Ski Three Valleys, Dec '12

Second winter of our European trip and things worked out pretty well on the skiing front.

It is a gamble booking a ski trip around xmas these days, but it's a special time for some and Pratiwi asked for a white Christmas, sooo... we ended up in Les Menuires. Who was I to argue? wink

After a thankfully very uneventful drive into the mountains (aside from getting slightly lost in the village at the very end) we found ourselves in a very nice catered chalet right on the piste. A few days of sunshine, a few of more perhaps not the best conditions, but hey... I got to practice my technique using 'the force' wink Yes, in some parts the white out was truly white, but days like those makes one appreciate the glorious sunshine all the more.

Long story short - another fantastic week in the snow, what more could you want?

12:45

Had feared the worst for a drive to the snow in peak season, but made great time! Includes 20km up to the resort!

13:40

Some time after arriving in Les Menuires we finally find the chalet... this looks promising! grin

16:30

As night begins to fall... ♫ ♪ Let it snow, ♩ let it snow, ♪ ♫ let it snow ♫ grin

20:00

Other guests coming from UK? Not here yet? Oh well, their loss! 2 chalet girls at our beck & call for dinner. Cheers!

16:54

Couple of kind of arty snaps from the slopes today.

16:58

Some happy snaps from first day of skiing (prolly won't take the camera out all the time). Not a bad day at all! grin

11:36

No camera today as wasn't going to take any pictures. But too beautiful not to share some stitches from the phone.

12:05

Taking in the view while enjoying a picnic lunch. What a great day! grin

15:05

Back from the slopes in time for a little fun outside the chalet smile

17:30

Enjoying a glass of mulled wine while waiting for Santa...

17:40

... and here comes the big man in red now. Lead down the slopes by the ESF torchlight procession.

18:20

Les Menuires @ night. 13s exposure. Someone nearby got out their phone to take the same shot. Good luck with that! wink

18:50

On the walk home after xmas eve festivities.

18:55

Christmas eve fireworks. Oooooooh... Ahhhhhhh... wink

18:20

Xmas day: 71.2km/7,701m vertical on the slopes before a well earned dinner with all the trimmings. Bah! Humbug!! wink

09:55

Boxing day morning. Time to clear the head after the previous night's festivities. Whhooooosh!! wink

08:30

Snow outside the chalet this morning. Popped out for couple of hours, but rest was probably due. Had lazy afternoon.

08:10

Final morning here & this is better! 7+ hours on the piste to finish the week. Hurrah! grin

08:40

Last day of the week & it's looking good. This view is from the piste right outside the chalet we're staying in smile

12:25

What a perfect final day. Les Menuires, up the valley & back. Val Thorens really put on a great show. Just beautiful!

06:40

Sunrise on moving day. Time to follow these lights down the mountain and then on to our next destination...

08:40

One last stop to admire the view as we head down from Les Menuires. Ahhhh...