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Weekend Ski Breaks?

 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
Hello everyone,

Just joined the forum and have to say I'm extremely impressed with the site!

I'm off to the 3Vs (Mottaret) in Feb, but that's 5 months away Sad
so in the meantime a friend and I are planning a long weekend blast in December somewhere in Europe (not the 3Vs) to get a taste of something different and alleviate the waiting for the main trip in 2005. Very Happy

Where would you recommend for a weekend's ski based on the following criteria?
-available accomodation for a long weekend
-short distance to slopes from accomodation
-runs for both boarder (him) and skiers (me)
-enough reds and blues for a weekend
-snow cover in Dec
-short transfer times

and whatever else you think might be important....

Cheers

Chris
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Havre a look for my "early Season" thread for some pointers - it may be a couple of pages back, can;t recall if it's in here or over in "trips" though
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
crispy, welcome to snowHeads snowHead Glad to hear that you're impressed by us Wink
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nbt wrote:
Havre a look for my "early Season" thread for some pointers - it may be a couple of pages back, can;t recall if it's in here or over in "trips" though


Cheers for the poniter, nbt.

Austria is looking a favourite at the moment....c'mon snow!
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 Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
to snowHeads crispy

used these guys before in December www.flexiblebreaks.com - v good, could try them. Turin to Sauze = 1 hour. There is also www.skiweekends.co.uk and many others. Also you can do it yourself, ring the tourist office and get a list of local hotels, chalets, apartments etc.

snow cover in december - do you play the lottery? If booking now then go high, otherwise decide on an area and get the cheap flight now, then leave the finding accomodation etc until you know where the snow is. There is tons of information around here, may take some time finding it though Wink

Oh by the way the "search" facility isn't obvious, it's hidden away under user facilities (top left in the mountain picture). Good Luck snowHead
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thank-you crispy and welcome to snowHeads! snowHead
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 Then you can post your own questions or snow reports...
Then you can post your own questions or snow reports...
Another welcome crispy. Here's notoriously bad typist's Early Season thread for you.

And don't forget Resorts in snowBase (under the mountain on the r.h.s). Links to loads of official web sites. For historical snow reports to get an idea of where it might be in December, you can't do better than the Ski Club (there's a link on the main index page). They don't cover every place but the main ones are certainly there.
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 After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Hi and welcome crispy, DIY almost always works out cheaper, especially if you are self catering. At that time of year an apartment costs almost nothing. I would suggest going high or close to mont blanc. You could book your flight and leave getting an apartment until you see how the snow bases are working out. Car hire cheaper than transfer almost invariably, and gives you the option of moving around on day tickets. Are the Leeds Bradford flihts going again this year?
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crispy, welcome. Val 'should' be open from November 27th. You could combine a long weekend with the World Cup men's downhill etc between Dec 11th and 14th.

I plan on going myself, it's a 30 min run up from Bourg St Maurice.
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Anyone know if the link from Orelle to Val T will be open from November as that is much quicker to get to from Turin that Val T itself.
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crispy, give Engelberg a try, I am. It satisfied your criteria in mid Jan last year and I'll probably go again in early Dec. Try the Engelberg website for accommodation, Swiss are quite cheap to Zurich at the moment, and transfer there by train in about 2 hours for about £35.
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 And love to help out and answer questions and of course, read each other's snow reports.
And love to help out and answer questions and of course, read each other's snow reports.
Kit Wong, I was going to go there that time last year, but it is not very snow sure at that time of year - they only had two short runs open at the top of the glacier.

Instead I went to Ischgl and had a great time with over 100km of open piste.

Flights to Turin and a visit to Cervinia might be a valid option. But it is all risky that early.
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 So if you're just off somewhere snowy come back and post a snow report of your own and we'll all love you very much
So if you're just off somewhere snowy come back and post a snow report of your own and we'll all love you very much
What's good year may be pretty poor the next. If you want to play it dead safe with snow cover, try a big glacier, 2Alpes has the largest skiable area in the Alps; or somewhere with large snowmaking facilties-any offers?, and hope it stays cold.

I still aim to get to Engelberg in Dec and maybe catch Dark Summer and their eye candies out there strutting their stuff. You can always book flights first and decide on accommodation later. From Zurich you can get to Andermatt easily and also Davos and St Anton at a bit of a stretch.
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
Ray Zorro, Used this link last year....it only opened mid-December and when we were there at Xmas the link was still pretty dodgy and needed a bit of an uphill section to get from Orelle to Val T....that said the skiing on the Orelle side was lovely! Their webside is www.orelle.net doesn't show a planned opening date yet though.
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 Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Have done Klosters, St Anton & Montafon for w/e breaks via Zurich & train connections c3 hours - all independent. You need to travel low season - January - to get accomadation for short breaks. Pity easy jet have ditched the Zurich connection for 05!
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 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
bandkpatrick@supanet.com, to snowHeads!
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