The Passion that is Val'disere
Glenn after the "Sache"
From L'aiguille Percee @ 2748 to Tignes les Brevieres 1550 mtrs.
If there is a Heaven, here on Earth it is where the two meet
Alison and I actually met in Val
d’Isère, at Club Mark Warner, in January 1984. She and a close friend arrived
in Glenn’s second week. Alison and Sue celebrating the successful end to their
medical studies, having just qualified as Doctors. Alison had just given up
skiing on the third day of her holiday. Two days at ski school, and a day’s
private lesson had convinced her that she never wanted to ski again. The day she
decided to take her skis back she sat at a table for breakfast with a chap in
her group. Oops, instead of being the learner she found the chap had been skiing
for 10 years and was psyching himself to tackle the Face with an army friend.
Unfortunately he missed this as they talked for seven hours. Alison kindly paid
for a guide to take Glenn, oh yes she had met me, off-piste for half a day. The
next day Glenn took her to the top of Solaise, and skied backwards as she fell
down the Col de la Madeleine to the Datcha Mountain Restaurant. She discovered
the heaven that is Val’disere. Over the next few years using Mark Warner
wonderful cordon blue chalets Alison learnt the fundamentals in the morning with
Glenn escorting her and friends in the afternoon. Finding chalet life rather
restricting, we had got married by then. We retuned to Val every January for two
week self drive holidays at apartments at La Daille.
We continued in this vein until
1997, through the Olympics, Val d’Isère charm just matured, but the drive
became a bit of a bore. The snow never presented a problem, Glenn will only use
4 wheel vehicles. However, along came the Eurostar- Leaving Ashford at 10 am and
arriving in Bourg St Maurice at 5 30 pm !! Val d’Isère is only a 45 minute
taxi ride from Bourg. Unpacked and in our favorite restaurant by 7 30. By now we
found some beautiful apartments, Squaw Valley right in the centre of the village
Skiing in ’99
We had a terrific two weeks back
in Val d’Isère; we took the Eurostar again, and have settled on it being our
preferred access to the Alps. We booked into a new venue for us, Squaw Valley, a
super apartment block right in the middle of the village. It was terrific, and
we have booked it again for January 2000. Alison bought a new pair of K2 Magic
carver skis, so our skiing was the best ever, as she can now keep up with Glenn
even on the most difficult slopes. The snow, the best in 50 years, was
magnificent, the downside being the loss of three days, due to some extremely
Alison as beautiful as ever !
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