1. There's more to this forum than meets the eye!

    We have a vibrant community here conversing about all sorts of non-snow topics such as music, sport, politics and technology. Simply register to reveal all our Après topics or continue browsing and reading as a guest.

    NOTE: This notice may be closed.

    Dismiss Notice

Europe 2019/2020

Discussion in 'Europe' started by ttn, May 11, 2019.

  1. ttn

    ttn Hard Yards

    Joined:
    May 21, 2015
    Messages:
    140
    Likes Received:
    28
    Already in May and no one has any plans for next year yet?

    My Chief wants another French Alps trip :cry::cry::cry: January 2020

    Looks like two weeks of 4th-11th Jan and 11th-18th Jan
     
    piolet likes this.
  2. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    May 12, 2000
    Messages:
    73,979
    Likes Received:
    36,172
    Just found out that the ski test is in Pila again for the first week in March, guess we will build a trip around that. Might change things up and ski Feb instead of our usual March, we could go to ISPO first week of Feb, ski, then go to the ski test then home.
     
  3. piolet

    piolet Found anything yet? Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    May 27, 2004
    Messages:
    27,258
    Likes Received:
    22,687
    Awaiting leave allocation to see where things fall. But with another sprig coming not sure what we'll do.

    Love me some January alpage.
     
    skiflat likes this.
  4. Zeroz

    Zeroz A Local Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2002
    Messages:
    5,186
    Likes Received:
    2,917
    Landing in Turin in January. Looking for fun off-piste adventure, new experiences.

    Maybe the Milky Way in Italy/France (Sestriere, Sauze d'Oulx, Montgenèvre etc) plus some time in La Grave.
    Like to check out Skicircus Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang-Fieberbrunn-needs a shorter name.
    Liked Zinal, Alagna, Verb, ValD, so maybe there again. Cham for the 5th time? A lesser known, smaller area?

    Depends on where it has snowed and will snow. Most of the Alps is accessible in one day. January is not busy.
     
  5. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2005
    Messages:
    24,852
    Likes Received:
    7,185
    Wait till Zell am See/Schmittenhöhe is linked. Name will need to be adjusted again. Probably easiest to just refer to it as the Saalbach ski circus. The Saalbach part in the current name is in a bigger font.
     
    Whiteman and piolet like this.
  6. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    May 12, 2000
    Messages:
    73,979
    Likes Received:
    36,172
    I want the Alagna drought to break for you like it did for @glisse in Utah in about 2005. I worked with his sister in DV and he came over every year for about 4 years and didn't see a single flake fall out of the sky. Was totally cursed, but when the drought broke, it broke!

     
    Whiteman, Zeroz and piolet like this.
  7. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2006
    Messages:
    21,941
    Likes Received:
    1,233
    So I've decided on Monterosa for the first two weeks of Feb and there will be 6 of us going. My plan is to take my splitboard and hire a guide for as many days as my budget will allow. Skill levels vary amongst the group so the area seems to provide the right amount of variety for everyone, as well as elevation for more reliable snow.

    Has anyone got any advice on where to stay? Initially I was thinking Gressoney La-Trinite / Staffal in the central valley for ease of access to any of the 3 valleys, however does it make much difference? We're looking to rent a 3 bedroom chalet for the two weeks so options open up if I search all of the valleys.
     
    Kimski likes this.
  8. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2006
    Messages:
    21,941
    Likes Received:
    1,233
    for selfish reasons I hope it does too.
     
    CarveMan likes this.
  9. skiflat

    skiflat Old n' Crusty

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 1999
    Messages:
    36,819
    Likes Received:
    110
    Val D'Isère
    2 weeks
    January

    Flights booked
    Accomodation deposit paid
     
    Kimski, BoofHead, Kletterer and 2 others like this.
  10. Born2ski

    Born2ski Part of the Furniture

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2006
    Messages:
    15,459
    Likes Received:
    5,141
    Flying at the pointy end of the plane ?
     
    skiflat likes this.
  11. skiflat

    skiflat Old n' Crusty

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 1999
    Messages:
    36,819
    Likes Received:
    110
    ;)
     
    piolet likes this.
  12. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    May 12, 2000
    Messages:
    73,979
    Likes Received:
    36,172
    Staffal is where all the lifts are but there's a bit more at La Trinite. What's your transport situation? There's plenty of parking at Staffal but I have no idea what the buses etc are like. Without a car I'd stay at Staffal I reckon.

    There's a great restaurant in La Trinite called the Flying Brasserie.
     
    BoofHead likes this.
  13. Zeroz

    Zeroz A Local Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2002
    Messages:
    5,186
    Likes Received:
    2,917
    Monterosa's 3 valleys cover a huge area. Much bigger than I expected. IMO, going west to east, the 3 main towns:

    Champoluc - Family orientated, town atmosphere, west end of Monterosa. Lots of accom and lift options
    Gressoney - good central location for mixed groups. Access all types of terrain and great mountain restaurants
    Alagna - at the east end, is best for off piste access. It has exactly one lift out of town. Pistes are fewer and steeper.

    Gressoney's central location is important. e.g. miss the 3.45pm lift from Gressoney to Alagna and it's a 3 hr $$$ taxi ride,
    or an unplanned night in a hotel somewhere. Gressoney seems very spread out and quiet, if that's what you want.

    Topo fatmap gives a better idea
    https://fatmap.com/around/Gressoney-La-Trinité/Italy/@45.829612,7.8241273,782.2997044,0,0,0,normal
     
    CarveMan and piolet like this.
  14. skinavy

    skinavy One of Us

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2001
    Messages:
    1,929
    Likes Received:
    1,221
    Planning on going to the Winter World Masters Games in Innsbruck in first half of January.
     
    BoofHead, dibl0c and Kletterer like this.
  15. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    May 12, 2000
    Messages:
    73,979
    Likes Received:
    36,172
    The other thing with Alagna/Gressoney that you need to watch out for is wind hold at the Salati pass. That could ruin your day too.
     
  16. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2006
    Messages:
    21,941
    Likes Received:
    1,233
    Thanks guys, I’ll have a bit more of a look for places around Gressoney for its central location but otherwise might need to look at Champoluc. Sounds like Champoluc would be a good option anyway for those that want some down time.
     
  17. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2006
    Messages:
    21,941
    Likes Received:
    1,233
    One last quick question, from experience is it easy enough to ski over from Champoluc to Gressoney?

    We won’t have a car (or at least wasn’t planning to).
     
  18. Whiteman

    Whiteman A Local Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2003
    Messages:
    8,232
    Likes Received:
    1,216
    We will be heading to Austria in mid February, possibly back to Saalbach, but maybe somewhere different. Not sure yet.
     
  19. Zeroz

    Zeroz A Local Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2002
    Messages:
    5,186
    Likes Received:
    2,917
    Yes, it Europe so they like to link towns with runs. There's a gondola to Crest or funicular from Frachey, then lifts.

    I liked this article on Champoluc plus a bit on Gressoney and Alagna. http://welove2ski.com/champoluc
     
    smitty484 likes this.
  20. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2006
    Messages:
    21,941
    Likes Received:
    1,233
    That really is a great read - cheers.
     
  21. Swede

    Swede One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2007
    Messages:
    250
    Likes Received:
    859
    Cham in March, no dates yet, whenever most mates will be around free to ski :)
     
    CarveMan and piolet like this.
  22. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2006
    Messages:
    21,941
    Likes Received:
    1,233
    Thanks for the help all, now booked from 1st Feb - 15th Feb and staying in Champoluc. Can't wait for some back country turns!!
     
    Zeroz and CarveMan like this.
  23. rdk

    rdk Hard Yards

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2003
    Messages:
    79
    Likes Received:
    22
    I week in Les Menuires 18 - 25 Jan, I week in Zermatt 25 Jan - 1 Feb.

    Flights & accommodation sorted. Flying into Lyon, out of Zurich.
     
    skiflat likes this.