|Jackie up to her knees in snow|
The season has started off quite promisingly, early snow has given a good base and subsequent fairly regular falls down to 7 or 800m have allowed virtually all the ski lifts and pistes to open, along with knee deep powder for really good off-piste skiing. It’s the best start to a season we’ve seen and, I think one of these best in recent years, something that has had an effect on reducing the number of people coming to all the European ski resorts, affecting the local economy.
|Mont Chery and the Les Gets ski resort from the upper slopes|
|Jackie does a bit of off-piste|
|In the resort of Montriond|
|We can ski back to the car but its icy to drive on. Glad we got the ski rack though|
|Happy New Year from us!|
|A snowy ascent on a short ski tour I did|
|Skiing with Loo and Marti|
|Alex (left) and band mate perform in L'Avalanche bar|
|Torchlit descent of the ski instructors on New Years Eve|
|Sometimes its nice to just sit on a ski lift and enjoy the scenery|
Well, it worked out as I am sitting here writing this, but Jackie and I did switch on our avalanche transceivers just in case. It was steep, tricky in places but deep powder all the way and we had such a laugh (well, Si and I did at least) and the evening drinks at their (sorry Judith’s) apartment made it a really nice day.
The next day, 30th was the dismal day of heavy rain below about 2000m, so planning not to ski we took on a chalet changeover for a couple, with two young kids. They all had the flu and she is 15 weeks pregnant. Most of their bookings are summer ones, so disorganisation reigned and it took us a lot longer than expected. Still, we got some pocket money! We only went out the next day to our local St Jean resort again to ski on icy, hard packed pistes and avoiding the frozen, solid off piste. Our New Years Eve was relatively quiet, we walked the 2 minutes walk to the lift station for free mulled wine and to watch the torchlight descent by the ski instructors, accompanied by small children with torches, followed by an excellent firework display. After returning to our apartment for dinner and wine we went back out about 10:00pm to see what was going on. A small outdoor party of French ski instructors and their friends was going on, the two restaurants were full of diners and L’Avalanche bar was full of drinkers, so we came back, cracked open our bottle of bubbly and saw in the New Year watching TV and messaging family. The bubbly wasn’t up to much, giving me a headache this morning (nothing to do with the mulled wine and red wine obviously!).
Today, a ski over Les Gets ski area, with a failed attempt to meet up with Si and Cassie who were out skiing with guests. It’s always difficult trying to be in the same place at the same time on ski slopes and despite several text exchanges it didn’t happen, so we had a pleasant ski in sun and light snow showers and surprisingly good off-piste and returned here to look after Gizmo.
So our new year begins and we have 4 months of skiing ahead of us, or as long as the snow lasts.