Les Deux Alpes - Christmas 1991

For our second family ski holiday, we drove down to the resort of Les Deux Alpes not far from Grenoble over Christmas in 1991. It was an extremely eventful week. We drove as far as Grenoble on Friday, arriving in the early evening. Our intent was a quick drive to the resort on Saturday morning and start skiing. There was a massive storm on Saturday 21st and in fact we were lucky to get to the resort at all.

Sunday 22nd December

Weather appalling, wet snow and sleet, so that we all ended up drenched. Lessons in the morning, skiing on Les Cretes in the afternoon. Overall the storm left about 4' of fresh snow and opened the slopes at resort level.

Monday 23rd December

Much better, clear and cold. Skiing was not easy because of the softness of the snow and broken ice down at resort level.

Tuesday 24th December

Beginning to get into some kind of routine, lessons in the morning, burger outside for lunch and free skiing in the afternoon. Up to Toura for the first time.

Wednesday 25th December - Christmas Day

Not the best of days. Lots of blood and a helicopter ride. Very cold, so we were down at resort level for lessons. After lunch we went to Toura and it was there that the accident happened.

Thursday 26th December

A lot better. After lunch we all went to summit.

Friday 27th December

Still very cold, so the lesson was spent on the sunny slopes on the other side of the valley below Pied Moutet.

Saturday 28th December

Last day and a run from the highest part of the resort on the Glacier de Mont de Lans all the way down to the village and then back to the hotel in Grenoble for an overnight stay before the long drive home on Sunday.