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Poster: A snowHead
Wed 8-07-20 13:35
Replies: 1180
Austrian Airlines have just refunded for flights cancelled in March. The hotel (Maurachhof in Alpendorf) at first demanded we pay the late cancellation fee, then when I linked to the Austrian Hotels regulations, that stated free cancellation, and demanded our deposit back they stopped responding. I guess I didn't really give chase too hard, more bummed about the missed skiing
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Sat 27-06-20 19:28
Replies: 169
We HAVE a few good samples : the ships like the Diamond Princess. The infection rate was about 20% and about 80% of those infected had no simptoms. There were about 3500 people on board. The numbers were similar on board of a US Navy Ship. I think that the random testing done in Iceland has even lower numbers Based on that, the 42% from Ischgl is very high. That could be good news for herd immunity
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Wed 13-05-20 9:39
Replies: 509
Huh. It seems Vienna airport is already implementing testing to avoid the quarantine https://www.euronews.com/amp/2020/05/06/coronavirus-travellers-charged-190-at-vienna-airport-to-avoid-14-day-covid-19-quarantine The price is quite steep, but it's early days
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Wed 13-05-20 6:59
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I think that a reasonable path might be testing everyone before going abroad (or to a hotel for that matter). It's not going to be 100% but close to that. You schedule a test 48 or 72 hours before going. I think this should be done and paid for privately. It could be a good earner to Universities with PCR gear and lots of students to run it.
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Tue 18-02-20 15:27
Replies: 195
@PeakyB, Better scenery than all the above. Better prices than big name French resorts. More refined food than Austria (and actually France too). Much better coffee than all mentioned! The skiing lacks really hard slopes, the conditions on piste are usually fine (they do better piste management, having less natural snow) so less icy patches and moguls (I kinda like moguls....). Not as expansive skiing as the 3v and going up the Marmolada takes a fair chunk of time (spent on lifts)
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Tue 18-02-20 7:27
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@crosbie, The advice to look up slope before joining a piste, resuming motion, or making a sudden course change still doesn't absolve the upslope skier of their responsibility Wrong. Just plain wrong. It isn't "advice". It's in the FIS code just like the responsibility of the uphill skier to wield way to the downhill skier. Just like on the road: yes, you should keep you distance and if you rear end someone it's usually your fault. But let's say you're driving at 60 mph and 20 meters ahead of you a car joins from stationary on the shoulder without looking or signaling. You will hit him and please explain how you're at fault
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Sat 18-01-20 18:23
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Some new snow today, mainly on the eastern side of the Sela Ronda (more on Corvara less in Val Gardena) 1-2 cm
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Thu 19-12-19 13:01
Replies: 22
@oz, a few things to notice (you might be aware of them) 1. the Lancia Ipsylon is a tiny tiny car (Fiat 500, Suzuki Alto, VW Up size,it costs more because it's supposed to be "fancier"). Even for 2 people, with skis, driving on highways, I'd like something a bit bigger 2. the rental company is not in the terminal (you''ll need to take a bus, don't know if the hire company has a shuttle or you'll have to use an Airport bus) 3. Make sure that when you return the car you stay and get the final invoice (make sure you have enough time before your flight)
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Wed 18-12-19 14:06
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A year ago my wife underwent a Arthrodesis of subtalar joint with resection of coalition in her right ankle. The ankle was "stabilised" with 2 inserts. She walks pain free (even long distances) and recently has (re)-started to wear minimal heels We're going on a family ski trip, in March. She will try to ski (she's never been a good skier, despite many private lessons, as some moves were impossible or painful to her). Are there any excercises, grear tricks, or technique tips that will improve her chances of skiing?
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Wed 18-12-19 13:52
Replies: 41
Had a look at the websites. Againer is twice the price of a Ski-mojo. OTOH is seems much easier to put on (but wearing it on the outside of clothing might be a turn-off). Good to have choice. Have no experience with either, but if I were in the market I'd go for the ski mojo based on price and not being visible
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Tue 17-12-19 11:25
Replies: 22
@under a new name, no, sometimes you get a cross border fee for any border crossing. I remember paying it to Europcar at Munich Airport going to Austria
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Tue 17-12-19 11:04
Replies: 22
I think it's mainly with Europcar. Have you tried Herz or Avis?
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Tue 17-12-19 11:02
Replies: 8
I guess it's a good earner as an add on at the desk. Clerk : are you going to the mountains? Customer : yes Clerk: The forecast is snowy. The police might not let you up to the resort, and it will dangerous without chains Customer: errr, ok Clerk: just sign on the screen
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Mon 16-12-19 21:33
Replies: 8
@queenie pretty please, thanks @munich_irish, next Saturday looks a bit snowy. With small kids I'd rather err on the safe side
Poster: A snowHead
Mon 16-12-19 20:43
Replies: 8
Going from Munich yo Obertauern via Salzburg (stopping one night for the Christmas markets). Car rental price is 90 eur for chains. Where will I have a good chance to get a good price and a decent range of sizes?
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Sun 15-12-19 10:42
Replies: 5
Sadly insurance4carhire do not cover residents of my country (they only cover United Kingdom, Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Man, Republic of Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands or Sweden)
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Sun 15-12-19 8:11
Replies: 5
Looking for third party excess insurance that work for non UK residents. Found 2 options: Rentalcover.com and icarinsurance.com. The latter is much cheaper. Trustpilot reviews seem about the same. Any snowheads had experiences with either? Any other good options uot there?
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Sat 23-11-19 21:16
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@legue, thanks. I know about the extenders, but can't actually find them in stock. Looking around at all the options I think I'll hold off till I try a few frames and lenses
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Fri 22-11-19 18:29
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I have the Smith Vice goggles (about 3 years old) with a low-vis lens. Thinking of moving forward to a photochromic lens. I like the Smith lenses, and the Vice frame is OK for me, apart of one thing: the strap is barely long enough for my helmet and the rear buckle is not ideal. Has anyone had any experience with the Smith skyline goggle? How do they fit? how long is the strap?
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Fri 8-11-19 19:37
Replies: 33
Last year rented an Opel Grandland with Michelin Crossclimates. It was fine on the road, but getting out of a snowy car park was difficult. Needed a bit of pushing and rocking back and forth while playing with the clutch, not something I would be happy to do in my own car. I'd say on previous trips in cars with "full" winters on, it was easy to get out of similar spots
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Wed 14-08-19 13:52
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@leggyblonde, It should dampen the effect but most of the value should be in the manufacturing process.
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Wed 14-08-19 13:25
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I really want a stronger pound, not madly so, just say back to 1.2 against the euro From a macro economics point of view, why would you want that? A weak currency is supposed to be great for the overall economy. If the pound is 20% weaker vs the euro, than that should negate a 20% tariff imposed on UK exports, non? The best hand China has in the trade war vs Trump is de-valuating the Yuan (at least from what I've read). So a weaker pound shouldn't be a worry for the EU rather than UK?
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Tue 23-04-19 15:15
Replies: 77
Just looked at the Champoluc skimap. It looks like 5 runs, mostly red? I get that the offpiste is great but I don't see how it's good for families, unless I'm missing something?
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Thu 18-04-19 14:30
Replies: 39
First of all, those skis were worth 300 euro new, at full retail price! I doubt the shop paid more than 100 for them in the first place! Palming them off as "premium" even in the first season is shady. Secondly, while there's a chance your son damaged them, there's an equal chance the skis delaminated and put him at risk. I would be fuming at that!
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Mon 8-04-19 12:20
Replies: 10
Didn't Willy Bogner do the same thing but backwards while filming a James Bond movie?
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Mon 4-03-19 8:00
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So, have flights to Geneva on the 22. Still haven't booked anything else. Looking right now at Val Thorens and Verbier. The GFS charts look similar to me. Any suggestions where to chose (between those 2)? Any other place besides those 2 is likely to be significantly better? Thanks
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Sat 23-02-19 8:36
Replies: 2983
What's going on with the charts on wetterzentrale? from 7th it looks like a deluge!
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Thu 21-02-19 15:45
Replies: 22
Craig Ramon, who was skiing with Mr Sanderson, said he witnessed Paltrow hitting him in the back, knocking him over and falling on top of him. Sounds like there's at least one witness
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 20-02-19 11:50
Replies: 7
Obergurgl is quite high, and also you have Solden next door with 2 glaciers. Compact ski area, not lively in the evenings. Should be good both in terms of snow and suitability for you. Val D'isere has quite steep slopes back into town
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Wed 13-02-19 20:04
Replies: 1
If you have a car Berta's at the campsite is a great restaurant
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Mon 11-02-19 8:26
Replies: 54
I've found Dakine to last quite a long time as opposed to Rossignol, Reusch and especially a 80 euro pair of Gordini (bought in resort as it got really cold - they did less than 6 days before falling apart, but it was in the second week of skiing, over an year after the purchase)
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Sun 10-02-19 11:55
Replies: 23
@bambionskiis, merino is warm. Furthermore, thinner socks mean less pressure on the blood vessels, better circulation so warmer feet
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Sun 13-01-19 17:17
Replies: 28
Also, look on the website of the resort, not booking.com etc
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Sun 13-01-19 17:16
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Schladming is an option, as stated. Also Zell am See, maybe?
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Fri 4-01-19 14:10
Replies: 325
@Bergmeister, Don't take my word for it: https://www.viamichelin.com/web/Routes?departure=Milano%2C%20Italy&arrival=6580%20Sankt%20Anton%20am%20Arlberg%2C%20Austria&index=0&vehicle=0&type=0&distance=km&currency=EUR&highway=false&toll=false&vignette=false&orc=false&crossing=true&caravan=false&shouldUseTraffic=false&withBreaks=false&break_frequency=7200&coffee_duration=1200&lunch_duration=3600&diner_duration=3600&night_duration=32400&car=hatchback&fuel=petrol&fuelCost=1.477&allowance=0&corridor=&departureDate=&arrivalDate=&fuelConsumption= I find viamichelin timings much more realistic than google maps
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Fri 4-01-19 11:59
Replies: 325
@sbooker, the problem is that the part of Austria that is easily accessed from Milan is the Zillertal. After that, I'd say that St Anton should be doable in less that 5 hours
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Mon 31-12-18 11:11
Replies: 33
I think that Ischgl is better if you're looking for piste skiing (reminds me of the French large areas) and a nice 4* hotel. 90% of the town is 4* hotels and I think that like for like it's a bit cheaper than St Anton(i/e/ 4* hotel with spa vs 4* hotel with spa). OTOH St Anton has much more places that are basic BB rooms and cost less so you can spend less on your hotel. Also, I think it's easier in St A to get a cheaper meal, Ischgl has more fancier restaurants. The skiing in St A is more spread out and the pistes tend to get bumpier. They're both great but the vibe is quite different (and that's a good thing)
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Sun 30-12-18 11:06
Replies: 325
You wife is a really light packer! 4 persons with ski boots and you got it all in a sedan! I envy you. For a week of skiing we need at least a VW Passat station
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Sat 29-12-18 20:34
Replies: 6
@MouseInLux, I really don't remember the name, but the both of them (we were in Kaltenbach) seemed to struggle. Also, I tried booking private lessons with the both of the and they wouldn't do that as they had no instructors @Gämsbock, not really, but thinking of smaller resorts. I seem to remember that things are less bad in Italy? (but then the snow record isn't very good)
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Thu 27-12-18 11:18
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It looks like we're going to have to go skiing during xmas week next year (not my first choice). The previous times we've been at xmas kids' ski school has been very very crowded (it even put my eldest off skiing for a year, that was in the Zillertal) I'm looking for ski schools that will keep groups small and will keep some standards (i.e. not use any 17 year old off the street) even during xmas. The choice of resort is flexible (as long as it's not Zermatt like expensive). Would like a smaller resort Could Italy be less crowded? Smaller French resorts (although ESF hasn't been the best experience for me)?
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