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Portes du Soleil - Avoriaz/Morzine/Les Gets/Chatel etc - 19/20

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Morning all,

Thought i'd start up a thread ahead of next season.

We have just booked an apartment in Morzine for January, 17th-26th. Flights from Bristol mean we can fly after work on a Friday, and get back late on a Sunday evening meaning we'll get an extra 3 days skiing compared to a regular 1 week holiday, so 9 days skiing in total for us.

Has anyone got any experience using Ski Republic? Their prices seem very cheap, but is the equipment not great as a result? I remember a few years back when they first came to the market they had problems with vandalisms probably from locals due to undercutting on prices.

The girlfriend will be on her 2nd week of skiing, so looking for any good recommendations for ski schools? Assuming not ESF?
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cant help you with any of the above.
My question though for the on the ground hardcore local/regulars.
Ive now booked our ski trips for 2019/20
Morzine xmas and new years weeks. Chatel feb half term either of which im not concerned about for conditions. However Easter 2 weeks holidays we'll be in Avoriaz, whats the snow hold like up the top there on an average year(if there ever is an average year, but yiu know what i mean)We love april skiing for the off piste corn snow
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It's normally great the last couple of years in April (and June), so we're due a crap one.
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@swskier, If you want a rental rec, either FB Sports or All Mountain Rentals. Cut above the rest. Probs not as cheap as Ski Rep, but you really do get what you pay for...
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WindOfChange wrote:
It's normally great the last couple of years in April (and June), so we're due a crap one.

the last 2 years have been gud uns for all of the Alps, what about the year before the last 2, that was a dry one 16/17? was tgat diabolical on northfacing higher slopes in April? are there many accessable north facing slopes in Avoriaz? ive only ever skied the PDS once it was a good few years ago and i wasnt as adventurous back then,
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@Mother hucker, checked my photos and april 17 was warm and dry, until the 29th when it dumped 40-50cm....chances are you'll have decent piste conditions at a minimum.

Getting really crowded now for VTT in LG with a 20min queue to get on chavannes express all day. But the lounge music festival has been on this week, with free entry gigs. Really liked Fat Badgers (disco funk) and Chromatik (jazz and hip hop). Below is the ground work they have been doing reshaping the area on the bowl side of the Perrieres lift. Huge amounts of rock and pipes getting moved up the mountain.

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@swskier - British Alpine Ski School in Morzine did a great job for my kids a few years back.
https://www.britishskischool.com/BASS_Resorts/Morzine

For other PdS regulars - we are going again this NY to Avoriaz; we were last in PdS (in Avoriaz also) four years ago. Looking forward to it already - Has much changed in terms of new lifts, runs, etc in that time?
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The PdS and Gabelou lifts make a massive difference.
Queues are much shorter with the new Chaux Fleurie & Pierre Longue lifts.
It will be interesting to see how the replacement of Lechere and the new Cases lifts changes the dynamic and flow around Mosettes / Abricotine.

https://www.ledauphine.com/haute-savoie/2019/08/19/domaine-skiable-montagne-avec-les-telesieges-de-la-lechere-et-des-cases-avoriaz-s-offre-une-troisieme-liaison-avec-la-suisse-pour-15-millions-d-euros
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Just seen online, that ski passes have a 15% reduction if booked before September 30th. A sizeable €110 saving for myself and the other half on our 9 days. Takes the daily cost down to £32 each, which is pretty reasonable imv.
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swskier wrote:
Just seen online, that ski passes have a 15% reduction if booked before September 30th. A sizeable €110 saving for myself and the other half on our 9 days. Takes the daily cost down to £32 each, which is pretty reasonable imv.


Thanks for the reminder snowHead
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swskier wrote:
Just seen online, that ski passes have a 15% reduction if booked before September 30th. A sizeable €110 saving for myself and the other half on our 9 days. Takes the daily cost down to £32 each, which is pretty reasonable imv.


Here is the link: http://www.portesdusoleil.com/tarifs/bons-plans/saison.html

Kids under 12 are free when purchasing an adult season pass for EUR 774.

Offer Child season package - 12 years:
Child season package under 12 years (born from 01/01/2008) free for any simultaneous purchase of a Portes du Soleil adult package (20-64 years old) from 774 € / CHF 904 until 30 September 2019 or 871 € / CHF 1017 until 15 November 2019.
The adult must be one of the two direct ascendants.


To the OP you should be fine in Easter in a normal snow year but in a bad year then there are the north facing slopes in Chatel and also loads of great mountain restaurants to pass the time Smile
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Glad to see the free kids passes are back, it’s going to be a shock in a few years time when I have to start paying for them.
All our holidays and weekends up until the end of March are arranged, just waiting for Easter flights. The summer was nice, but already started counting down the days until the season opens.
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