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Cerro Catedral opens today Posted by Len at 17 Jun 2006 02:11 PM
Cerro Catedral, the resort in Argentina that we'll be skiing in on our BASI course, opened today. Right now it has 30cms at resort level and 150cms at altitude. The Cerro Catedral website is here. The hotel that we're staying...


Ski Club Rep Posted by Len at 17 Jun 2006 12:16 AM
During my trip to Tignes in April I skied with the Ski Club of Great Britain's Reps. These are guys that voulenteer to spend 3 weeks in one of the Ski Club resorts and ski (and drink) with club members,...


Back from Tignes Posted by Len at 2 May 2006 10:36 AM
The trip to Tignes was a great success. The snow, weather and company were all excellent. This was the first Ski Club trip that I've been on and the first time that I've skied with Ski Club reps; given how...


Catch it while you can Posted by Len at 26 Apr 2006 11:47 PM
I'm off to Tignes tomorrow with the Ski Club on a Bank Holiday Blast. Sounds like it should be fun, especially since they had a couple of inches of fresh snow 2 days ago! I expect we're looking at the...


Back from Colorado Posted by Len at 18 Mar 2006 12:50 PM
Our trip to Colorado was a great success. We skied 2 days in Keystone, 8 in Snowmass and 2 in Vail. All three areas were very different and the snow conditions were pretty varied but I enjoyed all of the...


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... Posted by Len at 24 Feb 2006 11:44 PM
"In Colorado, so much snow has fallen that many mountain towns have piled it high on street corners and in parking lots. Aspen has had more than 21 feet of snow, with many longtime residents saying it's the best they...


Head Cam Cliff jumps at Kirkwood Posted by Len at 28 Dec 2005 11:12 AM
I've mentioned before that I often ski around with a camera strapped to my head. These days it's less amusing to watch than it used to be when I had my first, home made, head cam rig. I'm still working...


Colorado Backcountry Posted by Len at 18 Dec 2005 03:25 PM
I've been reading JP's blog, "Colorado Backcountry" and it's really good. Lots of reports on his various backcountry trips, snowboarding in the kind of places that I can only dream of skiing. He's got a good and sensible list of...


Sunshine and 6-10cm of fresh snow in La Clusaz Posted by Len at 26 Apr 2005 04:01 PM
We went back to La Clusaz today and parked at the La Balme base area. We got their pretty early, around 9.20ish and were somewhat surprised at how busy the place was but figured that it was due to the fact that most of the rest of La Clusaz was now closed. We didn't realise that the early crowd was here because the rain we'd had turned to snow here last night and there was plenty of fresh tracks to be had.


Sunshine and "death cookies" in La Clusaz Posted by Len at 22 Apr 2005 04:00 PM
This morning we drove 40 minutes to La Clusaz via Praz sur Arly, Flumet, La Giettaz and the Col des Aravis pass. The drive was along one of those narrow, winding, mountain roads that probably aren't that much fun in winter, but it's April so it was quite pleasant. La Clusaz has several ski areas, some are linked and of the ones that still had good snow we'd been recommended the La Balme area as having some good runs. The first problem was finding where to park and which lifts to take; the signs in La Clusaz were awful and we drove around quite a bit and ended up navigating by the lifts that we could see, hoping that we could find a road that led that way...


Back in Les Saisies Posted by Len at 13 Apr 2005 05:24 PM
We skied in Les Saisies again today. The visibility wasn't the greatest; clouds that don't drop snow are just a waste of water vapour. Pat, Miche's mum, had a lesson with Lucy and Miche and I just skied around and...


Reliably over the boots in Les Contamines Posted by Len at 9 Apr 2005 05:18 PM
We skied in Les Contamines today in snow that was reliably over the tops of our boots, sometimes over the knee and in wind blown drifts it was waist high... Visibility was poor and I had expected that, but had hoped for better. Still, the visibility was poor because it snowed all day, nice big fat flakes of dry snow; superb.


Fresh snow in Les Saisies Posted by Len at 8 Apr 2005 04:10 PM
There was at least 15cm of fresh snow on the ground when we reached Les Saisies this morning. The snow that was coming down was quite wet, but there was quite a lot of it and the new snow on the ground was actually reasonably light; certainly a lot better than slush or ice.


Telemark lesson in Les Contamines Posted by Len at 6 Apr 2005 04:25 PM
We had another telemark lesson with Lucy today and decided to head over to Les Contamines to see what the snow was like there. We have some guests coming out for the weekend so thought it would be useful to have experienced the snow at both of the easy to get to local resorts that still have plentiful white stuff.


Telemark lesson in Les Saisies Posted by Len at 5 Apr 2005 06:23 PM
We headed back to Les Saisies today for our second telemark lesson with Lucy. Today was a little frustrating for me as I had all manner of problems until lunch time when a large beer seemed to fix everything and the afternoon's skiing was much more balanced and fluid. Miche had a great day, she dropped straight back into the telemark stuff with no problems and really came on well today.


Real spring snow in Les Saisies Posted by Len at 4 Apr 2005 07:16 PM
We drove 25mins to Les Saisies this morning; rumour had it that they still had good snow there. Apparantly the snow there always stays good longer, they have some wierd little micro-climate going on that keeps it nice when the rest of the neigbourhood is going to pot. We arrived at 9.30 and the snow was hard, lightly frozen, just like it should be. The snow coverage looked good and as the day went on and the snow softened we started to remember what it's usually like skiing at this time of year.


No Visibility in Les Contamines Posted by Len at 31 Mar 2005 07:10 PM
We decided to head back to Les Contamines today; the forecast suggested more snow and we were hoping to be able to explore a bit more if the visibility was better. It wasn't.


Fresh snow in Les Contamines Posted by Len at 30 Mar 2005 06:22 PM
Last night we decided that today we'd go and see what the snow was like in Les Contamines. The weather forecast showed that the whole area was due a small amount of snow today but the freezing level was still going to be pretty high, around 1800m, so when we left this morning it was pissing down with rain. We expected to ride to the top of the Signal bubble in Les Contamines, look at the rain in disgust, have a coffee, bubble down again and then come home...


And I thought Avoriaz was ugly Posted by Len at 29 Mar 2005 05:10 PM
We drove to Flaine today as it's a fair bit higher than we are and so we figured that the snow was likely to be better than we had around here. We were right, the snow was pretty good up top but boy is Flaine ugly.


Bumps and crowds in Avoriaz Posted by Len at 25 Mar 2005 06:30 PM
Today we met up with a couple of people that we skied with on the Warren Smith course in Saas Fee last September; Phil and Denise and their respective partners. Phil has an apartment in Morzine so we drove over this morning and skied in Avoriaz. We've never skied in Avoriaz before so it was good to be able to ski with people who knew their way around.


The Praz sur Arly circuit Posted by Len at 10 Mar 2005 06:55 PM
Today we skied from Praz sur Arly to Flumet and then to Notre Damme de Bellecombe before returning to Praz via the long blue that snakes along the ridge. The weather was wonderful, our first sign of spring and real March temperatures; we even saw the first evidence of spring snow...


Back in Praz Posted by Len at 17 Feb 2005 07:19 PM
We went to Praz sur Arly again today. Catherine's shins were hurting so we installed her on a nice blue run with a drag lift and a restaurant and we went off to explore a little more of the area.