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Seven days of Avoriaz

Posted by on January 28th, 2013 in Destinations, Europe, Feature, France | 12 comments

Fresh mountain air with views, wonderful off-piste powder, French wines, overdose of cheese and a village with horses instead of cars, that’s Avoriaz in the French Alps for you in a nut-shell. This was my first time in Portes du Soleil ski area, and I quite liked it to be honest. Ironically snow caused us massive issues in getting there, but it was worth it! Day 0: to Geneva Heathrow was in compete chaos, queues to baggage drop snaked around the terminal and we sat for two hours in the plane waiting to take off. Then instead of landing in Geneva as we had planned, we landed in Lyon with seven other planes because of closure of the Geneva airport due to snow. It was pretty grim; after waiting for three hours on the runway in Lyon we were...

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Top 10 Reasons Why Ski Trips to the Alps are Awesome

Posted by on April 7th, 2012 in Europe, France, Photos | 14 comments

[Not a valid template] I missed skiing last year, so I was very excited to head to the Alps this year. We have quite a big group with which we go skiing every year. Last year however around ski season I was busy enjoying coronas and tacos in Mexico and learning to surf; so no skiing for me. Being from Finland, I suppose I learned to ski about the time I learned to walk, and I do love it. In the recent years I have also developed a love/hate relationship with snowboarding, but I suppose that was just because we had a bumpy start with lots of bruises. But things are better these days with snowboarding and me, thou I think she’s not too happy that I gave her a miss on this year’s ski trip. I think getting...

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Les Arcs

Posted by on October 10th, 2010 in Europe, France, HDR, Les Arcs, Photos | Comments Off on Les Arcs

Now to match the title of the blog, some photos from much colder place. Taken at last years ski trip to Les Arcs in France. Now these photos have been taken using the 18-55mm kit lens that came with my camera. Reason for this, is that the kit lens is a lot lighter than the other general purpose lens that I have (sigma 18-200mm), so it fits easier under my jacket when skiing. Now I wouldn’t recommend having a DSRL under your jacket when skiing, unless you are a great skier and confident you won’t be falling down. I’ve skied since I was a little kid, so I qualify myself to that category. You can imagine what would happen if you crashed on your chest with the camera between you and the slope. It’s not only the camera that...

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