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Christmas and new boots

We've had a good Christmas here in Tignes, despite having to work all the official days of Christmas. We had Swedish Chrismas dinner on the 24th followed by Kalle Anka and then presents. On the 25th Ross got to open his! I got ski boots as a christmas gift from Ross so today was the day to go to the shop and the bootfitter. I ended up with a pair of Rossignol electra pro si 110.
After that it was time to do the footbed and the soles and then I've of course tried them out this afternoon. It really makes a huge difference getting new boots and getting them fitted. Ross is having a bit more problems with his which are really tight so we're going to see what we can do as his feet cramps every time he doesn't move (which is kind of a problem when you go on the ski lift) but that should get sorted soon!

We also got a Christmas present in the mail today from my parents which was very nice =) Now it's time to start finishing up my last assignments for this semester's u…


Went out skiing today as it was the first day in ages where we had something resembling a blue sky. I had my s7's out for the very first time and I think they're going to be really good for off piste later on. They're not great on piste, but as soon as you've got a bit more snow, they're floating!
I also had my camera with me as I have a photo assignment that I wanted to get started with and so I've actually got some decent photos of me and Ross going down to Brev through the forest.

Christmas tree

The christmas tree is now all decorated and right now I'm making both brown beans and meatballs for Saturday's christmas dinner =)

On the road...

We were down in Chambery today to change a car for Ross' work which was followed by Christmas shopping and finally getting my Christmas tree, I managed to get the last one in the size that is appropriate for the apartment =)

After that we just had the drive back up to Tignes left which turned out to be a bit scary. It's been snowing tons and tons lately and just as we were coming up a big block of what we first thought was snow fell down just in front of us on the road, we almost went on to it when we could see that the snow was indeed a huge rock that had just fallen. We managed to get past it on the side just to stop 20m further along where there was a big tree blocking the whole road! I guess in all we were lucky nothing actually hit us! Some guys with a chainsaw managed to clear a bit of the tree and it was pulled off with a rope behind a 4x4 and we all helped clear the rest of the big branches before we could all keep going.

We've now made it back up and I am most of …

Night time ski

Since we didn't get out during the day yesterday to ski because of the jour blanc /whiteout I got the idea to go out for some cross country in the evening. After locating all the material in the different caves and ski lockers as well as putting on the wax tape - by which I am really impressed btw -we headed out with the intention to go to lavachet and back. This was Ross' first time out with the boots and skis he got while we were in Sweden (unless you count him wearing them in a bit while sitting on the couch the other night ) We actually went on the road most of the time since it's snowed so much so everywhere else is at least 25cm deep - even on what is supposed to be the sidewalk and it was really nice to get out. We ended up stopping first for a drink in Loop and then one in Tc's so it was all good fun! I think most people were impressed by our new mode of transport!

Game of thrones tv series

Just found out the second series of the game of thrones tv show is scheduled for april 2012, seems like Ross will have to wait a little bit longer than me to find out how it all ends!

Tease - Cold Winds Are Rising

A game of thrones

I've finished the 4th book in the series of A game of thrones today (the song of fire and ice) and will now move on to the 5th and last one that's come out. I'll be reading it on my kindle (this will be the first book that I've actually bought for my kindle) It's going to be interesting to see how I feel about reading it on an e-reader and not as a proper book. Below is a pic of the first book!


I started the day by setting my alarm for 6.50, even though it is my day off, to be able to have time to start up my laptop and bring it back to bed to watch the Lucia celebration on Svt play. I miss celebrating Lucia, it was only a few years ago that I did it in New York and then very improvised with some friends in Annecy. I've also allowed myself a few gingerbread biscuits (only have 2 boxes) and some saffron buns (lussekatter) and I think glögg is going to be on tonight's menu.

I've also been out skiing for a bit, while you could actually still see where you were going, but now we're getting lots and lots more snow so can't really complain about that!

Working weekend

So we're now in the middle of my working weekend again. So far all is going well and resort is getting busier which also means more client in the shop and in the rental part. Last night we all went down to the Camp Trappeur (wilderness camp) in Tignes les boisses, where I used to work doing events for Evo2 my first season in Tignes. Yesterday we went down to learn about Oakley gear, in particular Oakley goggles and we also had fondue together afterwards in the yourts. It was fun and educative (learning is fun! =P )

After that we stopped shortly at the Marmot Arms for their opening night and they have done a great job turning the place into a bar! It is in le lac so will have to make more of an effort to go there this winter....

First day skiing in the Espace Killy

Went up the mountain for the first time since October today and got some skiing time in together with Ross. Later on we were joined by Megan and Katie as well. We definitely needed the snow that's been dumping since Sunday and the resort is starting to look good, unlike last week when it was still green!!  Hopefully the season will continue in the same way - really want to get some good skiing in this year, on and off piste.

More snow

It did stop snowing for a short while last night but the snow was coming down again today when I woke up =)

Finished course

I just found out I finished my digital images course as I've passed my final assignment with flying colors! Yay! The teacher from the course also asked permission to use my pics from the retouching/perfume ad assignment as examples which I agreed to, so it's nice to know that they are that good! One more course done this semester!

The snow has really started dumping down in Tignes now as well so less time studying and more time skiing is on the schedule!!

Start of the season

It's finally started snowing here in Tignes today and you can feel that the season has started now. Lots of Spanish people arriving here this weekend, we'll see how it goes this season! It's always an experience.... I was greeted by 6 Spanish in my own building by a communal HOLA! I just need to get my ski pass sorted now so I can go skiing on my days off and be properly prepared for the season and the snow dumps that will come!

Birthday celebrations

I'm finally 24 years old! It was my birthday on Tuesday and I had a great day! I got woken up with presents and breakfast in bed and this was followed by baking my birthday cake with some help from Megan, pancakes for lunch, a nice walk and then birthday dinner and drinks with friends at the Petit Sav and Saloon Bar. I also got singing phone calls from family and it was really nice to have the day off for the first time in years!