Up at 4.15 to get the transfer bus to Gatwick for our 6.30am flight. Nothing very eventful happened other than I now have some sporty sunglasses from duty free. We got to Turin in good time and were hoping for an expensive but rewarding afternoon on the slopes. Half day lift passes are such a rip. Thanks to the baggage handlers this did not happen because it took them an hour and half to off load the snowboards. Ste was twitching a bit because mine and Raj,s came off together and his took about another hour.
We nearly got left behind at the airport because we dropped the boards off at the coach and then ran back to the airport to get chocolate bread for the journey. Ooops. We were not very popular.
So we arrived in La Thuile at about 2.30 but our apartment wouldn,t be ready until 5 (at the latest) by which time we wouldn,t want to put our running gear on and go out in the cold so we decided to run to the Old Town to get our mileage out of the way. Travelling clothes on, hand luggage on our backs and no Sportypal cos Ste,s work hadn,t enabled his phone to work abroad we ran for 8 minutes ish which we,re hoping is about a km being as we usually take about 6 minutes.
Very expensive fruit shop and then back to resort for pizza and a warm up whilst we waited for our apartment. It didn,t take them until 5pm, they called whilst we were eating and it,s one of the roomiest places we,ve stayed in. Two bathrooms between 3 people is pretty good going.
We went for the welcome meeting, had more pizza and to bed early ready for an early start on the slopes.
Pizza for breakfast (ha ha) and on to the gondola,s for the first lift. Straight on, no queue but the light was pretty bad and the mountains covered in cloud. We decided to go into La Roussiere which is France to see if their weather was any better. Oh yes it was. It had been snowing all night and the skies were blue. Perfect.
The off piste isn,t great because it hasn,t snowed for three weeks but the slopes are EMPTY – we didn,t see another soul on one the runs – and the snow on them is really good.
The snowpark looks ace but after Rog (long story about why he,s called Raj) broke himself in Colorado I have a rule that I won,t do any proper (built) jumps on the first day. We did a ridiculous black which we all had to feather after Ste tried a turn and did a quarter of the visible slope on his stomach and I have the award for most spectacular fall of the day involving heels over head in powder.
After 7 hours of boarding we went out for our run. We used Roger,s phone to plot the mile and it has to be the most spectacular view I have ever had the pleasure of running towards. Yet another thing to thank Janathon for.
We have to beat 200k next January, and probably need to think carefully about when we plan our ski trip but we have loved every minute of it (almost) this year. Ste has finally got the running bug so I now have a running buddy. We,re going to join a running club and probably do a marathon. I,ve really enjoyed blogging and commenting. We,ve got some new tunes on our i-pods and I am 10 pounds lighter. We ran every day in January. Not a bad month,s work Janathoners.
We are brilliant
p.s. sorry for the comma,s because Ste,s phone isn,t working I,ve had to buy some internet time at the hotel nearby and I can,t find the apostrophe on this foreign keyboard
Final Mileage – just over 200K
Final Reflection – delighted