Spring snow still holding out

The run of fantastic weather has continued this week in the Alps, hard to know whether to get the skis or the bike out.

I’ve had some great ski touring outings with the snow still holding up - the constant freeze/melt/freeze/melt has left it beautiful. It has started to melt way in places and you do have to take the skis off to hop across rocks and grass from time to time, but it is well worth it.

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World Schools Ski Champships

Emily had a good time at the World School Ski Championships in Spain, coming 5th in GS and reducing her overall points (which is the aim).

Have managed a couple of goes on the bike in warm weather (probably a bit too warm) with high cloud this week. The snow is still good, heavy in the afternoon.

A couple of recent pics from ski touring in Sainte Foy below.

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Fantastic Spring Snow

We have had beautiful Spring weather and everyone has been assuming that the snow would turn to slush and disappear, but the skiing conditions have been absolutely unbelievable in the last couple of weeks and still holding out.

Some pics from ski touring on Archeboc in Sainte Foy below (click on a pic to open up gallery) and some from the chalet in Le Crey – the fine weather has allowed us to crack on with the roof.

My dad is out skiing this week, still going strong and even knocking out the odd schuss when he thinks no one’s looking. Quite something having to tell off an eighty-five year old for skiing too fast!

He’s coming with me to cheer Emily on in a FIS race in Meribel on Thursday. She’s off to race in the Sierra Nevada next week, one of three girls representing France in the U18 category.

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Powder and Mont Valezan

Fantastic conditions last weekend, skiing powder in Tignes and climbing Mont Valezan (from which Montvalezan village gets its name) to then ski down the North Face.

Busy week this week and skiing for the next few days with a regular group from the Ski Club of Great Britain.

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Exceptional ski conditions

All Black Sean Fitzpatrick skiing

The Saatchi guys were staying at Chalet Merlo over the last few days and we’ve had some exceptional skiing. All-Black legend Sean Fitzpatrick was also with the group (pictured with me above) and we skied in Sainte Foy this morning. A really top bloke. Shot below is of Rob skiing off-piste behind Sainte Foy.

More snow forecast for tomorrow. Loving it.

off piste behind Sainte Foy

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Downhill in Tignes and the best day

Had some decent snowfall at the start of the week and it cleared up for blue skies yesterday when I was out skiing with clients – probably the best conditions so far this season.

Photo below is of Em in her first ever downhill race. She came 40th, 3.5 secs off the winner.

downhill race Tignes

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Spring snow has arrived a bit early

Not great conditions at the moment after a big rainstorm last weekend, and with the temperature getting up to 15°C in bottom of the valley over the last few days – I’m skiing off piste Chardonet bowlsure it would feel like Spring snow if I was able to ski, but current bad back (from excessive skiing over Xmas) means I’ve been struggling to even get in and out the car the last couple of days.

The big Christmas dump never quite materialised, but we did get a few light snowfalls to keep us going and the skiing is still pretty decent up high.

Photo is of Lesley making the most of the snow that came our way between Christmas and New Year in the Chardonet Bowl.

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Dreaming of a White Christmas…

Have been skiing this week with the owners of Chalet Merlo, mostly on sheet ice, which hasn’t been very pleasant.

The weather is turning and has started to blow hard. We’ve been hanging on, desperate for the big dump predicted to start tonight and go all the way through Christmas Day.

Fingers crossed, and a merry Christmas to all.

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Slalom and Giant Slalom in Isola 2000

Got away to Lyon for a couple of nights before the world descends upon us next week – super busy with clients and skiing, although the snow is pretty sparse at the moment. We went for the annual festival in Lyon where they light up the city, all very pretty and good to have a bit of city culture and different food.

In the FIS races in Val Thorens last week, Emily came 26th in Slalom and 38th in Giant Slalom, better than she expected in her first major competition. This week she is racing way down south in Isola 2000, and came 9th in the Slalom, Giant Slalom is today.

Pic below is of Sam training in Tignes.

Sam ski training Tignes

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Val Thorens FIS race

Took photo below of Emily slalom training in Tignes last Thursday. First time I’d seen her for nearly two weeks, and she’s now away for a couple of weeks racing.

Tomorrow will be her first FIS (Fédération Internationale de Ski) race in Val Thorens, this is the level below World-Cup skiing and she will be racing in her team colours – Tignes – competing against the big girls in GS and slalom. Going to watch her has been forbidden but we will be following the live results on the FIS website.

The French ski system gives her flexibility to fit her education around training and competition, an intense schedule through the season.

Back in the slightly more mundane, but no less busy, world of FMP we managed to get the roof off the chalet renovation in Le Crey despite the snow – as per the photos below.

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