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Poster: A snowHead
Thu 10-09-20 10:50
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3 sane postings in succession, on a speeding thread! This must be a record...
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Wed 9-09-20 18:03
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The whole 80/90 thing in France is a bit of a nightmare, and I think has been covered in other threads. Relying on the sat nav is tricky, especially for 80/90 limits, which are a bit changeable. This reminds me of a dinghy sailing instructor telling all his eager young learners "head out of the boat" i.e. look around at what's going on outside!
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Wed 9-09-20 16:46
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If the signs say cameras, there are cameras: frequently in the centre divide. And, jolly unsportingly, they paint them murky grey instead of bright yellow!
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Wed 9-09-20 16:17
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Not another 'speeding tickets in France' thread! If you stick to the limits more-or-less, you'll be ok. If you don't, and it's an automatic camera, the ticket will pop through your door in a week or so. No points, fine is about 40 euros I think, just pay it and forget it. Anyway, now that we're an Independent Sovereign Nation, maybe all that data-sharing stuff will disappear. Unless it's Johnny Foreigner parking on Our Double Yellow Lines and getting away with it...
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Fri 28-08-20 23:08
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Whilst checking the Monterosahütte website, I came across links to the brilliant Swiss mapping site https://map.geo.admin.ch , the online version of Swisstopo. But you probably all know about it already...
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Fri 28-08-20 22:48
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We did the route from Rotenboden to the new Monterosahütte in summer 2012 shortly after it opened, crampons certainly needed. The route was marked by quite big blue/white 'tripod' poles, weighted with suspended rocks. But we all know glaciers have a habit of moving, so every now and then the next set of poles is out of sight because it's collapsed on to the ice. I see there is a new 'recommended' route from 2019, which goes further up the Gornergletscher, before approaching the hut from the east, rather from the west (2012).
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Fri 21-08-20 15:42
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No danger of that. It is a ten person gondola rather than a chairlift. At the risk of sounding like Eeyore... I love those pistes on the 'far' side of the Kumme ridge (12,13,14 etc), especially first thing when they're often empty. It's a rare treat to be able to ski any distance on-piste but out of sight of lifts, which was always possible below the Kumme lower station, and for the last couple of seasons, all the way from the top, because the Kumme chair 'disappeared'. I didn't really mind the clunky old chairlift - maybe that helped keep the area quiet? I agree, being able to whizz back up from Tuftern will be great, but that gondola will presumably be visible all the way down 15, to Tuftern and below. I wonder if the Tuftern cafe will have to get some better coffee cups instead of those polystyrene ones?
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Sun 19-07-20 0:44
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AvoriaZ @Hurtle, is quite right. I think you'll find it's Avoria and La Clusa etc https://www.ledauphine.com/haute-savoie/2019/07/25/faut-il-prononcer-les-x-et-les-z-a-la-fin-des-noms-des-communes They should know, shouldn't they?
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Wed 8-07-20 17:04
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it's chaos but it works somehow. Like Hanoi: https://youtu.be/oetF3UTIwbc
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Wed 8-07-20 16:32
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It's the old drivers who pile straight on to 'carrefour giratoires' that scare me... But this quote from Wikipedia may throw some light on it: Les ronds-points existent en France depuis longtemps, notamment à Paris ; cependant, jusqu'à l'apparition du modèle anglais, la priorité était à droite sur ces aménagements, sauf réglementation contraire. So everything was fine until 'le modèle anglais' came along... I'm now trying to recall if my french roundabout experiences are different, depending on whether I'm in a RHD or LHD car.
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Wed 8-07-20 15:36
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I don't think your second example is a good one (Porte des Ternes on the outer Périphérique) - at that point, the slip road feeds into its own lane, and there is a lane marking line as you carry on through the underpass. So at this junction, you can be sure that traffic entering on your right definitely won't pile straight into the next lane.... 8-)
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Wed 8-07-20 15:14
Replies: 67
Sorry, perhaps I should have said it's sometimes ok for someone to cut you up from the right on a multi-lane road. The same applies when 2 lanes merge into one - if the right lane comes to an end, a vehicle in it has priority over one already in the left (uninterrupted) lane. It's the exceptions like these which can be 'challenging' for anyone who doesn't use such roads on a regular basis. I think it's fair to say that the tiny 'crossroads' signs, and the lack of a 'lane dividing line' on the Périphérique sliproads (where the tarmac is probably polished to black anyway), are quite subtle and likely to be missed by occasional travellers! I think you'd get the general idea after a couple of junctions though...
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Wed 8-07-20 12:03
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And don't even get started on "priorité à droite"......... Can't resist this! Even after decades of driving in France, this sometimes catches me out. https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%A8gles_de_priorit%C3%A9_en_France is quite a good summary - interesting to have the difference between a 'rond-point' and a 'carrefour giratoire' pointed out i.e. priorité à droite exists on the former but not the latter. I didn't know that carrefour giratoire are sometimes called 'rond point anglais'! An interesting example halfway down the wikipedia page shows what happens if you get it wrong. And [url=https://www.envoituresimone.com/code-de-la-route/cours/CIRCULATION/les-priorites-a-droite-f3e6mh2]this also explains why it's ok for someone to cut you up from the right on a multi-lane road...
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Mon 6-07-20 18:06
Replies: 28
I looked on the lift company website https://www.matterhornparadise.ch/en - at first you'd think everything's just like normal. You have to go looking Current News > Lifts > Latest Updates on Cableways Services, then 'Coronavirus' is one of 3 tabs, along with 'New Kumme Chairlift' and 'Stockhorn'. Essentially, it seems to say 'always wear a mask' and maintain a distance of 1.5m. No restrictions on lift capacity (in cabins and gondolas). Nothing about chairs. I know it's a while yet to the winter season proper, but I can't help wondering what will happen on those electro-buses, and the area at the bottom of the Matterhorn Express gondola at 9am.... The Tourist Office website https://www.zermatt.ch/en is not quite as coy - they have a prominent red heading line, with links to the 'Current situation in Zermatt' page.
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 2-07-20 12:24
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We've 'partly' booked for Zermatt next Feb half-term. I too was surprised that many places had no or little availability already. So far, the outlay is £28 for one single flight to GVA (bought a while ago, 'just in case'), CHF370 deposit on an apartment, and about £190 tunnel. We know the apartment owner, so won't have to pay the balance until arrival, and the tunnel is transferable to another date if necessary. But I assume Zermatt will be doing their usual early-booking offer for lift passes in October, which saves 20%, so that may be an interesting decision.
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Tue 3-03-20 23:43
Replies: 67
@valais2, given the https://www.annieandre.com/11-things-take-road-in-france/ link says that 80km/h is reduced to 70km/h in rain, it seems reasonable to consider the issue 'open to debate'... That looks like a site written by expat Brits. The site I quoted is a French driving instruction site, with links to La Prevention Routiere: https://www.codedelaroute.fr/infos-pratiques/actualite/passage-routes-secondaires-80-km-h-299.html Open to debate? I don't think so.
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Tue 3-03-20 17:46
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But....back to topic.. Yes Waze seems good. But better i think is my dramatically conventional technique of looking at the signs and staying within the speed limit. Quaint, I know, but keeps me alert on long drives. So....my question (after searching and finding stacks of contradictoryinfo) is..... Does the speed limit reduce from 80 to 70 in rain? Yay or nay? Stays at 80 according to this: https://www.codedelaroute.fr/infos-pratiques/actualite/passage-routes-secondaires-80-km-h-299.html I agree about keeping an eye out for the signs (didn't stop me getting a ticket for doing 98 on a 90 section of autoroute last year though).
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Tue 25-02-20 18:37
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@twoodwar, we had a couple of small (50p) bottles of Wilko's finest hand gel. No idea if it works, because I didn't actually get round to using it! First case in Switzerland: https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/covid-19_switzerland-confirms-first-coronavirus-case/45579278, someone who returned from Milan on 14 Feb. I bet there were a few Milanese in those chairlift queues last week....
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Tue 25-02-20 13:10
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Having just got back from Zermatt, I've been reminded that I've also just got back from Northern Italy. Presumably many of the Italians in Cervinia would have been from other parts of northern Italy. I was shoulder-to-shoulder a few times in packed cable-cars in Zermatt, when it felt as though the odd sniffle or cough was greeted by a marked silence. The Italian outbreak was already in the news last week, but I wasn't aware of any special measures, in Italy or Switzerland.
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Mon 24-02-20 15:07
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@James77, Don't forget your car speedo over reads by around 5mph so depending how much you actually wavered you may be ok... If you have a satnav, the displayed speed should be accurate. It's helpful to set it to km/h - especially if your car speedo doesn't also show km/h numbers. Didn't stop me getting a ticket last year though - 98 in a 90 limit.
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Wed 19-02-20 13:20
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still hard packed not far beneath the fresh snow, visibility not good..many people taking long lunches today
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Mon 17-02-20 22:33
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@JohnMo, In that case I am mistaken - I'm sure you're right. We've been struggling to work out when we first came here, however #1 son has just arrived 2 days late from UK (Storm Dennis), and we think it was about 2006
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Mon 17-02-20 20:26
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I'm sure that on the old Zermatt piste display boards with red and green lights, the status of the Cervinia pistes was shown, regardless of the status of the links? But I may be mistaken....
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Mon 17-02-20 19:56
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Mon 17-02-20 19:45
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Cervinia lifts closed by about 3 today. Did Cervinia lifts open at normal times today? They were showing as closed this morning on the displays in Zermatt and on the Zermatt app.
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Mon 17-02-20 18:21
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ah ok everything in Cervinia showing as closed this morning on the Zermatt displays, and as we couldn't get up there anyway I didn't take much notice thereafter!
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Mon 17-02-20 17:01
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Plenty of snow on the pistes, but a lot of bare patches (grass/rock) elsewhere - I assume because of the wind. A lot more ice visible on the high glaciers, presumably also because of the wind.
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Mon 17-02-20 16:55
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Windy today, not much open, sticky snow in parts. Fingers crossed it's better tomorrow. Cervinia pistes closed all day.
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Sun 16-02-20 23:11
Replies: 151
I wish I'd never mentioned the accent thing! But you did. Cat out of the bag. I know my joke contribution was nothing to do with Brits abroad. It was about celebrating the great variety of our regional accents and humour. Last year, there were shouty Brit kids on the skibus here - they were posh kids - so I'm not sure what your point is. My original point seems to have got lost along the way somewhere, maybe too many feathers ruffled.
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Sun 16-02-20 22:30
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OI, wot's wrong wivva West Country accent ? :D There's nothing wrong with any accent - It's People, not accents, that are the problem. I agree. I wish I'd never mentioned the accent thing! I've spent quite a bit of time on chairlifts etc today and the shouty people are invariably Brits. Some of them are a bit posh, some not. That's all.
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Sun 16-02-20 15:05
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it wasn't actually the accent which was noticeable, it was the volume.. apologies to Essex people. Some years ago we were sitting on the snow at Grand Platières above Flaine, having lunch, with a magnificent panorama of Mont Blanc, with a few other families around, mainly french. The peace was broken by the shouty arrival of a couple of Brit families... We heard one of the French people say "ils crient, les anglais...". That's been a family saying ever since..
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Sun 16-02-20 13:22
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Easing into my first day back in Zermatt, on the delightful Gornergratbahn, gliding steadily up the mountain, magnificent views all around....the idyll is broken by (Essix accent needed here) 16-yr old girl and mother: "mum, what is a glacier anyway? Where are they?" They were also on the wrong train - it didn't stop where they wanted to get off, even though it was all clearly signed in the station. It was the railway's fault, not theirs... It's a train. It's Switzerland. There are signs. There are announcements. There are multilingual personnel to ask...
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Fri 14-02-20 22:43
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Bristol-GVA flights cancelled Saturday, my son managed to re-book for Monday but weather still looking doubtful even then...
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Thu 13-02-20 15:01
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Forecast showing 47mph crosswind for the 12:50 Saturday EZY flight from Bristol to GVA... and much the same through to Monday evening
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Wed 12-02-20 21:11
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I emailed the Tourist Office again and (amongst other things) asked if it were possible to have the 'old' webcams available via a link on the main website. Here is (part of) their reply: At the moment you can still find the required webcams here: https://www.zermatt.ch/Webcams/Archiv_Webcams/Bahnhofplatz-Zermatt https://www.zermatt.ch/Webcams/Archiv_Webcams/Findeln-2-050-m It is a question of time until these webcams are turned off. But in the meantime you can still find the desired pictures. The Matterhorn App does still show the webcams Findeln and Bahnhofplatz. Thank you for your comprehension. Customer satisfaction is our ultimate goal. Unfortunately, we have not quite achieved it with you. Despite the circumstances, we deeply hope that you will enjoy the new high-quality webcams as well. I don't know if the links to the archive pages are a result of nagging by the likes of us, or whether they were always there...
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Fri 7-02-20 19:57
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https://vcdn.bergfex.at/webcams/archive.new/downsized/1/1821/2020/02/07/1821_2020-02-07_1400_e63fdf411d8c096d.jpg Sorry it's a bit big (and grainy), but how could they think this isn't worth showing?
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Fri 7-02-20 19:44
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"...we wanted a uniform look..." Hmmm, the triumph of style over substance. The 'old' webcam images may have been a bit small and grainy, but (particularly Findeln and Bahnhofplatz,) they perfectly show why Zermatt is a special place - the still-surviving old wooden buildings up on the mountains (with stunning Matterhorn backdrop of course), and the constant activity around the station, at the heart of the town. They've replaced them with a bland picture-postcard view which shows nothing special. @welshcakes, I re-read your earlier posts - it's useful to know that they're on Bergfex - for now.... Anyone else who misses these 'old friends', feel free to email the Tourist Office (info at zermatt.ch) and let them know!
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Fri 7-02-20 15:05
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....however..... they don't host the Bahnhofplatz webcam, and as that's located above the Tourist Office, who knows how long it will be available? Direct link is here: http://zermatt.net/webcam/bahnhofplatz.html Working when I looked just now.
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Fri 7-02-20 14:29
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The feeds for the 'old' cameras are provided by a Zermatt I.T. company, Web Net Data (WND AG). They have a website with a permanent 'slideshow' of their feeds: http://webcam.wnd.ch. Findeln is still there so you can still get your 'Findeln fix' if needed!
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Fri 7-02-20 12:42
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Update! - the Bahnhofplatz feed is still on Zermatt.net, so the camera is obviously still live, but the Tourist Office have chosen not to show it on Zermatt.ch.
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