After two days of a raging storm that had winds on the Pisaillas and Grande Motte Glaciers clocked at over 200kph mixed with a temperature rise that resulted in sleet in the village and heavy dense snow even at altitude, we were saved by a solid re-freeze last night that set-up the snowpack beautifully! The cold night saw the avalanche risk drop from 4 to 3/5 and with the wind-compressed snow we skied lovely creamy snow all morning long and I thought considering the weather conditions over the last 48-hours the skiing couldn’t have been better today. We started off with a positive test off the Verte and knew it was ‘game-on’ immediately and skied it again while waiting for the lifts to open, then we skied an excellent Campanules, followed by a terrific run off the Motte, then the Funicular broke down so we skied the Cairn from the Lanches chair and then backtracked back to Val d’Isere to finish a great morning with a run down TJ’s Shoulder followed by the Super L. Andreas, Chris and Jean Marc were all in action and we all skied similar runs with a few variations. Chris continued on as Quentin is only here for three days and after dealing with the storm Quentin wanted to make the most of such a stunning day. Bravo Chris!
I slept right through to my alarm this morning as I was exhausted from watching West Ham hang on for a much needed win away to Southampton last night. Both teams were desperate and it was nail-bitting stuff. Thanks John! In fact I’m at John’s now watching Man U v Everton followed by Arsenal v City followed by dinner with Richard Finlay, John, Jean Marc, Chris and Suzanne and Catherine K. What a day!
I’m really looking forward to Gill and the girls arriving on Thursday and the weather is looking better for driving down the valley. Thank goodness for that! They are coming for 15-days, which is a great break and we’re looking forward to some fun together. Stay tuned!
PS After a very busy start to the season Thomas had the day off today and was skiing with his daughters.