Cold but beautiful!

12 December 2012

Radio Val (not the same without Will) announced -18C this morning so I put on extra layers and headed out into stunning sunshine. It was wonderful to have a day of clear skies with perfect visibility and everyone profited with some great skiing. With the Isere smoking, which it only does when it’s properly cold, the only way to go was towards the sun in Tignes and we actually stayed pretty warm. Everyone had brilliant snow with Chris and I skiing off the Motte, while Andreas skied the Chardonnet, Oli was around the Palafour sector, JM was doing a mix of off-piste and technique, and I’m not too sure where Pietro ended up. We ended up finishing with the Alti-port for the first time this winter as someone had cut the traverse, which was handy as I wasn’t going to be the first one across.

I went down to Bourg for some shopping this afternoon before the next storm moves in and I’ve finally just about finished unpacking the car. I’m rushing a little as I’m cooking for Chris tonight as he worked all afternoon and his cupboards are bare. Steak, potatoes, green beans and salad are on the menu with a glass or two of Guigal Cotes du Rhone to wash it down. It almost sounds romantic, I’d best not light a fire!

I had a nice chat with Pat Zimmer at the bus stop this morning and he’s on pretty good form. We talked a little about the old days when we were just six at Top Ski and how much fun we had, and Pat’s wife Zoë has had a beautiful book published of some of her favourite artwork that’s she’s done over the past twenty-plus years. Chris gets a credit in the book as he did several photos for Zoë and it’s available at the Tourist Office.

Hopefully we’ll have more sun tomorrow before some big snow moves in over the next few days.

PS Late breaking news: Andreas has just informed me of an avalanche in the Sache today with a couple of people buried. One victim was under for 30 minutes but rumours has it they have survived. More news tomorrow.

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