My third day of boarding marked the day with the worst conditions I've ever experienced. It was a cloudy day today, which means that visibility on the slopes was really low. We couldn't see further than 10 metres. When there's no sun out, it's very hard to see the relief in the snow. This is a problem because you can't see the moguls, patches of ice or humps of pow. But, it has some plus sides as well. Having very minimal visibility, forces you to anticipate more. Where you're used to see a bit ahead in sunny conditions, low visibility forces you to proceed on instinct. In effect, this makes you to bend through your knees more and feel the humps and take them in with your knees. Nice, because this is an acquired skill.
We went up to 3046 metres today in a really windy conditions. We were boarding through a cloud, it was snowy and -13°C. Great fun none the less! I somehow enjoy how my beard freezes in the weather. The slopes were deserted (we wouldnt've know any other way because lack of sight), and we had to rely on our technical skills. Even though we had a serious challenge on our hands, we kept going. It was very hard to see where the slope was going. On the flats, usually difficult and dangerous territory for beginners, I really had to grant myself the confidence to allow myself to pick up speed, with great results. I rode my lines as much as possible and even (almost) touched the 50km/h mark despite the weather.
I'm still far off of my objectives, and I hope I can make at least one of them a reality this year. I did however, go off-piste in not so good conditions. I can strike this off of my bucketlist now as well.