Perfect spring again!

07 April 2011

It was warmer again last night by about 3C, but it was still cold enough to give us another morning of superb spring snow. The forecast was for no re-freeze to speak of but Radio Val reported 3C in the village this morning, and from past experience you know that 3 or 4 degrees around the Office du Tourisme in the morning means that it froze just enough up the mountain.

I had four new skiers this morning and Chris had a new group so along with Henry, we decided to return to the Crete du Genepy because it has been fantastic. Unfortunately Henry had a client dislocate his shoulder and needed to get him some help so Chris and I carried on and we had stunning snow top-to-bottom. There was a little breeze to help keep the snow cold but it was getting towards the ‘limit’ while exiting through the Mont Roup/Charvet junction so instead of trying something on the Arselle-side we headed up to the Fornet for an outstanding Pays Desert. (After taking care of his client Henry skied the Chalet des Gardes and ended up about 20-minutes behind me in the Pays Desert. Chris’ radio went dead so I lost track of him coming out the path under the Charvet). All in all, the snow was perfect all morning long, and it’s been awhile since I’ve enjoyed three consecutive mornings of such high quality spring skiing.

Meanwhile Thomas and Andreas headed straight to the Fornet for some great skiing and started with the east slopes down to the Pays Desert poma before heading up for a couple of circuits in the Pays Desert. Jean Marc was skiing with Mark G and his boys but I’m not too sure what he skied as they couldn’t find touring kit for an 11-year-old.

Jean Marc is here skiing again tomorrow before heading back to the Pyrenees as his son Johann has some races he wants to see. During his tour JM and co skied the Mean Martin, but Jean Marc was nervous of the north facing slope, and with jolly good reason, and opted to ski the southern side instead. Good call JM! The following day they ‘skinned’ up to the Pointe de la Sana and were on the summit by 11 o’clock. It was Jo’s husband David’s first taste of touring and he did really well. Bravo Dave!

It is ridiculously hot at the moment and I’m plastered in sun cream while sitting out on the terrace in just a pair of shorts. The weather is absolutely stunning, except of course if you’re hoping for a little bit of powder. The spring skiing is still brilliant but each day the exits get a little trickier and we’ll just take it one day at a time and hope it gets colder again before the end of the season. Fingers crossed!

PS I just checked my stats (it’s the baseball player in me) and today was the 70th morning I’ve used my ‘skins’ this season. It’s not all long walks as often we ‘skin’ for ten-minutes here and 20-minutes there, but the option of short walks makes an enormous difference. On average we use our ‘skins’ around 60 mornings per season.

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