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Poster: A snowHead
Thu 7-02-13 17:51
Replies: 21
I have been skiing in both (a couple of times at each). I am limited to skiing at peak times (New Year, Half Term and Easter) and I ahve to say that La Plagne in paticular seems really bad for crowded pistes. I know all resorts suffer this but of all the resorts I've been to La Plagne is one of the worst - even at Easter. In fact, although we were stayed in Les Coches we spent most of our week in Les Arcs - the runs seemed really quiet in comparison with La PLagne. The problem to me seems that they just keep building in La Plagne so there are lots more beds but no extra pistes. There is also a horrendus bottleneck in Belle Plagne - although we did work out a way around that. If you are skiing at off peak times then this won't be an issue. If looking a Paradski then think about places near the Vanoise express - means you are in the centre of a big area and can easily access all that La Plagne and Les Arcs have to offer - and what they offer is certainly as good as the 3V IMHO.
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Thu 19-04-12 11:30
Replies: 55
theskibob, I wasn't trying to disagree with you at all - just putting up my experience with Ski Total in a chalet hotel - which is quite different from a chalet in terms of staff. In a chalet hotel the chef is just that - a chef and only has to focus on the food, other staff then serve and work in the bar etc. Also, the hotel has it's own manager and assitant manger on site all the time so they see the staff working at first hand as well. Obviously you've had a bad experience with them and I agree that not listening to the clients and acting on the information provided shows poor management and is something the company needs to address. However, despite your experience, I would be happy to reccomend a Ski Total Chalet Hotel to people.
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Wed 18-04-12 14:25
Replies: 55
Stayed at Champs Avalon in Val D'Isere during the first week of Easter - a Chalet Hotel run by Ski Total. The hotel was prettty basic - like the type of hotel you'd stay in on a school trip if you know what I mean - but very clean. The staff were fantastic, very friendly, polite, easy to get on with and nothing was to much trouble. Food was great, loads at breakfast, massive selection of cakes in the afternoon with really nice soup. The evening meal was three courses with canapes and cheese board as well. Food was very tasty and wel cooked with a good choice, though most nights I was still full from my cake! Would recomend this chalet hotel to anyone. Not stayed in any other Ski Total chalet so couldn't comment on those.
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Fri 24-02-12 16:26
Replies: 44
I used blades for a couple of ski holidays. My problem was coming back to skiing after having broken a leg (playing football, not skiing). The break has left my right foot slightly twisted out - with full size skis this twist was more pronounced. I used blades for a couple of weeks as I said and then moved up to Atomic 123's which were about 125cm long and I'm now back onto full length skis and consider myself a good intermediate low ability advanced. In other words I can get down any slope in a controlled fashion and can do off piste after a fashion. I think the blades helped my confidence and may have helped improve my technique. My advice - take the blades and tornadoes then if you don't feel they are helping at all bin them and get the full lenghth skis on. Also, as mentioned above, if the conditions are anything less than well groomed slopes you will struggle with the blades.
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Fri 27-01-12 14:44
Replies: 12
Thanks for the suggestions - I'll have a look.
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Fri 27-01-12 11:21
Replies: 12
Many thanks for the replies. Will keep checking the late deals pages now. Have noticed prices starting to drop a little - hopefully a treend that will increase!
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Thu 26-01-12 15:14
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Thanks Pam. I was leaning more towards the first week (although the prices at the momment seem a bit higher) so nice to have someone back that opinion up. As you say, still have the second week as back up.
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Thu 26-01-12 14:55
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Hi, I'm looking to go skiing over Easter in France or Italy (with teachers so limited to school holidays). We can either go on the weekend of the 31st March or 7th April. Ideally we want to get a cheaper deal so am planning to leave booking until late. Which week do people think will be least busy? I noticed that French school don't break up until the 6th April so would that make the second week more busy? Or will the fact that all the UK schools are on holiday from the 31st make the first week busier? At the momment the first wekk is looking more expensive. Also, how does Easter compare with half-term in regards to crowded pistes? I've skied at half term before and have to say it's not an experience I really want to repeat! :cry: Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Wed 7-01-09 14:29
Replies: 28
We've just returned from a week in the Three Valley's (staying in Le Praz). Bearing in mind we have gone there for the past 3 New Years I have to say that it was more crowded this year. One of our friends damaged their ligament on the first morning and was unable to ski for the rest of the week due to a collision with another skier (who skied off without stopping to find out what damage he had caused). This was due to the other skier going to fast on an overcrowded narrow blue run. We also saw a lot of collisions - one between two women that lead to a fight. I think there is an issue about resorts increasing bed capacity whilst not increasing piste capacity. I read that this year an Interwest development in Flaine has increases bed capacity by 30%. Where will those extra 30% of visitiors go? On the piste. Result - much more crowded pistes. I have always been a big 3V's fan (and can only go during peak weeks as I am a teacher) but will seriously consider whether to go back there after last week. Even the normally quiet slopes were busy - I'm thinking about skiing at Easter or in smaller resorts.
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Wed 10-12-08 16:57
Replies: 74
Your motorhome looks like a gay mobile. :shock: Thought I would post some pics couldn't resist!! La Tania New Year 2006/07 when we parked there was no snow at all in the car park. http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u41/sagedog_photos/La%20Tania%20New%20Year%202007/P1020052.jpg Xmas & New Yr 2007/08 Les Menuires must have been 40+ motorhomes here when we arived doorstep skiing at its best! http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u41/sagedog_photos/PC300121-1.jpg
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Thu 25-09-08 16:02
Replies: 485
Just noticed this thread. We stayed at the Hotel Mesdi in Arraba last Feb. (brilliant place). The best run was, for me, the 12km Marmalada red - steep, but not to steep, wide, groomed to perfection and pretty quiet as we beat all the crowds by leaving from Arraba. I was a little dissapointed by how busy it was during 1/2 term as I was expecting it to be a little quiter as the Italiens, Austrians, Germans didn't seem to have a half term and some of the skiing was downright dangerous - I got taken out once. If you can go when it's quiet it'll be great. I suspect the snow is better in March than Jan though.
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Thu 25-09-08 9:34
Replies: 15
Sucker!! Where are you taking them? Schladming. Never been there before. We went to a great place last year called Mautendorf and were able to ski at another resort called Fanningberg. Snow was great (fresh powder everyday), runs were quiet and we left the kiddy winkles with the instructors for a couple of hours to do a bit of off piste :lol: We've also taken parties to Kitzbuhl, Saalbach and Radstadt. It's great for me - I usually go to the larger French reorts (and have also been to the Sella Ronda) as we like to cover a lot of milage - so it's nice to see some smaller resorts for free (the only cost being you have responsibilty for the kids morning, lunchtime and evening!).
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Wed 24-09-08 17:25
Replies: 15
Thanks for all the replies. Forgot to mention - already booked for a week over new year :lol: (like to spend Christmas with the folks) and am going at Easter :lol: (although we are taking a party of 42 kids :evil: ! Bearing that in mind - am I being greedy trying to get a few days at half term as well? Might actually go back to Scotland if the snow is good. Here's hoping. Thanks again for all your advice - now bring on the snow!
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Tue 23-09-08 15:52
Replies: 15
Hi, I'm looking to arrange a ski trip during February half-term (I know it's not the best time but as teachers we're stuck with it). Problem is, one of my mates is getting married on the 1st Sunday - so we can't go until Monday. I was thinking of looking at a Swiss/Italien?Austrian resorts as they may be quieter (I don't think those countries have half-terms when we do). Specific resorts I've looked at are Cortina, Davos, Films-Laxx, Schladming, Maria Alm. Anyone got any ideas whether or not these resorts would be very crowded at this time of year? Or got any better suggestions? Thanks for your help.
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 10-07-08 17:16
Replies: 9
Hotel Mesdi - stayed last Feb. Great food, great price, dead smart hotel.
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Mon 21-04-08 12:13
Replies: 1888
My first season on snowheads - I have found this thread very useful. Thanks to everyone who has contributed. Roll on winter 08/09.
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Thu 21-02-08 16:18
Replies: 42
Why is the Chocloate mousse variety not on their website? I had it in Italy last week - I was a Ritter Sport virgin until then. It's got to be my favorite. Can't be doing with all the nutty types. Never put nuts in your mouth - my number one rule to live by! :lol:
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Wed 20-02-08 11:25
Replies: 47
richmond, I acn't comment on off piste as I don't really go in for that. As for the pistes there were very few black runs around and I have to say I didn't find them to be especially challenging, although that could well have been due to the conditions.
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Wed 20-02-08 11:21
Replies: 53
With regards to the hiden valley - sage dog and myself both love skiing. We want to be on different slopes, racking up the miles, facing different challenges and generally playing around. Neither of us would argue that the scenery in the hidden valley is spectacular and we both agree that the horse drawn ski chain experience is something different. If you go to the Dolomites and you want to see some of the best views ever then you should, without doubt, go to the hidden valley. However, when we went, it took about 2 hours from the bus stop back to the bottom of the run and we both felt we'd missed out on a lot of skiing time as we'd only completed one run in 2 hours. So really it depends on personal preferance. I have to say the scenery in the Dolomites is amazing anyway - even if you don't go to the hidden valley.
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Tue 19-02-08 14:53
Replies: 47
Seriously considering visiting Arabba next season (have to plan ahead for school hols, you know). I've looked at the current Dolomiti thread. Can anyone help with the following questions? 1. We are 2 adults looking for interesting pistes, no significant off piste, and 2 (by then 14 yo) kids looking for challenges on and off piste. Shall we like Arabba? 2. Is the grub on the slopes as good as you would hope in Italy? 3. Is the town a pleasant place? What are the restaurants like? 4. Anything known about a company called Colletts who offer chalet, hotel (I think) and S/C accomodation in Arabba? They write a good brochure and web site and seem very helpful, but a first hand report would be welcome. 5. We shall probably have to go at Feb half term, but Xmas or Easter hols a possibility due to kids' other skiing comittments. How would the area be at Xmas and Easter? 6. Anything else we should know? Thanks. As you may be aware I have just got back from Arraba. In order; 1. Yes - lots of intermediate slopes around arraba - the highlight being the 12 km Marmolada run. 2. I liked it! We were on a half board package so it was basically very snacky stuff - hot dogs, piazza etc. Also do spag. bol, lasagne etc. Same as most piste side restaurants. A lot of the menus are in German though. 3. Town very nice but quiet. On half board so can't comment on restaurants although there didn't appear to be that many around the town. However, Micky's Bar looked very nice - in the Hotel Mesdi. 4. No nothing about them. 5. Snow was good at half term. They don't get much snow (compared to the Alps) but their snow making is second to none. I suspect Christmas may be to early. As for Easter - depends when it falls. An early Easter may be ok as the area is relativley high but there is always a risk that the snow could be poor by that time. I would go Feb half term myself. 6. Go to the Hotel Mesdi - can't recommend it enough. Any more questions and I'm happy to help.
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Tue 19-02-08 11:47
Replies: 65
sagedog, Did you do a DIY or a package? How did you transfer, car hire or an organised transfer? What was the journey time/conditions up to resort like? There maybe a few of us looking at this area for next year :sH: I was with Sagedog on this trip - he did all the organising as he has far to much time on his hands :lol: We did a DIY job - don't think many (or any?) tour operators go to Arabba. We got a taxi transfer - Alfio's from Arabba - the hotel booked it for us. The journey to the resort was fine - about 2 1/2 hours from Innsbruck and no traffic problems. Return to the airport was not as good. We had to ring the guy to remind him he was supposed to pick us up at 6.20am. When he did pick us up the journey to Innsbruck was fine although he struggled to find the airport which made us a little later. Have to say that although Innsbruck has only a small airport it was very well organised so that there was very little queuing. If you are thinking of going next year we were told by the locals that March and January are the quietest times to go - February is fairly busy. Snow conditions on piste were great - the Italiens are masters of snowmaking. Off piste looked tracked out to me (altough I am no expert on such matters). Overall would recommend the area - especially if you can go when it is quiet. I had hoped that it would be pretty quiet when we were there as the Austrian and Italien schools don't have a half term holiday but it seemed that there were an awful lot of adult/OAP groups around!
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Mon 18-02-08 12:49
Replies: 65
I've got my eye on this place in Arraba for next year. I think a SnowHead has stayed here already . Indeed, I arrived back from here on Saturday (Sagedog has already posted on another thread). I don't think this hotel can be beaten - I'd like to stay in anywhere that can try. It's a fairly new hotel so everything looks very new, the staff are very friendly and nothing is to much trouble for them. The foood - my god! Five course meals every night plus a huge salad bar that you can keep on going back to. The Wellness aera (basicaly jacuzzi, steam room, sauna etc.) is also a wonderful way to relax after a day on the slopes before you stuff yourself silly at dinner. As for the ski area - not sure on that one. Some of the slopes were very crowded and the Italiens seem to ski the same way they drive - two of my group were involved in collisions and there were a lot of close calls. The lift system needs updating - there are to many slow chairs and some of the two man chairs need replacing as they cause some long queues. I also experienced the worst gondala ride of my life out of Selva Gardena - the liftie actually pushed one guy in the lift so the doors would close! Also found that to get anywhere you had to use the Sella Ronda pistes which were always the most crowded. On the plus side we did find plenty of wide open slopes, great for cruising, excellent snow conditions and the run from Marmolada first thing in the morning was fantastic. If I went back to the Sella Ronda I would definatly stay in Arabba at the Mesdi - its quiet, the hotel is ski to door and you can get out ahead of the crowds from other resorts.
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Tue 5-02-08 15:53
Replies: 53
I have sagedog - it's a great hotel. Be careful in the Wellness centre though - thats all I'll say!
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Fri 11-01-08 16:04
Replies: 3
Came back from Les Menuires last week - we were there for new year. To be honest, it depends where your mate is staying - this is a suprisingly big resort. It ranges from 1800m to 2000m (Reberty). We stayed in Les Gentianes appartrments some way from the main centre. There was one nightclub/bar by us. Everywhere else was resturant bars which you couldn't go in for if you onlty wanted a drink. This best thing would be to head up to the croisstete(sp). There are quite a few bars up there - Irish/British and French. Overall though I'd say nightlife is limited due to the family nature of the resort. I'm sure other posters may be more helpful. Tell your mate to enjoy it - the snow was fantastic whilst I was there and I think they've just had some fresh stuff as well.
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Thu 20-12-07 13:36
Replies: 38
The skiing around 1650 is great. The runs are much quiter than in some of the other resorts. That said, I would still get a Three Valleys lift pass as you wouldn't want to miss out on the rest of the fantastic skiing that ia available. Have a look at skinets.com, go to the Courchevel page and look at the FAQ page - it has some itineries for skiing all of the Three Valleys area using only blue runs. It is not to difficult to get from 1650 to 1850 - you can always use the free ski bus. As far as apres goes, I'm afraid I can't help as we stay over in La Tania. However, the ski bus runs until late in the evening so you can always go to 1850 for a night out if you wish.
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Wed 19-12-07 16:19
Replies: 26
We go with Skiplan - seem to be a good company, we've never had any problem. We usually go the 1st week of Easter. With the exception of last year the reorts (all in Austria) have never been crowded. The snow has also been generally godd but if Easter is late (unlike this year) I think the second week of easter would have poor snow. This results in twisted ankles, knees etc. I would take a coach - its cheaper, you don't have to worry about the kids in the airport for hours and the coach is available to ferry the group around. We have been to Saalbach - nice resort but the instruction was not as good, Kitzbhuel -excellent resort but the hotel was right on the main road and Radstadt - excellent hotel but to low so there was no snow around and we had to get on the coach each morning although this was not a major problem. Whatever you do make sure you are provided with a rep. in resort who knows the reort. This will take a lot of the pressure off you. Also only take kids you trust, don't allow anyone to pressure you to take those you don't want. Also - make sure you enjoy it -the kids we take love it.
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Fri 30-11-07 14:01
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Went to Chill Factor e last night. Booked to ski from 7.45pm. Arrived about 6.30 - found a parking space easily but it was filling up. Dissapointed that some of the shops were closed although the Snow+Rock store was open until 9.00pm (only 8 pm most nights). Had to queue for about 5 mins to pick up lift passes but that was it. Two of my mates were renting skis and boots but it didn't take long for them to be sorted. Once on the slope we didn't have to queue for more than a couple of mins for the lifts (despite the fact they were running at full capacity). Slope was never crowded and was nearly empty towards the end, but was icy down the centre in patches (to be expected that late in the evening). Started snowing at about 9.30 (just after we left). Had a meal in the mexican returant which serves food until 11. Overall, an excelent experience. The early problems reported appear to have now been ironed out, the novelty value may be on the wane and if they can increase the size of the car park I think this may become a favorite venue for many people wanting a ski fix. I'll be returning for sure. Now looking forward to New Year in Les Menuires (although I have no doubt the pistes will be more crowded than Chill Factor e ......)
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Thu 29-11-07 16:24
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Am skiing with sagedog tonight and we have booked. Hope it's ok. Will post here tomorrow. Would have thought problems will be getting sorted by now.
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Wed 21-11-07 16:20
Replies: 14
Sagedog, only my first post and I get the offer of meeting up for a beer! This is my sort of forum! Will pm you this evening.
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Tue 20-11-07 11:51
Replies: 14
Went skiing last New Year. Blue run back to La Tania did get icy by the end of the day, but you could get the gondala back down or try the green. However, despite the reports, I thought there was plenty of snow. Had a great time. Going to Les Menuires this New Year.
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