In the immortal words of George Peppard,
“I love it when a plan comes together!”
With a 4 month window for this Grand Alpine Tour, we can visit and meet people in about 30 alpine ski resorts but… we’d need to do it in style and some comfort… and on the cheap.
In March I had done a month of travelling to meet the great and the good in Chamonix, Courmayeur, Meribel, Courchevel, Val Thorens, Verbier and La Tania ski resorts. It was great to get enthusiasm from the Toursim Offices and local business and see people helping by linking back to http://www.sno.co.uk/ from their own ski websites but in truth, it was no good at all for family life.
I missed snogirl and the boy terribly and working all hours you’re awake gets tiring – I needed to go home after work and ‘have a life’ like other working snomen… and I think that’s how the idea of us all being in the mountains began to take shape.
OK – easy to organise a relocation except… we need to be in 2 resorts per week… and that means we can’t just move to Chamonix for example. So here’s the conundrum:
How can you live in a reasonably civilised manner, despite moving every 4 days?
Clearly living out of a suitcase is not civilised (unless your suitcase is a victorian campaign chest) and the cost of accommodation over 4 months is prohibitive.
A caravan was the obvious answer but they are known to by deeply uncool… then the penny dropped… I now had the perfect legitmate reason to buy a fabulous artefact that I have lusted after for as long as I have been a lover of “retro-cool” (and that’s even before I was a snoman)
a vintage Airstream caravan!
It all suddently made sense, we could caravan and be proud in one of those fantastic silver bullet travel trailers from the 50′s and 60′s…
… and so the hunt began.
Next… the snoman meets Arizona Bill and El Paso Mark… on the hunt for a vintage Airstream in the good ‘ol U.S of A