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Poster: A snowHead
Sun 31-05-20 22:50
Replies: 5
Cheers @Bergmeister will check them out.
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Sat 30-05-20 22:56
Replies: 5
Not too late as I was thinking more of next season realistically. Glad to hear at least one personal recommendation.
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Fri 29-05-20 23:42
Replies: 355
@Layne, read the fecking thread title :D Read the Opening fecking Post and most of the content. There are Covid threads a plenty. Lockdown has happened. This is about booking trips for 2021 taking that into account. Debating about if it should have happened is off topic IMVHO.
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Fri 29-05-20 21:08
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@snowhound, #1 that is not what this thread is about and #2 60,000 dead in the UK despite the action taken. Estimates were up to half a million if we hadn't taken action. Is there anything (aside from war) that has caused that many deaths in modern history?
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Fri 29-05-20 10:56
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Sounds like the tunnel/ferry/roads might be a bit busier next season! Although that could lead to some flight bargains nearer the time!
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Wed 27-05-20 11:10
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@Rogerdodger, I like that :D
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Wed 27-05-20 9:10
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@Layne, as you don’t know which piste you’re on, that doesn’t help much! There is a sign with the piste name at the top or at intersections. You know you will get to the bottom if you keep following the markers so why the countdown? It's what is called extra information. Just as when I'm on the motorway it tells me how much further to major destinations. It also serves multiple purposes. As others have mentioned it can also be used to direct rescue services. I'll be honest though I have never really paid much attention to the numbers as I've never had to call rescue and usually know where I am and where I am going.
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Tue 26-05-20 22:34
Replies: 68
@Gordyjh, makes sense though as you know how far you are from the bottom.
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Tue 26-05-20 15:53
Replies: 68
People seem to cope OK with remembering M, A and even B roads when navigating the roads. Just saying... For me the French piste names have an element of romance about them. French being a romantic language and me being in love with the mountains.
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Tue 26-05-20 9:47
Replies: 68
Anyone else absolutely hopeless at remembering piste names? Even in places I ski a lot I can't remember all the piste names - probably a quarter of the pistes in Les Arcs I have to describe by reference to lifts and "follow along a bit but don't cross any other pistes". I'm pretty carp at remembering people's names and yeah this extends to pistes and lift names.
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Sat 23-05-20 14:17
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Cheers @Layne, I really must start writing about skiing again. Well, we'd all love to do that :lol:
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Fri 22-05-20 21:27
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Great blog Chris, enjoyed reading that.
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Tue 19-05-20 17:10
Replies: 27
Is it better to be stressed about having to deal with something yourself or stressed because someone else is meant to be sorting it.
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Tue 19-05-20 11:25
Replies: 27
@James77, I normally book for Christmas in Sept/Oct. I've never booked this far out. I book directly with agencies or owners. Maybe have a look at Sunweb and Snowtrex websites to get an idea of prices.
Poster: A snowHead
Sun 17-05-20 12:03
Replies: 68
@lambert, that's an interesting early indicator of how things are going. For me last couple of years MPI had really hiked their price and hence I started looking at alternatives like multitrip/Asda. Will be interesting to see how they match up next time I need to renew. Certainly glad I paid £50 (Family, Europe only) to Asda last December for sure given I've it's only covered a one week ski trip so far! But yet next time round I'm expecting something a bit steeper.
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Fri 15-05-20 15:56
Replies: 27
As a DIYer I've mostly driven to France and have had the following issues: 1) Driving out and there was snow all over southern England and mainland France on Friday evening and Saturday. Got turned away from the Tunnel with little hope of an imminent return to service as normal. I knew two other cars going over the same evening, one managed to get into the terminal before closing and after a 4-5 hour delay got over. The other took a ferry, 9-10 hour delay. Our kids were pretty young so we holed up in a Premier Inn near Ashford and effectively started 24 hours late. We would have had to spend Sunday night in a Hotel but one of the aforementioned cars was going to the same ski station so was able to get our apartment key. 2) Due to lack of snow the resort we were going to didn't open as scheduled at Christmas. I switched with 3 days to go to a resort that was open. Lost deposit on the first apartment was the only cost. 3) Same trip as 2) on the return Saturday a storm blew in overnight and the valley road got blocked out. Spent the night in emergency shelter (sports centre in Tignes) before leaving early Sunday. Arrived home 24 hours later than expected by incurred no costs. Not sure a TO would have done much different in any of those situations.
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Fri 15-05-20 11:49
Replies: 14
@DrLawn, Most manufacturers would tell you that after about 8 years or so (regardless of how much skiing you do) the risk of a catastrophic failure of the plastic or metal bits on your boots increases exponentially. Probably a reason to hire stuff if you only ski once a year. Or to ski more often!
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Fri 15-05-20 10:25
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If anything goes wrong, the TO will get you home... if you book yourself, it's up to you to sort yourself out. I think this is a bit of a misnomer though. Or at least there is a bit of a trade off. Yes, the TO has to manage your trip but that doesn't mean they'll do a good job. There are plenty of horror stories - poor comms, long delay in getting sorted, no options or poor options given. Wrong decisions made. That's just my view anyhow. I'm not advocating not using a TO just that I wouldn't want to rely on them dealing with major issues too well. In this instance for example if Erna Low are just booking into an Odalys I think accommodation wise you are largely at the behest of Odalys. The one time I stayed with Odalys (I had to do a last minute switch on account of a lack of snow) check in was a sh-it show. Whether I'd booked through Erna Low I doubt it'd make much difference. It was what it was.
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Thu 14-05-20 23:35
Replies: 27
@James77, I wouldn't book with Odalys personally. Better off booking with an owner direct. Where are you looking to go?
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Thu 14-05-20 23:26
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Tue 5-05-20 10:41
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@michaelski, If the UK has no EHIC agreement next year and MPI are not offering covid cover for medical expenses while abroad, how is your insurance a viable product? Well people do get travel insurance for the rest of the world. I would imagine Europe will just become priced along those lines.
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Thu 30-04-20 14:51
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Snow would have been too late then. Imagine how pee'd off we would have been :D :D
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Thu 30-04-20 14:19
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Thu 30-04-20 10:21
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slightly taller bit of an understatement there I think Layne Can't sleep?
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Wed 29-04-20 20:29
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@DJL, I think the Eurotunnel part of the package was £200 last time we used it ie. return Eurotunnel including flexiplus. Have looked at Peak Retreats website for next season and it looks as though the Eurotunnel (incl flexiplus) part of the package is £240. NB it is more at half term but we don't go skiing at half term. Don't Peak Retreats just include Eurotunnel Crossing with Flexiplus in the price of the holiday? How do you know the cost? Sample prices via Eurotunnel direct going at Christmas at the days and times I normally book is £181 for Standard and £483 for Flexi. That is a hell of a price hike IMO.
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Wed 29-04-20 19:05
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Unfortunately for my sins it's Coventry.... Tough times mate, tough times :( And I guessed I'd struggle, just wanted to see if there wear any strong opinions either way. Yeah sure, just tempering expectations as it were. My 2012 Legend 94's have never let me down, they're just too short for me now and I've officially killed the binding on them, so I'm most tempted by this seasons X96. Sounds a good low risk purchase. Having tied a Zag a few years ago (my friend had a set), I can vouch for them being excellent off-piste ski's in a wider width, but I've heard things about them de-lamming after a few years Always a bit of a put off if you hear a bad report or two. I'm currently looking on EkoSport, I've had stuff off of them before, they're really quick and helpful over the old electronic-mail, and due to the current situation they're having a pretty aggressive sale, with another 10% off loads of the winter gear if anyone does want a look. I've used both ekosport and glisshop. Found them hard to beat to be honest. Good luck with your purchase. Just one other thing. Worth getting a bit better binding than the basic I reckon. I've had binding problems/failings in the past. I'm slightly taller/heavier but also fairly aggressive skier. You generally get what you pay for with bindings. Eko and Gliss usually have various options.
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Wed 29-04-20 14:34
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Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Wed 29-04-20 14:34
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@ccfc_aaron, welcome to SH's. Is ccfc Coventry or Cardiff? First off, the ski you are looking for (AM 50/50) is I would say the most asked about on here and the most bought ski. Hence there are lot of ski's to choose and a lot of opinions on what is good and what is not. Second, what most people will say is try before you buy. The guy who runs SH's runs a ski test in the Autumn and many shops in resort will also try before you buy. That said: Me, my son and daughter all currently ski Dynastar - Cham 97, Legend X84, Legend X96 respectively. And there are no complaints. So I would say a solid option. We ski as much lift served off piste as conditions allow. I like the reviews of the Zag I have to say, although I've never heard of Zag before. And the Fischer seems good too. You will be lucky to find someone who has skied even two of those to any degree mind about three. If you've been skiing Legend's up until now that is pretty good argument for going for the same. It's a good time to buy for sure. Where are you looking?
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 28-04-20 22:29
Replies: 17
@nba2005uk, £200 is a great price for that boot. If it fits out the box great. If not, then take it to a good bootfitter. They'll charge what they would have done for customisation and footbed anyhow plus maybe £50 consultation. TBH, I think it's more optimal to go straight to a good bootfitter. But then I am not totally standard foot wise and I am fortunate these days to have the funds to get a great fitting boot.
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Tue 28-04-20 20:21
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£150 is a wonderful price as long as they fit that is. That's the $64m question.
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Tue 28-04-20 17:20
Replies: 17
You could try these guys: https://www.coyoti.com/pages/ski-boot-fitting Or further afield solutions4feet.
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Tue 28-04-20 17:05
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Some discussions https://theskimonster.com/products/salomon-x-pro-100/ https://www.pugski.com/threads/salomon-s-pro-120-vs-salomon-s-pro-100.18736/ https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=109708
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Tue 28-04-20 16:59
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I am 6'4" 100kg, advanced but over 50 - and I ski 110 flex. But flex is not a scientific value so manufacturers/models can vary. If I was you I'd go for 100. By the way, I doubt prices will drop. Retailers will be have their residual stock on sale at this time of the season anyhow and even more so given the season has been curtailed and companies are struggling.
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Tue 28-04-20 15:13
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@nba2005uk, how standard are your feet? The three times you've skied have you had any boot pain? The general advice is to go to a good bootfitter when they have their full stock in at the start of the season. They will assess what boot is right for you and custom fit it. It costs but that cost is relatively little over the lifetime of the boot but it ensures pain free skiing. For the more standard feet you may get away with "out of the box" boots. And while they claim the Salomon s/pro fits 70% of people out of the box you have to take that with a pinch of salt. If you can say which area of the country you live people can recommend a boot fitter.
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Sun 26-04-20 0:43
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Although not full length films there's Cody Townsend's absolutely superb 'Fifty' series on youTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/hucknorris83/videos I've now watched them all up until the halt including most of the bonus episodes. A mixture of good fun, interesting stories/info and a bit of ski porn. Some of those days were looong.
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Fri 24-04-20 9:39
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@sbooker, The standard route down the VB would be no problem to you. Many say the scariest/hardest part of the trip is the ridge walk to get to the start of the skiable face. The first time we did it I thought it was very intimidating but the second time not at all. I think there was more snow the second time and I was also more used to the exposure after doing more off piste skiing and a ski touring week. The guide will rope you up if they feel it's necessary and I wouldn't sweat it. The skiing itself is not steep and the route through the crevasses clear in good visibility. And there would be no point if it wasn't. I had kit when I did it but I am pretty sure the guide's can and will provide bleepers and enough probes/shovels for the party. If not yes, you can hire. The second time we did an alternate route on the first stretch which wasn't overly gnarly but there more interesting and less/no people. You can discuss options with the guide. It's possible to do it twice in the same day if you have the time/money. Or the guide could take you somewhere else in the valley to make a day of it. GM is out of action though you can skin up I believe.
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Wed 22-04-20 17:06
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There do seem to be a few people on high who gloat over the difficulties of the SCGB, not sure why, both communities are dedicated to sliding up or downhill on snow or an artificial form of said substance. Their difficulties are clearly a point for discussion though. And inevitably some will be detractors rather than supporters. Maybe they gloat because they saw it happening, maybe even tried to prevent it happening. I am actually ambivalent on it - though I am interested because as you say they are a part of a community/activity that interests me. Looking at the discounts page they are better than some I've seen with other organisations!!
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Wed 22-04-20 17:00
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Lots of people run forums - I've led a fairly sheltered life and I know a few. I've organised trips (skiing and otherwise) for 10-12 people. I'm not a TO. OK admin/Graham does it on a bit of a larger scale but so did a mate of mine who was a Teacher - although I think most schools use a TO these days. SCGB holidays has a brand name and are ABTA protected as I understand it. They act like a TO. Again, this is thrown in there as a negative, why? Actually it's not a negative or not necessarily. It's more to surface what SCGB actually is. Right, so your claim is that the Ski Club is actually a TO disguised as a club? I am suggesting that one of their major activities is acting as a TO. Not suggesting they are trying to disguise it. Wondering how it fits into their overall purpose and other activities. Answering may be to do more of it, I don't know....
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Wed 22-04-20 13:24
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Lots of people run forums - I've led a fairly sheltered life and I know a few. I've organised trips (skiing and otherwise) for 10-12 people. I'm not a TO. OK admin/Graham does it on a bit of a larger scale but so did a mate of mine who was a Teacher - although I think most schools use a TO these days. SCGB holidays has a brand name and are ABTA protected as I understand it. They act like a TO. Again, this is thrown in there as a negative, why? Actually it's not a negative or not necessarily. It's more to surface what SCGB actually is. Are you now claiming snowHeads isn't a TO? It isn't to my eyes. I just use the forum and haven't been on a bash. But as far as I know the bashes are all organised through the boards and in a way that is very different to SCGB. There is no website to book holidays. Also, for the sake of accuracy, Freshtracks is ATOL bonded not ABTA. I assume that snowheads, as a package holiday business, is also ATOL bonded? Or is it more of a broker arrangement? SCGB, ATOL and ABTOT bonded. I don't believe Bashes are bonded. But maybe others know better.
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Wed 22-04-20 9:37
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Lots of people run forums - I've led a fairly sheltered life and I know a few. I've organised trips (skiing and otherwise) for 10-12 people. I'm not a TO. OK admin/Graham does it on a bit of a larger scale but so did a mate of mine who was a Teacher - although I think most schools use a TO these days. SCGB holidays has a brand name and are ABTA protected as I understand it. They act like a TO.
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