Monthly Archives: February 2016

Day 2 & 3 SIT-SKI then Home

I had a better night’s sleep, woke at 5am looked out of the window no snow, decided on a coffee then a 2nd coffee. Hour later I looked out the window, snowing heavy couple of inches outside already, just hope there’s not too much on the mountain road.

A quick shower got dressed in ski cloths so I can have an early start, 8am now for a full cooked breakfast pot of tea, and away at 8.45. Arrived mountain car park 9.30, a little scary in places temp down -6, but road is clear except for the last mile. Was about 8-10 inches of snow up here I parked up wheelchair out sat at entrance waiting for Instructor. A little late we boarded the Funicular train to the top 1,097m.

Transferred from chair to sit ski, it’s not as cold and windy as yesterday, moved away from the entrance and off downhill for first run. Being able to see feel and here the fresh snow is unbelievable and exhilaratingly, 4 minutes down and 7 up not including putting the harness on to go back up. Second run this took 14 minutes because I hit some ridges I was off center in the seat, so stop reposition myself and away, this was a long run, back up on zip line harness put away and into third different run down , back up for final run quick chat with a couple of skiers, check leg restraints final run is called The Gun Barrel, narrow slopes each side and go faster snow, get as many tight turns as I can underneath the train tracks and stop at station half way down, board train up to the top and stop for hot chocolate before heading back down.

Chat on way down talked about possibility of coming back before end of snow season in April, told to keep an eye on website as fully booked till April 5th, said quick thank you as he had another lesson.

I pack away and headed down the mountain, halfway turned round went back, wheelchair out and into the lodge off car park for lunch. Left at 3pm back into the village brought some presents for the girls, topped car up with diesel, back to the Inn.

A couple of drinks hot chocolate then early night, long drive back home.

Awake at 6am shower coffee dressed pack all the gear in the car, inside for breakfast only cereal this morning, handed key in and just 1 stop to take some pictures. I decided to go back up mountain, wheelchair out onto the train going up top for a bacon roll and hot chocolate. I finally left Aviemore at 11am,

Journey back home wasn’t too bad, caught up with traffic south of Manchester arriving home 6.40pm, tired and aching, but it sure was worth it.

A Short Break in the Highlands

Day1

Monday I googled my trip to Aviemore early next morning, and I thought ******* that’s a long drive, from Glasgow it’s still about 3hours. Still I have my new car all topped up with diesel.

It’s 3am coffee then showered dressed car loaded up quick breakfast coffee, and 5am my journey starts. I stopped 4 times 1st just hot chocolate, 2nd was a Farm Shop services loo and tea and toast, 3rd to avoid traffic and 4th at Sterling services, a traffic update for the road to Inverness all clear. The A9 I enjoyed driving apart from a camper van travelling at 45mph, limit was 60 and 50 for HGV’s, views were excellent in the distance snow on mountain tops.

I arrived in Aviemore at 1.30pm, as I couldn’t check in till 4 I headed up the mountain to have a look around car park was full but found an empty BB bay and parked up. I found the DSUK office and met my instructor David Thomas, I chose the sit-ski and it was set up for tomorrow morning.

At the inn I was shown to my room, it was as they say adequate an end to a means somewhere to lay my head, the heating was sorted. Into the village for food then back for a drink before bed, Drambuie with hot chocolate, and to bed, my god the mattress and pillows were hard. I felt really tired and my spine was very painful from the drive up, so popped the pain pills, ended up lying on top of the duvet and had couple of hours’ sleep, pity I forgot morphine tablets they will be missed.

Up at 6am shower while kettle boils then 2 cups coffee dressed in ski gear went out to the car, -5 startup and defrost, then inside for cooked breakfast, now  off to the ski Centre. Met David at entrance then lift, train to the top, wished I’d used wheelchair instead of sticks. Into sit ski strapped in over to the start, my word its really cold -8 and wind building up (was told wind chill -15+) goggles down camera on and away for 1st run of the morning.

Can feel the bumps jarring my spine, last 3 runs the wind was really building now, goggles and gopro lens keep icing up, visibility very poor after 20m low cloud and sleet, difficult to see except for dark shapes, good job David’s telling me right/left center, finished run’s now down on the Funicular train, get wheelchair and back up mountain top restaurant for lunch and hot chocolate back to the village.

Into my room 4.30 chill with coffee or 2 then bar for drinks before early bed.