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February 2009

Happy Snowman

Happy Snowman
Happy Snowman

Half Term Chaos……From the Snow Plough Master

Its official…..Half term is not the time to strap planks on your legs and take to the slopes! Everyday, I fear my life could be taken from me by some 80s clad Parisian with 15 adolescent nutters in tow. They push in the queues, they take off down the piste with scant regard for anyone else within the vicinity and, to make matters worse….Cannot ski!!

I guess this is not strictly true…..Its not just the Parisians, it seems to be almost everyone skiing this week!! Piste manners go out the window and its a case of get down the hill as quickly as possible with as few turns as possible!

On a positive note, the snow is absolutely amazing. A fresh fall on Tuesday made for powder heaven Weds and Thurs, with cold air and blue skies. I have been snow ploughing like a Goddess of the Nursery Slope. My position and control are something to behold….! Sadly, my back and knees are paying for it now!! Too many days have been spent carrying young children up and down the mountain, skiing with them between my legs and picking them up when they eat snow!!

Next week is French and Swiss holidays, so I am digging out the back protector when venturing on the pistes and I may even be found cowering on the nursery slope at peak times!!

Happy skiing x

Russian invasion

Busy days teaching on fairly quiet slopes. I have had to learn some basic Russian for my latest clients. They are Moscovites and beginners!! One skis like a loony and its just as well things are pretty deserted as he would certainly do some damage if he collected someone enroute straight down the mountain!!

The skies are still blue and now it would be nice to get some of the new snow that the UK is currently getting. Over the next few days we will start the European Holiday influx, with Frenchies beginning next week and the UK the following….Lots of inept skiiers and humongous queues! Get a HELMET now anyone who dares to venture onto the pistes in the next three weeks. I will be wearing one for sure!!

Going to get the new bikes setup too for a race on the 14th February in Leysin!!

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