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Yes, I'm still skiing Posted by Len at 27 Nov 2008 12:13 PM
I did ski last season I just didn't report on it here. I will ski this season and again I probably wont report on it. Things change....


I said, no plans until AFTER Argentina! Posted by Len at 27 Jun 2006 11:35 PM
I've been speaking with Dougie of R21 about their slalom training course in November... It fits in so nicely just before the Ski Club Rep's Course that it seems rude not to... Anyway, right now I'm looking at my options...


No plans until after Argentina Posted by Len at 20 Jun 2006 10:47 PM
Currently I have no firm plans for what I'll do once I get back from Argentina. Given the way my life is at present I figure it's wise not to plan too much as who knows what I'll want to...


Be careful what you wish for Posted by Len at 24 Mar 2006 10:33 AM
Just after we returned from this year's trip to Megève I was bemoaning the fact that I was back, keen to "run away to the circus" and do another season and wondering how it could be possible to fit all...


Fatal Avalanche above St Gervais Posted by Len at 23 Feb 2006 08:25 AM
An 18 year old skier was killed by an avalanche yesterday while skiing off-piste above Saint-Gervais. The skier was part of a group of 4. Via PistHors.com...


More self analysis Posted by Len at 14 Feb 2006 06:31 AM
Once again I didn't really carry the video camera quite often enough, so I don't have as much footage as I'd like. I have to remember that a) sometimes you'll plan to use the camera and then decide against it,...


SkiClinics.com Posted by Len at 13 Feb 2006 10:28 PM
This is Dan Egan's site with details of all the ski clinics that he runs. Looks like interesting stuff. Now, remind me how I somehow wangle enough time to do all of these ski related things? And then remind me...


Val d’Isère Off-piste & Avalanche Awareness Clinic Posted by Len at 13 Feb 2006 10:01 PM
Dan Egan and Henry Schniewind (the Henry in Henry's Avalanche talks) are running an off-piste and avalanche awareness clinic in Val d'Isere in mid March. The timing is bad for me, which is a pity because it's just the kind...


Scope Colorado Ski and Board Challenge 2007 Posted by Len at 11 Feb 2006 01:02 PM
I saw an advert for this in this morning's paper. Scope, a UK cerebral palsy charity, is running a sponsored, 150,000 vertical feet in 6 days, ski challenge next January. Details are available here on the Scope web site. Looks...


Lessons learned on my second randonée Posted by Len at 10 Feb 2006 07:41 PM
Back in April 2005 we did our first bit of ski touring. A 3 hour trip from the base of the Cote 2000 lifts to Col de Very. This season we did a little more, a technically much simpler trip...


Injurys Posted by Len at 8 Feb 2006 07:44 PM
What with my medial ligament issue last December, Phil's fractures and Warren's medial and ACL mashup, ski injury and how to avoid it is on my mind again right now. I hadn't realised until today that there's a whole site...


Skiing switch Posted by Len at 8 Feb 2006 07:18 PM
Every now and then I play around with skiing backwards, or "switch" as those considerably younger and with baggier pants than me tend to call it... Each time I try I find that I get frustrated because seeing where you're...


Something to try next time we're on telemark Posted by Len at 7 Feb 2006 08:33 AM
There's an interesting article over on the British Ski School site about how skiing alpine style on free heel equipment can benefit your alpine skiing as it forces you to get it right all the time rather than allowing the...


The pre trip exercise program worked Posted by Len at 6 Feb 2006 03:26 PM
My recent trip back to Megève was a great success by pretty much all the measures that I'd set. The only downside is that I now have a serious case of "run away to the circus" syndrome; being back is...


Back from Megève Posted by Len at 6 Feb 2006 09:52 AM
We've just spent an excellent two weeks in Megève with The Original Ski Company. The chalet, food and service were all excellent (bear in mind we know the owner of the company so my view may be tainted but I...


Avalanche risk Posted by Len at 20 Jan 2006 11:11 AM
If you're even just thinking of maybe, perhaps, doing some off-piste/backcountry skiing this season take some time to learn about avalanche risk. At first, you don't really need to learn that much; just enough to be appropriately scared so that...


One year ago today Posted by Len at 4 Jan 2006 07:57 AM
This day last year was the first day of our season in Megève. It's amazing how time flies. Here's the link: "our first day last season"....


Snowboarding on the rise? Not here. Posted by Len at 9 Dec 2005 12:55 PM
There's a piece over on "Highly Obsessed: The Snowboarding Blog" about "older people" snowboarding which contains the following: "The more I ride the more I become aware of the fact that it's not just for kids... and that snowboarders seem...


Free PC ski game Posted by Len at 8 Dec 2005 07:29 AM
There's a free downloadable PC based ski game available from the Austrian TV station ORF. The download is here. You'll have to navigate the Austrian licence and registration details but once done the game's great fun! There's a quick review...


Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow Posted by Len at 29 Nov 2005 04:29 PM
Well, from the look of some of the webcams and weather reports the winter is starting in the Alps. Now that the snow has started again I think it has probably just become harder to be stuck back here in...


Higher Ground Posted by Len at 17 Nov 2005 10:48 AM
Last night we went to see Warren Miller's new movie, Higher Ground at a special screening at the Vue cinema in London's Leicester Square. Higher Ground is a pretty standard ski movie. Lots of amazing locations; Alaska, Tahoe, Chamonix, Courchevel,...


SSX On Tour Posted by Len at 21 Oct 2005 02:33 PM
EA Sports have today released the latest in the SSX line of snowboarding games; SSX On Tour. See http://www.ssxontour.co.uk and http://www.easportsbig.com/games/ssxontour/home.jsp for more details. The screenshots and sample videos look great and it seems that this time you can play...


Lust Posted by Len at 11 Oct 2005 11:39 PM
These pictures. Make me dream of this. I don't care if it's well below freezing when I wake up in the morning, I want the snow up around my knees and I want it now... Thanks to SkiBits for the...


Rain, Beer and the second issue of Powder this year Posted by Len at 10 Oct 2005 09:53 PM
There's a pattern developing here... This weekend we spent a drizzly Saturday evening sitting in the New Rose on Essex Road reading the latest ski mags. The second issue of Powder is out and it's as good as the first....


Snow Patrol Posted by Len at 10 Oct 2005 09:36 PM
Just watched the first episode of Snow Patrol on Discovery Living and Travel. It's program that follows four all mountain, freestyle, skiers for a season in Europe. The guys are based in Serre Chevalier and this week two of them...


What are your goals for this season? Posted by Len at 8 Oct 2005 02:29 PM
The temperatures are dropping and pretty soon snow will start to fall. It's seems like time to start thinking about what I want to get out of this season's skiing. In previous years we've already had our first skiing of...


Nice new ski and board blog Posted by Len at 23 Sep 2005 03:11 PM
Check out Snow World, The Abominable Snowblog. It's a pretty cool looking new ski and board blog; subscribed!...


Skibits.co.uk Posted by Len at 22 Sep 2005 05:02 PM
We're now syndicated on Skibits.co.uk, we're listed under the Snow Blogs section; you could subscribe to their feed and read MegèveSki and all of their other feeds in one go. Skibits provides ski racing stuff, helmets, wax, etc, and sponsors...


Sunshine, Beer and the first issue of Powder this year Posted by Len at 28 Aug 2005 11:46 PM
It's a sunny bank holiday weekend here in the UK and we've been relaxing on the sofas at The House on Cannonbury Road, drinking beer, watching the world go by and reading this year's first issue of Powder magazine. The...


Ski jumping in San Francisco? Posted by Len at 23 Aug 2005 09:02 AM
Icer Air 2005 is coming to San Francisco on 27th August. They'll put 200 tons of snow and a ski jump on Fillmore street to celebrate Olympic skier Jonny Moseley's 30th birthday. Moseley and 30 other skiers will then launch...


Build your own snowboard? Posted by Len at 22 Aug 2005 06:30 PM
www.grafsnowboards.com is site that contains masses of information about building your own snowboard. These guys even built their own tools, moulds and presses. Great stuff, though probably a little bit beyond your average DIY boarder ;) Via Hackaday....


Balance Posted by Len at 18 Aug 2005 05:04 PM
A year or so ago I got a Vew-Do balance board for a present. I haven't really been able to use it as much as I would have liked as our flat isn't really suitable and neither is the limited...


Good French Alps Estate Agent web site Posted by Len at 1 Aug 2005 09:45 AM
I stumbled across a good French Alps Estate Agent website the other day. www.alpine-property.com. It doesn't have masses of properties available in the Megève area but it has some. The thing that makes it stand out from the crowd is...


Back for nearly 3 months now Posted by Len at 26 Jul 2005 11:50 AM
The views from my window are still depressing compared to the mountain views that we had from the apartment in Megève but I think we're both slowly coming down to earth now. The dream of going on to ski the...


After Posted by Len at 31 May 2005 01:40 PM
Well, we've been back in London for 4 weeks now. I can't pretend that it's good to be back, but we're slowly settling in to life without mountain views and fresh air. We both feel that the trip was a...


Carwash Karma Posted by Len at 30 Apr 2005 01:07 PM
We're going to Annecy today to meet up with one of Miche's friends from her university days. It's a glorious day and somehow a dirty car looks worse in the summer sun so we decided to use the jetwash when...


More packing Posted by Len at 27 Apr 2005 04:07 PM
Not wanting to ski out the available terrain, feeling that we need to start to kick the habit of getting up at 7am and rushing off to the slopes, and, quite frankly, deciding to sleep in, meant that we didn't...


The P word Posted by Len at 25 Apr 2005 06:00 PM
No, not powder, the rain stayed as rain all day. The P word today was packing... We decided that since we were just lazing around we may as well start thinking about packing for the return trip. We had been...


Not skiing at Cote 2000 in the rain Posted by Len at 25 Apr 2005 08:00 AM
The plan for today was to ski at Cote 2000. The weather report showed rain with the possibility of snow above 1800m or so. When we woke this morning the rain was here at appartment level and the clouds were...


Rest, recuperation and The West Wing Posted by Len at 23 Apr 2005 11:00 PM
Miche's knees and back were a little sore this morning after yesterday's tensions in La Clusaz so we decided to take a rest today. Rest days are becoming easier and easier to take as the conditions aren't really that enticing...


Comment problem now fixed Posted by Len at 19 Apr 2005 05:27 PM
We've had another problem with the comment spam black list, it decided to stop all comments with ".com" in them anywhere... This is now fixed....


Chores Posted by Len at 7 Apr 2005 04:28 PM
A day off today; we figured that we'd need it after the two days of telemark lessons and we have guests arriving tonight so we needed to clean up the appartment a bit. As it happens our legs are fine...


A final burger at Chez Luc Posted by Len at 3 Apr 2005 06:11 PM
The Princess bubble closes today and the restaurant that's at the halfway stage of the bubble, La Chalet des Princesse (Chez Luc) also closes. Since we've decided that this is the best place on the mountain to get home made burgers (even better than at L'Alpette) we bubbled up there today for Sunday lunch with Lucy.


Day off Posted by Len at 1 Apr 2005 07:08 PM
We figured that we wouldn't ski all the way through until Monday and that Saturday would be less busy in Les Contamines and that we'd likely ski there then, so we took today off.


Day off Posted by Len at 23 Mar 2005 04:48 PM
We decided not to ski today, we need to recover from entertaing our guests :) and let our legs recover from the two days of telemark practice. Looks like another gloriously sunny day though there are at least some half...


Ideally it would have been 10'C cooler today Posted by Len at 22 Mar 2005 06:45 PM
On the way back from Geneva the rain arrived in force. It was pissing down by the time we got back to Megève but at least it was a lot cooler than it has been. I guess time will tell...


Comment problem now fixed Posted by Len at 20 Mar 2005 05:08 PM
There was a problem with the comment system on the site as the spam protection had decided to block all comments rather than just spam... This is all fixed now. Thanks to Paul for pointing it out to me....


Operation "Over there" Posted by Len at 17 Mar 2005 10:40 PM
We flew back to the UK yesterday for a surprise appearance at Miche's mum's birthday meal. It was a bit of a complicated day as we wanted to surprise her at the restaurant but it all worked out well in the end. We're back home in Megève now, just had a pizza from the wood fired over in a van pizza man down by the Sherpa and ready for bed.


Chris on Telemark Posted by Len at 17 Mar 2005 12:55 PM
Christopher Baus in Tahoe has this to say on our telemark experience; nice to see that what we've experienced so far seems representative of what we'll expect going forward. Three seasons to get good doesn't sound too bad... :)...


The reason for my aching neck Posted by Len at 16 Mar 2005 09:46 AM
During yesterday's off-piste at Cote 2000 I had an interesting fall and when I woke this morning I had an aching neck and some thoughts on why it was so...


Jack and the Vampire Posted by Len at 15 Mar 2005 07:55 PM
We saw Jack and the Vampire again today...


Spring sprung Posted by Len at 14 Mar 2005 10:42 PM
It seems that spring is definitely here; it's 3.9'C at apartment level at 10.30 at night, that's bad :(...


Pub crawl Posted by Len at 12 Mar 2005 11:36 PM
We took a day off today to recover from the Telemark lesson. Our legs weren't as tired as we expected, but then that could just be that we were beginners and not working hard enough to get truly tired. After doing the chores we walked into town and had a bit of a pub crawl, well, we visited two bars and then had a pizza, but it was quite a good effort for us...


Flying High and Laying Low Posted by Miche at 8 Mar 2005 03:09 PM
After a fabulous morning skiing fresh powder and making fresh tracks on Fontaine on Friday, I spent the next 3 "ski" days in bed sick. Bummer....


I spoke too soon Posted by Len at 7 Mar 2005 02:29 PM
Yesterday I said that Miche was feeling better and that we hoped to ski today... She had a bad night and has stayed in bed again today so we have another rest day. Still, at least the weather forecast was wrong, we haven't had any significant new snow yet...


Miche sick and Angel Posted by Len at 6 Mar 2005 10:25 PM
I got up at 7.00 this morning and showered and was a little disapointed to see that the "significant snow" certainly hadn't showed up at apartment level. That made it a little easier to take the fact that when Miche woke up she felt awful and we decided to take today as another rest day.


To the airport and back Posted by Len at 5 Mar 2005 02:23 PM
We dropped Helena and Brian at Geneva this morning for their flight back to London. From there they're connecting to a flight to Dublin where they're staying for one night before heading home to Florida. The week was a lot of fun and we're looking forward to next year's "home game" for them when, hopefully, we all ski together in Colorado.


Snow's here Posted by Len at 3 Mar 2005 11:46 PM
The snow that didn't show up today finally arrived in full force this evening. We have around 10-15cms in the car park at the appartment now. Looks like it's slowing up a bit now....


No Show Snow Posted by Len at 3 Mar 2005 09:14 AM
Well, the snow that was forecast for last night didn't show and it looks like the snow we were expecting today will either be late or has missed us; ah well, another glorious day....


Bad Snow Posted by Len at 27 Feb 2005 08:43 PM
We flew back to Geneva from Dublin via Gatwick today. Reasonably painless journey (if you ignore the stupid Ryan Air people and the rather dodgy scales at Dublin that weighed our luggage as 10kg more than the Virgin scales we later used at Gatwick...). One small piece of badness was the announcement from the pilot as we circled Geneva. Geneva airport was closed due to snow and we might be diverted to Lyon... We hung in the air for 30 mins and, thankfully, the snow stopped and they opened the runways.


Beer of the week... Posted by Len at 26 Feb 2005 04:40 PM
Well, we're in Ireland, so I guess the beer of the week for this week is Guiness, best get back to the bar......


Ski holiday Posted by Len at 24 Feb 2005 05:37 PM
We're having a bit of a ski holiday, that is a holiday from skiing... We flew to the UK on tuesday and then on to Ireland today. We're attending a family wedding tomorrow and then heading back to Megève on Sunday. By the time we ski again we'll have had a whole 7 days out of ski boots...


Making Tracks Posted by Len at 23 Feb 2005 11:51 PM
I've just found Ian Spare's blog via SnowBlogs. We skied with Ian on the Warren Smith Ski Academy course in Saas Fee in September. Ian used to live just around the corner (give or take a mountain) from where we are in Megève and knows the area pretty well and now he's based in Switzerland and posting about his various ski trips.


SnowBlogs Posted by Len at 22 Feb 2005 11:38 PM
We're syndicated on SnowBlogs, a ski and snowboard blog portal... Would have been nice if they had asked first, or told us that they were doing it, but I guess it doesn't matter really :)


And rest Posted by Len at 21 Feb 2005 04:35 PM
No skiing today, I think we did enough yesterday. Our bodies are rebelling after the challenges of yesterday. Miche's neck has stiffened up from here tumble and my back and neck ache from mine. Time for an easy day I...


Ski Tech Posted by Len at 19 Feb 2005 04:30 PM
We were originally planning to ski today and rest tomorrow, it's probably quieter out there today as it's change-over day... However, a week of getting up at 7.30 (ish) made us decide to stay in bed today and take our rest day today. The latest plan is to ski early and short tomorrow and Monday and attempt to avoid the worst of the crowds... So today I did all the little ski tech jobs that I'd been meaning to do for a while now, and I actually used my wax iron...


Snow Posted by Len at 13 Feb 2005 08:09 AM
No rain this morning, the stuff falling from the sky is nice and white and fluffy!


It rained all day Posted by Len at 12 Feb 2005 11:50 PM
It's still raining now. It was raining at 7.30am and hasn't stopped once all day. It's not just drizzle either, it's proper, heavy, soak you through and flood things rain. If it had been a little colder a little lower down it would have been lovely snow but...


Rain Posted by Len at 12 Feb 2005 10:00 AM
It stayed above freezing all last night and this morning we woke to 2'C and rain at apartment level. The weather forecast says that the freeze point is at 1700m or so which is way up the mountain so we've decided to take a rest day today. The longer term view of the weather is that the freeze level will drop to 600m tonight and that we'll have snow for three days or so. We're not too bothered about missing a few inches of fresh stuff up at 1800m today; we'd have to be dipping in and out of the rain to ski it. We had been planning to ski over at Praz sur Arly, another nearby micro resort, and the other small resorts near to it; Lucy was going to take us on a bit of a tour of the quieter places to ski during French half-term. The thought of drag lifts in the rain was enough for us to cancel that plan and stay in bed.


Get up! Posted by Len at 11 Feb 2005 10:00 AM
I turned the alarm off at 7.46 after snoozing it since 7.30... Too tired to get up all that running around yesterday has taken its toll and I ache. The plan had been to get out early again today and use the "ski early, lunch early, ski whilst everyone else eats and head home" pattern. Sod that. The weather report said it's going to snow today so hopefully the rest of Megève will stay home ;) The revised plan is to head back over to the bumps and do some more practice on them first thing, before the snow, and then do whatever comes to mind. We'll eat in a restaurant today as the weather doesn't look like it's going to be good enough to sit outside with sandwiches.


The yellow snow of Mont d'Arbois Posted by Len at 9 Feb 2005 07:21 PM
The Mont d'Arbois area has a bit of a problem at present. It seems that most of the mountain restaurants get their water from a natural source and that has dried up a bit. The result is that most of the public toilets on the mountain are closed. There are toilets at the bottom but that doesn't really help when you're at the top and don't want to face the queue to come back up in the bubble... They had this problem earlier in the season and it only lasted for a couple of days and, to be honest, the toilets weren't actually closed last time they only had signs up saying that they were... Today they were closed and whilst I could find an out of the way tree Miche declared that the whole situation was piss poor!


Make your own Saturday Posted by Len at 7 Feb 2005 11:10 PM
Monday morning? I think I'll stay in bed......


Megève, where the women wear fur and the dogs wear PVC Posted by Len at 4 Feb 2005 07:30 PM
Image deliberately distorted to protect the poor dog's identity...


Free WIFI in Megeve Posted by Len at 3 Feb 2005 01:53 PM
We popped into the Tourist office again this afternoon and asked about the WIFI access. It seems that you can just come in, sit down and connect to their WIFI if you have your own hardware and it's free. They don't serve beer though :(


Day off Posted by Len at 3 Feb 2005 01:00 PM
I dropped Maria and Milky at the bus station this morning and then came back to the apartment. We're having a day off today; the deal was, if there wasn't new powder we'd stay home. My body could do with a rest and one of Miche's knees is aching a little... Our current plan for the day is to tidy up a bit then collect our skis from Duvillard's where they're being serviced, do a little shopping, check out the tourist office wifi and then collect Miche's brother, Chris, from Geneva; he's here for a long weekend. Tomorrow I expect we'll be out for first lifts and skiing until last lifts and then next week we hope to have some more lessons with Lucy.


Freespot? Posted by Len at 30 Jan 2005 08:47 PM
We went to the tourist information office today to sort out tickets for the bus to Geneva for Maria and Milky. Whilst we were there we noticed several men with laptops sitting in the waiting area... In the corner of the room was a wifi access point and when I checked with my PDA I discovered that this is probably the source of the freespot open access point. We were in a bit of a rush so I didn't do any further investigation but I'll check back in a day or so and find out what the deal is - I somehow doubt they'll serve beer, still, can't have everything.


Carcassonne Posted by Len at 29 Jan 2005 11:59 PM
We picked up my sister, Maria, and her boyfriend, Milky, from Geneva airport this evening. They're staying with us for 5 or 6 days. This evening, after dinner, they introduced us to a game they discovered whilst in Sri Lanka at Christmas; Carcassonne. Looks like tonight will be a late night. The game appears fairly simple at first but there are lots and lots of ways you can play a very long term and strategic game. It's good fun and a great way to spend an evening, I expect we'll be playing more whilst they're here.


Snooze button Posted by Len at 28 Jan 2005 09:13 AM
This morning's temperature check is brought to you by the snooze button -14.4'c, warmer than yesterday so we just snoozed the alarm for 30 mins or so......


Canting Posted by Len at 27 Jan 2005 10:00 AM
Given yesterday's edge issues and Miche's ongoing left ski problems and the fact that one of our books suggested that the problem she was having could be a canting issue we decided to check the alignment of her legs this morning... Miche has had a fair amount of trouble in the past due to the fact that she needs quite serious orthotic footbeds in her ski boots to prevent her ankles collapsing in and because one of her legs is longer than the other (and her pelvis is twisted...) - you can't see any of this without x-rays and measuring tapes so it's not quite as freaky as it sounds. Anyway...


I sense a trend here Posted by Len at 27 Jan 2005 09:07 AM
The temperature this morning was -16.6'C :( So we stayed in bed for a little longer again... I guess the downside of having the outside temperature displayed on the bedroom ceiling is that you wake up, look up, shake your head in disgust and go back to sleep. Ah well.


Fartage Posted by Len at 26 Jan 2005 12:25 PM
Since we're living in France for 4 months I thought I should make an effort and learn the language. I did French at school for a couple of years but hated it. I think the reason I hated it was that I wasn't very confident about speaking it in front of people; you have to get over the "I sound like an idiot" thing... Before the trip I started to use the Michel Thomas French course on CD and that seemed to work well; I started to learn words and phrases by listening to my iPod on the way to work. However, I still had the "sound like an idiot" thing to get over as it's far easier to speak the phrases whilst listening to the course when you know nobody is listening than it is to actually use one on a real live French person. Strangely, getting my skis serviced the first week I was here seemed to fix that problem...


Thanks to Janine and Jon Posted by Miche at 26 Jan 2005 10:50 AM
Thanks to Janine and Jon for a good weekend. They were our first visitors (well, the first to stay with us, as my Mum and Dad and brother and sister-in-law were here last week but stayed at the Chalet St...


Still cold Posted by Len at 26 Jan 2005 08:30 AM
The temperature this morning was -13.2'C :( So we stayed in bed for a little longer again... Once again it's a lovely clear day out there so I expect we'll ski in the afternoon. We were intending to take a...


Skiing for free Posted by Len at 25 Jan 2005 11:30 AM
We've now been here for 21 days and skied for 18 of them, which, I think, is a good effort. Given that our season pass cost us €360 and the per day rate is €32 we're into free skiing for the rest of the season even if we were to have purchased weekly tickets at €157...


Cold Posted by Len at 25 Jan 2005 08:00 AM
The outside temperature is showing as -11'C, that's too cold to get up, I think we'll stay in bed... At least it seems to have stopped snowing......


More of the same... Posted by Len at 23 Jan 2005 09:22 AM
Still snowing, heavier than yesterday. Yesterday's forecast suggest it will clear in the afternoon; given our recent efforts I expect we'll head out late and hope to catch the sun.


Still snowing... Posted by Len at 22 Jan 2005 08:19 AM
It's still snowing. It seems to stop for a while some evenings, and sometimes it becomes rain at village level; it's around 0'C most of the time, just dipping slightly into negatives. It's been snowing every day now since Tuesday, so I think the lack of snow problem has been replaced by a danger of avalanche problem. On piste is fine, it's just the off piste stuff that's dangerous and not recommended at present. The "staying alive" book says that the rapid loading of snow that we've had and the warm temperatures mean a high likelihood of problems; and the yellow and black flags are flying and we're on level 4 warnings so we're staying on the piste and playing in the safe fluff for now.


I eventually bought the B2s Posted by Len at 21 Jan 2005 09:00 AM
Having been unable to locate a pair of the Dynastar 8000's to try on the hard packed conditions to compare the performance with the B2s I decided that I'd go for the B2s anyway. I was already pretty convinced that the B2s were the ones for me and I got to the point where I didn't want to be skiing the XScreams anymore. Want new toy now... I decided that I'd go with the B2s and picked them up from the shop this morning... Now to try them out on this nice new snow...


Morzine vs Dijon Posted by Len at 19 Jan 2005 11:59 PM
We drove to Morzine tonight for the ice hockey game between Morzine and Dijon. We'd been invited by Jerome Baud, the estate agent who's dealing with Chris and Hilary's property purchase in Morzine. Jerome had some tickets put aside for us, which was handy as the place was packed...


Still snowing Posted by Len at 19 Jan 2005 08:25 AM
When I got the car out just now I decided to measure the snow depth in the carpark. We have 30cms down here at village level and it's still falling. The clear skies that were forecast haven't materialised so it...


I need a better lighter Posted by Len at 16 Jan 2005 08:28 PM
Before the trip I decided that I'd try and save money (hmm) and service our skis myself. I bought a book or two, worked out the tools I needed and bought them and put them all in a box. Today I opened the box, read some of the book and used some of the tools...


Ok, so I gave in and paid for it Posted by Len at 15 Jan 2005 07:24 PM
We went looking for free WIFI that was accessible from a bar that served good beer and eventually gave up and went to the Internet Cafe, Alpinet, and paid €16 for 3 hours. The guy there is pretty accomodating, although he didn't have WIFI, he was happy to let me unplug one of his PCs and plug my laptop into his 4Mbit connection and time my connection usage manually (normally the PCs do the timing based on a username/password comnbo, but he can't rely on that if you plug your own gear in). I posted all of my blog back issues, caught up on my email - wanadoo only allows outgoing mail via their own smtp server so I needed to change my settings a bit (I expect these changed settings will let me send email from my PDA via the unsecured WIFI access points...). Whilst I was busy, Miche spent an hour and half fighting with the french keyboard on one of his PCs - it's no fun having a "strange" keyboard when you can touch type... Hopefully we can reconfigure one of the PCs to think it has a QWERTY keyboard and then she can just type on trust next time... So, finally we have posted something... More as and when...


Miche's first report Posted by Len at 15 Jan 2005 06:11 PM
Phew! It has been a hectic 12 days since we arrived and this is my first opportunity to post something to the blog. Len has been busy posting every day (sometimes more than once a day) but he has two...


More WIFI Posted by Len at 14 Jan 2005 06:04 PM
I drove down, parked and walked into town with my PDA. I must have missed the point where Freespot was strongest last time as I ended up opposite the Internet Cafe (secured, not too surprisingly) and outside a bar that was supposed to have WIFI. I didn't connect to Freespot (must buy some chalk and make some marks on the fences next time ;) ) but I managed to connect to another access point and do my mail. I still couldn't manage to get outgoing mail to work :( I'm not entiredly sure what's wrong... I'll spend more time investigating tomorrow when we will hike down with the laptop and spend some time in the bar.


Sicky Posted by Len at 14 Jan 2005 03:22 PM
I didn't sleep especially well, kept waking up cold, or hot, and I think I saw every hour glowing red on the ceiling between 10.30 last night and 7.30 this morning. My stomach was feeling a little tweaky first thing so I decided to stay in bed whilst the others headed off to Les Contamines, no sense skiing whilst tired and sick when we have so much more time; I didn't want to have an accident and hurt my knee again. So, hopefully Miche will report back from Les Contamines. Having dozed and read until around 3.30 I'm now off into town to find some WIFI.


Freespot - wifi Posted by Len at 9 Jan 2005 10:00 PM
I walked another quarter of the village this evening with the pda in wifi detect mode. Unfortunately both the bar that's supposed to have internet access and the internet cafe were closed. I located numerous access points; mostly pay per go SFR points and locked down shops. One access point was open and named in such a way that it's likely that it's supposed to be open rather than just poorly secured - Freespot.


Dehydration and tiredness Posted by Len at 8 Jan 2005 05:41 PM
We've been finding it difficult to get up in the mornings - no strange thing there, but we haven't been skiing hard and we haven't been partying hard and well, we should be doing better. Tonight we have our first visitors in town, so we'll need to be up and about early tomorrow as they'll want to hit the slopes earlier than we have been...


Lots of walking and not much chalking Posted by Len at 7 Jan 2005 10:00 PM
We finally went into town for dinner tonight, we cooked at home two nights this week and visted Lucy so we haven't had a chance to eat out yet. On our walk into town I wandered along like a true geek with my PDA out and on WIFI detect mode... There were lots of active access points but most of them were either locked down or pay and I dont tend to register with the pay places until I find one that's in a useful location and serves decent beer... There was one hotel that was providing free wifi to guests and people who stood on one leg in the road outside the hotel with their equipment above their head; I managed to collect two thirds of my email before my hands froze off. There's supposed to be an apres ski bar that has wifi and there's always McDonalds, or the internet cafe... I expect I'll get something more reliable sorted out next week.


Pelforth Brune - Beer of the week Posted by Len at 6 Jan 2005 10:00 PM
This week we've mostly been drinking Pelforth Brune. We picked up some at Carrefour and most of it has now gone :( It's a dark larger with a slightly nutty flavour. Recommended.


It's precipitation Jim, but not as we'd like it Posted by Len at 6 Jan 2005 08:00 AM
It was a warm night, the glowing red temperature display on the bedroom ceiling didn't go below zero and we woke to it being 2.2'C. It had been -6 on the 4th and -2 yesterday, so we seem to have a trend... Not surprisingly the clear skies had gone and it was cloudy. Rather anoyingly it was raining. Still, it might be falling as snow higher up; best get up there and find out...


War driving Posted by Len at 5 Jan 2005 10:31 PM
Miche drove back from Lucy's and I rode shotgun with my PDA on WIFI detect... The good news is that there's lots of WIFI in town and some of it looks like it's free public access stuff. We'll do a scan on foot tomorrow evening and, hopefully, locate some likely targets.


OriginalSki.com Posted by Len at 5 Jan 2005 10:30 PM
This evening we drove up to Mont d'Arbois to visit Lucy's new chalet. Lucy's the ESF instructor and all round super woman that we skied with last year. This year (in addition to teaching for the ESF) she's running OriginalSki.com and doing high end catered chalet stuff in a wonderful new 5 bedroom chalet up by the Mont d'Arbois lift. Lucy worked as a chef at the altiport restaurant here and has cooked for us in the UK; she's a great cook and I'm sure that her new venture will be a roaring success.


No Internet access Posted by Len at 4 Jan 2005 05:14 PM
I knew the apartment didn't have broadband internet. I had hoped that someone nearby might have WIFI that I could make use of, I even brought an access point that I could put into bridge mode and some long CAT5 in case I could only get reception on a balcony and wanted to pipe it inside... No luck.


Unpack and chill Posted by Len at 4 Jan 2005 05:11 PM
After our arrival pizza we unpacked just enough to make up our bed and get to the essentials then we hit the sack. We set the alarm for 9am and turned it off and slept on until around 11.30. (I must own up to having got up at 8am and glanced out of the window and decided that since there was no fresh snow it was OK to sleep in...). When we finally crawled out from under the duvet we discovered that the alarm clock had decided that it was still in the UK and had reset itself to UK time overnight so it was actually an hour later than we expected...


The drive Posted by Len at 3 Jan 2005 11:00 PM
The journey from Miche's parent's place in Sevenoaks, Kent, to Megève was pretty easy. We left at 7.00am and caught the 8.40 EuroTunnel train. The journey was uneventful, the roads in France were pretty quiet and we reached Megève after around 9 and a half hours in France, including 4 or 5 stops.


Good Customer Service from Oakley Posted by Miche at 19 Dec 2004 09:55 PM
I had good Customer Service from Oakley recently on a pair of returned sunglasses. Although they were out of warranty, I had sent them back for repair after the frame had snapped just below the right lens.


Reality Bites Posted by Len at 23 Nov 2004 07:37 AM
Reality Bites; from EndlessWinter.co.uk. I know the feeling...


Goodbye old friends? Posted by Len at 16 Nov 2004 10:25 PM
I've had a pair of Salomon X-Scream Series since around 2001 and been very happy with them. I've probably done about 12 or 13 weeks on them now, and I've been starting to look for something newer. I put them in for a service this weekend to get them ready for our warm up trip to Verbier and had a call today from the service technician saying that one of the tips was bent and that he didn't think they were worth servicing...


Megève -> Mammoth -> Patagonia Posted by Len at 15 Nov 2004 10:18 PM
So, there we were, practicing some après ski at the Drunken Monkey and doing the Sunday night Dim Sum thing when we wondered what to do between the end of the trip, May, and the start of the season in the South America, mid June... I guess it was the Warren Smith movie that we'd watched in the afternoon, Snow's in the House II, that had started us thinking...


Aspect Journal Posted by Len at 9 Nov 2004 07:04 AM
This is a nice ski site, with a difference. Thanks to SnowGo for the link.


What's this "Syndicate this site" thing all about? Posted by Len at 4 Nov 2004 08:18 PM
We interrupt this broadcast for... I've had a few questions about the "Syndicate this site" link over on the right hand side there. If you click on it, you get a load of gibberish (like this)... That gibberish is an RSS feed. RSS is a 'syndication format' (see here for the geek version of 'syndication format') that allows web sites to publish changes so that regular visitors can 'subscribe' and see those changes when they happen without having to visit the site every week... To make use of this link you need an RSS Reader, it's like an email program, but it reads the RSS feeds that tell it to and it checks them every so often for you and tells you when new content has arrived. This whole RSS, syndication thing is a big thing in web log land (some people read loads and loads of RSS feeds every day). Often the RSS feeds will be indicated by a little orange button, but I don't do that here because it looks a bit crap against the blue background. Anyway, if you want to subscribe you need an RSS reader, there's a list of them here. I use SharpReader just because it was the first one I tried and it worked reasonably well. And now, back to your regular program.


Be afraid, be very afraid Posted by Len at 4 Nov 2004 12:56 PM
This is not how we ski, or how I ever intend to ski... It's interesting reading though.


Going Soon Posted by Len at 26 Oct 2004 11:24 PM
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