A Soauwcey Reunion

Friday, March 27, 2009

I met Matt and Bianca in Whistler in 2005, and its been nearly three years since I've seen them. They now reside in London, but last week, they came out to Sainte Foy for three days for a bit of skiing and a jolly good Soauwcing. (Its an in-joke, don't worry)

I should also mention, we were also blessed by the presence of Bianca's long time traveling companion, Slob the Lob. As a plastic lobster, Slob has seen more of the world than most of his kind! Heres slob at the top of Sainte Foy.

Good times were had. Two great days skiing at Sainte Foy, and a monsterous attempt at skiing the full width and breadth of Val d'Isere and Tigne, just up the valley. I spent alot of time with my head in a piste map, and still failed to navigate us correctly. Heres Matt at the top of the Grand Motte (3450m) looking particularly flamboyant.

Their stay also co-incided with Bianca's 28th birthday. She received the ultimate gift -myself in a chicken suit at 8am, bearing a candle-laden croissant. In the evening we enjoyed a meal of typically Savoyard cuisine at Le Perce Neige down the valley.

Cheers for a great few days guys, hope the office isn't dragging to much! Its been terrible here, fresh snow is horrible to ski! Here's a few more photos.

It Snowed Again!

The last two days have delivered the most epic powder riding of the season. Just a few days ago I got badly sunburned whilst sunbathing, now we're riding powder again - that's spring conditions for you!


Cutting some shapes


Summer is a comin'

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Big Melt

Video - Neige Finale

I've been working on this one for a while. It features probably the last significant snow fall of the season, and some of the skiing footage we've collected in the last few weeks. The resort looks remarkably different now. High temperatures have melted alot of the snow in the village and its possible to sit around outside and catch some rays.

Obviously Dani shot most of the skiing stuff! I would recommend watching this one in Hi-Def on Vimeo; simply click the HD button in the video player. If you like this one, let me know and inspire me to make some more! Enjoy.

Neige Finale from Simon & Dani on Vimeo.

Impossible Snow

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Today was a bit crappy. Last night it snowed a lot. Rumors suggested that over five feet of snow fell at 2000m, but I'd suggest it was closer to two feet. Needless to say, it was a powder day of epic proportions. The bad news was, management decided that they'd make us work in the morning and give us the afternoon to ski, instead of the other way around.

Dani and I managed to get up the mountain around 12.30pm, by which time the temperatures had soared and the light fresh powder was beginning to congeal into porridge. First run I managed to crash on-piste, while attempting to turn switch. When I collected myself I discovered the front of my right ski was flapping around, broken about a foot from the tip, right across. Miraculously I came out untouched. In absolute disbelief, we skied to the village. In 17 years of skiing and snowboarding, I've never seen anyone break a ski.

Determined not to give up on this day, I hired a pair of ski from the local ski shop. Little did I know these were probably the heaviest skis ever created. Back up the lifts and out to Powder-Paddock, we traversed across to an untracked powder face to catch some fresh turns. Dani popped a ski on the traverse and twisted her knee. I hiked back to help, removed her ski, but couldn't find the second. Fortunately the pain in her knee subsided (we were both convinced she'd done some serious damage). Her second ski was no-where to be found. Eventually we found it, but it took us 20minutes of looking in two feet of powder.

Battling with stupid skis in stupid snow I decided to call it a day. This day was not destined to be skied. Check out the video below.

The Impossible Snow from Simon & Dani on Vimeo.