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Last-minute booking - where would you go?

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Hi everyone...

First post here.. I've got the opportunity to book something last-minute for Jan 28th for 3 or 4 days, just for me. I'm an intermediate skier, looking primarily for good pistes and easy access to them, not so bothered about apres-ski. Did a trip like this on my own to chamonix last year, actually the buses etc weren't too bad when you don't have the kids with you.

Where would you go?

Cheers,

Joel
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I'd fly to Salzburg and go somewhere near there.
Lots of snow!!
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@joelhopwood, Welcome to snowHead For me it would depend on where I could get flights too but anywhere in Austria and Eastern Switzerland is looking tempting at the moment, Zurich, Munich Innsbruck Salzburg etc should do the business.
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I'd go to Chamonix - AGAIN. It's easy to get accommodation for short stays, and the Brevent area is in walking distance (Flegere linked) - not least the option for the Vallee Blanche.
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I had the best day's skiing of my life last year in Cham... we were a group of about 6 for an ESF lesson and he took us to Brevent, we got the cable car across and did a red called Charlanon (I think) which the instructor reckoned was in his top 5 pistes in the world! It was incredible. Freshly groomed piste with about 6 inches of fresh powder on the top. Then we went right up to the top of Brevent and did the Charles Boizon black down. One of those days you will never forget.

Quite fancy seeing something new though. Has snow arrived in Chamonix yet?

Cheers,

Joel
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For a short stay & something new, you'd probably find somewhere in Bourg St.Maurice.
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Got to agree with the hard sell on Austria just now. Can't comment on Cham, but for an intermediate looking for good pistes and easy access, end of January...given current snow depths I'd go to Austria..Anywhere bar some of the southern resorts. Just stick a random pin in the map and go.
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@joelhopwood, yes. Oh, yes. Snow is here. I’m guessing we got a 100cms in the last 36 hours in town...
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Bodeswell wrote:
Got to agree with the hard sell on Austria just now. Can't comment on Cham, but for an intermediate looking for good pistes and easy access, end of January...given current snow depths I'd go to Austria..Anywhere bar some of the southern resorts. Just stick a random pin in the map and go.


How about Saalbach? Seen that mentioned on the forum a few times
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long term pinch of salt forcecasts are showing France to be hit with Snow by next week.
So maybe fresh powdery fluffy stuff should keep your options open.
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I'd go back to Westendorf, and ski over to Kitzbuhel and the Skiwelt. Reports from other snowHead lead me to believe it's fabulous right now.

Or indeed Saalbach! If you're not bothered about Apres and buses, maybe stay in one of the quieter villages or Hinterglemm?
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Intermediate, easy access. 3v is about the best you'll get. After the Dolomites, of course
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@joelhopwood, I've heard mostly good things about Saalbach and it seems a Snowhead's favourite, though never been myself. Went to Fieberbrunn before the connection was built and had a very good time there. Great skiing.

Garmisch in Germany could also be worth a shout with the amount of snow they have there just now. Or Switzerland - Grindelwald gives you access to loads of good skiing around the Jungfrau. But with good snow cover down to the lowest valleys the options are staggering. Good opportunity to try something off the beaten track and maybe cheaper than the usual suspects too.
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I had the best 4 days at La Plagne. Seems to match what you are looking for.

Cham is a no go imho - too disjointed for a short trip.
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if your not to fussy where you go and you can do it last minute, just go by the weather forecast, look for the deepest snow and the sunniest sky and just go for it.
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Want to book today to leave on Tuesday morning, where's looking best?
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Just back from the Dolomites on the same thing
It seems as if they have no snow vs Austria but they have amazing snow making facilities. So if you like nice pistes and aren’t a powder bunny I can recommend anywhere there
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Hmm.. Saalback takes too long to get to for a short trip. Might end up back in Chamonix... no bad thing!
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@joelhopwood, Champoluc.
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The Chamoix town centre webcam is showing lots of snow on the ground right now (17.37 on Saturday). There must be plenty up the hills.
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joelhopwood wrote:
Hmm.. Saalback takes too long to get to for a short trip. Might end up back in Chamonix... no bad thing!


Salzburg to Fieberbrunn (Same ski area as Saalbach) is 1:15hrs.
Geneva to Chamonix is 1hr.
Not much in it.
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Drammeister wrote:
joelhopwood wrote:
Hmm.. Saalback takes too long to get to for a short trip. Might end up back in Chamonix... no bad thing!


Salzburg to Fieberbrunn (Same ski area as Saalbach) is 1:15hrs.
Geneva to Chamonix is 1hr.
Not much in it.


"Not much in it" would only apply if Gatwick is your closest airport so that you can catch the only direct flight from the UK to Salzburg on Tuesday. Otherwise, indirect flights or additional travel time at the UK end are going to add significantly to your total travel time. Although, even if Gatwick is convenient, it might be difficult to justify paying £326 to get to Salzburg, when you can do Gatwick-Geneva for £33.
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What a great opportunity!

Go skiing on your own ... no mates, no wives, no kids .... no compromise.

Where would I go?
I'd go somewhere where I could find new friends ... go to new places and let someone else take you to the best places.

I've always wanted to go to the Hotel Enzian in Landeck and get taken on a ski safari to places I may never go to on my own.

There is not much in the way of apres skiing in Landeck, but the hotel has a bar.
They claim to offer delivery and guiding to the slopes in a few local resorts, like
Stanton, Lech, Ischgl, Serfaus and others.

As you are going for just a 3 or 4 day break ... you may get lucky and find that they have some dates available.

You could fly to either Zurich or Innsbruck and take a train direct to Landeck.

And the snow is supposed to be fantastic there this year.

Gosh I wish I could get away for a few days.
Well ..... You asked, "what I would do"
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the pyrenees look great at the moment
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@joelhopwood, If you're still contemplating where to go, it seems that our spare bedroom is available in Saalbach - ski-in ski-out. PM me if interested. The eight times a day holiday shuttle will bring you to our door from Salzburg Airport in just over an hour, depending on traffic. Fantastic conditions here this season!
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Right, well it looks like I'm off to Saalbach and staying with Richard. Can't wait. The only difficulty is flying back - don't want to waste Friday and take the morning flight from SZG, so will get the train to Munich and get the Evening easyjet back to LGW, my local airport. Should work out very nicely.

What a great forum - thanks for all the suggestions. Can't wait to sample some of this austrian mega snow Laughing
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Just wanted to follow up and say I had a fantastic time in Saalbach with Richard and Christine, so thanks very much to them for making me so welcome. Richard and I skied pretty much the whole valley over 3 days. The resort, snow and apres-ski were all top notch.

I flew to Munich in the end and got the train to Zell-am-See. Will definitely be going back to Austria, the value for money is much better than the French alps, especially eating and drinking.

Off to Alpe D-Huez week after next too, will be interesting to see how it compares.

Cheers,

Joel
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@joelhopwood, Cheers Joel. How come you made no mention of climbing on the bar to dance in the Underbar?
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What goes in the Underbar stays in the Underbar, Richard! Great fun though.
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Exactly! And i was ordered down pretty dam sharpish :-/
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