Skiing Les Carroz France

Last night we came back from a long weekend skiing trip to Les Carroz in France. We were a fun little group consisting of Michael, Michael’s friend Paul, his girlfriend Hannah, and Will, a friend of Paul’s. All of us stayed in the apartment of Hannah’s parents which is located a few minutes walk from the ski bus stop. Hannah and Paul were such amazing hosts. They even got coffee and croissants for us from the local coffee shop in the morning :)

Skiing Les Carroz France

The first day of skiing in Les Carroz was superb. We had close to perfect snow, sunshine non-stop, not a single cloud, and it was nicely cold. Paul learnt skiing as a child which you can see the minute he starts racing down the slopes. The dynamics of our ski group worked perfectly: I love to go fast but my knees need frequent breaks (and my technique is far from perfect). This way I could relax for a minute each time when we were waiting for everyone to catch up.

I usually go skiing around April so that the days are a bit longer and it’s not so freezing cold. Yet going skiing in winter means that you can ski during sunset which was super beautiful. I didn’t bring my camera on the first day and only had the GoPro with me. I haven’t checked the videos yet but I hope there will be some sunset material. I did bring my camera the next day when, of course, the sun entirely disappeared and it was foggy and snowing. What a timing!

Skiing Les Carroz France

Skiing Les Carroz France

Skiing Les Carroz France

Les Carroz Grand Massif Skiing Photos Winter Wonderland

We had an early start on Sunday to make most of the last day of skiing. Half of our group already finished around noon after which Michael, Paul and I headed over again to ski down the black piste. This one was even more fun than the day before as it had snowed more over night and there was lots of new snow on the slope. I didn’t know that powder-skiing is so much fun! The bumpy,  steep part of the black piste was like a playground where almost everyone who decided to ski down, slipped as least once. Yet falling down was like landing on a soft pillow so it wasn’t too bad after all.

Pretty Winter Wonderland

Les Carroz Grand Massif Skiing Photos Winter Wonderland

Les Carroz Grand Massif Skiing Photos Winter Wonderland

Black Piste

Les Carroz Grand Massif Skiing Photos Winter Wonderland

Les Carroz Grand Massif Skiing Photos Winter Wonderland

Les Carroz Grand Massif Skiing Photos Winter Wonderland

Les Carroz Grand Massif Skiing Photos Winter Wonderland

Les Carroz Grand Massif Skiing Photos Winter Wonderland

Time for Lunch And Then One More Black Piste Run

Les Carroz Grand Massif Skiing Photos Winter Wonderland

Back down to the gondola station

Doesn’t this village look gorgeous? I’m not used to have a lot of snow at home (especially not in London!) so I couldn’t get enough of this view and had to stop on the side of the slope to take loads (!) of photos :)

Les Carroz Grand Massif Skiing Photos Winter Wonderland

Les Carroz Grand Massif Skiing Photos Winter Wonderland

To see the photos of the first and super sunny day of skiing, click here, and for the second day, click here.

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

The second day of skiing was super cloudy with not much sun at all. But it had snowed over night and the snow conditions on the slopes were even better than the day before. It was a bit colder so I decided to wear 4 layers instead of two. After a couple of hours of skiing we headed to L’Anfionne and all had hot chocolate – so good, especially the ones that came with a shot :) Later during the day, Paul, Michael and I decided to take the black piste that looked so pretty from the lift.. it was very pretty but much more exhausting than I thought.

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

The morning view in Les Carroz :)

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Welcome to Winter Wonderland!

Doesn’t it look so cute and idyllic? It must be so nice to spend Christmas here. Especially if you are usually used to rainy instead of white Christmas..

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Hot Chocolate on the Slopes..

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Black Piste – The First Run

So it turns out that the black pistes are not as well prepared as the other slopes. For this black piste this resulted in a bumpy, powdery slope with black steepness. Fun. Though it would have been much more fun if my knees were just a little bit stronger (like at least 10x stronger..). Then I would be able to ski down in one go rather than having little breaks after 4 to 5 turns. Paul (our friend who was born on skis) did not really need any of these breaks but he was patiently adjusting to our speed. Also I think it must have looked incredibly funny to see everyone fall down at least once. And yes, also Paul slipped (ha!) and there was another guy on skis who started to ski down so beautifully and then fell down head first into snow haha. He was fine, but lost both of his skis and had a hard time getting them back on his feet.. :)

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France