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Skiing in Grand Massif, March 2016

So my friends E.T. and J.Lo came home with me over our March holidays. E.T. and I went to Les Gets and participated in Skicolor [Saturday]! It was also the first time in aages that I had skiied, and the second time in her life that E.T. snowboarded (and the first time not being with someone who knew what to do). J.Lo came and joined us the day after Skicolor [Sunday]. He learnt snowboarding a couple week prior to that at one of the indoor skiing slopes in the UK.

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Day 0: On Monday I had an interview so I didn’t join them on the slopes, I let them explore Samoëns 1600 by themselves. They bought a debutante pass thinking it would be a good place to start (it was, but the debutante slopes were really easy + they were on snowboards and a lot of the debutante lifts in the area were surface lifts [T/J- bars mainly] which are difficult to get on with snowboards).

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Day 1: On Tuesday we bought a Massif ski pass. We took the Grand Massif Express up to Samoëns 1600 (accessible by pedestrians and even car, a great place to learn how to ski – my mother learnt here at the age of almost-50!), which they now knew really well.

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Then we went up the Charinade Express to Tête des Saix:Screen Shot 2016-04-23 at 02.59.51Mont Blanc is somewhere behind those clouds – when they’re not there, you can see it!

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Screen Shot 2016-04-23 at 03.01.04This last picture was taken on the Charinade Express. It’s like a never ending chairlift! This was during our last climb up on the day. This time, we decided to explore a new path. We had been following the blue dahu route back to 1600, but this time we decided to take perce-neige which made us end up on the route to Morillon. Which was closer to home (and on the free bus route between the Grand Massif ski areas). Since it was the last run of the day, and the area seemed to be covered in red runs, we decided to take the nice and leisurely green Marvel run (which anyone from any level can go on I believe). Nice wide paths, trees on both sides. It’s like taking a nice leisurely afternoon stroll as opposed to a touristy hike.

The green Marvel run was really cute – they had information boards about all of the animals in the area. The ski runs are also mainly named after animals – like the Dahu which looks like a mountain goat and apparently has legs of different lengths on either sides to fit the mountain’s sides!

Day 2: We showed up to Samoëns 1600 and realised we couldn’t see in front of us. We were too chicken to try and go down the blue routes that we discovered yesterday from Tête-des-Saix, so we took a bus to Morillon. This is on the Morillon Sairon ski lift: Screen Shot 2016-04-23 at 03.03.41

It did slowly clear up during the day: Screen Shot 2016-04-23 at 03.04.27

And this is closer to home time:Screen Shot 2016-04-23 at 03.05.11

By the complete end of the day, my Cholinergic Urticaria was playing up and my antihistamines had just about had enough of my body, so I took the bus from Morillon to Samoëns, while E.T. and J.Lo snowboarded back!

A few days later, when they had gone back, my littlest sister and I took a ski lesson (I wanted to take her, but I needed to make sure she came back alive). We went up to Tête and took Marmotte (red run!) down. I say red run, but really it was quite wide so anyone who can just about do a blue should be able to do that one. This run was also the one E.T. and J.Lo took for a little bit, on their way to Samoëns from Morillon, but the conditions were totally different then + they had no idea where they were going!

This is a great area for beginner-intermediates who would like to ski and are cautious-risk-takers because there are tons of runs (of all different levels). And we did just a little bit of what the ski pass allowed us to do! Our ski instructor encouraged me (!) to take a Grand Massif pass and go all the way to Flaîne next time!

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