Well then, I hope we are all well and happy?
Just back from the Alps, had a very brief 5 day ski trip to Morzine. I wasn’t going to go this year but then after a few friends invited me last minute I thought I may as well and I’m so pleased I did. It was blue ski skiing every day, not a cloud in sight. The conditions couldn’t have been better, the snow was good and the sun was out. Just by luck there was also a little festival on called ‘Rock The Piste’ with DJs on from 2pm everyday, perfect entertainment to enjoy with a vin chaud and tired legs.
Every morning I woke up, the sun was up first and beat me to it. I stepped out onto the balcony everyday for some crisp morning fresh air and saluted the sun which was just peeping above the mountain. Later in the day, up the slopes, the sun was fairly powerful, it was actually hot so some skiers were in T-shirts (not me!). You have to be very careful though because the sun’s rays get magnified on the white reflective ski slopes and it can be very damaging if you don’t protect properly. After just the first morning two of the guys were burnt even though they had been wearing suncream. This sort of task can only be a job for Ultrasun!
Skiing is active and over the day you perspire, so any lotion you put on can wear off quickly, that’s why I love Ultrasun – it’s a once-a-day application even when skiing! I have no idea why some of us continue to use sun protection you have to keep applying through the day, doesn’t seem cost effective to me – you must use 4/5 times the amount. In England I also use Daily Moisturiser SPF50 from the Alpha-H range, the best anti-ageing advice I can offer is simple – PROTECT your face/skin from the sun!
Unfortunately I had a nasty fall, took a real tumble on the second last day hurting my shoulder and knee and needless to say it took the wind out of my sails. It actually reminded me how dangerous it can be, I did have my helmet on avoiding head injuries. I just lay still for a few minutes mentally assessing my body, I felt dazed and confused. A couple of kind French ladies collected my skis and poles which were littering the mountain and helped me to my feet. I was physically shaking so I cautiously made my way to a bar to recoup. I found a deckchair in the sun and actually drifted off; thus the nano ski snooze was invented. I was battered and bruised but hopefully no long-term damage.
Back at the chalet the food was incredible, as were the hosts. Luckily everyone rallied around when I got back in the evening and helped me ice my injures and strap me up for the final day of skiing. One of the ladies was a massive QVC fan so she was delighted I was staying there and had many questions about what I did. She also told me I was much smaller in real life than on the TV, a comment I get lots… I blame the camera which apparently adds 10 pounds!!
My fall won’t put me off next year, I got straight back on the horse the next day albeit I was very cautious.
I do love a winter ski holiday but my mind has already fast forwarded to a late summer holiday after the crowds have gone. I’d like to discover somewhere new… I would love suggestions please. On the list is sun, good cuisine, landscape, beaches/sea views, lovely wine and the more unspoiled the better. I prefer the road less travelled and I’m not after luxury, the more rustic and authentic the better… any advice??
And in other good news look what’s coming up on Monday 18th at 8pm: Roberto by RFM, sensational jewellery inspired by his celebrated couture range but at affordable prices on QVC. The piece I’m wearing (pictured above) really showcases the fabulous aesthetics and Italian artistry, a must-have summer accessory.