Tomber sept fois, se reveler huit

P2041177.JPGFall seven times, stand up eight is one of my favorite quotes. It became literal last week when I was in the French Alps skiing. When I say that I fell, I mean that I fell down a mountain. I fell while trying to go up the mountain, also. If you ever go skiing in France I would say if you are not an expert skier to start in a beginner class. Even if they tell you not to. The levels are Green, Blue, Red. I told the lady who placed me in a class that I hadn’t skied in 10 years. She put me in a level that was way too advanced.

On the first day I was on a “dark blue” which means that it is a harder blue, closer to a red. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA Turkish lady in my group injured her knee the first day and was out for the week. I saw countless people with injuries throughout the week. The skiing is just on another level there. I was looking forward to skiing like in Colorado. Where you can go off on your own and have some peaceful alone time. In France, that is only for skiers who know the trails well. They are not marked like in the US. My host dad joked and said that I couldn’t do that because I might end up in Italy. -I think it was a joke.

Overall, I am a pretty good skier.  I can do a dark blue and survive. But, once I bruised my whole body the first day, my level of skiing went from high to low. And now I  can’t even do Pilates on a mat and it has been 2 weeks since that first day. The biggest lesson I have learned from this I that skiing is not like a bike. As much as all of the French people want to repeat that to you. If you haven’t been in years, start as a beginner.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe best part of the stay was just walking around the town. I walked up and down the mountain. I like walking and taking pictures, and this was the only way I could do it. With the group ski lessons, you can never stop to take pictures. The whole week we were skiing constantly in a group. Every single day you are in a group skiing. Mainly I think because it is hard to get around the mountains without a guide. I think it is more fun when you can go with your family and have a little more freedom.

I do want to go skiing again. Preferably somewhere with my own family. 🙂 And now I have all of the clothes to do it. FYI if you need to buy ski clothes and you are going to ski in Europe, buy everything here. It is so much cheaper than the US. Skiing is cheaper too, but once you add in the flight it becomes about the same P2041226.JPGprice or more expensive.

La Salle de Alps was one of the most beautiful places I have been in my life. The pictures I have included do not do it justice. If you are an avid skier and want a new experience, I would highly recommend it! Another place on my bucket list checked off. Now, What’s next?

 

 

2 thoughts on “Tomber sept fois, se reveler huit

  1. I had two really nice ski suits set aside for you from the Russian Fur Market…. but no time for an exchange. One was black and white and the other was a lime green and black. Both outfits were amazing! I gave them away to Goodwill along with the hats, sweaters, furs, silk underwear, wool socks, etc.
    Falling is never a good thing believe me especially when you are at the mercy of another country’s medical system. Most tourists places are afraid you might be offended by putting you in an easier group. An easy slope is just pure fun to me. What a great experience!
    Colorado is always a WOW. We love Estes Park. Hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park. Snowshoeing. We spent Thanksgiving there.
    Will you be at James’ wedding in May? Just wondering if we might see you. Missed you at Drew and Megan’s wedding in January. It was great to see so many of the Krejci’s.
    Have fun and be careful!

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