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Poster: A snowHead
Mon 19-10-20 11:40
Replies: 13
1 week booked in mid March. I can easily work from home so quarantine on return shouldn't be too much of a problem. Missing Christmas this year.....which is feeling very odd as first Christmas at home for 15 years but too much uncertainity with Covid, brand new grandchild and daughter not sure what her work position will be come January (we may be doind a December removal from Orkney to the South Coast of England) it all felt a bit too difficult. Made the decision back in August and it seemed very sensible at the time, now Christmas is approaching though it still sounds sensible but not as much fun :roll:
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Mon 11-05-20 13:28
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Reading your updates has become part of my daily routine, so just wanted to say thanks and enjoy your impending freedom :nice: Long time lurker - very infrequent poster but just had to agree. Your 'blog' is the first post I look for on opening Snowheads. So thank you for sharing your lock-down experience with us. I have so enjoyed reading about your days and your family and am in awe at just how you've managed it so well and so positively, when i am sure at times it has been very hard indeed. Have a good summer, enjoy your freedom, and l look forward to the June installment. Regards Sharon
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Sat 29-02-20 11:49
Replies: 33
We’re off to Les Orres next weekend. I’ll let you know conditions.
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Sat 29-02-20 11:48
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We’re off to Les Orres next weekend. I’ll let you know conditions.
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Fri 14-02-20 14:36
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Just having a quick look at Sunweb and I'm pretty sure you could get it fairly close to £1k if you're not looking for one of the big mega resorts. We've skied plenty of times in April in the Maurienne valley and had a blast.
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Mon 23-12-19 11:11
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We’re just getting sorted to head out. Plan is to lap a couple of the open 2000 lifts. Daughter is a bit fluey so doesn’t fancy a hot crowded bus. Would love to meet up for a beer at some point over the week but unlikely to make the Arpette this afternoon, Sharon ( with hubby Paul, Charlie 20, Skye 20 and Claire 23)
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Mon 23-12-19 8:27
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For those of you who know the area really well could you give some advice on the feasibility of getting to lower areas when 2000 is closed? We are on looking at our second non-ski day and wondering if there is a way around it. Happy to sit on the shuttle for a while but wondering if it is doable and worth it. Any thoughts?
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Fri 20-12-19 8:55
Replies: 125
Road closures on the A3 and M23 combined with appalling weather is giving us an ETA at the tunnel of 0820. But tricky when the tunnel we're booked on goes at 0820
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Mon 16-12-19 16:12
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I apologise if this has been answered already but we're arriving in Arc 2000 on Saturday and it's likely that my son's ski boots will need tweaking. Had been intending in taking them to Filarinski but sadly they've closed. Any recommendation for a boot fitter in any of the areas? Would rather go to someone recommended then just take pot luck. Thanks
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Thu 12-12-19 17:20
Replies: 125
We always used to take the A6 - stopping at Chalon-sur-saone for fuel and a shop but last few times we've taken the A39 and got off the motorway just after Bourg en Bresse and taken the non motorway route to Chambery. The D1075 and the D1054. Spectacular route usually fairly empty and saves a few bob on the tolls.
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Thu 12-12-19 12:30
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I've got a question about the free afternoon offered with some of the lift passes. I'm a bit confused (easily done i admit :? ) We've just received our holiday vouchers from Sunweb and it says that our lift pass includes the Sat afternoon free. I'm pretty sure we've only got the Les Arc pass and i thought this didn't include the afternoon offer. Before I start trawling through the resort website I thought i'd check and see if anyone here know the answer? Does the local pass offer this or not? Is it worth rushing up the hill to get a few cheeky runs in?
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Mon 9-12-19 21:41
Replies: 125
2 cars on the 0820 tunnel on 20th. Heading for Les Arcs with an Airbnb booked just outside of Bourg en Bresse for an en route stop over. It’s our sons (20) 1st time driving alone so if you see a black/grey Laguna estate followed by a silver A5 then give us a toot.
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Fri 6-12-19 17:26
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Off to Arc 2000 for Christmas staying in Chalet Des Neiges Arolles - was planning on grabbing a take out pizza from Whistlers on arrival day but I've heard a rumour that it's now closed. Can anyone confirm or deny?
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Fri 6-12-19 14:52
Replies: 42
Having a tag saves a lot more time than a few minutes, in busy times you can use the tag only lanes so far less queuing, also as we often have two singles in the car with us its much easier to split to travel costs when you get one bill instead of having to remember the cost of each toll, especially if you use them during the week going to different resorts to ski We've had the APRR tag for about 11 years. Last Christmas we saw first hand just how much time it saves. We were travelling with friends in 2 cars and our tag stopped working at Chalon-sur-Saone, theirs worked perfectly. They got to Aime a full 80 minutes ahead of us. I guess that at quiet times of the year it probably doesn't make much difference but when it's busy it certainly does. For us, the ease and lack of faff makes it fully worth the small monthly charge (about 1,50 euros i think for the month that you use it).
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Tue 26-11-19 12:30
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[quote="muppet"]http: Hu.ski does gets decent reviews. Uesd Huski last Christmas in Les Arcs, worked out quite pricey - about £30 a head I seem to recall - because they have set packages and to suit our party of 13 we had to have two lots of 8. But delivery was on time, the food was great and plenty of it - we were having turkey sarnies for days after - so traditional Crimbo fare then ;-)
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Sat 9-11-19 17:27
Replies: 15
Were close to booking the train to arrive in Bourg at 19:51 on 11th Jan so the funicular is still working, previously we've done this and stayed in 1600. But im not over excited about the accommodation choices there. Dont know why just not grabbing me this time round. Chelet Des Neiges Ariolle in 2000 https://www.sunweb.co.uk/ski/france/paradiski/les-arcs-peisey-vallandry/les-arcs/residence-chalet-des-neiges-arolles-special-prices?Participants%5B0%5D%5B0%5D=1989-03-20&Participants%5B0%5D%5B1%5D=1989-03-20&Allocation=2&Duration=8&Mealplan=LG&TransportType=SelfDrive&Month=2020-01-01 Soz for the random questions :) We’ve stayed here for the last two Christmases and are back again this year.. Decent sized apartments, well stocked - with proper ovens - and a fireplace (in the larger apartments) We always drive but last year 4 of the party came on the train and got a taxi up the hill and back for around 80 euros.
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Fri 8-11-19 12:06
Replies: 18
Looking at booking a 3 room apartment in Résidence Village Montana, Val Thorens for 4 of us in January through Sunweb so just wondered if anyone had any experience of Sunweb or this Apartment complex? We would welcome any feedback, advice or further information about the complex.. Don't know Val Thorens so can't comment on the apartment but we have been using Sunweb for a number of years - probably on our 10th week with them at Christmas. Always found them to be very helpful, and accurate in their apartment descriptions, and they are so unbelievably reasonably priced that we always make sure everyone has a proper bedroom. Have no hesitation in recommending them.
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Mon 30-09-19 15:26
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@ajc2260626, I’d be interested. Can use at least 4. Im after someone jbob as already said ill take 6 crossings if that suits I'm looking for at least 2 x returns if you're still looking for someone to share with?
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Wed 13-03-19 15:10
Replies: 38
@Dave of the Marmottes, Yes and not sure - I have never come across a single incident, total ligament rupture. Woman at our sailing club had a complete knee blow out in a windsurfing fall - only thing holding her knee in place was her wetsuit. She had it very successfully rebuilt by Andrew Langdown at Portsmouth Hospital Trust and skis, runs, sails and windsurfs quite happily. I have a couple of colleagues who have been treated by him and they are very pleased with the result. I saw Naill Flynn (also of Ports HT) for my ACL rupture - i cheated, paid privately for the initial consultation and then got bumped up his NHS list. I was very impressed, he skis himself and is also missing ligaments and meniscus so understood the issues. As others have said, Paul Sedgwick, your daughter has youth on her side and whilst it probably all seems devastating right now she will repair.
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Tue 5-02-19 17:33
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aroma111 Don't want to get caught up in the right & wrongs of this but we were skiing Les Arcs at Christmas - ski passes came as a bundle from the accommodation provider. I went to the lift pass office on the first morning and collected 11 passes. No names, photographs or any other identifying feature on any of them.
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Thu 17-01-19 17:25
Replies: 7
Have you tried the email contact via the site http://www.aprr.fr/fr/contact/e-mail I used this when mine failed on the way down a couple of years back because of a card change and they fixed it in time for the return journey. Just checked my profile and my postcode is correct without spaces. I've just emailed and had a response so I'm sure that will get sorted - i did email last week but must have done something wrong :oops: as no reply from that attempt.
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Thu 17-01-19 17:03
Replies: 7
Have you tried the email contact via the site http://www.aprr.fr/fr/contact/e-mail I used this when mine failed on the way down a couple of years back because of a card change and they fixed it in time for the return journey. Just checked my profile and my postcode is correct without spaces. I've just emailed and had a response so I'm sure that will get sorted - i did email last week but must have done something wrong :oops: as no reply from that attempt.
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Thu 17-01-19 16:37
Replies: 7
oh, just read your post properly. If I remember correctly, the 00000 bit is actually corrected by APRR to your proper UK postcode. I've tried 00000 and I've tried my UK postcode in different formats, unfortunately none of it works :(
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Thu 17-01-19 15:39
Replies: 7
I'm sure that none of you will remember but we had issues with our telepeage doofer on our drive down at Christmas (see live chat thread). Unfortunately the offices were closed on our return journey and we were unable to swap the badge. I'm trying to get it sorted out in time for our next jaunt to the Alps in March but I'm having trouble getting it sorted. I can't log in as cannot remember my password and the 'forgotten password' link asks for a post code - which it tells me is incorrect - I'm sure i put in 00000 when I first registered many years ago but maybe not. I cannot find a telephone number on the website, other than 3620 'Mon autoroute' and knowing what knowledgeable and helpful chaps you snowheads are I thought it was worth an ask on here. Any suggestions gratefully received. thanks
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Sat 22-12-18 12:25
Replies: 206
That’s useful @boredsurfin, will try and sort it out on the way home next week. @Jonpim, that doesn’t sound quite so nice. Looks like it might be a long slog up the hill
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Sat 22-12-18 12:16
Replies: 206
@snowlamb, Typical! Oh well its credit cards for you until in APRR land again! Looks like it, I shan’t complain though there are much worse things and I shall be sitting by the fire this evening planning my first few runs of the day.
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Sat 22-12-18 12:10
Replies: 206
@snowlamb, Just looked at the traffic map and there's a bit of a queue in BstM but otherwise straight through at the mo.. You should be in LA for Lunch :sH: Well that would be grand but we’re still queuing at Chambery. Beginning to remember why we always used to try and get past Chambery on the Friday before a big holiday traffic weekend.
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Sat 22-12-18 12:08
Replies: 206
Oh no. Our badge is from APRR and they won’t change it here.
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Sat 22-12-18 11:57
Replies: 206
Thanks @boredsurfin, we’re in the queue now for the first Chambers paege. I’ll try the office once we’re through.
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Sat 22-12-18 11:16
Replies: 206
@snowlamb, Which way you heading? We’re going to Les Arcs
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Sat 22-12-18 10:26
Replies: 206
The battery in our doofer has died. Anyone know where I can get it replaced? Currently on the A432 round Lyon
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Fri 21-12-18 14:27
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Just South of Troyes. Roads not too busy but weather is foul. Very windy and wet (& that’s just inside the car :D ).
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Fri 21-12-18 9:07
Replies: 206
Just on a slightly earlier train, tunnel fairly quiet so far.
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Mon 17-12-18 14:05
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Another Friday leaver - booked on a shuttle around 0820 and an airbnb booked for Saint-Didier-de-Formans and then up to Arcs 2000 on Saturday morning. If the more imaginative forecasts are to be believed it could be an interesting drive up the hill
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Mon 10-12-18 9:48
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@pmercer, We’re out for Christmas and I’m obsessively watching the webcams. Can’t stop grinning
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Thu 15-11-18 18:34
Replies: 9
Where are you flying to? And how much is the transfer? It's possible my son (19) would be up for this as none of his friends or family can keep up with him and he'd love to ski with some like minded young people. He is in the Emirates at the moment but I'll speak to him when he gets back tomorrow.
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Fri 12-10-18 14:31
Replies: 7
If they've travelled all the way from the US/NZ then pre-book them a taxi: 1) I doubt a share of 75Euro for a taxi is going to even show up in the total cost. 2) If I was one of them I'd just want to be done with travelling and get there ASAP, not risk trying to waste time in B-S-M waiting for someone to pick me up. 3) Do you really want the first thing you say to them at the start of the week to be "I'm really sorry you've been hanging around waiting minutes/hours for me but...", or "You made it! Here's a beer/wine/tea/coffee and let me take your bags."? :lol: no contest - the wine & beer will win everytime.
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Fri 12-10-18 12:01
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That's great - thank you @rob@rar, that's just the sort of local info I was hoping for. @marcellus, Yes i've been leaning that way myself and almost certainly what I would do. @Zermattandchips, been wrestling with that ourselves - getting the timing right is a bit of an issue, we will be driving past the station on the Sat afternoon, but we will have 2 cars full of bodies , kit and various Christmas luggage - doubt very much if we'll be able to squeeze a fag paper in let alone 4 large adults and all their luggage. Think they would have quite a long wait if they've got to wait for us to unload a car and then drive back down again, also not entirely sure that any of the drivers are going to be that keen on a schelp back down the mountain. I'll let the family know and they can get on booking a taxi.
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Fri 12-10-18 11:29
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Hi all, don't know if this has been covered elsewhere in the forum but the search facillity keeps falling over - We are spending Christmas in Arcs 2000 and whilst some of us are driving 2 couples are getting the TGV from Paris. They will have travelled across continents (USA and New Zealand) to get there and will want the last bit of the journey to be as easy as possible. How far is the funicular from the main line station? Is it walkable with bags? Could they grab a cab in 1600 to get them the rest of the way? or are they better getting a cab all the way from the valley? Depending on timings we might be able to get a car emptied in time to get down to 1600 to pick them up. Any advice and recommendations gratefully received. thanks Sharon
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Thu 30-08-18 13:14
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I’d really like ski in/out but in reality we will be looking for a short walk or buss ride, probably doing it our selves as the budget is tights for a couple of the party ? Open to suggestions really ;-) have a look at Snowtrex and Sunweb. Both self catering, both go to lesser known to the UK market resorts and both include ski passes.
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