What a day!

29 April 2017

Wow, what a day that was! Because the photos start with the après-ski I’ll start there. After an excellent morning at the Fornet I was treated to an fanatastic lunch at the Grande Ourse with Derek, Clare, Peter, yesterday’s birthday boy Paul, Pascale and Clive. Thanks to all for a great lunch with brilliant banter, food and of course wine! Derek and Paul thought it would be a good idea to stop by the Coin des Amis for a quick beer and three hours later Peter, Paul and I were still there thoroughly enjoying ourselves with great music and ambience. I deserved a ‘chemical reaction’ but somehow made it home without staggering about or needing help from a lovely 90-year-old woman like did 5-years ago after a session with Blue! Poor Gill i-messaged Derek around 7:30 to make sure I was alright and I’m not sure what she thought was more dangerous, a morning off-piste or an afternoon with the boys? Anyway, I survived both and it was a wonderful afternoon!

As for the skiing Chris and I headed up to the Fornet for the first time in about a month! We had a lovely taster off the Laisinant Express and at that point thought it was all going to be easy, but we then had a very good but slightly tricky run in the Combe du Signal, which I thought Clare skied extremely well. Bravo Clare! From there we headed out into the Pays Desert and immediately realised that there was a heat-crust from the cloud-and-sun combination yesterday afternoon, which could potentially put a damper on the morning but we managed to ‘sniff’ out great snow top-to-bottom and then felt comfortable to head over the Col Pers. The Col Pers was extremely good up top and although the snow warmed-up towards the bottom (after all it was the 29th of April) we made a good escape down my ‘funky’ exit, which Chris calls ‘Wayne’s Trick’ and it was a very good result. Clare and Pascale left to get ready for their session at the Grande Ourse while the boys and I finished with a quick run out on ‘Oh My’. We probably had better snow yesterday but it was so nice to be able to see and not worry about skiing into a hole or dropping off something nasty and it was a terrific morning followed by a fantastic afternoon with great characters! What a pleasure and if I’m a little flowery please excuse me as I’m pissed! Stay tuned for more news tomorrow!

PS Bravo West Ham as we inch towards survival! And good luck to Millie as she’s off on a Duke of Edinburgh award walk and camping trip today.

PPS And thanks to Peter and Clare for a brilliant evening last night in honour of Paul’s 60th!

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