This is my 6th winter in the Tarantaise valley, but my first living and working in the alpine town of Bourg St Maurice.
The Tarantaise Valley is made up of some big french ski areas, Val d'sere, Tignes, La Rossiere, Les Arcs, La Plagne and the hidden (or not so hidden anymore) gem that is St Foy.
My winters have been spent living in the bubbles that are Les Arcs and La Plagne, so its nice being in a proper town where you can actually afford to buy food. The drawback is that it takes a bit more effort to get up the hill........but a 7 minute ride on the funicular is not such a big deal.
The town itself is a typical french town with cobble streets, a bakery on every corner and old french guys propping up the bars at 10 am. Its also home to some great Savoie food.
The Paradiski area has some of the best side country and backcountry off piste in the alps. The North Face of the Bellcotte is known throughout europe as a gnarly face, there are lots of routes down rating from easy to pretty extreme and the face itself is a thing of beauty. Its easily accessed from the La Plagne glacier chairlift.
This year I've brought some friends from New Zealand with me, a kiwi couple( Sam and Sarah) and a german couple(Oli and Anne) I worked with these guy in Wanaka and now we'll be working together here in Bourg.
Im looking to really push my riding this winter and get out touring a lot more.