Friday Fictioneers – Skiing in the rain

Every week, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (thank you, Rochelle!) hosts a flash fiction challenge, to write a complete story, based on a photoprompt, with a beginning, middle and end, in 100 words or less. Post it on your blog, and include the Photoprompt and Inlinkz on your page. Link your story URL. Then the fun starts as you read other peoples’ stories and comment on them!


Skiing in the rain

“Comment as-tu su que je suis Anglais?” I demanded of the bus driver.

He shrugged.

“Only the English go skiing in the rain.”

It wasn’t actually raining, and at the base station it was snowing thinly. The button lift was steep, seven hundred metres at forty-five degrees. You might call it exhilarating; I called it scary. I dismounted, scrambled a turn, caught an edge and tumbled.

Ow! My ankle burned.

Mobile phone.

Bother! It’s still by the bed.

“Only the English…” I thought, gazing round the deserted piste.

Balancing on one leg, it was a long, painful, exhausting journey down…

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41 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Skiing in the rain

    • Oh, but Iain, it’s wonderful! It’s like being a little kid again! Utterly exhilarating. You don’t need to be good at it, or tackle difficult pistes. Just imagine gliding down a track, the skis whispering and Mont Blanc looming next to you. And mulled wine waiting for you at the base station!
      And you don’t have to be stupid like the protagonist, and go skiing when there’s nobody else to help you…

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    • I have to confess that I’ve never skied a black run, although I’d tackle most red runs. But really I prefer a nice blue run where I can enjoy the scenery and the sunshine!
      Thank you for the kind comment!


  1. Oh bother, indeed! Why is it the one time we need our cellphone, is when we leave it by the bed stand? And now you’ve reminded me that I really must try skiing again (in the snow, however) this winter. Oh. Wait. We probably can’t rent equipment with the dang virus still about. Well next winter, then!

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