Alpe D'Huez photos March 2006
Ready for skiing with Pierre
View from the chalet
In the ice grotto
Inca face in snow
Peek a boo
View of the Pic Blanc
At the top
The Snow Park
Another team for the oopsie-whoopsies
That's where we skied from
Ben - not quite parallel
The family skiing
Shall we stop for munchies!
How do these come off?
Pierre our instructor
Megan - the snow bunny
Beth ? a parallel turn
Icicles outside the window at night
This is the family at the rendezvous point for the ski lessons, at the bottom of the DMC lift. You can see the lifts for Signal behind us. The guy in yellow is Pierre the kids ESI instructor for the week
Looking down the valley from the verandah in front of the chalet. You can see the bubble lift from Huez village
Built with the snow on the verandah - (there was a foot or so when we arrived but it didn't take long to start to melt so he's a bit shrunk from his first creation)
The pisteurs build a snow cave every year in a pile of artificial snow at the top of the DMC lift - it has passageways and chambers and is a significant size
The theme for 2006 was the Incas and there were lots of sculptures of faces and Inca symbols in the walls of the ice grotto
Caitlin and Erin managed to find a crevice outside the ice grotto to hide in - here they are peeking out
Looking up from the top of the DMC lift towards the top cable car station at Pic Blanc - the top of the Alpe D'Huez resort.
Here is Granda and Caitlin looking down one of the black runs from the top - it was cold and windy up there - the height is 3300 metres
Looking down towards the town from Pic Blanc. It was a really clear day and you can see a lot of detail including the numerous lifts and runs we skied.
One day we saw a couple of guys harnessing up a dog sled at Les Bergers - they drove it round at the bottom of the slopes for a while.
The family gathered at the top of the snow park - a collection of banked turns and jumps for fun - the kids loved skiing down it.
Here we are again at the top of the bump park - also termed the "oopsie whoopsies" by the kids -(I think the term came from a tendency to fall on the bumps!)
This is halfway down a red run we skied with Beth and Ben - we are looking up towards the Marmotte middle station which is the start of the run
Ben skiing down a blue run - I think it was the Couloir run from the top of the DMC.As you can see a tendency to "stem his turns"
Beth, Ben and Lyn on a red run below the Marmottes bubble lift
The whole family skiing down from Marmotte on a red run
You can see the snow dusting up from Lyn's skis - the snow remained in good condition despite the fact that the sun was shining
Here we are again with a restaurant in sight - time to stop for a chocolate bar perhaps!
Erin at the end of a hard days skiing using an alternative method of taking her skis off (only works if your legs are short!)
Great fun - the kids loved him. He wore strange hats and had a grey ponytail - and was the same age as Daddy!
Megan sitting outside a restaurant in the sun - she is wearing a fleecy balaclava with bunny ears
Erin and Ben on a sledge at the bottom of one of the pistes that they opened for sledging two evenings a week. The chair lift took you up and you could sledge down - great fun. Megan stayed at the bottom with Nanny and Granda
Bethany skiing down - with a characteristic stance - backside out and hands held forward. But at least she was skiing fair parallel turns - a good intermediate?
The view from one of the chalet windows - icicles from the snow melting and freezing and the street lights. Pretty isn't it?
Ready for skiing with Pierre
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