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Anyone looking forward to ski/snow season?

I so love autumn, but then I wish I could just zap November! What is the use of November ?!? add 2 week to June, and 2 weeks to February- and be done with it! lol.

But then, I love winter, tons of dry, crisp snow, very cold but bright and sunny, with that very special light up in the mountains. And the woodburner on - so cosy.

And then all the fun, downhill, cross country (sadly had to give up snowboarding- can't afford to twist one of them new knees of mine) ...

What about you?
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Re: Anyone looking forward to ski/snow season?

I love that crisp cold mountain air in the Winter. It doesn't matter how cold it is, I always go and stand out on our balcony in Klosters before I go to bed and just breathe it in. My old knees can barely even walk these days, but I do always manage to make it to a cosy bar where I meet the family when they get down from the mountain to enjoy a bit of apres ski. Oddly enough the walk home always seems so much less painful. November is only good for getting everything organised for the Winter season.
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Re: Anyone looking forward to ski/snow season?

I have very mixed feelings abut it - since once breaking my Coccyx (Tailbone) on slippery ice in my earlier years here while crossing the road in completely inappropriate shoes, and then spending several months sleeping on the hard floor, or sitting in the office on one of those round, plastic rings (it’s still uncomfortable when I sit) - my enjoyment of skiing and snow unfortunately waned quite a bit.

So I have sometimes been quite envious of those up there skiing above the grey fog down here in earlier years, and it can make the winter seem pretty long. Having said that however, I focus in November / early December now on getting the “hygge” atmosphere nicely prepared in my home down here - which is also cosy.

But I do like to get away in winter for a few days whenever possible - the Christmas before the pandemic we spent 69 degrees North in Norway, where the permafrost is extremely thick - like walking on an ice skating rink sometimes in the town (Tromso). Daughter has no problems doing an elegant penguin shuffle:


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And don’t leave home without my shoe spikes
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Re: Anyone looking forward to ski/snow season?

Snow that fell six days ago is still visible from my window at about 2000 m.
For ski racing fans, the FIS World Cup starts this week in Soelden.
Yes, the fall is just a transition to the other best of Switzerland.
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I so love autumn, but then I wish I could just zap November! What is the use of November ?!?
Just go up a bit higher and embrace November skiing!

Last year there was exceptionally early snow, I think I got out late October for once. Looks like it could be a repeat this season too.
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Re: Anyone looking forward to ski/snow season?

In Zermatt was action even in june-july. Last seasson I did snowboard every weekend. Unfortunately there are not many good slopes around Geneve (at least for more advanced riders) so you need to drive a bit.
But now that France will be open we will have more options and cheaper too.

If anyone has recommendation for good slopes in France, near Geneve, please let me know. I only know about Les Portes du Soleil
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Re: Anyone looking forward to ski/snow season?

La Clusaz, Grand Bornand are great from Geneva.

And of course on Swiss side Villars which now links well with Les Diablerets, Leysins and Verbier not to far either. And a bit further down the Rhône Valley, you can access Verbier via La Tsoumaz or Nendaz- in the middle of the 4 Vallées- with the option of going one way to Veysonnaz, Thyon and Les Masses, or up to Mont-Fort Glacier, or up to Verbier area, and back down via the famous black Wall at Tortin (only for advanced, sure skiers). These days I go back down on the 'bubble' and watch the carnage- but I used to do it with my eyes closed!

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Re: Anyone looking forward to ski/snow season?

I think you'd be faster going to Chamonix than Portes du Soleil. It's about an hour of highway driving from Geneva.

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Re: Anyone looking forward to ski/snow season?

Monts Jura is probably the closest to Geneva.
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Re: Anyone looking forward to ski/snow season?

I love my native Jura mountains, and we often ski at Métabief-Mt d'Or (nearer to Lausanne/Yverdon than Geneva). But snow cover is not always sure, and for an advanced skier, not really challenging and varied enough.

For anyone from Lausanne, the fastest access to Portes du Soleil is via Switzerland, Vionnaz opposite Aigle and up to Plan de Croix (or Torgon)- from Plan de Croix you have a fast 5 seater chair up on left to go to Tour de Don and on to Châlet Neuf and up to Super Châtel, the over to Chapelle d'Abondance and return via Plan de Croix (restaurant at bottom and large car park). Or take the T-bar up, down a bit, and another T-bar up to the top of Chapelle d'Abondance, and chairlift back up.

From Châlet Neuf you can also go down to Morgins, take the bus across the village and up to Foilleuse and link up to Champoussin, Les Crozets up and down to Avoriaz, or back down via the famous Pas de Chavanette black mogul field.
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Re: Anyone looking forward to ski/snow season?

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Monts Jura is probably the closest to Geneva.
Chamonix/Les Houches is great and the altitude and orientation range offer good conditions essentially all winter. Mostly advanced but excellent intermediate slopes too. And plenty of options along the way past Combloux, Megeve etc.
BUT that one-hour drive is in ideal traffic conditions. You are basically following one of the busiest transalpine freight highways. So, ideal if you can schedule away from peak traffic.

The Jura is underestimated. Medium mountains obviously and more risk of slush/ice/no snow, but with a real culture of day skiing and superb views. Well worth a try, and excellent for intermediate skiing!
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Re: Anyone looking forward to ski/snow season?

For the very best views of the Alps- the top of the Jura is the very best place for sure. From the top of Les Rasses/Chasseron near St Croix, above Yverdon- you can see part of Lake Neuchâtel, the plains and all the Alps, from the Bernese (Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau) to Mont Blanc and way beyond, and even catch a glimpse of Lake Leman (Geneva). Same from Mt d'Or on top of Métabief ski resort, where I spend a lt of my time every winter (well not last year sadly).

If anyone from Neuch, Lausanne, Yverdon area wants to meet up there when conditions are good, I am up for it. Day tickets are such great value, you can take half days too, and out of season, week days, even better. Hire shops are at base of resort, many restaurants, and 2 ski schools- and snow kindergarten fro kiddies from age 4. When snow is good, it's a fab place.

And of course, Didier Cuche was from the Jura- his local resort being another one of my favourites, Les Bugnenets, above Neuchâtel, behind Chasseral mountain- but no views of the Alps from there.
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Re: Anyone looking forward to ski/snow season?

And of course, for cross country skiing, the Jura is so much nicer than the Alps. Due to geography, in the Alps you have to go round and round pistes at the bottom of mountains- whereas in the Jura, you ski at the top of the 'Crêtes' - in and out of woods and huge clearings or in Peat Valleys like at La Brévine. The domain is so vast, and many do the GTJ - Grande Traversée du Jura, from beyond Geneva to Basel, with regular stops, over a period of one or two weeks. On the French side there is a 4 **** Hôtel restaurant right on the piste, a fabulous classy mix of old and design new, and a glass fronted sauna with view of the mountains and snow fields, called Le Tillau. Total piece and quiet. Michelin * and Trip Advisor Hôtel of Choice, top 10%.

I live right in the middle of the GTJ. From the Hôtel above us, you are right on the prepared pistes and can for for huge distances in so many directions. The winter light is amazing, above the fog- and it is so peaceful, with just odd farms dotted around and a few mountain restaurants for sustenance.

Little Siberia, or Vallée de la Brévine is very famous for xc skiing- and it is all flat so safe for most beginners (although I know someone here who will totally deny this ) - and with a great sports shop and ski/boots hire shop with a great expert in both classic and skating styles, and perfectly prepared pistes.

Again, very happy to meet there when conditions are good. Great restaurants along the pistes too, and on a good day you can even xc right across the lake, mixing with skaters and even sail skaters!
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Re: Anyone looking forward to ski/snow season?

Can anyone share some good deals for tickets? Looking to explore more of what Switzerland has to offer. Have done Magic Pass 2x and Portes du Soleil/4 valleys pass so looking to expand outside of that.
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Re: Anyone looking forward to ski/snow season?

Only to the end of it.

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I like November, December-February I could live without.

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Can anyone share some good deals for tickets? Looking to explore more of what Switzerland has to offer. Have done Magic Pass 2x and Portes du Soleil/4 valleys pass so looking to expand outside of that.
Incidentally kocur posted about this: https://www.englishforum.ch/sports-f...pros-cons.html
For people in the south this will be less interesting, but for the northeast and into (far) western Austria this has many of the best resorts. Pricey, though.
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Incidentally kocur posted about this: https://www.englishforum.ch/sports-f...pros-cons.html
For people in the south this will be less interesting, but for the northeast and into (far) western Austria this has many of the best resorts. Pricey, though.
Thanks for this info. A bit far for me but looks like a sweet deal
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