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Poster: A snowHead
Mon 16-01-17 23:28
Replies: 19
I wear a rucksack due to the need to have copious supplies of chocolate bars, spare gloves, drinks, buffs for those I need to keep happy and on the slopes. If I didnt need to carry all that stuff I wouldnt. You get used to it but when you take it off and ski without it you do realise that it does change your centre of gravity and therefore how you ski. So dont wear one unless you really need it. But if you do, get one with a chest strap to minimise it bouncing around. And take it off when on chairs as you dont want to end up in one of the vids/pix on this site hanging from a chair by your straps. You've been warned. I only wear goggles if absolutely needed, which means if snowing/sleeting in my face so need the mechanical protection or dreadful light so only have a low light lens. Otherwise sunglasses, which give you better visibility allround and dont steam up.
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Mon 16-01-17 23:11
Replies: 8
Only ate at Líetape as this was where the beginners lift was located Etape is fine and you had few options what with the snow cover, lessons etc but there are a few really good options elsewhere under normal conditions. If anyone wants details a search will find my earlier post. I'll just pop the threadf reference is here for anyone wanting it http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=129149&highlight= Thanks for your help jedster, we hope to get back there sometime. Can't ski at Feb half term and I fear that the lateness of Easter this year might make LesC, and a fair few other of the usual European resorts a bit risky (I am thinking Scandinavia) so may need to be next year unless we do another sneaky weekender.
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Sun 15-01-17 17:29
Replies: 24
We had a car booked directly with Alamo on Swiss side last week (although fufilled by Enterprise) and chains were included.
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Sun 15-01-17 16:30
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I had to ring to get mine when the website wouldnt work for me. I expwct I would need to do this evertime I want a code. How convenient and another costly call centre the govt needs to operate. Think its just another balls up when trying to get a huge list on a database. Would be interesting to know how many people are having to phone. Interestingly you dont need this when renting peer to peer. Just seems to be a requirement the rental car companies have come up with. They seem to want to make it hard to rent, more fool them.
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Sun 15-01-17 14:06
Replies: 21
Hey @clarky999, would be good to see SAS and Norwegian on your list. Cheers
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Sun 15-01-17 10:40
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Not needed in your case when driving your own car.
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Sun 15-01-17 10:31
Replies: 13
The record from the code is only needed if you are renting a car in the uk on a uk license. So dont need it if renting overseas on a uk license or renting in the uk on an overseas license.
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Sun 15-01-17 9:09
Replies: 71
As the packet says, they are hand /toe warmers. They dont really generate that much heat to heat a body from a jacket inside pocket, they usually have to be in direct contact with skin, i.e. in a glove or held in the hands, but the toe ones must work through a sock.
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Sat 14-01-17 17:23
Replies: 71
Sports direct have some but not, it seems, the shaped ones for toes/boots. http://www.sportsdirect.com/gelert-instant-handwarm00-400048?colcode=40004890 Our local Tesco had hand and toe/boot warmers on their shelves but not on their website.
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Sat 14-01-17 17:16
Replies: 8
Thanks for the write up, i came close to booking LC this year, maybe next season! Do, I don't think you'll regret it.
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Sat 14-01-17 15:03
Replies: 2
Is this a current Smith model. What year of manfucture is it? Where r u posting it from?
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Sat 14-01-17 14:31
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Old story since sorted. Rented last week in Geneva. Mentioned I was taking it into France as the conditions said I should, they didnt seem fussed where it went or if I told them or not.
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Fri 13-01-17 22:23
Replies: 8
Country: France Domain: Les Contamines Author: Jang (ster) Date: 6th January - 8th January 2017 Our holiday: Last minute DIY family holiday, consisting of myself, OH, 10 yr son and 6 yr old daughter. Could only do a weekend and unable to ski until Easter so wanted to get a bit done now, somewhere close to Geneva as could get reasonably priced flights there. Also somewhere with a bit of snow with the dearth of it in many places at the time but this resort had a decent amount of pistes open and snow was forecast earlier in the week Website: www.lescontamines.com; www.lescontamines.net Travel: Easyjet from Gatwick to Geneva, braving the Southern rail strike days but trains were running to Gatwick. Booked Alamo car hire book directly but it was fulfilled by Enterprise, why can they never give you the car advertised? So rather than an A class Merc ended up with an Insignia estate which was actually better as it was easier to transport skis in it. Straightforward and short drive to the resort once got the Sat Nav sorted (had a particular way of needing to enter Contamines, without the Les, also didnít like Geneva airport address on the way back but luckily had saved its recent locations), drive listed as 1 ľ hours. Mostly easy except that the Sat Nav took us over a hill with narrow nearly single track roads after turning off the A40, not a fun thing at midnight when you donít know the roads, but winter tyres saw us through. Didnít even notice crossing the border to France but was much busier on the way back on Sunday night with people seeming to be self declaring as didnít see a single customs official. Took much longer due to this, the generally busier roads and filling up the rental before returning. Bag drop off and security at Gatwick was a breeze but at Geneva what was going to be a leisurely drive and drop off turned into a rush to get to everything with the busier drive and queues at bag drop off and security. I hate flying! Lift system: Efficient and mostly speedy, no queues but was outside school holidays. Bubbles from valley to first and second stage. After that mainly four chairs, a few drags. Drags not for beginners, except of course for the beginners drag at top of first bubble. A couple of kids drags in the valley but these werenít open. Looked free but not sure. The snow: Luckily it snowed the day before we got there so had a soft top and the night we were there as well. But before that it hadnít really snowed for a fair few weeks prior to us getting there and the snow had been marshalled well to keep the pistes open and in good condition, about half the pistes and lifts were open for the time we were there. The terrain: Open, wide pistes. Mix of blues, red, odd black (closed when there) - suit intermediates and beginners but blue down from second to first bubble stage was steeper in parts than most reds and OH didnít like it so took bubble down. Valley run was closed. Hadnít skied in France for years but noticed that at the brow of every ridge on piste there were banners about danger and going slow. But oddly there was a precipitous drop running alongside the beginner drag which didnít merit anything where I thought a screen of netting at least would be called for. Really enjoyed doing Plans red run, did it three times on the trot, first because there was a break in the weather on that side, then another 2 as it was fun until everyone else headed over that side too. Nante Rouge was good too, easy wide red. Other bits: Youngest had a 2 hour private lesson with Philippe (interesting and good bloke) at ESI, proved to be long for her, she was pretty tired by the end and not used to being pushed along. But she really improved as we could see the next day, being able to go down the length of the little beginners blue, although still preferring to straight line it rather than bothering to turn, but more importantly able to take the drag lift on her own. (The one with the big drop off on one side that scared me). As only a weekend couldnít be arsed to lug skis and not worth the expense but took boots. Rented skis at Mermoud Sport which recommended by landlord and was near the apartment. Didnít have an English website but Google translate of their page was fine. Everything was ready when we got there, went for the Black package and ended up with Scott Reverse (probably wasted on me), OH got intermediate skis, another Scott pair but cant remember the model, 10 yr old got Volkl Racetigers so he was pleased with those and youngest got something suitable colourful. The resort: Didnít see much of the place nor its facilities as not there long. But what we did see impressed us, it is a very traditional French village with a beautiful church. People were all amazingly friendly. Decent amount of shops and restaurants Ė 2 mini-supermarkets and assorted others. There is an ice rink and a swimming pool in St Gervais as bout 8kms away. Food: On Piste: Only ate at Líetape as this was where the beginners lift was located and where daughter got dropped off after her lesson. Food fine with decent choice, blueberry tart and tiramisu were a hit, service was quick and very friendly. Apparently English people take back their trays and the clearing staff then have a job to clear the tables, so we were told (in a very friendly way) when we did the same. Off Piste: Only there one night and after not succeeding in ordering at the pizza place in the old piste basher as recommended by jedster as he was too busy, ended up in Le Totum. They have a big menu with it in English but not spoken, a bit cheaper as not on the main drag. However very friendly service and we got by with my O-level French, we were the only souls in the restaurant part. They do decent pizzas and I had tartiflette which I enjoyed but as first time do not have a benchmark. Accommodation : Lucky to find somewhere as there didnít seem to be much choice, possibly due to only looking for a weekend. Found a fantastic SC apartment on Homeaway/Owners Direct - https://www.ownersdirect.co.uk/accommodation/p1491434a. Great place as its two small apartments joined together so has 2 bunk rooms, a kitchenette, dining area and a lounge with a double sofa bed and two bathrooms which is a huge bonus when trying to get out the door in the morning. Well-equipped with very accommodating owners, especially with our late arrival time on Friday night along with a late check out on Sunday so we could shower before heading off. It was 2 mins drive from the telecabine and it was walkable too. Rental shop was across the road with a valley kids left next door. Conclusion: We would happily go back given how impressed we were with the place and people who were the epitome of hospitable. Close to Geneva so an easy DIY job. Its an attractive village and ski area, not too big and not too small. For a first DIY trip more than happy.
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Fri 13-01-17 17:17
Replies: 2880
On Beaufortaine - Les Contamines is claiming 40cm today and the web cams suggest that's reasonable. More in the forecast too. I'm arriving Thursday. :D :D Wish I had your timing!
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 13-01-17 10:29
Replies: 5
This place https://www.ownersdirect.co.uk/accommodation/p1491434a
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Fri 13-01-17 10:26
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Its snowing in Hammersmith, if only we had a hill.
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Fri 13-01-17 9:22
Replies: 5
Just did Les Contamines from Geneva recently from Friday night to Sunday. Easy drive and reasonably priced resort. Big enough ,well looked after slopes and likely to be opening more. Thought it was excellent for intermediates. Booked great SC apartment on Homeaway, really accomodating owners who will do short rentals and close to the Montjoie telecabine, walkable but 2 mins in car. Will dig out the link and send.
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Thu 12-01-17 17:31
Replies: 24
There was another thread a few weeks ago with some good info on for you where someone was after something similar but couldn't decide between down insulation and synthetic insulation. This one? http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=127354&highlight= Still some Mountsin Hardware puffas in SportPursuit although its seems they dont always have everything lidted on their site.
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Thu 12-01-17 15:27
Replies: 29
After watching that I think that chap Warren Smith has a good chance of winning. But is he a minor enough celeb?
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Wed 11-01-17 22:10
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At Les Contamines they have the antisubmarining bar on several of theur chairs but even then not on each seat so you need to check or remember which seat on which chair lift has them if you want to take advantage of them. I see an article is putting the fall down to an electrical fault but how/why it caused the fall wasn't mentioned. Sudden stop?
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Wed 11-01-17 22:05
Replies: 71
Always take them, rarely end up using them but when you need them they are lifesavers. Especially for kids, cold kids=awful time for all. Make sure you give them a good shake and airing to get them going before they go into a pocket or boot. But not too rough as you don't want them splitting open especially in your pocket. Mind out when giving them to young kids as they can get pretty hot.
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Wed 11-01-17 15:37
Replies: 8
Just did a Friday night to Sunday night trip to Les Contamines. Would need to DIY but pretty easy drive from Geneva of 1hr 15 mins. Booked 2 hr private lesson with ESI for our 6 yr old (she couldnt do more than that in one go). When there is mor snow there r a couple of isolated kids lifts in the valley as well to muck around on. Nice area, big enought but not ridiculously so.
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Sun 8-01-17 6:56
Replies: 29
Snowed last night and still falling this morning in Les Contamines.
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Sat 7-01-17 20:08
Replies: 5
@jedster, you were spot on about the pizza place outside Bouche. Thought we'd chance our arm at 645pm as place looked dead and the village seemed quiet but he was booked up with orderr until 730pm, not bad for a hole in the wall outfit, must be good. So with 2 ravenous children in tow we ended up at Le Totum which is essentially next door to us. Dead as a dodo but food was good and very welcoming despite my O level French. Snow fine having had that recent fall and a few more pistes open than before, pretty chilly and a bit windy up high but actually colder in the valley than up on the slopes.
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Thu 5-01-17 0:37
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@jedster, thanks, we are all looking forward to it. Hopefully it will be neige forte and cold as predicted today and Thursday then blue skies for when we are there. We are staying at 189 Route du Plan du Moulin 74170 Les Contamines-Montjoie which is near to Mermoud Sport Ski rental place if you know it. I am told you can walk to the telecabine nearby but we will have a car so will use it. Have managed to book a ski lesson for our youngest on Sat morning with the ESI as you recommended on a previous thread. Do the mountain restaurants and the others for that matter take credit cards or is cash king? Thanks for all the tips and will get a report done at some point.
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Thu 5-01-17 0:20
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Les Contamines Montjoie Jan 2017 First time here. Happy to meet up if anyone is around for ski/beer.
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Wed 4-01-17 7:53
Replies: 5
Hi All. Finally booked something, only this coming weekend in the above but better than nothing. And it might snow this week! I have seen a few pointers from Jedster on the area and ski school but any advice re things to do/avoid, places to eat (as self catering, yeah right) etc would be gratefully received. Trip is family in nature and short so dont worry about the nightlife aspects. Will look to book a private lesson for our 6 yr old. Thanks in advance
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Wed 4-01-17 0:21
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Check out this company www.gearpest.com. They have some great buys in jackets with lots of colour combinations. Also doing a £25 voucher offer to chase away the January blues . Just type 25PND2017 and get £25 off your order total for any order over £100.⛄⛷🎿 Are you related to the owners by any chance?
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 3-01-17 20:41
Replies: 29
I was there on sunday. 14 runs open, surprisingly nice conditions on most of them. I'd not visited before and was impressed at the level of work they were putting into keeping runs open. Didn't notice any new snow tho... Cheers, some snow appeared today per the weather reports and forecast for Wed & Thur then sunshine on the weekend, thus the attraction!
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Tue 3-01-17 19:53
Replies: 29
So whats it like now in Les Contamines, see theres been a bit of snow thereabouts. Considering a couple of cheeky days there this weekend? Anyone there now?
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Sat 31-12-16 21:42
Replies: 46
If the chair is operating and used in a normal fashion the bar can be superfluous but I do prefer having them. But with kids who will pitch and squirm about looking around them in excitment the bar will not stop them from slipping under it so when our two were younger I would always keep a firm grip on them throughout any chair journey. I also would not like to take 2 young ones at once as hard to keep on eye on two at once and prefer to have 1 adult per child.
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Fri 16-12-16 0:17
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Anyone who has been in administration will know it is hard to do much as you are effectively locked out of the business, but my ex staff and myself did everything we could legally to get things back to people. Definitely how it works having seen them in action luckily from the point of view of a supplier/customer and not the administratee itself, then having to deal with the administrators with the old owners being locked out.
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Mon 5-12-16 21:49
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Went in the end so suppose I should post thoughts. Centre was as per the dodo, unsurprisingly for the middle of a weekday. I was the only skier in evidence before, during and after the 15 minute session. And it was 15 minutes to the second despite no-one else there or waiting. Missed marketing opportunity to surprise and delight a potential client and promoter? Anyway the marketing experts can debate over that one. Facilities were spick and span, all new and shiny. Odd changing facilitates though, seemed to be mixed so fine for just boots but as the slope is water based might be handy to have an area to change those wet keks/knickers that aren't the toilets. Especially for us carpet novices. But they maybe tucked away somewhere. Wasnt pointed out at all, another customer service aspect not great. Experience was two fold, of the slope itself and the staff attending. Slope was quite bizarre never having been on it before. Easy to catch an edge and I found it hard to release the uphill ski. Its a small area when you are uncertain so can understand if the beginners (where I think they want to pack in 3 at a time) it could be 1. quite intimidating being close proximity of other wobblers, 2. their session could be broken up frequently by any one of the three falling over at any one time when they have to stop the carpet. Found myself snowploughing at the beginning, not a comfortable place for someone who thinks they are not too bad. But certainly improved over the 15 mins so I sort of could see where it could go. As to the staff, reception were fine to good, s.t. the very odd confusion noted in earlier post. With the chap looking after me on the slope I was rather put off knowing what I know (mainly from this fine forum) but maybe not from a beginner point of view. Chap was BASI L1, I understand this was NOT a coaching session but I expected a little more to help me see what it could do. He seemed happy for me to be able to just get down rather than providing (or maybe not able to?) comments to help me and sell me on this product. Again a missed opportunity to convert me? I did notice at the start that he did not weigh or measure me in any regard re DINs (again see above as need to use their skis) or to ascertain a mutually agreed length. You need to fill in a form at the start but I dont think he was given it or refereed to it. I was OK with the length he choose (shorter than my norm) but meant to question the DINs as rather important if I didnt want to be crocked before the season started but didnt until the end. :oops: :oops: :oops: When I did ask he said not to worry as all their bindings are set at 7. At which point my metaphorical jaw dropped a little as I ski maybe 6 and these were for all customers including beginners but calmly asked if this was correct. He then checked the skis and said no, silly him, they are at 4. I did have a look myself after that to check as well and yes they were at 4. Note that the staff do not get on the slope to demonstrate, just stay at the bottom and provide verbals. So this style may not suit everyone. Any questions happy to answer.
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Wed 23-11-16 20:13
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Bulgaria wont work with the long transfer and fewer flights although Ryanair might be there now. I cant recommend Poland enough for beginner skiing , plenty of apre ski activities and great restaurants. Costs are minimal and has that chocolate box village look esp if it snows http://www.sunshineworldpoland.com/html/short_break_3_night_packages.php Have you used and are recommending this company? Interested to hear if you have some experience using them.
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Wed 23-11-16 19:58
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I've never found an aftermarket treatment that produces any reliable waterproofing (with the exception of silicone sealant mixed with white spirit on tents). The most they do is make things water repellent whilst consuming cash that you can just save up for a new jacket. Agree with this. Just save the cash and aggrvation. Buy new that will reliably do the job rather than rely in the old stuff and find its crap when you grt out there. New gear doesnt have to be expensive and can be multifunctional.
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Mon 21-11-16 21:14
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We now have a video to show how it works: https://youtu.be/ToNsZyxkwfY Mentions on the website that battery life is two days. Seems rather short for what its doing but none the less is this the experience in mountain conditions where it could be searching for a signal? Also how does it indicate its low on charge?
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Thu 10-11-16 17:38
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There is a Dangerous Earth Programme tonight at 8pm on BBC4 on the anatomy of an avalanche. Might be interesting.
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Thu 3-11-16 22:29
Replies: 202
The response I've had from every skier when I have said that I drive up to Scotland to ski, whether a Brit abroad in the alps or over a beer in the pub is invariably "Is that Aviemore? Isn't it miles away?" Yup, that was my impression until getting on here and doing a bit more looking.
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Wed 2-11-16 19:05
Replies: 34
Most reasonable sized resorts and family orientated ones that I have looked at seem to have carpets. Some free Have a look at this site as I find it good at outlining the lifts in situ at any particular resort so I can try to steer clear of t-bars but will show the lifts and rates the resort for families. http://www.skiresort.info
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Tue 1-11-16 23:57
Replies: 202
@Inboard, Cheers for the info! They are not as tall as me so if I fit into the bunk then they should fit underneath.
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