Had things gone to plan, at this moment I was to be back above the clouds at the San Pellegrino Ski Area, in the heart of northeastern Italy’s Dolomites, either preparing for, recuperating from, or being life-flighted off the mountain and back to the bar at the Il Dollaro Hotel after giving its new La Volata piste a shot, a 2,350m long run with a 640m vertical drop down gradients that push 50 degrees.
None of that came to pass thanks to yesterday’s unlikely combination of a truck fire on the southbound highway and Ljubljana’s first snow storm of the winter. It’s not that we didn’t try — covering 22 kilometers in just over three hours didn’t force us to turn back; spinning tires on an ice patch in bumper-to-bumper traffic another half hour later finally did.
Which made time for today’s late morning stroll around Ljubljana’s immediate city center through the aftermath of the first snow. As you’ll see it’s very overcast but even more white. And much more relaxing than sitting in traffic on a snowy motorway.
Ljubljana, Slovenia, 14 January 2017