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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SNOW

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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