Fingers crossed for some signifcant snow!

14 February 2011

The morning started off as if it was going to cloud over, starting from the Fornet end of the resort, so I headed towards Tignes and the sunshine. We had an excellent morning and covered a lot of ground starting with the half-pipe, which adults find really good fun although it’s designed for children. From there we climbed up to ski the souffle in the Face Nord du Borsat where the steep slope is wonderfully chalky, which gives a nice grip and it’s pretty smooth as well. We then skied lovely piste at a good pace en-route to ‘skinning’ into the Sachette to ski the steep couloir, which was atmospheric with good snow. Then we sniffed out 30-turns of deep goblet on an east-north-east facing slope between the Glattier and the Rhododendron piste, which went down a treat and we finished the morning off with the Familial. (We had a cracking ski and it was a jolly good result if I say so myself!)

Chris was Tignes-way as well while Thomas skied with Derek’s children, Gregor and Heather, up at the Fornet where he took them over the Col Pers and then into the Grand Vallon. Nice one Thomas! We were a little lucky as well because it cleared up when it was forecast to cloud over so Thomas ended up with lovely sunshine towards the end of the morning and we stayed in the sun right to the end. TJ had an initiation session, Andreas is on piste, and Henry was doing one of his HAT courses.

Jean Marc and Olivier are reporting some great touring in the Pyrenees where they’ve had some excellent powder over the past two weeks. Well done boys! They are starting a blog on their touring page so do have a look for it.

I had a nice afternoon up at the Manchet watching Millie’s cross-country skiing. They played tag and had some relay-races accompanied by lots of screaming and shouting.

The weather is forecast to change with some snow predicted over the next few days but who knows? After six weeks of stunning sunshine it’s hard to imagine wind and flat-light but we’ll welcome it for a couple of days if it brings snow and we’ve a fresh canvas to work with. Stay tuned!

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