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Poster: A snowHead
Sat 16-02-19 9:10
Replies: 8
@mountainaddict, For Zermatt however, if you want to eat cheap there is a Macdonalds (this is twice-ish uk prices). :sH: Have to admit we ended up in Macdonalds on the one evening we thought we’d pop into Zermatt for the evening. Everywhere else seemed silly prices. Cheaper options in Tasch.
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Sat 16-02-19 6:44
Replies: 307
The Ibis Hotels at the Calais terminal are very convenient and good value. Depends if you want to get some miles under your belt as well.
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Tue 5-02-19 20:31
Replies: 9
The downside of VT or Les Menuires is the lack of trees in bad weather.
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Mon 14-01-19 19:54
Replies: 43
You won't find the poor on the ski slopes!
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Sat 5-01-19 9:12
Replies: 21
The one weakness of the area. La Thuile can be seriously windy too. Not sure if any time of year is particularly susceptible.
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Mon 31-12-18 6:37
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Get to Cervinia early so you’re sure of a space in the gondola car park. It’s then an escalator ride up. If you have to park in town it’s a lot of steps. Enjoy.
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Sun 30-12-18 0:10
Replies: 150
I fear the sexism comes in the assumption that women are so especially delicate that they need special treatment. In any activity people will tend to link up with others of the same gender. So a single sex class may be attractive for that reason. The problem lies in excluding a group from the slope for a period of time because of their gender.
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Fri 28-12-18 10:11
Replies: 36
Did a weekend in Risoul/Vars a few years ago. Long drive from Nice, but were very impressed with the ski area and would love to go back sometime.
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Wed 26-12-18 12:41
Replies: 150
Female only classes aren’t a problem, but gender specific sessions are. If you can’t access a facilty at a specifc time because of your gender that clearly is sexism. I wonder if you would find such an approach anywhere else in Europe? Classes for ‘nervous’ skiers of whatever gender are probably what are needed rather than the assumption that the clients for such classes must be female.
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Mon 10-12-18 10:25
Replies: 12
How frustrating. What was the reason given?
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Fri 7-12-18 12:49
Replies: 23
Just received my copy. Really surprised that it is totally focused on the Alps. I would have thought that the Pyrenees and elsewhere were worth at least a chapter? Front cover promotion of one resort seems to dilute any suggestion that it is still really an independent guide.
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Sun 2-12-18 9:22
Replies: 10
https://www.j2ski.com/ski-news/item/18393/curmayeur-wrks-n-upgrades-t-highest-lifts-slpes
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Fri 30-11-18 16:13
Replies: 12
Try the ones at Decathlon. Great value and I'm generally impressed - no goggles to forget, drop. Only hassle is if the visor does really fog up and you want to clear you have to take your helmet off rather just the goggles. Just lifting the visor is easier than trying to get goggles to stay on the top of some helmets.
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Fri 23-11-18 13:26
Replies: 78
Nice design. Nothing to be ashamed of. Sadly, likely to generate sympathy as much as anything else these days. I've never understood mad patriotism - your nationality is an accident of birth and not an achievement.
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 21-11-18 19:36
Replies: 27
Never understand why people give LM such a hard time. If you stay in the higher area, Reberty, there are several nice places and it's nothing like the lower areas with the cheap apartments. Quite. Stayed there before Xmas a few years ago and was most impressed, much nicer than I had been expecting. I quite like Brides, but would go for LM given a choice, just to save on the hassle of travelling each day.
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Fri 16-11-18 15:57
Replies: 50
I'm thinking that an alternative to the ski chalet/apartment dream would be to build a relationship with a hotel that would be willing to pick you up from the airport and store your skis for the season. Cutting out the cost/hassle of car hire and ski hire/carriage would be a big bonus. Anybody manage this?
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Mon 12-11-18 21:33
Replies: 12
snowcome :sH: Looks like those lockers are €45 a week... https://www.merinet.com/meribel/questions/are-there-any-ski-lockers-near-to-the-pisteslifts Parking seems to have become more scarce in recent years, but you usually find something 5 mins from the centre.
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Sun 11-11-18 17:49
Replies: 18
So you had quite a lot of space around the toes in the old boots then!
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Sun 11-11-18 17:45
Replies: 36
Wouldn't recommend a Formule1 stopover if your with GF. Shared bathrooms/toilets are unlikely to go down well.
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Sat 10-11-18 11:25
Replies: 50
If I was near an airport that worked then I’d head for Salzburg. An hour to Ski Amade and a huge variety of resorts. The problem with Salzburg is that there never seems to be any late return flights to the UK. Although the drive to the Aosta Valley resorts is 2 hours or so, there are flights from Milan late in the day.
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Sat 3-11-18 17:03
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I'm thinking about getting my first set of boots, what should I be looking for? The first post of this thread looks like it used to have a nice guide for someone like me, but I'm not holding my breath for the update given it was last edited in 2009! I'm based in Brighton. I know we have a Snow & Rock who do boot fitting. We also have a Mountain Warehouse and Trespass, but I don't think either of them offer boot fitting. We used to have an independent (Surf & Ski), but that's now a pizza restaurant. The first time I'll use them is on the pre season bash in Tignes, am I better picking something up there or will I pay way over the odds by doing that? Sorry to hear that Surf and Ski have closed, as that's where I bought my very first pair of (rear entry) boots. Snowlab at Knockhatch in Hailsham (https://www.snowlab.co.uk/) have been good in the past. My current pair came from Captains Cabin in Sevenoaks (https://www.theski-shop.co.uk) - also very good. Both not too far from Brighton.
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Tue 30-10-18 20:54
Replies: 14
Best route to Saas Fee? Sion would appear to be the closest airport, but it looked like it only has UK flights once a week when I had a quick glance at the airport website. Would Geneva be the next best option?
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Mon 29-10-18 21:22
Replies: 11
If it's a late flight I reckon it's worth staying at a cheap hotel at the airport and then driving in daylight. Much less stressful.
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Thu 25-10-18 22:25
Replies: 18
Yes. Got my boots there a few years ago and recently got them to replace the sole plates. Excellent service. Will be the first place I look next time.
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Wed 24-10-18 11:55
Replies: 41
I've a similar situation for a trip in March 2019. A couple of additional qus... Is there a non skiers' pass that's worth getting for a long weekend that will be cheaper than paying for return tickets? Is there a good value place for ski hire anyone can recommend? We'll be staying at the Victoria-Lauberhorn. Non-skiers pass - yes. https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/jungfrau-ski-region/jungfrau-region-hiking-and-sledging-pass/ Skiset are the cheapest for ski hire, and they’re very good. The shop is next door to your hotel in the Main Street. https://www.skihirewengen.com Many thanks telford_mike
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Tue 23-10-18 16:44
Replies: 41
@nbt, The Jungfrau region is eminently suitable for a trip with a non skier as the mountain railways make it very easy for the non-skier to meet up with the skiers at lunchtime at Kleine Scheidegg. In addition to plenty of walks there are several toboggan runs too if the non-skier feels up to that! (toboggans can be hired by the day or longer). Grindelwald is bigger than Wengen, but I prefer Wengen as it's car free. If you stay in Wengen then in addition to the non skier taking the train up to Kleine Scheidegg they can take the cable car from the centre of the village up to Männlichen where they can also meet you for lunch. I've a similar situation for a trip in March 2019. A couple of additional qus... Is there a non skiers' pass that's worth getting for a long weekend that will be cheaper than paying for return tickets? Is there a good value place for ski hire anyone can recommend? We'll be staying at the Victoria-Lauberhorn.
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Fri 14-09-18 9:08
Replies: 31
too brutal folks. In my experience, of trying to coax a teenager through his GCSE's, the criteria for passing the exams seem to have been set with little regard (or awareness) for the 'real' world and trying to comprehend them through the lens of rationality tended to result in a quite perplexed state. The objective here, I would presume, is not an adult mission to produce 'the next great ski product' but to nurture, in a student, respect for the research part of the R&D process. Well said Admin. We’ve had worse surveys from degree level students on here. If the poster is a 14-16 year old trying to meet the crazy demands of GCSE coursework why would we not want to offer our support rather than worst aspects of web forums?
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Wed 15-08-18 8:51
Replies: 18
5 adults means a big hire car, so it may not be cheaper than transfers, but it usually is. There's always the possibility of bad weather and that makes transfers attractive, but I've always hired - like to be in control of my own destiny. A car is useful if you're self catering and want to go to one of the supermarkets in Moutiers or fancy a day out to another resort (skis on lap time?) - e.g. Champagny and skiing La Plagne. I've never used Lyon on a Saturday, but it's not overly busy at other times. It was being rebuilt when I was last there - now complete I believe. Note at both Lyon and Geneva that the car hire is a short bus ride away from the terminal - that's not an issue at Grenoble.
Poster: A snowHead
Mon 6-08-18 14:10
Replies: 2067
@king key, Pilots will be indispensable in the not to distant future... You can learn to ski without ski instructors... dispensable ?
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Sun 27-05-18 16:54
Replies: 24
Car hire from Milan ususally much cheaper than the alternatives.
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Sat 28-04-18 6:38
Replies: 32
Domes are dull as ditch water - much better to go for a walk in the countryside - generally speaking you will be faced with poor snow/ice long queues, short and boring runs and overpriced coffee. I always thought it was 'dish water'??? Sure that ditch water isn't that exciting either though.
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Wed 11-04-18 18:53
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What other ambitions do you have when you’re five??
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Fri 30-03-18 15:38
Replies: 26
A bit cheaper than I reported - a Swiss Transfer ticket looks like £116 each - so £232 for the two of us. Car hire looks like £132. I already have excess insurance. Parking at Lauterbrunnen for 4 days looks around £42. Return train fare between Lauterbrunnen and Wengen is 16.40euros each + petrol. So there's not a lot in it. Thinking that part of the Swiss experience will be to use the train, even if it does involve 4 changes.
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Fri 30-03-18 15:12
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Had started to plan the airport to resort by train option, but was surprised to discover it involves 4 changes of train! and the return price for two of us looks like 333 euros. Car hire starts to look the better option.
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Sat 24-03-18 15:04
Replies: 26
The famous Swiss integrated transport system makes Lauterbrunnen a practical prospect, but you do have to live according to a timetable. It's perfectly possible to stay in the valley, get a bus to the train straight up to Kleine Scheidegg, and go home on the train from Wengen, but if you miss the bus or train you'll have a certain amount of waiting to do. Depends on how organised your family is! I can dig out details of the large apartment we stayed in if you like (or wait for @Gämsbock to show up here; she'll know) But presumably if you stay in Wengen itself you've got to pay to park the car in Lauterbrunnen and transfer everything up to your accommodation on the train? As idyllic as Wengen would appear, that does sound like a hassle.
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Sat 24-03-18 11:46
Replies: 26
Thanks for the info. It looks like half term, then. I’m thinking of an apartment in Wengen or wondering if Lauterbrunnen might not give us more flexibility. Self catering is always the way to keep the costs down. Lift pass prices look comparable to elsewhere. Go on scare me - how much for a small beer? That famous Swiss dish - pizza?
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Fri 23-03-18 17:50
Replies: 26
It's always been on my list of resorts to visit one day and 2019 may be the year. The problem is I'm restricted to school hols. So when would be best - half term (better snow, but busier?) or early April (Easter is late next year and is at the end of the school break)?? Thoughts from any locals or those who know the area well would be appreciated.
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Tue 20-03-18 19:11
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Looks like it's France, Spain and Portugal at present with Italy joining in May... "French managers APRR and AREA offer an option to use the electronic toll badge in Italy on the TopEurop formula. This formula is marketed from May 2018. With APRR / AREA's TopEurop, you will be able to travel on all French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian motorways; with the exception of the cross-border tunnels of Fréjus and Mont Blanc."
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Sun 18-03-18 12:33
Replies: 12
Driving in the Aosta Valley is usually a dream as the roads are so quiet. The level of the tolls is clearly successful in pushing drivers onto other roads.
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Fri 16-03-18 15:07
Replies: 12
A Tesco carrier bag works pretty well too. I just tried this. Works fine, but I end up with my foot and carrier bag in my boot. To get the bag out I have to take my foot out. It is a Sainsburys bag though - is that where I've gone wrong? :)
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