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Old 23.02.2012, 19:08
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Re: (Swiss Alps, Sports, Engelberg or Flumserberg) Snowboarding/Skiing | 25.02.2012

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Oh Super! That's great news!


Well it's costing me nearly 100 CHF for the snow'n'rail ticket alone so have to relax with the spending a bit! However, may be interested in a Snowboard lesson for my girlfriend! Are you mainly ski guides? Do you know any (cheap) English-speaking snowboard instructors?
No, we're both part-time (but qualified) ski instructors. The guiding thing is just a sideline offered by the ski school. And Prime only do skiing - good snowboard instruction can be had through BoardLocal.

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Oh and as you clearly know Engelberg pretty well, where would you advise us to go on a saturday morning to beat the queues? Or is the only option to pay extra for those VIP tickets?
The only place you'll get a queue will be at the bottom station, which is also the only place the VIP tickets work.

Actually, you may sometimes have a bit of a wait at the Cable car up from the top of that (at Truebsee) to the next stage (Stand). Not usually more than one cabin's worth, but I tend to take the 2- and 4-man chairs instead (taking you to the same area) if it's looking busy.
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Gosh I really hope somebody who knows Engelberg well will join us!

So far there are two of us going for sure: wsb556 and myself. Wsb556 has been in Engelberg already but not sure how familiar he is with the whole resort...
You're both boarders? Well, I'd suggest you start by taking the lift up to Stand, from where you've got a choice of several cris-crossing blacks and red runs, and a lot of obvious accessible side-piste. The blacks are genuinely steep, so if you're intermediates then don't assume that because you can do blacks elsewhere you can do these ones...

So for a first time visit for a boarder I'd probably spend an hour or two in that area, then perhaps stop for a drink before heading over on the Truebsee Hopper chairlift to the Jochpass area, which offers a wider range of challenges, with a couple of more gentle blues down to Engstelnalp and/or some much more challenging off-piste.

Maybe then a late lunch on the mountain (can be busy 1200-1330) followed by some playtime around the UnterTruebsee area, where there's some pretty nice, not too difficult, off-piste in a more tree-lined area, and a couple of decent long pistes, which can be repeated via a rather old 8-man cablecar. The run home from that area (the _only_ run home, actually) is really nice too.

Then of course it's absolutely de-rigeur to have a beer outside the Chalet bar at the bottom station, especially when it's really cold. Couple of times in the past weeks we've actually got beer to freeze in the glass

All the route advise is, of course, dependent on conditions, and is worth exactly what you paid for it

Anyway, one last time I'll say it:PM me for contact details and we can arrange to call or text when you're arriving.
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Old 23.02.2012, 23:32
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Re: (Swiss Alps, Sports, Engelberg or Flumserberg) Snowboarding/Skiing | 25.02.2012

Quick update - it seems that I've now got lessons morning and afternoon on Saturday, so won't be able to meet up to ski.

It might be nice to meet up for am apres-ski drink anyway, so maybe still see you there.
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Re: (Swiss Alps, Sports, Engelberg or Flumserberg) Snowboarding/Skiing | 25.02.2012

As this weekend it will be warm, I would not go to Flumserberg anyways (forecast over 0 C for several days).

I am considering Engelberg/Titlis too but I might as well try Braunwald as Titlis will be still opened for a few more months.
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Re: (Swiss Alps, Sports, Engelberg or Flumserberg) Snowboarding/Skiing | 25.02.2012

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You're both boarders? Well, I'd suggest you start by taking the lift up to Stand, from where you've got a choice of several cris-crossing blacks and red runs, and a lot of obvious accessible side-piste. The blacks are genuinely steep, so if you're intermediates then don't assume that because you can do blacks elsewhere you can do these ones...

So for a first time visit for a boarder I'd probably spend an hour or two in that area, then perhaps stop for a drink before heading over on the Truebsee Hopper chairlift to the Jochpass area, which offers a wider range of challenges, with a couple of more gentle blues down to Engstelnalp and/or some much more challenging off-piste.

Maybe then a late lunch on the mountain (can be busy 1200-1330) followed by some playtime around the UnterTruebsee area, where there's some pretty nice, not too difficult, off-piste in a more tree-lined area, and a couple of decent long pistes, which can be repeated via a rather old 8-man cablecar. The run home from that area (the _only_ run home, actually) is really nice too.
Thank you for all this advice Ace1!

Indeed wsb556 and mysef are both snowboarders but we're by no means experts so we'll give the blacks a miss me thinks!

I'll PM you my details. Who knows, we could perhaps meet up for lunch or drinks in the evening?!

Thanks again for all the info!
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Re: (Swiss Alps, Sports, Engelberg or Flumserberg) Snowboarding/Skiing | 25.02.2012

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As this weekend it will be warm, I would not go to Flumserberg anyways (forecast over 0 C for several days).

I am considering Engelberg/Titlis too but I might as well try Braunwald as Titlis will be still opened for a few more months.
Well, if you change your mind Gaijin, be at the Engelberg train station tomorrow morning at 09:00 and PM me to let me know you're coming!

In fact this goes to everybody who wants to join us:

Rendez-vous @ Engleberg Train Station @ 09:00 (and PM me too)!
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Re: (Swiss Alps, Sports, Engelberg or Flumserberg) Snowboarding/Skiing | 25.02.2012

Will be in Zurich next weekend (march 3). Anyone planning anything for then?

For some unknown reason I cannot create a new post on the forum...
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Re: (Swiss Alps, Sports, Engelberg or Flumserberg) Snowboarding/Skiing | 25.02.2012

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Will be in Zurich next weekend (march 3). Anyone planning anything for then?

For some unknown reason I cannot create a new post on the forum...
Taken from the "Organising an event? _READ THIS FIRST_" thread:

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Re: (Swiss Alps, Sports, Engelberg or Flumserberg) Snowboarding/Skiing | 25.02.2012

Didn't realize that posting in this part of the forum was posting a new event.

Thought it was just posting a thread.

That being said, anyone going anywhere Saturday this weekend?

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Taken from the "Organising an event? _READ THIS FIRST_" thread:

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Re: (Swiss Alps, Sports, Engelberg or Flumserberg) Snowboarding/Skiing | 25.02.2012

It might make more sense to start a new thread though.

this weekend spending more or less in house arrest :|

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Didn't realize that posting in this part of the forum was posting a new event.

Thought it was just posting a thread.

That being said, anyone going anywhere Saturday this weekend?
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Re: (Swiss Alps, Sports, Engelberg or Flumserberg) Snowboarding/Skiing | 25.02.2012

I recommend Flims Laax! The snow condition - great
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Re: (Swiss Alps, Sports, Engelberg or Flumserberg) Snowboarding/Skiing | 25.02.2012

or Lenzerheide
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