I came back to Brussels last Thursday from my working holiday in the Alps! Ten very intense days as the trip included 250 10- & 11-year olds but I loved it.
And Marianne, you were right, I am not a skier… Despite having lived in the Alps THREE times (Geneva x2, Annecy in France)! I had only skied three times in 1994-95 and didn’t enjoy it much, but for O’s* sake I tried again and unfortunately it didn’t end well.
I fell badly on the first day of skiing and hurt my knee. It wasn’t too dramatic but it did mean that I was taken down from the mountain head first in a emergency sleigh pulled by a skier! I heard from some parents that it had impressed the children who saw it 😉 I have always claimed that I will never / never wanted to be a skier and I think that I can safely say that it has been established now… Fingers crossed that I won’t need an operation on my knee! It is quite ironic that I, the least sporty person ever, has a sport’s injury!
The children had ski lessons every afternoon with professional ski instructors!
The last day I took the ski lift to the top to enjoy the sunshine up on the mountain.
The slopes were very icy, we were told that the snow actually dated from November and the snow cannons were busy making artificial snow every night.
I missed one excursion because I couldn’t walk on the ski slopes… I was quite disappointed as it was to a farm where you could buy my favourite cheese “Tomme de Savoie” but luckily we could place orders afterwards and the cheese and other products were delivered to the hotel on the last morning.
A new version of the classic “NO adults allowed”-sign – Only adults allowed! I guess the girls realised that they couldn’t keep us out…
Night watch sign… I had the night watch three times but was only once woken up by some German boys who couldn’t sleep (and spoke to me in German!?).
*) As O would love to go on ski holidays together. I have promised him that we can go to the mountains but I will stay somewhere in the sun and read a book… Or maybe I should try cross-country skiing, it seems less dangerous?