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27 December 2012

I picked the girls up in Geneva last night and it was wonderful to see them all again. Unfortunately Katie is really ill with a temperature and horrible cough. What a way to spend her Christmas holidays the poor little sausage! It was an easy drive with a break in the weather, which was incredibly lucky as I wouldn’t be wanting to drive down there tonight as we await 50cm’s of snow.

It started snowing around 7AM and it did leave a nice little cushion but the goal was to find where it hadn’t been skied yesterday, which in flat light is easier said than done. Chris and I headed up Bellevarde and warmed-up off the Verte before skiing a clean run in the Borsat and down through the meadows and under the Fresse chair. From there we skied an excellent Combe des Lanches, which hadn’t been skied yesterday for some reason, then we decided to head back home before they started closing lifts as the wind was forecast to pick up considerably. We made it back just in time as the Borsat and Tommeuses both closed shortly afterwards. We finished skiing a couple of runs I haven’t done before by skiing down into the Piste Perdue from both sides and it was jolly good fun.

Meanwhile, JM and Andreas headed up to the Fornet via Les Danaides and had a great run in the Combe 3300 before the wind drove them back down. Andreas skied off a cornice in the flat-light and dropped down 3 or 4 metres, which believe me is quite frightening when you’re dropping and not knowing how long it’s going to last, but he landed it without doing himself any damage, thank goodness!

I’m not too sure about tomorrow’s forecast but we’ll have a load of new snow that has fallen whilst being accompanied by strong winds at altitude. Should be interesting!

PS Just had a word with Andreas and he said the cornice was closer to 5 metres and he was very lucky not to have hurt himself. Ray just said, “It helps to be young”!

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