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Poster: A snowHead
Fri 4-10-19 15:43
Replies: 2
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Sun 29-09-19 20:27
Replies: 11
I have a Mountain Equipment Neoshell jacket which I use for general hill walking and dog walking. It is very breathable but I'm sure I can feel the wind moving thriugh it at anything over about 30mph so I wouldn't want to wear it in high mountains. Whether Futurelight feels the same time will tell.
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Sun 29-09-19 10:23
Replies: 2
We went there 3 years ago for 4 or 5 days and enjoyed it, it's a fun little resort with a goodvibe. We only went there because there was a "retour d'est" forecast and we only had a three hour drive in our motorhome from the Maurienne. It is a steep hilly area bordering on mountainous, only 3 lifts in PN itself but links to two adjoi ing resorts, there was such good snow that I spent the whole 4 days in the immediate area. This was the week before half term and queues at the weekend were 5 mins. It's a good learning resorts with a few almost deserted reds and blacks. What you really want to know is is the snow consistent but I'm afraid I can't help you there. http://www.wildthings-canoes.co.uk/images/where.jpg http://www.wildthings-canoes.co.uk/images/ultradream-chunder.jpg
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Wed 25-09-19 19:58
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You say that you like flat based boards, although I normally ride camber I have 2 flat base boards that I really enjoy and wish I'd begun riding on one of those rather than several years on a camber board. With smallish feet hzve a look at the Ride Machette and the K2 Turbodream which are both available at or under £300.
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Wed 25-09-19 10:14
Replies: 4
I've only messed about on a few but I used softer more forgiving boards than my usual full camber board. They will get a lot of ruts and loose snow on them quite quickly, I would say take your Hovercraft.
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Sun 22-09-19 10:07
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So I think it's safe to assume that no one has been! I've had a reply to my query from Snowboardbox; no booking required, you can just turn up on the day. Will post a report if I get there.
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Tue 17-09-19 18:05
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Has anyone ever been to the annual Snowboardbox demo/test event at Saas Fee which runs on the glacier from 19th October for about 5 weeks? I'll be passing through the region in late October and might pop up but would like to know just how many demo boards will be available and how far in advance booking needs to be. For info it's chf167 for 2 days including lifts; manufacturers include Amplid, Jones, Ride, Arbor, K2, Nitro, Rome, Burton, Salomon, Capita, Bataleon, Never Summer and last but not least, of course, Nidecker. https://www.snowboardbox.ch/fr/
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Mon 16-09-19 14:00
Replies: 15
@robboj, :lol: But seriously, did you wipe it with something like a "wet wipe" before putting it away?
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Wed 11-09-19 11:09
Replies: 30
Villars/Gryon or Leysin or even Les Diablerets all by direct mountain train from Aigle.
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Sun 1-09-19 16:39
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https://www.campercontact.com/en/france/rhone-alpes-01-07-26-38-42-69-73-74/morzine/57433/aire-de-camping-car-morzine
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Fri 30-08-19 18:27
Replies: 17
Piste 6 is great fun, get loose. The blacks were icy, once was enough. It's a very quiet resort, probably less than half the skier density of La Rosiere though we did go over most days. That was w/c 21 Jan.
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Sat 24-08-19 10:06
Replies: 22
@esaw1, I wear shorts if the sun's out.
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Fri 23-08-19 23:18
Replies: 22
Well I suppose everybody should state their usual level of activity and how naturally warm they are in order to qualify their choice of jacket. I'm fairly lightweight and probably average in the body heat stakes but very active when boarding as I'm generally alone and perform continuous hard turns so I'm always out of breath and a bit sweaty at the bottom. My jacket is mid range (Colombia PowderKeg) with 60g of synthetic lining under which I normally only wear a medium/heavy base layer. Must have design features are pit zips (normally open after first few runs) and a detachable hood which means I have a snug fitting collar for lifts and cold mornings but can unzip and cool rapidly as I only have a thin layer under. Oh, and a snowskirt too. I can get a bit chilly on some lifts but that's a sacrifice worth making. You will probably get a lot of replies from shell enthusiasts but they wouldn't work for me. My previous jacket was a better insulated Killy but was too hot most of the time. Breathability isn't a major consideration as I reckon open pitzips and collar probably have quadruple the effect of doubling the vapour transmission rating.
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Thu 22-08-19 15:00
Replies: 20
I used lip salve on my edges last year, worked perfectly.
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 20-08-19 16:58
Replies: 79
@Langerzug, I'd give up skiing and start snowboarding if I were you, MUCH faster to walk in snowboard boots :-D
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Tue 13-08-19 20:25
Replies: 40
Last week for me; 2 months on, 10 months off.
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Sun 11-08-19 13:44
Replies: 5
Looks like a good way of missing the season through injury.
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Tue 6-08-19 14:11
Replies: 8
@ster, Pretty sure they have an eu banking licence now so €100,000 is covered.
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Thu 25-07-19 20:30
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@Frank Spencer, Easiest and cheapest way to hedge for a holiday is to get a Revolut card and do it on their app.
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Tue 9-07-19 14:55
Replies: 14
@Whitegold, Bramble would disagree: http://www.wildthings-canoes.co.uk/images/doginvan.jpg Also great for first lifts: http://www.wildthings-canoes.co.uk/images/Passo%20Falzarego.jpg
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Tue 9-07-19 13:42
Replies: 14
@Bob, Well, to start with they bought the wrong van! Best skip to their blog this year (now that they've learnt the lessons) on building a proper winterised van https://www.winterized.eu/2019/05/23/not-just-any-van-build/ You can easily spend months in the alps cheaply and without problems if you have a prepared van. We spend 2 months each year which gives me 40-45 days snowboarding for less than £5 a night plus gas and diesel. All the info you need is already out there you just need to heed the advice of people that have done it. It sounds like you are doing your own conversion, my advice would be to design it with a10cm deep insulated double floor through which your water runs adjacent to heating ducts and through which you can feed all the electrics. Put the freshwater tank inside, use a truma gas or a diesel heater, if gas plan on using local 13kg bottles. Have a 12v hookup charger, a couple of decent batteries (forget solar in winter). Be flexible about destinations, I've parked up at Argentierre and Tignes LB and wouldn't go back to either; there are much more van-friendly destinations, especially for long term stays. ps buy this used book https://www.amazon.co.uk/All-Aires-Mountains-Go-Motorhoming/dp/0955280885 which is now out of print so be quick.
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Sun 30-06-19 0:57
Replies: 12
If anyone is driving around Innsbruck over weekends this summer there is a newly introduced ban on toll evasion routes. https://www.promobil.de/oesterreich-tirol-maut-umfahrung-landstrassen-gesperrt-wochenende/
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Fri 28-06-19 23:05
Replies: 46
It's probably worth taking your van to a weighbridge in its ready to travel state to check gross weight and front rear distribution. Although it might be comfortably under 3.5t most campers have overloaded rear axles and if the van is fwd then traction is going to be a problem on anything remotely slippery. If this is the case then you should seriously consider full winters and also get chains that are made for a 3.5t vehicle, not car chains that just happen to be the right size.
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Tue 25-06-19 22:53
Replies: 3
Ooops. I did check through but missed that.
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Tue 25-06-19 22:18
Replies: 3
Title says it all really. Non skiing events in Milan.
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Tue 25-06-19 22:15
Replies: 4
I don't know it but it's probably safe to say it's over 20 years old.
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Fri 21-06-19 18:52
Replies: 75
This is a season pass thread. or are you commenting on the odd 2 euros?
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Fri 21-06-19 18:03
Replies: 75
Resurrection Alert>>>> Midsummers day, beautiful sunshine and I've just had an early purchase bargain from an area I've previously bought a season pass in. Valloire (& Valmeinier): €305 valid from 1st July until 30 September then it steps up to €450 then €702 from 1st December. Not bad for 150km, nice town. As it is I've already bought a MagicPass which is currently CHF459.
Poster: A snowHead
Sat 15-06-19 18:55
Replies: 2
I really enjoyed his "Grinding the Crack" flight somewhere in Switzerland many years ago, in fact I just watched it again. Good music too.
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Wed 12-06-19 15:31
Replies: 95
@rjs, Sarcasm fail.
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Sat 8-06-19 7:56
Replies: 25
We have friends who were sailing in Sweden a couple of years ago and were strongly advised to have the jabs to protect against tick borne encephalitis. Does Sweden have Aquaticks?
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Thu 6-06-19 14:53
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Bunny slope Eurocarving Icy (when referring to hard snow)
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Wed 5-06-19 18:13
Replies: 13
There's not too much point in recommending Tignes Les Brevieres as I've seen it reported that police have been moving vans on over the last season or two. Also the only water supply is from the trough 300m away, there is nowhere to dump grey water and the manhole cover previously mentioned is very difficult to find and it's use dubious. Also I'm not sure if there is any gas for sale and there aren't any toilets open outside lift hours. There is a fee paying servicepoint outside the campsite in Bourg if you want to be driving down and up but, really, there are MUCH better places to spend a month in a campervan. Okay, if you are touring around and buying passes on a daily basis then visit for several days but I'd never go back there and we can easily go 5/6 days without emptying the tanks.
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Wed 5-06-19 13:25
Replies: 95
There is a nice riverside free aire with nearby servicepoint at Thones, about halfway between Annecy and La Clusaz. http://www.mairie-thones.fr/fr/information/99311/aires-camping-car
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Mon 3-06-19 21:23
Replies: 13
OK. For 2019 I've bought MagicPass season tickets again in Switzerland, currently about £350 I think. Read this for camper facilities: https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=3205535&highlight=magic+pass#3205535 In France three big ski areas have good motorhome facilities (inc hookup) next to the piste; La Plagne, Montgenevre and Les Menuires, (the aire at Alpe de Huez is closing), also some smaller areas with hookup eg, Valloire, Vars, Le Praz de Lys. Only problem with La Plagne is I don't think you can buy gas bottles anywhere in resort. There are loads of places with serviced aires next to the slopes but no hookup; eg Les Saisies and Les Gets. Then are all the places that parking is permitted but without service facilities eg Les Houches, Avoriaz, Monetier, Le Chinaillon (Le Grand Bornand), Pralognan Le Vanoise. Campsites you can lookup yourself, we occassionaly stop in one for a night or two to do the laundry and get sorted. I carry 2 local gas bottles plus I have a refillable tank, that saves me having to take a drive just to fill up more than every fortnight or so if I'm somewhere isolated. Most French villages have a Sherpa store selling a variety of bottles, mine are gold and light green. In Switzerland just the one brand (Vitogaz), widely available. I only asked about the month because of French half term, best avoided.
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Sun 2-06-19 21:55
Replies: 13
Sounds like you are on a bit of a budget but some more info would be helpful. Which month? Snowboarding 9-5 every day? How winterised is your van, ie; Toilet? Gas: 6kg, 13kg, or refillable? Freshwater tank onboard or underslung? Personally, I like to park high and as close to a chair/draglift as possible, I especially like cols. I dislike being down in a main valley (where most campsites are) and having to use a gondola. For this reason Austria is out, Switzerland is better, Italy good and France is best, easy and cheap. Have a look on campercontact for "aires" in France https://www.campercontact.com/en/france?countrycode=FR&sortby=NameAscending&map&maparea=-6.49196109375,40.30627372706499,11.393781093749999,52.289612623583395 If you are solo and focused on improving you will probably do what I do, find the most suitable piste and lap it several times before moving to the next; a cheap 40km resort is adequate for this.
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Fri 31-05-19 14:19
Replies: 95
@no.strife_vanlife, The camp site in Crans Montana is located by a lake about a 10 minute walk uphill to the Gondola. Several bars & cafes all within walking distance with two literally a stones throw. This is a twin village/town so two centre's both within walking distance.There is also a frequent bus to the gondola & back. Not sure how you would go on trying to get a job though. Be aware also it is very expensive there. There is a UK ski TO that uses a big hotel/sport centre for school ski trips also just a few minutes walk from the site. Try them:-the aptly named The SKI COMPANY. HQ in Greenwich London. It's actually a sweaty 20 minute walk for a fit person in snowboard boots, or you can wait for the bus. The site was a skating rink when we were there so we left after 2 days (£38 per night)
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Fri 31-05-19 14:14
Replies: 95
@no.strife_vanlife, We've spent uo to 2 months away in our motorhome for the past 8 years visiting various corners of the Alps. I wouldn't want to stay somewhere like Lauterbrunnen for more than a week or two because it's down in the biggest hole in Europe, when you are living in a small box it's nice to get as much sun as possible during the day. Also campsites work out quite expensive and can be a fair way up to the slopes, especially Swiss and Austrian ones ones likes Lauterbrunnen which are going to cost you >£40 a day. Camping Colfosco is sunnier and close to the slopes but a similar price, the aire at Arabba is a lot cheaper. Since you are working and will want to stay in one resort then you might be best looking at an aire right on the slopes, somewhere like La Plagne, Vars or Valloire where you can stay long term with hookup and services for £10-£15 a night. Most French aires have a time limit or charge a punitive amount over 7 days, eg Les Gets.
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Mon 13-05-19 10:31
Replies: 58
I just bought 2 Magicpasses. I hope the Snowpass succeeds, if so I'll go with that next year.
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Sun 12-05-19 19:40
Replies: 58
We travel by motorhome and did the magicpass the season before last, the cost of living boils down to grocery shopping for us so it's no big deal. I really enjoyed it and there are several new resorts to try but the snowpass offers extra variety for our 2 month trip. Is it worth the risk though?
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