The local Morzinoise have a saying along the lines of ‘you can spend a lifetime in the Alps without seeing a decent May’- well they were certainly right this year!
With buckets of rain and plummeting temperatures the images of sleet and snow coming from just across the border in the Giro d’Italia did nothing to tempt anyone onto a bike. When it gets like this the only sensible thing to do is jump on a plane and head south to the sun. For those more (fool) hardy Avoriaz offered up powder skiing to the end of May and after a record breaking year the French ski team were still training on the Arare slopes as little as a week ago. Personally we do love the snow it is what makes this village so special but there is a time and place for everything. So when the lifts shut in April we like nothing more than to defrost, head to sunnier climes, relax, feel the sand between toes, play a little tennis and dust off the bikes and generally get ready for summer.
So with Wimbledon well underway and the Tour de France due to start this morning you would have thought that summer has finally arrived ? Sorry to disappoint but after a week or so of balmy weather the temperatures are again barely reaching the teens.
Thank god we have the sport:
The excitement at Wimbledon is building, Andy Murray looks to be in the form of his life with possibly only Djokovic capable of stopping him as he moves into the 4th round, could this finally be his year ? He has the weight of the nation on his shoulders, but with the monkey off his back at the US open you never know?
The 100th edition of the Tour de France starts in Corsica and will be totally run on French soil for the first time in an age, but unfortunately it will not be passing our way this year. Chris Froome is up there with the favourites but as Sir Bradley is out through injury and as we are planning a trip “home” next summer to catch the opening stages in “gods own Yorkshire “we may just wait until then to get our live fix.
Morzine is finally starting to liven up for summer, the 10th edition of the Pass Portes du Soleil event marked the opening of the lifts yesterday, for the brave the outdoor pool open’s today, all other facilities are open and the forecast sees the temperatures look set to head back into the twenties.
We keep thinking we may open our doors for the summer trade but for now we are content to selfishly indulge. So here’s to summer, catching up with friends and family, lazy days on the shore of the lakes, good books, bbqs, a little tennis, cycling and possibly a little work but not necessarily in that order!