We started early on Saturday and went straight to the Furedalen, a tiny alpine center with 2 t-lifts and 1 trainer slope. It was a bit cloudy but the conditions were perfect. Some started in the trainer slope to practice a bit before they moved on to the bigger ones, after a while the bigger slopes became the most popular ones.
I’ve always enjoyed Furedalen, when I was little my family used to go there to ski, I remember clearly how difficult it was the first time my father and I were going up the t-lifts, lets just say we struggled a bit. My father and skies with some difficult metal-edges, his skies wanted to go separate ways. I think he was seconds from started to swear some. 🙂
Unfortunately the engine on one of the lifts started to fail so the queue started to grow. Suddenly people had to wait an hour to go up, that is a lot for most kids. Its kind of weird, I seem to remember those engines from when I was a kid – I wonder if they ever got replaced with new ones, that is sad. I guess they struggle with the economy, they don’t get as much snow now as they did when I was younger. Now they are dependent of snow-machines all over the place.
On Sunday a think mist covered the upper parts, I couldn’t see much but that didn’t stop most kids, they had fun anyway – full speed downwards no matter how little they could see. Some decided to go inside to relax, talk and drink hot chocolate instead. I think the owners had problems with their slope preparing machine, since it had snowed a lot we started to build small bumps when everyone turned downwards and suddenly the ice came forward. Some of the kids enjoyed the bumps but I think I am getting too old for that. 🙂
In the mountain hut we had a great time with competitions and good food, the kids had been looking forward to this part, I might be wrong but I think they thought it was more fun than the skiing. Its nice for them to meet classmates this way, outside the school’s world. I had to smirk when I heard them from the floor above, it was like a small society up there. Playing, watching movies and debating. At midnight things started to calm down and everyone went to sleep – I thought that was impressive.
I look forward to see what event the sport school has next , I hope I can come with them again.