Saturday, March 6, 2010
The picture above is taken from the balcony upon arrival the first night. We came home a day early because I caught the cold that my husband had before we left. Luckily I had a few good days of skiing. My husband wasn't feeling great on our first day so we just did a few easy runs on the slopes and stopped at lunch time.
This is me at the top of one of the mountains. It's odd to see myself myself without glasses. I actually wore contacts everyday for the first time in my life! It's so much easier with the goggles.
We had a studio apartment, so I was able to take all our meals. It is so nice to ski up to the door, go in to peel off the wet cloths and have a home cooked meal. Here's a view of the condo with one of the mountains in the background. In the picture above, I'm standing at the very top of the mountain pictured below.
It was sunny every single day-- almost too warm really. One afternoon I even did a quick pencil sketch at the top and I added the watercolor later in the apartment. Their snow was melting and it got difficult to ski after lunch each day. That's when we rested.
The first day while my husband napped I spent about 3 hours at a Nordique spa about 2 0 minutes away. Wow, what an experience. I did the sauna twice followed each time by a dip, first in the icy river (they have a cage off the pier which is cleared of ice) and next in a cold water waterfall pool. There were 3 sauna cabins along the edge of the river bank. After each cycle you go to the rest area to slow your heartrate and rest. Finally I went to the outdoor hot tub and then in for a massage. It was a wonderful and unique experience and it really helped the muscles after my first day of ski runs.
We had a couple of relaxing ski days after that. You can see me in this picture handquilting by the window with the ski trails just outside. The double chin is maddening and embarrassing--mostly due to the high dose prednisone that I'm currently on-- but I wanted to show the view beside me.