It rained again in the village last night and was drizzling this morning on my way to the Gourmandine but the big factor was the dreaded wind. It was ferocious at altitude and only the Funival was open first thing. Paul, Alexandra, Nicolas, Richard and I headed up hoping for the best and after a quick test off the Verte immediately returned to the piste and ended up doing a couple of hours of very useful technique. (If I may say so myself!) On the first run we were the only ones on the mountain but by the time we arrived at the bottom huge queues were forming so we did another run and then I left them to it while I returned home and decided to paint one more room. I am a sucker for punishment but it will make the girls happy!
The rain is forecast to turn to snow and we should have between 20 and 30cm’s of fresh snow by the morning but again the biggest factor will be the wind. Fingers crossed and stay tuned!
PS Today is the 50th anniversary of the UCPA avalanche that killed 39 people. Chris was 16 years-old at the time and was booked into the UCPA during his school holidays but because there was so much snow and travelling was extremely difficult he decided to stay at school instead of coming to Val d’Isere and the rest is history!!! I can’t imagine my life here in Val d’Isere without Chris!