Allemont Lift is making Progress

allemont lift is making progress
Progress in Allemont

The Allemont lift is making progress towards completion later this summer.

The lower installations are well on their way with the familiar shape of a lift taking place. The buildings in Allemont will be the largest part of the construction with the Car Park and ticket office.

There will also be the hangar for storing the gondolas out of season.

Elsewhere, the concrete is being poured for the bases of the pylons. This has needed a helicopter to deliver the wet concrete for pouring as the terrain is too steep for any vehicles.

The pylons themselves are being delivered at the base of the dam and will also be assembled with the help of the helicopter.

It will be interesting to see how the extra car parking affects the Car Parking in Oz.

More news later…

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Cross Country Extreme

For a lot of downhill skiers, the idea of cross country extreme skiing would be hard to picture.

But cross country skiers like the backcountry too, even with skinny skis. The bindings are flimsy, the boots flexible and the skis have no edges.

You can tell he’s having fun, though.

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COVID-19 and Alpe d’Huez

Empty restaurant terrace in Alpe d'Huez
An empty terrace in Alpe d'Huez

UPDATED Whats going on with COVID-19 and Alpe d’Huez?

At the moment the skiing is CLOSED until December 2020.

All access to the mountains for skiing has been closed.

This means no ski touring is allowed either.

Roll on next year.

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Ski Videos Lesson 1

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Lessons I've leared while making ski videos

Everyone loves to make a ski video, its a great way to remember the best parts of the trip. Here’s my first ski videos lesson.

The cameras are small and light, easy to carry; you can even use your phone.

Of course, the way you get the best shots is to nudge them into place with a bit of direction.

Easy stuff like: “I’ll ski down a bit and then you guys ski past me on my left”. Something like that.

So what I said to my friend, who wanted his exploits on a board recorded, was: “I’ll ski down there”, so far so good, “and then I want you to ski towards me”.

Oh dear! What I meant was that he should approach me directly and then pass below me. There wasn’t really space above me and I thought this was obvious.

In retrospect, nothing is obvious unless clearly explained.

So he sets off, pulls a few nice turns and then starts braking near me, throwing up a bit of snow. But then I see his board bouncing and I reckon he is going to pull a last minute swerve around me.

No, he has lost control and sweeps me off me feet.

No harm done but next time I’ll be better at giving clear instructions.

I hope this ski videos lesson helps you next time you get out on the slopes.

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