Monthly Archives: February 2011

My brother

Earlier this month, my brother and his girlfriend came for a visit. It was Jacob’s first time skiing, and I think everyone would agree that he is a natural, going from this… to this… …in less than a fortnight. It … Continue reading

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Today, we awoke to snow. Heavy, glorious snow. The snow of Christmas cards. The snow of Narnia under the rule of the White Witch. The snow that makes traffic slow to a crawl and pedestrians shuffle and slide through the … Continue reading

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The Vallée Blanche

Last week, I finally skied the Vallée Blanche for the first time. A 17km itinerary that, in good conditions, takes the skier from the top of Aiguille du Midi, at 3,842m, to Chamonix village, at about 1000m, through the very … Continue reading

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adventures in Italy and cheese

The first morning of Ed and Anna’s visit was spent watching the Ski World Cup: lycra-clad athletes flying down the famous Kandahar piste in Les Houches while the crowds lining the slopes shook cowbells and cheered the French contestants with … Continue reading

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Spring in February

It has become something of a joke: every morning when we open the curtains, we sigh, “another beautiful day.” Every morning the line in the garden where the snow meets the yellow, winter-stained grass has retreated slightly; before long, we … Continue reading

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