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Poster: A snowHead
Sun 23-04-17 19:46
Replies: 43
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
Replies: 39
@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
Replies: 18
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
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 18-04-17 16:19
Replies: 903
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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Fri 14-04-17 16:46
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We went up to Tignes this morning and I have to confess the snow was a lot better than Les Arcs. The only problem was we got a pucture in the car. The people in Roady in Bourg were excellent and reparied it in 30 minutes while we went for a stroll. I must admit it it was a pleasant change from the surly youths you get in the UK - all smiles, spoke good English, and didn't try to sell me somethng I didn't want. The cost - 20 euros. @Arctic Roll, I had courduroy Wednesday evening and beautiful sping snow today. We do lead a hard life, skiing, VTT, rock climbing, Via Ferrata. Sorry to hear about the Cachette lift closing it will be a bit of a hike in the morning. Well no, an even better argument for taking the Combettes lift up and skiing across.
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Thu 13-04-17 17:49
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It has been so hot the last couple of days that we have fininshed about 3pm. Even at that temperature the snow has been very heavy and hard work. The only way I could cope on the long flat staright sections was to clamp the skis together and let them float like a monoski (yes I still have one in the cave). Overall the skiing has been good above about 2000m. Unlike @Higs, we found the best skiing on the 1800 side with less crowds and staying fimrer longer. I suppose being the school holidays it has bought out more people - there are certainly a lot of children around. Last night we had the evening meal at the Arpette. If ever you come to Les Arcs this is one of the things you must do. It starts in the late afternoon with a disco until 18:00. Since it was hot yesterday some people were even dancing topless. The pistuers then escort those not staying for the meal down. Dinner starts about 7 with a glass of vin chaud and a salad. For the main course we had pirade which came with a small bottle of wine. Some people even dance afterwards. Other drinks of course can be purchased from the bar. I saw several 3 litre bottles of pink wine being consumed. The drinks are abput average prices - 5 euro for a large Peroni. The whole meal costs 30 euros and you must book in advance. We got the last 2 places yesterday. It is only on a Wednesday. At 9 you are allowed to ski back to the resort. It was amusing yesterday in that there were about 100 students waiting to be relaeased but they had to wait behind barriers until exactly 9 when the piste bashers stand aside and allow a safe descent. I would advise not drinking too much since I beleive some quite serious accidents have occurred during the descent. Last night there were only a few of us returning to 1600. We were under a just darkening ski with a few stars visible and crisping up corduroy all the way down. I had to stop a few times just to admire the view down the valley. It was lovely. Some people use head torches but I prefer to rely on the natural light and enjoy the stars. A pisteur follows at a respecatble distantance so as not to blind you with snowmobile head light and to ensure everyone gets down safely. It is actually nice to see the resort with only a bit longer than a week of the season to go looking so busy. We even encountered a couple lift queues. However, I think it is a shame that some resaurants have closed up already. At the moment there is about 100m of walking at the bottom of the piste in Arc1600 I expect that increase dramatically over the next week. We will see how we get on.
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Tue 11-04-17 15:21
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I have a last got out to Les Arcs for the first time thios year. We took a midday flight to Geneva and hired a swiss rental car, so immediately got lost trying to find the motorway. After a quick bit of shopping in Bourg we got to the apartment about 7:30. It was raining when we arrived. The first shock was how busy the place was. Most of the parking spaces in 1600 were full but we found somewhere a couple hundred metres from the front door. It may be busy but the Abrevoir was virtually desterted. I felt sorry for the band with only a few people watching. And they were quite good. The reason the place was busy but the bar empty became apparent the next morning. Of course it is Easter and school holidays so lots of children. So onto the pistes. Well amazingly good all day. It seemed that most people were in Arc 2000 where the pistes soften up a bit earlier, but when we came back to the 1600/1800 side about 12:00 the pistes had just strted to soften - the runs down to 1800, golf, vagere etc were really really nice with a couple cm of soft snow on a firm base and for some reason not a soul on them. Bliss The bottom couple hunded metres down to 1600 were a bit of a mess but I escaped without walking. I image it will be no better tomorrow, but it was good enougth today. Since I plan to do a couple days in Tignes I decided to only buy a 3 day lift pass. The nice lady in the lift pass office told us it was actually cheeper to buy a one day plus another 2 day pass than a 3 day pass. It appears the 3 day pass automatically includes a day in La Plagne for which they charge more. We paid the extra and will see what La Plagne is like tomorrow.
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Sun 9-04-17 23:06
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As i understand it; insurance with lift pass gets you off mountain and to 1st point of medical care without an issue, EHIC then kicks in and Cart Neige will cover repatriation if needed. You do not need both.
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Sun 9-04-17 23:02
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After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Sun 9-04-17 22:57
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Why don't more people ski at Easter? Because we don't want them to. May I point out that yesterday was a good week before Easter.
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Sun 9-04-17 22:50
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@Grizzler, Sorry I missed it, but what did the resort medical centre say when you went back with your developments?
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Thu 6-04-17 13:37
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@Higs, how are you getting to the lifts? If you are driving it may be better going around to Pre St Espirit instead of starting at 1600 the livecam at the Combettes lift looks a bit grim. I have never skied from Courbaton only walked through it in the summer. It looks very spread out to me. Please let us know when you get back what you think of the place.
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Wed 5-04-17 16:41
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@Arctic Roll, @thefatcontroller, I can trump - that mountain unicycles in January (many years ago I am afraid), but the VTTs are in the funicular earlier and earlier each year. Now it appears they never stop, even racing down the flying K Keep some snow for me I am coming out on Monday.
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Tue 4-04-17 22:04
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@stephap, fly BA, sod the silly charges. Learn to look after your skis. Dont buy your skis at full cost. But BA only fly from London.
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Tue 4-04-17 10:05
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@dode, Oh, and nearly all runs connecting different areas will be a red at most, again for appeal. Not sure this is true. Thinking about Verbier where a major connecting run is, IIRC, a big mogul field. Then in the Monterosa ski area a couple of connecting runs are marked as black whereas in many resorts they would be red. I know this rule is not followed everywhere but my basic rule of thumb for grading pistes would be: Green - flat, suitable for beginners and a nightmare for boarders, avoid if possible Blue - mainly roads to get you around the resort, dangerous, best avoided Reds - everything else that is pisted, almost all the skiing in fact Blacks - big mogul fields, rarely, if ever, pisted but if it is it is only to ensure firm snow. Often closed. (note only 2 out of 24 black runs are currently open in Les Arcs)
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Mon 3-04-17 20:01
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@moseyp, Not that bad actually I don't regret the visit at all.
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Mon 3-04-17 19:35
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After a lot of searching we found a self catering apartment so tried to eat in, but the resort shops only appeared to sell booze and actually getting food wasn't easy. We did eat out including one night in probably the best value restaurant in europe. It was a curry house with all you could eat and drink for 11 euros. Otherwise meals were about the same as we would pay in Les Arcs. The same week my son and I were in Andora my wife was in Les Arcs. When we got back we compared notes. Les Arcs was slightly cheeper over all and would have been a lot cheeper if we had had to pay for our own transfers from Barcelona. We actually had the better snow, however.
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Mon 3-04-17 18:40
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I was really suprised how expensive lift passes were inSoldeu
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Sun 2-04-17 15:36
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@snowglider, IIRC the insurance policy I am puchasing is for about £1m not £75 and as others including yourself have pointed out it could be for a very large amount of money. My bank balance would stand the loss of £75 but not for thousands. That's why I have insurance. I am impressed that the only time you chose to insure your excess you needed it. But you are correct you can give your money to whoever you wish
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Sun 2-04-17 11:21
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I would much rather New Year but with the bad conditions over the last few years I think we'll stick to Feb half term for now. The statistics for my resort, Les Arcs show that New Year is busier than the 1/2 term month. Christmas is usually quieter. Easter is a couple weeks earlier next year, April 1st. Why not look at Easter?
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Sun 2-04-17 11:17
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Isn't that a bit far to drive? Not really, the Aosta valley is roughly the same distance as the Tarrentaise. Even the Dolomites are within driving range.
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Sat 1-04-17 15:26
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@snowglider, No bitterness intented. If there is, then that is because I think the insurance companies are ripping you off. £13 to cover a potential £75 loss is an excessive amount of money. It wouldn't occur to me to spend that much on so little cover. For example I have been taking travel insurance out for over 40 years and made one claim. So I would have spent £520 (40*13) extra on cover just to save an excess of £75
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Sat 1-04-17 12:33
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@snowglider, As I see it you purchased an insurnace policy to cover you for a potential loss of £75. Let us assume that you have an annual policy, after all who doesn't. This policy cost you £13 pa therefore for the policy to be in your favour you will have to claim at least every 75/13 years. I rounded that to once every 6 years. In order to reduce my insurance costs, and my insusrance costs a lot, I don't cover for the following: Missed departure - the conditions imposed are so strict about documented failure of public transport you can never claim. I have only missed one flight in 40 years of regular travel. Piste closure - likewise. If all the pistes in the resort are closed no amount of payment will compensate. I just accept it and do something else. Lost luggage Stolen sports equipment Travellers cheques - remember them. I also take big excess. Nor do I take out extended warranties, pet insurance, loan protection insurance, insurance on my skybox, water leak insurnance etc etc. However I am actually sad about your injury. They will certainly wait until the swelling has gone down before even contemplating surgery and then wait some more to see how you are coping without a reconstruction. You will be skiing next season
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Sat 1-04-17 12:08
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@jbob, Isn't that what the dinner jacket was invented for?
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Sat 1-04-17 12:00
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@Weathercam, One of the best - but not as good as the Wiltshire police and Wadworth brewery joining together and sharing resources.
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Fri 31-03-17 19:41
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@under a new name, Its especially convenient if you have only carry on luggage. You drop the car off, walk up the stairs drop the keys off and straight through security. There is never a queue
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Fri 31-03-17 18:18
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I've insured the excess on my policy (about £75, if I remember) for £13. Does this mean you expect to need medicl treatment every 6 years while out of the EHIC area?
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Fri 31-03-17 17:47
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@denfinella, why not approach the car hire companies or agents (I use arguscarhire) and see what they quote. I think that will be more accurate than asking us lot. Do not assume that the French side is cheeper, some times it isn't. Though I generally find hiring from the French side more convenient the cars rarely have a vignette. No one has reported a problem with taking Swiss rental cars into France
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