- The STW Ski & Snowboard thread. The 2019-2020 season
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….Posted 6 days agophil5556Member
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.Posted 6 days agonbtMember
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 conditionsPosted 6 days ago
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.Posted 6 days ago
Are there low level MTB trails in Aosta?
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.Posted 5 days agogiant_scumMember
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.Posted 5 days ago
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.
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.Posted 4 days ago
Will defo be returning.
Not looking great for one of the Pyrenees resorts ☹️
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.Posted 4 days ago
“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.phil5556Member
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.Posted 4 days ago
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.Posted 4 days agogiant_scumMember
@ElShalimo Decathlon’s Simond mountaineering range have a pair of waterproof salopettes that are well under your budget.Posted 4 days ago
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!sprootletMember
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 !Posted 3 days ago
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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.
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