Travel Skiing anyone going?

That’s where the boys trip is, friend’s apartment.
Good luck with the snow at Easter, it’s quite late this year.
I know it’s low but with luck there will be some snow at the top. Anyway it’s a beautiful village and ther will be plenty to do if there’s none.
Half of the family will have had a winter of gentle skiing in Finland.
 
Been in Chamonix now for almost four weeks. There has been some excellent off piste/ ski touring days with really fabulous snow and not busy - other than the week between Christmas and NY. Cross country skiing has been excellent too, something I’ve only recently taken up. Non stop sunshine since the last dump about ten days ago and more snow is needed. None forecast this week. Despite what you read in the press it’s not been a bumper year so far snow wise and for three days it rained above 2000metres, one day up to 2900. Since then it snowed a fair bit but I don’t think the base in French alps plus western Swiss ones is brilliant.

People are generally behaving well not packing gondolas or jumping in to share with others. So I think if this continues those who are heading out soon won’t feel too uncomfortable.
Masks are obligatory on enclosed lifts (though ski muffs accepted too). Some lifts from valley floor asking to see vaccine certification. Not eaten out in a restaurant but they are by law supposed to check your vaccine certificate.
I’ve not been over to the Italian side (Courmayeur) nor into Switzerland as I would usually. Too complicated with covid rules.


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Yeah I know. Fingers crossed the snow cannons can work. If not, we'll still have a good time - we went to Cortina and Ortisei in October a few years ago, and that was amazing without any skiing at all.
Worst case, you should have decent skiing at Marmolada and lagazuoi with relatively easy access to both.
 
Ha, maybe not. I think the biggest skiing day I've done was the Saalbach-Hinterglemm circuit, which is apparently approx. 30 km distance and 6,500 m
As far as I know, this is the longest ski tour you can do without taking the same lift or run twice. We were aiming to do the sella ronda plus the four main peaks off it ie Marmolada, lagazoui, santa croce and seceda. We thought that would be c. 110km of skiing and c. 15km of vertical descent. We didn't manage the last leg up seceda, down to ortesei, back up seceda and down to santa cristina though as we got stuck for an hour waiting for a broken down chairlift on the way to marmolada. Even to do what we did, you need to take the first lift from santa cristina and then ski fast, non stop from lift to lift all day with no breaks. We’re determined to try it again and get those 2 last long runs in. As far as we know, nobody’s ever even tried it but us!
 
Just wondering if anyone here has any advice on finding flights to the Alps for 27th March? We're going to Val d'Isere. I'm hoping to drive, but others in the group may wish (or need) to fly. Jet2 seem OK, actaully.
 
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As far as I know, this is the longest ski tour you can do without taking the same lift or run twice. We were aiming to do the sella ronda plus the four main peaks off it ie Marmolada, lagazoui, santa croce and seceda. We thought that would be c. 110km of skiing and c. 15km of vertical descent. We didn't manage the last leg up seceda, down to ortesei, back up seceda and down to santa cristina though as we got stuck for an hour waiting for a broken down chairlift on the way to marmolada. Even to do what we did, you need to take the first lift from santa cristina and then ski fast, non stop from lift to lift all day with no breaks. We’re determined to try it again and get those 2 last long runs in. As far as we know, nobody’s ever even tried it but us!
Good for you Dan. I think I mentioned that four years ago we skied through every resort in the Three Valleys in one day. This is just do-able in fine weather, with decent snow cover and with all the link lifts working. You start on the first lift, have about half an hour for lunch, or no lunch if there's a hitch. Ski Tracks tells me it was 62km of ski-ing, 38.9km on lifts, with a 9708m vertical drop.

Edited to say that 110km of ski-ing would require some pretty easy/fast slopes in the mix to do it in a day!
 
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Good for you Dan. I think I mentioned that four years ago we skied through every resort in the Three Valleys in one day. This is just do-able in fine weather, with decent snow cover and with all the link lifts working. You start on the first lift, have about half an hour for lunch, or no lunch if there's a hitch. Ski Tracks tells me it was 62km of ski-ing, 38.9km on lifts, with a 9708m vertical drop.

Edited to say that 110km of ski-ing would require some pretty easy/fast slopes in the mix to do it in a day!
Have done that a few times in years past. These days we all seem to prefer a more leisurely lunch.
 
Good for you Dan. I think I mentioned that four years ago we skied through every resort in the Three Valleys in one day. This is just do-able in fine weather, with decent snow cover and with all the link lifts working. You start on the first lift, have about half an hour for lunch, or no lunch if there's a hitch. Ski Tracks tells me it was 62km of ski-ing, 38.9km on lifts, with a 9708m vertical drop.

Edited to say that 110km of ski-ing would require some pretty easy/fast slopes in the mix to do it in a day!
Sella ronda is mostly easy. Very little, if any, is difficult. Some of Dan's spurs I think are where the fun is.
 
Sella ronda is mostly easy. Very little, if any, is difficult. Some of Dan's spurs I think are where the fun is.
That’s correct. Only moderately difficult bits would be top of marmolada and top/bottom of saslong (ie the val gardena downhill run!). It's still an amazing and incredibly beautiful ski tour, even at 50mph the whole way!
 
That’s correct. Only moderately difficult bits would be top of marmolada and top/bottom of saslong (ie the val gardena downhill run!). It's still an amazing and incredibly beautiful ski tour, even at 50mph the whole way!
Agreed. We did it once. We also did that other bit with the famous restaurant halfway down and the horses at the bottom (Hidden valley?) - that was particularly beautful.
Our friends decided to have lunch at the restaurant, but thre was a long wait and they ended up getting stranded the other side of the circuit from our lodgings near Canazei - I had to drive to pick them up (took ages!).
 
Dolomites' scenery is comparable to Switzerland and Austria. However lift are appalling. If you try the Sella Ronda anti-clockwise good luck. Clockwise you can ski it twice in a day. But there it is more of a Spa business than a ski business. As Daniel said pistes are pretty easy.

Just spent sometime in Zermatt and it was splendid (and warm apart from a couple of days). Also not super full.
 
Agreed. We did it once. We also did that other bit with the famous restaurant halfway down and the horses at the bottom (Hidden valley?) - that was particularly beautful.
Our friends decided to have lunch at the restaurant, but thre was a long wait and they ended up getting stranded the other side of the circuit from our lodgings near Canazei - I had to drive to pick them up (took ages!).
You mean lagazuoi. That was the 2nd of the 4 big mountains off the sella ronda that we were trying to do.
 
Dolomites' scenery is comparable to Switzerland and Austria. However lift are appalling. If you try the Sella Ronda anti-clockwise good luck. Clockwise you can ski it twice in a day. But there it is more of a Spa business than a ski business. As Daniel said pistes are pretty easy.

Just spent sometime in Zermatt and it was splendid (and warm apart from a couple of days). Also not super full.
I think it’s much more spectacular than switzerland and austria. Indeed, other than the matterhorn, I don’t think of the former as having scenery anywhere near as spectacular. Surprised you find the lifts a problem. We’ve never had any issues with queues or anything else for that matter except for the one chairlift that links over to marmolada. Indeed, we were doing it anti clockwise and have never noticed any difference vs clockwise.
 
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