Here is this weeks edition:
Back in February I had the pleasure of being able to go Downhill skiing for the first time in my life! I went in filled with all sorts of apprehensions about skiing and breaking my leg (thanks to a family history of this happening). I made the decision to take private lessons (at a really cheap rate - more affordable than group lessons I was told in Aspen or Vail) had a ton of fun, saw some gorgeous scenery and would love to go back again!
We went to Valmenier in the French Alps - the slopes here were perfect! Several greens and easy blues for me (I even did a really easy red with my instructor - OMG I thought that I was going to die!) and more challenging Reds and a few Blacks for my friends that were great skiers! The food was typical Savoy fare - Cheese, cheese and more cheese! With some pasta and potatoes thrown in! :)
I am not sure if I will continue skiing though once I return to the US - it seems to be way more expensive there than here, especially if you have to travel any distance to get there! I spent just under $600 for a weeks accommodation, ski lift, skis & boots, 4 days of private lessons and my train fare to the resort from Brussels! I also spent another $100 on food, our residence had a kitchen, so we only had to eat out at night although I did cook twice for the others - Chicken and Pasta one night and Omelets another night! .