Anaesthesia/Critical Care/Pain Medicine
Orthopaedics, Plastic Surgery, Radiology
Centre de Congres, Val d'Isere, 9-12 March
Dear Delegate, 25th February 2009
This is the final communication that you will receive before we meet in Val
d'Isere. The programme for all the specialties is available on the website
(www.doctorsupdates.com). We have over 300 delegates registered for the
We hope you will enjoy the programme we have put together, and in particular the
joint sessions. This is a unique meeting where interdisciplinary exchange of
information and learning from each other is the flavour of the day. The Programme
Committee would like to thank all who have offered to talk.
We shall run morning and late afternoon sessions as usual and finish off the day
with a 'broaden your horizon' talk in the main auditorium for everyone.
Workshops will run in parallel with plenary sessions and you will be able to sign up
for them at registration.
Computer data, CD rom, DVD and overhead projection as well as laptops will be
provided. Would you please contact email@example.com if you wish to
discuss any special audio-visual requirements.
Do not forget to bring your memory sticks, CDs, DVDs or laptops. We
suggest you pack them in your hand luggage.
We have left travel arrangements entirely to you. There are reasonably priced
coach/mini bus transfers from Geneva or Lyon airports (www.A-t-s.net) but if you
require a taxi transfer (expensive) from Bourg St Maurice (Eurostar or TGV) or
the airports there are two companies offering Doctorsupdates’ delegates
preferential rates (see details www.doctorsupdates.com ->Transfers & Accom).
Val d’Isere is considered to be the world’s premier ski resort. It offers the best
skiing together with lively après ski. The area boasts with 97 lifts taking you up to
the level of 3500 m with a glacier and guaranteed snow. Only a few weeks ago
the resort hosted the World Championships, a fortnight of the best competitive
Alpine skiing in the world. Val d’Isere offers plenty for the non-skier with many
cleared walks, shops and a sports centre with indoor swimming pool. There is a
selection of traditional and modern restaurants, bars and nightspots.
All information about the resort and a map are available at www.valdisere.com or
The Congress Centre
Centre des Congres Henri Oreiller is located next to the Bellevarde Express
chairlift and on the side of the Olympic slalom, La Face. It is within walking
distance from the heart of the village and is easily accessible from all the hotels and
Contact numbers for the conference and for leaving messages: tel.
+33479062123 fax. +33479061904 Address: Route de la Balme, BP 228,
73150 Val d'Isere. More about the Centre at www.valdisere-congres.com
If you intend to hire skiing equipment there are several outlets in the village
(see our website for special offers).
You are entitled to a 10% discount on your ski pass from the Ski pass Office
located next to the Bellevarde Express chairlift if you present a voucher from the
Congress Centre showing that you are attending our conference.
You can also pre-order ski passes (normal price) which will be delivered to you
on arrival. See www.simplyvaldisere.com .
For ski school and off piste skiing please refer to the website:
http://www.doctorsupdates.com/skiing At registration on Sunday night (see below)
there will be representatives from ski schools taking bookings.
Travel hints (on the basis of past, personal and very painful experience):
• Check that you have your passport with you and it is still valid
• Make sure you have a valid travel insurance (including winter sports!)
Dress is informal on all occasions.
Money saving tips (during 'credit crunch' according to The Daily Telegraph):
• Take euros with you - don't use cash machines, often levy heavy charges
• Rent a car, it can often be cheaper than transfers
• Eat a big breakfast and ski through lunch - you will have the slopes to
yourself and save a small fortune on food
Registration and Welcome Cocktail
Sunday 8th March, Registration from 6pm, Congress Centre
We will have an information meeting with a short presentation on avalanche
safety by Henry Schniewind (avalanche expert) and a short introduction to Val
d’Isere by Dr Graham Plant at 7pm before the Welcome Cocktail at 7.30pm.
Representatives of ski schools will be available to take bookings.
In the course of the week we are planning two events for you:
1. The annual Slalom Race - Thursday,12th March at 11am.
Professionally timed, 2 easy runs, the most consistent skier wins
2. The Farewell Reception, on Thursday, 12th March at 7.30pm to round off
the event and to celebrate this multidisciplinary festival of education and sport.
On behalf of the Programme and Organizing Committee - George Collee,
Rhonda Gregory, Caty Milroy, Graham Plant, Mark Rickman, Neil
Soni, Vivi Thomas and myself - Bon Voyage and see you in Val d'Isere.
May we remind you of the dangers of skiing off piste. All skiing and
sports activities are undertaken at your own risk and the
organisers of the Update can accept no responsibility for any
accidents or injuries, no matter how they are caused.
Bad weather, airport strikes and terrorist activities remind us that
travel plans can be subject to unforeseen disruption. Should it be
necessary to cancel or curtail the conference the organisers will
only be able to return registration fee on a pro rata basis.
J. Bernard Liban
Recommendations for staying safe when skiing off-piste (after Sunday Telegraph):
• Never ski alone. If possible, take a ski guide
• Check the weather forecast and avalanche warning flags
• Always carry a transceiver, probe pole and a shovel
• Avoid skiing on steeper slopes after heavy snowfall
• Always check to see what or who is below you. Do not ski
above cliffs, lakes or large holes - or other skiers
• If caught in an avalanche, try to ski to the side or stay on top
of the sliding snow
• If dragged under the snow, carve a breathing space in front of
your face and use swimming movements to try to get to the