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Poster: A snowHead
Mon 1-03-21 19:39
Replies: 68
I have a few horrible memories of Loon, blue ice on Lower Walking Boss and huge ice moguls at the bottom of the green run Shrubber, on rental skis which influences my comments. The experience also made me never want to see a Head ski again. First at your height and weight choose the stiffest, longest and narrowest skis and stick to those while you develop. Only when you have a little more skill and familiarity will you understand what the other skis in your quiver will be able to do for you. Continually swapping skis during this phase will only serve to confuse you and hold you back. Get your instructor to tell which of your skis will best suit your learning and stick to those. If he says none then sell the whole quiver and buy the pair he suggests. Learn to service your skis yourself, not only will it save you money long term but it will help educate yourself on the importance of good edges, especially at Loon.
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Sat 27-02-21 23:33
Replies: 190
This is a major case of thread drift and while I accept that a lot of skiers are also computer geeks and a lot of computer geeks are also skiers it is time to banish coding and the relationship between project specifiers, project delivery and the poor end users who have to put up with the final product to a computer forum. In the mean time for travel to France the EHIC was almost a complete waste of time what with Doctors not willing to accept them, Hospitals being reluctant to accept them and then the EHIC only covering 80% of medical elements and none of the "hotel" elements like bed charge and meal charges, even charging for meals when "nil by mouth". The only tangible benefit I have experienced was that a couple of insurance companies (not all) have waived the insurance excess on the medical part of my claims. I don't expect the GHIC to be any better and probably worse in terms of acceptability.
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Wed 24-02-21 21:36
Replies: 68
My thighs are sore when I ski. I'm no expert but there are numerous threads on here about "thigh burn" and the best advice is lessons, lessons, lessons. Other advice includes, alcohol, nurofen gel to rub in and high grade painkillers. Your thighs hurting probably tells you that even though you think your leaning down the fall line you're probably not. As for the skis you shouldn't get any criticisms on here when Rule 3 in The Rules states 3: The correct number of pairs of skis or snowboards in your quiver is n+1 (where the minimum value for n is 3 : piste, off-piste/tour and park)
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Mon 15-02-21 22:39
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Next Season is going to be lot more Expensive! For the first time in the 5 years that this thread has been been going it will definitely be true for next season. The first 3 seasons since the start of this thread were marginally dearer, 19/20 was a lot cheaper due to cancelations being refunded and insurance claim against season passes and this season has cost nothing, not even spent anything on kit. So any skiing at all next season will be a lot more expensive than this. :-D .
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Fri 12-02-21 22:21
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I was told to wipe them on the at the top but I got the wrong mat & not the oily one I was supposed to use That reminds me, there was an old mat/towel covered in furniture polish at the top of the Wellington slope that we had to slide over before our next attempt. :D 8-) 8-) :roll: :roll:
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Fri 12-02-21 15:46
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Inspired to start skiing after seeing the BBC documentary series in 1987 "On the Piste". I'm impressed this inspired you. See https://skiunion.com/features/piste-1987.html if you want to watch it. I know, looking back it's very sad, but at the time, it opened eyes up to the possibilities that could exist. Mass travel was still relatively new then and skiing was something that rich people did or our children went on with very expensive school trips. The whole series has been on YouTube for a while and I watch it again now and then. The program has dated badly but I don't expect I am the only one who was inspired by it although I may be the only one to admit it.
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Fri 12-02-21 14:19
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Inspired to start skiing after seeing the BBC documentary series in 1987 "On the Piste". Some friends convinced us to join them in driving to Les Carroz. Lessons were advised and duly taken at the artficial ski "bump" (hardly big enough to call a slope) at Wellington Sports centre. Big scramble for kit when we all turned up and they didn't have enough for everyone so we (luckily) ended up having to wait and then have a set of private family lessons. Our first ski holiday in Les Carroz despite having to contend with Calais being blockaded by French fisherman and having to find snow chains in Cluses, our friends who were regulars had told us not to bother with snow chains as they had never needed theirs, led to the lifetime addiction that skiing has become. Our second holiday was to Chatel for a £99 January special, coach from Bristol and accommodation included. That led to us falling in love with the PDS to which we have returned nearly every year since, Some years Les Gets others Chatel with a few other non PDS resorts as extra weeks. Haven't missed a year yet although this season looks trashed, if the PSB goes ahead the the year won't be totally written off.
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Tue 9-02-21 11:11
Replies: 256
Almost looks like a normal half term https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyEpN30-tWk in Les Gets
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Mon 8-02-21 12:56
Replies: 34
Strange, my 2013 Samsung gets it my 2021 Samsung doesn't. The wonders of modern technology 8-) 8-) 8-)
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Sun 7-02-21 21:54
Replies: 34
@Alastair Pink, No, just the white text on black background. Mendip transmitter I think.
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Sun 7-02-21 20:58
Replies: 34
"Service not available" and before anyone asks. Yes, it is a modern tv, connected to an aerial and the internet.
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Mon 18-01-21 11:20
Replies: 370
It seems the French don't need to have the lifts open to have traffic jams. Motorists stuck on the region’s roads returning from ski resorts - Hundreds of motorists returning from ski resorts in the Alpes Maritimes region found themselves stuck in very heavy traffic jams on Sunday afternoon. In an attempt to return ahead of the 6pm curfew, many who had taken to the hills over the weekend in the resorts of Tinée and Valberg were blocked on the road taking up to an hour to drive just ten kilometres.
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Thu 14-01-21 19:36
Replies: 168
Would that be a meaty, tasty, pasty? :~/ ;-)
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Thu 14-01-21 16:42
Replies: 17
From watching the webcams in Les Gets pistes have been bashed and artificial snow made. Not as frequent or as much as normal.
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 14-01-21 12:11
Replies: 168
@under a new name, @Timc, Quote: "French bacon" For why, pray tell? Because it tastes so good. The "Poitrine fumée CARREFOUR le paquet de 4 tranches - 300g" is absolutely beautiful and has zero water content. To get anything like it in the UK I have to put in a special order to my local butcher and then wait until he does a cure.
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Thu 14-01-21 11:53
Replies: 168
For those that drive to the Alps it looks like the end of frozen, ready-made Bolognese in a coolbox, for consumption on arrival night. I can't see why anyone would bother to prepare and take a frozen bolognaise. Bag of 3 minute Panzani pasta and a jar of Panzani bolognaise quicker and more convenient than defrosting. Personally I don't worry about not being able to take food into France but I will be really upset if UK bans bringing food back from there. We always stock up with French bacon, jars of bolognaise sauce and cheese.
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Mon 11-01-21 23:05
Replies: 366
No. While there's snow there's hope. Things are changing so quickly, hoping for mid March and it may be possible, should get my first jab well before then so who knows. If not then hope for EOSB, if not then maybe stop off for a day or two to get some high stuff on the way to the Riviera in May or even some in July also on the way south. If the opportunity opens for me then I will be there, if it doesn't then the budget for next season just got doubled. :D
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Tue 5-01-21 14:15
Replies: 87
Today I would have been at home scouring the webcams and weather forecasts in preparation for the drive at the weekend and concluding that this January is likely to have some of the best snow conditions in years and that the drive was going to be in good weather so I would have been feeling happy and excited. :D :D Today I am at home looking at the webcams without the prospect of travel anytime soon. :cry: :cry:
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Wed 30-12-20 13:36
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I've used UPS, Interparcel and DPD in the past without any problems
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Tue 29-12-20 16:02
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Could be even a bit of bonus. If buying direct from a EU website then they should be able to export without charging their equivalent of VAT as it will be leaving the EU so a €500 set of skis should sold at about €420 from Germany (19% VAT) which at an exchange rate of 1.1 comes under the £390 limit. But you then have to pay VAT at this end. And the processing/handling fee to the courier/delivery company (currently £8 with the Royal Mail) and there’s the inconvenience if you ever need to send the item(s) back for whatever reason. Ah well nice thought while it lasted
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Tue 29-12-20 15:18
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Could be even a bit of bonus. If buying direct from a EU website then they should be able to export without charging their equivalent of VAT as it will be leaving the EU so a €500 set of skis should sold at about €420 from Germany (19% VAT) which at an exchange rate of 1.1 comes under the £390 limit.
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Mon 21-12-20 23:12
Replies: 219
@bambionskiis, It's when you have to claim that you find out how good your insurance company is. Hope your dad is ok. We've had good claims experience and excellent claims handling from LV= and MPI. Their service has stopped me scavenging around the net to trying to get insurance a tenner cheaper. I'm just looking forward to the day when it makes sense to start an annual policy again.
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Wed 9-12-20 16:12
Replies: 92
@Dave of the Marmottes, Very generous of you to put that interpretation on it. I formed my opinion of the company on my last ever chalet holiday. Converted to self organising and self catering after that. However April last year is April 2019 and April this year is April 2020 and that's the way I read it. I don't like the company but without the facts it is impossible to tell and he may have been rushing around trying to save his life's work or not. Both versions are pure conjecture.
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Wed 9-12-20 15:32
Replies: 92
If the reported explanations are correct then it's hard to see how trading beyond April last year would not have been done in full knowledge that the company was insolvent. If you check their accounts to April 2019, you will find a stable unremarkable company, the accounts were completed in Sept 2019 and obviously showed no sign of the problems to come. They were filed in January 2020, again before there were any real signs of the problems to come. It is grossly unfair to suggest that they have been insolvently trading since April last year.
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Tue 8-12-20 23:51
Replies: 92
This was the company that cured me of going on Chalet Holidays. Long time ago now but the whole holiday was an unmitigated disaster. The two chalet hosts who couldn't cook or clean, thankfully left midweek having apparently been head hunted by Neilson for an upmarket chalet. Unsurprisingly I have never been on holiday with Neilson. :) @Nemisis, The last accounts for Alpine Elements Ltd mentions another subsidiary Alpine Elements SARL presumably a French registered company and four other related companies under common control Ocean Elements (not a limited company), SARL Hardiman, SARL JF Hardiman and SARL Venture, presumably French registered companies. SARL Hardiman appears to be associated with Chalet Well in Morzine.
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Sat 5-12-20 10:34
Replies: 256
Webcam showing the Yeti in Les Gets shows some slalom poles being set up.
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Tue 1-12-20 23:01
Replies: 132
@j b, There are far fewer toll plazas now than there used to be because the different toll companies have got together and worked out that for example they don't need to have a toll at the border between between Sanef an APRR they can split the one amount between Reims and Lyon equitably and not have the expense of the barrier. That said they seem to be more prevalent the closer to the Alps and also closer to the Cote d'Azur. The doofer is marketed under the Liber-T name and is available from all the toll companies. From my point of view the easiest (not the cheapest by a few Euros) is the Emovis (used to be SANEF) one because you can set up a direct debit for the tolls on your UK bank account and an English language website. There are lots of threads here about the pros & cons. Having your passenger wave a card at the machine in quiet traffic in daylight isn't a great issue. Having to wake your passenger, getting them to find the ticket when it's p***ing down with rain blowing into the passenger window in the middle of the night can be a little more stressful.
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Tue 1-12-20 19:47
Replies: 76
https://www.ledauphine.com/faits-divers-justice/2020/12/01/haute-savoie-montriond-quatre-chasseurs-juges-ce-mardi-au-tribunal-de-thonon-pour-la-mort-d-un-vetetiste-a-montriond This link has now been updated with the verdict. 4 years in prison which somehow doesn't seem enough given the circumstances below This case brought to light the toxic side of the culture of hunters as well as the fact that they endanger lives every day during the hunting season. Hunters have shown complete disregard for the safety of others. . 1. They had been drinking alcohol for lunch before going hunting, armed in a public place. One of the groups admitted to having drunk a bottle of wine, 2 beers and having smoked cannabis. Why is there no law against drinking alcohol while hunting? Like drinking and driving? It is allowed for hunters to drink while hunting, and this tradition must be questioned. 2. This group of hunters did not put up a sign warning of a “hunt in progress” so no one could know that they were moving in a shooting zone. 3. They had not filled in the beat book and therefore ignored the safety of the walkers, cyclists and residents near the shooting area.
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 1-12-20 19:07
Replies: 132
@johnE, 1963 3 week Grand camping tour of Europe in a Morris Minor Traveller, Lydd to Le Touquet, Belgium, Germany, Austria Brenner Pass into Italy, had to stop on the way up, petrol vapourising, had to stop on the way down, brakes fading, on to Venice across to the Cote d'Azur. I am still in awe of the effort, planning, bravery and determination of my parents for that trip. It took us 3 days to get home from the South of France, these days we can do it in a day. Peage doofer helps :-D :-D :-D
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Tue 1-12-20 16:59
Replies: 132
@johnE, They may or may not have, all I remember is my Father driving into the reception area, us getting out and him handing the keys over. I remember being very disappointed that he wasn't allowed to drive the car onto the plane with us in it. I think that these planes were WWII surplus sold off cheaply after the war and flown by ex RAF pilots possibly not too concerned with technicalities. :D
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Tue 1-12-20 14:44
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@johnE, Been on one. Short sequence of them loading and unloading in the 1966 Morecombe and Wise film "That Riviera Touch", I believe the alternatives were having your car loaded on the ferry by crane ( before RoRo ) or putting it on a train which then went on the ferry. Never forget the experience.
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Tue 1-12-20 12:24
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@johnE"] Quote: Lots of arguments here about the tag, the only people I have seen arguing against having them appear to not have them themselves and those of us who do will never want to go back to being without. I have also noticed that the people advocating them have paid out for them. Strange that. and continue to pay :D Big advantage as far as I am concerned, I don't have to wake my wife at the barrier, even bigger advantage, she doesn't have to wake me. :D :D
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Mon 30-11-20 23:05
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We always time our journeys to give us 8 days skiing by travelling out on the Friday to within 20-30 miles of the resort, up early on the Saturday up to the resort and ski until late afternoon then check into accommodation. On the return, check out early, go skiing until mid-late afternoon then drive north a couple of hours to a hotel and then complete journey home on the Sunday. Whilst the first Saturday probably won't suit you with the beginners in your party, the extra day on the end could be attractive. It would also mean not being involved in the lemming like rush out of the mountains on the Saturday morning. Lots of arguments here about the tag, the only people I have seen arguing against having them appear to not have them themselves and those of us who do will never want to go back to being without.
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Mon 30-11-20 1:26
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@polo, For the last few years Les Gets has had a collection point in the Tourist office for pre-paid lift passes and the vouchers which go with the electronically renewed season passes.
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Sat 28-11-20 13:11
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@Ivchaka01, It's worth having a look at the Hero Elite Plus Ti. They are slightly wider at 74mm which helps them deal with the afternoon chop the 167 has a turn radius of 13m. I've found them extremely versatile, beautiful first thing in the morning on the hard pistes, cope well in the afternoon, the more you push them into the turn the more they give back but they are equally at home pootling around with my grandchildren.
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Thu 26-11-20 19:18
Replies: 390
Also posted on another thread, quote from PDS Facebook page Following recent declarations from the French government, the Portes du Soleil cross-border ski area finds itself in an unprecedented situation: In CH, the ski lifts will be open in December in the resorts of Morgins, Champéry, Val d'Illiez Les Crosets Champoussin and Torgon. In FR, the ski lifts will remain closed. Access to all stations will however be possible, shops will be open and restaurants will offer delicious take-away meals. The Portes du Soleil resorts are therefore ready to welcome all mountain lovers! Our teams are commited so that you can practice outdoor activities in the best conditions. So come and take a deep breath of fresh air in our wonderful mountains. Thank you for your messages of encouragement in this difficult period, it's heartwarming! ❤️
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Thu 26-11-20 19:15
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Following recent declarations from the French government, the Portes du Soleil cross-border ski area finds itself in an unprecedented situation: In CH, the ski lifts will be open in December in the resorts of Morgins, Champéry, Val d'Illiez Les Crosets Champoussin and Torgon. In FR, the ski lifts will remain closed. Access to all stations will however be possible, shops will be open and restaurants will offer delicious take-away meals. The Portes du Soleil resorts are therefore ready to welcome all mountain lovers! Our teams are commited so that you can practice outdoor activities in the best conditions. So come and take a deep breath of fresh air in our wonderful mountains. Thank you for your messages of encouragement in this difficult period, it's heartwarming! ❤️ Quote from PDS Facebook page
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Mon 23-11-20 21:47
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Apocalypse snow: http://youtube.com/v/rbdUEOyryeg OMG 80's fashion !! Swallowtail!!!. Didn't start skiing until the 90's but had a swallowtail windsurfer early 80's. and that all in one. Wow .
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Mon 23-11-20 20:33
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The whole anti - Vax thing is a conspiracy started by Dyson :-D :-D :evil: :evil: :twisted: :twisted:
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Fri 20-11-20 10:39
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