Chamonix New Year

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! 😛

That's not snow falling, it's rain!

How many dudes-in-red does it take to organise a slalom race?

Concentration

Faster, faster!

New Year
As everyone knows, Chamonix goes Mad on New Year’s eve…

Laetitia's in front of her favourite Chamonix shop...

Fancy celebrating New Year by eating some fire anyone?
Paying respect to "Balmat and Saussure" New Year style!

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.

Lots of fresh powder snow
Check out the snow laden trees!

And finally
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! 😀

Cake - yum!

Isle of Man TT

Can you believe it, Saturday’s superbike race was cancelled due to heavy rain? What! We finally get to go to the Isle of Man’s TT race for what should be the main event, the superbikes, and the weather lets us down! Then, rubbing salt into our wounds the race got postponed to Monday when we would be back at work. Doh! 😥 Work Sucks! And so does the weather! :angry:

Anyway, it gave us much more time to explore the island’s attractions and spend time with Laetitia’s sister and family.

Laxey Wheel
Laxey Wheel
Cashtal yn Ard (Castle of the Heights)
Cashtal yn Ard (Castle of the Heights)
Kirk Maughold Parish Church Cross Shelter
Kirk Maughold Parish Church Cross Shelter
Kirk Maughold Parish Church Cross Shelter
Kirk Maughold Parish Church Cross Shelter

Sunday turned out sunny. But the traditional Mad Sunday being what it is, a chance for everyone to ride the famous TT circuit, racing was still not an option. But, the biking entertainment at Peel was still on, and with glorious weather at last, off we went to save some biking action from the weekend…

Peel Day
Peel Day

Steve Colley was amazing. This guy has clearly got masses of skill on a bike. But he also gives the impression – with his running commentary of his stunts – that he’s also got an ego to go with it! I lost count of just how many times he had to tell us this trick or that was “really difficult” or “just about as hard as it gets”.

Steve Colley at Peel
Steve Colley at Peel

On the other hand, the Purple Helmets have got no ego what-so-ever, having fun with just about everything including themselves! 😆

The Purple Helmets at Peel
The Purple Helmets at Peel

We even had time for a bit of bouldering on the beach at Peel…

Bouldering on Peel Beach
Bouldering on Peel Beach

We should have checked in with Mike Caine’s IoM Rock Climbing site before we went though, there’s loads of climbing on the island. Ah well, plenty of detail there for next time…

Now of course we are back home so after work I’ll have to watch the TT superbike race on the TV tonight…