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Poster: A snowHead
Mon 11-01-21 19:40
Replies: 502
A couple more emails from/to EJ over the weekend and flights (and cheap bags) moved to Feb half-term 2022 at no cost. Obviously, could be meaningless if the airline isn't still in business then or vaccine roll-out is slow (flatteringly, I'm considered young and fit enough to be near the back of the queue).
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Wed 6-01-21 11:52
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@Rookiescot, they imply no extra costs but leave themselves enough room to add them e.g. "free" could mean no fees for changing but you pay difference in price. When I looked at rebooking online, I was shown additional costs to pay for the same flights next year as flights then are more expensive. The email was a bit thin, other than pleasantries, it read as follows: Having checked your booking I can confirm it with you that you are now eligible for the following options given below-: 1) A voucher for entire booking 2) A flight change for free. Kindly send us a email confirmation stating which option would you like us to proceed further with.
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Wed 6-01-21 11:17
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The "latest travel info" (29 Dec) on EJ's homepage says that changing booking/voucher/refund is available if you can't travel due to govt restrictions e.g. France preventing entry by UK nationals. EJ customer service got back to me (very quickly). They said I could only rebook or have a voucher - no refund. This contradicts the info on their homepage - not exactly a surprise, obviously they want to encourage people to hand over money and will do anything they can to avoid giving it back! I think I'll wait to see if the flight is cancelled but they're still operating that route at the moment so I might have to pay extra to move it to next year.
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Thu 4-02-16 21:34
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Thanks for the replies, that's exactly the info I needed. For the parking, if I don't have a blipper, how easy is it to park near the Bec Rouge? Is there a private access road or will I have to stop on the main drag and watch out for the police municipale? From Google maps, it looks like the Palafour lift is close to a lift going up the other side of the valley (Tovieres?) - is it an easy walk/skate? I'll be with two youngish kids - both are used to carrying their kit but aren't enthusiastic about it - so hopefully everything is close by. Really looking forward to it - first new resort we've been to since 2002! (Have a place in the southern French alps but the snow there this winter is rubbish)
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Fri 25-02-11 17:20
Replies: 23
Fri 25 Feb - La Foux and Pra Loup Almost 10 minute queue for the button or chair which are the start of the trip to Pra Loup. After that, longest queue was 5 minutes mid-station in Pra Loup otherwise 2 minutes was the max, usually 30 seconds was enough to get you on the lift. Snow high up still good, no untracked off-piste, plenty of nice (ie not massive and not rock-hard) moguls in near-piste areas. Bottom of Pra Loup really scraped so fast and was full of half-term kiddies = gleeful ambulance company! South-facing slopes soft in afternoon and heavily chewed up by the number of people there. Pouret lift open - first time I've seen it running in almost 3 years although it does open holidays and weekends (the times I avoid) - so I had to do the unpisted black under it a couple of times. The chair up takes almost 15 minutes so it's a long, knee-jarring descent over moguls, yesterday's refrozen tracks and freshish snow where the sun hasn't got on it. Overall, the snow in La Foux is better than Pra Loup but both aren't as good as Le Seignus which hasn't had as many people trashing it this week.
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Thu 17-02-11 8:36
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After about 3 years lurking, I've emerged with a summary of the season so far. Not sure I'll update it that often but I'll try. This is mostly Le Seignus as I've not been to La Foux/Pra Loup for 3 weeks but conditions there were worse than here due to the number of skiers. PRE-SEASON Boat-loads of snow; more than 1m 25cm in our garden in the first week of December. Great conditions until... WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS 3 days of rain. Boo. CHRISTMAS Snowed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day - maybe 25cm total JANUARY A bit of snow in the first week and that was it, no more than 5 clouds during the rest of the month. Good piste conditions although hard-packed, no issues with bare patches, ice or stones. FEBRUARY UP TO VALENTINE'S DAY One day of snow (5cm) at the start of the month then almost non-stop sunshine. A couple of patches of ice towards the bottom and "spring snow" on south facing sections. Upper slopes excellent, all skiing good although chewed up at the bottom in the afternoon. Near-piste snow (within 100m of the pistes) still skiable and fun although hard to find anything that hadn't been skied on. 15/16 Feb - reasonable snowfall, more than 30cm at village level over the 2 days. Should provide "fun" when the half-term oiks arrive from the coast this weekend and all think they're brilliant off-piste skiers. From what I've seen, Isola 2000 (east and slightly further south from us) has had good snow, all season it's been first or second in France for village-level snow depth. For the third season in a row it looks like the southern French Alps have had the best of the early season snow in France. Does this mean it'll rain down here for most of March?
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Mon 20-11-06 11:49
Replies: 19
georgedelaney, can't get over there until mid-January - family commitments mean we have to have a late start to our season. Hope I'm not a snow jinx and that we don't have a heatwave from Feb onwards! Pah! The TO doesn't archive it's webcam pics so they've gone already. Looked like the snow had stayed when I checked today's shot. The snow level at Le Seignus seems to be just over 1600m but they'll really have to work the cannons to get the home slope ready. The forecast looks promising but I never count on it snowing until the flakes are actually falling.
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Sat 18-11-06 9:46
Replies: 19
georgedelaney, yep - looks really nice. http://www.valdallos-remy.com/webcam360/pano_iframe/200611181000.jpg www.valdallos.com Probably all be melted by tomorrow!
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Sat 18-11-06 1:33
Replies: 361
[insert expletive] down with rain in London this afternoon/early evening. Hope it kept on snowing up in Scotland. The pics from the webcams look good for a bit of guerilla skiing on the old skis.
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Sat 18-11-06 1:31
Replies: 23
docsquid, YOU'VE SLEPT THROUGH YOUR ALARM, WAKE UP!!!!!
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Sat 18-11-06 1:30
Replies: 13
stoatsbrother, what could be sadder than sH? Haven't you seen the discussions about boots? One more thread about what's the best pole length for 33.4cm of wet to claggy fresh snow would make us geeks in all but 7 of the languages used by mankind.
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Fri 17-11-06 17:18
Replies: 6
mattjd, welcome to sH's. I was in Soldeu around St Patrick's Day a few years back and the snow was very good. No shortage of it and no rocks/grass showing through but the bottom of the home run was like mashed potato in the afternoon but even then there was plenty of skiing higher up and with the joint lift pass they now have you shouldn't have any problem in an average year.
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Fri 17-11-06 16:00
Replies: 361
Will they get out and bash it down to help create a base for the season or do they just wait until there's been quite a few snowfalls before bothering with that sort of malarkey?
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Fri 17-11-06 15:24
Replies: 19
A touch of snow at the top of Le Seignus (down to about 2300m) but more up at La Foux from the looks of this afternoon's photo of the Source de Verdon. Down to about 1900m. http://www.valdallos-remy.com/webcam360/view/s_img64-200611171400.jpg www.valdallos.com
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 17-11-06 11:57
Replies: 8
easiski, there's scope for expansion down in the Val d'Allos but no real appetite for it at the moment from the lift company. The lift company is in dispute with local government about something or other (the level of subsidy, I expect). The recent apartments have been built by third parties so have no control over lift/piste expansion and not much interest in it as long as they can sell the places. There are a couple of areas in our village that are used by off-pisters that could easily be converted to piste by chopping down a few (not that many) trees and wouldn't need new lifts to serve them but while the lift company can have days in April when they don't sell a single ticket they're not going to rush to spend more money than their contract obliges them to.
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Fri 17-11-06 11:23
Replies: 8
You'd want to use hire skis to go on that drag. Looks blue to me, is very wide - unless you're thinking of slaloming the lift line in which case it's HaRd KoR!! (is this how youngsters type?).
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Fri 17-11-06 10:23
Replies: 8
easiski, I agree. There's been a bit of building up at La Foux in the last few years and while there have been some lift upgrades in the local school holidays when the ski school lessons are on you can wait up to 10 minutes to get on the main lifts out of town. It's not a problem once you're on the pistes - one or two places where numbers build up but the slopes aren't wall to wall skiers. Outside those 4 weeks a year the place is practically empty and the apartments unused - they need to work on getting people who don't have kids to use the place off-peak. Quite why anyone without children and who didn't work in education would go skiing in the school hols is beyond me.
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Thu 16-11-06 14:19
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Looks like they've got a few gates out at Bansko.
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Thu 16-11-06 12:42
Replies: 52
Looking back at [url=http://www.snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=10196]my snow reports from last season when I was in France from late-October, the first snow that settled was around mid-November and it was a great season so like Corporal Jones says...
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Thu 16-11-06 12:39
Replies: 65
robertsnerys, my girlfriend and I have run our chalet for 3 seasons and found: once you've got into the swing of it you have plenty of time for skiing - we're free from about 10AM until 3.30PM every day (later if we know people aren't going to come back for afternoon tea until later). I probably work from 7.30AM to 10AM and from 6.30PM until 11PM. The hours mean we don't have much time to mix with other people other than on the slopes or a few drinks after skiing or on our night off. we could now make the money we earn over the winter last for the rest of the year but prefer to come back to the UK to work to build up savings and see friends and family. We could make a bit more by having a rigid business plan and sticking to it but we gave up proper jobs to get away from that sort of thing. I'd pick a similar resort to where we are - we're in an area unknown to most UK skiers (and the UK TO's) so it's very quiet a lot of the time. Purely on a cost basis, I'd look at smaller villages linked into big areas. I wouldn't go to one of the mainstream resorts as you'd have to spend a lot on advertising to stand out from the crowd in, e.g, Chamonix. neither of us would trust a gap year student or other employee to do as good a job as we do so we're stuck with running the place ourselves. we thought about a restaurant/cafe business in a ski resort but then you'd be working in the day when you should be out skiing! Send me a PM if you have any more specific questions.
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Wed 15-11-06 14:43
Replies: 361
Looks better than anywhere in France at the moment! Cue Scots saying "it always looks better than anywhere in France.
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Wed 8-11-06 17:01
Replies: 48
Frosty the Snowman, if you're going to quote yourself to back up your argument at least use a sock puppet :-P
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Wed 8-11-06 16:44
Replies: 19
This is the pic that the tourist office website claims was taken at 4PM today http://www.valdallos-remy.com/webcam360/pano_iframe/200611081600.jpg Looks like a bit of snow on the mountains above the brown apartments in the left foreground/the new block (more distant) being built. Didn't post it full-size as too wide for the screen but looks more convincing on their website. Not quite shin-deep but it's a start.
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Wed 8-11-06 15:40
Replies: 19
Looks like there's some snow up at La Foux - and not from the cannons. Down to less than 2000m if it's not a trick of the light!
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Wed 8-11-06 14:14
Replies: 55
fatbob, Neilson's terms and conditions are hard to spot given the colour scheme used on their site but include: If the price shown on the invoice is incorrect, compared to the applicable brochure price, this will be deemed a mistake, as a result of which we will be entitled to cancel the booking and re-invoice at the correct brochure price provided that we discover the mistake, and tell you about it, 14 days before departure. You will then have to pay the correct price to be allowed to go on your Holiday. Which could be read as meaning they can rescind any discount because it would be incorrect compared to the brochure price!
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Wed 8-11-06 13:00
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homphomp, I don't think they're cancelling under that clause as they say that they'll offer an alternative of equal or better quality at no additional price. The Joshua Rosenbeard article that Marski linked to covers what's going on here. Hannah, you should get in touch with them and follow up on the points raised in the BBC article - you might get some vouchers for your persistence.
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Wed 8-11-06 10:56
Replies: 55
Keep your head down, the longer it goes on and the more bumpf they send you the better your case will be. If they send you tickets you'd have an argument that they've confirmed the terms of the contract. Although, I'd be surprised if a skiing holiday has ever been sold for that price (not since DG last went skiing) so they've got a good argument that it was obviously a mistake.
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Wed 8-11-06 10:48
Replies: 34
Apart from the long transfer to Soldeu, the only downside I found was that there were a lot of beginners so some of the slopes were carnage. Of course, if you're a reasonable skier (it was my first week skiing for 10 years and only my second week in total) you'll be able to choose the slopes that the beginners aren't on.
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Wed 8-11-06 10:45
Replies: 16
Like PhillipStanton says, you can get discounts in-resort at non-peak times. Not just if lifts/runs are closed either, our area has done 3 days for the price of 2 in the last few weeks of the seaon when the same number of runs were open as in peak weeks. Buying 2 passes to get 6 days skiing was cheaper than buying a weekly pass. Pra Loup even do a women's weekend where women get free lift passes. I'm not sure how they square that with sex discrimination laws (perhaps they don't have them in France).
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Tue 7-11-06 14:01
Replies: 40
My brother hired a Peugeot 7 seater (807?) last summer and that was a real squeeze with 4 adults and 2 young kids (4 and 2) with luggage. I don't think it would have been possible to get any ski kit in there with them. Make sure the hire place doesn't give you one of these!
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Fri 3-11-06 15:39
Replies: 14
hargi, which week's your half-term? Not all of France is on holiday during the UK half-terms but I think it's only the southern resorts and the Pyrenees that don't have this cross-over which isn't much good for a coach holiday. If you can avoid the French holidays go to a resort that the UK TO's don't use and book French-owned accommodation who won't charge a significant premium for the UK holidays.
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Fri 3-11-06 15:34
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The snow-forecast map has at least a couple of mistakes on it - I just hovered over the places in our area and saw that they've put Vars and Super-Sauze a lot further south than they are (they've put 4 resorts inbetween Risoul and Vars which would make the link the world's largest!). No idea if the rest of it is as inaccurate. Viamichelin is quite good as well - you can drag the map around to move from one area to another.
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Fri 3-11-06 13:19
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bridgerpow, from Amsterdam you can get EasyJet to Geneva - it's probably doable by train as well. If you're then travelling around the distances involved are small enough to use public transport or hire a car.
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Fri 3-11-06 11:56
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lucasharrison, welcome. I'm not sure if the last minute price reductions on a beginner's package (including lessons and kit) are as great as those on a flight/room/food deal as you'll only save on the flight/room/food part as I don't expect the TO will have committed to paying for lessons etc so won't discount that element. But if you get a last minute deal without lift pass etc and are willing to do a bit of work in arranging all this you'll be able to do it just as cheaply as if you bought from the TO (probably cheaper) and you can pick a hire shop that doesn't have the 60 other people on your package turning up at once. As Elizabeth B said, if you're flexible on where you go, aren't going with 10 mates and aren't going during school holidays you should be able to get something cheap at the last minute.
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Fri 3-11-06 11:09
Replies: 29
Smokin Joe, I lied: the ones I bought weren't Binatone - they're the same as the ones you've bought. They've worked well for us and our guests so hopefully yours will be fine.
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Thu 2-11-06 12:17
Replies: 8
ejh103, there's some discussion about baggage rules on [url=http://www.snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=19728&start=0]this thread which includes a summary of the various airlines' policies.
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Thu 2-11-06 11:32
Replies: 29
I bought some Binatone radios from eBay last year (the model doesn't seem to be on sale anymore) and they worked up to about 8km - I was up at La Foux and could hear our guests who were in Le Seignus clearly although they couldn't hear me. Generally, they work well although unless you're at a resort where all the skiing is on one side of a mountain/one huge bowl, there are always going to be dead spots because you're on one side of a mountain and the person you're trying to talk to is on the other.
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Thu 2-11-06 10:11
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stanton, thanks for the info. Shame cars are pricey there - it'd be less of a detour to buy one in Holland rather than Germany. I'll see what prices are like in Belgium as that'd be easier to get to without going way off our route.
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Wed 1-11-06 11:00
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stanton, how does the cost of second-hand cars in Holland compare to neighbouring countries? A German friend of mine says reliable second-hand cars are cheap in Germany, is it the same in Holland? I'm looking to buy a LHD to use in France but the used cars I've seen in our area are either about 3 months old so very expensive or 10 years old and knackered with little inbetween.
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Tue 31-10-06 15:38
Replies: 40
cathy, the same ad is playing on Ocean FM - a "greatest hits" (i.e 80's and 90's) station in Hampshire - so they're not just targetting the young and trendy.
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