19 février 2011

Randonnee ski #2

Our objective for the second day! -21°c to start on the shadow ... gives a huge motivation to climb fast until the sun :-) Cross-country tracks ... ? Too easy ;-) Let's just climb the mountain! Short break to learn the compression test ... with a 1,60 m snow depth ... not too bad conditions, as you can check: Back to the hard work ... Same ... Again and again ... life is hard ;-) Lunch break with view. And some (old) avalanche debris to digest :-) Security distance to climb in exposed areas, stop at a... [Lire la suite]
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18 février 2011

Randonnee ski #1

It started that way exactly: And after a short briefing, hehe, it was time to warm up a bit: ... and to guess enjoy the landscape ... ? This very special 18th of February took actually place in Oppdal, and was apparently the perfect day to try out our new second-hand randonnee skis ... understand common touring skis, with skins, steel edges and wide tail ... that should enable us to appreciate the way down much better compared to the typical Norwegian "fjellski". Of course this was only an introduction, since... [Lire la suite]
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12 février 2011

Oppdal, så kald!

Plenty of new skis to try out, some fresh snow in the mountains and a good and sunny weather forecast ... And we decided to spend the week-end in Oppdal :-) As usually, perfect road trip to reach any destination in Norway: Incredible but true, we managed to arrive earlier than the official opening. Probably in order to decide what to do exactly ;-) Well, summit or powder ? A perfect mix ? End of day ... A perfect day then :-) Same as the second one, though slightly warmer. To make it a short story, after a... [Lire la suite]
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05 février 2011

Stabburet !

That was a long time without any cabin trip ... ... and we felt like a very traditional one would be perfect for that week end :-) Some 2h skiing, no tracks, and a superb sunset: ... before the storm starts ... 800 m from the end of the obvious way, and yes, we managed to find it :-) As you can imagine, it is a 2-people cabin :-) ... however very cozy! There was even some more snow on sunday, so that we needed to dig - again- our way to the toilet: ... and we finally understood why we spent more than 1h to... [Lire la suite]
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15 janvier 2011

Summary of Winter 2011 so far ...

The beginning of January was incredibly snowy, and going for a cross-country session was the perfect start 2011: Another way to enjoy the snow ... look around: ... and (try to) walk in 50 cm fresh snow: ... in order to visit a cabin. First step before actually spending the night there (for our guests!) ... Some (strange) ice as well in Trondheim: ... and still beautiful skies above the fjord ... Not so much daylight ... but ... does it really matter ? Haukvatnet lake, 10 min walking... [Lire la suite]
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31 décembre 2010

New Year's Eve !

To make a short story of a long story ... here are some snapshots from our New Year's Eve :-) Lots of food to start with: ... and Champagne "on the rocks" to follow ... ... while admiring the superb fireworks from our garden, in perfectly-shaped snow sofa :-) Happy New Year 2011 !
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19 décembre 2010

Ski vs handball ...

Huge pressure to withstand until 17h ... And in that case, nothing can beat some typical outdoor activities: -11° to jump on a nice start: And from about 13h, a long, soft and cold sunset to admire: An incredible light is surrounding us: Lost in the middle of Norway ... ? No ... !!! After 3 hours skiing, it was time and cold enough (-17°) to get back home, and to prepare for the fight. Norway vs Sweden, once more, in the EHF, for the final. The first half was a bit stressful, but probably just... [Lire la suite]
13 décembre 2010

Back to normal life ...

... after an exciting handball week-end. Waiting for the bus in Lillehammer at 01h30 in the morning, arrival 7 hours later at the office, with some 40 cm fresh snow to welcome us :-) And we were right on time for the sunrise, at about 09h45 :-) Let's switch to skiing now ...
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12 décembre 2010

Heia Norge! (#2)

And the second part of the day was spent in ... the Håkons Hall! Not so many Norwegian people, at least at the beginning: First game: France-Nederlands (23-21) ! Defense: Attack !!! Hungary - Ukraine (26-25): ... hum ... attack ... ? Support! Pray ... And last but not least, Norway-Sweden !!! Many supporters, and among them: His Majesty King Harald ! (about 10 rows above us) Start of the game: Doubt: Hopes: Doubt: And the... [Lire la suite]
12 décembre 2010

Lillehammer, ut!

... in the mountains! First game that day was at 16h15, so we had plenty of time to go out for a gentle walk. Still dreaming about the perfect wooden house :-) : Not bad ... However, Håkons Hall was probably a bit too big ...    We finally arrive to "our" field, as it was easy to follow our ski tracks from the previous day ;-) And of course, tremplins were as impressive as the first time: Reaching the Olympic flamme, for real! And after some climbing ... (about a 1000 steps): ... [Lire la suite]
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