The Val d’Isere Haven of Snow and Skiing

The skiing season this year has already seen a greater snowfall than the total snowfall last year throughout the majority of the Alp resorts. 300cm so far and a forecast for even more means that there has hardly been time for the sun for shine, but who cares when you’re thigh deep in powder?! This season is set to be one of a lifetime.

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At times it has even been too much for the instructors to cope with!

And here is the current forecast from the Val d’Isere Website just to prove this is all true:

So you should now know that this is the season to go skiing. Find a place in Val d’Isere through either of these sites – http://www.valdisere.com/gb/index.php http://www.valdinet.com/

Finally, more amazing skiing posts and updates can be found here. Enjoy the New Year!

When Snow Arrives, You Will Be Prepared To Enjoy It!

For some people, snow can be a real hassle but it should not be. It is always a magical moment when snow blankets the ground and should definitely be something to enjoy. No matter what age or sex you are, you WILL enjoy doing the things in this post.

  1. Make Sculptures - Go to your local park or even garden and get building. You don’t have to be too talented to make a traditional snowman and it is always very rewarding. Let others admire your handiwork and take in the compliments. Don’t worry about your age for doing this because everyone always does. I remember when snow fell in England last year there were more snowmen in my park than people! What a sight this was to drive through.
  2. Snowball Fights – Invite some friends over and have a good old snowball fight in the snow. Organise teams or go for a free for all. If you are really feeling up for the challenge, create shelters with underground tunnels to other entrances. Your opponent will never be able to beat this.
  3. Go Sledding – On a board, a piece of wood or even your bare bum sledding is always good fun. Find a steep enough hill and guess what you have to do next, go down it! Head first, feet first, sideways. Have fun experimenting the best way to get down the mountain. Try linking up with other people and going down at the same time. This isn’t dangerous!
  4. Go Skiing – If the hills are big and steep enough and you have all the equipment then by all means go skiing. The only problem is it’s not cheap getting boots and skis, and if there is no chairlift it will be very tiring walking up the hill. But don’t worry, it will be worth it and enjoy a hot chocolate after finishing.
  5. Make Snow Angels – Lie down in the snow and move your arms and legs at the same time. Slowly and carefully stand back up and move away. How pretty, there is a angel in the snow! Congratulations on making it.
  6. Admire the Snow – I seem to do this quite often but I just can’t help it. I love the snow so much that I end up staring out of my window at the snow for hours. Take in all the beautiful patterns of the flakes. I challenge you to beat my record of watching the snow for five hours on end while counting 2,000,000 different flakes.
  7. Draw the Snow – If you like the snow lots but not quite enough to just stare at it, drawing single flakes or whole snowy scenes can be rewarding. All you need is a paper and a pencil so get to it!
  8. Photograph the Snow - Like the previous idea, the snow is so amazing so capture your fantastic moments in it. Perhaps you could film a movie plot in it.
  9. Sleep – Finally, I recommend that you sleep in the snow because it is incredibly comfy. To be honest, I prefer the snow to my bed. This may just be me but you should give it a try.

Have any other ideas? Please tell me so that I can add them to the list and try them out. If you have enjoyed doing these fun things please share pictures of your sculptures and anything else. Thanks :)

10. Eat the Snow – Thanks to Dounia for this idea. Fresh snow is so tasty and some people say that it is better than the finest Italian meal. So taste the snow but here’s one piece of advice. Yellow snow may look tasty with a bit of flavour, but trust me: it’s best avoided!

Flame Styled Catsuit for the Kings!

Not long now until I go ski racing in Les Deux Alpes and I have just received the catsuit that I will be wearing. I think that this year’s design is really cool with flames and lots of colours. The only problem is wearing that in -10°C is going to be absolutely freezing! Anyway, I look forward to racing in this:

Powder and Parties? Why Val d’Isere is the best place to ski in 2012

If you talk to anyone who has been to Val d’Isere they will usually mention one of two things; the off-piste and the nightlife – not necessarily in that order.

The resort attracts everyone from the rich and famous (Richard Branson is a regular) who can enjoy the 5-star chalets and fine dining, to snowboarders who live and breathe their sport, squeezing into a small apartment with six other like-minded riders. Once people have been here, it is impossible to stop them returning.

The key factor that lures people back is the skiing. You may sometimes get more snow in America but in Val there is access to challenging slopes, awesome off-piste and a good track record for blue-sky skiing.

Of course, the Espace Killy ski area is synonymous with the legendary Jean Claude Killy, one of France’s most famous downhill skiers. Every year Val d’Isere plays host to the Alpine World cup drawing attention to the fast downhill slopes of the resort. It is not unusual to bump into the ‘Herminator’ in the bakery.

Resort at a glance

  • Open from late November to early May
  • 300km of marked and interconnecting pistes
  • 97 ski lifts (11 free)
  • 14 black pistes
  • Two glaciers for summer skiing
  • Two snow parks
  • Runs from 1560m to 3456m
  • 44km of cross-country
  • Too much off-piste to measure
  • Too many bars to visit

LINKS   http://www.valdinet.com/

    Excited for Skiing?

Excited for Skiing?

The truth is, skiing is always going to be a major part of my life. It is the one time I feel completely free and as the new season slowly edges closer I cannot help but feel excited, especially after watching clips like the following.

The skiing shown in Warren Miller’s film is insane, and I cannot wait for the full release of ‘Like There’s No Tomorrow’. The fresh powder tracks are a rare find normally, but the crew seem to be skiing it everywhere. Alaska, North America, the Alps and even some Southern Hemisphere skiing; they have been there.

This year I have been lucky enough to do some pre-season skiing through racing with school. Even though this is only very basic on a dry ski slope, it is a great way to boost anybody’s confidence. If you have never skied before, I really do recommend that you try it out before it may no longer be possible with the Globe’s  temperature increasing. Val d’Isere in France is my resort of preference, but anywhere can be good and I will post a blog soon comparing others.

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