Winter Playground – Meribel-Mottaret Skiing   9 comments

My annual “Slide” trip to match my identity. The usual end of January boys trip for some skiing in the Alps. This year was back to our favourite area, the Three Valley’s in France with its huge ski area and modern efficient lift system. We stayed in the middle valley in Meribel Mottaret for the first time in a lovely apartment right on the slopes.

There was blue sky

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There was time for eating (Steak Americaine on the slopes here)

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There were snow-capped mountains

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There was skiing

 

There was more blue sky

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There was some cloud

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There was more eating (afternoon waffles and beer became a mainstay)

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And there was more skiing

 

There were awesome atmospheric days

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There was a whole heap of sunshine

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There was always time for beer

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And amazing views from the apartment balcony

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More sensational views

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And lots of partying – by others – we’re all too old for such things. This the is La Folie Douce in Val Thorens, famed party spot throughout the Alps and always kicking in the afternoon

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Time to reflect and take in the scene

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That included Europe’s highest mountain

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The views just kept coming

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And the sunsets were breathtaking

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And whilst overindulging were common-place

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It was the skiing that lives long in the memory

 

We enjoyed one final day on the slopes before heading home after a an amazing week

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9 responses to “Winter Playground – Meribel-Mottaret Skiing

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  1. Don’t know if the name Edith Cresson means anything to you (she was Prime Minister of France from 1991 to 1992, amongst other things…), but I’ve known the family for years – since I was about 13, in fact.

    Anyway, as I teenager I spent most of my summer holidays living with them over in France, and they used to have an apartment in Meribel les Allues. I passed some time there with them and thought it was absolutely wonderful – but I only ever saw it in the height of summer. I still remember those blue, blue skies though and magnificent mountain views. And we did some great walks in the area.

    Keep thinking it would be nice to go back in the snow and get the winter perspective on it!

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  2. Beautiful set of photos presenting gorgeous mountains.

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  3. Beautiful pictures! What great views from the lunch deck and from your apartment deck!

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    • Thanks Bob, sitting outside in the sun with beers and waffles is a fine way to end the day. Seems a long time ago now, having just spent the day in the sun in the garden 🙂

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  4. My Grandad once introduced me to a former Mayor of Lincoln, in Mablethorpe. See, Chrissie’s not the only one with early experiences of the World’s movers and shakers. We saw Mark Wallington there once too. I don’t think footballers can have earned quite so much then. Anyway, back to the point……
    Hundred’s of kilometres of wide-open pistes, stunning views, clear blue skies: well – if you like that sort of thing I suppose. Can it match up to walking backwards down the only open piste at Ghoch (missing umlaut there, how can you get that?) holding the hands of a quivering off-spring and hoping you don’t both end up in an embarrassing pile of limbs and skis?
    Hmmmm – it’s just possible it might.

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    • At least your wallet would have been heavier at the end of the week.

      I once worked with someone who was on Family Fortunes, and I once saw Michael Aspel at Heathrow…….

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