Thought it's time i'd blog about my week snowboarding in Meribel...
It was my first time snowboarding, haven't even been on a winter holiday before so was pretty exciting seeing some decent snow for once. There was a massive 80cm dump the night before our first day on the slopes so the process of learning to snowboard, i.e. falling on your arse all the time, was made a heck of a lot easier. My mate Bailey gave us some pointers (he'd done a 5 month season in the same place a few years back) and within a few hours i got the hang of linking turns. I must point out that I caught plenty of edges trying to get this right, which also continued the following day but the first few hours seemed to go pretty well.
Within the first few days I'd managed to get down some of the blue runs without a hiccup, pretty pleased with myself so i began to follow some of my more experienced friends down the red and black runs. Shit me they were scary. Especially when there's a hundred skiers flying past you. But after a few days the confidence grew and i was just about holding my own with the rest of the group.
Did some apres at the Ronnie too, and met Dan who'd commented on my blog before i went out. A splendid chap indeed and my thanks goes out to you if you're reading this (and sorry i couldn't catch up with you for that run on friday). Oh ye, and saw a local ice hockey match... brutal to say the least.
By the end of the week I'd boarded down the three Valleys - Valles Thorens, Courchavel and Meribel. There were plenty of amazing runs i managed to get on and even managed do do a few jumps. Some runs were busier than others, some were icy and some were powder but all the same it was such a great feeling bombing slopes at 30mph alongside a cliff edge.
To top it all off i met a bunch of great people in our group of 26, had some bloody lovely grub and danced silly every night out.
I'm heading out again soon. No doubt.
^ the view from our chalet
^ one of the runs in Valles Thorens
^ me and ben in Meribel (cold bums)
^ everyone on the trip
Here's some links of interest;
Ski-republic have a ski and board hire store in the center of Meribel, really easy to get to and at the moment they do a 2for1 offer on hire equipment, which at the current rate of exchange is good for saving a fair few quid, here's the link to Ski-Republic.
Click here for a 6day forecast on the weather out there.
And here's the homepage for Meribel and all that goes on there.