Winter in Europe can be grey and boring, and FOSDEM is too short to satisfy our need to meet Debian people; isn't this a good time to spend near the Italian lakes, where the weather is dry and relatively warm, for an event in the SunCamp style?.

As the SunCamp, this is not going to be a (Mini)Conf, but a DIY ?MiniDebcamp.

Contrary to the SunCamp, we are going to be hosted by a small hostel, with less facilities, and we are going to be the sole occupants for the duration of the event.

This is the second year we organize a ?SnowCamp: to get an idea what to expect you can read the reports for SnowCamp 2018.

Details

Organisation

Planning

What to expect

What not to expect

What to bring

Pricing

The price will depend on the number of participants, as we will have to cover the cost of the whole hostel (400 € / day), so you can expect something around 25 € / day (or less, if more people are staying), excluding food.

How to register

To register for the event add yourself to the table on this page; when you're sure you'll be able to come please mark yourself as confirmed (if you are not confirmed by 2019-02-22 your slot may be assigned to somebody else).

Contrary to last year, full payment to the hostel will be in person, when we get there.

If you have any dietary requirements or other specific needs please let the organizers know ASAP, by writing to valhalla-d@trueelena.org.

Rooms will be assigned on a mostly random basis, so you already have a group of roommates you're happy with you'll be sure not to be stuck with strangers.

Location details

wi-fi

TBD

How to get there

Laveno is served by two train stations with trains from Milan, the Malpensa Airport and Bellinzona (the latter with limited service).

Timetables for both stations can be searched on http://www.trenord.it/EN/ Choose "Laveno-Mombello (all stations)" as the destination to be sure not to miss potentially better connections, but if everything else is the same Laveno Mombello Nord is closer to the location. More information on the train lines from Switzerland can be found on http://www.tilo.ch/en/

Real time informations on italian trains (i.e. how much delay they have :) ) can be found on http://www.viaggiatreno.it/ except for a few lines in lombardy (including Milano Cadorna - Laveno-Mombello Nord) that are only available from http://mobile.my-link.it/mylink/mobile . In debian there is an interface to viaggiatreno (qviaggiatreno, in italian only), and there is an app for SailfishOS to get the data from my-link.

FAQ

What is the weather going to be?

Are meals provided?

Included in the price of the hostel we have access to their kitchen (but no catering service), so we're only going to use it for breakfast and to prepare sandwiches for lunch on Sunday.

We are planning to book a place at a nearby restaurant for dinner, while for lunch there are a few recommended restaurants in the area (and if you only want some snacks we will do a few supermarket trips).

Can I sleep elsewhere?

Yes, you can sleep elsewhere and join us during the day.

You will however be counted in the maximum number of people, but not in the minimum number required to book the hostel (and the people who stay to sleep will have to pay a bit more), so please be considerate in choosing this option. If you can afford it, a partial contribution to help share the cost of the hostel would be great.

Is the site wheelchair accessible?

Yes, but probably only if you come by car.

The common area, toilets, and some of the rooms are wheelchair accessible, and one of the parking areas is quite close to the entrance.

However, there is a steep incline to get from the street to the hostel, and the safe way to reach the town center includes a stair (the alternative is a trafficked street with no sidewalk), so you would need the car to reach the restaurants for most meals.

Should I plan to have a boat trip on the lake?

If you do, try to have a backup plan.

Winter is the dry season, and navigation could be restricted, or completely unavailable, depending on the lake level.

What power outlets can I expect?

Italy has two and a half official power outlet standard: Type L (10 and 16A) and a multistandard one that also accepts schuko.

The hostel has the latter (in the same configuration as the picture, with one dual pass L and one schuko compatible multistandard) and a few power strips with the same sockets will be provided. In case they prove not to be enough schuko to italian adapters are pretty easy to find at any supermarket (as most home appliances are sold with schuko plugs).

Can I come by camper?

In Laveno you can *park* a camper in the public parking areas, but camping/living in it is only allowed inside campgrounds, and the hostel is not one nor they are allowed to give you amenities such as access to power outlets.

The parking area of the hostel is also too small for campers (they would prevent other cars from moving), but you can park in the very close public parking at https://osm.org/go/0CkYUPRQT?m=

Should I bring cheese?

Last year we had a sort of semi-spontaneous running Cheese (and little Wine, but mostly cheese) party, and the organizers can be easily bribed (with the promise of cheese) into making a stop at a cheese producer (or two) conveniently located on their way to the hostel.

Did I mention cheese?

Is the event confirmed?

Yes, the hostel has been booked (even if there were less than 15 registered participants) and the event will happen, so feel free to add yourself to the list and join us in Laveno.

Participants

At the hostel there is room for 23 people, but last year's experience suggests that we limit the number of participants to 18.

Note that this includes people who are *not* sleeping at the hostel (see the FAQ for details).

Slot

Name

Arrival

Departure

Confirmed

Saturday's Dinner

Sleeping at the hostel

Comments

1

valhalla

28/2

3/3

No

Yes

Yes

2

diego

28/2

3/3

No

Yes

Yes

3

enrico

28/2

3/3

No

Yes

Yes

4

mattia

28/2

3/3

Yes

Yes

Yes

5

erossi

28/2

3/3

No

Yes

No

6

abe

28/2

3/3

Yes

Yes

Yes

hostel since no camper vans are possible

7

urbec

28/2

3/3

No

Yes

Yes

8

axhn

28/2

3/3

No

Yes

Yes

9

federico

?

?

No

Yes

Yes

10

gregoa

28/2

3/3

Yes

Yes

Yes

11

paolog

28/2

3/3

Yes

Yes

Yes

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

Waiting list

if the table above is full, feel free to add yourself to the waiting list here; slots that haven't been confirmed by 2019-02-22 will be available.

Saturday's dinner

If you only want to join us saturday for dinner please add yourself to this table. (No need to add yourself if you are already in the table above.)

Name

Reports

Please add links to reports, blog posts, photos etc about the event here:


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