August 09, 2006

Powder day 2: Drier powder

It was snowing again this morning, The snow at hotel level was settling more readily than the other day, the morning run was less wet, the road had a decent covering of reasonably dry snow and the falling snow was the cute kind rather than the cold and wet kind.

The drive up to Cerro Catedral was interesting, some of us put our helmets on and did up the straps quite early in the journey when the minibus did a sideways move that felt a little unstable... We weren't sure if the lifts would run, there was lots of snow falling and there seemed to be some wind about...

We collected our skis and boots from storage and saw that gondola was running, so the plan was for some warm up runs from the chair at the top of the gondola.

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The powder this morning was drier and not quite as deep than Monday's, this made everything easier and more fun. I had a great morning, no falls (though a few near misses), weight was good, arms were good, no difficult and inappropriate rotation, all was good. We skied quite hard, no change there then... The final run down to lunch included a run through the trees which ended with a jump, or drop, or fall; depending how well you took it... I took it as a fall, I should have jumped more, and pulled up my legs and, well, landed it rather than just hit the ground, buried my ski tips and forward rolled out of my skis and into the huge pillow of powder. Still, most people skied around it and Will fell in a slightly less spectacular fashion than me.

Lunch was good, as usual, today was the sausage things in bread again (technical cookery terms :) ) but much appreciated by all. After lunch we joined forces with Mercedes' group and upped the pace just a tad. Unfortunately this meant that when I fell after hitting a cross path, which I didn't see, we managed to get the whole group separated from "Tano", our instructor. He looked very sheepish when we met him back at Condor II...

Next time down we took the T-bar and went right at the top, down towards the off-piste and the trees. Since this morning I didn't fall at all, except for the 'jump', the afternoon was full of falls. Each fall tired me out a little and sapped my confidence a fraction. Still, it was good to know that most of the people behind me fell as well.

Max fell and lost a ski, not just a case of clicking out but he actually lost it and 8 or so people spent at least 10 minutes searching for it. Thankfully they eventually found it... All of my falls were helped by the fact that I'd remembered to put my powder traces on, they worked...

Whilst we were waiting for Max to collect his equipment we loitered in the trees...

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Once Max had got back on two skis we all headed off through the trees, these were full of nice light powder and reasonably steep. Lots of fun, but I was getting tired. We all stopped in a clearing and Josh had a little problem...

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After the trees we skied down some nice untracked powder and into the bamboo. This route down was better than the route that I picked for Neil and I after the avalanche work last week. Once we hit the path at the bottom we headed home, tired and happy...


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Posted by Len at August 9, 2006 10:47 PM | Categories: Argentina 06 , Argentina 06 - Photo Album , Argentina 06 - Ski Days
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