Wayne's Daily Diary
- 6 December 2013
- Grateful for the sunshine!
Andreas and I headed up to the Fornet to ski the Pays Desert and Col Pers but the wind picked up to the point where they had to shut down the Pissailles Glacier and we were forced into a U-turn and headed back the other way. Andreas headed towards the Chardonnet and I never heard from him again while I skied under the Borsat chair before finally skiing the Tour du Charvet, where I met Jean Marc and his merry band of Ski Clubbers. It was another morning of skiing anything that worked, from soufflé dur, to soft creamy snow, the odd strip of frisset and some superb pistes.
The good news today was that the forecasted clouds stayed away and we skied all day long in beautiful sunshine, but the bad new is no snow is forecast in the near future. It’s so pleasant that I’ve been eating my lunch on my terrace every afternoon, but I’d trade that in for some snow and a fresh canvas!
The best news of late is that Physio Lou and Gavin had a baby daughter, Mea Louise, five days ago. Mum and daughter are both doing well and Gavin of course is an extremely proud papa. Congratulation you two!
- 5 December 2013
- Another very pleasant day!
It was another stunning day on the weather front and everyone is soaking up the sun and enjoying having the mountains to ourselves. My team headed to Tignes via the Borsat where we met up with Olivier before skiing one on my shoulder, the meadows under the Borsat West after a 10 to 15-minute ‘skin’, the Familial and some perfect pistes in between. All in all it was really very pleasant!
Andreas and Jamie headed up to Mont Roup for some exercise and solitude and had some decent skiing as well. Good result boys! JM was about with the Ski Club while Thomas, Chris and Suzanne were out for a look around.
Margaret bought herself a new pair of Movement skis from Jean Sports the other day and says that they’re the best pair of skis she’s ever had. I think it’s fantastically positive to be buying new off-piste skis at 76 and it was lovely to see her smiling about her new purchase. Bravo Margaret!
I had the boys over for a chilli and a team meeting last night as it’s not that often we can get all of us around at the same time. We had a great discussion and everyone is looking forward to the season and beyond.
There is no real threat of snow forecast but some cloud and wind are due to arrive this evening, so fingers crossed for a decent day tomorrow.
And Happy Birthday Tansy!
- 4 December 2013
- Well skied Jamie!
It was sunny and warm today and the wind has pretty much died away and is no longer a factor. (but the ‘damage done’ as Neil Young would say) Anyway, Andreas and I headed back up to the Fornet to take a trip through the Pays Desert, which was it’s usual scenic self with some good pitches of snow. Olivier came through with his Ski Club group so he was in the same neighbourhood, and it was a very pleasant outing.
We had binding problems in our group and ended up being overtaken from below and had our slope stolen just as I was about to ski it. Their tracks were all over the shop so we had nothing left to ski, which as you know would make my blood boil.
Margaret had a new pair of skis today and at 11:30 we finally noticed she’d skied the entire morning in ‘walk’ mode. Blimey Margaret, good effort!
I managed a couple of great photos of Jamie who is skiing with Andreas. I’d be proud of that body position myself Jamie, bravo and well skied.
And we’d like to wish Suzanne a very Happy Birthday today!
PS No comment on last night’s game!
- 3 December 2013
- A top morning but for different reason!
The sun returned in full force today and the Foehn wind was much calmer, making for a very pleasant day. The wind has unfortunately destroyed most of what was wonderful powder and we’ve needed to totally change our thought process and desires, and in tough conditions I thought today’s outing was a 10/10. Chris, Andreas and I all headed over the Col Pers for the first time this season and found lovely strips of frisset, creamy snow and soufflé dur and well as fragile supporting snow. It was an excellent trip scenic-wise with great ambience, and the hunt for the snow that worked was very satisfying. We had good skiing top-to-bottom and were thankful for snow that worked the entire way.
I had a rather unexpected and adventurous finish on the steep slopes under the Tommeuses chair. Penny fell above one of the big holes that was guarded by rocks and went for a bit of a slide. At first I didn’t worry too much thinking she’d be stopping soon, but eventually I had to jump around and head off to try to stop her before she hit the rocks. Fortunately she reined herself in just in the nick of time and Robert was able to come down and collect a ski and pole to save the day. It must have been great entertainment for those on the lift and what a finish on the way down to lunch! (Check photos)
JM and Oli are with the Ski Club and Oli skied Mont Roup for an outing then headed to the Col Pers this afternoon to finish off his day. Thomas was off and was enjoying some family time down the valley.
Jean Sport have decided to give Alpine clients a 30% discount on rental equipment this season, up from 20%. Bravo et merci beaucoup Didier!
It is tough out there and we’re scratching our heads a little as to what to ski tomorrow, but ‘ when the going gets weird-the weird turn pro!’ Stay tuned!
PS Great photos again Jean, merci!
- 2 December 2013
- An unexpected Foehn!
I opened the curtains and groaned this morning as I was greeted by clouds and a strong Foehn wind. What a bummer! We were expecting another gloriously sunny day with similar snow conditions to yesterday, but the overnight wind did some serious damage and much of the resort was cast in flat light. JM, Oli, Thomas, Andreas, Chris and I all headed to Tignes via various routes and made the best of it. There was some good pockets of snow here and there, but compared to yesterday’s extravaganza, the pickings were slim. Andreas and Oli probably had the best of the snow in the Chardonnet and my team found our best snow in the Little Lavachet. Now that we’re down the clouds have cleared away and we’ve a beautiful afternoon in store, which is great for Oli and JM as they’re entertaining the Ski Club all day while Andreas skis with his nephew and pals.
I had a good laugh with David Mac at the Gourmandine yesterday morning. It was great to see him again and I’d almost forgotten what a fantastic sense of humour the man possesses. Cheers Mac! And this morning I got my day started on the right foot by spilling my coffee while hastily trying to plant my morning kiss on Francoise’s cheek! What a berk!
Thanks to Johnny Alpine for the football followed by a wonderful curry last night, and my internet is now up and running so my life will be much easier.
PS Good photos yesterday Jean!
- 1 December 2013
As promised by Meteo France the sun was shining this morning and after yesterday’s flat-light, everyone was in the mood. Chris and I decided to head up to the Fornet and enjoyed stunning skiing with three runs in the Combe du Signal (from the Pyramid) before finishing off with a couple of runs up on the glacier. (with a 15-minute walk) It’s incredibly peaceful at the moment as we’ve the place to ourselves and there’s no competition for the snow. Wonderful!
Jean was a surprise participate this morning as I wasn’t expecting him for a few days. He showed up in new boots and his first turns of the season were down the steep slope from the Pyramid. Bienvenue Jean!
Andreas and Thomas skied together and as far as I know started on the Borsat and went off exploring. I’m sure Andreas will post something on our new Facebook page so look out for that this winter with updates from all the boys!
I’m in a bit of a hurry as my internet is still down and I need to go up Chris’ to post the diary and photos before rushing off to Johnny Alpine’s for a football double-header this afternoon. And I slept like a babe last night after West Ham’s 3-0 win against Fulham!
We’re expecting another beautiful day again tomorrow so stay tuned!