The STW Ski & Snowboard thread. The 2017-2018 season
Would you risk Ischgl or St Anton this early in season?
Never been, but I recall a friend taking his family to Ischgl for Christmas a couple of years ago when there was very little snow anywhere. He said it wasn’t great but they did ski every day….which I was really surprised to hear.Posted 6 months ago
Ecky-Thump – We’ve been to Austria the last 3 Christmases. All three of those have had pretty poor natural snow across most of the Alps. 1st year we went to the Skiwelt – it was pretty poor and when it did snow during that week they didn’t open up any more of the area for “avalanche safety” or as we suspected preparing and sandbagging the rest of the area for the much busier New Year week.
Then we went to Wagrain (Ski Amade). It was excellent. The lift system is modern and so is the snow making, everything was open. It’s linked to St Johann and Flachau and a short bus ride to Kleinarl which is linked to Flachauwinkl and Zauchensee.
Last Christmas we went to Hinterglemm. The area is even more advanced than Ski Amade. The pistes were covered well and everywhere was open.
My point is that snow making is probably just as important (or more important) than being high – there were lots of places much higher than where we’ve been over the last two years who struggled to open up anything. Obviously it has to have been cold for them to be able to snow…Posted 6 months agoAndy_BSubscriber
Point to remember is that the temperature needs to be below zero for snowmaking to work. Skiwelt is awesome but I’d still be thinking snow sure (not necessarily high) plus extensive snow making.
If you’re a gambler and not fussy hold on and book near the time but expect to go to 3 valleys, val d etcPosted 6 months agocobrakaiSubscriber
We (4 adults 2 toddlers) stayed in La Tania last week of January.
I was dubious as it was the lowest part but the wife’s liked the child care (more info if requested).
I shouldn’t have worried.
Easy access to the 3 valleys. Val thorens and back by mid afternoon. Really nice tree lined home runs which, because la tania is end of the line, are quiet at the end of the day. The up lift first thing is maybe a 10min que but nothing after that.
The resort itself is prettier than most but still suffers from what I call gorbals architecture. There are some nice places to eat but only really one apre bar. The bus is free to merebil and courcheval but I think it runs quite late and is only 10 min.Posted 6 months ago
Christmas skiing appears to be pot luck, really!
Had it one year at Sauze, so not at massive altitude. We arrrived on 23rd(ish) to not a lot of snow. End of the first day (or second, I forget!) it started snowing. Hard. Rest of the week was deep and fresh.Posted 6 months agoEcky-ThumpMember
hammerite, thanks for the recommendations.Posted 6 months ago
We know Skiwelt well but really wouldn’t risk it there early season if booking ahead.
Yes, we’ve done Ski Armade area early in the season before and been lucky like you. It’s a thought.
Not done Saalback/Hinterglemm – will check it out. Thanks for that.
Ta for the info on la tania.Posted 6 months ago
Turns out because of the group size and the fact we have a 2 year old it has been fun finding an appropriate chalet, looks like we have settled on la plagne now.
Going to book over the weekend and Def going to have a go on the bobsleigh run out thereAndy_BSubscriber
Went with a group of friends and friends of friends so there was a bit of getting to know half the people. Checked into the hotel from the Shining and went to our rooms then back to the bar. Having the how’s your room chat and the answers are dowdy, it’s somewhere to sleep etc. Someone asks does your telly work? Leads to did you find the porn? Where’s Richard? Still up there – it’s proper hardcore and he loves it.Posted 6 months agoBunnyhopSubscriber
First lift was at Rossendale dry slope. Getting off was an interesting experience.
The third time I went, a chap came down the slope with his stick sticking straight out in front. He was gathering speed and managed to knock me out near the base. My friend’s brought me round and luckily I was only ‘out’ for seconds. Not a pleasant experience. The chap was banned if I remember correctly.Posted 6 months ago
During another visit a young chap came careering down the slope, through the flimsy netting, landing in the carpark just below. 😯
CaptainFlashheart – Member
Any recommendations for a week in Italy in late January. Mainly skiing on piste intermediate level. No need for family friendly or rowdy speed…?
What about somewhere 15k or so over the border?
What were you thinking Flashy – although the wife has been heavily researching Val Claret so the choice may no longer be mine 🙄Posted 6 months ago
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