Last year, I was a little apprehensive about the arrival of winter after a long hot summer and very dry autumn. This year has been very different with much more rain but the arrival of winter came on the same week and so the cycle of the seasons, more noticeable living here in the mountains, continues.
|a quick pit stop for a photo on my commute to work|
One of the things bothering me last year was worrying about whether I would remember how to ski. So this year, myself and a couple of the guys went to Saas Fee as soon as they had more runs than just the glacier open and went for what is now becoming a traditional season opener. We had a great day, getting up early in the miserable rain of Chatel and driving for 90-minutes towards a patch of blue sky that gradually opened up into a bluebird day of great skiing.
All fears of not remembering were gone within 10 seconds and whilst my personal technique on the day left something to be desired, I enjoyed myself and tried not to think of anything technical. Just skiing for the love of it.
|new telemark set up – NTN on Whitedot One’s|
To add to a hectic start, I’ve got Cheeko, Hughsey and Stavros arriving, as well as Mrs Burrows’ friend Emma, all on the 15 December. All are looking to get smashed for 4-days and each one of them is looking for an opportunity to take me down. I have plan to combat them, the first part of which was to find them an apartment in the same block as ours but not actually in my place so they can disturb each other and not us. This is a good place to start.
Plans for this season include a whole bunch of training for my Level 3 ski exams in March, less hangovers and more skiing. I’ll let you know how I get on.