It's been a while since I last posted anything, and there's a good reason for that, I promise. The ski season in Chamonix is over (excuse me while I take a minute to process...), and all the departures and closing day events have me avoiding my computer. I'm normally a fairly early departure by end-of-season … Continue reading The End of Winter Blues
Well it had to happen eventually. Even the best seasons in the Alps start to wind up at around this time, and with the arrival of spring comes the onset of hay fever, warm weather and slush. Not that slush is really a bad thing; spring skiing is its' own kind of fun, after all. It's … Continue reading The End of Season Blues
The start of a road trip is kind of exciting; loading your equipment into the car, packing the snacks and striking out for ski slopes new is great fun. The promise of fresh new slopes to explore, the possibility of a softer, lighter type of snow than you might get back home, it all gets … Continue reading Slope to slope: the joys of a road trip
When you're skiing, the chances are that you're also spending rather a lot of time in your local bar(s). After all, après ski is part of the culture in many mountains, and to give it a miss is practically sacrilege. Let's face it, if you're single in a ski town, and you're not nursing a growing problem … Continue reading 5 things that’ll piss off the bar staff at après ski
Look, before we get into this, I'd like it to be known that I'm very proud of the incredible Athletes representing their countries at the Olympics. I know that for everyone at Pyeongchang this week, this is the payoff for years and years of hard work and dedication. I'm just not all that keen on … Continue reading How to avoid the Winter Olympics (when you live in a ski town)
If you were to grade the difficulty of each type of ski lift, the humble magic carpet would be a green. Cable cars and gondolas (with skis inside) would be solid blues, while the chairlift and gondolas (with skis outside) graded red. Chairlifts can be pretty tricky to ski onto and off, occasionally they'll catch … Continue reading Learning to love everybody’s least favourite ski lifts
They're calling these storms 'once in a generation', and oh boy is the Espace Killy ski area seeing some killer snowfall right now. In the last 24 hours, over a metre of snow fell. To almost nobody's surprise, today the resort is closed while they try to make it safe to ski. It always surprises … Continue reading Holy cow, is it snowing in Val d’Isere right now!
I've never skied the Zermatt-Cervinia area before now, and when the opportunity to do so fell into my lap I couldn't say no. This is the ski area often voted the best in the world. So I cancelled my trip to La Grave (rescheduled for later in the season) and packed my skis and boots … Continue reading The Big Flaw in the Zermatt-Cervinia Ski Area
Anyone who skied in the French or the Swiss Alps last year could tell you that it wasn't exactly what you'd call a bumper season. This time last year, I was spending a snowless Christmas in Cham, with an unprecedented cold, dry spell that lasted until the second week of January. It was, I think we can … Continue reading The Unfortunate After-effects of a Bad Season
It's snow time, baby!