Sunday, January 25, 2009
Hello there again. This weekend it was time to change place, or actually change back to one of our favorites: Les Contamines. It is located just on one of the sides of the Mont Blanc. We kicked of around 07:45 from Geneva and was standing with the skis all ready to go at 09:15. Excellent weather as well. It just snowed 15-20cm fresh which is just what was needed.
So when we arrived, there came 4 large buses at the same time, and you immediately go: "No no no... Lots of people and messy", but the slopes were basically empty where we went. We start of to Signal and the continue on the "left" part of the system, and down to Hauteluce, which the adjacent valley. Some great power skiing next to the pistes as well.
After while it is time for lunch at our usual place, which is "La R'mize a Louis". Really good food, nice cosy chalet, but they only accept cash, since they have no phoneline. They do not even have any running water :) Just after we were done we also go some free schnapps which was nice as well.
Then off to ski some more and in the end go back to the parking and drive back home to Geneva. Really amazing day with sunny skies, not too cold, and fresh snow.
This is a place we go back to often, just because it is not as massive as Val Thorens or Verbier, so you can get some privacy and not having to queue for hours just to get back up again. Of course, the non-smoking restaurants in general in France are very appealing :)
More skiing adventures will follow. The season this year is really good!!! :)
Just a little note: All photos are taken with my iPhone, so quality is a bit so so...
A of course some nice views on the place. To the left is the Mont Blanc, and to the right is just a small chalet covered with snow.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
We finally got to try a new ski place which is called Avoriaz, which is very close to Switzerland. When skiing here you can just cross the border and ski on the Swiss side which is kind of nice. Just make sure you buy the ski-pass for entire system and not just locally. It is called: Portes du Soleil. One little sad thing with this place, is that the Swatch Skiwatch does not work here like most other ski resorts in Europe. Also the magnetic card you can get, cannot be returned. So make sure you keep it if you buy one :)
Starting off slowly to do some warm up, since it was pretty windy on the top and cold. Doing some reds and blues in the beginning just to try out the area. After a while we decide to get a little drink somewhere. The father of Muriel was quick to get the drinks to us: Beers, Rose Wine and some Lemonade. Sitting here in the Sun was just great. After a while we all continue down the slopes to find a lunch area, since it is getting close to 12:00. When the stomach says food, then you just need to get a break and eat :D
After lunch we just continue all of us, Roger & Muriel, Peter & Marlène, and the father of Muriel.
Here are some more photos to enjoy:
The adventure continues...
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