skiing at méribel 2003

After the success of last year's Trois-Valleés trip Chris Richards organised a repeat visit to this wonderful region. For our friends from the USA who might never have skied in Europe, perhaps a word of explanation. The three valleys area is a huge area of interconnected lifts. It depends how you count the villages - but there are some 8 or so spread over the area. It is quite possible to ski all day - and probably for several days - without repeating a run or a lift.

The snow may not be as predictable as in the US or Canada, and the French style of accommodation is in general smaller and more basic. However we were treated to excellent weather, with some fresh snow in the week, and superb cooking from Paul and Erin, our chalet staff. What more could you want?

Here is a selection of the photos I took, and you can click on each one to see a larger version.

The lift up to the start of the glacier at Val Thorens Skiing down towards Val Thorens Half way down a run into Mottaret - yes those specs in the centre are people! Who said the alps are crowded?
David and Chris looking like pro's Taking a rest in the morning sun Chis and Chris - a quick stop in the last of the evening sun
At the top of Cime de Caron (3200m) looking pleased with ourselves. (That's because we hadn't seen the route down yet!) Liane looks like she is about to collide with Liz... Disaster avoided - it all ends in smiles!
Dinner out on our chalet staff's night off Taken from the lift we took each morning - our chalet hides just behind this one Our final dinner at the chalet, being served by Erin.

We had a great time in good company - so thanks to everyone for such an enjoyable time. Special thanks to Chris for organising it all. Time to put the skis away for the year now and start to dream of next season...