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Poster: A snowHead
Thu 21-03-19 11:16
Replies: 26
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: 40
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
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Tue 5-03-19 9:59
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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
Replies: 63
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
Replies: 15
@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: 19
@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.
Poster: A snowHead
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: 95
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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Fri 22-02-19 8:39
Replies: 32
@Bella2015, wow you sounded very calm about all that. Hope that you are having a great week. We are flying down at Easter as the whole B word and the dog on Eurotunnel was still too up in the air. He is rather miffed to be off to kennels as he loves a bit of Easter skiing.
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Wed 20-02-19 15:02
Replies: 13
@LaForet, agree with you. We had cause to use the medical cover in the summer. Post an MTB / VTT in the GM. No accident or anything but bacterial pneumonia that morphed into ICU and septic shock within 12 hrs. Other half had to stay in ICU and then infectious chest ward for nearly a month and then be repatriated, as I'd gone home with the kids and dog.
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Mon 18-02-19 16:59
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The nursery/creche in Les Carroz is well regarded - https://hiver.lescarroz.com/les-carroz-la-station-famille-plus/les-structures-d-accueil/la-creche-la-souris-verte-hiver.html
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Fri 15-02-19 11:55
Replies: 44
Plenty of good advice here. Other suggestions: Calpol melts or ibuprofen sachets in your napsack/pockets as you never know, the sun/lack of fluids can bring on a headache for the kids when you least expect it. Also, if any have allergies take children's antihistamine with you as it can be hard to get without a prescription. I used to send mine with haribo style sweets and the little sachets of pureed apple as it helps if they are thirsty. Have fun! And like the others have said, don't put on your top layer until the kids are all ready - then send the out into the cool while you get your boots on - amazing how having little one to worry about stops the adult boot faffing.
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Fri 15-02-19 10:54
Replies: 32
Overall I just love the experience of shopping in French shops. We are the same. We'd never be that excited heading to Tesco or the like but a trip to Carrefour...ohhhhh
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Fri 15-02-19 10:27
Replies: 32
Often the big supermarkets near resorts have special openings for the bank holidays as per @Hells Bells. So I'd check the websites nearer the time. I know that the big Carrefour in Sallanches normally opens the Sundays for special occasions as does the Super U at Cluses/Magland. But do you need to do the big shop that day? Easter is not a big school holiday in France so everything will be open as usual on Monday.
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Fri 15-02-19 8:42
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@jilly, what a relief the Plan B could be used. @rainman, safe travels, you are going from my part of the world, to where we ski - funny to see that. @Ozboy, + 1 for Aire d'Urvillers, it has a good restaurant, a Paul and a decent shop. Looks like you are all getting to luck in with the weather. Safe travels.
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Sun 10-02-19 13:40
Replies: 19
We've skied the Grand Massif at Easter holidays for the last 8/10 years, no matter when they fall. Have been pretty lucky most of the time (fingers crossed). Worst season as I recall was 2016/17 but hey it was bad everywhere. The links were closed but we still managed to drive over and ski Flaine everyday and it was alright. You accept at Easter that the snow goes off by just after lunch and plan accordingly. Best to aim high, such as Flaine, L2A etc etc as that gives you the best shot of decent cover. So maybe wait a while accommodation will be easy to pick up and maybe select a resort that has other things to do not just skiing.
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Sun 10-02-19 12:14
Replies: 12
@NickyJ, each person gets the cabin allowance, so as long as the kids have seats then they can also have the allowance. You just can't carry that many bags and the kids. Once old enough our used the trunki backpacks that were booster seats for the hire car/minivans.
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Wed 6-02-19 11:08
Replies: 41
@Jonny996, wish my other half would carry my skis! I think you sound like a gent. I often look with envy at the glam ladies who have chaps carrying their skis 8) . Now before I get a pile of rubbish aimed at me. I run my own business, that supports the whole family, travel the world on my own for work, always drive even on family trips, can and have changed tyres and put on the snowchains, unblock drains and advocate for myself in any situation. But still I wouldn't mind it if my other half carried them on occasion.
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Wed 6-02-19 10:55
Replies: 41
Same as @Pamski, I think they called it the fish hook in the video! At 5ft 2 I'd be lethal carrying them on my shoulders. Love the video, think we may well play ski carry bingo at Easter.
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 6-02-19 7:57
Replies: 44
@maceman, that is a huge shock to the mind as well as the body. It does take time to recover both. You are making great progress and admire you for wanting to push on and get back to what you love. Like others I'd advise caution and see if you can squeeze in a few days just to acclimatise again, have you looked at going by train if planes are going to be an ongoing issue? I'd also suggest you aim for a real year-round village when you go not one of the mega mountain top places. Year round medical facilities / pharmacies will be more able to deal with any complications/issues that might pop up and being able to get to a decent hospital might set your mind at rest? Les Carroz in the GM is good from this point of view, as will be others like Morzine, St Gervais, Combloux. My other half has got back to it all after a heart attack in very early 40s and then septic shock, with ICU stay and 3 weeks all in Sallanches hospital just 2 years later, so you can get back but having seen him and how it impacts the mind as well as the body, I'd really say take it in bite size pieces.
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Wed 6-02-19 7:40
Replies: 19
Ha ha, love that, fast forwarded the skiing bits to keep looking at the poochies :lol:
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Tue 5-02-19 17:06
Replies: 7
+ for Piccolo first floor not basement. We really like L'Agora, right in the centre of town, been going for 15 years now. Again good pizza but also other lovely items. You will need to book. We also really enjoy L'Spatule, it serves gallettes, stuffed with salads etc. At the weekends it has specials such as steak. There are a couple of more posh places but they have prices to match. + for ChaletD'Clair for lunch/coffee stops. There is also a good place half way down Serpentine in Flaine, never eaten in the restaurant but the snack section underneath copes well with crowds. We have used chains twice in 15 years, but when you need them you need them so either buy or wait and pick up as @sj1608, suggests. There are two good bakers and 2 x supermarkets in the town and one larger Spar a bit more out of town. Plenty of options. Lots of lovely slopes to ski, both tree-lined and not if you need to shelter from the wind /snow. If you are up for it has a new mechanical luge. We had great fun on it 2 weeks ago. 7 euros per car and you can either go for a 1 or 2 person car. they take a photo on the course and you can buy a print and they send you a jpg for 2 euros - bargain.
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Tue 5-02-19 12:42
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@IainMcT, that is fab to hear. I really hope that she has a fantastic week. Which resort are you in, so other can maybe look up Alex at ESF?
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Mon 4-02-19 15:35
Replies: 10
+3 to not limit yourself and go twice. January for the snow and March for lovely spring skiing.
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Mon 4-02-19 15:27
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@geetee, oh good luck with it. We helped my nephew when he decided to do snowboarding as one of his sports. Really good tip from @kitenski, define in advance what you need and where you need it and tick it off. Review and then if you have to repeat. It is a lot harder than you think to get them to nail it as it seemed every time we recorded him he'd catch and edge, something he rarely did in normal circumstances.
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Sat 2-02-19 8:11
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@sj1608, he says it was not him! But he did see them ski past Ballin...wonder if they grabbed a cake on the way past. He got stuck and ended up having to ski down into Morillon and get the bus back to LC. Take care everyone skiing today.
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Fri 1-02-19 19:24
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Mmmm, wonder if that as my other half and his mates? I am not paying for the ski service if it was!
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Fri 1-02-19 8:19
Replies: 20
ohhhh who knew? Like to look of those more things to buy :roll:
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Thu 31-01-19 19:47
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Having been one of the first to divert off when the Chamois tunnel closed a few years ago, I can say that either you need to be earlier than that or as other have suggested, have a leisurely start on Saturday, stop for lunch and or dinner and let the worst of the crowds just go.
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Thu 31-01-19 15:17
Replies: 95
@sj1608, I can see that he'd have to be careful as I am sure he'd been left high and dry before. Thanks for the PM. I really like this forum it has been a lifesaver for me.
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Thu 31-01-19 14:28
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Plenty of good advice here. I think the advice of heading to the same resort for some time is a good one. Then she can get used to the slopes, in all conditions and become comfortable that she knows what is coming next. If every holiday she has the anxiety of not knowing what is around the corner there is unlikely to be much progression. You can then leave her on said slope and head off for a few hours yourself. @sj1608, how did you get booked with Lynne? I asked him last Easter but as I had 'fessed up I was in LC he was not overly keen.
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