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Poster: A snowHead
Sat 9-05-20 14:27
Replies: 17
Vallorcine is a very cold part of that region. Always a lot colder than other parts of that area. I would think very carefully about that. For those reasons alone I would chose combloux. Access can also be a problem if it snows (if you want to go over col de montets). But on your original questions - drags can be avoided and there are some nice restaurants in the area (eg at the train station and cafe de comptoir). Train to Argentiere and chamonix would be good. If with kids I think there are some ok apartment complexes with pools.
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Tue 14-04-20 16:00
Replies: 23
It does make quite a big difference when they stop maintaining the pistes though. I am always amazed what they can eek out. Would have loved to have been in the alps - even if the snow isn’t great - but it does soften the blow!
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Fri 3-04-20 21:18
Replies: 36
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Thu 19-03-20 23:05
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Agreed there should be some refund. It’s cheeky what ever their T&C’s. I do still maintain though that if they lose their job next month they are no worse off having missed the holiday and not been refunded and gone on the holiday. So all they have lost is the Holiday - not been put in any worse financial position.
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Thu 19-03-20 21:27
Replies: 18
I struggle to understand comments about the financial impact it will have on holiday makers. Yes you will have lost a holiday but not any money that you weren’t otherwise prepared to spend. You have just forgone a holiday. The chalet companies have fixed costs (staff, chalet hire etc), so if they fully refund it actually has a financial impact on them. There should be some refund no doubt but worth considering from their perspective. There must be some compromise on both sides. Of course those companies who hold on to all monies will lose their reputation and struggle to come out the otherside so that is shortsighted.
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Sun 15-03-20 22:01
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Chile - Portillo is pretty cool. Direct flights into Santiago and 2 hr transfer. They do different levels of accommodation and a few different residential courses there so you might find something to fit your budget/needs.
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Mon 2-03-20 21:06
Replies: 10
Camp Suisse in Champerey in the PDS is good. Caters for 16 year olds. Operates in feb half term not sure when else.
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Mon 2-03-20 21:03
Replies: 452
All the reds are real reds if you know what I mean - but if skied in the morning in good snow (which is what there is currently) they are nice. Agreed about the black at Brevant this is fine and can be skied using tracks to avoid the steep pitches. For the other easier ones go Cornu and crochues. Hope you get a clear day as views are great.
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Tue 25-02-20 11:55
Replies: 452
Anyone crossed over into Italy the last few days. Was booked it go Friday. Just wondering about any delays at the border. Also interested if the slopes are any quieter.
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Sat 22-02-20 18:26
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@Chamboy, it is solidly suggesting 30-40 cms in the valley, https://www.meteoblue.com/en/weather/week/chamonix_france_3027301 favourite local forecaster here http://chamonix-meteo.com/chamonix-mont-blanc/weather/forecast/mornin Thanks. Yes normally follow Cham meteo. All will become clear next few days. Out on Thursday. Hopefully good timing!
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Sat 22-02-20 17:56
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Anyone on here any good at ready the longer range forecast. I know they are expecting some snow at the end of next week (Wednesday/Thursday at least). Any ideas if they are expecting much? Looks like snow line should be below 1,000m, which sounds like it will be welcome.
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Fri 21-02-20 16:04
Replies: 18
The restaurant in the train station is still there. It’s called l’arrett bougnette. It’s very good. Cafe de comptoir is where you meet the non-skiers if they come up for a day trip on the train and want a nice looking restaurant. L,arrest bougnette is where you go when you have had a massive morning skiing and want a tartiflette. I actually think the Passon in le tour car park is pretty good as well.
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Thu 20-02-20 16:40
Replies: 66
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Thu 20-02-20 9:46
Replies: 38
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).
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 19-02-20 15:53
Replies: 452
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
Replies: 12
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
Replies: 12
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
Replies: 12
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
Replies: 22
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
Replies: 22
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
Replies: 58
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
Replies: 58
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
Replies: 58
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
Replies: 22
@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.
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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: 452
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
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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
Replies: 4
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
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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
Replies: 53
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
Replies: 7
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
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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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