The time had come – my well-worn Bonfire snowboarding jacket was starting to show its age (it had lasted the best part of eight winters) and so I needed to find myself a new one! I hate buying new clothes, especially expensive new clothes, so after much searching online, I was set on the Wear Colour Women’s Ida jacket.
After last years girlie ski weekend we were all keen to make it an annual fixture on the calendar. This year we decided to head to St-Jean de Sixt and the ski areas of La Clusaz and Le Grand Bornand. So after almost a year in the planning, a last-minute accommodation cancellation and 10cm of snow falling in the UK the day before we were due to depart, it was finally time to pack the snowboards and escape to the alps for a break from the school run.
After the debacle that was skiing lessons in Châtel, I had promised my little boy he could try snowboarding…to be like Mummy and Daddy! So, as we were up in the Peak District for a wedding I booked him onto a Kinder Snowboard Intro lesson at Tamworth Snowdome as a treat on the way home.
The annual family winter holiday and this years chosen destination, after much research, was Châtel. Part of the massive Portes Du Soliel ski area, which we have visited before, but not stayed in Châtel, which is just a stones throw from the Swiss border.
After the heaviest snow falls in Bath that I can ever remember we were lucky to make it to France at all! We had to dig the car out of our street and our Thomas Cook flight was the only one to leave from Bristol Airport on Saturday morning. It was a well deserved glass of vino when we arrived – unfortunately the fun had only just begun!
It was going to be a bit of a random trip – a group of mates, some old, some new, a chalet in the middle of nowhere, owned by a friend of a friend and the chance to ski some local ski areas in Piedmont, North West Italy.
The annual Big Bang Show by TSA was held over the weekend of the 14 & 15th of October at the Tamworth SnowDome and it is a fab opportunity to demo the new seasons boards as well as doing some coaching sessions for FREE!
I thought I would have to forego my yearly visit to the mountains due to the arrival of our second child in February, but after a trip to the pub (where the best plans are made!) we managed to sneak in a last minute trip at the very end of the season.
My day on the slopes with Winter Olympian Aimee Fuller