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Snow Sports 2016/17

Discussion in 'Sports Arena' started by richyfingers, Aug 22, 2016.

  1. izzop

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jul 7, 2009

    Posts: 2,232

    Location: Wiltshire

    Ouch!!!

    Sounds like that would be anyone's worst experience regarding getting the ski boot off :eek:

    Wish you the speediest of recoveries.
     
  2. Jokester

    Don

    Joined: Aug 7, 2003

    Posts: 38,550

    Location: Aberdeenshire

    Ouch.

    Would have thought they would have cut the boot off :eek:
     
  3. rogan

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jul 15, 2011

    Posts: 1,528

    Location: London

    That takes quite a long time whereas they're desperate to try and get it off before the leg swells too much and the boot starts cutting your circulation
     
  4. Adrianr

    Soldato

    Joined: Feb 3, 2008

    Posts: 5,397

    Sorry for the late reply! I got the notification when I was busy and then forgot about it. We actually did it through Crystal and have done that again for next year already. Looked into doing it separately but it was always coming out more expensive. We were more than happy to stay at the same place and had no problems with them on this trip so figured we'd just do the same again but for longer. Easy to get it done all in one place and now I have till December to pay it off. Was a little under £1200 for room with upgrade (same room as this year. Big, great bed, whirlpool bath, etc), flights and transfers, B&B for 2 weeks. I'm sure more well versed travelers or Banff'ers could shave a bit off that but I can't be bothered unless it's multiple hundreds. Which given the flights are about half that price I don't see how you could anyway. Lift passes I've actually booked through Crystal too as short of waiting for an offer closer to the time it's nice to know a big chunk of the in-resort cost will be paid off. I can always get that refunded if I see something better. I know people who have left both lift pass and accommodation till the very last minute and got great combined deals, but I much prefer having it sorted and paid for long before I go.

    I'm not really sure how much I spent on food this year but on the hill you can get something like poutine for $14 which everywhere I had it was large, easily 2 peoples worth of food! Dinner didn't seem any more or less expensive to me than any other trip. There were some cheaper options like Burgers or stuff from the supermarket, but lots of good restaurants so we ate out every night.

    Flying with BA so my board bag will cost me £60 each way. I could have flown with Air Canada for the same price and had my board taken for free, but I always put more stuff in my board bag like boots, extra clothes, helmet etc, and Air Canada will only take your board (They also stipulate it be in a hard shell case or you have to sign a waiver for damages - sod that). Plus if my main bag then went overweight, which it would with all the **** I'd normally put in my board bag, I'd have to pay as much or more than the £60 in overweight fees, so it just seemed easier to go with BA in the end. Again flew with them this year and had no troubles at all.

    Any other questions I'l try answer in a more timely manner!
     
  5. Amp34

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jul 25, 2005

    Posts: 28,594

    Location: Canada

    Considering the cheapest direct flights in winter are now £750 (Brexit yo) that's actually a damn good deal. Even in the cheapest hotels (but not hostels) you're looking at not far off £500 each (~$100+ a night for a small room with bathroom) and no breakfast.

    I think with AC you actually get free boot bag carriage as well, so you can take a bag, boot bag and skis/board. Think they are still included in the same weight allowance though - check that!
     
  6. Adrianr

    Soldato

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    Pretty much in line with what I found, except the hotel wanted £2800 to book direct for the room.. Not sure how that works! RE: AC it seemed like it would be more faff. I never carry my boots separately, I've always put them in my board bag (I don't even have a boot bag), along with quite a bit of other kit. The thought of running the gauntlet at the airport for money I'd almost definitely end up paying in OW fees anyway just seemed daft. This way I know it's all contained, won't make my main luggage weigh a ton, and I'm not waiving liability for it.

    Others who we'll be travelling with have insisted in booking everything separately. Will keep my ear out for how much that costs them in the end.
     
  7. Amp34

    Caporegime

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    Location: Canada

    Out of interest which hotel? At that price are you talking the Fairmont or something?
     
  8. Adrianr

    Soldato

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    God no I'm not that posh :D Brewster Mountain Lodge. I have no idea why it's that much if you book direct but it's where we stayed this year and it was top. The location is bang in the middle of Banff, really close to the ski bus stop. Room was great, loved the bed, has a great jacuzzi, and it's opposite Ed's Burgers. I'm sure some people want more perks from their hotel but given I'm a first lift/last lift kind of guy, most of the time I'm in the room I'm fast asleep anyway. We were with some people staying at the Aspen Lodge and I tell you even that little 10 minute walk down the road is hell when it's -25. I want to be as close to everything as possible.
     
  9. Amp34

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jul 25, 2005

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    Location: Canada

    For £2800 you could probably stay at the Fairmont! :p

    Eds burgers is really nice. Also recommend the Sleeping Buffalo if you haven't been. Went there a few years ago now but their food was stunning, if on the more expensive side. Also the Elk and Oarsman, nice food and good prices - been there several times recently.
     
  10. Furyus

    Hitman

    Joined: Sep 15, 2010

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    Location: Weston-super-Mare

    Whens the best time to go to Canada ?
     
  11. Amp34

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jul 25, 2005

    Posts: 28,594

    Location: Canada

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    The lake this morning. Getting a bit warm but the snowpack is still great so other than mid mountain down in the afternoon the snow is still good. Hoping to do another day or two before it shuts in a couple of weeks.

    @Furyus, the rockies usually open a little earlier and close a little later but the seasons are similar. Early conditions are usually into mid January, spring conditions around late March onwards. It's coldest in Jan/Feb. January, February and March are all good times. March will generally be warmer with better snow but may be more likely to be too warm.
     
  12. izzop

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jul 7, 2009

    Posts: 2,232

    Location: Wiltshire

    Nice pic @Amp34 :)

    Looks like there's not a soul around for miles.

    Oh.... not envious in the slightest, no honest! :p
     
  13. Amp34

    Caporegime

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    Location: Canada

    The joys of being able to go up before everyone else! That said it was fairly quiet all day, with lots of places almost deserted going through.

    While we were on the way up we were thinking it was going to be a poor day, but then we broke through the clouds.
     
  14. D.P.

    Caporegime

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    No one ever skis past March for some reason, even although spring skiing is basically the best unless you happen to be storm-skiing a mid-winter blizzard. Shorts and t-shorts, beer, sun-bathing, no lift-lines, discount tickets, empty slopes, chicks in bikinis.
     
  15. Jokester

    Don

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    Location: Aberdeenshire

    This.
     
  16. richyfingers

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Glasgow

    Anyone had any experience of Cervinia? Thinking of booking for mid march next year.
     
  17. Furyus

    Hitman

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    Location: Weston-super-Mare

    So what's everyone's plans for the up and coming season? I See Val T has had a dumping already!
     
  18. D.P.

    Caporegime

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    Any snow now.will melt, and you better hope it does otherwise the deep faceted crystals will.ruin the ski season and lead to multiple deaths. Last thing we want is a colorado snowpack
     
  19. Furyus

    Hitman

    Joined: Sep 15, 2010

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    Location: Weston-super-Mare

    Has anyone booked a trip to the Alps as in DIY, so doing all your own acc and lift passes, flights and transfers?
    Did it work out cheaper?
     
  20. mid_gen

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Dec 20, 2004

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    Location: Düsseldorf

    I've never done a package tbh, prefer to just organise myself.

    Flights/transfer/Airbnb done online then buy passes at the lift. Job done.

    Would be interested to know if packages are cheaper mind.