Skiing With Our Hosts
I am SO behind with this. OK, this post is the last one with any detail at all before I try to bring my training record up to date.
Algernon and I had spend the morning playing around above Courchevel 1650, surviving on a diet of hot chocolate, chocolate, and fruit squash. In many ways it was just like being kids again, and Algernon wore his world famous stripy jumper. With his new bobble hat, he did a pretty good impression of Wally from the ‘Where’s Wally’ books.
Oddly enough, this jumper greatly improves his skiing - it’s 100% wool, and doesn’t like getting wet, so Algernon tends to do a much better job of staying upright . . .
Anyway, we met up with Ash & Katie at Verdons, and took the Vizelle lift up to the top of the mountain, before skiing down to take Chanrossa up, and bring Ash down his first ever black run - the excellent & fun Chanrossa. We’d actually already skied it an hour or so earlier just to check out the conditions, ahd having seen how he handled himself, we were pretty confident that he’d be fine. Katie was a bit of a dark horse though - having claimed to be just a beginner really, she skied very stylishly.
On the way home, we showed our hosts the route through the woods . . . which is where it all went a little pear shaped. To get from the track back to the chalet, you have to go down quite a narrow footpath, which is reasonably steep for the first 100 yards or so. Good strong snow-plough all the way . . . I was fine, and so was Algernon . . . . but Katie fell at the end of it (well done for missing that tree), and this distractd Ash who skied off the path & into a ditch, needing to be dug out.
We’d already explained the rules of our gang to our hosts (it’s one round of vin chaud per fall), and being such great sports, Katie & Ash settled their account with a big tub left on the stove at Saturday’s tea time. What a pair of stars.
- Type: Other
- Date: 01/18/2008
- Total Time: 4:00:00.00
- Approximate distance skied: 15 miles