Europe 2010 - 2011 Trip Plans/Thoughts/Reviews Thread

skiflat

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CarveMan said:

The beige jacket is gone
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skiflat

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Snow still showing over the next week or so for Val D and surrounds and also St Anton
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Could be a dump!
 
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skiflat

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Absoultely dumping in Zermatt!!!

Cam was brown and dry yesterday

NOW a good 30cms I reckon!!!!!!!

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I still see St Anton getting some in the next few days for the TOFF as well
 
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BIG snow in france. woke up this morning and looked out the window to find the village (1400m) completely blanketed in white. epic day ahead but also a very cautious one as the resort was already on high avalanche alert during the past few days before this snowfall.
 

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I feel sick skidown
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Likewise, would have loved fresh snow and to see snow in the Zermatt village would be sooo nice!

Ah well booked again for next year
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snow can be friggen cruel, you guys have reduced your chances of ever getting that again to the odds of winning the lottery twice, in consecutive years!
 

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cin said:
snow can be friggen cruel, you guys have reduced your chances of ever getting that again to the odds of winning the lottery twice, in consecutive years!

I'll go back for a 3rd and 4th year if needed
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But as others have said, Europe is not about the snow, it's about everything else!!!!!
 
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i luv europe, would love to live in the alps
every other place I've skied in the world I would only want to holiday in, no matter how good the snow was
 

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skidown said:
cin said:
snow can be friggen cruel, you guys have reduced your chances of ever getting that again to the odds of winning the lottery twice, in consecutive years!

I'll go back for a 3rd and 4th year if needed
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But as others have said, Europe is not about the snow, it's about everything else!!!!!

i would say that europe is about the snow and everything else
 
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I agree that it's as much ab out the experience. Just returned from the UK which included a three day trip to Bizau in the Bregenzerwald area of Austria. As I was there with my 9 year old daughter I wanted a fairly benign resort , something like our local Hotham. The three valleys didn't disappoint. We were lucky to score a fall of about 10 cms of freshies during our stay too. Interesting observation , and would others concur, that austrians congregate on the groomed runs and have no interest off piste? I was still riding untracked in bounds on day three.

The small villages of Bizau, Bisea ( a tad confusing two villages with almost identical pronunciation) Egg an Au were very authentic and we found ourselfs in a very small minority of only English speaking - Unlike Lech which is becoming Benidorm in the snow , complete with fish n chips and warm beer Quite an Austrian experience with great hospitality and only 1.5 hrs out of Zurich bloody cheap too!
 

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Nice to see someone hitting up smaller lesser known areas. I guess those sort of places may attract more families who are not after a major Apres scene, so there will probably be also less heading offpiste. So good for visitors like yourself. Similar to many places in the world.

The Voralberger dialect is a bit different as well to other parts of Austria, slightly closer to the Swiss though still recognisable.
 

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So Etihad called and offered a $600 upgrade to Business for the Abu Dhabi - Melbourne leg. Didn't have to think about that one for too long.

Bargain, enjoy !!
 
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Never stayed in Chur but from memory it is a largish town. You could maybe stay there for a few days and do day trips to few places in the vicinity like Davos, Laax, St. Moritz, Arosa or you could just pick one or two of those and stay there.
 

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It's hard to come up with something that's fundamentally different, but we have, I think, on this tour. I have no idea how to start the process of planning a 2 week trip through Europe on trains. For an experienced and adventurous traveler, it comes up short.
 

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Any thoughts on the Chur area in Switzerland (maybe Arosa), as a stopover on way from Paris to Innsbruck.

It's about a 30 minute bus from from Flims/Laax/Falera.

Flims is awesome...huge mountain and very unknown outside of Switzerland. Great skiing on piste and off.
 
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skiflat

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CarveMan said:
So Etihad called and offered a $600 upgrade to Business for the Abu Dhabi - Melbourne leg. Didn't have to think about that one for too long.

Just saw this

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blutek said:
Any thoughts on the Chur area in Switzerland (maybe Arosa), as a stopover on way from Paris to Innsbruck.

It's about a 30 minute bus from from Flims/Laax/Falera.

Flims is awesome...huge mountain and very unknown outside of Switzerland. Great skiing on piste and off.

Flims/laax has been on my radar for a while now, I like how its so unknown outside Switzerland.

But shhhhhhhh!
Don't let that change!
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skiflat

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Okay I am LOCKED in for Europe 2012 now
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Booked and paid for flights!!!!!!!!!!!!

Melbourne-Singapore-London and back - Qantas A380 the whole way upper deck, front
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Can lug 64kgs each this time as well and not the 30kg limit
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Few nights in Singapore on the way back!


Sale going for anyone interested

$6000 return in Business!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sale til 30th March 2011. Way too cheap to pass up and not worth burning up 500,000 points when flights are 1/2 the normal price. Save the FF points for a rainy day!

Los Angeles also on Sale for $5000 return in Business
 
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Haha, to think you were unsure about Europe sd
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Good work mate, now to choose your resorts !

Oh, that business class special very very good for Singapore !
 
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skiflat

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Indeed
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Lech/St Anton and and and....

Not 100% sure about resort number 2 yet.... who care's it's Europe!!!!!!

USA - Maybe in 2013....
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Yeh I do miss the USA but it can wait....
 
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skiflat

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All sounds epic, except the thought of lugging around 64kgs of luggage. FARK THAT!

True - Which is why we avoided trains last time and drove pretty much everywhere!

USA trip 2 years ago we were well over 80kgs each coming back, but that included new skis boots and new skis and lots of clothing
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This trip we had a limit of 30kgs for checked and 14kgs for carry on each.

We had about 35kgs checked and 15kgs for carry on and were not charged extra, but we had to hire skis
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Will probably take skis across this time and save $$ on hiring
 
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leaving the kitchen sink at home this time?
 
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skiflat

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Perhaps
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My damn suitcases are heavy though...... Antler with wheels they are about 4kgs before starting!!!!

Bloody Antler carry-ons are 2kgs before starting too! Once again damn wheels
 
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Could never understand why people would want wheels for carry on bags. Backpack always works for me.
 

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Not long for me now. About to logoff and leave the office.
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skidown said:
Lech/St Anton and and and....

Not 100% sure about resort number 2 yet.... who care's it's Europe!!!!!!

Consider Italy, maybe Cortina d'Ampezzo?

You've seen arguably the best of France & Switzerland, and will see the best of Austria in the Arlberg, so give Italy a shot. I spent a fair bit of time there this year and loved it. I can definitely see more Italian skiing in our future.
 
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skidown said:
Lech/St Anton and and and....

Not 100% sure about resort number 2 yet.... who care's it's Europe!!!!!!

Consider Italy, maybe Cortina d'Ampezzo?

You've seen arguably the best of France & Switzerland, and will see the best of Austria in the Arlberg, so give Italy a shot. I spent a fair bit of time there this year and loved it. I can definitely see more Italian skiing in our future.

Very true - Thanks CM
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My travel agent has recommended Lech and Campitello
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Now to sort accommodation.... ARGGHh
 
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I stayed at the Haldenhof in lech, it was very nice, ski in, (down a fun slope), but walk out (400m). Food excellent
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skidown said:
Calling TOFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

Hello....playing catch up at work while trying to keep the brain in happy lala mode.
Will knock out a brief trip report with pics asap.

For anyone who is thinking of Europe, St Anton is FANTASTIC!
 
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skiflat

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'H' Jones said:
I stayed at the Haldenhof in lech, it was very nice, ski in, (down a fun slope), but walk out (400m). Food excellent
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and thanks
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My travel agent said

"I think you would enjoy staying at the Haldenhof in Lech This hotel is a very short walk to everything in the village and includes dinner and breakfast in the tariff"
 
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Well with the snow starting to get very thin in the Portes Du Soleil and the temperatures ever increasing i decided to put away my solid snowboard and head to Chamonix to hire a Jones Splitboard. i have spent the last few days just getting used to skinning and the techniques involved with doing so. Today i set off on an inbounds journey from the pierre lounge chair in Chatel and headed for the highest peak i could get too. 2.5 hours later i reached the summit quiet tired but enjoyed relatively easy skin to the top compared with hiking. The ride down was o.k considering the conditions with untracked but wet heavy snow. The snow pack is unstable and i set off one mini slide. Luckily i could traverse across through some tree's onto another face to avoid this slope.

Two more days before i have to take it back and the legs are pretty tired but i think i have a couple climbs left in me.

Now to start deciding on which spit to buy when i head to Canada next winter. Jones, Neversummer, Prior?

by the way you do get some strange looks from skiers when you skin past them, "is that a Surf?"
 

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The ride down was o.k considering the conditions with untracked but wet heavy snow. The snow pack is unstable and i set off one mini slide. Luckily i could traverse across through some tree's onto another face to avoid this slope.
Hiking in spring brings a whole new set of challenges. Best to leave early and hike up bulletproof ice and leave the mountains once you start sinking above your ankles. Wet slides are very dangerous and unpredictable.
 
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yeah i think i will have done my last hike for the season possibly. Heavy rain here in chattel this morning. i don't think cover on the lower part of the mountain will be much chop after today.
 
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