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Thread: Where to go in Europe in January
11-11-2012, 01:56 PM #1
Where to go in Europe in January
I need some intel about where I should go in Jan to Euroland.
Pleasant locals (France has been ruled out by the girl going), people speak ok english for tourists (not to say I wont make an effort so use the local language)
Good chance of snow
Good terrain, I ski pretty much anything normal people ski, I dont ski gnarly lines or AK spines, but everything inbounds at Jackson is skiable for me and the girl coming
Hopefully not Vail prices.
Not utterly impossible to get to
I have enough BC experience to make some semblance of good choices, but the girl has none, no avi gear, and no real respect for serious situations, so that is a factor.
Have I just described heaven/paradise?
Does it exist, is it in Switzerland?
Any suggestions about where to go, stay, ski, drink, are greatly appreciatedLive
11-11-2012, 02:30 PM #2Registered User
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Go to the Arlberg (St Anton for the best partying), it'll be rad. How long you going for?
Get her some avi gear if you want to ski ungroomed, we don't really have 'inbounds' here.
11-11-2012, 03:27 PM #3
Fly into Zurich or Geneva, rent a car, go where there's snow. It's January - no where will be so crowded you can't find a room. Read the thread for beta:
ditch the bitchLord King of the Beater-Kooks
11-11-2012, 03:50 PM #4
Go wherever the snow is good. Heck, take your GF to Chamonix, and tell her it's in Switz. She'll never know the difference. The Arlberg is also a good choice too."We don't beat the reaper by living longer, we beat the reaper by living well and living fully." - Randy Pausch
11-11-2012, 04:09 PM #5
St. Anton Adelboden and Kitzbuehl all have W.C. races in Jan. Can't really go wrong."My policies are based not on some economics theory, but on things I and millions like me were brought up with: an honest day's work for an honest day's pay; live within your means; put by a nest egg for a rainy day; pay your bills on time; support the police." M. Thatcher (RIP)
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11-11-2012, 04:53 PM #6
Verbier Zinal/Grimentz Zermatt Wengen/Murren Anzere Crans-Montana Aletsch Engleberg Andermatt Disentis Flims/Laax Davos St Moritz are all easily accessible by train (with possible short post bus connection). So you could just fly in and train it.Merde De Glace
11-11-2012, 05:07 PM #7
Wow, I've been away from the forum for too long. Back "in the day" there would have been 30 flames already.
She and I grew up skiing in VT, and went to UVM and skied 65-100+ days a season in VT. So a trip home would be nice, but probably not what we're looking for, thanks.
As for the rest of you guys, thanks (for super cereal).
Keep the info comingLive
11-11-2012, 05:58 PM #8
I think you need to wait and see where the snow is. But as others have said - Stanton, Kitz, Engleberg are great bets. Montofon area is very cool and also add Bad Kleinkirchheim and Nassfeld (I've an old friend with a hotel there if you end up deciding on it). For something a bit more exotic and cheap near Carinthia, Kranjska Gora in Slovenia is very scenic (and right there), as is some good skiing in Italy.
You should pick up some avy gear for the GF, as coldwater said, there's really just on piste and off-piste over there and the on-piste stuff gets the shit skied out of it fast and is crowded with drunk euros, you'll want to do some exploring off the groomed. Consider insurance and possibly some guiding (perhaps maggot hookup?). Let us know where you end up going.We own it!
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11-11-2012, 07:23 PM #9Registered User
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11-11-2012, 08:37 PM #10
11-12-2012, 09:56 AM #11
I think she's been to France, didnt have a good time.
Id like to go to Cham, personally.
Not my girlfriend, for the record. Just a close friend from college. My girlfriend won't be able to come on this trip.
And yes, I know its a bad idea...Live
11-12-2012, 10:15 AM #12
FYI you can go to "cham" and not really be in France. I think that's the way most maggots treat it. They speak that french thing in Switzerland too.Lord King of the Beater-Kooks
11-12-2012, 10:37 AM #13
In my limited experience you'll find friendlier people in the more out of the way, less popular places. It's easier to avoid the snobs in locales that aren't recognized as the "in" place. But it doesn't have that much to do with the country per se.
I've had a blast in France.
I'd say a driving factor in your decision (pun intended) is whether or not you rent and drive a car. If you're willing to do that it really opens up a lot of possibilities like getting to La Grave, the Queyras or most of the places in Italy. If you don't want to rent and drive a car, there's still a ton of places easily accessible by rail.
But as far as your original question, there's not enough detail about what you really want.
If you want a big party scene, yeah sure follow some FIS races or hit the more popular resorts like St. Anton or Verbier where there's excellent skiing. But if going out to throw down and then throw up is not your thing, then there's an incredible option list of smalller less known ski areas.
So spill.Merde De Glace
11-12-2012, 11:17 AM #14
You can fly into Zurich or Munich as options."We don't beat the reaper by living longer, we beat the reaper by living well and living fully." - Randy Pausch
11-12-2012, 11:36 AM #15
11-12-2012, 11:44 AM #16
just fly in somewhere central. have alook where the mirgation of "snow for the euros" permanent thread residents goes to and follow us
if you need riding partners ask in there or in marius' cozy little place called powderguide.com for the german speaking areas.
btw. nekkid pics of her or we wont tell you where to go.It's a war of the mind and we're armed to the teeth.
11-12-2012, 12:13 PM #17
No nekkid pics, sorry
As for what I want for skiing:
Trees are nice, pillows are fun too. Wide variety of "expert" terrain. We can pass on endless fields of moguls. I want to ski powLive
11-12-2012, 12:18 PM #18
given your displayed mental acuity just go to Chamonix/Verbier/Zermatt/St Anton and be done with it.Lord King of the Beater-Kooks
11-12-2012, 12:47 PM #19"We don't beat the reaper by living longer, we beat the reaper by living well and living fully." - Randy Pausch
11-12-2012, 02:26 PM #20
And then Innsbruck again.
11-12-2012, 02:34 PM #21?
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I have been to both places, VERY Cool
With girlfreind Top of the list would be
And second would be
EnglebergOwn your fail. ~Jer~
11-12-2012, 03:23 PM #22
11-12-2012, 06:26 PM #23
11-21-2012, 03:24 PM #24
ok, so she gets a discount through work to Wilder Kaiser - Brixental
Should we take it? Well likely end up going there then to Innsbruck on the way back to Zurich.
11-21-2012, 03:34 PM #25Registered User
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Stay home, it's not going to snow.....