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This April we again drove out to Chaley Guytaune in Morzine. We had been out last year at the same time when Craig was only 6 Months old.
Our journey down to the Alps started with an overnight stay at my Sisters in Cheshire before we caught a Norfolkline ferry from Calais to Dunkirk. This was cheaper than Eurotunnel on this date and gave Craig his first journey on a boat.
We booked in at the Ibis Hotel in St.Omer. This was only about 45 mins drive from the docks but Craig was asleep when we arrived. We payed €7 for secure parking  then took a walk to a small restuarant in the main square for dinner. The next day we had an easy drive south to the lovely medieval city of Troyes where we stayed in the Mercure Hotel. This was a modern spacious Hotel with secure underground parking. Again we had dinner in the centre of town.
The next morning it was the final leg of the journey to Morzine. We stopped for lunch at the Aire du Jura which is a lovely place and puts British service stations to shame. We stopped for fuel near Bourg en Bresse and it then started to snow when we got to Cluses and continued all the way up to Les Gets and Morzine.
We got settled into the large quad bedroom upstairs, met some of the other guests and had a lovely dinner before retiring to bed.
Next morning we woke to a nice cover of freh snow in the village which meant things would be pretty decent higher up.
Craig was again being looked after by Cheekymonkeys. They send a nanny to the chalet each morning to take care of the children. This year we had 3 different nannies and the company did not impress at all this year.
Anyway we had a fine weeks snowboarding in all conditions from fresh powder to bluebird sunny days to wet and miserable. That is what springtime is all about.
Our favourite areas this week were Ardent,Lindarets and then over Linga and down towards Chatel. The Burton bio park was also great fun.
On the final Saturday we went down to the Rhodos bar to watch QOS beat Aberdeen 4-3 in the Scottish cup semi-final. Whata game and what a performance.
On the sunday we were all packed up and ready for the journey home. We again stopped in Troyes but stayed in the Ibis Hotel then the next day drove to Calais where we stayed in the Ibis Calais car ferry Hotel which is convenient and handy.
We used Eurotunnel to return to the UK and headed back to Cheshire and on to Dumfries the next day.
Below are some pics from the trip.

Snow on our first morning.

Chalet Guytaune,Morzine.

Table football in the chalet

Craig out for a run in Morzine.

Craig ready for dinner.

The long sandy beach at Calais.

Craig playing in the sand at Calais.

Craig & Jill enjoying a fine spring day.


Powder in the PDS.

Great snow for April.

On the Les Combes chair

Superb spring conditions.

Nice fresh turns.

Jill stops for a rest.

Looking down to Chatel.

Craig on the beach at Calais.