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Poster: A snowHead
Thu 26-03-20 14:34
Replies: 485
I wouldn't say easyjet have been very good. Email says amend or get refund but the there is no way of getting refund and no contact us option, very frustrating. You need to call them but it's a devil of a job to get through! I tried about 40 times yesterday and got the same message "We're too busy, call back later". Others reporting the same thing - you've just got to keep trying. Managed to get through at 0800 on the dot when they opened this morning and refund for my cancelled flights all sorted.
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Tue 17-03-20 21:39
Replies: 485
Flights to GVA on 26th with EasyJet- fully expect they’ll be cancelled following FCO advice today but no updates on EZ website yet..,
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Sun 1-03-20 21:12
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There’s no such thing as “inbounds” in Europe. You’re either on piste or you’re off piste. Avalanche control is (generally) only done to protect the pistes. Go off piste and you’re on you’re own. It's just that while Val is enormous, for a skier who avoids the groomed pistes, the available terrain didn't seem enormous. It’s got huge (almost limitless) backcountry / off piste / touring options. But see my comment above - if you were expecting “inbounds” terrain then it doesn’t exist (generally - there are some exceptions).
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Sun 1-03-20 18:07
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Was a family in our Esprit accom in Val D’Isere who’d changed their booking from Belle Plagne after the shocking reviews at the start of the season. Plus have a search on here - there was a thread about the hotel and quality of experience earlier this season.
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Sun 1-03-20 15:27
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Was last season, not heard he’s not guiding any more but been elsewhere this year so not been in touch with him.
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Fri 28-02-20 21:45
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Skiidy Gonzales very reliable for transfers. You can bus to Morzine / Avoriaz if you need. If you’ve got a car then easier to drive up to Ardent to access higher stuff. Depends how many of you there are so may turn out cheaper that transfers anyway. Oh, and I doubt there’d be much point driving to Flaine - they’ve got a couple of hundred metres extra altitude but not enough to make a radical difference. Cham is only a bit over an hour if needed though.
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Fri 28-02-20 21:38
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Nicolas Tricou - won’t find better in the area but he’s almost certainly booked up. Worth a try though. His son is also a guide and well rated.
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Thu 27-02-20 16:29
Replies: 135
Nice one - found that video really helpful.
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Tue 25-02-20 10:15
Replies: 66
@skimottaret, IMO the average skier will get more face shots on a wider ski as they will be able to ski faster, get less tired (and have more fun). I was skiing Kastle TX 98’s in Japan and was yearning for my powder skis. All the other good skiers I was with were on 115-120’s. Out of interest which wider skis have you tested? +1. I took Rosi Soul 7s (106mm underfoot from memory). Definitely the narrowest skis on our trip and I wished I’d had wider. Powder was so light and deep that skiing narrower skis to sit “deeper” wasn’t necessary.
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Sun 23-02-20 21:07
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Can you get RSI from fist bumps?? Good vid though and obviously quite experienced mountaineers (some of them at least).
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Sun 23-02-20 13:30
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Not read all the comments but Mike Pow knows better than most! Flexibility is key to getting best out of a trip over there. We started in Furano, did a bunch of other resorts and ended up in Niseko. The only thing I’d change if I went back (when I go back ;-) ) would be to avoid Niseko - least Japanese experience, over priced, massive rush for powder when it snowed etc. We hated it after 3 weeks in the other resorts!
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Fri 21-02-20 11:19
Replies: 23
Have you ridden the freebird versions? They're pretty light and might not be best suited to you if you ski hard. I'd definitely try before you go down that route versus the standard versions.
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Fri 21-02-20 10:32
Replies: 18
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Thu 20-02-20 15:43
Replies: 135
@Grinning - stupid question, but not used a 360 cam yet (but seriously considering taking the plunge!) - do you ski with the pole held like a normal ski pole, or are you using it like a traditional selfie stick? I just can’t figure it out from the video!
Poster: A snowHead
Mon 17-02-20 12:41
Replies: 3071
Drop the bitterness and snide comments @BobinCH. I’ve always had a lot of time for your posts and reports on here. We all know what a pest “he” is, but you’re coming across a bit desperate now!
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Tue 11-02-20 15:34
Replies: 26
Cheers folks - some quality advice. Euro self catering is an option - we have already done 2 Esprit trips with him and one self catered in Europe, so know the pros and cons of those options, but keen to get some first hand recommendations and advice from folk who've done the US / Canada side.
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Tue 11-02-20 15:29
Replies: 15
Nappies - cost a fortune unless you can get to the big supermarkets!
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Mon 10-02-20 15:43
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Thanks folks, particularly @JonnyJones. Keep the suggestions coming :-) Definitely only looking at a bit of skiing (an hour or two a day) with wrap around nursery care. It would also be late season - Jan anywhere can be cold and unpleasant for anyone, never mind a tot. Having a swimming pool and other facilities nearby would also be a must - we want a fun family experience rather than just getting rid of him for 8 hours a day!
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Mon 10-02-20 15:10
Replies: 33
Worth taking out separate excess cover (carhireexcess.com or similar). Usually about a tenner a week and saves either the £1000 euro excess worry or the £50/day for a zero excess (those were the numbers we were quoted last year - think it was Avis).
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Mon 10-02-20 12:41
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We're just back from an Esprit ski trip with Dashed jnr (who's currently 2 and a bit). Overall a thoroughly enjoyable holiday, but very little of that was down to Esprit! Dirty, tired hotel, mediocre food (especially for the kids), lots of issues in general although the childcare side and the staff were really good. And from all the seasoned users of Esprit that we spoke to (including on here when I asked similar questions), that seems to sum up what you get with Esprit. So we're looking around for options for next season and some of the European ones are quite eye watering or don't take kids under 4 or 5 skiing - we'd definitely like jnr to have the opportunity to try it, so a mix of skiing and nursery care like the Esprit model would be perfect. Looking through some of the older SH threads, a few folk have really rated their US / Canada experiences but I can only find generic responses rather than any detail of which resorts or companies they used. So has anyone done it, where did you go, and how did you rate it?
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Sun 9-02-20 19:19
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Chambery to Manchester diverted to Newcastle very close to final approach around lunchtime today. Not ideal but better than ending up on the grass :shock: Chambery to Gatwick around similar time cancelled and folk apparently in hotels around Chambery.
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Wed 5-02-20 21:55
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As above - mixed day!! Some rattly pistes, horrible death cookies, filthy off piste but also some lovely snow both on and off piste, including a few face shots. Lovely! :-)
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Wed 5-02-20 18:47
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Delivering the excited kids to school, collecting them afterward to hear about their day's adventures, and slipping in a few nursery runs with them at the beginning and end of the day was a huge part of the fun of the holiday. Looking forward to those days! But jnr isn’t old enough for ski school yet. As soon as he is, we’ll be back to booking our flights / accom / ski school!
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Wed 5-02-20 15:47
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Thread here with info https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=3522805&highlight=esprit#3522805 cheers - I saw that thread but it seemed specifically about the issues in Belle Plagne when I last looked - but may have gone off the original topic and widened to cover esprit in general. I’ll have a good read later. I think you have to expect the accommodation will be tired , and the food will be rubbish. But your kids will be happy. . That kinda sums it up tbh!! :lol:
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Wed 5-02-20 15:42
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Yep, we’re in the Ducs de Savoie :lol:
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Wed 5-02-20 8:12
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We’re generally DIY when it comes to ski trips but a new addition to the family a couple of years ago meant we needed childcare options so we stayed with Esprit in Belle Plagne for the first time last year. I know it’s supposed to be their flagship hotel (but has its own issues this season!) and we were really impressed. A few bits around the edges that were frustrating (food was hit and miss, hot tubs more like lukewarm tubs and the pool too cold for anyone to actually use - particularly the kids! First world problems...). Currently staying in their Val D’Isere hotel and frankly it’s a bit shoddy. Kids food is poor (chips with both evening meals and no choice), afternoon cakes we actually thought had been made by the kids in nursery, and overall the place needs a bloody good clean! I could go on - lots of trivial things but all add up. In summary, it feels more like staying at UCPA than a £3k holiday for 2 adults and a toddler. Any one else used them regularly and seen a decline in quality?
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Tue 4-02-20 15:31
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Been snowing pretty much all day but only small flakes and blowing around in howling wind so impossible to know how much has actually fallen!
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Tue 4-02-20 9:25
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Everything looks shut so far other than the Funival! ‘tis wild our there and not much snow so far - a dusting in town and continues with very small, light flakes which aren’t giving any accumulation. A http://m.val.co.uk/valdisereliftstatus.php
Poster: A snowHead
Mon 3-02-20 13:37
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Ignoring the off piste (as that is totally screwed!!) - pistes are holding up well today. Soft and slushy lower down and not what you’d expect this time if year but nice enough to ski. Windy up top though Different story after pisting later then plummeting temps tomorrow??
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Wed 29-01-20 16:51
Replies: 23
Its the waxy brushed grip on the floor of the ski that i notice goes . I reckon you'll be fine without for the full 4 weeks :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Tue 28-01-20 10:24
Replies: 49
Loads of opinions along shortly but my view is that Cham isn't the best place if you're just interested in piste mileage. It is basically several resorts which aren't linked that well and queues can be bad getting out of the valley. It's unsurpassed for touring, off piste and mountaineering though!
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Fri 24-01-20 10:41
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Will mark the position, buy some refill loclite and also take a flathead screwdriver for the heel vs posi for the screws. I'm sure it's mentioned further up the thread but don't use loctite for this application.
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Sat 28-12-19 15:11
Replies: 33
Is there not something in the terms and conditions that says only 1 pair of skis per bag (or one piece of large sports equipment?).
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Sun 1-12-19 12:34
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Cheers folks - we’ve had very few bad experiences over the years but have come across a couple of grumpy or manic guides over the years so much prefer a personal recommendation
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Sun 1-12-19 8:06
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Sorry, should have been clearer - I was looking for personal recommendations for guides that folk have used previously.
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Sat 30-11-19 17:24
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Off to Val D’Isere for the first time this winter and would like to do a day or two with a guide (just wife and I). Happy to do a bit of skinning to get the best stuff if required. Any recommendations? I’ve done a search on here but the only relevant threads I could find were many years old (cue for someone to link to a post from last week?! ;-) ) Cheers
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Thu 31-10-19 11:37
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Asked her on the top of a deserted peak on New Years Eve in the PDS (touring - we skinned up there and not a soul around). Didn't have a ring as had no idea what she'd like - and neither did she. We shopped together and had something made - really enjoyable experience and she admitted that her idea of what she'd have initially chosen changed as we looked at rings so I'm glad I didn't drop a load of cash on the wrong ring!
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Wed 20-03-19 15:54
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I would have thought that at 65kg, you're always going to find it hard work to rail a 98mm ski or get an edge on icy pistes - regardless of how magical White Dots are, that's a wide ski for a little person :lol: . The binding won't be the weak link though.
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Sun 17-03-19 11:34
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Just on the Allen bolt idea to get more torque - you don’t want to over tighten otherwise you’ll break the fixing between QK and ski / araldite and the QK itself will be loose in the ski. I’ve had a couple of QK issues this year - opposite problems really. At the start of the winter I removed the screws and a couple took the QK inserts with them. The vibratight seemed to have “set” a bit over summer. I’ll definitely leave to screws inserted but loose when in storage this summer. Second one was at the top of a skin track when my Mrs found her binding heel very lose. Bit of a walk out as no screwdriver and too loose to risk skiing and losing screws or whole heel piece! Thankfully we weren’t too far from the lift station! Lesson learnt! Now carry screwdriver and have redone all the vibratight.
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Tue 12-03-19 8:56
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@Dashed, I’m with you. You want somewhere with skiing around 3000m to guarantee decent snow when it’s warm. Accumulations no good if the snow is soaked/ice fest. We were skiing powder at 2700m on Sunday while people were skiing in the rain at 1700m. Yep, that's exactly my point. Relatively mellow high altitude touring that doesn't require a guide - assuming usual precautions and common sense employed! I've still got a real love for PDS and some strong connections there - I met my wife there and we have friends and family out there so will no doubt still ski there in future but looking for other places to explore.
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