Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Craving peril

I was fortunate to escape the usual 9-5 routine for a couple of days last week and head off to the French Alps with a couple of mates to do some skiing sans family! There's nothing like a bit of fresh air, hard exercise and constant peril to take your mind off the daily grind; we were also lucky to get 3 days of perfect weather conditions (good snow, clear skies and sun) too!

We went to a little place called Megeve which is near Chamonix, France nestled in the shadow of Mont-Blanc (the tallest mountain in Western Europe). I haven't been there in over 25 years so it was interesting to see how things had changed and to experience the place through older, more experienced eyes. It's certainly a beautiful place, dramatic scenery, tree lined pistes which are immaculately groomed every night and a nice French feel to the place (i.e. not too commercialised), the food and wine was great too.

For the last couple of years I've been skiing with my family, now don't get me wrong, I love skiing with my family but it also felt good to be released from the responsibilities of child-care (perceived as well as actual) for a couple of days and just ski to my own beat. I reckon I racked up about 260 km skied over the course of 3 days which is probably more than all my previous family skiing holidays combined, although judging by the rate of progress of my two nippers it won't be too long before I'm trailing and not leading! To be honest though being lucky enough to visit such places and fit enough to ski well that's just fine with me.

1 comment:

KAREN LISA said...

Nice post !
We offer snowboarding holidays at catered chalets and hotels so grab your board and boots before heading to snow-sure ski resorts across the French and Austrian Alps.