Well done girls, stunning performance!

17 April 2011

I had an unexpected day-off, which worked out well as the girls are leaving on Wednesday afternoon, and Rosie is here with her dad, so we took the opportunity to go for a family off-piste excursion. We started with a little warm-up in the Jardin du Borsat down to the Grand Pre before heading over to the Grande Motte. Off the Motte was excellent and pretty exciting as we skied the gulley, and slope, skiers-right of my shoulder then cut back to the Leisse Chair. Just as we were arriving at the last section, surprise, surprise, the snow had disappeared and there was about 20 metres of rocks to traverse, which wasn‘t an option. After weighing up the possibilities I decided to ‘boot’ it up about 20 metres to where it was about five-metres across on a nice ledge and we crossed quite easily. Just before crossing Katie said, “Is this the only way down Dad?” After replying ”Yes”, she said, “I’d better just get on with it then”. Brilliant! Anyway, at the top of the Leisse we ran into Kiera and Anna so they joined us for a great run on my shoulder and out before we all finished off with a perfect Familial. What a morning!

Meanwhile, the rest of the team was up at the Fornet. Andreas and Peter C are in training for Mont Blanc so they skied down to the refuge then ‘skinned’ up to the Col de Galise, then walked out on the summer path. Nice one boys! Chris skied to the refuge as well with some new clients and while walking out witnessed a helicopter rescue as some people were stuck in the gorge. They’d been taken in a slide on the steep slope leading into the gorge. (I‘ve never seen anyone ski there before). Chris has sent the photos to Jean and Henry so you should be able to see them. Good work JC! I’m not too sure what Thomas skied be he was at the Fornet as well.

I had a great afternoon with Angus and Stuart, the sons of Jane and Jumbo, and it’s lovely to have them back in town. They may come out en famille tomorrow afternoon for an off-piste session, conditions permitting.

I won’t do a Sports Report after yesterday’s heartbreaker. But well done Lewis and what a drive from Webber who finished third after starting 18th on the grid.

We’ve had great re-freezes these past few days and it should continue again for tomorrow.

PS Andreas has just informed me that the avalnche happened a few days ago and the skiers tried to side-step up out of the gorge and arrived on the debris. One of the skiers froze and wouldn’t move, and waited for the rescue services, who were superb as usual.

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