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France day 1

France day 1

Alex Von Salad, the man, the myth, on the bus to Les Menuires. We arrived in Geneva about 2 hours before but managed to drink a six-pack between the two of us before getting on the bus.


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Comfy bus.


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One of the many towns we passed through on our way to Les Menuires and the Three Valleys.


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Annecy France on a Saturday afternoon.


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Lac D'Annecy.


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Peaks on the southeast side of Lac D'Annecy.


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Chateau du Ruphy just outside Duingt, France.


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Looking south at end of Lac D'Annecy and peaks beyond.


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Bus station in Moutiers, France waiting for the bus to you-know-where. AVS trying to get as much advertising for Liberty Skis as he can.


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Mountains southwest of Moutiers.


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Bus on the way to Les Menuires.


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Peaks above the town of St. Martin de Belleville.


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Little French villages across the valley.


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Ski run going down into St. Martin de Belleville.


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Our hotel room at Hotel Le Menuire. A very comfortable three star hotel, and they gave us a deal on the room even with AVS staying with me.


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First night at hotel dinner wine number one. Was an excellent wine for about 20 bucks.


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The second bottle that night.


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French toilet paper. WTF? For this we save their asses in WW2? Jesus. Paper napkins from McDonald's have more substance. The poke through was always an issue.


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Our hotel at night.


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France day 2 courchevel (1)

Waking up the for the first day of skiing a little hung over.


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France day 2 courchevel (3)

Base area of Les Menuires ski area.


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France day 2 courchevel (5)

Alex Von Salad getting his scene together for a day of skiing.


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France day 2 courchevel (6)

Riding the chairlift over to Courchevel for the day.


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Still on the same chairlift.


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France day 2 courchevel (11)

Standing on top of the ** quad chair with the start of the ** piste on the right. Looking southwest.


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France day 2 courchevel (12)

Looking west down the Les 3 Marches piste. Pretty wide (about 100 meters) and nice and uncrowded. Nice mellow pitch of about 20 degrees steepness so you don't get going too fast.


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France day 2 courchevel (13)

One of the wonderful signposts telling the piste names. I love these things. Note the boorish guy in front; opps! That's my friend AVS! Sorry buddy.


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The Le Roc Des 3 Marches bar/restaurant. Nice place for a drink and bit to eat. Never very crowded when I was there but it was the last of the season.


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Looking at Meribel valley from the ** piste. Nice and rolly ski run, about 75 meters wide and 18-20 degrees in steepness.


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Looking down the ** piste with AVS towards Meribel.


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Looking back up the ** piste about one third the way down. The *** chair is in the background.


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Signpost on the col between Courchevel and Meribel. Aiguille du Fruit in the background (the pointy banana shaped mountain, ergo the funny french name I think).


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