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Fantastic days boarding in Flums, so much for the bad weather, hardly a cloud in the sky.
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

Thanks guys, Leysin looks like it fits the bill pretty well, we'll go and check it out this weekend if the snow report is good.

Tell me, which station is the best to arrive into, I was thinking Feydey looked the closest but it was hard to tell on the village map? Also we will be having some shoes and bag that we don't want to take up the mountain, are there lockers somewhere to put this stuff - perhaps at la poste or even near the slopes?
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Old 10.01.2011, 18:05
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

Feyday is the closest, it's a short downhill walk to the bottom station. There's also a free bus service, but I think it only runs every hour and didn't seem to link up with the train times last time I was there but I might be wrong. I can't remember if there are any lockers at Feyday or at the lift, although it wouldn't surprise me if there are. There are definitely lockers at Aigle, but why not leave all the stuff you don't need for skiing at home or at Geneva station if that's where you are starting from, or just bring a small backpack?
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Old 11.01.2011, 10:38
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

Well you are right, we are not talking about much stuff, mainly apre-ski boots we will be wearing on the train and then swapping out for the ski boots at the slopes - or are you saying ppl wear their ski boots from home and on the train etc.??
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Old 11.01.2011, 10:51
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

Some people do wear their ski boots from home - I guess it depends how much walking you need to do and how comfy your boots are. Usually I wear a pair of neoprene slip-ons to and from the slopes - they are warm, waterproof, are comfy, have good grip and can fit into my pockets let alone my back pack. However I picked up a pair of nearly new boots from a jumble sale last year and they are so comfy I wore them from home last time I went skiing.

It's a funny thing. I've had my old ski boots for at least 20 years I guess and they have been great boots, but I think my feet have grown because the boots are really tight now.
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

Hi there, first of all, I only read the first two pages, and everyone here seems pretty much at least an experienced skier or snowboarder, which I'm not, not even close.

I'm a pretty noobie snowboard, that just moved to Zurich from Spain, to work.

I'm here with some friends, and they are all up for learning ski, so I think I'm going to join him, most of us haven't even been on skis never.

we would like to know good places for learning ski near Zurich (who aren't farther then +-2h on public transportations). we have a problem that for now, we will be most doing things on weekends, because no vacations for now.

I've been on Flumserberg this weekend, doing snowboard, and it was ok, but I've read they are supposed to get very crowded on weekends, so it's maybe just better to have other options.

I would also like to know if there is any place where we can take group classes on weekends, at least in the beginning I think would be good.

I think for now it's everything.

Sorry for not reading the other pages of the topic before posting this, will try to catch up on the lunch break.

thanks in advance,

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Old 11.01.2011, 18:03
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Hi there, first of all, I only read the first two pages, and everyone here seems pretty much at least an experienced skier or snowboarder, which I'm not, not even close.

I'm a pretty noobie snowboard, that just moved to Zurich from Spain, to work.

I'm here with some friends, and they are all up for learning ski, so I think I'm going to join him, most of us haven't even been on skis never.

we would like to know good places for learning ski near Zurich (who aren't farther then +-2h on public transportations). we have a problem that for now, we will be most doing things on weekends, because no vacations for now.

I've been on Flumserberg this weekend, doing snowboard, and it was ok, but I've read they are supposed to get very crowded on weekends, so it's maybe just better to have other options.

I would also like to know if there is any place where we can take group classes on weekends, at least in the beginning I think would be good.

I think for now it's everything.

Sorry for not reading the other pages of the topic before posting this, will try to catch up on the lunch break.

thanks in advance,

Miguel
Hi Miguel

All of your questions could probably be answered in the first post from this thread http://www.englishforum.ch/sports-fi...one-place.html

Let us know if you're still unsure about anything after looking at that

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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

Hi there, thanks for that thread it helps a lot and I answer most of my question, no the "problem" is that there are at least 4 resorts that look good, maybe the best things is just try them all in 4 weekends and see how it goes.

the only problem sometimes is that the websites are only in German which I don't speak or read, but thank god for web-translators that at least give you an idea of what it says there.

once again, thanks for the help.
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

Hi, Anybody interested in joining for a day at Verbier or Leysin this Saturday (15 Jan)?
I am planning to leave from Lausanne by train.

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Hitting Laax this weekend, weather looks fantastic like last weekend, but temperature is a big problem. Looks too warm to me. Anyone been today or yesterday?
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

First time poster, long time lurker here.

What's up with this weather?? I was supposed to have a snowboarding lesson at Flums this Sunday, but I doubt that's going to happen. It's supposed to get up to 10C this weekend I may as well wear shorts to the lesson.
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Shorts or not - don't forget your knee pads - it hurts when you get catapulted forward (mind you backwards can be even more painful!lol) - and of course your wrist guards. Oh send us some piccies!

Great fun - enjoy- if there is any snow. How high if Flums? Here in the Jura at 950m it's been raining non stop for days- no snow left - and yet just 30m higher, there is plenty for cross-country. Friends in Torgon, Portes du Soleil put some picture on FB today and they have loads of powder, despite being fairly low. look up their pics The Ski company on FB

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There's a rumour that WeeJeem will be forsaking the sailing, the sultry weather and the Scotch uber-next week, and will be back in ZRH - thus, will also be up for a couple of day-trips out (14th or/and 15th) to get some snow under the skis... Can I tempt any fellow adventurers to join me on the, err, slopes?
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

And invest in some padded shorts!!!! This is really important if you're learning to snowboard, not so much if you're learning to ski. Last season I sat down hard on the first day of snowboarding & then spent the rest of the season with a bruised coccyx. Once it's bruised, subsequent falls hurt that much more.

I recommend hard-shell protector shorts, where you have padding encased in hard plastic. These work much better than the shorts which just have a few simple rubber pads, as the plastic helps distribute the force of any falls & it will also offer you much more protection if you get hit by someone else's ski/snowboard/ski pole. I got mine from Ochsner Sport in Zürich.
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Really sunny up here in the Jura, and not a bit of snow. How are things in Verbier, as we are going there next Saturday for the week. (well Nendaz, next Valley, much cheaper, friendlier and in the middle of the 4 Valleys - so each day we can choose which way to go).
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

After a promising start.... where's the feckin' snow

Maybe we should all go to the pub instead, anyone for a ski social in Zug/Zurich?
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Telling me! I've given up with it and heading back to the UK, so Switzerland prepare for the mother of all storms to hit end of next week.
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Old 16.01.2011, 18:46
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

There is still plenty of snow for skiing on piste in most resorts. The off piste has gone a bit cack though.
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

was at flumserberg today, not awesome but for beginners the slopes where ok, no idea about of piste, but there wasn't that much cms of snow off-course
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

One question I have is the steepness on the glacier run@ Titlis? I think the steepest part I took was between 35 and 40 degrees, and most of it is about 30 degrees.

The route I took off the Titlis chair had a choke point about 1/4 of the way down where the rock face and an ice wall create a moderately narrow passage. that is the steepest part I took and I figure it was around 37 degrees.

My reference point is the Swiss Wall at Portes-de-Soleil, which is rumored to start off at 45-50 degrees before flattening out to 35-40 degrees and there is no way the glacier is that steep. My first turn on the Swiss Wall took me about 2 minutes , and my companion just a hair longer

Only downside of the weekend was a injury in the group, but there is a lot of fun to be had on-piste until my snow dance starts working.



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Will be back for longer in mid-Feb and we'll certainly get some Seriously Sociable Slope Sliding sorted out for then.
I look forward to that Weejeem. Will carve some on your behalf until then.

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After a promising start.... where's the feckin' snow

Maybe we should all go to the pub instead, anyone for a ski social in Zug/Zurich?
I'd be up or the Zurich one, and could prob twist my arm to make Zug one if it is on a Thursday night!

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There is still plenty of snow for skiing on piste in most resorts. The off piste has gone a bit cack though.
Certainly was this weekend. Amazing day on-piste @ Parsenn on Saturday. Weather and snow were perfect, and the slopes were empty. Off-piste was a disaster. Titlis was really spot-on weather and snow on-piste Sunday. Even the off-piste cut up powder was easily skiable, though the experience would not be close to the quality of your sojourns .
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