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8 feet in one week!!!

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've never seen such a dramatic change. Not a drop of snow on the Swiss Alps, mild temps, some plants still even flowering, villagers getting worried as christmas only a week away, then bam, ridiculous amounts of snow. about 4 feet in the village, and double that up top.  Just hope we get regular snow falls now, and not a drought like last year

post #2 of 17

Sounds like maybe this is the year to get those fat skis. Did you pull the trigger on anything yet?

post #3 of 17

  Enjoy it! Hopefully, it'll come around to the US-  And Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!

post #4 of 17
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acutally, a great friend, and amazing telemarker, had a go on some fat skis. He said he felt guilty. It was so easy, and so much fun. I'm in a dilemma, but I will definitely demo some soon. My good friend and ski shop owner told me his sister was visiting (she's spent the last ten years in the states) and he said her technique was crap, she guiltily acknowledged it, but she said she's so used to skiing seriously deep powder, and riding real wide skis.

So, I'm no longer for or against them, instead I think they have their place. I know I'll always prefer a more technical, all round ski, that's just me, but if it's just about great fun, hell, I'm real keen to give some big skis a go.

 

 

post #5 of 17

8' in a week? Thats insane. Get out there and enjoy!

post #6 of 17

I was just talking to someone from Europe who came to Tahoe for a vacation after contemplating Switzerland.  He was wondering if he made the right decision.  

 

post #7 of 17
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wohoo, another foot due sometime friday/saturday, can't believe it. I was expecting the usual swiss drought. Ah, I'm stuck in poland though till the 5th, but with the kids, so it's worth it. It just means it'll be perfect, ready for me when I get there. I just to rub it in, my schedule rotates between a 3 day work week one week, then a 4 day the next, so I plan on getting ridiculous amounts of skiing in this winter. Actually, I  need a lesson. It's been quite a number of years since I've been in a clinic, and I want to get onto my edges much sooner. Any instructors on here around the Vaud canton. Hell, fuck the lesson, anyone around just wanna ski. Have car, can travel.

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I was just talking to someone from Europe who came to Tahoe for a vacation after contemplating Switzerland.  He was wondering if he made the right decision.  

 


The strong Swiss franc has kept away a lot of tourists. But there's plenty of snow and the lift queues are amazingly short in some of the big resorts. For anyone who's not on a tight budget, it's a good time to come. For those on a budget, it's still possible but you need to plan the trip more carefully.

 


 

 

post #9 of 17
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8' in a week? Thats insane. Get out there and enjoy!



Hi,

 

To put these things in perspective, Niseko in Japan so far this season has had 920cm (30ft) with a base of 320cm (10ft) top of the mountain, with 685cm (22ft) and base of 190cm (6ft) in the village. That is heavy snow!

 

Robbo

post #10 of 17

robbo mcs, 

 

wow. im super jealous.

post #11 of 17
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robbo mcs, 

 

wow. im super jealous.



I am jealous of the people there as well. Unfortunately where I am we have zero snow!

post #12 of 17
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I was just talking to someone from Europe who came to Tahoe for a vacation after contemplating Switzerland.  He was wondering if he made the right decision.  

 



Simple answer: no. He made the wrong decision.

 

France, Switzerland, and Austria have had tons of snow in the last few weeks.

 

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Hi,

 

To put these things in perspective, Niseko in Japan so far this season has had 920cm (30ft) with a base of 320cm (10ft) top of the mountain, with 685cm (22ft) and base of 190cm (6ft) in the village. That is heavy snow!

 

Robbo


Yup, been insane here!

 

post #14 of 17
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My good friend and ski shop owner told me his sister was visiting (she's spent the last ten years in the states) and he said her technique was crap, she guiltily acknowledged it, but she said she's so used to skiing seriously deep powder, and riding real wide skis.

 

 



Do you ever think that you're missing something? When reading about this woman, the main thing most people notice is that she has spent the last 10 years skiing deep powder and they assume she loved every minute of it. But the first thing you and your buddy notice is her technique. It reminds me of a joke I heard back in engineering school.

 

One engineer sees another engineer on a brand new bike, so he asks how he got it. The other engineer says a gorgeous girl rode up to him, jumped off the bike, stripped off her clothes, and said "take what you want!" So the first engineer says "good choice, the clothes probably wouldn't have fit."

 

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A couple of weeks off yet,  but Im going to Ludwigshaven Germany for a work trip.   I was thinking of flying into Zurich and trying to Ski a day or two but struggling to work out how to do it and still get to Ludwigshaven (middle of nowhere in Germay) for Monday morning.

 

Can you offer any advice how I can get this done,    are you anywhere near this area?  Or I could possible fly into Geneva,  if that makes more sense?

 

Flying out of Sydney 13th aprx,  havent booked anything yet but have to sort it out when Im back to work on the 3rd Jan.

 

Richo

 

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wohoo, another foot due sometime friday/saturday, can't believe it. I was expecting the usual swiss drought. Ah, I'm stuck in poland though till the 5th, but with the kids, so it's worth it. It just means it'll be perfect, ready for me when I get there. I just to rub it in, my schedule rotates between a 3 day work week one week, then a 4 day the next, so I plan on getting ridiculous amounts of skiing in this winter. Actually, I  need a lesson. It's been quite a number of years since I've been in a clinic, and I want to get onto my edges much sooner. Any instructors on here around the Vaud canton. Hell, fuck the lesson, anyone around just wanna ski. Have car, can travel.



 

post #16 of 17
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It depends on whether you're flying on from swtizerland to germany, or training, or even renting a car. I'm about 1.5hr drive from geneva, and know this area well, whereas zurich not nearly so well. If you fly in to geneva, you're actually about 80km from chamonix, which would blow your mind. As for transport on from Geneva there are plenty of flights, and great train services. I usually drive from Geneva to Basil, and Basil to frankfurt, which is sort of central, but south of germany. It's about 10-12 hrs drive in total.

 

I don't know what your budget is, but if you're going to either geneva or zurich, a rental car would come in handy for a day or two, otherwise there are very good train services. I'm gonna go out on a bit of a limb, and say Geneva is closer to the skiing. Aside from chamonix, look up verbier (just superb) or Portes du Soleil, the biggest linked area in the world, and all withing 1.5 -2hrs from the airport. There are some closer ski resort to geneva on the french side, but never skied them. Never had to, as very happy with the above mentioned resorts, although I love exploring new places, especially the smaller, less crowded ones.

 

I don't know what resorts are near zurich, but I'm sure there are great ones as well, but I can definitely vouch for the above mentioned ones. If you do end up going to Geneva, let me know what date.

 

So, check out these resorts www.verbier.ch, portesdu soleil.com or avoriaz.com (avoriaz is part of portes du soleil. PDS spans both the swiss and french border, so it's pretty cool to ski into another country.)

Also check out villars.ch (nice resort, fast lifts, mix of terrain, decent size) or gstaad.com (several resorts really, but the main areas are huge. I got lost, and went on a poor snow day, but a lot of famous people go there, and it is pretty cool) or a little known one. Further away, but still accessible, zermatt.ch or saas-fees.ch (these are high, the top parts on glacier, not cheap, but pretty amazing.)

 

I hope that helps.

 

post #17 of 17
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Ok, from sydney, so you'll have to go to heathrow, then a flight to geneva or zurich, but the budget airlines, eg easyjet, don't go from heathrow. Another option is sydney frankfurt, then a lufthansa flight to either geneva or zurich, it'll be an hour flight at most. As lufthansa is a national airline, it might be cheaper to add that as part of your sydney to europe booking.

 

Lufthansa airlines could probably fly you where you need to go, especially to the smaller parts of germany, although looking at the map, ludwigshaven is not far from frankfurt, so if it doesn't have its own airport, then training from there should be fine, unless you are renting a car.

 

Hope this helps.

 

Oh one other thought, is it worth staying on an extra few days instead of doing at the start. The only reason I say this is that I've the trip to nz many times, and it's very tiring, if you do it at the end, you will be more acclimatised.

 

 

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