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Val d’Isère in July 2018

The skiing has ended now, but there’s more than ever happening in Val d’Isère.

July 2018 in Val d'Isère

The annual World Electric Vehicle Show has replaced the good old Salon du 4×4, and tree-huggers in biodegradable sandals now admire masterpieces of sustainability like the Jaguar I-Pace, where tattooed gentlemen with builder’s bottom used happily to inhale hydrocarbons. Thank heavens for EVs – instead of smelly diesel fumes we now have nice clean power stations and lithium mines…

July 2018 in Val d'Isère

People still do crazy things on electric motor bikes:

July 2018 in Val d'Isère

And even electric mountain bikes:

July 2018 in Val d'Isère

OK, that old guy probably needed a bit of help, but these young dudes were just plain lazy:

July 2018 in Val d'Isère

And no number of electric gadgets were as exciting as a football match on a big screen:

July 2018 in Val d'Isère

After which the locals got rather over-excited, iopho (what’s the French for sour grapes?):

July 2018 in Val d'Isère

There were other sports being practised, with the French trampoline team doing some amazing stuff:

July 2018 in Val d'Isère

And the Rugby Club G practising a traditional dance where you carry your partner (the G stands for Grenoble, not Gay):

July 2018 in Val d'Isère

There have been fishing competitions:

July 2018 in Val d'Isère

And massed motorcyclists:

July 2018 in Val d'Isère

And the High Trail Vanoise, six of the toughest races in the world, running up to 70km over passes and glaciers:

July 2018 in Val d'Isère

With a special pink edition raising money for a gender-specific charity (sorry, guys, if you’re prostrate with prostate, you’re on your own):

July 2018 in Val d'Isère

There have been concerts (are those French legs?):

July 2018 in Val d'Isère

And culture (with more interest in the hors d’oeuvres than the oeuvres d’art):

July 2018 in Val d'Isère

And general family fun:

July 2018 in Val d'Isère

And all the while, Val d’Isère has been tidying up from last winter and preparing for next. Here they’re removing several hundred larch trees from the bottom of the L. They were buried all season, having been brought down in the avalanche of 5 January, and we skied over them unawares. They are still sitting on 1m50 of snow, and because the trees are 2-300 years old, that avalanche obviously hadn’t come down for centuries…

July 2018 in Val d'Isère

Here the STVI is constructing the brilliant new 10-seater bubble from La Daille. Two stations, the pylons, the cabins – they have just seven months to complete the lot, but are ahead of schedule. Watch this space…

July 2018 in Val d'Isère