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Europe 2018 thread.

Discussion in 'Europe' started by Kletterer, Apr 27, 2017.

  1. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    From the Brevent deck would be good.
     
  2. Zeroz

    Zeroz A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Pics won't post and I'm getting forum popups about 'file too large' (it's normal). All other sites working fine.

    Maybe tomorrow
     
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    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Dolomites forecast to get a 60cm "dusting" before we arrive on Sat. I'm gonna need to change the sheets tomorrow morning
     
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    Sadie Chk Chk Boom Moderator

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    You’re going to love it
     
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  5. Zeroz

    Zeroz A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    We skied Courmayeur today. 20cm new snow and good viz. To give an idea of the difference between 2017 and 2018 seasons, here is the same restaurant and my pics at about the same date. They have dug out the building and entry area.

    Mont Blanc, sorry Monte Bianco (we're in Italy) in the background. Didn't see it today untiil 4pm.

    2017




    2018


    [​IMG]
     
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  6. Zeroz

    Zeroz A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Lauterbrunnen Valley. It's pretty spectacular. Wengen on the left up the mountain via a trainspotters delight of railway devices. Not my favourite ski location but Eiger, Jungfrau etc are impressive. Murren on the right out of sight on the cliff.
    It rained down in the valley which got rid of most of the snow but did create a huge waterfall.



    From Brevant. As per @Kletterer request. This is the end of the photo request section.
     
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  7. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    Great cover
     
  8. Swede

    Swede One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Luv that restaurant :)
     
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    Skied at Wengen in 1976, first time in Europe, great Fondue, it was the last time my brother skied (he holidays in Noosa nowadays :confused:)
     
  10. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Back when Australias hardest climb was 24 .
     
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  11. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    Why not both :)

    Posted from Noosa LOL
     
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  12. Zeroz

    Zeroz A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Le Tour. 20cm new snow on a big base, more in the de Balme bowls.

    Also went to church.
     
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  13. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Devenir fou Also some great couloir footage
     
  14. Rabid K9

    Rabid K9 One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Some of the best French 'humour' I've seen....
     
  15. Zeroz

    Zeroz A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thread needs a pic. From Saturday off the back of de Balme since it's snowing where we are now.

    This is probably in Switzerland since the border is close. Some great trench work by a boarder who came flying through as we were standing around deciding who would go next.


    At least he stuck to the left and allowed us skiers our squiggly turns.
     
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  16. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    Looks great
     
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    Kopite One of Us

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    On the 6am flight from Sydney on Saturday morning. Weather for 3 Vallées looks pretty amazing next week. To say work has become a secondary consideration now is an understatement!
     
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  18. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Cover looks good . Pity they dont let you know what lifts will be open untill after you are the hill.
     
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    Snowing in Paris.................posted from Noosa. :)
    Wife just showed me a pic from one of her students who is currently there.
     
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    Kopite One of Us

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    It’s been pretty much 100% lifts open of late, so fingers crossed that continues. Looking like some fresh due during the week which will be nice!
     
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  21. Zeroz

    Zeroz A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    La Grave pilgrimage.
    If I was running their marketing dept the slogan would be "You're Not Good Enough To Ski Here!"

    A small section. I'm not keen on the fall and die routes, but it's huge fun. skierslodge/legendary-routes/
     
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    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    It is a unique place.
     
  23. andrew7

    andrew7 Hard Yards

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    Wow Zeroz epic trip you’re on!

    We had a great powder filled 10 day trip at Zermatt and then 2 days of sun and fast groomers at Courmeyeur to finish off last week (left on the day of the freshies!). (3 day weekend in Venice also a highlight). Courmeyeur is a nice compact mountain which we enjoyed. Good food. Good value all round. Views are killer. Would love to go back when off piste conditions were suitable. Above a few photos of the glorious Monte Bianco (the first at the base had a very enjoyable gluhwein of which we partook each arvo)
     
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    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Quite possibly the finest ( non wicked ) line in Cham
     
  25. XTREMO

    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Sorry for lack of updates. On way home from a ridiculously good week in the Dolomites. What a place. TR complete with eyewatering snow pr0n to follow in ensuing days
     
  26. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Excellent. Knee must have behaved.
     
  27. Zeroz

    Zeroz A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    At La Grave we had a guide every day, which you need unless you really, really, know the area. One of those days was spent with Pelle Lang as our guide.

    As a skiing legend, La Grave pioneer, man who brought Doug Coombs to LG , I kind of expected an aloof guy, but he was cool, very friendly, and generous with advice. Plus he's got 30 years of fabulous skiing stories from around the world, which is useful when riding the slow teleriphique, LG's only lift

    I don't know where he's going, but I'm definitely following.


    If you like this sort of skiing then La Grave is your area.


     
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    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    35 cents overnight. Looks to be not finished yet :eek:
     
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    Whiteman A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    2 weeks until I'm there. Can barely wait that long.
     
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  31. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thank you, just excellent.
     
  32. Leroybrown238

    Leroybrown238 Hard Yards

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    I was hoping to get some 'which resort' advice please. I have just booked return tickets to London!

    I have 3/4 days to go skiing in Europe in mid to late March. Our return flight must go back to Heathrow to link up with our flight back to Aus. We have a 10pm flight out of Heathrow and we want to ski that day. My wife and daughters (9 & 12) have skied before but are snow plowing beginners. As I don't have long my priority's are: short transit (close to Geneva/Zurich/Munich), well priced and reasonably beginner friendly (within reason). I am an advanced skier and will probably get a day in addition to this by myself with a guide. Zermatt is the only other place I have been to. I keep coming back to:

    Engelberg - Not perfect but ticks many boxes.
    Chamonix - Am I mad to take beginners there??
    Lech am Alberg - Sounds expensive and the commute might be a bit of work.
    Kitzbuhel - might not be so snow sure in late march.

    Any other suggestions?
     
  33. Sbooker

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    Fly into Milan or Turin and head to Cervinia?
     
  34. Leroybrown238

    Leroybrown238 Hard Yards

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    Thanks Sbooker but Cervinia/Zermatt is the only other place I've been.

    Happy to consider somewhere else out of Turin or Milan.
     
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    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Direct flight to Salzburg- Flachau/ Ski Amade group of resorts- 1 hour transit.
     
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    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    Courmayeur could be worth considering: lovely classic Italian mountain town, relatively high resort with good beginner/intermediate slopes, good food on the hill, 1hr 45mins from Turin (a little further from Milan), very good value.

    I'd also commend Cervinia as fitting the bill for reliable late season skiing. They've had a mega winter so far as well with a huge snow base (ticks also for tons of cruisy slopes, cheap lift tickets and good on mountain restaurants). Rider is head to Zermatt for more steeps.
     
  38. Swede

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    24 more sleeps, starting to get exiting now :) mates over there keep sending pics psyching the boys up.

    pas de Chevre looking pretty tasty a couple of days ago


    Some nice snow touring just off Brevent yesterday
     
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    Sweet!
    How long you going for?
     
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    Swede One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Well it’s a bit of a mix between catching up with family and friends and some travels through Europe, but starting off with three weeks in Cham :)
     
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    Hi Guys. Thanks to the help of a few people here, I’ve booked 5 days in Engelberg from March 20th. I want to hire a guide for at least one day. I’ve never hired a guide before. Do I just use the main guiding service (engelbergmountainguide.ch) or is there a more affordable way to get a guide?
     
  42. piolet

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    Affordability and Suisse does not compute
    Use the central booking agency if not fussed on a particular guide, independent guides may charge more.
    Guided groups keep costs down.
     
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    Zeroz A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    There are a lot of guided groups in March around the Alps Run by various co's and catering to a variety of standards.
    It will be way cheaper for a single to join one of those and get a guide that way. You definitely want a guide for Engelberg.

    Just do a search. For example in Engelberg at the time you are going:

    7 nights, Engelberg, Switzerland 17 Mar 2018 - 24 Mar 2018. £1399 p.p. .

    Holiday price includes: 7 nights half board, 3* hotel, single occupancy, Zurich/Engelberg return rail ticket,
    6 days mountain guides, 6 day lift pass, Ski Club Leader
    https://www.skiclub.co.uk/ski-club-holidays/engelberg-extreme-5

    As piolet says, it's Switzerland. If you want to ski there it will cost you. It's worth it.
     
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    Leroybrown238 Hard Yards

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    It’s funny. I’m continually told Switzerland is expensive but after days and days of searching for accommodation at least 20 different resorts in 4 different countries, the place we got in Engelberg easily presented us the best value. We are two families of 4 and got a very nice looking 4 bedroom open plan apartment in town near the lift for less than $2k for 3 nights. I think lift tickets are about $80 for adults and $35 for kids. We are only there all together (I hope to have a couple of extra days by myself) for 3 days so hopefully the rest doesn’t get too expensive. I had 3 days in Zermatt a few years ago and don’t remember it being outrageously expensive. There’s probably something I’m not seeing.......
     
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    Probably could be in the weather thread....

    Over in Carinthia afters days of frustrating Po Valley cloud, cool & moist, straight off the Med. Something was settling above 1500m for last three days, but the moisture was probably causing more damage than good. A window in the cloud tempted me to try & climb above it.... at least the forest was nice. Visibility down to 10 metres at times. Told self wolf stories hiking out in dark.





    A decent base in the Adamello, clear but windy morning on drive through the 'local' pass today. Snow could be described as 'firm'. Was tempted to head out for a line, but had six hour drive ahead.



    Cloud was moving in east of Brenner Pass. Skirted the Leinzer Dolomiten on way to Heiligenblut. Moist rime on cliffs. Something is coming in off the Adriatic. Half a metre will be required to do some good. Not ruling out the Apennines after the weekend.



    Something a little more fantastical from end of last cold spell in Tirol. Temp plummeted so quickly as sun settled behind peaks board basically froze to snow with new wax. Somewhere near minus 25 at 2800m. Was like riding a log, could barely move on 40 degree pitches, had to pole downhill.

    Next day was up near 10 degrees. Cooked the southern aspects.

    Agree with Leroy above. Euro-AUD exchange is a devil. Austria seems to be giving their Swiss brethren a run for money in the fleecing stakes this year.

     
  46. Rabid K9

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    The young fella is not 100% on this snow business yet, but doesn't mind the constant eating.

     
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    Rabid K9 One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Piste off yesterday....

    Garage sales galore, entertaining.

    Covered some ground in the Dolomiti.



     
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    Rabid K9 One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    This is your stomping ground isn't it Kletterer?

    The mighty Grossglockner.... (the B / sz symbol / syllable stuffs me in that part of Austria).

     
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    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Great photo. Have not been up to the top but my Uncle used to be a Parks ranger there.
     
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    Rabid K9 One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Would be a nice place to be a Ranger.

    I dropped into one of the 'freeride zones' chasing wind blown snow from Heileginblut Grossglockner & ended up way up the valley, god knows where, but the survival riding below 1800m wasn't limited to cliffs, ice, stumps, roofs, barbwire fences, diamond mesh fences, timber fences, electric fences, roads, more ice, more fences, more roads, more stumps. Was quite a walk back once I got to valley floor.

    Fiendish crusty snow down low & was just fighting to get to valley. As rode over edge of one of the many partially buried baite/huts realised people (locals) were sitting inside having lunch. Just had time to mutter "guten tag" as I went wobbling past looking like a split boarding caveman.

    Not sure of the local word for shocked, but they looked it.
     
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