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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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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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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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Jehu - thanks. Yes I think 'ski freely' might happen to some extent - see below for more on that
Iski - thank - yes we are trying to.
moosepig - you're welcome
FrediKanoute - yes just about.... not much on the picnic and bike rides so far unfortunately
Sheffsnow91 - ah thanks thats nice...
endoman - bring it on!
snowlamb - thanks Sharon - thats really lovely - hope this instalment doesn't disappoint!
CaurnieBred - thanks... yes she does look much older eh! My mum is fine thanks!
Linds - thanks - glad you enjoyed
countryman - ha ha thanks! I think things were more restrictive here thats for sure! Enjoy those pubs!
snowornever[b] - ha ha certainly am trying!
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- the view is still as good thanks! Thanks!

Spring, Summer or back to Winter

The last few weeks we have had all sorts of weather - plenty of sun but the last week or so has been cloudy and even today it snowed here in town but one thing is for sure the snowline has really retreated back up the hill and out the window there is very little snow to see.

Things have been slowly getting back to normal here with the set up for Summer coming along nicely, shops opening, bars etc opening and finally next Monday the swimming pool will re-open. As those who are here in the inter season will know this year really feels 'normal' - its quiet with not a lot going on apart from a few locals so from that point of view if feels normal again! Lets hope it stays that way!

So the town amongst other things gave out free facemasks (well the whole of France were given facemasks basically)... so we have masks for everyone and that with the disposable ones we bought in Super U means we are well stocked for masks in this household but the interesting thing is that we dont really ever have the need to wear masks apart from the very occasional trip to the shops - oh well!

Details about where the town goes moving forward has not really crystallised since last month BUT the new mayor was sworn in and of course as was widely reported the summer skiing season has started and with about 200 people a day up on the Val glacier it is slow but steady start. The snow, I am told is excellent. The media here in France are trying to show that things are getting back to normal by spreading photos etc everywhere so hopefully that will help push the cause towards next season!

The whole Olivia back to school saga finally came good! Initially no spaces, then another reason and so on. However finally about 3 weeks ago we got the call to say she had a spot at school. There are no school buses, school is only mornings (and they always have Wednesday off anyway!), and she is home for lunch but it is good that she is back! None of her girl friends are back BUT on the flip side they are mixing some of the younger kids in with the few from her class so she is acting as the 'big' girl which she thrives on. At break time in the playground they have a painted square on the ground that they have to stay within and the teachers give them a toy they can play within that box so it is a little 'strange' but needs be! We are happy that she is back at school and at least Ben is getting some attention instead! Unfortunately Ben will not be able to go back to Creche possibly not until September - arghhh!

I personally have gotten a little (few weeks) DIY work for a contact here in this block (makes commuting very easy). So I am basically turning 2 rooms into 1; some plastering, painting and much else besides! Im about to lay a new floor in there two so that has been a good few weeks of work. To be honest that work is VERY much welcome as there is nothing else for our family lined up at the moment so hoping something else comes up before too long!

However we are probably going to take a trip back to the UK in early July as schools break up for the Summer so it will be more into August before things need a work refocus - we shall see!

Ive also built our new entrance area to our flat after we purchased some communal space from the co-props for the building so I have built a doorway and put some lighting in... more to do out there at some point and also on our balcony - more on that to come... I'm especially looking forward to the arrival of the fake grass we bought to be laid out there too. The kids on the other hand have (surprisingly) been amazed by a treadmill that I ordered many many weeks back (was thinking fitness during the lockdown) and it finally arrived the other day - the kids have used it to go for lots of walks so far - its quite funny to see really!

The main photos from this month have come from Radio Val...

Ill be back next for more updates.


TTFN


Everyone wanted to make the most of the ability to go ski touring when we were again allowed last month!


The road up to the Col finally got cleared and re-opened last week


Interim mayor hands over to new mayor last month


They are re-water proofing the tunnel under the pistes roof at the moment


They made it!


The lifts are running - however note that there does NOT seem to be a mandatory 2 (or some other figure) people per chairlift! Hmm this could be a good sign (from a commercial point of view) for the resort next year! Time will tell.

TTFN
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It's great to have your news, Steve. Many thanks.
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Good to hear how things are going for you and your family!
Hopefully the strange 14 days quarantine rule in uk will have been abandoned by the time you want to visit!!
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thanks for the update. i find the box for the children to play in most disturbing but that perhaps isnt for this forum.

nice to hear things are returning to normal. would love to go for a coffee somewhere!! (stuck in scotland).
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