We just got back from skiing in France (Samoens). A great trip, despite the weather. We barely saw the sun all week. At least the snow conditions were great.

We went with a group of friends, or four families to be exact. We stayed in a nice chalet, which is run by a British couple (Tom and Alison). Excellent concept. Check out www.alpsaccommodation.com.

Peaceful? Not when you have 10 adults and 6 kids in one chalet.

One of the rare sunny moments. Mont Blanc in the background. Ossi, myself, Roope and Pasi in the front.

The holiday was relaxing. Just what the doctor ordered: quality time with family and friends.

The highlight of the week was that Emilie (4 years) really got into skiing. She was flying (i.e. ploughing) down greens and blues, much to the joy of proud parents.

Telemarkers increase the peace.

The only bad thing of the week was that Finland lost to Sweden in the ice-hockey final of the Olympics. We drove to Turin last Sunday to see the match. Agony…Oh well, at least we had a week to recuperate.

Yesterday’s drive back to Brussels was no easy feat. It took us all of 14 hours (normally around 8-9 hours). We hit a blizzard after Dijon. The queues were endless. At least we got home, albeit at 1.30 am.


The Finnish team waiting for their silver medals. Not the best of moments…

Roope, Pasi, Ossi, Kaisa, Emmi and I before the final. The Olympic flame in the background.