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Poster: A snowHead
Wed 3-04-19 16:21
Replies: 7
Not a big tour operator but Ski Miquel offer guiding if you stay with them...worked pretty well in the past as they offered a "fast or slow" group depending on abilities.
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Tue 19-03-19 15:34
Replies: 95
Hi @GURNEY_SLADE, and of course welcome on board. I can sympathise with you on this problem. My dear wife is very similar, we've been sort of skiing since 1972 and she is still at the snow plough stage. Her snow ploughing is pretty good now but it takes its toll in making her very tired. She has had oodles of lessons in groups over the years and she likes to join beginners groups each time and although they are startled at her prowess, but one sniff of a red pole at the side of the piste and it all goes out the window :cry: She broke her leg on a green slope three weeks ago and decided that is the end of skiing for her. She is coming again ..but snow shoes are going to be the way to go. She loves rambling and she did like the look of the trails around St Gervais Les Baines. Perhaps we'll go back there next year. 47 years of snow ploughing - Wow, you must be very persuasive to keep punishing her for that long :lol:
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Tue 19-03-19 15:23
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Got back from Sauze on Sunday after a week... have to say, loved the Apres and feel of the place after skiing, some great live acts in some of the bars. Ski conditions were not great really... first few days were solid ice, followed by wind shutting lifts over to Sansicario/Sestriere. We got stuck in Sansicario and had to taxi back as some of the group didn't want to tackle the blacks back due to the conditions. Had a much needed dump on the Thurs night which we thought would be ideal as we were off to Montgenerve the next day only to find not one piste had been bashed over there... coupled with strong winds again preventing us getting to our favourite runs from a previous trip was gutting :cry: The last day back in Sauze was much better and our favourite day of the week... perfect conditions and warm sunshine was bliss 8) The run down to Clotes each afternoon got worse each day with melting snow. Enjoyed Sauze but probably wouldn't go back again tbh...maybe the weather conditions is dictating my review which is unfair as you have crap weather in any resort. If your a beginner I would avoid Sauze and go to Montgenerve instead as the pistes are more favourable and less steep for learning etc.
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Fri 8-03-19 16:42
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Heading out on Sunday... re-reading all of these posts has booted the excitement levels somewhat :P
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Thu 7-03-19 10:29
Replies: 69
@ Hamilton Long may it continue :D Just looked at the webcams... what a transformation from horrible brown piste at the bottom of Clotes!
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Wed 6-03-19 16:02
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Anyone still out there...? the web cams haven't updated for the past 2 days so would be good to know if any snow is due. We arrive on Sunday 8)
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Mon 4-03-19 13:36
Replies: 69
Yep, we've done Montgenevre a couple of years back and loved it on this side so we'll make sure we get over again.
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Mon 4-03-19 13:06
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Yeah our accommodation is at the bottom of the Clotes lift so this will be our route up/home each day. :roll: Hoping the temps would just drop somewhat so the blowers could kick in for a while at least... failing all that, one of our lot turns 40 whilst we're out there so I think the Ghost bar profits could well be up next week :lol:
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Mon 4-03-19 10:57
Replies: 69
Cheers for the updates.... keep them coming as we arrive in a weeks time, the web cams are looking a bit grim on some of the slopes as you say :( . Praying you get some form of a "top-up" this week :D
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Fri 1-03-19 11:14
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^^^ Yeah I've seen amounts for Sauze gradually disappear over past few days also on Snow forecast... perhaps 1-2cm at best at the min over next week. Funny really as it's a year to the day I was trying to defrost frozen pipes at home due to the "beast from the east"... what I would give for just a smidge of the "snowy" stuff at present!
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Wed 27-02-19 14:17
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Just got back from Sierra Nevada yesterday after a long weekend. I honestly thought it was April... Stunning weather conditions with temps into the 20 deg C each day. Skied only in baselayer and jacket as it was too warm for other layers.. Conditions on Piste were still excellent even with the high temps and the beers flowed real nice on the slopes 8) Looking to Sauze on the 10th now... and some hope of "fresh" stuff :P
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Thu 21-02-19 15:11
Replies: 31
@Spike107, Which flight were you on? The same Saturday evening flight as me with the defective hold? No we have yet to travel... we fly tomorrow 06:30 to Granada... come back very late Monday. Only have a long weekend for this trip so I'm going to be mightily peeed off if there's any baggage delay (especially on the way out)
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Thu 21-02-19 14:17
Replies: 31
Consider the £70 to include the cost of them couriering to your home and saving you the trouble of lugging it home. Hope you didnt have to wait around too long to find out it had been lost. And at least it was on the wsy home and not when you needed them. Well, that's what I initially thought, but 5 days later they clearly haven't couriered the bag to my home. The latest report is that it's still sat in Geneva Airport. That's a poor service considering that when I've mail ordered skis from Europe the postage has been around £10 and they've arrived in 2-3 days. I need the kit for another trip in a weeks time, so the way things are going I'll be having to borrow, hire and buy various bits and pieces instead. You have described what I was fearing in the back of my mind... I also need my gear back as we have another trip planned 10days after returning back from this weekends trip...I hope you get it sorted soon :(
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 21-02-19 11:19
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@Spike107, it's been snowing in Sierra Nevada this week, unlike the Alps! Thanks for the info and nice to know!... been looking on Snowforecast most days and there's been no mention at all :D
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Wed 20-02-19 16:02
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I'm hoping for a cool down in time for Sauze on 10th March... that would be lovely :P Meanwhile i'm packing my budgie smugglers and sombrero for some warm skiing in Sierra Nevada this weekend 8)
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Tue 19-02-19 10:40
Replies: 31
Cheers for the heads up, Our flight is 6:30am on Friday to Granada... may as well not go to bed at this rate :shock:
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Mon 18-02-19 17:50
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^^^ Lets hope they get a refund if that's the case... :(
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Mon 18-02-19 17:44
Replies: 270
There are actually people skiing (or something) on the 50 yards of snow remaining at Glenshee https://www.ski-glenshee.co.uk/Webcam Awful stuff............... Blimey... you get more of a run at chillfactore and that's saying something!
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Mon 18-02-19 14:25
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For anyone travelling with EasyJet from Manchester like we are this weekend. see link below https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/easyjet-passengers-told-arrive-least-15842435 Passengers are being advised to arrive 3 hours before their flights because of issues with baggage handler "Menzies" :roll:
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Thu 14-02-19 13:54
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Anyone got any detail data for Sierra Nevada region over next 7 days? Snow Forecast is indicating a drop in temps and some snow Mon/Tues....hopefully it's correct as we arrive on the Thurs 8)
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Tue 12-02-19 15:54
Replies: 39
Any of the long snaking blue runs that seem to circumnavigate the piste map all the way back to the village centre. You think that it will be a glide all the way along... and then find that half way along it is UPHILL!!!!! If a "blue" run is gentle downhill, and "green" run is almost flat, then these pistes need to be marked as Yellow... to indicate a negative downhill I agree with you 100% on this... that way we all know we need to go "full tap from the top" to avoid as much polling as possible :lol:
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Wed 6-02-19 17:47
Replies: 7
Volfy - Chatted recently about this here https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=140516&start=40. To get back to Sauze, there are 2 blacks open at present it seems with the blue/red closed. We are due out on the 10th March and doesn't look like they will be open anytime soon :(
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Thu 31-01-19 14:11
Replies: 20
+ 1 Graham @ Rivington... Bought mine 3 years ago, needed them tweaking slightly for this year and all done for free as part of superb aftersales.
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Wed 30-01-19 15:32
Replies: 56
Same as 12 months ago... :lol: Anyone verify what the snow like at the moment...? off tomorrow after work with a couple of mates for an hour...
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Tue 29-01-19 19:31
Replies: 52
Does this explain the blacks we are all talking about? He mentions that black 25 has been widened slightly... But conditions looked OK to me when he went down and certainly not "the run home".... https://youtu.be/LyTK5_YzSUw
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Mon 28-01-19 17:01
Replies: 52
I skied that run a few times last season. It's not difficult but can still become treacherous given the wrong conditions. The last time I skied it the person I was skiing with, a guide, took someone under his wing as she was starting to panic due to white out conditions. I, BASI level one long since expired, followed up the rear in an ever increasing group that eventually numbered about 12. We passed the signs of an accident that was obviously being properly managed and later heard that it had been fatal. (Same barriers involved I suspect). It's obviously a dangerous area but I suspect the local management are faced with a dilemma. Close the run and force everyone to return via the black or leave it open because there are many who are not capable of skiing blacks. Sauze is marketed to a degree by the fact that you can link into France so if they close the links... Not a decision I would like to be responsible for. I agree with the dilemma...tough one for sure. We would all want a thorough investigation into how the accident occurs, but if the end result is sending newbies home with broken bones by funnelling them down black runs, this also helps no-one, including the resort as it will put people off returning. :( I don't know the area as we are going in March but I wonder if this is the first known accident/fatality at that particular location which is why it's taking time to re-open, maybe looking at alternative routes down... :~/
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Mon 28-01-19 15:41
Replies: 52
I hope the blue/red will be open by mid march... we have a relative beginner with us and don't fancy the "carnage" of the black piste run on the home run if we can help it :roll:
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 23-01-19 18:07
Replies: 95
Unfortunately for me, I met my now wife a few years too late when it came to skiing. :( She won't go a near another mountain because she injured herself by being pushed into going "too high, too soon" by more experienced friends who got bored before we met :evil: Not all bad, As Pam mentions, I just go with the lads instead which she has no problems with... and I'm going twice over the next couple of months 8) Skiing isn't for everyone and if the "fear" is taking hold to an extent that it ruins the holiday for you both twice a year for 8 years!, maybe she should take look at doing something else... I'll let you mention that to her :lol:
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Wed 23-01-19 17:41
Replies: 52
Run down to Clotes lift seems more snowy on the web cams at last. Also other forum member has posted below today. https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=139434&start=40
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Thu 17-01-19 17:44
Replies: 43
The more I've enjoyed skiing over the years, the more I've tended to spend on better clobber... first year I ever skied was a trip to Sports Direct for the budget Nevica jacket / pants combo. Certainly nothing wrong initially but didn't offer much in the way of comfort if temperatures were up/down a lot. After that branched out to a Killtec L3 jacket from TKMaxx… now just treated myself to a nice Spyder jacket in the region of 250 quid. Each to their own, but I'm looking forward to being less sweaty and having "pit zips" for the first time :lol: I'm still wearing my £20 Aldi ski helmet for reference, does the job and no need to upgrade to a fancy one for the sake of it.
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Tue 8-01-19 15:38
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Be very careful with Thomas Cook... I posted this in another thread recently... marksymoo wrote: I've not had mine weighed before, but I have seen other people have theirs weighed.. Mostly backpacks that appears to be stuffed full of items, and I've seen a briefcase weighed at check in too. Guess it's the luck of the draw/who serves you. I'd have thought if a person travelling with you is under the 5kg hand luggage allowance, then common sense of pooling this weight across a party would be acceptable, much like their hold luggage. May be worth checking with them? (and hoping you don't get someone having a bad day!) ^^^^^^ This... I had a nightmare last year at Manchester travelling with Thomas Cook... they were militant on me rolling eyes I had ski boots that fitted perfectly in a cabin sized "wheeled case" but came in just too heavy at weigh in for hand baggage... I then had to put one boot in my check in bag which took this over weight and they charged me for the excess weight on my checked in baggage! The combined weight of our entire party was below the allotted "pooled weight" but they still wouldn't budge... cost me an extra £20 quid Evil or Very Mad
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Wed 2-01-19 17:37
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I've not had mine weighed before, but I have seen other people have theirs weighed.. Mostly backpacks that appears to be stuffed full of items, and I've seen a briefcase weighed at check in too. Guess it's the luck of the draw/who serves you. I'd have thought if a person travelling with you is under the 5kg hand luggage allowance, then common sense of pooling this weight across a party would be acceptable, much like their hold luggage. May be worth checking with them? (and hoping you don't get someone having a bad day!) ^^^^^^ This... I had a nightmare last year at Manchester travelling with Thomas Cook... they were militant on me :roll: I had ski boots that fitted perfectly in a cabin sized "wheeled case" but came in just too heavy at weigh in for hand baggage... I then had to put one boot in my check in bag which took this over weight and they charged me for the excess weight on my checked in baggage! The combined weight of our entire party was below the allotted "pooled weight" but they still wouldn't budge... cost me an extra £20 quid :evil:
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Wed 19-12-18 15:29
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Not the Splendid by any chance? No I think it's called Savoia Debeli… so maybe a walk to Clotes afterall? Very mixed reviews on TripAdvisor by all accounts but there's 6 lads going and a 40th to celebrate in-between so I think the all night "Ghost Bar" everybody seems to whinge about next to our hotel will come in handy :lol:
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Wed 19-12-18 13:08
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My ex decided to get some lessons when we were out there a couple of seasons ago, we just went in the afternoon before to the office under the Clotes lift and booked her a slot for the next day without much fuss, all she had to do was report to the little hut thing they've got in the Sportinia bowl. She did say there was quite a difference in the 2 instructors she had though, she seemed to be a lot happier with the progress she'd made with one rather than the other, but that might just have been a personality thing Cheers for this.... we're staying right by the Clotes lift 8)
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Wed 19-12-18 12:44
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Hi Jhead Did you book private lessons when you went to Sauze? Our group is off w/c 10th March next year and one of them just wants a couple of hours private tuition over 2 days as opposed to group lessons this year... I've looked on Sauze online and you can only book 3 or 6 days lessons...?
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Thu 1-11-18 13:17
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Cheers for these links... seems like an eternity to wait in until March for Sauze trip tho :cry: All the more reason to book an earlier trip as well!! :lol: We have, we're going to Sierra Nevada for a long weekend "warm up" 2 weeks before Sauze 22nd Feb…. :lol: Sod it, I'm going to look for something in Jan now 8)
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Tue 30-10-18 13:09
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Cheers for these links... seems like an eternity to wait in until March for Sauze trip tho :cry:
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Thu 4-10-18 13:29
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For the first time ever our group have managed to book 2 trips already! Long weekend in Feb to Sierra Nevada and a week in Sauze 9th March 8) We normally only manage 1 week each year so I'm already "stoked" :twisted: More "beast from the east" for next year please mr weatherman... :P
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Tue 3-04-18 15:03
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Just back from a week in Arinsal and echo pretty much what Specialman says...if you're a beginner its the perfect place for you. If your advanced/expert you need to look elsewhere as there is not enough to meet your demands. We had pretty much skied out the whole Arinsal/PAL area in 4 days. Didn't venture to Arcalis as we had people in our group on lessons at various points... If you book group lessons with Crystal, they do 9am-12pm and then 3-4pm each day! Why on earth they make them go back at the end of each day for an hour when tired is beyond me... it also spoils "meet" points as they had to be back in Arinsal for 3pm! Snow conditions for late March were superb...everything from whiteouts, heavy snow, to barmy 18degrees and sunshine at one bar high up at luchtime. The snow got a bit "sugery" on the runs back to resort in the afternoon but to be expected. PAL has more to offer slopes wise than Arinsal, but on numerous times we ventured over to PAL to ski only to find the gondola back into Arinsal from PAL shut each time due to wind :roll: That leaves you stranded and you must then ski down to La Massana and get the bus back each time as there's no other route to ski back into Arinsal... This really got on our nerves tbh. We stayed at the Xalet Verdu with Neilson... great family run hotel with good food and cheap drinks. Thomas Cook at Manchester airport were a pain on the way out...got stung for excess baggage for being 1.5kg over :roll: ... yet my travel buddy was 3kg was under and she still insisted I pay the charge... :evil: I probably wouldn't go back as we've done it all but what a cheap week it was! 8)
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