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Poster: A snowHead
Mon 26-10-20 22:53
Replies: 245
And a good credit card Meanwhile I see Morris is no longer with wepowder, anyone know why?
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Thu 22-10-20 17:16
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Great to see someone skiing. Could actually be a great year for anyone lucky enough to live in the mountains as opposed to dribbling from abroad like the rest of us.
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Wed 8-07-20 18:39
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@8611.....erm, you posted it in the weather thread ("good to see the back of" etc), so I asked you to expand, in the weather thread. I posted it at the very end of last years weather thread, and you decided to drag it up here for comment. Which I find bizarre, and if you don't see why may I suggest you drag your head up from the weather books and brush up on your interpersonal skills. It is totally and unnecessarily provocative. This thread gets very busy in Winter, in off season there's only a handful of people left, generally the more passionate ski addicts who still read about skiing in the height of Summer. My comment simply marked closure of a season which I suspect will be the most memorable, in terms of the seismic effect on the industry, in all our years. As regards everything else, thank you for your tremendously informed analysis. You will forgive me if I continue to form my own views on why things matter to me. Continue on with your twaddle but please don't involve me in it.
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Tue 7-07-20 17:58
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Actually, wtf has this got to do with the weather thread, and 6. is worth bearing in mind and being avoided this year
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Tue 7-07-20 17:55
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Here's another recent one from end of last thread A good one to see the back of I think, for a lot of reasons What reasons? Apart from the season ending early.....if you're going to bother to post something, is it not better to be specific. Bit surprised to see that thrown up here, but... Communication does not always have to be specific, it can be done in many ways and in fact the best communicators will use subtlety to get their message across rather than shouting it from the rooftops (I'm not saying I'm a good communicator, far from it) I suppose I had in mind the following, and was reflecting the somewhat sombre mood at the time:- 1. The fact the season ended really early 2. Covid 3. The pall cast over skiing in general by the virus, which came to reality this season and will define it 4. The fact that it was not a particularly good season in conditions terms, pre lockdown anyway (open to correction on that, I have a very poor memory and the seasons blend into one) 5. The fact that I only got three days of personal skiing in 6. The very bitchy and snipey atmosphere in this thread (again, I'm open to correction, I think that was last season)
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Sun 28-06-20 22:17
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Re the resort - great late season destination, fair bit of skiing, snow on the glaciers good even in later afternoon t-shirt weather in April, Obergurgl nearby for some more reserved atmosphere. Solden resort has good apres and a vibrant young clientele. No charm whatsoever though and some of the people we encountered were complete c-you-next-tuesdays, perhaps a consequence of having to deal with the steady stream of spoilt young drunken visitors Incidentally it looked like both Solden and Obergurgl had huge skiable off piste areas although conditions weren't great when I was there
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Sun 28-06-20 22:13
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The place which is a fair way "down the valley" is the Aqua Dome, which looks interesting but I'm not sure if it's not Butlins in disguise, albeit at European prices. Anyone been? Second this. In fact, it was so good, I actually thought I'd come back just for the spa sometime. They have a hotel onsite. Multiple really nice outdoor heated pools framed with views of the mountain, some with soft music and lights, some with salt water. Really nice to watch the alpenglow and sunset on the mountains there. Nice warm indoor pools and excellent eyes wide shut wellness downstairs, again really well designed so some of the outdoor courtyards frame views of the mountain. Was not cheap at about 50 euro for the visit but worth every cent.
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Sat 27-06-20 23:26
Replies: 245
Wow, snow looks very light too. And the bar is open.
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Sat 27-06-20 22:18
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Thu 18-06-20 14:34
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A good one to see the back of I think, for a lot of reasons
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Thu 4-06-20 18:57
Replies: 452
Sad news from Chamonix... https://unofficialnetworks.com/2020/06/01/hugo-hoff-passed-away/ His buddy posted here https://www.instagram.com/p/CA8MPVxlkHR/?igshid=1vsx2tzswxptl Photos look to be taken in the couloir? Seracs on left look like the entrance? Do we know what happened, seems like a climbing accident seeing as his colleague also hospitalized Either way, RIP, another young life lost in that couloir
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Tue 5-05-20 0:44
Replies: 193
You know it makes sense.
Sun 26-04-20 22:34
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ischgl has great slopes great uplift great mountain restaurants and yes a great apres ski scene , why change it has something for everyone Yep, I never really tried the apres there but certainly liked the food, slopes, facilities and lifts
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Sun 26-04-20 11:25
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Steep is on Youtube and possibly other platforms. Excellent documentary if you're interested in extreme skiing Zabargast or something like that is also on Youtube and superb Seb Montez made a few very good artisan films about the mountains will have to try and dig them out
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 23-04-20 13:53
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Well hopefully an enhanced domestic tourist market could sustain the businesses through. Would be awful going back to resorts in a few years time and seeing empty businesses that didn't make it.
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Thu 23-04-20 9:54
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Wow, lucky you enjoy. That article about the swedish place is making me salivate. Wonder will the summer season, if it is viable at all, have extra numbers to make up for time people missed. Foreign holidays may also not be viable so the mountains may get a lot more domestic tourism.
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Thu 23-04-20 7:37
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Mon 13-04-20 0:43
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I did manage to get some Zweigelt back home, which was a welcome development, and its been sunny, two out of three isn't bad I suppose
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Wed 25-03-20 22:31
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PS: must have been a good documentary seeing as I remember all this from 15 years ago Lol. Like the way the brain would annoyingly remember random trivia that did you no favours in an exam.
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Wed 25-03-20 0:35
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Yeah I'm not sure what it's called but my father told me that after September 11th there was a rise in global temperatures, posited to be because there were no planes in the sky and planes release emissions which actually reflect some heat away from the earth, before also trapping it rebounding from the earth. Not sure if true - but I do note the weather has been good the last week! A stanton approach to science!
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Fri 20-03-20 1:12
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Any sign of global dimming due to lesser plane traffic? Could be an interesting opportunity to reevaluate the way we've been living, and lots of worried people sitting at home reading social media right across the western world, wonder will we see some movements spring up or will people be too scared and broken when they come out of the bunkers
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Thu 19-03-20 7:38
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I don't mean wearing gear at breakfast (though I invariably do do that due to my "dog off the leash" approach to skiing), I mean not skiing at all. I think there's a tradition of just visiting Ski resort towns (the more traditional ones) but not to go skiing. Wasn't it called "taking the air" or something, ironically due to previous outbreaks, I think tb
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Wed 18-03-20 22:57
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Now in a hotel on Dover seafront, it was a relief to only have to do the 1/2 mile from the port after 628 on the French side. Cullens Yard do really nice seafood! Its been a long day, off to bed with a book. Chocks, I always associate your reports with the run of the season, and you're usually one of the last ones to post at the very end of the season, a time I enjoy the most on Snowheads So let this one be no different - thanks for your honest and useful updates throughout the season and looking forward to seeing you back in better times
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Wed 18-03-20 22:00
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@LaForet, good points I'm also reminded of the number of older europeans who visit Ski resorts in winter, I think from the mountain spa tradition. I was always surprised when having breakfast in hotels with most of the guests 60 plus and not wearing Ski gear. Can see that market damaged as well, albeit the europeans can be quite traditional and might well plough on even if it wasn't a good idea.
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Tue 17-03-20 10:07
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Variables:- How long will it take for the virus to "run its course"? If it does run its course in a given geographical area, is there a risk of it being brought back to that area by other travellers? Will this become a seasonal virus, thus breaking out at winter again? To what extent is confidence in ski travel knocked by people's experiences over last three to four weeks and press reports of outbreaks focussed on ski resorts? What is the future of travel insurance? Will resorts and businesses in them survive the early shut down this year? I love skiing, and will do it no matter what. Suspect I'd even cycle to the alps and go touring if that was all that was on offer. My interest is in the viability of ski resorts as a holiday destination or recreational activity for a large number of people.
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Tue 17-03-20 8:54
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irresponsible Probably this, but hopefully the decision will be taken out of your hands soon enough
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Sat 14-03-20 22:01
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Hope you all get home safely, hope it's safe when you get home, and may we all have carefree skiing again sometime in the future, which I think might not be for a few years I'm afraid
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Sat 14-03-20 0:12
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Would be amazing ambiance and feeling being up there virtually alone and privileged. If I was stuck anywhere near snow I'd definitely be looking for a guide.
Poster: A snowHead
Mon 9-03-20 15:15
Replies: 660
I'm suspecting busy because of people being turned off Europe
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Mon 9-03-20 15:10
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@Alchemist, superb shots - would you do a mini trip report at some stage with route and logistics, I'd love to do something like this sometime, albeit probably guided
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Sun 8-03-20 19:25
Replies: 60
Is this an order or does it just not make economic sense to stay open?
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Sun 8-03-20 19:19
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Looks like Cervinia, along with the rest of the Aosta Valley ski areas, is closing tomorrow (Monday). Very depressing. Is this an economic decision, in the sense that numbers are down? Don't think aosta is in lombardy?
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Sun 8-03-20 19:08
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Are dolomites in lockdown then? I read somewhere there was an order for Ski resorts to close, anyone on the ground?
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Sat 7-03-20 0:18
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Visited Solden last Easter and thought it was superb. Don't remember any Dutch or Russians, seemed to be mostly younger Germans. I heard mention of a strip club but don't remember anything seedy. The apres was only really centred around three or four bars. The town itself is not attractive but the skiing was superb. Glacier snow kept good even at 3 o'clock on hot days in mid April. Obergurgl a bit more refined and sedate. Excellent wellness resort down from the town. Thinking of making it a regular easter fixture. Re Zillertal, its higher and more expansive in one particular area in Solden. I suspect absent lucky conditions the only viable skiing in Zillertal in Easter will be Hintertux, and while I like Hintertux, there is almost no atmosphere in the town and not much variety on the mountain.
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Sat 7-03-20 0:10
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Is there any discernible impact in the number of people on the slopes arising from that which shall not be named? I was hearing of half full flights and obviously tons have been cancelled, and quiet cities. Precious little on this forum about numbers being down though?
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Fri 6-03-20 22:49
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This happened to me once and I can tell you it was not pleasant. I was obviously not as immersed as this person as I managed to dig myself out, but the first few seconds, with snow right down into my lungs, and three of my limbs stuck were awful. To be honest, while I wondered if I'd been going a bit faster could I have been buried deeper and killed, I also thought afterwards that I probably overreacted from the panic of being stuck. Having seen this now I realize perhaps not. Another reminder, like the video from Le Tour, of why we just should not ski off piste alone, something really really simply could kill you.
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Fri 6-03-20 22:33
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@Alchemist, some trip you're managing in the circumstances!
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Fri 6-03-20 14:55
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Whoever they are, and rather sadly I believe they are another forum user using a different log in (pathetic? I hear you!) they have spent over 10 years trolling this forum in a repetitive dull manner. Intriguing. You'd think they'd slip up occasionally and accidentally post a WG post on the other identity. I look forward to that thread. Either way, I of course agree, and if anything their posts upset a genuine discussion on global warming or observations on it.
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Thu 5-03-20 17:46
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Whitegold was right... https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/05/truly-extreme-winter-2019-20-in-europe-by-far-hottest-on-record This winter has been by far the hottest recorded in Europe, scientists have announced, with the climate crisis likely to have supercharged the heat. The EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) data dates back to 1855. It said the average temperature for December, January and February was 1.4C above the previous winter record, which was set in 2015-16. New regional climate records are usually passed by only a fraction of a degree. Europe’s winter was 3.4C hotter than the average from 1981-2010. 1.4 degrees above the record is pretty disturbing! 3.4 degrees above the average from not long ago also disturbing.
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Wed 4-03-20 22:38
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Enough that I was surprised to see him posting from Chamonix recently I think the bickering on this thread may be more dangerous than corona
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