My 20 to 40 suggestion was a bit over the top for lunchtime diners, bit I did get a decent go at running the kitchen whilst mark was away. We saw 12 diners on Saturday and 11 on Sunday. I got to prepare a good selection of menu items, Confit de Canard with sarladaise potatoes, burgers, braised ham, omelettes and double fried chips (home made) and salad, spaghetti carbonara, bacon tartines.
None of them particularly difficult individually plates, but when five or six different meals have to be ready for service at the same time it becomes a bit more tricky, especially when other orders are arriving and have to be started right away, a calm, straight thinking attitude and order is needed so as not to mess anything up. The easiest way to monitor success from the kitchen is to look at returning plates, the vast majority were completely clean, the odd uneaten lettuce leaf or remain of burger bun, nothing substantial, no rejects, I was pleased with that. It was a good fun, challenge that I enjoyed and could cope with more at another time. Mark can have a few lunchtimes off later in the season and I’ll hopefully get to practice some of the remaining dishes on the menu.
I got my wish too, the mountain is more covered in snow that I have ever seen it. So much so that we are stranded in the chalet with strict instructions not to venture outside for fear of avalanches. It snowed sporadically to start with, then constantly for a good 48 hours. I knew it was snowing hard when the snow ploughs ran all night without pause, that was Sunday through to Monday morning, (the ploughs pass just outside my bedroom), last night they didn’t run at all, I guess it was already deemed too dangerous on our side of the valley.
The resort remains closed for a second day and the latest news from the authorities is that a helicopter will pass by tomorrow morning to fire grenades into the snow on the high slopes. These explode and trigger controlled avalanches that can then be dealt with before anyone ventures too near. Hopefully they’ll give us a call and I get to witness the excitement from a safe vantage point. Only after that has happened and the safety teams have had time to verify the station, will it reopen for skiing.
It’s weird to watch from inside, for the past couple of hours the temperature has risen a little and the snow here has changed to rain, the almost completely laden trees have dropped their charges of snow and the depth of snow on the balcony bar has diminished considerably. Fortunately, looking up slightly we can see that it is still snowing a hundred meters or so further up the mountain. That’ll be the change of temperature with altitude or zero isotherm. Whilst I have been writing, the zero isotherm has dropped and it is now snowing outside, just, and the rain has been pushed further down the mountain. Fingers crossed that it’ll continue to stay down there for a while.
|spot the cars|
|road up to the station|
|picnic tables on the terrace|
I've posted a similar photo several times before, but never with this much snow, I cleared the snow from round the tables 24 hours before the photo was taken!!
|how does it hold on like that?|
|the foreground is nearly waist deep snow|
|another picnic table, complete with parasol that we forgot to bring in. Can you see it in front of the tree?|