Feeling a bit fed up with being injured today and would really love to be out skiing in the sunshine instead. Trying my best to stay positive though and at least my physio has said that I'll be biking by the end of this week - which I interpret as one step closer to getting back on skis. I know that two injuries are never the same but the last time I partially busted my lateral ligament and meniscus (same ones) in 2009 I got to try skiing again after three weeks. I'm currently at 1,5 so keeping my fingers crossed that I'm on about the same schedule this time. Trying to not get my hopes up though in case I'm not. In the meantime I've created this composition in photoshop. I'm thinking storm trooper gear, albeit a bit much, would make excellent protective racing gear. What do you think?
Yesterday we decided to do some off piste even though it hasn't snowed here in a while. Conditions are fairly stable at the moment as well, avalanche risk 1/5. So we ended up heading over to Val and the Grand Pré for the Pisteurs couloir. You can take a few routes down the couloir, as explained by the guide book (see pic) and below is the one we took (in green). During our walk in the weather started clearing up so we actually got some sun skiing down which was really nice and gave us a bit more visibility. Some decent snow in the lower parts too, bonus. The day also included the North Face of Borsat as a warm up and a Telegraph at the end of the day.
Enjoyed having a day on the mountain during our freeride photo shoot in La Rosière this week. We had some really nice powder snow and got some great shots, especially at the back of the fort and on the Combe de moulins (the ones below are just some quick snaps from my phone). The hike out was really warm as we'd all dressed for the forecasted -20 which didn't happen.
We all wolfed down our pastas quite quickly over the Italian side after that. The day felt quite long though as we drove up the night before to be on location early and didn't go to bed til after midnight and by the time we'd packed up and driven home on the day it was again late evening but definitely worth it! Really great to have Ross come out and help too, along with our models Bowie and Cecile.