J2Ski Forum Posts and Replies by andymol2

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Has Icy broken the law??
Started by Iceman in Ski Chatter, 36 Replies, discussing Hochoetz and Westendorf
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 Iceman in Ski Chatter, 36 Replies, discussing Hochoetz and Westendorf
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?
Champery by Train?
Started by User in Ski Chatter, 3 Replies
Off to Champery for a long weekend in a 10 days time.
Flying into Geneva and undecided whether to hire a car or to go by train.
Looks to be a straightforward journey by train - anyone done it?
Car hire "extras" is a nightmare where the desk clerks are usually on a commission to sell various elements including "extra" insurance which is essentially all profit if you have already purchased insurance!
Winter tyres are often another scam in many ski destination airports where they try and charge you for fitting winter tyres which are often either mandatory in that country or already fitted to the car. I had that discussion at Graz airport - they finally backed down when I said "If I don't pay will you put summer tyres on?" I had to be fairly forceful but we were under the impression that the tyres were mandatory and presumably the hire company could have been in trouble for hiring out an un-roadworthy vehicle.
La Plagne 1800
Started by NIIIXSY in France, 5 Replies, discussing Paradiski and Plagne Montalber...
It easy enough to access Plagne Centre by bus or via the ski lift if you are on your planks.
You may well find skiing over to Les Arcs finds you quieter pistes.
La Plagne is a big bowl so plenty of scope for deviating off piste.

Having just come back from there I would say that there is a marked difference in how La Plagne decides what is blue and what is red compared to most resorts, including over in Les Arcs on the same ski pass. That's not an issue for most but for inexperienced skiers it could be. It's a gripe of mine where resorts designate runs as blues so they can claim there's a blue down to the bottom from one lift or other when it isn't really.
places to ski
Started by User in Ski Chatter, 17 Replies
Courmayeur - just the others side of the Mont Blanc tunnel.
Nice town and enough of the early intermediate skiing that you are looking for.

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