Sunday, February 8, 2009

La Clusaz

Waking up this Sunday and looking out. It was pouring down snow and most ski resorts warned that snow-chains was mandatory. So we hesitated a bit to go skiing today. We woke up instead very relaxed. Had a nice breakfast with freshly made Tresse and Croissant from the local bakery.

At around 11:00 it had stopped snowing so we said: Yeah, let's go and see. So we packed our gear and 12:35 we arrived in La Clusaz, France. We did go here sometimes last year, but have been a bit against going here since they had the old ski-pass system. You had to wear it very visible for a person to check it everytime entering a lift. This time, to our happy surprise they had updated to the usual SkiData system, so we could finally use our Swatch Ski-Pass watches.

So we got the half-day pass and went up. Visibility was basically 0, but we decided to go to the top anyway. After arriving we kind of said: Where is the piste actually. So we found the sticks and started the adventure of getting down for the first time. We also picked a part of Clusaz where we have not been before. So pretty virgin one can say. We managed to follow the piste pretty well, until I took a wrong turn and went into deep powder, which normally would be just fine, but today could not tell what was up or down. Fought a bit to get back to the piste, but made it :)

So we continued slowly down to the first ski station in the middle, and entered the restaurant to grab a lunch. Ordered a Spagetti and Marlene took a Sallad with some Cheese ;) Nice with a bit of relax, since it was quite straining going down without knowing where we were. After a nice lunch we decided to go back up again, since maybe it was low hanging clouds. This was not the case :(

So we came up to the top for yet another adventure trying to get down. This time it went much smoother since we took the same piste again. Arriving at the bottom we deceided to stay there so we goofed around in the earlier easy pistes a bit, and then decided to drive back home at around 15:30. Of course we stopped for a quick apre-ski to get the vin-chaud which was well deserved.

Next week will be a 4-day Les Contamines, which shall be really fun!! Stay tuned :D

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