+4C and wind but no stinker!

23 December 2010

Wow! What a terrific morning, especially when expectations were fairly low with +4C in the village, it had been raining and a Foehn wind was blowing. Andreas, Chris and I all headed to the Fornet for shelter from the wind and altitude because with the warmth the lower part of the mountain was going to be a non-starter. We knew we were in business from the first turn in the Combe du Signal where we found smooth creamy snow thanks to a little help from the wind with a few centimetres on top. It got better though as we savoured two 60-turn pitches off the T-Bar on the Glacier with 15 to 20cm’s on a smooth base. From there we had a great run in the Combe du 3300 from the T-Bar, followed by an excellent run in the Pays Desert. We had decent light for the first run before it started to snow lightly and by the end of the morning the light was pretty flat, but we could still navigate without too much tension. All in all it was a great morning of skiing in high quality snow, and with very few people.

I was expecting just John E’s daughter Dawn this morning, but John himself and Stocky showed up, and the rest of today’s cast were Peter and Clare C, Pascale, Lars, Linus, Jon and a couple of French ladies who I haven’t met.

It has brightened up a little this afternoon and it is forecast to cool back down towards more seasonal temperatures and hopefully we’ll get a few flakes as well.

I’m really looking forward to my girls arriving on Boxing Day. I’ve Skyped them a couple of times over the past few days and it’s been fun to see them on the screen. I’d better get back to my preparations, so a demain!

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