes security and 10 minutes passport control in Geneva, once again exactly as normal. However it was straight through the UK border. Sometimes this can be as long as 30 minutes. Due, no doubt, to being the only flight to arrive at that time slot.
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Fri 4-08-17 19:49
Replies: 36
By car Gatwick is no more difficult to access than Heathrow @CaravanSkier, At least another hour around the M25. If you are lucky. The OP gave location as Leeds, so probably at least 4 hours to Gatwick, but because of traffic risks I would allow 5 hours.
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Fri 4-08-17 18:22
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BA and EasyJet do LGW to Verona. The trouble is that Gatwick is the back end of beyond. By the time you have got the flight to Gatwick you may as well have changed in Amsterdam or Frankfurt.
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Fri 4-08-17 14:15
Replies: 36
We preferred flying via Verona, but there are no options from the UK anymore. I know it is the backend of beyond but doesn't BA do Gatwick to Verona? Does Ryanair not do Stanstead to Verona? Any way my rankings of the 3 companies are: Flybe - used lots of times, but mainly inside the UK and to the Isle of Man and they accept Avios. I find them good Easyjet - have proved good and relaible to Geneva from Luton and Birmingham and also to Malpensa Ryanair - I have now stopped using them having had very bad experiences with them. I imagine all the major airlines do UK to Verona, for example Lufthansa do Manchester to Verona. I beleive some airlines will also fly to Bergarmo, a useful airport for the Dolomites, as is Venice.
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Fri 4-08-17 10:29
Replies: 33
It must be bad in Tignes at the moment. The Val d'Isere and Tignes ski club were training last week - in the Netherlands.
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Tue 1-08-17 10:13
Replies: 15
One of the passengers, a Mrs Merkel, denied swinging on the lift It looks remarkably like Dr Merkel, the German chancellor
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Tue 1-08-17 10:10
Replies: 15
Whilst not strictly skiing related (I'm not aware of any pistes in Cologne)! Landgraaf is pretty close and they have a 6 seat chairlift
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Mon 24-07-17 13:50
Replies: 85
@sbooker, Whistler/Blackcomb is a mid size resort. It felt small to me compared to what I was used to in Europe. In fact in the mega French resorts it is a real challenge to ski to the all corners of the resort. A challenge that I have yet to meet in the 3Vs, EK, Paradiski
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Mon 17-07-17 9:21
Replies: 37
Les Arcs does indeed offer a dsicount to over 65s of about 30%. They didn't even ask for evidence unlike Tignes which asked me to sign a legal declaration of my age when I forgot my passport. It is amazing just how much cheeper things become when you reach 65. No more national insurance to pay so a lot more income, discounts on almost everything, even the barber cuts my hair for less and of course the not insignificant saving on lift passes. The thing is I cannot see why they offer the discount. I ski the same runs as my son, use the same lifts and have the supervision of the same pistuers. I suppose it is so I can pay more for my travel insurance.
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Fri 14-07-17 14:00
Replies: 85
I'm curious about the rifugios thing. Can one ski and drop into a rifugios and stay the night and expect a meal? Can you just drop in or must you book? I done lots of rifugios during the summer and though technically you can drop in and if they have a space they will put you up. However I always phone in advance and make a reservation. Most guide books contain th ephone numbers and I am sure the tourist office can help. Every one I have used has a guardian and provide some quite lovely meals. You also get to meet some interesting people who are also staying there. If you get the chance may I suggest a night at the Rifugio Scoiattoli near the Cinque Torri. The standard of huts also varies from basic dorms (remeber to take a sheet sleeping bag) to pretty much hotel stanard. Many of the huts have web sites and allow internet booking - for example http://lagazuoi5torri.dolomiti.org/dengl/cortina/laga5torri/ospitalita/Averau/index.html with prices to match
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Fri 14-07-17 13:43
Replies: 18
and iirc neither Carte Neige nor EHIC will get you repatriated to the UK in the event that's required. I think Carte Neige does do repatriation. Even of the body in case of death.However for a complete season it may not offer much saving over say a BMC policy. Actually watch the BMC one - you may have to leave the country for a while so as not exceed their maximum trip length clause.
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Wed 12-07-17 15:54
Replies: 85
Are you confusing San Martino with Cortina d'Ampezzo? I'm not. San Martino has the largest collections of 5* hotels I have ever seen. Cortina looks down at heel by comparison. OK the ski area isn't large but then I suspect many of the types that goto San Martino don't actually ski that much.
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Wed 12-07-17 12:12
Replies: 85
But for me it'd still be a toss-up between there and, say Rome, especially if they can fly directly into/out of Rome. The airport for Venice is even closer to the city than that for Rome. Having visited Venice and Rome quite a bit I think Venice is good for a day, but Rome for a week.
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Wed 12-07-17 12:04
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@sbooker, What would be a good place to stay that has a village atmosphere and lots of dining options within walking distance? There are lots of options. For the really upmarket experience San Martino di Castrozza takes some beating, for a largish towns you have Canazei and Cortina, for the tougher skiing then I beleive Arraba is the place to be, for beauty I like Alleghe and I haven't even mentioned the Gröden valley. Personally I would describe all these places as towns rather than villages and IMHO do not have a village atmoshpere. All have lots of restaurants and hotels. Also if we stay in one village is driving to the other valley villages easy to do? Parking near the lifts abundant? This is common in the Dolomites though the ski busses are frequently used. My experience of the Dolomites is largely summer based and though there is lots of parking near the major lifts they are almost always full when I get there. There seems so many options we may elect to do Munich then ski in Austria somewhere, then Innsbruck for city time, then Dolomites, on to Venice or Milan and a couple of days at Cervinia/Zermatt at the end. It would mean missing out on a French ski hill though. You cannot do everything in one trip. Relax and enjoy the journey. France will probably still be there in the future
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Wed 12-07-17 11:32
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@Grandma Sunshine, Why not try them on and see?
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Wed 12-07-17 11:02
Replies: 26
Turn the conveyor belts vertical and plaster them with climbing holds
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Mon 10-07-17 17:10
Replies: 72
@Dr John, Do: Brag about it - a whole season of no work just skiing Don't: Brag about it it annoys the rest of us. With almost 5 months in the resort I'm sure you'll figure things out.
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Fri 7-07-17 15:23
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@Rcav, I go to the Dolomites for a holiday every summer. It is fantastic but can get rather busy especially around August 15th. Like @Alastair Pink, I think Val Gardena would be a good place to start as is Corvara. There are lifts to the meadows below the rock faces and some nice valleys to stroll in. Though we always hire a car the bus service looks comprehensive so getting around without a car is possible. So you could do a few days in each of a number of different centres. We usually end up having a couple of nights in one hut a couple in a hotel and so on. Though obviously most ski lifts will be closed in the summer considerable number are open. Unlike @Grizzler, I found all those advertised as open were in fact open, but some had so little traffic I wondered why they bothered. You are going to have to do your reasearch for each area, see for example http://www.altabadia.org/en/summer-holidays/trekking-hiking/summer-lifts-in-alta-badia.html. Though the web sites give prices per day single ride prices are available. Similarly bus timetables are available http://www.valgardena.it/en/val-gardena/information-services/bus-schedule/ @Rcav, I think you are going to have to do a lot more research than just asking us on snowwheads. The Dolomites are an excellent place for a summer holiday but it is quite a large slightly confusing area. Just to give you a flavour I have maps of various scales over the whole area, at least 2 via ferrata guides and half a dozen climbing guides. My friend has a little notebook with him listing the phone numbers of all the hotels and huts he has ever used in 30 years of visits. Yet we still spend hours every evening poring over the guide books, maps and weather forecasts working out what we are going to do the next day. Also would be good if wherever we went had some things to do when it's wet, which I'm not seeing in Corvara - what am I missing?. You are not missing anything. Apart from walking there is not much else to do. Get good waterproofs and keep off the mountains when thunder storms are forecast. Though not part of the original discussion I received this notice earlier today about the Sella Joch "Just a note that the Sella Pass will be closed every Wednesday in July and August from 9 am to 4pm. "
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Wed 5-07-17 12:16
Replies: 18
Also, is the indoor ski slope worth hitting? People laugh at me when I tell them of my next holiday - skiing - in the Netherlands - in August, but we are off to Skiworld in Landgraaf.
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Wed 5-07-17 12:11
Replies: 37
On a motorbike the right hand does the front brake and the left hand the clutch. So using the right hand for the front brake is sort of instinctive for us motor cyclists. I used to ride trials and my technique for steep descents was to pull the clutch in, lock the back brake completely and feather the front bake on the verge of locking. I would keep my elbows locked straight and my bum as far back as possible. The same techniques appears to work on a VTT. But it takes great concentraion to remember the brakes are the wrong way around on a hired bicycle. I have been known to swap the cables around. ps I was rubbish at trials riding and after a few accidents have now given up. Perhaps the technique was no good at all.
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Mon 3-07-17 12:32
Replies: 22
@breeze11, I take it you tried the tourist office first. If Courchevel is anyting like Les Arcs Vacancies will not be announced until the autumn.
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Mon 3-07-17 12:10
Replies: 37
I never understood the economics that make it more expensive to hire a mountain bike than a car??? The ecconomics of a car hire business do seem odd - I supect it oes something like this: Buy the cars at a massive discount. Sell them second hand for about as much as you paid for them. Make the money on selling extras such as extra insurance, sat navs, snow chains, extra driver etc. Make money on fuel If you say yes to everything they try to sell you at the hire desk then the price can easily double. if a car gets a small scratch charge hundreds of euros to "repair" them - don't repair them and hope the next punter doesn't notice. It rarely drops the second hand price that much I just looked at hiring a car for my summer trip to the Dolomites. The cheepest was £600 for the fortnight and some over £2000. Get a couple of those a season and your uncle is named Robert. The 25 euro to rent a bike for the day apears cheep in comparison. BTW @snowcrazy, was quoting for a bike + lift pass. I think a day's pass in Les Arcs is over 20 euro. Last time I was there it was 7 euro an uplift.
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Mon 3-07-17 11:45
Replies: 58
I've seen someone try to do similar with diving, offering a bespoke service including editing and everything to give people a video of their experience that they can share with friends and families, the upper limit on what he could charge for effectively an entire day of work was £100. The trouble with diving is that you have to be seriously good at it to look good. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DepKWU6h7s Even the ITV couldn't get much better than this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dK494K3OfOI
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Sun 2-07-17 14:02
Replies: 37
The ground hurts when you fall off! Hope this is of some use. I can confirm that, and the gravel will do its best to shed your elbows and hips.
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Thu 29-06-17 18:00
Replies: 22
I also seem to remember you can't take your car into 1850 Oddly I remember parking many times in the mult story car park in the summmer in Courchevel 1850 in the summer. Is it closed for the winter season?
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 27-06-17 10:35
Replies: 22
@breeze11, I have done Courcheval a couple times at Easter, usually when Easter is much later than next year and had really good skiing. A couple of times we stayed in 1300 where we caught the telecabine up and down but even managed to ski down one day after one of those massive dumps you get around the equinox. Another time we stayed in 1650 when it was very, very warm. Even quite high up there would be huge puddles of melt water to try an water ski over. It got very tiring during the afternoon. In my experience Easter has much better snow than Christmas and New Year with few lift queues and often good weather. Easter was quite late this year and the bottom slopes in Les Arcs were thinning alot and they closed some sections, but as we followed the spring snow around the mountain we had a fantastic time. Of course having good Friday and the bank holiday monday means you can get a lot of skiing in without having to take too much holiday. IIRC we got 9 days skiing for only 3 days off work. The main warning however is not the snow cover but the sun. Use at least factor 50 sun protection and even then try and cover up as much as possible. I thought I had come back looking beach blond due to the sun bleaching my hair.
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Wed 21-06-17 12:04
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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
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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
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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
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@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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