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Poster: A snowHead
Wed 20-06-18 10:06
Replies: 84
Guys in bars wearing avalanche airbags/ice screws/axes I want to do that. Do you think it will be acceptable in the three horse shoes? @Gear_Junkie, I watched this thread with some interest and certainly reccomend doing it. Where are you planning to stay in Bourg - it is actually quite a large place to walk around in ski boots so even though the trip up the funicular may become a bit of a chore the trip to the funicular may become an even bigger one. Taking the car is probably a good idea, but check the insurance situation for many companies have restrictions on the length of time your can be out of the UK (4 months is a long time). The 1.0l front wheel drive car is the classic ski bum (or climbers) car. It is the type of car the locals have.
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Fri 15-06-18 13:25
Replies: 12
@Val Desire, It's an interesting video showing a man with no sense of direction getting lost in Villaroger. At one point he is shown heading down from Arc2000, later he is shown coming back up through Arc1600 (5:45 in)- the video doesn't say what he forgot.
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Thu 14-06-18 14:02
Replies: 7
@On the rocks, Have you done Les Arcs. It meets all your critria, but I'd be suprised if you haven't skied there before - lots.
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Tue 12-06-18 16:06
Replies: 70
@SnoodlesMcFlude, Does Val Thorens have an equivilant to the rather good swimming pool and indoor climbing centre in Tignes?
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Tue 12-06-18 12:43
Replies: 145
I might be wrong but last season a season pass for Paradiski was under 700 euro and I think it was even less for me
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Tue 12-06-18 12:40
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A studio or or apartment build 40 years ago is going to have its issues. Go on explain - what are the problems with an apartment built over 40 years ago compared to say one built 10 yesrs ago. I'm not being critical but would actually like to know. You could say that Tignes is a small resort in mid December since it is possible that only the top part of it is open. That is probably why it is cheeper than the rest of the season.
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Mon 11-06-18 23:14
Replies: 60
@FranzKlammer, It's like reading Donald Trump's twitter feed. I think the scale and significance of the tweets is in a different league. AFAIK noone has actually lied on this thread.
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Mon 11-06-18 18:01
Replies: 70
Having seen this thread I thought I would see if rock climbing was a permitted activity for GCSE and it is! The assessment says that the activity can be performed both indoors (a gym in the american parlance) OR outdoors. I think the variation in the outdoor situation as significant as that betwwen indoor and outdoor skiing. Perhaps more so since I have come across good indoor climbers who have had once go outdoors and it scared them so much they never went again. Oddly I have never met anyone in skiing where that was the case. Having said that I have met some really good dryslope racers who have never skied on snow. @imustbemadme, Enjoy your holiday
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Mon 11-06-18 16:31
Replies: 70
@under a new name, Bit odd to have a GCSE requirement that can only be fulfilled abroad. As far as I know Scotland still hasn't achieved independence yet. Nor has County Durham. @imustbemadme, Does she have to do Freestyle which may be a bit tricky since the courses may not be set up at the very begining of the season. However it is good to see a youngster taking up snowboarding. I suspect it is not an easy GCSE to get. Though it is not fast you can get a train from Geneva (or Lyon) airport to Bourg st Maurice then a bus up to Tignes. There are an abundnance of apartments in Tignes. I would look in Val Claret for easy access to the glacier. Most are advertised as either one or two rooms and the floor area is given. Use this figure rather than the supposed number of people who can sleep there (actually this figure depends more on the bathroom facilities rather than the actual number of beds) As its for her GCSE, surely that justifies an in term holiday Toofy Grin Surely it is not a holiday if she is working towards her GCSE.
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Mon 11-06-18 14:01
Replies: 70
@imustbemadme, Don't Panic May ask where your daughter is learnig to snowboard. Can you film here there? What are the rest of the class doing? Are you after a skiing/snowboarding holiday and just using your daughter as an excuse (which I admire BTW) As for where to go. Then if you really want only to video your daughter then try Landgraff in the netherlands, a 500m long indoor slope that does good deals for August. If you want a holiday then like the others I would book something up in Tignes. There will be a lot of good value choice that week. Try Simon Cooke (http://rebelalliancesnowboarding.com/) for snowboarding instruction.
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Sun 10-06-18 19:10
Replies: 22
@chocksaway, I have had no problems at Schipol, even with a 45 minute transfer, but the taxi from the terminal to the runway takes a very long time. I thought we were going to taxi all the way to China last month. Paris is a different beast if you have to change from one terminal to another.
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Sat 9-06-18 13:44
Replies: 23
I remember back in the day when the French rule on roundabouts was that trafic entering the roundabout had priority. It took a long time for the change to be universally adopted. I see the British are now adopting the French rules for signalling at roundabouts - ie do not do it.
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Fri 8-06-18 12:49
Replies: 22
@zikomo, IIRC the shuttle between terminal 4 and 2 goes on roads outside the airport. Well it did when I last used it. It was a strange connection. @lynnecha, I hadn't realised that BA did any regional airports. I thought they only flew from London these days and if you wanted to go from a regional airport you had to go through Madrid. It all goes to show how out of touch I have become with things London.
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Wed 6-06-18 13:40
Replies: 23
@SnoodlesMcFlude, :D I suppose you use a postit to attach the toll ticket to the stick. I like the way you are thinking
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 6-06-18 13:22
Replies: 23
@Hells Bells, Thanks about the speed limit reminder. I'd forgotten. @riman8, Personally I wouldn't bother with the telepeage transceiver unless of course you are travelling alone, which I doubt since you'll need someone to talk to in the queues at Eurodisney. However I would take a spare set of bulbs and take out european breakdown cover. I was very glad of it when we broke down near Laon in the spring. And of course a couple talking books.
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Mon 4-06-18 21:32
Replies: 60
Well anyone who recommends the peage's tells me why I do not go to France - another £80 down the hole. A very good reason now not to go to any French resort. What an odd thing to say. Italy has toll roads and both Switzerland and Austria require you to buy a vignette to use theirs. The free German and British motorways are jammed solid. And you have to pay to cross the channel, does that count as a toll road?
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Sun 3-06-18 18:26
Replies: 15
Try the Tatra mountains - either the Polish or Slovak sides
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Sun 3-06-18 18:24
Replies: 60
Change the names and it could be lots of other resorts in the French alps. IMHO the distinquishing thing about Lape d Huez is that it has perhaps the bes beginners areas, which oddly is not one of the 7 points above. PS do snowheads charge for advertisements?
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Sat 2-06-18 23:42
Replies: 78
@Scarlet, I our apartment block in Les Arcs an old couple in the flat on the ground floor had a cat it wore a small harness and a lead outside their aparment window.
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Sat 2-06-18 11:28
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Not really in the same league as above, but it was very weird having lunch in the restaurant by the lifts at La Faucille with the group at the next table feeding a ferret at their table! I'm not sure why this should be considered odd. I suppose times have changed. When I was a child in the Durham coalfields it was quite common to have a pet ferret, they were more common than than pet cats. I even recall one boy brininging his into school with him. The restaurant at Pre st Espirit in Les Arcs has changed hands a number of times since, but one year they used to have a pet rabbit running around the place (sorry hopping) my niece was not impreseed when it wasn't there the next day and asked her to see if they had lappin on the menu. But back to the point of the discussion. The weirdest thing I encountered was a chap on a unicycle cycling down the piste to La Grange in Les Arcs. When he got to the bottom he turned off and headed off down the road to Bourg.
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Mon 28-05-18 18:17
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A discussion about the new lift is on the http://www.leforumdeparadiski.fr/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=4479 website where it is reported to be the old tsd Portelette from Val Thorens. The route of the proposed new red piste seems to follow the valley parallel to the comborciere combe (combe du muguet) so it should be accessible from the top of the Clocheret lift. Judging by the contours it will be a fairly steep red if they do not put some zig zags in that bit not marked red on the proposal map. I have always had the feeling that this combe is fairly avalanche prone since Muguet is ofeten closed due to avalanch risk and there is a rather steep slope just above it. I've spent many a happy hour on the old conborciere lift. I quite liked it and the cheerful lifties at the bottom.
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Mon 28-05-18 9:45
Replies: 6
I watch the programme and thought it pretty tedious. However last night I stumbled on this one where another BBC presenter (or so I'm told) climbed the Grande Cima the largest of the Tre Cima. (Grosse Zinnen, Drei Zinnen). It was beautiful. See https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0b3pw7m/steve-backshall-v-the-monster-mountain
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Sun 27-05-18 16:05
Replies: 24
@grumpygargoyle, @scotspikey, suggested Milan not Turin and you can add Gressoney and Champoluc to your list. Easyjet flies every day.
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Sat 26-05-18 2:41
Replies: 56
Do busses count as lifts. If so then try les arcs . The busses rn until about 9 in the evening so you can always ski down to say 2000 and get the bus around to 1800. My memory is that if you end up in the courcheval 1850 sector you have to get a bus back to 1550.
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Thu 17-05-18 16:50
Replies: 7
@Grizzler, I have BMC cover. To me it offered the best cover for what I wanted to do during both the summer and winter.
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Wed 16-05-18 18:06
Replies: 45
@Boris, I know it is technically a beach holiday, but like @sheffskibod, I can thoughly reccommend Neilson beachclub holidays. I learned to windsurf, sail and scuba dive on them. Last year we went to the one in Croatia, and though they advertised sport climbing the organisation they used was actually very poor, giving you basically one top rope session in the brilliant sport climbing canyon a short bike ride away. However the Neilson sport climbing rep loaned us his rack of climbing gear, a rope and a guide book. We had a brilliant time. During the school holidays the clubs are packed with kids but out of school holidays there are much fewer of them. On the other hand we also spend at least 10 days a year in the Dolomites rock climbing and via ferrata, but use hotels and climbing huts rather than self catering moving from place to place.
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Sun 13-05-18 17:10
Replies: 16
Here is another essential safety device http://www.mountainsafety.co.uk/EP-Whistle-or-Torch.aspx
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Thu 10-05-18 23:32
Replies: 16
@Spin Doctor, I have my own apartment in Arc 1600 and I really like the place. The teanagers play pool and bar footie in the avri bar until quite late, but it very French ie the kids are brilliant at bar footie and rubbish at pool. Having said that I would go for Arc 1800 mainly because of Mile8 with its sledging course, early eveming ski cross and of course the pool. @stevomcd, has a point about Tignes with its indoor climbing wall etc.
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 9-05-18 14:43
Replies: 38
@Gavin14774, I know Easter is very late next year, but Easter is a good time to go skiing. A word of warning about skiing. The price may look reasnoble for this year, but after one trip you will want to go at least once a year for the rest of your life.
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Wed 2-05-18 14:08
Replies: 1014
@rob@rar, Even the combettes livecam shows almost complete piste cover. Last April this was a thin line of harvested snow.The entrance to Claire Blanc looks good. Even during the middle of the season this is often bare.
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Tue 1-05-18 11:02
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@thefatcontroller, I thought Cascades was always popular with ski schools. IIRC it was one of the original mauve areas designated for slow skiing. Even now I always go slowly down it. Combourciere is sometimes pisted. We went down it not long after the piste bashers had been down at Christmas and I realised just how steep it really is. To us it is one of the "trade routes" over to the 2000 valley - up Combettes, Cachette, Clocheret and down Combourciere (well actually Muguet, but that doesn't start with a C) The amount of snow still around in May is awesome. I am already getting concerned about my summer holidays. Will there be too much snow to make it upto the huts? @Arctic Roll, When are you out in July. We will probably be out for a couple weeks in July, but haven't planned anything yet. It would be nice to meet up for a drink.
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Mon 30-04-18 11:42
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What are the known life plans this summer? Comborciere is to be replaced? I like the fact that replacing Comborciere is a life plan :D I remeber sitting on it at Easter and saying to my wife "this is probably the last time on this venrable lift. - Then we went straight down Comborciere again and back up. What a year for good snow.
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Sun 29-04-18 12:13
Replies: 24
@grumpygargoyle, may I suggest flying to krakow in Poland and skiing in the tatras. We went at the end of February/early March this year and had a great time. We got a late Wednesday flight from Birmingham and a late one back on Sunday night. Incidentally there are lots of flights from Manchester to the normal ski airports such as Geneva and Milan is an easy drive to gressoney and champoluc.
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Sun 29-04-18 11:56
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@Hells Bells, unfortunately the whole car shut down and we had to stop. It started again after a few minutes but after a few hundred metres cut a out again. After a couple of hours it started and was able to drive onto the recovery vehicle. Then wouldn't start again. However I think it did run to enable the French garage to move it about. of course it ran perfectly in the UK garage. I suspect the massive amounts of spray that day contributed to the problem. It really was undrivable in France.
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Fri 27-04-18 19:13
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Ah but they charge the insurer a storage charge for doing nothing but "look after the car" No doubt they did, but the vehicle was stored securely in their yard (we walked over to the yard while waiting for the car hire clerk to return from his long lunch and had a look). Nothing was stolen from it and it was not damaged in any way. The French main dealer said they thought it was the fuse board from a visual inspection and the diagnostic check, but their were two different part numbers given for it so they didn't know which one to order and they thought there could be more wrong that they couldn't see (I think that is code for we cannot be bothered to do this). The UK garage just looked at what part was in and ordered another. I think it was most likely a main dealer problem. They are not really interested in 7 year old privately owned cars and really only know how to swap whole units in and out. For what it's worth I thought the UK insurers, Start rescue (or rather their agents in France), were very good in terms of keeping us informed and organsising things. They just didn't seem to do the logical things just what appeared as standard operating procedures. @Hells Bells, and @boredsurfin, seem to have had much harder times and @midgetbiker, a real bad time.
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Thu 26-04-18 18:03
Replies: 505
@Hells Bells, Yes; it could have been done in France the next morning and we would not have need hire cars, taxis and a ferry.
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Thu 26-04-18 16:51
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The car is back. After 4 weeks in France it was returned on Wednesday to a UK garrage. They fixed it in a couple hours and we have it back again. I was very pleased that the snow chains and ski box hadn't been stolen on the way.
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Sun 22-04-18 22:27
Replies: 219
(stopping today for a swim in Lac D'Annecy on the way) Is this punishment for some misdemeaner?
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Sun 22-04-18 11:59
Replies: 23
My guess is they have consoldated a load of departures for different flights onto the same coach and the depature time represents a generous allowance for the first depature. To the chalet operator getting you out of the chalet as soon as possible so they can clean must be very attractive. To them you leave at a particular day having you sitting around for 5 hours at the airport is no concern to them.
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Thu 19-04-18 14:20
Replies: 34
Alagna has 350-500 beds and a huge ski area (forget about the km of pistes!) - great value! You could say the same about Vaujany
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