After weeks of scouring courier websites for quotes on shipping my bike out to Meribel I finally decided to do things in style by getting a new bike. I made the plunge by getting a CX bike. So far the decision is justified - I've been up and down the roads of Meribel and La Tania and today I went off road (on snow). Think Megavalanche XXLite. Until the MTB trails are relieved of the snow it is undoubtedly the best compromise.
Thanks ever so much to the Psyclewerx boys for sorting out the delivery. All I had to do was tighten a couple of bolts. No thanks to TNT for nearly allowing the bike to escape.