Personal log of a novice backcountry skier in his backyard
It’s late in the season when I decide to take up backcountry skiing (see About to find out how). For this first I have to buy some gear. Got the planks (K2 Hardside from last season) through Conrad a couple of weeks ago, but I still need boots, skins and bindings. My good friend Pau (good surfer, former comp skier and huge mountain skiing fan since he first started a couple of seasons ago) suggests I go and visit him in Ordino (Andorra) and check the local shop: Carving. So I take advantage of the fact that I’m in Barcelona for a couple of days, visiting family, to drive to Andorra and then go back home skiing and sleeping in the van. Carving is great shop and has great prices this late in the season!! Albert, the owner, is very helpful and knowledgeable. I get a pair of Black Diamond Factor 130 with Diamir bindings. Ordino is a lovely village -even under the rain that falls insistently- very different from the urban madness most of Andorra has become.
I have dinner at Pau’s with his son and then retreat to the van for a first night in the van with Buffy. Tomorrow we ski!