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21 May 2015
Happy Birthday Andreas!

Well, I’m back after a long but satisfying winter. I thought that considering snow conditions and a dodgy snowpack early on that the entire team did a fantastic job of making the absolute best out of what we had to work with. Except for one week in March where it was extremely windy and the skiing was limited, everyone left the resort this season with big smiles on their faces and that was very rewarding for us.

I’m now playing a little golf and waiting for summer to kick in as it hasn’t yet been very inspiring on the weather-front. Millie is playing quite a bit of golf along with getting in some great coaching, and she is also taking tennis lessons, Katie is riding and dancing while Gill is playing tennis at least twice a week and has been signed up for the Club Championships, which she hasn’t played for at least ten years.

The planning is now up and running so don’t hesitate to get in touch because certain week’s book up quickly and you do not want to miss out.

And Happy Birthday to You Andreas!

2 May 2015
It was nice to be dry again!

After a wet and foggy day yesterday that was so humid and damp that my camera stopped working as did Derek’s i-phone, we were treated to a gorgeous day with bright blue skies. Chris, Andreas and I all headed to the Fornet and although there wasn’t a track to be seen the skiing was pretty tough as the snow was definitely ‘educational’! I did one run in the Combe du 3300 and changed sectors as I didn’t want anyone, including me, to ruin a knee with summer so close. We ended up blasting on the piste at La Daille with a little technique mixed in before having lunch at the Burger Bar. Thanks Penny!

Andreas and Chris continued on at the Fornet and skied the Pays Desert a couple more times. Chris wanted me to give Jenny a mention as she was absolutely brilliant and creamed the tricky conditions with an excellent performance. Bravo Jenny! Andreas eventually skied the boys down to the closing lunch and party at the Folie Douce, and the weather has remained fairly kind for most of the afternoon and they’ll have had an excellent afternoon.

Paul Gains received a silver medal from the Val d’Isere Tourists board for over 30-years of fidelity. It was a really enjoyable ceremony and Paul gave a short but well received speech, and was rather proud of himself. Bravo Paul! (see photos)

I think my season is over as I’ve worked incredibly hard this winter and tomorrow’s forecast is for rain to 3100m’s, which doesn’t sound like too much fun. I’m in one piece at the moment and am looking forward to my summer with my girls and playing golf, and don’t fancy skiing in poor snow and in flat light! Stay tuned for some periodic updates during the summer and I’ll do a report shortly on the winter. I thought it was a fantastic season and thank you all for supporting ‘Alpine’ and bringing along new friends!

1 May 2015
Grey and wet, but here's hoping!

Just a quick early-morning update in case my internet service is disrupted later on. It’s raining in town and grey, and the forecast was for rain to about 2600m’s. Hopefully the rain limit isn’t that high, and the light isn’t too bad so that Chris and I will be able to see up on the Motte. I’ll report on the day later depending on access. Wish us luck!

PS We have flood warnings in the Savoie over the next few days to look forward to!

PSS The update on yesterday’s fabulous ski is in the April archive.

We made it up to the Fornet Glacier and skied the 3300, and two off the Combe du Geant, mixed in with some piste. It was wet and humid right to the top of the mountain and when we finished at noon everyone was pretty wet. (See photos)

Better weather is forecast for tomorrow so we should have an easier time of it in the morning. Fingers crossed!

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