It's Snow Time!

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The girls enjoying the snow
We were well ahead of schedule when we arrived at the hostel (UCPA), which meant spending an hour or so sitting on the bus waiting for reception to open up.  Eventually it all worked out and we got our room, met up with Cherie and Yell and had some breakfast.

We all then spent some time waiting in line to get our bus and lift pass from reception and then get all the snowboarding equipment sorted.  I'm very glad I went for snowboarding over skiing as the ski boots are just so uncomfortable and hard to walk in.

We walked around town, having a look in the various shops, watching all the people walk past with theirs arms full of baguettes.  Decided to adopt the old motto "when in Rome" and purchased a baguette for ourselves along with some olives and slices of Chorizo.
  Also grabbed some cans of beer which were 8.4% - not a nice tasting drink at all.  Was very nice sitting near the water fountain, eating some lunch with the alps all around.

At 2pm we met our instructors and walked the 15min to the ski lift (our warm up).  It was a nice 10 minute ride to the top of the piste, with a lift change in the middle.  We were all very excited as we climbed the mountain - getting a good look around the alps and seeing all the skiers and snowboards flying along the slopes.

We first learned to just stand on the board and get pushed along.  I was quite nervous as I quickly realised how slippery the boards can be when put onto the ground - position your weight in the wrong spot and the board goes one way and you go the other.  After a few pushes back and forth the confidence and control was gained and we were able to kick the board along and then jump on it.  We then put our front foot in the binding and used the back leg to propel along learning to squat a little to turn left or stand up more to turn right.  At the end of the lesson most people were pretty good at just sliding along without falling off.

Everyone was encouraged to have a bit of a nana nap after the lesson so we would be re-energised for the Christmas Eve party.
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The girls enjoying the snow
The girls enjoying the snow
Ready....
Ready....
Weeeeeeeee...
Weeeeeeeee...
Woooooopps
Woooooopps
Picturesque Alps taken from outsid…
Picturesque Alps taken from outsi…
A view of the ice rink
A view of the ice rink
Our chalet is the the main buildin…
Our chalet is the the main buildi…
Avoid if possible
Avoid if possible
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