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Poster: A snowHead
Mon 6-04-20 11:59
Replies: 80
On the other side of that, I could never understand why the British royal people weren't more competent, considering their privilege level. It seemed inexcusable to not be bothered to become respectable. But then I'd say the same about their language skills I think they did pretty well in learning English. I don't think any of them are native German speakers anymore
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Sun 5-04-20 13:18
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I would also reccomend St Ulrich in the Dolomites. Unlike the French resorts with their ice climbing, indoor climbing walls, snow shoeing trips etc there is less for the non skier to do in the Italian resorts other than walk or go on bus tours. Though I have seen pictures of people doing via ferrata in the more spring like conditions it would still be a tad cold for me. St. Ulrich is good for walking and you could use the local busses to go as far as the Sella or Gardena passes for trips out. There also telecabines leaving from the town upto some view points and mountain restaurants for lunch. I think it is a prettier town than the more famous Wolkenstein further up the valley. Did anyone mention that the scenery is stunning.
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Sat 4-04-20 13:55
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Is that true? Or is it in fact the same as the UK where you can only travel if it is essential for your work, which is not the same thing? It is much stricter than the UK. You have to have a form with you stating why you are out. you must be within 1km of your home for outdoor exercise. If caught violating those rules it is a 135 euro fine for a first offence and 1300 (IIRC) for subsequent ones. I know it is not related to lift passes but our rental agency emailed us to say all bookings after the lock down were cancelled and every one who booked for later will receive a full refund. People in the aprtment at the time of the lockdown will receive proportional refunds. They said it was the law. I imagine the same will apply to lift passes. Eventually. They also informed us that they had been round all the aprtments, checking they were secure, lights off, fridges open etc. The Guardian had some time off for self isolation, but I beleive he is now back at work.
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Fri 3-04-20 18:00
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johnE wrote: @BergmeisterHowever, most of us who own their own skis service them ourselves Is that really true? Of the 15 or so regular skiers I associate with (including Mrs B and me) none of us service our own skis. I wonder what % of Snowheads do their own servicing? Of the 100+ skiers I know almost everyone services their own skis - or gets family or friends to do it for them. It was a shock one year when some friends rented out apartment for a week and part of the stuff they unloaded was a servicing bench. They had only come for a one week holiday. There was no trace of wax or iron fillings on the apartment carpet I'm glad to say.
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Fri 3-04-20 17:53
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Fri 3-04-20 13:01
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@Bergmeister, My local ski shop in Les Arcs charges €20 for an edge and wax. A bit more if holes are to be filled or other repairs. However, most of us who own their own skis service them ourselves. @under a new name, You are making an assumption that we will fly with Easyjet or similar when we go skiing. Many of us drive, use the train or other airlines. If you choose an expensive, for ski haulage, airline and compare it against cheep rental you can make the figures go one way or another. My current piste ski are a couple of years old and had perhaps 120 days on them. I paid €50 for servicing in the shop over time and perhaps £50 for ailine transport (to Japan) but they did cost over £500. I agree the figures do need looking at but there are other reason for having/not having your own skis or boots.
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Thu 2-04-20 11:23
Replies: 78
I'm rather fond of Champagny myself, but largely as a summer destination. There is a good ferrata just up the road We have only managed to ski down to it once. Everytime we try the piste stops at the top of the cablecar. The time we did get down was a christmas eve when we left Arc1600 quite early and got to a sunny Champagny for a very early lunch. It was hot and sunny. People at home couldn't the photos of us sitting outside in T shirts having lunch at the end of December surounded by snow.
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Wed 1-04-20 12:43
Replies: 36
kilometers Do you mean kilometres?
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Mon 30-03-20 14:24
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Sadly I am trying hard to resist the decline rather than get better. In the only measurable sense, my seed points for racing, I have got poorer. I'm slower than ever. This is almost certainly due to not training hard or often enougth. Mind you for some of the races it would be an understatement to say I was under prepared. Arriving back off 2 weeks snow skiing then having one run down the dry slope to familarlise myself with both the dendix and the short, very sharp slalom skis before going straight into the starting gate and through the gates is not what many skiers would do. I actually enjoyed it. Anyway my skiing over Christmas/New Year was terrible. I could barely ski. Oestoarthritis had made it so painful I could only do one or two turns before stopping in agony. I was starting to hate skiing. Only the scenery, my wife and son kept me going. Then I bought a Skimojo. It was a transformation. I was back to doing runs from top to bottom non stop - at speed, enjoying long sweeping turns and bumps. I could even look at washboards without terror. All I did was squat down (or so it felt) and let the springs take the load. I felt reborn This weeks trip has sadly been cancelled - I was really looking forward to skiing again. Once the dryslopes open again I'll be back. I just have to work out how to recover my mojo from Les Arcs
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Mon 30-03-20 12:12
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@Layne, So much of this reminds me of my own early skiing days. The scar at the top of my nose where I skied into an ice wall and bled all over the piste for a while The broken front tooth when I accidently had a kiss from the handle of my ski pole The frost bitten ears when I forgot my hat at -10 The lost passport and how to get back to the UK without a passport The ski train - ah! the skitrain I loved it. I could write a small book on that The mates who try to sneak off the chair lift leaving you asleep on it The trip when we went to Serre Chevalier and there was no snow at all so we had two days at Mongeneve, 2 at Alp d'Huex, 2 at les 2 Alpes, includeing being left there by the tour bus and having to get a taxi back. The overnight coaches to the Alpes, including one where the seats converted to beds for sleeping in The time we were in Saalbach when we were told to leave a bar because some of our party object to the extornionate price of beer - the rest of us were told to leave our drinks and get out. (incidently I thought Saalbach Hinterglemm was the least welcoming of all the resorts I've ever been to) Mud Travels with a baby and how he grew up to outs ki all of us And finaly since none of us ever wore helmets how come we are all still alive
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Sat 28-03-20 15:54
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@Arctic Roll, yes please share you instructions. @kitenski, We applied for refunds on our season passes and haven't heard anything yet. I suspect you'll get your money back but France is in a very sever lock down at the moment. So I suspect not much is happening.
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Sat 28-03-20 14:10
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@thefatcontroller, I was meant to be going out tomorrow and looking at the livecams and all that snow just makes me cry. @Arctic Roll, like @rob@rar, I thought it was a lot of hassle for limited rewards. I will look again for next season. "I only have a two bed room place" only!
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Sat 28-03-20 14:03
Replies: 78
Skiing down to Val T at one point I skied straight into a snow bank. I'm glad other people do that. I have skied into ice banks, snow banks and holes, and have the scars to proove it. I now hate poor vis
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Wed 25-03-20 0:32
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@boarder2020 & @Dave of the Marmottes, concur. Lots of blacks over here are steep bump runs that would kill somebody who was expecting a groomer. That's why I prefer the Euro way...a black piste is groomed, a black ski route, naturide etc. is not, and this is understood (by those who ski in the Alps). In Europe a black piste may or may not be groomed. In France, where I usually go, a black may be bashed once or twice a season. Always assume it will not be bashed.
Poster: A snowHead
Mon 23-03-20 20:33
Replies: 194
Bad Ischgl Is that the resort where Emperor Franz Joseph signed the declaration of war in his Imperial Villa on July 28 1914? Its remoteness from Vienna and poor communications may have had some influence on the start of the war
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Sat 21-03-20 13:02
Replies: 79
@Scooter in Seattle, An intersting read. Just one question: are trams what we call in Europe funiculars, that is go up the mountain on tracks? Oddly when skiing in NA I've always stayed in hotels whereas in Europe it is almost always apartments. OK I have only stayed in a couple NA resorts (Whistler, Banff and Santa Fe which perhaps I shouldn't mention as it's hardly typical), but we have always downloaded at the end of the day and from the base needed to get a bus back home. In Europe, we rarely download and most places I go to never need a skibus back either. Another big difference between NA and Europe that @goweje, mentioned is tips. In Europe in a resaurant you get your bill, pay it and leave. You don't get waiters demanding that you pay them extra before they will let you leave.
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Fri 20-03-20 14:12
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I misread this as the chairlifts in a Swedish ski resort likes sharks. Hence envisaging sharks sitting on chairlifts
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Wed 18-03-20 18:13
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That was my thinking as well, which is why I was surprised that Les Arcs immediately offered refunds, including to season pass holders. Where did you find that from Rob and how do I claim?
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Fri 13-03-20 22:38
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@pam w, how do you avoid Swiss passport control?
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Fri 13-03-20 21:54
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The 'french side' of GVA is precisely to avoid entry to CH, so yes, as long as you're scrupulously careful in following the signs (pedestrian or car) you can land in GVA and travel to the French Alps without having stepped foot in CH. It is not possible to land on an international flight and avoid going through Switzerland. It may be possible on internal French flights, but on an international one you go through Swiss passport control and customs before turning left, go up the stairs and through French Passport control and customs before entering France.
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Tue 10-03-20 17:23
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@rob@rar, in the uk the average number of deaths from flu per annum is 1,700. Having had flu once I can confirm it is a very nasty disease. Like you I see less risk going skiing in les arcs than staying at home , commuting on the train every day. Think about it. I will drive to les arcs where the main risks will be touching fuel nozzles while refuelling, getting in the transarc or varet lifts, going to the shop or the occasional bar or restaurant visit. In fact probably less human contact than at home (with the possible exception if kisses from Eric).
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Tue 10-03-20 11:37
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The live cams look interesting today. I am really looking forward to being there in 3 weeks time
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Tue 10-03-20 11:34
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Nothing much to report today, snowed early, stopped, then sun shone but we had personal stuff to attend to as looking to sell up in 2000 with a view to buy another apartment elsewhere in Les Arcs so had estate visits to sort. Is this decsion due to the recent building work obscuring your view? Where in Les Arcs do you ancy moving to? And a question that worries me - what do you do about captial gains tax? As I see it if I sold my apartment in 1600 and bought another one of exactly the same value I would have to pay captial gains tax, because the pound lost 30% of its value over that period. The flash sale of lift passes looks good for my neice who is joining us that week. I assume that if the Savoie follows Italy in closing ski resorts then the tickets would be refunded (all lifts in resort closed)
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Sun 8-03-20 23:52
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@beny992, I am not a ski coach so perhaps my words should not be taken too seriously but I think you are simply going too slow. Can you increase the angle of the belt and increase its speed? If not then enroll with some lessons at a proper dendix dry slope.
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Sun 8-03-20 22:24
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@thefatcontroller, thanks for the phototgraphs. It looks good at the moment. Down into the bowl form the run that leads to Lac. 2000 & 1950 in the distance That run straight down to the Lac gully is one of my son's favourite runs. I notice the huge lift queues at the Cachette lift.
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Sun 8-03-20 18:41
Replies: 60
@fallLine54, look at the banner announcement at https://www.lathuile.it/en/index.html You have 5 weeks until Easter. They may open again. I hope so.
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Sun 8-03-20 17:52
Replies: 60
It looks as if la Thuile is closing on Monday. I wonder if they'll station border police on the petite st Bernard
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Sun 8-03-20 14:09
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@rob@rar, Wow. I'm really jealous. Those reds down from the top of Vagere often have good powder on them and between them. One of my favourite areas after fresh snow fall
Poster: A snowHead
Sun 8-03-20 13:45
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@rob@rar, last week was looking to be quiet when our letting agency emailed us saying would we consider part week bookings. As it is the week went unlet. With exception of last week the apartment is let out from start of feb to mid March, when we reserved it for ourselves.
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Sun 8-03-20 12:05
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I can't get toilets rolls here and back Saturday night is anyone needs any! ? and no free newpapers in Les Arcs to act as subsitute We stocked up our apartment in October with beer, wine, toilet and kitchen rolls. At the time the shear amount of toilet rolls looked silly, but for some reason our trip at the end of January resulted in a large number being consummed. I think we are down to our last half dozen. Back to more serous matters - the vagere livecam is looking very busy. I thought it would quieten down a lot now the last of half term has gone. Is it just ski schools returning or is the resort really busy? 3 weeks to the day and I'll be on my way down to Les Arcs. We are thinking of going to La Rosiere for a day but wonder if La Thuile is in "lockdown"
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Sun 8-03-20 11:09
Replies: 59
You have to feel sorry for the staff. It appears the company ran their pensions off shore , outside the UK and EU jurisdictions so no safety net .
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Sat 7-03-20 13:00
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Most ancient threads are uninteresting but I found this one interesting - largely to monitor the changes. For example you'd never get a 25m2 studio in Arc 1600 for anywhere near 45,000 euros now. (mind you I am not sure you could then. I paid 87,000 for 35m2) The 3 bed place I've got down in the town of Bourg St Maurice is 98m3, but some up in Les Arcs claim 3 beds totalling 60m3 - really cramped. To put this in context the average new home in the UK is 76 sq ms and has 4.8 rooms with an average area of 15.8 sq m per room. So we are talking about homes families live in year round not holiday homes.
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Fri 6-03-20 23:41
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@Gaz_H, It has probably changed now, but the very first and lasting impression I had of Soelden was as we entered the town there was a large poster of a lady taking her knickers down and I don't think she was advertising ladies lavatories. We went at Easter and the snow was OK. We even managed to ski back to town a couple times.
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Thu 5-03-20 19:37
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And needing chains 3 times in 20 years is exactly the same as I said was my personal experience. That's once every 7 years. I suppose that applies if you only go once a year. I tend to go 2 or 3 times. so that is about 5% probability - The level we tend adopt when rejecting the null hypothesis. I'm not saying don't take snow chains all I am saying it is probably not worth the hire company explaining to you complex operation procedures with traction control. Their time would be better spent telling you how to put the chains on. Incidently the instructions in my Audi are as simple as in my wife's Skoda (well they are virtually the same car.)
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Thu 5-03-20 19:20
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Expensive, dreadful noisy turboprops I like the turboprobs and on short routes they are more efficient than the jets
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Thu 5-03-20 12:23
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Frankly, I find it amazing that the car hire companies don't provide a note for each brand of car telling you how to set the traction control for snow, given the probability you'll need it. A pretty low probablilty. I've hired cars from Geneva and Lyon, driven to the alpes many times over the last 20 years and encountered snow 3 times on the road that required chains. I've never had winter tyres. Only recently have the cars come with traction control. My wife's Skoda has very simple instructions for snow - swtich the traction control off. That's it. What does the BMW manual spend the other 199.99 pages saying? Incidently you can almost always get a car manual in English on the Internet. When we broke down a couple years ago on the way to Les Arcs the insurance company gave us a fiat 500L as as replacement. I was struggling with the cruise control so my neice in the back looked it up on the internet and instructed me.
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Thu 5-03-20 11:52
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And Cardiff Sad Whilst a smaller operation, it was a treat for us to go 45 mins to the airport. Back to BRS and BHX I guess. BHX may not be so useful. As far as I can remember flybe were the only airline flying from Birmingham to Chambery and Lyon and the only cheep way to get to Scotland
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Thu 5-03-20 11:42
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I suspect people with hospital appointments in the UK from the Isle of Man must be getting a bit scared, but it seems that the IoM goverment has told people to make their own arrangements and they will be reimbursed. Lewis Hamilton's jet must be doing a very brisk trade across the Irish sea.
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Thu 5-03-20 11:27
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The Isle of Man must be another place really suffering with the demise of Flybe. Apart from the ferry is there any other way to get there?
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Thu 5-03-20 11:22
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Does the thing about not being able to take Swiss registered cars into France still apply or did they fix that? TBH I don't think that was ever actually applied. There are much more important things to worry about.
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