It’s not been the greatest of starts to the ski season in the Spanish Pyrenees. There’s enough snow to open the resorts… but only just. Ski instructors and hoteliers alike are anxious for more. However, a small group from Torocuervo ventured to Astún, Huesca, last weekend and found the mountains looking stunning in the sunshine. And even though the options were limited there were a spots off-piste where the snow was great.

This season Torocuervo is working closer than ever with the Basque telemark club, Lurk. In January, we’ve linked up for an event in Gourette, France, while many from Lurk will be returning to Valdezcaray, La Rioja, for Valdezcaray Legend the following month. Similar people with similar interests – vices some might call them – and we’re no longer existing in parallel universes…

21/12/14 Club de Torocuervo Telemark en Astún, Huesca, Spain. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org21/12/14 Club de Torocuervo Telemark en Astún, Huesca, Spain. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org21/12/14 Club de Torocuervo Telemark en Astún, Huesca, Spain. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org 21/12/14 Club de Torocuervo Telemark en Astún, Huesca, Spain. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org21/12/14 Club de Torocuervo Telemark en Astún, Huesca, Spain. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org 21/12/14 Club de Torocuervo Telemark en Astún, Huesca, Spain. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org 21/12/14 Club de Torocuervo Telemark en Astún, Huesca, Spain. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org21/12/14 Club de Torocuervo Telemark en Astún, Huesca, Spain. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org 21/12/14 Club de Torocuervo Telemark en Astún, Huesca, Spain. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org 21/12/14 Club de Torocuervo Telemark en Astún, Huesca, Spain. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

The 2014-15 Torocuervo season started this weekend in Valdezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. So here we are on Friday night in basecamp salivating like Pavlov’s dogs as we fix kit, wax skis and try on bigger boots – some of us have bigger feet this year!!

The good news is there is snow in Valdezcaray. The bad news is that it’s been a wet weekend, but hey the season is up and running. And if you can telemark in wet snow you can telemark in anything. This weekend is, it seems to me, as much about seeing old friends again and coaching those muscles back into form.

.12/12/14 Preparando material en el taller de Torocuervo, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Torocuervo telemark in Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org 12/12/14 Preparando material en el taller de Torocuervo, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.orgTorocuervo telemark in Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

12/12/14 Preparando material en el taller de Torocuervo, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org12/12/14 Preparando material en el taller de Torocuervo, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org 12/12/14 Preparando material en el taller de Torocuervo, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org12/12/14 Preparando material en el taller de Torocuervo, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org