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  • Len – Sunday 15th December

    Dateline Sunday December 15th.  4.30pm local time.

    Feel a lot better now having just climbed out of a very hot bath, earned by some energetic ski-ing today.  On Friday and Saturday (the day the resort officially opened) we suffered terrific snowstorms with high winds and torrential snow…. 2 days non-stop.  A few brave souls hit the slopes on Saturday, I was not one of them, preferring a leisurely lunch in Monica’s watching the foolhardy struggling in the conditions out of the window.  But today it was an entirely different story.  Bright sunshine and the pistes in perfect condition…. and not too may other skiers to spoil it.  Wore myself out, but thoroughly enjoyed it.  While I was on the mountain, our first guests arrived and in Bon Coin we had regular Silver Skiers from a college in Tonbridge, three teachers and 21 pupils, so it will be a lively week!  Mostly good weather ahead with some late snowfalls, so I’m hoping to get my proper “ski legs” by this time next week, just in time for the Christmas festivities (goodbye diet!!).

    Len

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  • Len’s First Blog of 2019

    My first blog of the season and it comes at the end of 2 great days of skiing, the second of which came as a pleasant surprise.  I arrived here at Chalet Bon Coin in the middle of November, carrying far too much weight and far from skiing fit!  Hazal’s starvation diet had it’s inevitable effect and I started to shrink away.  With La Plagne due to open on Saturday December 14th, my “Minder”, Rees and his girlfriend Annabel drove me over to Courchevel 1850 yesterday (Sat Dec 7) where the 3 of us had our first tentative uses of our skis on the Combe de Saulire.  Great snow and without doing much that was demanding we enjoyed getting our “Legs” and a pleasant salad lunch at the mid station.  Home by 5 having used up every ounce of energy.  Enjoying one of the many “Test” meals being cooked by all staff members this week as they get ready for 15th.  Then the bonus!! For the 1st time in my memory, the local lift company in La Plagne (SAP) decided to open some of the resort for Sunday!  So all of the La Plagne staff, including me, had an absolute “Ball”.  The Arpette, Roche De Mio and the favourite and my favourite, Inversens, all open and on perfect snow.  Got home tired and with wobbly knees to ease out all the aches in a steaming bath…. bliss!! Can’t wait for next week and with heavy snow forecast every day from Monday onwards, the pistes will be superb for our 1st guests.  Enjoy!

    Len

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  • Len Silver – End of Season

    A great season over now and we are all back in the UK.  Left with plenty of snow still on the pistes and a few staff members led by Chef Dan of the Bon Coin, remaining in La Plagne to enjoy it.  

    My Dynastar X84 Legends were such a pleasure to ski in all conditions and I am investing in what will be the equivalent ski for the 2019/20 season.  A reminder that we can supply whichever Dynastar Ski you seek at a 25% discount for delivery in UK.  I would expect the new season skis to be available around September.  Early bookings look very good with a level higher than last year at this time.  I may well spend some practice time at Chatham ski slope during the summer where I am told, Dendix has been re-installed.

    Len

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  • Len – Dateline Monday April 8th

    After a week back in the UK to start my preparations for the new Speedway season, I was on the Silver Ski ‘plane from Gatwick early on Sunday morning together with all my family, daughter, Jackie, 3 grandchildren and now 4 great grandchildren.  Twins Isla and Ellis (9 on Tuesday), Albie now just over 3 and latest recruit, Eden, a very smiley one year old.

    After a heavy overnight snowfall, we hit the piste at 9.30 to find that perfect combination, light powder on the piste.  For about an hour or so we revelled in the super conditions.  But as the morning progressed all 4 generations together found the going getting tougher and tougher as the fresh snow began piling up into soft but sometimes sticky moguls.  None the less, in spite of the harder work necessary, Inversens, was a delight from top to bottom and wore us out in time for lunch at Monica’s.  Albie’s father, Tony, was working harder than the rest of us as he guided and sometimes carried young Albie who, even at 3 years old, already shows the right signs.

    After lunch the twins pleaded and cajoled us into doing the “Fun Run” down the Arpette.  The tight confines of the narrow and curvy piste as the sun disappeared, made it highly “interesting” for the adults but a “Gas” for the kids who straight lined it from the top to the bottom with a couple of crashes on the way for good measure.

    All in all, a memorable and enjoyable day of Spring ski-ing.

    Len

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  • Len – Dateline Thursday 21st March

    Big mistake this morning when I checked the temperature outside the kitchen back door.  It read 0C so I figured it would be a warm day and dressed accordingly.  What I did not realise was that the back kitchen door had been open for some time and had raised the temperature by the thermometer.  Once on the slopes it was about -5C, so chilly for me.  None the less we decided to head for Montchavin and expected some slushy snow near the bottom at 1250m.  Far from the truth.  From the top of the Arpette, through Dos Rond on almost perfect snow into the trees below the Pierre Blanche restaurant, I was astonished at the quality, mostly on account of the cold temperatures.  Then we descended to the bottom of the Pierre Blanche chair with big grins on our faces, we found another surprise.  Because of the cold temperatures, they had been able to blast some snow from the cannons all the way down to give us a real and unexpected treat.  Mixed with the genuine snow it gave a surface as good, or even better, than at any time during the season.  Only an unexpected hold up on the Collosses chair on the way to lunch, where the gates were not functioning as they should, got us moaning as only Brits can!  Long lunch at Monica’s followed by an hour in the sun on the terrace, made me very lazy, especially after a glass of their best red.  Luke and Rachel then ski’d off to the Bergerie to enjoy their live music in the sun.  I came home to enjoy a nice hot bath, well satisfied with my day.

    Next snow forecast on 31st March and for several days to follow, but judging by today, we don’t even need it.  Len

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