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Poster: A snowHead
Tue 13-12-16 15:05
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My sister in law (a non skier) went to Les Barmes de l'Ours nearly everyday of our week holiday! She loved it but it was pricey!
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Mon 4-03-13 23:07
Replies: 349
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Mon 4-03-13 22:37
Replies: 349
Mephisto used to be a red but they regraded it blue at the beginning of last season. When it was red it was better coz you didn't get so many people on it but it really is much more blue than red!
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Thu 28-02-13 22:24
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I bought some dalbello's at the end of last season, they're my third pair of boots and the first pair that I haven't wanted to rip off my feet by lunchtime. I had become pretty despondent about finding comfortable boots but they're brilliant and I really feel my skiing's improved this season :D
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Tue 26-02-13 12:19
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Couldn't agree more, a fantastic week, only one French zone off really does make a huge difference (it was the same last year) :D
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Sat 9-02-13 21:41
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Hi Kay, yes we arrive friday (15th) evening, we have a place there and unfortunately are still tied to school holidays. The local area is not off the same week as us (it was last year) so I'm very optimistic! It really is a great ski area and obviously the conditions are fantastic at the moment so i'm sure you'll have a fab time.
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Sat 9-02-13 20:21
Replies: 349
I'm hopeful that half term won't be terribly crowded as there's only one French zone off (not Paris), partial GB and Dutch that week. It fell the same last year and it was the quietest half term I'd known in 10 years of half term ski holidays spent in France, (7 in the grand massif)!
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Sun 19-02-12 7:22
Replies: 35
Basil, Were you in the same Grand Massif as me, I thought it was the quietest I'd ever known it at half term in the 5 years that we've been skiing there. Obviously the conditions are brilliant and the whole area open but with only the Brits and one French zone it was just about as good as it gets for half term.
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Sat 18-02-12 8:09
Replies: 647
Got back last night, did Friday to Friday to avoid traffic and eurotunnel nightmare! The first 3 days were freezing but fantastic conditions just about everywhere, with the exception of the red down to 700 at Morillon, it was an ice field about half way down, it even had banners on it warning you, something I'd not seen before! We skied into flaine for coffee but didn't ski there as my friends only had massif passes, I have to agree that with the removal of the ballacha drags and the aup de veran out of action flaine is less attractive at the moment. Then the weather started to warm up, relatively speaking, and we had some new snow, thursday morning I skied in some of the best conditions I've ever known and the promised half term madness just didn't happen, most of the week we walked straight on to the lifts, including the bubble from Morillon, we had a couple of 5-10 min queues but I did notice that thurrsday afternoon (our last day) it seemed much busier in places. I've been going to the GM for 5 years, several times a season, this is pretty much the best I've ever known it and probably the quietest half term week I've experienced.
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Mon 6-02-12 22:00
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Mon 6-02-12 19:05
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I know you might all think I'm being rather optimistic but I'm quite hopeful that next week won't be as busy as some half terms I've experienced. There is only one french zone off, not Paris, and no Dutch or Belgians, so fingers crossed! At least we know the conditions are great, I was there 2 weeks ago for a long weekend and despite very poor visibility the pistes were the best I've experienced in the GM for a long time. I'm also very interested in the location of this underused restaurant, can't think which one that is :~/
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Tue 1-03-11 21:07
Replies: 20
Hurtle, don't worry it made me laugh :lol: and you're right about it hurting!
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Tue 1-03-11 20:08
Replies: 20
red 27, the 'funny' thing is that I think it must have been his helmet protected head that made impact with my back! He was airborne at the time of impact (so I'm told) having been skiing very fast over a roller, fortunately he was unhurt (although I have to admit to not feeling this charitable initially). I reckon that impact broke my ribs and then the landing caused them to pierce my lung! I was very very impressed that the boy and his parents turned up at the hospital, they also phoned our french friends every 2 days to check on my progress! May I say that I was wearing a helmet at the time, which probably saved me from a nasty concussion :D Thanks very much for all your kind messages, much appreciated.
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Tue 1-03-11 15:57
Replies: 20
rob@rar, :lol: I'll bear that in mind next time! Yes slowly but surely on the mend thanks but it's an unbelievably painful injury. I've been told that although the ribs will be mended in about 6 weeks it'll be a lot longer until I'm pain free due to muscle and soft tissue damage! Thank god this was a small 11 year old and not an adult, I think it would've killed me!
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 1-03-11 15:32
Replies: 20
Whilst on a long weekend in the Grand Massif with some friends just over 3 weeks ago an 11 year old boy crashed into my back sending me flying into the air before landing on my back, dazed, winded and in considerable pain. Several lovely people stopped to help me, but despite suggestions of calling for the blood wagon I eventually skied down to the medical centre in Flaine where they diagnosed 5 broken ribs and a pneumothorax! I was transferred to the hospital in Sallanches where I had a chest drain inserted which remained in for 4 days. I stayed in hospital for 6 days and had to remain in France for a further 6 days before being allowed to fly home with an accompanying doctor! All in all not how I imagined my weekend would end up and of course it's put paid to the rest of the season! The boy that hit me came, with his parents, to see me in hospital which I thought was very brave as they had no idea what sort of reception they'd get! It turns out they live in the same village our chalet's in! I had brilliant care both at the clinic and during my 6 day stay in hospital and can honestly say my french improved hugely :lol: If your name is Mat and you were skiing in Flaine on the 5th feb and you stopped to help me I want to say a huge thank you for having the presence of mind to get all the necessary names and phone numbers for me and for all your concern and help.
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Thu 3-02-11 8:13
Replies: 498
Mutley, the long range forecast I look at, netweather.tv, is forecasting a small amount of snow from the 16th with reasonable FL but nowhere near what's needed! I'm trying to keep the faith, it'll only take a couple of days heavy snowfall and low FL to transform things, otherwise it'll be a bit of a disaster :cry: As you say fingers (and everything else) crossed!!
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Wed 2-02-11 21:14
Replies: 498
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Wed 2-02-11 20:49
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carroz, thanks for that. Shame coz Cupoire's one of my favorites and Portet is my preferred route back from Flaine to avoid Perce Neige. I probably won't take them all the way down Timolets but get the Plein Soleil chair back up. Our chalet is nearer to Morillon and depending on conditions and how busy the area is we either go from there or drive up to Les Molliets but if Sairon's ok I'll go to Morillon. I really like Zorta but not sure that the early intermediates will be up for that, it looks a little steep from the top. I know they really want to go over to Flaine, when my husband was there 2 weeks ago it was pretty slick, has it softened up at all? What I want to avoid is them buying a 4 day Grand Massif pass and only using the 'grand' bit of it for one day but I suppose with the weather warming up and conditions changing who's to say what it'll be like by the weekend, of the 4 days we're there friday looks the best and as you suggest we'll start early to get the best conditions then perhaps pack up after a late lunch :D I'm also really concerned about half term, as you say it'll be pretty grim if there hasn't been significant snowfall :(
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Wed 2-02-11 18:49
Replies: 498
carroz, I arrive with friends tomorrow, 3 of which are early intermediates, what's best avoided as I don't want to scare anyone :shock:
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Wed 2-02-11 8:34
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I think current conditions are ok(ish) for low season, I'm going to our chalet in the GM tomorrow for a long weekend with 4 friends and whilst I would like it a few degrees colder and a couple more feet of snow the pistes are good enough for us to have a great time. I know there are lots of resorts where conditions are pretty good but for those resorts that are currently experiencing less than average snowfall, this weekends high temps and FL means that what snow there is will deteriorate and they won't be able to blow it either. It worries me for half term, lots and lots of people crowded onto fewer pistes (and no off piste to speak of), increasing the risks of collision, accidents etc. I know there's nothing that can be done about the weather and therefor there's no point in agonising about it but for families looking forward to their annual ski week (which in half term has cost a small fortune) it's hugely disappointing and I completely understand why some people are getting anxious. I'm trying to keep the faith, 2 1/2 weeks is a very long time in weather terms and I know that all it takes is a couple of days heavy snowfall to transform a resort!
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Mon 31-01-11 21:41
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rob@rar, when I said good I meant in the context of the current snow drought, better than expected might sum it up more accurately ;-)
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Mon 31-01-11 20:11
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rob@rar, makes me want to come to LA! I have to say, from that video, conditions look like they're pretty good.
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Mon 31-01-11 11:14
Replies: 498
carroz, don't know if you'll agree but my brother's out in the GM at the moment and thinks that conditions on piste are better than when we were there at new year, albeit a bit thin. I arrive thursday for a long weekend and have been keeping everything crossed for snow but there's none forecast, in fact this coming weekend looks scorching, more like april!
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Sun 30-01-11 19:34
Replies: 18
halfhand, according to Nick Fellows Osborn-Paradis is in hospital in Geneva with a broken leg :( and Bode is resting up for the world championships.
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Fri 21-01-11 17:28
Replies: 332
A question for any Chamonix experts..... My husband is in the Grand Massif for a long weekend. They always like to spend a day in another resort, usually PDS but as conditions there are not great atm they thought they might try Chamonix. They're all very good skiers, not looking for off piste but just want somewhere for a days on piste skiing with a nice lunch. Where would be best :~/ Thanks
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Thu 20-01-11 17:42
Replies: 498
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Thu 20-01-11 14:33
Replies: 498
The webcam at Morillon 1100 looks like it's snowing quite heavily or am I seeing things :~/
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Wed 19-01-11 12:32
Replies: 37
Well I think lessons are a must but I do believe that a positive mindset is hugely important, if you think you can you probably will whereas thinking you can't tends to have a detremental effect on technique. The biggest difference for me over the past 3 years has been in my head, I now think I can rather than can't and it's had a major impact on my skiing :D
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 7-12-10 8:05
Replies: 5
DixieDean, well your wife and I sound very similar, I'm now 52, go to the gym 3+ x week and cycle (weather permitting), I was also a cautious skier despite good technique and lots and lots of lessons. Strangley it was the osteoporosis diagnosis that changed my skiing :shock: god knows how or why but I now ski with far more confidence, am far less tense and rather than thinking I probably can't do something I think I can. Having said all that it has to be your wife's decision and one that she feels comfortable with, it might take her a while.
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Mon 6-12-10 20:17
Replies: 5
Hi DixieDean, I can relate to Mrs D's dilema and feel for her. Can I ask what level/how long has she been skiing and how fit she is? I was diagnosed with osteoporosis 3 years ago, this was probably due to treatment for breast cancer (diagnosed 4 years ago). I was advised that skiing was not a good idea and spent one miserable week at our chalet not skiing before deciding that the risk was worth taking. At diagnosis I'd probably done about 12 weeks skiing, was ok but not great especially if conditions were less than perfect! I decided I needed to get really fit, which has not only given me more confidence in my physical ability but improved my skiing no end. I don't wear a back protector (but do wear a helmet) and to try to minimise risk I ski well within my ability, pack up before I'm knackered and never ever get talked into anything that I don't like the look of. Unfortunately due to school age children we still have to go at peak times but ideally I'd like to avoid crowded pistes as the one thing I can't really do anything about is someone crashing into me! This year I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer (unrelated to the previous cancer) and have had surgery and radioactive iodine. My fitness has taken a bit of a bashing but the one thing that has kept me going is getting back to the mountains and getting back on the skis, I can't wait :D Good luck.
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Thu 1-04-10 10:14
Replies: 358
mfj197, our lovely neighbour knows we're coming out today, he has a snowplough and if he gets a chance I'm sure he'll have cleared the drive, (crosses fingers).
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Thu 1-04-10 7:07
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carroz, from the webcams it looks like there was loads of snow overnight, even Sixt is white :D my only worry now is will our hire car (we didn't hire a 4 x 4) get up our steep drive if it's got snow on it :?: glad I'm not driving :lol:
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Wed 31-03-10 7:06
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carroz, thanks for the update (any chance of another this evening). We arrive tomorrow for our last trip of the season :( but after a lot of rain on the sunday when we were there 10 days ago things are looking good :D
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Sun 28-03-10 14:06
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We have a chalet in the GM, spending over 30 days each season there and it rarely lets us down. Easter being so early this year (unlike next) I had every faith that there'd be more snow and by the looks of things there's been loads :D I was a little perplexed by a couple of forum users saying that, as far as Flaine goes, the season was over, but I'm very glad they've been proved wrong! We're back out for Easter and all is looking good :D
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Fri 26-03-10 8:25
Replies: 145
When I was investigating hotels in Obertauern I was amazed and amused at a few websites, they showed men and women lounging around in the rooms dressed in underwear and ski boots :lol: The pool and wellness centre in the hotel we stayed at certainly had more nudity than generally acceptable in the UK but obviously that's the norm in Austria, I do think we're quite prudish about our bodies.
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Tue 9-03-10 15:22
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rossco, I've been saying that for years and very year it seems to get worse as the area becomes better known/more developed. I do think that area could benefit from some policing - to stop people skiing in an unsuitable way and (I know this is very difficult) would certainly benefit from pisting during the day.......not sure how they'd manage that though :~/ Nessy, as rossco, said after the flat bit (which you can get over with minimal poling) it's well worth it.
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Tue 9-03-10 13:46
Replies: 315
carroz, funny you should say that about the Gron chair moving carpet, my son ground to a halt completely of the top, one of his skis was so iced up, we couldn't figure out why! nessy, Perce Neige can be a complete nightmare in the afternoons, especially in school holidays. I agree that you don't want to dump more people up there but at that time of day I think it's more to do with people skiing back over from Flaine (and to a lesser degree Samoens). If we're skiing back from Flaine to Morillon we'll now choose to ski Portet and get Les Molliets chair (now there's hardly ever a queue there) and avoid the dreaded Perce Neige! I've been saying since I first skied there that something needs to be done with it but not sure what.
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Tue 9-03-10 10:53
Replies: 315
rossco, my husband rode up on L'Airon at half term with someone who told him the plan was to put in a fast 6 man to replace those 2 clanky 2 man chairs, long overdue IMHO. I don't mind Gron, although not fast there's very rarely a queue. The other lift I think needs replacing is Lanche - from Morillon to Tete de Saix - a real bottleneck in school holidays. Glad to hear things are holding up ok, we're back out for a long weekend soon and then Easter :D
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Fri 26-02-10 8:45
Replies: 12
janner, I agree with you about Catherine, my friends (beginners) had her and raved. When we see ESI group children's lessons the kids always look happy and the instructors seem very patient, we often see them in the Bissac having a drink and toilet stop!
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Thu 25-02-10 21:27
Replies: 358
paulmclean85, glad to hear things aren't that bad.....yet. I'm back tomorrow evening with 7 friends for a long weekend so fingers crossed.
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