La “Bella” VillaPosted: January 21, 2011
We have a new name for the Camper. “The Cubby House!!” Suitably described by Mario – Antonios Brother in Law. He cannot believe we will live, happily together for 18 months, without some sprinkled stays in real houses, away from our “Cubby!!” I guess, only time will tell.
Mario and his son Edward are sking here at la Villa and staying in the same hotel, “Ciasa Lara.” They have been here for a week already when we arrive and of course, have been enjoying the snow. BUT more than that. Mario was born in these there hills and is completely at home and loving it!!! He knows the mountains like the back of his hand. His is made from “Mountain Stock”. A strong and thick set man with a low center of gravity that helps him ski really fast! A native of the area, he says he never gets cold feet or hands!! I am way to slow to be joining them, but I can imagine “the bullet” burning his way down the slopes, son Edward not to far behind. As for my husband, at the end of the run he catches up, with only a few seconds of making them wait.
It is difficult to put words to sking at La Villa. There is a reason why thousands of people flock to ski here each year. I think its because you would never know there were thousands of skiers here. The range of runs is so vast, if I ever get caught up in a herd, I pull to the side, adjust my buckles, and clearway!!! There are 1200 kms of “sunkissed slopes” to choose from, for around $50 Australian a day. The lack of traffic also allows for good snow. For an intermediate skier, there could be no better place.
Picturesquely, its a Winter Wonderland, everywhere you look is stunning. The tips of the alps appear like giant slabs of nut encrusted nougat. Certainly good enough to eat. We have had two days of sking in sunshine, today its more overcast, but clearing again. I am delighted to say my sking is “going ok!” I feel I am doing even better than our last trip 2 years ago and have not gone backwards. I have had 3 to 6 hour group lessons this week with two Italian and a Russian girl. Antonio has been able to ski with Mario and Eddie.
The mountain bars or bietes! are amazing, unique and each one is different. Usually run by the local family, the food is delicious, hearty, traditional and interesting. The service, unbelievable. The buildings old huts, warm and full of atmosphere.
I have chosen today a day of rest and to sort our communication issues. Eddie, amongst many other things, is a tech head, and has helped me sort some computer issues. Brilliant!