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We hopped a public ski bus for about 45 minutes from

Courmayeur to La Thuile, a smaller village, but combined with the connecting French resort of La Rosiere represents the espace San Bernardo and is a larger ski area than Courmayeur.

Photo by Rich DonnellyThe main course, Polenta with Fontina cheese of the Osta Valley, at lunch at the Maison Carrel. The La Thuile Tourist Office sponsored the gastronomic experience.

When we took our last run to the La Thuile base area, a

large orange sign greeted us: Pista Fine.

Indeed, the pistas of the Valle D’Aosta were fantastico. We then enjoyed an apr event at Hotel Miramonti in La

Thuile. The hotel, along with Crest et Duc,
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our host, is part of The C Hotels chain. Our guide Vincenzo said an American film company will be shooting a scene for a movie that will involve helicoptering a skier into and out of the off piste terrain.

We caught a bus back to Courmayeur but not before a stop in

Pre Saint Didier to visit the high end (and perhaps too swanky for this crew

.) Spa Terme di Pre Saint Didier. We brought our bathing suits (what ever happened to

European style bathing? Again, that might not be too pretty with this group

.), and the spa provided robes, towels and slippers. Indoor water falls, steam baths and showers complete the relaxing respite.

Kaplan, who has attended ESWA’s European excursion each of the six years, had planned to make the trip with us again. He is in New Jersey battling an illness.

Our thoughts and prayers were with you Mitch yesterday. Stay strong brother. We’ll see you next year.

Read a book for a while. Got up and watched Martha Coakley’s concession speech on the BBC. Went down to the lobby for the Wi Fi and Internet access to check the e mail and read the New York papers online for my J E T S fix.

No running this morning. Did some yoga poses to stretch out the tired muscles,
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still tight from yesterday’s mind blowing and body suffering battle.