Another day of limited options!

17 March 2018

After a brief reprieve yesterday it was back into the flat-light again this morning. At least it was Saturday, which makes any piste skiing much more enjoyable, and there was a few centimetres of fresh snow to spruce things up a little. Chris, Thomas and I all headed towards the Motte where we had some good skiing en-route to an excellent Rosalin before ‘skinning’ out. Chris and I tried my shoulder in a white-out but missed it by about ten metres and ended up in the gully skiers-right. Instead of lovely soft snow where the slope turns away from the sun we ended up on sun-crust and it wasn’t the result we were looking for. Louise said that we “skied Wayne’s Elbow instead of Wayne’s Shoulder” and it just goes to show how easily you can go wrong in a fog! And it just shows I don’t know my elbow from my shoulder, ha ha Lou! Meanwhile Henry went up to the Pissaillas Glacier with his initiation group while Andreas had the day off.

Thomas had a client ski into a hole this morning, which was a frightening experience for all concerned. I had a client do exactly the same thing last week when Craig stopped below me and the outcome could have been a lot worse. Remember to never pass the guide or stop below them, especially in flat-light when we often see something at the last possible moment and throw on the brakes just before piling into or off of something.

I ran into our great off-piste guiding friend Herve from the ESF on the bus this morning and he didn’t know I’ve been doing my blog all these years. He said he’d have a look tonight, so here’s a mention Herve! Herve is out there seven-days-a-week just like we are and it’s always a pleasure to see him on the mountain. He’s a fantastic guide and a great guy!

It’s a big rugby day so I’d better get going if I want to see any of it. Stay tuned for more news tomorrow and I only posted four photos today!

PS Ghiselle is back in training for the London Marathon April 22nd. Please keep those donations coming in and thank you very much to all of you who have contributed.

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