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Poster: A snowHead
Thu 18-04-19 11:12
Replies: 49
Just read this thrrad, as had not seen it before. Really happy that your daughter has made such progress. Well done you for persevering and getting the right instructor.
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Tue 16-04-19 13:40
Replies: 18
@Hells Bells, our pooch often ends up having to drink/eat out of the small takeways= container his overnight food is in! Often forget his travels bowls :roll:
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Tue 16-04-19 11:48
Replies: 97
Depends what job /career you have now. Do you have transferable skills? Could you freelance/consult? We could theoretically live in our place full time and have the kids in local school but opted to stay in the UK and be here during the holidays. Why? In our field, we might not have been taken so seriously if we were based in a ski resort. We still need to work every day and even starting early to catch the Asia offices, I would still not be finished until 1/2pm and then would need to work at night as well and that eats into family time. We did try it off and on when we first got our place but it just didn't suit us. Each to their own though. One of our has said she want to go to Uni in Annecy and thinks we should come and live in our place while she does that. Not sure how her twin will feel being left along at Uni in the UK mind you!
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Tue 16-04-19 11:35
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We have used the Accors at Calais before, when we had a late school finish. Once you are in France the poochies are not issue at all. Guess from Edinburgh the idea of getting through the tunnel and adding the time is tough but well worth it as no dog hassle. What breed is it? You'll have such fun and be able to take it to dinner and everything. Lovely walks off the tramway with a dog. How is the shoulder by the way?
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Tue 16-04-19 11:26
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10 mins on a bus at that age should be doable. I find that loading into and out of the car, while it seems easier is more hassle as putting on boots etc in acar park can be a hassle and the kids tend to lean on the car and get filthy or get in the way of other cars.
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Tue 16-04-19 11:04
Replies: 85
Depends if you want to drive to ski or not. We picked Les Carroz in the GM as opposed to Annecy as we thought we'd happily drive back up on light summer nights after days out but would prefer to be right there to ski on the shorter winter days. LC is a year round village, same as others quiet in May and Oct/Nov. Lots of MTB in the summer and hiking, telecabine and some chairs open as well. Depends which culture you prefer I suppose. Aosta is a good shout as well, and cheaper than France. Can see the appeal of Austria as well, esp if you speak German.
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Tue 16-04-19 11:04
Replies: 85
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Thu 11-04-19 15:30
Replies: 367
Maybe. It was meant to rain/snow Wed/Thurs, did not really materialise. I tend to use http://chamonix-meteo.com/chamonix-mont-blanc/weather/forecast/morning/5_days_weather_forecast.php - as this is the one used by the LC tourism office etc
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Wed 10-04-19 18:36
Replies: 367
Got an upgrade from AVIS on the French side on Monday. Alfa Stelvio inc winter tyres. Well chuffed. Mind you the previous renter had treated it badly, big scratches on bonnet, I reckon they'd mayne dropped skis all over it. Had the normal nail biting ride through Geneva, never done it the same way twice. Popped onto the m-way at Annemasse so avoided Swiss m-way. Skied too early on Tuesday, even Plein Soliel was like an ice rink! By 10:30 is was fab though and skied until 2pm and then opted for a early trip home. Flaine today, cloudy up top but the predicted rain did not arrive so happy. Less snow than last Easter, but considering how warm it got in February, they have worked very hard to preserve the pistes.
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Sun 7-04-19 14:51
Replies: 367
@BAN, thanks, yep. have had to do the magical mystery tour on a few occasions to avoid the Swiss motorways. Decent flight times this time, so should be easier. Need to go and dig the 'doofer' out of the family car mind you.
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Sun 7-04-19 14:37
Replies: 367
@sj1608, good tip, will check it out on the way up. I HAVE to get to Flaine Wed/Thurs :lol: and could ski over but I should drive really.
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Sun 7-04-19 14:12
Replies: 367
@sj1608, safe travels back. Like @OldHacker, I am flapping a bit as we opted to hire from the French side this time, as even on the Swiss side they do not guarantee winter tyres after March 31st. Not so worried about getting into LC but have to drive to Flaine next Wed/Thurs, and was hoping to avoid hiring chains. Might need to stop at Super U and buy a set...ggrrrrrr
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Sun 7-04-19 11:37
Replies: 64
Flying out tomorrow to GVA. 10 days in the Grans Massif. 3rd tripf for me and the OH this season, second one for the kids. Meeting friends in resort. Hoping not too many French families have spotted the plentiful snow and opted to go for a week or so of their Spring holidays.
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Fri 5-04-19 10:23
Replies: 34
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 4-04-19 15:44
Replies: 173
Picked up IDP in Post Office today. Quick, well part form the huge quees that formed while they hand wrote :shock: them. Dog will remain at home this holiday until the dust clears.
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Thu 4-04-19 11:43
Replies: 21
Seem to be doing well for such a short time on skis. One thing, try not to drag your pole, others will be on to tell you the technical reasons why, but I can share what can happen. Have a friend, who is a PT in the UK, so super super fit, experienced bad conditions and slipped into dragging a pole. Ended up with shocking elbow trouble (similar to tennis elbow as I recall) for 6 months after the return to the UK. So try and use the pole correctly for the turn not as a rudder.
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Thu 4-04-19 11:12
Replies: 139
@charrison, @frejul, been lots of snow the last day or so, down to a pretty low level. Check out the Grand Massif thread for on the spot updates. Not sure what the rain /snow limit is doing the next few days. They are good about keeping the road moving, as it is the only way to get any supplies into Flaine, until they build the Funiflaine. First Easter we have not driven for years but I'll be doing it in a French hire car next week, so hoping it is clear, as they don't tend to come with winter tyres :shock:. Good luck everyone, hoping for clear roads and safe travels.
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Thu 4-04-19 9:03
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Wed 3-04-19 14:20
Replies: 367
@sj1608, you star, thanks for the report! Just what I wanted to hear. Sounds like you had the kind of morning that I love.
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Wed 3-04-19 11:53
Replies: 28
@majusuperb, think that you need to not limit yourself. A sense of humour and positive outlook will carry you through many things in life. As long as you enjoy it go for it.
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Tue 26-03-19 10:58
Replies: 4
We'll be in Les Carroz that weekend and have skied that late many times. Yep, it could be a ribbon but you know what spring skiing is like so it won't be a surprise. Les Carroz even has a slope called - plein soleil - full sun, so you might like that one? If you want more you can ski over to Flaine. The Les Carroz tourism office should be able to help with accommodation and places won't be booked up. Go, you can always just do some lovely walks in the woods. My other half is training for the London marathon and so will be running and not skiing as much.
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Mon 25-03-19 8:57
Replies: 367
@X5OT76, there's currently lots of sunshine. Until Thursday the pistes seemed almost perfect, with just a few slushy bits in the afternoon. But since Friday the temperatures have risen again during the day, and we're now into a spring cycle of ice in the morning, especially up high, and slush later, especially lower. But there's still plenty of snow. The coming week looks as if the temps drop a bit, but the forecasts all seem to be disagreeing with one another. Reported my most unusual piste hazard to a pisteur first thing on Friday in Samoens. As I carefully explained, in French, that the piste had cheese scattered over it you could see that he thought I'd got the wrong words. But it was true! It appeared that a box had fallen off a moto neige going up to Montana restaurant, and the wheels of cheese in it had then rolled across the piste. Pisteur immediately set off to recover them and they were gone by the next time I skied past. My word. Wonder if they all had racelette for tea?
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Mon 25-03-19 8:52
Replies: 32
In Les Carroz we have the Souris Verte day nursery. Details of tariff for this year here: https://winter.lescarroz.com/images/pdf/Rules_of_procedure.pdf + 1 from us. Used them when the girls were about that age. Very professional, as it is the village nursery for resort staff as well. This is vital - ...and if taking grandparent or someone else, make it clear from the start their role will be childcare! We took gran, and she wanted to walk around and see the town, not be left with the baby! That week was a real failure!. Took my Mum when mine were quite small and she got very ansty VERY quickly.
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Thu 21-03-19 11:16
Replies: 82
We will be off as usual to the GM. A bit later than we'd like 8th till 17th but hey school holidays and flights are never a good mix! We have been lucky at Easter most of the time, when it is not good it's because it is not great anywhere really. I LOVE the Easter drive down. It is my favourite one, nights drawing out, warmer, brighter sunnier. We often use it for side trips, if the snow goes off, we head back early and go touring. Flying for the first time in years this year as wanted to avoid any possible BREXIT issues at the Tunnel and as the Pet Passport was up in the air, so opted to book dog into kennels. Might all now be pushed off of course but there we go! If your first priority is snow quality then holding your nerve is probably right, but not sure I could take the not knowing.
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Fri 15-03-19 11:06
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Fri 15-03-19 11:05
Replies: 33
A lot of families I know have been put off by the late start to the Easter holidays, for many 5th April. So I don't think it will be mobbed with kids. Other European countries aren't on school holidays at that time. We always ski at Easter whether late or early and it is never that busy. Yes, if you have good snow and it is sunny the locals are out in force but that is about it. Good luck. How did you not brain your son?
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Sun 10-03-19 17:07
Replies: 78
Heading off for third trip on April 8th. Have a photo of us skiing with the girls in a whiteout on April 9th 2013. There was so much falling that it took 4 adults to keep two 7 yr olds moving, two to cut a path and the other two to help slingshot. Would post but have no clue how to insert photos!
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Wed 6-03-19 16:23
Replies: 26
Did it for days at the end of term for skiing and tagged week/10 days onto half terms for family trips to China, only in infant and primary though. Never 'asked' always informed. Girls have already made it clear they do not want to miss days now they are in senior school
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 5-03-19 9:59
Replies: 109
My GM season pass was half that being quoted for the Chamonix one. I think we worked out it was break even at 10 days. My sister has always raved about the organisation at US ski resorts, so I am not at all surprised the lift passes are so much more expensive. I like the French laisse faire attitude, you know where you stand or wrestle for your place, and do not wish to see us all following an American business model, thanks.
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Mon 4-03-19 11:59
Replies: 12
Sallanches Hospital has an office on the top floor that deals with the insurance claims etc. It was a very kind lady a few years ago and she was bilingual. I did of course start off in French but she dealt with the UK insurers and so swapped into English when she could see how upset I was. Maybe try the hospital switchboard, see if you can reach that office and they might help? Glad to hear that he is OK now, what a worry for you all.
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Mon 4-03-19 10:54
Replies: 22
Know people who did it in Les Carroz as well. Local village school. Close to airport etc. they really enjoyed it. But as others have said with Brexit looming no way of knowing what will and won't happen next year. Also second@bambionskiis, if the 10 year old will be in Year 6 next year then you may well have an issue if you are wanting to apply for UK state schools. We are in an 11+ area and that is a whole can of worms! If you are not in an 11+ area and you have a preferred senior school be very careful that you do not fall foul of the residency criteria if you plan to come back.
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Sun 3-03-19 13:06
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I got a note from Admiral about all this the other week. Need to get IDP for us both, but have opted to fly this Easter to try and miss some of the worst of the pro-post worry.
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Fri 1-03-19 10:52
Replies: 42
Another one that says you need to be sure you know what is in them. Having done jury service for a smuggling case at Heathrow, the law is awfully clear. Also got stopped flying to Israel once, accompanying a load of editors on a media trip. When asked by ElAl, I did answer truthfully that the actual the bag I had packed belonged to my boyfriend, now husband. I got dragged off for additional questioning and x-rays! Made the flight but now and very very wary.
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Fri 1-03-19 10:41
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@rob@rar, I like that tip, as I sometimes worry if I have to straightline to build up speed. I will give it a go at Easter
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Thu 28-02-19 14:17
Replies: 55
On the contacts. I struggle with any of the AcuVue range and other top-brands. Used to wear them fine, but developed dry eye and now for me the bog standard Boots own brand work better. Trying different brands can make a difference. I carry spare contacts and regular sunglasses for lunchtimes. Good trick if you can find a good lab near you, buy the frames in TK Maxx and have your lenses popped in. Specsavers and Boots charge you a fee for the pleasure + lens.
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Thu 28-02-19 14:05
Replies: 13
Blimey, fingers crossed it is just one of those things
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Tue 26-02-19 12:42
Replies: 23
@Jja, what a shame. I suppose maybe the surgeons near a resort might have good experience with this kind of repair? Depends if you feel comfortbale, as seems you can stay.
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Sun 24-02-19 12:07
Replies: 28
@Jonny996, oh no. I can't join in the conversations on DIN or the like but did just want to say, what a complete bummer! How did the kids and your wife get home? Had you all flown or driven? Broken ribs and the shoulder in 4 places is quite a feat. Wonder if you might have caught the edge of a rock/tree stump with your shoulder? Sending lots of sympathy. Sallanches hospital is nice and clean isn't it? The ladies on A&E reception and the lady who deals with the insurance is particularly nice. Hope that you start to feel more comfortable soon.
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Fri 22-02-19 13:27
Replies: 96
Oh my word, poor little mite. 6 years old and in cardiac arrest and needing to be resuscitated. Seemed that the pisteurs did a great job with that but still. We often split so we can take little ones. I even give the lifties the nod while I am in the queue, so they know it is OK. I always make sure they are in safely, give them a nod, have a chat if they want to and just watch them all the way up. If they are very little and could slip under the bar, I will often put my pole across as well. My ones used to be in lessons at that age and so I always treated little ones as I would like my children to be treated. I really hope that she is OK.
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Fri 22-02-19 9:19
Replies: 34
Went to St Wolfgang in my 20s, loved it. What with starting skiing at a similar age, that was me done for beach holidays after that. We spend 2-4 weeks in the Grand Massif every year and love it. PdS has Multipass for 2 Euro a day pp which gives ped access to lifts, swimming pool access etc. wow @orange, that is a bargain. We have to pay a lot more than that for lift and separate pool visits. + for Annecy as mentioned by @Hils68,
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