Old School Skiiers, Val Thorens

I am the worst person to go on holiday with.

Especially on a short trip.

If you think we’re wasting half the day sleeping until 11, you have another thing coming!

This is especially true with skiing, when you only have a finite amount of time before the sun goes down and the lifts close.

The perk of being an early bird is that you get to enjoy your breakfast while watching the sun rise.

Nordic jumper (next day delivery if you wanted for Christmas!) // Checked pjs

Then you just slip on your ski gear, wriggle into your boots and ski off into the day.

Down, up, down, up, run after run and one freezing cold chair lift after another.

Not that you can complain when the view’s this good.

Plus you can always amuse yourself sending eskimo kisses out into the world…

Feeling pretty old s-cool in my 1970s ski gear.

Chevron ski jacket (also in blue) // Red ski pants (lined with cosy fleece unlike the 1970s ones)

Merino onesie underneath a white cashmere poloneck

Mirror goggles


After a particularly bad icy black run, complete with rocks snagging our skiis, we decided to take a break.

Stopping off at Le Caribou for something light and healthy.

By light and healthy of course I mean those wonderful new cocoa smoothies that are all the rage.

Served hot with an avalanche of whipped cream.

Slurped with frozen bottom practically in the fire.

When we enquired as to why we had the entire restaurant to ourselves, the owner jovially told us that it was -15 outside and we were the only ones stupid enough to still be out there!

As charming as only the French can be.

Once defrosted we raced off again, determined to get to the sunny side of the resort and well away from the icy wind.

We took the Cime Caron lift to the very, very top.

A must for anyone visiting Val Thorens, even if you don’t ski.

It would be a crime to miss these views.

And there’s a cafe at the top where you can celebrate your good fortune with chips and champagne.

It’s warmer up here, closer to the sun.

But still cool enough to keep your bubbles cold!

Fuelled by France’s finest, we set off once more.

Move over Eddie The Eagle.

Keen to take on every run the resort had to offer, while the rest of the visitors were still tucked up at home.

Before settling down to a very, very late lunch.

At La Masion, a trip favourite – where charming (and exceptionally good looking) waiters serve the best cheese dishes in town.

Having had our fill of daily fondue, we went for raclette and all the trimmings.

Melting our own slice of heaven and scraping bubbling layers onto plates ready to be devoured.

Served with hot buttered new potatoes, ham and extra cornichons.

The perfect way to wind down after a hard days skiing.

Though it does require some walking off afterwards!

We climbed up, high above the resort to watch the sun set.

Wrapped in exceptionally cosy stars!

Even when you fall into the occasional snow trap.

Faux fur hood jacket (on sale, comes in 3 colours)

Merino wool onesie

Snuggly snow boots

Once the sun dipped below the mountains we made a beeline back to the hotel.

For one more (two more) hot chocolates and an evening spent playing cards beside the fire.

Just heavenly.

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  • Very beautiful photos … Fabulous as always! 🙂
    Merry Christmas.

    ❤LA BIJOUX BELLA❤ | BY MIA | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

  • I absolutely agree – what’s the point (especially on a short trip) of wasting the day lying in bed when you can be exploring? On a staycation however it’s a totally different story!

    • Rosie

      So glad I’m not the only one Emma!
      And yes, staycation is defo a different story! xx

  • Kate

    Hallo Rosie, is it silver PowerShot G9 x CANON on your table? I have just purchased one. Is it good? Kate

  • CHG

    The photo of you on top of the mountain with a glass of champagne, laying in the sun – that’s my kind of beach!! Can’t beat a good day of skiing with après booze and treats.

  • charlie

    always amazing to read what you are up to rosie! loved the post, and maybe its time to get out mom’s old ski clothes and go retro in the slopes! 😉 love charlie
    check out my blog : https://charlieslifeandfood.wordpress.com

  • Joules

    I LOVE your retro ski suit! You look amazing in it. And that melty cheese thing? Brilliant. Need one of those for sure.

    Style by Joules

  • Anna Weguelin

    Could you please post links to the faux fur hood jacket in the bottom photos? Thank you!!

  • Kari Guastella

    What a heavenly vacation!

  • Lucille

    Oh no! The links for the onesie didn’t come through! Am I the only one?

  • Laura Greenwood

    Hi Rosie! I learned the other day that the phrase “…you have another thing coming!” is i fact “…you have another THINK coming!”. It has an interesting origin and seems to have originated from the American black Southern culture. So: “You think you’re gonna get away with that? Well, you got another think comin’!” Merry Christmas darling! XOXOX

  • Looks dreamy!

  • I’m with you on getting the most out of your days there…you’ve gone to ski, so I’d be the same – up & out early, always room for a power nap when the sun goes down before the evening begins!
    Adore the chevron ski jacket.
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Looks amazing. I ski in Val D’Isere every year, you’ve made me excited for this years trip now 🙂

    mel x


  • its so beautiful out there! 🙂

    Merry Christmas!

  • This looks so very perfect 🙂 I’m sure I’d spend most of the day on my bum though, my balance is terrible! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

  • These pictures are making me want to go skiing so badly! And that star onesie? It looks so so snuggly! Hope you enjoy the rest of your ski-cation (is that a thing?!) and keep waking up early 😉 x


  • Your ski gear is perfect! You are just too too cute!

  • I think I’m gonna need one of those cheese melting devices in my kitchen…stat. ; )

  • The weahter and that raclette <3 <3 <3 THE DREAM! Love AP xo

    Andrea’s Passions

  • Krista

    Wow, those views are unbelievably beautiful! I would give anything to be sitting on one of those lounge chairs enjoying a glass of bubbly on top of a gorgeous mountain, but I’m sitting at a desk at work. Boo! lol Maybe I’ll change my screen saver so I can at least pretend 😉

  • I can’t wait to hit the powder! You look incredible as always! Think I’m going to have to get that star onesie!
    Roseanna x

  • Early worm catches the fresh powder!
    Definitely agree that early mornings are the best on the slopes. Probably the only time I enjoy getting up early! x

  • That cheese!