We enjoyed another absolutely wonderful morning...........

05 April 2009

We enjoyed another absolutely wonderful morning combining some powder pitches with perfect spring snow. It was slightly overcast with a minimal freeze overnight but Tignes promised the best chance of sunshine so the team headed that way. After testing the snow off the Verte we had a nice powder slope in the bottom of the Borsat before bussing over to the Palafour. We skied the big steep slope to the left as you ride up to the Aiguille Percee, and it was smooth with just the right texture. From there we skied two excellent pitches of powder in the Sachette before skiing as-good-as-it-gets spring snow right to the bottom. Then we all finished off a great morning with a really good Familial. Andreas had Derek L’s children Tina, Heather, and Gregor, and they had a fantastic time and put in a top performance. Well done! And Happy Birthday to Dawn, and what a ski to celebrate! Gill took Millie out for another ski this afternoon as their time here is now winding down as the girls leave on April 16th for Millie to re-start school on the 20th. It turned grey this afternoon but the forecast is for a good re-freeze tonight and we should have excellent skiing again tomorrow.

PS Jean Marc skied a brilliant Couloir 3500 off the back of the Grande Motte and neutral hearts were broken while United fans went ballistic with Man U’s 95th minute winner. Liverpool hearts will have stopped as well! I’ve also started writing a more detailed account of yesterday’s avalanche (besides what’s below) but don’t want to publish anything until I’m happy with it, as it is a very sensitive subject.

Avalanche Update- Yesterdays avalanche involved a guided ESF group with a father and his two sons, one 16 years-old and the other 21 years-of-age. All four were buried and three are now out of danger, but the 21 year-old was transported to Grenoble in a coma. The avalanche took place between two lifts, the Cugnai and the Glacier Express on the Tete du Solaise sector, in full view of the rescue services. Had it taken place out of sight of the Pisteurs all four would have died before help could have arrived.

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