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Val Thorens 2017

This year I went to Val Thorens in France. This is the highest ski resort in Europe. We stayed at nearly 2400 metres. I went with my crazy skier dad, my uncle Andrew and my ancient great uncle, Les.


It was my first skiing holiday where I was able to cover huge distances in all conditions. For instance, on our second day we skied over to Courchevel and back in very difficult conditions, as the lower resorts were closing that day- Easter Monday. Overall we covered about 50 km.


Another day we skied the new blue run (Lory) into the fourth valley. My uncle Les described the conditions as "boiler plate ice". This meant we skied about 2.5 miles of sheet ice ending in a 32 degree slope. We skied another run in this valley, then skied all over the mountain by various runs back into Val Thorens.


I also had the "pleasure" of doing the toboggan run in Val Thorens. It was more tiring than a day's skiing and a lot more dangerous. Even better was Speed Mountain, an Alpine Coaster, in Les Menuires.


Our last day of skiing was probably my best ever. We found some good snow conditions and managed to get up to good speeds, especially alongside the snow park.


Some of the meals we had were excellent and I'd particularly recommend La Joyeuse Fondue and Le Chaudron Magique for a great fondue or pierrade.


The videos show Speed Mountain and us all doing a "snake". My long hair and retro ski suit had some French people shouting "bonjour madame" to me at times. The French are a strange lot!