It's cold out. It might not have hit the 'Day After Tomorrow' apocalyptic temperatures that some forecasts were suggesting this week but it's not exactly been warm either. The cold temps have combined with some intermittent cloud to give some intermittent light snow between the intermittent sunny spells but, otherwise, it's been a largely dry and calm week in the Chamonix mountains. Just as well, really, with these temperatures, even the 20 to 30kph winds we've had can cause damage to exposed skin very quickly.
Still, cold weather kind of goes with the territory if you want to go skiing, so riders have been donning all their clothes and heading up the slopes. There are a few wee extra things you can do to help keep you warm and enjoying the skiing that needn't involve buying the latest and most expensive bit of kit from the shops though. Layering isn't just about putting on as many t-shirts as you can. A cheap thin balaclava beneath your helmet or hat makes a big difference and can be pulled up over the mouth and nose to help keep the face warm, and a second hat helps even more too.