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Poster: A snowHead
Thu 4-03-21 15:50
Replies: 67
That's an extremely broad request! All I can say is I wouldn't bother booking specifically to go skiing on the East Coast, the snow is relatively unreliable. So take your pick of West Coast. What month, as January and April can be quite different.
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Thu 4-03-21 14:45
Replies: 23
I’d be very interested to know how you are planning to get to Canada from Yorkshire. We’ve flown to Calgary with BA many times and are hoping to ski there next year. Being from Lancs we did Man - LHR - YYC. BA no longer do Calgary. More and more airlines seem to be stopping MAn routes across the Atlantic. KLM via Amsterdam is an option but have you found anything better? Last time I went to Calgary from Lisbon (2-3 years ago) it was also via KLM, even though I'm a big BA fan. I don't remember now why we chose them, doubtless a lot cheaper.... be aware they have auto-weighing bag machines, so even 0.1kg over you'll get a warning it's too heavy and you have to take it out and re-pack it! Never seen them before, a real pain. I had very low expectations of KLM for historical reasons but it wasn't that bad. And it was quite pleasant walking round Amsterdam canals with the children for a couple of hours the night before. I really hate East Coast stopovers, partly the risk of arguing with grumpy US customs officers, partly as it breaks up a decent night's sleep coming back. When I couldn't work out why LIS-LHR-YYC was almost cheaper than LHR-YYC, someone told me it was cross-subsidising, they'd discount the LIS ticket to steal business from the direct flights. So perhaps your UK-AMS-YYC will be notably cheaper. I don't know but I put it in the mix.
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Mon 1-03-21 20:08
Replies: 68
Took the lesson. Learned a lot and I am already feeling better and I am looking forward to working some of the drills that I learned on this Wednesday on Loon Mountain in NH. I am now in Rosignol Speed 100 boots (comfort fit) and Head Rev 70 170cm Skis. What a difference getting out of those Salomon Quest 80 boots. Way too soft for a 290lb 6 foot guy and I feel the difference. The 170cm length seems to be where I need to be until I can get up on this edge and build confidence. 163cm definitely feels too short. It gave me a sense of comfort . . . . My parallels looked good (although skidded). I need to lean forward more and get the balance thing down. Learned about BREP. I also need to stop leaning back into the slope when turning. Keep my hands way out in front. Very excited about progressing! Excellent - keep at it!
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Mon 1-03-21 10:53
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Yup, accommodation bigger, cheaper and better appointed. In-bounds off-piste is what the boys will love. Not sure I'd agree with Whistler in April, given its proximity to the ocean, but that's a debate that will go on forever. Banff would be colder which is a plus at that time (and very much a negative if it was over a Christmas break). Price it up, I dare you... :)
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Mon 1-03-21 0:09
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As you said rock star I was going to suggest Canada, but not sure their friends could join them then...
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Mon 1-03-21 0:07
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I’ve always wanted to go to Canada. What’s the skiing like at Easter? Banff is probably your best option. I've not personally been there that late, but I'm sure you can find some info. I have been to Banff twice at Easter - usually when Easter is in March rather than April. The snow depends on the year. What I have found is that (at Lake Louise) it can get warm and a little heavy on the front side by 2, 3pm; but I use the time difference to wake up silly early, get the first lift, then ski until the 3.30 bus back in the afternoon.
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Sun 28-02-21 16:40
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I think it changed between 2013 and 2019, so should be better than 2003 :) True I wouldn’t go there for gourmet cooking.
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Fri 26-02-21 22:53
Replies: 6
Restaurant Manacor in El Tarter town, opposite Espunyes cheap ski gear. Awesome grilled meat. The Sport is fine, apparently. Refugi is nice. The pizzeria next to El Tarter ski school is quite good. Amazing view in a fairly formal restaurant at Cortals. Main tip from me is get to any of them well before 1pm, preferably 1230. From 1.00 they can be rammed (I go in half term week usually).
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Thu 25-02-21 9:09
Replies: 68
Clearly the problem is your boots. Not enough pairs? :-D I was thinking more the colours don’t match. Since learning badly as an 80s teen I have spent more on lessons, group and private, to undo my crap techniques than I would ever dare to calculate. It barely works because 20 weeks skiing over 30 years does not muscle memory make. But I have never bought my own boots let alone skis. (10 years boarding in the middle, and never living closer than a full day travel to mountains, meant I didn’t commit to anything). I don’t think you can credibly blame your equipment when you apparently have little idea what to do with it. “A bad workman blames his tools”. From what little I know about kit, choose some 173-176 skis, 75-80mm underfoot, and boots which don’t hurt. Sell the rest. Once double that money has been spent on lessons, get new boots. 10 more hours of lessons then choose new skis if you wish. Set yourself performance targets on the kit you have. You can’t be up a mountain and say “for this next stretch I would have needed X”. You have to survive. I’m only being harsh as I really want your Brahmas ;) :D. Good luck with your progress - come back regularly and update us!
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Wed 24-02-21 21:27
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Clearly the problem is your boots.
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Sat 20-02-21 18:22
Replies: 46
I’ve learned Russian but wouldn’t recommend this method unless you already have a good grounding!
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Sat 20-02-21 18:00
Replies: 46
Consider also getting audio recording of famous children stories as basic as Three Little Pigs. You don’t have to concentrate on the vocabulary but you will absorb it naturally as you already know what the words mean, pretty much. Or any story that you know really well, from fairy tales to Harry Potter, and beyond.
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Sat 20-02-21 8:58
Replies: 46
I’d be happy for a decent app to learn Spanish but it has to be offline. Portuguese data package is mean and I would burn through a months data allowance in a week when commuting. Sorry, to add; this was with Duolingo.
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Wed 17-02-21 23:09
Replies: 22
There will be plenty of Qs once the season opens again.
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 17-02-21 22:55
Replies: 47
Is it thread necrophilia after only nearly 4 years? or just very, very deep resuscitation? It’s a reboot.
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Wed 17-02-21 22:53
Replies: 60
Also trying to break my record of how many times I can say "bunny" in one post (bunny) Bunny jabber rabbit rabbit...
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Sun 14-02-21 10:31
Replies: 34
No-one has yet suggested Andorra. Soldeu or El Tarter, excellent native English speaking instructors. If half term includes Shrove Tuesday, it will be fairly busy Sat-Tue then dead after as the Spanish only get Mon-Tue as holiday. Avoid queuing by getting up before 9.30 and taking lessons which gets you in the priority line. We book a S/c apartment but hotels are available. The main problem is the transfer if flying.
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Sat 13-02-21 20:31
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Sat 13-02-21 9:04
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Thu 11-02-21 22:48
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2004-2010 I think; two babies. Oh damn. no; 2019, as I was throwing every penny at the house as I thought I might be forced to sell it.
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Thu 11-02-21 16:41
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1984 or 5, aged perhaps 16, Uxbridge “nailbrush” dry slope in Hillingdon; a few lessons in practice for the school trip to Andalo Italy. Mostly borrowed clothes. First thoughts on real snow were “damn this stuff is slippery” as most of us failed to make the slight bend in the piste and just went straight and crashed into the metre-high wall of snow at the side.
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Thu 4-02-21 22:06
Replies: 57
I paid two weeks cheap hotel in Banff for what I paid one week s/c apartment in Andorra.
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Wed 3-02-21 9:32
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At 8h time difference I agree to not hiring a car! I wrote 2 detailed trip reports for Banff if they help.
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Tue 2-02-21 12:59
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Mon 1-02-21 22:12
Replies: 13
Grandvalira cams here. https://www.soldeu.com/weather/
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Sun 31-01-21 20:19
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Sun 31-01-21 20:15
Replies: 11
Soldeu for a few good nights, Pas for the whole week inebriated. El Tarter a bit quiet for you, Canillo a bit too low for fast access to the slopes. I’m not sure it’s much cheaper than other places, maybe a bit. Mid March should be fine, if in doubt head up the hill to Grau Roig and Pas, than downhill to Canillo. Get up early for good cold snow, if the weather gets warm it can get sticky after 2.30 on south or lower slopes. Try to get to lunch well before 1pm, when everyone descends on the eateries and then you have to wait half an hour for your food. At 12.30 they are dead.
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Sun 31-01-21 10:10
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And during lockdown why do you think we want to know this? :cry: :cry: ;-)
Poster: A snowHead
Sun 31-01-21 10:07
Replies: 120
Where are you in Spain, and why not consider the Pyrenees?
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Sun 31-01-21 9:50
Replies: 14
Why not just get private instructors (as above) in North America? Look around for good deals, as in my Banff TR (get up very early and lessons are nearly half price) and book accordingly.
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Tue 26-01-21 17:18
Replies: 35
I don’t think Afghanistan is in Europe ;) Portugal has ski lift infrastructure but Wales might be better.
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Wed 20-01-21 21:38
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Some Banff info in my trip report in my signature. I did another one too but sigs have limited space!
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Wed 20-01-21 11:03
Replies: 52
In about 1986 I went on a school ski trip where they give you one day on the alternative plank(s) of your choice. As I'd just done a weekend in Newquay and nearly managed to stand on the board, I tried snowboarding. No lessons, just try and fail. More failing that trying - on ice, too. Sod that, I thought. 3 years later went on a trip with Uni friends. Same option arose. They all went for snowboarding, I went for mono ski to try to encourage my legs to stay together and lean forward a bit. Most of them had given up by mid-morning coffee, one actively throwing his board down the hill in disgust. I was loving it, overcome my "lean forward" fears and realising how well and in control I now was. Blew them away on the last day race top to bottom (yeah, I know, we were 19...) Years passed and in a chalet a group were boarding. "But isn't it difficult?" we asked. "On day 1, yes" they replied "but just dedicate the whole week to it, get some lessons, you'll learn fast and it's awesome". So next trip, I did that. It was awesome. Like many things, approach it the right way, it's great.
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Mon 18-01-21 14:57
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We went with extended family, assuming they'd look after the baby :shock: :shock: :shock: yes it doesn't read well does it... went with my wife's side of the family, to whom I don't really talk as we don't share a language. None of them had ever skied before or expressed any interest in it. I had left all arrangements regarding them to my wife, for the language reason, and it seemed the discussion me-her wasn't fully transferred across her-them.
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Mon 18-01-21 9:03
Replies: 58
Said it several times, from my bad experience - be very clear before the trip starts who is doing what and who expects what. We went with extended family, assuming they'd look after the baby. They assumed they'd spend nice days at leisure. Result - some awkward moments and a fair bit of frustration. Rather a flop. Next time we went, without extended family, I assumed I was going on a snow holiday and I'd be pleased to get some skiing in occasionally, eg 1-2 days out of 5. Conclusion - it was a great holiday, very successful. The point is, I did about the same amount of skiing both times. Good luck.
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Fri 15-01-21 16:05
Replies: 69
Is the EU max 90 days visa requirement also considered in Switzerland (I know it's not EU, but Schengen, EEA...) - or could you do 90 days in FR/AT and hop over the border to CH for an extra month or two? Just wondering.
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Thu 14-01-21 19:11
Replies: 55
Thanks for the replies I won’t have a car we are both advanced skiers but in our fifties so wild apres is not required but we do like a good drink they both sound great the ease of skiing into the village of Whistler seems to be favourable less travelling more If you were going for two weeks, it might possibly count. If you're going for "a season" as you stated initially, I'm not sure if it's so relevant. And I'm in my early fifties but certainly not an advanced skier, and as mentioned above the coach ride back from LL is great for forty winks and being refreshed for the evening, when you're no longer a bionic 19 year old. An extra thought - how much could the question be "where should we be based"? Maybe it will cost more but you could even take advantage of being over there and going from one to the other. If you base in Whistler - which I think I'd prefer for the larger and colder part of the winter, from what I hear - you could then grab a couple of weeks in March when its warmer and lift tickets are cheaper and it's lower season, and try two weeks in Banff. I put a trip report in my signature, with as much guidance as I could fit, and I have another one from a couple of years' before (but sigs are now limited, I couldn't fit that one too). See if they help you at all. But I think someone had it above, answering Which One - "Yes" :D
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Wed 13-01-21 22:09
Replies: 52
What a great positive attitude :)
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Sun 10-01-21 10:45
Replies: 19
Looks like driz has been detained in Siberia... I went to a hill outside Moscow in the late 90s for an “outdoor fridge” experience, maybe 150m of slope. I was boarding at the time. It was OK for a quick fix, nothing more. If the train stops at Ulaanbataar for a day, there is a bunny slope at Sky Resort. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g293956-d12049044-Reviews-Sky_Resort-Ulaanbaatar.html Trouble is it doesn’t snow much in UB, the air is too cold and dry. It’s a dream to go to Harbin.
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Fri 8-01-21 22:05
Replies: 51
Yeah it seems to be baltic cold but not showing as much as you'd expect...Lots of snow in Madrid and the interior of Valenica though... Wow yes, La Covatilla seems snowy over the last week or so. http://www.sierradebejar-lacovatilla.com/Webcams/debutantes-1.html
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