Happy Birthday Mom!

02 March 2014

I had a relapse with my back yesterday afternoon and this morning had serious doubts about being able to ski today. I knew it was going to be good and didn’t want to let anyone down so after a superb physio session from Gill on the kitchen table and some drugs I went off to give it a go, and what a stunning morning we had up at the Fornet. We had Eric, a telemarker from Oregon on his first visit to Val d’Isere, and he had an incredible morning and couldn’t believe the views. (It reminded me of Andy’s visit last spring) He was great company and an excellent telemarker, and had no trouble keeping a perfect track. Bravo Eric and we look forward to your next visit. It was a maximum turn morning of high quality and we rose above the sea-of-cloud and started with a wonderful run off the shoulder in the Combe du Signal, followed by 2 belters in the 3300, a fantastic run in the Pays Desert and down through Chris’ Chimney, then another in the Pays Desert with a ten-minute ‘skin’, then a run home from the up-and-over chair down into the Super L. Blimey, what a morning!

Meanwhile, Henry was entertaining Sandy, Rosemary and Penny, and believe me, these ladies are seriously good fun! They had a fantastic time and after two sessions in a row in flat-light they were rewarded this morning with brilliant snow and beautiful sunshine above a stunning sea-of-cloud. Bravo ladies and thanks Henry!

Nana has arrived for a five day trip and the girls have dragged her off to watch them ice skate. It’s their first session since watching the figure skating at the Olympics so it should be interesting as they try out their new moves!

And a huge Happy Birthday to my most wonderful mother Ruth, who is 80-years-young today. Happy Birthday Mom!

A little snow is forecast this evening and into tomorrow morning with it clearing during the afternoon, but with any luck we’ll have some decent vis in the morning. Stay tuned!

PS Chris was out with Suzanne this morning and spotted four skiers stuck in the gorge with sluffs from the slopes above starting to slide into the gorge, and he phoned the pisteurs to let them know. The helicopter has been busy the past ten days rescuing stranded people who for some reason have ignored all the signs and reports on the radio about the gorge being closed.

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