Thursday, March 27, 2008

I was in Tesco's because thats where I live, and the computer eco plug set was going for less than half price. Once £21.99 now only £9.99. Did I need one? Did the world need one? Well I've got one and its great as it means when I turn the PC off it turns all the other pluged in items off. There's one for the TV and other black boxes but thats still at £21. Eh I'm not that green. Another thing while we are at Tesco's can someone please tell them that if you offer me 6 types of bacon just how the pigs are treated in the 6 options. Is Tesco's high farm welfare bacon better than the injected emzyaned Holland / Dutch bacon. Is it - welll how are we ment to know?

Well I've been to London again but can you spot why.

Does this make it more obvious?

Well for the blind it was for a new mohair green roof with...

heated rear glass window.

No more gaps in the roof!

This as off course hit my wallet hard. Erm - now I'll have to stay in. Reminds me of someone sometime back this does...

Sunday, March 23, 2008

We awake to brillant sunshine. The car is loaded, we see the chap who owns the apartment and I tell him I bet the people coming today can't wait after all that snow. Apartently though by this afternoon the clouds will be back and its going to snow all week, Not so good then.

With the car packed we head down the white valley road at about 5-10mph. The coach in front of us slides off the road 3 times! Luckily the mountain side, side and not the cliffe edge side. Must have been scary for the passengers. The third time we drive by him and get well ahead away from him, although this time he looks really stuck.

erm it looks great on the slopes. The French mad people whizz by.

At Les Menuires the police are making poeple pull into a car park and take off the cahines as they have got down to the tarmac. Oddly though they arn't making people put chains on going up the hill and we seen so many getting stuck going up without chains on!

Well we stay the night in Boulougne De Mere after a long drive following the sat nav through the center of Paris and up the A16. We could even see the Effle Tower. I can truely not recommend this route at all. For my parents this is the first Etap they have stayed in and can understand the convenience. The breakfast is the usual eat as much as you like bread and butter.

From here there is no rush. Its a couple of minutes to the port so we relax and enjoy breakfast.

We take the car to fuel station but with the Euro doing well and the price inflation of French fuel to this trip is going to cost the most so far.

We get in the car and head to the Speed Ferries port.

At least this time they checked the passports. Got to hope mine holds out for one last trip to Berlin.

Well coming up is my parents first experience of fast ferries Speed one -theri on;y ferry. The Ryan air of the seas.

We finaly get to use the £22 ticket I bought oh so long ago. We take in some sea air to prepare us for grim Britain.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Friday and its snowing again. Erm can you ever have too much snow. Well apparently it is going to snow at least 60cm today! And it looks thick out there too.

I await the 'skiers' with their uncomfortable boots down stairs.

We make our way donw the street in the blizzard.

My brother and me head up the gondala to Pacelet.

Mind conditions are grim. Only the immediate lifts are open from the base of the village so you can't venture too far.

We head over to the Caron gondala which takes you up a fair way. This though could have been considered a mistake. Hell the piste itself was deep enough. go off the side of the piste and your past your knees!

So instead we head up on the higher part of the village pistes Plien sud and have a great time here.

I swop my yellow goggles with my brothers and they are a breath of fresh air as my low visabilty ones just keep fogging up.

The only thing needed to make things perfect would be blue skies. But that isn't going to happen today so we make the best of what we have got for the last day.

We meet my parents in a coffee shop for dinner and a warm. Which is finished quickly so we can back on the slopes.

You might not believe it but I think its snowing harder than ever!

Which way comes to mind!

Its like sinking into a lovely deuvet.

Well all good things come to an end and this is it. The last walk back to the apartment with the snowboard.

We start to pack ready for the morning.

My dad and me go to the car to put the new snowchains on, as we are bound to need them in the morning to bring the car nearer the apartment. wooo look at the snow.

We go for a shop to get some souvenires & sweets.

If the snow doesn't stop perhaps we can't leave tommorrow. Yipppee

All white the world feels a different place. Its so beautiful.

The church sparkles in the snowy light of the night.

Well I walk home.

thinking if I could only stay. A good sign the hoilday has been worth it.

Past the church once more looking for a letter box now hidden ounder a cover of the white stuff.

Onto our main hight street with the shops lite up.

A piste beastie comes down trying to flatten the snow.

But it is on a losing streak here.

The letter box inside the tourist office area is well locked inside the tourist area. I must find one. I have a surprise for Deadmanjones.

A nice clump of snow on a sign.

I consider there might be a post box in the shopping center on our main road so I open the doors and look around. Eventually I find one. Hidden behind a restuarnt board. Brill eh. Does the postie know it exisits though. Job completed time for bed.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Thursday is another bright sunny day and I have a plan. 12 peaks in 12 hours.

Now when I named it I didn't actauly check how many peaks there were in the valley or count the hours. So there is a maximum of 8 hours from 9am to 5pm. And well there are lots of peaks. Anway up the big gondala Funitel Peclet.

Once there we find for a change that the back run at the top is open. And so on up we go the chiar lift Glacier to the Glacier De Peclet at 3101m.

Once at the top the view looks good but

The black piste down does not!

Anyway down the black glacier, across to Christine

and down to the Morain chirlift up.

now this is a very long chair lift so we get a rest.

From the Moraine chairlift and straight onto the Col lift to the Glacier De Thorens.

Veiws of virgin snow over in the national park - a no go area for skiers.

Well this is peak 2 at 3133m.

The snow is a real treat on the glaicer and down run genepi. I pick up some hellish speed on the suprateam and one starts to think I need a helmet becasue if something goes wrong at this speed its goodbye.

From Genepi we go up the chairlift Portette, down the flat flat flat run at the top called fond, which I'm not fond of at all. Then down Lagopede to the

base lift of Cime Caron. now anyone with a pist map will notice that I've missed a summit. And this was on purpose.

And so at the top of Cim De Caron 3200m summit 3 we decide..

Not only to enjoy the view but..

to have a pit stop.

Yep tea and Fries on the desserted balcony.

Now the clincher to save us some time.

To take the black up combe rosael down into ther Oreil valley thus on the way back you get Breche De Rosael summit. But no even though I explain the logisitics invloved my brother will not go down on it! This is going to add a hour and half onto the journey at least but...

Off we go down Col De L'audzin and gentiane.

Up the Moutiere chair lift and then

Up the gondala Funitel Grand Fond.

At the top we make our way over to the Oreil entrance.

And thus the summit of Breche De Rosael at 3000m - summit 4. However due to the high wind here there was a notice that if you went down into Oriel they would not guarrantee the lift would be runnig back. So that put a stop to getting to the summit of Sommet Des Pistes - The highest summit in the area at 3230m.

And so it was back down Chamois, Falaise, lagopede, gentiane and onto bd cumin the route to Les Menuires.

Something can be said that is if you go to Les Menuires you leave the snow behind in Val Thorens. But heres enough on the single lane run to get us down there.

I nearly make it all the way but its just too flat in the end to snowboard and I get off a walk a short distance.

And here we are at Les Menuires Masse 1.

Ah a rest at last. We have come from a summit of 3000m down to 1850m a decsent of 1150m!

from the top of that gondala with have to take a piste down to Masse 2 gondala to the top.

And here we are Pointe De La Masse 2804m - summit 5.

yeah the views are uh out this world.

This is the summit with the tower on you can see for miles around. And probably why mobiles work well out here.

Oddly on the way down I find the most mogule runs possible. We take Fred Covili down to

the base station of Masse 2. But we have to go down much further on our tour. From here we go on Les enverses a wide red with no one on it but us and some instructors.

It changes to a blue run round a bend and into veiw come Les Menuires village. And a lack of snow!

We come down on man made snow and its time to rest I think.

Off with the gear and lets get something inside us.

Time has moved on somewhat fast. We study the map and make a plan for the other side of the valley. Can it all be done?

Les Menuires tower that looks rusty is in fact gold! Must just be the pain. Anyway we need to get over there and so...

We take the bucket lift Croisette over.

then striaght onto another lift Roc Des 3 Marches 1 gondala.

A nice long lift so another break after a break. Erm the snow is gone down here look!

At the top though there is plenty of white stuff.

We take Roc De Marches 2 up and at the summit of Roc Des Marches at 2704m - summit 6, we think time is too short to get in Tougnette and Teppes. And so start to head back on ourselves.

We nip up Becca at 2700m and summit 7.

From here we go down Liaison, DavidDouillet Haut to the lift thats going to get us to Val Thorens.

When we get to th chairlift of Mont De La Chambre we find out it is open until 4:45pm and therefore would have just have been able to squeeze in Tougnete. Grrr.

Well here we are at the summit of Col De La Chambre at 2850m. This is the last summit we can do then and that makes it summit 8.

As per usual from here we go down the run with a very long name "Pluviometre".

Well just like the circle line pub crawl we'll just have to try it agian next year.

another rest is called for obvously. Thankgod for Hydro jacket ;)

going down.

Once at the bottom we go back up and do a cpuple of runs until they turn the lifts off. Bummer.

And so we ski down the highstreet and

relax on the balcony with a beer.

tonight we get ready to go out to eat a lovely expensive restuarant.

Where this is called samlon with toast. Although you'll notice with this starter the toast is missing! God was it nice!!

In fact the whole meal was divine. ah ah French food.

Looks like another cold night. brrrrrr


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