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Poster: A snowHead
Mon 25-02-19 12:31
Replies: 9
@NickyJ, used SMT for my daughter last Easter, she really enjoyed her lessons, we’d originally booked 3 days but she wanted to go for the rest of the week so we ended up extending. I don’t remember there being a lunch option but I may be wrong, anyway it’s easy to get back to the Penken meeting point. They are a big operation with 10-15 groups, at Easter there will be plenty of English speaking kids in ski school. We also used Habler for a couple of private lessons which were good, we needed to change times at short notice and they were very flexible with this.
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Sun 24-02-19 10:34
Replies: 5
@caspriddy, Didn’t use funny ski but went past their beginners area and looks to be a good setup. In the end my done had 4 mornings of ski lessons and a day on the snowboard kicking off with a private lesson and the rest of the time hanging out with me. I think the Zoldo area is good for learning to snowboard, off the nursery slope there is a long blue back to the gondola with no flats and then shorter but very wide easy red down to a chair. Are you staying in Zoldo? We stopped there for coffee and cake on the way back to the airport and liked the look of the town.
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Sat 9-02-19 13:22
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@jjams82, the local ski schools advertise lessons but say they don’t have enough people to run the course. @caspriddy, the name appeals, they’re based on the other side of the hill but might be able to get over either via lifts or a drive. Will check what group courses they are running.
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Fri 8-02-19 17:50
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We’re off to Alleghe on the 16th Feb, tried to book snowboarding lessons over a month ago but couldn’t get what I wanted to have been putting off ever since. We’re after 3 days of group snowboarding lessons for my son (he’s got a week of past experience) and my wife (she’s a skier, had a private snowboarding lesson before but probably still at beginner level). Both the ski schools in Alleghe are only able to offer private lessons - I think they are at sufficiently different levels that they couldn’t share unless there is a suitable small slope where they could be given different things to do. Group lessons would also give some social aspect. I can get group lessons in Arabba but that looks to be a 30 min drive away. It’s our first time to the Dolomites - usually has to Austria. So looking for a bit of local knowledge- is the drive over to Arabba doable for 3 days out of the week or would joint private lessons around Alleghe work?
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Fri 19-10-18 11:25
Replies: 7
Second the recommendation for kinderhotels, they’re independent hotels with facilities for children and spread through Austria and Germany. Otherwise many ski schools have crèches for children too young to ski, not used personally though. Any particular destination in mind?
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Mon 1-10-18 23:25
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Made a similar trip last year but to Pitzal which is the next valley over. There are 2 routes which in the absence of traffic take roughly the same time - motorway via Kufstein/Innsbruck (further and requires a vignette, this can be brought from tolltickets.com before) or over fernpass - scenic but I can imagine this would be less fun after heavy snow and/or on a busy transfer day (glorious sunshine and a Sunday when I made the trip). We ended up staying at the Mercure in Garmisch mainly because they had a 24 hour reception (our flight landed a little later than yours) and they had family rooms. I did search around Worgl but couldn’t find anything suitable - maybe I need the above link!
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Sat 17-03-18 13:48
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Any idea if detachable chairs or even gondolas would act the same in reverse? I’d assume they must be designed to work backwards so the chair would come off the wire when it enters the station and be slowed, if this is the case then jumping off mid-air would be the wrong thing to do.
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Mon 26-02-18 0:39
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We had a long weekend with our kids (then aged 4 and 7) to Alpbach. Straight to the airport after school for a flight to Munich and arrived at the hotel (Das Galtenberg) just before midnight. 3 1/2 days skiing then a flight back Tuesday late afternoon, could have taken a later flight and had 4 full days but we’d taken the kids out of school for 2 days and didn’t want it to be a very late night for them on Tuesday night. You’re right most TO’s will only will only allow 7 days, though there are a few that do short breaks and many might have a short week after new year to get the usual changeover day if new year falls on a weekend (you’ll have to wait a few years for this to happen!).
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Mon 20-11-17 11:37
Replies: 61
Sounds very similar to the American Airlines system, they have 5 boarding groups in economy. Starting at group 5 for some tier status, certain credit card holders, etc and going to group 9 for the discount fares. The group number is printed on the boarding pass and each group is called in turn.
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Mon 9-10-17 21:45
Replies: 21
Might be worth checking out online tyre retailers such as https://www.oponeo.co.uk and https://www.blackcircles.com. They will either deliver to a local fitter or your home and for your to arrange fitting. I've used Oponeo a few times without any problems the tyres are shipped from Germany, I'm not sure if it works out any cheaper but they have a massive range so good if you're after something specific.
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Mon 13-03-17 21:13
Replies: 14
@Fast_ted, we used the free PDS lift pass offer for the same week last year staying in Avoriaz. Conditions were good for us, possibly helped by the lack of sun all week! Several places will children of your ages a free lift pass for each adult pass all season, the ones I know of are Monterosa (under 8), Obergurgl (under 8) and Pitztal (under 10), I'm sure there are will be others.
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Fri 3-03-17 9:54
Replies: 26
I've found prepaying with Hertz works best for us, price for a large estate is usually similar to the cheaper companies once cross boarder and any other dubious fees are added. The big benefit is if you join the free gold club then you can by pass the hire desk and go straight to the car park where there's a sign with your name and the bay where your car is. Keys and paperwork are in the car, just load up and the person on the barrier checks your credit card and lets you out. I'd like to think since I'd booked via the .co.uk address and paid in £ if there was a problem it might be easier to deal with, though have yet to test this. On the way back there's a petrol station signed posted off the airport access road. Only problem I had was getting the wheely ski bag through the rotating doors on the way to the hire car pick up - discovered after there's a wheel chair access button which opens the middle of the door! Our Trunki booster seats/bags have paid for themselves about 4 times over across summer and winter holidays, the kids usually pack these themselves with books and toys then moan they are too heavy :D
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Fri 24-02-17 10:54
Replies: 14
@gaschick, you mentioned October half term and it'll be one several glacier resorts that will be open then. The glacier resorts tend not to have a lot of km's because they are limited size due to being at around 3000m and higher. If I was going for a week at that time of year I'd look at as a holiday in the mountains with a bit of skiing. In the main season it'd make a good long weekend destination, there was a large learners area in the vallley which would probably suit your 3 year old but we didn't look at the childcare there. From researching a few ski holidays over the years most Austrian ski schools offer all day lessons with optional lunch time care from 4 or 5 years old, many also have some sort snow and play type care for younger children which would include a bit of skiing. If you've an idea of when you want to go, how you'd travel, how long for and the type of accommodation it'd narrow down your options!
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Thu 23-02-17 16:59
Replies: 14
@gaschick, if you need to go skiing in October then this place is open from mid September http://www.pitztaler-gletscher.at/en/skigebiet/skigebiet We had 2 days there last week and it's an absolutely stunning location. I've no idea what the weather or conditions are like at that time of year. Otherwise we had our first family sailing holiday in Greece last oct half term and had a great time! Esprit often have good discounts if you can wait to the last minute or avoid the peak weeks. Our first holiday with them should have been to Obergurgl on the last week of the season but we were moved to Belle Plagne, we've since been to gressoney and st anton with them - all been good holidays. @ousekjarr, Salalbach-Hinterglemm has been on my list for some time, need to find away to get away more. I'd agree about Mayrhofen - was there one Christmas before we had kids and it looked fairly grim at the Finkenberg, that said my kids probably wouldn't notice and would have been better snow than the afternoon slush my son had to learn on in Belle Plagne.
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Thu 23-02-17 15:23
Replies: 14
@gaschick, both times we took a flight to Munich and hired a car, 1h45 to Alpbach and 2h45 to Imst. Innsbruck is closer and both hotels offered free transfers, but more flight options to Munich and can be cheaper (about 1/4 the cost last week!). If you're trying to fix around teacher training days and days out of school are you thinking of a long weekend or a week away? Our Alpbach trip was a long weekend, straight to the airport from school for a 17:45 flight to Munich and arrived at the hotel at about 23:30, after 3 1/2 days skiing we were on a 4pm flight - there is a later one which would give a full day skiing on the last day but is less child friendly! Our kids were aged 7 & 4 at the time, the eldest had 2 days away from school.
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Thu 23-02-17 13:17
Replies: 14
Might be worth looking at a Kinderhotel, they are independently run and are all child friendly - https://www.kinderhotels.com/en/home.html. We've stayed at Das Galtenberg in Alpbach and last week at Pitzis near Imst. Both very good for kids and have inclusive childcare, etc. Das Galtenberg is higher end, more convenient for the slopes and of the 2 would be better suited to the age of your kids.
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Wed 22-02-17 11:47
Replies: 27
@Bergmeister, indeed - I can usually make enough mistakes on my own without the help of autocorrect.
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Wed 22-02-17 11:45
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It's mainly price discrimination, people who want to take their own sporting equipment are more likely to be happy to pay a premium to transport it. The only real difference in the service provided is for sporting equipment the size and weight limits can be more generous, if there were other benefits such as more careful handling or providing rental gear in case of delay I'm sure the airline would shout about them! If your bag meets the standard size then you should be able to take it as standard luggage, however since they sell a specific product for ski/board carriage then there's a chance when you check in your bag you will be asked to pay extra - it will come down to what training the check in staff have had and how alert they are! It's a gamble! I've taken my paraglider ( basically a big rucksack) as standard luggage on Ryanair and easyJet despite there being specific sporting equipment categories for this - the difference is it would be far harder for check in staff to differentiate between it and a normal rucksack. x
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Wed 22-02-17 11:23
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It's mainly price discrimination, people who want to take their own sporting equipment are more likely to be happy to pay a premium to transport it. The only real difference in the service provided is for sporting equipment the size and weight limits can be more generous, if there were other benefits such as more careful handling or providing rental gear in case of delay I'm sure the airline would shout about them! If your bag meets the standard size then you should be able to take it as standard luggage, however since they sell a specific product for ski/board carriage then there's a chance when you check in your bag you will be asked to pay extra - it will come down to what training the check in staff have had and how alert they are! It's a gamble! I've taken my paraglider ( basically a big rucksack) as standard luggage on Ryanair and easyJet despite there being specific sporting equipment categories for this - the difference is it would be far harder for check in staff to differentiate between it and abnormal rucksack.
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Wed 22-02-17 0:50
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Our first half term trip with the kids aged 6 and 8, previously been at Christmas, New Year, Easter and a cheeky long weekend. Travel : by chance found very sensibly priced flights when looking for the next holiday after getting back from the summer hols. Birmingham to Munich out Saturday afternoon and back Sunday evening for £425 for all 4 of us with Lufthansa. Minor disaster when my son's bag didn't show up, though only contained his non-ski gear so was the best bag to lose! The bag turned up at our hotel 3 days later, would have been 2 days but the clueless courier turned up at the hotel only to find he didn't have the bag with him. Hire collected from Hertz Gold area which by-passes the car hire desk. Overnight stop at Garmish Mercure, thanks to the baggage fiasco we arrived at midnight, food breakfast and then on our way over the Fern Pass in glorious sunshine. Lermoos ski area looked nice. Hotel : Pitzis Kinderhotel, our second stay at a kinderhotel, the room was great, separate room for the kids with bunk beds, nice view down the valley, etc. There was a pool we used most evenings, various cute looking animals in a barn, a large outside playground and all day child care which we didn't use. All food and drink was included (except cocktails and non-house wine). We thought the hotel was slightly more geared to younger children but ours had fun and said they wanted to go back. Overall very good and good value at just over €300/night. Skiing : The hotel had a small beginners area which looked perfect for 3-4 year olds first go on snow. The nearest proper ski area was Hochzeiger about 15 mins away, there was a free bus but we drove and parked within 1-2 mins walk from the slopes. The kids had 4 days of all-day lessons, very few Brits around with the kids being the only native English speakers in the lessons. It was a nice little resort with lifties always helping load and unload skis from the gondola, the 40km of slopes having a good mix of runs and being reasonably compact we were never more than 1 lift away from the ski school meeting point. We brought the Pitz Regio lift pass which covers Hochzeiger, Pitzal Glacier/Rifflsee and Imst, kids under 10 get a free pass for each adult pass. We tried them all, the Glacier having the best snow and amazing views from the restaurant at 3444m and Rifflsee giving my son a challenging red from the top. We went to Imst to try out the alpine rollercoaster which was great fun and also managed a few runs. Every where we went the slopes were quite and I don't think we queued for more than minute at any lift, for our first half term holiday it was very successful and we'll definitely be back but maybe not next year as it'll clash with Fasching.
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Fri 17-02-17 22:21
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Had a great couple of days on the glacier yesterday and the day before. Stunning drive up the valley and pistes were in great condition - would say more mellow than hochzeiger but maybe just due to fairly warm daytime temperatures. Zero visibility at 2400m in hochzeiger today but some fresh snow and sun forecast for tomorrow so going to check out rifflesee. Really impressed with the area and definitely a bit of a "gem".
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Mon 26-12-16 17:32
Replies: 24
@nolooney1997, nice video, we're going to Pitzal for the first time at half term with the kids. I think we'll spend most of the time in the Hochzeiger area and will have a few days at the Glacier/Rifflsee. Looking forward to exploring the area.
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Tue 8-11-16 9:25
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@hawkwind, the directors details and address are publicly available, adding them to a site gives an impression of authenticity but on their own isn't enough. Pictures taken from other sites and various errors would suggest something is not right. Pricing is usually the biggest give away, the rates are low and January is more expensive than February! The fraud would be to take a deposit and then disappear, I'd assume payment would be asked for by money transfer (zero chance of getting money back) or transfer in to a bank account (very little chance of getting the money back).
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Tue 8-11-16 0:34
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Highly suspicious - domain name was first registered 2 weeks ago, no social media and interesting pricing.
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Sun 16-10-16 9:22
Replies: 22
@Snowsartre, @turms, thanks for the tip on Wagrain, will take a look. @turms, I see where you're coming from re kinderhotels, we had a long weekend at Das Galtenberg in Alpbach 2 years ago which worked well and would have been my first choice for this trip but they are fully booked. The key advantages of the kinderhotels for us are the rooms have a separate kids bunk room, most have a pool/playrooms and the childcare, which we probably wouldn't use that much but it's nice to have a break from eating with the children for the odd evening. It's difficult to find other hotels which can provide the same. Self catering works best in my opinion if you're there with a larger group so cooking can be shared and the adults can take it in turns to go out in the evening.
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Thu 13-10-16 11:26
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@AthersT, I think you're right, would be very surprised if you could rent a car which isn't road legal, some companies still seem to charge though, Flizzr quote €18.68/day for 'Tyres suitable for winter' and €2.88/day for foreign use so probably worth avoiding. @musher, could do a road trip stopping at as many ski resorts as possible on the way? Think I'll ditch that idea for now.
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Thu 13-10-16 10:10
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Thanks. Looking again at google maps it's only a few minutes extra to go via Kufstein- when I first looked there must have been some traffic problems since it was quite a bit quicker via Garmisch. This does open some other options. @musher, @Whitegold, @Steilhang, I'm slightly put off a day Garmish if it is going to be busy, guess it'll depend on where I can find a suitable hotel for the night and even then can play by ear if it looks like it is going to be busy. Maybe Zugspitz Arena or Lermoos might be less busy at the weekend, our flight from Munich is not until 21:35 on Sunday so it could be an option on the way back. @AthersT, will rent from Hertz because their gold club membership allows you to skip the hire desk and go straight to the car park, the rental includes winterisation but noticed some other operators charge which seemed odd given the legal requirement. @turms, the Löwe/Bär looks like the place to stay in Surfaus, but is a bit beyond our budget!
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Wed 12-10-16 13:16
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A few weeks ago I picked up some very sensibly priced flights to Munich for half term (from 11th Feb) and I'm now looking at organising the rest of the trip, we'll be travelling with our kids aged 6 & 8. A quick search found the Pitzis Kinderhotel in the Pitztal valley thats currently being renovated after the previous owners went bust. We arrive in Munich at 8:35pm which even if there are no travel delays would too late to make it to the Pitztal Valley. The route from Munich is over the Fern Pass and an overnight stop in Garmisch looks possible; if all goes to plan would hope to arrive around 11:30pm and would leave a fairly short and scenic the following day. We'd have a hire car and will get chains if the forecast looks like they might be needed. Looking for advice from those that know the area (Previoulsy done Innsbruck - St Anton and several trips from Munich via Kufstein to other parts of Austria) 1. Is Garmisch a good choice for an overnight stop and reachable in all but the worst conditions? 2. Is it worth spending a day on the slopes in Garmisch on Sunday before heading over the Fern Pass? 3. Any recommendations for hotels in Garmisch or other stop offs? 4. The Pitztal Valley has 3 areas, one of which is a glacier and connected to a second area at the base station, the 3rd area is Hochzeiger which is a 10-15 minute journey from the hotel. The drive doesn't really bother me and comments on http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=2008179&highlight=hochzeiger#2008179 are positive, a more recent view of the area would be useful especially if it's suitable for kids (both skied before). There's a free lift pass for under 10's if you buy an adult pass so I'm guessing they are trying to target families. 5. Ischgl, Fiss and St Anton look to be reachable in 45-60 mins from the hotel, are there any other areas nearby which would be worth a visit? We'd probably only make one trip on the last Saturday when the kids are not in ski school or Sunday before flying back late in the evening. Any thoughts would be very welcome.
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Fri 7-10-16 19:27
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Depends on the lift, operator and the kids! Some chair lifts designate the outside chairs for kids (these lifts have an extra piece on the bar to make it more difficult for them to slip out) it's up to the oporator enforce this or not and recall a particularly zealous operator on a lift in Avoriaz who would stop the lift and move people round if they were in the wrong place. I also remember a new chair in Alpbach being advertised as every seat being child friendly but I'm not sure what was different about it! My kids are a similar age and have taken them on lifts on my own, when they were younger or if I was worried now I'd leave my poles somewhere so I had 2 hands free.
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Wed 13-04-16 20:53
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Received a replacement credit card out of the blue today. Called to find out why, apparently my bank was notificed of a data breach at a retailer by Visa on the 8th April. They didn't have the retailers name but my guess it was SP, I brought something from them at the start of March.
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Thu 31-03-16 17:44
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Everything sorted - General Snow Grabber fitted by 3pm by Bath MOT Centre for £110 (235/60/18 tyre). Took about 10 phone calls to sort this morning, most places quoted 2 days and I'm still waiting for the main dealers to call me back! Time to pack now.
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Thu 31-03-16 10:48
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Hi-Q and Bath MOT Centre could both get one in the same day, so fingers crossed will be sorted later today. Around our way there are lots of untreated lanes and water running out of the fields often freezes on the road which makes winter tyres very useful and sometimes necessary if you actually want to get somewhere. Will be the first time we've driven, does having a minor disaster before we leave mean the rest of the journey will be a breeze? @eddiethebus, packing later, got to get a days work done first!
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Thu 31-03-16 7:09
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Thanks all for views. Time to start calling around, father is on standby to drive over my other set of wheels - my bad planning means they are still in a mates barn near back near our old house!
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Wed 30-03-16 20:43
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Maybe I need more faith in the tyre fitters - in the past they've always had to order winters in for me. Will see what can be sorted in the morning.
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Wed 30-03-16 19:32
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Just got a side wall puncture on the car we're driving to Avoriaz first thing Friday morning! The car is now running 3 winter tyres and the standard spare. I'm guessing it'll be difficult to get a replacement winter tyre tomorrow so here's the dilemma - do I run the mixed set up (the spare is brand new with lots of tread) or get the standard set of wheels out of storage - the forecast is for warm weather so I doubt I'd actually need the winters. Plan A has to be to get a new winter - any tips where I might get one in Bristol or Bath area?
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Fri 4-03-16 0:01
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@nickb2004, we were there about this time last year. 61 follows a ridge with 63 running parralel to it and starting close to the top of the Poegelbahn. Piste 62 would be good too, it's wide and on our visit very quiet, reach it by going the other way along 61 - that bit is flat.
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Tue 1-03-16 20:43
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If you're just looking to be away over the Easter school holidays then the second week from 2nd April could be an option and I hope not as busy as the actual Easter week as we are away then! PDS has free kids ski pass for each adult pass that week plus the adult passes are cheaper than the previous week. E420 for full area passes for the family. http://en.portesdusoleil.com/winter/pass-free-kid.html
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Wed 30-12-15 22:43
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Snow cannons running again tonight in St Anton. We went to Lech today with a stop in Zurs on the way. Zurs was nice and quiet but blue 17 was almost bare in a couple of places. Lech was enjoyable with a great lunch in Rud Alpe.
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Thu 26-11-15 23:44
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Unless you go private to get 4 hours+ hours/day you'll need to use a ski school with lunchtime supervision, without this you'll have to meet your daughter for lunch which will mean getting back to the meeting point for a certain time and probably limiting what you can do. Based in our holiday research lunchtime supervision in France is less common than Austria, though I happy to be corrected on this! We've only been on 1 diy trip with the kids, that was to Alpbach where the ski school took them from 10am until 3pm and told us where they were having lunch so we could drop by if we wanted.
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Wed 4-11-15 9:59
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We've stayed at the Kinderhotel Das Galtenberg in Alpbach back in March for a long weekend with our 4 and 7 year old kids. Kinderhotel is an affiliation rather than a chain so ine may be very different to another. That said I would expect the concept to be the same which where we stayed was a hotel with great facilities for children. Our only other experience of skiing with Children is with Esprit; both were very good but different. The Kinderhotel required a bit more active parenting, for example taking and picking up from ski school and there is the option to eat with the children in the evening or they can eat in the Creche. The only slight negative for our children was the lack of other English speaking children, though my daughter said she was talking with her hands to the Russian girl in her ski group! I'd happily stay at a Kinderhotel again.
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