A few weeks ago I ended up in Les Gets where fourteen of us ended up in a nice little chalet to enjoy the snow. Many of us were concerned the skiing wouldn’t be so good given the little snowfall around Europe however someone must have smiled upon us with a long fresh snowfall the day we arrived. It lasted for the good week and provided us excellent conditions.
One of the nicest parts of European based skiing is the on slope facilities including lovely restaurants with outdoor BBQs and French food for lunch. We ate well. Almost far too well on the slopes. Here’s a picture of a few of us at lunch where we managed to hoard a table for almost the entire fourteen of us.
Although the snow was good, we did have quite a few days of fairly cloudy days. It’s kind of surreal plowing through a cloud bank and trying to find your way down. I found out brightly coloured ski gear really helps!
Below is a picture of the chalet that we stayed at. We went through a good company who organised all of our transfers, ski hire and ski passes and had half board (breakfast and dinner) meals prepared by a really friendly Welsh couple. It was three course meals almost every night (except for the one where we ate out) and carafes of wine that went down a treat with everyone after a hard day’s slope. The best part was the heated outdoor jacuzzi where we could unwind and relax our tired muscles from the day’s activities.
I said we had a lot of snow. At least we got some pretty nice views.
One evening we went out to a nice restaurant that focused on regional cuisine. Our group ate loads of cheese, both in the form of a mushroom fondue, but also this swiss style, melting cheese raclette.
The new goggles went down a treat and worked out really well considering we had plenty of sunshine all the time we were there.
Les Gets has some awesome runs and its pistes are connected with eleven other ski resorts. We tried at least eight of them out, even making our away through three of them to get “across the border” into Switzerland. Here’s the proof:
Jo and Nathan beaming after the crossing.
Our ski host took us out one day skiing. This turned into a really great day run despite some of the cloudy conditions including some really good runs. We managed to find this again, crossing through Avoriaz, Portes Du Soleil, Morzine, to finally get to Châtel. This long red run was definitely one of our favourites, and a good thing that our guide showed us it. We didn’t know the name of it, but it’s one of the longest continuous runs that has some very decent speeds. For the record, the run is Le Linga.
A tiring and extremely satisfying ski holiday. It really shouldn’t be that long since the next one. It was great to be in a mixed group of skills. A number of people came up to speed really fast, and most people got away with out any injuries.