With a wedding in Amsterdam, New Year’s Eve in Prague and celebrating the start of the year on the slopes in Meribel, not to mention landing my dream job, it’s safe to say our 2018 has been off to a pretty amazing start! Okay. So I don’t think I’ve seen daylight since we got back to London at the start of January, I’ve pretty much moved into the office and can’t quite believe it’s March already (did Valentine’s come and go? Did we miss it? What time is it?), but still. A whole week of skiing has been enough to keep me going. Sometimes I scroll through some of the awesome photos and videos on my commute, close my eyes and for a minute I can hear that crisp, fresh, untouched snow crunch beneath my skis. I can feel that ice cold pine scented air fill my lungs.
It was heaven. We hired a surprisingly stunning chalet through SkiBasics which was at the bottom of a slope – so you could ski straight to the front door! The lift was also just a stone’s throw from the door, so we could really make the most of each day.
As it was the second week of January, most people were back at work which meant that we got a pretty good deal on the chalet, and we had the slopes to ourselves for most of the week!
With a brand new super snug outfit, a great group of friends, the prettiest wooden chalet (with unlimited wine, I might add), clear skies, empty pistes, and more fondue than we could properly digest, it was heaven.
One of the friends we were with was an ex-professional skier and used to ski for England! He grew up in Meribel so knew the slopes like the back of his hand. Lucky for us, as none of us ever needed to so much as glance at a piste map! We went on daily adventures around the three valleys, and even further afield….
It was the first time I’ve been skiing in five years as it’s such an expensive trip to commit to – and a tricky one to get friends to commit to as well, but it worked out at around £600 per person for the whole week (including food, wine / beer, accommodation and lift passes!) and we could pay it in instalments through SkiBasics, so it actually worked out super reasonable and manageable for everyone. It’s definitely going to become an annual thing from now on!
And I think next time I might have to invest in a cool little drone camera like my friends…