November 16, 2006

More wind and more gates...

When we arrived at the train this morning the signs were telling us that it was high wind up top and that everything was closed... That didn't stop us and all the other racers from standing in line... We eventually got a call from Dougie and the boys, who had gone up on the coach's train, and they said that everything was closed and that we should go get a coffee and await more information at 9am...

We sat there, sipping coffee, resigned to the fact that we'd be heading back to the hotel and then we got a call...

Roselin was open but the chair on the ridge was closed so we'd have to walk to get to the T-bar... We returned to the line for the train and headed to the top. The walk along the ridge wasn't too bad, it was windy but the complete lack of snow meant that the rocks were easy to walk along, even in ski boots.

Once to the snow we found that things were a little quieter than yesterday, slightly fewer maniacs in cat suits... Phil had set us a stubby course and we were ready to roll. We skied the stubbies trying to take a better line than yesterday's efforts; turn before the pole so that the skis brought us around just under the pole and our shin passed over it... Once we'd worn the course down to the glacial ice; I really need to take some photos to show you what this "ice" is like, it's clear and thick (it's a glacier after all) and sometimes wonderfully, surreally, blue (If you ever think you've skied over an icy patch, you haven't until you've skied on a glacier with no snow and racers who scrape what little there is off and polish what remains.). As I was saying, once we'd worn it away and polished it, we moved down to a set of proper poles and skied that with our new line, this worked well, the new line gave us more time to think but seemed quicker; which was a weird concept... We all improved and today's video showed that we were better than yesterday but still had a heap of work to do...

The wind dropped a little so that they could open the chair on the ridge, which was handy for the trip to the restaurant at lunch time and the journey back to the train to head home...

Once home we had a video session, I went shopping for a new helmet (one with a chin guard!) and some proper, padded, racing gloves (and found neither). Then it was time to service the skis and, eventually we got a moment in the bar before dinner...

The forecast for tomorrow is 120mph winds... We're going for the later bus, 8.30am rather than 8am, but we're not really expecting to get up there to ski... Lets hope the wind brings some snow, right now Tignes is very dry and any thoughts of doing lots of nice off-piste on my Ski Club reps course in 2 weeks time are purely fantasy at the moment. Apparantly, you can usually ski down from the glacier to the base at this time of year, right now it's all rocks...

Fingers crossed that the snow gods will show us some love...


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Posted by Len at November 16, 2006 06:51 PM | Categories: R21 - Race training , Season 2 - Ski Days
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