|Brian, Emma, James, Jackie & Livy in Les Gets|
When I say ‘relaxed’, that doesn’t apply to last Friday and Saturday (23rd and 24th February), which turned out to be quite manic. It started on Thursday evening as I was sitting in our apartment glancing through Facebook and there was an entry from our old friends Gareth and Emma posting photos of their skiing holiday and saying what a great week they were having.
We haven’t seen Gareth and Emma for years and, in fact,
Jackie had never properly met Emma. They are old friends of mine from Solihull
Mountaineering Club and I’ve done a lot of mountaineering and mountain biking
with Gareth over the years, so it was interesting to read what they were doing.
He had posted a link to his ski app showing where he’d been on Thursday, which looked
quite impressive. Jackie then mentioned she had seen other stuff posted by Emma
earlier in the week and thought they may be relatively local, so I opened the
link to his skiing app and found that they were indeed local, staying in
Morzine next to the Nyon lift which we often park at to ski there.
|Same again but with Gareth on L|
|At the wigwan lunch stop in Les Gets|
|In the wigwam. Gareth, Emma, James, Livy and Jackie|
Anyway, we went up on the lift all together chatting non-stop, clicked on the skis, Gareth and James their snowboards and off we went. Livy and James are great fun and keen to choose where to go, so I kept quiet. It’s their holiday, we’re happy to ski where they want to go, so I’m saying nothing unless they ask.
They’ve been to this area several times before
so knew it well and it all worked out brilliantly. Despite wanting to go fast
(as we do), we kept back behind them following their speed. Livy wanted to do a
lumpy black run, no-one else did so we said we’d keep Livy company and do it
with her. The skiing was slow and controlled, but good fun and we regrouped at
the bottom. Lunch was spent in a wigwam on the Indians children’s run in Les
Gets and, by now we were having a lot of laughs between us. I looked at my
skiing app which suggested we had skied at 79.3km/hr, which seemed to fire up
Livy. Can we go faster than 80 she said and, after lunch she stuck to me like
glue going as fast as possible so my recorded time would be hers as well.
|Lift staff have too much spare time. Look at the size of that snowman!|
|James, Livy, Jackie and Gareth at Pointe de Nyon|
We reconvened on Saturday morning at 9:00 at the same lift (another alarm clock set for us) and up we went again. I had already decided I wasn’t going to go fast as, if she fell over at speed she might hurt herself and Gareth and Emma wouldn’t forgive me on their long drive home later that day.
That lasted about half an hour as it was clearly her intention to go as
fast as possible and, as we like to do that too, any resistance was quickly
gone and we were hurtling down slopes (while of course being aware of other
skiers) as very fast speeds. On one of the slopes in Les Gets she had gone off
at a huge speed and I decided to try and catch her, which I couldn’t. She was
still moving away from me as we neared the bottom so, at the end by the lift I
pulled out my phone, looked at the ski app and saw the recorded speed at 93kph!
I did think at the time that that was as fast as we’d been, but I looked at my
records when we got back and found we had recorded a maximum speed of 96.1kph
(59.7mph), but nevertheless Livy was absolutely delighted with it.
|The evidence for Livy of her speed|
Since they’ve gone we’ve relaxed. We had a day off on Sunday as the cloud came in, then on Monday it got bitterly cold, down to about -14C at our 950m altitude, colder up on the slopes, with another -5 for windchill. We went out on 26th but managed only about an hour and a half before we came back so cold, despite extra layers. The skiing was good and the visibility good, but just too cold.
The next day (Tuesday) was even colder so
we didn’t even bother ski, though we did put all the gear on and go for a walk.
It was still cold on Wednesday but fairly sunny so we went out for a couple of
hours before getting too cold again, despite the really good conditions. Today,
Thursday is another day off as we’ve had snow and cloud. There’s about 10 to
15cm of fresh snow here at 950m, with lots more at altitude with a forecast of
some 25cm over the next few days, fortunately with slightly warmer temperatures
|Suspect characters in Les Gets: Brian, Jackie, Livy, Emma & Gareth|
|A frozen stream on Tuesdays walk|
|Our ski resort from the mountain opposite halfway round our walk. Our apartment block is the dark building on the left, you can see the telecabin ski lift going up on the right, so we have less than a two minute walk to the nearest ski lift|
|A panorama view of the same thing. We woke up this morning and all this at 950m is now in 10-15cm of new snow|
|And here's the house in the mountains we walked to...|