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14/10/2019 6:52 pm  

I am looking at some really cheap tickets to Milan or Geneva. Can anyone point me in the direction of the best resorts over there. So many options its hard to know whats good. Gonna rent a car and do a road trip loop somewhere. I am thinking ENGELBERG looks pretty epic. Maybe Andermatt as well.


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15/10/2019 8:22 pm  

I've never ridden in that region nor do I know what the best is in terms of a resort, but Tignes and Val-d'Isere I've heard are legit (albeit on the French side).  I don't think the snow will be as good heading towards France though.  My knowledge only spans Tirol (as west as St. Anton), Osttirol, and Sudtirol.

I think one of the Project Alps vids features some sick area in Switzerland that maybe worth investigating.


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15/10/2019 8:53 pm  

thanks! I will check it out.


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16/10/2019 1:30 am  

I think you have more options around Geneva. French alps and all.


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16/10/2019 4:00 am  

I'm privy to Les Arcs (+La Plagne equals "Paradiski") which is one of the most versatile single resorts. Have spent a few seasons here. Last year visited around 30 different resorts in the Tyrol area and while there were awesome spots, not a single one was as versatile, in that there is great elevation and endless tree riding possibilities if the conditions are not ideal, sick bluebird freeriding spots (also endless possibilities) and overall very freestyle friendly off piste terrain regardless of elevation. But it's true the snow isn't consistently as good there versus some of the western Austrian and Swiss spots. In the same region is also Three Valleys, Val D'isere (prefer Tignes side of things), La Rosiere with connection to Italy, Saint Foy... Based in Bourg Saint Maurice, connections to all of these are a breeze with a car. 

If you have a car, I wouldn't necessarily pick the route on which the best resorts are, but based on conditions. Last year we were based in a quiet town of Haiming, about 30min west of Insbruck, which gave us access to over 20 resorts with less than an hour of driving. Higher alpine areas like Obergurgl and Sölden for bluebird days, as well as Ischgl with See and Kappl being the less busy (I'm talking no waiting in lines once mid february) alternatives were awesome with sick trees as well. On certain days we would drive to Alpbachtal or Zillertal valley for great tree riding in less visible conditions and more west and higher when bluebird, like Kaunertal (here's our run after a 15min steep hike that ends up at a bus station, mellow but beautiful:

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Surprise favorite on that trip was a smaller Schlick 2000, which is smaller compared to the big resorts, but has awesome terrain for trees and the 20 consecutive natural half pipe formations on left hand side which is just amazing in softer conditions. 

Kaunertal 9am on a bluebird day in high season, there were 2 other cars at the parking lot. Passed maybe 10 people on the piste the whole day and it was a lot of piste riding apart from the little mellow run in the vid.

Engelberg and Andrematt are sick for freeriding, but I think you pretty much can't ride if you can't see. I don't have a lot of experience on the Swiss side of things and as a euro-man, it's just not worth it for the price, riding wise. If you want to pay for luxury amenities, go for it. 

 


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16/10/2019 4:24 am  

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sweeet vid!


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16/10/2019 4:38 am  
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@elektropow

sweeet vid!

Haha! Thanks. I just rewatched it and didn't remember how stiff I was that day. I think it might've been our 12th day riding consecutively without breaks, 6-8 hours a day. After the small hike, my body just did not want to move. That was also the first time we did that section, so had to be a bit careful even though it was relatively safe. No style points, regardless!


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16/10/2019 4:41 am  

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oof.

I'm only a few hours away (Berlin) most of the year but have been in Japan all winter the last 3 years (and heading over soon for a fourth)… I think i may need to stick around next year.

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16/10/2019 4:54 am  

Awesome. Missed Berlin this summer, have visited every year prior. I'd love the idea to spend summers there and winters elsewhere. 

I dunno man, Japan seems and sounds pretty epic! Sure, smaller scale, but more consistent conditions. I'm just so networked to the Les Arcs scene and love the terrain that I find it hard to go elsewhere for longer periods. Like, every single day I meet someone I know on the first lifts or late lunch time start for a soft spring shred. Always company. Hard to let go of that in a way, even for adventure. 


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16/10/2019 10:35 am  

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Oh it is.

But a change of scenery is always welcome.

Hit me up if/when you pass thru Berlin. I may need to look you up in the Alps sometime.


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16/10/2019 12:29 pm  
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Oh it is.

But a change of scenery is always welcome.

Hit me up if/when you pass thru Berlin. I may need to look you up in the Alps sometime.

Nice. Followed you on insta! Droolz on the Japan footy and some of the shots are just amazing..

Yeah man, trying to make it happen for next season as well, from early jan till late april. I'm always up to show peeps around and play the tour guide in Les Arcs / La Plagne. If I'm not able to do a full-ish season, might do a few weeks in the Zillertal valley or something. 


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17/10/2019 2:02 pm  
Posted by: @lomax

I am looking at some really cheap tickets to Milan or Geneva. Can anyone point me in the direction of the best resorts over there. So many options its hard to know whats good. Gonna rent a car and do a road trip loop somewhere. I am thinking ENGELBERG looks pretty epic. Maybe Andermatt as well.

Depends a lot on WHEN you wanna go and what you like. (...and on how the regional weather develops this year.)   
Wouldn't prefer Engelberg-Titlis at all, unless coming from the north and it's early/late season.

Watch out, from what I've heard, Italian rental cars usually aren't equipped with winter tires.


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17/10/2019 5:53 pm  
Posted by: @elektropow

Engelberg and Andrematt are sick for freeriding, but I think you pretty much can't ride if you can't see. I don't have a lot of experience on the Swiss side of things and as a euro-man, it's just not worth it for the price, riding wise. If you want to pay for luxury amenities, go for it.

Yeah Switzerland is almost double the price of Austria and my crew could never justify going there because of it.

@lomax, If you can get yourself in a valley that offers tree riding during low vis days and high alpine riding during bluebird, that'll give you way more options than committing to just 1-3 resorts.


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