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Poster: A snowHead
Thu 20-02-20 9:46
Replies: 23
You have made good choices on resort and to go at Easter. On the ski lessons definitely go for the group lessons. When you are together all week , 3hrs to learn in your own group is much less pressure and you meet some new people. It is also the responsibility of the ski school to make sure you are in the right level and move you up or down as necessary. You may end up with your daughter in one group and you and your wife in another adult group. Not sure if they operate in the resorts you are looking at but we have always had good experiences with Evolution 2. Big enough to slot you in the right group but without the ESF experience! Do the lessons in the morning and the do as you feel in the afternoon (hopefully in the sun).
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Wed 19-02-20 15:53
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If you have activated your pass in Courmayeur you do not need to reactivate your pass in st. Gervais or megeve. You can just go straight through. Don’t make the same mistake of queuing like I did!
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Wed 12-02-20 18:09
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Sounds good. I actually started looking at Telluride, so although Breckenridge is more expensive than Europe it’s still a bit cheaper than when I started looking at Telluride (and more convenient). I will make it there one day though!
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Wed 12-02-20 17:21
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I was banking on the epic pass for c $1000 pp. is that what you do. Maybe not worth it for a week? I think second week is basically free.
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Wed 12-02-20 16:49
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Good to know it’s only 10 mins walk and the buses work well if needed
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Wed 12-02-20 16:47
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Thanks I have also seen that offered. Prices I was looking at were originally based on Christmas/new Year dates so I guess Easter should be a bit cheaper and therefore well inside the $10k even for a 2 bed.
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Wed 12-02-20 15:31
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I am having the Pine Ridge Condos recommended to me by a travel agent who is looking at flights. Thanks
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Wed 12-02-20 13:47
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We are looking for recommendation as above. Main priority is being within walking distance to Main Street. Ideally somewhere where we can walk to both Main Street and good loft access. Does that exist? Or do you go for one or the other? We are a family of 5. We are open to a hotel but probably prefer an apartment where we can sort our own breakfast and the odd evening meal if everyone is tired. If an apartment it would be nice if it came in a block with a pool/hot tub/ spa. We would need 2 beds, maybe 3. We are looking at 2 weeks early April and budget is up to $10k depending on quality. Thanks in advance.
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Tue 11-02-20 16:22
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Thanks. Out of interest how do you rate Breckenridge for a two week holiday if we had to chose between 2 weeks at Christmas/New Year or Easter 2021 (which will be first 2 weeks of April). We quite like late season skiing in that we always do two weeks in Chamonix at Easter- but I have no experience of Colorado. I am thinking we may prefer it if it is warmer/quieter/cheaper - but if there is a chance it could be closed that obviously outweighs the positives. We generally do both Christmas and New Year and Easter in Chamonix and usually prefer Easter.
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Tue 11-02-20 9:26
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What is Breckenridge like for lift queues at Christmas and New Years week? And Easter/ first two weeks of April?
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Sun 9-02-20 21:05
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Ah yes - maybe we can do Breckenridge for a week and telluride for a week. I think that probably works on the Epic Pass. Would need to think a little bit about transfer (from Breckenridge to Telluride) and may miss a days skiing with a Saturday evening flight out of Denver if we did Telluride second. May look at something closer to Breckenridge if we decide we want to split the two weeks. That said I don’t think we’ll get bored of a big resort for two weeks - as we’ll just get to know it better and be able to chill out a bit as well.
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Sun 9-02-20 20:22
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So as we got into looking at flights and passes for telluride we’ve started to consider other resorts closer to Denver (Cost and time of the extra flights plus also not being on Epic or Ikon for 2 weeks). As we like there to be a bit of a town (not just be about the skiing) - we have been considering Breckinridge. We have also had another look at dates and I know Telluride finishes a little earlier but it looks like Easter school hols are the first two weeks of April. How is Breckinridge in early April. Is everything open in Breckenridge then. I am hoping April will be more snow sure and a bit warmer. May also bring Telluride back into play Is there good condo style accommodation (nice to have apartment style hotel with maybe a pool in the complex). I did get quite along way looking at apartments in Telluride. How do people find the relative costs all round for Breckenridge versus Telluride. Thanks.
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Sun 9-02-20 20:22
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So as we got into looking at flights and passes for telluride we’ve started to consider other resorts closer to Denver (Cost and time of the extra flights plus also not being on Epic or Ikon for 2 weeks). As we like there to be a bit of a town (not just be about the skiing) - we have been considering Breckinridge. We have also had another look at dates and I know Telluride finishes a little earlier but it looks like Easter school hols are the first two weeks of April. How is Breckinridge in early April. Is everything open in Breckenridge then. I am hoping April will be more snow sure and a bit warmer. May also bring Telluride back into play Is there good condo style accommodation (nice to have apartment style hotel with maybe a pool in the complex). I did get quite along way looking at apartments in Telluride. How do people find the relative costs all round for Breckenridge versus Telluride. Thanks.
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Sun 9-02-20 12:52
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@Gustavobs, I think that's near the ice rink on the Cham side of the town. Are you thinking of Les planards which is the one near town or the savoy near the Folie douce hotel. Both good options if snow permits. Savoy good for meeting if others ski Brevant. Planards not connected to anywhere else.
Poster: A snowHead
Sat 8-02-20 19:54
Replies: 22
I think le tour is a reasonable shout. You have the vormaine area at the bottom and then the first runs off the chair up the top are nice wide open blues with no steep bits. Ok restaurants as well. I like Passon in the car park.
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Sat 8-02-20 14:59
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Fancy a pair of their goggles Looking at the vanguards Does anyone have a discount code. A little steep at full price. Lense range seems to be vlt 38% down to 9%. Was thinking would use the 38% almost all the time and just take out the 9% for the sunny spring skiing days? Good Choice? Many thanks snowHeads!!!!
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Sat 8-02-20 12:56
Replies: 391
Always wondered how the bbq’s work. Do you just stick a load of meat in your ruck sack and rock up and use them.
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Wed 29-01-20 12:19
Replies: 49
Or go up the aguille de midi and do the vallee Blanche if that is what you are after.
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Wed 29-01-20 11:01
Replies: 49
Agreed on all that. There is plenty of skiing. It’s really a question of doing a bit of research/planning on accommodation and transport in resort. The only reason to rule it out is if it’s at a busy time, you want ski in and ski out or you really want very cruisey blues with no ambition to push yourself. If you are good intermediate and keen to improve (and can suck -up the transfers) you will be blown away by the place!
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Tue 28-01-20 22:45
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Yes hurycana is the place I would have recommended to go. Bought a few pairs there (though normally at end of season when 30 or 40 percent off). They are nice people in there. If you don’t know it is a few hundred meters before you get to the round about at the start of the car park - so not really Argentiere. Right hand side of the main road. I think the legend mountain bike place in town (off avenue aguille de midi) also have the full freebird range though not sure they do rental.
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Tue 28-01-20 15:23
Replies: 49
how many of you are going? Given all your feedback - I would only consider Chamonix if you are happy to get short transfers (up to 30 mins each day) and ski a number of areas. It does require a plan to know which area to ski in which conditions (eg Les houches when it’s snowing but not too warm as it’s low, steer clear of le tour when it’s windy and Baltic, get brevant flegere on a nice sunny day but not too warm, know when to cross into Italy). You can ski a lot of different areas but at a cost if you want to minimise transport hassle. I think I would try grand Massif or even port de soleil. It does also depend how important a good town is though.
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Tue 28-01-20 14:27
Replies: 49
Cafe de comptoir - vallorcine Passon restaurant (car park ) le tour Cremerie de glacier - grant Montets. Also good in my opinion. But generally if you are in brevant flegere or Les houches you are now struggling especially now Les vielles luges is closed. For Les houches we normally just go to the bakery at the bottom of Prarion. I think Chamonix is great because of the option to push yourself into new territory (with the appropriate instructor) plus for a weekend you can just about do enough piste skiing if that is all that’s on offer. You do have to be prepared for the faff of getting to and from the slopes. So either car hire, or train (only really for skiing GM or vallorcine) or the bus service (in quiet times) or if you have a big enough group to justify it (in resort private transfers). The town offers a lot in terms of bars and restaurants and just hanging out for when you are not skiing. I now have family so it suits us to either do long weekends without kids and cram it all in or do longer stays with kids and ski shorter days but enjoy the town. For a group of guys - of your level - keen to get an intro to off piste and keen to be in a busy town but accepting its not ski in ski out - go for it. Have a plan for transport though!!
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Fri 24-01-20 9:29
Replies: 39
Definitely keep the ski suits! Can’t really advise on boots - but if you can afford it may be safer to hire. Exercises - do a search for ski exercises on YouTube or else where. I would do a bit more than you are doing. I actually find cycling (or indoor spin classes) has a good low impact cross-over benefit for skiing. So if you find that less daunting than weight training go for it. No doubt weight/strength training is best though. All the usual lunges squats deadlifts step ups etc. Get your core strong as well with core exercises.
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Thu 23-01-20 20:43
Replies: 47
Just a thought on steering clear of France during feb holidays - one option to keep the cost down and something which may work very well for some renters is to pick a place up from beginning of Jan, agree to vacate it for a week or two in feb (take a break in the south of France And let the owners use it for their peak weeks) and then go back until beginning of April. Don’t discount Chamonix though you will want a car i would imagine. There is some tough skiing but there is also some easier skiing. With the season pass you get unlimited access to st gervais, megeve, Les contamines and Courmayeur. You also get 6 days in verbier plus day passes in 3 different resorts within about an hour away. So chance to go to a lot of different places. I think the pass is less than €2,000 for a couple if bought in october. You have the benefit of one of the busier ski towns for your down time. I am a bit biased and I know some love it and some hate. Easier to love over an extended period. Most who hate it are those that that turn up at a busy time expecting ski in ski out.
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Wed 22-01-20 16:39
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Not in France and a bit later in the 40’s Portillo was built. A lot of the original features remain. Anyone interested in an old school holiday destination (and somewhere different) should definitely pay it a visit. Being Southern Hemisphere you don’t have to sacrifice your winter holidays as you can go in the summer as well! Great place. Anyway - back to the battle of the French resorts!
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Mon 20-01-20 22:05
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If you don’t want to use the bus system or trains to get to the slopes, you should try the transfer companies. Most do in resort transfers as well. I tend to use haute transfers. If it’s 8 or you it works well (full bus). I think it’s about €70 return to the slopes. I do like the train trip to vallorcine and back if you want to ski the vallorcine/le tour area and are near a train stop.
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Thu 16-01-20 7:41
Replies: 29
I found them less reliable in terms of time of pick-up, getting lost and number of people (ie the more people on the transfer the more that can go wrong).
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Wed 15-01-20 20:18
Replies: 12
Les Contamines should be open a week later. I couldn’t find any dates though. It normally is. It does just get a bit busier that weeks (as Megeve is closed!!)
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 15-01-20 19:52
Replies: 29
Easybus go to Chamonix and are good (and cheap) depending on accommodation (great for Cham Sud area). Mountain drop-offs and Haute Transfers also good and usually keep going. Alpybus would normally be my last resort but I am sure they will do the job.
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Wed 15-01-20 19:52
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Easybus go to Chamonix and are good (and cheap) depending on accommodation (great for Cham Sud area). Mountain drop-offs and Haute Transfers also good and usually keep going. Alpybus would normally be my last resort but I am sure they will do the job.
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Wed 15-01-20 19:03
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It’s never known with certainty as it depends on conditions. I would expect Les Contamines to be a week later base on previous years.
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Wed 15-01-20 16:21
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Les Contamines tends to stay open a week or two later than the rest of the megeve area. Probably more reliable than port de soleil as well. Safest bet is probably Chamonix and skiing in Grand montets (and whichever resorts are open - le tour tends to stay open longest of the others). If you have been before and like it I would go there. Though as a previous poster suggested it’s easy enough to book the flights and then sort out accommodation and transfers last minute. The season may go on later in other resorts though it’s a bit of a risk to book. I think last year Les Contamines closed around 22nd and GM first few days of May. Though touring options after that.
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Wed 15-01-20 11:30
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Chamboy wrote: Please bear with me as I am rubbish on piste names and restaurant names and not local to megeve but do ski there occasionally. If you head from mt. Arbois towards megeve (the bottom of the piste where the esf meet point is and where you meet the Rochebrune cablecar - there is a new modern looking bar/pizza shack there on the right hand side (has buckets for champagne etc). Good vibe lots of space and reasonable price for megeve at €15 for a big pizza. Very convenient for lessons. Is it called something like "Club Alpin"? I'm sure it's club something Agree that place is relatively affordable by Megeve standards but it's a bit "fur coat and no knickers" - for the same money you get something much better the otherside of the hill? I have eaten there more than once. Yes. That’s the place. Agreed there are other better places around the mountain but if with kids and it’s most convenient you could do worse. I have found a few good places hidden away on St Gervais side before but can never remember the names.
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Wed 15-01-20 8:43
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There is also one week a year when all the shops have what is effectively a big jumble sale in the high street (though there is some good stuff in there and some bargains to be had if you hunt around). It’s normally end of March or beginning of April.
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Wed 15-01-20 8:41
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I am not sure about ex-demo, but certainly ex rental. Go past any rental shop and they will have a rack outside. Or go on the local forum (chamshare?) and I am sure there are people selling old skis on there. Most people have a garage full of old skis! For ex-demo you could always try to co tact someone like Black Crows. They have a lot of testing days and no idea what they do with the skis after that.
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Wed 15-01-20 7:06
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Unfortunately not all year - but I do spend about 5 weeks there each ski season and large parts of the summer.
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Tue 14-01-20 22:25
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We are 4 males Looking for good food and beers. Any advice. TIA I quite look Moo Bar up by the station or one or the bars in Cham Sud - - see which is busies (south Bar, Monkey, Beckitt or Bighorn Bistro) for something more relaxed and a bit local. If you want a proper meal can’t go wrong with Munchie and some nice bars along there. My favourite is the Chamonix Social.
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Tue 14-01-20 20:46
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Please bear with me as I am rubbish on piste names and restaurant names and not local to megeve but do ski there occasionally. If you head from mt. Arbois towards megeve (the bottom of the piste where the esf meet point is and where you meet the Rochebrune cablecar - there is a new modern looking bar/pizza shack there on the right hand side (has buckets for champagne etc). Good vibe lots of space and reasonable price for megeve at €15 for a big pizza. Very convenient for lessons.
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Tue 14-01-20 16:24
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Great thread. The mention of Lautauret reminded me of a few places - none that I have skied in but places that I have passed by while cycling in the alps and onset of there is any skiing there. One is at the top of the Col de Romme near the Grand Bornand. The other is Plan Joux. Not I believe you can access some really interesting off piste routes from plan Joux so it is probably not that unknown. Other places I have seen are at the top of the col de turini between Sospel and Nice. There is a tiny little resort up there. One day I may ski at Plan Joux. Unless it accesses something interesting Romme didn’t seem to have much going for it given what else is around.
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Sat 11-01-20 22:58
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If there are 4 or more of you I think private transfers are much better (from a time, drinking! And cost perspective). Eg transfers from Geneva to any of the resorts 60-75 mins away are typically €160 to €200 each way. Can work out really cheap if 8. In my view much better than hiring a car and I have done both over a number of years doing multiple long weekend trips.
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