My first blog of the season and it comes at the end of 2 great days of skiing, the second of which came as a pleasant surprise. I arrived here at Chalet Bon Coin in the middle of November, carrying far too much weight and far from skiing fit! Hazal’s starvation diet had it’s inevitable effect and I started to shrink away. With La Plagne due to open on Saturday December 14th, my “Minder”, Rees and his girlfriend Annabel drove me over to Courchevel 1850 yesterday (Sat Dec 7) where the 3 of us had our first tentative uses of our skis on the Combe de Saulire. Great snow and without doing much that was demanding we enjoyed getting our “Legs” and a pleasant salad lunch at the mid station. Home by 5 having used up every ounce of energy. Enjoying one of the many “Test” meals being cooked by all staff members this week as they get ready for 15th. Then the bonus!! For the 1st time in my memory, the local lift company in La Plagne (SAP) decided to open some of the resort for Sunday! So all of the La Plagne staff, including me, had an absolute “Ball”. The Arpette, Roche De Mio and the favourite and my favourite, Inversens, all open and on perfect snow. Got home tired and with wobbly knees to ease out all the aches in a steaming bath…. bliss!! Can’t wait for next week and with heavy snow forecast every day from Monday onwards, the pistes will be superb for our 1st guests. Enjoy!