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Review of the 2013 Ski Season

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Holiday Reviews 2013

Location Date Review
St Anton,France 6th - 13th January View
Tignes,France 20th - 27th January View
Saalbach,Austria 2nd - 9th February View
Pedraces Badia,Italy 24th February -3rd March View
Steamboat,USA 31th March - 10th April View

St Anton,France

The first holiday of the season was held at St Anton, when some 12 members attended, staying at the Chalet Julies Haus. This was a lovely re-fitted 1980’s building – and it had a sauna to boot!

The early part of the week was spent skiing locally in and around the resort of St. Anton. Midweek a small adventurous party ventured over to Zurs to ski the Weisse Ring, which is a circuit of 6 or 7 connected pistes which took us from Zurs over and around Lech and then back to Zurs. Our final day, Saturday, coincided with the second leg of the Austrian Women’s World Cup competition hosted in the town, which coincided with ‘change-over’ day for many of the hotels and chalets. This meant that many of the crowded pistes that we had encountered during the week were returned to a state of relative calm. With the 6 to 10 inches of snowfall over the previous 24 hours and glorious sunshine – for some of us lucky ones it was one of the best days skiing ever!

Overall it was a week of very mixed and at times demanding skiing, but enjoyed by all the party.

Mick Norris

Tignes,France

The Tignes holiday party was a large one and so there were 17 members in Chalet Camille with an additional 2 people in the adjacent Chalet Isabelle. When the first day dawned it was snowing and cold with poor visibility. A number of us knew the resort well and did their own thing. The Ski Olympic ski hosts, James and Chris, led a small party around gently, and showed us how to get back to the chalet with the least amount of effort.

The weather improved during the rest of the week with one day being particularly bright and sunny. Everyone managed to get some good skiing in, going over to Val d’Isere some of the time.

The chalet staff was cheerful and friendly and the chef provided some very tasty food. In particular he gave us a quiche in the afternoon along with the tea and cake; he even managed to do this on his day off. On the chalet staff night off we all ate out at a nearby restaurant. It was a good evening.

On the last night we held an entertainment in which many people participated. It was a very enjoyable evening, so thanks to all for their contributions to a really entertaining time

Peter Taylor

Saalbach, Austria

There were 17 members on the Saalbach holiday. The first day’s skiing was hindered by poor weather conditions. We started by going up the Schattberg Express gondola to 2000m where the full nastiness of the weather was revealed – falling snow with poor visibility and inches of fresh snow obliterating any piste bashing activity there may have been. As a consequence many were driven from the mountain after one or two runs in these difficult conditions.

On Days 3 and 4 the weather improved and most took the opportunity to go further afield to Hinterglemm where we could appreciate chair lifts with heated seats and automatic safety bar raising and lowering.

On Day 5 the snow returned and many of us did not ski but Day 6 was generally fine and some managed to complete the whole ski circuit. The mountain restaurants of Saalbach were a delight, with staff wearing local costume, and the food was good and cheaper than France. Overall, when the weather was good, our group liked the skiing at Saalbach and would welcome going back there.

Charles Woodcock

Pedraces Badia,Italy

This was the most popular ARPSki Club holiday this year there being there being 30 members, flying in from 5 different airports, and one member travelling by train from Munich. Most of the party stayed in the homely and comfortable chalet “Haus Valentin” and 9 people stayed in the nearby stylish Hotel Melodia, both hotels being in Pedraces. A shuttle bus service was provided to the slopes. Meals at Haus Valentin were very good, with abundant wine, and those in the hotel enjoyed excellent food, with many courses each evening.

Three groups formed for guiding and on Monday we all skied on the Pralongia Plateau. Although the weather was mixed, the fresh snow was lovely. On Tuesday groups explored the skiing in Arabba and Colfosco, and one smaller group skied locally. Some members took ski lessons on Wednesday, the rest travelled to the Kronplatz ski area. On Thursday one group (led by Val) went to the “Hidden Valley”, negotiating buses, cable cars and horses. Another fearless group completed the circuit of the Sella Ronda, catching the last lift back with a minute to spare!

Sunny skies greeted us on Friday and some members visited the little known Cinque Torre area before taking the Lagazoui cable car up to the access point for the “Hidden Valley”. This memorable 7 km red run, through majestic Dolomites, culminated in us being towed behind horses for the last kilometre out of the valley. Another day of sunshine and great snow conditions were enjoyed on the last day. Some skied to Ortisei, a round trip of 44 kms! Others skied the Colfosco Bowl and the rest had less strenuous skiing but most agreed that the day was excellent. This trip reinforced the friendship and camaraderie of the ARP skiers enjoying another great ski holiday.

Sheila Walker

Steamboat,USA.

Eleven members were introduced to the wide tree lined slopes of Steamboat Springs by the ‘Over the Hill’ ski guides who, like our Group, were well in excess of 50+ and were to take our group out on a daily basis, morning and afternoon, for the rest of the holiday. Sharing their local knowledge and history of the resort, our skiing was excellent, with a variety of weather including both snowy and sunny warm days. The aim of our guides was to make our skiing fun and they certainly achieved that each and every day!

We were delighted by the facilities of our hotel, The Steamboat Grand offered us luxurious accommodation and our excellent breakfasts set us up for the day Steamboat was also celebrating its 50th Anniversary as a Ski Resort, with a ‘Golden Chair’ on 7 of the ski lifts, which some of us were lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time to ride up on.

Steamboat itself was an interesting and friendly place with a variety of shops and a very interesting Museum.

We left Steamboat, a very friendly and community-minded town where we almost felt like family, with heavy hearts and thankfully no injuries, happy to have known the wonderful experiences we had shared in such a beautiful and friendly location.

Altogether this was another memorable USA holiday.

Beryl Wagner-Gage and Alison Boswell