On a blue sky day, the mountain was pretty much empty. The snow was in great condition, better than it has been despite the cold, crisp weather of the last week.
The Lauberhorn World Cup should now be upon us, with races on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Yesterday, they were in doubt and then confirmed as going ahead. Today, they were cancelled. Apparently, illness amongst the course workers has caused the Cantonal authorities to act.
The village had already taken a big hit with the banning of spectators from the event. This is a further disappointment. The blue ribband of Swiss skiing, with the longest downhill course on the World Cup circuit, brings prestige and publicity, but not this year.
The Idle Skiers were away fairly promptly this morning and on the cable car without any queue at all. Mrs IS headed for home at lunchtime, but I saw it through until the close of play. Snow is promised tomorrow.
A great ski day brought 10,708 vertical metres in 22 lift rides and 58 kilometres travelled.