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Wayne and Gill Watson.
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What a difference!!!

After at least three weeks of sunshine we finally had a little snow last night! It only snowed about ten centimetres but in the lee there was at least thirty in places and Chris and my teams savoured a fantastic ‘maximum-turn’ type morning. After a ‘scratchy’ warm-up and test run off the Fontaine Froide we knew we needed to go higher and change exposition and we had a lovely run in the Lower Borsat, followed by an outstanding Chardonnet, which had taken a lot of snow and was surprisingly deep. (See photos). I then skied some meadows back down for Les Lanches chairlift to ski the Combe des Lanches, which hadn’t taken as much snow and was fast skiing with a smooth wind-blown base with 10 to 15cm’s on top. Next up was my shoulder, which like the Chardonnet was the best skiing of the morning with a lovely accumulation of fresh snow that kept us from feeling the base beneath. We finished off and excellent morning with a good Familial and after 19 or 20 days of ‘skinning’ it was so nice to just ski and leave the ‘skins’ in the backpack.

I thought Frans skied seriously well today and gave him a ‘skier-of-the-morning’ award. Well done Frans and it was great to have my Canadian golf friend Peter along this morning.

Andreas was still ill last night so Karen needed to do the gig on her own and I thought she was brilliant. She’s had trouble speaking this past week and after starting off quite quietly she warmed up, found her voice and put on a fantastic performance for a good two hours at least. Le Petit Danois was rammed and it was a cracking evening with a good turn-out from the Alpine camp as well as the Ski Club. Bravo Karen! Andreas will definitely be back for next week’s gig and will hopefully be skiing again in the next day or two. Stay tuned.

PS Peter and I are watching the Newcastle v Chelsea match at the Garage this evening followed by a pizza at Flash. What a way to finish off a wonderful day! (Jerry and Paul may come along for the footie as well)