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Title: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 24, 2010, 08:53:14 AM
The original skiing thread appears to have been a casualty of the last Forum upgrade.

Where are our wannabe Franzs and Peekaboos going this winter ?
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Yeltzer on November 25, 2010, 11:24:14 AM
Aspen. February. Can't wait.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 25, 2010, 08:12:55 PM
Aspen. February. Can't wait.

I'm determined to get my group to the Rockies some time. However, although everyone's always dead keen when we started talking, we always end up booking up for the Alps.

I'll be in La Plagne for a week over New Year.

Has anyone skied there ?
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Dave on November 25, 2010, 08:39:09 PM
Aspen. February. Can't wait.

I'm determined to get my group to the Rockies some time. However, although everyone's always dead keen when we started talking, we always end up booking up for the Alps.

I'll be in La Plagne for a week over New Year.

Has anyone skied there ?
A few times. Which village are you in? The East side is usually better as it gives you much easier access to Les Arcs which is a much more fun resort in my opinion.

We're doing La Thuile in February, which I've not been to since I was a kid. So that'll be fun.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 26, 2010, 07:43:46 AM
Dave - I'll be staying in "Plagne Villages"

http://www.laplagne.co.uk/index.php/la-plagne-villages/plagne-villages

Chalet looks good

(http://www.silverski.co.uk/Portals/58408/images/bon-coin-outside.jpg)
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Bad English on November 29, 2010, 09:38:38 PM
Well, call me boring, but we've rented a chalet in Font Romeu and will be skiing in Les Angles and Pyrénées 2000. That said, it'll be an 80 minute drive up there with tons of wine and food in the boot so I won't be envying you rich bastards spending all your money in the Alps and Canada or wherever (apart from the variety of slopes that is).
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Dave on November 29, 2010, 09:56:12 PM
But then you do have the three feet of slush to get through from about 2pm onwards.

Or it was in La Molina on my sole Pyrénées trip.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Legion on December 03, 2010, 05:45:46 PM
I'm really jealous. I cannot ski any more.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: gerags on December 07, 2010, 01:39:37 PM
I'm really jealous. I cannot ski any more.

How come Leeg ?

As for me ? I'm off to Breckenridge again for two weeks at the end of Jan/beginning of Feb. Flying into Denver and picking up a 4x4 for the drive up to the resort.

We've booked the 'Epic' season pass as early season deals mean that at $630 it works out over $300 cheaper than separate passes amd includes unlimited access to Breck, Vail, Arapahoe Basin, Beaver Creek and Keystone.

Conditions are looking superb already, I can't wait !!!
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Legion on December 07, 2010, 01:55:46 PM
Sounds great. Bad ankles, a dislocated knee and severe problems with my back.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: gerags on December 07, 2010, 03:29:02 PM
Sounds great. Bad ankles, a dislocated knee and severe problems with my back.

Sorry to hear that Leeg :(

The chap I go with is sounding that he won't be able to carry on after this coming year due to bad ankles.
I don't know what I'll do after that.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on December 13, 2010, 01:29:38 PM
'fraid all that posh stuff doesn't interest me.
Would love to try cross country and biathlon someday though - solitude and a rifle. Works for me.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: lovejoy on December 13, 2010, 02:12:40 PM
With all the lefties on this forum I'm amazed at this thread!
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 13, 2010, 08:32:45 PM
With all the lefties on this forum I'm amazed at this thread!

How do you think that the Bolsheviks travelled around during the winter ?!?
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: lovejoy on December 13, 2010, 08:37:41 PM
Sleigh?
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 30, 2010, 05:26:51 PM
Greetings from La Plagne.

Excellent weather and snow conditions so far.

I'm only skiing three or four hours each day due to ongoing back pain. However, I'm still having a good time.

Chalet staff are a good bunch and weve found a handy bar
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: gerags on December 31, 2010, 12:16:11 AM
Greetings from La Plagne.

Excellent weather and snow conditions so far.

I'm only skiing three or four hours each day due to ongoing back pain. However, I'm still having a good time.

Chalet staff are a good bunch and weve found a handy bar

Nice one, have a great New Year out there !
How extensive are the runs in La Plagne ?
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 03, 2011, 11:53:32 AM

Nice one, have a great New Year out there !
How extensive are the runs in La Plagne ?

You could spend weeks over there and not repeat yourself much.

The "La Plagne" area is linked to the "Les Arcs" area by means of an express cable car. Overall this is called the "Paradiski" region.

http://www.perso-laplagne.fr/PisteMap.htm

http://en.paradiski.com/flash.php#/ski-area

I'm still sticking to Blue Runs but even some of them were challenging at times (surprisingly, some of the steepest Blue sections are those leading into the main villages). The rest of my group found loads of Reds and Blacks to their liking.

Last year in Lauterbrunnen, we had to walk thro' the village and then take a train ride to the pistes. This year in La Plagne all I had to do was walk 50 yards and I was on the slopes.

We stayed in the "Silverski" apartment attached to the company owners' winter residence.

Some of the H&V Speedway fans might have heard of Len Silver (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Len_Silver), former manager of the England team.

At 78, Len is still skiing every day and is a great character.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Andy Poole on January 07, 2011, 10:27:11 PM
Just booked for a week tomorrow in Obergurgl, Austria. Flying from Bournemouth which is a real bonus!

Anyone been here? Any tips?
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Guy M on January 21, 2011, 10:31:19 PM
My sister's a skier and I'm a (relatively) novice snowboarder. We're looking to go away for a week from next Sunday 30th on a late deal with Club Med. She's been with them before and prefers the idea of paying upfront and then knowing pretty much exactly what you'll have to spend.

These are their offers (http://www.clubmed.co.uk/cm/resort-offer-last-minute-january-offers_p-341-l-EN-pa-PAP_341_08-ac-od.html). Anyone got any comments on any of those locations, please?
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: usav on January 22, 2011, 12:14:44 AM
Guy - I've been to three on that list, they are all good in their own way, so I will give you a short summary of each based on my memory:

Alpe d'Huez - very high altitude resort, has a 16km (yes, really) black run all the way from the top down to below the resort into the bottom of the valley.   If you are a novice skier, avoid this run like the plague, their are no exits.   There is plenty of other skiing for all levels.   The resort is good, night life not bad, from what I remember.   Worth going alone for the 21 hair pin bend ascent to the resort that the crazy bastards in the Tour de France have to negotiate.

Avoriaz - I actually stayed in Morzine, which is part of the Portes du Soeil circuit which includes Avoriaz.   Avoriaz is a ski-in ski-out resort, there are no cars allowed at all, so every hotel or chalet is guaranteed ski to the door.   If you are looking for a place where you never have to ski the same run twice in the week, this would be your place.   Avoriaz has a famous black run called 'The wall' - and it literally is like skiing down a wall - with 5ft high moguls.   The only run I've ever seen where they let you take the chair lift down, if you bottle it at the top.  I've heard the nightlife in Avoriaz isn't so great, but down in the valley in Morzine, it's rocking - Morzine is more like a town than a village.

Les Deux Alpes - this sits right across the valley from Alpe d'Huez, so you could probably do a day trip to the other resort if you choose one of them.   This was probably my favourite resort on reflection.   We had a ski-in ski-out chalet, although that is not common in this resort.   Any resort that has black runs leading back down to the village is alright in my books.   Don't worry, there is a green run as well, if you don't fancy the blacks.   Nightlife was excellent.

Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: gerags on January 22, 2011, 10:44:14 PM
To follow up on what USAV says:

Les Deux Alpes is a great ski area. We stayed in the town and was a couple of hundred metres from the lifts. Not  major problem to be honest. My lasting memory of this place was us losing to Fulham in the cup on the day we were due to leave - and, during the obligatory organised pub crawl, having a snowball fight/running battle with a group of Germans. Quite a few bars but nobody really in them when we were there. Or I don't remember it ;)

As for Avoriaz, I was fortunate enough to spend a week there and what an amazing resort it is. Perched on the top of a cliff it's a stunning place to stay.
You can ski between France and Switzerland and the "World Cup Run" leading down to Morzine is a fantastic start & end to the day.

Again, being a French resort, the nightlife isn't great. We found only 2 or 3 bars in the resort worth drinking in - the one doing Tex Mex style food and the other showing all the football.

My choice would be Avoriaz every time - a spectacular place.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Andy Poole on January 23, 2011, 07:06:00 PM
Just back from a week in Obergurgl. Austria's highest ski area.

Not a cheap resort, very much families and older people. I'd say less than 5 % boarders because there is nothing for them here.
Small village with only one supermarket and one Tobacco/souvenier shop. Oddly has quite a few apres ski bars that are listed in the Times and Telegraph top 10's.

Nothing less than 4 star hotels although there are quite a few appartments and pensions to choose from.

The slopes were beautifully groomed and we had fresh powder for 3 days in a row. They were also very empty, which was fantastic.

More an intermediates resort than one for hardened skiers and very much a place to relax in the spas before hitting the cellar bars.

Not sure if this link will work due to my privacy settings but here are some photos i've posted on facebook. http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=272787&id=680288842&l=614ad1c54c


If you can't see them and would like to, then just add me.

I'm also very proud of my Daughter for getting a Bronze in the Ski School race! Just 800th of a second off getting Silver!
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 23, 2011, 07:08:28 PM
Why is someone trying to hike a chainsaw NFL style ?
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Andy Poole on January 23, 2011, 07:14:15 PM
They were cutting steps into the snow! Not as crazy as hacking away at your roof with a pick axe though.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Guy M on January 26, 2011, 10:50:18 PM
usav and gerags: cheers for the information and apologies for the delay in replying, been offline for a few days. Annoyingly, during that time, my sister, thinking I couldn't get away this weekend, decided to go ice-skating at Somerset House, fell, hurt herself and now she can't go. Might go next week but that would mean me being away for the missus' birthday. Still, watch this space...

Andy Poole: interesting to hear that about Ötztal (http://www.oetztal.com/) are involved in the sponsorship of the Snowcentre in Hemel Hempstead (http://www.thesnowcentre.com/) and that's one of the sites they advertise there. Going tomorrow so must remember to have a look at the literature and see whether it says about it being a primarily skiiing resort.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Andy Poole on January 27, 2011, 08:15:32 PM
Guy, Otztal is a region i think and Obergurgl/Hochgurgl are right at the end of the valley with nowhere to go!

Solden, the main resort is primarily German. It's not a ski area generally offered by British tour operators.

When we drove through Solden on our way to Obergurgl the lower slopes were mainly white stripes on a green hillside! People in our hotel had a day there and did say the higher slopes were very very good. As wide as runways and very well pisted. However, it is a resort full of Kamikazi skiers and boarders!

The town itself gave clues as to what kind of resort it was, with many apres ski bars and two lapdancing/strip clubs all on the main road.

I have no idea what is on offer to skiers and boarders in Solden but my impression from passing through was that  it was Blackpool with mountains and snow!
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Guy M on February 03, 2011, 12:52:05 PM
Looks like my trip with my sister is back on, departing this weekend. Need to leave on Saturday so I'm back on the 12th (it's the missus' birthday and being away for the morning with this little notice is acceptable, but the whole day might take the p*ss somewhat. Although I'm up for it!)

Just surfing Neilson, Crystal, igluski, Last Minute and any and every site I can find for best option. My sister will be probably be skiing the bkue runs, I'll be starting boarding on the green and moving onto blue I should think.

We were considering an all-inclusive late deal for Club Med Serre Chevalier until we saw this recent review (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g219218-d655824-r94356662-Club_Med_Serre_Chevalier-Briancon_Hautes_Alpes_Provence.html#CHECK_RATES_CONT). Checked out the French reviews and there's a lady there saying the same.

I'd prefer to go to Austria, but as my sis doesn't speak German, think she'd prefer France. Might need to go and buy myself a helmet and some boots, unless I can switch them every day at the hire places and try some different stuff out.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Andy Poole on February 03, 2011, 07:09:34 PM
Guy...Go to Austria.....They really do all speak English! So!

Try www.fasttrackski.co.uk.....they had flights others didn't when we booked. Part of Virgin, you are just handed over to Inghams/ main operator in resort anyway.

As you sister likes blues and you'll be on blues too......ain't no green in Austria.....Obergurgl would be perfect. For a Boarding beginner, you'll be ok. All hotels are 4 star plus and nearly all on half board.....enjoy the mountain for lunch.


Be prepared for no tap water on tables and a bill for about 20 Euros for 4 beers.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Guy M on February 03, 2011, 07:51:24 PM
I'm not worried about the language thing (I'm a Cunning Trilinguist) and would rather go to Austria (well, I'd rather go to Germany but seeing as they don't have any resorts, that would be a bit stupid) but had come round to the idea of going to France and settled on Hotel Le Totem in Flaine (http://www.crystalski.co.uk/ski-resorts/france-ski-holidays/flaine/le-totem) at just under £400 for a week full-board.

But I'm now worried because the snow outlook isn't great (http://www.flaine.com/fr/hiver/fluxmeteo.htm?stl=7), although I think I might be reading way too much into how much snow there is at 'lower levels'.

Had a quick look on fasttrackski but will go and dig a bit deeper now. Cheers!
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Guy M on February 04, 2011, 11:55:56 AM
Done. Eventually. Austria it is, Niederau to be precise. Looks like quite a basic resort which is fine for us, but had relatively recent snow fall. £324 each incl flights, transfers and shared twin within number 1 rated pension (massive B&B) on Tripadvisor, but have spoken to owner and for just 50Euros extra, he should be letting us have our own room each which is a result. Touch wood!

I'm tempted to leave board hire, lessons, ski passes etc until I get there as fed up of the internet and phone now, but after a couple of hours away from it, I'm sure I'll rediscover the passion.

Thanks again to those concerned for the advice and apologies that I'm pretty much making zero use of it this time!
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on February 04, 2011, 01:25:43 PM
Watched an episode of Globe Trekker the other night about ski touring the Haute Route. Has anyone on here tried ski touring?
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: gerags on February 08, 2011, 08:02:05 PM
Just got back from my 14 nights in the States.

Based in Breckenridge, Colorado (with a 4x4) we managed to ski Breck itself, Vail, Keystone, Beaver Creek and Arapahoe Basin. All resorts had a dump of around 50" of snow just before we arrived, another 10 or so inches over 24  hours during the stay and have just had another 12-15 as we left.
 
However it was the coldest conditions I have ever been in with, at one point, a daytime low of -15f and a nightime low of -30f. Thankfully there was no windchill to take the temperatures lower.
Though thanks to this, the lift queues were non-existent during the weekdays and well managed at the weekends with no jostling or having to fight for a place.

We went for the season pass for $670 which allowed us into all these resorts and also gave us the ability to track your lift usage online for the duration. I achieved over 260,000 vertical feet in 11 days of skiing (not including a day in A-Basin which doesn't record the figures) which I'm quite chuffed with :)
 
All in all a fantastic ski holiday which once again makes me realise that 90% of Europe is overpriced and can't compare to USA or Canada when it comes to the expanse and variety of terrain.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Guy M on February 13, 2011, 01:56:57 PM
Got back from Niederau in the Wildschönau region of Austria yesterday, my first snowboarding trip completed and a definite success.

Was on the difficult reds by the end of the week and would have moved onto the blacks had I not started to get quite so tired and put off by the sight of another person being airlifted off a piste at Auffach on Friday.

A chap from Birmingham had quite a nasty accident earlier in the week when he apparently crossed his skis, resulting in broken neck, legs, pelvis... must admit I stopped listening when I didn't want to be put off going again.

Niederau is definitely a more beginner friendly resort, but Auffach's 6km run from top to bottom seemed to keep even the more experienced skiers happy. Might pop back before the end of the season if I can get a good enough deal!
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 14, 2011, 08:12:53 AM
Got back from Niederau in the Wildschönau region of Austria yesterday, my first snowboarding trip completed and a definite success.

Was on the difficult reds by the end of the week and would have moved onto the blacks had I not started to get quite so tired and put off by the sight of another person being airlifted off a piste at Auffach on Friday.

A chap from Birmingham had quite a nasty accident earlier in the week when he apparently crossed his skis, resulting in broken neck, legs, pelvis... must admit I stopped listening when I didn't want to be put off going again.

Niederau is definitely a more beginner friendly resort, but Auffach's 6km run from top to bottom seemed to keep even the more experienced skiers happy. Might pop back before the end of the season if I can get a good enough deal!

Last time I spoke to Legion, he said he wasn't going skiing again !!
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Dave on February 17, 2011, 10:49:32 PM
Off to La Thuile in Italy next week. Not been since doing all my formative skiing there as a kid.

Looking forward to it a lot.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Dave Cooper please on February 17, 2011, 11:08:11 PM
Off to La Thuile in Italy next week. Not been since doing all my formative skiing there as a kid.

Looking forward to it a lot.

And so you should.
I went there in 1995 and if it's only half as good as it was then it will be brilliant.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Hookeysmith on February 28, 2011, 01:07:13 PM
I am off next week for my second ever ski trip to bansko (loved my first time last year)

A question i have for you experienced guys:

First time out i was not scared at all as i had no preconceived ideas of what to expect and followed my instructors word to the letter - after 3 days i was skiing the same blue run quite comfortably (with a few falls now and then when i got a bit too cocky!) by the end of the week i had done, very gingerly and slowly my first red.
As i said i am off next week and this time i am shitting myself - i think it might be down to the old adage "a little knowledge is dangerous"
Is this normal to feel more nervous 2nd time out?

Anyhow it was something i have always wanted to do and i loved it - not just the skiing but the whole vibe of it - by the end of the week i was going down runs with i pod on and its the most amazing chill time i have ever had

Although the aches and pains when you are not used to it are a bitch

any tips from the H&V experienced folks?
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: usav on February 28, 2011, 01:27:04 PM
How many years between trips?   

I would just take the first morning really easy, don't get into anything over your head until you have your ski legs back.   Stick to greens and easy blues until you find yourself comfortable like you were towards the end of the first trip.    At the same time, you don't want to be too cautious as that is when you start to make mistakes and also, the slower you go, the harder it is to turn properly - you need some speed to carve out those turns properly.

Just try and relax and have fun.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Andy Poole on February 28, 2011, 09:28:07 PM
I am off next week for my second ever ski trip to bansko (loved my first time last year)

A question i have for you experienced guys:

Although the aches and pains when you are not used to it are a bitch

any tips from the H&V experienced folks?



Yes. Go to Austria. The wellness stuff is superb. When you book a massage...that's what you get. I have only been to Borovets once and that was 10 years ago...a massage was much more than a massage!!

However, 10 years ago, Borovets was Mafia run.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: The Left Side on March 02, 2011, 04:57:07 PM
Group of us are looking at Fernie, BC for a trip... anyone been there?
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Hookeysmith on March 18, 2011, 07:44:16 AM
Just got back from bansko, Bulgaria and it was fabulous - although we really by luck picked the best week as there has been little snow and by the end of the week the cannons were working overtime.

Only my second ever time skiing and i completed all of the 12 blue runs and my 2 first ever reds in full - i was well chuffed

On the snow front my missus sister is in Switzerland and has paid a fortune for passes etc and there is very little snow - they are having to bus from top of cable car a further 30 mins to get any

I have heard this all round Europe this year a disctinct lack of snow  :(
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Guy M on March 20, 2011, 08:23:15 AM
I have heard this all round Europe this year a disctinct lack of snow  :(
I think we must have been pretty lucky when we went to Austria. My sister's ex-husband is off to Mayrhofen in a couple of weeks for Snowbombing Festival (http://www.snowbombing.com/en/) and I thought I read the other day that they'd had snow last week.

Am hoping to join him. Well, pretty much inviting myself along either way!
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 02, 2011, 01:19:30 PM
Who's going where for 2011/12 ?

We're off to La Plagne again with Silverski. However, this time we're staying in Plagne Soleil.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Dave Cooper please on November 02, 2011, 01:32:34 PM
I'm hoping to do a bit of snowboarding (never done it before) in Aviemore if there's some snow around Christmas and New Year.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: gerags on November 03, 2011, 01:44:13 PM
Off to Lake Tahoe for 14 nights (12 days skiing) with a couple of mates in Jan.

Flights, 4x4, ski cabin in South lake Tahoe and 6 resort ski pass vouchers all booked independantly.
We've just got to sort out transport to Heathrow.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 10, 2011, 08:46:44 AM
This is a webcam showing what are meant to be the pistes above where I'm staying in La Plagne over the New Year

http://laplagne.livecam360.com/grande-rochette/flash/main.php

A distinct lack of snow at the moment.

The webcam is over 2500m up, so lack of altitude is not the problem

Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: usav on November 10, 2011, 01:20:52 PM
Plenty of time yet Mr Sox, you will be fine.

However, I fear my knee might not make it in time.   I tore my ACL in mid-August, while I'm making good recovery, I'm not sure if I will be ready for skiing this season or not.  I will be mightily pissed off if not.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 10, 2011, 02:40:42 PM
Plenty of time yet Mr Sox, you will be fine.

The general view over on the "Snowheads" forum is not to even look at the pistes or snow forecasts until December. However, the webcam archives for La Plagne show that at this time last year everything was already nicely white.

Without snow cover, the La Plagne webcams are useful for gauging the underlying terrain and planning routes
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: usav on November 10, 2011, 03:12:11 PM
Plenty of time yet Mr Sox, you will be fine.

The general view over on the "Snowheads" forum is not to even look at the pistes or snow forecasts until December. However, the webcam archives for La Plagne show that at this time last year everything was already nicely white.

Without snow cover, the La Plagne webcams are useful for gauging the underlying terrain and planning routes

Yeah but early snow isn't necessarily a good thing.....the temeprature could always rise again before Christmas.    What you need is consistent cold temperatures to build the base - the base is the most important thing for a good season of skiing, not a big dump early.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: gerags on November 10, 2011, 08:15:39 PM
You can keep up to dat with all the webcams from around the world with http://www.snoweye.com/

As USAV said, far too early to start panicking :)

From the La Plagne website:

Whilst it is still early, and snow at lower levels will no doubt melt, locals are predicting a particularly white winter.
According to an old proverb, when the yellow gentian plant grows taller than normal (as it did this year), the coming season will be a snowy one.
Let's hope there is some truth behind it!
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 26, 2011, 08:51:59 AM
I'm just back from a short early ski trip.

The trouble with going this early is that you have to go further north, the slopes aren't as good and fewer people speak understandable English.

Yep, I've had two days at Chill Factor E in Manchester.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: gerags on December 01, 2011, 12:07:07 PM
The Metro newspaper have a ski website which has some pretty good competitions throughout the ski season.
But this year they've a prize to give away everyday upto, and including, Christmas Eve.
 
http://www.metrosnow.co.uk/xmas-competitions/  (http://www.metrosnow.co.uk/xmas-competitions/)
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 04, 2011, 04:01:12 PM
There's strange white stuff appearing on the La Plagne webcams

Things are looking up
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Dave Cooper please on December 04, 2011, 06:27:55 PM
As long as it's not the same white stuff that regularly appeared on Ashley Young's webcam you'll be okay.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 05, 2011, 01:35:33 PM
Oh yes..................

http://laplagne.livecam360.com/bergerie/flash/main.php
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: gerags on December 05, 2011, 10:37:37 PM
Good to see the conditions picking up across Europe. Just got to wait for the snow to come in across the Atlantic
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Louzie0 on December 05, 2011, 10:50:22 PM
Aspen. February. Can't wait.

I'm determined to get my group to the Rockies some time. However, although everyone's always dead keen when we started talking, we always end up booking up for the Alps.

I'll be in La Plagne for a week over New Year.

Has anyone skied there ?

 

Yes - 199 - something

and it's great! We went for a night out in the village and had fondues and loads of lager.  Can I just say that the midnight slide down the piste on a black bin bag with several equally pissed staff from the school I went with (kids safely tucked up in the hotel with the staff on duty -hurried qualifying edit) was one of the best experiences I've ever - well, experienced!  Really, really liked it every day on the ski-ing, as well.  I hope the piano bar is still there because that was an excellent way to finish the day. 
Have a great time! 
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: usav on December 06, 2011, 01:24:52 AM
I've not been in La Plagne for New Year's Eve, but I have been in other French resorts and they do tend to go quite mental.   You should have a great time.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 06, 2011, 07:52:05 AM
It looks like Lou was responding to my post from last year. However, I'll be in LP over New Year again.

Last year we also did the midnight bin bag thing (whilst dodging the piste bashers). We were staying at the top of Plagne Villages and my cousin overdid the sledging and ended up having to walk back up from the top of Plagne Centre
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: gerags on December 19, 2011, 01:09:48 PM
It looks like the majority of Europe is seeing massive snow dumps for the start of the season :)
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 19, 2011, 04:01:16 PM
Yep, its been dumperama in the French Alps.

However, the Italian side is still lacking apparently. The racing from Val Gardena over the weekend was on really icy looking artificial snow
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 26, 2011, 05:29:18 PM
Greetings from Plagne Soleil, 2050m up a French Alp. Got here about 1pm and was on the slopes by 2pm. Great weather, clear blue skys and no wind. Already tried three of the bars and might pop out again later to watch the Villa game
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: gerags on December 27, 2011, 07:23:29 PM
Greetings from Plagne Soleil, 2050m up a French Alp. Got here about 1pm and was on the slopes by 2pm. Great weather, clear blue skys and no wind. Spectacular view of Mont Blanc from my room. Already tried three of the bars and might pop out again later to watch the Villa game

Fantastic ! I'm so jealous - stuck in Birmingham whie there's so many pistes to ski :D
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Legion on December 27, 2011, 07:25:02 PM
Greetings from Plagne Soleil, 2050m up a French Alp. Got here about 1pm and was on the slopes by 2pm. Great weather, clear blue skys and no wind. Spectacular view of Mont Blanc from my room. Already tried three of the bars and might pop out again later to watch the Villa game

Are you back for Swansea?
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 27, 2011, 10:35:44 PM
Conditions are superb here. I've been able to do runs that I wouldn't have dreamed of attempting last year.

My ski pass includes one day over at Les Arcs, so I might head there tomorrow.

Snow is forecast for Thur onwards, so I'll be staying closer to the chalet at that point.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 28, 2011, 01:57:15 PM
Woo hoo...... I managed to ski from La Plagne to Les Arcs (well, Plan Peisey anyway) via the Vanoise Express cable car.

That's my main mission for this trip accomplished. Weather permitting I will now work on improving my distinctly dodgy technique during the rest of the week.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 28, 2011, 03:18:10 PM

Are you back for Swansea?

No. I sold my seat on Viagogo
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 30, 2011, 03:37:17 PM
I had the day off from skiing due to blizzard conditions. Probably 18 inches of new snow in the past day.

The snow eased off this afternoon but the wind got worse which halted any interest I had to venture out.

Some of my group are hiring powder skis for tomorrow.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 01, 2012, 01:48:15 PM
Well, that's my skiing over for this trip.

This is our last day and I'd only been out for a couple of hours when I lost a battle with a section of off piste and hurt my hip clambering out of a drift.

Overall, a very enjoyable trip. The chalet location wasn't ideal but the accommodation and food was fine.

We're planning to come back to La Plagne again next year, probably staying over in Plagne Villages.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: gerags on January 02, 2012, 10:51:03 PM
What are the slopes like for advanced skiers out there UKR ?
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 03, 2012, 12:00:31 PM
What are the slopes like for advanced skiers out there UKR ?

Some of my group could be considered "advanced" and they found plenty to do on the blacks and off piste.

I've got zero interest in anything too dangerous. Some of my group witnessed a young kid lose it on a nasty black and only just stop sliding before a cliff edge. I can't see the fun in risking it all for skiing.

I've only ever done a couple of reds**, never done a black and the only time I venture off piste is to cut across between two pistes that I can clearly see.

(**Most of the reds in LP appear to be steep narrow tracks, eg down to Champagny).
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: gerags on January 03, 2012, 12:44:52 PM
Cool.

As it stands there has been no snow at all in Tahoe and they've even stopped making it due to the unseasonably high temperatures out there at the moment.

We head out there in less than 2 weeks and it's not looking good.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: usav on January 03, 2012, 07:18:28 PM
Cool.

As it stands there has been no snow at all in Tahoe and they've even stopped making it due to the unseasonably high temperatures out there at the moment.

We head out there in less than 2 weeks and it's not looking good.

They are expecting snow by mid to late January.  You will be cutting it fine.

We just got our first noticeable snow over the last couple of days as well, it's been a mild, but wet winter here - if the temps had been a little lower we would have got clattered.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: gerags on January 04, 2012, 12:05:18 AM
Cool.

As it stands there has been no snow at all in Tahoe and they've even stopped making it due to the unseasonably high temperatures out there at the moment.

We head out there in less than 2 weeks and it's not looking good.

They are expecting snow by mid to late January.  You will be cutting it fine.

We just got our first noticeable snow over the last couple of days as well, it's been a mild, but wet winter here - if the temps had been a little lower we would have got clattered.

Cheers USAV.

It's going to need a couple of massive snow dumps for it to be anything like skiable.
One of the lads that's coming is constantly reading the snow blog for Squaw and they're expecting a change in conditions the weekend before we head out there.

Up until now it's even been too warm to make snow.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: gerags on January 14, 2012, 08:14:09 PM
Well a couple of days to go until Tahoe and there has still been no snow since November :-/

We arrive on Monday evening, 1st day skiing on Tuesday.
Fingers crossed, weather reports say there should be snow from Wednesday onwards so conditions should improve.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 15, 2012, 10:21:08 AM
What's the altitude of the resort you're staying at Gerags
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: gerags on January 15, 2012, 02:59:56 PM
Heavenly is at 6,225 ft and the highest peak there is betweek 9,500-10,000 ft.
There's also Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Northstar, Kirkwood, Sierra and Mount Rose to name a few.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: usav on January 19, 2012, 03:53:35 AM
Well a couple of days to go until Tahoe and there has still been no snow since November :-/

We arrive on Monday evening, 1st day skiing on Tuesday.
Fingers crossed, weather reports say there should be snow from Wednesday onwards so conditions should improve.

If I heard right just now on the weather channel, they said they would be mesauring 'feet of snow' over the next few days in Lake Tahoe.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 19, 2012, 07:28:31 AM
Here's a Lake Tahoe snow report with a classic American voiceover

http://www.tahoetopia.com/lake-tahoe-snow-report

I suspect that the guy does used car dealer adverts as well
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: gerags on January 31, 2012, 07:13:48 PM
I've just returned today and it was a fantastic 2 weeks.
When we started skiing Heavenly on the Tuesday 17th we were surprised how good the man made conditions were. Wednesday 18th was Northstar which again was surprisingly good.
Thursday was limited due to the wind conditions closing important lifts and Friday was, literally, a washout due to it raining all day.

At 4am on the Saturday morning that rain then thankfully turned to snow and we had 3 storms roll in over 3-4 days dumping up to 5 foot of snow in some of the resorts.

What I didn't realise until we arrived how badly the local economy was suffering due to these conditions. Only 10% of the normal staff were employed by Heavenly ski resort. Sierra only had the executives running what was open up until that point and was employing no other staff.
The hotels, casinos and bars were empty and taking no money until this snow dump.

It put our worries about not being able to ski on fresh snow into perspective.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: usav on January 31, 2012, 08:20:29 PM
Indeed - it does put it into perspective.

Sounds like the second week was great conditions........

Still really mild here in the East, it has been a very strange winter indeed.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: gerags on January 31, 2012, 10:33:46 PM
Amazing conditions, USAV.
Skiing Sierra at Tahoe atop waist deep, heavy, powder was one of the most draining things I have ever done.
I fell twice in it (the 2nd time due to exhaustion) and managed to get up ok, whereas one of my mates fell and it took him about 15-20 minutes to get both of his skis back on. He was shattered by the end of the run.
We'd not heard much about conditions in the east of the country, but heard on a daily basis how the high pressure off the Cali coast was robbing the mid west of it's snow by pushing most of the weather up to the north west, Canada and Alaska. With the latter having record snowfalls this year.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on March 02, 2012, 06:43:21 PM
Currently sat in the bar at Chillfactore in Manchester.

I tend to stay in the Travelodge over the road on nights before Villa play in this area.

Shame that I didn't bring my ski gear, the slope looks quiet and theyve got a slalom set up.

Oh well, I'll have to make do with the "Coors and Chip Butty for £3-20".

Some pretty good deals are coming thro from Silverski at the moment so I'm tempted to sneak in a late season Alps trip.

Any recommendations for where's best March & April?
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: gerags on March 07, 2012, 12:33:17 PM
Currently sat in the bar at Chillfactore in Manchester.

I tend to stay in the Travelodge over the road on nights before Villa play in this area.

Shame that I didn't bring my ski gear, the slope looks quiet and theyve got a slalom set up.

Oh well, I'll have to make do with the "Coors and Chip Butty for £3-20".

Some pretty good deals are coming thro from Silverski at the moment so I'm tempted to sneak in a late season Alps trip.

Any recommendations for where's best March & April?

Possibly somewhere at altitude to guarantee snow, but always worth just checking conditions before booking anywhere.

I would love to go skiing again this season, what are the deals llike ?
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on March 07, 2012, 12:52:56 PM
I would love to go skiing again this season, what are the deals llike ?

http://www.silverski.co.uk/special-offers/
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: gerags on March 07, 2012, 04:56:38 PM
I would love to go skiing again this season, what are the deals llike ?

http://www.silverski.co.uk/special-offers/

Not that special then.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 28, 2012, 09:27:48 AM
Has anyone booked there trip for the 2012/13 season ?

I'm going to La Plagne again over New Year.

This time its on Honeymoon.

However, its not my Honeymoon.

Two of my friends are getting married on Dec 27th and then were off mob-handed for their Honeymoon in the Alps.

There's 20+ of us, so we've booked out a whole chalet.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: gerags on July 09, 2012, 09:48:12 AM
Has anyone booked there trip for the 2012/13 season ?

I'm going to La Plagne again over New Year.

This time its on Honeymoon.

However, its not my Honeymoon.

Two of my friends are getting married on Dec 27th and then were off mob-handed for their Honeymoon in the Alps.

There's 20+ of us, so we've booked out a whole chalet.

I was going to congratulate you but congratulations to your friends.

We've not booked up for next year yet but the lad I normally go with is getting married in October and may not be able to afford the usual 2 weeks Stateside and the other has to clear it with his wife so it looked as if we were going to ski Europe this coming season.

But... I was asked, a couple of weeks back, to go on secondment for 3 months to our Global company in New Jersey and when it's all set up I should be out there from January to March - which means I could well have the whole season out there. So it's all a bit up in the air at the moment.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 09, 2012, 12:12:00 PM
But... I was asked, a couple of weeks back, to go on secondment for 3 months to our Global company in New Jersey and when it's all set up I should be out there from January to March - which means I could well have the whole season out there. So it's all a bit up in the air at the moment.

There's some low altitude resorts in Noo Joisey
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: gerags on July 09, 2012, 04:52:04 PM
But... I was asked, a couple of weeks back, to go on secondment for 3 months to our Global company in New Jersey and when it's all set up I should be out there from January to March - which means I could well have the whole season out there. So it's all a bit up in the air at the moment.

There's some low altitude resorts in Noo Joisey

I am more than aware, which is why I could well be packing my skis and boots if this all goes ahead :)
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 04, 2012, 09:59:06 AM
Its been dumperama in the French Alps this week

Last year at this time we were panicking about the lack of snow. This year, there's no such worries.

This is view today of the area of La Plagne that I ski the most

http://laplagne.livecam360.net/bergerie?t=2012-12-04+11:10:00&r=333&z=109&tl=0

And here's a view from higher up

http://laplagne.livecam360.net/grande-rochette?t=2012-12-04+11:10:00&r=338&z=109&tl=0
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 29, 2012, 10:52:37 AM
"On the piste m'Lord".............................

About to head for Gatport Airwick and then off to the Alps

Snow looks spectacular and the weather forecast for the week looks good at the moment.

http://laplagne.livecam360.net/bergerie?t=2012-12-29%2B11%3A30%3A00&r=317&z=68&tl=0

Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: usav on December 30, 2012, 12:04:40 AM
Took my daughter to the local ski resort near here today......had a great time, some of the best snow I've skied on ever.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 31, 2012, 02:55:13 PM
Greetings from Plagne Villages. Excellent weather and generally good piste conditions. However there are some quite vital runs that apparently aren't being pisted as often as they used to be.

Slightly lower down around Plagne 1800, things are apparently quite bad on the piste and with lifts running slow. Luckily our chalet is at 2155m, so we're up above the main bottlenecks.

Skied until 3pm, which is a long day for me but the weather was so good that we had to stay out.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: gerags on January 02, 2013, 12:22:24 AM
Sounds fantastic - can't wait until I'm settled in the States so I can sort out some East Coast skiing :)
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 03, 2013, 02:53:05 PM
I'm seriously considering making this my last ski trip. I just don't seem to make any progress and have some days when it's like I've never skied before.

I was going fine on the first two days, dealing with a few tricky runs and poor piste conditions without any trouble.

However, on the next day, I went splat within ten yards of starting and then had half an hour when I just couldn't stay upright. I improved as the day went on but my confidence took a hit.

Yesterday I decided to have the day skiing on my own. I was doing ok but wasn't really enjoying it.

Today I've had the day off and just done some walking and photography.

The weather is meant to be great again tomorrow and Sat, so I've got two more days to get my head sorted.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: usav on January 03, 2013, 03:16:50 PM
It's called getting old.   Also, lay off the schnapps at night time.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 03, 2013, 03:31:28 PM
It's called getting old.   Also, lay off the schnapps at night time.

Yep, the wine and vodka last night certainly didn't help
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 05, 2013, 05:42:44 PM
The last three days of skiing went very well. I seem to be making some progress at last.

We ended the day at the Bergerie Bar on the slope above Plagne Villages. We've been using the bar for a few years now and some of my mates have got to know the owner quite well.

He brought us out a bottle of some local hooch that had a frog in it. Eventually, after making the guy down some first, most of us drunk some.

Fecking revolting.

Apparently we were the first English group to accept the challenge.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: gerags on January 09, 2013, 03:33:42 AM
While I applaud your ability to drink frog juice, a lot of skiing problems tend to stem from people drinking during the day.
As my mate tells me, save the booze for apres ski - we only have a small window to ski in and it should be used to the maximum.

On another note, UKR, what level do you ski at ?
When you say that you fell within 10 yards and couldn't stay upright, do you think that it was a confididence, piste condition or an ability issue ?

It's a serious question because if you're of a decent ability it could be a confidence issue which could be resolved by having equipment you trust and a little bit of guidance.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 09, 2013, 08:05:55 AM
It turned out that there was a lump of ice trapped in my one ski binding (which I discovered after the third fall) that was causing the ski to fly off too easily. By the time we discovered this fact my confidence had taken a major knock.

I'm OK on anything up to a Blue. However, I hate anything narrow (even Green or Blue roads) or which has a cliff-edge drop (when my, what I consider healthy, fear of falling off the side of the mountain kicks in).

I've done a couple of Reds but don't really see how anyone gets any pleasure from them. As for Black runs..............................
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Jon Crofts on January 09, 2013, 09:22:12 AM
UKR stay away from cliff edges today, we all know it was a bad one last night but life goes on, step away from the edge.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 09, 2013, 09:30:14 AM
UKR stay away from cliff edges today, we all know it was a bad one last night but life goes on, step away from the edge.

Safely back at work now. Not many cliff-edges in 'Nam.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 11, 2013, 02:35:21 PM
So, who's going where in 2013/2014 ?

I'm off to La Plagne for a fourth time (once again staying at the chalet of the owners of Silverski).

We weren't going to ski this winter but my friends' daughter is doing a season chalet maiding for Silverski, so we're heading over to see her Xmas week.

Just the six of us going this time as opposed to the almost 30 we had last year.

Today's La Plagne (Bergerie Lift) webcam view

(http://www.perso-laplagne.fr/Images_Actualites/2013/Bergerie-11112013.jpg)


Webcam

http://laplagne.livecam360.net/bergerie
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 22, 2013, 01:21:32 PM
I want to go NOW !!!!!

http://laplagne.livecam360.net/bergerie?t=2013-11-22+13-20-00&r=279&z=109&tl=0
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 19, 2013, 09:22:22 AM
Isn't anyone else skiing this winter ?

I leave on Saturday for Gatport Airwick and fly to Grenoble 6am Sunday.

Today's seen the first new dusting of snow since November. Hopefully that'll take the edge of the iciness
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Dave on December 19, 2013, 12:24:39 PM
A month in La Thuile at the end of January.

Edit: a week. A month would be a little extravagant.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Bad English on December 19, 2013, 07:48:26 PM
Tomorrow I'm nipping up to Pyrénées 2000 for the day. Leave at 0730 hrs and back home around 1900 hrs.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Louzie0 on December 19, 2013, 07:51:44 PM
There's enough rain pouring down our street to go water ski-ing.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 22, 2013, 04:39:04 PM
Live from La Plagne!!

Snow conditions are a lot better than I expected but I've only used the free drag so far.

Our chalet is at 2100 metres, so we were pretty much guaranteed snow. However, so of the lower pistes look pretty ropey.

Forecast is for more snow over Xmas.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 27, 2013, 03:36:27 PM
After snowing constantly for two days, it was a bluebird this morning with almost perfect conditions.

For those who know La Plagne, I spent most of the day over on the Arpette and Roche de Mio. I did another Tunnel run in some of the best snow I've ever skied on. However it was very crowded on some sections.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 30, 2013, 12:27:16 PM
Safely back from a great week's skiing.

Since we're in pretty well with the chalet owners and staff (my friends' daughter is one of the hosts this season), we could be in line for discounted trip back to La Plagne later in the season.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on May 17, 2014, 02:24:16 PM
Do we have any experts on Austrian resorts ?

Next winter I'm going to St Johann / Apendorf and was looking for advice for the best parts of the "Ski Amade" area for an intermediate skier who's crap if there's a cliff edge near by

http://www.skiamade.com/en/winter/skiresorts/salzburger-sportwelt/stjohann-alpendorf
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 18, 2014, 10:38:21 AM
Still looking for any tips regarding the Ski Amade region in Austria.

I head off on Xmas night for a week in St Johann/Alpendorf (by car, which Im not really looking forward to).

We're staying in St Johann im Pongau, so will either have to drive or bus it to the slopes
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: ian c. on December 18, 2014, 04:24:34 PM
I skied a bit in the Zauchensee area last season and it was pretty good for my level; blues, reds and easy blacks with varied landscape. My daughter likes the Flachauwinkl area. Both of these are fairly near St. Johann.

They don't seem to have many slopes open at the moment though due to the general lack of snow.

I'm sure you have this already, but just in case you don't:

http://www.skiamade.com/en/winter/live-info/review-season/live-overview
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 19, 2014, 04:30:28 PM
Yes Ian, I've been checking the Ski Amade site.

Considering how warm it is over there at the moment (11 degrees in the valley), its impressive that they're keeping anything open.

As long as it cools down a bit over the next week, I should be alright. I can potter around above Alpendorf where the snow-canons are doing their thing.

However, the expert skiers in my group could be struggling to find much of interest.

I might also take a day off and take the train to Salzburg.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 28, 2014, 08:54:41 PM
live from Pongau

the hotel and skiing have been fine so far but I still prefer a chalet in La Plagne
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 18, 2015, 05:00:01 PM
Watching the Lauberhorn on Eurosport. Weather in Wengen looks spectacular.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 13, 2015, 06:56:35 PM
I've just booked a week in La Plagne from Sun 31st Jan.

Is anyone else skiing this winter?


EDIT - Noticed that this page looks worse than my Luke Haines thread over in the Music section
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Bad English on January 20, 2016, 12:02:57 PM
I might nip up the road to Les Angles at the weekend.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 31, 2016, 07:43:15 PM
18 inches of snow n the last 24 hours here in La Plagne. Conditions should be great when we start skiing tomorrow
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 05, 2016, 08:45:39 PM
It's been a spectacular week here in La Plagne. Bright sunshine most days apart from Wednesday when it snowed for the best part of 24 hours.

Snow conditions have encouraged me to try some runs that I've only looked at before.

Still sticking to Blues though, the Reds still don't appeal to me.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 29, 2016, 07:43:16 AM
Greetings from La Plagne. No snow for a couple of weeks and nothing forecast for the week we're here.

Only around half the pistes are open but they've done a pretty good job of managing the snow that is around. Overall conditions are far better that i expected.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 04, 2017, 12:10:11 PM

We stayed in the "Silverski" apartment attached to the company owners' winter residence.

Some of the H&V Speedway fans might have heard of Len Silver (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Len_Silver), former manager of the England team.

At 78, Len is still skiing every day and is a great character.


UPDATE - This year we stayed in the chalet next door to the Silverski owners. Saw Len a couple of times. He's now 84 and still skiing
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 07, 2017, 11:53:15 AM
Snow farming

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38516688
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Post by: UK Redsox on January 23, 2017, 11:48:44 AM
GBs first podium finish in 35 years by Dave Ryding in the Slamlom at Kitzbuhel

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/winter-sports/38710917

Also at Kitzbuhel, the most impressive thing for me about the Downhill was Graham Bell's run down holding a camera
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: four fornicholl on February 11, 2017, 12:15:00 PM
I enjoy watching the downhills and hope St Moritz get started soon.
0-60 in 3 seconds at the start and 80mph thereafter. WOW..
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 13, 2017, 11:40:17 AM
Bumpity Bump............

Early snow looks great in the Alps.

Is anyone booked up for 2017/18 ?

We're heading to La Plagne (there's a surprise) for a week on 28 Jan
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Risso on December 13, 2017, 01:10:52 PM
I've got my first ever skiing trip mid Jan, to Austria.  Short break with the lads.  Bit nervous tbh, having never been skiing before.  How hard is to get the basics sorted?  I won't be the only complete novice thankfully.
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Post by: waringpongo on December 13, 2017, 01:23:32 PM
We go in the campervan every year to cut costs down. We were hoping for Livigno over Christmas New Year but all campsites were full so trying Austria near Zell am Zee. If you haven't skied before you could try a few lessons in the Snow Dome Tamworth.
Looks like there is plenty of snow already and looking forward to it.
Pongo
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Post by: UK Redsox on December 17, 2017, 01:12:28 PM
I've got my first ever skiing trip mid Jan, to Austria.  Short break with the lads.  Bit nervous tbh, having never been skiing before.  How hard is to get the basics sorted?  I won't be the only complete novice thankfully.

Have a couple of lessons at an indoor slope. The key thing is learning how to stop and how to get up when you fall down. The actual skiing bit isn’t too difficult to pick up

I learned the basics at Tamworth but haven’t been there for a few years.
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Post by: Risso on December 17, 2017, 01:40:00 PM
I've got my first ever skiing trip mid Jan, to Austria.  Short break with the lads.  Bit nervous tbh, having never been skiing before.  How hard is to get the basics sorted?  I won't be the only complete novice thankfully.

Have a couple of lessons at an indoor slope. The key thing is learning how to stop and how to get up when you fall down. The actual skiing bit isn’t too difficult to pick up

I learned the basics at Tamworth but haven’t been there for a few years.

Yes, have taken your advice and am having a day's lesson at Milton Keynes on Wednesday.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 19, 2017, 02:11:24 PM
Whereabouts in Austria are you going Risso ?

A good place to start for resort/piste info is

http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/
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Post by: Risso on December 20, 2017, 06:08:22 PM
That was....difficult. Felt like learning to drive again. Got the hang of skiing in a straight line and doing a snow plough. Turning left was ok but turning right I found surprisingly difficult. Overall it was good fun, but very knackering!
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Post by: UK Redsox on December 21, 2017, 08:15:52 AM
That was....difficult. Felt like learning to drive again. Got the hang of skiing in a straight line and doing a snow plough. Turning left was ok but turning right I found surprisingly difficult. Overall it was good fun, but very knackering!

Glad that you enjoyed it Risso.

Even after a decade, I still find turning right more difficult
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Risso on January 03, 2018, 09:32:28 PM
Off next week, to Zell am See.  I'm going to do another quick lesson at MK, then have booked a 3 hour lesson out there, for me and the three other people who haven't been skiing before.
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Post by: UK Redsox on January 03, 2018, 09:47:55 PM
Off next week, to Zell am See.  I'm going to do another quick lesson at MK, then have booked a 3 hour lesson out there, for me and the three other people who haven't been skiing before.

Here’s the snow forecast for Zell

http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Zell-am-See/6day/mid
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Post by: Risso on January 08, 2018, 08:07:45 PM
Cheers! Off tomorrow night. If I die, been nice knowing you.
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Post by: UK Redsox on January 11, 2018, 11:02:32 AM
Cheers! Off tomorrow night. If I die, been nice knowing you.

How's it going ?

Risso, can you here me ? Risso........... RISSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOO
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 29, 2018, 05:19:23 PM
Greetings from La Plagne where the on-piste conditions are some of the best that i’ve experienced in 10 years of skiing.

I’ve been able to ski pistes that i’d not considered attempting before.
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Post by: usav on January 29, 2018, 06:20:56 PM
Greetings from La Plagne where the on-piste conditions are some of the best that i’ve experienced in 10 years of skiing.

I’ve been able to ski pistes that i’d not considered attempting before.

Because of the conditions, or it's taken you 10 years to pluck up the courage?  ;-)
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 29, 2018, 08:22:49 PM
A combination. The start of the run to get over there involves a steepish narrow section under a chair and then a ledge. However, once past those, the rest of the run down was fine and the section i’m referring to ( The Rossas) was well worth the effort. It also meant that i was able to spend more time with my friends.

Tomorrow, i’m going to double-bubble it up to the Bellecote glacier just to look at the views. the only run actually open at the very top is a Black, so there’s no way i’m doing that.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 05, 2018, 11:10:37 AM
Back safely from an excellent week in La Plagne.

I did at least one new piste every day including, on Saturday, making it down to Montalbert via Plagne 1800 and Aime 2000.

After a complete day of new snow on Wednesday, I skied over to Les Arcs on Thursday and did some runs over by the Derby lift. The 'Renard' is the best new piste that I've skied this year.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on March 27, 2018, 12:40:49 PM
Does anyone on here roller ski - or have friends who do? 

Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on March 28, 2018, 08:43:02 AM
I remember downhill grass-skiing being a thing over here in the 80s but I assume that you're referring to Cross Country / Nordic style.

If so, no
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Bad English on November 09, 2018, 02:14:00 PM
The first ski 'resort' to open for business this year is doing so tomorrow. It's Porté Puymorens, up the road from us, near Andorra.
Video of conditions on 6th Nov (https://france3-regions.blog.francetvinfo.fr/pyrenees/2018/11/06/suite-aux-dernieres-chutes-de-neige-la-station-de-porte-puymorens-lance-la-saison-de-ski-dans-les-pyrenees-ce-samedi.html)
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 09, 2018, 02:21:02 PM
Blimey, that looks good for mid-November.

I'm off to La Tania (Courchevel) for a week on 23 Dec.

It seems a bit early to me but our group includes students and a teacher, so we're a bit limited on when we can go.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Risso on November 09, 2018, 09:04:41 PM
I’m off to Austria again in January.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on November 29, 2018, 12:42:11 PM
IBU World Cup coming to Utah in February - that's my 2019 holiday sorted then.

http://biathlonworldcuputah.com/

Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 18, 2018, 02:50:18 PM
Chalet / bar staff problems after a no-deal Brexit

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/dec/18/brexit-thousands-ski-resort-jobs-at-risk
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Jon Crofts on December 19, 2018, 09:25:24 AM
Off next week, to Zell am See.  I'm going to do another quick lesson at MK, then have booked a 3 hour lesson out there, for me and the three other people who haven't been skiing before.

On 25 August this year it snowed in Zell well below the tree line forcing the cancellation of the swim and the cutting short of the bike course for Ironman 70.3 Zell Am See. August FFS.
I'm racing there next year on 1 September, hoping it won't have snowed the night before the race again, looks like a beautiful place with or without snow.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 19, 2018, 10:19:30 AM
Heavy rain expected in La Tania on Sat night (I arrive on Sunday).

Looks like I'll have to bus it to/from Courchevel 1850 to ski next week  :(
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Risso on December 19, 2018, 10:25:27 AM
I'm off to Zell again next month.
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Post by: Jon Crofts on December 19, 2018, 01:43:18 PM
I'm off to Zell again next month.

Any hotel recommendations? How do you get from Salzburg airport, is it a taxi ride?
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 19, 2018, 05:30:18 PM
I'm off to Zell again next month.

Any hotel recommendations? How do you get from Salzburg airport, is it a taxi ride?

Train should work

I did a train side trip to Salzburg a couple of years back when skiing at St Johann im Pongau. Only cost around 4 Euro

Zell's about an hour further along on the same line
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Jon Crofts on December 20, 2018, 12:54:56 PM
I'm off to Zell again next month.

Any hotel recommendations? How do you get from Salzburg airport, is it a taxi ride?

Train should work

I did a train side trip to Salzburg a couple of years back when skiing at St Johann im Pongau. Only cost around 4 Euro

Zell's about an hour further along on the same line

Cheers Sox I’ll take a look at the Austrian railways website later as need to figure out if I can bring my bike onboard albeit it’ll be in a box having just arrived at Salzburg airport.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Risso on December 20, 2018, 01:24:35 PM
I'm off to Zell again next month.

Any hotel recommendations? How do you get from Salzburg airport, is it a taxi ride?

Yes, just over an hour away I think.  The minibus we hired had a separate trailer for skis and boards etc, so would think that a bike wouldn't be too much trouble.  Can't help too much with a hotel, as the one we were staying wasn't up to much to be honest.  I didn't organise it though, it was one of the other lads in the group trying to get as cheap a place as possible.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 20, 2018, 04:26:34 PM
Guess which airport I'm supposed to be flying from on Sunday ?  >:(
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: usav on December 21, 2018, 04:05:54 PM
Guess which airport I'm supposed to be flying from on Sunday ?  >:(

Shatwick.  More importantly since it looks like it's open now, do they have snow in Trois Vallees?
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 22, 2018, 09:24:36 AM
Guess which airport I'm supposed to be flying from on Sunday ?  >:(

Shatwick.  More importantly since it looks like it's open now, do they have snow in Trois Vallees?

Yes but the forecast is freeze/thaw for the next week.

There’s even real snow on and around the La Praz ski jump. That area was completely Green last time I was there.

When we were there last time (New Year 2008-9), there’d been no new snow for two weeks.

However, I’m still expecting to have to bus it back from Courchevel 1850 to La Tania each afternoon.

We’re a bit spoiled by normally skiing in La Plagne, where the chalet is at 2130m

La Tania is only around 1409m
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: usav on December 22, 2018, 12:45:06 PM
We always used to stay in Meribel which is around the same height.   They always have the runs back tot the village open even if they have to use snow cannons or move snow.  I remember skiing in couchevel, but I don’t remember if we ever made it down to La Tania.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 22, 2018, 08:17:00 PM
No reason to go to La Tania unless you’re staying there.

3V does seem to have a better canon set up than La Plagne
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 24, 2018, 06:08:03 PM
it’s been raining here in La Tania today and viz has been very poor. However, under ski conditions in Courchevel were decent.

No snow forecast all week and temperatures will be above 0. Skies should be clear though
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 27, 2018, 03:40:11 PM
I’ve not been venturing far from the main slopes above Courchevel 1850. Conditions are very icy and the high temps mean that not much artificial snow can be produced. I came a cropper today on a blue piste and it was like landing on concrete.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Risso on January 22, 2019, 01:58:41 PM
Off to Stansted tonight for an early flight in the morning to Austria. Conditions are brilliant I'm led to believe.
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Post by: UK Redsox on January 22, 2019, 02:42:22 PM
Could be a bit chilly Risso

https://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Zell-am-See/6day/mid

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Post by: Risso on January 22, 2019, 06:49:18 PM
Could be a bit chilly Risso

https://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Zell-am-See/6day/mid



Blimey - bit colder than last year, where I don't think it really got much below 0.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Risso on January 24, 2019, 10:39:25 AM
It’s brilliant here UKR this year, and as a complete novice my skiing has come on leaps and bounds. Huge amount of fresh snow unlike last year when it was like skiing on icy tarmac. Just having a deserved hot chocolate and rum.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 24, 2019, 12:06:14 PM
It’s brilliant here UKR this year, and as a complete novice my skiing has come on leaps and bounds. Huge amount of fresh snow unlike last year when it was like skiing on icy tarmac. Just having a deserved hot chocolate and rum.

Well done Risso. Decent snow conditions make a hell of a difference.

When we skied last Jan, it was perfect. Over Xmas, as mentioned above, conditions were poor and I felt like my skiing to a step backwards
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Duncan Shaw on January 24, 2019, 05:41:56 PM
Late to this thread, but had a good week in Val D'Isere w/c 5th Jan - pistes were superb, but they'd had no fresh snow since 22nd Dec.  We got a top up midweek and it was really good.  Baltic though, down to -16 for the last couple of days but sunny!!  Jealous of you out in Austria Risso, it looks awesome!!
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Bad English on April 03, 2019, 09:39:51 AM
It's been snowing for two days in the Eastern Pyrenees (Les Angles, Font Romeu, Pyrénées 2000, Andorra...). They should have good conditions for the final weekend or two of the season.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 14, 2019, 12:09:44 PM
Who's going where in the 2019/20 ski season ?

After going to Courchevel last year, I'll be in La Plagne for a week near the end of Jan 2020.

We went at Xmas last year and the snow conditions were dire. Hopefully the extra few weeks will mean some decent snow this time round
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Risso on October 14, 2019, 12:38:53 PM
Got our annual lads trip to Zell in January.  This will be the third year and my skiing has got a bit better each time.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 14, 2019, 01:12:43 PM
I'll be staying in Chalet Topaz, Plagne Soleil again this year. I think that this'll be the third time that we've used this particular chalet.

The accommodation is fine but if there's been heavy snow, getting bags up the 40-odd steps to the chalet can be a right pain

Most of the time it's Ski in* / ski out

(https://www.silverski.co.uk/wp-content/gallery/chalet-topaz/EllenRachelWaite_-12.jpg) (https://www.silverski.co.uk/wp-content/gallery/chalet-topaz/Craiggriggs-33.jpg)

*literally......I've seen people ski through the front door :)
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Dave on October 30, 2019, 03:05:32 PM
Who's going where in the 2019/20 ski season ?

After going to Courchevel last year, I'll be in La Plagne for a week near the end of Jan 2020.

Getting back on the planks for the first time since before the kids were born and just booked January in Bulgaria with some mates.

Looking forward to it - not had a ski trip without either wife and / parents in fifteen years. Never done Bulgaria either.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 31, 2019, 10:49:49 AM
Nice one Dave. I've never been to Bulgaria but have friends who go most years and they love it there.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: usav on October 31, 2019, 12:59:28 PM
I have just booked a week in Whistler at the end of Feb.   Never been anywhere but the Alps and the local hills here in Pennsylvania.   I'm really looking forward to it.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 31, 2019, 01:09:39 PM
Hopefully I'll get to ski in Canada or the Colorado Rockies at some point.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Jon Crofts on October 31, 2019, 01:19:08 PM
Got our annual lads trip to Zell in January.  This will be the third year and my skiing has got a bit better each time.

I'm tempted to do Zell in Feb/March, loved it there in the summer when I raced Ironman there, stunning place.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Risso on October 31, 2019, 01:36:54 PM
Got our annual lads trip to Zell in January.  This will be the third year and my skiing has got a bit better each time.

I'm tempted to do Zell in Feb/March, loved it there in the summer when I raced Ironman there, stunning place.

It’s the only ski resort I’ve ever been to, but it’s lovely and very easy to get to.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Duncan Shaw on November 06, 2019, 10:19:50 AM
We've decided to do our annual boys trip a couple of weeks later this season, so planning w/c 25th Jan.  Haven't decided where yet, after 2 years in Val D'Isere we fancy a change (although it is superb skiing) so are thinking of going back to Mayrhofen or somewhere new in Austria.  Gonna see if there are any Black Friday travel agent deals to go for before deciding.  Zell would be on the list!
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Risso on November 06, 2019, 05:22:03 PM
We just do everything ourselves.  Flights from Stansted work really well, and you get to Zell for about lunch time.  Quite a few nice, reasonable hotels.  The town itself isn't that big, but enough decent bars for a good night out.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 11, 2019, 10:55:02 AM
The Alps by train

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/oct/12/20-best-alps-ski-resorts-by-train-rail-france-switzerland-austria-italy?CMP=share_btn_tw

There's a few of the ideas that have too many changes to make the trip feasible IMO but the trains direct to Bourg look like a better idea than driving
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 25, 2019, 10:17:13 AM
A nice dump of snow forecast for the Western Alps later this week.

A couple of friends of mine fly out in a few days for a season chalet hosting in La Plagne
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 09, 2019, 11:24:37 AM
Feck me, if this happens, it'll be an incredible start to the season in La Plagne

(https://i.ibb.co/mGXcBnP/Capture.jpg) (https://ibb.co/FK0DWQd)
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 09, 2020, 10:16:20 AM
December snow was great but since around 28th, there's been nothing in La Plagne and there's no hope in the current forecast.

I head over on Jan 19th, by which point it'll probably have been three weeks without any fresh snow.

I was hoping to try some new pistes and be a bit more adventurous. However, conditions could be like downhill ice skating, so there'll be more sitting around drinking beer
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Risso on January 09, 2020, 10:35:22 AM
I'm off to Zell am Zee on Wednesday.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 09, 2020, 10:59:12 AM
I'm off to Zell am Zee on Wednesday.

Similar forecast for that area

https://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Zell-am-See/6day/mid

Are you driving or flying to Salzburg ?
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Risso on January 09, 2020, 05:28:20 PM
Flying to Salzburg from Stansted on Wednesday morning, then we get a transfer direct to the hotel.  The hotel has its own equipment hire, and it's ski in, ski out, so we're normally on the slopes by midday.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 13, 2020, 12:21:47 PM
Finally some snow has crept into the forecast for La Plagne for Fri / Sat.

Timed nicely for our arrival on Sunday.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Jon Crofts on January 14, 2020, 08:13:11 AM
If you’re in Zell then Crazy Daisy is where it’s at.
(https://i.ibb.co/pz58hmX/13064-F7-B-A74-F-4-D0-C-98-A2-C26-FF801-D370.png) (https://ibb.co/pz58hmX)
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Risso on January 14, 2020, 07:33:11 PM
If you’re in Zell then Crazy Daisy is where it’s at.
(https://i.ibb.co/pz58hmX/13064-F7-B-A74-F-4-D0-C-98-A2-C26-FF801-D370.png) (https://ibb.co/pz58hmX)


Yep, that's a regular haunt of ours, the English covers band who play upstairs are quite good.  You'd never get away with that hammering the nails into the block of wood game they play over here I reckon.
Title: Re: The Skiing Thread (Redux)
Post by: Risso on January 16, 2020, 09:02:25 AM
3 Villa fans on the trip so we got the band to play Sweet Caroline, cracking version.