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Old 20.01.2011, 12:26
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There is a large car park near the slopes.

Beens snowing like crazy here since this morning - lovely powder - but it will take a lot more to get the resorts open. Cross country skiing should be OK very soon though.
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Anyone skied the lift at Schatzalp in Davos?

Thought this might be good for one day as the next step to the big slopes for our little'un.

One worry might have been that it has no snow cannons, but looks like we'll get plenty of fresh new snow over the next few days and into the weekend. So as long as the piste is well prepared should be perfect.
Hey, I skied the Schatzalp the weekend before Christmas. What you get is a small chair lift and a T-bar that bring you from the hotel to the top of the ski area - we really enjoyed the pistes, but it was the off piste that was really special....... If you've skied Davos before then the Schatzalp is nice as it's very quiet and has stunning views. Best of all it's cheap (35chf per day - I think) (EDIT - I would agree though, a good place to bring a little'un before heading to a big mountain)

The other choice for a quiet area would be the Pischa

The snow here in Davos is ok, but the last two days has seen some pretty strong winds up top, so you could find it's a bit inconsistant. It's also pretty cold right now at -18 on the slopes.

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Old 21.01.2011, 11:20
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Hey, I skied the Schatzalp the weekend before Christmas. What you get is a small chair lift and a T-bar that bring you from the hotel to the top of the ski area - we really enjoyed the pistes, but it was the off piste that was really special....... If you've skied Davos before then the Schatzalp is nice as it's very quiet and has stunning views. Best of all it's cheap (35chf per day - I think) (EDIT - I would agree though, a good place to bring a little'un before heading to a big mountain)

The other choice for a quiet area would be the Pischa

The snow here in Davos is ok, but the last two days has seen some pretty strong winds up top, so you could find it's a bit inconsistant. It's also pretty cold right now at -18 on the slopes.
Hi,

Thanks for the confirmation. Been watching the weather and does not look like Davos received much snow over the last couple of days (based on radar images of precipitation). But hopefully the slopes are still in good condition.

However looks like it will be 'king cold.
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Old 21.01.2011, 21:58
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The ski social event is posted here Ski social at the Shamrock in Zurich.... roll up, roll up
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Off to Nendaz/Verbier tomorrow with friends from UK - can't wait.
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Hi Folks,

Finally decided to book first weekend trip to Zermatt. Will be staying next town over is Taesch, which has free parking in hotel Given train fair of 119 CH X 2 people return, If the weather forecast is good I am thinking of driving instead.

Any recommendations on the route I would take from Zurich? Google Maps offers 3 options relatively the same time, A4, A1, or A8?

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Not sure if you were planning to go this weekend, in which case I'm too late to second Weejeem's advice, below. If not, then yep, that's the best route. Factor in the time taken for the moto-rail, as it isn't included in the estimates given by Google Maps and viaMichelin.

Just a quick comment on Täsch: yes, accommodation is more affordable than in Zermatt, but the atmosphere/après-ski/attractiveness of the place is light years behind Zermatt. Despite popular opinion, there are some affordable places to stay in Zermatt, and you won't have to take the train twice a day up the hill. Also, beware, the train from Zermatt to Täsch runs only once an hour from 10:30 pm, and on Sunday nights the last train is at 00:30 (i.e. half past midnight on Monday morning), so you need to keep an eye on the clock when partying in Zermatt.

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I can't remember the road numbers but personally, the only route I'd ever consider would be to head there via Bern, Thun, the Lötschberg cartrain (from Kandersteg to Goppenstein) and then Visp.

( The route via Luzern can look mighty tempting on paper, but the maps often fail to show that someone put these big piles of snowy rocks in the way )

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Old 23.01.2011, 19:20
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

Hi people

Just a question, I'm just starting on my skiing, very very beginner, and wanted to know if there is any 2nd hand shop of gear in Zurich, or one shop that sells skis online that is cheap.

does one know about it? or where to go, thanks
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Old 23.01.2011, 19:47
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

My first in this season and the most fabulous day of skiing in Engelberg organized by S'n'L (snow & lumi) in sporty jemma's company. The sun was out the whole day with hardly any cloud to disturb the magnificient contrast of white and blue perfection.

Today you were able to get any kind of weather conditions i.e. windy on the top, powder on free-ride areas of the mountains with carvable pistes almost everywhere. Only human factor was the limit - not enough gear box fluid in legs.

Thanks for organizing guys
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Old 23.01.2011, 19:53
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Just got back from Engelberg, too.

Awesome, AWESOME, AWESOME skiing, scenery, weather, powder, pistes. (But -15C up at Klein Titlis.)

Great for a day trip. Probably a bit small for an extended day as you'd start repeating all your runs after day 1.

Did I mention it was awesome?
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Old 23.01.2011, 19:55
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Hi people

Just a question, I'm just starting on my skiing, very very beginner, and wanted to know if there is any 2nd hand shop of gear in Zurich, or one shop that sells skis online that is cheap.

does one know about it? or where to go, thanks

One member Ittigen put an advert in the "Free section" the other day for his ski gear - might suit you but if I remember the size is large and he is in Bern = worth a look
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Old 23.01.2011, 21:04
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

Engelberg was indeed amazing today and is now my favourite resort, close to Zurich with some great runs and plenty of off-piste. Thanks to the guys for putting up with my slow pace in the free ride area and then later on in the day (must get ski fit!) on that last run down when my legs were killing me.
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Old 25.01.2011, 22:47
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

I'm finally going to try out skiing this season. It's been a while since I last did it (5-6 years) so I hope I haven't forgotten. I'll be taking things slowly.

Anyway, I heard my colleagues talking about the slope rating system here and apparently it's different from the one in North America? I thought I'd come ask here. I just read the wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpine_..._trail_ratings

In NA, back in the day, I was trying out on harder blue squares. Would that be a "red zone" here? Is it something like this?

North America - Europe
unmarked? > Green
Green Circle > Blue
Blue square > Red
(won't be trying further than that)

Am I right on this one??? Just so I have a vague idea. I'll of course be going on the level that feels comfortable when I am out there.
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I'm finally going to try out skiing this season. It's been a while since I last did it (5-6 years) so I hope I haven't forgotten. I'll be taking things slowly.

Anyway, I heard my colleagues talking about the slope rating system here and apparently it's different from the one in North America? I thought I'd come ask here. I just read the wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpine_..._trail_ratings

In NA, back in the day, I was trying out on harder blue squares. Would that be a "red zone" here? Is it something like this?

North America - Europe
unmarked? > Green
Green Circle > Blue
Blue square > Red
(won't be trying further than that)

Am I right on this one??? Just so I have a vague idea. I'll of course be going on the level that feels comfortable when I am out there.
Green - tends to be nursery slopes
Blue - Easy runs
Red - more difficult
Black - Advanced
Yellow/dashed - Off-piste (marking tend to vary but will be shown on piste map key).
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

thank you very much
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Old 28.01.2011, 12:54
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

anyone keen to go skiing this sunday? preferably hoch-ybrig or pizol...
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Old 28.01.2011, 13:50
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

If you fancy skiing tomorrow instead of Sunday there are a few of us heading to Hoch Ybrig.
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

me and some friends migth be going to ski on hoch Ybrig sunday, but our ski level is not that good
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Old 29.01.2011, 01:18
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oh my god, those blue slopes i was in were absolutely horrible! not easy at all
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A great week in Nendaz - but had to go up to the Verbier/Col des Gentiannes/Chaux/Lac des Vaux to get better snow, as lower slopes very icy.
They are going to struggle soon though - if no new snow soon. Nothing at all in the Jura - never ever known a January like this.
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Old 30.01.2011, 12:39
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Re: Skiing/Snowboarding 2010/2011

Was anyone here in '98? I was talking to a lift operator and he told me there was TEN METERS of snow that year!
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