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Savoleyres Powder

Emma finds fresh tracks – It’s a Pow-E-der day.

Pow Pow Verbier

Bluebird Powder Day December 11 2018

First powder day winter 18-19 Verbier

Pow Pow Verbier

Today in Verbier – Say no more….

New Logo overlaid on photo of Roddy Willis skiing in Verbier

Roddy Willis Ski Instructor | New Logo and Website

Ski Instructor Roddy Willis new logo

Roddy Willis Ski Instructor | New Logo and Website

As you can see I’ve got a new website and a new logo – If you want to be certain you are booking me, Roddy Willis, for your ski lessons in Verbier, then please contact me directly via my new website www.roddywillis.com or email me at roddy@roddywillis.com.

You can also follow me on Instagram, Twitter and my Facebook page  

 

Roddy Willis Verbier Ski instructor

A brief history of time… 30 ski seasons later and still loving skiing and the mountains

My first season as a dishwasher in the Hotel Fjord

Where it all started – Hotel Fjord Val d’Isere

In 1986 I had my first attempt at Higher Education, after a term and a half my tutors thought it best we part company… that was the moment I realised life was about choosing my own course in life, creating my own destiny. In the summer of 1987 I found a job teaching windsurfing in Turkey, my mind was opened to a life outside of the conventional, after an epic summer I arrived back in the UK. All those around me said it was time to get a ‘Real Job’ …’ and so I got a job in London selling ski holidays, I had joined the race race….

Eleven months later I was ready to throw myself in the Thames, it was time to live my life. I managed to wangle a fantastic career move, hydro-ceramic engineer for the 88/89 winter season in Val d’Isere. At the end of my first season dishwashing in Val d’Isere, not only had I had an awesome time. I had more spare cash than at any moment in the real-world job back in London… the future looked bright my career path was set.

In the 30 winter seasons since 1988 I’ve had many resort job, I’ve been a dishwasher, dishwasher ski guide, chalet boy, MBO (Maintenance and building officer), tour operator resort manager, ski rental technician, floor boy for a night club, ski tester for Ski and Board magazine, ski school technical director, ski school director, ski instructor, I even managed 3 winter seasons whilst completing a degree in Fine Craft Furniture Design and Making, I’ve trained as a Master Practitioner of NLP and Sports Hypnosis.

The common thread across the last 30 years is my love of the skiing and the mountains, I still love every day in the mountains and the best days are those when I am helping others to learn to ski and enjoy the mountains.

Big Snow in Verbier November 2015

November 2015 Verbier Snowforecast

Big Snow in Verbier November 2015

Big Snow is coming to Verbier soon…

 

Powder in Verbier

North South Divide

Powder in Verbier

Off Piste Conditions in Verbier

There is definitely a wealth divide in Verbier, only the divide isn’t being measured with cash but with snow. And interestingly it is the north which has more than the south. The south facing slopes of Verbier are no longer white, or shades of white and brown, they are green! Spring really is here very early. However the recent snow fall last weekend has help keep the north rich in the white stuff, with north facing skiing in good condition. More snow is forecast for the coming weekend, I’ll keep you posted as to how the wealth is divided!

If you need some help over coming the divide this winter in Verbier then please do contact me Roddy Willis Verbier Ski Instructor.

 

Fresh tracks in Rock Garden Verbier

Epic Powder and Cuckoo clock chalets

Fresh tracks in Rock Garden Verbier

Verbier Snow Report

Errant snow reporter reporting in – the ski addicts out there will love my excuse for being a bit slack on reporting back the good news!

Yes – I have been out there playing in some of the finest snow available, I am now on about ten consecutive days of fantastic powder, starting last week in Zinal for four days with some great clients and then heading back to Verbier in time for Christmas and yet another dump of snow on Christmas eve.

As of today all the classic Verbier itineraries are skied, however with a little walking it was possible to find some great snow.  Particularly good today was Rocky Garden where the snow was just perfect.

 

Rocky Garden Verbier

Let party rock in Rocky Garden Verbier

Rocky Garden Verbier

The party is still chilled in the darkened corners, away from the heat of sun there is still powder to found. Or if corn or spring snow is your thing then the season to be merry is here for those in the know, like all great parties timing is the key, arrive to early and be welcomed by a crusty hard host, arrive to late and all the guests have turned to slush and mush. Please contact me if you need a party guide to Verbier.

 

Colder weather is coming this weekend

Forty Days Of Lent… In Verbier!

Colder weather is coming this weekend

Easter Skiing in Verbier

It seems to be only a few days ago that we were celebrating Shrove Tuesday, eating banana filled pancakes smothered in chocolate sauce and washed down, nicely, with a little too much white wine. So what on earth has this got to do with a snow report from Verbier? Well, as I said it seems like only a few days ago that I was stuffed to the gunnels and in need of forty days of Lent to recover from my over indulgence. However, with a sudden rise in temperature, it is as if the forty days of Lent have passed and the skiing is more akin to Easter. All very interesting but I think we will be firmly back on track with Lent from Saturday with minus temperatures and HOPEFULLY some new snow.

The picture above shows my overheated skiing companions on the run to Mache and enjoying some fresh tracks high up the valley then soft slushy bumps on the lower slopes.

Wet snow avalanches in Verbier

Verbier After The Storm

Wet snow avalanches in Verbier

After the Avalanches in Verbier

You might be thinking from my last blog that it is all doom and gloom in Verbier, I can report now that there is still skiing on the Piste in Verbier and above 2800 meters the snow is still dry and crisp. All north facing itineraries are now open again, Vallon d’Arbi, Col de Mines are closed. The Piste in the morning are firm to solid and defrost with heat of the day, turning to slush and bumps in afternoon, fantastic fun for the keen mogul skiers.

Here are some pictures of the aftermath of the events last Sunday; the positive which can be taken from these scenes is that the snow which has slide onto the Piste or close to Piste can be used to maintain the Piste over the Easter holidays.

So, all in all the skiing is still good in Verbier.