Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Ah, spring time............
Its been a terrible few days in the Craigieburns with 100km/h + winds and the freezing level jumping up and down between 1400m to 0ver 3000m. There's also been a little precipitation thrown in the mix. After a few closed days (running T-bar lifts don't work so well in gale force winds) up at Cheeseman the cabin fever started to set in and Jane and I got out for a skin to the top of the Ridge T, about 300m vertical. The ski down was pretty average, but fun all the same. The snow had set up very icy and hard (which we really needed) and about 3-5cm of new snow had blown in to the hollows. I call the following short vid "A windy icy ski". You might want to turn your volume down a little.
"The skier who forsakes the lifts to climb under his own power to a mountain summit is a very different person from the downhill only piste basher and is often regarded by the latter as something of a curiosity.
But he was the creator of the sport; and possibly with him lies the future"
-Robin Fedden, The book of Europen Skiing, 1966