The first day of skiing and usually I am very nervous.
Today Gail took me out on the slopes and what a fantastic afternoon I had,she certainly put me through my paces.
I soon forgot all about being nervous.
I went on runs I had never done before, used a button lift for the first time and had lots of fun.
She was great in helping me with my skiing technique and my confidence,its much easier when you have someone to follow,
Gail is originally from Scotland but now lives over here with Thierry, she is also a fully qualified physiotherapist.
So if you need a massage or some physio after a fall on the slopes in Les Gets, Morzine, Avoriaz & St. Jean d’Aulps give Gail a call on 06 73 03 73 53 , as its a bit too far for me to travel from Norfolk….. 🙂
When I come to Les Gets I always hire my ski’s from Thierry over at Nevada Sports.
I always tell him I want nice slow ski’s and he always picks out the perfect pair for me…
Last year my ski’s were known as Big and Easy which did make me giggle.
This year my ski’s are very girlie and once again just perfect for me… they are the SIAM 400
Since meeting Geoff January has becoming the time of year to go skiing.
Geoff always goes out to his apartment for the whole of the month and I am very lucky to be able to join him for a week.
This will be my third year and I hope it will be my best yet.
If the snow and sun is good then I ski better and If its less crowded I do even better still.
Less snowboarders to get in my way 🙂
At the moment its looking good as Geoff says the slopes are perfect.
I have been and treated myself to someÂ sunglasses today and found my ski hat so I am all set, just the packing to do.
Once again the boys are very lucky to becoming out with me and I know we shall have a lot of fun.
A great start to the year…Â and this is just the beginning as later on in the year I will be making the biggest journey of my life.
BUT more about that another day 🙂
Photo’s from our long week-end in Les Gets
I think this one would make a great Christmas card …
My readers that have been following me for a while will know how I struggle with my skiing.
I have to really psyche myself up and its a real case of facing my fears..
This week-end trip to Les Gets was not for skiing but just relaxing and doing some snow shoe walking.
We woke to lovely snow this morning so I encouraged Geoff to go out on his snowboard for a few local runs,as the chair lift was open.
Later in the day we got some snow shoes and had a walk up the mountain, it was beautiful and so peaceful.
It was also hard work and we certainly burn some calories.
Now we have had a practice run we hope to go up even higher tomorrow weather permitting.
So many Photo’s but this is one of my Favourites…. if you click on photo it will guide you along our walk…..
Geoff and I with Roc D’Enfer in the back ground.
More photo’s can be seen here..
Friday we woke early to perfect weather conditions to do this splendid ridge walk.
So by 7.30am we were on our way in the car to Col de l’Encrenaz, to start our circular walk.
It started with a slow uphill climb to Col Ratti, giving us fantastic views of Mont Blanc as we made our way up.
Suddenly the route changed and the scrambling began, there would be no return from this point so we had to make a decision to go on or not.
There was a very encouraging sign attached to a rock it read " Danger…very dangerous route not fitted with safety devices you walk here at your own risk "
So off we went on our way, it took us a good half hour of scrambling up rocks to get to where the ridge started.
At this point there was a white cross so we stopped for a rest before carrying on over the ridge.
What a ridge it was too, no room for error either as it was quite a drop off both sides.
The weather was certainly on our side as if it had been windy or wet this would have been almost impossible to do.
The Scramble down was not as tough but still had a few scary moments.
There have been a few deaths on this mountain walk but we all escaped to tell the story…. would we do it again…… maybe not !
But it was the best walk of the holiday……and we can now see why its called the rock of hell !
Wednesday we did a circular walk from Le Praz de lys.
If you looked up from the bottom you could just about see the cross on the summit.
It was a long uphill climb to the top in boiling hot sunshine.
Once you reached the top there was 2 ways to come down.
One way included some Vea Ferrata , I tried to do it but found it too scary so missed out on the ridge walk and came down the easier way.
Another great walk with fantastic views.