Snowy Saturday

imageIt was snowing when we woke up, but it  didn’t stop us going out for a last ski.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It was so windy it was hard to see where we were going. I made sure that no skin exposed whatsoever!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We went up through the trees, now so full of snow that branches are snapping off

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we met with the piste basher, so followed behind, to get into the newly cut tracks!

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Finally skied back down through the trees, passing some campers (are they mad?)

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until this happened at the bottom of the hill, an undignified end to a lovely, if snowy week!

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When we got back to the hotel, the car park was being cleared.  Trouble is we couldn’t get into our cabin easily as it had piled snow in front!

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Stop snowing! We have enough!

As you can see from today’s title, it has snowed again, all night and all day! We can hardly move for snow!

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we knew it would be hard work, it was! We had inches of snow clogging up under our skis so we couldn’t glide, even though we had diligently put on blue wax (fresh snow, -1 – -7C!)  Hard work, we were out for only a few hours, then headed back for lunch. Had a lazy afternoon reading and watching tv – we have now seen 2 episodes of heartbeat subtitled in Norwegian, bizarrely the last one had lulu in it!

here are some pics of the hotel, where we sit after dinner. Everyone either knits, reads or play cards so we are in good company, esp when Andy gets his crochet out!

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andy rejoiced tonight – first supper without any sign of fish or shellfish!

set to snow again tomorrow!…..

Tuesday, Wednesday

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Much clearer than yesterday, at last can see where the hotel is (on side of a lake) and can see where we are going!
We started with a lesson from Keith, who showed us how to wax (we have no excuse now not to get it right!) and then took us out along the lake and taught us some basics to get us going again.
We spent the rest of the day along the lake and got back into a rhythm ( and fell over only once – guess who?)
Weather closed in again, but we covered about 6 km.
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We spotted some Brits in the hotel, we are not alone!
 
Wednesday ….
More snow was coming down when we got up, but decided to go out.
 
ImageManaged to get right round the lake which is about 8 km. some of the time it was good, with good visibility and clear tracks in the snow, then without warning the visibility went and/or the tracks disappeared so we were skiing on fresh snow which is much harder.
 
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this is what the tracks look like. ou just get in them and away you go. It’s great when you are going down hill, you feel a bit like a runaway train. What you don’t want is to hear Andy steaming up behind, as I have to jump out to let him thru!!
Still mesmerised by the snow hanging in the trees, they look like people – bent over old figures.  apparently this is where trolls come from. Parents used to use the threat of this to stop children wandering off! I wouldn’t want to go out in the dark around here!

 

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We’ve been watching a lot of Olympics on tv, check out the muscles on this skier ….

 

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Day 1 at Sjusjoen

image Heading up the car park for breakfast, still snowing …

picked up skis, also had to hire boots as ours don’t fit the skis – grr! And buy wax and scrapers …

alot of very serious waxing going on in the ski room (not brazilian!) I managed to get mine done for me by looking pathetic. Andy had to set to and do his. Unfortunatelis waxing is a very complicated skill, which is taken very seriously, you can get blue, red, sticky, gliding and glister waxes. You have to scrape off, then apply about 4 layers. There is also ironing going on. Andys waxing did not quite work first time, so instead off gliding when we set off (like me on my expertly waxed skis!), he managed to pick up lumps of snow at each step. We returned and he had another go, and went for it with the iron. he was then told off for ruining the skis as you must never iron that type of wax, only the gliding type of wax, so his skis were whisked away and he had to have a new pair!!

Andy waxing!

 

We eventually got out, but still snowing and visibility awful. We were terrified of loosing sight of people in case we got lost. we managed a few hours, but hard work so returned for a snooze …it’s hard work all this fresh air!imageimage

Oslo

Hotel Karl Johann

We stayed in a lovely hotel, in the centre, just a few mins walk

 

 

 

 

 

 

from the Royal PalaceimageChanging the guard ...

Visited the Vigeland Park, full of sculptures by Mr Vigeland. I’m not a big sculpture fan, but these were amazing, so life like and even in the rain with water dripping off noses, toes and other body parts, the figures were just fantastic and made you smile or want to touch them!ImageImageImageImageImage