It's been two years since our last ski trip. Last time we went to Alpe d'Huez as a part of a university group, and it was quite fun. I still remember the pain in every muscle I got after two days of snowboarding. Literally everything hurt: I distinctly recall the sensation of the exhausted diaphragm when breathing. The pain was so omnipresent it was funny (and it hurt to laugh, too).
That's because I'm a fairly inexperienced snowboarder. I'm compensating for my poor technique with muscle power, and two years ago I frankly wasn't in a great shape. My wife's a great skier, though, so she was doing much better.
Planning a ski trip is a bit tough: you usually have to make a connection from the train to the bus, find a place to rent the equipment, compare the ski passes - all of this for a couple of resorts and on a number of available dates. I am not very familiar with places to ski in Europe, too - so I need to read about the resorts to check if they are not too boring, not too hard, and not too flat for a snowboarder. This kind of research often overwhelms me and I decide that I don't care enough for skiing to go through it. For this sole reason we didn't go anywhere last winter.
This year, however, there was a trip organized by my job's work council, and we happily joined a group of my colleagues. We went to Les Arcs 2000, a large ski resort in the French Alps.
Everything was great! The weather was mostly good (we got two dark, snowy days; two really sunny days, and three days in between), the snow was wonderful, and the accomodation was not bad at all.
Being a camera nerd, I took my camera and drone for a ride. I was lucky enough to get a pink sunset light on the peaks once; and on two mornings I got clear skies. Both mornings I was one of the first people awake in the hotel, running to the slope with a tripod and a camera bag. I felt really happy to be almost one on one with the epic view of Mont Blanc.
But this was not a photography trip by any stretch; instead I promised I will put snowboarding first. I feel an improvement in my technique, and I am looking forward to riding again next year!