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Skiing in April… was that a smart move? After slushy slopes in March I was a bit worried. Again I took a plane to Geneva, waited at the airport, got on a bus and stared out the window, watching the scenery change. At Moûtiers we took the road uphill towards Val Thorens. There was still not much snow to be seen and actually, it was raining lightly. As we ascended the rain drops became thicker and turned into wet snow. We passed through St. Martin. No snow. Even in Les Menuires the majority of the snow had already disappeared. But then we turned the corner at Val Thorens and it was completely white. I walked into the UCPA and noticed nobody was wearing a mask. What a change from January! That evening I already met a French girl whom I joined skiing the next day. That morning the grey skies…

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I didn’t sleep well and felt really low on energy. Even just standing straight I felt like my balance was off. I didn’t want to miss out on the skiing, even though I was a bit wary when I followed the group. Today we’d go to Les Menuires, the area adjacent to Val Thorens. We raced down a mostly flat traverse to reach the Masse gondola. At the top we had a very nice view over the Grandes Jorasses. Today we took another long route off piste. After traversing off the slope we had to walk a bit to reach the start and after some more traversing we stood in a quiet snow field. Even though we saw two people who were also hiking up, we were now totally alone. The landscape was pretty gentle, although there were some challenging parts. There was a fair bit of traversing over a…

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With only half a day of lessons I had the morning free to see a bootfitter for new ski boots. I walked into a small shop full of skiboots, pictures and notes with common problems and equipment. The man looked at my feet and immediately saw ‘the problems areas’. He put three different boots in front of me. I stood there for a while, a different boot on each foot. One was affordable, the other a bit pricier. I explained the drama with my last boots, how my toe nail would come off and how I hesitated to invest a lot in new boots. But Jérémy the bootfitter was confident and would make any needed adjustments, even a year later if necessary. The affordable one already felt a bit too comfortable, loose, so eventually, still hesitant, I went with the pricy option. As in my old boots I needed a…

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My first days in Val Thorens After a successful off piste course two years ago, I decided to book another off piste course with UCPA for my first ski trip since COVID started. On the first morning we got our backpack with avalanche equipment and checked everything was working. Taking the shovel, checking the emergency numbers, assembling the probe… everything was in order. After what seemed like ages, we finally hit the slopes. Well.. for a little while. Then we searched for powder. And it wasn’t hard to find! It seemed like I’d chosen the perfect week since there’d been a big snowfall before my arrival and this week the clouds were moving out, making room for the sun. Only on Monday morning it was a bit grey, but the instructors were checking levels, taking us only to short bits off piste. I felt great. My turns were amazing. I…

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Months ago I booked a ski trip because this year nothing would stop me. Normally I arrange my trip and transfers through the same company, but this year I found out they didn’t offer transfers. That was the first red flag. Since the trip had already been paid for, I searched the web for shared transfer companies and eventually found one that could bring me to Flaine in France. A week and a half before my departure I thought it was curious I hadn’t heard from them. I called and found out the transfer had been cancelled, only they didn’t find it necessary to inform me. Let the drama begin. Happy new year! With about a week until departure I looked all over the place again, trying to find transportation. It quickly became clear that it would have a price tag. My flight time had been changed to an evening…

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It seems like forever ago. I was working in tourism and was slightly overwhelmed with my travel schedule, only being home about 50% of the time. How times have changed… Since my brilliant 6 weeks in Portugal I haven’t even visited another city! It’s been one year and almost 2 months since I flew to Canada for an exciting meeting with all my former colleagues. This was my last visit outside of Europe. In Canada I met all the other tour leader managers from all over the world. We were a great, happy bunch and I met many of them for the first time. Despite jetlags it was a week with a full program, starting with meetings and ending with dinner and fun in the evenings. We discussed a range of topics, sang karaoke, prepared activities aimed for children, shared best practices and had the time of our lives. We…

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I am sooooo lucky! In the first week of March I made it over to Les Arcs in France for a second ski week this winter. Corona was coming up, but at this time we had no idea what it would turn into. I was outside doing one of my favourite things, one last week of ultimate freedom before our high season starts in tourism. Little did I know the world had other plans. Within a week of me coming back to Berlin the whole of Europe was shut down. I feel so blessed to have had this week! You can never ski enough!    

This weekend were the Hahnenkamm races in Kitzbuhel. I’ve never seen anything like it, but I wasn’t sure if I had a day off to go to see it. On Thursday I arrived at work with one of my colleagues. Not many people were working that day. As we entered the office my boss totally surprised me with free tickets to Friday’s Super G. For weeks people had been talking about going to the races and I know others had been begging for tickets, so I was super stoked I got to go. The next day I gathered with some friends at 9AM. We would have some breakfast, get some supplies and head out early. Only… the race was postponed due to the weather. On top of that the start and finish lines were moved. The racers wouldn’t even finish where the official finish was and where all the crowds…

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Right. Just over a week ago I came to Whistler. All I can say is. I am impressed. At first I was more overwhelmed. This mountain is huge! The amount  of staff working here is crazy. I keep looking at the ski instructor uniform on the coat rack and have to remind myself that it is mine! Last week I went out on the mountain a few times. First to explore Whistler mountain and later also Blackcomb, which had just opened. As more and more of the mountain opened and they worked hard to make top to bottom skiing possible, I started seeing the advantage of staff housing. I mean, it isn’t great. It’s old and small and there is a lack of basics like pots and plates. But… we have a ski in ski out location when there’s enough snow. I live less than 100m from the gondola station. This…

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It took me a whole season, but I’ve got it! The photo with the view… Working at Coronet Peak, it’s just so convenient to just leave my skis up there and enjoy the mountain on my days off. Taking my skis down to go to a different mountain seems like just a task. And thus I’ve only been to the Remarkables twice this season. Even though I don’t have to pay to ski there, I’d rather ski at the Peak for convenience. And to be honest, I just think it’s a great mountain! This day at the Remarkables was truly remarkable though. Since we’re closing in on the end of the season, everyone has more time on their hands and I got to ski with two workmates. I was lucky because the sun was out and a storm only forecasted for later in the day. So after a warmup run,…

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