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Poster: A snowHead
Sun 17-03-19 12:50
Replies: 7
He's skiing those slopes at 60mph !!!! Amazing her recovered from the fall on the Combin de Valsorey
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Sun 17-03-19 12:20
Replies: 60
Reliable, only as no one wants to drive one? :P they've sold half a million and all get driven round the Turin ring road a 120mph, especially at rush hour.
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Sun 3-03-19 22:03
Replies: 31
Montgenevre is a good choice, but only if they really want to.
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Thu 7-02-19 10:10
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Montgenevre are offering cheap lift passes for Adults from 6th April and under 6s cost €36 a week for a lift pass. They have a very good ESF nursery for the youngest one with fully trained staff. Great place for beginners as the nursery slopes come straight into the village.
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Thu 7-02-19 10:05
Replies: 7
Volfy - Chatted recently about this here Hi James, thanks. We have met before, Gerry from Ski Etoile in Montgenevre. I did see you video from another link posted above. Nice style! If it's anything like the Coletto Verde saga it will be years before any of this is resolved. Although I'd have thought that some orange netting would do the trick.
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Tue 5-02-19 18:39
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Thank you Moss and t4tomo. I can imagine lack of / icy snow led to the two tragedies. If it's anything like the Coletto Verde saga, it could go on for years.
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Tue 5-02-19 18:26
Replies: 5
Thanks, heading to Sestriere. Ski school have said we need adult passes☹️If you do get any thing more positive from the lift people please do share. If anyone can recommend a cab firm or transfer company that would be great too! Sadly no reply from the lift people. From reading the price lis it does look like children over 7 pay adult price. Interestingly, a family of four pays the same on the Milky Way as in Montgenevre, even with different price points, as the adult price is €22 cheaper.
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Tue 5-02-19 18:14
Replies: 13
They've just had 1m of snow so the situation is very different from this time last week. Hang on, see how it goes. When does your free cancellation run out?
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Tue 5-02-19 17:56
Replies: 7
Does anyone know why the Cresta 27 is closed from the top of the Fraiteve into Sauze D'oulx? I thought I saw a mention of an accident on these forums, but without any more details.
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Tue 5-02-19 17:43
Replies: 44
Lovely conditions now that we've had 60cm of snow, although off-piste dangerous and often wind-swept.
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Tue 5-02-19 17:23
Replies: 41
Hmmm, I'll have to try it 'right way up' and see. As long as the bindings are behind the shoulder, I don't see it matters. I'd have thought it's all about fulcrums and pivot points.
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Mon 28-01-19 12:50
Replies: 44
expecting up to 2ft of snow this week according to Windy.com https://www.windy.com/-New-snow-snowAccu?snowAccu,44.485,6.718,8,m:eT2agmm
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Mon 28-01-19 12:50
Replies: 44
expecting up to 2ft of snow this week according to Windy.com https://www.windy.com/-New-snow-snowAccu?snowAccu,44.485,6.718,8,m:eT2agmm
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Mon 28-01-19 12:41
Replies: 20
The ski over the Top of Eagle Rock into Italy is now also a blue, with a new path round the side of the 'red section'. Montgenevre and Claviere are really good confidence building resorts. The reds are more purple (mix of red and blue) than red. You will love it.
Poster: A snowHead
Mon 28-01-19 12:36
Replies: 24
Well 2 inches last night, which is more than we've had in the last 5 weeks.... and Windy.com is forecasting 50cm this week. :D
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Mon 28-01-19 12:18
Replies: 5
The Milkyway lift passes matrix is one of the most complicated in the world, but it does seem that kids over 7 have to pay full price for a Vialattea pass. I have sent them a message to find out. Which resort are you skiing in?
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Mon 28-01-19 11:59
Replies: 18
I think it depends if its Gendarmes or Local Police who are manning the control point, and even then which Gendarme you get and what mood they are in. Agree, I've seen local with 4x4 and 4 winter tyres stopped and asked to put on chains whilst a Motorhome allowed up with snow socks.
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Thu 10-01-19 13:54
Replies: 44
Another bluebird day. Cold - It was -12c this morning. No new snow, but it's been cold. With the crowds gone the pistes have been groomed and conditions are OK considering. There are a few bare patches, a few icy patches. Forecast is for cold weather next week.
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Wed 2-01-19 10:31
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Everything open in Montgenevre. Not outrageously busy. Wind blowing snow on the peaks and the wind makes it colder than the last week. Hard pack and a bit worn in patches, but otherwise a fun alternative.
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Wed 2-01-19 9:56
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Very little snow forecast, but slopes are still holding their own and with colder temperatures on the way, who knows? https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dv5TbH0XcAI_wzX.jpg
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Fri 7-12-18 17:57
Replies: 5
Hi There, Having looked at the website it looks like it's the whole Milky Way for 3 days. Voie Lactée Italiene 3 jours (Montgenevre + Sestriere). 'Italian' Milky Way 3 days (Montgenevre + Sestriere). https://skipass.alpedhuez.com/Internet/client.aspx?PO=8&LC=FR&PG=1099 Doing the French and Italian sides in 1 day is not really possible. 1 day for Sestriere, Sauze d'Oulx and Sansicario (don't miss Sansicario). Claviere and Montgenevre another day. 3rd day for the best bits and bits you missed. Hope that helps, Gerry
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Tue 4-12-18 20:01
Replies: 11
x 2 for Hells Bells' suggestion. Limited accommodation availability now in Montgenevre. New Year is the big Italian Holiday, so all the Italian owned properties are off market as the families come to stay. Most of the big T.Os have pulled out of Montgenevre this year. Just wondering why that is volfy? We're going (for the first time) next year. Not sure if T.O's pulling out is a positive or negative. Hi Bambionskiis, The T.O.s have pulled out of Catered chalets in quite a few outlying resorts due to Brexit worries and a crackdown by French authorities about working conditions for chalet staff. Montgenevre is a great resort, so that's not the reason. We're still here, as are a few others. France's oldest ski resort is a great place to come and ski.
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Fri 16-11-18 13:33
Replies: 10
The Milky Way links are unlikely to be open 15th December, hence the cheaper prices from the lift pass office for a Grand Montgenevre pass. I suggest buying them nearer the time online or when you arrive.
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Fri 16-11-18 13:25
Replies: 50
@Whitegold, I believe you can get a helicopter to Verbier... cars are so pedestrian.
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Fri 16-11-18 13:22
Replies: 50
Look at flights to Turin, Sauze d’Oulx is about an hour from Turin, Montgenvre about 1 hour 15 minutes.
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Fri 16-11-18 9:13
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Great advice from Poogle. Looking at Companies house and LinkedIN I found out the following: It's a new company registered, this summer, using a serviced office address. Marcus Blunt, the Director has a pedigree in Travel and specifically Ski Travel companies (British Airways, Powder Beds, Secret Escapes). Check the location of your accommodation in resort, how close to lifts etc. and check reviews.
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Thu 15-11-18 14:58
Replies: 33
Certainly look for larger ski areas. Milky Way and Serre Chevalier area has a big concentration of resorts. The price for an apartment for a season is much cheaper than week to week, but choice is limited. Valley towns are chealer than resorts (many pros and cons). January and March are the quietest months to ski. Bear in mind that in France half term lasts for a whole month. £8k -12k for the two of you should be fine unless you dine out on Cristal and fois gras every night.
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Fri 2-11-18 20:59
Replies: 15
I like my Sorel boots bu they are expensive. If you live in the country go to a Farmer's store and buy insulated yard boots for about £30.
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Fri 2-11-18 20:08
Replies: 14
The Carre neige doesn't cover ski hire theft or damage. Their specialist ski holiday insurance might easily cover it. I've just checked 2 sites at random and they do. Does the retailer's insurance cover theft or just damage? as many don't cover theft or loss. You are more likely to lose the skis than damage them. If they are renting high end skis the insurance makes more sense. If you take the retailer's insurance, then there is a lot less hassle to deal with (filling out forms, paying up front then claiming back form your insurance).
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Thu 1-11-18 17:20
Replies: 11
x 2 for Hells Bells' suggestion. Limited accommodation availability now in Montgenevre. New Year is the big Italian Holiday, so all the Italian owned properties are off market as the families come to stay. Most of the big T.Os have pulled out of Montgenevre this year.
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Thu 11-10-18 21:27
Replies: 30
Topo GPS is pretty handy as a 1:25,000 scale map on your phone and nowhere near as graphic hungry as Fatmap. You can trace routes mark way points etc + as long you have a signal you know where you are on the map. You buy the sections you need, and much of Europe is covered. In France it uses IGN maps, in the UK Ordnance Survey.
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Tue 9-10-18 14:37
Replies: 17
Try Stuart Collins to insure you car for more than 90 days continuous abroad. Most UK policies have a 90 day max. They also offer European Breakdown cover with DAS or AXA.
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Sat 6-10-18 22:42
Replies: 73
If you've booked an apartment in France independently make sure the price includes sheets, towels and end-of-stay clean. Of course, if you're driving you can bring sheets and towels with you, not so easy if you are flying.
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Wed 22-08-18 15:23
Replies: 30
Sadly (or wisely) they are replacing La Crête drag lift in Montgenevre with a warning that it is for expert skiers only with a slope of more than 68%.
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Sun 22-04-18 18:31
Replies: 34
I've done some work on this, using published beds and Km of pistes. There are cold beds (those never rented) and hot beds, known as merchant beds (those rented to tourists). There are also marketing kms and 'true' kms as measured by the German company http://www.pistenlaengen.com/en/home.html The following is very much a work in progress. http://www.skietoile.co.uk/beds-and-pistes-2/
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Thu 15-03-18 10:59
Replies: 10
+ 1 for getting a bus or taxi to Montgenevre. it is doable, particularly with the snow levels this season, but you will be constantly clock watching and there is the issue of getting 3 lifts up from Cesana each way. Make sure you make the most of Sansicario during you stay. The snow is still good, which is rare for this time of year.
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Mon 5-03-18 17:34
Replies: 22
Although we get some Parisians, Montgenevre isn't generally fashionable enough for them. Also, as there are only 4,500 beds in resort, it doesn't matter who is on holiday, queues are not really a problem.
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Wed 21-02-18 15:15
Replies: 14
Apparently some wolf activity in the last few weeks on Rocher de diseur in Montgenevre. A few dead roe deer.
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Sun 11-02-18 19:04
Replies: 6
The freeze thaw level has been pretty high this year. So when it snowed in Montgenevre, it was raining in Sauze village and Jouvenceau. ,making the lower runs 'hard packed'. I agree, Ciao Pais is a horrible place, best kept well away from. Their truffle pasta is particularly vile.
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Sun 11-02-18 18:57
Replies: 54
A third for Montgenevre. Quiet out of school holidays, lots of blues and easy reds. Ski right into the village from almost all runs. Not a big sprawl. Short transfer from Turin at 75 minutes or so. Most budgets catered for. Breakfast in France and Lunch in Italy.
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