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a56
02-16-2011, 02:40 AM
That's fabulous that the GPF is being held in Quebec City! Not too many international events showcase both senior and junior skaters, so this will be a great opportunity for those who attend.

flowerpower
02-16-2011, 03:40 AM
I wouldn't mind going to Quebec City sometime, but December? Won't the weather (i.e. snow) be a problem? And IIRC, the Colisee Pepsi is outside the city (I looked into going to SC when it was there in 2002) - is this arena any easier to get to?



You (and everyone) should go if you can! A wonderful city, I can hardly wait!

Sure, there'll be snow but just pack your warm clothes. The arena is near the Colisee Pepsi, which isn't downtown but it's not outside the city either. Taxis or buses will get you there. :)

Sally1214
02-16-2011, 05:29 AM
YES!!! :cheer: :cheer: :cheer:

Quebec City is SO completely doable for me!! I don't care about the cold weather and snow ... I just want to go to the GPF. Can't wait for more details on ticket sales, etc.

Doing the dance of joy here ... :biggrinbo


ETA: Would it be too greedy of me to hope that there's a teensy, tiny chance that SC might possibly be held in Halifax or Saint John or Moncton? It's been quite awhile since it was held in Atlantic Canada.

Lara
02-16-2011, 05:46 AM
Oh wow - I want to go too!!! :)

manhn
02-16-2011, 07:31 AM
I really, really, really want to go to Quebec City. But the closest hotel to the arena (based on Google Maps) is a 35 minute walk? And a 15 minute walk just to get coffee? I do not intend to drive. Is public transportation at all doable?

I hope airfare goes down. It starts at $700 for me.

I also really, really, really want to go to Colorado Springs for 4CC. Airfare seems to be reasonable. Hotels seem to be 20 minute walks (but the rates are quite cheap--as long as we still have parity, that is!) but coffee seems to be nowhere near the arena.

The only way this will change is if Skate America, Skate Canada or Canadians is in the Pacific Northwest. Doubt it.

cygnus
02-16-2011, 03:03 PM
I really, really, really want to go to Quebec City. But the closest hotel to the arena (based on Google Maps) is a 35 minute walk? And a 15 minute walk just to get coffee? I do not intend to drive. Is public transportation at all doable?

I hope airfare goes down. It starts at $700 for me.

I also really, really, really want to go to Colorado Springs for 4CC. Airfare seems to be reasonable. Hotels seem to be 20 minute walks (but the rates are quite cheap--as long as we still have parity, that is!) but coffee seems to be nowhere near the arena.

The only way this will change is if Skate America, Skate Canada or Canadians is in the Pacific Northwest. Doubt it.

I remember taking the bus back at the first SC in Quebec city-there were no problems. In that city, you really want to stay downtown, though- that's where the really nice restaurants and interesting places are. It's worth it, despite the longer trip to the arena. There are 2 hotels that are walking distance (if you are a walker- it's still 25 minutes or so)- the Hotel Pur and the Best Western. Both had coffee shops in the area, but it's not as nice an area as the old city hotels.

Re Colorado Springs- the hotels are closer than a 20 minute walk. I have stayed at the Doubletree, which is the furthest from the arena and it was no more than 15 minutes. I'm not a coffee drinker, so I can't help you there, but there are several malls near the Doubletree, and I'm sure that there is coffee somewhere around there.;)

I'm hoping to go to both, but it's hard to plan without the locations for SC and Nats yet.

barbk
02-16-2011, 04:31 PM
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I also really, really, really want to go to Colorado Springs for 4CC. Airfare seems to be reasonable. Hotels seem to be 20 minute walks (but the rates are quite cheap--as long as we still have parity, that is!) but coffee seems to be nowhere near the arena.


There is a bagel shop close to the World Arena that had an espresso bar, if that's what you're looking for. There was also a coffee cart that operated inside the arena on many days, but I seem to recall that it was the "pushbutton" kind of espresso machine that makes terrible foamed milk.

Kiss My 1040
02-16-2011, 08:07 PM
The La Quinta at Colorado Springs was really cheap, absolutely a great hotel, and with free breakfast. And it was a simple walk across a (rather large mind you) parking lot to World Arena. I'd say 5-7 minutes if that! (depends on your speed)

pat c
02-16-2011, 08:21 PM
Hmm, thanks for the info. Another one waiting to see where SA, SC and Cdn Nats is going to be. I love QC, but as I have a long drive to the airport, QC in Dec isn't floating my boat. ;)

4C's in February tho is looking a lot better.

lexeoe
02-18-2011, 09:58 AM
to anyone who speaks french, based on my understanding of this article with my very limited french it says GPF will be in quebec city. can anyone confirm it?

Québec recevra les finales du Grand Prix de patinage artistique (http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/quebec/2011/02/15/004-patinage_artistique-grands_prix-quebec.shtml)

thanks

UMBS Go Blue
02-18-2011, 10:36 AM
Nothing beyond what's already been stated in the past few posts, but I'll give it a shot:

Événement sportif
Québec recevra les finales du Grand Prix de patinage artistique
Mise à jour le mardi 15 février 2011 à 12 h 34

Sporting events
Quebec will receive the finals of the Grand Prix of figure skating
Updated Tuesday 15 February 2011 at 12:34

Radio-Canada a appris que Québec accueillera les finales du Grand Prix de patinage artistique à la fin de l'année. Ce championnat d'envergure internationale réunit chaque année les 75 meilleurs patineurs et patineuses de la planète.

Radio Canada has learned that Quebec will host the finals of the Grand Prix of figure skating at the end of the year. This championship of international scale brings together 75 of the world's best skaters each year.

Patinage Canada en fera vraisemblablement l'annonce lors d'une conférence de presse prévue le 22 février prochain, à ExpoCité. Mardi matin, Patinage Canada a publié un communiqué selon lequel une « importante annonce » sera faite la semaine prochaine.

Skate Canada will likely make an announcement at a press conference next 22 February at ExpoCité. On Tuesday morning, Skate Canada published a statement saying that an "important announcement" will be made next week.

Patinage Canada, l'organisme national responsable du développement et de l'administration du patinage au Canada, avait déjà indiqué à la fin du mois de janvier que la ville de Québec était une « candidate sérieuse » afin d'accueillir cette compétition.

Skate Canada, the national organization responsible for the development and administration of skating in Canada, had already indicated at the end of January that the city of Quebec was a "serious candidate" to host this event.

L'administration Labeaume considère cet événement comme un gain majeur pour la ville de Québec.

The Labeaume [Quebec mayor] administration considers this event as a major win for the city of Quebec.

Les retombées économiques des finales du Grand Prix de patinage artistique sont évaluées à 5 millions de dollars.

The economic benefits of the Grand Prix finals of figure skating are estimated at $5 million.

L'événement se tiendra du 8 au 11 décembre 2011 au Pavillon de la jeunesse.

The event will be held from December 8-11, 2011 at the Pavillon de la jeunesse [Youth Pavilion].

lexeoe
02-18-2011, 02:13 PM
UMBS Go Blue: thanks. so nothing official yet.

shutterbug
02-22-2011, 05:23 PM
Official announcement: Quebec City to host 2011 ISU Grand Prix Final (http://www.skatebuzz.com/ViewNewsArticle.aspx?id=093fc43d-b215-4770-8178-c748bb06eb48)

Looking forward to going back to Quebec City! :)

Sally1214
02-22-2011, 06:37 PM
Does anyone have any idea as to when tickets might go on sale for this event?

Wouldn't it be relatively soon?

Frau Muller
02-22-2011, 06:54 PM
I am so looking forward to going back to one of my favorite cities on earth. This will likely be the first visits to North America (or the first substantial events in N.Am.) for the young Russian wonders, Sotnikova and Tuktamysheva, right? For that alone, I'm on the Air Canada Jazz, destination Quebec!