The clocks have finally gone back and it will soon be time for me to go skiing rather than writing about it. The Bacon Run looms and it’s also time to put winter tyres on Landie, fix everything on her that broke last season and rename her Trigger’s Broom.
The Chalet Project is returning to Chalet Framboise in January, where I hope some of you will join me. Then I’m going on an actual skiing holiday in the Dolomites (early Feb) – although the Ski Nazis have organised that trip so it might not be so relaxing.
I’m also leading a Peak Experience holiday for the Ski Club in Laax (25th March) and I hope to see a few more familiar faces there too – Laax is a lovely place. It should be an interesting season – but then, they always are.
The “The Bloody Book II” (BBII), as Debbie calls it, is finally finished or at least I hope it is – you never can be certain that a book is finished until you hold it in your hand. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it when I finally get it printed. It’s mostly about an existential crisis, and I’ve suffered even more existential angst writing it. But I’ll publish and be damned.
Don’t worry, it contains plenty of skiing and drinking anecdotes too, and makes fun of the English, the French and myself in equal measures. To quote my biggest fan:
“If you enjoy jokes about gender or regional stereotypes and self-serving anecdotes disguised as false modesty” – then you should love it.
If you fancy skiing with me (demons optional) this season, February is mostly booked now, but I still have space in January and March. You can book a room, for just a few days, or the entire chalet for a week – I promise not to write about you or make you ski The Wall!
I always wonder, if a forthcoming season will be my last because the Chalet Project can’t go on forever (one of the themes in BBII). However Season 7 is afoot, the fitness campaign has started and so has my marketing campaign to fill the chalet.
I do think it’s ironic that the Project was designed to prevent me from having to using the ‘M’ word ever again, yet it has dragged me out of retirement.
Once the clocks have gone back and everyone is returning from work in the dark, they start to plan their winter holidays to cheer themselves up – so book early to save (my) disappointment.
It’s going to be a bit more expensive in the Alps this season. Although #BREXIT has made life easier for those not good at maths by creating a global single currency (£1=€1=$1). At least I have two years of being a European left, so I’m going to enjoy Season 7 and possibly Season 8. After that the Project might have to move to Scotland – I wonder if I’d look good in a kilt ?
P.S. Let me know if you can work out where I was standing when I took the top photograph. Here’s a clue – I wasn’t in Morzine.