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Poster: A snowHead
Mon 23-03-20 12:31
Replies: 48
We won't be applying for a refund on our season passes. I got to pretty much break even with Xmas/NY holidays + weekend in January. The OH did as he did more days than me at Xmas and the girls pretty much as well. I think resorts will struggle and as a property owner in the village I'd rather see them be able to start up again next year.
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Mon 16-03-20 22:05
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@SnowB1KinOldy, really really pleased you are on the mend. And THANKS for reporting in, it's the first time I have really seen someone report on how they recovered. + @brianatab, and others commenting on the casual racism and finger pointing, I reiterate didn't see any such crape aimed at the USA during Swine Flu when an estimated 151,700 to 575,400 people died globally in the first year of the pandemic. @Gerry, sure you maybe a vegan and think all people who eat animal products are in the wrong, so why not just say that? Why go for the cheap shot about what they eat in China?
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Mon 16-03-20 11:58
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Already got visitor restriction in place in inpatient wards at Stoke Mandeville, Wycombe, Amersham and Buckingham hospitals. I have spoken with my Mum as she was being awkward about the stay at home as she is late 70s. I have talked to her and made it clear if she gets it and needs to be hospitalised they will be triaging and she will not make the cut. So best option for her, and the rest of us (as I am in my mid 50s and so not sitting pretty) is try and do the best you can to avoid getting it. Crape conversation to have but as Matt Hancock admitted we only have 5,000 ventilators in England, decisions have to be made to stop people needing them. Here is a link on the subject: https://www.ft.com/content/5a2ffc78-6550-11ea-b3f3-fe4680ea68b5
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Fri 13-03-20 13:49
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+ 1 for @James77, got friends in China and HK and I have to say they think our govt is crackers. My kids godmother in HK has been asking me why they are still at school esp now most of Europe is off. You know I hope I am and wrong and our govt is right about it all. But this is the same group of people that said BREXIT would/will be easy (lights blue touch paper and steps away from keyboard)
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Tue 10-03-20 0:06
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+ for @pam w, comment on the tone of some of these posts. Don't recall US tourists getting such a hard time during swine flu! :roll: One reason for the higher rates in Italy is maybe linked to smoking? They have similar levels to S Korea of +25%, in China it is nearer 50% in men but only approx 2% in women...which is one of the reasons they are suggesting for why the death rate is higher in men in China. The UK has smoking levels of approx 14%, so will be interesting to see in the next few weeks if this idea of born out in reality.
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Mon 9-03-20 12:41
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Thu 5-03-20 10:25
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@jbob, well done for sharing, I saw that report yesterday and shared it far and wide as I thought it was a really good overview. The authorities in China went for it, in ways that none of us would like but it is proving effective. The impact has been huge, but they opted to take the hard decisions and the economic hit. I have an office in Beijing and no one has been there since 24th January, but I am still paying rent while I have my people working from home. Not ideal and all I can do is keep my fingers crossed that confidence rebounds. Fortunately, I have seen the tide change from finger pointing and blaming China to realising that this is a nasty new virus, and learning what to do is better than point scoring. In same position as many others. Aiming to drive to GM at the start of the Easter holidays. At the moment, we will go, as we have our own place and can self-isolate and work from there. But I think we'll still make a decision nearer the time.
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Tue 3-03-20 13:42
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@richjp, very interesting as our GP used the phrase 100 days cough for a number of people I know last year. @bambionskiis, yes he is OK now. Took a long time, and a number of other bouts of pneumonia in the following year. But he did a marathon for his 50th, then the London Marathon and an ultra, so well now. But as he is also asthmatic COVID-19 is a worry.
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Mon 2-03-20 14:07
Replies: 23
@pam w, agree 100%. Was only talking about this yesterday.
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Mon 2-03-20 9:12
Replies: 58
Think it is often the 'new' bugs as well that cause it + as you are skiing and on holiday means you tend to keep doing more than you would at home and not rest, so might make it worse? I have been told you are OK to run if it is a head cold but anything lower then you have to rest to not force it down further. Also a bit like when you move to a new country, you have not been exposed to those bugs so you get more things. I find I get more chest issues in in hot humid /polluted climates places, and subsequently I loathe aircon. That said, the Alps does get hot spots in the summer, my OH got bacterial pneumonia and full septic shock and ended up in ICU and then the chest ward in Sallanches for a month one summer. Seems there were a lot of similar cases that summer, very fit 40s-50s (often men) who had been exercising a lot and were all in hospital within 12hrs of symptoms.
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Tue 25-02-20 22:53
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@TCSC47, nope an OFSTED outstanding school, admittedly a selective grammar, but still a regular state school that has to obey the rules. Mind you getting off the point of the thread, which I had read with interest. Did not sign ours up for the ski trip, for two reasons money (as twins) and thought that they might not get that much out of it as they graduated from ESF lessons years ago. I know see that this might have been short sighted of me. So if we win the lottery between now and this time next year I might sign them up in Yr 10.
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Tue 25-02-20 22:53
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@TCSC47, nope an OFSTED outstanding school, admittedly a selective grammar, but still a regular state school that has to obey the rules.
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Tue 25-02-20 22:08
Replies: 74
@TCSC47, seems a bit odd as one on mine in Yr 9 went to Germany for 3 school days on a trip in December. The other in Yr 9 also will miss 4 days of school in May for a Spain trip. They school ski trip left (without them) at noon on the Friday pre-half term.
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Fri 21-02-20 11:41
Replies: 554
@jclem, yep sounds like a good plan. Get out of resort before the worst of it. But be prepared for long queues for fuel and toilets stops, i.e. don't let them get desperate!
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 20-02-20 18:01
Replies: 19
For that kind of distance and at Xmas I would do the car hire. You never know when you might need another supermarket run to stock up on goodies and being under your own steam is preferred for more than a few days + if it is a complete disaster snow wise (unlikely I know) then you have options for days out.
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Thu 20-02-20 12:25
Replies: 23
Flaine? The magic carpets at the bottom are free. Then you can decide to progress them up? Les Carroz has free magic carpets on the bottom nursery slopes at village level but don't know what the snow is like on the slopes as not been for a few weeks (plenty of accomdation to choose from). There is also a magic carpet at the top but you need to use the telecabine to get up there.
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Wed 19-02-20 15:03
Replies: 35
+1 for what @pam w, said. He may well be quicker than you all but from what you say his technique needs work and he could make some friends in a group. We all know we can all go fast at that age but it is technique that will get him out of trouble now and when he is older. I do understand the teen issue though. Any chance you can take one of his mates with you next time? We now meet and ski with friends and the kids get much more out of the holiday and then don't mind the ski days with slow coach Mum - esp as I may well stump up for a decent lunch!
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Tue 18-02-20 13:53
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@Ghanny, sorry to hear about the rib. I really wish they would do some work on that top pitch. All Samoens and Morillon folks as well as a good % of Les Carroz skiers have to use it and it gets busy and lumpy, which makes it all worse. Maybe a trip to the spa in LC to sooth the ribs?
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Thu 13-02-20 12:41
Replies: 421
Just seen the whole of the lift systems on the GM is closed today as they are worried about the weather. The Tete closes fairly frequently but they must be worried if they are shutting it all.
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Wed 12-02-20 14:42
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I think afternoon lessons was a really good idea. I used to be able to get our two into 9am ski school for years but now they are teens it is a different matter and I am glad they do not need it anymore as waking and rushing is a recipe for a stroppiness in our house. Try and locate some real 'insta ready' spots, as mine now love the light for selfies!@Yellow Snow, comment on cool kit is also a good one. I used to get to pick it all but now they want some more cool stuff, mirrored goggles and the like go a long way - back to Insta! Anyway you can rein in the sporty 11 yr old a bit? Maybe do separate de-briefs, as I suspect he will really go for it and improve you do not want that to become and issue as well. Good luck. Hope that she falls in love with the mountains.
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Mon 10-02-20 9:49
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@DavidYacht, thanks for the apology, as I was offended. And before anyone throws snowflake at me, try thinking about how it feels for those that are Chinese or East Asian, or looks sort of Asian with what is being thrown in their direction. I don't remember folks making jokes about or ostracising Americans during the swine flu, I wonder why?
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Fri 7-02-20 10:53
Replies: 49
@Andrew911, good choice. But then I am biased! You have plenty of options and as it is not the school holidays at that time, you will be able to ski over to Flaine very quickly when you want above the tree line bowl skiing. It is not 'hopping' for apres but has some lovely bars and places to eat and 2 supermarkets in the village + an easy transfer from Geneva. Plenty of good option for lunch on the mtn as well. There is a picnic room at the top of the telecabine in LC and the DMC in Flaine, if you want to dump a bag of sarnies/drinks. If the weather is good there are a few picnic tables on Marvel (the long green that goes from the top to bottom of Morillon) where we often stop for a picnic at Easter.
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Thu 6-02-20 10:25
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@knackered knees, makes a really good point @James77. If the kids are off on Friday you are very lucky indeed and I would suggest you get as close as you possibly can, so you can just head up to Flaine early on Saturday, well ahead of the crowds. Troyes is 5.5 hrs from Flaine on a good day and the Saturday of half term is not a good day! You could aim for the new Accor hotels in Sallanches - IBIS and IBIS Budget for Friday night. There is a big Carrefour in Sallanches that you can use for provisions or there is Super U at the bottom of the road up to Flaine, both of which will be better value than buying provisions in Flaine. You would then not need to get up too early and maybe aim for lunch in Flaine (if you have the kids gear handy - they can then start playing in the snow ASAP) and you get ski hire etc all done and dusted before the crowds arrive mid/late afternoon. Like many here with kids, we have done the journey since they were in nappies and they cope well, if they have entertainment and don't drink too too much! Good luck and have fun.
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Wed 29-01-20 17:41
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@skimummk, I am sorry to hear about your friends daughter, what a shock for all of you. To then add to it with your Mum as well I think it has a huge impact and as you say amazing that you stayed upright. I found out last Xmas while on our skiing holiday that my younger brother had pancreatic cancer, and just like you the vibe changed and it has been hard to get my skiing mojo back. Maybe we need to be kind to ourselves? The menopause (hot flushes while skiing are no fun) and the other stuff is a LOT to cope with. But at least we still get out there and do it. Hats off to us!
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Wed 29-01-20 13:23
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@skimummk, I think you need to give yourself more credit for keeping at it with the hip issues and the confidence waning. You don't let it stop you and you need to be applauded for that. I am like @bambionskiis, was fine, able to do most things and then spent years at the back giving the evil eye to anyone that came too close to the kids, able to with a ski under my arm on tough reds, but now I am often found skiing too slowly. I had a confidence lesson in Flaine to try and tweak my technique. My other half knows when I am 'on it' or not as I seem to dance when I am happy but lift my left ski when not happy - not logical as I need that ski on the ground for stability :roll: . I have found that being fitter has helped as the legs and lungs were better, but it doesn't make much difference to the butterflies in the tummy. I am now doing sessions to help with anxiety. The menopause is not helping either, anxiety is a well known issue it seems when you are in the middle of it but not something that we talk about before. My main target for the sessions is to get back to really enjoying my skiing! I will let you know how I get on after our Eater trip.
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Mon 27-01-20 18:25
Replies: 10
@Jonny996, might be along in a while to give you a hand.
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Thu 23-01-20 17:18
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@janed9388, ha ha that is fantastic. For us it is the best kind of family holiday. They talk to you and you can have a laugh...can you tell I am the parent of teens now :shock:
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Thu 23-01-20 16:11
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In Les Carroz in the Grand Massif there is - https://www.pierreetvacances.com/gb-en/fp_FSL_self-catering-carroz-araches - but you will need to use the ski buses. Or seen this place Flaine recommended a few times - https://www.pierreetvacances.com/gb-en/fp_FTL_self-catering-premium-residence-les-terrasses-d-helios - For the Sunday to Sunday flights you need to think about ski school as it starts on a Sunday. You can always ship out a night early and go to a hotel near Geneva?
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 21-01-20 13:25
Replies: 421
Back yesterday after a good few days . Friday was a fab day. I was really impressed with how well the snow had held up, the Les Carroz team must have been really hard at work over the last few weeks as it was a lot better than late Dec. We were able to lap Moilliets, Raccord Gron, Coombe, upper part of Sairon, Marmotte, Plein Soliel, Cupoire very happily until the snow really started and we headed down. Opted for Flaine on Saturday - which everyone else seemed to do as well. I think @Zorrac, had the right idea to stay in Les Carroz, as it was mobbed getting over there. Never seen such queues in mid-Jan. While the weather was fab, it was hard going as they hadn't pisted and some of the moguls ended up nearly as big as me! The less experienced skier (of our group of 4) was all for throwing the towel in and getting a cab back to LC, but I convinced her to ski back. Opted for Grenat rather than Dolomie (as it looked like a battlefield) not a great idea as I came a cropper, worrying so much about the nervous skier I had in tow, I took my eye off the ball. A very nice chap on a snowboard returned my ski and the huge mogul I was on provided a nice ledge to click back in. Huge sigh of relief from whole party when we got off the top of the Molliets chair. Sunday started a bit crunchy but them came good and we flew up and down a very empty Plein Soliel etc before heading down for a very late lunch, as the north wind picked up and it was -9 at the top of Gron. Great work by the Les Carroz pisteurs to keep the slopes so well maintained after not much snow in the last few weeks. Used AlpinBus this time (friend did it via findtransfer.com), all worked well.
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Wed 15-01-20 12:17
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Always ski the GM inc Flaine at Easter. Easter does not tend to get too busier either, as it's not a big holiday for French families.
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Tue 14-01-20 12:14
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Same comments as @snowymum. I'd add Igloo and Chalet L'Clair as great places to eat/stop while out skiing. You can book Igloo in the summer not sure about the winter. Some lovely slopes in Morillon, but you will want to go further and with some planning should be able to make it to Flaine. Ask the instructor what pass for your daughter, if she progresses well they might well want to take them to Flaine during their lessons. Mine used to get to Flaine in their lessons from Les Carroz. Have great time.
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Sun 12-01-20 12:02
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Went to sleep worrying as resort reports were pointing to the pistes not holding up well and the lack of snow in the forecast playing on my mind. Woke to see the weekend now looking to carry quite a lot of precipitation. I'd rather ski in a white out than try and get down ice and rocks. Chamonix Meteo (not sure where they get their info from) is even hinting at a change come Friday. Fingers crossed.
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Wed 8-01-20 21:17
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In Les Carroz you could eat in a couple of places and just ski down or come down in the telecabine as there is no gate for the down trip. Same at the top of the DMC in Flaine, no barrier for downward journey. Think you need input from people who know the resort wherever you are going.
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Wed 8-01-20 17:54
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How very sad. @mikeelsa, I am very sorry for you and all of your friends.
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Wed 8-01-20 14:47
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Think it is a case of each to his own really. Kept ours in group lessons till they graduated with ESF Gold at 9. They liked the group element, and now we ski with friends that they made through group ski lessons. One family always comes back at Christmas and the other at Easter. We've also joined the Easter family for a camping trip in the summer. The friendships they developed and nurtured (once they all go phones) have been great. Also, I have twins, so they were always better with other people rather than skiing just them, as they'd squabble more if it was just the two of them. They liked group element, as it gives them some 'cover' and meant they are not the sole focus and so could relax a bit more. They also know lots of instructors now and so when they are out on the mtn lots of the instructors spot them and stop or a chat, or to comment on their progress. Mine were fine if they were in French only groups, they just did as they were told. Mind you I like them to realise that not everyone speaks English and that being open minded to other languages is a bonus. If private works for you though, go for it and don't worry about what anyone else thinks.
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Tue 7-01-20 11:36
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@MissBambi, well done to you for going for it. How fantastic that you enjoyed it and want to go again as well. I second the pitch for group lessons, in the morning as quite quickly they will get you on a chairlift and that is that concern dealt with. Group lessons are more social and may also mean there are some folks to ski with in the afternoons, if you feel like it. Another vote for Flaine, once you are there then it is very easy indeed. Also you get some breathtaking views of Mt Blanc from the top of the DMC, and there are blue slopes to get you back down again. Don't be tempted to do Cascades on your own though, as it is a long long slope (14km blue) and best done with company, as you need to bus back to Samoens and ski/navigate back to Flaine, which is a lot for a relative novice on their own.
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Tue 7-01-20 9:08
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Mon 6-01-20 13:45
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This happened to my Mum when she flew out at Xmas to Geneva. They wheeled her to me and then said, bag not here, come through into the baggage area and go into the baggage handling office and get in line. Took some time but quickly realised that a lot of people on the same flight were not getting their bags (many same as you +9degrees in Geneva so people had packed the big coats). All bags were sent on the next flight later that day. We completed the from with the baggage staff, so they had our address + email + phone numbers. I could then get updates as they emailed me the portal info and I entered my code. They delivered the next day before 2pm and we are an hour away from Geneva.
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Mon 6-01-20 11:58
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My word...they were really going for it weren't they? Made our two learn how to carry their skis since they were v young. I always carry my own and guess what, shock horror I also do most of the driving as well :shock: . Neither me or my girls would buy pink flowery skis no matter how good they were!
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Mon 6-01-20 11:15
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@final patsy, agree with @sj1608, you would be able to help them play and use the magic carpet at the top of Kedueze and then the drag but then they would need a leap of faith. Much better to get lessons as the ESF chaps know where the best snow will be and give learners confidence by breaking it all down into bitesize pieces. Also, get them to pack swimming costumes as there is a small spa attached the public pool in LC and it is really nice if they fancy something different. Are you driving or transfer? If driving you could all drive over to Flaine once they are feeling more confident and go up the DMC. If the snow does not arrive I may well need to do car hire for my ladies trip on 16th to do the same.
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