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Poster: A snowHead
Mon 16-03-20 10:04
Replies: 698
@timlongs, this is the Carrefour near the tunnel: https://www.carrefour.fr/magasin/market-calais-virval Carrefour Market Calais Virval, Route de Saint-Omer, 62100 Calais, France What 3 words ///icicles.drifter.provide
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Sun 15-03-20 19:41
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@timlongs, we're on our way home at the moment, so can't look up details, but there is a Carrefour market and fuel station about a mile off the autoroute, just before the tunnel. Way cheaper than on the autoroute and only a tiny diversion, versus overshooting the tunnel to go to the big Carrefour at Cite d'Europe. Will post exact details in the morning for you.
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Thu 20-02-20 17:46
Replies: 58
Perce Neige down to Dahu was like a run for your life exercise again. I’m not sure what can be done to ease this but if I could urge GM to spend money on anything it would be a remedy to this! You should have seen it before the last round of improvements! It used to be much narrower than it is now, especially the first bit that's just below where the Coulouvrier lift arrives now. And the bit that goes 'behind' Coulouvrier was so narrow that I always thought I'd either get blown off in a breeze or go over the edge if I just fell down. :roll: I totally agree that it's not at all nice.....but massively better than it was!
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Wed 19-02-20 18:12
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@The Jamo’s, welcome to Snowheads. The difference this year is that UK half term clashes with the the two busiest French holiday regions for skiing, Paris and Marseille. Last year UK half term was at the same time as Marseille and 'the rest', which would have made it quieter and next year is Paris and 'the rest' which should also be quieter. Incredibly useful chart for planning is here: https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=139730 I've also been told that in really good snow years the canny French opt for lower/smaller/cheaper areas so that also affects how busy the GM is.
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Sat 15-02-20 16:25
Replies: 12
@Gustavo the Gaper, thanks for coming back and telling us what you did. Hope they're as good outside as in the snowdome!
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Fri 14-02-20 13:31
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Welcome to Snowheads, you've picked a great area for your first trip! +1 for @Charliegolf's advice to check with ESF about ski passes before buying anything. You cannot get to the top of Flaine (or back) without skiing unless you drive to Flaine in the first place. Again, once you've skied a bit, ask your instructor for his advice on whether it's a good idea and his suggested routing (which may depend on weather conditions). As a beginner, you're likely to tire quite quickly and getting back is likely to feel longer/harder work than going. You have a lovely green tree-lined run in Morillon, the 5km Marvel, for once you are off the nursery slopes. And you can ski a feeder run (Marveline) and the bottom section of the Marvel, and also the lower section of the blue Sairon, on a beginner pass. Those runs are long enough to give you a bit of a feel for whether you want to venture further at that stage. Have a great time!
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Wed 5-02-20 19:31
Replies: 421
@BAN, I may be wrong on this, but my understanding is that once they ice up, it's not just a matter of time, but that temperature plays a part, too, so just turning up early doesn't really help. Aup de Veran was certainly open by 10 when I got to it, and appeared to have been open for some time, and that gave access to the whole of that side of the bowl, along with Jade.
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Wed 5-02-20 16:07
Replies: 421
@BAN, the same weather that brought the snow that we all enjoyed today also iced up the cables and there is nothing that they can do to fix that instantly. Avalanche work also delayed the start by a few minutes on many lifts. DMC opened by about 11am and was instantly busy. Brilliant conditions everywhere, although a bit scrapey in a few places where the overnight snow hadn't been pisted and had worn away. Blue skies and wall to wall sunshine, along with perfect powder, made it one of the best days of the season so far.
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Tue 4-02-20 7:32
Replies: 2
Try posting in the Solutions Room at Chalets Direct, making it clear that you'd take a share in staff quarters (assuming you would!).
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Sun 2-02-20 18:16
Replies: 421
@lcd80, if it's cold enough they'll definitely be snow-making - Saturday is the start of French vacances, so they'll want everything as good as they can get it. There was plenty of water in the Morillon reservoir last week, and the only positive of today is that it will have had a topup..... :roll:
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Sun 2-02-20 17:15
Replies: 421
@Zorrac, skiing today is either brave or foolhardy or both! :) We stayed in all day and watched the rain from the dry, I don't think I can remember a day quite as bad as this........
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Sat 1-02-20 7:44
Replies: 7
I haven't done it myself, but you can get from the airport to Cluses by train and bus, with a couple of changes. If you set the date and time of travel, Google maps will give you the routing. From there you can get a bus to Samoens. The train bit is 1 hr 50 mins so should be way under three in total. NB. If you put it into Google as a single trip from airport to Samoens it says it's not possible, so do it as two separate ones. Alternatively, post on the Samoens FB page to see if anyone local can help.
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Wed 29-01-20 18:32
Replies: 33
I've just acquired some new Therm-ic heated insoles and before deciding on them did a fair amount of research and landed up talking to a very helpful individual at Sidas/Therm-ic. I hadn't realised until doing some digging that the two companies are one and the same, with a single development team. It appears that the latest (and best, based on what I was told) batteries are the Therm-ic rounded ones (C-pack). I got the impression that these would be in use on Sidas products next season, and also that the current Sidas and old flat Therm-ic batteries were not as good. I've only had the insoles a few days, but have been very impressed so far. Therm-ic use the same batteries and also phone app for the socks, so would expect the same type of performance. Not sure if it would be helpful with Raynaud's, but the app can detect whether you are active or sat on a lift and automatically power up the batteries when you are on the lift and back down afterwards. @under a new name, appreciate that you have now gone with the Lenz socks, but thought this would be good general info to add to the thread!
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Tue 28-01-20 11:51
Replies: 421
Pretty much all the Morillon lifts closed now, along with all the links. Had a couple of hours of lovely skiing, although windy and flat light. Then the wind got up even more, the snow turned hard enough to really sting as you skied along, and then the vis went, too. Now back home for the day......
Poster: A snowHead
Sun 26-01-20 19:17
Replies: 10
@Dutch Carl, might be worth messaging him that you will be sending a letter to the address that you sent the beacon to, addressed to 'the parents of' with details of the problem. When we rented student accommodation the suggestion that we might write to their parents about what they had/hadn't done always got a swift resolution!
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Sun 26-01-20 14:37
Replies: 12
I'm not familiar with either of these personally, but if you definitely want to buy why not look in Decathlon, where you will get a brand new beginner ski with a two year warranty for around €120. Buying secondhand skis is fraught with problems that a beginner could do without, especially as they are unlikely to be able to work out if the problem is with the skis or with themselves! https://www.decathlon.nl/p/pisteski-s-voor-dames-met-bindingen-boost-300-archtec-paars-en-zwart/_/R-p-149931?mc=8370678&c=PAARS_ROZE https://www.decathlon.nl/p/pisteski-s-dames-met-bindingen-rossignol-attraxion/_/R-p-X8398777 The second one looks like an absolute bargain to me, and means that you should be able to recoup most of the cost if she decides to swap skis after a couple more trips.
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Sun 26-01-20 14:28
Replies: 21
Over 75s are free in Grand Massif.
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Sat 25-01-20 12:36
Replies: 4
@apeman241, sorry, can't help with info on Montagne Activetes. But if you're prepared to drive up to Flaine, then Lynne Stainbrook would be ideal. He is a native English speaker, only does private lessons and takes mixed ages.
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Sat 25-01-20 9:24
Replies: 47
If you're looking at France and prepared to 'give up' (or 'escape from'!) the 4 weeks of French vacances but take a property for the rest of the season then you are a VERY attractive proposition for an owner and should be able to negotiate a good deal. They will get the income from the peak weeks (and you won't be paying for the worst time to ski!) and no changeovers for the rest of the season, which will suit them very well. It's worth spending some time searching in the GM when you are over, even if you don't decide to come here for your season, as you'll find out more about the options. If you are going for the GM, we chose Les Carroz as it has more soul than Flaine, is easy to drive down to the valley for big shops, and also offers the option of driving up to Flaine to ski rather than skiing over (if links closed, snow lower down poor, or just if feeling a bit lazy).
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Sat 25-01-20 9:11
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Order online from Aldi for: https://www.aldi.co.uk/inoc-men%27s-pro-ski-salopettes/p/085931243723600 £11.99 but no XL. My OH is 36 waist and has the large in these and they are plenty loose. Decent quality, too. or https://www.aldi.co.uk/men%27s-black-ski-trousers/p/099105316688002 £17.99 in XL Free standard delivery over £20, or only £3.95 for next day delivery. Free returns, too, so worth ordering both and returning one if not suitable.
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Sun 19-01-20 20:34
Replies: 4
I'd try to get closer to Calais, as you'll need to check in well before 8.30. Arras is about an hour from the tunnel and we have used the 'B&B hotel' there in the past. It's a chain with relatively low prices but decent standards, including access to a microwave in the 'reception' area (take your own utensils and plates!). Useful if you want to minimise lost time, since you can just take your own food to have when you arrive, although there are nearby restaurants. We usually assume a total of 7.5 hours Les Carroz to Calais, but we don't stop except to swap drivers.
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Sun 19-01-20 13:20
Replies: 24
@yeahdisk, that's great news! Would you like to name them? It sounds as if they deserve recognition......
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Sun 19-01-20 11:31
Replies: 42
@polkadot, glad to see you've done the 'right thing' by your OH! :D Grand Massif should also be on your list, close to Geneva, snow in great condition and shouldn't be hard to find somewhere to stay. A quick glance shows that my favourites (because of their great personal service), Skifusion, have good availability in Les Carroz.
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Fri 17-01-20 18:59
Replies: 58
@Bunches, sorry, can't help with your latest question. If you are prepared to ditch PV and take the hit if they can't transfer you to Val, then post on the Solutions Room of chaletsdirect.com to see if anyone can help with accommodation. An appeal to PV on social media might also be worth a go.......
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Fri 17-01-20 16:39
Replies: 58
Mmmm, I now see that the ski school on the Evolution 2 website is called Spirit 1950, but the name suggests it's actually a 3rd party rather than Evolution themselves. And it's definitely showing availability for lessons that week.......
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Fri 17-01-20 16:26
Replies: 58
@Bunches, it might be worth trying Evolution 2, who have a school in 1950. We found them very helpful in completely different circumstances, their attitude was much more helpful than most schools. Edit: just checked and they appear to have children's ski school availability that week
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Fri 17-01-20 16:14
Replies: 24
@yeahdisk, worth trying the Solutions Room section of chaletsdirect.com - you post what you want and owners then come back and propose what they can help with. I'm guessing it may help if you say you would be prepared to split across multiple places if needed, even if that isn't ideal.
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Tue 7-01-20 20:10
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@nixmap, https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Spyder-Ski-jacket/223827897342?hash=item341d2eabfe:g:20QAAOSwDYZeDNQD
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 7-01-20 17:52
Replies: 421
@final patsy, yes, but on the Les Carroz website it is only mentioned as a way to link with the train to/from Cluses, hence my view that it's a secret! https://www.lescarroz.com/content/uploads/2019/12/Fh-Carroz-Flaine-Express20201.pdf
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Tue 7-01-20 9:30
Replies: 421
@Cheesie168, hardly surprising. I sometimes think it's one of the best-kept secrets in the GM!
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Tue 7-01-20 8:52
Replies: 421
@Cheesie168, don't forget the bus option up to Flaine as well, although you do have to book.
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Mon 6-01-20 9:35
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@final patsy, definitely a few lessons. They will enjoy their time more and be less of a danger to themselves and others.
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Sat 28-12-19 20:44
Replies: 9
+1 for Lynne Stainbrook.
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Thu 26-12-19 14:48
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@althomas89, welcome to Snowheads. You might want to look at Morillon, which has the aptly-named Marvel, a 5km green run. When I started and was frightened of EVERYTHING it was the Marvel that helped me get used to 'proper' pistes and I still love skiing it (just a bit faster than I used to!). It's a very pretty run, which helps remind you that skiing is fun, even when you're still struggling a bit. Morillon also has some nice blues and you can mix and match between the blues and greens - there's a green called Marveline that is at the top of a relatively short lift and links into Marvel part way down, so lots of options.
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Thu 19-12-19 19:32
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In that case I'd recommend Lynne Stainbrook. He (not she!) is an American who has taught in Flaine for many years and focuses on technique.
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Thu 19-12-19 13:24
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Tue 10-12-19 13:32
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Just a reminder that TODAY is the last day to buy a season pass at the 50% off rate of €489.
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Tue 10-12-19 8:30
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@ssspeedy, if you will have a car it might be worth investigating the options at Morillon, which is just down the road and has a nursery.
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Wed 4-09-19 21:09
Replies: 58
@Nickski, I'd speak to Paypal first before going to the credit card dispute. What you described fits perfectly into Paypal's conditions for refunding.
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Wed 4-09-19 18:12
Replies: 58
You have 180 days to raise a claim via Paypal: https://www.paypal.com/uk/webapps/mpp/paypal-safety-and-security In my experience Paypal are pretty good on this sort of thing. Good luck!
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