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Many Irish Boarders or skiers on here?

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Just wondering is there many Irish on here. Its a bit of a nightmare trying to get good deals from Ireland as we are limited in options for destination airports amongst other obstacles. If enough of us get together in some sort of group/forum surely we could maybe benefit from cheaper trips and ultimately more trips. If this is something that may interest you give me a shout. Maybe there is something like this out there and if there is could you point me in the right direction. Need to find a way to board more often until the lottery win comes in.
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How Irish?

I'm in Belfast.

Old Fartbag is up here somewhere.

There are a couple from the west coast.

Haven't found any sort of group buy type thing, but sleazy jet run loads of flights to GVA from Belfast on Saturday and Sunday during the winter. The TO deals are very limited.
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Yeah usually fly to GVA, Lyon or Bergamo, transfers rarely suit so car rental is usally the option. Thats fine when theres a few of you but when your mates can't go it get pricey, just thinking if there was something like the buddy thing in here where you could pick a willing snowtraveller to cut the costs it would be great. There doesn't seem to be that much action on the site in general in here so the likelihood of finding that snowbuddy seems slim. i'm just desperate for more trips so looking for options really.
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@Paddy77, look on the bash bit.
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@Paddy77, also click on the snowbuddy link in your post (and mine) Laughing
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Yup, I'm "Up here somewhere"....as Thorny puts it. snowHead

Hawkwind is also from NI.
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@Thornyhill whats the bash bit?
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A load of eejits by the sound of things.* snowHead members get together several times a year for what appears to be excellent value ski trips. Once I get rid of the sprogs I plan to join in.


http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewforum.php?f=31

*No offence to the sensible people who go on bashes. There must be some? Toofy Grin
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Handy guide

http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=49389
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Paddy77 wrote:
@Thornyhill whats the bash bit?


That's the special ski trips organised by admin where the snowHeads go to meet up and ski (and socialise) on the slopes. See http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=49389

Currently published dates for next season's bashes here
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Thornyhill wrote:
A load of eejits by the sound of things.* snowHead members get together several times a year for what appears to be excellent value ski trips. Once I get rid of the sprogs I plan to join.


*No offence to the sensible people who go on bashes. There must be some? Toofy Grin


Sensible? No way, you'll fit in well. Toofy Grin
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@ paddy77

Have you asked Cedric McFredrick?
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geepee wrote:
Thornyhill wrote:
A load of eejits by the sound of things.* snowHead members get together several times a year for what appears to be excellent value ski trips. Once I get rid of the sprogs I plan to join in.


*No offence to the sensible people who go on bashes. There must be some? Toofy Grin


Sensible? No way, you'll fit in well. Toofy Grin


Aye...all you nutters seem to be OK. Dealing with sensible people scares me. wink
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I normally do Easyjet from Belfast or either Ryanair or Aerlingus from Dublin. Buy cheap flights and go with UCPA, or look for late deals on accommodation. Have a look at action-outdoors.com if you haven't heard of UCPA.
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@Paddy77, @Thornyhill, @geepee, I went on my 1st bash this season and I'll definitely go on more.
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I'm a last minute deals from Crystal kinda guy.
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I'm Irish but not the droid your looking for given I live in Switzerland Toofy Grin
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Thanks for the feedback lads
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@rogg Not many last minute deals with crystal late in the season thou
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From Donegal....... I take queasyjet from Belfast to Lyon or GVA and Atibus up to Val Thorens.
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From Donegal....... I take queasyjet from Belfast to Lyon or GVA and Atibus up to Val Thorens.

If you don't mind me asking.....roughly where in Donegal and are you a haulier?
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Paddy77 wrote:
@rogg Not many last minute deals with crystal late in the season thou


True. Not that many early season this year either.
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@spacetrucker,
Great horse that , remember backing it at the Killarney festival over 20 years ago! Charlie Swan rode it.
Plenty of drink that night.
Also Irish from Belfast, DIY from Belfast or Dublin
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Hi Paddy77.
I'm a Dub. Very irregular contributor to snowheads but frequent lurker. Mostly a snowboarder now.
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Inishowen part of Donegal. No not a haulier, more of a Deep Purple fan.
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Well we had a lot of luck on Venus, we always had a ball on mars, etc.

First album I owned. Off to look it out now.
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Inishowen part of Donegal. No not a haulier, more of a Deep Purple fan.

I'm not far from Lifford and worked in Ballindrait...so not too far away.
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love 70s rockbands Smile
Rory Gallagher was very nearly in Deep Purple , might make the festival this year.
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Irish skier here, usually fly Dublin-Geneva direct with Aer Lingus or Swiss.
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love 70s rockbands Smile
Rory Gallagher was very nearly in Deep Purple , might make the festival this year.


Purple played the Ishgl season closer 4 yeas ago. Their set was really polished, like they'd been practising for 40 years perhaps. Roger Glover was in good nick considering the mileage.

I'm trying to prove I'm Irish along with quite a few other people at the moment.
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Yes, I am in the process of hopping the Irish sea myself....
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Purple played the Ishgl season closer 4 yeas ago. Their set was really polished, like they'd been practising for 40 years perhaps. Roger Glover was in good nick considering the mileage.

I'm trying to prove I'm Irish along with quite a few other people at the moment.[/quote]

I'm working plastering ceilings with planet rock blasting a bit of highway star!
Check it out if you have one of those dab radios, some great forgotten anthems.
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opposite corner of the country here in Cork. only flight option for us is Munich with aer lingus so count yourselves lucky. Dublin is a total pain as we live 340km from door to airport. we are actually considering flying out of Kerry to Hahn which would be about 600 km to our preferred resorts in Austria, but only Friday and Monday flights which is more time off work + extra cost +kids out of school etc. we have gone in groups of max 16 to as few as 5 in the last 20 years. failed to go last year due to lunatic flight prices and lunatic 2yr old.
Cork airport is pathetic for central\southern Europe flight options.
re getting a better price for a group, we got married in Austria and thought it would be a good idea to get a group price from aer lingus expecting a discount. some chance!!
flights were about 130pp at the time online they offered us 220 pp!!. some offer. topflight do offer group price discounts but their prices are so high the discount would need to be huge.
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One option which might be worth looking at for those without decent flights to resort airports is to fly to Paris and take a high-speed train down to Bourg Saint Maurice (direct access to Les Arcs, easy access to 3 Valleys, La Plagne, La Rosiere, Sainte Foy, Tignes & Val d'Isere).

Air France often sell packaged Flight + Train tickets (in fact, you sometimes have to be careful not to book one accidentally when using comparison sites!).

I guess reasonably timed/priced flights to Paris are probably more likely than Geneva, etc.
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@Tom Doc, Hey Tom, another from Northern Ireland here. Two of us flying into Geneva on the 16th December and considering the Action Outdoors option in Tignes or Valdsere. Have you stayed at either of those centers and if so could you give feedback on them plus arranging transfers etc. Our flight home on the 23rd leaves Geneva at 09.50 so atm we are struggling to find transfers as the earliest A/O can get us back to Geneva at is 08.00, definitely not enough time to get through security.
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For the information of the NI and Eire based people on this thread it's worthwhile mentioning that Jet2 are doing winter flights from Belfast to Salzburg and Verona (handy for Val Gardena and the Sella Ronda)
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Left the rebel county long ago to conquer far away hills in the haute savoie, 1 sqm at a time. So if anyone coming to PdS look me up. Half decent boarder, tend to stay entirely off piste when conditions allow. Actually been listening to a lot of NI bands recently...SLF, That Petrol Emotion, Undertones, Gallagher (good cork man).
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@langball, langball, been to the PDS a few times and the last was two years ago the week before xmas. Only thing putting us off again is the chance of bad conditions once again. Where you there last season at that time? was it overcrowded that week and were the conditions decent enough? The chalets in the PDS are brilliant and what you get for the price there I can't find anywhere else, I know this is partly because of elevation but we are considering holding of to last minute as we already have flights into Geneva booked. The short transfer is also a bonus
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tman80 wrote:
@Tom Doc, Hey Tom, another from Northern Ireland here. Two of us flying into Geneva on the 16th December and considering the Action Outdoors option in Tignes or Valdsere. Have you stayed at either of those centers and if so could you give feedback on them plus arranging transfers etc. Our flight home on the 23rd leaves Geneva at 09.50 so atm we are struggling to find transfers as the earliest A/O can get us back to Geneva at is 08.00, definitely not enough time to get through security.


I haven't been to either Tignes or Val d'Isere yet, but planning on Val d' in January.

The Tignes centre is more modern and gets a better comfort rating than Val d', but Tignes doesn't have the cachet that Val d' has, so you makes your choice....

Regarding transfers - any chance of one on the Fri night? Or possibly best to change to a later flight if there is one - the fee for changing might be less than a special/private transfer.

General tips - if you are tea drinkers take tea bags and mugs and take a short extension lead with 6 plug sockets on it with one continental adaptor.

What course are you thinking of doing?
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@Tom Doc, Seen that the Tignes centre got a full refurb for last season, Val was going to have one in time for next season starting but that has been put back to be inline with the rest of the towns redevelopment. Wanted to go to Val is they had half time snowboard and ski lessons available whereas Tignes doesn't, so if we done Tignes it would just be no instruction.

Didn't think transfers would have been a problem to be honest from such a big resort and we don't mind leaving in the middle of the night as it gets us home early in the day. Spoke to a guy from Bens bus so hopefully he comes back with something.

We would be fine with coffee Tom.
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