The inter-season is upon us, and as soon as the 1st September dawned it felt like summer had simply slunk off into the sunset.
A mere 2 weeks ago we had a late summer heatwave, and had barely worn trousers or proper shoes for 3 months. Today (5th September) I’ve worn my first woolly jumper of the Autumn and my thoughts have turned to the upcoming winter…
I love inter-season, for me it’s 3 months to reflect and catch up on everything, both life and work admin, along with lie ins and seeing friends whose work schedules haven’t synced with mine during the hotter months.
Not everyone adores the 3 quiet months between August and December in a ski resort though… Supermarkets seem to be closed more often than they are open, and most restaurants, bars and shops have their annual closure. After working 7 days weeks for most of the summer, of course the restaurant and shop owners need a holiday too, but it does beg the question, what is there to do?!
You’ll need to be committed to starting from the bottom of the mountain, none of those handy chair lifts to take you to halfway up (or even the top of) your hike, but dust off those walking boots and and you will experience the mountains at perhaps their most beautiful, as Autumn brings kaleidoscope of leaf colours. Mushroom foraging is at its best too. Take any finds to a local pharmacy and they will identify edible and poisonous ones for you.
Mountain biking, like hiking, is obviously more work without a lift to take you up, but get pedalling and you will see more of the mountain and find trails off the beaten track.
Downhill biking is a bit trickier… try pedalling one of those bikes up a mountain! If you have a car get together with a car owning friend and drive one car to the top of the mountain with your bikes, ride down and then drive up to collect the other car. And repeat.
Road biking really comes into it’s own in the inter-season. The roads aren’t as busy and it’s not as intensely hot. Just be aware that it tends to rain more in Autumn!
This is the perfect time to take up a new hobby, whether it be pottery, landscape painting, photography, knitting, netball, or even cooking, this is the time to do those things you ‘never have time for’.
Finally you have time to put up those pictures and shelves that have been leant against the wall all summer!
No excuses, now is the time to knuckle down and finally master the French language. Study at home, online, or head to Alpine French School, who have various classes running all inter-season.
There are less English speakers in town too, so you are more likely to be able to have a chat in French at the weekly market, or when in the doctor’s surgery, wherever it may be.
Watch TV, read books, do yoga and meditate. It’s going to be a busy winter so make the most of some down time!