All in a day’s work

Fresh snow at Guzet

Woke up this morning to sunshine, blue skies and a fresh blanket of snow on the mountains. So my husband and I did what any sane person would and decided to play hooky! Computer off, a quick drive up to our nearest ski resort, Guzet Neige and skis on – all in the name of research of course. By 9.30 we were standing at the top of our first run of the day, just about the only people on the slopes. A bit over five centimetres of new snow had fallen overnight – hardly worth a mention in Vail or Salt Lake but still enough to provide that fabulous sensation of being the first person to carve tracks through fresh, untouched snow.

By the time we were enjoying our first coffee, the sun was warm on the terrace and a few other skiers were beginning to venture out. I would like to say that we then tackled a few black runs, a steep mogul field and some serious off-piste before lunch – but I would be lying! However, we had a fantastic pootle around the pistes followed by a late lunch in what I am convinced is one of the best on-piste restaurants you will find anywhere. Chalet Beauregard is on top of the world – or so it feels – with a big sunny terrace and views over to Spain and, what’s more, you will be served delicious local mountain specialities from some of the friendliest waiters you have ever met. This is my idea of skiing!

Chalet Beauregard

We got back at 5pm and crept into the school playground to pick up the children hoping that nobody would spot our salopettes and glowing faces (everybody did!) I am not sure I will ever get used to the idea of being able to take off for a day’s skiing on fresh snow and still be back in time to pick up the children from school but days like these are why we live in the foothills of the Pyrenees.

Fellow workers on the piste!

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