Feb 10 23

Laurence and Maddie have come out to Chamonix to learn to ski.

They arrived at Geneva on Saturday afternoon, so we just had enough time to get the skis, boots, poles and helmets from the hire shop before dinner.

Sunday morning came early, an Alpine wake up call of 7.15am. Shocking!

We drove to Les Houche where Laurence and Maddie would be having lessons. We decided this would be nicer because the slopes are gentler than Chamonix and so they should have more fun as beginners.

It seemed like chaos as about 200 children were organised into groups and taken up in the bubble lift to the beginners slopes. Laurence and Maddie were soon getting used to their skis.

Laurence and Maddie getting used to their skis

Les Houche ski slopes

After three days of lessons I decided it was time to check out their progress. They’re doing pretty well, and skiing pretty fast, keeping in control during their turns and managing to stop without crashing. Tomorrow they’ll be using their poles.

Maddie in a snow hole

Laurence and Maddie getting ready to show me how it's done

On the chair lift

I took this video from a chair lift.

Just in case you thought it was all ski, ski, ski, there’s also the delights of French food to be had.

Crépe aux chocolat

Series - Learning to Ski

  1. Laurence and Maddie Learn to Ski
  2. Ski Medals
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