Snow shoes at Gaver
As a result of a special offer at the local Coop we have some super ciaspole, snowshoes. After a highly calorific meal of puff pastry filled with ham, cheese, spinach and other delicious stuff we waddled to the start of the snowy mountains clutching our ciaspole and poles. Putting the snowshoes on took more effort than we had expected. Janet had particular difficulty in getting the things to tighten up enough to stop them falling off. In fact, the only solution was to sit down in the snow and do the job properly.
we set off ploughing through deep soft snow as, lower down, there are signs saying, keep off the piste if you have snowshoes.
What a relief it was to see a woman striding out in the the middle of the piste. We followed her example and found things much easier than struggling through drifts and trees. Obviously this strategy means that one must be aware of the distinctive swishing sound of a person on skis or snowboard hurtling downwards at the unprotected back of the slow moving snow shoe person.
The scenery was so different, covered in snow, that it took us quite a few moment to work out that we had been walking on the ‘main’ mountain road to Bergamo.