Sunday, 22 February 2009

Les vacances d'hiver

We all had a wonderful holiday and its fair to say everyone made progress with their skiing. Lily was really interested this year and quickly mastered the tire-fesses and the green pistes (even though she'd rather just go straight down fast than turn!). She even skied a couple of blue pistes with the family. Jasper started to get interested towards the end of our stay so we swapped his strap-on skies for some real ones on his last day and he had fun coming down the green piste with Daddy. I tackled some of the blue pistes this year and although I'm still a bit nervous about skiing too fast, I'm getting better (except when it comes to bumps, which I learned the hard way - something to work on next year). As for David, well, he already skies really well but this year he learned how much harder it is to ski down an icy blue piste when you have a child under each arm (his idea, not mine!).

As usual, La Clusaz, was simply delightful and we had heaps of snow this year. We had a self-catered apartment but also went out for some memorable meals including a wonderful fondue. We stayed right up high in the Maeva Club-Hotel which meant we got a lot of exercise walking up and down the hills but we made great use of the navette (shuttle bus) system. We also had fun at the pool and did some more ice-skating. And once again, big thanks to the wonderful guys at Ski 3000 where we hired our skis!

Here are a few videos and some photos...(ok, quite a few photos!)










Walking down from Maeva

Our view



Les Riffroids...

Family skiing day down from the Beauregard (except Jasper didnt like being in the luge)

On the télé-siege (chair lift)

Skiing La Motte with Dad...

Waiting for the tire-fesses at the Balme...


Up at the Jardin d'enfants at Beauregard

I'm not very stylish but I get there...

La Balme

Part of the very bumpy blue piste I went down at the Balme...

On the Daddy tire-fesses...


At the pool...


Night-time at La Clusaz

Going up in the télécabine - he had to hold his skis...

First time on real skis!



At Beauregard

7 comments:

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Wow what a fabulous holiday..photos are brilliant. I really must go there and learn to ski...my friend has a huge chalet there..and her friend is an instructor and lives there!

Thrifted Treasure said...

Looks fantastic!! So scenic! Looks like the kids had a ball too.

Milie said...

It's so cute to hear you guys speak a bit of french! I'm impressed! Exptriation is such a plus in learning languages!

Jo said...

Oh you are all lovely! Jasper is so BLOND!

Andromeda said...

Oh those pictures make me want to go back so bad!! Glad you all had a good vacation!

Penny said...

Thanks for checking out our photos all

:)

Anonymous said...

OMG Penny the kids look so grown up and completely gorgeous in their ski gear - love Jasper's glasses, very stylish!

The girls love all the photos and videos - we've watched them ALOT!!

Glad you all had a fab time on holidays.

See you in June!!
K
xx