Blue bird day

It was a glorious day in the mountains and we wanted the little dude to experience them properly and fortunately I knew the perfect walk for it. It was -6 but the sun was beating down so with factor 50, sunglasses, down jackets and snowboots on Jasper and I headed out for a day on the mountain.

Blue bird day

On the way we stopped off at the lift office to get Jasper his first season pass at the ripe old age of 6 months for a whopping €2. Lift passes in hand we joined the queue for the DMC cable car. It was beautiful busy day in February so we had to jostle with a lot of skiiers to get on the lift - most people not noticing the little dude in the sling - up to 2111 metres. Here we got off and headed for the walking trail to lac Besson.

This area of Alpe d’huez is a wonderland all year round. In the summer there are four gorgeous lakes between the lift and Alpette, a great spot for running, walking cycling and fishing. But today the snow was untouched and glistening in the sunlight. We headed out of the lift and across the slope to the start of the trail. Always interesting crossing a ski slope on foot, definitely not one for the faint hearted. This epic walk meanders along an undulating trail at the side of an epic band of cliffs. It follows the cross country ski route and has spectacular mountain views everywhere you look - and we were the only ones on it - perfect.

After about 25 minutes we got to Chalet Du Lac Besson where we met my dad who had been out skiing. This is one of my favourite places in the winter as you feel like you have stumbled across a secret with amazing food, slightly off the beaten path for most skiers. Jasper had been sleeping through the walk so far but woke up to the sound of his beloved grandpa’s voice. After a lovely pit stop and some play time for Jasper we headed on to alpette and then looped back round to the lift.

Fortunately this time he was awake taking it all in. I love seeing his face when he experiences something new and exciting in nature, just pure wonderment and curiosity. Makes carrying all 10kg of him around for hours on end worth every second. On the way down we were the only ones in the lift. I can't wait to bring Jasper back on this walk in late spring to show him how it's changed.

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Anna Gunn

Anna Gunn

About Me & Mine

Jasper the Dude - Like Benjamin Button this wonderful little creature was born a grumpy old man but every day becomes more smiley and incredible. He arrived on the planet in July 2017. In that moment I made him a promise; to fill his life with happiness and adventure. Determined to get this promise off to a good start (and to make the most of my maternity) we hatched a plan to take Jasper to 12 countries in his first 12 months on the earth.

He loves milk, dancing, walls, being outside and sleeping during the day but not at night.

Anna – I am the proud mum to Jasper the Dude - We live in the amazingly underrated city of Sheffield, Yorkshire. I am obsessed with mountains and the great outdoors.

I love Jasper the Dude, mountains, skiing, bikes, hiking, a good view, adventure and food.

Favourite place in the world:

The alps – mountains everywhere – our idea of heaven (although Sheffield is a very very close second)

Favourite things to do outdoors:

Skiing, Hiking and Biking – all three in equal measure.

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