A potential 'stinker' turns out to be a jolly good result!

15 February 2012

It was a potentially difficult morning today as we awoke to light snow giving flattish light and driving wind, and with most of the resort either tracked or tricky snow it wasn’t going to be easy. I also had Geoff D skiing off-piste for the first time in three years after having a total knee replacement 18-months ago and I was a little worried the snow might be testing for him. (As it turned out we found great snow and Geoff did the business. Bravo Geoff!) Andreas and I both headed to the Lower Lavachet, Andreas via the impressive Mickey’s Ears couloir while I went across the from underneath, and the snow from the trees down was fantastic. It was so good my team ‘skinned’ part way back up to do it again! In the Lavachet it was totally protected but it was windy enough upstairs to close the Aeroski so we headed back to Val d’Isere and had a very pleasant run in the Familial. Geoff peeled out on a good note and the rest of us took the Funival back up and ended up skiing an excellent Kern, which had a nice accumulation of fresh snow transported by the wind while Andreas finished up in the Spatule. All in all it was a terrific morning when expectations weren’t high.

This afternoon I had a technique lesson with a little off-piste with Alfred and Rex (both 13 years-old) and we ended up skiing the Familial followed by the Kern, which really impressed them. They are great lads who love their sports so we had lots to talk about.

It snowed nicely this afternoon and although a big snowfall isn’t forecast we’ve enough snow to improve things enormously, especially in the lee, and we will have a fresh canvas, which is a great relief.

Sports Report- I was well pleased when I checked the Hammers result as 3AM, especially when they went down to 10-men after 18-minutes. (Bad habit that) Three points would have been nice but when you’re playing a top-of-the-table team a man short you can’t get too greedy and a point kept us in first place.

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