How can it be February already?

Yet again, here we are suddenly with only one week to go until February half-term.....how can time pass so quickly!?  January swept by and will be remembered for its unusual weather, with massive temperature fluctuations - some cold spells, a couple of big dumps of snow then, towards the end of the month, some extremely warm sunny days (think March skiing!).  February is looking good, however, and as I write, I am looking out at a snowy scene even down here at HQ (approx. 840m altitude)!
 
Last week we had heavy snow in the middle of the week, and after two days of waiting in for a courier delivery (let's say no more about that!), and with a superb sunny day forecast, we set off on a spontaneous team ski day with our friends from Supreme Ski and Ski Class.  We started off on a recce to find a new restaurant hidden in the trees by the Meribel Altiport, "Le Clos Bernard". 


A very pretty and scenic ski along the cross country path through the trees, following the little brown marker flags!
 


 
Then, out of nowhere, this lovely restaurant, with comfy deckchairs and outdoor fire.....
 
 
 
Although it was a little early for lunch, the menu looked promising, with cheese and charcuterie sharing platters, starter and main sized salads, a range of meats cooked on the wood fired grill, and all the usual Savoyarde specialities.  Think we may be back.....
 
 
We then headed over to St Martin de Belleville, where we had a great lunch in the sunshine at La Loy (inexpensive, with great friendly service), after which we made our way back down to Meribel and over the Col de la Loze back into Courchevel, with some of us skiing the Murettes run down into Courchevel Le Praz.  It's days like these that keep us here in the mountains!

 
The forecast for the coming week is for snow and bad weather, but we will be busy in the office finalising arrangements for our half-term guests, and ensuring they have everything they need before travelling next weekend.  We are also looking forward to the beginning of the International Festival of Pyrotechnic Art (that's fireworks festival to you and I!), which starts in 1550 on Thursday.  But for now, bring on the snow!