Our first day skiing in Chamonix, France. Varying visibility: clear at the top for a time and thick pea soup in the middle: disorienting and scary when you don't know the terrain. Grateful to have 5 more days to explore this stunningly beautiful place. We are hoping for sun! The boys and I went into town to explore while Kyle slept off the jetlag.
Aguille Du Midi and Mer de Glace. We were treated to brilliant blue sky, sun and an amazing adventure riding up the cable car (truly an engineering marvel), observing from the station and skiing from the Aguille Du Midi (the Midday Needle) to the Mer de Glace and back to Chamonix. Our guide, Jean-Louis, was tres sympathique and gave us lots of background info on the area, the construction of the cable car system and the station, how the glacier has receded since he became a guide in 1983, and his experiences as a mountain guide and work with Chamonix mountain rescue. He took some of the pictures in the most scenic spots. Hard to describe how beautiful and rugged the mountains are.
I am a high school art teacher from Boulder Valley School District in Colorado studying craft education in Jyvaskyla, Finland. I am in Finland through a grant from the Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching program and the Fulbright Finland Foundation.