A few days later we were standing in the hotel lobby with Michele Barbiero, a very friendly and humble Italian mountain guide, if somewhat tired of all the shovelling. The emergency snow conditions had passed for now, and according to Michele there was some good skiing to be had, once the snow had been allowed to settle for one more day and the lifts were open. Of course. The snowfall of the century wouldn't agree to be trodden on just any old way, so we tried our hardest to appreciate the joys of just LOOKING at all the snow, FEELING all the snow, and in the end, on some bizarre level, speculating whether the skiing of the century was waiting for us up there and exactly HOW light the snow was going to feel...While we were waiting, we tried out the local food and drink, and to pass the time we read half-heartedly about Cortina's history. Anything to numb the mounting frustration.
It turned out that Cortina has a long and solid history as Italy's most famous and exclusive ski resort, including hosting the 1956 Winter Olympics. Skiers and film-makers alike have been drawn to these spectacular surroundings, and both the James Bond film "For Your Eyes Only" and the classic mountaineering film "Cliffhanger" filmed scenes here. It's also the favourite ski resort of both ski legends, Ingemar Stenmark and Anja Persson.
You can read most of this on Wikipedia, and it's about as far as we got in our research, before Michele texted "we go tomorrow".
There's not much more to add by way of words to describe the next few days. It's often said that shooting skiing is rather unglamorous, hard work but not once during these days was the slightest protest uttered at having to go back up and take a new turn. Maybe someone swore under their breath at the effort involved, but they would have been drowned out anyway by the roars echoing from those who were floating euphorically downhill, weightless in the bottomless sea of white.
Oh yes, and we got the picture.