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  • The STW Ski & Snowboard thread. The 2019-2020 season
  • Premier Icon Rockape63
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    Biblical rain overnight and this morning in the PDS

    ooh nasty! Was there in March last year. I’m now keeping everything crossed for good conditions at Hinterglemm in 30 days!

    Premier Icon thegeneralist
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    Grim in gressoney today. Skied a bit in the rain then spent an hour in the Artva park then drove to St Jean for a couple of Laps there. St Jean was very nice, but God knows what we’re going to do for the next 5 days.

    Ho hum, at least the family have a reasonable idea how to use transceivers now….

    Premier Icon thegeneralist
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    £&+++ a_+_# @£_&–&_£++(()/

    Wind

    Premier Icon toby1
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    Definitely time for it to move on, stupid storm!

    Premier Icon phil5556
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    We’ve just booked.

    3 days at Val Thorens right at the end of the season, 29th April. Does anyone know what VT is like on their closing weekend? Either completely dead, a big part or just a normal weekend?

    And a week in Ischgl on 14th March. Haven’t been to Austria since a school trip about 22 years ago and fancied somewhere different.

    Premier Icon nbt
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    VT is mental at the end of the season, it’s Dutch Week – the town is completely rammed with coachload after coachload of dutch people

    Courmayeur webcams this morning show that some of the muddy slopes visible yesterday have been covered, so some of the rain must have fallen as snow. No more trips booked yet for us but keeping an eye on conditions

    Premier Icon thegeneralist
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    Hmmmmmm. 1:45 drive to Courmayeur. Plan b for tomorrow.

    Plan C is sacking off the skiing completely and driving down to Finale for three days biking. But that would be molto expensive.

    Just like being in Scotland at present.
    Are there low level MTB trails in Aosta?

    Premier Icon nbt
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    Insane lift queues at Vail this weekend

    big powder dump, and only that one lift out of the back bowls

    Premier Icon Dark Side
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    Off to Lapland to visit the outlaws on Sunday, so a few days will be spent in Pyhätunturi. Got the kids on skis for the first time in the Pyrenees last year so really excited to cruise about as a family. Snow looks ok, and not too cold at -2c.

    Premier Icon cchris2lou
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    Andorra for a few days next week,
    Only been once before and don’t remember it.

    Premier Icon erictwinge
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    ive been 3 times and dont remember it either

    Premier Icon cchris2lou
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    A bit more details, we are staying in Encamp.
    Any recommendations for ski hire?
    How about ski lifts, is it best to wait until I get there.

    Only my 13 year old son and I.

    And, is it worth buying bikes spares in tax free Andorra? Tyres, etc..
    Commencal bike ?

    Premier Icon thegeneralist
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    Does anyone have any info on decent tree skiing at Gressoney or Champoluc?
    Weissmatten was great today and I’m working on the basis that there must be some similar stuff on the main area.

    Premier Icon julians
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    So, itslooking unlikely that I can find some accomodation in any of the French ski areas for a long Weekend at the end of half term – no big surprise. So I’m thinking of driving up to on of the Scottish ski areas for a couple of days, Friday 21st and Sat 22nd Feb, assuming there is some snow on the ground to make it worthwhile, is it likely to be mad busy and not worth the hassle?

    I went up to Glenshee about 10 years ago, and it was actually decent, even found some powder and it wasn’t that busy, but thought I’d better check.

    And if it is worth a trip, wheres best to go, I’m in Manchester if it makes any difference.

    Premier Icon giant_scum
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    Glenshee probably easiest to get to if the snowgates are open! Currently closed as there has been a fair amount of snow over the last couple of days.
    We are heading up on Friday for the weekend and are staying in the camping pods at the Braemar Campsite.
    For Glencoe and Nevis Range stay in Fort William would be my suggestion.
    If it’s your thing the Travelodge has a Wetherspoons directly underneath it for breakfast etc.

    Premier Icon thegeneralist
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    Weirdly enough, no new snow at all on the main slopes at Gressoney, which was a shame. We made the most of it anyway and found some stuff to jump off.

    Premier Icon NZCol
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    Glenshee, Glencoe, Cairngorm and Aonach Mor all open today and gradually opening more terrain as the move snow around. Forecast for this week remains cold and snowy albeit blowy so wind may be more of an issue. Was at ‘shee today and it was lovely.

    Premier Icon julians
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    Thanks all, it it likely to be mega busy in scotland next week given that it’s half term (in England at least, don’t know about North of the border)

    Premier Icon thegeneralist
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    Glenshee, Glencoe, Cairngorm and Aonach Mor all open today and gradually opening more terrain as the move snow around.

    Cool. Good to hear. Best of luck to them.

    Premier Icon oldtennisshoes
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    Currently enjoying bluebird skies and excellent conditions in Madonna di Campiglio.
    Two things I’ve learned this week:
    1. Shorter skis are fantastic fun on piste – currently on some 163 hire skis which are a good 12cm shorter than anything I usually use; and
    2. Sunglasses instead of goggles makes you look older.

    Loving this resort, some mental blacks, but superb conditions and snow quality despite limited precipitation across the area.
    Will defo be returning.

    Premier Icon oldtennisshoes
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    Not looking great for one of the Pyrenees resorts ☹️

    https://apple.news/AKw_zlsN0Q_WMDK4DUj7FgA

    This year’s winter in France has, so far, been the mildest in more than a century, and that has had a direct impact on the ski resort of Le Mourtis, in the Pyrenees mountains.
    “There’s no snow,” said French holidaymaker Frederic Foltran, setting off for the piste this week not with his skis but with a two-wheeled scooter designed for whizzing down grassy pastures.

    Premier Icon ElShalimo
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    I’ve just got my ancient salopettes out of the loft for our holiday in 2 weeks time and they’re falling apart.

    Can anyone recommend some decent lightly insulated ski trousers for under £100? Must be waterproof and robust as I’m clumsy.

    Thanks

    Premier Icon jimdubleyou
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    Can anyone recommend some decent lightly insulated ski trousers for under £100? Must be waterproof and robust as I’m clumsy.

    get thee to a Decathlon.

    Premier Icon Rockape63
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    Or eBay.

    Premier Icon phil5556
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    Was at ‘shee today and it was lovely.

    Saw some photos today and it was looking good. We considered heading up but really needed to spend the day just chilling.

    Fingers crossed I can get there over the next few weeks sometime, I’ve had epic days at Glenshee.

    So I’m thinking of driving up to on of the Scottish ski areas for a couple of days,

    The problem is that it’s so unreliable that we only tend to plan a day or so beforehand. If you get lucky you can have a fantastic day, if not you can end up blown off the hill dodging rocks.

    Premier Icon julians
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    8The problem is that it’s so unreliable that we only tend to plan a day or so beforehand. If you get lucky you can have a fantastic day, if not you can end up blown off the hill dodging rocks.

    Yeah, I’ve booked the travellodge in Perth, on a flexible booking, that I can cancel up to noon on day of arrival without any cost, so will only go if forecast is looking decent.

    Premier Icon oldtennisshoes
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    Or tkmaxx online

    Premier Icon giant_scum
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    @ElShalimo Decathlon’s Simond mountaineering range have a pair of waterproof salopettes that are well under your budget.
    Designed for climbing and skiing, can also report they are good for dog walking duties as well!
    Have worn them in some pretty horrendous conditions in the Scottish hills the past couple of years and they have been excellent!

    Premier Icon pedlad
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    @thegeneralist – great photo. What are the piste conditions like? We’re staying in Aosta with a car this next week and so hoping to visit different areas including monterosa – family in tow so on piste only though.

    Premier Icon thegeneralist
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    Pedlad
    Piste conditions were quite icy the first two days but quite slushy ice. But its been better the last few days and it’s currently puking snow. Which is quite splendid.

    Premier Icon timbog160
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    Flaine on Saturday for a week. First time with kids although the eldest went last year with school and loved it. My first return in prob 12 years so not expecting too much!

    Premier Icon pedlad
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    currently puking snow

    Splendid indeed. Hopefully across all the aosta resorts😀

    Premier Icon sprootlet
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    Timbog – make sure you visit the Hedgehog snack bar in Morillon and try the duck burger, thought it would be a bit rubbish and it was fantastic.
    Try and ski Flaine early then head out to the villages about 11 to avoid the busiest time. Come back about 3 onwards.
    The Boarder cross in Carroz is a hoot, watch out for the last bend – full 90 degree left hand turn.
    The tapas bar Le Bulout opposite the tourist information office has Goose island IPA and Kwak on draft, great nibbles and Delta IPA (bottle) – all good.

    Back in March so leave some snow !

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    Early March late deal to Kaprun, three and a half days, can’t wait!

    Premier Icon thegeneralist
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    Oh my god,
    Oh my god,
    Oh my god,
    Oh my god,

    Pleeeeaaaaase

    Premier Icon will
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    Up at Glencoe yesterday. THE day of the season.

    Premier Icon ElShalimo
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    Thanks to all above who replied.

    Decathlon seem to have ran out of tall fat boy sizes. I’ll keep looking

    Premier Icon thegeneralist
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    Oh my god,
    Oh my god,
    Oh my god,
    Oh my god,

    Pleeeeaaaaase

    Phew, after a very windy start the day did indeed deliver. Few false starts heading to closed resort, then getting back on bus to open resort, then getting back on bus to initial resort which had now opened.

    Off piste was quite hard work but we got some lovely jumpings.

    Premier Icon timbog160
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    @sprootlet thanks for the tips! We just have to get there now – flying from Liverpool 2mo teatime!!

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