A quick update as to how things are progressing with the courses as we enter 2022.
I’m writing to you as I look out at the sun kissed peaks of Chamonix and it looks beautiful. Just about to head out for a slide with Ruth and the Girls before starting a few days Guiding with what is left of my January courses after Covid travel restrictions once again played havoc with my work calendar.
Fortunately it looks like the restrictions are lifting and we should all be able to enjoy the majority of the winter season 2022. Conditions are pretty good. Major snowfalls in December gave the Alps and Pyrenees a good base layer. The snowfalls were perfectly timed for my Tignes course mid December where as is often the case we get some of the best snow of the winter. In Tignes we formed a covid free bubble and rented a very nice apartment, complete with Spar and yoga room and we each took a turn in cooking for the group. Pleasantly surprised at the quality of food that we ate/cooked that week and I’m looking forward to continuing this group based shared space format in the future.
The weekend we finished in Tignes the travel ban was activated again for UK travellers and we had to cancel the January Chamonix BC courses. We’re kind of learning to just roll with it these days and so spent a stress free Christmas and New Year at home where it was 20C at the beach with perfect waves.
In the end a couple of the Euro based guys for the Jan courses could travel to Chamonix, so I changed the format to suit our new small group status and dragged Ruth and the Girls up to Chamonix for a family Shred week whilst I tuck into a few days Splitting with the BC Guys.
On return home, I’ll be heading off to Baquiera in the Spanish Pyrenees for 2 weeks of Freeride fun and board testing with the new mcnabsnowboards sleds. Back up here to Chamonix shortly after that and then down to Valloire for our new location BC Freeride course. Back home and then, fingers crossed, pack bags and head to Lofoten Norway!
With the loosening of Covid travel rules, things are looking pretty good for the rest of the winter season and so here’s hoping things improve and we’re able to run the rest of the seasons courses and get a good shred on.