Wayne's Daily Diary Archive

20 June 2007

30 November 2014
Ahh...that's better!

After a rather depressing start to the season yesterday the wind calmed down and it was brighter this morning, leading to quietly optimistic enthusiasm, and Penny, Richard, Mark, Michael and I had a surprisingly good morning. We warmed up on piste for about five minutes before testing the waters off the edge of the piste, and then we spread our wings from there. There was just enough light to be comfortable but by 11:30 the wind was picking up and clouds were rolling in and the light deteriorated rapidly. We’d had the best of the day so we skied down to the top of the Signal cable car to finish off a very satisfying morning.

Andreas came up for a quick ski as did Chris and Suzanne, and Andreas looked rather sharp in our new uniforms.

I’m off to Johnny Alpine’s to watch Southampton vs City and stay tuned for more news tomorrow. (Photos are up)

29 November 2014
Not much to report!

It was a sad start to the season this morning as the day was a write-off due to strong winds on the Glacier. I was surprised by how many people showed up in town after quite a big effort to get here. It’s ridiculous how warm it is and we need some colder weather so that the STVI can at least turn on the snow cannons. We may get some snow over the next day or two but the possibility of 50cm’s that was reported yesterday isn’t going to happen. It is however forecast to cool down next week and although I’m not a huge fan of artificial snow, it’s definitely better than ‘no snow’! Stay tuned! (Posted one photo)

PS Sports Report- It was a great win for West Ham this afternoon, getting us back to winning ways and taking us back to fifth place, and an equally good day for Danny Welbeck. England rugby fans will be rejoicing but my Sportsmen of the Day Award goes to Mark, who decided on a 4-hour walk up towards the Col de la Bailletta in wind and snow. Well done Mark, you nutter!

28 November 2014
Snow on the way?

I arrived yesterday afternoon and must admit to it looking pretty bleak! There is no snow at all below 2300 metres but it does look much better at altitude, and as I write the drizzle in town as turned to light snow and it has been snowing lightly at the Fornet all day. There is a good possibility of snow over the next few days so keep your fingers crossed and stay tuned for some skiing news tomorrow afternoon.

PS Radio Val have just reported that winds between 100 and 130 kph and 50cm’s of snow are expected towards the Italian border tonight. I don’t like the sound of the wind but the snow would be welcome!

25 November 2014
I'm ready for winter!

I’m now officially ready for winter after closing down my golfing season with a serious shot of adrenalin and a feeling of satisfaction that put a massive smile on my face. On Sunday I had the pleasure and privilege of playing with my daughter Millie in our first competition together. It was pouring with rain and I was certain that it would be cancelled but all the juniors were dead keen so we played a nine-hole Texas- Scramble-type format. We partnered Sophie and her mother Jo and we shot a 38, which I thought was pretty jolly good, especially with such tough conditions. There was a lovely get-together in the Clubhouse afterwards with the Junior AGM and prize giving for the year’s events. The Juniors clubbed together to buy Jean some thoughtful gifts to show their appreciation for all her hard work. She runs the Juniors section of the club with incredible energy, passion, commitment and a generosity with her time that is very much appreciated by all the youngsters, as well as their parents. Jean was totally surprised and quite emotional, and was very touched with the show of support. And thanks Jean for dressing Millie up in all your wet weather gear, which allowed her to participate!

On the Monday I played my final round with my mate Bill and what a contrast in conditions to the day before. The sun was shining and with the autumn colours and beautiful light it was a stunning day to be outside playing golf. Somehow I played not only the best round of the summer but perhaps the best round of my life, and I felt so good afterwards that putting my clubs away for the season was easy, as I wouldn’t want to spoil it by trying to squeeze in another round. I’ll head to the mountains for my winter life with a golfing glow that will last for the entire winter!

Stay tuned for the next update, which will be Saturday after the first day of the season, internet connections permitting.

17 November 2014
Time to pack!

I’m off to France in about ten days time and can’t believe how quickly it’s come around again. Blimey! I was just checking the Alpine Facebook page and the snow looks much better that I thought. The start to the winter is one of my favourite periods of the season, and when the snow is good it’s such a bonus. If you’ve a window of opportunity don’t hesitate and get yourself out for some early season fun! The daily diary will be up-and-running on the 29th so stay tuned.

Millie has been playing golf regularly and she and I are playing in a golf competition together this Sunday afternoon, which we’re really looking forward to. Katie is dancing and enjoying her riding and both girls are starting to look forward to ski season and will arrive with Gill on December 21st. I guess I best get packing! (I’ve posted a few photos)

5 November 2014
It's Snowing!

I’ve just checked the web-cams and it looks like the snow has final started to fall. Yahoo!

I’m about to go out for a round of golf with Ian N, who I haven’t seen since our wonderful time at St. Andrews and Gleneagles. Double yahoo!

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