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Is it just me or does it seem like the world and its mother are skiing this half term. I can't get in touch with a single client this week and most of my children's friends are skiing with their families. I don't remember this being a thing when I was growing up. It's never appealed to me but clearly, I'm in the minority. Am I missing something? Maybe I shall take the opportunity to take a couple of days off. I might even book myself a skiing lesson at one of those dry slope centres. Watch this space!
 

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14th Feb 2018 13:18

You know what they say, when they are are sleeping, you should be sleeping

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14th Feb 2018 13:29

Or, do they mean they're "(S) spending the (K) kids, (I) Inheritance?

I hear that Chris Evans (BBC Radio 2) has gone skiing with his family, this week, too? Thank heavens for small mercies!

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to Chris.Mann
14th Feb 2018 13:49

Excellent!

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14th Feb 2018 14:16

Yes, but ...
... ski-ing on dry slopes is more difficult than on the real thing.

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to Euan MacLennan
21st Feb 2018 18:26

Having heard similar from friends I've decided dry slope ski-ing is not for me. Instead we've decided to take a ski trip with another family (also ski-ing virgins) next year. Fingers crossed it's not a disaster.

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16th Feb 2018 10:44

You cant learn to ski in 2 days. Book a two week beginners course in Megeve. It's a wonderful place, even then you might be able to do a red one.

It helps if you are physically fit.

It's also half price outside of half term.

Its like learning to drive a car, a bit frustrating at first but when you get the hang of it....

Also if you spend the cash skiing it cuts down on IHT.

Your target runs -
1. Ski the Wall in Avoriaz
2. The Tunnel in Alpe D'huez
3. And best of all ( and you need a guide) The Vallee Blanche in Chamonix, (before all the snow melts due to global warming.)

Bon Chance

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to Tom 7000
16th Feb 2018 11:05

At the risk of being pedantic the "Wall" can be reached from Avoriaz but is actually in Switzerland which is why it is commonly referred to as the Swiss Wall. I have skied it and it is OK as the sort of run you do once to get the t-shirt and the adrenaline rush but in the wrong conditions and without local knowledge it could be the last run you do. I certainly wouldn't advocate it as a target run, but neither would I encourage people to think that you can learn to ski in two days. You can certainly get started and even make a red run after a fashion, but the slopes are over populated with people who think they can ski rather being actually able to.

Sounds as though you are doing a bit of grandstanding here Tom.

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to ann.greenwood
21st Feb 2018 18:35

My better half can ski having grown up in Italy. I'm fairly certain I'll never get to that standard but I'd be very happy if I could get down a red run without embarrassing myself. Let's see!

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to Tom 7000
21st Feb 2018 18:30

Thank you for the excellent advice Tom7000. I'll let you know if I ever manage a red run.

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By enanen
16th Feb 2018 11:32

Warning signs of a client's imminent business failure:

1. Lease of New Range Rover
2. Exotic and Skiing Holidays
3. Purchase of Rolex
4. Purchase of IPhone 10x

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16th Feb 2018 11:37

Of course you should take time off in February. You deserve it. I do. I have never been skiing and have no wish to. There are many pleasurable alternatives.

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to andy.partridge
21st Feb 2018 18:33

I'm with you Andy.Partridge but I feel the need to learn before I'm too old. Midlife crisis?

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20th Feb 2018 15:00

Skiing?? Far too much effort! I tried it once and had a friend very kindly bring me up one the easy slopes. Ha… Don’t trust anyone who has been skiing for years if you’re only a beginner. I prefer to watch the Winter Olympics - I’ve become quite the expert.
Head to the sunshine and drink cocktails by the pool. Far more civilised.

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