I had one week off work between Christmas and New Years Eve 2017, with no where to go. We were holding out to see what snow conditions would be like in the Alps this year, and luckily for us, we were in luck. Snow had already started falling in early December, and significant amounts of it too, so we knew we were on for a good winter sports season. We scrambled around and managed to book ourselves in for a last minute, week-long skiing holiday in Les Arc, France, for a really good price with a chalet I’d stayed in in the past. (Actually, 6 years ago, when I tried skiing for the first time!)
Having just returned from our trip, it’s fair to say that this was definitely one of the best skiing seasons we’ve had in recent times. It snowed almost non-stop the entire week we were there, with one night in particular where we saw about 40cm of snowfall over 12 hours. Temperatures were pretty cold at times, reaching -15C during the day. It made for great snow for skiing, but did mean I was frozen every I sat on a ski lift!
The sun also made appearances throughout the week, and when it did, the experience of flying down the mountain was just glorious. I have never skied in such perfect conditions which was especially amazing as I felt like my skiing level has gone up another notch.
The poor visibility at times (due to the snow clouds) forced us to take cover at lower altitudes amongst the trees around Peisey-Vallandry. It was my first time doing an extended amount of back-country skiing, trying to make my way off-piste through the knee-deep snow, zig-zagging through the pine trees. It was a cardio workout alright, and really gets the heart pumping – a good body warmer if nothing else!
I’ll leave you now, with some shots of the slopes, ski villages and some of the food I ate throughout the week. What a great end to 2017 this was… and wishing you all a great 2018!