I awoke expecting bright blue skies and felt a little ‘flat’ when looking out the window at grey clouds

18 February 2009

I awoke expecting bright blue skies and felt a little ‘flat’ when looking out the window at grey clouds. Fortunately there was a promise of blue skies at altitude and this was confirmed by Radio Will, who was convinced that the sun was shining upstairs. Chris and I decided to give the Fornet a go for a change of scenery and we weren’t disappointed as we had some excellent skiing. We were still in a mist for the first run in the Pays Desert as the clouds were taking their time in dispersing, but by our second run it was much clearer and we had good visibility for the rest of the morning. After two in the Pay Desert we went over the Col and through the gorge and then my team finished off the morning with a Spatule. This afternoon I skied with Eric B and his 12-year-old son Fergus and young Fergus picked up a ’splat du jour’ award for a wonderful ’header’ in deep snow off the Leisse. He skied really well and made his Dad proud, bravo Fergus! Andreas is still eating his way around the resort while Thomas had the day off. There is a rumour that one of our competitors had an avalanche on Mont Roup this morning and did some damage to a leg, either a knee or a possible break. The avalanche risk is only 2/5 at the moment and it just shows that you must stay aware at all times and not get complacent. Sun is forecast again for tomorrow and although it is still chilly the really cold weather seems to be behind us.

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