From 'doom and gloom' to stunning!

16 April 2016

It was all ‘doom and gloom’ on Radio Val this morning with +8C in town, drizzle, wind and grey skies. Chris and I had thought of going over the Col Pers to ski the Glacier Pers but with the drizzle we didn’t want to deal with the Grand Torsai around 12:30 so we headed for the Motte. But on top of the Borsat we realised that it had frozen better than forecast and with a bit of light towards Mont Roup we changed our plans again and skied a fantastic run down the meadow to the Cabin de la Garde before ‘skinning’ up to Mont Roup. We started off in pretty gloomy conditions but it was forecast to clear up a little and we hoped that by the time we arrived and were ready to ski that we’d have better visibility. We weren’t disappointed as on cue the skies cleared and we skied wonderful snow top-to-bottom with excellent support. We had the bonus of a fantastic wildlife show with Perdrix and Chamois up close and personal. (See photos)

It was starting to warm up by this time but Chris and I managed to squeeze in a great run in the Super Arcelle after ‘skinning’ up to the Col de la Madeleine. It was becoming fragile towards the bottom but we searched out supporting snow where it had been previously skied and it worked right to the bottom. There was no question of being able to ski the Marmottons/Marmottes so we finished off a stunning morning on the piste.

I had the pleasure of skiing with Joe for the past three days. He’s never skied with us before and he’s had three fantastic days and we’re looking forward to seeing more of him in the future. It was also nice to have Simon back on Wednesday as well as Ron who had a brilliant week. See you all next season boys!

Glen Allen stopped by the Gourmandine to say hello this morning and ask me about going to India with Mary Anne. He and Flash are planning on going for Christmas and I’m jealous as I know they’ll have a fabulous time and be incredibly well taken care of. (I really want to go again!)

And thanks Michele and Cassius for a fantastic evening last night at the Baraque and Lodge!

Stay tuned and come on Big Sam!

PS Andreas is playing tennis against the Club Champ this afternoon. Give him heaps Andreas!

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