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Poster: A snowHead
Tue 4-08-20 12:49
Replies: 40
There's an entertaining take on Via Ferrata in the Llanberis slate quarries, called Snakes and Ladders...It involves all sorts of excitement, such as climbing up a 6" diameter chain for 10m (usually done by leading and protecting with sling(s)), abseiling into the Lost World and climbing iron ladders in varying states of disrepair - though the disrepair is to some extent cosmetic, with broken rungs replaced with rope, and the notorious "spinning ladder" (it does too!) is frequently re-roped.
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Sun 5-07-20 8:42
Replies: 45
To be fair though, Flaine is a bit rubbish... Decent enough skiing, but otherwise characterless - I also had my worst ever mountain food there, a bowl of mush masquerading as soup that tasted lightly of stale dishwater and nowt else for 8 Euro! That's why I'd stay in Samoens or Morrillon...
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Wed 1-07-20 8:55
Replies: 45
I may be just a touch put off now... Perhaps somewhere without a reputation for puking drunks might be better - Silvretta Montafon perhaps!
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Thu 25-06-20 9:55
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Az wer goin in janwary it mite not be to bnagin and as wer al lcodgers not much falyriki n shaggin burds. But we like wide, and we like steep - just the lack of tree-lined skiing to convince the others of...
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Thu 25-06-20 8:12
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I'm looking into next year's skiing (still hopeful!), and while originally keen on Serfhaus I couldn't find any reasonably priced accommodation for 6 of us in a 3 bed apartment... So I stumbled upon Solden, which I'd previously dismissed as full of rad dudes on 'boards. Then I realised that I don't mind that at all, and that there was plenty of places to stay, there's loads of bars and restaurants and it's linked by skibus to Obergurgl. So any thoughts, hints, tips etc? Good skiing? Good mountain food? Good bars with an array of choice that isn't just oompahbigbassdrum apres music? Don't tell me to go to Saalbach - been there 3 years out of the last 4! And we'll be driving, which may or may not make life easier.
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Wed 10-06-20 13:53
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If you want to not drive during the week don't go to Cham. Austria is a bit further to drive, but no tolls, just a vignette in Austria itself. Austria is also much more geared up for car borne skiers, free parking at accommodation is very common, and free parking at ski lifts at out of town lifts. These factors mean that driving to Austria is normally slightly cheaper than France, despite being slightly further. I did a 2 centre 2 week drive to Bad Hofgastein and Wagrain, stopped on the way out at the budget Ibis in Luxembourg, and Ibis near Mons on the way back. It took about an hour longer than when we drove to Samoens, and saved about E120 in tolls. We foolishly forgot to buy the Austrian vignette, but completely by chance we arrived the scenic way so no fine - got the vignette for the final 9 days! With one ski pass for both areas (and many more!) we got in loads of variety and virus-willing, will do similar next year (though maybe Serfaus instead). And I legally discovered that my car would do just over 130mph!
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Fri 1-05-20 9:15
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I'm banking on the fact that reduced carbon emissions will completely sort our climate, so in next year's very snowy winter I'll be able to walk up the hill behind my house and ski down in deep powder. So I'll comply with social distancing, get very fit and save on flights/accommodation/lift pass, which will give me plenty of cash to invest in a rifle to bag me some of those pigs wot will be flying everywhere. :-D
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Tue 11-02-20 13:38
Replies: 172
Personally I like to have the chairlift to myself, then there's no worries about annoying others with my phonecalls, music and bar-straddling... So I tend to make a Goan egg curry every night, keep my trousers and jacket loose (windproof fabrics are far too effective nowadays), and waftily let fly at the appropriate moment. Only the most anosmic would brave the resultant stench of putrescine and hydrogen telluride! :-D
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Sun 9-02-20 9:43
Replies: 36
I've done the ski circus circuit of Saalbach, Hinterglemm, Fieberbrun and Leogang a few times, that's 68km.
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Sat 1-02-20 23:26
Replies: 43
I managed to break my all-time record in Fieberbrun on piste109 week before last... It was first thing on perfect piste, we put spotters at a few points and I did the whole thing in a full tuck. Garmin told me my 3 runs were max speed 88kmh, 99kmh and the best 116.8kmh. On that run i think i left a long brown streak down most of the run - I'd definitely never been anywhere near that fast on skis before! It may not have been absolutely accurate, but I left it on on the bus which didn't exceed 71kmh! I did compare the gps track and it corresponded very nicely with the piste map and road...
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Sat 1-02-20 9:38
Replies: 38
If you're actually bothered about your CO2 emissions then take the train Hear, hear. Take the overnight sleeper train to Serre Chevalier (from Paris to Briançon). That way you're asleep in a bed for most of the journey. I like the idea, but the costs show where most government subsidy goes! It'd cost me around £320 return to Bourg St.Maurice from St. Pancras, plus a further £90 return from Ludlow to London. Then there'd be a schlepp across London with skis and large bag and if we're unlucky, another dash across Paris! I may end up driving - after all a car with 3 in it is only a bit more polluting than those same 3 on a train, and a lot less than in a plane (we've got a 60mpg average diesel estate): http://www.aef.org.uk/downloads/Grams_CO2_transportmodesUK.pdf
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Fri 31-01-20 18:40
Replies: 38
Lawks - Serfaus looks good too! Not really tempted by the well-known-to-Brits resorts :D Though maybe it is, just not to me!
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Fri 31-01-20 18:27
Replies: 38
Quite liking Laax - never heard of it before! Pricey lift pass though...
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Fri 31-01-20 17:30
Replies: 60
One of our ski group still uses only his 1984 Marks and Spencer lime green one-piece... Despite it being a bit, erm, tight around the midriff, he skis with that perfect old skool feet max 2 inches apart effortlessness. Which is nice!
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 31-01-20 14:45
Replies: 38
I say this a lot but for what you've suggested Sauze D'oulx hits the mark. No heated chairs that I know of though That'll be a deal breaker :sH: Looks good though - also quite fancying Madonna di Campiglio and Zell am Ziller. Is Madonna expensive and full of fur-coat wearers? Crowded or lovely empty pistes? As we'll be going 2nd or 3rd week of January nowhere is likely to be completely rammed. And how snow sure is Zillertal? Zell is only at 580m or so?
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Fri 31-01-20 11:56
Replies: 38
We did SkiWelt for 2 weeks 3 years ago staying in Wagrain and Bad Hofgastein - both great! Accomodation in Bad Hofgastein was improbably cheap - we found a 2 bed comfy apartment for just over £600/week. However, much as we like the idea train doesn't really seem to be an option, especially if it's Austria; Brixen is getting on for 21 hours with up to 8 changes from London - and we're in Shropshire! Even France would be painful as changing in Paris means struggling across town with bags and skis. We have driven before, which, especially with 3/car is considerably greener than flying (and costs a similar amount). One of our group has expressed a minor desire to go to Italy - we both had our first experience of skiing on a school trip to Aprica about 35 years ago!
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Fri 31-01-20 10:57
Replies: 38
A group of 6 of us have just returned from Leogang after a couple of brilliant weeks skiing... And even though it's still early we want to start thinking about next year. So where? We've done Saalbach/Hinterglemm 3 times in the last 4 years so probably not there. (But we'll definitely go back some time!!) We've done Samoens twice - loved the town and skiing but in common with many French resorts we don't really like the extremely hit and miss nature of the mountain restaurants (I know there's some great ones, but we had the misfortune to suffer the worst mountain food I've ever had in Flaine). So Priorities are: - at least 150km of varied skiing, from cruisy blues/reds to step blacks. We don't really do off-piste. - shortish transfers, max. 2 hours - good food that isn't extortionate - a variety of bars/restaurants but not necessarily bangin' apres ski (unless it's Rock!!!) - lovely chair lifts that heat my bottom :D (this isn't essential, but it's always a nice surprise! And as we feel bad enough flying to Europe being Lipstick Environmentalists, US/Canada/Japan/Antartica are out.
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Tue 28-01-20 9:29
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also trass 14 (black) in Zell am See is fun, but probably at the edge of my ability. I helped rescue 3 fallers on it last week! Luckily it's very wide which helps with the steepness... Black Mamba at Kaprun is at least as steep but nowhere near as wide, in case anyone fancies it.
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Sat 25-01-20 14:49
Replies: 1055
We stayed at the Theresia a couple of years ago... Lovely hotel, 10 minute walk to the flashpots of Hinterglemm. Spa is split into family clothed and adult keine kleider areas... Can wal across the road then drag lift up and it's a couple of minutes ski from there to ubahn westgipfel etc... At Salzburg on the way home now!
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Fri 24-01-20 9:13
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Fieberbrunn ..... lunch wasn’t up to the usual standard for the area and definitely wasn’t vfm which is my yardstick We were there yesterday - the pistes there are in better condition than the rest of Saalbach due to less sun-kissed slopes, though the return down the final red is a steep chossy lumpy nightmare (presumably where the rescue was?). We also discovered the WildAlp Gasterl at the end of the flat forest blue (208?) - food there was wonderful and they took cards! Last day today and it's Fieberbrun again as both long runs are a joy...
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Thu 23-01-20 7:58
Replies: 1055
I noted that a number of posters have been based in Leogang recently. It ticks a lot of boxes for a 28th March trip but I just wondered what the options were for a beer at the end of the day and if we self-cater, whether there's a selection of places to eat out. TIA We're self catering in Hutten at the Fieberbrun end of the village... Very quiet, can ski back to the door via a couple of fields but it's a 10min walk to the Asitz. In terms of food and drink our nearest is the Huttwirt, but annoyingly it's closed till April. So we've been to Mama Thresl's a couple of times (great steak and burger but book if you want to eat as it's popular), and b3 by the Asitz does a good pizza, but is only open till 1930. Haven't tried the Forsthofgut, it's expensive, but pizza at Sport Herzog near MPreis is good, and the Salzburgerhof also appears popular. And we went to Zell again yesterday - some bits were crowded but the Trass run was brilliant, though I did have to stop to help some fallers who probably didn't realise how steep it was - further fallers on black5 as well...
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Tue 21-01-20 7:12
Replies: 1055
considering a sortie to zell today We did Zell and Kaprun the other day from Leogang - because of all the buses involved it was quite tight making the last lifts back. And the final red back down to the Zell Express mid station has a tendency toward being very icy!
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Mon 20-01-20 17:14
Replies: 1055
We did the SkiCircus Challenge today... Perfect conditions and time for a couple of extra runs and a beer in the Asitzbrau before run 203 to home!
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Mon 13-01-20 10:26
Replies: 1055
We're in Leogang and it's most certainly quiet! Mama Thresl's is good though...
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Tue 7-01-20 18:49
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6 of us arriving in Leogang on Saturday too... My bag's a bit heavy as I'm prepared for just about everything from -30 - +20C!
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Fri 27-12-19 13:45
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I've only been to the Hecherhuette once, but it was definitely most excellent. And run 168 down to it is a full tuck crouch fest just about all the way to it, or it least it was the one time we went - the piste was empty! We'll be visiting in a couple of weeks, though we'll have to stagger our way back to Leogang...
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Thu 12-12-19 14:02
Replies: 13
Note however that the MasterCard rate is not the same as the interbank or mid-market rate, so there is still a cost to exchange. That's why I use WeSwap! They use the XE rate -0.25%...
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Thu 12-12-19 10:16
Replies: 13
I've used them before and they actually sent me the money in a lovely brown envelope! Currently tend to use a WeSwap card; it's basically a charge card which you top up from your bank account, then choose how much you want to swap to one of 18 different currencies. It's 2% commission if you choose instant exchange, or 1% if you choose the 7 day swap. We recently got 1.178/£ after fees (they use the XE rate -0.25%) - and it has the advantage that it's all virtual, basically functions as a Mastercard. But cash withdrawals of Euro200 or more are also fee-free.
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 11-12-19 15:14
Replies: 31
I've had back problems for over 20 years... Spent a fortune on osteos and chiros - discovered that the good ones are worth their weight in gold-pressed latinum! However, those good ones only ever helped the spasming to calm down more quickly, and would reduce the sciatica. I eventually went to my GP, waited for 3 months, was given some physio which was basically a bit rubbish; the physio seemed to be geared toward making sure old folks could get out of their chairs - I wanted to go climbing and mountain biking! After a couple of months of this the GP eventually got me an appointment for an MRI at Gobowen. Turns out I had herniated discs at L1-2, and L3-4. I had a long chat with the consultant who offered spinal surgery, or some sports physio, or cortisone injections with steadily reducing effect... He pointed out that the surgery may have the effect of fusing that area of my back so making it worse, then there was the associated problems of major surgery. He said the best bet was, in the short term, go and see a decent sports physio, get a series of exercises then build core strength to ensure the spine was better supported. So I saw the physio, he gave me a series of exercises based on Pilates and Yoga as well as low-impact crunchies etc, and said that walking over varied terrain was an excellent way of getting movement back. I went skiing about 2 months after that, and I've religiously done the stretches every morning, plus a 3 mile dog walk up the hill and through the woods behind our house. I've discovered that mountain biking helps, but road biking most certainly doesn't - presumably being in one semi-stressed position isn't good! But that was all 10 years ago - and I haven't had an episode since; no spasming, no pins and needles or pain in the legs. I can tell if I've overdone it, but the core strength means that recovery is far quicker. There's also the other way: read the Dr Sarno book on back pain. A number of friends of mine have tried his method and found it to work, though there's no concrete science behind it; basically he (he was a Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at New York University School of Medicine) postulated that stress and worry that's allowed to build causes the brain to cut off blood supply to certain areas in a sort of fight-or-flight reaction. This causes nerve pain. So he says keep a journal of your worries - let it all hang out etc. And though it sounds a bit mumbo-jumbo he claimed success rates that are considerably higher than placebo! Here's a relatively unbiased assessment of Dr. Sarno's approach - it appears he may have had a point! https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/10/2/16338094/dr-john-sarno-healing-back-pain
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Mon 11-11-19 10:44
Replies: 1055
@Leonard Smalls, I'm hoping for completely free improv... https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=66MJ-KOFBFQ :)
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Mon 11-11-19 10:12
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Talking of music, ive just discovered there's a 3 day jazz festival in Saalfelden starting 17th January. Shall have to pack a black poloneck!
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Sat 9-11-19 11:12
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Having said that, bands playing their own material is probably a tall order - and not really what most people are looking for. Bearing in mind that it’s a very cosmopolitan audience, the object is normally to play stuff that most people recognise. Indeed! As an ageing muso currently playing originals in both a rock band with a very funky dance edge, and a rather punky funk band I've lost count of the number of times we've been asked to play "Sex on Fire" (eek!) or "Mustang Sally" (???? Punkfunk? Dancerock?)... As we're in Leogang for 2 weeks in January we'll probably have to make do with either traditional
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Sat 9-11-19 9:24
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I realise that many folks seem to enjoy cheesey music that apres ski usually offers, but anyone know if there's actually any rock music in the area, especially by bands actually playing their own stuff?
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Sun 23-06-19 12:19
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6 of us will be in Leogang for 2 weeks in January... Looks like we may have plenty of skiing without having to drive to Kitzbuhel or Brixen!
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Wed 6-02-19 13:29
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@Leonard Smalls, what kind of skiing are you/ your friend planning on doing? on-piste, off-piste, touring...? Probably no touring, though we might do some ski-mountaineering, plus on- and a bit of off-piste... We were in Hinterglemm this year, so don't want to be based in the valley there. And year before we did a week each in Bad Hofgastein and Wagrain so probably not there either!
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Wed 6-02-19 9:36
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A friend and I are thinking about spending around 3 months in Austria next year (well he is, I'm going to stay for a few weeks) so I'm wondering: 1) which area has the most skiing? Was thinking either the SuperSki or Ski Amade, in which case, where to be based? It would need to be somewhere with a bit of life - he did this in Les Menuires a few years ago and was bored stupid in the evenings... 2) any ideas of where to find reasonably priced long term lets? 1 bed with sofa bed would be fine!
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Wed 23-01-19 14:12
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@Atomic_Mick, I 68, for example, are usually quiet. I went down 68 last Friday, and managed a full tuck 50-60mph run as the piste was absolutely deserted, at least as far as the Hecherhutte… It would have been rude not to stop there!!
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Wed 23-01-19 9:57
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It's painful to pay 10 euros for a bowl of soup no matter how tasty! I had the worst bowl of soup I've ever had in one of the piste "restaurants" in Flaine a couple of years ago... 8Euros for a bowl of unseasoned mush with a tang of dishwater. By contrast, this year in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, a bowl of extremely tasty goulash soup with home-made bread was E6.50. With a half litre of weissbier being E4.50. If it wasn't for 8M des Monts in Samoens, La Luge on the Dahu run (which is quite reasonably priced but book!) and the excellent skiing I wouldn't dream of going anywhere near again!
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Sun 20-01-19 12:45
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Does anyone know, possibly @tatmanstours, if the Hecherhuette is accessible to a non-skier? It is - if you've got a 4x4 or snow chains! There's a small road...
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Wed 16-01-19 20:49
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I think I saw something somewhere today that the link from Fieberbrunn to Saalbach is opening tomorrow We're going tomorrow - hopefully not everyone else has had the same thought...
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