Saskia skis!!!

Trip Start Dec 10, 2012
Trip End Jan 12, 2012

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Flag of France  , Rhone-Alpes,
Monday, January 7, 2013

Yesterday was Sunday, 6th January, the day Sassybelle had her first independent ski! Very much an epiphany for her.

We went to Church as planned however when we arrived we discovered that it was being held at another church nearby. On our way back home Alexandra declared very passionately that she wanted to go skiing, so we decided to adopt that plan. The village was shrouded in fog but I could see blue skies trying to peek through and a look at the webcam on the IPAD showed that it was all sunshine at the top.

After collecting our gear from the shop which was two metres away from the ticket office, which was itself two metres away from the entrance to the telecabine, we all piled into the telecabine and headed up the mountain.

Half way up the mountain we poked through the clouds and found ourselves in glorious sunshine. Big smiles immediately graced Alexandra and Saskia's faces, and never left their faces all day.

Thankfully Daniel was familiar with the mountain so he led us all down a nice green run. He started off with Saskia standing between his legs, her arms wrapped around his knees. I stood there waiting for Alexandra to get herself going and happily watched Daniel and Saskia ski down 300 metres or so to another green run area which was to become our training ground for the afternoon. It just looked so natural and comfortable for both of them. Alexandra got going and together she and I happily skied down to join them. We were surrounded by beautiful pines, skiing in well groomed good snow in glorious sunshine without a gust of wind. I was delighted that as a family we were finally skiing together.

The green run where we found ourself was perfect for Alexandra to practise her skiing and I was delighted to see how we'll she was doing. Daniel kept taking Saskia down the run with her standing between his legs, probably to get her familiar with the feeling of it all. Seeing everyone happy, I decided to head up to the summit to have a ski as my legs were literally itching to go.

The view from the top of the Boree, (1974 metres) which sat just under the summit (Dent d'oche at 2222m) was breathtaking, as was the 280 degree panoramic view. (When I get home I hope to be able to download the video I took on my I-phone which I can't do just yet). As I headed over the edge I found myself in a red run (Black in Australia) and, after taking a tumble or two, crossed over into a nice cosy Blue run and cruised maybe just under a kilometre down the rest of the mountain. Pure joy.

When I got back to the green run where I had left everyone I saw that the girls had perched themselves next to a little child-made igloo and were happily playing in the snow. I sent Daniel off to have a ski and sat down and just basked in the sunshine while the girls played. After watching some French people teaching their littlies to ski I decided to get Saskia doing the same thing. It was as simple as standing her on her skis and telling her to start shuffling and off she went. She skied about 30 metres. Each time her skis seemed to part I said 'toes together' and she corrected herself. After two runs of doing that she was doing it herself. Mind you, she hasn't learnt to stop but I think we have enough to work with, so in the Australian winter she'll be ready for ski school.

Alexandra was so excited to see Saskia skiing that she got back on her skis and joined in the fun. It was just fantastic so see them skiing together. I would have loved to have got a photo but I was too busy looking out for Sassy.

Having conquered skiing Saskia decided that she was ready for the telecorde. It occurred to me how very much like Daniel she is. A natural on skis and ready to 'run', having just learnt to 'crawl'. I explained that it was not for little children, but, given her genetics, she needed to experience this for herself. She did, landed flat on her face, and decided to call it a day.

We decided it was best to quit while we were ahead. We had skied for about 3 hours and I think everyone was ready for a nice hot bath. My run, whilst short, had been a nice 'welcome back' to meaningful exercise and although I would have liked to keep skiing, it was a good start.

Today was a rest day. Tomorrow we'll be back on the slopes.
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Leonie on

Beautiful pictures all round! Lovely looking snow, fresh and very white. Not that I know much at all, but from looking at Brittany's pictures from Falls Creek and Hotham it looks like perfect conditions. If you're on FB, these shots are tailored for a profile pic!!!! I think B had one of hers up for a while! For me my profile pic is always a Christmas shot annually of self and family ( not updated every second like the teenagers do!!) glorious shots - Justine, sounds like you're in skier's Heaven!!!!!!!!!

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