I’ve taken so many photos since we got here, I thought I’d do a little round up post of our first month living in the Alps. After training week, we finally went skiing for the first time since arriving here and even though only a few ski lifts were open, the conditions were amazing and we had such a good day in Les Gets. It’s so busy in the first few weeks in the lead up to Christmas that we don’t get to ski as much as we will for the rest of the season, as this is such a manic time of year. After New Year though things normally settle down until Feb half term, so it’ll be nice to get into a routine after that.
Here’s us on our first day out skiing a few weeks ago –
The conditions were perfect and the skies were so clear for most of the day. As it was before the season had officially began, the pistes were pretty much empty so it was bliss. Trick is to try not to drop your iPhone when taking pretty pics on the chairlift…
Here’s us with the brand new keys to our flat in Montriond, where we moved just after training week! We have a little private one bed flat and we love it. For seasonnaire’s we’re really lucky, as we get the whole place to ourself and it’s right behind Brown Bear Lodge, the chalet we’re running this season. Often people working out here have shared accomodation and some can be quite cramped with bunk bed rooms etc, which are great if you’re out here for the social aspect but it’s also so nice to have somewhere to call our own.
Here’s some puff pastry red pepper and goats cheese scrolls I made for canapés for our first set of guests! They’re SO easy to make. Here’s a very similar recipe if you want to give them a go. The good thing about something like these is you can make them with whatever filling you like. They’re also nice with pesto and mozzarella, or pepperoni and cheddar.
Another day of blue skies when we went skiing last week –
Another dish on the menu – this is the beetroot cured salmon with a tattie scone and creme fraiche. I’m not really a big fan of salmon, but the guests seem to like it!
This is the Chicken Ballotine stuffed with black pudding, hassleback potatoes, mange tout and carrot and swede puree. Again, this is served on the Scottish themed welcome menu.
And my chocolate brownies are getting so good… would quite happily just make these for dessert every day because we get to keep the leftovers!
Here’s Me, Jake, Kirstie and Fraser (another couple working for Reach 4 the Alps) out skiing last week. That’s another good thing about working for a company like this one, because you immediately get to know other people in the same position as you so we can all go out skiing together when we have time off in the day.
This is a picture I took of the view from the top of the piste the other day. We thought the conditions were going to be bad this day because from the window of our chalet it was really foggy and overcast, but as soon as we got on the lift we can through the clouds and it was bright sunshine. Here’s the view from above the clouds –
Weirdly, when you live here, it’s not actually as Christmassy as you’d think it would be. Even though we are constantly surrounded by 2ft of snow! So we decided to buy a little Christmas tree to jazz the flat up a bit. Meet Justin – our tiny tree. As in… “Just-in time for Christmas!”/Justin TIMBERlake / pine me a river / Justin Tree-ber …you get the gist.
Below is Avoriaz, a small mountain resort in the heart of the Portes du Soleil. Avoriaz is built on a shelf high above Morzine, which – according to Wikipedia – is “among the pioneering towns of skiing with its first lifts dating back to the early 1930s. Today Avoriaz is one of the major French ski destinations catering for all standards of skiing and ranks among the top snowboarding destinations of the world. Apart from snow-based pursuits, Avoriaz is also a centre for trekking, golf, VTT (mountain biking) and other outdoor activities during the summer.”
Also, cars are completely forbidden in Avoriaz. The tiny town is designed to be fully skiable, so you can literally ski to the shop or the door of your accommodation. Other transport around the resort includes horse-drawn sleighs during the winter.
I made scones!
This is the massive bear that lives in our chalet. It’s sweet but can easily make you jump if you turn around too quickly on a hangover. The guests also keep getting pissed and lying him in different places around the living room and he’s painfully heavy so getting him back to his spot is a challenge…
This is Jake and I on Christmas Eve before we went skiing. I actually had a pretty bad fall on the mountain this day, twisted my knee and had to get carried down the mountain on a stretcher. I still need to go to the doctor to get it properly checked out, but hopefully I’ll be back up and walking again soon.
Jake made some mince pies for the guests to serve on Christmas Day!