Newsflash – Ski instructor holidays, skiing and Telemarking of course
Ski instructors holidays, do they?
This one does and goes skiing & Telemarking back in Soldeu
Every now and again you gotta just do something for the fun of it, right? 2 years ago I tried to organise a reunion back to where I learnt to ski and Telemark and also started my coaching career. Unfortunately I was unable to go and having started the ball rolling, got lots of stick being the only ones who didn’t turn up.
This time though we were determined to make it, so booked the hotel and time off so we could make sure we went. On arrival to the Aspen bar everyone already there were wearing pictures of my face as masks! and the poster, left, up on the wall.
First night was catch up, a few beers, some great food up in Fat Alberts Bar and restaurant where some of my old mates do a ski instructor singalong as “the shambles”. Up early next morning for an Alpine ski and see all the improvements made to the station (Soldeu Granvalria) as I left 16 years ago, WOW what a change; new lifts all over the place and lots of new runs along with widening of all the old runs too.
The weather; snowing hard and very windy but the skiing was awesome, powder everywhere. I had a checklist of runs I wanted to revisit – The Purple, purple poma track, old red, new red, new red poma track, run of the gnomes, land of the giants, the radio towers……the list was long. However the poor start to the season and the weather thwarted that idea but I did get to ski quite a few and some new slopes too.
Next day some of my friends and I wanted to Telemark, so we armed ourselves with our freeheel kit and went out after the nights snow fall. The weather once again wasn’t bluebird skies as was ordered but the sun did pop out now and again and was welcomed by all of us.
Our last day was a disappointment as the weather got worse, or better if you are based there as it absolutely bucketed snow. A massive storm that closed the mountain and the French border too making our trip home a long and frustrating one, with one bonus; lunch in Spain.
The result looking back at our short trip back to our old haunt; the mountain is fantastic with one of the best lift systems in the world.
The food and especially the coffee is way better than in France. And in the evening my alter ego JoetheStrummer got to play with the various bands and set ups I’ve been involved in the past and meet some new ones too.
Many thanks to all who turned up and made us so welcome, on and off snow. We (me and Babs) will definitely return and hope that the weather will be kinder and that even more friends and colleagues will come too. Jose Cerveza
Sharron and Me in the Harp Soldeu and with the Dog’s Bollocks in Aspen