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 Poster: A snowHead
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@johnE,

I was born in Wales.

I spent over 6 years living in Scotland.

I have a ppl (private pilots licence) although I no longer have any ratings to fly solo. I was a paraglider pilot between 1990 and 2008.

I don't think any other SH has ever asked me that question, especially when I've met them in person.
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denfinella wrote:
...have you tried anywhere else apart from the usual handful of "British people" resorts?

Today we were at Alpe du Grand Serre. At the table service restaurant by the main lift we ordered the following for lunch:

- boeuf borguignon with rice and salad (plat du jour)
- an excellent tartiflette accompanied by a generous bowl of salad
- usual bread and water for the table

The bill came to €18.80.


I love these lesser known little ski resorts.
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Pasigal wrote:
Timmycb5 wrote:
If you don’t like expensive bills, then don’t have a drink at Les Terrasses in Montgenevre.

€18 for 2 pints. Shocked


In Norway that's known as a "steal."

I have never, even in Switzerland, seen prices for alcohol as high as they were in Norway.

I don't drink much but I'm happy to pay for "table rental" as part of the drinks prices; if the views are spectacular and no one's going to make me shove off while I nurse a beer or 2, then I'm OK with high prices. never been to Les Terrasses but the photos sure look pretty great.


£13 a pint in Trysil last weekend.
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Timmycb5 wrote:
If you don’t like expensive bills, then don’t have a drink at Les Terrasses in Montgenevre.

€18 for 2 pints. Shocked


Eh oh! was in there yesterday, I’d say the price of the beer is related to the scenery!
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Bear in mind that a pint can be €7.50 in a provincial town bar in France!

Never understood the economics of that.
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Just under £3 for a personal pizza (around 8") and cup of tea today. Bottles of Stella £1.40, bud £1.20. karakol ski base Kyrgyzstan snowHead
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@boarder2020, are you doing a TR on Kyrgyzstan? Its been on my hit list but have been put off by a couple of reports of unstable sugary snowpack. How are you finding it?
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7chf for a large beer in Chez Dany, Verbier.
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@JamesHJ, exactly. Beer in France ain't cheap, full stop.


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welshflyer wrote:
@denfinella,

It's Burns Night tonight!

Have you found anywhere offering Haggis, Neeps & Tatties for your dinner tonight?

In 1982 I organised a Burns Night Party in Courmayeur. The haggis from Harrods was very good and we had the "Address to the Haggis", scottish dancing, tartan etc..


The Christiania Hotel in Les Gets did a Burns night complete with address to the Haggis etc. Scottish owners.
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Richie456 wrote:
Was pleasantly surprised at lunch costs on the mountain in Courmayeur over New Year as have been used to prices at PdS / Paradiski / L2A! Stronger GBP also makes a difference.


Depends where you eat in Courmayeur of course, had lunch on the hill there 3 weeks ago and it was €260, at least that was for five of us.
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Dr John wrote:
@JamesHJ, exactly. France ain't cheap, full stop.


Reputedly this is due to the system of licenses for bars, which much like those for taxis and tabacs are limited in number. I think it is a pretty closed market, and prices are basically controlled.

Another problem is the labour laws. Even if you own the place, I think that you need to pay yourself a full salary for every hour the door is open. There's also regular clampdowns on people using e.g. family to informally help out. An expensive business.

The brewers/suppliers are also complete sharks. I know a place which sells speciality beers (mainly German). The owner told me that his wholesale price for bottled Erdinger was comparable to what Carrefour sell a bottle for (~€2). I forget what his sale price was, but it was not cheap, especially for drinking in the bar. Incidentally, we just got back from Germany with a boot full of crates of beer, which (after the Pfand) costs about €0.70 a bottle...Everything there is much cheaper and the salaries are 30 % higher at least!
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@JamesHJ, makes sense. I don't begrudge paying €7 a pint to our local bar, it's never exactly rammed and they don't sell that much beer. For comparison a pint in Rosee Blance in Val d'Isere is, erm, €7 and they obviously sell huge amounts of the stuff.
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
Who goes to France to drink beer anyway
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@Layne, good point. In general French beer is not very good. One thing that has been bothering me in this post is that everyone appears to be drinking pints. In France I always have the standard size - 25cl. Am I an outlier?
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Nope in France I'm a demi beer drinker


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I often wonder what people mean by "pints" in the French context. I was delighted to discover the "galopin", which is a really small glass, often just enough for me - I can't take a large amount of fizz.
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pam w wrote:
I often wonder what people mean by "pints" in the French context. I was delighted to discover the "galopin", which is a really small glass, often just enough for me - I can't take a large amount of fizz.


I delighted my tiny daughter by drinking an entire 1 L Maß of beer in Germany last week. She was especially impressed by the resulting cacophany of burps from all the fizz snowHead
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Quote:

I can't take a large amount of fizz.

OK we are really getting on to topic drift (which I like - a bit like putting a leonard Cohen video on youtube and seeing where it ends up after 3 hours), but I have a friend who takes a special cocktail swizzler to France with him so he can de-carbonate French beer .
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kat.ryb wrote:
@boarder2020, are you doing a TR on Kyrgyzstan? Its been on my hit list but have been put off by a couple of reports of unstable sugary snowpack. How are you finding it?


I'm heading back to Bishkek tomorrow, so probably a bit late for a TR. Might do a general info kind of post. It's certainly a continental snowpack. Basically unconsolidated facets with no real hard layer, so actually relatively safe right now, but you can see how it could easily turn into a PWL. If you want culture, somewhere different and a bit off the beaten path, and extremely cheap (other than flights) it's a good option. If you want the best skiing go to BC.
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