January Skiing in Val Thorens

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  1. jonandshell

    jonandshell Funster

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    Shell and I, along with our 8 yr old Niece and 11 yr old Nephew will be in resort from Sunday 6th January until Friday 18th January.
    The Aire is located on the edge of town, has wicked views across the valley, and has a heated service point. Use of the service point is by the use of free tokens from the car park reception.
    Access to the slopes is a 100 yard walk and from that point, a 20-second ski gets you on the first lift to access all others.

    The resort of Val Thorens is the highest in Europe at 2300m. The season here is very long and the resort guarantees snow all season. This is an ideal destination for powder-lovers and powder submariners like me! You can access the huge 3 Valleys area easily via the lift network with the correct skipass.
    The town itself has a lively nightlife, a full range of shops and a very useful leisure centre where you can relax in a whirlpool errr, pool to loosen those aches and pains. Top Tip! Using the leisure showers is also useful for saving water and condensation by not showering in your van!

    I must stress this is an informal meet and we ain't taking money or making bacon butties!

    What we will do, is post the following links for booking your parking and resort info!
    We do invite you to ask away if you have any further questions about what to expect when you get there!:thumb:

    www.valthoparc.com

    http://www.valthorens.com/winter-en/home-page.1.html

    So, any fellow Funsters who are coming along during these dates, post away, identify yourselves and we can judge whether we need to don shades and false moustaches to disassociate ourselves from your inevitable bad behaviour!:Laughing:
     
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    Sheriff Funster Life Member

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    Well said Jon... A shame there are two or three groups this year but needs must...

    Val Thorens is a great place to start out skiing as you don't need a ski pass until you feel confident for the higher slopes ..plenty to ease you into skiing for a week without a pass not like other ski resorts ...

    There is a code for Dfds ferry at mo which works out at £48 return which is a good price

    The parking is at Valparc2 which has CCTV and a barrier about 100 yards or so from the slopes

    So hoping for plenty of snow snow snow xx


    Kath on jJohns iPad
     
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    Ok Attendees so far-

    !. Jon and Shell

    2. Champers, John and Kath (from the !4th)

    3. Monsi (from the 14th)

    4. CLS (from the 14th)

    5. Ash (possibly from the 14th!)
     
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    There is also CLS, Monsi and possibly Ash (known at a later date )
     
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    We wont be organising a meet at Val T in February-

    We may be taking some others but certainly not a meet.

    Depending who is left to come we may have other plans- :Smile:

    We may be going to the milky way.
     
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    Roger that Paul, no organised meet in Feb!:thumb:
     
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    champers Funster Life Member

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    Wishing that we could still be altogether which was a blast the last two years, if only some dates were available as you know the DFDS special code is a great saving ...£48 return

    May you have plenty of snow to soften you fall xx

    Kath
     
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    We have no definate dates or plans at the moment just general ideas. Will certainly visit for a few days sometime early to mid January, be good to meet up with some of you.

    Does it get busy that time of year and do we need to pre book ?

    Have Fun

    Pete and Sally
     
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    I would say pre-book for ValParc2 definitely .. it can get busy here especially if the snow is good x
     
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  10. 1948

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    Not having a fix date yet but I will be turning up in my wagon for a few days Look forward to meeting the skiing funsters
     
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    Planned to head out after x,mas but could not resist the excellent nec deal for crossing earliest date to go for this discount is 8 /1 so now booked up to cross early 9/1 overnighting at Calais 8/1 if anyone crossing around same time/period do look out for me as I will be travelling single . 48 pound cheapest I ever paid can't be bad !
     
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    Is the drive for the faint hearted, we planed to do a trip to France next year easter time but the wife sort of fancies the snow even though she wouldn't ski

    Whats the drive like ?
    Where abouts is the aire ?

    Excuse the silly questions from a virgin motor homer lol








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  13. 1948

    1948 Read Only Funster

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    It is a fair way to drive easier if you break the journey in 2 days, or one day toll all the way, even easier with 2 drivers.

    Aire right near village, and lifts
     
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    champers Funster Life Member

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    Haganap and family have gone for several years, but Mrs Haganap - Nikki does not ski but does enjoy the beautiful scenery and chances to do her own thing , as have other members, but most folk do ski

    When the weather is good there is nothing to it, but if it is snowing it could be a little bit trickier and you must use the snow chains and take more care

    Kath c
     
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    We have an Autoquest front wheel drive so could be fun,

    Solar panels needed ?
     
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    Day light is short January, cannot depend on solar Easter probably ok depending on set up
     
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    Is there electric at the park,
     
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    There is electric but not in the sense that you may think. it's quick charge from a bourne not constant.

    If I was honest, if your van is the one in your profile I would be very cautious about visiting Val T. Val T is very high and can get very cold (-27 this year)I'm not sure your eldis would cope. If you want to visit the alps in that particular van I could reccomend some great sites that are pretty and have electric. In January they are also very reasonable because you are out of school holidays.

    Skiing in the van can be a wonderful experience but. You need to be sure on your perpetration in order you don't come to regret it and hate it.

    www.motorhomeski.com is a useful resource in kitting out you van,



    We will be going in February as there are longer days more snow (ive seen the long range forecast :)) oh and its because I've got kids in school so have to utilise half term gggrrrr
     
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    Hi

    I fully agree with Haggers on this one.

    The resort is high and very cold. You need to be able to rely on on your vans on-board systems. We owned an 06 Elddis Autocirrus. We wouldn't have dreamed of taking it to the places we take our Chausson.
    Your front wheel drive won't be a problem because the roads are well maintained in the winter months. If the road became snow-covered, the fitting, and carrying of, chains is mandatory.
    However, your water tanks are underslung and they WILL freeze, as will the long runs of drain pipe which run on the underside of the floor.
    I do know that not all Autoquests have the blown-air option on the heater, the air circulation is essential to prevent condensation and ice forming INSIDE the van. Also, consider your gas capacity, you will really need at least 2x 13kg bottles.
    You won't be able to rely on solar either, the hours of daylight are short and, if you have the blown air running, you leisure battery takes a hammering.:Sad:

    I feel bad to sound so negative. I would say if you were to drain down your water system before arriving and rely on a water carrier inside for your water requirements, you might be able to do it. You could do your ablutions at the leisure centre in town. The trouble is, if you haven't the means to keep your heating going 24/7, you will be cold, wet and miserable with damp clothes.:cry:

    For a first time, in your present van, I would follow Hagger's advice and find yourself a site at lower altitude with EHU and site facilities.:thumb:
     
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    Ok Attendees so far-

    1. Jon and Shell + kids (from the 6th to 18th)

    2. Champers, John and Kath (from the 14th)

    3. Monsi (from the 14th)

    4. CLS (from the 14th)

    5. Ash (possibly from the 14th!)

    6. Petensal, Pete and Sally (+ kids? At some point)

    7. 1948 (for a couple of days, at some point)
     
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