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Poster: A snowHead
Mon 26-11-18 13:37
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@boredsurfin, And I would love the chance to go again. :sH:
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Sun 25-11-18 12:15
Replies: 185
@cameronphillips2000, Spot on. I would add that there are a couple of more intellectually valid reasons, as well: Time spent waiting in hire shops can be spent skiing. You can ski those odd bits of days when you arrive in resort early or are leaving late. You can be certain what you are clipping into. :sH:
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Sun 25-11-18 11:56
Replies: 48
I don't know of a better place to park my goggles without them getting misted up from my sweaty forehead. There may be some benefit other than this, but that is enough for me. :sH:
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Sun 25-11-18 11:25
Replies: 21
No, I have been to La Plagne in late January and stick to my comment quoted above. It can get busy at going home time at "choke points". :sH:
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Sat 24-11-18 12:21
Replies: 21
I don't think snow cover will be your problem at that time of year. I think you problem will be the crowds. La Plagne is deservedly very popular and attracts lots of people. The way the resort works, there are places like Plagne Centre that are choke points at busy times, which can lead to big queues. The lift system is very efficient, but all the same, it gets busy. In no way am I trying to put you off. La Plagne is excellent, and the snow will not be a problem. :sH:
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Thu 22-11-18 17:19
Replies: 20
If there is good snow, then you might find the place getting busy in the holiday period after Christmas. We used to go to Kitzbuhel every year. Magical at Christmas. Skiing entirely as normal, most places. The family celebrations will be on Christmas Eve. Christmas Day is like a Bank Holiday. :sH:
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Tue 12-12-17 17:38
Replies: 16
Covered by Dolomiti Superski, though Cinque Torri is in the Cortina area.
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Tue 12-12-17 16:59
Replies: 16
Cinque Torri os a lovely place to ski, and though it is not too difficult, can be a bit tricky to ski to and from, though it is possible to ski there and back from Laguzuoi. The restaurant is also excellent, and worth the effort to get to. As rg1 said above, you take the old cable car as if doing the Hidden Valley and as you start off at the top, keep well over to the right. There is a piste down, which is graded red on most maps, though some have it as a black. I assure the public that it is not black in any way and is a pleasant run. Cross the road at the bottom and head for the lift station in front of you. Take this chair up and as you come back down keep over to the right. This gives you access to a track to the right about 3/4 of the way down which, although it appears unlikely, takes you via a switchback route to the fast chair at the bottom of Cinque Torri. Be careful not to run into @maggi on the uphill bits. There are a couple of quite challenging blue runs taking you back to the fast chair which are most enjoyable and bear repeating. From the top you can see tunnels, gun emplacements and trench lines from the First World War, as this is a significant part of the WW1 tour. You used to have to take a tow line and a rickety single chair to go over the top to Fedare, but there is now a new lift. The run down to Fedare is OK, but not quite so entertaining. What is entertaining, is trying to ski back. Off to the right of the Fedare run is a narrow track leading to a chair which seems to run through a crack in the rock (possibly, because it does.) You then have a narrow and, I thought, quite difficult icy track back towards the lift system below Laguzuoi. You have to use all the lifts here to get back to the cable car, up Laguzuoi and back into the system down the Hidden Valley. You can, of course, take the bus or taxis back to Armentarola which gets you back into the Sella Ronda area. If you don't fancy the horses on the way back (an 80 skier pile-up with added dung is not a prospect I relish) then look out for the cafe after the first bit of poling. There are always taxis there, which will get you back to skiable terrain for a modest fee. Sounds like a lot of faff, but definitely worth it. A very very beautiful place - and it has its own little piste map, which you can pick up at the lift office at the start.
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Tue 14-02-17 14:53
Replies: 20
Not just Welsh, but near-permanently blotto, too! I know he got a bit carried away at times, but I like. Dylan Thomas too, not just your surreal phone.
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Tue 14-02-17 14:16
Replies: 20
I really would like to know where you got your "Dylan Thomas impersonator" app from, @cameronphillips2000, ! Or is it Mr Apple choosing things at random? Depending where you are going at the end of the Hidden Valley, it might be worth avoiding the horses and getting one of the taxis that are to be found just to the left of the second and final cafe. You thus avoid all the flats and the horses. OK to do once, but can be a longish wait and if any of the 80 or so people hanging on to the rope crash, then you are going to be in a pile. You also get sprayed with brown snow! As regards the run itself, I think it is a reasonably challenging red from a child's point of view. It starts off quite steep and lumpy, and has other quite demanding bits. Give it a go, sure, but take it easy, would be my advice. It is a great experience and a bit of an adventure.
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Sun 12-02-17 18:26
Replies: 648
Bev's snow report for Saturday's beautiful conditions was that it was the best snow she had skied on for years. Telemetro being tried out but not back in service yet. People going out for half-term will be fine. Enjoy.
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Fri 10-02-17 14:29
Replies: 648
@Otherworld, I was thinking the same thing regarding helmets. Almost universal adoption now. As for La Plagne, The sun is shining, Mont Blanc is clear and the skiing looks wonderful. Bev, who has been out on her own, says that the resort is busy, but holding up. Some places are showing a bit of wear, but the pisteurs put it right. The new chair was being tested this morning, and the telemetro has its new wires, but is still not back in action. La Plagne continues to defy the French resort stereotype by being friendly, welcoming and helpful, especially to walking wounded, which is me.
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Thu 9-02-17 10:14
Replies: 648
Sunshine and cloud today, with that magical dusting of snow on the trees. Looks like plenty of snow for all.
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Wed 8-02-17 15:28
Replies: 648
Still snowing and piste conditions are lovely. Visibility is not great, and in a moment of comparative brightness today, I overdid it and had to be body-bagged down with a damaged ACL. So that is my season done then, after 2 and a bit days. Might be the gods' way of telling me I am too old to ski. Anybody coming out to La Plagne in the next weeks (half terms, of course) will find plenty of snow on piste. Can't comment about off piste.
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 7-02-17 16:57
Replies: 648
Two days done in Plagne Centre at our usual chalet base and it keeps on snowing. Quite a decent layer now on top of a harsh and scraped base. Most pistes of any declivity cut up quite quickly into snow mounds, but conditions are really good. There is plenty of snow for holiday piste-cruisers, which is us. Off-piste is way above my pay-grade, but I believe there are some options opening up. Up high there is a bit of a lack of visibility, so we have mostly been going down to Montalbert, but Tunnel was great this morning. The resort is busy, but the only really bad queues we have seen were down at La Roche where all the ski schools converged yesterday. For the guy wanting to get down to Plagne Centre for lessons from Aime 2000, the Telemetro things seems to be seriously broken and is not running. I believe there is a bus replacement. With regard to getting down from there by ski, the flat road has been re-graded as RED (???) and the steep alternative, is still blue. Wrong way round, methinks, but the locals think it is all about keeping the traffic down for Club Med. In summary, the conditions are great. Wax your skis!
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Sat 21-01-17 22:19
Replies: 27
It is like skiing in glue. Everything has to be done slowly and with a lot more pressure. Very hard on the legs! probably why it is supposed to be good for the technique, as you cannot just skid your way out of bad turns. :sH:
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Fri 20-01-17 17:28
Replies: 56
I went to Tamworth of Christmas Eve and found it excellent. The snow was deep and grippy and the skis had edges. I have been going since I started skiing there 20 years ago, and have never found it in better shape. :sH:
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Thu 19-01-17 18:53
Replies: 114
@GorillySticks, You will need lessons. Mountains are bigger, steeper and trickier than a fridge. Fridge time is a good intro, and might take you to lesson 2 rather than lesson 1, but you are a total novice and need lessons. :sH:
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Mon 16-01-17 21:46
Replies: 538
Been there and done that. Mouflon above Meribel. The couple I colected laughed as they were struggling with the icy snow too! There are accidents. :sH:
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Mon 16-01-17 21:26
Replies: 17
@billb, La Plagne is an excellent choice, in my view. Just be aware that, in my experience anyway, the piste gradings are not all that helpful. I know that snow conditions are more significant than steepness, but La Plagne blues can be anything from largely flat to really quite steep in places. If you have people who are nervous of steeper bits - and most groups do have - then check local knowledge. :sH:
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Sun 8-01-17 20:40
Replies: 71
I found them very useful after I suffered an arterial blockage that knocked out most of the circulation in my left arm. Doubt whether I could have got through the week without, and it wasn't that cold. :sH:
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Fri 6-01-17 11:31
Replies: 538
Wise observations. I plead guilty to paragraph 2. :sH:
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Thu 5-01-17 17:37
Replies: 44
To come back after ten years is quite something! Delighted it has all gone so well for you. Bev is still managing to ski, but only for a few hours a day at most. :sH:
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Mon 22-02-16 22:55
Replies: 15
April for sure. Just make sure you choose somewhere with plenty of high skiing. Val d'Isere would be fine, as would the other places you mention. I once skied back to the car at Tignes Val Claret on May Day. :sH:
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Sat 20-02-16 19:07
Replies: 10
Sounds perfect! Well done. :sH:
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Fri 19-02-16 21:53
Replies: 220
There are times when, despite all, you really need @stanton, . This is one of them. :sH:
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Fri 19-02-16 21:50
Replies: 10
There are tricky bits both ways, depending on the time of day and how cut-up it is. In either case, there is nothing much to trouble a reasonably competent skier. The long red down Dantercepies goes on a bit. There is a bit between Corvara and Arabba that is quite steep the reps call the lemming run. I find the "wacky races" bit down from Belvedere to Lupo Bianco narrow and crowded, but I think you will cope with the circuit which ever way. Personally, I hate flats more than steeps, so would avoid the "City of Stones" bit, but whichever way you go, i think, and hope, you will have a great day out. :sH:
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Fri 19-02-16 21:12
Replies: 11
San Pellegrino is certainly worth a day, but no more, if you are in the area for the first time. Devote time to going up to the Saslong above Selva. Don't miss the Edelweiss Valley above Colfosco. I love the Hidden Valley. Cinque Torri is a personal favourite. For me, the charm of the area is getting off the main circuit (think M25) and to the odd little corners, of which there are many. You will never tire of the Dolomiti. :sH:
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 19-02-16 20:57
Replies: 10
Easier from which point of view? Gentler slopes or less walking/poling? I can't remember which colour is which, but one way round is steeper and the other is flatter. :sH:
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Fri 19-02-16 20:52
Replies: 22
I was in Mayrhofen for this a few years ago with teenage son. The only way of getting into anything was with the wristband, which was, i think €200. My wife informs me there were some free events too, which she went to. As an OAP, she was kindly offered a chair! The snow was fine and plentiful. Spring conditions, obviously, so very hard first thing but good for most of the day and slushy late on. I am more a string quartet kind of person, but it seemed a good event to me. :sH:
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Wed 17-02-16 14:23
Replies: 781
Yes, but I inspired it! I mean, credit where credit's due. :sH:
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Wed 10-02-16 10:21
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@ukredsox, We should have skied together. I think I could have got you down a red or two. They are very little different from the blue runs, for the most part. :sH:
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Mon 8-02-16 14:22
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@Jonpim, I went up there to ski, not to gondle! Not that it looked much like skiing. :sH:
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Sun 7-02-16 18:13
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Amazing change in conditions at Grenoble airport today. We arrived at 9.30 in 14 degrees and drizzle. By the time we were due to take off at 12,00, it was snowing hard and the aircraft had to be de-iced. Winter is back again! :sH:
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Sun 7-02-16 18:06
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Just a small point for those in La Plagne in the near future. The glacier was open yesterday, which it hadn't been all week. What I didn't know, when I ventured up there solo, was that the only way down is s steep and bumpy black. Not my normal options at all! OK, I got down, but if you are of a nervous disposition, be aware that the nice cruisy red way down depends on the Traversee lift which is yet to be fully dug out. As there was much snow heading that way again today, this might take a while. :sH:
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Sun 7-02-16 10:26
Replies: 285
N90 quiet and dry this morning. Now raining hard at Grenoble but 10 degrees. :sH:
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Sun 7-02-16 10:21
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Yes, we had a great week with a variety of conditions, most of which were excellent. Sitting in Grenoble Airport right now and it is pouring with rain and 10 degrees. :sH:
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Fri 5-02-16 16:22
Replies: 884
Superb snow conditions today. Seldom seen better. :sH:
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Thu 4-02-16 16:48
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Superb piste conditions today on pisted fresh snow. Thanks for companionship and company to @Jonpim, and Jean. Thanks also to Dave Skichamp who also helped with the hippo minding. Lovely day. :sH:
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Wed 3-02-16 13:26
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Wet snow down at Montalbert. Getting windy. Not a huge amount of new snow, but welcome all the same. :sH:
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