J2Ski Forum Posts and Replies by andymol2

Messages posted by : andymol2

J2Ski's Where to Ski in October 2016
Started by Admin in Snow Forecasts and Snow Reports, 1 Reply, discussing Sölden and Tignes
They had some snow in the Alps in the second half of last month - about the time the hot weather broke here.
We drove down to Tuscany over the Petit St Bernard which takes you near Les Arc and over through La Roziere and La Thuile - not much snow on the way down but coming back via the Mont Blanc Tunnel there had clearly been a dump of snow and the tops of the mountains were stirring thoughts of Skiin. A friend went back via Stelvio said there was quite a lot of snow up there.
Ski resorts for beginners in French Alps
Started by Pahadia in France, 10 Replies, discussing Chamonix and Méribel
I would concur about Courmayeur.
I might get shot down for this but I'm not convinced La Plagne is that suitable for beginners. There are seemingly a lot of blues into resort but they are not in the "easy blue" category and probably would be reds in the linked resort of Les Arcs.

Apartments in French ski resorts take being small to the extreme.
Driving to France/Italy This Winter
Started by Matt28nw in Ski Chatter, 8 Replies, discussing Chamonix and Morzine
Morzine is just about in reach of a day's drive from the tunnel although far more relaxes with one stop.

Having just driven to & from Tuscany via the Aosta valley last week (in my old Triumph TR - actually went over the top on the way down via the Petit St Bernard pass which takes you through Borg St Maurice (access for Les Arcs) and over the top to La Roziere and La Thiule) and back down again into the Aosta Valley. Coming back via the Mont Blanc Tunnel (£40)
If you are sharing the driving you could do Chamonix, Courmayer & La Thuile with one stop.
WTF is Davina McCall talking about?
Started by Iainm in Ski Chatter, 10 Replies, discussing Cairngorm Mountain
Perhaps she was confusion skiing holiday with "non-skiers going ski jumping"

The actuaries would suggest otherwise - winter sports doesn't attract a huge premium over regular travel insurance.

Celebrities making ill informed comments on matters they are not qualified to is a pain as it tends to reinforce prejudice and drive up the workload of those who have to bat off the inappropriate demands on service like health care that they generate.
Has Icy broken the law??
Started by User in Ski Chatter, 36 Replies
To be honest it's easier to get in and out from the Swiss side by car even if you are going to many of the French resorts.

The important thing with car hire is that if you book it here to be certain of what is covered as things like "winterisation" and insurance are included but the car hire desks are often very persuasive in telling you that this that and and the other are not included and you have to pay a shed load to cover them. Printout your documents and be familiar what is covered so that you can shrug your shoulders and point to the line on the agreement when the hard sell comes on.

To be fair the only extra they tried to sell me on a long weekend out of Geneva last winter was an upgrade to a Cayenne!
Has Icy broken the law??
Started by User in Ski Chatter, 36 Replies
I would keep hassling them for the return of the fee.
If they have no proof of an enquiry from the authorities then they have no sound basis to charge you. Make them work for their admin fee. As it stands they have come up with no proof of any request from the Police or authorities and you don't seem to have received a fine (may well never arrive as I don't think their is any reciprocal agreement for collecting speeding fines with Switzerland so the authority may not bother to send it) The arrival of a fine might just weaken your argument.
I would also take it up with the credit card company.
Flat light
Started by User in Ski Chatter, 10 Replies
The older you get the less well your vision adapts to poorer light conditions and the more (as a general rule) we rely on vision for balance compared to children who have great vision but rely more on their inner ear and joint perception for maintaining balance.
Correct lenses help but sometimes slowing down, longer lunch and coffee stops are the order of the day when it's poor light.
Champery by Train?
Started by User in Ski Chatter, 3 Replies
Can you buy tickets at the station or did you book on line?

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