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The view from............ Val d'Isere and the Espace Killy

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@Steve Angus, as both PeakyB and Muppet have said, thanks for the updates. Let's hope things settle down over the summer so we can look forward to another great season next year.
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Iski - ha ha. Thanks re the hanger - Bens is taking shape currently!
thefatcontroller - yes indeed it was decadent that is for sure
PeakyB - thanks as always - yes the end of an 'interesting' season! Yes look back with fondness will hopefully be my motto for sure! Yes there have been some great moments this season that is for sure! My favourite was only a week or so before the end I think - fresh powder all the way down (first tracks too) to the heli pick up zone at Chevril - paid to take people heli skiing in fresh powder - does NOT always work out that way - ha ha! But yea skiing the Face with my daughter was a proud moment too! Thanks - yes heres to the positive future for us all!
muppet - thanks indeed! Ill keep an eye on your place for you and yes hope to see you in the Summer sometime!
sno trax - thanks - yes indeed! Settle down will be the vital thing!

Day 55 - T-1 days!

Well folks another day passes... very much 'same as, same as' really. However today feels slightly different - excitement in the air. Actually relief really... the thought that tomorrow we can go to a friends house for a cuppa, we could go for a long cycle ride and have family picnic half way up the mountain if we wanted - its 'freedom' really. In honour I have burned my attestation we have had to carry around for the last 8 weeks - binned all of our forms and put the passport (ID) back away in the filing cabinet!

We had a nice time out for a walk and like yesterday the clouds and rain moved in later on so we enjoyed the most of the weather in the morning!

We spoke to quite a few family members and indeed Clare is on hour 3 of a friends Zoom get-together - or so it seems - ha ha!

In terms of schooling - we should hear tomorrow about Thursday (its now Thursday for the local school back to school time!) and Olivia going back to school but our nice French neighbour has said she will have Olivia and Ben over for play dates from time to time to help Olivia practice her French BUT apart from that we do not know what and when might happen!

So yes this is the last daily update from me for this season and as the 8 week lockdown 'phase 1' comes to an end we hope that the next few weeks brings some good news and that when I do my monthly update at the end of next month there will be better news all round! So it will be monthly updates from now on in!

Radio Val published this today:

"From tomorrow, mountain activities can resume and parks and gardens in the city can reopen. 95% of the department's schools will be able to open for the most part on May 14, then on staggered dates. We do not yet know the date of reopening of the schools in Val d'Isère, the teachers will pre-start Monday and it has already been announced that the school will continue to be done remotely on Tuesday. Middle school students in 6th and 5th will be able to start again from May 18, the date has not yet been set for students in 4th and 3rd. Finally concerning the health plan, the 10 COVID centers of the department, including that of Bourg St Maurice, will be maintained. The tests will not be performed directly by the treating physicians, but by the medical analysis laboratories and COVID centers. In case of symptoms, you should consult your general practitioner who will decide, or not, to order a PCR test. If it turns out to be positive, you will be asked to isolate yourself and give the names and phone numbers of the people with whom you have been in contact within the 48 hours preceding the arrival of the first symptoms to test them in turn. In Savoie, 40 dedicated health insurance people will manage this monitoring. In the department, 150 accommodations in hotels and holiday centers are available, to isolate contact persons if necessary"


Looking forward to being able to use this tomorrow (well the kids anyway!)


TTFN
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Many thanks for all your blogs. I shall miss them but you definitely deserve a break. Let's hope we can all ski freely next winter.
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Thank you, Steve Angus, I hope you and your family are able to have a reasonably enjoyable and productive summer.
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@Steve Angus, best blog on the net - thanks for keeping it going through the crisis snowHead
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Fantastic you made it through lockdown! Thanks for the updates. Enjoy the bike rides and picnics.
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Olivia's card is so lovely - even felt a little tearful reading it! Reading your updates has become part of my daily routine, so just wanted to say thanks and enjoy your impending freedom Little Angel
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After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Thanks for all you do on social media. It helps us get through this. See you next season.
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Sheffsnow91 wrote:
Reading your updates has become part of my daily routine, so just wanted to say thanks and enjoy your impending freedom Little Angel


Long time lurker - very infrequent poster but just had to agree. Your 'blog' is the first post I look for on opening Snowheads. So thank you for sharing your lock-down experience with us. I have so enjoyed reading about your days and your family and am in awe at just how you've managed it so well and so positively, when i am sure at times it has been very hard indeed.

Have a good summer, enjoy your freedom, and l look forward to the June installment.

Regards

Sharon
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Thank you for these. I hope all goes well over the summer for all of you (including your mum). Olivia looks so "grown up" in some of the photos over the last few day.
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@Steve Angus, It has been so interesting following your French Alps lockdown, hope you all have a great summer and look forward to your posts later in the year.
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Thanks for your great commentary - great to see how well you have apparently coped. One may grumble here but it sounds as if it has been far more restrictive in France. and the takeaway menu looks fab and very reasonable. Have mercifully discovered a couple of <4 miles pre covid haunts that are doing takeaways and sunday roasts and this week's project is to start using them. Sadly my local is not doing anything. Good luck for next season (and with the accounts).
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WOW THANKS EVERYONE

Such kind words and plenty of people came out the woodwork to comment today! Stay safe and yes ill be back in a few weeks time! First day of freedom today FELT different - bike ride into town (decadent!) and a play in the playground for the kids - they were born again - perhaps Clare and I were too!

Still no word on schools going back on Thursday or not..... arghhh! But good news I have finally finished my accounts! Bring it on - Summer 2020 has arrived!

TTFN
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You know it makes sense.
have a great lockdown free summer!!
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Thanks Steve. It's been fascinating to have an insider's account of what its been like in a French resort. We have stayed in your apartment block in previous years, but this year it all closed down before we could get there. Like the familiar views from the balcony nevertheless.
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