Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Chamonix (uh huh huh)

Hopefully you read that title in a bad French accent.  Makes it more fun!

On the day after Christmas, we headed to Chamonix for a week of skiing with friends!  We got there a day early so we spent the day exploring the city.  We skied three days while there and we ate approximately 800 entirely too rich meals mostly including dessert.  We immediately came home and planned our healthy meals for the next week and I did some serious shopping at the grocery store.  Hopefully the healthy eating lasts long enough for us to fit back into our clothes....

Side note:  Public transportation in France is Awwwwwwwwful.


The view from our hotel balcony:

Day 1 on the Slopes at Les Houches:

The boys mapping out our ski plan

the view - Andre on the far left

so Will and I (both on skis) convinced Andre (on his snowboard) it was a good idea to come down through the deep powder - hilarity ensured - bwuhahahaha

Andre had a bit of trouble staying upright....
he's actually standing here - that's how deep the snow was
and now, planning our way down the mountain
Day 2 on the Slopes at Les Grands Montets:

the boys taking in the view

if you zoom in, you'll note that it's -18C with a wind speed of 40km/h

the view from the top
our friends are at the bottom center - Andre and I took our ski stuff up to the top but totally wussed out and took the gondola back down
Day 3 on the Slopes back at Les Grands Montets:

we found our courage and actually skied down from the top the second time!  go us!
um...the slope just drops straight down - yikes
we're halfway!  see that little tiny house at the top - that's where we started

Andre coming around the corner
it was getting late as we slowly made our way down from the top
and I only fell once!  granted I also rolled a few feet as part of that fall but hey, no pain, no gain, right?!

We came back to Zurich on Wednesday.  Andre went back to work on Thurs & Fri (sucker!) while Sophie and I sat around at home enjoying a few more days of vacation.  Ahhhhhhh vacation from our vacation.  :)

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