For many the week running up to the Lauberhorn race is tense! It is a very important date in the Wengen calendar. At least we don’t need to worry about snow. There has even been enough to venture a little off the piste and there is more snow forecast. The mountain was heaving with people today, it was not at all quiet. Today was magnificent and although the super cold temperature meant the ski’s stuck a little the piste was lovely and the patches of powder sublime.
There are downsides to soft patches of snow. Skiing at a fairly high speed on a firm surface is all good. When that surface suddenly goes soft and deep your skis can become stationery in an instant. Momentum takes its course and following a swift face-plant Sean is covered in snow sporting a squinty helmet and a momentary look of confusion. (this is partly why the Lauberhorn race piste needs to be so hard). Sorry, I don’t have a picture. However, here is one from the Mannlichen chair today.
It has been lovely skiing with the likes of Matt and Susan, and Michael and Colin, Gill and Jonothan, the Sikkings, my lovely wife, Emma, Alison and Sean (missed you Alex) the out going ski leader Jane and the incoming newbe Lindsay (an ozzie and a boy). Not forgetting Viv either. Although it is hard not to have fun in such a wonderful place.
Next week, we will have our regular soiree on Tuesday as well as a race called M.R.W.A.M.P on Thursday. Why Mr Wamp? It is a Minor Race With A Massive Prize – a pair of Special tickets to the Lauberhorn Slalom event. It will be a timed slalom type race. Register in the Club room by 1900hrs on Wednesday.
Also next week we are of looking forward to a quiet mountain, more snow and the Lauberhorn race.
In case it has not become clear. Following weeks of cold and sunshine. Suitable humidity to make snow. A storm has come through, the trees are white, the ground is white and the air is cold. Its fantastic.