Season 1 - Weekly Reviews

Week 17 Posted by Len at 29 Apr 2005 06:05 PM
This was our last full week of our season in Megève, we head for home on Monday. I'm surprised that we've still been skiing. I expected that we would have run out of snow or energy by now but not...

Week 16 Posted by Len at 22 Apr 2005 06:53 PM
This week most of the Megève ski area closed, only two chairs and a baby drag lift are left open at Cote 2000. The Megève season went out with a bang though as we had well over 30cm of fresh...

Week 15 Posted by Len at 15 Apr 2005 08:15 PM
Only a smattering of new snow this week and the April sun is having its wicked way with the slopes and conditions in all of the local ski areas are deteriorating fast. Somehow this isn't as bad as it was...

Week 14 Posted by Len at 9 Apr 2005 05:39 PM
This week spring was suspended and the snow returned. We've had some pretty decent snow down to village level in Megève and the slopes at Les Saisies and Les Contamines are covered in powder. We did our first bit of...

Week 13 Posted by Len at 1 Apr 2005 08:01 PM
This week we travelled around a bit looking for good conditions. We skied Mont d'Arbois, Cote 2000, Flaine and Les Contamines. Best snow was in Les Contamines, though the visibility was pretty poor. Conditions in Megève are now fairly bad;...

Week 12 Posted by Len at 25 Mar 2005 07:36 PM
This week was, once again, unseasonably warm and the snow is fast disapearing. The conditions are very spring-like and due to the warm temperatures at night the best time to ski seems to be early morning until around 11 or...

Week 11 Posted by Len at 18 Mar 2005 11:45 PM
We had some good ski days this week even though it was a short week due to our two days back in the UK. We worked on some new techniques for Miche and the resulting improvements in her skiing meant that she did really well in some challenging off-piste situations later in the week. Our flying visit to the UK went well and the only downer on the week is that spring is here with a vengance and the glorious sunshine is taking its toll on the snow.

Week 10 Posted by Len at 11 Mar 2005 07:35 PM
No guests at all this week but Miche was sick for three days which meant we skied less than expected. I skied alone, for the first time this trip, for a morning on Tuesday and then we worked quite hard for the rest of the week with a trip around the Praz circuit and our first crack at Telemarking. David at Ski Technic by the Rochebrune lift adjusted my boots a little and hopefully that will remove the pressure point that I'd been suffering from for the last few weeks.

Week 9 Posted by Len at 4 Mar 2005 08:22 PM
We arrived back from Dublin on 27th and skied 5 days this week with Miche's cousin, Helena, and her husband, Brian. I seemed to have a major improvement in my skiing this week; my balance seemed rock solid and I was able to recover from being thrown off balance quickly and effortlessly. It was as if something just clicked this week and my skiing moved up a level. I hope it lasts ;) Miche seems to be at the point I was a couple of weeks ago, she's much more aware of what's happening whilst she skis and seems to be able to diagnose and fix problems quickly now, with any luck she'll soon make the transition I made this week and move from analyse and fix to a state where you just fix the problems without thinking about them and before they cause you any real harm...

Week 8 - the week we mostly weren't here Posted by Len at 26 Feb 2005 06:42 PM
We only skied one day this week as we flew back home and then on to Ireland for a wedding. However the one day we did do was a lot of fun and quite hard work... Normal skiing will resume on Monday.

Week 7 Posted by Len at 18 Feb 2005 07:58 PM
The week started with rain, lots of rain. This gave us our first real ice of the season. Lots of the pistes had icy patches early in the week and though the snow during the week has helped a lot there are still some scrapey patches to be wary off. The snow's good though; this week has refreshed pistes and the off-piste and due to the continuing cold the powder off-piste is still pretty light and fluffy. We had another visitor for part of this week and so we did a bit of the "tour people around" thing, which was good fun and shows that I can now navigate the area pretty well and adjust for unforseen problems and still get us to lunch on time; mostly. We explored Praz a little more and found some very nice runs down from the Ban Rouge lift. We will do the whole Praz->Flumet->ND circuit once the weather gets nicer. The freezing wind seemed to have eased off a little today, which was a relief. I still have a nose, which is a surprise... I've had some good and relaxed skiing this week, the conditions were a bit more varied but that just makes skiing them without problem that much more rewarding.

Week 6 Posted by Len at 11 Feb 2005 07:17 PM
My skiing has been good this week and I'm well on the way to making my new way of skiing the only way - until I find a new new way... We've ventured into the bumps a couple of times and Miche is liking them a little more. After a week of sunny weather the snow is back, lets hope it stays a few days (or, better still, stays for a lot of nights and clears up for nice sunny powder days during daylight...). When Chris left on Sunday we decided to try and avoid restaurant food until our next guest, Catherine, arrives, next Tuesday. We're doing pretty well (apart from lunch today) and have eaten some very non-Savoyard meals at home this week, including a lovely veal curry (it should have been a lamb curry and Miche thought it was lamb when she bought it, it was in the lamb section of the supermarket after all...). Tonight is chinese night, we're cooking a prawn noodle thing, which will be good. I wonder if we can hold off the need for a pizza until Tuesday... And, of course, we found free WIFI in Megeve at the Tourist Office.

Week 5 Posted by Len at 4 Feb 2005 06:20 PM
We had guests all week, so it's been another "ski holiday" week where we ski a lot, eat out a lot and drink a lot - it's a hard life. Maria and Milky had a good time and improved their skiing quite a bit. I worked through the problems with my technique and I finally think I understand what the skis, my boots and my feet are telling me. When I get it right the feeling is good and I understand what Warren and his guys and Lucy have been telling me... Now I just need to make this new way the only way...

Week 4 Posted by Len at 28 Jan 2005 07:16 PM
It stopped snowing, got cold and my technique sucked.

Week 3 Posted by Len at 25 Jan 2005 11:00 AM
This weekly review is a little late, but, whatever... In summary, it snowed....

Week 2 Posted by Len at 15 Jan 2005 08:00 PM
The second week has been much like a normal ski holiday. Up for first lifts, home for a quick shower and then out for food and wine; rinse, repeat. It was good fun but hard work compared with week 1. We had more lessons than we were expecting, due to Pat hurting her ankle early on. We had expected to have Lucy between 9 and 11 each morning (Pat doesn't do first lifts...) and instead we had most of the day on most of the days; this was good for us as it made us work harder and also got us around the resort (and nearby resorts). My knee is feeling much better now and I expect I'll ski without the knee support next week sometime. Now for a couple of lazy days...

Week in review: 1 Posted by Len at 7 Jan 2005 11:50 PM
We arrived, unpacked purchased our season passes and started to get to know the local ski areas a bit. The snow's pretty variable; certainly not what you'd call "good", but there is snow and most of the runs are open. The weather has been generally sunny, though we had some fresh snow mid week. Lots of the front side of Mont d'Arbois and Jaillet is turning brown but due to the nature of the underlying mountains (mostly grassy meadows) this isn't as much of a problem as in a resort where the underlying mountain is mostly rocks. The apartment is cool, pretty much what we expected and the walk back from town is long enough to help dinner go down. The TV's a little small, but then so's the lounge, so it's not that much of an issue; the PS2 works, DVDs play and we've started watching Firefly, which is pretty amusing and the plots are even more like those of a role playing game than Buffy. The 0044 SFR SIM works fine but nobody nearby has WIFI we can use :( We still haven't located a cheap internet connection but we haven't tried that hard yet.