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clam Tue 21-Jan-14 21:17:42

We leave for France 3 weeks on Saturday. Have spent most of the weekend checking the webcams to see how much snow has fallen (loads). DH is now taking the piss and won't play.
So, where are you all going, and have you all got metres of snow to look forward to?

bideyinn Wed 19-Feb-14 16:45:04

Getting very excited here, off to Let Gets on the 1st to celebrate my 50th. Staying in a fully catered chalet, can't wait!!!

oiseau Mon 17-Feb-14 21:51:01

Sorry - theonlyone - only just seen this, Chalet Rabel …. going on the 23rd - will you be joining us I wonder!

Doshusallie Thu 13-Feb-14 19:25:06

Poshme see you there! We are at the diva in val claret, can't bloody wait, so excited, and so are the boys...

flashheartscanoe Thu 13-Feb-14 19:12:14

Have a great time everyone going at half term...lets hope we escape the rain.

Good luck with the packing. I am online panic buying salopettes for DD1 (bought on ebay and too small) and insurance for us all (forgotten).

and dont forget to report back how you got on- love hearing about ski trips and very interested for next year.

And all those going later I'll be envy when I get back.

Theonlyoneiknow Thu 13-Feb-14 18:44:32

oiseau where are you going in La Tania at the end of march? We are away to book a couple of rooms in a chalet there

clam Tue 04-Feb-14 13:23:24

We now have 3 metres of snow, with another half metre due this week. Have decided that's enough now, so it can stop and let the sun shine for our trip.

poshme Tue 04-Feb-14 11:34:30

Ooh I'm excited too! Tignes at half term.
I really need to get fitter... Last year I think I was ok as I didn't ski the first afternoon after ski school (looked afterDD) so I think I started gradually.

I'm also looking forward to NO RAIN! I don't mind if its cold, or if it snows. I'm just so tired of rain!!

helencw77 Mon 03-Feb-14 22:05:12

Oh my skiing backpack is looking more appealing, chocolate and now alcohol too grin I am getting nervous that I haven't done enough exercise prior to this trip, I think my Wii Fit age is about 95 - lol !! Seriously, I am in awe of you winklewoman, I can't wait until I retire and ski three times a year........

This time in two weeks I'll be there - woohoo, the children had a fab lesson up at the Snow Centre in Hemel yesterday, they've had five lessons altogether 2 group lessons and three private lessons and can now ski better than dh and I (well, maybe by day 3 !) My ds (9) doesn't quite understand that the actual pistes are much longer than the indoor slopes, he was complaining about the shortness of it all !!

Thanks for all the tips....

flashheartscanoe Mon 03-Feb-14 18:33:04

dont forget the Drambuie, Clam. An excellent idea if ever I heard one.

clam Mon 03-Feb-14 17:45:44

winklewoman Keep those tips coming. There's hope for me yet. As I said up-thread, I'm only just recovering recovered from a bad leg injury, so may well be necking some of those pills myself.

winklewoman Mon 03-Feb-14 17:03:17

Thanks, oiseau and flash smile. I have to admit that Co-Codomol and Ibuprofen were my friends, plus our warming hipflask of Drambuie to swig sip on the chairlifts

oiseau Mon 03-Feb-14 16:35:52

I am in awe Winklewoman, I want to be just like you! My Dad ski-ed in his 74th year, he took it very easy but glided down so stylishly.

It's snowing in the Alps - just been checking the webcams.

flashheartscanoe Mon 03-Feb-14 15:17:18

Brilliant news Winklewoman-
Generally I love getting older but I always felt not being able to ski any more would be one of the worst things- glad to hear it doesnt have to be the case!
I think my sore legs were probably as much due to bad technique as anything else- I'm not one of those people who glide down easily!

winklewoman Mon 03-Feb-14 11:48:03

I wil be 70 in June and despite some urging frim DH I could not be bothered to do any advance exercise at all. I am not fit, have arthritic old hips, mild asthma and am missing one Anterior C L (yes, an old skiing injury). Three weeks ago in Couchevel, I just put on my skis and set off, skiied every day, not all day but plenty of hours, and milder runs than in the old days. I had said, pre-holiday, that it would be my last ski trip, but ended up saying 'Maybe just one more' . All you young gels will be absolutley fine, stop worrying!

flashheartscanoe Mon 03-Feb-14 11:12:17

Don't let me stress anyone out over the fitness thing- I didnt train at all last year, I think thats why it was a shock!

Oiseau- shame DH is worried about the chalet- tell him it'll give him extra peace as you'll have lots of other people to talk to besides him. If it doesnt work- lots of ski resorts have nurseries you can drop them off at- I know Vaujany does.
I'm at the other end of things- I have a 14 year old who has skiied one week who reckons I should let her go off on her own. I think thats a no!

oiseau Sun 02-Feb-14 10:54:00

Very relieved to hear you could still do it!

I am training quite hard so that hopefully I don't hurt so much - I had a 4 year break from 18 - 22 (i.e. my parents stopped going and I had to earn enough to pay for myself!) and I was in such pain by day 3 I woke up every time I moved in bed! I did that ski fit link you posted flashheart on Friday and my calves are killing me! I am also going to ski fitness sessions twice a week and dragging myself out running, in theory I should be much fitter than when I last went as I could barely run half a mile then - but I was 32 not 42 …..

I said this morning "I am so excited aren't you?" and he said "well yes, but I am really worried about the Chalet" ... Beam me up!! Think we'll be in an apartment next year but I don't know what we will do about childcare for DD as she will only be 3.5 next year.

Good advice re the lessons - I think I will see how we go and book in resort.

flashheartscanoe Sat 01-Feb-14 21:45:01

Yes I could still do it fine. Feels impossible for the first 5 minutes and then it all comes back - but oh the pain! Very different from 10 years ago! I'm not useless and walk alot but I had to keep stopping. This year I am training more.

Kids in ski school and independent skiing for DH and me was how we did it - the first day was amazing- I just couldnt believe I'd dropped them off and we had all this time to play.

The private lesson on day 2 is a good idea but I know that I couldn't ski 2 hours straight on the second day. I'd say 1 hour on the second day and another hour later in the week would be good. If you are flexible on times you can book in resort so you can see what suits you. I had a lesson on day 5 and learned a few little crucial things that made alot of difference.

I've never done a shared chalet but would love to. DH is so unsociable he'd never agree. Its an apartment for us!

clam Sat 01-Feb-14 12:01:31

At that age, I would say so, yes.

oiseau Sat 01-Feb-14 11:44:22

Kids are in ski school from Day 1 and 2 year old in Creche! I meant a private lesson for me and DH?

We are going to the snow centre in Wetherby in half term for the boys to have a lesson as well and just get used to the feel of boots and skis. hope that will be enough?

clam Sat 01-Feb-14 11:07:14

Sounds fine. What are you going to do on Day 1? Have the kids ever been on skis before? Do you have a snow centre anywhere near you that you could get some of the basics covered for them beforehand (like how to use a drag lift). Personally, I'm not sure I'd want to be the one introducing dcs to skis for the very first time otherwise. We'd have all fallen out very quickly.
Don't underestimate the amount of time it takes to get kitted out on the first morning (so avoid lessons first thing),

oiseau Sat 01-Feb-14 10:38:48

can I join in! we are going for our first family skiing holiday to La Tania at the end of March and I just can't wait. I haven't been for 10 years - flash heart - could you still do it? I'm worried I'll have forgotten everything! Going to book a private lesson for Day 2 - do you think this is a good idea?

Just hoping all the rest of the family love it as much as I do. Have forced DH into going in a shared chalet and he is convinced we are going to be spending our entire holiday with Mr and Mrs Bore and their hideous children …. he is not the most sociable of people. Keep telling him it will be fine (crossing fingers)!

Think snow.

winklewoman Thu 30-Jan-14 14:52:52

Clam, have a great time. We had a lovely week at Isola a few years ago. Superb chalet, but a bit of an uphill trek to get to it - but we were a lot younger then. We were in Courchevel the week before last and had a really excellent week.

flashheartscanoe Wed 29-Jan-14 18:20:47

So Jealous Hilly!
I live 3 hours from the nearest airport so weekends away are hard work. No female friends interested in skiing either.

Have a great time.
Let us know how you get on in Morzine- and if you happen to spot some brilliant independently run apartments close to the slopes ... do share!

clam Wed 29-Jan-14 17:30:52


hillyhilly Wed 29-Jan-14 12:36:43

BTW Clam thats such a good idea, I think I'll patent it, you'll see me on dragons den with it soon!!
Obvs I'm joking but you could personalise them and everything if you were crafty!

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