Ok maybe snow was on overstatement. On day one, our we arrived to temperatures around 10C / 50F and bright sun. A perfect day to be in the mountains, but a less than ideal day for glacier travel. We dodged rocks, small rivers, and precarious crevasses. All the same it was a terrific to get skis under my feet and slide around on some snow.
Day two could not have been different. Temperatures fell to around -10C / 14F overnight, and some light precipitation dusted the upper elevations with a fresh coat of snow! Unfortunately, this small snow squall also brought in some serious cloud cover. This made the skiing feel like being inside a ping pong ball, skiing on crazy refrozen glacier slush. Not necessarily ideal training conditions, but definitely a nice challenge!
Days three through seven were downright spectacular. Temperatures stayed near zero throughout the morning, giving us hard firm conditions with with to really dial in our technique. For me, this opportunity to spend some long hours deconstructing my form, identifying weaknesses or inconsistencies, and taking the time to really work on them was incredible. That goes for the skiing and the skating. We spent each morning working on skiing form, while the conditions were solid, and each afternoon working on skate technique. Sometimes up on the glacier, garnering some funny looks for the alpiners on the lift, and sometimes in the valley on roller skis if it was too sloppy on the glacier.
As it stands today, the skier that arrived a week ago, and the skier that is leaving today are barely recognizable. I've got a long way to go until I'm ready to race, but I cannot wait to see this process through. I think the final product could be really special!