Season 1 - Preparation
Getting ready to leave London and drive to Megève for the 2005 season.

Bags into car... Posted by Len at 2 Jan 2005 11:05 PM
So, first thing this morning we had all these bags and a car and before we started to put them in it looked like they'd fit with no problem at all... Next time we should get a Land Cruiser and a bigger roof box... By the end of the day, the very end :(, the bags were all in the car... I ended up ditching my Vew-Do board as I expect I'll be doing plenty of balancing on snow and wont get the chance to use the boad... I also ditched my juggling clubs, again, I don't really think I'd use them... I think Michelle left jacket number 1072 behind ;) The car still moves, which, I think, was touch and go at times... I wonder if bags will also fit in the appartment and if so if all the things in the bags could ever be unpacked there... We'll see real soon now, I guess. I'm thinking that we're not the kind of people who could go backpacking....


Packing... Posted by Len at 1 Jan 2005 08:46 PM
We have lots of bags and boxes all over the flat. We're hopeful that they'll fit into the car. We'll find out tomorrow morning... We have a whole day to repack if we have problems... Scariest thing today? I almost ended up taking more shoes than Michelle... Would I ever live that one down?


The final count down Posted by Len at 1 Jan 2005 12:43 PM
We've been in the final stages of preparation for the trip since we returned from Verbier. By now I'm convinced that we will manage to expand the preparation required to fill the time available, so I'm quite glad that we're into the last couple of days...


More Preparation - reprise Posted by Len at 17 Dec 2004 09:41 PM
The business cards are cool, the card's a good quality and the surfprint logo on the back (yeah, we're cheapskates) is pretty discrete. Recommended. Event Mobile Tires did a good job on the tire fitting. They came when they were supposed, did the job and the price was right. Recommended. My new footbeds from ProFeet were good. No pain and I felt much more two footed than normal. Unfortunately Miche's weren't quite as good as her previous ones :( She has a wierd, odd, freaky long toe and the last footbed had a slight lift under the toe knuckle to keep it supported. The new footbed doesn't have that and the toe is cramping a bit. Miche is going back to ProFeet next week to get it sorted... The details of the BritLine account we've opened have come through, we're now just waiting for the cheque book and cards... Unfortunately the people I ordered the Sat Nav France disk from for the Rav 4's factory fitted Sat Nav took 3 weeks to decide that they no longer do Toyota stuff and that they can't get it for me after all. So the "Muppet of the Moment" award goes to Fox's (Badgers Mount [ooher missus] ) Ltd of Sevenoaks.


Back from Verbier Posted by Len at 17 Dec 2004 07:59 PM
We got back from Verbier last Saturday. We'd been out for a week of pre trip training with The Warren Smith Ski Academy. We've skied with Warren before a couple of times and find that his "harsh but harsh" approach seems to work with us. We felt we improved quite a bit on the September trip to Saas Fee...


More preparation... Posted by Len at 30 Nov 2004 09:15 PM
We've bought a pay as you go SFR sim card from 0044 so that our mobile phone bills whilst we're away are sensible and so that we can get the number before we go. We'll probably pick up another sim once we're out there, apparently SFR isn't the cheapest, but at least this way we get the number before we go... Once we got the mobile number we could get our MegèveSki business cards printed; we got a decent deal from www.surfprint.co.uk; more details when they arrive. We're not intending to work during the trip but, well, you never know when a business card might come in handy... I've finally located someone in the UK who understands about winter tyres and who's actually prepared to quote for fitting them... Event Mobile Tyres have quoted a reasonable figure for coming and fitting some Pirelli Ice and Snow to the Rav4. Looks like most of the 'standard' people, like Kwik Fit, etc, are useless if you ask for things outside of their 'standard range'... More details once they’re actually fitted. Today we both visited Profeet in Fulham. Miche bought her boots from them a couple of years ago but all of the recent chiropractic work has adjusted her hips, straightened her stance and shifted her weight around, so she needed new custom footbeds done. It was interesting to see the new pressure scans showing that she now actually uses her right heel rather than just hovering it above the ground; it used to take 3.75% of her body weight when in a ski position and now it takes around 13% (so I have to stop the 'walk on water' jokes...). I also had a scan done and then had some custom footbeds made so that I have more even weight distribution in my ski boots (I had a dominant right foot, now I stand on both feet...). Interesting stuff, I'll report back after our warm up week in Verbier...


We went for digital Posted by Len at 24 Nov 2004 03:21 PM
As I mentioned earlier we are planning to spend a fair amount of time off piste and so decided to get all the gear the question was should we get an analogue or digital avalanche transceiver? We decided on digital...


Snow tyres it is... Posted by Len at 21 Nov 2004 09:46 PM
After some thought and lots of web research we've decided to go for putting a set of snow tyres on the Rav4 before we leave and, possibly, picking up a set of cheap chains from a supermarket once we're out there; if we feel we need them... Lots of good driving info here.


Roofbox arrived! Posted by Len at 19 Nov 2004 08:03 AM
We're taking a large amount of stuff out with us so we decided to get a roof box for the car. We'll have several pairs of skis and, well, I'm still a bit 'old school' so my skis are longer than they should be... We settled on a Kamei Delphin 460 carbon box from The Roof Box Company. 3 days from ordering to arrival, which is pretty cool. Now, to fit it...


Currently Reading Posted by Len at 11 Nov 2004 10:12 PM
SAIAT.pngIt's under two months until we leave and I'm currently reading up for the trip. I've just started reading "Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain" by Bruce Tremper. So far, it's an interesting and reasonably easy, read. Scary stuff, but it's better to be aware and scared than unaware and dead... I tend to get a bit nerdy about all subjects that I take an interest in and end up buying heaps of books and trying to learn all I can... Since I've decided not to take too many IT books with me when we go away I'm currently looking for relevant books to read before and during the trip. Staying with the frozen death theme I also have "The Avalanche Handbook" by David McClung and Peter Schaerer - this looks much more like a text book than the Tremper book.


XScape - Milton Keynes Posted by Len at 9 Nov 2004 07:18 AM
We went to the indoor snow slope at XScape, Milton Keynes, on Sunday for some more practice. As I said in the other place, when we were on our Warren Smith ski course in Saas Fee in September Warren said that he didn't want to see us again until we'd worked on the ski pivoting drills that we'd been doing on the course...


Transport Posted by Len at 4 Nov 2004 11:40 PM
So the plan is we rent a place somewhere pretty central, we'll take a car, we drive to where the snow's good. Its funny how complicated the "we'll take a car" bit can get...


Insurance Posted by Miche at 4 Nov 2004 05:16 PM
Insurance..... boring, but important. Not only is it boring to review various policies and try to work out the difference between them (the problem of being a lawyer I guess - you can't help yourself), but sometimes you don't even know about things you need to look for. Let me explain.....


How to scare your friends and family Posted by Len at 3 Nov 2004 06:38 AM
Christmas is coming, as is the time when our families will want to know a list of potential presents. Whilst putting together the usual list of ski socks and fleeces we realised that we also wanted shovels, probes and avalanche trancievers; just in case...Christmas is coming, as is the time when our families will want to know a list of potential presents. Whilst putting together the usual list of ski socks and fleeces we realised that we also wanted shovels, probes and avalanche transceivers; just in case...


What's this all about? Posted by Len at 1 Nov 2004 10:35 PM
So, what's this web site all about then? Well, Michelle and I are intending to spend some time in the Alps this winter and this web log is here so we can keep friends and family informed of what's going on... Oh, ok, it's so we can gloat... We've rented an apartment in Megève, France; 10 minutes from the centre of town, up by the Rochebrune lift. We're relocating there from 3rd Jan 2005 through to 4th May and we have nothing to do except ski and explore the wonderful restaurants. I'm stepping away from my IT consulting business for a bit of a rest and Michelle, well, she asked for a 3 month sabbatical and her employer said no, so she resigned... I've no real aims for the trip except that I hope that I'll end the season a better skier than at the start. Though I expect I'll mostly focus on skiing, I plan to do some snowboarding and am planning on taking some telemark lessons. We've put aside a fair chunk of the budget for lessons and guiding and we're lucky to know a wonderful instructor in Megève so hope to learn quite a few new tricks. If we haven't sold our flat before we leave then my sister and her boyfriend have kindly offered to flat sit for us - I'm sure the kind offer has nothing to do with the fact that our place is only 12 minutes away from where she works... ;) Actually, it's amazing how popular you suddenly become when you're living in a ski resort during the winter and you have a spare room... Hopefully, once we get out there, we'll post a regular diary with pictures and video; until we go you'll just get occasional postings relating to the preparation. We're driving out from London and, now that this site's up and running, the current focus of my attention is getting our transport sorted out...