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Poster: A snowHead
Fri 5-03-21 11:36
Replies: 193
@PeakyB, :lol: totally. I was finally thinking as a late female convert to skiing I’d have something to add but my contribution was pointless as ever :-P
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Wed 3-03-21 16:18
Replies: 100
@Extremophile, people are entitled to express an opinion on something they find morally unpleasant, and to call out inappropriate behaviour when they see it. It strikes me as taking advantage of one's wealth and privileged situation to offer little but accommodation in exchange for this open ended commitment. Live in staff in central London are paid a full wage with only a slight discount even though their accommodation is included. Even au pairs are paid something! A decent person would be offering some kind of pay for this arrangement. I suspect the insults are sparked by some of the more dubious remarks/pictures above. That is the way of the internet...
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Mon 1-03-21 23:26
Replies: 21
@telford_mike, thanks... feels that way for now doesn't it. I hope you are enjoying your season at least.
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Mon 1-03-21 20:58
Replies: 21
@SHAP, our Zurich flights 27 March out were cancelled quite a while ago. Hope you get it sorted or rolled over soon.
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Mon 1-03-21 20:56
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@BobinCH, here we’ve been told earliest May for overseas travel. Do you think the Swiss will really have us sooner rather than later? We are very keen for to repeat our summer trip but it’s hard to find much info from here and it’s hard to feel positive from our place on the red list. Unlike Spain and Greece I suspect we are not really essential to Swiss tourism and I fear the UK variant and some of the media reports about skiers’ shenanigans (even if they were overblown) could lead to caution?
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Tue 23-02-21 18:31
Replies: 17
I logged on to BA check the Feb half term newly released flights yesterday. Not much change from £600 one way for one person and a bag!! Crazy. Except City which is cheap by comparison but I assume those flights are at risk of cancellation?
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Mon 22-02-21 19:38
Replies: 193
I would second the recommendation of Val d’Isere. I spent one of my weeks there pregnant so not skiing and got the gondola up to la Fruitiere for a nice lunch, there’s the swimming pool etc. It’s also an easy stroll from the town to the village nursery slope to see the kids. If she is doing some private lessons there are some lovely green areas up on each mountain for practice. I would not recommend taking her on the Cugnai run for an icy morning high speed scoot down on her bum in her first week :roll: she won’t “be fine” and nor was I though fortunately only my pride was hurt!
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Thu 18-02-21 18:54
Replies: 193
I spent my 20s thinking skiing wasn’t for me and couldn’t see the point, I’d rather see some amazing sights and go somewhere hot. I stayed home and went to work while my husband went skiing in many fantastic places with zero interest! I have met plenty of other women with similar experiences along the way who only learned when their kids did. And also as someone who is not a natural and who has had a bumpy journey too. Fair enough it’s not for everyone, but that opinion can change with time, and also as the children start learning it’s another incentive to give it a shot if an annual ski holiday is on the cards. Hence I give my suggestions what worked for me (which is what I think the thread is about?)
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Thu 18-02-21 18:12
Replies: 193
I am another very late starter (30). Nothing compared to folks on here but ten years later I’m the one taking girls’ ski trips while the OH focuses on his golf! I’m a passionate believer that mums can learn to love skiing :lol: My advice: start off with a snowdome set of lessons so she has a bit of a feel for snow beneath her skis and a head start. I loved my first three hours at Milton Keynes of all places. Preferably during a quieter time. In resort, handful of Private lessons if you can. If you ski with her, it always worked for us that we would take it easy for a few runs and then I’d have a coffee break and he’d do some quick blasts on the steeps. Few more blues and a nice lunch! There were a few bumps, generally involving icy reds and whiteouts when I wasn’t quite ready for those things :roll: so be steady would be my advice. Agree about sorting out the childcare/pick ups etc so she can focus on skiing. Also I visited several resorts in my first 5 years (did some work weekends too) but going back to the same resort and skiing the same runs has done wonders for my confidence in the longer term. It is really easy to see your progression (and the kids’ too). Decent gear if you can - decent goggles was a big game changer for me. Also going on holiday with friends or family initially, ideally with another late lady learner who wants to take things easy a bit, can just make it a bit more fun and have some good company.
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Sun 7-02-21 11:44
Replies: 1968
We had BA Zurich flights for end March and both legs were cancelled separately
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Wed 3-02-21 11:13
Replies: 93
@JohnHSmith, best post of the year so far +2!
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Sun 24-01-21 17:28
Replies: 28
Amazing to see having watched the runs this morning. Thanks for posting it
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Wed 20-01-21 11:48
Replies: 1968
@holidayloverxx, we have now lost the right to free movement and automatic right to enter EU/Schengen and our covid numbers are far too high to be on the EU green list
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Wed 20-01-21 8:40
Replies: 1968
@robboj sorry to hear about the pain being suffered. I would do another summer holiday in the Alps in a heartbeat (and that’s my aim if we are allowed) but I don’t think we will be freely allowed to travel again by the summer. And Brexit just complicates the situation as we know.
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 31-12-20 9:34
Replies: 50
If your rösti is stodgy they aren’t doing that right either...
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Wed 30-12-20 21:17
Replies: 21
Definitely worth speaking to them and asking if they will transfer your deposit to something else - perhaps they have somewhere less pricey that may be suitable? That said not all are being helpful even to repeat clients. We had a terrible time with our ski company (not the same as yours) despite having a deposit down for our 7th consecutive half term with them. They were insistent they would operate this coming half term, quarantine back home was not their problem, and they wanted to impose a new and significant rebooking fee when all we wanted to do was shift the booking to 2022. I appreciate times are extremely hard for travel companies and we were keen to travel with them again post covid but it seems some businesses/individuals will always prioritise immediate cash flow rather than loyalty or the prospect of repeat business.
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Wed 30-12-20 17:31
Replies: 21
Very unlikely to happen IMVHO. The impact of the vaccine won't reduce the infection rates for many months. Half term, is what, 5/6 weeks away. Will there be a half term at all? His first post says March so Easter holidays not Feb half term. I still think it’s a long shot. If you can delay the trip now at no cost (or get your money back) I would. Otherwise it’s watch and wait for now, there’s an outside chance March will work but I think it’s a long shot.
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Wed 30-12-20 14:43
Replies: 22
Thanks for this post, we walk a lot and had been meaning for ages to have the kit in case we ever needed it and now you’ve prompted me to order. Appreciate the timely reminder!
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Tue 29-12-20 16:47
Replies: 92
@BoardieK, the poster who left the “Tier 4 area” did so before the restrictions of Tier 4 took effect so he could still take a holiday he had previously planned. Sure, it may not be what most of us would do but it was not against the rules when he did it.
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Tue 29-12-20 11:24
Replies: 92
Such a good piece, good thread, glad to see some facts and a bit of understanding rather than the insults being slung around on the other thread. Thanks for posting it!
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Mon 28-12-20 16:46
Replies: 317
To be honest I can’t get upset up about any of this. People took a gamble (although it was perfectly within the rules to do so when they made the call, it was clearly not the right call to make), found themselves confined, conceivably received mixed signals from panicked officials whether or not they could legally leave and decided to err on the side of getting out. Meanwhile back in the UK I know dozens of people ignoring the rules to mix at Christmas, people in Tier 4 touring the country because it’s inconceivable for them not to see adult children for one Christmas. Of course the rules don’t apply to them as they have been isolating (except for shopping and walks of course). I am not sure these skiers deserve particular ire over and above anyone else breaking the rules. If there’s one thing you can be sure of, it’s absolutely that your blue passport and the British authorities will do very little to help you out of a sticky situation whether it was of your own making or otherwise. I can understand people making a dash in an ambiguous situation particularly given the stories we have read eg visitors imprisoned in Italian hotels for months on end until they repeatedly test clear.
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Mon 28-12-20 16:37
Replies: 317
Didn’t he post again and they left Switzerland in very short order and made it back ok?
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Sun 27-12-20 12:09
Replies: 28
Presumably most people travelling at half term have school age kids and the quarantine (and missing at least a week of school even if prepared to shell out for test & release for multiple kids) put us off. We decided some time ago it wasn’t practical on that basis. Now we are in Tier 4 and cases rocketing, and UK travellers are banned/quarantined all over EU, I’ve no hope for half term and even the flights I’ve booked for Easter look a long shot. Would love to be proved wrong here but I can’t see it.
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Thu 24-12-20 21:20
Replies: 317
@HilbertSpace, glad you got back ok and thanks for sharing details. Glad you got a day in!
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Tue 22-12-20 8:17
Replies: 16
Thanks @orange, I knew I had read that somewhere recently but couldn’t remember at all! https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/business/gondolas-french-ski-resort-help-edinburgh-diners-keep-their-distance-3015101
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Mon 21-12-20 20:58
Replies: 16
Oh @BenW_86, so sorry, safe travels home, whenever that is.
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Mon 21-12-20 12:35
Replies: 317
Such a constructive post, thanks @woodpecker, glad you took the time to contribute
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Sun 20-12-20 11:46
Replies: 317
I agree - love to read people’s updates when they have managed to get some skiing in (within the law and quarantine rules of course). I don’t really enjoy posts making moral judgments nearly so much...
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 15-12-20 19:50
Replies: 20
My BA flight was cancelled today (for the Easter hols). Clearly they are anticipating much reduced demand well into the spring.
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Sat 12-12-20 20:52
Replies: 253
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name.
Sat 12-12-20 12:09
Replies: 317
@Snow&skifan, a shot. Not for nut allergies though mind. Have a great trip.
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Fri 11-12-20 19:42
Replies: 317
Love Arosa... looks like the season is really getting going there now @Snow&skifan, have a marvellous trip! Don’t miss the munggapfumpf at the Carmennahutte if it’s serving... :sH:
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Thu 10-12-20 22:33
Replies: 317
I think it’s brave but not from a catching covid perspective, just all the moving parts are putting me off, quarantines, closures, insurance, EU pressure etc. We canned half term, fell out with usual tour operator over ludicrous attempt to slap excessive rebooking fees on repeat clients, and have booked flights to go it alone for Easter. Beginning to wonder if we made the wrong call and Christmas was the better shot! Hope it works out!
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Wed 9-12-20 16:00
Replies: 253
I’ve got some flights booked in March. Not in the slightest worried about this I have to say! It will get sorted unless we are in a much worse place with covid (and then we won’t be going anyway).
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Tue 8-12-20 21:39
Replies: 253
I can’t really see this situation persisting indefinitely with UK a good source of tourist income and also business travellers between London/Zurich. Does anyone have a link to the list/Schedule of “high risk” countries? There is a list of countries requiring quarantine on arrival into Switzerland that’s easy to find, but UK has been removed from it given Swiss cases are pretty high right now. I see the UK embassy in Berne is doing a Q&A on covid and travel on Facebook on Thursday.
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Thu 3-12-20 23:13
Replies: 390
I can’t see the numbers being anywhere near normal for UK travellers at half term given schoolchildren would need to quarantine for a week and miss school (if they don’t mind paying the test & release) or two weeks if they won’t pay it.
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Thu 3-12-20 14:18
Replies: 7
I would check what insurance covers family means quite closely, best to just ring up your insurance company? Ours covers our own family but that would only be our immediate family not eg my parents. Agree the EHIc won’t matter although they are very easy to apply for. Of course, your insurance will be highly unlikely to cover any trip if FCDO advice is still against all but essential travel to Austria in March. In which case you could get a specialist cover that will or hopefully have some cover for cancellation depending on booking terms and insurance terms.
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Thu 3-12-20 12:15
Replies: 24
@Fat George, good to hear! Hoping to visit with the kids before Xmas.
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Thu 3-12-20 12:14
Replies: 15
No personal experience mind, just been doing the research in case...
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Thu 3-12-20 12:12
Replies: 15
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