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The Montalbert La Plagne Villaroger Paradiski Challenge

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Boredsurfing, and I thought this was a Challenge. Confused
Not so. It is a tea party, and general chit-chat occasion.
You gone soft m'lad.
Lunch? Beer? Loo stop? Shocked
Clearly should be renamed the Montalbert-Villaroger Amble with time-outs allowed whenever you wish. For Wooses.

Now, the Val Thorens Waffle Quest: there is a real challenge. For Real Men. Toofy Grin
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Boredsurfing, snowcrazy, thanks to both for a fun day's skiing with good company yesterday Very Happy. Can confirm that the snow's powdery and plentiful and the pistes were ready and waiting for the Xmas onslaught. The VE seemed very stable and is remarkably fast. We then cruised on to Villaroger at a steady but not blistering pace - just to give all you others a realistic chance at the Challenge! Just to prove we were there:


surfette1, boredsurfing and snowcrazy: proof they were there!



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view from Les Arcs over towards La Plagne

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Ambled over to Villaroger again today with a friend who has a GPS
The only relevant fact is that Montalbert to Villaroger is 23.4 miles Very Happy
Apparently once downloaded we get graphs and lots of other info Cool
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Boredsurfing wrote:
The only relevant fact is that Montalbert to Villaroger is 23.4 miles Very Happy

Is that as the crow flies, or up hill and down dale?
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rob@rar wrote:
Boredsurfing wrote:
The only relevant fact is that Montalbert to Villaroger is 23.4 miles Very Happy

Is that as the crow flies, or up hill and down dale?


It's what the GPS watch thingy said Embarassed The GPS is used for joging so I guess actual route travelled?
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Boredsurfing, a quick play with Google Earth says 12.5 miles in a straight line.
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Boredsurfing, I skied from our side last wed with a group. Very easy speed and it took about 2hrs 30min to the resturant above Montalbert where we stopped. I did not have a go today as planned, to lazy. Maybe next saturday? By the time we got back the youngsters with us were quite tired so 23 miles each way sounds about right.
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snowcrazy, Tired youngsters, sounds ideal wink
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Boredsurfing, did you upload the GPS track to the google earth converter ?
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we skied across to the vanoise exp yesterday from montalbert for a reccie prior to a go at the challenge later in the week, took 1hr 20 inc a 10 min lift breakdown

I am thinking new year's day for the challenge as pistes should be quiet
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fishslice, no, it's not my GPS.

Roger C, Good plan!
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safely back home after a cracking week with the family in Montalbert

as planned foxthesnow (my brother in law matt) and I completed the challenge on new year's day taking advantage of the relatively quiet slopes, quieter than the rest of the busy NY week anyway!

there was fresh snow on the pistes from the snow the night before which slowed us down a bit, full details of times are on the results thread

http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=1120805#1120805

but we got the first lift from Montalbert at 9am and were back at 2.23pm so total time including the Vanoise express crossing both ways and picnic lunch in Villaroger was 5 hrs 23



we didnt have bad queues anywhere and only had one lift stoppage for about 5 mins so without the fresh snow and in a quiet week I reckon 4.5hrs may be possible if you eat lunch on the lifts Very Happy
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Ok wellback now and I did the challenge a week ago with Boredsurfing, and the so mentioned friend with the GPS and a nast case of the flu. We did not do a timed run as such. Left Montalbert around 10.30am and arrived in Villaroger and La ferme for a 1.30pm lunch stop. This was in fact the biggest challnge of the day as we had to eat our lunch in record time to ensure we got all the lifts back and did not miss our last lift in LP to get back to our village. I was on my board so the thouight of missing Adrets and having to board home along that cross country route sent shivers down my ski legs.

All credit to Boredsurfing, for ensuring that I was pulled along any flat bits en route!!

I plan to do a timed run in 3 weeks... when we are all flu and cold free......... Toofy Grin
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Mouth, And therin lies the problem of attempting the challenge with "Harry Half-a-day" Toofy Grin Laughing
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Frosty the Snowman wrote:
Mouth, And therin lies the problem of attempting the challenge with "Harry Half-a-day" Toofy Grin Laughing


I know and the reason we did not get away until 10.30 was that his lordship was not up and then had to clean teeth etc. We were at left waiting for him for at least half and hour
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I am in resort if you want to arrange to pick up your gilets
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redrunmarcus, welcome. Rebecca mentioned you had arrived Friday. See you in 3 weeks and please don't drink the village dry before we return Toofy Grin
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redrunmarcus, did you get my pm. Are you around wed (tomorrow) , give me a call if you are so we can meet.
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We go to Montalbert on 18th for the first time - any ideas on the best route to take?
what is the current time to beat???

I love a challenge - my hubby may not be so chuffed but I'll drag him along! Skullie
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waterskibabe, Results here
http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=1109438#1109438
Best route? well, thats part of the fun Toofy Grin
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Have we got any times for boarders doing it? Bf and I are in Paradiski for 2 weeks from 17th
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Nadenoodlee, I did it the other week on my board but did not time it. Just sorting out the best route. We are back out on 24th so maybe we shall bump into you fellow baorder and bf? Plan to do the timed challenge with my OH but he may well ski depending on conditions. Where are you staying?
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Mouth, we're down in Bourg for 2 weeks - aiming to do Espace Killy & Paradiski
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Nadenoodlee, I think you forgot another little resort wink
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Frosty the Snowman, ha ha - did that last year and loved it Razz I will miss Emma's amazing cooking this trip - as it will be down to me and the BF and Mr Jamie Oliver (alas in book form not physical) to lovingly prepare our own food as we will be self catering (first time in 6 years!)

If anyone is in the vicinity when we're out there PM me if you want to meet up - trying to convince BF that snowheads is not a cult snowHead
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Nadenoodlee wrote:
Mouth, we're down in Bourg for 2 weeks - aiming to do Espace Killy & Paradiski


Wow great choice. Can I recommend restaurant in BSM Le kosy. After station and the roundabout on LHS opposite Hostellerie de Petit St Bernard. Had a great meal there one night last week with french friends.

Trying to convince BF may be a challenge. My other half even though he has met some SH still insists on calling us geeks. They are only jealous. It takes courage to be a SH these days... Toofy Grin
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Mouth, was is ok price wise. It has changed hands resently.
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Nadenoodlee, PM me when you get to BSM, if my knee feels better I would love to join you on my board. Not yet done it with the board this season.
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Mouth, was is ok price wise. It has changed hands resently.


yes not too bad (well if you can say that with the euro rate!). We went a few years ago with Emerson as a baby in summer but would say better now. Food was excellent.
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Posted todays times, we stayed in Les Arcs for the day so no return time.
As it was saturday many of the lifts were running slowly and one lift wasn't running at all.
ntfarmer thinks that the bove cost 10 mins extra in Plagne and 7/8 mins in Les arcs. Very Happy
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Thought about going for it today, but having not enjoyed the bottom of the run to Villaroger a week or so ago as so icy, then i thought I might leave it til next saturday, hopefully after a bit more snow it should be nicer - still gives me some time next week to research routes..
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bertie bassett, Only small amount was icy today the last 100 yds and the road to la ferme Very Happy
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Boredsurfing wrote:
bertie bassett, Only small amount was icy today the last 100 yds and the road to la ferme Very Happy


ok maybe a sneeky practice run on wed/thr prior to 'going for it next satruday then' - besides I need to get over there to pick up my gilet...
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The Dorset lot are wearing their gilets with pride now. Last saturday, Montalbert-Villaroger and back in less than a day Very Happy
Ex-Trappeur Rosario gave us a good tip to have lunch in Chalet du Solliet. It was, as he described it, "Verry nize".
We all had a fantastic week in Montalbert meeting up with some of our freindly neighbours from Les Granges - Tone and Debz - Garth, Sylv, Chris and "Rear-Entry" Roy. (We think it's to do with his ski boots.......)
It was great to share a few drinks and many, many laughs with Cock of the North and Clair from CGSKI and also, towards the end of the week, it was nice to be able to put a face to the names of Boredsurfing and Ntfarmer. Pity we missed Redrunmarcus, but have no fear, your bonus for supplying the gilets will be poured in full. I suppose the main reason for the trip, (putting as much money as we could into Christophe's till), was deemed a success. We'll have to try a bit harder with that next year, and, of course, try and shave a few minutes off the 8 hours it took us to complete the challenge.
Many thanks to all the friendly people in Montalbert.
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Soaranski, Welcome to snowHeads Very Happy See you all next time in Montalbear
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Soaranski, welcome to SH and glad that the village welcomed you with open arms and glad that you met so many SH on your trip. Personally I think the challenge is best done in 8 hours as so much to explore t'other side of VE.
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Mouth wrote:
Boredsurfing, I think you should take the total time from leaving MB to arriving at La Ferme rather than splitting the times. You should also post time take to get back.
Copied from results thread to avoid cluttering that thread with chit chat

To expect a time for both directions would be a bit harsh for people who only purchase the one day La Plagne or Les Arcs extension to take part which at todays rates costs around £26.50!
Also La Ferme is not easy to find if you have not been to Villarog before as Richard Hammond discovered on Top Gear,
and boredsurfin did post the following at the begining of this thread Very Happy
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The fastest time on snow between Montalbert and Villaroger.
(Or one end of Paradiski to the other.)
Simply post your fastest time on the results thread for either or both directions.
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Boredsurfing, Point made.
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Boredsurfing wrote:

Also La Ferme is not easy to find if you have not been to Villarog before as Richard Hammond discovered on Top Gear,


You've got to be a bit daft to miss it - it's really not that hard to find. I hit it right on the nose on my first ever trip to Villaroger...

Planning on doing the challenge this saturday unless I get side-tracked into a powder fest...
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Went from Vallandry to Villaroger last week which was fun - went via the Aguille Rouge at long last. 5th time there and first time have managed to get up there - been defeated by queues, wind, childcare, offer of beer before.
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