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Poster: A snowHead
Tue 17-10-17 22:21
Replies: 15
@Lucywuk, The half day pass starts at 13:00. Personally I would buy the 8 day pass on the internet (assuming you are going home on the Saturday night train) and be done with it. And yes you can get them at the funicular station but IIRC there is currently a non trivial discount if you buy online before the end of the month. Though I would always prefer self catering over a hotel, €840 half board for 2 sounds about right. A evening meal out in 1600 for 2 costs about €80 with apperatif, starters, wine, a main course, brandy and coffee. A quick search on the resort web site shows 2 person apartment from about €300 If the hotel doesn't allow you to leave your bags on the day you arrive and leave then the laundry has a bag drop facility
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Mon 16-10-17 10:14
Replies: 31
Even in quiet weeks getting up there is more hassle than the one run down is worth. If you just miss a funi then you have 20 minutes to wait, then miss again at the cable you're talking 40 minutes to get to the top. I went up at easter last year. OK it was sunny so we took the chair lift up for a more relaxed ride. Got straight onto the telepherique. The run down the "black" was wonderful. We were the only people on it so were able to run at speed with wide carved turns. Sadly the return to Val Claret was nowhere near as pleasant, really heavy, full of skischools and people returning at the end of the day. Mind you it can be cold at new year. My nephew got frost bite in his toes (yes, really, not just my toes got a bit cold) one year. Luckily it was not too severe and he kept them.
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Mon 16-10-17 9:50
Replies: 64
When does anyone ever see them? When they are in the rack aoutside the restaurant. You want them to be clear for you to identify quickly and no one else to take them by mistake, but tatty enough that noone would want to steel them.
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Mon 16-10-17 9:36
Replies: 64
Unlike @Dave of the Marmottes, I only get about 100 days out of mine. After that they seem to loose their bounce. I have a pair of head titans that now look a bit strange; one was subject to some extreme bending and now has a rocker. My friend borrowed them and says he cannot detect any difference between the two - so much for rocker skies then.
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Sun 15-10-17 15:16
Replies: 18
@mikeycharlton, Yes, whatever it actually costs.
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Sun 15-10-17 11:57
Replies: 18
This is a frighting report, not for what it says but the way it has done its maths. Its writers should go back to school. The headline figures contain, for Kranjska Gora, £325.47 which includes a 6 days lift pass at £146.06 but only a single cup of coffee at £1.26. The single item food and drink bill is then added to the 6 day lift pass etc cost. It assumes that 6 days ski hire is essential but only a single coffee. Sorry, @Gämsbock, but you only get one 1/2 litre of wine all week, no doubt to go with your single lunch. If they cannot get that single set of units correct would you trust them with your money? Now to the other bits: to most of us on this forum, travel and accommodation costs are essentials, whereas ski and boot hire are less important than the extra cost of transporting our own. Why are these figures not included? Mind you the ski school prices were very revealing 6 1/2 days in Morzine £133, whereas in Val d'Isere it is £212. I thought ESF prices were fairly constant across France. Actually £212 seems a lot more than I can recall paying for ski lessons even accounting for inflation.
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Fri 13-10-17 20:58
Replies: 65
@Awdbugga, how come you do not have one already? I seem to have a cuboard full of them of varies sizes from a week's backpacking to a tiny one to carry my waterproofs and shoes up a rock climb. But I am with the rest of the people here - you do not need one for piste skiing.
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Thu 12-10-17 14:02
Replies: 27
But you can drive the Tag lane at about 30mph instead of fumbling around for change and queuing up to pay. I would not do that. 30kph is the limit. As for fumbling for change, why? Use a debit card. I am not even sure there are any manned booths anymore
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Wed 11-10-17 9:59
Replies: 17
@LaForet, So Verbier has now entered my list of resorts not to go back to. These horrible buzzing things should be banned. And I think will be soon. I was climbing in the Dolomites in the summer and we watched a party come up behind us, unpack one of these noisey things, climb a few metres then thankfully go home. They are getting more and more a nuisance.
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Mon 9-10-17 10:10
Replies: 63
I usually find that turning the question back on the person that asked it is the best route. "Why do you play golf?" is a favourite, I've yet to meet someone that provides me a decent enough answer to that one. Please report if you ever get any answer to this one. It beats me why someone would like to spoil a good walk Likewose @DrLawn, did you get find out why your mates wanted to goto Benidorm simply to increase the risk of skin cancer instead of staying quietly at home getting drunk? Actually I did go on a beach holiday this summer to spend most of the week standing on a windsurfer in a wetsuit wishing the wind would pick up. Then discovered there was a good sport climbing venue only a short distance away.
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Sat 7-10-17 16:50
Replies: 31
I would really recommend it, despite the fact that we are off to the Caribbean this Chrimbo Confused Whats the skiing like there? Or is all just bobsleighing
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Wed 4-10-17 16:38
Replies: 15
@Arctic Roll, Yes I forgot Droset. It is always closed when I get there. The only time I attempted it it was marked as closed, half way down I realised why.
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Wed 4-10-17 16:07
Replies: 15
The blacks from the top of the Varet plus Robert Blanc, Combouciere and Ours are in my mind what define black pistes. The rest are just steep reds. They are all worth a trip to Les Arcs for alone. I cannot recall another ski resort, not even EK or L3V that have such a concentration of high quality genuine black pistes. I don't know 2000 very well but IIRC there is a bowling alley (obscuring the view from font neige). An evening trip on the bus will bring you to Arc 1800 and Mile8 with the spa (not spar - that's the shop), swimming pool and luge run. You probably know about the luge run from the Col du Chal (Rodeo) already but that is fun for children of all ages. Though I haven't personally tried it the dog sled at Pre st Espirit are supposed to be good.
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Wed 4-10-17 14:14
Replies: 15
@Arctic Roll, you've got me quite excited It also may change the thought process on the route back from Villaroger: is it better to continue going up via Droset lift, or maybe take the picturesque tree-lined track back to Pre, and speed up to the 2000 bowl? Will for sure take a bit longer, (and may involve a stop at the restaurants at the bottom!) but may also be a nicer ski. Guess we will find out when the season opens (12 weeks and counting...) Not sure about this you still have to take your skis off and walk across the road. I think I would just catch the bus around to 1600 if I got there.
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 4-10-17 14:07
Replies: 72
More and more French drivers are using a doofer I haven't really noticed. Almost all the French cars I see are going through the normal lanes. Of the cars on the road a higher pecentage of UK cars appear to use the telepeage than French ones, probably because of the issue of having only a single driver - on the wrong side of the car. To be honest I cannot see it being much of a time saver. It takes 15 to 30 seconds to go through the booth - stop, stick ticket in, stick card in and out, drive away. - provided you have a passenger. A few weeks ago I found myself on the toll bridge to Wales and panicked because I was on my own in the car. It was quite a shock to find the (very expensive) toll booth on the right hand side
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Tue 3-10-17 18:06
Replies: 22
My helmet cam shows a lot of wavering which I'd like to correct Is ther not an image stabilisiation feature on the headcam. This may cure the problem
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Tue 26-09-17 0:01
Replies: 37
Though I haven't skied in the Dolomites I have visited a lot in the summer. This summer we spent a few days in Wolkenstein. I really liked the town but from our hotel it was at least a 20 minute trek to the nearest ski lift (though I suspect there would be many more busses during the winter than the summer), which sort of puts me off. From what I could see of the skiing it all looked nice gentle cruising. I think it would suit your family well.
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Thu 21-09-17 20:10
Replies: 25
the 2 blacks back to resort are proper blacks but we'll groomed. Surely proper blacks are never groomed.
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Wed 20-09-17 15:52
Replies: 47
@Pejoli, The trouble with giving a time to get over to Peisey from 1600 is that I always get distracted along the way. You know the scenario - cruising down towards Vallandry and the snow looks really good on such and such piste so you spend the next hour or so lapping it. I am often seduced by Cachette first thing in the morning. Anyway from 1600 up Cachette and down all the way to the Vallandry lift. Up that and across to the Vanoise express. I would say about 45 minutes but @snowcrazy, makes this journey regularly and would give a better estimate.
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Sun 17-09-17 20:33
Replies: 8
I've just read the article, which IMHO is a very shallow piece of journalism. How could they have missed the lap dancing clubs in Soelden!
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Sun 17-09-17 20:24
Replies: 8
@Alastair Pink Maybe you can start a "where to get your cocoa" thread. I thought they were here already normally described as "hot chocolat" etc. A lot of snowheads do appear to rate this drink.
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Sun 17-09-17 20:20
Replies: 36
Is it really that difficult to get to France? Not at all. As @pam w, says look for Ferney Voltaire. Once at the airport you do not need to get a shuttle bus to get to the terminal and if you only have hand luggage it is a very quick stroll airside. In my experience about 30 minutes quicker than the Swiss side.
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Fri 15-09-17 15:20
Replies: 40
@SnoodlesMcFlude, @johnE, true, but the journey to Bourg is a bit longer Yes as others have pointed out the length of the transfer is due to two things where your start from as well as where you finish. Since the train actually stops in Bourg then that is where the transfer starts from. Similarly if your aircraft landed in St Etienne that is where your transfer starts from
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Fri 15-09-17 11:01
Replies: 40
You could try Les Arcs. The transfer is only 7 minutes
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Tue 12-09-17 13:35
Replies: 14
Stansted Treviso even cheaper - and nearer.. Standsted is indeed a bit nearer, but still the back end of beyond
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Mon 11-09-17 19:03
Replies: 14
@Scarpa, My first trips to the Dolomites were also by motorbike. Initailly we went to do the via ferratta having seen some staggering pictures in Climber and Rambler magazine circa late 70s. The rock climbing looked, to be honest, terrifying with huge, steep almost featureless walls. However with lots of guide books and an experienced friend we discovered that there were actually lots of fairly easy (Grade III and IV) climbs we could do and enjoy. Those featureless walls often turned out to be full of jug handles. It is magnificent. Give it a go. On one trip we actually rode I bikes back from Cortina to Birmingham in 2 days. 600 miles on a motorbike in one day avoiding toll toads was quite tiring. @luigi, We normally fly, but this year the length of the trip and the overall cost was just too much. I never skied in the Dolomites but I am contemplating a trip for a few days this winter.
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Mon 11-09-17 13:54
Replies: 25
@TheManOnTheBus, You could, of course, change at Lille at any time. Or fly to CdG and get the train from there
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Sun 10-09-17 10:31
Replies: 12
Or SNCF and the bus from Bourg st Maurice station. Or perhaps www.val.co.uk/helicoptertransfers.htm.
Poster: A snowHead
Sat 9-09-17 15:08
Replies: 47
@Pejoli, I am also planning to be in Arc 1600 over Easter. We will probabbly drive overnight on the Wednesday night before good friday and stay in Les Arcs until the Saturday following Easter. As usual we have made no plans other than the vague notion. Last Easter we drove up to Tignes for a few days of variety. Outdoor parking was still free last Easter.
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Sat 9-09-17 13:37
Replies: 47
Can you park by the funicular Yes, but do not expect it to be cheep. May I suggest you stop at the funicular and drop your wife off then drive up the hill to unload the luggage and park the car. Hopefully she will be waiting for you at the funicular station. However, I must warn you that the funicular will be closed at midnight so she may have a long cold wait.
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Sat 9-09-17 13:29
Replies: 36
I just booked a trip to Geneva for October so have hired a car for 4 days. The prices between the Swiss and French sides for an Opel Corsa are: French £109 Swiss £172 A £63 difference. It is really worth while actually looking at both sides
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Sat 9-09-17 12:30
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The last time booked a car hire the Swiss side was significantly cheeper than the French side. Personally I find the French side much more convenient and cannot really understand how anyone couldn't find Ferney Voltaire. @under a new name, what software was your brother in law using?
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Fri 8-09-17 18:27
Replies: 14
We could have saved a couple of hours using the Tunnel rather than the ferry My experience is that the tunnel is not much if any quicker than the ferry once you factor in the inevitable delay, which for me this is usually about 1:30 to 2:00 hours. We set off towards Milan and then up through Switzerland and on towards Luxenburg. Filled with cheap diesel then on towards Namur, through Belgium and back to Calais. Personally I will head from Stasbourg and ontothe French motorways which I find a much quicker and easier drive. Incidently we did notice diesel is 20 cents per litre cheeper in Austria than Italy
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Fri 8-09-17 13:55
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johnE wrote: so I am intrigued to see how a larger site with presumably less footfall will actually be able to achieve a profit unless it's heavily subsidised by somebody else. I cannot recall ever writing that! There is in fact a big catchment area for Merthyr. With the developments of the head of vallies road the catchment area extends north to Birmingham and the West Midlands.
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Thu 7-09-17 9:57
Replies: 44
I suppose like Landgraaf it will be built on a old pit heap and like Landgraaf hope to attract all the international teams for summer training now the glaciers are disappearing. ps. I really like Landgraaf
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Sun 3-09-17 23:32
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Thanks for all the posts @snowcrazy, keep up the good work
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Sun 3-09-17 18:24
Replies: 14
Over the years I have seen many discussions on driving to the Dolomites. Having driven down this summer I thought I would share my experience. Every summer we go down to the Dolomites for the excellent rock climbing. Normally we fly to Venice and hire a car, but this summer the prices were coming out as far too high. Flights + car hire were about £1200 for our 17 day trip. As a rough estimate driving was to come in at between £500 and £600. And we would have the use of a much larger car and carry perhaps more equipment that just might be needed. We left home on the Friday morning, took the lunch time ferry. The drive through France via Rheims to Saint Avold along the A4 went well and we spent the night in the L’Europort, a 3* hotel on a large industrial estate. The hotel advertised a restaurant until 21:30. We arrived at 21:00 to find everything closed up. It appears the hotel caters for lorry drivers and workers on the industrial estate, hence no one there on Friday night and a very low price. Though the drive through France went well things changed dramatically on the Saturday in Germany. The traffic was barely moving on the German motorways (It made the M25 feel like a race track). It appears on a Saturday in August all of northern Europe is heading south through Germany in camper vans and towing caravans. The traffic eased once over the Fern Pass into Austria. From Innsbruck to Cortina went well but the whole journey took over 11 hours. I’m not sure what I would do different next time but in the past we have gone down as far as possible in France then cut across on the Milan to Venice motorway. We stayed in the hotel Serena in Cortina for a couple of nights. The hotel was fine, but that is all I remember about it. The next day we decided to do a rock climb in the vicinity of the Tre Cima near Misurina. Heading to Misurina was slow, very slow and we were actually turned away at the last minute by the police due the fact that all car parking was full and had been since 8:00 in the morning. In fact the whole of the Dolomites were jammed packed full. There was almost no parking anywhere and all the roads were traffic jams. At this point I wished I was back on my motorbike. Perhaps going during the week of August 15th was not a good idea. After 2 days we moved to the Ciclimino hotel in Salle just down the valley from Alleghe. This is a very nice hotel with really friendly proprietors and good food. They have a minibus to take clients to and from the ski lifts during the winter, but otherwise it is a bit inconvenient for a skiing holiday but my friends are heading back there for a ski holiday next winter, it’s such a nice hotel. Driving around the Dolomites for the climbs is always hard work. Most days would involve at least a trip over either the Falzarago, Giau or Fedaia passes. The abundance of camper vans and slow Italian drivers made it a frustrating experience. Sometimes I thought the cyclist (of which there were hundreds) would overtake us going up the hills. They did on the way down. Though we there for the rock climbing, which IMHO is the best in the world we did look at the skiing areas. One day we climbed the Sass Bece above the Pordoi and looked down on the meadows that make up the ski area. It looked a really pleasant blue piste area readily accessible from the White Wolf hotel. After about 10 days we left the Ciclimino and went over to Wolkenstein in Gröden tal. Though a really sprawling town with long walks involved I quite liked the place. We stayed in the Edda hotel at Plan. Like the Ciclimino this was a good hotel. Though the valley advertises a bus service the timetable was not kept to and they stopped about 18:00 at night. I imagine that during the ski season ski busses would supplement the regular service. I wouldn’t mind coming back for a ski holiday. The journey back went very well. This time the L’Europort was busier and we were able to get an evening meal. As a bonus we arrived at Calais at 11:00 and were on the ferry for a 11:35 sailing. Overall the journey went well and I would seriously consider driving for a winter sport holiday.
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Fri 1-09-17 22:34
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Next time might go to the area up near UCPA in Arc 1600. I prefer the Courborton site over the one in Bourg. IMHO it is much better for beginners and because there is never anyone else there you can easily fix up some abseiling as well. I realy rate it for youngsters. Call into the bookshop in Bourg and buy a guide Yes we must meet up next winter. Hopefully now my wife has completed her cancer treatment we should be out to Les Arcs a lot more next year.
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Fri 1-09-17 8:37
Replies: 26
@pam w, good to see you are still around. How is the apartment sale going?
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Thu 31-08-17 21:20
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boredsurfin wrote: ... it's also annoying that there aren't straight through trains from Lyon or Chambery to BSM. ... There are still through trains from both places, just not from the airports Probably because the railway line is not near Chambery airport hence the difficulty in getting any train from Chambery. Pity there is not even a regular shuttle bus from the airport to the train station, @mgrolf, Sounds a good plan to me.
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