Saturday, March 8, 2014
Saturday- we are back to the slopes, starting the spring ski conditions at Chamonix. With a low snow base this year and an early warm-up, it seems like we will get to hiking season a little early this year. It's sunny and toasty, not a cloud to be seen, and everyone seems to have the same idea as we do: ski as much as we can before the snow melts. We waited nearly two hours for the gondola up Flégère to start the day. I suppose we've been exceptionally spoiled this year with no lines, but this morning made up for that. Surprisingly, the slopes weren't crowded and there was no waiting at the lifts after the first ascent. Yippee! Even with a later start, we had a long day of skiing and came back with some nice goggle tans.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
After eight weeks of skiing, we took a break this weekend, but since it's my birthday, we must celebrate with mountains. Every winter, I am hesitant to ski during the school holidays, and figured this weekend would be especially crowded. We wanted to avoid the slopes but still get out, and somehow we ended up in Megève. The slopes seemed pretty quiet, (should have brought the skis) maybe because everyone was busy walking around town in their furs. Even though it has been mild this year, I have to admit, I'm just ready to be done with winter.
We found a trail and went for a snowshoe hike.
We had the cocoa thermos and a little picnic in the snow. It was too cold to stop long, so back to it.
I was afraid we left the sunshine back in the valley while chasing the mountains, but luckily it caught up to us by the end of the day. We dropped everything and ran up a little hill to play in the snow with a great view on Mt. Blanc. It was fun to make snow angels and have a snowball fight...maybe for the last time until next winter.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Still going strong in the ski season, this morning we headed out to Le Gets, and spent most of the day at Morzine. We're hoping for a really clear, sunny ski day as we're getting closer to spring, but the snow has been fresh, the slopes have been quiet, and it hasn't been too cold - so no complaints here. A bonus while riding the lift- we saw a pair of wall creepers on the rocks.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Today we headed back up to Avoriaz. Now that lessons have finished, the club organizes outings with transport and lift ticket, so Derek and I are finally skiing together. About a meter of fresh snow had fallen overnight- conditions were amazing and exhausting. It snowed most of the day, so we were constantly making new tracks. This will be a ski day that we compare all others against- a true powder day.
Not my best form, but look at that snow!
Friday, February 14, 2014
Happy Inscription Day! This morning was a flurry of excitement, scoring a place among the 4,000 runners for the 2014 Jungfrau Marathon. Our team is growing again this year with a few more first timers, as well as repeat offenders, and we are shaping-up to have a solid cheering section. It didn't hit me until my post-registration run...we've got seven whole months to wait until the big day. Counting down!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The sun was shining right from the start this morning, so I took advantage of this break from the rain and gray to head to the Jura. Derek dropped me at the base on his way to work and I rode the telecabine up to Crozet to begin my snowshoe journey to Crêt de la Neige, about a four hour loop. I saw a group of chamois on the first steep climb up Crêt de Crozet, making the first tracks up that way for the day.
The morning was a mix of dense cloud and sun...more cloud as I approached the summit. Standing at Crêt de la Neige, there was zero visibility and I got very cold in the wind. So without a break, I started my way back, and after a little while, the sunshine returned.
Finally, a view across to the Alps, as I made my way back to the lift. I thought I had a perfect plan for the day until discovering that the bus I was waiting for runs only on weekends and school holidays. Ooops...so it was time to continue walking.