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Poster: A snowHead
Tue 15-10-19 14:20
Replies: 61
@Layne, I didn't say it was no good, just not ideal due several notoriously long flats - Mottarret link you already mentioned, home run in VT, magic carpet area next to Peclet, Caron - Les Menuires run, etc. Most are avoidable of course, but still not ideal for a beginner boarder no matter how athletic. Point taken.
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Tue 15-10-19 13:04
Replies: 61
Perhaps inevitably this thread has turned into a boarders v skiers spat. We were in Les Menuires in April and my son spent probably as much time on his board as he has anywhere. No idea where people get the idea the valley is no good for boarders. The only real pain I recall was taking the track down from Mont Vallon to Mottaret. But that was a bad call on our part and like most things avoidable.
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Tue 15-10-19 9:39
Replies: 117
Is it worth getting a guide to go exploring to learn the area abit? Knowing PDS so well, it feels abit odd going into an area I don't know, or know the best bits lol. Unless you are looking to do serious off piste I wouldn't sweat it. Easy enough to figure stuff out yourself. And all part of the fun. And people can you give tips/advice on here if you need it.
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Mon 14-10-19 21:09
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Must admit I have the odd pang of jealousy seeing my son ripping down the slopes on a board aswell as on ski's. There... I said it!
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Mon 14-10-19 17:05
Replies: 22
I'm not sure if they've been mentioned but a couple of things of note. #1 There is only one return piste from Etape to the base of the mountain. It's graded red and it gets quite narrow and cut up in places so naturally at going home time it has a bit of a 'demolition derby' reputation. Some/many choose to download. Which of course is no hardship - although I did it with my kids most days - but a heads up. #2 There are several steep drag lifts. If your kids are quite small or light do not take them on these as they will be yanked off their feet and slide down. You can see the warning triangles on the [url=https://www.lescontamines.com/sites/lescontamines/files/content/files/plan_des_pistes_lescontamines-hauteluce.jpg]piste map and/or you can read my TR above on how I found out through bitter experience!
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Mon 14-10-19 15:30
Replies: 61
Jus to note while I went to solutions4feet and the full 9 yards when buying ski boots for myself my kids have made do with second hand and therefore not customised ski boots. Snowboards I would argue are even more forgiving.
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Mon 14-10-19 14:18
Replies: 22
My TR from Les Contamines from 7 years ago: https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=2206261& Maybe gives you a flavour of the place. We stayed in Hameux too.
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Mon 14-10-19 13:00
Replies: 61
My lad started snowboarding when he was 8 by doing a bit on the home slope after lift closing (hired gear). I then got a board and some boots off of ebay for the next season. He then did two or three afternoons an has gradually built up from there. He is now 14. Neither me or the wife are boarders. He hasn't had any lessons. In the last couple of years he would do approx 65/35 split skiing/boarding although on the last trip he was keener to do consecutive days of each rather than one day on, one day off. If we are going to do something gnarly, like a ridge traverse, we plan it and let him know so he can be on skis. Although in April he was happily skiing off piste at Mont Vallon for example. He's now on his third set of boots/board - all purchased second hand. He doesn't wear any extra protection and wears the same clothes for skiing or boarding.
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Mon 14-10-19 11:52
Replies: 117
Just took a look at prices for March and the first week is still school holidays so blows the budget, but 7th to 14th of March is do able in both 1800 and 2000. What would the consensus be, 25th Jan or 7th March? Whatever is the best hope for powder days :D Luxury wise, we have been using Avoriaz studio or 1 bed apartments so are accustom to zero luxury on our ski trips :) Off to Dubai and Abu Dhabi for the F1 next month so I'll do my dose of luxury there :) Personally, I would try to stretch my budget to do both. If not, I'd go for the March option on account the days would be a wee bit longer and things getting a bit more Spring like. In truth neither is bad and it's a bit of a coin toss!
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Fri 11-10-19 14:43
Replies: 19
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Fri 11-10-19 0:13
Replies: 31
what other high resorts are there apart from Val Thorens, Les Arcs, Tignes? In terms of a France driving apartment high piste mileage holiday at the time of the year (which is one of the times I go regularly) personally I wouldn't go anywhere else aside from the 3V, Paradiski or perhaps Espace Killy. Unless you book really late and catch an exceptional year. You don't have to stay at the highest altitude ski stations. For example we stayed at Les Menuires last April. It's only were you sleep and eat. At the start of each day you use the lifts to go up the mountain you ski back down. Snow making means resorts down to 1400/1350 are still skiable. Also whats the traffic like? Am I better off driving on the friday and getting past say lyon staying 1 night somewhere then driving the rest of the way early sat morning? Generally light. Also arewinter tyres still a must that late in the season? If you have them, keep them on, as it can still be snowy, chilly in the mountains. If not, just have some chains in case. When we've been gone out the week leading up to Easter we've stopped off somewhere like Paris, Reims to do a bit of sightseeing on the way back, getting home late bank holiday Monday.
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Thu 10-10-19 16:52
Replies: 117
2. Can I ask them for extra waxing/sharpening after a couple of days? I would have thought that would be an unusual request. Why would you need that? It's been a while since I hired but I never took mine in for a service during the week.
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Thu 10-10-19 14:28
Replies: 21
If I survive into retirement I hope to do a bit of a tour of these small places.
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Thu 10-10-19 11:37
Replies: 21
@RobinS, it's based on readers tips
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 10-10-19 9:13
Replies: 21
Thought there may have been an old thread on this subject but couldn't find it. A Guardian article on smaller ski areas... a few ideas for some maybe... https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/oct/10/10-best-small-ski-resorts-europe-readers-travel-tips Or maybe share your tips (if you didn't already contribute to the above!)
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Wed 9-10-19 8:25
Replies: 94
@valais2, we all struggle with parental guilt. Should I buy sweets on the weekly shop, should I have brought that smartphone that my son know spends half his evening glued to. Should I confiscate that smartphone. How could I lose my child in bloody Ikea. Of course we do make errors of judgement occasionally but we are human.
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Tue 8-10-19 10:24
Replies: 94
You only need one saying... If in doubt, dack out.
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Tue 8-10-19 9:05
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@robboj, surely the lesson there is to have a few less Vimto's and hit the sack a bit earlier when out skiing.... :-D :D :nice:
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Mon 7-10-19 15:54
Replies: 94
Yeah but come on, if I take a tumble on my second run of the day and have to return to the shed you wouldn't say you were hurt on "the last run of the day". And anyway the title and opening line of the OP says "Just one more run".
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Mon 7-10-19 14:47
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In terms of skiing/hiking - mentally I like to do all my serious skiing by mid-afternoon at the latest. Then start to ease down and go to home territory - do some relaxed fun stuff. Often ski until last lift. I like the vibe towards the end of the day.
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Sun 6-10-19 13:38
Replies: 117
Mind you, the very expensive Vanoise Express might look embarrassingly unused if they did that. The Vanoise express may be the most underused lift I have ever come across. I have never seen a queue there, most of the time they only operate one cabin and even then wait patiently for enougth punters to actually tun it. Any facts to back up the term "underused"? Maybe there isn't a queue because it's a quick and efficient high capacity lift? One time I was there and there was a technical issue and a big queue formed after 15-20 minutes. I think I would have gone to the 3V or Espace Killy much more often if it wasn't for the VE.
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Fri 4-10-19 14:27
Replies: 6
Im looking to take my son skiing in March next year and wanted to try and coincide it with a venue which has free SKi passes for kids when an adult buys one Is it true Westendorf still does this? They do on certain dates - early and late season.... https://www.skiwelt.at/en/skiwelt-family-skiweeks.html
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Fri 4-10-19 9:44
Replies: 22
We are sadly condemned to February half term skiing and for the last few years have booked a 2300hrs - midnight Eurotunnel on the Friday before half term. I guess there are reasons but I'll mention it anyway, can't you ski Christmas week or when the schools break up in late March/early April. Those are the weeks we ski. Yes, it's more risky snow wise but conditions are still often very good and there are upsides such as the one mention you above.
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Wed 2-10-19 8:27
Replies: 16
Also would people recommend goggles or sunglasses? Or should I get both and decide myself. I wear goggles when it's snowy otherwise sunglasses.
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Tue 1-10-19 15:07
Replies: 16
On another note I'm planning on getting my Ski gear from Surfanic as that is where I got them when I went when I was younger. Would you guys recommend this or anywhere with a similar price bracket? All our ski jackets and salopettes are from Surfanic (two adults and two children). As others have said Easter can be cold to very warm. What you wear may also depend on whether you like to run cool or warm. I prefer warm myself. My Surfanic jacket and salopettes have ventilation zips which help at that time of the year.
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Tue 1-10-19 12:25
Replies: 94
@Layne, yes agree and this is why I am giving up on the ‘perceived’ savings of FT. How much extra does the ferry add to the overall crossing from checkin to off loading? I reckon a smooth 8:20am eurotunnel crossing takes about 1:30 to 1:45 hours from checkin to driving off the train in France. IME very little difference in check in and on/off loading time. It's just an hour, maybe slightly more, on the journey time. Kind of feels worse mentally. Definitely better if you have a long drive to get there. Definitely worse if you have dogs, are on a tight schedule or just a little impatient. Cost wise it can be a fair bit cheaper but again whether that is a big deal in the context of the whole holiday is open for debate.
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Tue 1-10-19 9:22
Replies: 94
@Ozboy, the other options are a) to look at the tunnel cost in the overall context of the cost of the whole holiday... I have in the past calculated my cost per skiing day... and in that sense it's not a deal breaker or b) take the ferry and enjoy the extra relaxation time on the upper deck.
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Mon 30-09-19 23:52
Replies: 94
What benefits do club points provide as was not aware? 3 x the value of the voucher. So if you have £30 worth of clubcard vouchers you can trade them for £90 voucher for the tunnel. We don't shop at Tesco very much but have a Tesco Mastercard and buy fuel with it so rack up a reasonable amount of points that way.
Poster: A snowHead
Mon 30-09-19 17:10
Replies: 94
Although what is described in the last few posts is one of the problems, it's exasperated by the fact that you the year starts on purchase date, not on first booking date. So even if you can plan ahead, and book many months in advance the scheme screws you.
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Fri 27-09-19 22:54
Replies: 19
I think the question might be your tolerance to ski's that are now performing well below best. Like a car they may still get you from A to B but if your skiing is about enjoying the journey and having a bit of a poke then you'd need to upgrade sooner. I'm not sure there is an objective answer.
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Fri 27-09-19 14:33
Replies: 5
To be fair the Google reviews for BAC's are good including someone who took in their boots purchased elsewhere for refinement. I certainly wouldn't skimp on boot purchase though. Go to the best you can. Then you won't feel any dread and should have happy feet for many a season.
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Thu 26-09-19 8:57
Replies: 33
Villaroger will be a better option when it's transformation is complete https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/oct/14/villaroger-les-arcs-redevelop-green-ski-resort-france-french-alps I have no idea of current progress. Les Arcs always seems to be favoured over La Plagne on here... personally I don't understand why. There is great skiing in both IMO. And besides they are linked so in reality it's not one or the other. But anyway... I have stayed in Les Coches many times. For me it's the ideal spot on account mainly of two things #1 it sits in the middle of the domain with easy access to both sides of the divide and #2 the skiing immediately above is great in poor weather (tree lined) or to close out the latter part of the day. I stayed in Montchavin once. It's a bit prettier than Les Coches but slightly lower so needs an extra lift in the morning and it's a bit more shaded/gloomy. Some people don't make use of both sides... if you don't ski long days or like to rack up a bit of mileage then yeah just concentrate on one side.
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Tue 24-09-19 23:50
Replies: 117
Just looking to book my lift passes for christmas and I picked the classic but it says, *Validity: 4 consecutive hours from the first passage in one of the ski lifts, the basic pass has never had a daily time limit. I'm assuming this is a typo and refers to half day tickets, just wondered if anybody could confirm? I believe this refers to the extra half day skiing WITH PASSES OF A 6 OR MORE DAYS.
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Tue 24-09-19 8:29
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I really want to break free from Crystal and try going it on my own. To save money or for some other reason? We were going to book a 4 day trip through skiweekend as I am starting to find that 6 days skiing is just too much. Is that for physical reasons or for boredom reasons? Some good suggestions on the financials from others. If you DIY regularly you can use these tips and tricks repeatedly to get yourself a viable trip - which is perhaps what you are after? But it's good to be clear on your motivations.
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Tue 24-09-19 0:30
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Sorry been away for a few days. Looks like there is a chance of getting flight transfer catered/hb for 300/400 with pass and carriage to add. Or am I dreaming More deets required.
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Mon 23-09-19 15:26
Replies: 44
@holyjasper, of course it's perfectly doable to drive to the Alps. Many of us do it several times a year (twice in our case). However, what you need to think about is if it suitable for your particular group. Do you have the requisite number of suitable vehicles. You would be advised to have winter tyres, even in April, and also tyre chains just in case. You may need roofbars or roofbox for ski's. Ideally you want a couple of drivers per car. You will want to be realistic about the costs compared with flying - fuel, crossing, insurance, breakdown cover, tolls, tyres/chains/roofbars/roofbox. Cost isn't always a winner with driving. But there are other plusses but you seem to be only concerned with cost.
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Mon 23-09-19 14:43
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@Layne, depends. I can appreciate why BobinCH has gone the alpine binding route. He skis mainly in Verbier where much of the lift access stuff is either straight off the lift or requires a skis on the shoulder hike. Yes, there are some important exceptions to that but it's the majority experience. Reality is, though, that most resorts are not Verbier and if you want to ski powder and are not out there for a season then you are either going to have to be lucky with the weather or willing to walk where other people haven't gone yet. Mmm... I think there are lot of factors here... who you are skiing with, what you are trying to achieve, whether you are a punter (like me) or someone who lives in/near the mountains. Again, I'm just not sure it's a given you like to ski off piste therefore you need touring bindings. Shift is probably overkill for someone on their first pair of off piste skis. Marker Baron a reasonable choice, though. Quick look at glisshop - Shift ~ £400, Baron ~£300, decent downhill binding - £100. I am just putting out a word of caution on that extra outlay.
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Mon 23-09-19 9:11
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@Layne, that does make sense and I do think my ultimate goal is to do some ski touring. After I did a weeks "Introduction to Ski Touring" I purchased some new skis and put touring bindings on. I've not done one minute of touring since. Now, there are a good reasons for that - not least a lack of people to tour with and then starting a family. But regardless there are lot of people that get enough of a fix with lift serviced off piste to suggest it's not a given that everyone who gets in to off piste will start ski touring - which is what gorilla was implying. Touring to me at least is a different beast. Was/is there any downside to having tour bindings on when skiing lift served piste/off piste. Not particularly. But there are more expensive and obviously less suited to the job.
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Sun 22-09-19 17:06
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Also there is limited point in putting an alpine binding on skis for off piste. You will want to tour fairly quickly. Not necessarily very far but the ability to go up 300m from the lifts to reach untracked snow is invaluable. Not so sure about that...?
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Fri 20-09-19 13:38
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