Well I have to start with an apology for not blogging for a while, but it has been a very busy time here at The Lodge! Since our last update, Spring has most certainly arrived in Verbier and we are enjoying fantastic spring skiing. But even with all the sun, the snow is still good up the mountain above Les Ruinettes. We had another heavy snowfall at the beginning of the week, with over 20cm of snow falling up the top, which was welcomed by everyone. Great news as this means the season is definitely not over yet!
But I cannot deny that we are enjoying un-seasonably warm temperatures both in Verbier and on the mountain too…there are some great goggle marks around to spot now! So although it is difficult to not start thinking about the summer, we are still enjoying every single moment of the winter season!
So what have we been up to here at The Lodge? Well, as you may, or may not know, I am running in the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday 22nd April 2012. In order to raise some money towards the two charities I am supporting – Mind and Virgin Unite – we decided that it was a good opportunity to have a little party!
Last Wednesday morning, 56 interestingly-dressed skiers and snowboarders met at Medran, the main lift station in Verbier, in order to take part in The Lodge Scavenger Hunt. With the very kind support from Mike, our Lodge Ski Instructor from European Snowsport, a challenge was set on the mountain using GPS tracking devices called Flaiks. A course is set around the mountain, whereby the Flaik devices check-point every time you reach each point. Mike can then collate the information at the end of the day and work out who has skied the fastest, the slowest, the furthest, etc.
A fantastic effort for Fancy dress! Well done everyone!
We all met at Central Tbar after the mountain challenges for an aptly named “apres-hunt” party. Head Chef Dan rustled up a delicious offering of Jacket Potatoes, Chili con carne and salads, with a free drink thrown in for good measure. Scrummy homemade cakes, kindly donated by friends around Verbier, were also on offer (for a small donation of course!) – thank you to everyone who contributed on the day.
The afternoon ended with a fabulous prize-giving for the teams and an auction. Awards were handed out for The Best Dressed Team, Fastest girl, Fastest boy (106.2km/h, by the way!), Challenge Champions and the Tortoise Award, for the most distance covered. Sir Richard Branson was kind enough to support the occasion too and came along to help hand out the prizes to the winners, which was lucky really as the winning team were appropriately named “Richard Branson better be personally handing out the prizes”.
Dan provides some delicious food for the event
After some brilliant Live Music, a lively Auction got under way, with some fantastic prizes to be bid for, including a case of Bordeaux wines, a Spa Experience at The Lodge with our very own Victoria and, what proved to be a very popular auction prize, a Private dinner for six cooked by Dan. All in all, a very successful and fun day, with brilliant weather, enthusiastic people and some very generous fundraising! In total, just over CHF3000 was rasied! Thank you to everyone who helped to support the day.
Stay tuned to see how I do on the “Big Day”!
All I know is that in 4 weeks time, I will be ready for a nice glass of wine…!