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 :)
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!
Did you know that France is not only amazing for summer trips but also for winter? And I don’t mean just Paris (though Paris is simply always a great idea!). I am referring to France’s beautiful spots for winter sports :)
I mostly go skiing in Austria and Switzerland but this time we’ventured’ out to the Trois Vallees in France. It’s quite easy to get to from London by flying to Geneva in Switzerland and then renting a car to drive up to Les Menuires in the Three Valleys which takes around two to three hours. We arrived super late at night..
DAY ONE – THURSDAY
We arrived late on Wednesday evening or rather Thursday morning (2am!) and actually planned to go skiing the next morning. When we woke up around 11am though, the weather was just so amazing and sunny that we decided to enjoy the sun on the terrace and take it easy. So we had a lovely breakfast and then just relaxed in the sun with some coffee :)
There are amazing restaurants close by Les Menuires (10 min drive from our chalet) with super yummy French food. There are even Michelin star restaurants which are perfect for an evening when you are not entirely exhausted from a long day of skiing:) On Thursday night, we decided to go to La Ferme de la Choumette in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville which has a lovely rustic interior and is perfect for cold winter days! The food is also super yummy!
DAY TWO – FRIDAY
Yeey, finally the first day of skiing! I woke up super early, even before sunrise. The moon was still up and it was so entirely quiet and peaceful. Totally needed a break from the hectic London lifestyle!
We drove down to the skiing lift which opened around 9 am and were up on the slopes skiing by 9.30 am. The weather was super sunny yet the snow was a bit slushy depending on which slopes you took. I didn’t mind that much though as I hadn’t been skiing for such a long time! So I loved it anyway! We spent the whole day skiing from early morning till late in the afternoon – I guess we did this to make up for the lazy Thursday when we stayed in the chalet. We had a few coffee breaks though and also a stop at Folie Douce for a little while.
In the evening we decided to cook at home and then curl up in front of the fire and play a board game :)
DAY THREE – SATURDAY
The Saturday was a bit foggy and it was snowing half the time. Also it was much colder than the day before. At least that meant that the skiing conditions would be perfect the next day (they were!). We went skiing until around 4 pm and then headed back to the chalet. At least that way we had time to relax and get ready for going out for dinner later. We opted for a Michelin restaurant, Le Montagnard. Super yummy food :)
LAST DAY – SUNDAY
As expected, the skiing conditions were PERFECT. At it was the last day of skiing and we had to head back to the airport in the afternoon, our skiing day started super early and we were on the slopes by 9am :) We went skiing for 4 hours with just one mini break to get some water. At some point we unintentionally ended up off the slopes and had to show off our (not-really-existing) free riding skills haha. When we thought we had made it back to the slopes we realised that there was a 1.5m jump still between us and ‘civilisation’… Ha! My knies felt like pudding afterwards and Michael’s thighs were quiet dead too but it was so much fun!
We headed back to the airport in Switzerland to make our flight home to London in the early evening on Sunday. Do you see? A long weekend skiing in France is a great idea for a short skiing trip :) The next time though, we will go skiing the FIRST day already though rather than being lazy bums!
Tenerife with its average temperature of between 22 and 28 degrees is perfect for a summer holiday and even better for a winter getaway (just 4h flight from rainy London). But not only the weather is a reason to visit Tenerife. The island has over a dozen surf spots and waves all year around.
Popular spots are Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos – though they are also very touristic and the water may be crowded with surf schools and other surfers. If you prefer some more quiet areas, you have to head up towards the north of the island.
When I was in Tenerife I went surfing in Playa de Las Americas – on a Saturday afternoon. Waves were good and although it’s not a real beach but rather reefy and rocky, the rocks are not the danger when you go surfing here. The danger comes from all the surf schools that are in there with all their total newbies who don’t know how to keep their boards in place. It was so packed, that I had to stop going for a wave so many times as someone simply decided to float 4m in front of me and just chill out. Like hellooo, wtf?! I’m sure you get the picture..
But ok, it was a Saturday afternoon.. The good thing about Playa de Americas is though that it is super easy to reach by car. You can literally park in front of the surf shop, rent your board and walk for 2mins down to the beach. The beach is not exactly pretty but it can’t get more convenient than this. And the surf is good. Just choose a less busy time of the day;)