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Poster: A snowHead
Thu 23-07-20 13:16
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Ischgl - top of Viderjoch?
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Tue 14-07-20 12:42
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I know this is classic snowheads deviation and this place is better than that, and you could do on way/way back, but the Jura is worth a visit. A few years ago when our sons were a bit older than yours, we spend a week or so camping in the Ain region, near Clairvaux les Lacs. Lots to do in the area and its worth visiting Lac de Chalain for watersports, Baume les Messieurs which is a village in an enclosed limestone valley. At the head of the valley there are caves which you can walk through.
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Thu 25-06-20 12:52
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They could do with upgrading a few others around the area first. New lift to replace the Pic Blanc cable car is needed, Marmottes 2, most of Mont Frais and out of Villard. Just my opinion and not my money to spend :-D
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Mon 24-02-20 12:56
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Mon 24-02-20 12:51
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@Petere, timing didn't seem to matter last week as very busy with half term. When we got on the lift after an hour, the queue had doubled in size!!! Basically throughout the day the queue was a minimum of 3/4 hour to an hour. Marmottes 3 was better, but still long queues to get up there from Marmottes 2 and at 3. Good news that there will be a new lift from Mont Frais to Alpette. It's a pain to catch the 2 slow chairs to get to Alpette this way.
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Mon 24-02-20 10:54
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Travelled Saturday afternoon & Sunday to Sunday. Roads clear and good journey back yesterday from Vaujany, despite the weather in Northern France. Left just after 8 and got to Calais just after 5. Fuelled up and got a bite to eat, before heading to Eurotunnel - we had seen the queues over the bridge and as we had a 9:50 booking weren't rushed. Into Eurotunnel at 7ish and put on 8:50 crossing, once into car park at terminal saw that everything had been rescheduled for and hour later :cry: Anyway we actually left and 9:20 so not too bad. :D Saw car at Folkestone on the way out with reg SN08OYS :sH:
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Sat 22-02-20 17:29
Replies: 116
Agree @sabreboy, conditions mixed for the whole week, both weather and snow. The resort must be hoping for a massive dump. We queued an hour for Pic Blanc on Thursday. Worth it when we got there. We skied today, Saturday, and every where was busy. The Pic Blanc queues looked to around 3/4 an hour. Went to Marmottes 3 and queued for less than 10 mins. Mont Frais was a ghost town this PM. Nice cold beer whilst kids blasted down snow park for the last few runs, before a quick charge down La Fare. The infrastructure seems tired, with quite a few stoppages. Also escalators in Vaujany have been crocked most of the week. Overall a good week and my son and 2 of his mates had a great time. Apologies to anyone who had a 6'2" Tigger, Pooh and Eyore fly past. :sH:
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Fri 14-02-20 12:47
Replies: 555
Just finishing off at the office - hard to work when all I can think of is snow :D Just got to pack, make sure my teenage son packs, dog to kennels then load truck. Eurotunnel for midday crossing tomorrow, down to Chalons sur Soane for overnight, then to Vaujany Sunday morning. Yes I know it can be done in one hit, but we're on holiday and I can't be ar$ed to rush. Snow looking promising. Hope you all have safe journeys and weeks and the snow gods bestow top ups and bluebird days :sH:
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Fri 14-02-20 12:20
Replies: 555
Yep M20 is closed most nights at the moment to remove the Brexit no deal lorry park provision, called Operation Brock - its another Brexit Bonus... Nothing to do with Operation Brock. It's to with new junction at Ashford and the dumb motorway works at Maidstone. Brock was cleared a few weeks ago and only affected the London bound carriage way. BTW all the speed cameras are on :oops: Ashford section is 60mph, but Maidstone is 50. Don't be lured into keeping pace with foreign reg vehicles, although this could mean you have a lorry or van sitting on your backbottom.
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Thu 13-02-20 14:01
Replies: 116
Arriving in Vaujany on Sunday. I see snow-forecast have now reigned back from yesterday's forecast for heavy snow predicted on Monday to light snow. Looks as though it will be cold from midweek. Getting excited..only 3 sleeps to go :sH:
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Thu 13-02-20 11:17
Replies: 555
We've not done the Brussels Aachen route. We've driven via Metz and through Belgium, Luxemburg etc for trips to Kirchberg, Serfaus and Ischgl. Route is Dunkirk, Lille, Mons, Namur, across the Ardennes, Luxemburg, Saarlouis, Primasens, Stuttgart etc. Thanks, I can see the route you are discussing on google maps now. Looks good. I think it's worth a try. I got it from other Snowheads, so just passing on the ancient lore of how best to get to the snow :sH:
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Thu 13-02-20 11:11
Replies: 555
We've not done the Brussels Aachen route. We've driven via Metz and through Belgium, Luxemburg etc for trips to Kirchberg, Serfaus and Ischgl. Route is Dunkirk, Lille, Mons, Namur, across the Ardennes, Luxemburg, Saarlouis, Primasens, Stuttgart etc.
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Thu 13-02-20 10:53
Replies: 555
@jw83113, If you do head via Reims and the traffic warnings show heavy traffic at the A4/A26 interchange, you can go through Reims and take the D931 and rejoin the A4 further to the east. This cuts out the interchange and I think it's better to be moving at 80kph than stop start on the autoroute. The Belgium, Luxemburg, Germany route is perhaps slightly longer, but you can refuel in Luxemburg much cheaper than everywhere else. I also find the drive more varied.
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Thu 13-02-20 10:09
Replies: 231
Obviously the skiers edges weren't sharp enough and he didn't realise that he could use his skis like a machete in a squabble. Like this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQgueE5GgQs Surely this post should be in the chairlift etiquette thread? :-D
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 13-02-20 9:43
Replies: 555
@jw83113, Having done this I would recommend going via Belgium as the traffic should be lighter/freer moving The A4/A26 interchange is usually jammed up for miles - back to Reims. If you do take the French route, the A4 across to Metz and beyond tends to have lighter traffic.
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Mon 10-02-20 17:13
Replies: 555
@Tricky38H, You don't say where you are coming from in the UK. If it's close to the tunnel then it's different to a few hours drive to the tunnel. Also are you the sole driver? As @Boris, says, you know you and I agree with him that you stick with the hotel and review in the future.
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Mon 10-02-20 16:52
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Back of Super Chatel.
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Mon 10-02-20 11:22
Replies: 82
My head hurts, why did I finish off that bottle last night..that looks a good place for a vin chaud...where to for lunch...where to for apres... :-D
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Thu 6-02-20 14:14
Replies: 555
In your experience how long do you think it will likely take to get from Calais to Troyes and Dijon? I read c3.5hours to Troyes so 4.5 to Dijon? Dijon is around 2 hours on from Troyes, so about 5.5 - 6 from Calais.
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Thu 6-02-20 10:00
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@James77, if you are at the tunnel early on Friday morning, you will be at Troyes by lunchtime - its about 3 1/2 hours. If you can and I appreciate it may not be possible to find a hotel room so close to departure, I would look to head further south, probably at least to Dijon. If you do stay in Troyes, don't make the same mistake we made a few years ago and overslept. instead of leaving around 6:30am, we didn't get going to after 8 and all the advantages of an overnight stop evaporated as we ended up in the mad UK/Parisian traffic jam to the Alps :oops:
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Mon 27-01-20 14:52
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I am looking for a good location for Easter holiday that will include skiing, but will not be centered around it. What I need is a pedestrian friendly town or village in a sunny valley with beautiful scenery, authentic feel, good food and lots of non-skiing activities like spa (an absolute must have from Mrs. O), mtb, rafting, hiking, offroading, adventure trails, etc. Of course it must have an easy access to reliable Easter skiing. Brides-Les-Bains comes to mind. Any other recommendations? Doesn't have to be France. There is a bacterial infection at the BLB spa and it's currently closed. They were bringing in large storage tanks for the waters last week so they can restart treatments (or whatever is done at spas) , but I don't know when it will reopen.
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Tue 14-01-20 16:12
Replies: 22
Good news, the strikes are no longer affecting the overnight Eurostar - from their website: The strike action continues but with a reduced impact on Eurostar routes. We will therefore deliver our normal timetable from 13 January. https://www.eurostar.com/uk-en/travel-info/service-information/eurostar-travel-updates
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Tue 14-01-20 14:53
Replies: 555
Down to Vaujany for 1/2 term. Sunday - Sunday so the tunnel at midday Saturday, drive to Macon. I'm hoping that we'll be tailing the grand Great British depart and avoid the usual morning jams. If not we'll have to find a decent food stop on the way down. Leave Macon c8:00am - earlier if I can rouse teenage son & his friend who is notoriously lethargic in the mornings, stop off at Intermarche at Vizille s long as we get there before 12, and hopefully an afternoon on the local slopes :D
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Fri 10-01-20 15:43
Replies: 35
@RedRob, I thought I'd point out that Eurostar would refund the fares up to 60 days after date of travel if anyone had to cancel, rather than a need to claim on insurance. If someone doesn't have a policy now and knowing that their train could be cancelled, wouldn't be able to get travel insurance to cover the other costs as the strike is known about. Insurers underwrite on risk and gamble that it doesn't happen, not certainty that they will have to pay out. Hope your back gets better & you can go later in the season :sH:
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Fri 10-01-20 15:04
Replies: 35
If you haven't already got it sorted, get you travel insurance done TODAY. If that email hits your inbox before you do so...[/quote] From the Eurostar website - "If you are booked on a cancelled train, you can exchange or refund your ticket here. You have up to 60 days from the date of your journey to exchange or refund your ticket." https://www.eurostar.com/uk-en/disruption/service-update I'm going the following week so watching carefully. Have booked ET just in case.
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Wed 11-12-19 16:38
Replies: 125
It's worth checking Highways England for updates on the M20. With the downgrading to a dumb motorway through Maidstone there are frequent weekend and evening closures. There is rail engineering works going on at Ashford from 27 Dec to 2 Jan. Trains aren't stopping there. Eurostar will go through, but mainline services will have the dreaded bus replacement service. Not sure if this will be too much of an issue for you lucky B's, but if anyone is doing the same as the OP over these dates beware. Happy hols :sH:
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Thu 21-11-19 14:08
Replies: 45
Great place. Lot's for kids of all ages to do. Quiet on the Apres front and a few restaurants. You need to book, especially on arrival day One question on cars / driving - we have a hire car to get us from the airport, is it possible to drive into Serfaus Village to drop luggage when we arrive? Or is it car-free like Zermatt? The village is not truly car free. Non resident vehicles cannot enter during the day, but as you are staying you are a resident. After 6pm IIRC traffic is permitted.
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Thu 24-10-19 13:05
Replies: 44
Another for Bregenz. I've done both the Metz route and Liile Namur. Check where any roadworks are. Last year coming back through Belgium was a pita with miles of roadworks to the French border. You can buy the vignette and Arlberg tunnel pass on line https://www.asfinag.at/toll/vignette/digital-vignette.
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 16-04-19 14:20
Replies: 23
Tesco is (or was) 24 hours, so useful when you've forgotten to put the bowls in the car for the dog food :oops: :oops: Not any more. IIRC 6am - midnight except Sundays.
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Tue 16-04-19 13:13
Replies: 23
As @Hells Bells, says, Holiday Inn Cheriton. Depending on when you arrive & what you need, there is a Tesco almost opposite, a good fish & chip shop 1/4 mile away opposite a BP & M&S service station. Best pub -The Gatekeeper- is about 3 miles away in village called Etchinghill. You are about 5 minutes to the Tunnel from the hotel.
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Wed 20-03-19 10:16
Replies: 9
We, 2 sons same ages as your two, non skiing wife and me, self cater each year during Feb half term. We did go during term time when the boys were at primary and once at Christmas to Les Arcs. We drive to resort - France & Austria - in recent years. I look at the resorts website for accommodation as there's usually a good range. Cost wise it does vary, but max budget for a 2 bed reasonably sized apartment 45 sq metres + comes in around £1,500 for where we've been. Ischgl this year, Chatel a couple of times, Serfaus, Kirchberg, Alpe D'Huez x 3, Les Carroz x 2 and La Clusaz. The drive to the Austrian resorts is about 12 hours on average plus stops, so on a par with 3 Valley's, ADH etc. We drive down, use Tesco vouchers for Eurotunnel, well we did until discovering Flexiplus for the outward trip. Often we overnight on the Friday - say Troyes area, this year we stayed in Metz, but the cost for a family room is around £50-60 for the night if you book early. For food, we take pasta & rice, some potatoes, pasta sources for the week. We'll buy meat and fresh veg at the local supermarket or butchers, plus wines and beers. We usually eat out 2/3 times including the first night and a lunch on the mountain if my wife can get there. Me & the boys usually have a lunch in a restaurant on the first day and then take packed lunches. I haven't worked out the total costs as don't want to have a shock :shock: but you would be catering at home, so to me that's not necessarily an extra cost. Last year we went with Peak Retreats to Chatel for a change. We upgraded to Flexiplus for £100 IIRC. This year we went back to me researching and booking.
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Fri 15-03-19 14:25
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@twoodwar, Went there a couple of years ago - half term 2017. Good resort not too pricey, very family orientated with a mixture of activities. For beginners there is a large bowl above Serfaus, and for others there is a decent range of runs. Here is my trip report https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=3021357&highlight=serfaus+trip#3021357 Think I was there at the same time as @Ozboy, :D
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Tue 12-03-19 14:25
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Slate: Knackered knees. What have I done? :-D Rate: Snow & mountains, gin & tonic Slate: Rain in ski resorts. Easyjet (lack of) customer service @ GVA :evil: :evil: :evil:
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Thu 21-02-19 17:48
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Currently excellent on piste. Today was the first time that the snow seemed slushy/heavy lower down on the sunnier pistes, but by no means poor. Only really noticeable due to overall good quality. A few runs down from Greitspitze - the black 14's have been closed from midday. Think due to avalanche danger. Still blue skies and full sun. What more could you want :D
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Thu 14-02-19 18:14
Replies: 381
Only a few minutes to go and I'm outta the office :lol: Tomorrow morning: fuel up and get car washed, put ski rack on car, pack - boys are packing their cases tonight, boys to pack electronic gizmos, phones, tablets in separate bag, load car, unload boys cases as my wife has found clothing they will want :roll: , reload car, check that we have enough in-car chargers, wait for boys to get back from school...3.35pm set off for Eurotunnel :D Have flexi-plus, so hopefully will be on train between 4 & 4:40. Arrive Calais and drive 4 hours to a B&B Hotel near Metz. Saturday, up and out by 7 and down to Ischgl :D :D :D Am I exited, like a big kid? You bet I am :sH: :sH: :sH: Wishing everyone who's travelling by whatever means and whatever day a safe and smooth trip.
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Thu 14-02-19 13:59
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graveyard shift for me Calais to Dijon whilst others sleep. .. That's a knackering drive, around 5 hours or so. The worst bit IMO is between Reims and Troyes...very boring day or night.
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Thu 14-02-19 12:04
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new to this but reading through it seems most people set off Friday and stay somewhere overnight in France? We are setting off from near Leeds about 5pm Friday and just driving straight through to Morzine using the ferry Dover-Calais. Is this monumentally stupid? If you can rotate the driving and the other driver(s) can get some decent sleep then it can be done. With 3 mates we took Eurotunnel around 10pm, and arrived in Thollon midday the next day. Plan had been to get there for breakfast, but the Hyundai van we were in had a fault and we could barely get above 50mph after Arras!!! Driving wise we took turns of 2/3 hours each and one passenger tried to stay awake to talk to the driver. It was better than listening to the owners best of Elvis CD and best of Abba on loop as he had forgotten to bring anything else and no one had an aux cable :(
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Thu 7-02-19 17:38
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@knackered knees, Tell me about it, I have been to the William Harvey almost every weekend for the last few weeks and off and on from October when MiL was first admitted. Funeral is Monday week at Charing. :( Sorry to hear that :(
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Thu 7-02-19 17:24
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-47149029 This would seem to imply coastbound is only overnight Sat so should be ok Boris, the coastbound will have lane closures, London (west) bound will be closed. Coming to Ashford you should be ok, going home it may be worth looking at the M2/A2 depending on times - if after 8pm the M20 will be closed from Ashford to Maidstone. @boredsurfin the problem is that there are roadworks just east of Ashford with the creation of J10a, then on and off works from J9 to J7 in preparation of Operation Brock, then the dumb motorway implementation from J6 to the M26. Around 40 miles of 50mph and snarl ups that we down this way have had to endure for months. :x :x :x
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Thu 7-02-19 15:56
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Average 50 mph plus 10% = 55mph + 3 (that your speedo under reads by) so 58mph is OK 8) Your risk not mine :nice: On Sunday Westbound on the M20 the Average speed cameras each had a sign saying "camera not in use". from our "quality" local rag website https://www.kentlive.news/news/kent-news/13-myths-busted-m20-average-2420936 The signs were in place as the speed limit starts on Saturday.
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