Steep and great ambience!

18 January 2012

Well, it was a funky old day today as we’re trying to entertain the troops while waiting for a much needed snowfall to give us a fresh canvas, and I skied some slopes I haven’t skied all season. The Signal Poma re-opened yesterday afternoon so I headed up to the Fornet for a change of scenery and hoping for the best. We started off with a Grand Vallon, which was a little rough but good skiing and very interesting as the wind damage was quite incredible. From there we traversed through the Grand Vallon to the Vallonnet, and it was like being on the moon. It was absolutely ravaged during the storm and almost unrecognisable, and it was an adventure just working out how to get down! The bottom slope, which is steep and very impressive, was superb and that brought a smile to everyone’s face. After being on north-facing slopes in the shade all morning we headed to the sun and skied an excellent Kern followed by a steep couloir above the Face du Bellevarde, which I haven’t skied in years and we finished of with a nice piste ski down to La Daille.

Chris took his team down to Ste Foy to ski the Foglietta and they had great ambience and a superb lunch at the Monal. Andreas had a cast of characters and they’re staying in Tignes, which throws Andreas’ rhythm out of sync, but he’s done very well with his team this week. Today they started (instead of finished) with the Familial then worked their way up to the Fornet and skied the Pays Desert, lunched, then skied back to Tignes. Meanwhile, Henry is training Barbara and Wynne for a week touring with Oli and JM, and last I heard they were heading towards the Crete du Genepy and Mont Roup. Thomas is still off but should be back skiing soon.

This afternoon Gill took Millie shopping in Bourg for a promised denim skirt while I ripped it up with Katie, Anna and Kiera. The girls are seriously good fun to ski with and it’s amazing how fast and controlled they are. My legs always feel like they’ve had a tough workout as we ski pretty much non-stop top-to-bottom and really work our skis. Brilliant fun and I’m really proud of them!

Tomorrow’s snow may be delayed and if we’re lucky we’ll get some sunshine in the morning before the weather moves in.

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