Saturday, 14 December 2013

#Megeve Inauguration of the new equipment

John, Elizabeth and I were invited to the inauguration of the new snow machines on the Mandarins piste on Mont d'Arbois, followed by the  opening  of the new Rocharbois lift.   Great news as the extra snow they can make will keep the link back to Megeve open right to the end of the season. There were only 3 speeches so not too bad, and we each got a very pretty bobble hat.   The new Rocharbois lift is very smart, the same size as the old one but a gleaming red livery.  After that we all moved over to Rochebrune.  It was the 80th anniversary of the opening of the Rochebrune cable car.   This was the first cable car in France just for skiers.   There are some amusing photos of the first cable car:  an open tray rather like the lifts they have to take equipment etc up to the top.  There were drinks and nibbles and a brass band wearing Savoyard clothing.   A few more speeches (the poor mayor had 3 speeches at different locations)  and then down to the Dahu and a very good buffet lunch.   Later, there were a lot of parapenters,  a display of skiers jumping and landing on a large airbag, a torch light descent and then fireworks.  It was a hugely entertaining day and Megeve celebrated in style.

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