Source: Elin Woods “Let Her Hair Down” on New Year’s Eve

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When the clock struck midnight on January 1, Elin Woods wasn't just greeting the new, hopefully better year: she was celebrating her 30th birthday. For the post-Christmas week and beyond, the wife of embattled golfer Tiger Woods has surrounded herself with family and friends for a super-luxe ski getaway in France's Chamonix Valley, has learned.

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And on New Year's Eve, Woods et al ventured from their five-star, $12,500-a-week chalet to a local restaurant for a festive meal.

"Elin was happy, smiling, and seemed to have finally let her hair down," an eyewitness tells of the intimate celebration. "This trip must have done wonders for her."

For New Year's Day (and her birthday) Elin had a quiet, cozy day inside the luxurious chalet. Although the London Sun identified Elin skiiing in a Friday photograph, it was actually her sister Josefin (with her husband Daniel) who hit the slopes on Jan. 1, sources confirm to Us.

In happier times, Elin and her husband likely celebrated their birthdays together: Tiger, who has not been photographed since early November, turned 34 Dec. 30. On Friday, AT&T became the latest corporate sponsor to drop the golfer — on a professional hiatus since he admitted his "infidelity" in early December.

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