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Day 13: Corona Virus Lockdown in France 

I never thought that I would be writting and sharing my 5 tips to keep you entertained through the corona virus. We are in such times of uncertainty and choas.  In different countries worldwide we find ourselves in some sort of lockdown to stop the corona virus from spreading. On 14th of March 2020 all ski resorts in France closed and the tourist ski industry came to a complete halt. France is in a complete fixed lockdown. Fines have increased to €400; if you are outside your home doing exercise more than a 1km away for more than an hour. You can only leave your home once a day with your document and identification.

Skier: Craig Resort: Les 2 Alpes 13th March. My last day guiding and teaching for winter 2020.

Being the outdoor person that I am; these rules I am finding very difficult to adhere too. Especially as 2019 was a physical lockdown for me being a victim of a ski collision. I am often being asked by others, “what are you doing with your time..?” I have a constant flow of paperwork and administration to keep me entertained. This always comes with running your own business FREEFLO. A lot of my energies is also going into working out the next step. Outside that there is another world; this is what I have been doing.

1) What have I been watching?
YouTube:  For the last two years I have been watching Cody Townsend trying to execute his dream of skiing 50 North American Ski Classic ski lines.

My friend Jordan Tiernan has put together a blog with the best films from the Banff Film Festival. I will look forward to watching them.

2) What podcasts I have been listening too:
I have been working through the list of Outside Magazine for the Top 14 best Podcasts 

3) The best music I have been listening too:
My friends shared me this new 8D music technology. I put my earphones on and the volume up and the music blew my mind. A total different music experience.

4) In the Kitchen: 
With more free time I have been enjoying getting back in the kitchen and making my bread, soups, cakes etc: I found a great receipe for glutenfree pancakes. Try them with some chocolate spread!! They are delicious.

5) What I am reading:  I have am reading once again The Mind Management; The Chimp Paradox by Prof Steve Peters. This helps me to control my chimp inside. For more recommended reading in leadership and decision making. Sign up for free to my friend’s Richard Hughes-Jones newsletter. 

Stay safe and enjoy the time to slow down.


FREEFLO specializes in progressive on and off-piste ski instruction, backcountry ski touring and women-specific ski courses. We offer personal British ski instruction for skiers of all abilities. Our primary objective is helping competent skiers to improve their technique on and off-piste and in the backcountry. Our intuitive coach approach will help you to progress, have fun and enjoy the full freedom of the mountains in a safe and confident manner.

Refuge Turia, Villaroger Tarentaise, France

‘The mountains will have time to rest and to recuperate…before we can explore them once again…’ 



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