During the drought the Foglietta has been really good to me and I returned today for the fourth time in the past 10-days or so. Today’s adventure was a bit of a ‘travelling-safely-in-the-mountains’ experience but thoroughly enjoyable with some pretty good skiing. We had strips of soft snow to lay tracks in but it was 3-turns-here and 10-turns-there as we just searched out the good patches amongst the tougher stuff and it worked quite nicely. Normally towards the bottom third of the mountain we’re trying to ‘sniff’ out frisset but after all the wind we searched for supporting snow and found gullies and couloirs of soufflé dur and soufflé doux that skied beautifully all the way to the bottom. In fact the bottom third was better today skiing soufflé than when it’s half-and-half soft snow that’s tracked and a little stiff but not supporting. It was Chris E’s first trip to the Foglietta and he gave the experience a big ‘thumbs-up’!
Unfortunately Mick D in Chris’ group fell and needed to be air-lifted off the mountain by helicopter. (see photos) He was taken to the hospital in Bourg and luckily Suzanne could pick him up on her way back up the mountain. Thanks Suzanne! Mick’s injured knee isn’t has bad as first feared but his skiing is over for this holiday. Good luck Mick and we wish you a speedy and full recovery!
Stay tuned for more news tomorrow and come on you Hammers!!!
PS Chris said the Gendarmes Rescue Team were brilliant and thanks them for their professionalism.