We go skiing every year. This year we chose to go to the Tarentaise area of the French Alps. We stayed at the Golf Hotel in Les Arcs which gave us access to a huge skiing area known as Paradiski.
The combined resorts of La Plagne and Les Arcs offer over 400km of skiable piste.
Ian and I have skied for many years and can confidently navigate around the slopes and get down everything. The Hotel was well situated. We were able ski out of the ski room door down to the first lift at the start of the day and ski back to the door in the evening.
On our first day out on the slopes the weather was overcast and the light was a bit flat but the snow was superb and the resort was quiet so no lift queues.
On Monday it was bright and sunny so we took the Vanoise Express across to La Plagne.
It was a bright sunny day and we enjoyed the superb conditions.
We took the Bellecote gondola up to the top of the Bellecote Glacier.
There were very few people up there and we enjoyed several runs on the glacier with superb views.
The next day the weather was quite good but with the promise of some snow. We took the cable car to the top of the Aguille Rouge. The promised snow arrived as we were making our way up so when we arrived visibility was zero!
There were very few people up there and we were very pleased to be able to find our way down the piste following the red poles.
We enjoyed another bright sunny day on Thursday and had a great view across to Mont Blanc from the Roche de Mio in La Plagne.
We made the most of the fantastic weather and snow conditions which was just as well as Friday was very snowy.
There had a been 30cm of new snow overnight and it carried on snowing all day. There was no sunshine but there was about 50cm of unpisted powder snow everywhere.
We were aware of the avalanche risks as there were frequent bangs where the dangerous area were cleared by controlled explosions. However there were safe places to ski off piste and I made the most of this.
So now it’s back to wet and windy Dorset. Cycling tomorrow!