February 02, 2007

I thought I was supposed to be resting my legs...
Gaelle and I did half of the friday night skate tonight. We probably could have finished it without any ill effects but we decided that having a beer in the pub at the half way point was a better idea....

February 03, 2007

Week 12
A short week as we returned to London on Tuesday. We had one fast and furious day and one more chilled day and both of us are now in need of a rest! Due to the changes in my season...

February 15, 2007

London -> Jackson Hole
I left London at 7am yesterday morning and finally arrived here in Jackson at around 1am local time, around 8am London time. It was a long day but it went reasonably well and I managed to sleep on all three...

February 16, 2007

Getting to know Jackson Hole
Today was my first day skiing in Jackson Hole. Barrie King, the Ski Club rep who has been here for the last month showed me around and kindly dumped lots and lots of useful information my way. There had been...

February 17, 2007

Jackson Hole info
One thing I realised from yesterday's skiing here was that the area is all that it's hyped up to be. We barely scratched the surface yesterday but everywhere you look there are steep shutes, tree runs, bumps and jumps and...

Paint Brush, Toilet Bowl and Four Pines
I skied with Barrie again today which was very kind of him as he's no longer repping here, having finished yesterday, and he could have been skiing with him family! He had wanted to cover a little more yesterday but,...

Week 13
After just over a week back in London my season continues with a three week trip to Jackson Hole where I'll be the Ski Club of Great Britain rep. The trip didn't start particularly well as the airline lost some...

February 18, 2007

Nobody to play with...
I skied on my own today. No members turned up at the meeting point this morning and so I had nobody to lead around. I expect the lack of interest is due to the holiday weekend here in the states...

February 19, 2007

Black diamond magic
Today I actually had a Ski Club member ski with me! Woo! The lift line at the Gondola was pretty large so we headed over to Apres Vous first thing. We started off on a groomer, Werner, to get the...

Welcome to the land of the shovel handle
I'm starting to think that Jackson Hole is a bit of a caricature of a ski resort, in much the same way that Chamonix can be... Rather than expecting everyone to have an ice axe strapped to their rucksack as...

February 20, 2007

Cranking it up a notch
We had 15cm of new snow last night and the plan for today was simple; head straight over to the top of the East Ridge chair and rip up the fresh powder on Rendevous Bowl....

This may sound strange, but...
I haven't found anything really steep yet. Sure things like Tower Three Chute and the Expert Chutes and Paint Brush are steep but they're not "oh my god, help, I can't do this" steep. The last time I had that...

February 21, 2007

Intermediate Day, Jackson Hole Style...
Well today was an "Intermediate" day, I tried hard to avoid one of these on my programme but the web page that let me build the programme forced me into it ;) Still, it didn't seem to be too much...

OK, so Delta ate my ski boots
It's been six days since Delta or United or Denver International Airport or Salt Lake City Airport or someone, lost my ski boot bag. Each day I call the delayed bag tracking line I get a different person who seems...

February 22, 2007

Cowboy Thursday
When selecting the options for our programme we have to select names for each day from a drop down list. Apparently, back in the day, reps were allowed to pick any names they wanted and make up new names on...

New Toy...
Last night whilst browsing the Jackson Hole website I noticed a link from their trail map page to a site offering GPS maps of the resort......

February 23, 2007

End of week one
Today I skied with the father and son team's whole family and a rep who was on the course with me in Tignes and his partner; my largest group to date! There had been a trace of snow last night...

February 24, 2007

Boot fitting
Gaelle arrived late last night and today's my day off so we lazed around today and headed up to the mountain late in the afternoon to hire some skis for her and get my footbeds made. The guy a Wildernest...

Week 14
My first week of repping and things went pretty well; though it's damn hard work leading small groups of really good skiers around a really challenging resort! My first day was quiet, very quiet, nobody turned up at the meeting...

February 25, 2007

Exporing Jackson Hole...
This morning I had a pretty big group; Gaelle, 3 members a guest who was with a member and the family from last week whos flights had been cancelled and who had to stay another couple of days. We started...

February 26, 2007

Smaller group, advanced/intermediate day...
Today there were just three members, including Gaelle. There had been a little fresh snow over night and the lines for the Gondola were pretty big so we began with a run down underneath Apres Vous. After that we dropped...

February 27, 2007

Lots of snow, no members, half day
The sound of the snow ploughs woke me at 6 this morning. I looked out of the cabin window to see lots of huge flakes floating down and a snow plough travelling far too fast over the speed bumps in...

February 28, 2007

Blue skies and lower faces
This morning the skies were blue and it was rather cold. A lovely crisp, clear day that kept yesterday's snow in good condition and allowed us to explore the lower faces in Jackson Hole; things like the Hobacks which often...