Tag: La Balme

Mountain gets ‘radikal’

Pictured below is the map of where some crazy unranked skiers and snowboarders will be doing cool tricks and daring descents right here in La Clusaz, France, tomorrow in the lead-up to the Radikal Mountain competition. Those who qualify will

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Let it snow, then rain, then snow

One of the most noticeable and amusing things about living in the French Alps is how quickly conversation turns to snow when winter approaches. Months before the resort is due to open, people start predicting what sort of season it

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Tests for tourists: symbols part 3

The tourists have mostly cleared out of the ski resorts now, signalling an early start to road work and the closure of pistes worn down through a combination of warm sun, rain and people sliding down them. However, some tourists

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Tests for tourists: symbols part 2

The tourists have added a new annoyance to their tooting and barging: stabbing with their poles. Twice in as many days last week I was inadvertently (hopefully) whacked with skiers’ poles as they sat themselves down at the start of

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Tests for tourists: symbols part 1

The influx of holiday-makers during French school holidays is obvious both in St Jean de Sixt (excessive tooting, car alarms sounding, drivers not stopping for pedestrians at crossings, general agro) and in the ski stations of La Clusaz and Le

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A nice way to see La Clusaz

Pictured is a very good friend of mine who loves paragliding. A few years ago, he couldn’t ski, but he was motivated to learn so that he could see the winter scenery of La Clusaz in all its glory —

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Odd things keep happening

The year of 2009 has so far been good, if not a little odd. For example, I saw this car wedged in some trees after it skidded off the road between La Clusaz and Saint Jean de Sixt, backwards. This

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Winter is officially here!

I woke up a few mornings ago to discover that the green grass of La Clusaz was covered with a blanket of white, sparkling snow. Across the road from my place, a group of French people were having a snowball

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Wendy Hollands writer in Annecy, France

I'm an experienced technical writer based in the French Alps. I enjoy learning French language nuances, winter sports and travel. Drop by wendyhollands.com, my other site.

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