Day 5 and still alive … actually all the way up to day 9, including the days of Clive.

We may have to murder the fridge .. it’s the loudest thing in the world. The compressor is probably on its last legs.

In other news …

Day 5 took us to Courmayeur to check out the snow. Apparently we should have braved the 5 out of 5 avalanche rating and gone yesterday, according to Simon Halliwell of Powderama (the worlds best ski instructor) who we bumped into, not literally fortunately, on the slopes.

“You should have been here yesterday! It was the best snow in Europe for 10 years”

Oh well .. Actually it turns out we made a good call as yesterday was the last day of function of the Grand Montets top lift due to …

Storm Eleanor to blame, targeted to be fixed by early feb. Good skinning opportunity so I am told.

We did find some fresh tracks and despite Youla not being open and I provided free lift entertainment for some lucky folk. That’s not me just in case you were wondering. I am the ski on the lift.

To top off the best day we got back in time for some Alpen glow.

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Our First Visitor …

Day 6 saw the arrival of our first visitor. We tried to sabotage him by lending him some skis which were not nearly fat enough but after a few tweekings of the DIN settings Clive found his ski legs at the Grand Montets in the Lavancher Bowl.

The lure of Courmeyer was too strong to resist so we travelled the Tunnel du Mont Blanc back to the land of cheep coffee.

20180113 - Cormayeur - Clive Day 2We returned to the scene of the incident which enabled me to join the badkneeclub and fortunately all limbs intact and 2 days in Italy saw 2 fantastic runs round the back from the top of Youla and some fun for Clive on a pair of Whitedot 98s rented from Jim in the Whitedot test centre in Les Praz. 8 or 9 perfect turns in the fluffiest of fluffiests before a suitably spectacular wipeout.

Plus discovered a great place to stay for future visits.

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Time for one day at the GM

5 laps of the Italian Bowl with Clive on some rented Dynastar Legends … I think he is now a little bit in love … must be some kind of record.

Two Bochard, five Herse, one Retour Pendant and two Tabe … phew. I have to confess I only did 3 Italians.

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Home in time for the first time lapse, of many hopefully to mark the end of an amazing few days. Just missed the light on the midi but this one is kind of moody.

Day off on Tuesday and new guests arriving on Wednesday .. we’d better go shopping.

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