We’re back from our week long holiday in Morzine Avoriaz, France – and what an absolutely wonderful week it was!
It turns out that our chalet was about 200m walk (which is painfully far when you’re carrying skis and poles, and wearing ski-boots) from the main telecabin up to Avoriaz – a stunning town built at the top of the cliffs, which blended amazingly well into its surroundings.
From the top of the telecabin, we had access to over 600km of ski-runs, though admittedly, they weren’t all open, and we tended to do some of our favourite trails many times over. Each trail was very well signed – each 100m a new sign would be shown to indicate the name of the run, it’s skill rating (green [easiest], blue, red, or black [hardest]), and how much further there was until the trail finished.
This photo is 500m into the Abricotine trail which we must have skied down about 20 times – yep, it was over 6km long! Apart from the length, it also featured many fast downhills on which we needed to keep up our speed to get through the flat and uphill sections. Steve and I figured that at top speed, we would have been cruising down at around 80km/h – what a rush! Thank goodness we didn’t crash!
Skiing in the Swiss/French alps offered the most spectacular views, especially from the tops of the trails. The mountains stretched out as far as the eye could see, each with snow coating the tops and sides. All that skiing potential!
We weren’t sure how much skiing we were actually going to be able to do, given that Christmas falls very early in the ski season, but with the blessing of a fantastic base of snow and perfect weather almost every day, the holiday turned into the best ski trip that I’ve ever done. We even skiied on Christmas day – check out Kristy’s extra special beanie!
The only downer of our holiday was that Easy-jet lost Michelle’s suitcase, full of her clothes and Christmas presents! Thankfully it turned up on Christmas morning; however, to really sink the boot in, they also lost Ben’s bag on our journey back home! I think they’ll be getting a stern letter of complaint from the Priebe family.
But overall, Christmas 2007 was made perfect by the company of fantastic friends, some amazing skiing, and a killer location. I don’t know if we’ll ever top it!