The snow has arrived early, not down with us (Alan has been on his road bike today) but up in the ski resorts. The ski season doesn’t officially start in Alpe d’Huez until Dec 6th but due to the amount of snow at high level they decided to open the glacier area earlier.
This weekend was the first weekend and since we enjoy skiing and the sun was shining we thought why not? so ski gear out and up to Alpe d’Huez we went. The skiing was from Pic Blanc only at 3300m, there is snow at resort level but no where near enough to ski there. We didn’t think it would be that busy but how wrong we were, the lift couldn’t keep up and it took us an hour to get to the snow. On the way up we both lost interest but how that changes as soon as you hit the snow!
I appreciate this sounds daft but until you ski you can’t appreciate it, the fresh air, the snow, the views and zooming down a hill in and out of control on one or two planks (Alan boards and I ski), there is just something about it. Skiing seems to be a bit like riding a bike, you don’t forget how to do it, just a bit rusty to start with, mainly down to nerves.
The slopes weren’t busy, everyone dispersed on the slopes, just the right amount of people. We skied for about 3 hours – non stop! Unfortunately as we were skiing at the glacier no restaurants, we had to wait until we had finished before sitting in the sun having a post ski drink! It was superb and a brilliant taster to whats to come.
The resorts open fully in a few weeks, Les 2Alpes Nov 30th & Alpe d’Huez Dec 6th – we can’t wait.