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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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