Chalet Igloo, Selva

Chalet Igloo, Selva, Italy

We’ve just returned to Lanzarote fully refreshed from a fantastic weeks skiing in Italy.  Chalet Igloo, Selva, has been our home for the past week and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

It felt a bit like going on a busman’s holiday as we chose to book a chalet, and share with 5 other guests.  We have always understood what our guests must feel before they join us, but last week we experienced it for ourselves.  On the coach journey of 1 and a half hours from Innsbruck airport to the resort Richard and I were full of questions

What will the chalet be like?
What will the chalet host be like?
What will the bathroom facilities be like (we were sharing)?
What will the snow and skiing be like?
What will the other people be like?
What kind of food will there be and will there be enough?

No worries.  Everything was fantastic, I’d happily recommend the chalet and Ski Total in Selva to anyone wishing to ski there.

The chalet was old but well looked after and comfortable, with a great log fire in the evenings.  There were four rooms, 2 with en suite and the other 2 shared a bathroom with bath, toilet, and shower.  Steve our host, was a friendly chap who had run chalets for many seasons and was relaxed and helpful as we arrived.  He discussed the safety features of the chalet with us over drinks and canapés as we introduced ourselves to the other guests’.  It really does not take long before strangers become great friends, and by dinner time we were all laughing and joking amongst each other.

Dinner each evening was great, plenty of it and always tasty, we have come away with a few recipes of new things to try on Velvet Lady.  As on Velvet Lady, the host did all the cooking, but he was extremely happy when we helped clear the table and even stack the dishwasher!

Breakfast was as on Velvet Lady, help yourself to fruit juice, cereals, yoghurt, fruit, bread and jam (we usually have toast and marmalade on board) with an added continental option of ham and cheese.  Tea, coffee and hot chocolate.  Plenty to set you up for the day, Steve also made porridge and something hot if you wanted it ranging from pancakes to frankfurters!

Worst part of the day for me was getting ready to go on the slopes.  What to wear!  How cold is it!  And doesn’t it take a long time to put on the ski boots followed by a walk to the lifts.

Our first two days were clear blue skies, sunshine and 1 degree.  The snow was a bit scratchy. On the third day it snowed, and skiing was not enjoyable (just like being out in gales) so we gave up and found a bar that served an Italian speciality, Bombardinos.  Hot Advocaat and Rum topped with cream, yummy.  Never the same when you try and make it at home.

After it snowed it got very cold, -11 up on the mountain, so more layers were needed but the snow was absolutely fantastic for the last 3 days.
Ski dolomite has a nifty bit on their web site where you can enter your lift pass number and it shows you the times and the heights of all the lifts that you use, and then based on averages works out which run you must have skied and how far you went.  It seems that we skied 150km of runs during the week, with the most on our last day!

We really enjoyed ourselves, we thoroughly enjoyed the company of the other guests in the chalet, spending the evening’s playing cards or charade games after dinner, laughing all the time at stories of things we had done during the day.

We flew back to Lanzarote, relaxed and refreshed even with a few tired aching muscles.  Its great to be home, and we are looking forward to sailing again very soon.

We’re full on Sunday for our first relaxed sailing holiday around the Canary Islands of 2011, but we do still have some last minute vacancies for February and March.

Why not join us!

New Years sailing in Lanzarote

We would like to wish a Happy New Year to all

What a great way to start the year.  Whilst sailing around Lanzarote we had sightings of sperm whales and dolphins on the last day of our New Year week.  It really rounded off a fantastic trip.

The weather was extremely kind to us and we had fantastic sailing wind and sunshine all week.  After 2 short day sails and plenty of swimming we spent the evening of New Years Eve in Puerto Calero marina.  We spent the evening eating, drinking and after Richard reloaded the CD player, playing ‘Name the Tune and the Artist’

We heard the bells from Madrid broadcast by one of the local restaurants, and brought in the New Year with champagne on the deck watching the many firework displays along the coast.

We made our way slowly up to La Graciosa, and as planned spent a whole day on this lovely island.  The swell from last week had totally disappeared, and so Richard didn’t get as wet as last week.  This was the hottest day of the week and with blue sky and sunshine the guests enjoyed walking up the volcano and then lunch in the local village before returning for a BBQ on board.

Evenings this week were spent playing ‘team scrabble’ it is amazing what a different game it is with 2 people contributing to each set of letters.  We even managed to get reasonable scores!

The sail back from La Graciosa is always the longest of the week, and so we have to leave promptly.  This week there was no wind in the early part of the day and we were motoring along.

‘Are those Mares Tails’ asked Ian pointing up at the sky where there were lots of high wispy clouds – cirrus – that with some imagination look like mares tails.’  Yes.
But what do they mean asks Ian.
This led me on to a detailed description of the approach of a low pressure and one of my favourite Rhymes

Mackerel Sky and Mares Tails make Tall Ships carry Small Sails

Sure enough by later in the day we had a typical mackerel sky, falling barometer and some wind to sail with.

It was as we were tacking along the coast that I spotted the telltale ‘blow’ of a whale.  The blows were regular for about 10 minutes as we were getting closer, and with each blow we caught a glint of the whales back in the sunshine.  Eventually just as we hove to to watch the whale we were treated to a spectacular tail fin as it dived. After much looking in the whale book we came to the conclusion that it must have been a sperm whale.  We waited for a while but sadly it did not reappear in the same place.

We gave up sailing as the wind died an hour before dark and within minutes of motoring we spotted ‘sea monsters ahead’.  Lots of dark fins that belonged to some slow moving dolphins that I cannot identify.  We drifted with the pod for half an hour or more, and of course it was dark by the time we returned to the marina.  Never mind, what a way to end a great week

We are now doing some maintenance jobs for a week before heading off  to Italy to ski.  Yippee!!