After the mountain being massacred yesterday it was time for some peace and quiet today so Chris, Henry and I all opted for the Crete du Genepy and Mont Roup. (The other option would have been the Col des Fours but it’s a bit far for some of the team) The Crete was a bit more winded but still great skiing while Mont Roup itself was wonderful but as Chris pointed out the base is pretty rotten. (He got a good feel for it while helping to search for Murry’s ski, thanks Chris!) Thomas was on an all-day private starting in Tignes and I think he was heading towards the Sache as the lift didn’t open until around 1:30 yesterday to it wouldn’t have been hit as hard as the rest of the resort.
There were about six different slides reported yesterday and fortunately the worst injury was a torn knee and not something worse.
Over the past three days we’ve needed to search for a lost ski everyday and it’s quite evident that those who have lost a ski weren’t too sure about how to go about finding it. When you drop a ski in powder there’s a 95% chance that the ski will be above you and in your track. The first thing to do is survey the snow for any signs of the ski poking out. Then locate your track and follow it up. How far up depends on the steepness of the slope and how fast you were skiing. The faster and steeper the higher up and more terrain you’ll need to search. Cut across the track with your ski or cut with a pole but don’t play the ‘needle-in-a-haystack’ routine and stab at the snow because that’s pretty useless. If you’re coming down from above to help someone survey the area first and then make sure you don’t ski down in the track and destroy it because you’ll need to follow it down cutting across the track with your pole. The deeper you can cut the track the better. (The ski will be in the track so don’t destroy it while skiing down, which happens too often when several people come down to help at the same time.) It’s always a worrying time when someone drops a ski because a new pair of skis and new bindings are expensive plus it can be a long walk back to civilization!
PS And don’t be afraid to flag down a team member who may be about to ski past you because you know there is no such thing as friends on a powder day! And if someone asks if you’re alright as they are about to ski by it doesn’t just mean physically but equipment-wise as well!