So what has it been like, living through a ski season in Chamonix without being able to ski or snowboard? Well first things first, how time flies, despite enduring a Chamonix ski season, without skiing or snowboarding! A year on this weekend since our last ski and snowboarding guests left luxury Chalet No.5, it has gone relatively quickly. That’s not to say it hasn’t been a challenging period, isolation, and other things, but we feel we’ve been lucky, and here’s our story why:
Will We Or Won’t We Opening This Winter – The First Question
There was lots of talk in November and early December around whether the season would start the week before Christmas ready for visitors, or not. Most of us felt it was unlikely, but few would deny we didn’t all live in hope. It wasn’t that we didn’t recognise and worry about the risks, they were unquestionably real, but it was a case of head versus heart. Skiing and snowboarding is so deeply rooted in ours and local residents blood, something we look forward to for months, and emotion sometimes trumps common sense.
Season Delayed Until At least 6th January 2021
The first announcement came at the start of December. That ski lifts would not open until at least the 6th January, after the Christmas ski holidays and New Year ski breaks. Despite the fact that many of us kind of expected this, it was still a bitter pill to swallow. The usual friends and family would not be visiting, and the fun packed holidays skiing and snowboarding would be missed. We understood why, and comforted ourselves by the fact that our disappointment was nothing compared to some of the suffering of others. We say this, but it was still a few days feeling a little down. That might sound selfish, but we are human after all.