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Poster: A snowHead
Sun 23-04-17 15:29
Replies: 17
Pretty good this surfdome sale, got a Quiksilver Misson jacket and Protest salopettes for son for about £100, then noticed that they had the Picture Styler jacket at 55% off for £85, so got one. Am impressed at it for the price, but looks like its back to only 40% again but still not bad value even so. I would point out Raijin sports on the Fulham Road for kids helmets and googles, just got two Bern helmets and one pair of bolle photochromatics for next season (or maybe a sneaky summer glacier trip) for £75 all up. Also got a great Patagonia kids jacket for £75. Also Alpenstock (http://alpenstock.co.uk/) are having a clear out (closing down in the summer apparently) but they have some Tenson gear. It was great gear whenI got some before and I find it hard to get in the UK. I bought a Tenson jacket and salopettes about over 20 years ago and although not used every year they are still going, so going to punt on a few more pieces which may last to the end of my skiing days. You will need to visit or ring the shop as they dont have an online shop but they seem to be happy to photo and send by email. I have pictures and prices of the Tenson they have (minus my new purchases of course) if anyone wants a look.
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Thu 20-04-17 21:17
Replies: 19
Thanks for the great report. Sound like you had a great trip despite your concerns about the snow conditions/weather the weeks before. I'm surprised there are not more British visitors to the resorts in Norway. The most I meet are usually married to Norwegians/Scandinavians (like me). SkiStar's website automatically goes to EUR if you select English language. You can pay in NOK or SEK if you select Norwegian or Swedish. I always try to pay in SEK because it's SkiStar's home currency but sometimes the difference is so small it's easier for to pay in NOK so I don't have to deal with the fees my bank adds on. Very worrying watching the temps rise and the depth reduce. But it was all good in the end and cheers for your tips. I think there are not more Brits there for a few reasons, cost as Penry says, a chap I was on a chair lift thought Norway was between Austria and Switzerland in terms of skiing cost. Not many big TOs seem to go and maybe the resorts on first inspection look low/small so looks like you need to be in the know. Interesting about the currencies, I didnt try the other language websites. Might be a bit of arbitrage there next time. And dont pay the fx fees, get one of those cards that dont have any, I use Revolut.
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Thu 20-04-17 21:07
Replies: 19
Why do you think that a Focus is "no way on the same level as an Astra"? (assuming that you're talking about estates in both cases). They're near in terms of space etc. (but the Focus is far nicer to drive). I'd rather have a Focus than an Astra. Quite often they say I've got an X and a Y and let you chose, and typically it's better than I was expecting. I am just not a Ford person, probably harking back to how they were 20 years ago rather than the current reality. But more of a bargaining position in this instance. I knew that the Astra Estate had a 40:20:40 back seat and so would accommodate our skis inside comfortably and safely, I wasn't sure that the Focus could do either so didnt want to accepting something that wouldn't work for us. And I wasnt sure she was even referring to a Focus Estate.
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Thu 20-04-17 21:01
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Many thanks for looking, I really appreciate it. I just couldn't believe there wasn't some simple solution. There's no point paying top dollar for ski-in ski-out if you have to take a bus anyway; you might as well stay somewhere cheap off-site. I'll call them if it becomes a live consideration for next year; I have an aversion to returning to the same holiday destination but in many ways it's perfect for us. No worries, it was good to find out as I was thinking about it for us for another time as well given the good late Easter conditions we had there. But with it you are paying for the accommodation, possible catering and the facilities, all of which looked/sounded goods, rather than the location.
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Thu 20-04-17 20:56
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We've ben happy with the skistar instructors also - usually very young instructors for the kids lessons, but they make it fun. Hmm, skiing with the top buckle of the boots undone... I think it could be more likely to lead to an injury in a fall as it will twist a lot more before the ski releases from its binding? They were indeed. But sounded like the 6 year olds wore them out towards the end of the week. Crumbs, hadn't even thought of the risk of that. Could get nasty. Thanks for pointing that out, will pass it on in the sternest of terms.
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Thu 20-04-17 15:34
Replies: 13
Trysil. Its very low, base is 500m and hghest point just over 1,000m. It has lots of S/C accom and has a parent sharing pass. As do probably the other resorts under Skistar or other Scandi resorts.
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Thu 20-04-17 0:06
Replies: 19
Tipping the ski instructor - were they surprised?! It may be the first tip they'd ever received a tip as no one really tips in Scandinavia (good wages) and its pretty much cashless! Indeed...please don't start a trend...Scandinavia is already expensive! Yes, it didnt seem like the norm, but didn't refuse it. It really was the only tips we handed out the entire trip due to my penny pinching way of organizing everything myself so hopefully haven't distorted the economy too much. :) . They were a nice bunch and the sprogs really came on a lot. Added to that our 6 year old was being a bit of a madam on the first day, didn't like falling/skiing. Also 10 year old was only 1 of 2 in the group and they cut the time of the class from 2 to 3 hours so expect the instructor had his take home cut a bit. Also I did make a stuff up and booked my OH and 10 year old each in a level too high, ok for him as he was only one of two so the instructor could tailor things and he did seem to cope ok in the end and enjoyed it. But in my OH's class there was another person who was a level below and they packed it in after the first day and left my OH as TE Charlie. Daren't tell her I put her in the wrong class. Especially when I then found out that she skis with her top buckle undone as its too tight!!! Despite me pointing out its the second most important one on the boot and wont make doing reds very easy. But what doesnt kill you!
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Wed 19-04-17 23:51
Replies: 19
Great review. Went there in Feb but on the Turistsenter side. I was trying to work out how you'd get from Radisson Blu Mountain Resort to the HÝyfjellssenter Ski School for 9am and it looks like the key is to book the lessons for the afternoon. Did the F13 only let the skiers on early once? Or did you only see it once? Thanks. I think I remember you asking on another thread and thought I would take a look to find out. Was only down there once to see the early kick off of F13 so a 100% record but hardly a large sample. There was a queue well before 9am as if people expected it to open earlier than 9am. But even when it did open at 8.50ish it still would have been a bit of a push to get to the lesson by 9am official start time. If you need to know I would drop the Radisson or Skistar a line and ask if this is the norm, or even call them, everyone I rang in Norway when researching was really helpful. If it does start early you would still be putting a few eggs in the one basket if the thing didn't run up ok. And if it doesn't always open early it doesn't mean you can't do the 9am lessons at HÝyfjellssenter as there is still the bus that could work (I haven't checked the schedule but I would expect it to be timed to get people there for 9am school/lift start) or if you end up with a car its very short drive to the ski school meet with parking very close. And there is the 1045am start time for the 90 min group lessons if you can get those, gives you plenty of time to get there and warm up.
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Wed 19-04-17 19:03
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@ster, ........ as you have to pay for delivery and returns with sportspursuit. PS If you pay with Paypal on SportsPursuit you can get your return cost refunded for a limited time according to this page, see the bottom: https://www.sportpursuit.com/delivery-returns/
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Tue 18-04-17 21:04
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Country: Norway Domain: Trysil Author: Jang (ster) Date: 7th - 15th April 2017 Our holiday: Family ski/city break holiday, consisting of myself, OH, 10 yr son and 6 yr old daughter incorporating a city break in Oslo, as seems a pity to travel only to ski and not see anything else. Website: https://www.skistar.com/en/ Weather & conditions: www.yr.no, www.fnugg.no Travelled on BA from Heathrow to Oslo, seemed to land at the far end of Oslo airport which is surprisingly big and resulted in a long walk. Have to pay for everything on board now with M&S sandwiches on board, no free lunch. Stayed for two nights near the airport at Best Western in a ďfamily roomĒ with breakfast included for £190 booked via booking.com. Used booking.com cancellation policy to arbitrage the price between a couple of hotels as prices dropped just before we went. There are two hotels on site at the airport but they cost twice as much. The BW was off-site and had to take a shuttle bus, cost was not included and was for the distance a steep NOK70 per pax. Luckily under 16s travelled free but humour not improved when breaking a bottle of precious duty free wine on exiting the bus. Room was small especially with a sofa double and two single beds out but functional. No fridge but had tea making facilities. Breakfast was a good sized buffet with good variety of the usual fare plus local items, and was available at decent times. Fine and fit for purpose. From here we headed back to the airport the next day to take a train into Oslo, the normal train services cost half the dedicated airport to Oslo train, they are only take a couple of minutes longer and leave from the adjacent platforms right underneath the airport (thatís the way to build them). Even on a weekend we didnít have to wait more than 10 minutes for a clean, efficient and fast service to get to/from the centre of town. Had thoughts of driving in but glad we didnít in the end as while simple to get to Oslo, once there there are one way systems and tram/bus only roads. There is also an Oslo toll (and a tax if driving in with studded tyres!). Once in Oslo we got the Oslo visitors pass which covered all public transport in the centre, entrance to all the attractions we wanted and up to 20% discounts at some restaurants. (Kids travel on public transport for free at weekends anyway). Headed on the ferry to Bygdoy to visit the various museums linked to Norwayís maritime past, the fascinating Thor Heyerdahl museum which has his actual Kon-Tiki raft, a fantastic story you would have said was an invention if it didnít actually happen and is an explorer I remember from his later expeditions, also have Ra-II there. The Fram museum, Amundsenís Antarctic ship which also has generous mentions of Scottís competing expedition, and the Viking ship museum. All well worth seeing. Took the bus back into Olso to see the Nobel Peace Centre (not quite what you think it will be but wonít spoil it), the Scream (not actually in the Munch Museum but in the National Gallery) which made an impact on mini-ster who then was replicating it on steamed up bathroom mirrors, thereafter a walk around the palace and the Akershus fortress. Sadly missed the closing time of the Norwegian Resistance Museum located there. Very easy to get around on trains, buses and trams. Ate at Kaffistova as suggested and was reasonably priced compared to other city centre eateries then back on the train to the airport to pick up a rental car for the next dayís drive up to Trysil. Booked car hire with Sixt via rentalcars.com, hoped to book direct but couldnít get as good a deal on the companiesí own websites as on rentalcars.com. Cost was £250 for the basic rental for a week. Why can they never give you the car advertised, booked an Astra Opel Estate (or similar!!!) as checked it would easily take the skis inside we had, but given a Rav4 which I was told was an upgrade on the level I had booked being a Ford Focus. I said that a Focus was no way on the same level as an Astra which was on my paperwork, girl looked bemused as she said that they donít even have any Astra Estates! Went to find the Rav4 under protest that if it didnít fit the skis inside I would be back, couldnít find the car and had to go back to the office when miraculously she could had a Volvo X90 that she could give me at no extra cost, result! And an automatic! Watch for the extras in the fine print, these were rental of the smart toll device (NOK294, about £30) and winterisation fee although on clarifying this only runs from 1 Nov to end March. I will replicate the links kindly provided by Spoon to the odd give way rule that Norway has, but didnít see it in action http://karmasotra.blogspot.no/2008/07/driving-in-norway-1-that-ridiculous.html?m=1 https://anewlifeinnorway.wordpress.com/2010/10/22/driving-in-norway-8-tips-tricks/ Didnít hurry to get out the door in the morning as encouraged another stuffing at the breakfast buffet to ameliorate feeding costs before setting off. Straightforward drive to the resort on good roads. Most drivers generally follow the speed limits which are low for the quality of the roads but thems the rules so stuck the cruise control on to prevent being tempted. A few speed cameras (some averaging ones) en-route but they were well sign posted and appeared on the Sat Nav. Quite a few tolls on the motorways, I think you could avoid these but looked like it would take about another hour to get there. Tolls themselves ended up at a total of NOK363, about £36. Road from the main highway up to the resort could get icy and saw one car in a ditch after heavy snow but driven with care is fine. The resort: Is spread out over several areas. The drive from our HÝyfjellssenter side to the main Turistsenter area is about 10km with the Trysil township (with the big supermarkets) in between. Lots of cabins about in varying size and apparent luxuriousness, down to a caravan park. Skistar runs most things, its staff are friendly and helpful although not all the lifties were that way inclined as saw a few youngsters struggle for a while before being helped on. Pretty strict place as we got a welcome pack including a letter warning of dire consequences for making noise past 11pm and they donít rent if all occupants are under 18, but was fine by us. Get the skistar app as it tracks your lift usage, you can add your kids and it gives you in-resort discounts and deals. Very family orientated and loads of nippers about of all ages, helps with the deal on free lift passes for under 7s and the availability of the shared parent pass. Lift pass began at 3pm on the day before the official start and it was night skiing for the first night we got there as well. Luckily our accommodation was available when we got there at around 2pm (officially from 5pm) so could change in comfort to use the early lift pass start. As to apres, I didnít seek any out but generally very quiet on the side we were staying, on Sunday night most restaurants looked closed by 8pm. Accommodation: Booked via skistar website as they seem to have the majority of accommodation around on their site including the two Radisson Blu offerings (catered or self catered). Normal week is Sunday to Sunday, only a few places do Sat-Sat or by nights. We went self-catering in a 1 bedroom apartment that slept four on the north facing HÝyfjellssenter side at EUR 1,100 for a week (incl optional cleaning cost). If you choose to pay via myskistar page on booking then you get a 10 day period to pay the deposit (if more than 42 days from arrival), effectively you can use this as a no payment cooling off period whilst you decide/check other options. It was hard to say where the apartment was as the ďmapĒ was a diagram and had no scale but we found it was a 2 minute walk to the ski school meeting point and the lifts as well as parking, shops and restaurants a stoneís throw away with a ski storage locker below (there was a warning in the welcome pack about ski theft but didnít did come across any evidence of it, and there were a lot of nice skis left lying about). It was very well appointed having been refurbished not long ago, had all the mod cons (except a washing machine and didnít see a laundrette anywhere) including underfloor heating, a brilliant drying cabinet (toasty boots in the morning!) and plenty of kitchen gear including a toaster. Downside was that there was only a shower, no bath for luxuriating in, and we shared a hot water cylinder with another flat which we only found out when there was no hot water one evening at about 5pm, thought there was a fault. Skistar was good and sent a technician straightaway but confirmed that there was no problem, just that someone else had had all the hot showers. But this only happened the one time. Lift system: Mostly drags (pomas and interminable mile long t-bars), a few chairs, a couple were heated with hoods (Is it just me or is this going a bit far? There will be cup holders next. I quite like being on a chair in the open, if you canít stand getting a bit cold maybe skiing isnít for you, and the heated seats did melt the snow leaving puddles to sit in). Reason for the drags as explained by instructor was that it gets windy, the chairs get closed but not the drags. This did happen during our stay so seemed a reasonable reason but didnít help my old legs. No queues earlier in the week except for when the winds closed the higher areas and compressed everyone on the lower slopes but it did get busier on the holiday weekend. Glad to see that the chairs had singleton lanes that beat the queues as people did not seem keen to fill all the seats for some reason, used them often when rushing back for school pick-up (just like being at home!). Of the twin F7 T-bars, only one was ever running. It got busy, not helped by people not wanting to fill each side, as itís an important lift to get from our side to the F2 express chair or up F3 to the top of Hogegga blacks. In talking to a couple that had been there 6 years running they couldnít recall both T-bars running at the same time. The snow: I watched the base melt away under the heat of previous weeks so stopped looking, luckily the temps dropped and all runs and lifts were listed as open with the snow being pretty good with less than 70cm of base, (found that the website could not quite be trusted on that front as there were parts of runs not open, such as the higher part of Black 75 and the odd other one when ďallĒ were open). It snowed a bit mid-week which was great, then all day Thursday and part of the Friday morning putting down +20cm, but Friday was our last skiing day so the Saturday we were leaving would have been great. It did get cut up quite quickly on that Friday morning as the crowds for Easter weekend had arrived but overall good snow management. It got heavy in the afternoons but with the cold temps not slushy, nor did it seem to ice up overnight for the mornings. The terrain: A good mix of difficulties so caters for all levels, ambitions and abilities (canít comment on off-piste as donít do it). All parts of the resort could be accessed from blues and greens which is great for beginners or as confidence builders. The reds and blacks would be easy reds/blacks in the big Euro resorts. High up was fairly exposed but with the lower slopes in the trees, including many of the blacks in the Hoggega area, there was shelter and with both south and north facing sides there was always a calmer side There are quite a few snow parks (most kid sized but some with frighteningly big jumps) and short timed speed and slalom runs, something for everyone. We went night skiing on two nights, first on our side then on the Turistsenter side. More of a novelty as by that time snow was cut up and heavy going, not many takers and by this time of year they could have got away with not turning on the floodlights as it was daylight until 8pm or so. Ski School: Group lessons were Monday to Friday and could start at 9am , 10.45am and 1.15pm. OH and youngest had 90 min group lessons in the afternoon, 10 year old had a 3 hour group lesson (with 2 students so virtually a private one) at 9am so it was lucky that we were so close to the ski meeting point as the lifts donít open until 9am. Both kids progressed well with the Youngest who had skied a little before actually wanting to ski more and take the chair to Trysilfjellet (highest point) and ski down its long green and had done a blue by weeks end. Very pleased with their progress. Good set up for the littlies at HÝyfjellssenter, with a carpet, a low slung and slow poma and a normal poma all nearby the dedicated school slope to progress on. With all the greens they have enough to be getting on with. Note that on our nosy down to the Radisson Residences at our side, you would need to take 2 lifts to get to the HÝyfjellssenter school meeting point so would need to drive or take the bus for a 9am lesson, although one morning we were down there we did see the F13 lift letting skiers on at 8.50am, still would be hard pressed to make it. But there is a ski school offering located at the Radisson with Ski Norway if you book a package or accommodation via them. Oddly the instructors are mostly Swedes or Danes, apparently only 2 out of about 30 on our side were Norwegians, apparently the pay is much better than in Sweden. The instructor for our youngestís class had to instruct in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and English. Food: Canít really comment as did not eat at restaurants as they were very expensive, except for the occasional hot chocolates and £5 waffles. Food at supermarkets wasnít too bad if bought carefully, beer looked ok until I worked out that the price quoted was per bottle and not for the four pack it sat in front of. Other: As a treat for their good effort on the slopes and not losing any equipment, I took the kids for a PAYG visit to the pools at the Radisson Residences, cost NOK350 (just over £30 pounds) for the three of us. It was a pretty fancy layout with a decent sized heated pool that ran outside toa teraace where you could watch skiers on the small slope that runs past, 3 hot tubs both in and outside, 2 different saunas, a hot stone room and steam room and touch sensitive showers. Be aware though that kids are not allowed in for the first or last of hour of opening, despite the fact that all kids get up early during holidays (as opposed to on school days). Got the skis waxed and edges done at the resort service centre (only game in town it seemed) after the last day, they had them ready the next morning (not sure if they could do them by a 9am start as I didnít need them for that) and the edges seemed sharp as sliced thorough plastic cable ties I was using to fix them together for trip home. Would never have needed any cash during the whole holiday apart from tipping the ski instructors. Everything could be done on a credit card. Didnít come across too many English there and what there were seemed to be staying at the Radisson with Ski Norway and others who we met who lived in the UK originally from Sweden and Holland. On the way back to the airport we stopped in Hamar at a medieval church (http://domkirkeodden.no/en) that had been razed by those mean neighbours the Swedes (When and why did the Scandinavians turn all nice anyway? Iíve watched Vikings, what happened to them?) then lately encased in a glass cathedral to preserve it, very interesting and a major construction at its peak in 1200. Make sure the guide sings you a song to show off the acoustics. Conclusion: We would go back as itís a resort with something for everyone and easily accessible for all, except you have to like/do drags. Nearly everyone skied under control and at safe/appropriate speeds, even the kids, as opposed to some in France on our last trip so something less to worry about. Kids enjoyed the ski school with both much improved and the youngest didnít need to buy a lift pass. Would help if the exchange rate was better, skistar prices its accommodation/lessons/passes in EURO for some reason. Any questions, let me know and I would be happy to answer.
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Tue 18-04-17 19:40
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@Wildsmith, you get to do some good trips! We just did a Oslo/Trysil trip ourselves this Easter, had a great time, and I had been thinking about doing a ski trip incorporating Venice too at some point. I had thought of staying near the airport and getting into Venice each day but looks like staying in the centre worked well. When leaving luggage at the airport could they take skis? (Ah, a re-read of your post says yes) Which of the ski areas that you visited did you find the best? And which would you recommend for a mix of abilities? I had liked the look of Kronplatz based on the little research done to date and sounds easy enough to get to.
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Sun 16-04-17 9:09
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Thanks for the review. Definitely on the list for next year, especially on hearing that there are no drags and has reasonably priced food, a welcome antithesis to our latest trip.
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Fri 14-04-17 7:05
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Its still snowing here. Is there such a thing as too much?
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Thu 13-04-17 16:01
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Poster: A snowHead
Thu 13-04-17 6:32
Replies: 17
The forecast precipitation at Trysil is turning up as snow and a decent amount a to boot so it should be fine to their seasons close.
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Tue 11-04-17 20:56
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In Trysil now. There is snow and it should last if the temps stay where they are. All lifts and runs are able to be opened. Snow (rain) is forecast over the next few days. The drive is a doddle. The trip should really be shorter than 2 1/2 hours from the airport but the speed limits are rather conservative for the roads and there are a few cameras albeit marked but some are average speed ones. There is a bus that runs directly to the main resort drop off point from Gardermoen airport but we rented a car. Loads of nippers about. Our 6 year old is in ski school on the Hoyfjellssenter where there are several green runs that beginners can easily access. Most of the resort can be navigated purely on blues and greens. A few fast modern chairs but lots of surface lifts though with some long tricky t-bars and pomas which these aged legs aren't thanking me for.
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Wed 5-04-17 22:42
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@ster, Thanks, i saw that, but just wanted some real world experience as you have to pay for delivery and returns with sportspursuit. Some real world sizing experience as the first pair just arrived. Had used the sizing guide on the site and gloves fitted well based on that. Will hopefully get some use from them over this Easter and could report on that but likely to be too late in terms of the deal.
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Tue 4-04-17 12:17
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Hi @Markymark29, I was just answering the sizing question above. Nothing was inplied or explicity about the quality.
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Tue 4-04-17 11:15
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how does the sizing work out to hestra? i am normally a size 9 on hestra and also have medium kinco gloves. There is a link to a guide on how to measure your hand for the gloves on the Sports Pursuit page.
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Mon 3-04-17 23:45
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@Scarlet, cheers for the heads up. Nothing like getting in early for next season.
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Mon 3-04-17 19:35
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Not been but looks interesting although that's a heck of a long drive for a day or two skiing on a 2km slope with one lift! Of the Norwegian resorts I had been looking at the equipment rental always seemed high but hope that's not unexpected and doesnt put you off.
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Thu 30-03-17 20:33
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@Spoon, thanks again. Comforting on the weather front (I must stop looking as there is nothing I can do about it) and for pointing out the give way rule. Did some research on Norway speed limits but didn't turn up this rule. Oddly I lived in NZ until recently where they had a similar give way rule (also to the right even though they drive on the left) until they got rid of it about 5 years ago. I think as they depend quite a lot on tourists that having unusual driving rules that ended up making it more likely that tourists could have accidents was not a great state of affairs.
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Wed 29-03-17 21:20
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@Spoon, thanks very much for the update. We will be driving up on 9th April so those are good tips about the traffic and the cameras. Happy not to rush up and I try not to speed on roads/countries I dont know. Heading back on the Saturday before Easter Sunday so hopefully will miss the traffic, but again will leave plenty of time to get back to get our flight as probably wont ski that day. Hopefully the conditions will be good and the snow will last until we get there, I thought I saw it was to get warmer next week as predicted on yr.no so was getting a bit worried and it seemed to lose 8cms of snow depth over one day but that could just be that they dont update it daily.
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Mon 27-03-17 23:02
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Thanks, let me know how you go. Due to lateness of Easter looked to go high or north when booking, chose north so off to Norway. Fingers crossed it doesn't get too warm there. Cheers
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Mon 27-03-17 15:43
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We are off to Trysil this Easter en famille (6 & 10 years old) and will do a report so watch out for it. Happy to look at any specific aspects/questions you have.
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Sun 26-03-17 22:37
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Hi Chris A bit behind the times, just ordered No.1 (order for Jang). Any chance of getting it in the post so it gets here before Friday 7th April as heading off on our Easter ski trip that day and need something to read. Cheers
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Wed 22-03-17 22:25
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@Spoon, hi and welcome to snowheads. Thanks for the info and tips. I was a bit stunned at the fx charges on using our normal credit cards on our last trip so am now using the Revolut Mastercard debit card which has no charges for fx transactions and purports to use near interbank rates. Sounds perfect for Norway if its as cashless as everyone is saying. Looks like you will have a great time with the recent snow fall then forecast for sun over the next few days. Which side do you stay?
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Mon 20-03-17 0:08
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Thanks for all who took time to give their, as always, helpful advice. Am not sure he is going as yet and the first session is on Tuesday. But I will get some Zardoz from The Piste Office as will be good for our Easter trip if nothing else. Not set up here at all for sharpening edges so doing so after each session as has been explained is very important (more so that the waxing prep) will not be a starter. So will let him try the rental stuff first (his first time on plastic and maybe not a bad thing to go a little slower first) then use his skis for the last session /actual race when their edges will be good. Cheers all.
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Fri 17-03-17 17:48
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Looks awful! And I always wondered how they would get you off the chair and now I know So had we cheltski...so had we...:lol: http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=2852847&highlight=chairlift#2852847 So I now know the one and only good thing about drags, you can get off when you choose. Only those for me when skiing on leaving day now! Where still has drag lifts? NZ has loads, and some of those nastly named nutcracker type. And co-incidentally so has Trysil where we are heading to soon. I can feel my poor thighs now.
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Fri 17-03-17 13:17
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Depends if you are going from an International to Domestic it should be ok to tranfser bags as the security checks on the bag would have been more rigoirous (supposedly) to get them into the Intl flight first then they would be happy to load onto Domestic. But if the other way around then the Domestic checks may not be enough to get it transferred into the Intl flight without recheck-in. If you are in the latter situation then the timing sounds quite tight. Might come down to your routing and exactly which Dom & Intl start points and destinations you are on to get he bags checked through. If you find you need to pick them up an re-check in then doesnt sound like enought time to pick up and get over to a new terminal to make check in there
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Thu 16-03-17 22:01
Replies: 11
Looks awful! And I always wondered how they would get you off the chair and now I know So had we cheltski...so had we...:lol: http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=2852847&highlight=chairlift#2852847 So I now know the one and only good thing about drags, you can get off when you choose. Only those for me when skiing on leaving day now!
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Thu 16-03-17 21:23
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Hi All I know nothing about dry ski slopes so am hoping to get some advice. Mini-ster has the chance to go to Gosling dry ski slope with school for three 2 hour training sessions (him and 39 other kids on a coach, rather the teacher than me!) culminating (if selected) in the regional school dry slope ski competition, which is slalom I believe. Hereís the question, included in the price is rental of all gear but wondering if he should/could take his own skis. I believe that shorter skis than the norm for snow are required for dry slopes. He has a pair of good condition 130cm piste skis (12m radius, 85-65-98 ) that he was using a couple of years ago (he is now 156cm and 45kg). Would these be suitable for dry slope slalom? If yes then do they need any special prep for the dry slope (after he last used them they were serviced and waxed for storage)? I remember reading how dry slopes can burn bases. I think Gosling is dendix. Or should he just use the kit they dole out as we would be paying for it anyway (and save all the hassle) but not knowing if they have good kit there and not knowing if they are good at selecting the right kit to hand out? Cheers
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Thu 16-03-17 21:21
Replies: 9
Agree with jiagedapng, Christchurch is like living in a small city, you can see hills but its not living in the mountains like Queenstown and Wanaka. These places have an outdoors feel and are focused on adventure sports, yes expensive but if its a choice (and you are not there to make your fortune) I would choose them over Christchurch for a season.
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Wed 15-03-17 22:37
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Sarge McSarge is your man for this if anyone is on this site. Hopefully he will see this or PM him ? But, although Christchurch is on the right island, it is a little removed from the big south island skiing centres of Queenstown etc. Mt Hutt is the nearest reasonably sized field to Christchurch and its over an hours drive away so whils there must be a few ski shops in Christchurch there may not be that many. Would you not consider Queenstown where the bigger fields are and the big spenders go thus more ski outlets?
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Tue 14-03-17 14:27
Replies: 14
We are going to Trysil for those dates and under 7s ski free if wearing a helmet. Same for Ňre (and maybe any skistar resort). Broadly the same, its free for 7 and under at Vemdalen. St Johann has a child price in addition to a junior price so need to check each resort for its own quirks.
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Mon 13-03-17 18:03
Replies: 14
We are going to Trysil for those dates and under 7s ski free if wearing a helmet.
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Sat 11-03-17 22:25
Replies: 25
Ah. I asked the ski school the same thing as we are staying that side, they said drive is easiest. Will you rent a car? I'll see if I can check on the walking logistics when we are there at Easter. Otherwise when I have had a question I've just rung up and asked.
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Sat 11-03-17 21:58
Replies: 25
Yes, odd they start the lessons at the same time the lifts open. But doesnt the ski school start from both sides? Drive if you have a car otherwise isnt there the ski bus. First one leaves Turistsenter at 0800 and is meant to get to Hoyfjellssenter at 0840.
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Sat 11-03-17 18:39
Replies: 228
At least the snow is good and will still be there tomorrow. Crystal can't stuff that up. Hope you have a good time from here on.
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Sat 11-03-17 12:47
Replies: 228
Sounds like it might be one of those holidays. Chin up, don't worry about what you can't control, enjoy what you can and put it down to experience.
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