July 29, 2009
Skiing Games to help stop deforestation in Peru
I had an email today from Emmanuel Coucke over at mygreengames.com asking me to add a link to their skiing games. The idea is that if you play their online games they'll plant trees ... This sounds like a very worthy cause, and the games are good too!
November 27, 2008
Yes, I'm still skiing
I did ski last season I just didn't report on it here.
I will ski this season and again I probably wont report on it.
June 11, 2007
Got my boots back...
A long time ago, in a valley far far away...
On Friday I got a text message from United Airlines at Heathrow, they had my bag. On Saturday it arrived home and I now have two pairs of ski boots; or, as Phil kindly pointed out, one pair of ski boots and one pair of slippers (the new boots are quite a bit smaller than the old ones). I had been hoping that United/Delta would just send me the money for the new boots, but, well, nevermind. One strange thing about all of this is that my helmet wasn't in the bag, still, that doesn't really matter as I had to buy a new one of those in Jackson anyway.
April 04, 2007
La Grave trip cancelled
I was supposed to have driven out to Morzine yesterday to ski with Phil for a couple of days before our La Grave off-piste weekend. Unfortunately I've come down with gastric flu or something and can barely get out of bed, let alone drive or ski. So my final ski trip of the season has been cancelled :(
This means that I only managed 81 days skiing this season, rather than the expected 87, and means that I didn't get to beat my 85 days from season 1...
Ah well, roll on next season...
March 10, 2007
My last week as the Ski Club of Great Britain Rep for Jackson Hole and this week felt like a real week of repping as I had a slightly more 'normal' mix of members rather than the two weeks of 'Jackson Hole special' members that I'd had up until now. I started the week well aware of my failures last Sunday and took things easy, even when people seemed comfortable and looked like they could be pushed a bit harder... I had pretty much the same group of people all week and this worked well as we got to know each other and I could push people gently as I worked out what they liked and disliked and what they were good at. The weather has changed for the worse; unless you like sunbathing but there was still some good snow to be had. The week finished with two reps for the price of one as the new rep arrived and skied with us on my last day, and he even wore his jacket (so that must have been really confusing for the locals!). I think I had the best snow of the season here and all in all the trip was great (even the bit where I was forced to buy new ski boots!).
Well, that's it for Jackson Hole. I'm heading home today. One more ski trip planned for Easter in La Grave and then that's it for the season.
March 09, 2007
Two for the price of one
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 that I've skied with all week. Conditions were a bit better than yesterday, slightly softer off piste, but it's still spring like.Continue reading "Two for the price of one"
March 08, 2007
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 was clear that it was just 'thick' rain...
The weather report showed that we'd had some snow, a whole 3cm, and the base area showed signs of a slight dusting. Not enough to make a difference and, unfortunately, it was overcast and cold so the existing snow that would have thawed nicely yesterday and frozen last night was likely to be a mess of icy lumps and bumps on anything that hadn't been groomed.Continue reading "Snow!"
March 07, 2007
Another warm day in Jackson Hole
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.
For a change, and because I thought conditions would be good, we started by heading over to Sublette via the Gondola, Lupine Way, Amphitheatre, Thunder and Grand.Continue reading "Another warm day in Jackson Hole"
March 06, 2007
Spring skiing in Jackson Hole
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.Continue reading "Spring skiing in Jackson Hole"
March 05, 2007
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 back tomorrow.
The morning was pretty much yesterday with an extra run off of the skiers left of Apres Vous (ungroomed and crunchy) and one less run off of Casper and a coffee stop at the Casper restaurant rather than at the top of the Gondola.
The afternoon was a case of skiing to Thunder, Elephant Tree, looping on the lift, Paint Brush with some casualties in the larger than usual bumps. Sublette and a run down Rendezvous Trail and the various traverses to get to Gros Ventre and home.
A good day and I even had some people turn up to my 'social hour' at the bar, which is a first...
March 04, 2007
Exploring Jackson Hole...
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 a little too much last week and managed to have a member leave me quite early on as I was pushing him too hard. I didn't want that to happen today.Continue reading "Exploring Jackson Hole..."
March 03, 2007
This week started with a bit of a standard beginners repping error; I failed to ski to the advertised standard, which is fine if everyone is above the advertised standard, but I'd misread one of the member's abilities and pushed them far too hard... Oops. It was quite interesting to see how much more of a challenge a large group was; especially given that half the group knew the area very well and had skied with me before and so were, perhaps, a little hard to handle at times. Interesting times... We had lots of new snow this week, which was great, and the numbers and abilities and my repping all settled down as the week progressed. Once again the week was pretty hard work, most of the guys I skied with were very advanced skiers and I pushed everyone hard, maybe too hard! The week ended on a downer as Gaelle had to fly home :(
Had a day off today. Gaelle's flight home was early afternoon :( so we had a late breakfast at Bubba's and then her AllTrans taxi took her off to the airport :( . I sorted out some paperwork and filled in the next stage claim form for my missing boot bag.
March 02, 2007
Blue skies, steep, deep and fast
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 for the chutes.Continue reading "Blue skies, steep, deep and fast"