The snow conditions were looking very poor in Chamonix with the endless sunshine in the Alps. The Atlantic frontal systems that should have been delivering frequent snow storms were being concentrated in to torrential rain over the north west of England. However, it still seemed like a better option than watching that endless rain in Cumbria…
Oddly for the time of year our first day out wasn’t the seasonally normal activity of finding our ski-legs – we went rock climbing!
We’re just back from a little over two weeks of skiing in Chamonix. Well, I say two weeks of skiing, but in fact the first week was a bit short on the skiing as there was no (very little) snow. We did manage a few days, but in the end we decided the lift pass was too expensive to justify for the amount of skiing available.
Despite the poor snow it was nice to enjoy Xmas in the sunshine relaxing and checking out all the shops in Chamonix with Ian. Ian is out in the Alps for the whole season. Lucky (ski) bum!
However, on Thursday it started snowing – a lot! It kept snowing all day Friday too! And Saturday! Although on Saturday the rate had slowed a bit and the visibility was better, that is it was just about possible to breath, so we ventured out for a great powder day at Grand Montets.
The second week of skiing was of course much better thanks to the new snow. Plus we had Saskia, Nick, James, and Oliver with us for the week and to help us see in the new year.
Happy 2010 from the Black Forest to all of you! With 15 people we occupied Mathias’ dads birth place in the middle of the southern black forest. No cell phone reception – relaxing times guaranteed! It was great to have lot’s of our friends arround and even the table seemed to miraciously getting longer and longer. Finally we also got enough snow to go out and play! Who is up for snow ball fights? More “New Year in the Black Forest”
It seemed strange to leave England’s fantastic snowy weather and arrive in France for a week’s skiing only to find it raining! But of course up higher it was snowing.
Floodlit Slalom Racing
As Anna says, one skiing picture looks a lot like any other. That is unless the skier in question is one of the real French Olympic team (note to Ian 😆 ), so we took a trip out one evening to see the French slalom ski team at the floodlit les Planards. The last time I was at les Planards it was to whizz down the concrete toboggan run in the summer! 😛
Oh, and some Skiing…
In between the rain when we thought we actually stood a chance of seeing where we were going, and when the lifts were open enough to warrant the trip out, we took to the slopes.
The traditional reward for a day on the hill … cake! :yum: Sorry, the camera lens had fogged up from the transition from freezing cold outside to warm in – but we couldn’t wait any longer for it to clear, the cake’s looked too tasty! 😀