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Les Deux Alpes ski for a short time today anyway !

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

As I have been away from skiing for a few days I thought that I’d go today . But the trouble for me today was after such a busy weekend, the alarm went off and I just couldn’t get out of bed for the early lifts.

After eventually getting out of bed, sorting the cats out, cleaning a bit here and there it was  11 am, still plenty of time.

Straight out, jumped in the car and within 12 minutes I was in the Venosc lift going up to Les Deux Alpes. It is so much easier than driving up to the resort.

Short walk to the lift at the top, a six man chairlift to myself (one advantage of being later!)

The slopes weren’t  busy and looked in good condition. I made my way up to the glacier after a few different runs to get there. When I arrived at the top the sun had gone to sleep and the flat light was here to stay. I made the short walk from the top of the furnicular, at I think 3400m to the button lift which takes you to the very top of the glacier at 3600m it’s not always open and  with no wind today, why not. Shame I couldn’t see Mont Blanc or Alpe d’Huez – the view is often stunning

I headed straight back down from the top to Signal red then back up the lift and over the “wall” as we call it, back down to the lift, back up again then back down another way.

A few more runs then time to head home, finished on the ‘Diable’run back into the resort which was in a brilliant condition today.

Not a long day but good fun either.

Tomorrow time for somewhere different? Serre Chevalier.

IMAG0656Low light today.View towards Ecrins National Park & Gap from the glacier 3600 Les Deux Alpes.

 

 

Skiing Alpe d’Huez & Les 2Alps

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

The ski season is only 6 weeks old and what a good one we have had so far, after such a good season last year you always wonder if the next one can be the same and so far it is with Christmas & New Year being the best we have had since moving here.

Skiing over the festive season was like March, plenty of powder, warm and blue skies. Then came a bit of a panic at the beginning of Jan was it going to snow again, the weather had been so go good but the pistes were getting a little icy. But the snow has once again arrived 30cm of fresh snow this week and the blue powder days are back.

We have skied both Les 2Alps & Alpe d’Huez, the infamous 16km Sarenne has been open and thoroughly enjoyed. You can argue it’s not a 16km black run but it’s still great. It’s not always about the colour of the runs. We continue to mostly go to Les 2Alps it being so accessible, on the snow within 30 mins and the new Diable lift has really speeded things up.

Not too many falls, enough to know we’re pushing ourselves, a new set of bindings for Alan which he loves, lot’s of sunny days and plenty of powder  it’s been fab so far and let’s hope it continues to the end.

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