mountain - down beer'
After recovering from the
summer holidays in 2008, and the rain if
you stayed in the UK, there are rumours of skiing trips once again
being planned for 2009. One interesting holiday snap
Crete uncovers a new resort for us to explore!
again a few of us hit the slopes of Chamonix with new member Lee Rousell
In 2008 we saw expeditions to our old favourites Argentiere and
Courmayer by the Evans family and Rob. Plus our old friend
took a small party to Bulgaria. Alec and family took and even
larger party to the Alps.
man and the Sailing section of BRASS
went off to Austria.
We have another BRASS member as
Gadget man took
him to Austria for
second trip was at Easter when went off to our old favourite
Thunderbay (Rob) showed us how to avoid trees along with
exiled Bere Regis resident and mountaineer Phil. I
like Gadget man took my siblings
Alice and Matt (plus a PSP and Laptop to keep them quiet in the
The Evans family holiday was cut short when international events demand
that he returned to the UK. Buy me a beer and I will tell you
all. Already looking forward to 2008.
|We arrived in
Argentiére to find very little
the village and valley. There was skiing on the higher
Starting off as ice then by late morning it was execellent
after lunch it all turned to slush. So we learnt how to water
Matt started the week well by damaging his knee but he struggled
on with some vin chaud
||Alice soon followed suit
by spraining her wrist .
Her scarf came in handy as a sling.
The sun shone and we could of skied in short sleeve T-shirts.
|We ventured through the
Mont Blanc tunnel and skied
in Italy. Well eventually we skied after
being lost in
Italy. One tip when you come out the Mont Blanc tunnel take
next tunnel on the right. If you take the left one you will
find a turn off for 30 kms.
Italian slopes were fun and the new boarders (Alice and Matt) enjoyed
them. Alice came across her first hole in the floor loo!
winter seasons sees BRASS expanding with three
expedition. Phil our mountaineer went to the Andes to climb
peaks for the New
Year. We have two new members of BRASS as Phil is
accompanied by friends from
North Street. Full story
trip to Argentiere see below.
members Lillie and Scott and a new BRASS
member Mr Gamble went for a foray to the snow in mid-March.
Their new recruit
comes from the dizzy heights of Boswell Close so was be able to
handle the attitude.
man is in between jobs but has threaten to
becomes a ski bum for the season. We saw him in
and don't forget:
Cowards - Slowdown'
This year Bere Regis Alpine Sports Society first expedition to
Argentiere included Rob, Pip and Phil arrived safely on day 1 to find
Nigel had arrived the day before. Nigel admitted he had fallen on his
first day. Drinks in Nigel. After several pitchers of Stella and chips
were ready for dinner. Cheese, Cheese and more Cheese was on the menu
in soups, grilled and puddings. Eventually we end the evening in our
favourite bar surrounded by men and ladies with silly hats wearing
their pants on the outside of their jeans. They were French after all
and we excused their odd behaviour.
Day 2 snow, snow and snow every where. All runs closed. After an
expedition to the supermarket and several pain au chocolats later we
left for La Tour. Eventually a bus came and it was about time
we began to resemble snowmen. Got to La Tour and the pistes
still closed. So joined the kiddies on the nursery slopes. Phil first
to fall. Pip soon joined him head first and ate snow and half the
Lunch involved omeletes and vin chaud followed by more terrorising of
kids on the nursery slope.
Time for afternoon nap to recharge batteries for the next installment.
After an evening of fine food containing the usual cheese lard
more cheese we had to resort to talking to each other.
Day 3 snow, snow and more snow. No skiing at all. An
was planned to Switzerland but even the trains weren't running. Plan C
was instigated and we had lunch in Ziggy's. More cheese this
in the form of a pizza. Then an energetic afternoon snoozing on the
settee followed by an exhausting game of cards. Eventually hunger set
and like all good hunter gathers we found the mobile and booked another
restaurant. This time there wasn't much cheese on the menu but
the chat up lines to the waitress included plenty.
Eventually resorted to type and end up in Ziggy's. Pichet man has
delivered. Stella is still our best mate.
Tomorrow Les Houches beckons as we will have to change resort to find
Day 4 we found snow, ice, avalanches and a bus to Les Houches
where we skied on the World Cup giant slalom downhill course.
Yes we actually skied.
The day started with totally apathy and croissants as it was snowing
and all lifts closed. So we caught a bus down the valley to another
resort. After several queues for buses, ski passes and bubble lift we
made it to soft white powder snow but little visibility.
trying to ski on top of a flat mountain we decided to go
downhill. As we descended the visibility improved but we
ice rather craftily hidden under fresh snow. After several falls by Pip
causing several avalanches we descended further. Nigel 'gadget man'
took on the black run whilst the remainder had a event free ski taking
on tunnels and snow cannons.
Several runs later we returned to apartment and gadget man who was only
person with full ski pass went up the cable car and descended on more
ice at the lower levels.
By dinner the visibility was excellent. Tomorrow will be excellent for
skiing but three of us will be on plane going home.
There and I didn't mention cheese on day 4.
Day 5 and 6 Nigel reports excellent skiing at Le Tour but three of us
are back at work.
The 2nd trip to Argentiere by Brass included Alec, Simon and new member
Blazing sunshine no wind perfect snow: Alec first to fall
!!!!!!!!!!! Down the stairs:
Steve coping very well aided by a mars bar and fag every 30 minutes.
Send more money. Alec and Simon hopeful of interesting photo
website (hopefully with their clothes on!)
More sunshine, more beer, more pain.
Steve has declared that taking his boots off at the end of the day is
better than sex (sorry Claire)
We couldn't have picked a better week - at the mid station almost too
are some photos of BRASS's 2005 skiing trip.
is that unfortunate BRASS
member in the tree?
Rob our favourite airport
I hope he don't drive his shuttle like that on the way to the airport
at Aiguille du Midi
and Mont Blanc
descending to the Valle
skier taking the steep route to
warning before leaving fro
You're on your own!!
piste in Switzerland
with a coffee!
Chamonix Mont-Blanc - France