Spring is here….

I love Spring in Chamonix. 

I love the fresh new colours, the flowers springing out of the ground at an exceptional rate, the warmth in the air as we have lunch out on the patio…   We have white and purple crocuses popping out of the ground now, and wild yellow alpine primroses scattered across the garden.

Our Forsythia came into bloom two days ago - ski piste behind

Our Forsythia came into bloom two days ago - ski piste behind

Les Houches closes tomorrow…  We have had an amazing season this year.  The snow has been phenomenal and has lasted right to the end – albeit a little slushy these last couple of weeks.  

It is melting back very quickly now..   but that is how it goes end of season.  I am reminded of David Attenborough programmes where the winter ice melts to reveal the tundra!

Snow melting back - but it is still possible to ski past the chalet!

Snow melting back - but it is still possible to ski past the chalet!

Compare this with just a few weeks back!

Compare this with just a few weeks back!

Do you know what though… I am getting excited!   When the winter ends, we get a whole load of different sports to play – different things to do…  Walking, hiking…  We’ll be getting the bikes out soon and going for cycle rides.  The local climbing crags will be warm and Helen and I can go climbing again…  Paragliding season really starts – the possibility of cross-country flights – taking off from Chamonix and not knowing where I am going to land…  Very cool stuff.

Amazingly beautiful at any time of year!

Amazingly beautiful at any time of year!