OK, only a few inches of snow has fallen here, but it got better as the week progressed :)
After our (almost) perfect driving conditions and a beautiful first day, today the weather gods decided it was time for a change. The next couple of days it did nothing but snow, snow and snow some more. Oh, and it became misty, drizzled with icy rain sometimes and snowed even more. Temperatures often dropped below -12 degrees Celsius. In general, the nights were dry and clear, revealing millions and billions and thousands of stars and then a few. :) However, during daytime all bets we're off because the odds were too much in favour of it being misty, grey and snowing.
Now, every cloud has a silver lining, so of course there is a positive side to that grey and moody weather. Besides the gorgeous night sky, the up-side in this case of course is POWDER! Yes my friends, super-duper, first-class, top-of-the-bill, fresh powder! All you skiers and boarders out there know there is nothing better that a thick blanket of virgin-white fresh powder on the pre frozen slopes and off-piste. For those of you who have never seen snow before, or hardly ever; there can be quite a difference in types of snow and how those differences effect your skiing or boarding. The Inuit (native inhabitants of the North-Pole) have fourty different words for 'snow'. I'm not sure what their word for 'best quality snow to ski on' is, but that's the snow we got! What was flattened snow under the skies, first became foot-deep, than ankle-deep and finally knee-deep powder snow to ski through. Normally I am a complete sorehead, whining all the time about the cold and the poor visibility, but due to the magnificent quality of the snow (honestly, the best we've had in more than 15 years!), all I wanted was to be in the snow :)
Because photos are much prettier when taken with the sun out, I only took a few while it was snowing. However, during the odd clearing of the sky, and therefore upgraded visibility, I took more shots. Have a look below to see what I mean :)
Oh my gosh....The bare spots I was worried about are all covered! What a great thing to have the snow... Of course... it would have been more convenient to have it snow at night and sunny in the day but apparently it worked...
Posted on: Feb 25, 2009
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