Let’s hope this weekend was the shape of things to come this season.
Kicked off with a dinner invitation courtesy of Morgan Jupe in Morzine on Friday. Chalet Chef Brad cooked us a delicious meal, served up by the gorgeous Freya whilst we were royally entertained by our hosts, Josh & Jess. Thanks team, that dessert is nestling firmly on the hips but no regrets!!
Saturday we were joined by one of our first ever ski buddies, Andy Morgan, who paid us a flying visit after attending a Snowheads bash in Tignes. Andy is old school – he’s ditched the knee tuck but the hip flask is staying!! He arrived too late to ski unfortunately, so we settled for a dog walk up in Praz de Lys.
Sunday we took him for a ski up in Avoriaz and gave our lift passes their first outing of the season. Skied hard all morning but by lunch time the slopes were getting busy so we retired for a burger and a beer in the winter sunshine then headed home to swap yarns over a bottle of wine or two.
Monday having waved goodbye to our guest, Ed arrived back from Race training in Saas Fe and the BASI Interski selection in Zermatt. We were keen to hear his news and we are looking forward to a few posts on the blog from him about these adventures and his adventures in NZ over the antipodean winter this year.
Yes it would have been great to make first tracks in knee deep powder but we’ve still that to look forward to along with plenty more fun packed ones like this one! Oh it’s a hard life in the mountains!
Well the season is steadily creeping up on us here in Les Gets – we have our first proper snowfall, the chalets are being prepared for active service and the pubs and restaurants are gradually opening.
Ed arrived two nights ago, his skis still have fresh snow on them from New Zealand and he is already looking forward to training with JJC in Saas Fe this weekend. We had a quick beer with Mo & Sal of TSI the other night, before they similarly head off to Val D’Isere for training with Gi Lewis.
Meanwhile Joe, having kicked the building work into touch, is going over to Chamonix on Wednesday to sort out a whole list of issues, from boot heaters to concerned BASI members wanting a chat with a member of the BASI board. He’s regretfully decided we’ve too much on to sneak off and join the others in Val D’Isere for a cheeky few days but no doubt we can make up for lost time once the season gets going.
And me? Well after a couple of tentative trips out on the snowshoes, I’m looking forward to skinning up Mt Cheri with Andrea and Jane (and of course Dilly & Delilah!) on Thursday. That’s assuming we’re not snowed off, you never know your luck!!
Les Gets is opening this weekend! The intention is to open weekends only between now and the beginning of what we think of as the season proper, in mid-December.
It’s a great opportunity for us to get our ski-legs and for anyone in reasonable driving distance (Geneva?) to get a taster if they have never tried to ski or board before. If this is you, don’t be shy, give us a call to arrange a lesson so that Ed or Joe can set you in the right direction!
The rest of you, don’t be too jealous, it will only be a limited opening and we are not expecting knee deep powder – although stranger things have happened……
Woke up this morning to see a dusting of snow outside. Not here at PDG but the mountain tops have turned a reassuring white overnight. We won’t be skiing for a few weeks yet in Les Gets, but it’s good to see things going in the right direction……..
There are so many wonderful things about being in the mountains but let’s be honest, when the slopes are crowded it’s hard not to be frustrated by:
People who clatter into lift lines at breakneck pace – literally! Scaring other people or using them as a crash barrier is NOT funny, it’s downright dangerous. If you want to look cool make your spray stop well off to one side where there is plenty of margin for error.
People who make their way to the front of the queue ….. and then wait for their mates to catch up before mounting the lift. Meanwhile 4 man & 6 man chairs are going up half full!! If you want to go up with your friends, then pleeeeease, get together before going through the lift ticket barriers. But honestly, most uplift in Les Gets takes 5-10 minutes, can you bare to be separated that long?
Similarly we all like a nice clear landing area when we dismount at the top. So why do some people think this is the ideal place to start fiddling with goggles & hats, or stand poring over a piste map? Just move off a couple of metres to the left or right and give the next guy off a break!
People who stop half way down a piste in the middle. You would never just stop your car in the middle of the road (would you?) Or park on a blind bend? So use the same common sense on the piste and make sure you pull in to the side and where you can see and be seen by oncoming skiers.
Large classes being traversed all the way across and back as they descend a steep run. This does not allow anyone else room to negotiate their way down and makes the students sitting ducks for out of control skiers. I reckon if the class need more than half the slope width to work their way down, they are probably on too steep a slope for them. OK there can be mitigating circumstances – unexpectedly poor conditions, one student has a confidence crisis half way down or the instructor has an exceptionally large class to monitor. But I reckon with a bit of thought there are much better ways to manage all of these situations than inconveniencing everyone else and making the class unnecessarily vulnerable.
Phew! I feel so much better now I’ve got that off my chest! What makes your blood boil when really all you want to do is chill out on the slopes?
Joe returned from the BASI Trainers conference as always ebullient with everything that had been discussed, had a weekend of downtime here in Essex and the drove back to Les Gets yesterday.
He’s got a few days in Les Gets getting the house organised for winter before flying back to the UK to help me pack up here and we drive over to France for the season next weekend. Only had a brief telephone conversation but he says the recent snow sadly does not appear to have lasted – actually not so sad there is always a frenzy of activity that has to be endured at the start of every season before we can relax and enjoy the white stuff guilt free!
On that note gotta go but Joe has promised some blogging on some interesting topics after the Trainer’s Conference so watch this space!!
It is a month until Les Gets closes for this winter season, and yet last week we had powder skiing yet again. Saturday (with Andrea) and Tuesday (with Joe) I enjoyed two of my best powder mornings of the season. And Friday (with Jo H) may not have been powder but the morning conditions were yet again excellent!
So don’t write off a ski trip in one of the lower resorts in the Alps yet it isn’t just that the snow quality is good, we have great cover on all the slopes too.
Don’t take my word for it, come and check it out for yourself!
This season justs keeps giving, more snow on the way this coming week. Possible 20-30 cms, could be a good week to brush up the skills for powder and off piste, go on treat yourself, you know you’re worth it!
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