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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

You can see the trip report from the inaugural Euro gathering here http://www.epicski.com/t/128294/euro-gathering-tr-february-8-15-2014#post_1747628.

 

For next winter, my preferences are mid- to late-January or February 7-14 (I can't take off work the week before that, and the school holidays around Europe really kick off the following week).

 

If others want to try St. Anton, I don't mind going again since I go there pretty much every year. Other ideas are Val d'Isere or maybe a lesser known place like La Thuile. I don't really have much of a preference as long as it's not Zermatt (too inconvenient and too expensive compared to other resorts).

 

Thoughts?

post #2 of 19
I've been watching air fares to St. Anton (well, okay, Zurich) for January, but haven't found anyone to go with me yet. There was a dip in prices briefly, but back up again.
post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 

Remember to check Geneva in case we have a gathering somewhere on that side of the Alps.

 

I think we need to find dates that work for the most people to start with. Mid-January and that one week in February are best for me. I can't take off the first week of February, and the school holidays kick in the middle of the month. Also, I'll probably be doing a family visit in March, so that's not good for me.

post #4 of 19

I'll be keeping my eye on this thread. Lots of uncertainties for coming season, but I would really go for it if I have the chance.

 

Karlyboogy might be in Nendaz next season - not too bad, if 4 Vallées stays together. Otherwise, we'll be trying to join you.

post #5 of 19
Actually, if I do St. Anton, it'll be without too much regard for Epic, as that pretty much fell to pieces as a Gathering last season. A total lack of snow there, however, could impact the destination. But once the plane is locked in, it'll be nonrefundable, so it'll only be the village that changes.
post #6 of 19

One vote for Val d'Isere late January.  One note:  What will make all Euro gatherings work will be the presence of a few guides (for different levels of skiers) who will commit to being there each day.  Any volunteers?

post #7 of 19

+1 for Val d'Isère at the end of January (if it all works out). Otherwise I will be in Quatre Vallées a lot. Poor me  :o

post #8 of 19
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by mike_m View Post
 

One vote for Val d'Isere late January.  One note:  What will make all Euro gatherings work will be the presence of a few guides (for different levels of skiers) who will commit to being there each day.  Any volunteers?

 

I know the Espace Killy well enough to show people around. I know Val d'Isere better than Tignes, but I can make my way around both.


Edited by CerebralVortex - 7/8/14 at 9:13am
post #9 of 19
I know my way around also, at least on the groomers.
post #10 of 19

Watching.  If I'm still working for my Dutch company, I'll try to make this for a few days.

post #11 of 19

Cheizz, you still interested in being the Gathermeister for Val d'Isere? 

post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by mike_m View Post
 

Cheizz, you still interested in being the Gathermeister for Val d'Isere? 

I would, but there are too many uncertainties at this point.

 

1. Not sure if I can get off from work late January/early February - will not be sure until November or so

 

2. Possibly my girlfriend (Karlyboogy) will be working in an other area, so any free time I will spend with her

 

3. I promised my family I would ski with them if I get the chance, possibly in Tignes/Val d'Isère. And it wouldn't be very nice to them if I were to show a few Americans around while I'm supposed to be with them.

 

4. I have little or no experience in what you guys would need/like in terms of info, booking flights and transfers etc. (I always drive myself), so I think it would be better if someone else would taken that role. Someone who can relate better to your needs.

 

So, I will attend if I can, but I'm affraid that's it. 

post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Cheizz View Post
 

I would, but there are too many uncertainties at this point.

 

1. Not sure if I can get off from work late January/early February - will not be sure until November or so

 

2. Possibly my girlfriend (Karlyboogy) will be working in an other area, so any free time I will spend with her

 

3. I promised my family I would ski with them if I get the chance, possibly in Tignes/Val d'Isère. And it wouldn't be very nice to them if I were to show a few Americans around while I'm supposed to be with them.

 

4. I have little or no experience in what you guys would need/like in terms of info, booking flights and transfers etc. (I always drive myself), so I think it would be better if someone else would taken that role. Someone who can relate better to your needs.

 

So, I will attend if I can, but I'm affraid that's it. 

 

Is it worth having the gathering in Verbier or Nendaz? That way, if Karlyboogy does end up working there, you two can probably join us. And if not, it's still a nice place to have a gathering.

post #14 of 19
True. But still too soon to promise anything. But have you thought of the posibility that the 4 vallees won't be connected by then?
post #15 of 19
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Cheizz View Post

True. But still too soon to promise anything. But have you thought of the posibility that the 4 vallees won't be connected by then?

 

Ah, I hadn't read about it until now. That doesn't sound promising.

post #16 of 19
Thread Starter 

Bump, just because it's September.

post #17 of 19
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Cheizz View Post

True. But still too soon to promise anything. But have you thought of the posibility that the 4 vallees won't be connected by then?

 

So, since all the nonsense in the 4 Vallees has been sorted out, is it worth considering it as an option?

post #18 of 19
Personally, I think Val d'Isere, Meribel or st. Anton are better options in terms of a well connected, versatile ski area. I think from a travel point of view, st. Anton is best, but you guys went there last year. The other options are all about 3 hours from the nearest international airport I think.
post #19 of 19
Thread Starter 

To be fair, only Altanaut and her gang joined me last year, and I'm not sure if they're coming back to Europe this winter. I go to St. Anton almost every year, so I obviously don't mind going back. I'm happy with St. Anton, Val d'Isere, or anywhere in the 4 Vallees.

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