Christmas in the Alps

26th December 2008

Happy Christmas from everyone at Fish and Pips! We have had an excellent Christmas here - the conditions are fantastic with sunshine most of the week and great snow coverage all over the valley thanks to all that fell in late November and early December. Christmas day started with a festive breakfast in the chalets - the guests in Chalet Aurigny were all dressed up as Santa, his elves and reinde...

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First ski of the season

10th December 2008

Saturday saw the first day of the season and what a first weekend it was!  We had decided that as the forecast for Saturday was dull and snowy, Fish and Pips would work on Saturday so that when Sunday dawned with the most beautiful blue sky, we were all able to take the day off and hit the slopes! The team met at 9am at the Chaudanne and split into different levels for refresher lessons courtesy...

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Fish and Pips team 2008-09

10th December 2008

It has been a busy week here in Meribel.  Last Monday Holly and I headed off to Geneva to collect our new team, who were full of excitement for the winter ahead of them. For Kevin and Fiona, the team in Chalet Aurigny and both Australians, it was the first time they had ever seen snow in such vast quantities.  We started our 'training' gently on Tuesday morning with a tour of the resort and a p...

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More snow forecast

27th November 2008

We have now had a couple of days of beautiful blue sky which is great for the snow pack as it allows the snow we have had already to settle and form a good base for the season. We have been roaming the Alps the last fews days on various errands and have had a spectacular drive across the Col de Montets from Chamonix through to Martigny.  It really is the most beautiful route, winding up and down...

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Knee deep in powder!

24th November 2008

Fish and Pips have arrived in Meribel - and so has the winter.  Since our arrival on Friday it has snowed on and off and now as I type sitting in Chalet Aurigny getting the heating working as quickly as we can before our fingers drop off, still it falls! There is over a foot on the picnic tables outside Chalet Aurigny and the new hot tub, still covered in it's protective wrapping is slowly disap...

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Snow showers, marmite and a technicoloured dream coat!

14th November 2008

Light your fires and put the heating on - winter is here!  It has snowed again and the forecast is cold weather.  Great news for the snow cannons which will start pumping out snow day and night to get the pistes ready for opening on the 13th December.  We are hoping that the snowfall of the last few days, and that due next week will mean the lifts can open a little earlier so we get to stretch...

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Tom’s blog

30th October 2008

Tom Mayne worked for Fish and Pips in their debut season a couple of years ago.  Tom is now training to become a ski instructor and is looking forward to his winter in Verbier to complete his training.  Tom 's sense of humour will be thoroughly missed by the team this year in Meribel but we hope he comes to visit! WOW, where do i start, what a season i had! It was my first European season, and...

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Snow Snow Snow…

30th October 2008

4 inches of the stuff.... at resort level... on the 30th October!!  This must be a good sign! October and November are busy times in Meribel.  Building is going on everywhere, though the rooves that haven't yet been finished might be a little worse for wear now that we have this amazing early snow fall.  Our sources on the ground report of sliding cars and freezing fingers as the resort and al...

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Matt and Nicole’s blog…

20th October 2008

Mathew Novak and Nicole Fisher came over to Europe from Australia to get more experience of the European way, and of course one of those ‘ways’ is to spend time in a mountain resort on a piece of wood travelling down a slope. Before and after the five months spent ripping up the mountains on a snowboard, they spent time just travelling in their car and camping around every where they could go....

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