Well the Christmas holidays are drawing to a close and we are waving goodbye to all the clients who have taken lessons with us with in Les Gets & Morzine this week. They’ve been a mixed bunch, skiers of all levels, snowboarders, and telemarkers. The most inspirational of all, Boo Heinz Jackson, I’m sure he knows why!
Sorry we couldn’t do anything about the rain yesterday guys, but I’m sure you’ll agree that for the most part the snow has been fantastic, you’ve all been great company and we hope to see you back next year!!
well the season is well and truly started with a snowy morning hitting the powder up in Avoriaz with Ed and a mate of his Ben. followed by a burger for lunch and then our first clients of the season! visibility wasn’t the best but managed to get the 3 clients back from the Ardent side all the way back to where they’re staying by the Super Morzine telecabine. lots of snow falling, whiteouts, roll on forst sunny but cold day
today was a lovely one, crisp and clear start, unfortunately I had the car booked in to get the snow tyres put on. So after that we’d arranged another “skin up” from the Chavannes side this time to Ranfoilly. Roughly an hour of up time, skins off, a couple of pics at the pic and time to hit some sweet powder down the off piste run under the Nauchets chair next to the red run Rhodos. Beautiful day, scenery like heaven, great company, cheers Colin, Dilly and our Cocker Lyla.really looking forward to the weekend when the mountain is OPEN
Joe & Ed are on the second and final day of their first aid refresher, I hope Joe’s head wasn’t too fuzzy after the lovely wine tasting & tapas at The Boomerang in Les Gets last night!
So whilst they are up at Chalet Tressud doing their bit to help keep the slopes safe for our lovely clients, Delilah & I have been out for our first snow-shoe of the season with Jayne of Ski Blue Ridge and Jo Halliwell (of the aforementioned Chalet Tressud), not forgetting Delilah’s BFF, Marmite!!
Fresh snow has been falling all last night and today so we were a bit apprehensive about the drive up to Mt Caly (which is one of the last to be cleared whenever there is new snow) but there were no dramas and it was well worth it for a glorious 2 hour stomp around the cross country track in the fresh air, light snowflakes falling all the time. Just the perfect way to break out the winter paraphernalia and get back into winter mode!
And now back at basecamp with the log fire going and a slightly snowballed Delilah thawing out on the hearth (ok so she’s taken over the couch again but I have made her sit on her blanket!). Hot mug of tea anyone?
It’s the first of December and the snow is already here (more on the way apparently)!
Joe is on a first aid refresher this weekend and the car’s in the garage getting the winter tyres fitted, or we would both be rummaging around for the skins so we could go and check out the conditions for ourselves. Rumours though are for an early opening in Avoriaz and Les Gets – not sure about Morzine and not sure if it would just be for a weekend, but definitely a good optimistic start to the season!
Bar Bush opened for the season last night, the Boomerang will open this evening so it looks like we’re all set with something & somewhere to celebrate – Hurrah!
Well I’ve now been home in Les Gets for a week and after a manic time trying to get everything straight I’ve finally been able to surface for air and we are raring to go for the ski season.
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There seems to be some anxiety in the air about the lack of snow (although as I write it is sleeting here in Pont Des Gets and I can see the snow line on the heights gradually creeping down). Of course, our perfect season would begin and end with a couple of weeks free – skiing or snowboarding in Avoriaz before and after looking after our clients but in reality it seldom works that way.
Last season we had an early start but then an unseasonably warm spell brought rain and we were left valiantly limping along with marginal snow from February onward. No offence SAGETS, the work done by the piste bashers and the snow cannons was truly awesome but it will not go down as one of our best ever seasons!
On the other hand if we do not have a decent snow fall until the eleventh hour historically we have had good snow conditions when it really matters (peak season) and even a good snowfall at the end of March to see us through comfortably until Easter. I know which I prefer!
On a completely different subject, it has been business as usual for Joe who has already been working for BASI since October. Today he left to deliver a two day training course to the TUI hosts working in another part of the Alps for the season. Then he will be home here with me waiting for the slopes in Les Gets and Morzine to open – probably mid-December.
So it’s almost a week since Joe departed for Les Gets and on Sunday he is off to the BASI Trainer’s Conference. New Uniforms from Salomon have arrived and we’re having our logo emblazoned on them as I write. The new skis/boards/boots from Head are almost all here and the bookings enquiries are coming in.
All good indications that the ski season is on its way but from where I’m sitting it’s definitely hurry up and wait! Here in Cumbria I feel a million miles from everything to come and now the summer is over the Distant Horizons bookings are taking a predictable breath (last big event before I leave is on Saturday, good luck Decision Insight with your Ultra Challenge).
I’ve decided to launch (well, heave) myself into a fitness programme to prep for my winter. Since Joe left no booze, no chocolate and I’m back into the running, which sort of backslid around the time of our last two houseparties. Nothing too manic, a few miles on the fells about four times a week (at a very stately pace) and supplemented by the normal daily walks with Delilah and some yoga stretches.
Luckily I enjoy exercise and being active (although even I baulk at going out when the rain is going sideways like yesterday) but I also enjoy my food and the evenings are always pleasanter when rose tinted so I’ll let you know how my resolve holds…….
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 … Continue reading →