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Poster: A snowHead
Tue 22-03-16 19:40
Replies: 1350
Thanks all for the info. No shared transfers seem to be available and seeing as it is Easter Sunday dont think i will rely on public transport. Hire car it is then. Hiring a small car so will have a spare seat to and from St Anton if anyone wants a lift (timing permitting etc). Maybe see you out there.....
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Mon 21-03-16 22:16
Replies: 1350
@sah, Thanks, will check out the transfers, they are easier if we can make it cost effective. Lessons, OK, it is difficult to gauge how far you can/will cover when looking at a piste map you don't know, perhaps we can have 3 or 4 days lessons and meet friends on the other 2/3. Beers, cabs, buses etc., sounds like it would be difficult to go too far wrong. Thanks :D
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Mon 21-03-16 21:52
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No.1 son (14 YO) and I are grabbing a last minute week in St. Anton W/C27/03, and I would appreciate any local knowledge. We have to arrange our own transfer from Friedricshafen (excuse spelling, but I am sure you know where I mean) and I was planning to hire a car. 1. Is there a better way (train, shared transfer etc.), or if we do end up with a hire car do I need chains as in France, should I ask for winter tyres or will it come with them etc. Are there any other unusual driving requirements or recommendations? 2. We are planning on getting some group lessons (He's happy on anything, me I can cope with red and easy blacks), but they seem to run all day rather than just in the morning. Do they do group lessons for a morning only allowing free skinning in the afternoon. 4. Do all day lessons restrict exploring other areas like Lech or should there be enough at St Anton to keep us occupied? 5. We have friends staying in St Christoph and after a little après I can see us being "stranded there" or them stuck in St Anton. Is a cab (weather permitting) between St Anton and St Christoph feasible, or extortionately expensive. This is another reason for avoiding "all day lessons" as we would like to meet them after lunch. 6. Any runs, bar or recommendations we should miss? Obviously if you are recommending a bar that I might find you in I would be happy to buy you a beer. Thanks for your knowledge and help.
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Wed 16-12-15 12:27
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@head_like_a_rock, thanks, that was the feeling I got. Will follow your recommendation and hit the nice wide greens for a couple of days confidence building for her . I will try to get up to the glacier myself while DD is having a lesson or 2.
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Tue 15-12-15 15:42
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Tue 15-12-15 14:24
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@Gaza, Thanks Gazza, she can parallel when on blues etc., but keeps reverting/panicking when nervous or faced with steeper slopes. She is not afraid of speed though. :o I'll probably get her a couple of private lessons (group lessons are out due to the Thurs - Wed week) and go from there. At least the instructor can advise where on the mountain she will feel comfortable, and yes - Great Video can't wait to get out there.
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Tue 15-12-15 13:33
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@Gaza, Thanks Gazza, it doesn't look bad, just wouldn't want to get her up there without knowing and with no other way down. My DD certainly won't be charging, although saying that she can snow plough at one hell of a speed.... :~/
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Tue 15-12-15 12:42
Replies: 1146
@anyone with some knowledge.. I am heading out to Val Claret tomorrow evening for a week. There will be 3 of us, 2 reasonably skiers (comfortable on all reds and easy blacks) and one slightly nervous daughter (comfortable on blues and easy reds). I have 2 quick questions What are the reds like up near the Grande Motte, I don't want push daughter beyond her capabilities? According to the Piste map the blues down (Genepy, Cairn, Prariond) are all closed is Double M reasonable or should I just be steering clear of this area with my daughter. Any advise appreciated.
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Thu 10-12-15 19:38
Replies: 32
@HeidiAmsterdam, Thanks, I have mailed them about my odd dates. I may well owe you a beer or two. Thank you.
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Thu 10-12-15 18:21
Replies: 32
@stodge, I just used holiday autos, but it probably has more to do with the demand on the dates etc. I wouldn't expect them to be running at full volume by next Wednesday.
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Thu 10-12-15 17:02
Replies: 32
@stodge, Wow, my car hire was much less than that, circa £120. Why do I get the feeling I am going to be mugged by the person behind the desk in Geneva Airport?
And they're a friendly bunch.
Thu 10-12-15 16:47
Replies: 32
@stodge, I was toying with the idea of Flaine (GM) after the earlier dump in late Nov, but as it has been mild (which looks set to continue) and it isn't open yet it is hard to get a unbiased assessment of snow conditions etc. I never know whether to fully believe the resort's own website :? At least Tignes has been open and has some first hand reports.
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Thu 10-12-15 16:15
Replies: 32
Thanks, looks like I'll be booking something in Tignes later today. @Feast, I haven't solved it, it didn't say on my booking (or confirmation) which side, but price included winter tyres etc. but not chains which were extra. @pam w, Does it really matter, apart from perhaps having to buy the "vignette thingy" if I go on Swiss motorways (how much is that by the way)? I'm showing my ignorance now....
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Thu 10-12-15 14:37
Replies: 32
Hi All Please help... I have left it as long as possible, but am no further forward on the snow front or where/when it will come. I am flying into Geneva on the 16th with my daughter and her friend, and we just don't know where to go for the snow, I have a hire car from Budget (I don't know which side :~/ ) and am happy to drive for 2-3 hours if needed. As the name implies I am fairly new at this, having only been skiing for 2-3 years, and therefore don't have the detailed resort knowledge needed. Unless we misjudge a turn, we are strictly on piste with myself confident on reds, easy blacks, daughter and friend blues and easy reds. My question is where should we be heading? I was looking at Belle Plagne (as we have been before) but as it isn't open yet I don't know what state it will be in when we get there, or how much will be open (although the high webcams look appealing). Tignes seems to be getting some good reports of reasonable snow, but is there anywhere else I should be looking. I know there are no crystal balls :? but any help, advice or ideas would be much appreciated.
Poster: A snowHead
Mon 30-11-15 15:41
Replies: 781
Thanks all. Ahhhhhh ..... I know I shouldn't be looking at the weather the whole time, but can't help myself I still have nothing booked as I read things may be warming up a tad, and I have no idea what that will bring. Son 1 going to Sauze with the school on 15 Dec, and I keep telling him, don't worry it could all change in 1 night..... I think I should just turn this wonderful interweb thingy off for a couple of days and let nature take it's course. I might also get some work done.
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Fri 27-11-15 13:34
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Hi All My daughter finishes school on the 16th Dec, and I was hoping to get out for the 17-23 Dec. (I know it is midweek etc. but we need to be back for Xmas). I am itching to book something especially given the odd dates. My question to those with local knowledge and historical experience is, should I still be waiting to see if the snow is going to fade :( , as per last year, or given the current levels of snow, which looks promising, could I be reasonably confident there will be a number of pistes open by the 17th. I know there are no crystal balls etc. just looking for some historical reference points :sH:
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Sat 20-12-14 9:37
Replies: 7
Dooohh! !! Of course I could have side slipped, it's only when you ask a stupid question the answer becomes obvious :oops: I suppose that's how we learn sometimes. Thanks for the advice and yes thanks to the boarder. Off we go again today to practice 1 ski side slipping.
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Fri 19-12-14 23:31
Replies: 7
Firstly a thank you to the boarder who came to the rescue of my daughter and I in Vale Thorens today. I didn't get your name but you were going home today so I didn't get the chance to buy you a beer.  So if you're a snowhead   Thank You it was much appreciated. Now for the question/dilemma.  My daughter and I were taken out  by someone who came over a crest a little too fast onto a very, very icy slope.  He apologised etc. But we looked down to see a couple of our skis disappearing, hers only 30 meters down the piste, mine 100 meters.  This shows how icy it was as the skis were the right way up, but the clips (brakes, whatever they are called) didn't bite. With only one ski each the slightest movement had us slipping and sliding uncontrollably down the icy piste.  This is where the boarder came to our rescue.  He sat down beside my daughter and told.her to place her feet on his board, then using his additional edge grip and skill guided her on her in a controlled slide down to her ski.  I had slid the 30 meters using my remaining ski as a brake of sorts (in my hands using the edge to grip and brake).  He then picked me up, stopped me sliding and took me to my ski. My question is what is the best way to get down an icy/steep piste when you have lost a ski?  I know there is a drill of skiing on one leg but I never have, and probably never will master it... Thank you Mr Boarder who ever you were.  .....
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Thu 4-12-14 23:30
Replies: 4
@homers double, as much as I would like keep my plans open and flexible, when you have 2 teenage kids asking several times a day "are we going?", "any change?", "ok what are the chances?", I would like to get something organised. Truth be told I am also a big kid and 9 days out am starting to annoy myself. @red 27, @Perty, Thank you, a quick look shows a lot of promise and temptation. Think decision will be made in the next 24/48 hours thank you.
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Thu 4-12-14 17:43
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Being new to skiing (only 3 weeks under my belt) I was looking for a quick driving/self catering week from 13th Dec. Now I am not going to say the season is a washout etc. I am sure the snow will come eventually and certainly in time for our trip in March, but where can I go with the 2 kids for this sneaky extra week? We can't leave it later as the OH (non skiing) said she would like me and the kids (OK mainly the kids) home for Xmas I haven't booked anywhere yet as I understood the snow may be unreliable this time of year, but I was previously looking at Belle Plagne. My 2 question are: 1. Is it possible/likely that in the next 9 days enough snow will fall (or they can make enough)in La Plagne to make it viable, or should I discount this idea straight away? I don't know how what depth of snow is needed in La Plagne to allow skiing. 2. On other threads, there are rumours of snow in Austria, Switzerland and Italy. Are there any resorts within driving range (I am London based) where we can be pretty confident there will be enough snow to make it worthwhile? OR do I just wait and see? Thanks in for your ideas. Newby PS: If you can keep your ideas between you and I, the resorts that are open won't get to crowded :-D
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Tue 11-11-14 21:09
Replies: 40
I don't know Chalet Balcon, but we did our second ski trip to Belle Plagne in mid Dec last year, and am planning on revisiting this year. A good variety of wide blue runs on which to practice and gain confidence. Can highly recommend Oxygen Ski School in BP. Great guys and they really bought our skiing and confidence on and we will be using them again this year (Dec snow permitting etc.) I can't comment on the variety of the more challenging runs at the moment, but will hopefully be in a position to do so later in the year. :-D
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Fri 3-01-14 23:31
Replies: 4
Thanks for the responses. I took your advice and, frustrating as it was, waited and have been lurking around desperate to get out since. You were right to advise caution, my son didn't get the doctor's all clear until August. So we went to Belle Plagne for the week before Christmas and absolutely loved it. We did the drive and self catering thing in the hope that we can get another sneaky one in Feb or early April this year (Mrs N permitting, she does "do cold" and is quite happy to have peace and quiet at home). We had lessons with Oxygene and we all, son daughter and myself, come on in leaps and bounds compared to our previous holiday (I couldn't recommend them highly enough). Son now happy on any Red, me happy with "easy reds", daughter still anxious but will tackle any blue. Isn't it funny how colours make a difference to how you approach an unknown piste. Anyway, thanks for the advice, I am already looking at Feb/April so I will be still be lurking, but more communicative in future. :-D
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Tue 26-02-13 23:20
Replies: 4
We went skiing for the first in March last year and really loved it. We were really looking forward to going again this year, but my son injured his his knee/thigh in November and was told to stop all sports totally for 6 months. That put a stop to the planned skiing holiday!!! He should be fully mobile again in mid May. I am totally new to sking and obviously don't know resorts and areas. I assume mid to late May is too late to try and get a sneaky trip in. I guess there may be some very high glacier skiing available but would that be suitable for a family (2 of whom are a little nervous) who only have a weeks skiing under their belt? Any suggestions would be very much appreciated, or am I going to have to delay my late introduction to skiing for a further year. Thanks for the help. :D
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