Get in line, Perty!!Erm..
1. That the Alps were located in south east England, and/or
2. That I lived in a country with proper mountains;
3. That the euro plummeted in value against sterling and there was a property crash in the ski chalet market so that I could afford one;
Meanwhile...back In the real world...something that could in theory be changed...it would be great to have "in bounds" patrolled off piste skiing here in the Alps. Not that it stops anyone...I gather there's a myth going round in North America that no-one skis off piste here in Europe. You only have to see the tracks all over the mountains just from today to know that that is rubbish. But it's all at our own risk. Trouble is, the area is so huge, I'm not sure they could delineate an area capable of being managed that way; it might give people a false sense of security'.
In addition to Perry’s first two points, I would add:
- cheaper lift passes (or at least the option to have a limited area pass). It’s €300 for a 6 day pass for the Arlberg ski region (St Anton, St Christoph, Stuben, Zurs, Lech, Warth, Sonnenkopf) but that area is HUGE! Would be great to be able to have a cheaper pass if you knew you would not range as far.
- comfy boots! I remolded mine last year and I D’s covered new pressure points. I can never get them adjusted just right so I keep having to tweak in between runs. I even took them off at lunch a few times! Time for a new pair?
- out of control skiers and boarders. One wiped me out 28 years ago so I needed knee surgery, another wiped out my daughter last year (no parent should have to watch their child being winched off the mountain beneath a helicopter!
- oh and some magic fairy dust to make me ski like a local!