I have now been in Morzine for a month and a half which has seen me through 2 snowboard camps, several competitions, serious park riding, photo-shoots, husky racing, snow shoeing, some business plans and a lot of Cooler articles! What a change from my high paced previous life of software sales, modelling and writing. My life is so healthy here. I finally sleep more than 5 hours a night. I wake up to sunshine and clear skies most days, and best of all there is no need to calorie count. The locals are saying this is the best season they have had for 50 years. The snowfall has been exceptional and we have been blessed with the right climate.
January has whizzed by and it has been full of meeting interesting people from all different backgrounds. I am grateful for having the opportunity to take part in both the Rude Chalets Girls Camp and Our Camp with More Mountain as I have had an insight into how two very successful chalet companies are run and why they are successful. I have learnt how Our Camp (training camp) gets so much out of their customers and why they keep on returning for more. I have surprised myself by how quickly my riding has improved; this has been achieved by having clear targets for each day and for the week and by making sure I am riding with other like minded people and having fun. I am thrilled that I love hitting the red kickers and now feel safe on them, have mastered the front-side 360s (even if they are over tiny kickers) and can confidently do all my 180s with lots of pop!
The beginning of February has also been really cool as we had Dave’s mum, step-dad and my mum staying at The Lodge in Morzine. We were able to hang out with the family in luxury for a few weeks with internet to hand, hot tub and great food. Mum was thoroughly impressive as she was skiing in style from 9 until 4 everyday with lots of enthusiasm. She gives me hope that I will still be snowboarding in my 60s. Mum thinks that I will return to skiing when I am older and swap my baggy clothes for a nice sleek, tight-fitting E&O outfit but I have visions of doing 360s over big kickers on my board when I am 50. There is no reason why not, my father is still work-riding a few race-horses everyday and is fitter than the average 20 year old. I will wear a stealthy looking bandana so I can still look like I am a kid! The pace of boarding eased off for me for the family weeks but was soon to return.