Snow arrives

I’ve not blogged for a while as I’ve been busy moving house.  Apparently it’s up there in terms of stress levels with getting married (did that with a hangover, easy) and having kids (not done that, doesn’t look so difficult).

dog exploring the new place

dog exploring the new place

Anyway, all of our stuff is now moved and it’s just a case of getting used to the new noises that this place makes compared to the last one.  The last apartment was probably the noisiest one on the planet, including all those shacks next to railway lines etc so this one can’t be that bad.   Plus it has a full length bath (for those of you who live here you will know what a luxury that is).

I’ve also been working out how to publish an e-book of my written project on the basis that it might be interesting to ski instructors around the world or even people just interested in the subject.  If you are interested, it’s here.

Some early season snow put in an appearance yesterday and today, giving a timely reminder of what winter will look like and the joy of scraping cold wet snow from the car.  It’s stunning here in summer and autumn with the depth of colours that you see all around you but you can’t beat a good bit of fresh snow to make you really remember why most of us are here.

Lac Vonnes, Chatel.

Lac Vonnes, Chatel.

Talking of putting in an appearance, it looks like one of my best mates from way back, Nick, will be coming out to do a ski season and arriving at the start of November.  He’s staying at our new place for the season which either is going to be a disaster for our health or make for a very pleasant season.  He’s just finished (perhaps) with a career as a scuba diving instructor in the Caribbean, so not sure how he will cope when it’s -30 in December and January, especially with predictions that this winter is going to be one of the coldest for 100 years.

A couple of weeks ago myself and a couple of pals took a day trip to Saas Fee which turned out to be an excellent day with good skiing and great banter.  A 7am start was followed by a road trip of 1hr 40 to get to Saas.  40mins after that having gone up on 2 gondolas and a train, we had the skis on and were on snow under blue skies.

post glacier beers in Saas

post glacier beers in Saas

We enjoyed the 40kms of firm pistes which stayed good all the way until closing at 3pm as well as the half pipe, kickers, rails and snow-cross track.  The good thing about going to Saas at this time of the year is that the only people that are there are professionals.  We got to see a film crew from Sweden filming the latest Burn commercial with some really decent riders in the park, as well as race teams from Sweden, Switzerland, France and just about every country in between.

The ride down was spoilt somewhat by Muff taking off his stinking boots in the gondola but once we got down we enjoyed some après beers in the sunshine before heading home.  A great day and we are planning a repeat on Sunday with more of us this time as the some arriving here has given people the bug to go sliding.

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