Skiing in the Alps... Check!

Trip Start Mar 13, 2010
Trip End Jun 12, 2010

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International youth hostel

Flag of France  , Rhône-Alpes,
Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Three days was the perfect amount of time to spend skiing for me. I come out of these last three days with, sore muscles, and a sunburned face. Some of the best skiing in my life, and some of the worst... Some awsome pictures and videos, and even better memories. So far, this has been the best part of my trip. I'm so glad that I had someone to go with, if not, this trip wouldn't have been the same.

When we arived at the ski resort, the weather was great for skiing. It was -5 degrees or so, and everything was great. By 2 pm the second day though, things got hot. It warmed up to about 5 degrees on the bottom, and was only -3 at the summit. Things began to get slushy, but it was still fun to ski. Today, it was a full summer day out there, pools of water and slush were common at the flat spots, and things began to slow down. It was probably 10 degrees at the bottom of the hill and 5 or so at the summit. Early in the day it wasn't too bad, but as it got later, it got worse. We got out at the perfect time. Other than the weather, the only other downer was the lack of sunscreen on our faces for the first day and a half. We have pretty bad burns, and Taylor's has already began to peel. We did eventually put some on, and I fixed my ridiculous touque tan, by burning the rest of my face, but it never helped with the burns. I did have some Aloe Vera gel though, so I don't feel to bad. Now that I got the bad things out of the way, I can tell of the good. As I briefly said in my last blog, the resort was huge! Les 2 Alpes, it has twice the distance from top to bottom than Sunshine, and three times more than Lake Louise. The resort is also huge, it takes 20 minutes to walk to the other side, and has tons of hotels, apartments, resteraunts, and everything else a resort would need I guess. Our hostel was very close to a main lift up the hill, and I could just about ski right into the main door from the hill. The hill it self is quite big, there are over 426 km of runs, I believe. We skiied from summit to base in 36 minutes, going as fast as we could. It normally took about an hour a run. It took about a half hour on the first gondola to get from 1650 meters above sea level, to 2600 meters up the hill. It took another 20 minutes to get up to 3200 meters on a second gondola. After that you could take a T-bar up another 200 meters onto the glacier. After that you could take another T-bar up another 150 meters to 3550 meters. We gave up after the first T-bar. We had spent 80 minutes going up we wanted to go down. The views at the top were amazing, there were so many beautiful mountains surounding us. My camera just couldn't do them justice. We did all sorts of runs. We did groomed, we did powder, we did a boardercross run, and we even tried the terain park (jumps, and stuff). All were very cool, and some were a first for me. Taylor pushed me into trying things out of my comfort level, like trying to grind on a box (it's meant for this). Some of these new things were very fun, and amplified my experience. Others like the grinding, ended with me on my face saying, never again. As I said before, this has been the best part of my trip thus far. I will hopefully be going east after today, although it will depend on if the train is on strike. If they are, I will go to Lyon, France and possibly stay a couple days there. If not, I am going to Zurich Switzerland, to see the rest of the alps. Will have pictures and videos up pronto, keep tuned, and take care.
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Darren on

Hey Steven, sounds like you had a blast skiing, now I am definitely jealous! So will you continue to travel with Taylor or are you both heading off in different directions now? Love ya, dad

Mom on

Sounds like skiing was a good time. I am SO GLAD that you had Taylor there to ski with. It's way more fun to ski with someone. Auntie Lynn and I skied Sunshine in March and I thought it was huge until you described Les 2 Alps. Aren't we Canadians so sheltered from the 'real world'? I thought Europeans came to Banff because the mountains were so great here... I guess not! (why do they come here?)

Switzerland sounds fun. Please keep me posted on where you decide... love you!

grandma on

Sounds like your having the best time ever. Keep safe and remember the sun screen. love you.

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