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Report 918: Skiing Val d'Isere and Tignes

By SeaJay from Virginia, Winter 2005

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Page 8 of 13: Wednesday, January 26 - Snowboarding

Not sure if last evening’s tequila is to blame but Marine is under the weather this morning and there will be only three for the mountain. CJ leaves to rent a snowboard and we meet at the mountain. He struggles with loose boots, a big mountain, long flats and the fact that he has not boarded this year. The French Alps are not the place for him to make his first snowboard runs of the year. This nut wants to ride to Tignes. We pass through Tignes and CJ makes us stop for “hot chocolate”. Actually he really wants to get a sticker for his snowboard. He gets one but it’s not the one he really wants.

We end up retracing our route from yesterday and end up back with Jean-Michel for lunch. Our selections are a bit less heavy and filling today. Claude wants to drop down to Les Brévières, our missed destination of yesterday. CJ really doesn’t have the energy left but finally agrees when Carol leans toward making the attempt. Easy for her to say, she hasn’t been fighting a snowboard across many miles and thousands of vertical feet. He makes it down but struggles on the way back to Tignes. We stop for another “hot chocolate” and he gets some must needed rest and the sticker he really wanted. On the way down to La Daille he is dropping to his knees more and more often until he is stopping every few turns. He looks dead on the bus ride back to the village.

We dine at Taverne de Alsace. This is Claude’s pick for the week. He craves sauerkraut. It’s a bit smoky with indifferent service. Some Brits behind us keep lighting up and Claude busts their chops on the way out.

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