Len – Dateline Thursday 21st March

Big mistake this morning when I checked the temperature outside the kitchen back door.  It read 0C so I figured it would be a warm day and dressed accordingly.  What I did not realise was that the back kitchen door had been open for some time and had raised the temperature by the thermometer.  Once on the slopes it was about -5C, so chilly for me.  None the less we decided to head for Montchavin and expected some slushy snow near the bottom at 1250m.  Far from the truth.  From the top of the Arpette, through Dos Rond on almost perfect snow into the trees below the Pierre Blanche restaurant, I was astonished at the quality, mostly on account of the cold temperatures.  Then we descended to the bottom of the Pierre Blanche chair with big grins on our faces, we found another surprise.  Because of the cold temperatures, they had been able to blast some snow from the cannons all the way down to give us a real and unexpected treat.  Mixed with the genuine snow it gave a surface as good, or even better, than at any time during the season.  Only an unexpected hold up on the Collosses chair on the way to lunch, where the gates were not functioning as they should, got us moaning as only Brits can!  Long lunch at Monica’s followed by an hour in the sun on the terrace, made me very lazy, especially after a glass of their best red.  Luke and Rachel then ski’d off to the Bergerie to enjoy their live music in the sun.  I came home to enjoy a nice hot bath, well satisfied with my day.

Next snow forecast on 31st March and for several days to follow, but judging by today, we don’t even need it.  Len