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Poster: A snowHead
Wed 3-02-21 22:37
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Set a reminder, thanks!
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Thu 28-01-21 21:30
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The weirdest thing I heard was of someone in England refusing the pfizer vaccine because he didn’t want any of the "foreign muck" inside him. Clearly he only wanted the muck from British (probably English, probably Dorset) chimpanzees. I've been volunteering at my local vaccination clinic in Holmfirth and one of the over 80s asked me which one he was having and I told him Pfizer today, he half jokingly said he was gutted it wasn't a 'British' jab but he did have it. I'm back tomorrow after a gap of a few weeks so it will be interesting to see which jab it is and what age group. Anyway it's taken me ages to read this entire post (very informative!) so sorry I've veered slightly off topic but yes kind of given up on this season, just hoping my apartment doesn't leak or the pipes don't freeze. Still hoping there might be a chance for Easter though, even if the actual lifts aren't operating. Not that optimistic though.
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Sat 14-03-20 21:16
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Thollon Les Memises just announced they are closing as of 15 mins ago.
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Wed 11-03-20 19:57
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I'm supposed to be going to France on the 26th, I'm lucky in that it's my own apartment and therefore my 3rd trip this year, and at the moment only stand to lose £50 but I don't think I'm going to go. Mother in law has cancer and I would never forgive myself if for whatever reason I put my husband /child at risk and then we passed it onto her. Even though I'm probably at as much risk staying here at least there's no 'I told you so' or guilt on my part.
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Wed 26-02-20 13:39
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Aww school ski trips, I hope she is having a good time! My first one was 1989 to Serre Chevalier age 14, it cost around £400 I seem to remember and we flew to Grenoble. Had a really pervy ski instructor called Pierre who looking back at the photos wore a really fetching all in one ski suit ;) 1990s trip was by coach to La Plagne where we broke down and missed the some bobsleigh event that was going on and 1991 was coach again to Isola 2000. Loved them all so much even the coach journeys where I do remember the teachers confiscating booze and then drinking it themselves later in the week and one of the kids being sick in the coach toilet rendering it out of order for hours! Ah the memories! Poor teachers :D
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Wed 26-02-20 8:46
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We arrived home at 10am Sunday morning after a great week in Thollon. We sailed Hull - Zeebrugge on the way out and it took us 11 hours to get to Thollon only hitting queues when we were just over 3 hours away. Probably delayed by around 1.5 hours. Coming back we did it in 2 days, Thollon to a hotel just outside Strasbourg via Montreux/Bern/Basel and then up through Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium and into Holland for our Rotterdam - Hull crossing (Zeebrugge one was full!). Had a really chilled drive the 2nd day hitting no traffic at all not even around Brussels or Antwerp and we were on the ferry at 3.30pm a full 5 hours before we sailed giving us chance to have a drink, go to the cinema and have dinner! We paid £220 for the return crossing so for us it's a no brainer doing it this way, we're 90 minutes from Hull and as there's only 1 ferry a day there's no stress :D
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Mon 10-02-20 22:15
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Being based in the Northern Powerhouse, I'm toying with the idea of Hull-Zebrugge out on the Thurs evening, may be a hotel stop around Macon/Lyon, then into Ste Foy on the Saturday. Then, tunnel for return trip (Flexiplus, so no drama on timings for the crossing). Has anyone else tried Zeebrugge?? I'm a bit late to this thread but yes we always do Zeebrugge, we're on the Fri night ferry this week (live near Huddersfield). I can't bear the drive to Dover and whilst P&O quoted us £477 I managed to get it for £270 with the Camping and Caravanning Club. Bargain seeing as though flights were £1200! It must be busy though as we booked it months ago and are having to come back from Rotterdam as Zeebrugge to Hull was full coming back! Doesn't add much though as we will head up via Strasbourg.
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Wed 22-01-20 9:57
Replies: 46
Yes Vielles Cases opened about 2 days after we left and it's my favourite run there annoyingly. I tried to get my snowboarder friend to do it last year but she was worried about the severe drag lift at the bottom and by the time she agreed to do it they'd closed the thing again! I think they will have the resort run open for Feb as it has a lot of snow cannons on it but they've probably not bothered with it as yet. It has a big sledging bit at the bottom now with big buffers so I imagine they'll want that operational for the kids. Hopefully there will be some snow before you go that will bring Bernex up to scratch, they mustn't have as many cannons as us but the view from the top lift is great, the lake on one side and Mont Blanc on the other. I'll be reading your report with interest when you get back, we've never skiied Abondance or Chapelle but Chapelle is our nearest gateway to the PDS at about 25 mins drive and it's on our to do list.
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Tue 21-01-20 21:16
Replies: 46
Also, forgot to mention, Thollon, Bernex and Abondance now share a lift pass, so depending on how many days you're doing it might be worth looking into getting that one, it's called Les Montagnes D'Evian pass.
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Tue 21-01-20 21:14
Replies: 46
We have an apartment in Thollon, the snow is pretty good there at the moment, 68 new snow cannons this season have helped and when the other resorts nearby were closed over Christmas Thollon was really good. It's been on French TV a lot in recent weeks as it was declared the cheapest place in France to ski resulting in it being pretty busy on a weekend but everyone I've spoken to, including the guy that owns the ski hire shop are amazed at how good the snow is, the views are pretty incredible too, we've also just been given 1.6 million for a new restaurant at the top although that won't be for a bit. Bernex I believe has had some snow cover issues but it's a great day's skiing there, we go there a lot as it's only a ten minute drive and we really like the layout of the pistes, plus there's a great view from the top. We were skiing over in Chatel/Avoriaz/Le Croset last week, the first time we've actually skiied outside of the Pre la Joux area and really enjoyed it! We made it up the Cookie Cafe at the top of Les Crosettes and over the other side but it was really windy! Typical as the day before they had the DJ out and it was blue skies and no wind :( Have a great time! We're back in 4 weeks for the dreaded 3rd week of Feb but needs must!
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Tue 21-01-20 11:57
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We're sailing Hull - Zeebrugge on Friday 14th, dock around 8am refreshed and ready to drive to our apartment. We do it in one go going down but 2 coming back as there's only 1 ferry per day and I'm paranoid!
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Wed 8-01-20 20:30
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Neon should definitely make a comeback! I miss my cool Rodeo gear. Haha me too! I had some really cool stuff!
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Wed 8-01-20 20:13
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Just bought the 2nd and 3rd book @skiingwithdemons - can't wait to find out what boyfriend skiing is! :~/
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Sun 5-01-20 18:01
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Haha, I realised after reading the comment about girlfriend skiiing that I'd actually read your first book, didn't realise there were others which I will now be buying as really enjoyed the first one. We're heading out to our apartment on Friday for a spot of girlfriend skiing but skiing in Verbier on Monday and he's refusing to do the Mont Fort black with me, yet complains that we have to stop for a vin chaud at 10am. I don't get it!
Poster: A snowHead
Sat 4-01-20 22:05
Replies: 42
Puy St Vincent is all chairs and no gondolas. We went there 4 years on the trot :)
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Thu 26-12-19 13:32
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We took 2 vegan friends to our apartment in Thollon Les Memises and they lived on cheese free veggie pizza which they were really happy with. Our favourite restaurant in the village is very accommodating and will do vegan if you let them know in advance but other than that it's not good for vegans, or veggies for that matter. Luckily we're only 6 miles from Evian where there are vegan menus a plenty.
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Fri 23-11-18 16:42
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We were there Aug 2017 and it looked so sad, and then we drove past Aug 2018 and it was so amazing to finally see the restaurant open, lots of activity and bikes stopping for refreshment. Really hope whatever the do is successful, it's such a lovely spot.
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Thu 22-11-18 22:31
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In my opinion regarding Geneva, I would much rather hire from the French side (so easy to walk to the hire car/cheaper most of the time and I find, an easier drop off) but we hire from the Swiss side in Winter due to the winter tyres and so far, snow chains in the boot. But I find the shuttle bus a complete pain in the rear, especially since there are no toilets in the drop off so if you've had a longish transfer you could be desperate (my friend!)! Just for the record, you can hire from either side, at any time of the year. The only difference is you go upstairs to France and there's no transfer bus.
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Fri 19-01-18 10:33
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How weird, I wrote a long post and it seems to have disappeared. Basically the gist was pretty much was Ibexman2 says above re the snow. We tend to go to Pre La Joux if we want something bigger, haven't tried Verbier yet. Bernex is great and only 15 min drive and feels completely different to Thollon in my opinion. Basically bought the apartment for the summer probably more than the winter, we're big on running so can get the telecabine up and run over the mountains with incredible views of the lake and the Swiss mountains. We spend a lot of time in Evian at the beaches, the lake is stunning. I can be sipping prosecco in Evian, taking in an art exhibition at the Palais Lumiere and back up in the mountains 15 mins later! It feels like we have 2 different properties, a place by the sea and a place in the mountains. Ours is a new build too but a ground floor with a massive 38m2 terrace facing the lake.
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Fri 19-01-18 10:15
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Just a point re a post above, there are quite a few restaurants in the 'Station' not just one and they're all pretty good and centered around the telecabine area. One called XV is especially high end with great reviews. I think maybe moseyp means there's only one restaurant in the ski area which is correct.
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Thu 18-01-18 16:54
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We have an apartment in Thollon. It's lovely for a day's skiing, Bernex is great too, we find it a total contrast to Thollon. We also go to Chatel or Morzine if we want a bigger area. It's only 1hr 20 from Verbier but not tried that yet. Fire away if you have any questions.
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Fri 29-12-17 22:37
Replies: 140
I have to, when I had a child and he learned to ski he questioned why I wasn't wearing one, and I didn't have an answer. Now it seems weird to not ski with one.
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Fri 29-12-17 21:49
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Winter tyres were a godsend after weds dump, got a Berlingo so great clearance and with brand new winter tyres we cleared everything hassle free. Passed a BMW fitting chains but can only assume he was on summer tyres as it wasn't deep, just hard packed snow. We have winter tyres on in the UK over Winter anyway, seems sensible to me at least in the Pennines.
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Mon 18-12-17 17:55
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We've done French side so many times now I'm not sure when we hire from the Swiss side that we'll remember to follow signs for the airport after ignoring them for years! And if I can make the French sector, in the dark at rush hour in a massive Opel Insignia then anyone can.
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Mon 18-12-17 17:48
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We don't tend to eat much at lunch having been ski in ski out for the last few years so eaten back at the apartment. However I'm drooling thinking of the Croque Madame at L'Igloo in Morillon a few years ago. Now that was a sandwich!
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Mon 18-12-17 16:55
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Cannot wait! Getting the ferry Friday night from Hull-Zeebrugge and should arrive Saturday evening with a car load of furniture ready to move it in. Ski Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, spend all day Boxing Day waiting for Ikea delivery and the Orange engineer (that will no doubt either not turn up or turn up at 7pm) and then carry on skiing. Friends who have an apartment in the same resort have just returned last night after an impromptu 2 nighter and skiied at Bernex, conditions were amazing. We were there last Christmas and apart from a day in Chatel it was a hiking holiday ;)
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Sun 19-11-17 17:13
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Ah, there seems to be no difference in time and more miles so will probably head through Geneva centre as normal, at least I know my way.
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Sun 19-11-17 17:11
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Oh that's great! Having never done the Swiss side I have literally no idea. As we are heading for Evian first though I'd better check where to come off.
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Thu 16-11-17 19:41
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there's a presumption that your EHIC gives you full medical cover. not a presumption made by anyone who reads Snowheads threads on the topic.... That is true, I posted on Facebook after I received my bill just to make people aware, and so many people weren't!
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Thu 16-11-17 11:01
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Do you still come through Geneva to the Jet D'Eau and the Mont Blanc bridge? I drove back to the French side in October in the pitch black and nearly missed the left turn after the tunnel!
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Thu 16-11-17 7:54
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I was yes, silver lining and all ;) I'd only broken my little finger but it needed k-wires inserting so not really an emergency just a bit painful. It really made me think though, there's a presumption that your EHIC gives you full medical cover. I have annual insurance cover anyway for skiing so it would have been fine but wonder how many people think your EHIC covers you for everything.
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Thu 16-11-17 7:39
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Great stuff thanks! Now after years of hiring from the French side I'm going to have to learn to ignore the Ferny signs and head for the actual airport, weird!
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Wed 15-11-17 22:31
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I'm hiring from the swiss side for the first time at the end of Jan (31st) so the heads up re the vignette is really useful thanks. We have always hired from the French side as we go a lot in Summer too but I think I'll appreciate the winterised car after once getting stuck in Les Carroz with a French car! What's the situation with the no Swiss rentals allowed over the border rule? Has that died a death now?
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Wed 15-11-17 22:26
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Wow, that is cheap, I've just paid my 24,89 euros bill for being blue lighted to Troyes hospital in the summer after falling off my bike. That I think is the contribution that the French pay (20%?) thanks to my EHIC card. They wanted to operate but I was headed home the following day so I had the op in the UK which saved me paying the 20% of the operation and having to claim it back from the insurance. I actually didn't know that at the time (regarding the 20% contribution) so it's made me very aware of how it all works should I have another accident!
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Fri 13-10-17 21:37
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I did Google Marangoni and found that they'd stopped production. I didn't really have anything to compare them with but I was blown away by the fact I could effectively tackle unploughed lanes with ease! Very liberating. These I have in now I've not had any snow to test them in and if last Christmas is anything to go by I might not again this Christmas but I do feel safer and more prepared.
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Wed 11-10-17 23:58
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I'm on avon wv7s at the moment, on a Berlingo. Sadly not had chance to use them much yet as last winter was rubbish! This year though we're driving to the Alps at Christmas so cross fingers for a better start to the season. I used to have Italian Marangoni winter tyres during 2010-2012 in the bad winters we had and they were amazing, I felt invincible in them!! They don't do them anymore though.
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Fri 1-09-17 22:18
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My parents are interested, they hate Easyjet/budget airlines and have much more disposable income than me, they love the idea. Sion is pretty much the same drive time as Geneva too.
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Thu 31-08-17 20:59
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Would I have trouble in Switzerland? All I'd have is a load of Ikea stuff, mainly plates and a table!
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Thu 31-08-17 18:41
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Eek yes that was my worry, I might have a rethink. Christmas here first maybe or book a hotel and do it in 2 days. Thanks!
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Thu 31-08-17 18:23
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Hi guys, looking for some advice on driving from Zeebrugge to our new apartment at Christmas. We've done the drive many times before but always in the summer and broken the journey usually in a campsite in Troyes. We normally fly in the winter but the apartment is ready soon so we are driving down with a load of furniture. We'll be sailing Hull Zeebrugge so dock around 8am, and we are driving to Thollon Les Memises on the 23rd Dec. Are the roads likely to be packed given that it is the day before the French celebrating Christmas Eve? Obviously doesn't really matter when we arrive but may switch days if it's going to be manic. We'll be coming back on the 2nd so early start and try and get to Zeebrugge for 5pm which does worry me slightly. 2 of us driving though at least. Thanks!
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