Bluebird days and lazy lunches

Girl wearing gold jacket standing on top of a snowy mountain in Val d'isere, France

Bluebird days are beautiful in the mountains. When the sky is blue anywhere in the world it’s a beautiful sight, but when you’re up there surrounded by snow as far as the eye can see, there’s truly nothing like it. 

On a true blue bird day, you’re gifted with fresh powder creating a clean white blanket over everything. We weren’t quite lucky enough to have any fresh snow during our trip, but we did have radiant, beautiful sunshine every day giving opportunities to take stunning pictures of our surroundings. 

Every day was spent skiing, so I don’t actually have that many stories to tell you from our trip. Just a few more restaurants before it’s back to London and greyer skies! 

top of a snow topped mountain in Val d'isere, France

couple standing on top of a snowy mountain in Val d'isere, France

top of a snowy mountain in Val d'isere, France

top of a snowy mountain in Val d'isere, France

ski resort on top of a snowy mountain in Val d'isere, France

On days like these when rumours of ‘no snow in the mountains’ have spread, the slopes are ours. Freshly ploughed, with the very best skis from Snowberry (there really is nowhere better to hire from) we’re free to roam the pistes together with hardly another soul in sight. 

top of a snowy mountain in Val d'isere, France

top of a snowy mountain in Val d'isere, France

Girl wearing gold jacket standing on top of a snowy mountain in Val d'isere, France

top of a snowy mountain in Val d'isere, France

Girl wearing gold jacket standing on top of a snowy mountain in Val d'isere, France

When I was about 12, I demanded a new ski outfit. Ironically, my salopettes had risen to my ankles and a gap had appeared between my glove and the cuff of my jacket. My Dad marched me into Roxy and made me try on about ten different dark blue mens jackets because they were ‘practical’ I was horrified, frantically waving a beautiful baby pink jacket in front of him instead. I found a pretty pair of polka dot gloves to go with it and was pleased as punch when we made a deal that I could have it if  we bought it a few sizes too big. 

He thought he had bought me a child’s size 16, he didn’t. It was size 16. So, I suffered the jacket for five years until I was self sufficient enough to take myself to Zara and buy a completely impractical gold metallic jacket that barely kept the cold out. 

Needless to say, when Didi’s Boutique gave me this beautiful bronze, fur trim ski jacket last year, I knew it would be the perfect addition to my winter wardrobe on the slopes. 

top of a snowy mountain in Val d'isere, France

Guy wearing helmet, buffer, gloves and goggles standing on top of a snowy mountain in Val d'isere, France

I know in these photos I’m not wearing a helmet, but I can’t advocate wearing one enough. If you’re going skiing – no matter your ability, it’s so important to wear one. Remember, it’s never about your own skiing but other people on the slope. You may know exactly what you’re doing, but if someone’s ploughing into you at 40 miles an hour, it’s inevitable that it’s going to hurt and a helmet might just save your life. 

Luckily, Snowberry offer free helmets for kids. Helmets for adults are for hire for next to nothing, so you’re sure to be covered. 

Knowing I can swap into my Moon Boots after a long day skiing, before storing my perfectly fitted ski boots and top of the range skis in the warmth and safety of Snowberry, ready for first lifts every morning, sets me up for a perfect apres session at Coco Rico. The sort of apres where you don’t have to worry about having your skis stolen from the slope outside! 

top of a snowy mountain in Val d'isere, France

Girl wearing gold jacket standing on top of a snowy mountain in Val d'isere, France

top of a snowy mountain in Val d'isere, France

ski parachute on top of a snowy mountain in Val d'isere, France

skiing on top of a snowy mountain in Val d'isere, France

ski parachute on top of a snowy mountain in Val d'isere, France

ski parachute on top of a snowy mountain in Val d'isere, France

After an incredible morning’s skiing, the only other thing that’s inevitable is that your stomach will be moaning enough to cause an avalanche.

We spoilt ours to a bit of a feast at La Baraque while our eyes feasted on the beautiful chalet-style decor.

La Baraque interior in Val d'isere, France

La Baraque interior in Val d'isere, France

La Baraque interior in Val d'isere, France

La Baraque interior in Val d'isere, France

La Baraque interior in Val d'isere, France

La Baraque interior in Val d'isere, France

La Baraque interior in Val d'isere, France

La Baraque interior in Val d'isere, France

The sun was literally streaming through the windows as we ordered. A burger and a stir fry, both shared – I don’t really know who orders what any more!

La Baraque interior in Val d'isere, France

La Baraque interior in Val d'isere, France

stir fry on wooden table La Baraque in Val d'isere, France

Light bulb, La Baraque interior in Val d'isere, France

bread basket, La Baraque interior in Val d'isere, France

Glass bottle of water, La Baraque interior in Val d'isere, France

Girl smiling eating chips at La Baraque in Val d'isere, France

stir fry and burger with chips on a wooden table La Baraque in Val d'isere, France

La Baraque interior in Val d'isere, France

Burger and chips in La Baraque in Val d'isere, France

mountain goat wearing a wig La Baraque interior in Val d'isere, France

Man smiling wearing black ray bans and a white roll neck La Baraque in Val d'isere, France

The food was really good, in a lovely cosy setting. Something we both really needed – I hear the evening at La Baraque is also pretty awesome. It’s a predominantly french restaurant, so if you want something a little more cultured, you’ll find it there!

We made some beautifully furry friends on the way home.

Fluffy brown and white dog with yellow eyes

The mountains had one final treat in store for us, before the sun swapped places with the moon and it was cocktail hour once more.

Sunset in the mountains, Val d'isere, France

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