The 2002/2003 Season in (very) brief...
Opening night at the Pub, 10 years... Shib's Colin's Wedding. Jesus missing. Residents ski passes arguments. Fantastic opening skiing day, nightmare opening skiing day (down to resort). Injuries. Village opening. G&T party. Goldfish incident. Photo shoot / questionnaire. TC visits. Dicks first visit. Ali in Cham. Icicles wine tasting carnage. Dan, Fleet, Jules, Suze, Jane, Dave. Christmas / New Year hell. Phil's breakdown. Absenthe. French rumble. Kelly in Val. Zoe in Kenya. TMC v Ski Higher. Fight club 1. DoubleDex & Dominic Cork. Sandy & Sue ahhhh. Bushy's Sticky snow. Ice. Avalanches. Big snow at last. Nathan's new skis & slow relatives. Ski Fleet Hire. Sea Monkeys. Christina rolls her car. Ben's eye. Sophie/Mike ditch job in Val. Natives Party. Fleet finally goes home. Shibboleth opening gig. Fight club 2. Curry night 2. More snow at last. Sharon. 6am TMC party. Kim. Matt. Billy's raid on the pub. Gibb. Tim's 40th birthday. Stripper. Shibboleth at Village - carnage. More big snow. Sun. George. More sun. James. Queues at Biollay. Karens memory loss. More sun. Heinekin night. Beatles at Pizza Express. Riot cops stag do. Nakedness. LDV lunches. More sun. Poundy. Sarah. Milan trip. Return of Jo & Shorty. Dicks. Bond night. Race day. Sun. Shibbs last stand. Snow! and more snow. Charity Day. Visits from Brewski Lou, Soph & Mike and TC. Stocks. 24 Eggs. Return of Mel. Naked ski racing. The VT / Mt Vallon day. Essex Billy back. Boobs. LDV last night. Will you love me for ever? €7508 raised. ET / Drew. Amy returns. Sauna Party. Lock-in. 73 Years & £28,500. 5am again. Snowboard incident. Gasex circuits, ski 'til you drop. Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning. Tignes trip. Snowline BBQ. Albertville Chinese. Greece Trip. Wedding....
End of season
Fri 26 April 2003. The Final report of the season (apart from some updates on the glacier situation over in Tignes). Overall the best season for 4 years - big snow depths high up and some decent dumps at the beginning of January, February and towards the end of March kept us going (with a few lighter falls in between). Great to see routes to Brides and Bozel open as well as the long La Tania drag opening once again (we heard it never would 'cos of the increased speed & capacity of the gondola). The snow cannons created a base on the Folyeres resort run that lasted right until the end of the season in La Tania, with the Troika beginners lift closing on the final day - well done to the piste basher lads! The final day in La Tania saw circuits of Gazex until the lifts closed - well done to those involved, see you all next season... Previous reports
some more final words from 2002/3...
La Tania is now closed until the Summer when we re-open for July and August for a host of summer activities from Mountain Biking (all downhill 'cos you go up on the ski lifts) to fishing! The Tignes glacier is now closed for a month until it re-opens for summer skiing through 'til September (20km of runs and up to 16 lifts will open). Well done to Sophie, Mike, Gazza etc on completing the BASI instructor course up there last week. The Saisonnaires Poll Results are now here. So another season over, lots of stories to be told and memories to last a lifetime. The snow was certainly the best for 4 years and Saisonnaires surpassed themselves with their drunken antics and hard core skiing & boarding (to those who tackled Plumbers, Gazex 3, the 4th Couloir and Croix du Verdon, I salute you).
some words of wisdom
"The only trouble about going to New Zealand in the summer again is you end up doing not just back to back Winters but Winter, Winter, Winter - 'cos you're bound to be coming back out here aren't you?"
Thanks Mr Shilton, who came out for a first weeks skiing holiday in December 99, has hardly been home since and won this seasons Best Skier in La Tania Award.
It's been a blast - thanks to everyone for a great season, 'til the Summer, Go Hard... Toffa.
Sep 28 - Tignes opens
for Winter season!
Sep 28 to 29 - Southern Snow Show Calshot Southampton
Oct 05 to 06 - Northern Snow Show GMEX Manchester
Oct 19 to 20 - Brighton Snow Show Brighton Race Course
Oct 11 to 13 - British Ski & Snowboard Show NEC Birmingham
Oct 25 to Nov 03 - Daily Mail Ski & Snowboard Show Olympia London
Oct 26 - La Tania ski show reunion at Olympia - in Brewskis Bar
Nov 08 to 10 - Board X Alexandra Palace London
Nov 09 - Val Thorens Opens
Dec 01 - Resort wakes up. Pub Le Ski Lodge opens at 5pm
Dec 01 - Val d'Isere Opens
Dec 07 - Courchevel 1850 & Meribel main lifts open
Dec 07 to 08 The Andros Trophy - car & motorcycle race on ice in Val Thorens
Dec 08 - Locals 2003 photo shoot in the Ski Lodge
Dec 12 - The Mountain Centre workers welcome drinks party 7pm - 9pm
Dec 14 - La Tania and the rest of the Three Valleys lifts open
Dec 24 - Christmas Eve Party. Yes, the lifts are open tomorrow...
Dec 31 - Mayhem and fireworks on New Years Eve
2003 Dates don't blame us for errors!
Jan 01 - Anyone skiing today?
Jan 06 - Natives Party, Ski Lodge La Tania with Fourplay LIVE!
Jan 17 - Shibboleth's opening gig of the season at The Ski Lodge
Jan 23 - Burns Night
Jan 26 - Australia Day, there's a few of them about, approach carefully today
Jan 29 - Val d'Isere workers day out with Natives
Jan 30 - Toss the Boss, T. Wall's 40th birthday bash at Pub Le Ski Lodge
Feb 10 to 15 European Ski Games, Courchevel. Freestyle, Big Air, Skier X etc.
Feb 12 - Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Paris - road trip?
Feb 14 - St Valentine's Day
Feb 15 - MAIN HALF TERM SATURDAY - The worst transfer day of the season!
Mar 02 to 09 The ChamJam Chamonix. Inter-resort Big Air, Skier/Boarder X etc.
Mar 04 - Shrove Tuesday / Mardi Gras party
Mar 11 - Inter Milan v Newcastle United, Milan - road trip?
Mar 12 - Bond (James Bond) night at Dicks T Bar in Meribel
Mar 17 - St Patrick's Day. Always a big Murphys night in the Ski Lodge
Mar ?? - The Courchevel FreeRide, above Col De La Loze, above La Tania tbc
Mar 19 - Workers Challenge with Natives & TMC in Meribel this year
Mar 23 to 29 - British Snowboard Champs, Les Deux Alpes (The Brits)
Mar 26 - The Shaker, Meribel tbc
Mar 30 - Mothers Day. Don't forget!
Mar 30 - Clocks go forward, don't be late for work / flight / transfer / lessons
Apr 02 - Return of The Three Valley Rally
Apr 16 - La Tania Charity Race Day / BBQ in aid of Cancer Research UK
Apr 16 - Meribel Ball
Apr 18 - Good Friday
Apr 21 - La Tania lifts close (Easter Monday)
Apr 23 - St George's Day
Apr 27 - Courchevel 1850 lifts and remaining Three Valleys lifts close