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Tony Crocker wrote:The lift systems at the big Austrian places are the most state of the art I have seen. At many big Euro areas detachable 6 and 8 packs with moving carpet loading ramps are common.
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:26 pm
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:31 pm
jamesdeluxe wrote:Tony Crocker wrote:The lift systems at the big Austrian places are the most state of the art I have seen. At many big Euro areas detachable 6 and 8 packs with moving carpet loading ramps are common.
Euro skiers who frequent mainstream Alps resorts almost laugh at how comparably archaic most of the lift systems are at premier U.S. and Canadian mountains, as well as how few have the RFID ticket systems (the 90s hand scanners still used quite a bit in the States get particular derision). Relative to France, Austria, and Italy, Switzerland is the outlier in this regard as there are still a fair amount of drag lifts at otherwise premier resorts.
Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:25 am
Tony Crocker wrote:I'm convinced enough to be considering Val d'Isere this April.Jamesdeluxe wrote: To get less of an industrial tourism vibe, to say nothing of what should be excellent conditions, that's when I would go there too.
Jamesdeluxe wrote:Tony's charmed life in the Alps.
Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:41 am
ChrisC wrote:Is Val d'Isere the best resort for off-piste/powder skiing in the world?
ChrisC wrote:I've been to almost all of the French super resorts (Courchevel, Meribel, Val Thorens / Les Arcs, Plagne / Chamonix (Megeve to Grands Montets to Courmayeur) / Alp d'huez, La Grave, Les Deux Alpes), and some Swiss (Verbier, Zermatt) ... but I really think the terrain, ease-of-use, north-facing terrrain, scale of Val d'Isere is the best.
ChrisC wrote:*** I have not skied Austria -- St. Anton, Lech, Ischgl, Kitzbuhel ****
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:14 am
Tony Crocker wrote: I would definitely still hire guides for the big powder days like Friday due to the demonstrated avalanche risk. The daily avalanche rating is posted at many lifts and we need to know each day what it is and why. It was at least 3 during our entire trip due to wet slide risk on steep sunny slopes like the one that closed the Tignes road in that video.
Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:04 pm
Tony Crocker wrote:The lift systems at the big Austrian places are the most state of the art I have seen. At many big Euro areas detachable 6 and 8 packs with moving carpet loading ramps are common. This keeps liftlines manageable in size though sometimes at the expense of on piste skier density.
When there are liftlines there is of course minimal organization of them.
There are also more expensive lifts in Europe like aerial trams and funicular railways.
To me crowd issues would be mostly in terms of skier density. This would be worst in early season if not all pistes are open and it’s holiday season. That’s true in North America too, but since on piste density is overall higher in Europe I would expect the holiday congestion problem to be worse. The 2017-18 holiday season had abundant snow in the Alps but the prior 3 holiday seasons were bad.
For sbooker the back end of the Aussie summer break around Australia Day would be a good time. That’s the time frame James has been using for many years and which I have in 2013, 2017 and 2018.
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:38 am
socal wrote:That video and the avalanche you saw the aftermath of looked pretty terrifying. I was pretty surprised you were comfortable skiing those routes alone without your guides after seeing all that activity.
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:57 am
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Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:20 am
Tony Crocker wrote:I told Didier that I was planning to ski the direct bowl of Grand Vallon so he could express his opinion. He told me to bail out to the piste and not ski the lower third, so I did that. Other off-piste skiing after that was on exact routes we had skied with guides.
jamesdeluxe wrote:Tony's charmed life in the Alps.