Wayne's Daily Diary Archive

20 June 2007

30 November 2013
Flat light for opening day!

We had a joyous reunion at the Gourmandine this morning with a pretty good turn-out. Andreas, Chris and I were all skiing and we had Johnny Alpine, Michael C, Nick and Adrian B, Penny, John, Margaret and Richard F along for our first session of the season.

Unfortunately the light was very flat for the most part and we needed to be careful of terrain traps, so we took it pretty easy for the most part. Penny took a superb ‘park-and-fly’ but unfortunately Richard beat her to the ‘splat du jour’ award on the last off-piste turn of the morning. Richard hurt his neck and hopefully he’ll be able to ski in the morning. Andreas took a couple of headers while I fell on the Verte piste on about my third turn and also forgot my beep this morning. As far as I know Chris and his team came through the morning unscathed!

It is still snowing lightly at 2PM and a sunny day is forecast for tomorrow, which will be greatly appreciated.

In case you haven’t seen it check out Big-Wave skiing on u-tube. Brilliant and what will they think of next! Thanks Jimmy.

And come on you Hammers! It’s a desperate time for Hammers fans at the moment and we badly need a win this afternoon.

PS Congratulations to John and Margaret who received their first free season ski pass today.

29 November 2013
Ready to go!

I had a great drive down yesterday, making it in 12-hours door-to-door. It’s amazing how much time you save using the tunnel and how easy and efficient it is After using the tunnel for my last four trips I’ll never be using the ferry again. It was wonderful driving towards blue skies and snow covered mountains and it certainly whet the appetite.

It was a beautiful day here today and I sat on the terrace and enjoyed my lunch in just a long-sleeved t-shirt. The resort looks fantastic with excellent snow cover and bright blue sky and it makes you appreciate how lucky we are to be a part of this place.

Tomorrow’s forecast for opening day calls for 5 to 10 cm’s of snow, so we’ll wait and see how the visibility is, but a sunny day is forecast for Sunday.

I’m having trouble with my internet connection so please be patient with responses to bookings. Louise will be taking over in the next day or two but there are several that I’ve been working on that will need a reply.

(I’ve posted a few photos)

27 November 2013
'Alpine' Facebook page coming this winter!

I’m driving to Val d’Isere tomorrow and will have the Daily Diary up and running for opening day, with news, weather, sports and photos.

The new ‘Alpine’ Facebook page is in the process of being put together and all the boys will have access and be adding news, photos and videos to the page throughout the winter. We’ll have a link to the Facebook page on the site and to the Daily Diary, so you’ll have no shortage of daily reading to keep you going at home or at work.

The early season snow cover is fantastic and Andreas has been skiing the past few days in wonderful snow, and has already posted some photos on the new Facebook page. Check it out!

PS Chris is travelling today and Henry should be back from his tour of the UK shortly as well. JM and Oli will be in town with the Ski Club for the first week in December then both will be around through Christmas and possibly the New Year.

25 November 2013
A solid round to finish!

I played my last round of golf for the season today with my mate Bill. Unfortunately I faded away over the last three holes but still managed 40 points and one of my best rounds of the summer, which was a great way to go out! I’ve posted a few photos to show contrast to my winter life, which begins in a few short days time.

PS Andreas has just set up an Alpine Experience Facebook page, which will be linked to the website in the near future. Some of you will have already had an invite to become ‘Alpine’ friends and Andreas has posted some excellent photos of his ‘skin’ at Ste Foy today.

22 November 2013
Come and get it!

Winter is here and it looks as if we’re in for the best start to a season for a very long time. Early pre-Christmas skiing is always one of my favourite periods of the season due to the empty slopes, beautiful light and an enthusiastic but relaxed atmosphere around town. But throw in outstanding snow cover as we now have and it becomes a must-not-miss event. Hope to see you soon! (Check the webcams)

21 November 2013
Great snow to start the 2013/14 season !

Andreas went for a ‘skin’ down near his place today and the snow looks absolutely amazing. The snow was perfect powder with no rocks so it looks as if it’s game-on for the start of the season. Yahoo! (Check photo on Facebook)

I’m arriving on the 28th for the opening on the 30th, and Chris, Andreas, Thomas and Henry will also be in the resort with JM and Oli arriving for the first week in December. Stay tuned!

15 November 2013
A few words for my Dad!

I’ve been off the radar of late as I’ve been in Canada to visit my Dad and family. I spent 12-days with him but he hung on longer than expected and I had to come home just a few days before he died, on November 11th. I sadly couldn’t return for the funeral, which is today, and my childhood friend Webby is kindly reading the eulogy below.

Thank you for all your Facebook and e-mail messages.

‘I’m so sorry that I couldn’t be with you all today but I’m very grateful to Webby for saying a few words on my behalf, as well as the family. All of Mom and Dad’s friends and family here in England are thinking of you today.

Words can not easily describe what a wonderful man my Dad was: he was warm, loving, kind, considerate, loyal, generous, funny, responsible, compassionate, trustworthy, and always fun. Several people over the past few days have just simply said, “He was such a beautiful man.”

Dad was many things to many people. He was a cherished son to Mary and Lorne, and a fun-loving and mischievous brother to Doug, Daureen, Audrey and Linda. He was my Mom’s world, her life long companion and her best friend for over 60-years. And how can you aptly describe him as a father? He was the most incredible Dad that Wendy, Dennis and I could ever wish for, and if I can be half the man and half the father to my children that Dad was to us, I’ll die a happy man. Dad was also an adored Grandfather to Millie and Katie, who meant so much to each other, especially during these difficult last few years. BG was also the perfect father-in-law to Gill and Marilyn, and he was loved by all the in-laws and their families.

Dad was a highly skilled and compassionate veterinarian, and valued his partnership and friendship with Gary and Emery enormously. He was a fantastic neighbour to the Finch’s, the Webster’s and the Rasmuesan’s. He knew every family on the street and all the 35th avenue children benefited from Dad playing quarterback for our street football teams or playing baseball with us in the park. Dad worked long hours but was generous with his precious time, and remained on as President of the Little League Baseball Association after Dennis and I had graduated to a higher league, because he knew that if he didn’t do it, the children would suffer and not have a league to play for. Dad was that kind of man and always put others before himself.

Dad loved the great outdoors, especially his hunting and fishing. He was a crack shot and he was rarely, if ever, ‘skunked’ on a fishing trip. But it was the camaraderie of his fellow sportsmen that made it so special for him, especially the company of my brother Dennis and his dear friend Bruce. They shared many campfires together and Dad would have them chuckling at his stories, or roaring with laughter and diving for cover when he would let rip with one of his world class farts, which he could conjure up at any time on demand. Dad also loved his skiing, and gave our family a great opportunity and an enduring love of the mountains. He spent endless hours in the Rockies hiking with Mom and he was a bandit on the golf course, often bringing home prizes after a good round. Dad was also an excellent umpire, volunteering his time when he would rather have been sitting in the stands. He was a terrific fan, who travelled far and wide to watch our games. BG used to love to needle the umpires and could be often heard yelling, “hey ump, poke some holes in that mask, you’re missing a good game!” And one night at a High School basketball game Dad was having a go at the referee and he went a bit too far. The ref spun around and mistakenly pointed directly at John Juilfs, who was sitting right next to him and yelled, “You, out of the gym!” Poor John had to climb down out of the bleachers and walk the entire length of the gymnasium, past all the students, all the parents and players, including his own son Mike, to the exit at the far end. Dad mulled it over not knowing quite what to do, but in the end the moment passed he let John walk the ‘walk’. John was himself notorious for giving the officials a tough time so Dad didn’t feel too, too badly about not owning up and we both enjoyed a good laugh about it just the other day.

I think being a friend is what Dad did best. He made friends easily and once his friendship was won he was your’s forever, through the bad times as well as the good. You could always count on Dad, no matter what the circumstances. No one could ever ask for a better friend than our Dad and my ten-year-old daughter Millie summed him up quite nicely with this poem she wrote for her Grandpa.

This Is Why I Love You

My Grandpa is the Greatest,
He’s always there for me,
Wherever we go, he makes it fun to be,
My Grandpa’s very loving, he loves to cuddle me,
The other thing he loves, is his family.

My Grandpa is the best, he always makes me laugh,
And wherever he is, he always thinks of us,
That’s why I love my Grandpa, with every part of me,
He really is a superstar, of the very first degree!

Dad fought for life right to the end. He never complained and he remained positive. He found something to smile about each and every day at the hospice, and even managed to joke during such a difficult time.

November the 11th was always an important date to Dad. He had enormous respect for the sacrifices of the veterans and he and I had toured the World War One gravesites and battlefields in Northern France and Belgium together, and we visited the War Memorial Cemetery near our home in England with his Grandchildren on his annual visits. Trust Dad to pick his time and give an added poignancy and extra meaning to Remembrance Day.

You have made us all very proud Dad and we love you very much. You’ve been an exemplary example of how we should try to live our lives and how we should treat other people, and we will always carry a part of you with us wherever we go. Thank you from all of us and please rest in peace.’

I’ve posted a few photos of the girls last visit with their Grandpa.

1 November 2013
The dawn to a new winter! by JC

This is an email from Gill “Hi Chris, feel free to go ahead and update the Nov web page. Wayne was called back to Canada urgently about 30 mins after you guys left on Monday, so he is not here already. Now his Dad seems to be rallying a little again, so not sure what is happening.”

Saturday the 30th of November 2013 is our start date for our new winter. The Grande Motte glacier at Tignes has been open since October with great conditions.
Stay tuned. Chris

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