“The Safari Tour” was also completed by more groups than in any season previously.
For those Freeriding specialists it is one of the “must do” tours of Graubuenden.
Taking in Arosa, Tschiertschen and Lenzerheide the tour is a quality day away from the pistes in stunning scenery with some of the best Back Country descents in the area.
For three of us we managed to finally extend the Safari Tour by starting early in Davos & dropping in to Langwies from the backside of Parsenn and then continuing on to Arosa & Lenzerheide. One of those crystal blue powder days that will stay in the memory long after the photos have faded.
An unexpected highlight was a day at the women’s half pipe finals at The Olympics in Bardonecchia with thanks to our adventurous Scottish clan for providing the entertainment, the tickets and support for the riders. Rhona and Frazer, your turn in 2014?! It was truly amazing to see how far women’s snowboarding has progressed with the girls flying as high as the men and although the crowd cheered on the Aussie and Norwegian girls as well as Lenzerheide’s Manuela Pesko to win, the two American girls were justifiably in the Gold and Silver places. Full respect to the Italians for organising a friendly event in a great setting which ran smoother than a “gelati”!
The SM Chalet in Flims was fully booked most of the season with The Britts squeezing as many characters in it as possible. Although Flims & Laax remains as “cool as ever” the days on the slopes never disappoint & that evasive Swiss après ski experience could be found in “The Living Room” and at “The Arena”. Just ask “Backflip Ben”!
Snowmotions @ Piz Palü
Having been detained in England by over zealous RyanAir ground staff it was a joy to return to The Alps for April and “The SM End of Season Sessions” on Diavolezza.
Spending a couple of nights at 3000m with quality freeriding conditions allowing mass descents of the Arlas valley and The Morteratsch Glacier was the perfect way to finish the season off. Not to forget to mention The Igloo, The Hot Tub, Palu and Piz Bernina and Bradders !
Thanks to Dan of “The Jinks” and Gina Estrada for providing the tunes.
Thanks to Ben for making the season a great success.
The men in black
Thanks to our South African “Men in Black” for providing the “soul to the season” and last but not least a little reminder to our Aussie friends that not only have they lost “The Ashes” but they had better get some practice in if they don’t want to rely on The Swiss to score ALL their runs on the annual Diavolezza cricket challenge at 3000 m!!
So until those flakes start falling again, stay “salt watered” and keep those legs in shape because 2006/2007 is going to be a classic season.
JRS, Luen, May 2006.
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