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High hopes for early season snowboarding trip

Written by Fiona December 11 2012

I never feel at ease talking about snow conditions before going skiing or snowboarding. But with a trip set for next week to La Plagne I have been doing a little investigating – and it seems that there have been great snow dumps in the French Alps already. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for days of blue skies next week and temperatures that will keep the snow in place but won’t make me hypothermic.

The trip is a unique Bloggers Holiday, organised  and courtesy of SnowVole and Snow Chateaux. (SnowVole is an on-line ski and snowboarding community.) The G-Force and I will be going together. While we’re both paying for our flights from Glasgow to Geneva, only G is paying for his accommodation and lift pass. I am one of the lucky British bloggers to be invited on the skiing trip. Thankfully, this early in the season, the prices are reasonable for G – and we just have to hope for good skiing conditions.

I have only been this early in the season once before and that was when I first learnt to snowboard (trip with Leslie McKenna some 11 years ago) and I think the conditions were good then. But it’s all down to luck.

La Plagne, in the French Alps and the Trois Vallees area, has the advantage of being at high altitude and boasts a glacier. The chalet that are hosting myself, G and some 10 other bloggers looks fab.

I’ll be working, blogging and snowboarding while I’m away so I will be updating this blog and Facebook  on conditions and my first experience in la Plagne. I hope to make you very jealous indeed…and I hope I haven’t tempted bad fate.

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