|Cloud inversion over Avoriaz. It's down there somewhere!|
Sunday it did snow, all day, so we ate. Monday, we went out on the new snow, but it sadly had been rained on quite heavily, so was quite slushy making it hard and tiring to manoeuvre in, fortunately we were Gizmo sitting so had an excuse to give up for the day. Gizmo, as ever, was very cute, though a bit more woofy, but I think he just wanted to play as we both got bounced and had our ears licked! He did scare off all my cats which was not what I wanted as serious breakthroughs have been made with Groucho, if there is another cat in sight I am now allowed to stroke her which she didn’t understand at first, but now seems to think is good, there is purring and head butting back. It just makes me laugh that she really wants another cat to be about, I suppose so one of them could leap to her rescue if I tried anything horrible, as if!
|This was Monday morning in Avoriaz. It had been a windy day on Sunday and this was wind sculptured snow|
|Abondance ski area. a bit thin at the bottom!|
Tuesday we went on a driving tour to the two outlying resorts covered by our lift past, Chapelle and Abondance, one of which was a first, the other we had been to last visit. Although the website was slightly exaggerating the number of runs open we had a really nice time, the tops of the runs were mostly very good with just the mud showing through the bottoms leaving a bit to be desired. They were also quiet, though we did leave the first as the bus load of teenagers were eating their lunch. Timing.
|Looking down into the Abondance valley from the top|
|There are some nice runs in Abondance. Pity its so difficult to get to|
Wednesday again was snowy, so we stayed in and watched it fall. Yesterday we just went to our local resort and had a fantastic time on the new snow, up and down the same beautifully pisted run a few times before heading off round the circuit. On the second trip round the circuit, done to avoid the kids out for PE lessons, we stopped for a vin chaud at the remotest restaurant which was lovely, though I did then feel I was skiing on someone else’s legs! Home before the snow started again, not much here but when we went out today, wow! So with the fresh powder and blue skies we have had a great day, both vying to get the most tracks in fresh powder. I did begin to wonder whether he has just upgraded the life insurance as he kept sending me off in front, unheard of, before suggesting “down there” “over that edge” or other helpful things! Perhaps he’s not well as it was actually him who said home time as we were both very tired, but very happy.
|This is the ski lift that Jackie climbed up when we walked there earlier in the year|
|Coming down the Abondance lift. The runs to the town weren't open|
Tomorrow we are working for Cassie, but may be able to nip out in the afternoon, before the first of the French half term weeks starts and Mr. Doom and gloom thinks we’ll not even get a space in the carpark! Sunday more snow is forecast but we are out working in a new chalet, she may get a bit of a surprise when we turn up if she’s expecting two 22 year olds, but we shall see!
|At the top of our St Jean d'Aulps ski resort in great snow. The chairlift is the one that used to be at the Col du Corbier|
|A view from the Follys Col on our St Jean Roc d'Enfer circuit. The main ski resort is on the little plateau at the top of that streak of snow you can see just left of centre|
|...a close up shows that she was next to a significant drop over a cliff edge, complete with overhanging cornice. Good job the visibility was good. We won't go that way then!|
|Blue sky, deep fresh powder snow and plenty of off piste. It's what perfect skiing days are made of!|