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Poster: A snowHead
Fri 19-02-21 9:58
Replies: 155
I very much hope that the puffed up, arrogant owner of this site gets the shit sued out of him one day. Please don't ever complain about someone attacking you personally or your ski club that tolerates you being this much of a bellend in public about a person who runs a site that is currently burying yours and has been for a decade. Then again I feel for someone who carries the weight of all that anger every day, you must wake up every morning, look in the mirror and just feel pity for yourself. The rest of us can just look on your existence with a shrug of disappointment that you couldn't just be better.
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Mon 18-01-21 22:56
Replies: 30
Two things are going to help. A pint of lemsip and associated recovery every afternoon, and monstering it for two days then just sitting on a terrace either getting pissed or recovering from getting pissed. What I can confirm is that 6 days a season isn't enough to get any better than the season before. If you are going through the current hassle of travel you may as well do 2 or 3 weeks.
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Sat 7-11-20 17:36
Replies: 72
The big hurdle I'm seeing is insurance, if FCO advises against travel, insurance companies won't cover you. I was thinking about a carte neige and ehic solution to get around this, but after 1st Jan ehic is in the toilet due to Brexit. Shout if there is another thread on this, but how do you deal with potential ski accidents and getting treatment, and the pretty huge risk of getting covid once in the hospital?
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Wed 4-11-20 19:51
Replies: 257
Can someone make this thread a sticky? I'm just concerned that next season a plucky inventor might come up with a similar idea and wouldn't want them to invest a lot of time and effort on recreating this - it might take up time creating a product that has a chance of being good.
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Wed 4-11-20 19:33
Replies: 72
There's loads of chalet workers without a job right now. Get in touch with chosen chef, offer them a week of skiing for cock all, split the cost between your group and book self catered accommodation. You need some kind of contract and clear understanding that everybody going and the chef are eating, skiing, sitting around the place but not going out or socialising. Trouble with chalets are the staff. Problem with virus is if anyone was in the chalet the week before with the virus, you're all getting it. The staff will probably get it and pass it along, but also the average chalet is never going to get cleaned thoroughly enough to deal with the virus. So basically drive down, 4 people in a car, don't stay over on the way, quarantine before you go, and you can probably do it quite safely. But if you get sick, and having seen two healthy adults spend 3 weeks in hospital from this thing, you need insurance, and nobody seems to want to touch that risk right now.
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Tue 3-11-20 19:23
Replies: 1968
I flew to Spain on Saturday for work, had my health declaration logged on the way in, returned on Monday morning, no checks what so ever at Manchester airport, and from what I could see nobody else got checked either, so I'm not sure how this self isolation will ever work, and I would guess that many on that airplane had no intention of self isolating for two weeks. I've come through Heathrow twice after quarantine restrictions were in place, travelling from a country requiring quarantine both times. Literally nobody checked anything whatsoever, not even so much as a reminder or suggestion that the form was required. This is ok for little me, who pays attention and reads the news while abroad, but also on my flight were 200 other people many of which did not speak English, didn't check the UK news, weren't given any forms to fill in and, just like me, weren't asked for a moment whether they had filled in the form or told at any point that they weren't allowed onto the first train to Piccadilly circus for a night out. Never received a text, phone call or visit during quarantine, which given I was one of a dozen flights arriving that day doesn't feel overly onerous for the government to organise. Then again, given the forms aren't getting filled in, and it is incredibly easy to "forget" to write a quarantine country on there when there is a convenient list of non-quarantine countries that auto correct might have selected for you, the whole thing is a joke. This is why we have no control of the thing. Utter shambles somewhere it would be really easy to avoid a shambles. Checking with a family member in the police he confirmed there was absolutely no chance the police were coming round to check you were home, a friend in the border force confirmed it was nothing to do with them, so who exactly is checking on the people who have filled all these forms in? Precisely nobody. I do know someone who got a call, though they basically answered it, said they were at home, and caller left it at that. If I had gone to work, the pub, down to Tesco, how would anyone know over the phone?
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Sun 15-03-20 17:07
Replies: 80
We have something booked with Piere et Vacances at Easter, I would not mind if it was like the club med policy credit until april 2021, but its not The cancellation section of our insurance policy, so called travel plus has this exclusion, "we will not pay if 5: Any loss directly or indirectly arising from any government’s regulations control or act, bankruptcy, liquidation, error, omission or default of any travel agency, tour operator, public transport carrierand/or other provider of any service forming part of the bookedtrip. So claiming on insurance is out, and I don't particularly want to go in the summer...........................grrrr :( :( If it excludes all that, what exactly is the insurance covering? Sounds like a terrible clause if it doesn't allow for operators failing or governments stopping you from travelling...
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Sun 9-02-20 13:51
Replies: 82
Quite frequently I think "how is it actually possible for us to ski? Like how exactly can we be coordinated enough to just think about going over there, and somehow our brain turns that into a series of muscle movements, balance adjustments, reactions to the ground underneath us, and yet somehow all of that just happens as if by magic, at 30mph, on a surface we're not really designed to operate on, at 1,000m above sea level. How exactly is all that happening? And why doesn't it go wrong far more often than this?" Then I think how little things would have to change for that not to be possible any more. A small change in temperature, a small increase in the amount of fog and cloud, the mountain being a bit steeper or not steep enough here or there, and suddenly it wouldn't be a viable ski resort. Quite amazing really that we're able to ski at all.
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Sat 8-02-20 21:00
Replies: 172
apart from the smoking which i hate, at least people should ask before they inflict their filthy habit on us, i hate it when the ski school plops a 3 year old on the chair lift with you, i poo-poo me self when its time to get off. Oh, you let them stay to the top? If you leave the bar up you get the second half of the lift to yourself.
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Thu 6-02-20 20:50
Replies: 30
Decathlon back support, neoprene, keeps things warm around the middle. Especially good to insulate against a cold chair lift or to keep stuff from riding up. Probably the cheapest easy option to test, I have mine in the bag for every trip, and has the added benefit of a bit more support when you hit a pile of slushy snow and are getting thrown over the handlebars.
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Wed 5-02-20 23:21
Replies: 212
Flaine. There really aren't many places I object to, usually it is people I have a problem with, but I've really not encountered a town with less going on, barely awake after 5pm and built almost exclusively from concrete. It looks like something out of a cold war movie, and amusingly cold war pretty much summarises the queue for the creaking low capacity lift to escape the town into some of the most overrated skiing in Europe. It does have one thing going for it, the transfer is incredibly short from Geneva which makes escaping this hole of a town much more straightforward than many other resorts, but otherwise if you like your brutalist architecture and for a place to be devoid of life I'd suggest a weekend in chernobyl, at least the waiters will be glad to see you.
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Tue 28-01-20 21:11
Replies: 49
Same as a few others, for piste skiing there are a load of better options. For a nice alpine town, it is great, with non skiers it is good, for off piste it is right up there in the world. But the buses around town, shortage of mileage without coming down and getting a bus half way through the day, lots of effort for not epic pistes. So for similar transfers I'd be looking at morzine, much better option for piste skiing and it is a good town for a few beers at the end of the day. For me, once I have my skis on, I don't want to take them off for the rest of the day, getting down at 4pm to wait in a queue for a packed bus just kills it for me, I'd do it for the world class off piste if conditions were good, but for pistes that aren't as good as many other areas a similar distance from gva it is a drag.
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Mon 27-01-20 19:52
Replies: 54
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Tue 21-01-20 0:16
Replies: 41
I've found the two big things for skiing fitness are to be as light as you can be, remember every kilo gets multiplied in the turns and bumps, and riding a bike as much as you possibly can. A friend of mine can max out the leg press machine without really trying, and after one run is cooked because he isn't fit and his size makes every effort twice as hard as mine. May as well just hit the bike, treadmill and anything else that burns calories and gets you fit imo.
Poster: A snowHead
Sun 5-01-20 0:12
Replies: 92
Just for the record, can you ask her if she wanted you to check with her dad first?
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Mon 23-12-19 21:22
Replies: 16
The family should really be using ear wax on their own gloves. That's where the saying comes from... "Ear today, warm tomorrow"
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Fri 20-12-19 14:47
Replies: 725
It's been raining most of the day and seems to still be raining, turns to snow at about 2,000m but otherwise plenty of slush about and expecting more slush as it is pretty warm everywhere. An overnight cold turn and a bit of snow and it will all be lovely again, but definitely a day for sitting with a pizza and a pint.
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Tue 17-12-19 20:45
Replies: 68
@Digger the dinosaur, aww Digger, so naïve! You still think make-up is for the men. Bless. ;-) I'm struggling with the motivation for spending an hour plastering chemicals across your face if it isn't somehow caused by the patriarchy :D I get it might make someone feel better about themselves, but wouldn't they know that without all this war paint on they are still the same person underneath. This might be influenced by my general view that people that aren't wearing makeup are almost always much more attractive without it, so it seems like going to all that trouble to make yourself less attractive is, well, a bit odd.
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Tue 17-12-19 18:17
Replies: 68
Dear Ladies, we can all see when you've got even a bit of makeup on. We honestly don't give two hoots about long eyelashes or coloured lips. Save your money unless you desperately need that guff on your face to feel nice. With goggles and a helmet on over the top? Are you mental? The latest craze for plastering your face with six layers of primer, two pack paint and lacquer is tremendous for a Ford mondeo but really isn't a good idea on your face, it just looks like you are desperately afraid of the rest of the world seeing your actual face or that you like wasting money, neither of which is attractive.
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Mon 16-12-19 20:34
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We're in Selva this week, loads of snow everywhere, frankly conditions are similar to what I've had on bashes in February previously. No concern about snow levels anywhere around the sella ronda, we did the circuit today and it is really nice skiing. Overnight temperatures seem to be pretty cold, and other than a sunshine day yesterday it isn't warm skiing around the mountain so can't see the snow going anywhere. Forecast does seem to be more coming at the end of the week, but so far predictions have been pushing back a couple of days around here. Anyone got suggestions around the ronda with good soup? I remember good dumpling soups from trips to Arabba before but so far all a bit watery and not very filling.
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Tue 10-12-19 21:54
Replies: 62
Don't underestimate how tough the first 3 or 4 days are for beginners. If they're not knackered by 3pm after ski school and a few runs after lunch they're not trying hard enough :) Personally I enjoy skiing with people a couple of afternoons on the beginner slope, usually cruising on the green while they practice and usually lapping them on each run, have a chat at the top, they do a run, I just cruise with them for a bit then loop round and usually meet them at the bottom. Good if you are on the lift above them and you can watch them skiing. That tends to last about 90 mins before they are either knackered enough to either go for a drink or back to base, at that point either get the lift and blast the last few runs or go for a beer, if you've been on it all morning while they're in ski school that is plenty for me.
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Sat 30-11-19 12:59
Replies: 7
@Bartezki, just did the same, but the Gatwick flight that wasn't an option on thu was available now for some reason so went for it. Looks like we'll see you at the soldanella! Their black Friday £100 each did it for us, meant we could do selva at the same price we'd have been paying for cheaper options in other resorts. Looking at the forecast another 10cm of snow expected this weekend, and more late this week, and it is already looking pretty good on the webcams. Can't wait, time to get that helmet I've been pondering over the summer :-)
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Fri 29-11-19 0:36
Replies: 7
I like Italy. It has good food, well groomed pistes that make me look like a badass, and the pistes of the sella ronda are very good. Trouble is this year the only likely ski trip is 14th Dec. So firstly what's the snow likely to be doing, is mid December skiing around the sella ronda a pipe dream to be dismissed and I'm stuck with snow sure options in France and Austria? Finally if anyone can see a decent deal from 14th to 21st, even better if it is a package, self catering, right next to a lift, that would be splendid. Don't really want to DIY if I can avoid it. Good operators to look at?
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Sat 23-11-19 0:18
Replies: 23
Soft compounds in winter tyres mean they age badly. Plus when they age they get much less effective, lose their pliability which is what makes them better than normal tyres on ice particularly. Personally I would buy brand new tyres on eBay, plenty of retailers selling new stuff there, but not secondhand unless I could inspect them and they were very little used. I would happily buy wheels because they are fairly easy to check, but for a new set of steel rims on most cars they are so cheap secondhand is hardly worth bothering with.
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Sat 12-10-19 22:08
Replies: 6
@pam w, location wise the one in Plagne Centre is great as it’s right on the front de neige. Not stayed in either. Plagne Centre is a standard French purpose built altitude ski station but I don’t find anything wrong with it for that. I was just about to flag the challenge of getting to the first lift from Les Contamines centre, not a real problem with older kids but for younger skiers I'd go for a centre closer to the lifts. It isn't very far but it is a minor faff in the mornings. The centre itself we found to be good, very family orientated by comparison to some of the more party focused ucpa centres. Food was ok, nothing brilliant or terrible but we'll eat anything.
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Tue 8-10-19 21:06
Replies: 94
Both of my decent ones have been on the last run. First one was as a kid and blew my knee out going too fast on an easy run, the second was following some idiot who was clearly a better skier than me because he went diagonally through the bumps and I went straight over the top of them. I survived the first two then very quickly didn't land the third. That was the day my imaginary friend appeared after being absolutely sure I didn't bang my head and then finding the mangled Son of Evil Rabbit on my helmet. No injuries, but I'm never following Pete down anything again.
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Mon 7-10-19 21:28
Replies: 88
All this talk on the internet is probably worth about 1% of the benefit from doing something like the inside out clinics. Even better if they have a backseat focused session, I did this about 5 years ago now and frankly it transformed how I coped with this. It didn't eradicate the bad habit, practice did that, but it got the correct balance there and gave me simple stuff to fix it while I'm skiing. I'll bet the description of it not being such an issue on steeper stuff is because you concentrate and you get your weight forward more to get your turns in. On the flatter stuff you relax and lean back more, then the burn kicks in, then you try and give your legs a break by relaxing but then leaning back as you relax.
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Sun 4-08-19 20:51
Replies: 12
I got some bargain skis from the range spyderjon had a few months ago, I'd give him a call and see if he has any advice but also may have something in budget that will be a good fit. He also gets a fair number of people buying new skis from him so might be able to match make your need with a seller. Worth asking in the classifieds here, my experience has been that sellers are much more honest than eBay, where often sellers aren't very clear on condition and bend the truth on amount of usage. Getting to the tests is good advice, October often isn't a time when brands will have a lot of skis for sale, but then you only need one pair that suits you and talking to the reps might throw up an ex demo from last season or a good deal on a new ski. I'd say you are likely to get your money's worth out of a ski, so wouldn't go for the very cheap options that might only have a few weeks life in them. You may also find after that much skiing you also might find your skiing changes quite a lot, so worth thinking about where your skiing is going rather than where it is now.
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Mon 18-03-19 8:28
Replies: 16
I'd have a look at Kopaonik. Not the prettiest town in the world but not bad, and fits the bill for relatively easy skiing without breaking the bank. Quite a few friends have done both and rated Kopaonik as a better resort, but that may be patriotism clouding impartiality.
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Tue 12-02-19 15:35
Replies: 54
For me it is a simple decision, snow shepherd or hestra. If you want a pair of gloves that last a season with a few trips, and might want replacing after a year, but indeed could go on for 5 years, the snow shepherds will do it. The hestras should last you 5 years and have quite a few little details that I like and make life easier, make it less likely I'll lose a glove, but they are double the price if not a bit more against the snow shepherd ones. It sounds like you are pretty hard on your gloves, who knows why. In that case I'd have two pairs of snow shepherd gloves and not worry about it if one gets trashed through treatment, obviously if you did that to hestras it will get expensive quite quickly. If you are going to trash stuff seriously fast just buy decathlon cheapest gloves and have 5 pairs. They are good value, but I wouldn't expect them to last more than a season of fairly rough use without needing repairs.
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Fri 8-02-19 15:15
Replies: 42
So far only success I've had with airlines is to lodge the complaint, make clear other flights arriving and departing from airport, basically make allegation that weather is being used to try and duck out of their obligations under the law. When they turn it down, take it to CEDR, if the airline is aligned, they are about the only people with some common sense and the airlines just give in when they decide it isn't reasonable for them not to pay out. Total time from CEDR decision to money in the account was a week. Total time chasing airline customer services and utter nonsense 9 weeks. If you don't like the outcome from CEDR you are not bound by their decision so can then escalate to small claims to get the payout, as soon as the small claims demand arrives with airline you'll probably get your cash. But CEDR very easy to raise claim once airline rejects your claim or takes more than 8 weeks to resolve.
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Mon 4-02-19 13:24
Replies: 28
@Markymark29, Nevica bags will last about 4-5 return flights in my experience. Last one straps parted from bag, zip failed and base next to wheels deformed over the course of an outbound flight and during trip, made getting everything home a bit interesting and involved a lot of tape. Wouldn't bother with them again. Had a good experience with Surfanic bags as holdalls but not really waterproof/resistant material.
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Thu 31-01-19 16:23
Replies: 28
Price since yesterday for the exact same Chalet is £457.50 per person, so a total difference of £284.06 of what I paid a few days ago. This doesn't feel good :( Ring them up, ask for the same price. Have you paid deposit or the whole lot? If only deposit threaten to cancel and book something else closer to the time, play on their sense of moral duty 24hrs later, not that they really have any moral duty, you were happy with the price and it sounds like a good deal to me.
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Wed 30-01-19 15:47
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I don't really understand this. Lidl and Aldi do great goggles well under a tenner and Decathlon will give you the full range of Cat1-3 for not much more. Just picked up a pair of the Lidl goggles for £6. They are better than quite a few of the expensive branded ones I've used. Thinking about going back to buy 10 pairs and treat them as disposable.
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Tue 29-01-19 16:33
Replies: 10
UCPA is what you are looking for, especially if you are a younger skier. Lots of social in the centres, some more than others, lots of skiing, but the big advantage we've found is the included lift passes, lesson availability and included ski hire. Note they don't include transfers normally, but lots of options for the resorts they operate from especially if you have a group of you. Lessons are optional on most trips but are a good way to meet others and ski with a group at a similar level even if you aren't too fussed about instruction.
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Mon 31-12-18 14:30
Replies: 19
I'd add our experience in Les Contamines was similar, definitely a larger proportion of French speakers than other centres we've visited, but the quality of snow, food and accommodation made it for us - always plenty of French speakers with plenty of English language who make an effort with those of us who aren't quite as good at French. Another tip is to aim for weeks when the scandinavians, dutch or other countries have their holidays, as will mean a more mixed crowd.
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Mon 31-12-18 14:27
Replies: 19
Personally, I'd be hitting Serre Chevalier to avoid the buses in Chamonix. Unless you want to join the gnarly off piste crowd (which means signing up for the gnarly off piste courses/groups in advance) there isn't an advantage to being there. On our visit we found a lot of serious skiiers. Great if you are a serious skier, but often at 10pm the bar was pretty quiet because everyone was knackered from 8 hours of yomping up a mountain and skiing back down again, and had an appointment at 7:30am to get on a bus and do the same again. If you are considering Chamonix I'd look at Argentiere, easier access to the buses around resort and doesn't have as many gnarly groups so potential for more socialising and people keen on a beer at the end of the day instead of bed time straight after dinner. Nothing wrong with the centre, accommodation or food in our experience last season, but would try Serre Chevalier before rushing back - remember even a fairly quiet town and even a fairly quiet UCPA centre is still going to have a youngish decent crowd who are happy to join in with a social drink or other activities in the evenings. Thread here with useful info on what to expect from different centres, feel free to read at leisure and update with any info you have on centres visited (obviously this will change year to year too) https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=137433
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Thu 27-12-18 10:55
Replies: 74
@henzerani, I had an MRI because I have insurance, had to pay about £50 to get it. Decided the pain was significant enough that I wanted to check there wasn't an issue with the discs, then with the results of the scan could discuss with physio and doctors what treatment would actually work. Chiropractics are snake oil salespeople. If it worked, they would be able to prove that it works. It doesn't, so they can't. Just as simple as that. If you want to waste your money funding a sham industry go ahead, but remember that they could make the injury massively worse and cause you other serious health problems. If you want to pay someone who will be less effective than lemsip and masturbation (a recognised and proven cure for almost any injury) then fine with me, but you might want to try actual medicine before you resort to imaginary medicine. I've had a couple of issues over a few years, and it is miserable. Hopefully you will start to recover soon.
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Tue 13-11-18 11:50
Replies: 28
Also if you post closer to the time at any given moment in almost any UCPA centre there will be a Snowhead. They will almost certainly be happy to join you for a beer, or you can spend 4 days playing "find the snowhead" based on nothing other than an imaginary name they came up with.
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Tue 13-11-18 0:36
Replies: 28
I'd sign up for instruction, even part time, even if you don't feel you need it. Typically the difference in price is pretty small and you will then have a group of approx 6 that you know, plus your room mates, bound to find someone to drink with. Or do what we did and try and have a drink with every one of the two hundred people there over the course of a week.
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