Blue skies and brilliant conditions!

21 February 2010

The sun returned and with a fresh canvas it was game-on for a great morning. I was travelling light with Chrissy and Richard F, along with Henry’s fiancée Ginny, and we had a wonderful morning. We had first-tracks everywhere we skied and opened up with an excellent Kern followed by a very good Borsat from the middle entrance. From there we skied two great runs off the Leisse, then one on the Cairn en-route to the Col des Ves, where we made our way to the ‘Hourglass’ Couloir on the Big Face of the Grande Balme. Richard unfortunately had a fall and smacked his back up against a rock and may have damaged some ribs. He managed to ski back down on the piste and we should have more news for you soon. Andreas’ team ‘skinned’ up to the Col des Fours and had an outstanding ski, with John Denholm picking up the coveted ‘skier-of-the-morning’ award for a solid performance. Bravo John! Well done also to Big Pete who skied well after a fatiguing walk. Thomas was skiing with the Campbell’s children who are really coming on while Chris ‘skinned’ to Mont Roup with Suzanne and TJ was skiing with some old friends. TJ then took Chrissy out for the afternoon and headed up towards the Balme. Katie turned four-and-a-half today and we celebrated with a huge ski this afternoon followed by a superb lamb dinner cooked by Liz and Chevallot tarts for desert. The Foehn wind increased during the afternoon and a grey day with perhaps a few flakes overnight are forecast.

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