europe 2014

Europe 2014 - Courchevel - And that's a wrap!!!

The final day of Euro 2014 brought bright blue skies.  The group met up top of the Saulire for the group photo minus our fallen comarde. You are missed Mr. Johnson.  After the photo shoot, the groups dispersed in various directions.  Linc's group headed to Mont Vallon and some great off piste before heading up to the Saulire chutes.  Then it was off to watch the polo before a great lunch at La Soucoupe.  

Europe 2014 - Courchevel : Trees, Rocks and La Folie Douce

NOTE:  To protect the egos and well being of some YESturians, the indenties of certain individuals have been changed. 

Europe 2014 - Courchevel, Couloirs to Culinary Cuisine

Tuesday brought more clear blue skies.  Linc's group was the first out the door as they were being led by Marie.  She quickly put them to the test by dropping in under the Saulire tram.  After passing the exam she proceeded to drag them all over the 3 Vallees taking them down various steep bits of terrain.  They made as far as Val Thorens before stopping for lunch.  The way back consisted of more steeps before ending with a run down the Grand Couloir.  Smiles all around as they celebrated a great day with some refreshments.

Europe 2014 - Courchevel Powder

"I don't know if its the powder or the drugs I took this morning, but I feel terrific!"  -- un-named YESturian

Europe 2014 - Hello Courchevel

Saturday was a bluebird and a great day for a transfer to Courchevel.  The one problem, the 2 vans dispatched to take us there had insufficeint room for all our gear.  It took half an hour but we finally managed to jam all the bags and people inside.  With no wiggle room it was off with the vans on a slight angle as the back bumper was dragging along the ground.  A lunch stop in Chamonix before we finally made it to our new digs with only a few detours along the way.  Le New Solarium is in a great location and after welcome drinks it was off to a great dinner.  

Europe 2014 - Verbier, what a Finale!!!!

WARNING : If you are sitting in an office and/or it's 30 degrees outside, you may want to stop reading now.

Europe 2014 - Verbier, from Couloirs to Bruson

Thursday morning brought cloudy skies and a few cloudy heads.  Meesh's group had the services of Powder Extreme guide Mikey and were first out the door.  After a few warm-up runs it was off to the first challenge of the day, a Verbier classic, Le Creblet.  After surviving the first part of the run, the group determined that Creblet was French for hard, sun affected bullsh@t snow.  After a quick traverse, Mikey was able to find some better softer snow much to the groups relief.  A few runs on piste to get back in the groove and it was off to the second big challenge, the Tortin Couloir.

Europe 2014 - Verbier, Bluebird

Wednesday brought about a rest day for most of the YES Euro Crew with the exception of Linc's group.  As half his group was escorting Mr. Johnson to the airport on Tuesday, Lincoln agreed (was told) that the group would ski Wednesday instead.  Turned out to be a great deal as the skies were blue with the sun shining down.  While the others had a lie in and a busy snacking/shopping agenda, Linc's group headed up the hill and the challenges that awaited.  

Europe 2014 - Verbier, Mont Fort

Tuesday morning brought about grey skies in the village and some trepidation in the YES ranks.  The Hardcore PowderPuffs had a date with Will the guide and they were aprehensive to say the least.  (Actually the morning was the least Dick heard them say all week.)   With Mr. Johnson (you will be missed) off to Geneva  with his entourage/baggage porters, Linc's crew had the day off.  Linc enjoyed a leisurely ski and a trip down the valley to Le Chable.  The visibilty cleared up in spots and some fresh powder was skied in the Lac des Vaux area.

Europe 2014 - Verbier, Blue to Grey

Verbier greeted us Sunday morning with blue skies and great conditions on the hill.  The groomers were in great shape and the off-piste was soft.  Most of the groups played around the Attelas and La Chaux areas while some made it as far as Siviez.  The skiing was great and most took advantage of the great conditions.  Mid afternoon saw some of the crew head to the ski-in bar at the W.  For most it was love at first site as even though we only skied a fraction of the area, everyone was impressed.  After dinner Mr.