December 01, 2006

Slalom training; Final day
Today we were up on 3500 all day. The course was set with quite a wide offset so that we needed to be turny and keep our speed under control. Snow was good, though the course ended up with some...

December 02, 2006

Video from this week
Some of the video of me skiing gates this week....

Week 3
During this week I felt that some of the improvements from last week had really stuck and become part of my skiing, which was great. We then added some more elements to the mix, or increased the focus on some...

A skier's eye view of slalom
I strapped my helmet camera on for a couple of runs of gates on Friday. I didn't spend too much time fiddling with the camera as I wanted to work on technique and that was difficult with my rucksack on...

December 03, 2006

Ski Club Rep's Course: Day 1
Today was day 1 of the Ski Club of Great Britain's Rep's course. The first three days of the course consist of half day ski performance clinics with current or ex BASI trainers. We have Phil Smith, Andy Jerram (who...

December 04, 2006

Ski Club Rep's Course: Day 2
Today our group was in the classroom first thing. We smugly thought that this was good as it had started snowing late last night and was still snowing this morning. It looked a bit windy down at Le Lac so...

December 05, 2006

Ski Club Rep's Course: Day 3
Today we had our last morning "performance clinic" and skied with Phil Smith. The initial plan was to do some racing and some video analysis at some point but the lifts were late opening due to the weather and since...

December 06, 2006

Ski Club Rep's Course: Day 4
Last night, after the final ski performance clinic finished, we were split into new groups. I think the idea of the grouping is that we're in similar skier ability groups so that all members of the groups can move at...

December 07, 2006

Ski Club Rep's Course: Day 5
Today we had snow stability analysis with Graham McMahon. After a brief intro to what we were going to do we headed out and went off-piste to find some interesting snow. We found a leeward slope above the Vanoise lift...

December 08, 2006

Ski Club Rep's Course: Day 6
Today we had an off-piste skiing day with a Roland Stieger a mountain guide from Chamonix. Unfortunately there wasn't much open today due to the weather. High winds and poor visibility at the top meant that they closed everything except...

December 09, 2006

Week 4
This was the first week of the Ski Club Reps Course, it was hard work with plenty of skiing and lectures in the evening and then dinner and obligatory partying in the evening. Three days of performance training which was...

Ski Club Rep's Course: Day 7
Today was a rest day, which meant that last night was a party night... People fancied going somewhere different for a change, since we've been in the Alpaka every night, and since I've been here a while longer than the...

December 10, 2006

Ski Club Rep's Course: Day 8
We spent the morning in knee deep powder making our own tracks. Unfortunately we were down by the lake doing transciever searches with Kathy......

December 11, 2006

Ski Club Rep's Course: Day 9
Today was our second day of leading. The premise was that the day was an advanced off-piste day. Patrick arrived as a member, a complete member... The idea being that whoever was doing the sign up should check that he...

December 12, 2006

Ski Club Rep's Course: Day 10
Today was "Navigation with Nigel"... We spent an hour or so in the classroom going over some basic navigation skills and then got out on the snow and skied hard off-piste all day; there's a trend here......

December 13, 2006

Ski Club Rep's Course: Day 11
Today we had a full day of ski performance training with Phil Smith. We started with rotation skills that we'd need for the bumps. We had a fair bit of video analysis and practiced various rotation exercises to get our...

December 14, 2006

Ski Club Rep's Course: Day 12
Today we visited a pisteurs hut and had a fun GS race. I then went for a lovelly walk around the lake and we finished the day with an after dinner cabaret with sketches done by the various ski groups...

December 15, 2006

From Tignes to Megeve to Morzine
This morning I shoved all my stuff back in the car and left Tignes after my five weeks here and drove to my next destination, Morzine. I popped in on Lucy in Megeve and the snow situation there is pretty...

December 16, 2006

Week 5
The second, and final week of the Ski Club Reps Course was better than the first for lots of reasons......

Ski test day in Morzine
We skied in Avoriaz today, there's a ski test on so you can just turn up, give them your ID and take a pair of skis to try. Lots of tents, I tried the Scott Aztec Pro, the K2 Apache...

December 17, 2006

More ski testing in Morzine
First thing this morning Phil and I patched the bases of my B2s (again!) as they'd been trashed on the run down yesterday. We then headed off to Avoriaz and did some more ski testing. Today I tried the Scott...

December 18, 2006

Poor vis in Avoriaz
The plan was to get up early and get to the lifts by 8.30... We got there around 9.30 in the end... The visibility today was pretty poor as most of the mountain was in cloud. It was cold, damp...

December 19, 2006

Meeting another one of the team
Today we met up with Julia who's also on the BASI course with Phil and Tracey and Dave. We skied similar stuff to the last few days but concentrated on the off piste a little more, it's surprisingly good once...

December 20, 2006

A little transciever training
The plan for today was to do a little bit of transciever training with Phil and Tracey. They've just bought Barryvox Mammut Pulse transcievers (these are pretty new but were well regarded by the various mountain guides on the ski...

December 21, 2006

Day off!
The plan was to ski in the afternoon today, instead I didn't ski at all, it was nice to just potter around, service my skis, build a larger table top for the 7 of us that will be here for...

December 22, 2006

Some new rocks to ski
The rest of Phil and Tracey's guests arrived yesterday, so now there are seven of us. Still no new snow. We skied a lot of the same stuff again today but a couple more lifts were open which meant we...

December 23, 2006

More of the same
Today, we avoided the new runs that we tried yesterday. I actually managed to make it through the whole day and only make a small hole in my bases... The snow is still holding up pretty well, though it's worth...

Week 6
This week was a refreshing change of pace. Up until now it's been all work (I know, no sympathy from anyone!) and this week felt much more like a holiday. It was great to catch up with Phil and Tracey...

Ice Hockey: Morzine vs Angers
Last night we went to the Ice Hockey here in Morzine. Jerome Baud kindly provided us with free tickets for the game and we all had a great time. The game was really fast and furious and the home team...

December 24, 2006

Busy Busy Busy....
We didn't get early lifts today as we were all a little tired after last night... When we did finally get on the mountain it became fairly obvious that the Christmas holiday-makers had arrived... The slopes were busy with people...

December 25, 2006

Christmas day ski, or not
The plan today was to get up early so that we got some good skiing in the morning and then went for lunch by the lake. Unfortunately when we got to the Ardent lift it wasn't running... There was not...

December 26, 2006

Ski early for best conditions
We made it on to the mountain pretty early this morning and the skiing was good until around 10.30 when the rest of the resort finally woke up. This was my last day's skiing in the Morzine area for a...

December 27, 2006

Morzine -> London
Today I drove back from Morzine to London. I'm here for a couple of days before we head off to Davos for new year. The drive back was smooth and trouble free, the car purchase was definitely the correct decision......

December 30, 2006

London -> Davos
The journey out was good. It took around two or three hours longer than the drive to Morzine but we stopped more and most of France was wet and rainy which made the journey a little slower. Things got interesting...

No Wifi in Davos...
The Hotel National in Davos, whilst wonderful, doesn't seem to have WIFI. So... It may be a while before I update the blog......

Week 7
It's Christmas! Well, it was. I had a very chilled Christmas in Morzine with Phil, Tracey and the gang and we skied a bit on what little snow there was... I then packed up and drove back to the UK...

December 31, 2006

Recovery...
We slept a lot of today. We'd decided not to ski today as we'd need to recover from the trip. As it was we ended up getting up for lunch around 2ish and then drove to Klosters so that Gaelle...