January 01, 2007

Happy New Year!
After the gala dinner yesterday evening, when the festivities in the dining room had died down we went up onto the roof to watch the fireworks. Then it was straight to bed so that we could be up to ski...

January 02, 2007

Davos Dorf
Today we skied the Davos Dorf side of the Parsenn area, mostly just on the red 4 and the black 9. I skied the Missions for the first time today and they worked well though I think I need to...

January 03, 2007

Best when ridden hard and fast...
We had around 30cms of new snow in Klosters last night. We skied on and off-piste around the Parsenn area and ended the day in Davos Dorf. I skied the Missions again and found that they respond best is ridden...

January 04, 2007

Let the train take the strain
Today we skied the Jakobshorn area in the morning, had lunch at the base and then jumped on the train and skied Davos Dorf in the afternoon. The way that all of the base areas are connected by regular trains...

January 05, 2007

Learning Parsenn
We took the train to Davos Dorf and headed up to the top and then dropped over into the Klosters side. Today's plan was to explore the Parsenn area more thoroughly than last time we skied here. We skied some...

January 06, 2007

Now in Klosters
We're now in Klosters for Gaelle's 3 week Ski Club of Great Britain repping stint. We've unpacked in the rep's accommodation, a rather nice studio apartment near to the Cresta Hotel, and Gaelle has begun the pre ski leading work,...

Week 8
After recovering from all the travelling and then from the New Year festivities Gaelle and I explored the Davos and Klosters area and the snow started to fall. I finally got to ski my new skis, Scott Missions, and, once...

January 07, 2007

Skiing with a Ski Club Rep...
Today I skied with the Ski Club rep in Klosters, ok, ok, Gaelle's the rep as of today... The day went well, two other members turned up and we had a day of 'exploring Klosters' which was aimed at all...

January 08, 2007

Advanced/Expert off-piste day
Gaelle's program for today was an Advanced/Expert day with the intended focus being steeps, fast stuff and off-piste. We managed to cover all of this and ranged from Parsenn to Jakobshorn....

January 09, 2007

New snow, no vis, intermediate day
Conditions today were somewhat interesting. I personally don't mind days with no vis, they're good for getting your legs to work properly on their own without your brain getting in the way and slowing things down... Unfortunately not everyone sees...

January 10, 2007

Blue skies
The cloud had gone today and the skies were blue and the snow groomed. Quite a difference from yesterday. Another intermediate day, we skied around and appreciated the new snow from yesterday!...

January 11, 2007

Advanced day in Parsenn
Today was an advanced day and the plan was to get off-piste as much as possible. Gaelle had a strong group and so we managed pretty well. We started with the bumps to skiers left of 15 and then took...

January 12, 2007

Rinerhorn? or PowderHorn?
We woke to find the local TV webcam report showing cloud and high winds at the top of Parsenn. The original plan had been to have a fast blast over from Grotschna to Davos Dorf, take the train to Jakobshorn...

January 13, 2007

Day off, walk to Davos Wolfgang
Today was Gaelle's day off. No repping. We decided not to ski, even though it was a glorious day, rest the legs and all that. Instead we walked from Klosters to Davos Wolfgang along a wonderful (if somewhat hard!) route...

Week 9
This week had some good snow and varied visibility and Gaelle had quite a few Ski Club members to ski with. All in all everything went well and we both had a lot of fun. The week ended with some...

January 14, 2007

Explore Klosters, Again...
Since the Ski Club rep's programme is set for their whole stay each week has the same format. So, since it was Sunday again, we had another "Explore Klosters" day. This first day is open to all, except beginners, and...

January 15, 2007

Fast Blast around Parsenn and Jakobshorn
Today was an advanced/expert day and the plan was to blast around the pistes and hopefully find some off piste stuff that wasn't too horrible (weather here means that much of the off piste is a tad crunchy right now...)....

January 16, 2007

Intermediates on Parsenn
Last night I decided that since today was an intermediate day and we'd spend most, if not all, of it on piste, I'd use my slalom skis rather than the Missions. The first couple of runs were interesting, I'd realised...

January 17, 2007

Intermediates on Parsenn, reprise...
Today was my second day back on my slalom skis. I'm back into the groove of skiing them now and they were lots of fun today. Another day of intermediate cruising and carving which was slightly faster that yesterday due...

January 18, 2007

Fast off-piste
Today I was back on the missions and boy did I notice the difference after skiing my slalom skis for a couple of days. Since the slalom skis require me to work them hard I was in the habit of...

January 19, 2007

Rain stops play
It was raining heavily at village level this morning when we got to the meeting point. Unfortunately it was also raining heavily right up near the top of the mountain. The freezing level was around 2000m and it was windy....

January 20, 2007

Pictures from the reps course
Anthoula has posted Johanna's photos from the reps course online. It includes a nice picture of Gaelle and me which I've re-posted here... and here's the full slide show... Ski Club Reps Course - Dec2006 If that doesn't work for...

Relax and catch up
Another day off! We chilled out around Klosters, did some hunting for some off-piste skis for Gaelle to hire next week. I caught up with some internet stuff, email, a little work (!) and Gaelle went for a sauna at...

Week 10
Another week as the Ski Club of Great Britain Rep for Klosters for Gaelle and another week as 'official hanger on and back marker' for me. Maria and Milky were out to visit this week, which was nice. The way...

January 21, 2007

Explore Klosters, once again...
It's Sunday, so we're exploring the Klosters ski area again. Due to practical considerations this really means Parsenn. Today's group was pretty big, there were 10 of us, plus Gaelle, at one point. The visibility faded in and out, it...

January 22, 2007

Would have been a fast off piste day...
Today was an advanced/expert day and the plan for these days tends to be a fast blast around which stays mostly off piste. Unfortunately the weather wasn't playing ball......

January 23, 2007

The ever changing intermediate group
Today was interesting as we had quite a 'fluid' group. For various reasons some of the guys who started skiing with Gaelle in the morning wanted to stop at lunch time and several of the guys that we'd skied with...

January 24, 2007

New snow but SO cold!
I was noticing the cold today, not really sure why. It was -18 up top and there was some wind but I usually manage OK. Today my hands were SO cold that I had to get some hand warmers out...

January 25, 2007

Advanced off piste with vis and powder!
Today was cold but not quite as cold as yesterday, which was good! The visibility was good and there was plenty of untracked snow. We skied down to the Parsennmader T-Bar and then Gaelle spotted some very tempting untracked snow,...

January 26, 2007

Off piste powder with a guide
Today was Gaelle's last day repping in Klosters and she'd had a couple of requests to organise a guide so she did that. We skied hard from the outset and walked a little and picked our way through rocks and...

January 27, 2007

Klosters -> Morzine
We left Klosters around mid morning and the snow was dumping down, so much so that the road out was slow going... We later found out that the reason the road was SO slow was that there was some idiot...

Week 11
Another good week with varied weather, there seems to be a theme developing here. Still, at least we have good snow here and we had a great day on Friday with a guide and some wonderful off piste conditions! The...

January 28, 2007

Fast blast around Port du Soleil
Today Phil and some of his SnowHead friends (Dave Murdoch and ZZZ) took us for a fast and furious tour around some of the Port du Soleil area. It was so fast and furious that I didn't really manage to...

January 29, 2007

Just the two of us
Today Phil and Tracey both had 'work' to do. They're both training towards their BASI 3 and had some ski school shadowing to do. This meant that Gaelle and I were left to our own devices and so we had...

January 30, 2007

Morzine -> London
We drove back from Morzine to London today. The journey was fast and uneventful and, thankfully, it wasn't tipping down with snow when we left the French alps; I'm sure it will come, I'm just glad it didn't arrive just...