Skiing the Swiss Alps

Most skiers who read that title would probably be envious that we have been skiing in the Swiss Alps. Of all the Alps, the majority of the big ones are in Switzlerland and I’m sure that’s part of the reason they are so famous say compared to the Italian Alps.  A little fun fact for you courtesy of my “friend” wikipedia “The Alps cover 65% of Switzerland’s surface area, making it one of the most alpine countries.  Despite the fact that Switzerland covers only 14% of the Alps total area, many alpine four thousanders (48 of 82) are located in the Swiss Alps and the remaining few are within 20 km of the country’s border.”. Continue reading

All Good Things Must Come to an End… Vacation is Over :(

All good things must come to an end.  It’s hard to believe that in the course of 3 weeks we have been to France, Switzerland and Germany to visit the Christmas markets, then flown back to Barcelona for 5 days for Christmas and then drove back up to France for 11 days to go skiing.  The time has flown by for sure.  But now is the time to get back into our grooves, the kids must go back to school and Josh and I to work.  I for one, have been neglecting my work and it’s not a good way to start off the new y ear, so I’m eager to get back and get ramped up for 2012.  I’m also eager to sleep in my own bed! Continue reading

And the Skiing Continues…With a Breakthrough for Liam!

New Years Eve day we skied in the morning and then that afternoon we decided to take a break and drive over to Font Romeu (where we originally had wanted to stay but couldn’t find an entire chalet available), about a 15 minute drive from here.  Font Romeu is an adorable ski town that we’d heard about from friends which is why we are up skiing in this area in the first place.  It’s also a huge difference from the town we are staying in, La Llagonne, which is incredible rural.  The closest grocery store is easily a 10 minute drive out of town for us. Continue reading

Happy New Year – Welcoming 2012!

I’m going to admit this straight off the bat… we’re lame.  We did nothing at all to ring in the new year.  As a matter of fact the kids were in bed by 9 and Josh and I went upstairs to read around 10:30.  Josh had his annual viewing of Army of Darkness much to my chagrin… I had hoped he would forget that this year but alas, he did not…and he had it preloaded on to the ipad.  Oy vey!  I was the only one still awake at midnight and it was because I was determined to finish my book.  However, we are staying in the middle of no where and I have no idea where a party would have even been found much less if we would have wanted to attend.  So a mellow New Year it was. Continue reading

Ski Trip News… Aidan is Officially a Better Skier than his Mom!!!

The last few days have been spent on the slopes of La Quillane.  First off, I must correct a statement in my previous entry that Josh said was not right… the slopes of La Quillane has more than 2 ski runs.  I’m sorry, I was wrong, there just happened to be only 2 open the other day.  They have something like 5 runs.  It’s HUGE!  Yes, that’s sarcasm.  But again, it’s totally perfect for myself and the kids so by no means am I complaining.  Continue reading

It’s Like Blue Hills… Only in France

Yes, we’ve come all the way to France (ok, maybe not allll the way since it’s only a 2 hour drive) and we are skiing at a “mountain” that I would associate to be close to Blue Hills at home.  Actually, Blue Hills might be better because this place only has 2 runs – the bunny hill/green circle and a second run that might be between a green circle and a blue square.

However, that being said, it is barely 1 mile from our chalet and when we mentioned to the owners of the chalet that it was the boys first time skiing, they immediately suggested it.  So off to La Quillane we go.  Continue reading

The Ski Report… Day 1

Yesterday we left the comforts (and warmth) of Barcelona to once again head north to France.  Only this time we were driving and heading just over the border to La Llagonne in the Pyrenees to do some skiing.  We rented a chalet and Jake was coming along as well, so lots of family fun!

And so we packed up our rented VW Touran minivan (which is soooo much smaller than a US minivan mind you) and headed a little over 2 hours north to France.  Literally the car was packed within an inch of free space.  Continue reading