Season 2 - Ski Days

Two for the price of one Posted by Len at 9 Mar 2007 08:04 PM
The guy who's replacing me as the Ski Club rep here in Jackson Hole, and who'll be here for the next 3 weeks, arrived today and skied with us today. Apart from that, the group was the core of 4...


Snow! Posted by Len at 8 Mar 2007 08:12 PM
When I went to get the bus from Cowboy Village to the Jackson Hole base area at Teton Village this morning it was raining... At first it looked like wet snow, but as I stepped out of the cabin it...


Another warm day in Jackson Hole Posted by Len at 7 Mar 2007 09:01 PM
Today was warm again, not quite as warm as yesterday, but still spring conditions. I skied with the 5 members that I skied with yesterday and earlier in the week; the 'new' three that joined me yesterday didn't show today....


Spring skiing in Jackson Hole Posted by Len at 6 Mar 2007 08:00 PM
It was warm today, very warm, too warm... There were 8 members skiing with me today, the five guys who have already skied with me this week and the three new ones that I met in the bar last night....


Rinse, Repeat... Posted by Len at 5 Mar 2007 07:54 PM
Today was much like yesterday. I had the new member from yesterday and three new guys that I've never skied with. The guy who skied with me yesterday and also last week had a lesson today and will probably be...


Exploring Jackson Hole... Posted by Len at 4 Mar 2007 08:32 PM
Today I tried to cater for all of the members skiing with me, rather than just the stronger ones... As you may recall from last Sunday's posting I had allowed the Spirit of Jackson Hole to get into my repping...


Blue skies, steep, deep and fast Posted by Len at 2 Mar 2007 06:51 PM
Today was a blue sky day, it was cold, colder than yesterday according to the morning forecast, but the sunshine and lack of wind meant that it generally felt a little warmer. Today was an advanced/expert day so we headed...


No visibility, very cold, stayed in the trees Posted by Len at 1 Mar 2007 08:49 PM
It was snowing today and the visibility was poor and it was cold... We started with a run down in the fresh snow on the pleasantly groomed Werner off of Apres Vous. Next time down we did the off piste,...


Blue skies and lower faces Posted by Len at 28 Feb 2007 06:29 PM
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...


Lots of snow, no members, half day Posted by Len at 27 Feb 2007 06:28 PM
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...


Smaller group, advanced/intermediate day... Posted by Len at 26 Feb 2007 06:07 PM
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...


Exporing Jackson Hole... Posted by Len at 25 Feb 2007 07:17 PM
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...


End of week one Posted by Len at 23 Feb 2007 08:05 PM
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...


Cowboy Thursday Posted by Len at 22 Feb 2007 08:23 PM
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...


Intermediate Day, Jackson Hole Style... Posted by Len at 21 Feb 2007 07:55 PM
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...


Cranking it up a notch Posted by Len at 20 Feb 2007 07:58 PM
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....


Black diamond magic Posted by Len at 19 Feb 2007 09:00 PM
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...


Nobody to play with... Posted by Len at 18 Feb 2007 08:58 PM
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...


Paint Brush, Toilet Bowl and Four Pines Posted by Len at 17 Feb 2007 04:50 PM
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,...


Getting to know Jackson Hole Posted by Len at 16 Feb 2007 06:30 PM
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...


Just the two of us Posted by Len at 29 Jan 2007 08:38 PM
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...


Fast blast around Port du Soleil Posted by Len at 28 Jan 2007 08:34 PM
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...


Off piste powder with a guide Posted by Len at 26 Jan 2007 10:09 PM
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...


Advanced off piste with vis and powder! Posted by Len at 25 Jan 2007 10:46 PM
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,...


New snow but SO cold! Posted by Len at 24 Jan 2007 10:45 PM
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...


The ever changing intermediate group Posted by Len at 23 Jan 2007 08:45 PM
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...


Would have been a fast off piste day... Posted by Len at 22 Jan 2007 08:42 PM
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......


Explore Klosters, once again... Posted by Len at 21 Jan 2007 10:32 PM
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...


Rain stops play Posted by Len at 19 Jan 2007 06:45 PM
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....


Fast off-piste Posted by Len at 18 Jan 2007 09:08 PM
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...


Intermediates on Parsenn, reprise... Posted by Len at 17 Jan 2007 06:44 PM
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...


Intermediates on Parsenn Posted by Len at 16 Jan 2007 06:43 PM
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...


Fast Blast around Parsenn and Jakobshorn Posted by Len at 15 Jan 2007 07:39 PM
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...)....


Explore Klosters, Again... Posted by Len at 14 Jan 2007 07:25 PM
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...


Rinerhorn? or PowderHorn? Posted by Len at 12 Jan 2007 09:05 PM
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...


Advanced day in Parsenn Posted by Len at 11 Jan 2007 09:01 PM
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...


Blue skies Posted by Len at 10 Jan 2007 07:34 PM
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!...


New snow, no vis, intermediate day Posted by Len at 9 Jan 2007 08:34 PM
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...


Advanced/Expert off-piste day Posted by Len at 8 Jan 2007 07:54 PM
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....


Skiing with a Ski Club Rep... Posted by Len at 7 Jan 2007 07:34 PM
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...


Learning Parsenn Posted by Len at 5 Jan 2007 07:34 PM
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...


Let the train take the strain Posted by Len at 4 Jan 2007 07:44 PM
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...


Best when ridden hard and fast... Posted by Len at 3 Jan 2007 06:39 PM
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...


Davos Dorf Posted by Len at 2 Jan 2007 06:31 PM
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...


Happy New Year! Posted by Len at 1 Jan 2007 10:57 PM
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...


Ski early for best conditions Posted by Len at 26 Dec 2006 02:47 PM
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...


Busy Busy Busy.... Posted by Len at 24 Dec 2006 07:58 PM
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...


More of the same Posted by Len at 23 Dec 2006 06:08 PM
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...


Some new rocks to ski Posted by Len at 22 Dec 2006 10:00 PM
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...


A little transciever training Posted by Len at 20 Dec 2006 03:00 PM
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...


Meeting another one of the team Posted by Len at 19 Dec 2006 10:53 PM
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...


Poor vis in Avoriaz Posted by Len at 18 Dec 2006 07:34 PM
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...


More ski testing in Morzine Posted by Len at 17 Dec 2006 10:55 PM
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...


Ski test day in Morzine Posted by Len at 16 Dec 2006 10:49 PM
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...


Ski Club Rep's Course: Day 12 Posted by Len at 14 Dec 2006 11:45 PM
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...


Ski Club Rep's Course: Day 11 Posted by Len at 13 Dec 2006 05:29 PM
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...


Ski Club Rep's Course: Day 10 Posted by Len at 12 Dec 2006 11:04 PM
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......


Ski Club Rep's Course: Day 9 Posted by Len at 11 Dec 2006 08:03 PM
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...


Ski Club Rep's Course: Day 8 Posted by Len at 10 Dec 2006 08:59 PM
We spent the morning in knee deep powder making our own tracks. Unfortunately we were down by the lake doing transciever searches with Kathy......


Ski Club Rep's Course: Day 7 Posted by Len at 9 Dec 2006 06:41 PM
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...


Ski Club Rep's Course: Day 6 Posted by Len at 8 Dec 2006 06:52 PM
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...


Ski Club Rep's Course: Day 5 Posted by Len at 7 Dec 2006 06:53 PM
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...


Ski Club Rep's Course: Day 4 Posted by Len at 6 Dec 2006 06:47 PM
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...


Ski Club Rep's Course: Day 3 Posted by Len at 5 Dec 2006 06:47 PM
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...


Ski Club Rep's Course: Day 2 Posted by Len at 4 Dec 2006 05:32 PM
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...


Ski Club Rep's Course: Day 1 Posted by Len at 3 Dec 2006 05:38 PM
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...


Slalom training; Final day Posted by Len at 1 Dec 2006 05:26 PM
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...


Cold on Champagny Posted by Len at 30 Nov 2006 09:17 PM
Today we had a short course of full sized poles on Champagny, then a gap (to avoid the steep, icy roll over) and then a set of stubbies. Both courses were quite offset to keep the speed low on the...


Back to three five... Posted by Len at 29 Nov 2006 04:19 PM
This morning we warmed up on 3500 again, we took the cable car to the top and then did one run down to the drag and then one all the way down to Rosolin. The visibility wasn't the greatest, we...


More of the same Posted by Len at 28 Nov 2006 07:17 PM
Today I continued to work on smooth, flowing turns, progressive edging and hip angulation and a continuous, flowing, forward moving pole plant. It all worked well and my warm up on 3500 was almost as smooth and flowing as my...


All coming together Posted by Len at 27 Nov 2006 10:19 PM
This morning I focused on practicing the smoother, more fluid and continuous movements that I'd been working on yesterday. This worked well and was very solid when I took it into the gates later on. Today's course on Rosolin was...


Smoother Posted by Len at 26 Nov 2006 09:42 PM
Today I spoke to Blair about the video analysis that I'd done of myself over the weekend. He agreed that I should be moving smoothly throughout the turn rather than moving into position and then waiting and he pointed out...


Steeper Posted by Len at 24 Nov 2006 06:09 PM
Blair moved the course up on to 3500 today. This was much steeper than Rosolin; not the kind of steep that would have caused any of us problems if we were free skiing but steep enough to make the line...


Faster Posted by Len at 23 Nov 2006 06:42 PM
The goal of today seemed to be "faster"; both faster feet (we had several flushes one of which was about 4 stubby gates long and designed to be taken as straight as possible, this wouldn't have been too bad apart...


Everyone on Rosolin Posted by Len at 22 Nov 2006 05:07 PM
The snow last night was accompanied by strong winds and although the snow had stopped this morning the winds hadn't. As a result, the lift openings were delayed until after 9.30 and when they did open only Rosolin was open......


Rhythm changes... Posted by Len at 21 Nov 2006 04:54 PM
Today's course was set to teach us how to handle rhythm changes. It was a longer course, all of the full poles and all of the stubbies and included one new rhythm change device, an under gate, plus the flush...


Gates, cross-blocking, hairpins and flushes... Posted by Len at 20 Nov 2006 07:36 PM
Today we were straight into the stubbies first thing after our warm up. First we slid the course to inspect it and get an idea of what it was all about. It was more technically complex than the courses we'd...


New coach Posted by Len at 19 Nov 2006 07:00 PM
We have a new coach for the next two weeks, Blair Aitken who's an ex national team racer. Today we skied the morning outside of the gates and Blair got a feel for what we could do and what we...


More wind and more gates... Posted by Len at 16 Nov 2006 06:51 PM
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...


Skis bite... Posted by Len at 15 Nov 2006 06:41 PM
Today we skied gates. We started with some stubbies (small poles that aren't as scarey as real ones!) and once we were all comfortable with hitting the gates with our lower legs as we passed them, we moved on to...


Skis work... Posted by Len at 14 Nov 2006 06:01 PM
11am came around and we caught the bus back to the base from the hotel. Dougie was there with our lift passes and the lifts were running! Skiing! Woo! Today was a free ski day so that Phil could get...