Race Report: Val Thorens 4th December 2013
First week of training and race preparation in Val Thorens
Cara Brown - Ski Racer | | published: 4th December 2013
Cara Brown is a British Ski Racer who we'll be following around this winter, reporting on her training & races. This week she's been in Val Thorens getting ready for the first few races of this season. Here's the first installment of her reports..
This week has been a really good training week. I’ve done two days of Giant Slalom and three days of Slalom. We’ve been training in Val Thorens as they’ve got really great snow coverage and we get to ski the Stade which is where I’ll be racing next weekend.
Training is going really well so far, I’m happy with the way I’m skiing so I’m excited to see what will happen in the races next weekend. On the Giant Slalom training days we managed to set a course down the whole race piste; after two runs my legs were on fire! It gives me a big advantage though to have skied the race piste before everybody else.
In Giant Slalom I’m working on making my turns more even on both sides as my right footed turns don’t seem to be as quick as my left footers. Things are starting to come together though, and I’ve seen a big difference in my skiing just after a week. In slalom I’m working on trying to get my feet closer to the gates in combinations (gates which don’t turn across the hill but are set vertical) and working on moving forward at the end of the turn instead of being pushed back by the gate.
The races start tomorrow [5th December] in Val Thorens. There’s been a change in our plans for next week so now I’m racing Thursday, Friday and Saturday then on Sunday we’re travelling down south to Valberg and Isola 2000, to do another four races. It means I will miss one of the slaloms in Val Thorens on Sunday but I gain another two next week.
By the time we get back, Meribel should be open and we’ll be training up on the Stade. Feel free to come by and say hi if you’re up skiing as well!
I’m also very happy to say that AMS and AMS Rentals are helping me fund my ski season here in France. Thank you very much! Hamish Brown from AMS has successfully decorated his whole office with my pictures in Les Allues…!
I was up in Meribel the other day to see my parents and everything is getting ready to go for the season there. All the shops are starting to open up and the Christmas lights are all lit! I can’t believe it’s already December…where has 2013 gone!? I’ve got my advent calendar and I’m already counting down the days until Christmas…
You can follow Cara's race results here, and if you're in VT this weekend there are races taking place from Thursday to Sunday, so get along and show your support!
Val Thorens Snow Report: 26th November 2013
Exceptional November snow for the start of the season
Caroline Sayer | Val Thorens Reporter | published: 26th November 2013
We are all wildly excited about the coming season because there is already a fantastic amount of snow, as you can see from this 360 degree view of the Rond Point des Pistes in Meribel.
Val Thorens Snow Report: 4th April 2013
A week of skiing, afros, birthdays and most importantly sun!
Gemma Greenway - Green Mountain Chalets | Val Thorens Reporter | published: 4th April 2013
I have kept the skis and had a fantastic week. It was James’s birthday on Tuesday along with two more of my guests so it was certainly a day of celebrations.
Val Thorens Snow Report: 1st April 2013
Giving Skiing a Go....
Gemma Greenway - Green Mountain Chalets | Val Thorens Reporter | published: 2nd April 2013
So, last week I tried out skiing and I actually think I have been converted. I love it! My beginner lessons with New Generation ski school were absolutely fantastic. We had a great laugh in the group, which really varied in ability and the instructor, Luke, did incredibly well to give everyone the attention they needed.
Val Thorens Snow Report: 26th March 2013
Where has this season gone?
Gemma Greenway - Green Mountain Chalets | Val Thorens Reporter | published: 26th March 2013
Just written the date for this report and shocked myself, I cannot believe it is nearing the end of March! Where has this season gone.
Val Thorens Snow Report: 21st March 2013
Wowsers, what an amazing couple of days!
Gemma Greenway - Green Mountain Chalets | Val Thorens Reporter | published: 21st March 2013
After snow, snow and more snow it was still forecast light snow and cloud for Tuesday. When I got up however there was blue, blue sky! My guests staying for a short break were not due to fly until the evening and so had the most fantastic powdery last day.
Val Thorens Snow Report: 18th March 2013
Massive March Powder Week Ahead
Gemma Greenway - Green Mountain Chalets | Val Thorens Reporter | published: 18th March 2013
Erm, there’s a lot of snow. I mean a lot of snow, heaps of the stuff! Literally overnight! It is amazing for March. Conditions are probably the best they have been all season. If you have not already got something booked to come to the Three Valleys then get yourself here and enjoy the white stuff!
Val Thorens Snow Report: 14th March 2013
Dogs, coffees, trainers and Fools
Gemma Greenway - Green Mountain Chalets | Val Thorens Reporter | published: 14th March 2013
I cannot believe it is March - where is the usual slush and early finishes to the day? Nowhere to be seen....Right now in Val Thorens the temps are low, the snow is good and there is more snow due.
Val Thorens Snow Report: 12th March 2013
Superb conditions on piste
Gemma Greenway - Green Mountain Chalets | Val Thorens Reporter | published: 12th March 2013
The good news is that the snow is ace! The other good news is that the pistes are quiet! This makes for a very happy Gem indeed..... I have to admit these reports are much harder to write when the snow is good but I will do my best!
Val Thorens Snow Report: 7th March 2013
Better than school....
Gemma Greenway - Green Mountain Chalets | Val Thorens Reporter | published: 7th March 2013
Well what has this week brought? A bit of a strange one really. The common theme unfortunately seems to be busy pistes and limited skiing so not great for my guests this week.
Val Thorens Snow Report: 4 March 2013
Sledging, sunshine, dining and shopping
Gemma Greenway - Green Mountain Chalets | Val Thorens Reporter | published: 5th March 2013
Only six weeks left of our season now so we need to make the most of it. Not bad conditions to be doing so! We have had another week of sun which makes for absolutely beautiful conditions.
Val Thorens Snow Report: 26th February 2013
The Yellow Thing in the Sky...
Gemma Greenway - Green Mountain Chalets | Val Thorens Reporter | published: 26th February 2013
After a week of sun, it has decided to stay! My tan is coming along nicely. The weather forecast for snow towards the end of last week did not really arrive and the sun has stayed in place. There was a light covering of snow overnight at the weekend but nothing to cause much chaos as the February half term holidaymakers headed home.
Val Thorens Snow Report: 21st February 2013
Where did everybody go?
Gemma Greenway - Green Mountain Chalets | Val Thorens Reporter | published: 21st February 2013
Well what a surprise February half term has been. I have to be honest, I was dreading this week as I thought that it would be uber busy and it would not really be worth heading out on the mountain.
Val Thorens Snow Report: 18th February 2013
Sunny Days Ahead
Gemma Greenway - Green Mountain Chalets | Val Thorens Reporter | published: 18th February 2013
People who were staying in resort last week will be very jealous to see the weather report for this week – sun, sun and more sun!
Val Thorens Snow Report : 14th February 2013
Four Valleys in One Day
Gemma Greenway - Green Mountain Chalets | Val Thorens Reporter | published: 14th February 2013
So, we waited and waited for a sunny day to arrive. As forecast it has snowed all week but on Wednesday we were due a blue sky day. When we got up on Wednesday that was not what we found initially but it turned out to be an awesome day.
Val Thorens Snow Report : 11th February 2013
Gemma Greenway - Green Mountain Chalets | Val Thorens Reporter | published: 11th February 2013
I am not one of these gnarly snowboarder types always heading for the ‘pow pow’. That is not really in my vocabulary or ability to be honest. After a week of non-stop snow however, I could not resist at least giving the soft, fluffy stuff a go.
Val Thorens Snow Report : 7th February 2013
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
Gemma Greenway - Green Mountain Chalets | Val Thorens Reporter | published: 7th February 2013
Wow, it has literally not stopped snowing all week. The bad news is that the full Three Valleys has not been open for most of the week but there has still been plenty to go at in each valley and links have opened up later in the day. The good news is that the snow is set to continue until the weekend and then…it is play time!
Val Thorens Snow Report : 4th February 2013
Big February Snowfalls
Gemma Greenway - Green Mountain Chalets | Val Thorens Reporter | published: 4th February 2013
So in quick summary - we have had, and are due…snow, snow and more snow! Whilst that is the weather forecast people think they like to see, it does not always make for happy skiing.