Thursday, 11 April 2013

Still skiing

It snowed heavily on Tuesday so Wednesday was a brilliant day. As usual, we ended walking uphill in deep snow. We skied the field at Communailles and I did not remember until we were on the track that the bottom button lift was closed so we had to walk up to the chair. Mont Joli was good in parts but there was quite a lot of wind crust. Most of the lifts are open except for the Princess, Mont d'Arbois and lifts from Chatterix and St Nicholas. That means you have to drive round to St Gervais which is annoying. Every year John speaks to the lift office to ask why they can't keep the Mont d'Arbois lift running but they never do. Cote 2000 is staying open until the 21st but everything closes this Friday. There is no one around so they must be losing money but it seems such a shame when there is still a lot of snow. Anyway, today was raining and all the staff have now gone home. We leave on Sunday which is going to be a sunny day. That's life.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Last day

Cloudy and cold this morning but the sun came out this afternoon. We have had a fantastic week with the grand children who are now all skiing blacks, even Tommy aged 5. We had the staff barbecue tonight and tomorrow is the French dinner. Then it's cleaning and packing everything up and home to tennis. We are feeling a little bit sad but looking forward to next seaon.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Family skiing

All the family arrived on Sunday together with 2 other families, so there are 8 adults and 9 children in the Clochettes.   John and I are sleeping in the Sylvana!   T he weather has been good, particularly the first 2 days, and the grand children are doing amazingly well at their skiing.   Emily and Anna (both aged 10)are having lessons with Katie Campbell.  She has been teaching them since they were 5.   Lizzie and Tommy (8 tomorrow and 5) are sharing a lesson with Maya.  In the afternoon we are skiing with them which is hugely rewarding and good fun, particularly as they like following Grandma "because she skis fast". 
On Tuesday evening we had the works outing to the luge at Les Saisies.  Not only did all the staff go but also most of our guests.   There were about 60 of us with a long convoy of vehicles looping up the mountain.  It was snowing quite hard (just like last year).   The luge is a roller coaster and is very exciting - it's obligatory to scream as you hurtle round the corners.  Most of the lifts close this weekend although the lifts at Cote, Lanchettes and Petit Fontaine stay open.  There are very few people around. We ate at the Gouet yesterday and the Radaz today and in both restaurants virtually all the guests were English.