After the New Year…., I was about to write New Year celebrations, But if you read our New Year without skiing blog, you’ll know it felt far from the celebration we normally enjoy. So after fabulous Christmas and a ‘calm’ New Year, normality beckoned. Well, not really, with covid active, the ‘new strange’ beckoned, to be precise! This meant a January with probably no skiing or snowboarding. Officially, a decision was to be made on the 6th about possibly opening on the 20th, but we were under no illusions by now. It wasn’t going to happen. Cases and the R rate were rising. The R rate, whoever cared that much about statistics, least of an ‘R Rate’ before 2020?
We all resigned ourselves to recognising that this ski and snowboarding season was not going to happen. Chalet No.5, yours and our favourite luxury chalet in Chamonix wasn’t going to be able to open. To rub salt into the wounds, January continued where December had left off, snowing, snowing, and snowing some more! Old pairs of ski touring skis and boots were dug out of the back of lofts and outhouses, and the local ski shops started to make a roaring trade in cross country ski rentals.