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Poster: A snowHead
Sun 17-12-17 16:15
Replies: 2613
Lots more snow over the past 24 hours, and still very cold. Today was cloudy with poor viz at times, but the sun did peek through for 5 minutes while we were at Männlichen this morning. More snow tomorrow apparently. https://mikeeasley.co.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/20171217_1209491302663542.jpg
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Fri 15-12-17 17:38
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Fri 15-12-17 15:22
Replies: 23
Conditions here in the Jungfrau Region are pretty epic at the moment, but to be honest I don’t think you can go far wrong anywhere in CH.
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Fri 15-12-17 14:38
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More snow last night, and more forecast for the weekend. Today was glorious. https://mikeeasley.co.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/20171215_142507932144964.jpg The Indian restaurant opens tonight :D :D
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Wed 13-12-17 14:34
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The first bluebird day since we arrived. Very cold out of the sun, but the snow is great on and off piste. Plenty of terrain to ski despite only a few lifts being open, and valley runs are open back to Wengen and Grindelwald. Village still very quiet with only one hotel open (Bernerhof), but a couple more will open at the weekend. Männlichen begins full-time operation this weekend too. This is the best start to a season I can remember. https://mikeeasley.co.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/20171213_1414471292819655.jpg
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Mon 11-12-17 12:50
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Mon 11-12-17 12:48
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Windy? Try 249kmh gust recorded at Feuersang in Gasteintal at 10.10 today... Blimey. About half that here, but everything still closed.
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Mon 11-12-17 12:46
Replies: 3
The normal season pass is also a bargain at CHF233 / €205 / £181. That's cheaper than a 6 day pass in our village. https://www.saas-fee.ch/wintercard/en/
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Sun 10-12-17 0:56
Replies: 30
Came down to Wengen from Heidelberg by train yesterday. Snow in Heidelberg, snow in Wengen on arrival. Absolutely nothing went wrong.
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Sat 9-12-17 14:14
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Big storm last night. The snow finally stopped late this morning - probably 30cm in the village. There were a surprising amount of people out and about last night - I wonder whether the conditions have tempted people into an early holiday. We have storm warnings from MeteoSwiss for Sunday morning through to early Tuesday. This will cause problems for lifts etc. Not much happening on the nursery slope this lunchtime: https://mikeeasley.co.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/20171209_135850956804087.jpg
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Sun 3-12-17 12:45
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Sat 2-12-17 2:56
Replies: 14
You might find a pair of Salomon Force 9 3S skis in a museum somewhere I guess. I had a pair and thought they were the business back in the day. Nowadays moguls are not really a discipline in themselves, just something you come across off-piste every so often. Just use whatever you're wearing at the time - all-mountain skis will be fine as long as they're not too wide.
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Sat 2-12-17 2:49
Replies: 53
There are a couple of things about MPI. No 1, you can exclude a lot of stuff to bring the cost down, No 2 they do a France only policy and No 3 they are very open about their cover for off piste. bug, that is 3 things. Exactly. This is why we use them every winter. Once you ditch all the 'tourist' stuff like piste closure, ski pack, cancellation etc the price is ok. I would hate to think that anyone would try to save a few bob on insurance on the basis of 'advice' from a few internet randoms on Snowheads. Good insurance is vital. If you want to be a cheapskate have a look at the 'ski boots in hand luggage', or similar threads, but whatever you do don’t skimp on insurance. You seem to be contradicting yourself a little! How do you know what is "good insurance"? Like everything else, the price tag isn't necessarily an indicator. And while Snowheads isn't the be all and end all, there are some knowledgeable posters to discuss it with. The debates and real life stories on buying and claiming on insurance have certainly been interesting and beneficial to me. Quite right, my post was poorly constructed. First comment was an agreement with yours. The second was an appeal to the OP and anyone else who might be tempted to try to economise on insurance not to do so without due diligence. Lots of ways to economise on skiing holidays, but IMHO insurance is a poor place to start. Removing the bits of your policy that cover loss of skis, piste closure etc is fine, but we all really need medical, repatriation and third party cover in this day and age.
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Fri 1-12-17 3:29
Replies: 53
There are a couple of things about MPI. No 1, you can exclude a lot of stuff to bring the cost down, No 2 they do a France only policy and No 3 they are very open about their cover for off piste. bug, that is 3 things. Exactly. This is why we use them every winter. Once you ditch all the 'tourist' stuff like piste closure, ski pack, cancellation etc the price is ok. I would hate to think that anyone would try to save a few bob on insurance on the basis of 'advice' from a few internet randoms on Snowheads. Good insurance is vital. If you want to be a cheapskate have a look at the 'ski boots in hand luggage', or similar threads, but whatever you do don’t skimp on insurance.
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 30-11-17 2:34
Replies: 4
@DebbieD, I live in Wengen most of the year. The week before Lauberhorn is a great week to come skiing. Lots of beds are taken by the media and the racers, and they aren’t skiing the regular pistes. The race visitors don't arrive until the Saturday of the downhill so no worries on that score.It's a really good week to come skiing in Wengen. See you in Rocks bar!
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Wed 29-11-17 14:01
Replies: 43
telford_mike - the international price is beer or spirits , cash does not change hands ! Unfortunately I spend most of the year in Switzerland. There's only one currency and it definitely doesn’t come in a bottle! :D :D
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Wed 29-11-17 13:58
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Wed 29-11-17 13:36
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It's nice to have freshly serviced skis, and if you DIY it can be quite therapeutic (unless you make a terrible mess of it of course). However it's probably worth mentioning that if it were actually necessary to service skis every week or two, every ski instructor, seasonnaire, ski patroller and anyone else who spends all winter in the mountains would go broke within a couple of months. Servicing is either expensive or time consuming depending whether you pay or DIY, and the great majority of folk who earn a living in the mountains would rather spend that time or money drinking beer or [insert your mode of relaxation here]. Worse still, as has been mentioned above, modern servicing machines are quite aggressive, so your skis won't last long if you submit them to that sort of treatment on a regular basis. I ski almost every day through the season. Probably get the skis properly serviced once, plus the odd edge and wax maybe 3 times a season. We are (mostly) not racers, and skiing isn’t rocket science. It's certainly not worth scouring the U.K. to find a service centre before your holiday, when you can so easily get them done overnight in your resort if they really need it.
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Wed 29-11-17 2:27
Replies: 14
As above - Atomic provide a profile for the ski. Mine are 15% rocker at the tip and 10% at the tail for example. It's easy to buy skis too short when they have a lot of rocker - I went for 176 but probably should have bought the next size up. It's not the end of the world though - the skis are still great fun.
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Tue 28-11-17 13:18
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I just got a price for London City to Sion no problem at all.
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Tue 28-11-17 2:38
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Pretty bad that there's nothing on their website about this to be honest. Appreciate that they need to remain optimistic, but to continue to offer flights in the current circumstances seems a little cavalier.
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Tue 28-11-17 2:18
Replies: 22
Half an hour at a dry slope would likely achieve the same outcome at a fraction of the price. However the biggest challenge is likely to be the weather in Tignes in December - wrap him up well!
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Mon 27-11-17 18:12
Replies: 75
Shame really, but not untypical. Our local airline (Skywork, who flew London City to Bern) had severe difficulties last month which actually led to the withdrawal of its operating licence. Things are now running again, but it just shows how difficult this business is at the moment.
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Sat 25-11-17 15:26
Replies: 5
Mrs t_m did one of these courses a few years back. You need precision, so a narrower ski will be better for all those snowplough turns and basic parallels. You should get a chance to ski some powder - Mrs t_m did some cat-skiing, but it's better to rent something suitable for that when the time comes.
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Thu 23-11-17 20:03
Replies: 2613
Männlichen and Läger chairs also open this weekend. Can never remember them opening in November before. Valley run to Brandegg also open from Kleine Scheidegg.
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Thu 23-11-17 3:29
Replies: 123
@tatmanstours, I understand your parochial prejudices - I have my own too. Hence I did not advance my own village in this thread, as Wengen could hardly be renowned as the party capital of the Alps. However, having travelled the length and breadth of the Alps (including your own splendid village, which, incidentally, I enjoyed immensely and will be visiting again soon), I can only recall Zermatt as the best, money-no-object, anything-goes party town. Of course this may well accord with my age group (50+) so I will happily defer to those younger than I, who may carry a differing opinion. Different strokes etc I guess, but have a great season!
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Thu 23-11-17 2:35
Replies: 123
The question was about best resort for nightlife - not skiing, lifts or anything else. The answer is Zermatt, no question at all. Best Apres ski in the world.
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Tue 21-11-17 13:06
Replies: 2613
Mürren has some skiing this weekend up at Birg. Schilthorn still closed for the time being. Also Männlichen gondola from Grindelwald and the cable car from Wengen will be running, but the connection round to Scheidegg is still closed. https://www.jungfrauzeitung.ch/artikel/159862/
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 17-11-17 17:44
Replies: 12
Thanks, a report when you get back would be very interesting.
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Thu 16-11-17 12:33
Replies: 2613
Belvedere is a nice 3 star in Wengen. It's 5 minutes (or less) walk from the lift / station. Friends who have stayed there say that it's nice. The Derby in Grindelwald is literally on the station platform, but I don't know whether it’s any good.
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Wed 15-11-17 17:18
Replies: 2613
From the Jungfrau Zeitung (and poorly translated by Google): The snowfall and cold temperatures of the last few days make it possible for a wide range of slopes and facilities to be available this weekend. On the Kleine Scheidegg the chairlifts Wixi, Lauberhorn, Eiger North Face and Arvengarten open. If conditions permit, further facilities and slopes will be put into operation. There is also an offer for winter hikers, the path from Kleine Scheidegg to Wengernalp is open. Starting this winter season, the four largest ski areas in Bern will be joined together and have launched a joint season ticket. The presale will run until the 15th of December. For 666 francs in advance sale offers this free ride on 666 km of slopes in the Jungfrau ski region, Adelboden-Lenk, Meiringen-Hasliberg and Gstaad, according to a message from Jungfrau Railways. The official start to the season with a continuous winter sports operation is on 2 December. Information on the open lifts and slopes as well as the operating times on weekends and november are available online. https://www.jungfrauzeitung.ch/artikel/159730/
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Tue 14-11-17 19:20
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To bring it in within your budget I think you need to be looking at Bulgaria or Andorra.
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Tue 14-11-17 17:58
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Mon 13-11-17 19:29
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https://www.redbull.com/ca-en/valery-rozov-remembered
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Mon 13-11-17 12:49
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Jungfraubahn have just confirmed that the ski season starts next weekend 18th/19th November. No confirmation of lifts yet, but usually Arven, Lauberhorn, Wixi and maybe Eigernordwand if the rocks on Salzegg are sufficiently covered.
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Mon 13-11-17 12:28
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Wengen facebook page has a nice video of a walk through a snowy Wengen this morning: https://www.facebook.com/WengenLauberhorn/?hc_ref=ART3mI32vQqjTCjpdDH5eb6Z5OdstICkLLXr1IEwuGHJLHRp2GCaFjriAZeOU5BNaQg Quote as the commentator walks towards the station: "The train is always on time of course". Well it is Switzerland! 8-) The trains were rubbish yesterday - tree fell on the line at Zweilütschinen - no trains to Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald :shock:
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Sun 12-11-17 12:24
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Sat 11-11-17 12:36
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@telford_mike, In my case the SCGB insurance was less than £200, which is £150-£300 less than equivalent cover from other companies I checked (single person with world wide cover including US & Canada, with heli-skiing). MPI for example are £210 more for slighty lower cover. @telford_mike, I suspect that all insurance companies will start asking more questions as insurance fraud is on the increase. MPI ask the coverall question at the start of the quotation process, which legally is pretty much the same as the medical / family questions asked by SCGB: "I, and others listed under this policy am/are a resident(s) of the UK or Ireland and am not aware of any incidents that may give rise to a claim". I guess the premium depends on individual requirements. Ours are simple: a season (about 130 days) in Europe, and we remove everything except medical, rescue, third party liability and repatriation. It may well be that this is what makes MPI cheaper for us.
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Sat 11-11-17 2:03
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SCGB is not an insurance company. They are merely a middle man taking a margin, and therefore you are bound to be able to find similar or better cover for the same or less money.
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Sat 11-11-17 1:54
Replies: 29
@JonA, His principal concern should be repatriation to the U.K. in the event of an accident. The local insurances that come with ski passes won’t cover this. MPI insurance is a good bet to cover this risk.
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