Saturday, March 14, 2015

DROOLING CELEB - PILES - LUNCH AUDIENCE and a CAT ATTACK

Clarks Court bay gets the odd megayacht in as it is deep enough and has plenty anchoring space. This one disgorged some jet skis which were soon buzzzing around despite them being banned in Grenada.



Turns out it was Justin Bieber, did he know he was breaking the law? Did he care?







The word at the scuttlebut is that Clarks Court Bpatyard is due to lift thier first boat in May this year.






Well the piles are in for the travel lift piers but still lots to do.









Nimrods for lunch with the usual suspects trying to mooch some of my roti.












Finally there I was standing on the deck watching somebody in front lift their anchor
when I was subjected to a totally unwarranted sneaky foot attack.

Monday, March 9, 2015

LAST DAYS SKIING AT CANYONS and getting back to HOME



I am smiling because the skies are blue, the pistes at Canyons are empty, the lift queues are non existent and the skiing is great.




I dropped my skis off at Eric's and sat down to my last poker game of this trip.

It was to be a 3.50 am start next day as my flight left at 5.58am. The plan was to get home to Grenada in 3 hops but it was not to be. I knew that winter storm Thor had disrupted things and indeed seats out of the heartland to Miami were in high demand. The rebooking agent in SLC beavered away and eventually routed me through LA and Baton Rouge to Miami then next day to St Lucia with a final hop to Grenada.

I was glad to see Grenada, Whisper Cove, finding my dinghy still there and the outboard undisturbed, Elephants Child bobbing in the chop and Dizzy prowling the aft rail to greet me home.











He has been mostly welded to my side since I got home and is helping me write this just now.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

SKIING CANYONS AND WINTER STORM THOR


I had a fabulous day skiing at Canyons resort. Blue skies and fresh snow on the pistes. The champagne powder that everybody raves about.

Tomorrow is my last day and I am going back to Canyons it was just so good. No queues and uncrowded runs.





It is possible I may have an extra day. Dallas airport which is a stage on my flights is going to get hammered by freezing rain then snow tomorrow. The last time this happened they had to shut Dallas Fort Worth airport for a while and as it is AA's hub then planes are not where they are supposed to be.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

SNOW IN A SKI RESORT? WELL I NEVER



It is snowing hard and staying on the roads so it is chaos in Salt Lake City. 157 accidents this morning.

I suppose they can be somewhat excused as it has been the warmest winter on record and this is the first serious snowfall in SLC of the winter.


The trees are laden with snow and Alta is reporting more than a foot of new snow. It seems more than that to me and my poor old creaky knees.

Every pass holder in the valley is going to be in Alta tomorrow if they can wangle it so I guess I will mosey on up to Canyons and look for some peaceful groomers.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

I BUY SOME CAT CRAP and it gets busy at Alta

I have had to use goggles due to frequent snow showers and I had trouble with my glasses misting up. My little tube of French anti mist had run dry so I went into the ski shop to get a replacement. They did not have the French stuff but offered me some cat crap. "CAT CRAP?" I said, yup "Cat Crap"

Even though it was a work day it was clear that lots of locals had taken a snow day and the slopes were full and there were lift queues for the first time for me.





Well the Cat Crap works and the lift lines moved quickly and in a very well mannered fashion. I remembered back to my days skiing in Italy and Italian lift lines. Constructive queueing techniques were required to avoid going backwards in the disorderly pile with no liftie controlling access.




Italians queueing?

Monday, February 23, 2015

More sunny days at Alta

I checked the view from the balcony
and it agreed with the morning weather girl, another sunny day in the mountains.

The view from the tops was just as clear. Dear Valley in the distance and snowmobile tracks in the foreground.



Good skiing on well groomed pistes.

Life is good.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

SKIING IN THE SUNSHINE

It has been a week of blue skies and well groomed slopes in Little Cottonwood Canyon.
Up to Friday there were no queues but with a forecast for more snow at the weekend bought out every local pass holder so I took a day off on Saturday and am getting ready to drive up the canyon for another day on the white stuff on Sunday expecting it to be crowded.

I experienced just how good the service is from Alamo my car hire company. My tyre pressure warning light came on. So I pulled off and found a tire just about flat.

I changed the tire despite offers of help from local young men and continued up and went skiing.

Next morning I phoned Alamo and asked which repair shop I should use expecting to hve to pay for a new tire. No problem they said just bring your car back and we will give you another one so I have an even bigger SUV.