- The STW Ski & Snowboard thread. The 2018-2019 season
(wonders whether to use this or start a needy new thread)
… looking for 3-5 days, prob midweek, somewhere easy to get to in Mid January (2 of us)
Cheapish, in at least a small town and half board preferred
Anyone got any great tips (including best ways to get there – are midweek airport transfers easy & cheap to sort/can I get a train there/how bad would the drive be from calais) ?
(may just get 3 trips in this year, after a very poor 2018 showing)Posted 9 months ago
Easyjet flights to (Mon 14th – Fri 18th) GVA <£50 return ea
Cheapest transfers you can stomach to Morzine c.£25 e/w
Alternative to £70 for a board bag in the plane hold is €84 to hire in Montriond https://ardentsports.sport2000.fr/uk/rent
Ski pass c. €50pd
Total pp c. £650 + apres ski
PDS ski area starts just a 5minute ski bus trip from the front door of the Montana. From Telecabine Ardent, you’re 1 lift from Chatel, 1 lift from Avoriaz and two lifts from Switzerland.
Skibus going in the other direction will take you into town where you can go up Pleney and spend a day in Les Gets/Chamossiere/NyonPosted 9 months agosprootletMember
Slightly biased because we’ll be there for the season but flight to Geneva then accommodation in Samoens, les Carroz and ski the Grand Massif. Transfers from GVA take an hour and are about 40 euros per person.
We’ll be based in Flaine which has the best skiing but probably the worst nightlife although our local bar is really good. L’Encolie in the Hameau De Flaine – cracking beer, good happy hour (or was last year), takeaway pizza to die for – pizza tartiflette – so wrong but oh so good and a great (and expensive) restaurant.Posted 9 months ago
Best bar in the valley d’Aulps!
Morzine source bar of the year many years in a row so they didnt enter for a few years to give some other’s a crack 😉
Run by a great couple with orzum staff, it has a healthy mix of French and British & Irish locals, saisonnaires, and trippers. Live music once a week and it’s heaving. 5min walk. And it’s my local 😉
Good food if you fancy a change from the Montana, but you’ll be well looked after by Zeb and Amie at the montana. It’s a very chilled, vibe there too.
Morzine is only a 20min walk away so its not a big deal strolling up to the bright lights of the metropolis 🙂 If you’re really lucky there will be an ice hockey match on one evening in town (check the HCMAG calendar, there’s a home game on the 19th Jan) . Well worth the walk for.Posted 9 months agosweaman2Member
Winter is here but with a slow(ish) start in Western Canada. I heard on the grapevine limited snow for opening day at Whistler. However wanted to get sweajnr back on his skis to see how much he’d forgotten over the summer (a couple of months worth) before he joins a ski club in January.
A couple of runs down the main piste was all that we managed but still nice to be out and about. Sweamrs is on some new carving skis with a “racing tune” and said trying to ski with sweajnr was a bit like a sports car in rush hour.
Posted 9 months agosprootletMember
Season lift passes – tick
Tunnel booked – ticked
Insurance sorted out – tick
Accommodation – tick
All ready to go on 5th January until 6th April with a break mid Feb to avoid the worst of the French school holidays.
Any singletrackers who fancy a meet up and a ski in the Grand Massif-drop us an email
Not getting excited (much)Posted 8 months ago
I’ve posted this up on the Chalets Direct Solutions Room, but reposting here just in case any STW regulars have some suggestions to make
Posted 8 months ago
We are 2 skiiers travelling by plane from UK (room 1), plus one OAP non-skiier in her own room (2), travelling from Zurich – mode of transport to be determined depending on destination. Rooms must be en-suite. Pref valley location so non-skiier can go walking / sight seeing in the day, close to slopes for ease of access for us to ski and for her to perhaps join us for lunch on the mountain. Last such trip was Courmayeur, love it but looking for somewhere else. Been considering Les Arcs (1600 for access to BSM), Morzine (or elsewhere in PDS), Serre Chevalier, Val d’Isere? Happy to consider France or Italy, Switzerland, perhaps Austria. Travel from UK and Zurich will play a large factor in final decision. Looking for 1 week (might possibly do 8 days Saturday – Sunday) but aiming to be back in the UK by Sunday 23rd marchrobcolliverMember
I know the thread title is about ski and snowboard, but I’m off to ride the fattie for 45 days and then hitting the slopes every day for a spot of legendary powder in Fernie.Posted 8 months ago
5″ studded tyres and riding in the dark each morning for 2-3 hours is perfect winter base training for the HT550….
195cm forecast over next 9 days at Avoriaz.
It will be fine.
A few years ago, the only snowfall before Xmas had been in November. The Serma team did an amazing job, pisting the November snow and looking after it all the way until Xmas. We had a great few days on the pistes on our own.
On boxing day I was walking mountain tops at 7,500′ without putting a foot on snow. But the pistes were perfectly skiable.Posted 8 months agosingletrackmindMember
Booked a Black Friday special with Rocketski.Posted 8 months ago
£299 for flights , transfer and half board accom in a hotel in Risoul. Stayed there 2 years ago and its only 200mtr to the main lifts so very easy start to the day.
12-1 so cheap week , but that is not alot of dosh really
Only drawback is that there will be schoolkids in the hotel, but that dooesn’t really bother me that much.
One problem is that my boot insoles have gone in the bin at my old job, I used them in my wellies. Then left and forget to collect them, so I will have to get some superfeet greens and maybe mod them a touch. New ones not in the budget anymore unfortunatlysingletrackmindMember
linked with Vars , which was a TDF finish last year i think. about 200km pisted , alot in the treesPosted 8 months ago
Its quite far south though , near Gap, so south of Briancon and keep going
High enough at 2750m but no glacier. Some cranky chairs but most are fine , just dont expect heated covered 6 man high speed ones like St Anton
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