Skiing The Perimeter Of Courchevel
Today was Algernond’s and my last day to act like irresponsible juveniles - both our Daughters had extended skiing lessons, and were going to be busy until around 2pm, and then too tired to do anything at all.
So we set ourselves a challenge - to ski the entire perimeter of Courchevel, taking in every village along the bottom (La Tania, Le Praz, Courchevel 1850, 1550 and 1650), and all the peaks along the top (Signal, Chanrossa, Creux Noires, Vizelle, Saulire, and Col de la Loze). In itself, this would have been challenging - take a look at the piste map:
But it gets worse - the chair lift up to Creux Noires had been closed all week. How to get ther and claim it? We ended up skiing and traversing off-piste from Vizelle, and then (because I can be bloody-minded about these things), strapping our skis to our rucksacks and climbing up the piste to the summit:
As you can see, the excitement got the better of Algernond!
I also have to say that ski slopes are pretty steep, and damned hard work to ‘walk’ up. The only way to do it is on the points of your boots, pretty much kicking your own staircase in as you go. And with something like a 2-300m vertical climb, this is damned hard work:
But it was worth it!
By the time we got home, we were both exhausted - any sense of skiing with style had been left far behind . . . apart from the grins on our faces.
- Type: Other
- Date: 01/16/2009
- Time: 23:22:18
- Total Time: 00:07:00.00
- Calories: 46