TBH I think it would spoil the holiday of my best mate if I left him too much as he’s never skiied before. so was looking for a good mix of blues and red together for long runs. Or something where a number of runs easy and more difficult converged back to the same place for the lifts again. IE plagne centre being a good example. But your right about one resorts blue being another resorts red in difficulty. Which is why I actually got put off Val d’Isere. Doesn’t sound the best of places to ski or even ski back to the resort for a beginner. So yes we need to be able to stick close together for meeting up regular occasions. I’ve taken walkie talkies on both my previous skiing trips which have been a life saver for this.
Agreed. I had to get out the snow plough early on as hit a brick wall and suddenly struggle to turn using it. Despite doing it from the off. Soon as you get the courage to put 2 skis parallel it was so much easier. Then I was off fairly quickly in the learning process. Warned my friend he’d be falling over a lot first day though. I fell a hundred times with my balance the first day and had serious hemorrhages on my hips lol. My other friend will disagree but still is very cautious and often looks like he’s trying to turn in a snow plough on a red LOL. He’ll vigorously deny this though. But pushed he’ll keep up and will do the reds no problem if mixed with blues for a rest. He puts far too much stress on his knees with cautious turns and tires because of it. It’s a confidence thing I am sure he’ll get out of. I’ve picked it up fairly quickly and just attack things aggressively if steep. I’ll fall if worried about my speed by over turning and will aim to get out of this with more experience this time and some black runs to improve the different technique to turning along with the red/blues for mastering smooth carving techniques while with my friends. I will be teaching my best friend to ski myself the first day and from my own experience’ss and after he’s mastered his balance I’ve confidence he’ll pick it up good enough for some blue long runs the second day. What got me when beginning was controlling the speed on any slope and having confidence to go faster against the gradient of the slope to progress.
I learned to fall first for confidence to ski around others as always worried I’d crash into someone. Any experiencedd skiers happy ski around you though. He’ll pick up falling the first day LOL.
Agreed with Wengen and Zermatt it seems to much time travelling to the ski areas that suit. Cervinia I looked at yes on other side of the valley but discounted it for some reason I can’t remember now.
Thanks for advice on Sauze d’Oulx.
Single hotel rooms have been hard to find esp ensuite and self catered. Cheapest ones were in Soll where i went year before last. Most are stuck with half board wit reviews not favouring the food offered at all. Chalets are like looking for a needle in a hay stack. Spent most of the past few days going over them looking for somewhere that is not ridiculously priced with a single supplement and ensuite facilities for both rooms. Managed to get one last year without a supplement charge at Plagne 1800 with skibug.co.uk and was chuffed with it. If just for the experience to be honest. Price doesnt bother me. But other two it will and prefer to get a place together at same hotel or chalet. But then pref is self catering and enjoying to freedom of eating out in restaurants and the choices that come with it. Part of the holiday for me. I’m a very fussy eater and didn’t eat much at the chalet last year. I’m a meat and potato man. Simple. Chalet food they over complicate for me.
So"lden… will give that a look.
Portes du Soleil - staying Morzine is looking very likely at present. Haven’t looked at losing time getting to Avoriaz for the main circuit as you stated. Ski map if not very good for better detail either. Will have to look at that and possible taxi in morning to start maybe other areas to speed up ski time. Did this in Soll for Scheffau.
Place I’ve found in Morzine overlooks the Pleney slopes right in centre. Ideal location it seems. It’s an apartment with kitchen two bedrooms, a sep shower room with WC and a bathroom. Ideal. Cost around 1500 - 1750 Euros just for the apartment. I’d pay double for room myself to help others with costs. Pushing for that option at moment.
If beginner friend backs out will look at a Chalet in St.Anton that is catered and £800 each with free lift passes, flights and transfers.
Researching the holiday is def part of the fun and the help of other more experienced skiers and their advice goes a long way in helping. Especially with info on Resorts I’ve never been too. APPRECIATED GREATLY