Rjkan Day 6

New years eve was a bit of a let down as no where in town was open. New Years day was spend on the sofa as everything was still closed and Alec was not well.

On the 2nd I drove up to Gaustablikk Ski centre. I hired some skis and headed out on to the piste for the day. I was going to slowly work up to the black runs but I took a long turn on the second run of the day and only released I when down the black route once at the bottom.

It was really good to be skiing again and felt confident on the piste. I did not fall once on piste which was really good, Bish’s sessions last year really helped. The snow was a decent depth and it was quite so the pistes kept in good condition all day.


Saalbach – Day 3

Started the day off on a easy slope and then worked up to the longer slopes. Then moved over to the longest route here. It was a long lift up and to my surprise the slopes were a lot less steep than the lower slopes. They were long but easy slopes. Stopped half way down for lunch which had an amazing view.

It was lovely and sunny but this meant the snow got sugary at about 3pm so I called it a day.

Tomorrow that I am thinking of going high and then try to do a circuit of the valley.

Saalbach – Day 2

Got up for 8am and down for breakfast, typical European breakfast of cheese, ham and bread. Got ready for the slopes and was out the door at 9am. This time I did a bit of research and found the gentle blue slopes. It was shorter too. The first run when ok better than the day before but still struggled.

Over the next 3/4 runs I got better and better falling less and feeling more in control. It was run 5 where I got top to bottom with no problems it was a good feeling.  Carried on in that run till I felt brave and then ventured off to another run. The next one was higher and longer, the problems crept back in but I kept getting back up. On this run there were a couple of sections which were a lot steeper, which I struggled on but I kept at it.

After lunch I when back to the first slope working on the steeper sections of it. Back on the big one. This time completed it fine, it was now 4pm. I managed to get another two clean runs in before 5pm when the lifts closed.

To the bar for a well needed beer. My ankles were killing me but nearly 6 hours of skiing would do that.

Tomorrow I will work on these couple of runs in the morning and then might venture to a higher one in the afternoon all going well.

Saalbach – Day 1

Flight was at 7.10 from stanstead so was up at 4.30 am. The drive over to the air port was clear so made good time. Last time I flew from stanstead it was a nice airport to fly from, they have clearly become a budget airline airport. After security it was like walking though a shopping centre, winding around and only one route. Then when trying find the gate the glitz and glamour wore off and it was back to walking down what seemed back alley steps to the Ryanair shed at the far end of the airport. My only hope is that Luton does not turn in to this as my trips to Edinburgh would become more painful.

Landed at Salzburg at 10:10 and just missed the transfer and then waited for the 12:45 transfer. After the wait and many coffees it was good to be moving again. We were soon in the mountains and it was good to be back.
The mountains here are not as big as the other parts of the Alps I have been to but there seems to be a lot of activity.

Arriving at the hotel I found that my room was tiny and the toilet was downstairs. It was cheap and comfortable. I was not here for the hotel room but the skiing. First mission was hiring skis. So I hit the streets and hired a pair from intersport. Only got charged for four days as it was later in the evening.

Next ski pass, I got changed and when to one of the lifts. Picked up my pass for the rest of the week again only paid for four days as it was after 3pm, so now time to hit the slopes!
I jumped on the first ski lift with a blue run and felt like I threw myself down it. The snow had the sun on it all afternoon and there was lots of ruts in the snow. Struggled to link turns and came off in the first 20m. Back up go again, down again and again and again. All the way down the hill I was struggling. Getting to the bottom I was not in the best frames of mind and just wanted a beer.
It was at that point I wrote of that days skiing and thought I would get a early night and be first on the slopes.

Learning to Ski

This year one of my goals was to learn how to ski. For Christmas Mum and Dad gave me a voucher for skiing lessons. I took a day off work and booked in levels 1 & 2 lessons.

Parts 1 & 2 when well and actually got level 3 complete too. The next patch of lessons then were only levels 4 & 5. Again took a Wednesday off work and booked a morning session.

After the first 2 hours I completed 4 & 5 so now it was just adding a bit more style to my skiing. Towards the end I was skiing really well a lot further than my original expectations.