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post #1 of 28
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I noticed recently that i-Skiing and Freshtracks both have their Winter 2009/2010 calendars up with all the dates and prices.

I know it's July, but I'm already starting to make plans. My colleagues (who are all dreaming of sunny beaches) think I'm a sad, sad boy.

Is anyone else excited about the new calendars coming out?

post #2 of 28
Welcome, Cerebral.
Based on your location, I'm guessing you either live in:
Luton (constant winner of the worst town in Britain award)
Slough (it is not fit for humans now)
or Leeds.

I started planning next season's trips when we were in St Anton for Christmas, and by the time we went to Tignes in April, we were starting to book trips.
It's not all finalised yet, but we're getting there.
post #3 of 28
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Luton, you are correct sir, but I'm not from 'round these parts. I'm an Okie (from Oklahoma for those not familiar with American derogitory terms), but got transferred here three years ago.

I was hoping to do a couple of pure off-piste holidays this year, so I had to wait for some companies to publish their dates and prices.

I'm liking the look of the Freshtracks trips planned for the Monterosa area. I was there last winter, and it's fantastic. I might also try another early-ish trip to Val d'Isere (haven't decided whether to try the i-Skiing people or just go it alone) this year. There are a few in Chamonix I haven't checked out for a while, but the crowds there put me off a bit. I hear everything gets skied out before the snow even hits the ground.
 

 

I think my brother is planning another trip to Europe this winter with the family, so there might be some general skiing in a family-oriented resort as well. We'll have to see how that goes.

post #4 of 28
There's a few of us from around Luton - I'm about 15 miles west of there. Spyderman lives in the area too.

If you're thinking of doing an early season trip to Val d'Isere/Tignes, take a look at a crowd called MountainSun - we go with them early and late season - they do very good deals on 3-4 day trips.
http://www.mountainsunltd.com/chalet/chalet-hotel-les-melezes


Have you been to Hemel Snowcentre yet?
post #5 of 28
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I've always been reluctant to do any indoor skiing. I'm always afraid it will turn out to be an expensive, but disappointing, tease.

Keep in mind that, when doing a little early season skiing in Pennsylvania last November (Thanksgiving trip to visit family), I got bored in half a day on a hill with a 200-m vertical and four separate lifts. Even the small patches of trees weren't enough to keep me entertained after about 1:00 or 2:00, and that was my first day of skiing since the previous January.

I know that a trip to Hemel or the MK Snowdome would just leave me wishing I had spent the day playing tennis or something else instead.

But, for beginners or people practicing terrain park stuff, I can appreciate the convenience of these places. Anytime a friend talks about learning to ski or snowboard, I always suggest they go to an indoor facility first so that they'll be able to enjoy their first resort trip even more.
post #6 of 28
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BTW, just a couple of pictures from my trip Val d'Isere last December. I like to call the series "Dude, where's my car?!"


Dude, where's my car?


This is gonna take a while.



These were taken from my hotel room, watching a couple of guys that had come to find their car.
Edited by CerebralVortex - 7/9/2009 at 03:51 pm GMT
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Awesome!!!
post #8 of 28
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Awesome!!!
 

You wouldn't know it, even looking closely at the second picture, but there was another car right next to the one being dug out (in the bottom-right corner of the picture, just to the left of the tree branches). I didn't realize it was there until another guy came to dig it out a couple of days later.

There was so much snow that weekend, the entire mountain was closed on Monday and the crews were shovelling it into trucks and just dumping it into the river. On Tuesday, even the green runs were still covered with powder.
post #9 of 28
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Feel free to post Euro stoke here.

Any good shots from the Alps, Scandinavia, etc., are welcome.
post #10 of 28
Oh, ok.

Off piste in Hemel Hempstead...
post #11 of 28
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Oh, ok.

Off piste in Hemel Hempstead...


I'm surprized by the snow quality. It actually looks quite good, not overly groomed.

You look like you're about to spin around to ski switch.
Edited by CerebralVortex - 7/14/2009 at 03:00 pm GMT
post #12 of 28
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Sunny day in l'Espace Killy






post #13 of 28
You guys are making me crazy!

I loved it when I was there: Cervinia, Courmayeur, Chamonix, Champoluc. And that is just the 'C' towns!

Here's an off piste picture at Cervinia!



I guess I have to start playing the lottery.

MR
post #14 of 28
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You guys are making me crazy!

I loved it when I was there: Cervinia, Courmayeur, Chamonix, Champoluc. And that is just the 'C' towns!

Here's an off piste picture at Cervinia!



I guess I have to start playing the lottery.

MR

There's no need to play the lottery. Just get a job with a global company that will transfer you. I moved from DC to England as part of a job transfer.

Nice line in your picture. It looks like you could hit that a couple more times and still not cross any tracks.

Oh, by the way, stop mentioning Champoluc! Don't let the secret out! If you talk about it too much, people might start going there and crowding the place, and we don't want that.
post #15 of 28
I'm going to have to stop posting. I've been told not to mention XXXXXXX in XX and now YYYYY in YY!

We arrived at Cervinia a week after it snowed and our group was still making tracks in fresh at the end of our week's stay. We met up with Lino, via the internet, then in person and he took us way off piste. I'll scan some more photos in time and leave them 'unidentified' to protect the pow.

As far as global companies go, I worked for 4 years at Apple (1981 - 1985) and that was all the corporate life I could take. And that was good corporate life. One week we went to Santa Cruz, CA (from Marlboro, MA) for a tech training session and only worked 4 hours a day. The rest of the days were golf, beach, amusement park, etc.! I'm self employed now and wouldn't change that for anything.

Fortunately, I do love where I live. I just miss Italy like crazy! Great food, great people, great skiing.

MR
post #16 of 28
Grand Motte, 02/12/08



Stuben, Boxing Day




Tignes Les Boisses, 27/04/09
post #17 of 28
There is nothing sad about planning ski trips in July.

What is sad is when you already planned your ski trips in May, and now don't know what to do with yourself in July. It's way too early to start web-cam gazing. You've already searched every ski forum you know for info on where you're going. You've already searched all the photo-sharing websites. You've already researched the restaurant/bar scene. What now?

That's why I'm a sad, sad boy.
post #18 of 28
ami, now what you do is post questions on here about where you're going!
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ami, now what you do is post questions on here about where you're going!

Ah, good. Right. I think I'll go start a new thread, then!
post #20 of 28
Here are a few more 'Euro Stoke' pictures.

We hired a guide and rode to the top of C. and toured up on to the M R glacier. Skied some challenging crust down to St. J., took a taxi to C. (I think it was at least), rode up, then toured up some more. This is Col le P.



The guide is the speck ahead of my brother. On the other side of the col we skied this.



We took another lift and made a last run back to a bus that took us back to C.

Another trip to another place.



This was un-guided, off-piste (duh!).

We often took a bus back to the lift and repeated.



Abbreviations explained by PM on a need to know basis.

MR
post #21 of 28
Mmm. Eurostoke. A few from this past winter.

Skinny ski action near the German-Czech border. My companions wondering how we get back to the tracks.


Fore!


The mountains are really big in Europe. Bad Gastein.


Bad Gastein again. Freshies, bluebird and no crowds. Day after Christmas.


Sometimes it even snows in Berlin, which means I can inflict damage on my nordic skis.


Europe also sometimes has lift lines. Obertauern.


Europeans don't seem to like sking near trees. Even if the weather is crappy. Obertauern again.


Low vis skinny skiing along the German-Czech border.


Puppy love in Verbier.


Spring conditions in Avoriez. A 20°C slushfest.


Where I'd be if I won the lottery. Too damn beautiful (Val-d'Illiez, CH).

Edited by ami in berlin - 7/16/2009 at 02:23 pm GMT
post #22 of 28

Great photos. It is quite remarkable how most Europeans stay on piste. Of course it leave the goods for those that don't.

Thanks for sharing.

MR

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 Saved for pics...
post #24 of 28
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Thanks for keeping the fire burning with the stokes. I was away for a week and a half on an anti-stoke trip (visiting family in Hawaii). Nothing like good snow pics to get the ski fire burning inside again.
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Originally Posted by ami in berlin View Post

Mmm. Eurostoke. A few from this past winter.

Skinny ski action near the German-Czech border. My companions wondering how we get back to the tracks.


Fore!






Low vis skinny skiing along the German-Czech border.



Ever met this "dangerous wild animal" :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Czechoslovakian_Wolfdog

:)



post #26 of 28
Other than the waitress at the train station cafe, I can't say I've come across anything that could be a Czechoslovakian Wolf Dog. I'll keep my eyes open, though.

I did pop out of a wooded trail to find four hunters with rifles aimed, though. I'm not sure if hunting German nordic skiers is encouraged or not.
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Other than the waitress at the train station cafe, I can't say I've come across anything that could be a Czechoslovakian Wolf Dog. 


I think I dated her once...
post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by ami in berlin View Post

Other than the waitress at the train station cafe, I can't say I've come across anything that could be a Czechoslovakian Wolf Dog. I'll keep my eyes open, though.

I did pop out of a wooded trail to find four hunters with rifles aimed, though. I'm not sure if hunting German nordic skiers is encouraged or not.

Our hunters have usually a poor sight. So, you should better be cautious!

And you are absolutelly right, the waitresses at train stations are much more dangerous species than the Wolf Dog itself.
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