The Val d'Isere Files

Sunday, March 25 2007 @ 06:32 PM UTC

Contributed by: james

Val d’Isere Files

Yup! It’s a third skiing holiday. This time I’ve gone skiing with Eddie. Were staying in La Daille, Val d’Isere, in Chalet Crystal 4 with Ski Beat. Eddie came down by Eurostar – those who know him won’t be surprised about that at all. I booked rather late. I could have flown from Manchester, but thought better of it and drove down.

It’s a long drive to do on your own, but driving down during the day after a good (enough) night’s sleep is a piece of cake. The lack of French half term holiday traffic helped. It took me under 9 hours to get from Calais to Bourg St Maurice station, where after a short pause, Eddie appeared!

The chalet, is a block of 5 large apartments. This one takes upto 8 people, all in en-suite rooms. It is opposite the lifts at La Daille. I prefer either the bubble or the chair lift, the funicular does nothing for me – it’s plain uncomfortable.

Now the important stuff. It started snowing after we arrived yesterday and, well, has not stopped. OK the visibility has been a bit iffy today but all the pistes are covered in powder. The only questionable one is coming down off Solaise. The powder is on top of crunchy ice, which is a bit “educative”.

As is normal, we took things very easy on the first day. So only the two black runs on the first morning of the holiday then. One of them was up at Le Fornet. The black run through the trees called Foret. I’ve skied the off-piste round there before, and that is easier that this run. The problem is that there is loads of snow and Foret is a reasonably narrow gully for a lot of the way. The moguls were very big. It was challenging but definitely skiable. Some points on it did make you think that it should be renamed “Foret’s Requiem” (a little French musical joke there).

Lunch was at the fairly new restaurant half way down from the telepherique station at Le Fornet on the blue Mangard run. It was nice, but pricey for what it was. Not a huge menu at all, with some noticeable things not appearing at all – no ommlettes or spag bol!!! Not sure if it is worth going there again. L’Arolay in the village of Le Fornet is a far superior place.

Well, it’s still snowing, with the forecast being more of the same. I’ll will attempt some photos tomorrow.

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