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Poster: A snowHead
Thu 12-09-19 10:01
Replies: 1249
I’m happy to change at Paris on the way out, we did the Paris GDN to GDL change in the summer and it was fine. The way back has a cheapish direct Sunday daytime service so we can get that and ski the Saturday change over day which might be a little quieter. Main risk is our accommodation cancelling on us and being stuck for Saturday 23 night. In that case I will be looking for something one night in BSM I guess Thanks H
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Thu 12-09-19 7:26
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@johnE, Thanks for the great advice - going to seriously look at trains today! Also thanks @wills_h too.
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Wed 11-09-19 16:39
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Thought I'd post to say knee is totally better - i'd say close to 100% recovery
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Wed 11-09-19 16:36
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@wills_h, thanks for the info - any idea what the traffic is like first thing out of 1600 please? I have assumed that it would get busier about 10:00 with the folk coming up from BSM so if we can get the chairs when they open it shouldn't be so bad - am I being over optimistic?
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Wed 11-09-19 15:01
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Hi All - I'm considering Les Arcs 1600 for a Feb half term trip in 2020 with my 6 year old - does anyone know what the lift queues were like in Les Arcs last Feb half term please? I guess it was busy but trying to work out if it's going to be a huge issue or not. I'm not fussed about going up the Aiguille Rouge lift and we are happy to stay away from the busy areas. Thanks H.
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Wed 11-09-19 12:44
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Thanks - it sounds like departure from Bxl will be a bit early for my connection. I found the 2019/20 timetable here on the NSI website: https://www.nsinternational.nl/en/trains/thalys-to-french-alps
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Wed 11-09-19 12:26
Replies: 30
@mooney058, thanks for the info - would you advise a Eurostar London to Brussels and then a Thalys Snow train?
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Wed 11-09-19 11:44
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Thanks All It seem like there are loads of great options if I change at Paris Is it a good plan to book return Eurostar from London to Paris while still cheap and plan the rest later?
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Wed 11-09-19 10:51
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Thanks all - I have had La Rosiere recommended elsewhere and it was totally empty last year when I went in March. It has the bonus that BSM has plenty of travel options. Not sure if i'd trust my impatient 6yo to be sensible on the long drag lift over to La Thuile though...
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Wed 11-09-19 9:56
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Thanks - I will look at Grindelwald - in the summer the best option for return train in Switzerland was a 3 day rail pass because it seems the Swiss transfer ticket is no more. Cost wise a lot will depend on the age limits for free kids tickets and passes. I'm braced for having to pay more once he's 6. Saas Fee in the summer wasn't as expensive as i feared because we ate at the youth hostel and the pool was included. I might check out similar options across the various Swiss resorts.
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Wed 11-09-19 9:28
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Thanks - I feared that about Saas Fee (comes up on igluski = busy) it's a decent November resort if the snow is right but I agree the lower section is still to narrow and the area is a bit fragmented. If it wasn't for the train I'd go back to Cevinia (quiet as soon as the whole resort is over in Zermatt). I'll check out Andermatt too.
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Wed 11-09-19 9:12
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Thanks both - any idea what the queues would be like in Saas Fee at half term? I have done the train journey there in the summer and the youth hostel there fits the bill for accommodation. I'll also check out Le Loran and Champery.
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Wed 11-09-19 8:45
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HI All, I'm looking for a suggested resort to take my 6 year old (at time of trip) son for Feb half term please. Probably going to aim for self catering accommodation. I have found something that suits in Les Arcs 1600 but I'm worried lift queues will be an issue and think a smaller resort might be a better alternative. I'm confident with the logistics of the journey and I'm not tied to the Eurostar ski trains. What I need is: - Any country/ski area considered (including UK!) - Accessible by train in a single day from London - Short lift queues at Feb Half term, I mean relatively short this is half term after all - Well groomed blue runs - Not shut all the time for wind/fog/lack of snow Nice to have - Piste side accommodation - Very short road link to train station - Pool in village - Friendly ski schools (The boy wasn't keen on the ESF approach in Val) Not bothered about - Expert skiing (Black runs or off piste) - Large number of runs - Lively Apres Ski - Somewhere that sounds cool or impressive - Luxury accommodation Any suggestions on any points gratefully welcomed, Thanks Henry
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Fri 17-08-18 21:24
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In may I fully severed my patella tendon - I'm now 12 weeks post op after a successful repair and my recovery is going very well. I'm looking for travel insurance for some ski trips in 2019 - are there any insurers that will cover me? As expected money supermarket drew a blank. Thanks H
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Thu 16-08-18 17:22
Replies: 15
Thanks - I'm 12 weeks post operation on Monday which is next physio appointment. Apparently I can ago for it a bit more after 12 weeks, recovery seems good, leg raise is pretty much 100% and pain is nearly zero, hamstring and calf are pretty close to normal but quad still needs some work to rebuild and stretch to get the final bit of knee bend back.
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Wed 18-07-18 14:36
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I had a private physio appointment on Monday and I am now working through a program of exercises - he said I was in a good position to make a full recovery. I asked and I shouldn't be doing any jumping right now so I won't be copying Anna Veith for the time being - I guess pro athletes are made of stronger stuff than us mere mortals Thanks for the encouragement to go private - really seems worth it
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Mon 16-07-18 12:00
Replies: 15
Thanks for the advice on the private Physio - I can afford it and I have asked a local Physio friend for recommendations - he works with chronic conditions so not really his area.
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Mon 16-07-18 9:54
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I'm now off crutches - I can walk pretty normally. I can cover a few miles relatively comfortably and manage slightly lopsided breaststroke in the pool. I'm trying to exercise the right leg to fatigue and then rest it. I'm waiting for a physio referral from the hospital so I'm not doing any specific exercises which is getting a bit frustrating.
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Wed 13-06-18 7:41
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Thanks - it's comfortably unto 30 degree bending. I think I could do more but the doctors want me to limit it for now (I'm thinking of calling the hospital to see if I can increase the bend in my brace). Progress seems good compared to the original timescales I was given but now and again I seem to tweak it while sleeping which makes it quite painful for a few hours (I suspect I try to lift/straighten it in my sleep). When that happens I just rest up and keep it straight until it feels ok
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Fri 8-06-18 6:51
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Thanks for the advice - I had the op done pretty quickly so that sounds positive - I'm glad your friend made a good recovery which also bodes well for me
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Thu 7-06-18 16:05
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Hi All - A few weeks ago I fully ruptured my patella tendon below the patella on my right knee. I had a successful operation about a week after the injury to reattach and I'm now recovering. Has anyone else had this injury? Is there any advice anyone can give please.
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Thu 6-07-17 7:41
Replies: 10
The Sass Fee Skiing is pretty decent for early December - when I was there in first week Dec 2015 you could ski form the glacier down to the village. Unless you are lucky there won't be much open other than the main section down from the glacier past Morenia so lift passes may end up being expensive for what you get. The citizens pass was only available from the accommodation providers when I was there so if the chalet owner isn't part of the scheme you may not be able to get one (only really an issue for parking and non skiing activities). I asked at length at the tourist information when I was there but they wouldn't sell me one! In first week of December many of the bars and restaurants may still be shut for a pre winter season break - there should still be plenty open at the lift end of town and near the Dom square but there will be less open at the opposite end of town from the lifts. In any case I would recommend the youth hostel for a (relatively!) reasonably priced drink and meal - they also have a decent spa there which will be lovely and quiet that time of year. The town will be looking very pretty and I'd expect all the Christmas decorations up and I would check out if there are any events on.
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Thu 27-04-17 7:51
Replies: 54
@Ghost - Thanks for the detailed description it makes perfect sense and fits with my experience. The key question was answered by You can also see that the biggest turn you can dial up (approximately) is the side-cut radius of the ski. I was wandering if there is any way to avoid this without washing out - from your description this sounds impossible and any longer turns will involve a certain amount of slipping
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Mon 20-03-17 19:00
Replies: 5
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Mon 20-03-17 18:44
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I'm not a vegan but I'm a big fan of just bananas, espresso and water on the mountain - not all mixed up - probably not going to fit the bill if you fancy a plat de jour on the sun deck though
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Mon 20-03-17 18:39
Replies: 5
Thats right a rent-a-cupboard type place is what I'm looking for - I drew a blank with a range of internet searches for Innsbruck (all I got was temporary luggage lockers) - I'll try a few more searches along those lines. Thanks
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Mon 20-03-17 8:36
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I'm considering getting the Tirol Snow Card next season 17/18 for use over a number of weekend trips (10+trips). Trips will be solo, couple and some with a 4yo. Does anyone have any suggestions for ski storage for the season? I would like to avoid ski carriage or rental for each trip - somewhere near the airport or rail station in Innsbruck would be ideal but I'm open to other suggestions (doesn't have to be in Innsbruck). Also any other advice on accommodation, transport or anything else for Tirol Snow Card users would be great - I'm not planning on renting a car on most trips to avoid hassle and taking a child car seat. Thanks
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Sat 18-03-17 21:49
Replies: 54
Thanks guys - it sounds like there are limited options. I was close to 50-50 on the skis and skiing very passively as to minimise pressure while still being on the edges. I like the point about the progressive edge change and I hadn't considered this properly. I do tend to be less progressive in my edge change which comes from spending a lot of time recently working on raising the performance level of my short turns - I suspect I have subconsciously started moving my weight further inside the line of the skis earlier in my longer turns which will generate more pressure and shorter the radius. I may also be messing up my fore-aft balance a bit on the flat stuff and getting too far forward which I think will engage the front edge of the ski too much and force a shorter radius too. I will defiantly work on making the edge change more progressive in the long turns (this is starting to bring back memories from things instructors have said now...) A more radical option would be to reduce pressure on the outside ski further by putting more than 50% weight on the inside ski but as far as I understand this would be bad (like crossing the streams for fans of the original ghostbusters film) Again thanks for the pointers much appreciated.
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Fri 17-03-17 17:47
Replies: 54
I spent a few days on a pair of skis about 10 cm shorter than I'm used to (163 cm Head Super Joy 2015) which were pretty fun but I found when carving I usually ended up with shorter turns than I wanted. Not unexpected given the 12.5m radius. It was certainly fun on steeper slopes where the conditions and number of piste users allowed but it got a bit annoying on the flat stuff. It struck me that I didn't have much in the tool box to deal with it other than flattening the skis out and straight lining it or doing lots of the shorter turns on the fall line. Is it possible to lengthen the turns while keeping the edges in?
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Fri 17-03-17 16:38
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Hi all thanks for all the advice and info - there are a few good options - unfortunately when I discussed actually booking something my OH she wasn't that keen on the trip going ahead - I will keep note of all the suggestions for future trips - also does anyone know if there is a kinder hotel in Neustift? I couldn't find one in Zermatt but they seem to be an Austrian/German thing Thanks
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Wed 15-03-17 8:37
Replies: 42
Thanks - does the route up to the glacier in Zermatt start with the Furi lift?
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Tue 14-03-17 8:25
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@TheGeneralist, Riksgransen looks great. The Scandinavia Big Mountain Championships is on while I was thinking of going so I guess this probably rules it out - I'll keep it in mind for future trips though thanks
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Mon 13-03-17 19:04
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@anarski, Thanks for the great teaching tips Thanks all for the other advice - does anyone know the name of the village at the base of Stubai is it Mutterbergalm?
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Fri 10-03-17 12:57
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I will also take a look at Zermatt with the Swiss transfer pass thanks
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Fri 10-03-17 12:56
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Thanks for the really useful advice on Hintertux I had no idea what it was like (sounds similar to Saas Fee in summer) - hut is a must given how cold it can get up there all year round I will look at Stubai in more detail although it's looking more like saving the cash at this stage Thanks all
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Fri 10-03-17 8:17
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Thanks for the Austria suggestions, I have only ever summer skied on the glacier at Saas Fee which is not great for beginners all red runs with an unavoidable narrow red on the way in. I was concerned that the terrain on all the glaciers would be similar. I have had limited training as an instructor so I'm ok with the technical side of teaching him. I'm still considering paying for lessons though. Stubai sounds promising - am I right in thinking that its pretty accessible by bus from Innsbruck? I was looking at the kinder hotel at Hintertux too has anyone stayed there? I'll have another look but if it doesn't work out I can always save the cash and spend it on a week next season
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Thu 9-03-17 18:58
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I'll probably do something else thanks for the advice :)
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Thu 9-03-17 18:03
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I am taking a week off in mid May to look after my son (three and a half) to cover childcare while his granny goes on holiday - I'm thinking of taking him for his first proper ski trip somewhere in Europe. The winter season will be finished for at least a couple of weeks by then so it's pretty tricky (who couldn't my mum go on holiday in April!). Does anyone have any recommendations? I'm perfectly happy to take on board recommendations along the lines of "don't do it you fool!" :~/
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Mon 16-02-15 14:57
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Cheers for the info Clarky
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Mon 16-02-15 13:53
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Thanks guys - comments on accommodation and timing noted - it might be better to go a different time of year - does anyone know when is good for the glacier near Innsbruck? We could use the trip to fact find for a longer visit to Innsbruck next year
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