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Poster: A snowHead
Thu 1-10-20 10:53
Replies: 15
@rjs, was it as intersting as this one? https://www.facebook.com/BBCArchive/videos/1975-nationwide-kirkby-ski-slope/287478761868762/
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Wed 30-09-20 15:14
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Indeed places like Chalmazel are quite close - not much further than the Chartreuse resorts
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Wed 30-09-20 15:01
Replies: 37
@GeorgeVII, A couple years ago we drove back from Venice in less than 24 hours and that was pretty much the route we followed. It is a much easier route than across Austria and Germany. @albob, Try Google maps from Milan to Calais and choose the eastern route
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Wed 30-09-20 14:40
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Probably Col de Granier https://en.france-montagnes.com/resort/le-granier-le-desert Or Collet d'Allevard Bigger resorts a bit further away include Saint Francois Longchamp and Les Sept Laux. For a map of where resorts actually are look at https://en.france-montagnes.com/resort-guide/resorts-map/northern-alps-map
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Wed 30-09-20 12:25
Replies: 62
Cortina d'Ampezzo, has everything that a valley town should have and then some! I suspect it is because I have been there too much in the summer but whenever I think of Cortina I think "traffic jam, big traffic jam". One thing I have come to realise from this and similar discussions about the beauty of ski resorts - we split into two groups: those of us who look up from the resort ans see the beauty of the mountains and those that look down from the mountains and see the ugliness of the towns.
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Wed 30-09-20 12:02
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Ischgl could be the place to go next season. They won't want to get it wrong twice and to quote a line from The World According To Garp;"It's been pre-disastered". As also believed by Baldrich https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8wdynZ0iWg
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Wed 30-09-20 10:44
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but remember to get your Green Card before you go And your international driving licence
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Tue 29-09-20 13:58
Replies: 62
johnE wrote: Quote: You can rule out France Nonsense, there are some beautiful ski areas in France, but for shear scenery you cannot beat the Dolomites so you are ruling out France then. No. Just stating a personal preference
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Tue 29-09-20 13:49
Replies: 62
@mikefitz11, Arraba give access to the best and slightly harder skiing. Wolkenstein is quite a large town and has good access to the Sella Ronda. Down the valley is St Ulrich, a smaller and possibly more beautiful town. Alleghe gives good access to the Civetta and by bus to the passo Giau. There is lots of choice. Personaly I would go for Arraba
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Tue 29-09-20 13:01
Replies: 62
@davidof, you must live in Tower Hamlets? Sorry, the Becton Alps are not a substitue for Pointe du Bouchet
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Tue 29-09-20 12:49
Replies: 62
@mikefitz11, To whet your appetite have a look at some of James Rushforth's photos of the Dolomites - There is a small sample here https://www.wanderlust.co.uk/content/photo-gallery-the-dolomites-landscapes/
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Tue 29-09-20 12:42
Replies: 37
I wonder if we will be allowed any duty free imports or will we have to pay duty on our sausages?
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Tue 29-09-20 12:35
Replies: 62
Been blessed with some incredible skiing in North America and I'm wondering is there anywhere in Europe that can compare with places like Lake Louise The bar hasn't been set very high. The view from the chateau over the lake is pretty good, but apart from that the resort doesn't have that many great views. The view along the lake at Misurina is just as good. For some reason Tignes is derided for its lack of views but the view from the Grand Motte over to the Gran Paradiso national park is IMHO magificent. Then you can turn around and look across to the Grande Casse. But then again I like to view almost all mountains.
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Tue 29-09-20 11:58
Replies: 62
You can rule out France Nonsense, there are some beautiful ski areas in France, but for shear scenery you cannot beat the Dolomites
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 29-09-20 10:52
Replies: 37
Weird, I was convinced this was a thread about travelling to ski somewhere It could be very important if say there is a 20km queue of lorries waiting to get to Calais. Or, indeed, how we in a car declare that we are importing 2 bottles of wine and a German sausage. I think this could be a huge stumbling block in our transport plans
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Mon 28-09-20 13:29
Replies: 20
@rayscoops, I enjoyed both Borovets and Bansko when I was there. However I was working in Sofia at the time and TBH most things were better than Sofia for the weekend. The hiking in the forests was nice as well during the summer. Having said that I wouldn't actually go to Bulgaria for the skiing. There are better places for the same or less money. In fact I would say Zakopane in Poland was better.
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Mon 28-09-20 13:21
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IIRC we made it from Ulm to Oxford before we needed fuel.
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Mon 28-09-20 13:13
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@James77, Gulp. OK my wife's car only does 45 mpg when on the Autobahn, but it has a decent size tank - 65 litres or 70 litres when I drive it to the <5 miles left limit.
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Mon 28-09-20 11:53
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@James77, It's about 520km from Saarbrucken to Calais, so if you fill up before the German border you should make it to Calais. If as @ajc2260626, says you cut your spead to 70 you should make it easily. 300 miles seams a very small range for a car these days. My wife's large estate car does over 600. You are permitted to stop in remote places to, and I quote, "walk a dog" I'm not sure if that is a euphenism, but you can stop in a remote aire to releive yourself. You cannot, however, stop to refuel or go to a service station. By accident we had cut across country to Metz and there were plenty of remote places to stop. That part of France is very empty.
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Mon 28-09-20 10:40
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normally drive to france to ski, this year probably not happening..... i believe that it should be possible (currently to drive to italy) via belgium and germany as long as you dont stop in france / switzerland etc which should be possible barring the car breaking down etc.... any thoughts / tips or has anyone done this way down to italy etc..... Yes, we did it in the summer. You are allowed to drive through both Austria and France provided you don't stop. A quarantine had been applied to France when we returned from the Dolomites. On the first day day of the return we drove to Saarbrucken for an overnight stop. Then before leaving Germany filled up with fuel, food and drink and simply drove to Calais. No preoblems at all. I beleive you also cannot stop in Luxenberg or Belgium either.
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Mon 28-09-20 9:16
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@GlasgowCyclops, has Scotland at last managed to leave the UK then?
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Sun 27-09-20 20:03
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Good food in bulgaria if low and slow meats are you thing. ? All I ever found in Bulgaria were cold and greasy mixed grills - pretty horible. That is until I discovered Turkish restaurants, which serve fantastic food. It's been a long time since I've skied in Bulgaria but when I did I much prefered Borovets to Bansko.
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Fri 25-09-20 11:17
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Following on from what the live cam watchers are presenting I notice quite a bit of wet snow in Les Arcs at the moment, even down to 1600m. It looks just the sort of conditions to really chill you to your bones. I know it will all melt in a day or two but the seasons dramitically changed at the equinox
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Fri 25-09-20 10:46
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@Arctic Roll, I supose it partly revolves around what you call a week's skiing. For the moment let's assume it is 7 days. A 7 day essentials pass costs €265.5 as an ealy bird purchase for me. A season pass €700 that comes in at 2 weeks and 5 days of weekly passes. Sadly, if you take only 6 day ski trips it works out that a season pass is €20 more than 3 6 day passes. One of the features of having my own apartment (and, as of this week, retired) is that I haven't done a Saturday evening to Saturday morning trip for a long time. With the way Covid 19 is going at the moment it looks as if a Christmas/New Year trip may be off the cards (It looks as if the Grenoble area will be going into lockdown soon with infection levels approaching those of Bolton). Then I may only get 15 days in at the end of the season making a season pass not such a good deal. I'll wait until November before making my mind up.
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Thu 24-09-20 17:11
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Iv'e just noticed a change in the Les Arcs Season pass policy. There are now two season passes one covering only the winter season and one both summer and winter. For me an early bird winter pass will be €696 whereas winter and summer would be €751.5 Last summer, IIRC, a full day pass was €21. Since I only used the lifts twice during the summer it would be more ecconomic to buy the winter only pass. It pays to be carefu and read everything. One link mentions the winter only pass https://www.lesarcs-peiseyvallandry.ski/fr/early_booking_saison?utm_medium=email&um_source=NL&utm_campaign=ADS_20_09_FR_CA_COM_001_EARLYBOOKING&utm_term=FR&utm_content=img_earlybookingsaisonhiver The other the summer and winter ones only https://www.lesarcs-peiseyvallandry.ski/fr/early-booking-annee?utm_medium=email&um_source=NL&utm_campaign=ADS_20_09_FR_CA_COM_001_EARLYBOOKING&utm_term=FR&utm_content=img_earlybookingsaisonhiverete
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Thu 24-09-20 12:14
Replies: 28
@Mjit, I think the word "literally" is now one of those phrases that means the opposite of what it used to mean, much like the phrase "world leading" now means "crap"
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Thu 24-09-20 12:06
Replies: 45
Hard to book flights these days without a card.... Indeed, showing you went to Munich. I've often wondered how people who for various reasons don't have credit/debit cards get along. Or indeed how my brother in law can manage without a passport or a driving licence or any other photo ID. As for mobile phones I have a friend who doesn't use one.
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Thu 24-09-20 11:37
Replies: 45
Its traceable though.....mobile phone.....credit cards all leave a trail for where you have been. Assuming you have a mobile phone and credit cards of course. Is't the facial recognition systems etc a better option :-D
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 23-09-20 21:50
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@charlie26, Yes you can cancel. This is what their email to me said In order to provide you the greatest possible flexibility for your stay, we are offering you the possibility to modify or cancel your order online at no cost up to 48 hours before your first day of skiing. It doesn't mention that you have to give a reason for the cancellation
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Wed 23-09-20 11:06
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I’d be happy to take a lift in a face covering, we go quiet weeks so usually have a lift to ourselves anyway. But no way wear one whilst actually skiing. I mean....What is the risk whilst flying past each other in the open air?, The point of the discussion was that some people thought it was a hassle to put a mask on when approaching a ski lift and take it off when leaving it. So I suggested simply wearing it all day. I have come across people wearing ski masks all day in the past so why not slip a surgical mask underneath it?
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Wed 23-09-20 10:11
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@Snowsartre, The whole system is based on trust and honesty. Though you would undoubtably get away with it it is wrong.
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Tue 22-09-20 17:12
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I see the early bird lift prices are out now. It looks as if one's wife and one will be paying €751 each for our paradiski season passes. Since we are planning about 25 days next season that is about €30 per day roughly equivilant to 18 days or 3 6 day passes. They are allowing cancellation upto 48 hours before your first day's skiing but I am not sure what that actually means for a season pass. Anyway I think I will order mine on November 29th and hope I can actually get out there.
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Sun 20-09-20 18:27
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Another small town that’s quite attractive but down the mountain is Bozel. That’s a 15-20 min drive to Courchevel, but they do run a shuttle bus https://en.valleedebozel.com/ . It’s also a short drive from Champagny en Vanoise which is part of the Paradiski area. And another short drive upto Pralognan
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Sun 20-09-20 17:14
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@nicole.bates, The nearest lift is about 100m from our apartent and similar distance to the shops and bars. It is very conveinent. There are no runs classed as green in Les Arcs. They ony use blue, red and black with beginner areas marked as mauve, sometimes. Though the runs down to 1600 where we are based are generally on the tough side for beginners there is one, long gentle blue back from the Arpette which I reacall taking my 4 or 5 year old son down on his first week skiing. Your main problem will be finding a big apartment. There are big apartments and chalets about (some nice looking ones in the woods above Arc1600), but I have never seen them advertised for rent and very rarely for sale even. There may be something in Arc 1950 or Eden Arc, but I am not very familular with areas.
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Sun 20-09-20 16:34
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@nicole.bates, The funicular is a great way to access Les Arcs. It does, however get very crowded in the morning. I use it more to access the shops and other facilities in Bourg from Les Arcs (I have an apartment in Les Arcs) and it is quick and convenient. There are regular busses to La Rosiere (free) and Val d'Isere and Tignes used by many of the station staff. Parking in the resorts can be a bit tricky to find and is rarely free particular in peak season. If you are planning to home school your children then you should be aware of the regulations. See https://www.frenchentree.com/living-in-france/education/homeschooling-in-france/ for a bit more information.
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Sat 19-09-20 15:13
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@Awdbugga, It must be me but I tend to wear the elbows out. 43 years is probably a good life span.
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Sat 19-09-20 11:19
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I have a couple trips planned to Les Arcs this winter but I'm not very optimistic that we'll be able to do them. It depends largely on what the French regulations are on quarentine on arrival. Wearing a face mask on the lifts was no problem when I was there in the summer and the rules were being enforced. On the Transarc people were using one car per family group but I cannot see that happening during the winter season. In fact I think we will avoid the telecabines completely this winter and probably the funicular. Fortunately this is easy to do in Les Arcs but will mean that we will not be able to ski the excellent pistes from the top of the Varet lift. I'll put up with that to be able to ski at all. If the weather is very cold I may even ski with a surgical mask on all the time.
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Sat 19-09-20 10:54
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@cailian, wool, ah, that takes me back. I still have some beautiful wollen jumpers but would't consider them for skiing - far too heavy. Wool has a reputaion for being warm when wet but that is only really in comparison to cotton and other natural fibres. modern man made fibres are really so much better: warmer, lighter, dry quicker, longer lasting and cheeper. However, you will not get that lingering wet dog smell as the wool dries. A reminder of my youth.
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Fri 18-09-20 23:36
Replies: 38
@nicole.bates, Bourg st Maurice may be a good choice. Apart from the obvious choice of the funicular to Les Arcs there are buses to the other resorts such as Tignes, La Rosiere, St. Foy, Val d'Isere. It is also a large international town so the children will find other children of the same age and I suspect will meet similar children from school. The primary school will probably be quite used to English speaking children.
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Fri 18-09-20 15:22
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It is intersting how owner occupancy has increased over the years. I found this quote from https://www.lsllandandnewhomes.co.uk/blog/how-housing-in-england-has-changed-since-the-1960s. SO in 2019 they reported. Fifty years ago more than half (51%) of the English housing stock was owner occupied, 29% was rented in the social rented sector and 20% was privately rented. Fifty years later, 63% of the stock was owner occupied, 17% was in the social rented sector and 20.1% was privately rented. Though I cannot lay my hands on the source I beleive that Owner/Occupiers were somewhere around 40% in the 1950's. When I was young I knew almost no one who owned their own home. Everyone rented, usually from the council or the NCB
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