Ski Ya later


This was my favourite day of the week! We woke up to blue skies and warm sunshine, so we headed out bright and early to make the most of it. 

My 4 mornings of ski school had finished, and by the end of my lessons I felt confident to ski on my own. I learnt so much in ski school, and couldn't wait to get going! 

This is a strange feeling considering at the beginning of the week I thought the nursery slope was steep! We were pretty much thrown in at the deep end and on day two I found myself following my instructor down the mountain in a blizzard, unable to even see my hand in front of me at times. I prefer this style of teaching, as it enabled me to push and challenge myself. We started with 7 of us in the group, but by the second day there were only 3! Everyone else dropped out as they didn't want to leave the nursery slope. 

I find that pushing yourself is the best way to learn though, and I said this to myself as I was at the top of the slope, looking down at the fog with the wind hitting my face, and told myself to just go! 

Wearing: Ski Ya Later top | Black Salopettes | White ski jacket | white thermal top | House of Harlow sunglasses

The weather was stunning, but deceiving at times! I was boiling hot one minute with my jacket undone, but when we took the ski lift to the very top, the wind blew ice cold air and snow into our faces. I  genuinely couldn't feel my face! 

A couple of hours later, and we were due a pit stop for something to eat and drink. Conveniently, there was a restaurant at the bottom of one of the slopes that sat right in the sunshine.

We grabbed two hot chocolates, waffles with chocolate sauce, and sat down on the deck chairs facing the sun. Bliss! 

I could have easily stayed in that exact position under the sun all afternoon, but just half an hour later and we were back in our skis. 

A few hours of skiing later, we found ourselves at yet another restaurant. Just in time for lunch! 

We propped our skis and poles in the snow and ventured inside for something warm to eat. 

We both studied the menu and had the same thing in mind...carbs! 

Huge portions of lasagne and carbonara appeared on our table and we began to tuck in. It was just what we needed! 

After lunch we decided to head back to our chalet to relax for the rest of the afternoon before heading out in the evening. 

The question was, should we get the ski lift down or ski down the red run right to the bottom? I was feeling confident as I hadn't fallen over all morning, so I suggested we ski down. Despite being told in the week this run was really tricky and even experienced skiers found it difficult. Obviously, I didn't listen!

We began skiing down the slope, and I immediately realised I was out of my depth and I began to feel less and less confident. I carried on regardless, until I came across some ice and came crashing down on my knee. The shock of my fall instantly upset me as I thought at first I'd really hurt myself. I eventually got back up and with some encouragement I carried on, but it was awful!! I'd lost my confidence and was terrified of falling over again. 

Despite being in tears, standing at the side wondering how on earth I was going to get to the bottom without falling over and badly hurting myself, there was a moment when I couldn't help but laugh! All of a sudden, a group of children that couldn't have been any older than 5 years old whizzed past me! 

I eventually made it down to the very bottom of the mountain. It may have taken me almost an hour, but I did it! Despite all the dramas, I'm so glad I challenged myself.

I woke up the following morning and could barely bend my knee from my fall. My entire body was aching so we were in major need of a relaxing spa day. I'll tell you all about that in my next post. See you then! 
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Arriving in Val D'Isere

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A quick flight to Geneva followed by a 3 hour transfer, and we had arrived in Val D'Isere! I stared out the window during our transfer, searching for some snow to confirm we were close. As we turned a corner, this stunning view appeared...

So pretty!

We are staying at the Albaron apartments (booked via Mountain Rooms), which is conveniently located only a few minutes walk from the high street and a just hop and skip from the lifts. As I'm new to walking in ski boots, I'm thankful each and every morning for the short walk to the slopes. Walking in those boots is a workout in itself!

As we walked into our apartment, I was immediately taken back by the stunning view overlooking the ski lifts and mountains.  

We instantly felt at home in the cosy wood panelled apartment, complete with fur throws and wooden furniture that gives a winter chalet vibe. 

As we walked through the door we instantly stepped foot in the large, spacious kitchen that overlooks the living/dining room that can be accessed down a few steps. 

There are two bedrooms, one with a double bed and another with a bunk bed. The bathroom holds a huge, deep bath, perfect for a boiling hot dip after a cold afternoon of skiing. 

I don't think I'll ever get used to this beautiful view...

After unpacking, we wrapped up and took a stroll over to Snowberry shop to get kitted out with our ski gear. 

I left Snowberry with my boots, skis, poles and helmet, all ready for the morning and the rest of the week!

We quickly dropped our stuff back to the lockers at the bottom of our apartment, then headed out for something to eat. 

After our early start and a day of travelling, we were exhausted by the time we got back to our apartment so ended our day with a cup of tea in bed! Very rock and roll! 

The following morning, I was woken bright and early for my first day at ski school! I'm the only beginner in our group so ski school is the perfect place for me to learn. I booked 5 morning sessions with Evolution2, 3 hours each morning from 9am-12. I missed the first day as we were travelling, but this worked our perfectly because I had already learnt the core basics at a lesson back in the UK.  

I met our instructor and the rest of the group at the meeting point, and we headed straight over to the Nursary slope to practice. 

After my lesson, I met my boyfriend at The Sun bar for some lunch and to catch some rays. The weather was incredible, bright blue skies and boiling hot sunshine. It was quite surreal sitting amongst the snow without my ski jacket and gloves on, and still feeling hot! 

We munched on our burgers as we watched the colourful skiers head up on the ski lift, and brave paraglider's glide past us in the sky. 

After a couple of hours in the sun, we headed back to our apartment to relax. Taking those tight ski boots off was the best feeling in the world! 

We freshened up, put on some warm clothes and went out for a stroll in the search of somewhere cosy to enjoy a well earned bottle of red wine. 

This was also a good opportunity to explore Val D'Isere and take in the pretty views which were everywhere I looked. 

Wearing: snow boots (similar here) | thick leggings | black roll neck | fringe wrap | faux fur coat (sold out but similar here)

I could spend hours walking around Val D'Isere, dipping in and out of the shops and bars.

We stumbled upon the Avenue Lodge which we remembered was actually recommended to us. The stylish bar looked similar to Gauchos, with low lighting, leopard fur chairs and candles flickering on each table. 

We slumped into the deep chairs and relaxed with a bottle of wine. It took us a while to gather the strength to move out of our warm seats and back out into the cold air! We could have easily stayed there all evening!

Back at the apartment, we fell into bed and was asleep within minutes. I've recently discovered that a day of skiing, sun and red wine tends to have this effect on us! 

I'll update you on more of my adventures in my next post! See you then!
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