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DOWNWARD DOG OR DOWN THE HILL? - James Cove, Tignes
Monday April 30, 2018 - Email this article to a friend

Our editor is staying in the Dragon Lodge in Tignes as the season ends. There's blue sky & powder snow with just a handful of days left...

 

 

 

It was one of the stranger sights I have seen as I entered a breakfast room in a ski resort to grab some cereal, a cup of strong coffee and a croissant before heading off to the slopes.

I should have perhaps had an indication by some odd grunting sounds and what I can only describe as whale music as I opened the door.

I heard what sounded like a female equivalent of Mr Motivator barking instructions out (whatever happened to Mr Motivator?)

They were where my breakfast table should be.

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Am I still dreaming?

I blinked sharply several times but no, the lycra-clad bodies were still arching themselves around on the floor.

One had his leg in the air and a very strange red colour to his face as he held out an outstretched shaking hand and a false look of enjoyment on his face.

I'm sure he was the same guy I had been drinking (red) wine with in the same place several hours earlier.

He looked to be in some pain as I stepped over him to the coffee.

Perhaps it was the Crow Pose.

The kids in the room had the right idea - stand in the corner and keep well away.

It is after all the Child's Pose.

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I looked around for the coffee and the cereal.

There were more bodies in the way, one looked like my great friend Chris Moran from Intersport, but as I winked at him he just gritted his teeth back at me with venom in his eyes.

The Cobra Pose perhaps.

"Oh, well," I thought to myself I'll dive into the nearest bakery for a shot of strong coffee and my croissant and head to the powder.

Ten minutes later I was in one of Chris's shops while he remained in some sort of doggy position on his matt.

Or should that read dodgy.

I knew where I'd rather be: swapping my piste skis for the all-mountain powder variety in the local Intersport shop.

All that shavasana must have confused my brain as 95cm would have been some powder ski - 95mm would be preferable. Wink

With my coffee and croissant I found myself first in the queue for the first lift of the day, on the last day of April after an overnight snowfall with all the mountain guides.

I wondered if they done their Mountain Pose.

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But why on earth were all my mates lieing around on matts and breathing deeply?

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And at the top of the Grand Motte the visibility had closed in a bit when I got there.

In fact a lot, but that is a small bit of detail I will omit as I tell them of my ski day later.

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But further down things lifted to reveal something far more inspirational and good for the soul for a Happy Baby.

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Strangely the lower I got the better the snow became, light and grippy, and once I passed the top of the furnicular at 3,000m it became perfect.

And there was hardly a soul around.

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Maybe a yoga craze had swept Tignes and everyone else was doing there downward dogs and all the rest of it.

I prefer some light powder snow and high-speed carving thank you very much.

A few others did too.
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What a morning! Cool

Namaste my friends.

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