Season 1 - Photo Album

Possibly the worst ski outfit we've seen this season Posted by Len at 26 Apr 2005 05:45 PM
Spotted in the car park at Balme in La Clusaz this afternoon. There have been an awful lot of awful suits this season but I think this one is especially special.

Sunshine and 6-10cm of fresh snow in La Clusaz Posted by Len at 26 Apr 2005 04:01 PM
We went back to La Clusaz today and parked at the La Balme base area. We got their pretty early, around 9.20ish and were somewhat surprised at how busy the place was but figured that it was due to the fact that most of the rest of La Clusaz was now closed. We didn't realise that the early crowd was here because the rain we'd had turned to snow here last night and there was plenty of fresh tracks to be had.

Sunshine and "death cookies" in La Clusaz Posted by Len at 22 Apr 2005 04:00 PM
This morning we drove 40 minutes to La Clusaz via Praz sur Arly, Flumet, La Giettaz and the Col des Aravis pass. The drive was along one of those narrow, winding, mountain roads that probably aren't that much fun in winter, but it's April so it was quite pleasant. La Clusaz has several ski areas, some are linked and of the ones that still had good snow we'd been recommended the La Balme area as having some good runs. The first problem was finding where to park and which lifts to take; the signs in La Clusaz were awful and we drove around quite a bit and ended up navigating by the lifts that we could see, hoping that we could find a road that led that way...

Megève by night Posted by Len at 17 Apr 2005 11:20 PM
With the town full of snow again it seemed like a good time to get some christmasy pictures; after all it's only April...

Up around the ears on Mont d'Arbois Posted by Len at 17 Apr 2005 06:18 PM
Today was the last day for the lifts at Mont d'Arbois and Rochebrune and the season went out with a bang as we had masses of snow over night and it snowed all day. Megève is very quiet at present with only a handful of other people on the slopes, so we were skiing untracked powder until last lifts. The nice thing about the way the skiing has ended here in Megève is that I got to ski a couple runs that I didn't expect to ski again this season and I did them with knee to thigh deep powder on them. Superb.

Snow conditions getting worse in Les Contamines Posted by Len at 15 Apr 2005 07:23 PM
We skied Les Contamines today and the conditions there are getting worse. The snow from the last dump has pretty much gone and what's left is slushy and sticky as would be expected for warm days in April at the...

Dual discipline lessons on Mont d'Arbois Posted by Len at 12 Apr 2005 05:21 PM
Another day on the snowboard for me and another day on telemark for Miche. Lucy was on telemark and I tagged along with the girls and got some more pointers whilst Miche had her lesson. I had far more falls today, it seemed to take me a while to get my weight right and this led to lots of time with too much weight on the back foot which always ended in high speed tears. Eventually I got it right and my turns imrpoved a lot. By the end of the day I was able to do small, controlled, linked turns on green and blue pistes.

Reliably over the boots in Les Contamines Posted by Len at 9 Apr 2005 05:18 PM
We skied in Les Contamines today in snow that was reliably over the tops of our boots, sometimes over the knee and in wind blown drifts it was waist high... Visibility was poor and I had expected that, but had hoped for better. Still, the visibility was poor because it snowed all day, nice big fat flakes of dry snow; superb.

Spring has been suspended Posted by Len at 9 Apr 2005 07:15 AM
Looks like the forecast was correct. The freezing level is down below the appartment today and we woke to find at least 15cm of new snow in the car park, and it's still snowing. The trees are all covered and the snow is coming down in big fat flakes. Ideal. It's suddenly week 3 again...

Fresh snow in Les Saisies Posted by Len at 8 Apr 2005 04:10 PM
There was at least 15cm of fresh snow on the ground when we reached Les Saisies this morning. The snow that was coming down was quite wet, but there was quite a lot of it and the new snow on the ground was actually reasonably light; certainly a lot better than slush or ice.

The best way to use a tow rope Posted by Len at 8 Apr 2005 03:15 PM
This morning when we left the appartment at 8.30 it was raining heavilly. The rain turned to snow as we gained altitude on the way to Les Saisies and started settling on the road. We came around a corner and found a lorry parked up with its hazard lights on, ahead of that was a van that had left the road and was perched on the bank in a rather precarious state.

Real spring snow in Les Saisies Posted by Len at 4 Apr 2005 07:16 PM
We drove 25mins to Les Saisies this morning; rumour had it that they still had good snow there. Apparantly the snow there always stays good longer, they have some wierd little micro-climate going on that keeps it nice when the rest of the neigbourhood is going to pot. We arrived at 9.30 and the snow was hard, lightly frozen, just like it should be. The snow coverage looked good and as the day went on and the snow softened we started to remember what it's usually like skiing at this time of year.

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.

Photos from the Randonnée Posted by Len at 2 Apr 2005 10:08 PM
These are some of the pictures that we took on the Randonnée today. Unfortunately the dial on the top of the camera got moved at some point on the return trip and all of the pictures from that leg are over exposed, still, never mind.

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.

No Visibility in Les Contamines Posted by Len at 31 Mar 2005 07:10 PM
We decided to head back to Les Contamines today; the forecast suggested more snow and we were hoping to be able to explore a bit more if the visibility was better. It wasn't.

Fresh snow in Les Contamines Posted by Len at 30 Mar 2005 06:22 PM
Last night we decided that today we'd go and see what the snow was like in Les Contamines. The weather forecast showed that the whole area was due a small amount of snow today but the freezing level was still going to be pretty high, around 1800m, so when we left this morning it was pissing down with rain. We expected to ride to the top of the Signal bubble in Les Contamines, look at the rain in disgust, have a coffee, bubble down again and then come home...

And I thought Avoriaz was ugly Posted by Len at 29 Mar 2005 05:10 PM
We drove to Flaine today as it's a fair bit higher than we are and so we figured that the snow was likely to be better than we had around here. We were right, the snow was pretty good up top but boy is Flaine ugly.

Slippages at Cote 2000 Posted by Len at 28 Mar 2005 10:34 PM
The warm weather has continued to cause "slippages" around Cote 2000. Today the Marmotte black was closed due to an avalanche and the risk of more.

First lifts and a smattering of fresh snow at Cote 2000 Posted by Len at 28 Mar 2005 07:31 PM
The weather forecast yesterday suggested that we might get a small amount of fresh snow above 1700m and this morning the temperature at apartment level was down to around 3.8'C so we figured that it might have been right... We drove up the Cote 2000 base at ~1500m as we decided that it was the quickest way to get to the most likely location of any fresh snow. We got there for first lifts and were rewarded by a 2-3cm layer of fresh snow on top of lightly frozen grooming.

Weather whinges Posted by Len at 27 Mar 2005 06:30 PM
I think I probably need a new category to group together all of our complaints about the weather... Today's complaint was that it was pissing down with rain when we woke up at 7.30. It's one thing skiing on depressingly...

Photos from the last few weeks Posted by Len at 26 Mar 2005 02:59 PM
A collection of pictures...

Miche back on skis Posted by Len at 9 Mar 2005 07:01 PM
Miche was feeling well enough to ski today. We had an afternoon lesson booked with Lucy and Miche wasn't sure if she would be up to a whole day skiing or if she'd be up to having a lesson so we took it easy to start with with some runs down under Caboche and down the Stade. By the time we needed to head over to Mont d'Arbois to meet Lucy Miche was feeling good and she ended up skiing for most of the lesson...

Back in Praz Posted by Len at 17 Feb 2005 07:19 PM
We went to Praz sur Arly again today. Catherine's shins were hurting so we installed her on a nice blue run with a drag lift and a restaurant and we went off to explore a little more of the area.

Jaillet, La Giettaz and Combloux Posted by Len at 5 Feb 2005 06:10 PM
We figured that Mont d'Arbois would be busy this weekend, and Chris had skied there quite a bit. We decided to save Rochebrune until tomorrow, as we need to have an early day to drive to Geneva. So that left Jaillet. Chris has never skied that side and we've only skied it once, with Jonathan on day 3.

Views from Les Mandarines Posted by Len at 4 Feb 2005 08:01 PM
These pictures were taken from the terrace at Les Mandarines at 13.30, looks like everyone is at lunch as the pistes are empty... They're shown in order moving from left to right across the skyline.

Photos from Maria and Milky's visit Posted by Len at 4 Feb 2005 08:00 PM
Maria, smiling on a ski holiday, whatever next!

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...

Fresh Tracks! Posted by Miche at 1 Feb 2005 08:37 PM
As Len said in the previous post, we were skiing a run called Tour today. It was great because there was plenty of opportunity to make fresh tracks in what was pretty much "ego snow" (ie lovely light powder on a firm base - easy to ski!). We skied that run 4 or 5 times, since no once else was on it and so we had the run and the drag lift pretty much to ourselves. I've decided that my news skis are powder gods!! Having had a great day on a demo pair of the Dynastar Exclusive Legends in the knee deep powder a week or so ago, I decided I had to buy them. This was the first opportunity since then to ski fresh tracks in the powder, so I was hoping I was going to be able to repeat my performance and last time hadn't just been a fluke. Anyway, I am pleased to report that I had another excellent day's skiing, putting in both long carve turns and short turns in the powder without any problems at all.

Some photos Posted by Len at 27 Jan 2005 07:12 PM
Due to our lack of internet connectivity at the start of the trip I held off posting some pictures with some of the earlier postings. Here they are. On the second day that we skied with Jonathan we took some pictures of the view across Megève from the top of Le Torraz over on the Jaillet side. The views from there on a clear day are amazing; you have a panoramic view of almost 280' with only a small section blocked by the chair lift that you came up on.

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.

More snow Posted by Len at 20 Jan 2005 05:12 PM
Today Miche hired the Dynastar Exclusive Legend (women's version of the 8000's) and had a much better day than yesterday. I had a couple of good face plants which proved I was trying hard enough and that I still have a lot to learn. One amusing moment left me face first in the powder with both skis detached and Miche calling down from above that I really shouldn't have lifted my right ski off of the ground during that last turn... Lift foot in powder, watch other ski dive, detach and leave me on one and then have that one detach and leave me face down in the fluff.

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...

Note to self: Always carry the camera Posted by Len at 16 Jan 2005 05:28 PM
We didn't ski today, decided to have a quiet Sunday. We went for a walk around lunch time to get a paper (we haven't heard any news since we've been here) and to explore the town a bit more. We knew that this weekend was the Polo on Snow weekend but we didn't know where it was. We found it, we should have had a camera...