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Poster: A snowHead
Fri 21-12-18 15:24
Replies: 16
@pennychopz, why not join the snowHeads Bash to Alleghe on 26 Jan? https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=138833
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Mon 5-11-18 22:54
Replies: 38
@julia6, welcome to snowHeads. The overnight ski train is great in that you get an extra day's skiing in. I can't answer your questions but can say don't expect to get enough sleep. Avoid booking seats near the toilets or doors or you'll wake up every time someone passes through the carriages. Each time I've done the outbound journey, the carriages have seemed to be half empty so allowing people to take two seats to stretch out and snooze on. Strangely, the return journey has always been much busier. Unless you've got a fluffy down filled jacket or similar, take a pillow if you can. Honestly, it really does help make the long journey more comfortable.
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Mon 5-11-18 18:21
Replies: 32
@DanFuller, I tried a merino base layer for the first time last season and can recommend it. The fabric was 100% merino and classed as "heavy weight" at 340g/sqm. I found it very comfy, with good stretch, quick drying (yep, I get sweaty at the slightest hint of exercise) and warm. I thought I'd have to wash it at some point during the week but it never got smelly. I'm now a merino convert and plan to add more merino layers to my ski wardrobe.
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Mon 5-11-18 17:02
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@snowball, check in staff don't normally ask how many pairs of skis you've packed. They only check the weight and number of bags. But, as already highlighted by @Sailskibum, if you need to claim for baggage delay/loss on your insurance and the airline baggage policy allows only one pair of skis, you may have issues. I know earlier this year another snowHead had the same issue with their insurer refusing to pay out and there was a thread on this but I can't find it.
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Sun 21-10-18 9:45
Replies: 2
@Flinnster, I've been thinking of trying the Thursday evening lessons at Hemel. Just need to scrape some more pennies together first so hoping to go 1 Nov.
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Sun 21-10-18 9:41
Replies: 73
@ster, ah I see. Well, enjoy whichever day you're there.
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Sat 20-10-18 23:46
Replies: 3
@HotDogger, you might get more interest if you post this on the BB thread too. Also, when you put your travel details in, add in the comments that you can offer a lift to Glasgow. Aside from snowHeads, other people might be interested so you could post your ride on car sharing sites such as: www.blablacar.co.uk
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Sat 20-10-18 20:49
Replies: 73
@ster, @always29, you could just use the promo code that @Val Desire posted earlier (TelegraphSubscribers) for free tix.
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Mon 15-10-18 15:13
Replies: 31
Another vote for mpi. I've never yet had to claim but when looking at small print, I noticed they offer more coverage. For example, some insurers will only cover your skis if you leave them in an actual ski rack or within sight when you stop for coffee/lunch/cake etc.
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Mon 15-10-18 10:45
Replies: 40
How about actually answering the complaint directly rather than just advertising? Oh heavens, no! skigirl21's response to my complaint at the time was to call me and spend nearly 45 minutes trying to persuade to go back on another Skivo week with her!!! I'd rather pour lemon juice on paper cuts than go through that again.
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Mon 15-10-18 10:31
Replies: 40
I am sorry to hear that a beginner was not happy on one of our Skivo trips . Everyone is offered tuition with BASI instructors and beginners usually get a better staff pupil ratio. Singlesport offers a personal service which means you can ask before you book how many people are in your ability group, age group or from your area of the country. @skigirl21, as I had previously been been on a Skivo trip, I had been told by the ski instructor I was definitely an intermediate level skier. Hence I was very disappointed on the next trip I went on with you when they lumped beginners in with intermediate skiers as Skivo didn't bother to ensure they had any instructors available to teach beginners that particular week. The way my complaint was handled was extremely disappointing and just goes to show a lack of customer focus by Dave Beattie. The fact is, anyone who goes on a Skivo trip can face the same issue at any time and thanks to the Skivo T&Cs, which state the instruction has no monetary value, unhappy customers cannot get any of their money back. Unfortunately, Singlesport can't do anything about that, presumably because it isn't a travel agent and only acts as an "introducer". Since then, I've now skied seven weeks with snowHeads so can firmly recommend the Bashes. The only problem with Bashes is that they can be quite addictive!
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Thu 4-10-18 13:48
Replies: 63
@Ozboy, if you can get to east London, Eurofit Tyres will change them for £15/wheel. (Address if you want to look them up: 50 Prince Regent Lane, London E13 8QQ.)
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Fri 14-09-18 0:52
Replies: 148
@Oleski, you've put in your list you might get a telepeage thingy or use cash/card for the tolls. If you do decide to get the telepeage thingy, have the bill payments linked to a credit card that gives a good exchange rate and doesn't sting you on with an admin fee plus foreign transaction fee for each payment. One practical advantage of using the telepeage thingy is that you won't have to prod your passenger awake to pay the tolls as the payment bit is on their side of the car.
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Thu 13-09-18 22:41
Replies: 40
@Farley Goode, I appreciate that was your experience. I had skied with Skivo before; both trips with Singlesport acting as the "introducer". I had thought Skivo were excellent initially as you do but the second trip was an awful experience for me simply because they didn't have a ski instructor for a separate beginners group. When I complained, Dave Beattie, who runs Skivo, didn't come across as giving a toss and there really isn't anything Singlesport can do as she isn't a travel agent. Hence my warning is that if things go wrong, if there aren't enough instructors for separate groups or anything else, don't expect a positive customer experience. On the other hand, if I hadn't had such a crap time on the Singlesport/Skivo trip, I wouldn't have been searching for other solo ski holidays and come across snowHeads! All the instructors I've met on snowHeads bashes are absolutely excellent and a fantastic job is done of organising the groups by people who genuinely care that you're having a good time. :sH:
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 13-09-18 18:02
Replies: 40
Whilst I have never been on one of their trips I have had cause to speak to the proprietor of this company http://www.singlesport.com/winter-holidays/ and suggest she may be worth contacting. Yes, the proprietor is quite nice but for some (most??) of the holidays, she really acts as an "introducer" between you and the TO or chalet company. She isn't a travel agent herself as far as I'm aware so if things go wrong, it can be a bit awkward. Also, beware of going on any of the Skivo trips that she does a few of. Skivo charge a premium price as they include ski tuition. However, their T&Cs state that there is no monetary value to the lessons. So if you end up having a rubbish week because you're an intermediate skier and Skivo have put you in a group that includes a guy who has only skied three days previously but Skivo don't have enough ski instructors for that week, then tough luck. You won't get any compensation from them. So one to avoid! On the other hand, strongly recommend snowHead bashes. :sH:
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Thu 13-09-18 16:49
Replies: 148
@Oleski, make sure you don't pack the high vis vests in the boot. I know in France you are required to have the high vis vests available to wear before you get out of your car. When you unpack your car, don't forget to unpack your shovel too. When it comes to the return journey, I find it easier to have the shovel ready rather than clear some snow off to get to the boot to get the damn shovel! Most importantly, think about when exactly you will be driving to and from the Alps. If it's before 29 March 2019, then you're fine on the current UK licence. If it's afterwards, the position will depend on whether an exit deal and the terms of such a deal. In the event of a no deal, hard Brexit you may need to get an international permit. Also, if travelling in the EU after 29 March, you may need to ensure your passport has a minimum of six months' validity beyond your proposed return date. Check both the above points nearer the time (if applicable to you) as no one can predict what's going to happen.
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Sun 26-08-18 11:15
Replies: 2
Looks like it is only running until 6 April 2019: https://www.eurostar.com/uk-en/holidays/ski-holidays After that, I guess you could get the eurostar to Paris and change there but that could be a pain with ski baggage.
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Fri 24-08-18 19:13
Replies: 84
Hmm someone's been clearing up on the S&R site with their additional discount on sale items. Had a look at a couple of things last night. Go in to pull a trigger today and gone..... Unless they've deliberately been delisted. If you go to the Snow & Rock site via Quidco, you (eventually!) get 4% cashback.
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Fri 24-08-18 12:55
Replies: 84
Probably new salopettes...again. I find mine keep shrinking. Must be all that snow. :eye:
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Fri 24-08-18 12:52
Replies: 124
Snow & Rock have an extra 15% off sale prices at present. No codes required as the discount should be done automatically on checkout apparently.
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Fri 24-08-18 12:24
Replies: 22
You could try having a look at protective gear aimed at ice skaters. For example: https://www.skatey.co.uk/Intermezzo_26/Padded-Shorts-For-Figure-Skating_245.html I can't comment on how good they are or recommend any as I've never used any padded shorts. I found this link just by googling so again, no idea about the seller. But one thing I do know: skaters will fall at any angle, on any part of the body! I think my best ice skating fall was a few months ago when I fell backwards, ended up completely flat on my back but actually spun round a couple of times in that position because of the speed I'd been going at. :roll:
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Sun 12-08-18 9:28
Replies: 124
Any ex forces people who possess a Defence Discount Service card and are into off piste gnarly stuff can get 20% discount with Snowsafe.co.uk. - https://www.snowsafe.co.uk/ Ski Club GB members also get 15% off. Or you could use the code "ABS30" to get 30% off at checkout.
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Sun 8-07-18 13:46
Replies: 80
@Bergmeister, it's all about thinking outside the box and touching base with other snowHeads to brainstorm moving forward effectively to optimise cascading relevant information to drive through squaring the circle on French roads.
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Wed 6-06-18 12:37
Replies: 80
Check that your route doesn't go through an area that requires vehicles to have a criti'air vignette. Some info here: https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/travel/2017/03/driving-to-france-check-now-if-you-need-a-new-emissions-sticker-to-avoid-a-possible-100-fine
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Tue 5-06-18 9:52
Replies: 65
@Ozboy, it is going to depend on whether it's one of the popular days (eg Christmas and New Year time) as well as whether you drive a big van like the Bus 4 Dub. I got a lift once with @admin and due to roadworks, we arrived right on the departure time of the booked train. You're supposed to arrive at least 30 mins early for check-in. They wouldn't let us on even though the train's departure was delayed by about 30 mins. We then had to wait for about 6-8 hours for the next one. But I think that was a lot to do with the space the Bus 4 Dub needs. Anyway, we just parked in the car park and snoozed in the van. In December last year, when I first drove out myself, I was late and missed the check in deadline. I didn't bother to re-book, simply rocked up and waited for the tech to recognise my car. The computer system spat out a boarding pass for a train leaving less than an hour later. You could always just not bother booking until you know for sure when you want to get a train. But don't do that on a really popular departure date/time or you might be stuck! Last December (around the 16th I think), I came back early from skiing as I was unwell. I didn't book until I actually got to Calais itself and then had to wait about three hours for a train around 1am. That wasn't too bad at all. Coming back from the EoSB this year in my car (SUV type but less than 6' and no roof box), my friend and I didn't bother booking in advance as we didn't know if we'd stop for the night or feel up to driving all the way to Calais. In the end, we drove straight through. I booked about five hours before the 4.46am train we decided to aim for. We arrived nice and early at 3am and thought we'd have a nap - but this was not to be! Instead, as soon as we arrived, they got us loaded up onto a train that looked pretty empty. We sat there wondering, why have they made us board so damn early? Then at 3.16am, the train started to move. I should add that this train was not on the Eurotunnel schedule! I like to think it was the magical mystery train put on for sleepy :sH: .
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Wed 30-05-18 14:46
Replies: 59
@holidayloverxx, good point, I forgot that insurers will only pay a percentage of the cost to buy new skis. In case it's of interest to you, MPI pay 45% if the skis are up to three years old. (Btw, I'm not an insurance nerd - I've just checked out of curiosity as I'm currently with MPI.)
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Wed 30-05-18 14:20
Replies: 18
@bar shaker, I'd be surprised if seasonnaires were ever considered to be "posted workers" under EU Regs. I am admittedly pretty fuzzy on posted workers but my understanding is a posted worker is someone who is initially employed in a different country but is then posted by their employer to an EU member state in order to provide a service. Providing a service is different to being employed under EU rules. Seasonnaires wouldn't come within the definition of providing a service as they would be likely to be employees and also likely to be on a local employment contract. Some years back I had a long conversation with an EU Regs expert about the difference between someone being a posted worker and an employee. I wasn't smart enough to follow everything she told me (plus EU law really bored the crap outta me back then) but I realised that a lot of people claiming to be posted workers in the EU were actually in disguised employment. This therefore allowed their foreign employers to get around pesky local employment and work permit laws.
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Wed 30-05-18 13:23
Replies: 59
@SnoodlesMcFlude, Have you had issues with insurance in such circumstances? It's one thing surmising that problems may occur, but another to have experience of this actually happening, especially if it doesn't and then it's just misinformation. I have no idea whether this is a problem or not, but I can say that from my own experience of hauling a huge bag of skis around, no airline I have used (Easyjet, Lufthansa, KLM, Monarch) has even given a flying monkeys what's in there. Hi, someone on here has had actually had this problem and posted about it in the last couple of months. I've tried finding the thread but no success. He packed his and his wife's skis in one bag. The airline terms stated one pair of skis only per bag are allowed. When the airline lost the ski bag (I don't recall if it was eventually found and delivered to him during/after the trip), his travel insurance refused to pay for costs related to two pairs of skis. I can't recall the name of the insurer.
Poster: A snowHead
Mon 7-05-18 17:25
Replies: 9
I know the OP was from 2017 but I have to post a link I found of a youtube review of the Dakine snowboard bag: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEnWan4lHNg As it's a UK shop, the guy is presumably indoors somewhere in the UK but is still wearing goggles and jacket for this ad/review. Good application of rule 4 but fails to take into account rule 22.
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Mon 7-05-18 16:49
Replies: 184
I have found it costs me £60 to get my tyres changed over and stored, so £120 per annum. I can’t seem to find a set of wheels for a Mazda CX5 cheap enough to make it worth having the winter tyres permanently mounted so I just swap wheels. Does anyone here know where I can get some? I have tried Googling 2ndhand wheels, fleabay & Amazon & it looks like it would set me back a lot more than it will cost me to continue with my current arrangement over the expected lifetime of the car. Have you tried contacting local salvage yards? The other thing you can do (if you haven't already), is set the wheel specification you need as a saved search on eBay so you get automatic emails if anyone posts an ad using that spec.
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Mon 7-05-18 15:52
Replies: 34
I don't want to open a can of worms here but obviously they can't really do a projected weight of the aircraft since they don't know what the people weigh, and the weight of the people is more significant than the weight of the luggage. A plane full of DPs is obviously going to be somewhat heavier than a plane full of snow names. I'm not going to touch your can of worms as it sounds like you know more than me about this. I just figured they took an average person's weight but can't say I've ever bothered to find out. Safe to say I am not offering myself for sale to carry your luggage. 8-) That's fine, you can do it for free. If you change your mind, I've drafted an ad for you - "For sale: one Evoc bag, used, with a dp carrier (who may be used, unused or possibly inbetween)."
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Mon 7-05-18 14:00
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@dp, thanks for the clarification. I see where you're coming from now. Even zipped together, the total weight for BA still has to be no more than 23kg for one bag. I think that might be a more important factor for an airline as surely they calculate the amount of fuel for a flight based on projected weight of the plane? @Masque, although I love the design of my Snokart luggage, as others have said, it does not last well. I've two seam rips (the longest is 20cm long) on the outside of the wheelie bag. Ok, so one seam rip may have been my fault for overpacking but the other was definitely caused in transit. I think it's done about five or six trips only since November 2016. Luckily I have a sewing machine and both rips are easy to repair. I've also broken two of the buckles but again, easy to replace those myself. The other issue with Snokart luggage is the weight when empty. I only ever use the ski bag and the wheelie base bag together due to baggage weight limitations. Together these weigh 6.5kg when empty. I've never needed to use the third bag but if I did, the total empty weight would be 8.5kg. Snokart luggage also seems to be overpriced when compared to other brands. When I got my Kart 6, Snow & Rock had reduced it by £80. A friend had also given me Snow & Rock voucher for my birthday to help with the cost. I wouldn't pay full price for it. On the other hand, when you're not particularly tall (I'm 5'1") and have very little by way of actual muscles, lugging one full ski bag around on public transport or even walking to the tube station is difficult and darn awkward as it's bulky and taller than me. Whereas with my Snokart, I find it easier to jump on and off different trains because then I have the two bags separated. The ski bag just has my skis, poles and salopettes, so it's relatively easy to carry with the shoulder strap whilst pulling along the (possibly overfull) wheelie bag. Then I just zip the two together at the airport. I can see myself collapsing at the airport if I ever had to use @dp's Evoc bag. Unless the boy came with it to carry it :blush:
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Sun 6-05-18 23:11
Replies: 34
@dp, @achilles, Snokart luggage actually zip together to form one piece and aren't simply strapped together. Snokart market the luggage on the fact that as long as you meet the size and weight requirements, it's supposed to be accepted as one piece of checked luggage. @dp - I was adhering to the same baggage rules as everyone else hence the refund finally being made. It isn't against the BA baggage policy to have luggage that zips together provided it meets the size and weight requirement, which is why I've never had a problem flying with BA from Gatwick, Heathrow, Munich, Geneva and once before from Venice. @under a new name, you're probably right about the data protection point. As for the difference in amount - I'd already told them how much the refund should have been so I think it's more carelessness on their part rather than fluctuating exchange rates. @philwig, well done! Glad to hear you got things sorted without going through the hassle of legal proceedings.
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Sat 5-05-18 11:26
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So back to this! I'm going to be honest and say first of all, 50 euros additional baggage charge doesn't exactly break the bank. But that's 50 euros I could spend in Spyderjon's shop...! However, the fact that both British Airways check in staff lied to me about their baggage policy pissed me off mightily so I pursued this with BA's incompetent customer relations. I sent several detailed emails via BA's online webform explaining the issue and the fact that Snokart luggage is designed to be zipped together. I sent links to the exact luggage I use. I pointed out in writing several times that the published BA policy does not state anywhere that it will not accept checked luggage that is zipped together. The first person I dealt with pretty much copy and pasted a standard response and said that additional baggage charges must be paid when you have more than one piece of checked luggage. After a couple of such messages, I asked that my complaint be escalated to someone more senior than her who was capable of reading and understanding what I had written. The second agent - as bad as the first. Also he thought it was ok to lie to me in writing and say that due to data protection laws blah blah blah. You're telling me the UK's data protection laws extend to cover staff in Venice who are unlikely to be employed by a UK entity but probably an Italian subsidiary co or even a third party? Something tells me the UK data protection laws aren't automatically applicable in a foreign jurisdiction. Clearly the second customer relations agent inhabits a different world to the rest of us. Again, I had to ask for my complaint to be escalated internally. By the way, British Airways customer relations takes several weeks to respond to each webform message. They are in no hurry to resolve customer complaints. Presumably a number of customers give up by this point as the money is certainly not worth the continual chasing that must be done. Furthermore, as the majority of replies (despite a couple of them being quite lengthy copy and paste jobs!) actually ignore the point about luggage being zipped together, Customer Relations staff are clearly trained to ignore and sidestep the crux of a customer complaint. Usually I am strictly non-contentious. But sometimes, I can be a stubborn, ornery beeatch. Hence I kept pursuing this. Nearly three months later and the third agent has finally got round to looking at my complaint. She says that she has actually looked at the Snokart website (it only took three months!) and can see the dimensions do meet BA baggage policy. Refund to be issued in due course. I was charged £45.76. Refund received of £45.08. Typical I guess. @vjmehra, I did tweet BA - thanks for the tip. The twitter team initially insisted they are unable to do anything to progress a complaint as this must be dealt with by the customer relations team. Although they do respond to negative tweets with direct messages. After 2 months 3 weeks of regular tweeting about the incompetence of BA, the twitter team finally said they would take ownership of my case but by this point, I think the third customer relations agent was finally looking into it. So if anyone pursues a complaint about BA first, note the customer relations staff are trained to waste your time for as long as possible and not to address the crux of your complaint. Secondly, if you use the online webform to communicate, you will never receive a copy of the message or acknowledgement it was sent. I'd suggest copying and pasting your messages into a word doc with a note of the date and time submitted for each. Thirdly, um, well if you pursue a complaint it's probably best if it isn't about the money but about the principle. If I hadn't been treated like shit in Venice, I doubt that I would have pursued this so vigorously or via the multiple platforms I used.
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Tue 10-04-18 17:34
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You can post that you need transfers on the Facebook Tarentaise transfer page. Companies who can help will reply to you: https://www.facebook.com/groups/850771538271311/?ref=bookmarks
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Sat 31-03-18 17:30
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People needed really long skis to go with their really big shoulder pads.
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Sat 31-03-18 17:07
Replies: 124
Whilst looking at avalanche safety stuff, I've come across this site: https://www.snowsafe.co.uk. If you use the code ABS30, you get 30% off.
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Thu 22-03-18 22:58
Replies: 26
I just love French Bread, just how do I get it home while its still fresh? The best tip I got from the French baker who taught me how to make French baguettes, is to buy French flour, type 65 This led to mcspreader thinking I'm barmy when I loaded up on the stuff when he drove me to the supermarket after last year's EoSB! And if you can't make bread, I'll teach you. It's really very easy. :D :D
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Wed 21-03-18 17:44
Replies: 7
@richie44, I'm considering heading out around the same weekend if I can scrape enough pennies together and would very much like to find someone to ski with if I make it out there. I'm an intermediate skier, just looking to have a good, relaxed time. Have you decided where you're staying yet?
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Tue 13-02-18 18:53
Replies: 15
I'm a bellend? That's an interesting question...! I shall refrain from answering as I really don't know you well enough (also, you're bigger than me. I mean, a lot bigger.)
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