Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Skiing in the Pyrenees

Every cloud has a silver lining as they say, but up in the Pyrenees it was definitely more of a blue lining. The end result of all this freezing cold weather was that the skiing conditions in Bonascre were as near perfect as you can get. I once went skiing in Banff, Canada where you are pretty much guaranteed to get that lovely crisp powdery snow that is so good for skiing. Well conditions in the 3Ax Domain were every bit as good yesterday.

The sun, having tried all day, also finally managed to break through around 4.00p.m. to finish off a glorious day of skiing.

I think we now also have another skiing junkie in our list of friends having accompanied us to the slopes for a bit of sightseeing and a re-introduction to the piste. We are pretty sure he is completely hooked, even though he is 52 years of age and it was 37 years since the last time he hit the slopes. Just goes to show it is never too late.

I have to tell you that I can't take credit for these great photographs, as our friend Marianna armed with her trusty Canon EOS 1000D took all the shots contained in this post. Well you can't win them all, she preferred photography to skiing on the day.

We did take a few tumbles, despite the excellent conditions, well actually I didn't, which is either down to me being an expert skier or just getting  getting lucky on the day. I'll leave you to decide which you think it was, but I am pretty sure you will draw the correct conclusion.

The only down side, if you can call it as a downside, was the queue to get back onto the gondola going down to Ax Les Thermes, I knew we should have driven up to the first station. But all in all, it was a small price to pay for such a fabulous day out in the French Pyrenees, and we got to photograph Ax les Thermes with the lights on.

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