There is so much snow – meters and meters of it! It was snowing while we were in the Alps, the landscape looking just like a European Christmas card! The skiing in Haute Savoie is epic compared to Australia, with fresh dry powder, record snow falls early in the season, really long runs, access to multiple valleys, and no crowds. Although we were very much out of condition, having not skied for years, we improved over our short stay and thoroughly enjoyed pushing ourselves! The weather was often overcast, yet good enough for us to ski for several hours each day. The legs were burning at times, but we had a lot of fun.
The after skiing was fantastic too at Jo and Phil’s Châlet des Cimes, built in the traditional Savoyard style and complete with a very welcome hot tub to soothe our aching muscles. Their gorgeous châlet is located at Saint Jean d’Aulps, a village at about 1000m. There is a small resort on our door step, and larger ones higher up the mountain but within only a twenty minutes drive. It is particularly nice to spend time with our friends who share a few of our passions, including sailing!
We skied locally, but had the most fun at Châtel and Avoriaz especially, which have extensive ski fields and superb snow conditions. Here are a few images of our adventure. As always, click on the first image to display in full screen slideshow.
This concludes our voyage in France. We are catching the plane home to Australia on Tuesday.