The Dents du Midi from the 8-man chair in Les Crosets
It’s January and the annual Queens College ski reunion. This is the 10thyear that old Cambridge friends have gathered in Switzerland, and now France, to remember trips of yore, including the celebrated one to Avoriaz where Ross and I met 40 years ago!
Team assembles – Ross, Vix, Nigel B, Diego and Batch
Ross about to do the Swiss Wall
The view toward the Dents Blanches
Batch and Robs
This year we are a reduced number, but it is no less fun for that. A strict no spouse unless linked by skiing ensures that the ‘boys’ (and the girls) let their hair down. Catherine has joined us despite having a new hip and loved experimenting on raquettes. Bravo! Local friends and relations join us as friendships have been forged over the years. Blessed with new snow and sunshine, it is easy to start early, lunch well and to dine splendiferously.
Lots of genepi on this trip! John, Robin and Batch – all Queensmen
Another day another beer…Ross, Robin and Batch
Those Queens boys again!
Lunch at Marmottes; Hilary a ski original
Lunch at Chez Crepy
Dinner chez nous, the traditional Raclette evening!
Dinner at Le Fiacre in CHAtel, 1st night, Catherine complete with new hip, Diego and Christine join us
I stay on after the gang has departed and meet up with some stragglers and enjoy the fab conditions. Later in the week I ski over to Les Gets for the annual Livery Companies’ ski championships, held in Morzine.
Les Gets trees
The course on day 2, just in the sun, with the Master-elect of the Stationers who achieved the livery’s best time when age-adjusted
Looking down the course, day 2
Hosted by the incoming master of the Stationers, by my old colleagues the de la Bedoyeres from Heinemann days, and accompanied by my Vintner neighbours, I have split loyalties when it comes to cheering the racers down the two race courses. As a publisher of over 40 years’ standing, at heart I am a stationer.
Stoy boys, John and George Vintner team
A rivalrous handshake, vintner John and Stationer Fred Fenwick
After the race- Fred, Martin de la Bedoyere, Jane Hindley, and Caroline de la B.
Stationers lineup, racers and supporters: Jane H, captain Martin Woodhead, Martin de la B, Caroline and Nick Mockett
Martin pleased to have got down!
On the second day it is -14 and freezing cold in the shade. Luckily during both races the liveries provide copious vin chaud which makes the races fly by… Funny that.
Ah Stationers’lunch! Chez Nannon and cote de boeuf
The cheese room in Morzine!
Fred getting ready!
Ah, the vin chaud!
One more day with our friends the Netts where we do the circuit – 37 kms non-stop, which takes in a Jazz band on the lift above Les Croset, and then off to celebrate our cousin Diego’s 70 birthday in Geneva. What an exhausting few days. The good news is the toe seems to have healed, the pulled lateral femoral muscle calmed down and I manage to escape with no injuries. Hurrah!
I am a writer and traveller. Our darling daughter Louise died on 2 March 2011, aged 21 (www.louisecattell.com) and I started writing as therapy. We never know how long we have on this earth, so I live for every day...in November 2013 I was diagnosed and operated on for a malignant soft tissue sarcoma in the calf, followed by 6.5 weeks of radiotherapy, so am embarking on a different kind of journey which you can follow here. I also have another site www.healthylivingwithcancer.co with my blueprint for health and well-being.
January 31, 2019 at 1:10 pm
Great post 😁