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Suggestions for a solo weekend

 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
Looks like I might have an opportunity to sneak away for 3 or 4 days in late March for a solo late season trip. Will leave it until relatively late to book so as to be sure of snow conditions. Where would you snowheads suggest? Needs to be a relatively cheap/easy airport transfer, with early morning flight out (Tue or Wed) and late back (Sat). I was thinking of Chamonix (from Geneva on the Chamexpress), St Anton (from Zurich/Innsbruck by train) or maybe Kitzbuhel or Mayrhofen (by train - from Munich? or Innsbruck). Anywhere else spring to mind?
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
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MontyP wrote:
Looks like I might have an opportunity to sneak away for 3 or 4 days in late March for a solo late season trip. Will leave it until relatively late to book so as to be sure of snow conditions. Where would you snowheads suggest? Needs to be a relatively cheap/easy airport transfer, with early morning flight out (Tue or Wed) and late back (Sat). I was thinking of Chamonix (from Geneva on the Chamexpress), St Anton (from Zurich/Innsbruck by train) or maybe Kitzbuhel or Mayrhofen (by train - from Munich? or Innsbruck). Anywhere else spring to mind?


Lots of places - what kind of skiing do you like to do would be a good starting point - you'd get very different response if 'cruising the blues' is your thing compared to 'skinning up for 20 minutes and dropping down a colouir'
Quite a few companies that orientate themselves around short breaks too. Just watch the Easter holidays which I think are end of March this year
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Challenging on-piste would be my description of my preferred skiing - tough reds and a few blacks, with some blues for a rest!

I've always thought that the short break companies work out pretty expensive? The dates I have in mind are just before the school hols so should be ok ...
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Well my default for 'billy no-mates' is one of about three options which are (a) a snowheads bash (b) an Inside out or other coaching clinic or (c) just book some random chalet and wing-it.
and at some point I will do the (d) look for people needing 'one-more' in their chalet on here or the nielsen 'sharers' forum and hope they aren't all a bunch of internet weirdo's
(a) and (b) give you the advantage that you have people to ski with/eat with/drink with, without looking like the total freak being in a mountain restaurant on their own (although I've managed that on a few occasions - usually after losing my group somewhere). PLus ususally they co-ordinate a room share, which helps to drop the costs (even if the snoring is a killer!)

It's a bit harder to match (a) or (b) with a non 7 day trip as mostly they are setup for those kind of gigs. However if the dates (early march) work then this might be of interest - http://www.insideoutskiing.com/holidays.html#7 but if not then if you want option (c) then http://mountainsunfrance.com/short-ski-breaks/ and their place in the Espace Killy or Les Arcs runs short-stays, and transfers to /from GVA which reduces the pfaff factor, plus the bar (in Les Melezes at least) is a pretty good 'mixing place'. Other 'smaller' chalet companys probably run short-stays too just do a bit of googling for 'short break ski' + resort and see what comes back. Alpine elements is a bigger operator that runs short-breaks into la tania

As to the costs - well yes given that flights/transfers are largely the same cost for a 7 day trip versus a 4 day trip then by definition your cost per day of skiing is going to be more expensive. Actually I forgot option (e) - book yourself a shoebox somewhere in france on AirBnb/Homeaway for the week and then just use the bit you want. Just don't book your flights until you've checked that transfers/trains work. that 'cheap deal arriving in GVA at 22:00 on a monday night can suddenly look expensive if you have to overnight in an hotel there.
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