Martin on the TGO Challenge 2017

Martin on the TGO Challenge 2017

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Wednesday 15 January 2014 - Plateau des Glières

Overnight snow (pictured as we left the restaurant last night) and colder temperatures left the commuters to this Alpine village with icy roads to negotiate this morning.

Meanwhile, Joël would have been in his office by 5.30 am to orchestrate the safety of today's skiers by detonating avalanches on some of the pistes in order to make them safe for people on this initially sunny day. 

We, of course, enjoyed our now customary lie in whilst waiting for Yolaine to fight her way up the road from Annecy. Having introduced only two newcomers to the world the previous night, she couldn't offer the 'tiredness' excuse. Anyway, she arrived bang on time and whisked us away to the Plateau des Glières for another 17 kilometres of Nordic skiing. 

The weather was fine, albeit the sky slowly clouded over, hence the rather dull image of Yolaine and Sue in front of the memorial to French resistance forces who grouped together on this plateau in early 1944 and contributed greatly to the liberation of this part of France before the Allies arrived. 

The Dran and Frêtes pistes gave us a nice varied route before our excellent lunch at Chez Constance, where some ten years ago Pierre and Yolaine enjoyed a gathering to celebrate their marriage. So the place holds good memories for Yolaine. 

We were last to leave, at around 3 pm (did I say we enjoyed a superb lunch), and after repeatedly tangling with a large group of children who were faster than us but kept stopping, we left the Les Rennes piste in favour of the day's highlight, Les Mouilles piste.

The conditions were excellent even though the snow was a bit sticky for our waxless skis, and there was a fine sweeping descent to end the day's exertions at around 4.30pm.

A day of icy roads, superb skiing on both open ground and amongst beautiful snow laden trees, Yolaine's excellent company and chauffeuring, afternoon tea in the studio, and an early night after a light supper. 

Wonderful! 

4 comments:

AlanR said...

I’ve watched Nordic skiing on TV. Its looks flipping hard work. Hope your back, muscle,nerve jobby is ok.

Phreerunner said...

It might be hard work Alan, but it's low impact, unless you fall over, at which Sue seems to be especially talented. Luckily the fresh snow is quite soft...

Anonymous said...

Seemingly you & Sue are out in a winter wonderland. Enjoy your fall over escapades ;) Not that much snow here in the west of Austria. The French seem to have kidnapped our share of snow.

Markus

Phreerunner said...

Yes Markus, we heard that the clever French people had diverted the Austrian snow, so we came here this time. We'll be back in Austria soon though! (South Tyrol, anyway.)