Not the easiest morning!

25 March 2010

When Radio Val announced +6C at 7:30AM in the village and the skies were overcast, my first thoughts were of the toughest morning of the season. It wasn’t the easiest ski of the season but we did get in some good skiing with Jean capturing the morning very well with his photos. We had a nice run in the Jardin du Borsat (north-side) before skiing a good clean shoulder on the edge of the Borsat. From there we headed upstairs and had about 25-turns on the Rosolin before the snow ‘turned’ and became ‘educational’, so we then traversed out and ‘skinned’ up to the Tour du Balme. The wind was blowing a gale for Gerald’s first-ever ‘skin’ and the skins were flapping about in the breeze and the odd bit of plastic mesh went missing in the gusts. Anyway, we skied down the tongue of the glacier before working our way onto the big face of the Balme, which was in pretty good condition. From there we skied the bowl off the Fresse then skied piste home for a 12:30 finish. Joy said, “Thanks for a great morning”, which was nice as conditions were tough but it was still enjoyable. Andreas was skiing similar runs to me and Chris ‘skinned’ to the Little Borsat West, while Thomas probably had the best of the morning’s conditions in the Sachette. There were some appreciated moments of brightness and sunshine up to around 11 o’clock before it turned grey for the rest of the morning, and although it was incredibly windy in places all the lifts remained open. It cheered up this afternoon for Joe, Brian, and David’s technique session and late this afternoon it looked as if a few flakes may have been falling up at the Fornet. Hopefully we’ll get enough snow over the weekend to make a difference.

PS. Colin made a recovery although he skied through pain today. Vince Lombardi (legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers who once said, “There’s a difference between pain and injury) would have been proud of you. Hope you’re feeling better tomorrow Colin!

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