18.04.2008 Weather

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Ok fight fans, the time has come to tackle the issue of this years weather. So sit down, shut up and hold on. LLLLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEEEETTTTTTTTTTSSSSSSSSSSS get ready to stumble!!!

 

The weather is always going to be tricky in the mountains. It’s the mountains and the weather tends to change and be a little unpredictable to say the least.

Things hang heavy in the air!
There is a saying

‘Theres no such thing as bad weather, just incorrect clothing!’

This is true to a point. If you took this saying solely on face value then you can apply it to anything really.

‘Theres no such thing as people getting killed by lightning, just people in the wrong place at the wrong time wearing the wrong copper rod head wear!’

‘Theres no such thing as being hit by meteorite, just people drinking beer in the garden on the wrong day, on the wrong planet!’

 

Do you know what I am saying.

Road to no where with snow
Its not about clothing its about being prepared really. The boy scout in me (not literally! Although I was a cub scout for some time) has this in built self survival technique that requires me to ‘be prepared’ at all times regardless. Prepared for bad weather, lightning, meteorite attack, bee stings and if you require a reef knot or sheep shank then I am definetly your man!

 

The part of the Alps we have resided in is affectionately called ‘the bucket’ by locals that don’t actually live here (so technically they are not locals!). This is because if its gonna rain or snow anywhere it will probably be here. Sixt is surrounded by mountain peaks on all sides with only a small gap at one end for the river to flow out and the locals and tourists to flow in. Hence all the weather we get has to cross over the 2500m peaks that surround us.

 

Now I am not an expert on weather or clouds but I do understand that when clouds go up rain or snow comes down so we are gonna get it here always.

Our front garden with fresh powder
Interesting fact on clouds that I learned on the lifts the other day. There was a Victorian guy who decided to classify clouds, as he as was his want, and when he got to Cumulus Nimbus, the huge white fluffy ones that at the time had no name, he classified it as cloud number 9 cos he had already identified 8. He was very chuffed when he finished it all and seeing that Cumulus Nimbus is the daddy of clouds in terms of height, stature and general appearance he announced that he felt like he was actually on cloud 9. Dull, boring maybe, but true.

 

When we arrived in early December there was no snow or any sign of it and after last seasons ‘poor’ showing of snow I had packed my bike in expectation of long rides along the valley in the winter sunshine. The mild weather lasted 3 days and then we had our first hit of real snow. BBBBoooooommmmm. A foot of snow overnight. Just like that. No fuss, no commotion. The locals took it in their stride whilst we freaked out a little. By the time the lifts opened 3 weeks later we had had 3 feet of snow in our garden and God only knows how much up top. Our first day riding was magical.

Charlies Angels, almost...
The tourist season had not started and we rode waist deep powder all day. No tracks anywhere apart from the odd goat or deer track. They tend to not ski or board just walk and forage. They have brittle bones apparently.

 

From there we have had snow on a regular basis, even now, rain, awesome sunshine, arctic white outs, all the seasons from all across the world in 4 months. Everyone who has come out has either been grossly over prepared and cooked or massively under prepared and froze.

 

Being British I had really only packed for mild, damp weather with maybe a few snow flakes so my sneakers and woolly hat knitted by mum did not really measure up to the job. After purchasing  Oakley nuclear proof, bomb resistant boots and Yak skin lined, goretex outer, bullet proof, lightning resistant hat I have been pretty toasty and not managed to get shot or blown up at all but it is good to be prepared for everything. I just need to find something to protect me from meteor fall now and I am properly prepared but I have not been sitting in the garden much drinking beer so I think I may be safe. For the time being anyway!

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Chalet Huggy
Chalet Huggy
Things hang heavy in the air!
Things hang heavy in the air!
Road to no where with snow
Road to no where with snow
Our front garden with fresh powder
Our front garden with fresh powder
Charlies Angels, almost...
Charlies Angels, almost...
Dream team do what they do whilst …
Dream team do what they do whilst…
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