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I just want to know which shop did the snow boarders edges, they were super sharp.
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Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Chris, very sorry to read of your injury. Please add my voice to your GBS well-wishers. Skiing with Demons (or: The TAO of Chris) came up a lot during our last Zell adventures.
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
If anyone is still vaguely interested - The Chalet Project is over, I can't face another season.

Here is a blog explaining why?

http://www.stylealtitude.com/chris-tomlinson-morzine-ski-season.html

Now I can simply go on skiing holidays like normal people (Idea or maybe become a snow gypsy and live in a well insulated camper van).

PS - Leg fully reattached and mostly follows instructions now. Rumours of amputation were greatly exaggerated - although they did help sell a lot of books Happy
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If anyone is still vaguely interested - The Chalet Project is over, I can't face another season.



not surprised if you only skied one day per week. What on earth was the point? Seriously?
Glad to hear the leg is better!
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Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
@skiingwithdemons,

You do know this was gonna be the best one yet?
Powder and bluebirds aligning with your free days!
Quiet slopes with only well mannered skiers
easy going, well behaved guests from straightforward bookings.


Well probably not 😂 but you never know.

Best of luck this season and thanks for the books that nudged me out here.
Although I never did make it home.
Makes it all a bit easier next season I guess 😂
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@jedster, Yes that was a little exaggerated. I do usually ski more than one day a week. But it's mostly Girlfriend Skiing with guests. Very pleasant, but it is rare I get to ski to my own agenda.

@hawkwind, It seems my books have prompted a few folks to setup their own Chalet Projects, hopefully with a bit more acumen than me. This maybe one of the reasons it's getting harder to find a suitable chalet in Morzine. Or it could be that Zine is getting ridiculously popular.

The Ski Nazis are running their own Project next season too ( just Jan and March). So maybe I'll be staying as their guest a lot next season (payback time) "Valerie , this porridge is too hot."

I'm now being inundated with offers of accommodation. Maybe Ill sofa surf all season.
I've also been invited on a skiing road trip - I'd probably get a whole book out of that one.

As they say "When one chalet door closes several others open". (hmm , must use that line).
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skiingwithdemons wrote:
@jedster, Yes that was a little exaggerated. I do usually ski more than one day a week. But it's mostly Girlfriend Skiing with guests. Very pleasant, but it is rare I get to ski to my own agenda.



I must admit maybe I didn't quite grasp the scope or intent of the Chalet Project - I'd always thought it was supposed to be a little bit of a self funding collective where the guests covered your overhead rather than a full serve business. Or maybe you're just too nice to say "actually today I was going to do my own thing"
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After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
@skiingwithdemons, Good luck with the next stage of your life. I have enjoyed your books and hope whatever comes next for you leads to more inspiration and more books!
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You'll get to see more forums and be part of the best ski club on the net.
best wishes, loved your books, always telling people going to Manzine to buy them!
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@CaravanSkier, @endoman, Thanks guys. Very encouraging.
I need to do something ski-related this winter - SWD3 is about 8 chapters short of being an actual book!
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Oh dear, I just read a review from, what sounds like, a young person (pre-apres ski age).

- I think his parents are going to kill me Happy


snowHead too snowHead too snowHead too snowHead too snowHead too This book changed my life!
ByLeigh Horsfieldon 17 August 2018
Format: Paperback
I only borrowed this book off a friend who said that I would like it but after reading it, I swiftly bought the second and finished it within a few days. I love the Skiing with Demons books - they're so relatable to skiers (Especially if you've stayed in Morzine or any other places mentioned. Can't wait for SWD - III (If there is one in the making)

If you actually care, this is how the book may have changed my life: I'm still at an age where I'm lucky enough to decide what to do with my life (And an age where I've never experienced AprŤs Ski). Before reading this book I was already a ski fanatic - completely obsessed. My favourite place to ski was the Portes du Soleil (Specifically Morzine) and I was contemplating living there. This book has been a bigger eye opener than most days at school for me. Chris, with his relatable skiing stereotypes and fantastic humour has convinced me to become a professional chalet host. My Logic - If someone undergoing mid-life crisis (Such as Chris) can do it - so can a person undergoing a pre-life crisis!

I hope that in a few years time I will be able to join the elite club of bacon runners at the start of the season on their annual commute to the best office in the world.

My Response:

Hi Leigh, Thanks for the great review and your enthusiasm for my books. It is good to know what you want to do with your life at an early age ( pre-apres ski). I'm a little concerned that your parents might not be so impressed with my influence. I, at least, had a few quid ( and a pension prevision) when I embarked on my new life as a Chalet Host.

As well as being amusing, I hoped my books might serve as a warning to those thinking of jacking it all in and heading for the Alps. But, if you've read them both you'll be aware of the downsides as well as the ups.

Maybe I got it the wrong way round? Do the hedonistic chalet host thing when youíre young - then become an accountant when you're old. In any case, I wish you ďbon chanceĒ.

Yes there is to be a SWD3 and it's in the making. Iím just struggling to finish it. It needs a conclusion and I haven't yet decided how the Chalet Project ends.
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And love to help out and answer questions and of course, read each other's snow reports.
DECISION MADE AND BRIDGES BURNT, CHIS TOMLINSON HAS COMMITTED TO A COURSE OF ACTION Ė THERE IS TO BE NO CHALET PROJECT THIS COMING SEASON, WINTER 2019



There will be no bacon run, no Land Rover angst, no food allergies to dance around and no living with 24-hour party people. But most of all the author of Skiing With Demons is looking forward to skiing without cooking a bucket load of eggs first.
You can make important decisions with your head or your heart. Whichever one you choose, the other organ usually haunts you. But all I feel right now is excitement - Iím actually looking forward to the forthcoming ski season!

Itís September now and the calls are coming in. It seems that everyone is now thinking about booking skiing accommodation. Of course if you want to ski this New Year or half term, you are already too late to book anywhere and you may want to review your decision to have had children.

I did have a slight pang when I turned down what would have been my first booking. It initially felt very wrong to say 'no' to a perfectly good piece of business. Then it felt good, in a wicked way, to be delivering the bad news. However, articulating the very sentence that summed it up, 'No chalet this year mate, Iíve decided to just go skiing', I knew Iíd made the right decision.

Surprisingly, as the enquiry emails come in, Iíve discovered what Iíve been missing. Iíve received many invites to go on holiday with former guests and offers of accommodation in Morzine. Even the Ski Nazis*, loyal supporters of my project, have booked their own chalet for next season. I may stay with them just for fun one week and complain about the consistency of the porridge. All in all, Iíve got myself three weeks in Morzine and itís not even October.

Added to that, the Ski Club of GB have come through this year and are sending me to Saas Fee and Meribel to lead two of their holidays. Not wanting to sound like a vulture, I could also be called upon by them to cover colleagues who get injured. Inevitably someone will break a bone or, like me last year, be felled in action. With no commitments this winter other than having fun, I can fill in as requested.

Perhaps, with a season off, it would be a good time to re-mount my campaign for higher BASI status. Part of me knows Iíll need a skiing goal if the Apres Aliens* are to be avoided. But then I know that BASI courses are purgatory. 'BASI have been ruining skiing since 1963', as one disgruntled candidate once told me.

But on this one, Iím going with my heart (not my head) and say 'no', Iím going to try and actually enjoy my skiing season instead; not toil it away and spend hundreds of pounds trying to ski like a ballerina.

With no chalet to run and no ambitions to become a fully qualified instructor, it might seem like my alpine dream has fizzled out and the Chalet Project is over. I feel like I might be letting down those who have enjoyed my books and foolishly been inspired to create their own Chalet Projects. Iíd like to tell them something profound like, 'itís a journey not a destination', but as the Alps are actually a destination, thatís not going to work.

Metaphors aside, my journey has ended, even if theirs is just beginning. However, even though my alpine dream might need a new name, it is very much alive Ė it has just become peripatetic.
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Well, good on you. You had courage to do what you wanted when you wanted, you lived and learnt, had some great times, and some not so great times, some shared with us, and life moves on! You have the ability to write about life in a humorous way which entertains people and may help to earn you a living if thats what you want. Whatever comes next ....... write a story about it! Unless of course it interferes with time on the slopes snowHead Laughing
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
as one door closes, another opens...

regardless Chris, you have the memories, now you can actually go & ski & enjoy it - seems like a plan to me Toofy Grin Toofy Grin
Enjoy, keep safe & have fun.
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 Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Thanks @CaravanSkier, I'm really looking forward to this season, a feeling I've not had for a couple of years now. I will miss my regulars of course - well most of them.
@michaelbury17, Skiing for enjoyment! I'd almost forgot that was possible.
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@skiingwithdemons, but still writing SWD3 on your travels, I hope? Enjoy a season free of whinging guests and I hope you have lots of fun.
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