The STW Ski & Snowboard thread. The 2017-2018 season
Thanks for replies. Any recommendations for other package sites – I have been on a UCPA holiday before which was fun – but can’t find any prices that beat those on skiweb.co.uk
Looking for a week or so from mid Jan, including flights from London, transfers, ski pass – prices so far of around £500 self catering (half board would be ideal), to places like Flaine, Le Grande Massif.
Any tips to get better?
Skiweb.co.uk? Are you sure about that?
That site looks like it was built before netscape died. Can you post a link to the site you’ve been looking at? If prices are that good I might use them for my march trip. However there’s that old maxim, if it looks too good to be true…
and if you want to get better, get lessons. They’re included in the price with UCPA, remember…Posted 2 months agoDigbySubscriber
Just need boots now. Do people still size up? I remember getting a half size bigger for thick socks before
Depends on the brand but generally either shoe size or half to one size down rather than up since the boot will pack down over time.
Personally I prefer thin-ish socks to thick socks as they rub less and double socks is a big no-no/recipe for sweaty feet & blisters.
If/when the liners pack down you can pop another insole in to take up some of the volume.Posted 2 months ago
did you mean https://ski.sunweb.co.uk/ ?
If you;re looking at UCPA, their UK partner is Action Outdoors
You need to arrange your own flights, but they can sort out airport transfers (they can even do coach from London if that’s your thing). I went to Flaine with them in march 2015, looking at going again with them this seasonPosted 2 months ago
Edit: sorry, figured out you can add coach or transfer when looking at specific trips.
So I have 3 pretty similarly priced trips, and need to figure out which one to go for.
1. Flaine, Le Grand Massif (town at 1600m, max area height 2480m)
2. Les Arcs 1800, Paradiski (town at 1800m, max area height 3250m)
3. Bella Plagne, Paradiski (town at 2050m, max area height 3250m)
Thoughts on which would be best? I am a fairly confident snowboarder (minimal flat connecting runs please!), my gf is a confident skier, keen to try out some off-piste and tree skiing. Don’t need super fun town-atmosphere, but need to be able to buy food (to cook) as will be self catering. Main priority is good snow (for mid-Jan) and good slopes.
Thanks,Posted 2 months ago
If you’re going UCPA with your girlfriend, I’d say Flaine – there are lots of twin rooms with en-suite facilities for a small extra cost (about £40 per head) rather than having to bunk in with others. The off piste course there is great too, I really enjoyed it. If you’re going there self catering, check out where the apartment is – there’s not much in Flaine itself, and there is a large “village” that’s a couple of KM up the hill
Of the other suggestions, I much prefer Les Arcs to La Plagne personally, and 1800 is a very mice village, much nicer than LP or FlainePosted 2 months agoLDMember
Hi folks, just posted this in the Cairngorm thread but thought I would share it here too for information/discussion.
What’s happening? See here linky and here linky2 post from 27th November.Posted 2 months ago
In summary resort people/owners entered SSC hut which they do not own and physically removed webcam belonging to Winterhighland because they don’t like Winterhighland and they want exclusive ownership of webcam views of the hill! Pretty shocking behavior and I would encourage folks to look into the issue and boycott CGM for now. Difficult request as Aviemore is a great place to stay for a snowsports break but Natural Retreats need to get the message that this is unacceptable.Mike_DSubscriber
Bitten the bullet and booked an Easter apartment in Val Thorens, hopefully there’ll be some snow left. Was OK last year 🙂 Probably mix it up with board and skis depending on conditions/inclination. Kids aren’t doing lessons this time, hoping to get a couple of proper Big Days Out…Posted 2 months ago
So my next toddler skiing question. Sweajnr is a very tall (3’7″ or 1o5cm) 3 and a half year old. His skis are 100cm long and were purchased at a local ski shop and fitted there. This morning the instructor comments that they’re a bit long for him. The logic being that despite being as tall as some 5 year olds he’s only got limited balance and strength and would do much better with shorter skis.Posted 2 months ago
This has made sweamrs a bit grumpy as we’d hoped to buy ahead of the season etc. Being a gear obsessed dad I’m all set to go and buy more kit but wondering what other people’s opinions might be…..NZColSubscriber
That’s a bit long. 3.5yo they still have reasonably weak levers so shorter is better.Posted 2 months ago
You buy skis on ability, strength and weight. Height has nothing to do with it-femur length has more relevance !
I have a 4.5yo, 109cm tall but skinny and she will run 90cm skis for another season.
Col ex instructor and instructor trainer.
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