Posted on 29 January 2014
Britain is pinning its hopes on its fastest girl on skis, Chemmy Alcott, to bring a medal home from the Winter Olympics in Sochi next month, but how many of us know she developed her passion for skiing in the French resort of Flaine in the Haute Savoie region?
Chemmy has raced Slalom and Downhill at the highest level around the world and represented Great Britain in the Winter Olympics since 2002, however it’s Flaine in the extensive Grand Massif ski area that remains close to her heart, thanks to frequent visits there with her family throughout her childhood.
“Flaine is where my brothers and I found our passion for the slopes and the sport,” Chemmy said in a blog on Monarch Airlines website. “I started skiing here on the blue learner pistes at 18 months and I can still return and be challenged by some of the fabulous steep terrain, such as Gers! For me when I think of post ski racing and possibly teaching my children to – hopefully – love the sport that has enriched my life, I see no other place than Flaine in France,” continued Chemmy.
Another bonus of Flaine is its short transfer time. “Flaine, just an hour up the road [from the airport], is as near as you will get,” added Chemmy. “And once you are up, there is no need to waste time driving – it is a car free resort and most of the apartments are ski-in ski-out. And the beauty of Flaine being situated in a bowl in the mountains also means it often has good snow when other areas are struggling.”