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Poster: A snowHead
Thu 11-01-18 13:15
Replies: 129
@jedster, thanks - I am guessing that was for me - much appreciated. St Gervais it is then. If the forecast stays as is then it could be phenomenal. :sH:
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Wed 10-01-18 14:33
Replies: 129
Thanks guys. @Grum p, we usually get over to Courmayeur one day per trip - haven't skied that much in the trees there but the off piste above the trees - the area where they have the Freeride world tour events can be pretty special. Plus the restaurants are a nice change from the Cham offerings!! @Jonny996, thanks - another good option.
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Wed 10-01-18 13:55
Replies: 129
@eddiethebus, Thanks - Combloux looks to be linked with Le Giettaz (even if a dodgy looking link) so maybe a better option with the lazy gits I ski with - getting somewhere half an hour or so away is more likely to happen than driving all the way to Le Gettiaz. :D Thanks also for confirming my suspicions about Les Contamines.
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Wed 10-01-18 13:09
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After some advice from the local guys please. Boys trip to Cham next week (Weds-Sun) - for about the 7th year running (understanding wives :nice: ) Anyway the forecast at the moment suggests some decent new snow from Weds onwards to a reasonably low level. :sH: Obviously it's way too early to have any kind of certainty on that BUT if the forecast pans out then being in the trees seems like a decent idea. Obviously there are options at GM, Les Houches etc but I was thinking that some other low resorts might be an idea - e.g Combloux. As we have booked cheap (lol) Mont Blanc Unlimited passes, and have a car, then the whole Evasion ski area is an option I think. I am not after your secret powder stashes just a general idea of where is decent in crap visibility when the snow is looking like it could be a bit special. EDIT: And maybe also where might not be so good (e.g. Les Contamines looks like it might be a bit more exposed than its neighbours? But that's eyeballing a piste map) Thanks!
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Thu 14-12-17 14:22
Replies: 1549
Heavy in the Amade region as well. The warm föhn wind of the last couple of days has set up a good base with the deep recent snowfalls, they should cover up all those pesky rocks and trees with a nice firm layer. It has done precisely that in Val D'Isere this week. Fantastic snow conditions now (if not visibility!)
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Tue 5-12-17 14:28
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@clarky999, great until (IF) that Monday dump comes but I am back home Wednesday and I can see the whole area being shut Tuesday if that happens. Great for the rest of the season though.
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Tue 5-12-17 13:40
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Off to Val D'Isère tomorrow - gone from (almost) jumping up and down excited at the forecast to "oh cra@p". :skele: https://preview.ibb.co/mQ6tKb/Val_snow.png
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Tue 28-11-17 23:43
Replies: 4793
Hey Steve - can you cut down a little on the "panning" speed on the periscope - not good for travel sickness :? :D :D :D :D :D Enjoying the blog as usual - over in Val from the 6th 8)
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Fri 24-11-17 13:54
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More doom and gloom from the doom monger. It is supposed to get colder over night and it will be snowing on the upper part of the resort at the very least. Now doesn't that sound better?? EDIT: freezing level dropping to around 1250M tomorrow.
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Tue 21-11-17 17:41
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Mon 25-09-17 15:37
Replies: 32
Is that near the bottom of Marmottes and Borsat Express chairlifts? Yep.
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Tue 19-09-17 11:21
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And it could well be because it's rained so much this "summer" :(
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Tue 19-09-17 11:13
Replies: 22
@ livetoski - do you have any links for that research? I have looked but can't find it but have similar things from other sources - but not those that I have 100% confidence in. Thanks.
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Thu 12-01-17 17:17
Replies: 4129
Reporting rain at resort level in Verbier. Supposed to turn to snow at resort level overnight and stay that for for the weekend. It should be snowing up the mountain - freezing level just above village level according to bergfex.
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 10-01-17 14:14
Replies: 4129
It's pretty much impossible with the naked eye as I believe it is the AREA under the line that gives the level of snow fall.
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Wed 21-12-16 17:13
Replies: 4793
Hey Steve - it was me that said a quick hello at the bottom of the Marmottes lift yesterday/day before? (addled brain). Nice day out there today - some interesting piste conditions with the odd deeper patch of wind blown snow on the pistes catching a few people out. Last day for me tomorrow unfortunately but due to be clear so looking forward to it. Cheers, Dave.
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Wed 14-12-16 14:14
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I know @AthersT, not 1.8 though. 1.26 the year before etc It's what I do as a job so it kind of jumped out at me ;-) @Zorrac, - yep - sorry - should have ignored it. Thread noise from me - apologies.
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Wed 14-12-16 14:07
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Ah the austerity effect, however given the exchange rates of 1.18 sterling snowflakes to a Euro snowflakes compared to 1.8 last year, a major dump in the UK won't strip France of as much snow as it would have last season. :) G Not sure where you get your Euros but it has never been 1.8 or even close and it has been considerably worse that it is currently (1.03 in December 2008).
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Wed 14-12-16 12:54
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Had a good week last week with VIP & TDC for a few days. I was amazed at the snow quality given the lack of snowfall since the big dump/rain. Rich was great with TDC and we even managed to head off the back of Borsat a couple of times and in to the Chardonnay bowl a couple of times too. Managed to say a quick hi to Clare at the meeting spot by the Olympique lift. Back again Friday with the family :D Cheers, Dave.
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Sat 3-12-16 12:05
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No need to be apologising Steve - not your fault! We had a great week and would thoroughly recommend it and TDC to anyone. Cheers, Dave.
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Thu 1-12-16 22:39
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Steve - I'm back for the VIP/TDC clinic with Nick - if you remember (you left us early with your dodgy ankle). Looking forward to it again. Cheers, Dave.
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Tue 29-11-16 9:39
Replies: 447
Just ordered your first book Chris - meant to do so last year but somehow slipped my ageing brain (like many other things). Looking forward to it. Cheers, Dave.
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Wed 23-11-16 13:52
Replies: 4129
@AthersT, could you point me to the location of those ensembles please? I have ensembles to the nearest degree e.g. Lat 46, Lon 7 - so close enough for Chamonix but struggling to find on Meteociel.fr where these are being generated to the next level of precision for other areas. Thanks. Perfect - thanks very much.
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Wed 23-11-16 13:36
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@AthersT, could you point me to the location of those ensembles please? I have ensembles to the nearest degree e.g. Lat 46, Lon 7 - so close enough for Chamonix but struggling to find on Meteociel.fr where these are being generated to the next level of precision for other areas. Thanks.
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Fri 18-11-16 20:49
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Arctic sea ice is at a record low for the time of year. http://news.nationalpost.com/news/north-pole-20-degrees-warmer-than-normal-as-winter-descends Frustrating - as it depends who you listen to...... https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/nature/nasa-reports-antarctic-sea-ice-reaches-new-record-maximum// EDIT: Just noticed the one I posted says antarctic sea ice so maybe both correct after all. :roll:
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Sun 6-03-16 0:22
Replies: 4793
Yes - a bit earlier - 2nd April for me - family time. I am guessing Olivia is keeping you up otherwise you should be getting some beauty sleep :D Cognon? If not I will leave it to others as I am out of guesses :( Cheers, Dave.
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Sat 5-03-16 23:43
Replies: 4793
Mattis? Very jealous Steve - the snow looks awesome. A big difference from that first week back in November/December! I keep watching your periscopes with green eyes ;-) (I am spotdespot on there). Have a great end to the season - I have a sneaky week in Val Thorens to come but that's it. Cheers, Dave.
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Fri 12-02-16 10:23
Replies: 4793
Holy cow - that is some snow - I remember going up that with you the first week (with Nick the week of your ankle problem) - it sure looked different then!!!
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Thu 11-02-16 12:57
Replies: 4793
Snowberry are very good @snowsmog, - up by the Rond Point. EDIT: and if I recall Steve uses Killy Sport near the tourist information office.
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Fri 22-01-16 12:26
Replies: 4793
If the piste isn't icy/very hard then ruts are formed and you really don't want to be turning at 80mph and hitting a rut - not a good outcome.
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Wed 20-01-16 19:48
Replies: 386
I'll be there too from next Wednesday for a few days. Hopefully a bit of a top up before then, if not it will still be so much better than I feared a few weeks ago. :)
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Wed 20-01-16 15:35
Replies: 453
Anyone have any experience with Brussels Air? Their website is awful and I can't find an email address. Ringing them seems the only option but I have had issues when nothing is in writing before with other airlines.
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Mon 11-01-16 15:00
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I'm certainly no expert but from looking at the GFS 06Z run for Chamonix area it looks very uncertain beyond Sunday and seem like there is a huge spread in the runs temperature-wise, but on average above this week's predicted cold temperatures. That's very much FI though - we will need to see the runs converging to have any confidence one way or the other. EDIT: It seems nozawaonsen is around so you will no doubt get a better and much more informed response ;-)
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Mon 11-01-16 9:46
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In my experience you have to ask specifically for the carte neige if buying a pass through a TO because they have to take photographic ID to the piste office to get the ski pass. This can be too much hassle for some young reps who have not bothered and brought us the standard pass instead. I'm not 100% sure about this, but someone did tell me that in some of the larger resorts the TO's have the facility to issue passes, so presumably they have blank cards and a card writer and an account? Photographic ID is only usually needed for season passes and passes that have a discounted rate - so free under 5's or over 70 or whatever - certainly in the major French resorts that seems to be the case. TO's can issue passes but it is done online now in a lot of places - so they have "blank" cards and activate them online using the card ID already printed on the "blank" card. Why the Carre Neige isn't linked to that card ID is crazy - presumably as the insurance company is separate from the lift companies and they don't talk nicely to each other..... :~/
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Thu 17-12-15 9:00
Replies: 386
Thanks, just got in and the guys at the hotel have said Brevent or Flegere are both partially open. Rich - maybe you should have gone to a snowdome to hone your epic skills first???? I guess you at least have Matty to teach you a thing or 2. :lol: Hope you find some ok snow mate. Cheers, Dave.
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Wed 2-12-15 16:33
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Sorry to hear about your "ouchy" ankle Steve - hopefully it will get sorted soon. A big thank you from Nick and I for the lessons - learnt a lot and had fun doing it too. I will definitely try to do it again when I next visit. Obviously we missed you today but Colin was great too and we made some good progress on the moguls as well as some more carving subtle tweaks. Have a great season and mend quickly. Cheers, Dave.
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Sun 29-11-15 22:19
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You'll be ok Steve, Nick and I are still working on wine "with" dinner. No idea where we are meeting you yet - presume near the Olympic somewhere but I am sure we will find out from the VIP guys in the morning. Cheers, Dave
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Wed 25-11-15 15:17
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Another newbie question for you and any other EK veterans if I may, how long would it take to ski from Tignes le Lac to Le Fornet and how long back versus the bus? Others have answered the question but just to be 100% sure - you don't mean getting the bus back from Val to Tignes do you? If so then I think you would get an expensive taxi shock. I don't think you meant that but better to be safe. ;-) Also I will say that those timings given above are dependent on your speed of skiing and lift queues too.
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Wed 25-11-15 9:20
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Awesome snow surprise on periscope this morning Steve - thank you! That was me getting excited about next week on the live broadcast. Some of the usually more reliable forecast sources seem to be way out for the second time in a week. They were saying 10-15cm at the top and minimal at the bottom. Some very conflicting forecasts for the weekend out there too. Fingers crossed for more light snow, cold temperatures and little wind..... :nice: Cheers, Dave
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Mon 23-11-15 20:44
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That would be great to meet you. We're staying at the Aspen Lodge so you'll have to let us know how they did! Cheers, Dave.
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