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Poster: A snowHead
Thu 19-09-19 6:59
Replies: 16
@Layne, you are right. Apologies. Will do that.
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Wed 18-09-19 23:03
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@CEM, apologies for hijacking the thread a little. Would appreciate an advice re when would it be the appropriate approximate age for a teenager to get the first pair of own boots? I appreciate this is very much an individual issue, however, any ideas on when does feet stop growing? My nearly 15y old son is 190cm tall. His running shoes are in EU 46.5 size, his regular school shoes are 45.5 size. It appears he stopped growing. I guess fitting his first pair this season might still be too early? Possibly next year at the beginning of the season when he turns 16?
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Wed 11-09-19 12:32
Replies: 30
@mooney058, thanks for the info - would you advise a Eurostar London to Brussels and then a Thalys Snow train? Really depends on timing. For bxl it would be the same train station. Bxl Thalys Snow schedule used to be 07.58 departure and circa 15.00 arrival at Moutiers/BSM. I always prefer the most direct route. So if you would need to change train stations in Paris then tes, BXL would be easier in that regard. But I would not like this to be a preferred option for the UK travellers the next time I would be looking at train options ;)
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Wed 11-09-19 12:15
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@Henwc, seasonal Thalys Snow (special trains) usually go on sale second week of September. Google when the sale start, check timing and you will see what is possible. I live in Belgium and same Thalys Snow is available for the Netherlands and Belgium. It is the best way to travel to FR resourts served by Moutiers, BSM and others (thus huge areas and smaller local resorts). Last year I bought rwturn tickets 98 eur per person. It is much faster and nicer traveling experience compared to driving. Thalys Snow tickets at good price goes very fast!
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Tue 10-09-19 22:43
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Thu 22-08-19 14:13
Replies: 40
@Idcxty, bus from Frachey?
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Thu 22-08-19 14:12
Replies: 32
Wow! Beautiful! Wishing lots of happy adventures! So jealous (my wife does not ski)
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Mon 19-08-19 13:13
Replies: 40
@SkiPresto, @under a new name, I was using the new Crest gondola this past January! I am referring to a new link to Cervinia. At the end of Frachey it looked like a new bottom station was being build (although it might be a different building altogether). Maybe it was just my wishful thinking to see the gondola station rather than something else. And helicopters possibly transporting supplies to rifugios?
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Mon 19-08-19 10:53
Replies: 40
Just back from trekking around Champoluc. The new link is under construction - saw the base station being build and helicopters whoozing around with what looked like construction materials. Would be surprised if it would be ready for the coming season though.
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Mon 12-08-19 19:32
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I checked on YR.NO temperature at the North Pole - +26 C ....
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Wed 31-07-19 9:31
Replies: 205
@photuris, go to Austria and get the charm. Lech is not super cheap so maybe other areas would suit better but generally food in Austria is a lot cheaper than the top French areas. Lech is part of a huge area and you won’t get bored. Not true in my experience comparing Tignes/Val d’Isere, St Foy, St Martin de Belleville, Les Menuires, Gran Bornand, Morzine area, Chamonix, other places in FR to AT (Ischgl, Alpbach, Lech, Brand). Each resort has different options.
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Wed 17-07-19 7:04
Replies: 36
@Perty, to be fair, when I was researching options for my wife’s car, you either had (a) non-runflats and a repair kit, (b) non runflats and a doughnut or (c) runflats.
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Wed 17-07-19 7:01
Replies: 36
@Perty, my winter tyres are also runflats. No difference between summers and winters for the runflat technology. And the latest generation runflats are the same as non-rft in terms of comfort
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Wed 17-07-19 5:45
Replies: 36
Run flat tyres - no need to change wheels in the dark. My last two cars had them originally - would never look back. My wife’s Japanese car does not have them and it is stressful when I borrow her car
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 17-07-19 4:22
Replies: 12
@MonsterCalzone, there is no such thing as intermediate boots. Anywhere between 400-800 eur depending on your feet, weight and skiing preferences
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Sat 6-07-19 12:48
Replies: 31
@swoafs, in summer I would choose a real/life village than a purpuse build reasort. Samoens comes to mind, but there are many many other indeed
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Fri 5-07-19 20:39
Replies: 11
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Wed 3-07-19 18:26
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@SnoodlesMcFlude, no worries, that link is from 2017 but still seems to work. It was a 5-6 min trek with luggage to get to the machine, but nothing too difficult
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Wed 3-07-19 17:50
Replies: 27
Is it easy enough to pick up a PAYG Sim card? Like in a machine at the airport or something? Vodafone charge £6/day for roaming and I'd prefer not to spend that money unless I have to. Have seen somewhere online that I can purchase a card that provides unlimited data for 16 days, but it's unclear when that 16 days starts. Yep a machine at the airport. Easy peasy One of the options: http://www.new-chitose-airport.jp/en/service/internet_fax_copy/sim_card/
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Wed 3-07-19 13:44
Replies: 46
@Alastair, you only need winter tyres for that one moment before you lose control and risk an accident. Winter tyres allow to limit risk of an accident. Excessive speed is always bad, same applies for summer driving! There is no safe speed driving on summers in cold and snowy conditions! No problem with the RWD cars. Fitted with good winter tyres they are safe on snow. Fwd or rwd on summers on snow is plainly stupid. Check accident stats! As you say, if someone is driving once a year a get lucky with cleared roads - it is just a chance. Going offpiste without proper equipment is stupid. It is even more stupid taking a chance in a 1.5-2 tonnes vehicle on summers on snow/ice. And chains would only be useful in limited number of scenarios. Your economic logic is strange - pay 300 for chains that you may or may not use when situation worsens? Also be sure to put them on before they may be needed? This is vs winter tyres (depending on size 400-800) that could be used 4-5 months.
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Wed 3-07-19 6:51
Replies: 46
@Alastair, sorry, you are wrong. Bad advice
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Tue 2-07-19 21:19
Replies: 46
Although Morzine is low, there are lots of melted snow during the day of its access road that usually freezes overnight. So not either, but a good winter biased universal tyre (winter tyre made to be suitable in summer as well, like Nokian Weatherproof) would be a good compromise for the OP
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Tue 2-07-19 14:13
Replies: 46
@DJL, depends on all season tyres - winter or summer biased ones?
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Mon 1-07-19 8:31
Replies: 46
@mooney058, I have studded tyres on the 2WD ( these pee-pee all over normal winter tyres & I can no longer count the number of times I breeze past people with "proper" tyres) but have used many different ones. I run 3 cars all winter, and drive 100+ days on snow each season. This gives me a good base of experience of what works in the real world. The image in the graph may give a good representation of the situation for new tyres, with only a couple of hundred KM on them. The reality is that if you fit you top of the range winter tyres in October when the first snows come, by the time March swings around they are have 15,000 KM - 20,000 KM of wear on them, and while there's still a couple of mil to the winter wear bars, compared to how they were in October, then they are nowhere near as good. Similarly in October you see a couple of mil left on the winter wear bars on last years tyres, you slap them on an see how deep you can go. ( Rubber might grow in trees, but money doesn't) Unless you're gonna buy and fit new snow tyres every few weeks, then do not expect the performance to be like in the graph. Agree totally that chains are better, and when I was doing seasons as a transfer driver, these were indispensable. My point is that we have managed perfectly well with winter tyres and socks for the last few seasons (doing more snow driving than most), and that for the OP, who will be down the hill in Morzine, and not doing loads of driving around, then they ought be fine with just winter tyres and socks for legal reasons, though like the op says "Hopefully won't have to use them". If you want to get your van weighed near Morzine, you can take it to the quarry between Le Jotty and Le Bioge, and the guy there will weigh it for you. ( This is about 4KM down the valley from the the Camping La Baume, which is open for seasonal workers in the winter). Agree to a large extent, but a couple of points: -Studded tyres are the ultimate, but not on clear road surface (even in -10 or -20); - a few hundred of km from being new? C’mon :roll: Like summer tyres winter ones loose they properties with age and usage. If a few mm of thread left then indeed properties that you need in snow/ice would have decreased. Yet, winter tyre thread depth is usually bigger than on summer tyres. I get 4 full winter seasons of my set. Usually have them on in Nov and off in March (April this year). So probably 5-6K km a season, with 2-3 drives to the Alps. My limit for winter tyres is 4mm of thread, which means I loose 1mm a season. Never needed chains/socks!
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Fri 28-06-19 21:17
Replies: 27
Get some Oakley Prizm hi-pink goggles as it's either snowing or it's flat light, or both :-D Do they do it for hondas and toyotas? :)
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Fri 28-06-19 18:47
Replies: 27
Otaru -Kiroro is an easy drive in good conditions. When it is dumping - not so much, sometimes difficult to see more than 10 m ahead of you ...
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Fri 28-06-19 16:00
Replies: 46
Socks are for putting on summer tyres to get better traction but they are not as good as winter tyres. Socks don't last long (while testing some shredded within 50 miles) and don't provide the same level of braking / cornering performance as a winter tyre. What a load of tosh. Socks do not know whether they are on top of a winter tyre or a summer tyre - you can put them on whatever tyre you like. As for not providing the same level of grip as a winter tyre - my experience in the real world says that's also a load of knockwurst. I use the socks when my winter tyres have stopped providing traction (steep hill, deep snow / heavy slush) - and the socks have got me moving again. I have seen plenty of videos showing Volkswagens being driven up pistes with different tyres, socks, chains etc.. but generally, unless I get really lost, I drive on the roads, and leave the pistes for skiers and boarders. The 50 mile thing: when driving around Morzine where are you going to find 50 miles of road so bad that your winter tyres don't work? Maybe the 10KM up to Avoriaz if for some reason you decide to drive up there in the middle of the night. Once you get somewhere where there is asphalt ( this is what would cause them to shred ), take them off. That's the beauty of them they are easy to take off and put on. I do agree they are not the same as chains, but in France, where the OP is going, socks with the French homologation marking are acceptable in the eyes of the law as a substitute. For driving round Morzine they'll be fine, unless like I suggested you take it upon yourself to drive up to Avoriaz in a blizzard. What winter tyres are you using? Instead of getting soso winter tyre+socks, buy a set of proper winter tyres. Drive socks on the asphalt and in a few km they are useless on snowy surfaces
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Thu 27-06-19 23:21
Replies: 27
@SnoodlesMcFlude, My only suggestion is to start your trip in Tokyo to get over the jet lag rather than finish there. When you arrive at Tokyo airport go straight to the luggage forwarding company and ship all your ski gear to your destination hotel keeping just a carryon bag to lug around Tokyo. You can do that equally well in Sapporo. In 2018 I went straight to Niseko, and happy I did, without wasting days in megapolis :)
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 25-06-19 14:25
Replies: 46
That's mad I was wanting to post pretty much the exact same question except I could not come up with a nice way to say I am allergic to Australians and is there a Japanese resort they don't go to in any significant numbers! oops I've gone and said it :shock: Now you have to tell where you will be going so we could all avoid unpleasant people on a hill
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Thu 23-05-19 15:45
Replies: 31
OK... reviving this post. I recently changed jobs and in this new one there is a ridiculous policy where it is mandatory to take 2.5 weeks holidays, from December 18th until January 3rd, so I HAVE TO go skiing at that period :evil: So? Go skiing!
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Tue 14-05-19 13:57
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Yes, it will be snowing during the nighttime and bluebird with dry powder during the day. Who can claim they could predict weather in mountains? Only Noza could do it but his personal predictions are very pricey- check with him
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Thu 9-05-19 13:11
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Yep, stiffness ratings work for the same maker’s line - one model in relation to another model. But when you take Lange, Atomic, Salomon in 95 they may all have different stiffness. Salomon 100 might be Head’s 80, etc
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Thu 9-05-19 13:02
Replies: 36
Welcome to SH's. Not sure what your question is? Good call. I edited the post. Basically I need to make a decision on which boot to get and I'm totally unsure. Comfy vs less comfy (in the shop) basically! Where do you ski usually? When I got my cyrrent Atomic Hawks from a reputable fitter in Tignes it was not very comfortable first but I was assured it will settle in and that it was the right boot for me.... 6 years later still a happy bunny. When a good fitter speaks - listen! :)
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Fri 3-05-19 17:40
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@SnoodlesMcFlude, when you register as Nippon Rent client I believe you get 10% off. At least that is what I got in 2018
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Wed 1-05-19 8:54
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@SnoodlesMcFlude, staying in Niseko Moiwa cabin type of accommodation - super clean and nice, good earplugs solve all the issues that may arrise. EUR 560 for 8 nights with a superb breakfast. Staying for this period you get 1 or 2 day local ski pass, several coupons to surrounding onsens. They also drive you to onsens in evenings if you want to but I usually go on foot and stay at my leisure. Staying at a basic but central hotel in Otaru - Hotel Smile, EUR 300 for 5-6 nights without a breakfast (simple Western style rooms).
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Mon 29-04-19 21:49
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Went first time Feb 2018, one week in Niseko area (quieter part of Moiwa) then one week in a small port town of Otaru with daily trips to surrounding resorts. Worked a treat. Staying in Niseko Moiwa went daily to local onsens. Will repeat Niseko and Otaru next Feb and then additional week in Central Hokkaido. Similar level of off piste competency I guess. All DIY
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Thu 25-04-19 21:01
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Cloudy cloudy Courmayeur... http://i67.tinypic.com/2ibd8ug.jpg Yep, and clouds below if you take the new panoramic lift to Vallee Blanche next to MontBlanc - included in the pass, not high enough?
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Thu 25-04-19 19:06
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That's why St Moritz wins. Italian sun. Swiss snow. Village sits on a big, high, sunny plateau. Nowhere else in Western Europe gets close to that 3way combo. stupid overgeneralisation. What about Courmayer - you can add super food to that list of St Moritz Courmayeur is less sunny. Serve Chevalier is lower. St Moritz has everything. Sun + snow + height + food + luxury. How many times have you been to Courmayeur?
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Wed 24-04-19 16:01
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That's why St Moritz wins. Italian sun. Swiss snow. Village sits on a big, high, sunny plateau. Nowhere else in Western Europe gets close to that 3way combo. stupid overgeneralisation. What about Courmayer - you can add super food to that list of St Moritz
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Wed 17-04-19 20:05
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@Tom_Ski, IMO, you really couldn't do better than to use Bourg St Maurice as a base, in the tarentaise valley there are more than 1,600 kms of pisted ski run and miles of off-piste. BSM is a working valley town so it doesn't have the atmosphere of a ski-resort but it is a pleasant town with all the amenities that you would expect. Within a 45 minute drive you have Tignes, Val d'Isere and Ste Foy all of which are very different but each with their own distinct character and some of the best off-piste skiing to be found anywhere. From BSM you have a funicular directly to Les Arcs which is now connected to La Plagne. On the opposite side of the valley there is La Rosiere, within 25 minutes, which is linked to La Thuile in Italy and which is the only resort in France from which you can heli-ski, there are some amazing descents from the Ruitor glacier in Italy back to France. You can even ski from La Thuile off-piste to Courmayer and ski Mont Blanc - the Vallee Blanche down into Chamonix. In short in a season you could pack in a lifetime's skiing and follow routes that the majority of skiers will never see. And Beaufort cathedral next to the train station
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