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Poster: A snowHead
Mon 21-05-18 22:14
Replies: 1
Watched a few now. Nicely shot, interesting locations. Though I'll never see or ski what they have, its good stuff Thanks for posting.
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Thu 10-05-18 20:38
Replies: 18
Now I see its being pushed by skiweekends.com. Surprised that a real commercial organization whose marketing is not bad is being associated with this piss poor survey.
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Sat 5-05-18 22:10
Replies: 18
Cant see what they are going to get out of this one. Might just be wheeling on old survey out as a cheap way of getting mail shot emails.
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Thu 3-05-18 22:33
Replies: 18
I am sure they (or someone else) have used exactly this survey before as remember doing it a while ago.
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Wed 25-04-18 19:26
Replies: 46
Wish I hadnt had a 10 year hiatus from skiing due to lack of opportunity/time/money. Could have found them all. What wasted years. Have to make up for them now before the body fails.
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Thu 19-04-18 12:42
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Having done a SC trip to Trysil for a family of 4 I didnt find it much more expensive than to other ski holidays we have done. That is if you properly SC rather than say you will then sneakily think you will eat out as eating out was ridiculous. There are several supermarkets in Trysil. Accommodation was reasonable but small (not the Radisson as there is plenty more than that and small as it was virtually ski in for that reasonable price). Lift passes and lessons were fine. All pricing can be easily seen on Skistar website. Resort was excellent for families.
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Tue 10-04-18 0:11
Replies: 6
Hmm, seems a bit of a laugh until you note the German boy ended up with a broken arm.
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Sat 7-04-18 21:33
Replies: 46
Got to love those steeps with long run offs. Job done. Nice work Hope 75 is open if we get back there. Great resort and TR.
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Fri 6-04-18 22:47
Replies: 46
iOne more chance tomorrow :-). What fun , flats with the wind in your face. Never mind, its better than being in the office. We used to call the last day "insurance day", when you do all the things that you wouldnt at the start of the week ! And it didnt matter if you had a big stack as it was the last day and that was what the insurance was for. Not these days though. Hope it works out for you.
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Thu 5-04-18 22:19
Replies: 46
Do it. Steeps always seem a bit easier when there is a bit if there is some soft fresh stuff on top, either for skiing or falling on. Dont wait and it get all blown/scrapped off. Good luck!
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Thu 5-04-18 1:07
Replies: 46
Let me know how you find 75 if you get down it. It looked a bit intimidating from below so I was half glad it was closed as I would have had to have a go. Sounds like its going well. We got a bit of a dump this time last year too with the same result.
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Wed 4-04-18 22:38
Replies: 40
@ster, actually I'd say DIY has tended to be significantly cheaper than TO. 2014 with Crystal was the most expensive trip despite only having a 6 day pass - and in particular it was before the Brexit announcement so the exchange rate was much better. Since then DIY all the way... Sunweb was an exception, but that was only accommodation + lift pass, i.e. we sorted travel and everything else separately. As for Pejo, yes we skied all the runs in a day (except the two closed ones) - in fact, we could've skied them all in the morning alone if we'd wanted to. I think it's too small for 4-5 days if you're staying on piste, as others have said. Accommodation close to the lifts is available though. Biggest variable in cost seems to be flights so that's always our starting point for booking a trip - and flight times so we can ski on departure and/or arrival day. After that, car hire seems to be cheap in Italy / Spain but expensive elsewhere, so public transport or shared transfers in France / Switzerland / Austria / Germany for a week's trip. Thats what I have found with TO vs DIY comparisons with TOs much more expensive than seems warranted so was a bit surprised at first glance unless your was impacted by not going during school hols but understand now. Pejo may be a bit small then, but I quite like compact more personal resorts so we'll see. Will check out Mike_Pows suggestions as well. Cheers!
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Wed 4-04-18 21:07
Replies: 3
I see you are replying on your other gear sale thread, did you get my PM about these?
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Wed 4-04-18 12:51
Replies: 40
@dublin2 @Mike_Pow, thanks for the info and suggestions. Would really like to get to Italy next season so gives me something to research over the summer. Cheers. @Mike_Pow I see the 2018 Telegraph ski show is starting to be plugged. R u going to be at the London one again?
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 4-04-18 0:18
Replies: 46
Hoggega is a fun area. The blacks arent too severe and decently wide. I liked to get there first thing when the pistes were still in a groomed state. Is the top half of 75 open as wasnt when we were there, so we used to take 30 down, yes a good one.
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Wed 4-04-18 0:12
Replies: 70
Ster when you say “looking after my kids” are you thinking of tipping them daily then? I would only tip at the end, when it’s past tense. Hadn’t occurred to me to tip as you go along. I guess a tip at the end does not engender much in that way. One-off but a little way in if on a few days course with some time left on the clock to serve.
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Tue 3-04-18 23:05
Replies: 40
Quite the most definitive report I have had the pleasure to read! Costings we pretty interesting (notwithstanding inflation), not that much difference between DIY and T/O. Benefits of going outside school hols? From what I have read and seen here and in other reports Pejo looks quite interesting. As we are a family we don't do multi-site day trips, as the admin to move about is too much to bother (even for day trips) so I wonder if its large enough for 4-5 days. We dont need loads of kms as happy to ski the same stuff but did you pretty much cover all the runs in a day? We dont do off-piste. And did you notice accommodation in passing there, a decent amount and near to the lifts/slopes to not need to drive to them?
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Tue 3-04-18 22:29
Replies: 70
Yes you do pay a lot but I suspect not too much goes to the instructor if via a school. Have done so in the past, about 10-15% in cash, especially when the kids are in a private or v small group and when they have enjoyed it. Once our youngest had a short private lesson in Les Contamines with a sole operator who would have got most of the cash so a beer or two was offered and accepted along with what was an interesting chat with the instructor. I don’t understand this. Surely if the customer is paying very good money for the service the issue is not between the customer and the service provider - it’s between the ski school and instructor? A broken workplace/industrial relations system is more unlikely to be fixed if the consumer who is already paying (in a lot of cases) nosebleed money keeps propping up the unfair pay rates. That said we did begrudgingly tip the instructor after shelling out $470usd for a one day (not private) lesson for our two kids. Understand what you are saying re pay rates and me allowing that to continue. I do bear in mind the rates the instructor is likely to be paid but really only tip when its been good service. I also bear in mind that they are looking after my kids and I want them to have a good time, also they could be spending quite a bit of time in their company (as opposed to some surly waiter who expects 10% for taking an order correctly and handing your plate of food at you in all of 2 minutes) , and most of the instructors have been great people (the tw@t I once had at Mt Hutt the one exception). But no way would I pay $235 for one day group lesson and tip as well! :shock:
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Tue 3-04-18 20:55
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Yes you do pay a lot but I suspect not too much goes to the instructor if via a school. Have done so in the past, about 10-15% in cash, especially when the kids are in a private or v small group and when they have enjoyed it. Once our youngest had a short private lesson in Les Contamines with a sole operator who would have got most of the cash so a beer or two was offered and accepted along with what was an interesting chat with the instructor.
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Tue 3-04-18 13:15
Replies: 25
Dont forget if hiring in UK with a UK license to get yours and their DVLA check code as well. I have never been asked for this code, in the UK, or in Switzerland, Spain, France or Greece. . You dont need it when abroad on a UK license only in the UK on a UK license. I dont always get asked for it but its good to have it to hand as supposedly you can get it on line but it has not worked when I have tried and so have had to phone to get it. If you are asked for it and the on line system doesn't work and you are out of hours when there is no one to phone for it you are a bit stuffed.
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Tue 3-04-18 9:53
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Handy to have if needed without the worry but Second drivers can be expensive to add as they are normally done on a per day basis. Just another thing they can and will charge you for. Whilst you normally add them to the booking you can usually also easily add when picking up but they will need to be present with their license when picking up as indeed does the primary driver. No rental place I know would usually hand over an expensive asset without seeing you and your license unless you are a member of one of their loyalty schemes. Dont forget if hiring in UK with a UK license to get yours and their DVLA check code as well.
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Tue 3-04-18 0:24
Replies: 599
A bit more on above http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-43620123
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Mon 2-04-18 23:45
Replies: 46
I dont recall any lifts of a half t-bar format. All the singles that I saw were the normal button type. I see www.skiresort.info has labelled a lot of lifts "J-bar" but the Skistar website piste map does not mention these at all for single lifts, they are all buttons. https://www.skistar.com/en/ski-destinations/trysil/piste-maps/
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Tue 27-03-18 21:35
Replies: 17
Ha, I was trying a pair of the titled boots recently, which has a far higher stiffness than my existing boots, in "my" size and had to have a few go's at just getting them on. Thought they didnt fit but had a few goes, just a lot more stiff and had to pivot my foot a different way to get them on as oppose to my existing boots where I can bend and pull the shells much more easily. Was happy I didnt have trouble getting them off as on. So maybe not the size just the stiffness. I think both the shell and the liner can get moulded on the X series.
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Tue 27-03-18 9:42
Replies: 90
I took some cash but we could have gone the entire holiday (Trysil plus Oslo) without any need for folding. Paid everthing on a card but easy to lose track and get out if hand! The only time I got to use any cash was when tipping the ski instructors (which I dont think they expected and may not be the done thing there but they were good and our oldest basically ended up in a privare as one of two for the group price).
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Mon 26-03-18 19:57
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@Locoblade Skiing-wise, there is a really easy wide-green up and over route if you take chair T2, green 14, chair S1, green 48 (the 50m of red at the start is absolutely flat) ....but, you will need to take them right up to the top above the tree line, so you and they may or may not fancy this. The other option is driving - there is loads of parking and once we'd sussed things out managed to ski right to the car on the last couple of days. You could drive them over in 5 minutes. Even if you don't get them over, you're probably doing it the best way around - the opportunity to explore a dozen linked greens being most valuable at the end of the week. Over the top is a good route as no drags. Don't be worried about going over the top from a technical perspective, all the greens are all pretty easy indeed. Beginners can get quite a sense of achievement of going to the top and skiing getting down. Our 6 year old was getting down these ok snowplowing. If you are looking to do this after a few days of lessons there then it should be quite achievable, but you will be the best judge being on the spot as to how they are progressing and if they are up for it. Other option is the ski bus, we never took it but saw it.
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Mon 26-03-18 14:48
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@mikeelsa, that would have shut her up ! :) trouble is, I cant find anything on their website about packing boots and skis together It didnt say on the website about skis and boots being able to be in 2 bags rather than all in one so I wanted a definitive opinion that I could print out and wave around (if it went my way) at check in when I expected to be told what you were told. I had still planned to have bag space to reallocate at check in if this did not work despite the written confirm but the girl at Innsbruck smiled and said not a word. Having said all this as it is not written on their website I guess it can be either policy at a given time so who knows what they would say now if I asked again.
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Sat 24-03-18 9:08
Replies: 90
I recall lots of webcams on their interactive piste map if daily snow voyeurism is wanted.
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 23-03-18 1:07
Replies: 90
BTW, how were the snow conditions at Trysil? From the weather reports I've been following it doesnt look like they've had too much fresh snow in the last few weeks, are conditions still good? Skistar says last snow fall was on 12th with 150cm base currently, everything open and sunshine forecast. Maybe a dusting on Sat I know they wouldn't be knocking it but sounds pretty good to me.
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Wed 21-03-18 23:54
Replies: 20
Fantastic report. We certainly know about 6 year olds who arent keen on walking much. Luckily skiing is fine though. Looked a bargain on the cost front, (you don't count food and booze as you have to eat). Were the passes included here somewhere? Which ski school did you use and were the lessons good?
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Wed 21-03-18 0:03
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Sat 17-03-18 12:05
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Sat 17-03-18 0:56
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Not Geneva as in the title then?
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Wed 14-03-18 15:11
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I subsequently found a North Face goretex jacket on Sports Direct for a snip over 200. (205 or 215, I forget which). Wore it for my first trip in February. and it was superb. So they are worth a look too. Whilst shopping around I also found Absolute Snow to have a good range of jackets and decent prices too.. I think Sports Direct also require you to fund posting for a return to their distb centre, rather than being able to drop off a return at one of their retail outlets which I had assumed you could do with them. Definitely still look around to be sure you are getting the bargain you think you are.
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Tue 13-03-18 23:50
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Target fixation..... Happens in vehicles too!! Just poor observation skills thru lack of training But who needs training when on holiday, it’s only snow!! Brother in law is a motorbike mechanic and gets a fair bit of work from this phenomenon, must hurt if on a motorbike.
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Tue 13-03-18 23:48
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I was thinking about whether these would be a good buy. The only review I could dredge up which compared them directly (plus another type called Envy) was this one from Australia! http://snowaction.com.au/dahu-next-generation-ski-boots/ They favour the Dahu. Spoke to the UK Dahu stockist and they said you could try them on sale or return basis. I dont think they meant take them on a skiing holiday but to try them on for a period at home.
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Mon 12-03-18 19:25
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I've had lessons from SMT in two separate years and found them excellent. I know there's a snowhead who teaches in the Zillertal but I think she may be based in one of the other areas? If you are thinking of SaraJ, she teaches in the Hochfugen/Hochzillertal area .
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Sun 11-03-18 18:43
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DrLawn glad it was useful. Part of the reason for going where we did was that I didnt want to rent a car this time. And Kaltenbach suited the bill in terms of the ease getting there on the train from Innsbruck. We carried a fair bit of luggage including boots and skis but wasn't much of an issue. Although given where we stayed on Kaltenbach having a car would have been more convenient (and the lady looking after the flat was a bit surprised we didnt have one) it was still doable without one.
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Sat 10-03-18 22:22
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RTA = Road Traffic Accident? I imagine that would stuff up Geneva airport qiute happily.
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Fri 9-03-18 22:19
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I can also vouch for Sport Pursuit - it's worth the email sign up and there is no danger. They offer some incredible deals on clothing. You can unsubscribe from their emails at any time. Another one to look out for is thesportsoutlet (.co.uk). They offer superb deals on Scott, Eider and Burton stuff and it's free delivery too! The only danger is I suspect that on some items they want to get a min amount sold before they actually go and buy the stock, so you might get a let down email later blaming issues with data in their stock system even when saying they had it "in stock" when ordering.
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