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... can't believe I actually got to experience it!
The first thing we saw when we got off the bus was a dog sledding team, I knew immediately that I would love it up there. The dogs were all so excited to get running and I was just holding myself back from going up and saying hi to all of them!
I spent the day snowshoeing around the mountains and got to see a few mountain ...
... hill, so much so that I ended up walking down that hill and picking up from there (I have awful form but my method was working most of the day). When I made it back down the hill and stopped, I decided it was time to stop doing things that could potentially hurt me and my clumsy self so I took my skis off and sat down in the town for awhile to just enjoy the scenery.
The resort has wifi surprisingly so I texted a few people to let them know I made it ...
... for entry. As it is a magnetic system most people just need to have the card in their pocket close to the card reader and the gate will swing open admitting them as they approach. A simple and fairly quick way to manage big crowds especially at peak times. All this works really well, unless you loose your card!
Val D'Isere like most places uses this system and upon paying you are issued with your card that is red on one side and ...
... with the more experienced one's hitting the black runs with Pierre and the "learners" following Ludo onto the green beginner runs for the first day or two. The snowboard boys got a couple of lessons followed by a lot of falls and then began to really get cracking. Ludo patiently got me "tuned up" again and my turns sharpened up but I was very happy to stick to the slow group as the flu that had visited me at Nature's Vally was coming back with a vengeance.
Like all ...
... plague. The entire city is turned into a series of light and music shows with themes ranging from art and film to the creation of the universe. The city literally becomes so packed with people that you may not walk in the opposite direction of the flow. It is thrilling.
Overlooking the city, by the ...