We had a magnificent morning. The sun shone, the piste was hard and we had 4 disciplines in one race! Was it 4, Super G into Slalom into GS into Slalom into DH, yes. I am not sure any of us had truly shouldered gates out of the way before. This was not the day we were going to start. This attitude probably cost me 5 or more seconds!
With the serious racing nature of this years Railway Cup, I decided that the trophy ought to be awarded to the fastest ski racer on the day. This did have a little to do with the fact that I thought I could be in with a chance of winning! Sadly (for me) Dr John saw to it that I did not need to deal with that embarrassment.
Dr John first came to Wengen in December 2016, he had such an amazing time he returned last week only to be immortalised in the Railway Cup! For those of you who do not know this is a race that the Jungfraubahn put on for the DHO each year; a special invitation only event. One that is intended to focus on Wengen’s holiday makers. Thank you so much to Marco Luggen and his team, especially for organising the weather so well. The wind held off till nearly 4pm.
If you don't get out of bed!
Friday epitomised the skiing of the week. If you don’t get out on the hill, you definitely won’t enjoy any skiing. Our group went straight down to the Wixi lift – we were the third to ski the falboden red. It was a beautifully groomed piste covered in 2 inches of fresh snow, like flying. Next we had the race piste to ourselves until we got to bumps. Even so we were the first down the red to Mary’s Cafe. Despite most of our skiing being in less than prefect visibility the clouds did open up at one point.
Early office hour / Apres Ski
In short a success. Although the club room was not hochin’ with bairns every afternoon. There were regular family attenders and an excellent turn out on registration and prize giving days. A lot of fun as well as being really nice to some new faces in the Club. Keep a look out for the same happening at Easter.
2 key events.
Tuesday from 1630 in the Club, we have a guest coming to talk. Diccon Bewes wrote Swiss Watching and others novels. For those of us enjoying building our understanding of the Swiss whilst enagaging in a little humour this will be an excellent afternoon. Come and pay on the door for 45 minutes of entertainment before office hour on Tuesday evening.
Thursday we have the Kurverein Crystal. Another race for DHO members, this one sponsored by the Tourist Office. A pairs race with a theme or a challenge. This years challenge is to ski the course in the same time as your team mate. You will get two chances, after the first run you will told your time. It is then both of your second runs that count that victory will be based on. Please pop in and register before 1900 on Wednesday 1st March 2017
And for something else to do in Wengen: