Tuesday, 10 February 2015
Cyclone Ole took the day off today so we were able to spend a lot of the day snowboarding which was fun. In the morning Jon and I went out together for a few hours, ensuring we rode on every lift and tow available. The slopes feel very empty now it's Monday actually - which made for lots of riding and no waiting in queues. Then we returned home for lunch and prised the kids outdoors to practise their snowboarding for a few hours afterwards - I lasted about 10 minutes before I was sent away as I just didn't have the patience for the supervisory job. So then I had another pleasant hour or so of boarding whilst Jon had a very frustrating time by my reckoning. So by the time we met up back at the apartment again he (and the kids) weren't in the best of moods.
So to remedy the situation Jon and I went for a lovely cross country ski around the lake in the late afternoon to have a look at the remnants of the ice-igloo and amphitheatre that was built for the ice music festival.
We practised our skating x-country technique which Harald had coached us in a few days earlier. We were definitely faster but probably mostly because it had been a relatively warm day, so the trails were now icy and quite fast. Lots of fun though.
There wasn't too much left of the outdoor venue. The roof of the ice-igloo was gone and only a few icy sculptures remained. It was quite eerie and fitting for a viking graveyard in the fading light of day.
Then onwards around the lake we went, just as we were approaching town again the sunset was really beautiful..
And we arrived home feeling tired and happy. Another lovely day in Geilo. We have one more full day before we're on the train back to Oslo. Hopefully. There's been a derailment a few towns down the track but maybe it will be fixed in time, the kids will be devastated if they don't get another ride on a train!