Europe 2018 thread.

Discussion in 'Europe' started by Kletterer, Apr 27, 2017.

  1. Kletterer

    Kletterer Addicted Member
    Season Pass Gold

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2014
    Messages:
    7,774
    Likes Received:
    5,506
    Time to get things rolling again folks. Hopefully a bumper Oz season to precede some Northern Hemi gesticulations amongst the Alps finest . For me its a fortnight back in Saalbach again from Jan 8 with @DidSurfNowSki followed by an open week ( decide when we are there) somewhere else on the Salzburger ski pass. Whats on the cards folks ?
     
  2. tele-whippet

    tele-whippet beard stroker
    Season Pass Gold

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2006
    Messages:
    10,112
    Likes Received:
    9,876
    Iceland Oct-Nov not skiing, this year, so doesn't count :)
     
    Kletterer likes this.
  3. Kletterer

    Kletterer Addicted Member
    Season Pass Gold

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2014
    Messages:
    7,774
    Likes Received:
    5,506
    Doing any cragging ?
     
  4. tele-whippet

    tele-whippet beard stroker
    Season Pass Gold

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2006
    Messages:
    10,112
    Likes Received:
    9,876
    Walking, waterfall and northern lights watching.
     
    Kletterer likes this.
  5. piolet

    piolet Old And Crusty
    Season Pass Gold

    Joined:
    May 27, 2004
    Messages:
    18,285
    Likes Received:
    9,333
    Never too early!
    2017 steep and touring season is on! ;)

    I have no plans thus far, wait and see what happens for annual leave etc for now... frothing still
     
    Kletterer likes this.
  6. tele-whippet

    tele-whippet beard stroker
    Season Pass Gold

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2006
    Messages:
    10,112
    Likes Received:
    9,876
    So Kletterergirl's leg will be A OK?!
     
  7. Kletterer

    Kletterer Addicted Member
    Season Pass Gold

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2014
    Messages:
    7,774
    Likes Received:
    5,506
    She will be doing Tassie walks instead of Austria.
     
  8. Swede

    Swede Well-Known Member
    Season Pass Silver

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2007
    Messages:
    155
    Likes Received:
    494
    Am organising a Cham reunion mid March for a bunch of peeps who used to live there late 80s to late 90s, well some made a life out of it and are still living there or come and go. Have about 15 guys from Oz so far going and hopefully a fair group from Sweden and obviously the peeps that are now locals, just a tad exited :)

    Made this video trailer years ago for a different Cham page so put it up in our FB group to remind the boys why they are going back, there is a litte bit of skiing in it :), aaah the good old days…

    https://vimeo.com/25792860
     
    Izzy, Kletterer and tele-whippet like this.
  9. CarveMan

    CarveMan aussieskier.com
    Moderator Season Pass Gold

    Joined:
    May 12, 2000
    Messages:
    65,547
    Likes Received:
    19,120
    We'll be doing the Cham trip again - same program & price, just need to confirm the date - the ski test we went to in Austria is still to announce their dates and I would hate to have a clash as it was super useful for us, so as soon as we know this we will announce.

    It will be in the late Feb / Early March window again.

    We are also thinking of offering a warmup then Haute Route, that's going to take a little more thought.
     
    Rimey, tele-whippet, Zeroz and 3 others like this.
  10. Zeroz

    Zeroz Dedicated Member
    Season Pass Gold

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2002
    Messages:
    4,512
    Likes Received:
    1,487
    Europe again in January 2018.
    Will go where the snow is, but likely Chamonix, as some in our group have not experienced the delights and I don't need much convincing to return. Also Alagna, but this will be the 4th time I've tried. Hopefully it will snow there this time.
     
  11. Piste Again

    Piste Again Part of the Furniture
    Season Pass Gold

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2000
    Messages:
    10,864
    Likes Received:
    1,422
    I've blocked out 3 weeks mid-January on the AirBnB calendar for our place in the Portes du Soleil. :woohoo:
     
  12. climberman

    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend
    Season Pass Gold

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2000
    Messages:
    26,611
    Likes Received:
    7,713
    That was fkn excellent.
     
  13. Whiteman

    Whiteman Addicted Member
    Season Pass Gold

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2003
    Messages:
    7,787
    Likes Received:
    661
    Probably heading back to Austria in early March, maybe Schladming, but not sure of destination yet.
     
  14. Kletterer

    Kletterer Addicted Member
    Season Pass Gold

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2014
    Messages:
    7,774
    Likes Received:
    5,506
    DidSurfNowSki likes this.
  15. DidSurfNowSki

    DidSurfNowSki Dedicated Member
    Season Pass Gold

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2014
    Messages:
    3,508
    Likes Received:
    4,045
    People using front side skis and you can actually see 6 turns in front of you, like !
     
    Kletterer likes this.
  16. Research101

    Research101 Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2014
    Messages:
    97
    Likes Received:
    26
    Our group
    My family ( 5 skiers ) & My In laws ( 2 grandparents non skiers )

    We are looking at an itinerary something like this
    Arrive Munich 10 dec
    do Romantic Road and Christmas market towns like Colmar and Stasbourg

    16 dec Val D'Isere - 5 - 7 days

    23 dec to Jungfrau region probably for Christmas with possibly Golden Pass train trip

    New Year - undecided ?? - Any suggestions ??
    possibly Prague for new year ?

    After new year
    Zell am See for +/- 4 days
    Cortina for +/- 4 days
    Bernina express train as well

    20 Jan - home. Back to work

    Having non skiers we have tried to pick resorts that have other stuff going on to keep them happy for a few days
    We will have a mini van probably for the whole journey
    Father in law wants to do a couple of mountain train trips
    Mother in Law wants to see Christmas markets
     
    Kletterer and piolet like this.
  17. shabu_shabu

    shabu_shabu Active Member
    Season Pass Gold

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2013
    Messages:
    123
    Likes Received:
    88
    What a fantastic itinerary. Can't offer too much advice. Presumably, if you are coming from Cortina you will do the Bernina Express in the North direction (Tirano to Chur then on to Zurich). If you need to drop off the mini van, one suggestion is to do that in Milan. You can then get the regional express from Milan to Tirano (easy train, runs about every hour) and break up that journey with a couple of nights in one of the towns on Lake Como. If so, I'd strongly recommend Varenna which will give you the classic Lake Como experience which is an incredible one. If you are dropping off the mini van in Tirano, then, of course, the Bernina Express passes through St Moritz (via Samedan). If you have a couple of thousand dollars left over, you could spend a couple of days skiing in St Moritz, pick up the odd mink coat and put the deposit down on the Maserati! Everyone will enjoy the Bernina Express not just your Father in Law. Have a great trip.
     
  18. Research101

    Research101 Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2014
    Messages:
    97
    Likes Received:
    26
    Thanks for the reply Shabu Shabu - which by the way we enjoyed for dinner in japan a few years back
    still planning and making it all fit together, would like to try the skiing in St Moritz but the expense puts me off, Switzerland is great but man it blows the budget real quick so I try to steer clear as much as I can unfortunately. Besides there are so many good ski resorts within a few hours drive all thru the areas of France, Austria and Italy, picking them out you cant really go wrong, not hard to have a good time
    Biggest sticking point atm is where to go for New Years, probably over the big city thing, so looking for a active vibrante place with something going on, but not over the top
     
  19. Rabid K9

    Rabid K9 Dedicated Member
    Season Pass Silver

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2008
    Messages:
    1,655
    Likes Received:
    960
    Some rad do's in there.
     
  20. chriscross

    chriscross Dedicated Member
    Season Pass Gold

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2005
    Messages:
    1,409
    Likes Received:
    187
    Great work, Swede, that is a classic. Raise a glass to the good old days and good days to come.
     
  21. DidSurfNowSki

    DidSurfNowSki Dedicated Member
    Season Pass Gold

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2014
    Messages:
    3,508
    Likes Received:
    4,045
    Plane tickets bought, 4 weeks in Austria Jan-Feb here we come. :woohoo:
     
    Kimski, Kletterer and piolet like this.
  22. Kletterer

    Kletterer Addicted Member
    Season Pass Gold

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2014
    Messages:
    7,774
    Likes Received:
    5,506
    Booked the same 2 flights over as yours bro. Jan 7 to Jan 27. Look forward to showing you around. Got some good ideas for week 3 ;).
     
    DidSurfNowSki likes this.
  23. CarveMan

    CarveMan aussieskier.com
    Moderator Season Pass Gold

    Joined:
    May 12, 2000
    Messages:
    65,547
    Likes Received:
    19,120
  24. markopolo

    markopolo Naughty Corner Resident
    Season Pass Gold

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2005
    Messages:
    66,899
    Likes Received:
    6,447
    Pyrenees second week of January
     
    Kletterer and piolet like this.
  25. Kletterer

    Kletterer Addicted Member
    Season Pass Gold

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2014
    Messages:
    7,774
    Likes Received:
    5,506
    So the BIG EVENT ----- KITZBUHEL DOWNHILL is on Sat. 20th of Jan. by hook or by crook the kletterer express will be leaving Saalbach 8 am all welcome. Bring sturdy footwear . @Rabid K9 will you be about ?
     
    Zimboo likes this.
  26. Zimboo

    Zimboo Addicted Member

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2014
    Messages:
    6,169
    Likes Received:
    2,363
    DSNS will have a different perspective of the bar pit and ski culture after that!!!!!!!
    It's like Christmas, New Years, Carnival all thrown in together around the best ski race in the world all on the one day!!!!
     
    Kletterer likes this.
  27. Piste Again

    Piste Again Part of the Furniture
    Season Pass Gold

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2000
    Messages:
    10,864
    Likes Received:
    1,422
    I'd cram in the sightseeing early and aim for snow later, but you could strike it lucky at Val d'isere.

    Any train trip through Switzerland has its moments and the view from even the local trains is gobsmacking if you've never seen proper mountains before. That was certainly the case for us. It is gorgeous and everyone ought to see it at least once in their lives. But be warned - everything in Switzerland costs double what it does in France or triple what it does in Italy. Plus a bit more, especially at xmas. Be liberal with your budget for the days you're there.

    I'd leave it till late to book the ski destination in January. Better to pay a bit more than to end up where the snow's crap. I'd narrow down the possible destinations to suit both skiers and non-skiers, check 10 days ahead what conditions and forecasts are like, and then look for deals. January is low season in Europe and like the season just gone the difference between a bumper season and ordinary can be 100km.

    Are you driving or using planes, trains and buses?