Following two days of race training, preparation and general acclimatisation to the mountain, the entire team of over 350 competitors and 50 staff rose bright and early to catch first lifts today (and get the warm croissants!).
After a serious dump of snow last night, we skied through fresh powder to the top of the slalom course as a collective, and awaited instruction. ESF, ESI and Impulse coaches were running course inspections and whispers of ‘too much snow’ were passing around. We were then advised that unfortunately, the lift that runs up to the top of the course was broken, with no sign of being fixed soon. Morale remained high though, as schools chatted amongst each other and staff worked toward a solution. Unfortunately, the course was deemed unsafe for competition, with 20cm+ snow either side of turns. With the broken chairlift still posing a major issue, the verdict was to halt competition for the day, with the next call at 9am tomorrow morning for the GS. Nevertheless, students and teachers remained upbeat and attentive post decision, and spent the afternoon tightening up their form and preparing for tomorrow.
Thank you all for your patience in tricky conditions, your high-morale and good spirits. Bring on tomorrow!