Radio Will reported -18C in the village this morning at 8AM.......

15 February 2009

Radio Will reported -18C in the village this morning at 8AM, so fearing the worst I stuffed my back-pack full of extras to keep me warm. Fortunately the sun had some power again and it warmed up very quickly, to the point of shedding layers, which is a first for quite some time now. Anyway, Ray and I skied two good runs off the Leisse before ’skinning’ up over the Balme to ski Couloir #3. The snow above and below the couloir was excellent, but the couloir itself was just a means to get to the next powder pitch. Our tracks resembled one skier on fat skis with their legs apart and weren’t nearly as impressive as when we have a full team’s worth of art to look back on. Chris skied on-piste with a nice Russian couple this morning, Thomas helped on the World Championship Slalom, Andreas had the morning off, and TJ left to return to Scotland. Gill and I took Millie and Katie for a little family ski and hot chocolate, and it was great fun having Katie along on the rope. The Championships finished today with a Canadian winning a bronze in the final event and looking back it was a successful couple of weeks for the town and the racing crowd in general. The girls loved the animation in the street in the afternoons and there was a good ’buzz’ about the place. Sun is forecast for most of the week but we could use some snow after the wind did it’s best to ruin what we had. Still, there is some excellent skiing to be had!

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