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Old 26.10.2011, 21:46
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Re: British skiers warned off Switzerland

Great thing if you go local (ish) by car - take lots of own food, make you own filling breakfast, take packed lunch and then cook simple dinner. This allowed us to ski for 12 days instead of 6 when kids were young- especially with a bit of research to get a great family discount on passes (like in the 4 Valleys, Thyon 2000, Veysonnaz, Siviez, Haute Nendaz, Verbier- but others too).
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Old 26.10.2011, 22:04
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Re: British skiers warned off Switzerland

It may be expensive, but according to our good old Martin Horat it'll be a good winter!

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Re: British skiers warned off Switzerland

Have you all not read the artical? It clearly states that the snow quality is simply better. There's no arguing with that, not in Switzerland :-).
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Old 26.10.2011, 22:21
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Re: British skiers warned off Switzerland

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Whistler flight 12 hours, or more + transfer- great if you can take 2 weeks off. Would you really go to Whistler or lake Tahoe for 1 week, honest?
And, yet, lots of Brits and other Euros there. Lots. And not just the wealthy types either. I don't make this stuff up you know. Do you just like to go around disagreeing with people because it makes up for some yawning void in your life? And I never have any problems getting discounted tickets in the US or Canada either, so never go by what the listed price is.
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Yawning void in life - surely there is no need for this type of comment. Not disagreeing that lots of Brits go to Canada or Co, or even East coast, just that it is not necessarily cheaper than staying in CH or Europe.
Are you denying that Whistler is a very long flight away- and too far for a week's skiing? Not anti going to Canada or Colorado (can't see the point of East coast, due to extreme cold and icy slopes) - we've been to Colorado several times, as we were getting free ski (as friends volunteer as ski ambassadors/guest guides) passes and were hosted by friends (sadly no champagne powder in Steamboat despite the adverts) - but to enjoy a good weeks skiing you need to go for several days either way for travel and jet lag. All I am saying is that travelling half way across the globe is not necessarily cheaper when you take all into account. Flight to Denver about 10 hours, then several hours transfer takes its toll and expensive - even if other things are somewhat cheaper. Do you know of any family deals on passes in CO?
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And, yet, lots of Brits and other Euros there. Lots. And not just the wealthy types either. I don't make this stuff up you know. Do you just like to go around disagreeing with people because it makes up for some yawning void in your life? And I never have any problems getting discounted tickets in the US or Canada either, so never go by what the listed price is.
My 13 year old niece attends a state school in South Manchester and for her first school ski trip is going to .... Whistler with a 2 day stop over in New York.

Yes. Plenty of people are doing it, it would seem!

90 children are going from her year. If you pm me, I'll let you know which flights in and out of Manchester to avoid.
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Great news, more room on the piste for us "locals"
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My 13 year old niece attends a state school in South Manchester and for her first school ski trip is going to .... Whistler with a 2 day stop over in New York.

Yes. Plenty of people are doing it, it would seem!

90 children are going from her year. If you pm me, I'll let you know which flights in and out of Manchester to avoid.
Would be very interested in the cost per pupil- could you check with her.
And I can bet your bottom dollar (or Chuff) that I can beat it hands down here in CH. How many days skiing are they getting, and how many hours lessons per day? Will eat my ski hat if I can't.
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Old 28.10.2011, 17:25
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My 13 year old niece attends a state school in South Manchester and for her first school ski trip is going to .... Whistler with a 2 day stop over in New York.

Yes. Plenty of people are doing it, it would seem!

90 children are going from her year. If you pm me, I'll let you know which flights in and out of Manchester to avoid.
sounds like a good boondoggle to me. Hope my kids have some of these in their days and I can annoy them and chaperone
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And of course a great example is sensible ecology- flight times 8 hours to NY, then 4 (? 3) to Whistler- so about 10-12 hours x 2 for a short ski trip.
As said, I'd be really interested in the price (with all meals, insurance, ski hire and lessons- all inclusive).

When I questioned teachers at my daughters school re a similar trip - the teacher said 'but it's great value, they have jakuzzis in their room! She was wearing the Sweatshirt given to her on the free recky some of the teachers had been on at Christmas to 'seal the deal' (:
Sadly many ski trips are run for the teachers and not for the kids.
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My 13 year old niece attends a state school in South Manchester and for her first school ski trip is going to .... Whistler with a 2 day stop over in New York.

Yes. Plenty of people are doing it, it would seem!

90 children are going from her year. If you pm me, I'll let you know which flights in and out of Manchester to avoid.
Pretty sure AGGS are going there as well second week of Feb.
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Re: British skiers warned off Switzerland

I grew up skiing in Ontario, Quebec and Vermont. I'm a CSIA qualified instructor and coach and I've lived for several seasons in BC (Whistler and Red Mountain). Let me assure you that people who are getting on a plane and flying over there, especially school kids, are doing it for some reason other than better/cheaper skiing. I had a mate that went to Whistler a few seasons back - he was sitting at the base, looking up at green slopes while we were skiing waist deep powder at St. Anton.

As others have said, there is plenty of opportunity to find good quality, reasonably priced skiing here in Switzerland and ticket prices are, for the most part, reasonable - assuming you stay away from where royalty/russians like to play.
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