Like I mentioned before, March was a busy month, but then again, so is April with the last minute Edinburgh trip, not that I’m complaining, my credit card is probably extra happy, but my wallet and bank account are.
Les Arcs, France
Last week of March I went out snowboarding in France with bunch of friends for 4 days. I haven’t done a full on weekend boarding trip for a while, not to mention I keep seeing everyone back home were going Cypress every weekend still, made me so jealous, so theres no way I’d pass on this trip.
But I didnt bring any of my snowboarding gears here so it’s either buy everything or get them sent to me. Not sure why I didnt plan ahead to get my parents to send it, I just sort of left it til last minute to deal with it, and asked if my boss could bring it. That didnt happen so literally the day before I went and bought brand new pants (yellow!) and went on the plane with only pants and my HH rain jacket. Talk about under prepped.
We flew to Chambery on awesome BA, the plane was like only 25% full and so spacious compare to Easyjet. We were staying at this chalet in town and they even picked us up from airport. I totally thought we were staying on the resort but turned out it was a town at the bottom of the mountain, and then you take this “funiculaire” up. It’s like Grouse Mountain except its a train, which turned out to be quite decent and convenient considering the money you save from staying at bottom vs on mountain). After we settled in I continued my shopping since I can’t go boarding without goggles or gloves. I tried to cheap out on everything and I found a decent pair of Anon goggles for €30, and the cheapest possible gloves for €15, which surprisingly never soaked through. Now the mountain itself, this ski resort is uber massive. Bought a 4 day pass for about €180, chairlifts and runs are everywhere, its just wide open, I was only able to hit up maybe 30-40% of the mountain in 3.5 days. The weather was amazing, I only wore a long sleeve dri fit and tshirt under my wind breaker, and most of the restaurants have lounge chairs set up and you can just totally chill out under the sun, so genius.
The chalet was quite interesting, its basically a big house that sleeps about 12 people, and they actually prepared breakfast and dinner for everyone. Its not like just microwave food or mac n cheese, its like full on proper cooked meal, we had full on cooked meals like baked stuffed chicken breast + pasta, and turkey pie with mash. Quite delicious and with wine on the house, I dont mind going back there at all.
- Highest point reached – 32xx meters
- Number of times gotten lost – 3
- Number of front size 180 executed – 1
Would I go back? Yes, definitely bringing my gears here from home next time I fly from Vancouver, I still got more than half of mountain to hit up
Geneva, Switzerland – Bonus day
We were all supposed to head back to London on Monday night from Geneva since its a bigger airport, there were more flight options available. but when I checked flight on Easyjet, flight on Monday was like £100+ and Tuesday was £30 something, so I thought eff that, looked up a hostel, booked for 1 night for about 30 Swiss Franc, and done, I saved about 50% cost and staying in a new city for a night.
Since I still have to work (yes, I do have work), I only took the morning to quickly check out the town. Went along the water, checked out the flower clock, went into old town and the cathedral, then walked towards the Reformation wall, then headed back taking the “moules” boat and saw the Jet d’Eau on the water. Yep I did a Geneva city tour in about 2.5 hours, the only other main thing I missed was the Nation Palace because you had to take a bus out to visit.
- Number of strangers met – 4
- Number of boat ridden – 1
- Number of chocolate bought – 13 – 15 bars?
- Most expensive item paid – $5.5 cdn for bottled water
Would I go back? Probably not, one thing about Switzerland was that its one of the most expensive countries to visit in Europe. I paid about $12 cdn for a reg Mcd meal, $20 cdn for my Starbucks mug, but I did bring back a ton of chocolate bars, all send back to Mr. Perez to delegate ;p