So we are four weeks into our ski season and Christmas and New Year seem far behind us. Our season began back in early November putting the finishing touches to the chalet and testing out new recipes as we finalised our dinner menus with Pete the chef. Then we held our breath and waited for the snow and guests, hopefully in that order! Fortunately, both arrived in spades and since then Graeme has been putting his new toy, a snow blower, to the test clearing the drive and pathways leading from the chalet. Although it means an early start to the day and over an hour of hard labour before heading to the kitchen to cook full English breakfasts all round, it’s strange that he won’t relinquish the task despite several offers of help. There is obviously much satisfaction to be gained from tinkering with a temperamental engine and spraying snow into neat sculpted banks with his multi-directional chute. Now I’m not sure when we have a new dump of the white stuff whether his excitement is for a day’s boarding on the slopes or his dawn snow-clearing duties!
Thumbs up to the Bardonecchia Comune for bringing a new and exciting event to our pistes next weekend. The second stage of the Paraski Europacup 2013 will take place at Melezet from Friday 25th-Sunday 27th. Competitors take part in two distinct disciplines, with six parachute descents from a helicopter landing on a small target zone coupled with two giant slalom races. With teams from Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Italy and Switzerland it will be a truly international event and the town will be buzzing.