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Poster: A snowHead
Thu 14-02-19 0:28
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Kronplatz Feb 2019 Kronplatz for a week with occasional forays into Marmolada / Sella Ronda / etc
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Tue 5-02-19 0:07
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We have been that week several times over the years. Is it too late in the season? Sorry, the answer is "it depends". And as for apartment location, the answer is........ "it depends" The lower runs will be (probably) fine in the mornings but soft by lunchtime and possibly (not definitely) getting a bit slushy towards the end of the day. So...... how many people, what standard, what else is important? If you are looking for blues (a lot of the reds are easy-ish as well) then late in the season the best ones will be on top of Kronplatz. The easiest access to those for the beginners will be via gondola from Olang / Valdaora or from Reischach / Riscone. The gondola gets you to the top and because of the shape of the mountain there is a choice of blue / red runs and at the end of the day you can take the gondola back down again. For those who want to ski down at the end of the day, the bottom of the red run down to Olang (Gassl) can get a bit cut up and heavy going by the end of the day. The bottom section of the blacks down to Reischach can also get heavy. It will almost certainly be do-able, but not as pleasant at the end of the day as at the start. My personal choice would be to stay on the other side of the mountain at San Vigilio. They will do their damndest to keep the blue piste Miara open as it is so good for confidence building. From there you can get up to the top of Kronplatz via a couple of gondolas and a chair (or short walk) and then you have the blues / easy reds at the top to go at. At the end of the day, from the top of Kronplatz to San Vigilio there are a couple of spots that again can get "heavy" and cut up late in the season but you can bypass them. Instead of skiing down Sonne or Furcia from the summit, take the Ruiz gondola and from the bottom of that it's a short ski to the RaRa chair which takes you to the top of the Col Toron piste and gondola. At the end of the day if the snow is "heavy" I suggest take the Col Toron gondola down and finish skiing Miara to the town. Don't miss the runs on the other side of San Vigilio though (red and blue and black as well) The beauty of Kronplatz is that there are so many gondolas which means you can download on them as well as upload. Is it worth it at that time in the season? My answer is "yes" but assess the snow conditions and if it is heavy at the end of the day, don't be afraid to use a gondola. More experienced skiers will want to have a day or two in other areas (covered by the Superdolomiti lift pass) and a hire car is useful for that. Accommodation : first of all, at that time of the season you are probably in the "SuperSun" special offer. Not all accommodation providers take part in this, but many do. It is a pay for 6 / stay for 7 night offer and the same sort of deal applies to ski school, ski hire and I think lift pass. Google "Super Sun". We like www.mareo.it for the convenient location in San Vigilio but if you want some where cheaper then you can stay in Mantena but it really is nothing like as convenient (no shop, reliant on ski bus or car, long walk otherwise) One of my favourite pistes is Piculin (black) which can get full sun in late season and may not be open or only worthwhile in the morning Anything else? Any specific questions?
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Sun 27-01-19 21:57
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DIY trip organised to San Vigilio, Kronplatz. Mixed group of about 8 - 10 people aged 8 - about 70, ability from "never put skis on before" to happy on black pistes. 16 - 23 February. Self catering. Tend to eat in some nights, eat out others. Very relaxed and informal. Pint in the evening rather than full on apres. Some flying to Innsbruck and hire car from there. Some flying to Treviso and hire car from there. Some people will know all or most in the group. Some will know only one or two. Accommodation is at www.mareo.it apartments 4 and 5 (been there many times and quite happy with standard). Space for 1 more or could manage up to 5 if people can cope with a sofa bed)
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Sun 27-01-19 20:20
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For a resort that offers good cruisey blues, then as a committed fan of Kronplatz, I suggest Valmorel in France or Espace Diamant (copying polo99) These are resorts which would suit you, but also offer something to others. The alternative approach is to go for a resort offering skiing for others but which also offers options for you. As I say, I am a committed fan of Kronplatz. Somewhere like Kronplatz might suit. Why? Because there is enough to entertain others, especially if you add in a trip to Sella Ronda / Marmolada / Hidden Valley / etc but at the same time there are very few chair lifts / tows so most of the infrastructure is gondolas. These are your friends because you can use them to travel around and because of the shape of Kronplatz there are higher easier runs. But the main thing is you can use the gondolas to travel down as well as up. So if you don't like a run, take the gondola down
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Sat 26-01-19 14:04
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The beauty of living where we do (Cumbria) is that we can get to Manchester / Liverpool / Leeds / Newcastle / Edinburgh / Glasgow and other airports. None are particularly "local" but they are an acceptable (2 hour or so) drive away. So when it is English half term and flight prices rocket skywards, we can fly from a Scottish airport. At the English half term, we are flying Edinburgh - Treviso and then driving up to the Dolomites. It is very very do-able
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Sat 26-01-19 13:13
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But it is possible to get the ferry to Amsterdam from Newcastle, or to Rotterdam or Zeebrugge from Hull, and drive from there. The only problems that I have with these options are firstly that the arrival in port is not particularly early so it is difficult to get a flying start in the morning, and secondly, the ferries are all overnight so you have to pay for a cabin, which puts the price up
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Sat 26-01-19 10:35
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We are flying to Treviso and hiring a car. A 5 seater car with "free" snow chains and a "free" second driver included is under £100 for the week. Don't be frightened of driving abroad or by the mention of snow chains. The chances of needing them in March are very very very remote. Go for it
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Mon 21-01-19 21:57
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I'm not sure whether the dates are (un)suitable or the price is in/out of budget, but we are a group of about 10 varying in age from 8-70, varying in ability from "Never had skis on" to comfortable on most pistes, going to St Vigilio (Kronplatz) at half term, 16-23 February. We have a couple of spare spaces. Accommodation isn't the cheapest but is good quality and very well situated. Self catering. Accommodation is €270 per person. We are flying to/from Treviso and then hiring a car or two. If interested, let me know and I can work out a likely cost
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Sun 13-01-19 11:01
Replies: 16
Oh - and if wearing glasses / sunglasses, think about one of those loops that attaches to the ends of the "arms" of the glasses and loops behind your head so they don't get lost under a foot of snow when he falls (as he will) and they come off (as they will). You can get them in colours for younger people so he doesn't have to look like an old git. Google it or look on ebay. £1 well spent
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Sun 13-01-19 10:48
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Borrow as much as you can from others. What part of the world are you in? Nearest town? Everyone is different so what one person says will be different from the next person. There is no "right answer". What I am putting below is what suits me. Your son is likely to be standing around more if he is just beginning, whilst the instructor talks to the group, or waiting his turn in the group, so less activity, more standing around, more potential to feel the cold. But in April, depending on where he is going, it should be fine Gloves are important though. Not just to stay warm but also protection. The trip is at Easter. Is that Easter School Holidays? Mid-April? Where is the trip to? Europe? There could be a huge variance in weather and temperature And as everyone is different, some people will find they "run hot" and need less clothing worn than others. My own preference is for sunglasses rather than goggles as I always find goggles steam up. But it's useful to have a set of cheap goggles in case of blizzard conditions. In April in Europe I would expect to ski in a set of ski trousers / salopettes which will have some padding / insulation. I personally would not expect to wear thermal long johns under them. I tend to ski in a long sleeved rugby shirt under a (padded insulated) ski jacket and take a T-Shirt in a small rucksack if I find I am getting cold. I would have a thermal vest at the accommodation or if it seemed colder than expected, in my pack. Gloves for me in April. Mittens only in December / January for me. And a cheap spare pair is useful as they will get wet and your son will probably forget to dry them out overnight. I take a pair of those very thin "one size stretches to all" gloves as well in case it does get unexpectedly cold. I would buy a couple of pairs of cheap gloves in March when your local ski shop is selling stock off at the end of the season (£5-£10 a pair???) Motorcycle gloves are very different, with plastic / solid protection over the outside / knuckles. You want warmth and a reinforced palm. Sun cream / lip cream in a combination stick. High sun protection factor. A "snood" "buff" call it whatever you want is useful. One of those tubes of thin stretchy material that goes around your neck but you can pull up to cover your face or even fit under a helmet.
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Sat 12-01-19 13:30
Replies: 11
Go somewhere like Alpbach. Pretty. Don’t worry about snow cover. It will be there. Especially for your girlfriend if she hasn’t been before. And somewhere like Alpbach may tempt her to keep returning to the slopes
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Wed 9-01-19 7:48
Replies: 325
@JohnHSmith, I've moved from rum to brandy in mine, great either way :D Damn. This means I will have to go back again and try it with brandy. The things I am forced to do in the interests of research !
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Wed 9-01-19 7:29
Replies: 325
I am quite partial to the hot chocolate myself. Especially with a shot of rum added
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Sat 5-01-19 21:14
Replies: 70
1. Don’t force it. Be prepared for “down time”. Hopefully it won’t happen, but if it does, it does. 2. Lots of hot chocolate. 3. It is a holiday. It is meant to be fun. 4. If it is possible, try to get something before you go. Even a one hour lesson at a snow dome. 5. Take spare gloves
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 3-01-19 20:04
Replies: 32
High on my list (for post retirement skiing I think) is the Hotel California in the Monte Rosa area. http://www.hotelcalifornia.vda.it/ I would like to stay in a hotel that had a fairly unique "difference" and this seems to fit the bill I would love to say that I had stayed in the "Grateful Dead" room or the "Sandy Denny" room It gets good reviews but I can't say that I have ever stayed there. Yet
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Tue 1-01-19 23:45
Replies: 42
I use soft contact lenses daily for everyday use in the UK. For skiing I use prescription sunglasses bought from my local optician (he skis) and I carry the contact lenses with me and also carry standard (not prescription) sunglasses in case I need them with the contact lenses. Most days I ski with just the prescription sunglasses and have no problem
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Tue 1-01-19 21:26
Replies: 8
Not been to this area yet but it remains high on my list of places I really need to go to. Please keep the reports coming.......
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Mon 31-12-18 15:04
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Serfaus / Fiss / Ladis ? AA routeplanner says 10 hours 30 minutes from Calais but add in stops / breaks / traffic
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Mon 31-12-18 14:55
Replies: 20
It all depends on what you classify as "easy reach" or "an easy drive". We are flying to Treviso at half term and skiing at Kronplatz which is a 2 hour 45 minute "easy drive". It genuinely is an easy drive as it is pretty much motorway for 90% of the trip. If you take the view that once you are loaded up then there is little practical difference between a 1 hour 45 minute drive and a 2 hour 45 minute drive, then just about anywhere in the Dolomites should be available to you. Find a quiet corner without too many Brits and enjoy it. Alleghe? San Vigilio? Plenty of others
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Mon 24-12-18 11:34
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Waxing your beard is always a good Idea since it presents buildup of icicles That’s pretty much what I thought when I read the thread title
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Fri 21-12-18 15:34
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Enjoy the Christmas Markets. We liked the Mediaeval one in Munich. Don't forget to have a plate of Kaiserschmarr'n with either apple or plum sauce. And have a Feuerzangenbowle as well as the Gluehwein
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Sat 15-12-18 12:10
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Either Dolomites and move around the whole area, staying at different towns for maybe a week each, OR the Salzburg Ski Pass and again move between varied resorts for a week each
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Thu 13-12-18 23:23
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The key word for skiing in Italy is... bombardino. Ask for it as soon as you get over the border. No no no - calimero!!!!! Try Calimero and Bombardino. Ask what they contain. You NEED the one with Advocaat (eierlikoer) and espresso coffee and schnapps with whipped cream on top, drink through a straw so you drink from the bottom first
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Thu 13-12-18 23:17
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No experience of them. But I cannot easily find a phone number for them, nor an address. They may be totally genuine and bona fide, but I would be wary
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Wed 12-12-18 18:43
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A quick bump for this thread. I do have an interest in it in that I have been fortunate enough to purchase some excellent quality stuff for my granddaughter in previous years. I do not actually need to buy anything this year but am very tempted. I thought I ought to be a gentleman (ha ha) and let others go first, but if no-one else is buying..... Tim : can you update the list of what is still available? Maybe copy and paste the original post and delete the items that are gone. I will contact you next week
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Thu 6-12-18 12:58
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With a user name of südtirolistdeutsch why not consider the Südtirol? Plenty of varying piste grades especially around the San Cassiano / Corvara area. Or Kronplatz for a bit of a different trip. Self catering at San Vigilio gives good slopes for beginners and the Kronplatz summit has options for those progressing a little more
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Wed 5-12-18 8:55
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There is a variance from resort to resort even within the same country and to be fair, a piste that is "red" in its difficulty one day, might be "blue" under different snow conditions and different weather on another day. I would say try to be aware of the piste colour grading as a general guide in the back of your mind, but be aware that the grading reflects the opinion of a particular person on a specific day. Go out there and enjoy the snow
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Tue 4-12-18 17:40
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Another vote here for the Corvara area. San Cassiano would suit nicely. Mountain Sun often have a well priced option at Albergho Frohsinn. Not rough but not high top end quality. Good value though
Poster: A snowHead
Sun 2-12-18 14:21
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I can strongly endorse the comments that valais2 has made about the quality of items he is selling. I have bought items from him for my granddaughter last year and the previous year and absolutely everything has been good quality gear. There was a jacket with a slightly faulty zip which he pointed out to us in advance. We bought it knowing that and it has been fine. In short, if you are looking for items for children then these items will be worth it
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Sat 1-12-18 22:58
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I have sent you a PM message. I would like this for one of my daughters. One daughter will be in London some time next week
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Wed 28-11-18 18:39
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Ideally, you would go in February rather than Easter, to guarantee snow. Any chance that could happen, since you're 18 months away? Actually I'm beginning to wonder where my own self-imposed Easter came from and I think it was down to cost - but the whole point of organising now is to get in early and be able to book flights when the first come out, not when they are £200pp, so happy to consider swapping to Feb. half term (bloody children!). I'm a big fan of Kronplatz, but it does have drawbacks. I would say April is too late unless the snow is really really exceptional, but at half term...... What do you want from the village? Sankt Vigilio is a real village and you can get self contained apartments within the same building at several places. We like www.mareo.it which is very close to the slopes and central as well. But you pay for that. At half term this year we are paying about €250 each for self catering. About a mile away is another place we have stayed in at Mantena and that's about €170 per person at half term (three or four apartments in the same building). But it is a mile away from the slopes and the village. Fly to Innsbruck / Munich / Verona and hire a car for the week and it works ok but not as good as the more expensive, more central place. A good place for beginners with a fantastic slope ("Miara") for learners and good access via gondolas so you can download on them if need be. A decent local area with three nice blacks (Piculin, Hernegg and Sylwester) and access to the full Dolomite area - with a car it is easy, without a car, less so. At half term the flights might be highly priced. This year we are flying from Glasgow (Scottish half term is at different dates) on the Friday and returning on the Sunday avoiding Saturday to Saturday. So it can be done. It all depends on what you are prepared to compromise on.
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Tue 27-11-18 20:05
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3 suggestions. But do whatever you (and son) are comfortable with. 1. Use a small rucksack that is easy to slip off and wear back to front on lifts (so that the sack is worn on the chest) less likely to get entangled but not 100% foolproof/ childproof) 2. Use a bumbag. My preferred option. Can hold quite a lot. Much less likely to get caught in a chairlift. Wear either way round 3. Just take the rucksack off and carry on chair lifts.
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Wed 7-11-18 18:04
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@JohnHSmith, Should be EOSB so just a typo. Phew ! I was trying to think of acronyms for various ski areas.
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Wed 7-11-18 17:56
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Sat 3-11-18 15:42
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The offers look good to me. But no cash at the moment so whether I want to buy or not, I can't
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Tue 30-10-18 22:13
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I am looking forward to reading the unfolding trip reports as and when. I will support the comments already made about the Hofbrauhaus, but suggest that as well as considering the Augustinerkeller, do consider the Hofbraukeller (very much NOT the same as the Hofbrauhaus) and with a bit of political history as the venue for the first political speech as a member of the German Workers Party by a Mr A Hitler in 1919. I also second the suggestion of the mediaeval market and the one at Tollwood. Try a "Dunkel" (dark) beer if you get overwhelmed by the lighter ones - and are you familiar with wheat beer (yet) ?
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Wed 17-10-18 20:16
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What dates can you go? How late in November? Kronplatz opens 30.11.18 so really a December trip rather than November. But because of the shape of the mountain, there are easier slopes high up and you get to those by gondola so you can gondola down at the end of the day. Always going to be taking a chance with weather and conditions to some extent, but the artificial snowmaking is excellent. Not the easiest of resorts to get to from UK but if you can do a DIY trip and fly to Innsbruck then it is very do-able. Plenty of good quality self catering accommodation. If you are looking for easy direct access to the top of the mountain easy areas by gondola, then that is best from staying in accommodation in Reischach / Riscone or Perca / Percha or possibly Bruneck / Brunico
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Fri 28-09-18 21:43
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As others have said, there are advantages and disadvantages to both. I tend to go to Sankt Vigilio each year on a DIY basis because I want to go to THAT resort on a self cater basis. I want a night in München with a meal at a non touristy (or at least less touristy) BierKeller on the way home, or a stopover at Venice. What i want isn’t offered by a Tour Operator. But I will try to sneak in at least one extra trip. A catered chalet can offer excellent unbeatable value if booked last minute when a Tour Operator is trying to shift unsold beds. But sometimes a last minute DIY trip can be good value. All you can do is keep an open mind and go for it when “it” appears
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Tue 18-09-18 19:57
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I am also a platinum member and for the annual insurance cover including Winter Sports then I think it is good value. But then I too am rather senior in years.
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Tue 18-09-18 19:45
Replies: 26
Choose somewhere with a decent leisure centre / swimming pool within reach. Are you going to DIY or go through a tour operator? Will you have a car? We have found the Italian attitude towards children in Winter has been the same as our experience of the Italian attitude in Summer. Welcoming. As a DIY trip with granddaughter we have been to Sankt Vigilio for the last 4 years (age 4 to present age 8 ). But it isn’t a short transfer unless you can get flights to Innsbruck. And we have had a hire car. We have found self catering mixed with eating out has suited us best with children. But everyone is different
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