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Poster: A snowHead
Sat 12-01-19 15:44
Replies: 5937
For me, part of the pleasure of going skiing in France is enjoying the French food and culture (and same for Austria). French food definitely but I prefer British ski instructors. Less jaded attitudes, generally.
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Fri 11-01-19 14:10
Replies: 13
Used to take Flybe Southampton to Geneva for ski trips. A few years ago they quadrupled the price so now we join the hordes at Gatwick for Easyjet or Swiss. I like flying out of Southampton but not that much.
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Sun 6-01-19 11:56
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The junction at the bottom of Verte and Diebold is a notorious area, made worse by people crossing the slower/flatter Verte piste to get on Marmottes lift. The code covers overtaking but not convergence of skiers and that's an omission that can cause unpredictable behaviour in that area.
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Mon 26-11-18 14:23
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After it dawned on me that I can ski as in control as I like but some daft person is still liable to crash into me.
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Tue 16-10-18 11:57
Replies: 41
I go to Spain for paragliding. Slightly strange to walk past a bar at 0800 in the morning that sounds like a fight is about to break out. No, it's just the locals talking at their usual volume. It's a bit of a pain that the noise in the streets doesn't stop until dawn. No doubt that's some peoples idea of a good time but it isn't mine.
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Fri 31-08-18 8:46
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See topic http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=3157362 for Val d'Isere lift queues! I've been going to Val d'Isere for 10+ years and only experienced lift queues longer than 15 mins when there has been a breakdown. Queues on the roads, that's another story.
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Thu 23-08-18 10:20
Replies: 31
And I believe it isn't much better on Ben Nevis etc. Your comment led me to do some internet searching. I wasn't aware of this, but apparently under Scottish Law (but not English) there is a common law offence of "The offence has no specific definition but deals with acts involving a criminal degree of recklessness which cause injury to other persons or create a risk of such injury" So no, putting yourself at risk doesn't count. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culpable_and_reckless_conduct
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Sun 5-08-18 10:00
Replies: 40
Oh. I've flown Swiss quite often for the free ski transport. EasyJet from now on I guess.
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Fri 3-08-18 5:44
Replies: 73
Oh dear, I'm a person who skis then. That's put me in my place.
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Thu 2-08-18 14:28
Replies: 73
And for most a ski holiday should be written holiday ski. Neither actually, since ski and holiday are both nouns. But I don't know what you are getting at.
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Tue 29-05-18 5:00
Replies: 28
Everything is reliable when properly maintained, and used as they’re designed. Is that so? I had a 3 month old desktop hard drive go phut. What maintenance do you think I failed to do?
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Mon 28-05-18 10:49
Replies: 6
^ Beautifully filmed, irritatingly presented. Or so I found it. I collected a large number of "dislikes" on another forum for expressing that opinion.
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Sat 14-04-18 6:06
Replies: 171
In the UK it can be significantly cheaper to pre-purchase train tickets as the operating companies want to be able to charge short-notice business travellers more, like the airlines do. Whether that applies for the journeys you have in mind, I don't know.
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Wed 4-04-18 11:33
Replies: 70
Interesting discussion. Last time I took a series of group lessons, I asked others at the end if they wanted to kick in for a tip for the instructor. They all looked at me like I'd grown a second head.
Poster: A snowHead
Mon 2-04-18 17:26
Replies: 16
Depends on conditions and how crowded it (Verte) is. If snow not icy or hard-packed, plus not too crowded, then it's fine. Yes although in my experience it is crowded much of the time. The run to La Daille that doesn't seem to get the crowds is Orange.
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Mon 2-04-18 10:57
Replies: 16
and Verte into La Daille. It's certainly green on the map but it doesn't feel in the least like greens elsewhere in EK. All the routes into La Daille, green, blue and red, cover similar ground of similar steepness.
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Mon 26-03-18 12:19
Replies: 59
I am 'fairly' sure most people wouldn't leave their bike in a public area in the UK without locking it up in some form. (save for the one chap at our local station who leaves a pink and rusty mountain bike with some antiquated form of suspension on it). I don't understand why a set of ski's or a snowboard would be treated differently. Because the probabilities of bike versus skis being nicked are entirely different.
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Thu 22-03-18 15:36
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This thread isn't about the "worst" airport. There are 100s if not 1000s of airports and I doubt many of us have used enough to know which is "worst". It is about your "most hated". That's an opinion question and Geneva is my "most hated". Even more than Luton. I departed through the main terminal on the Swiss side on Swiss (the airline).
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Thu 22-03-18 8:28
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Thank you but I cannot see any benefit to me in alternating between passport and another form of photo ID. All I actually care about is the number of queues I have to stand in. You seem very keen to deny what was my actual experience. Why is that then?
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Thu 22-03-18 8:00
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@dogwatch, as I said, you don’t need your passport checked 3 times, just once. When did you last fly? Two weeks ago, from Geneva to Gatwick on Swiss and I can assure you I did need to have my passport checked multiple times. "I’m afraid your argument is a bit, “I fly through on the busiest days of the year and it’s really busy so it’s crap”" Good grief. I'm not making an argument, I'm expressing an opinion.
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Wed 21-03-18 13:54
Replies: 229
During the week (other than bank or school holiday weekends) there is more or less no security queuing outbound and luggage is usually delivered pretty quickly inbound....Geneva is very efficient most of the time. Unfortunately as I can only rent an apartment in the building I want Sat-Sat, that really does me no good at all. "As above, you don't need passports at checkin or at the gate, just official photoID, e.g. photo driving licence will do. However, if you are travelling to e.g. the UK and thus out of Shengen, you will as you would expect, have to pass through passport control." I expect to go through passport control. I am not so sure why I need my passport checked 3 times or why the gate staff cannot do the final check and instead I need to queue twice at the gate, once for the final passport check and again (a few feet away) for the boarding card check. I have never come across another airport where it is done that way.
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Sat 17-03-18 14:13
Replies: 7
Double M is my other half’s favourite piste in the EK. I would say it isn’t steep at all and is borderline blue. It is also very wide so easy to traverse between turns. I would definitely include it. Yes borderline blue. It is also the motorway run back to Val Claret and frequently skied by muppets at speed well beyond their abilities. I got clobbered from behind by one such and have seen others who clearly thought it highly amusing to ski out of control on a busy piste. So not really my favourite. I don't think there is very much difference between blues and reds in EK. Maybe just that steepness on reds is more sustained.
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Sun 11-03-18 12:04
Replies: 229
Geneva, it just doesn't have the facilities to handle the number of passengers. In the last week: incoming. Our take off is delayed 2 hours, no incoming slots due to "snow". No snow is apparent on landing. The plane comes to a stop and the stairs are waiting for us. Unfortunately the driver is not. 20 minutes later he turns up and we disembark. The queue for passport control takes another 20 minutes. Never mind, at least the luggage will be there by the time we reach baggage control. Oh no it isn't. Firstly shown as "delayed" then our flight disappears completely as far as the baggage display is concerned. I'd go and enquire were it not for the fact that the queue to ask is 20-30 deep and the queue for lost baggage more like 40-50. After 45 minutes, my skis appear and 15 minutes later my bag. We finally exit customs an hour and 45 minutes after landing. Outgoing. My passport is checked at 1. check-in. 2. after security. Why not at security like every other airport? So that's another 20 minute queue 3. at a separate desk at the gate before your boarding pass is checked at a different desk, unlike every other airport where the same staff check both. That's 3 checks to leave the country. In comparison, I can't say I see too much wrong with Gatwick.
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Sun 11-03-18 11:45
Replies: 122
The debate on whether we are innately selfish has been going on since the dawn of time. It's very doubtful - assuming the problem even exists - the reason is that we are becoming more selfish. Not much of a debate really, clearly humans can be both innately selfish and altruistic. Innately, altruism applies largely to those to whom we are genetically related but we are socialised to apply it to school, nation, workplace and other larger groups. And there's the change. Over the large few decades our society has become more individualistic and the bonds we have with others less deep and more short-term.
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Wed 28-02-18 10:12
Replies: 229
The skier who hit the OP clearly, at the last part of the collision, had become the uphill skier - and thus was not a blameless party. I don't agree. At six seconds, which is a split second before impact, the OP is still the uphill skier. Oxymoron. Six seconds is clearly NOT a split second which is axiomatically less than one second. More importantly, and being less facetious, six seconds is a long distance when you are travelling at 30mph - 80 metres to be precise. If we skied/rode based on what was happening six seconds ago given that distance travelled then we'd all be sking into each other and the scenery all the time. By "six seconds" I meant the six second point in the video. I think that given a few moments of thought, that is obvious from what I wrote, since the interpretation you have followed is indeed nonsensical. If you look at the video at six seconds, you will see the skiers are a split second from impact.
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Tue 27-02-18 10:10
Replies: 229
I once got off a chairlift and there was a large - really large - flat area at the top, with just one person standing in the middle of it, admiring the view. I don't know if there was some kind of magnetic force at work, or what, but I skied (albeit gently) straight into him. :shock: :oops: I've never been so embarrassed in my life. It's a well-known effect called "object fixation", taught for example to pilots who land in fields with obstacles. Do not focus on the obstacle or you will hit it.
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Tue 27-02-18 10:06
Replies: 229
The skier who hit the OP clearly, at the last part of the collision, had become the uphill skier - and thus was not a blameless party. I don't agree. At six seconds, which is a split second before impact, the OP is still the uphill skier.
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Tue 27-02-18 10:02
Replies: 229
I have watched this video several times and sorry but to me it is 100% clear that the OP is the uphill overtaking skier and at fault. The fact that the other skier also seems to be skiing unpredictably doesn't change that. It's pretty terrifying that so many here are concluding it is a 50/50 situation.
Poster: A snowHead
Mon 22-01-18 6:28
Replies: 37
But I hate catching a bus to go skiing with a passion, and it baffles me that people are prepared to put up with it ;-) Really? You always have seemed such a reasonable chap but now you seem to be channelling Margaret Thatcher ("A man who, beyond the age of 26, finds himself on a bus can count himself as a failure").. What's so bad about buses?
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Sun 21-01-18 5:07
Replies: 14
I was a self-taught skier and have since spent quite a lot of time and money with instructors trying to remodel my bad technique. I'd get some instruction at the beginning if i were you.
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Sun 21-01-18 5:00
Replies: 57
I remain perplexed why everyone doesn't lock up their skis. We tend to lock up everything else. Bicycles especially - even if not worth much, there is the inconvenience of how to get home without. If you don't lock a bike it will be stolen. Actually if you lock it, it still may be stolen. Stealing skis from mountain restaurants seems quite rare. It's a bit of a bust as a way to make a dishonest living, how is someone who has arrived by ski going to leave with stolen skis plus their own skis? Those thefts I've heard of have mostly been from valley level skis rooms whether multiple stolen skis can be loaded into a van.
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Sat 20-01-18 9:14
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But the same can happen anywhere. Just depends on the whims of the weather gods.
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Sat 20-01-18 6:41
Replies: 64
I think you are as likely to find friendly and unfriendly people in France as anywhere else. I would not factor that into your selection. Your belief that European resorts are not patrolled is incorrect. Christmas is a very busy time for resorts, snow-making and snow-moving will have been performed as needed in the major resorts and you'd be very unlucky to find them un-skiable. As a tourist you can function in English easily enough. To put it another way, Anglophones can get by with being lazy about bothering to learn other languages. I'm not sure why you think the Dolomites are especially dependent on snow-making. US resorts are small and touring around them makes sense. The major European resorts are large and there is plenty of skiing to explore in a week. Hence people tend to stay in a resort and I'm not sure how many do "itineraries". Resorts and hotels are geared up to people who stay for a week. Over the Christmas week, I'm not sure how easy you would find booking a hotel for a short period. All major resorts have activities for people who don't ski because it is common to go as families where not everyone skis. "Raucous euro apres ski" is not mandatory. Finding "proper ale type beer" may be a challenge. On that point, I suggest going native. If you are determined to visit Venice, then personally I'd fly in and out of Venice and spend the intervening time in the Dolomites.
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Tue 16-01-18 12:21
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PS: If you make some statistical research, I'm pretty sure there's more injuries and deaths per 1000 skiers off pisten then on piste. That certainly seems to be the belief of the insurers, who do have the statistics.
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Mon 15-01-18 16:41
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Its a very bad idea - significant risk that you would spill the beer. You think being hospitalised by a pissed skier is a source of amusement?
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Thu 11-01-18 15:35
Replies: 23
an excellent way to invalidate your insurance My insurance makes no mention of ski boots and I can drive perfectly well in them (auto box). UK Highway code 97 "You should ensure that.....clothing and footwear do not prevent you using the controls in the correct manner". If you have a crash when driving in ski boots and are deemed to have lost control, good luck arguing that the boots had nothing to do with it. As for the law in other countries, I don't know but at a wild guess it may be similar.
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Thu 11-01-18 14:20
Replies: 23
Approach shoes with a Vibram sole. Some here https://rockrun.com/collections/approach-shoes
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Sat 23-12-17 15:39
Replies: 11
So your theory is that good conditions will result in emptier pistes. Has this ever been known to happen?
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Tue 12-12-17 7:16
Replies: 68
Is the poping a bad habit? Yes it's a cardinal sin.
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Sat 9-12-17 16:41
Replies: 234
There are happy drunks, amorous drunks, manic drunks, morose drunks and as you get older, sleepy drunks. The gentleman in question turned out to be a fighting drunk. At least events appeared to be heading in that direction when I decided to call the evening a night.
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