During two weeks Andreu Miró (one of my best friends) and I were looking at the weather forecast because we knew there was a huge storm coming and we wanted to ski in the powder that has been missing all the winter season.
It was Monday 20th of January and the everywhere we look said the big snow would be the next 2-3 days. So we packed everything and Tuesday night we drove to Puicerdà (the capital of La Cerdanya, in the Catalan Pyrenees). We went to sleep and it was raining so we were not really excited about tomorrow. When we woke up there was 10-12cm of fresh snow and al the landscape was white, and it was still snowing. It was really crazy, driving to Grandvalira we saw snow, snow and more snow.
We arrived at the ski resort and bad news. There was too much snow and there was only 2 pistes open. A green and a blue one and there was so much snow that it was not possible to go downhill, you were stopped by the amount of snow, it was unbelievable!! With some mixed feelings we decided to go back to Puigcerdà and come back the next day.
THE GLORY DAY
No need to tell you that was an awesome day skiing, full of powder, full of crashes, full of laughs. Andreu had to go back to work but I enjoyed as a kid with Alex, Jaume, Xavi and Jordi! I think it was the day I ate most snow of my entire life. It was snowing a bit during all the day but we had some glimpses of sun.
And I also learned a lot, I always like to learn as much as I can so I am always asking people who know more than me how to do this, or how to do that. And Xavi, who had been in the national touring ski team, really loves to give advice so, what else could I ask for?
THE THIRD DAY
Friday my friend Gerard drove to la Cerdanya with his girlfriend Judit while I was skiing. Saturday we enjoyed the snow with the best conditions, all day sunny and perfect. So perfect that we didn’t stop even for a snack, we ate something and rest in the lift, so we didn’t waste any minute of the day. We skied until the pisters told us they resort was close. If you look the image below you can imagine the situation that day in the resort. At the end of the day there was no square metre of fresh snow left in the whole resort.
Storm Gloria left several damages and set numerous meteorological records in Spain being one of the biggest storms that hit the country in the lasts 20 years. I am very grateful of being able to enjoy this kind of situations (always under the best safety conditions) and I hope I can do this for the years to come, this adventures are the ones that we enjoy in the present and will remember in the future.