- Friday January 5th
At last, after two days of horrendous and unusual weather which restricted the ski-ing possibilities and action, the sun came out and the clear blue skies brought out every skier in the resort, all making up for lost time on the slopes! So bigger than normal queues which actually looked worse than they were. Longest time we spent shuffling was no more than 10 or 11 minutes, but felt longer!
The ski-ing, however, was exceptional. The piste bashers had done a superb overnight job and every slope was in near perfect condition. I had a huge surprise when a lifelong friend and ex-Silver Ski resort manager, Donna, arrived for a couple of days ski-ing from her home in the Canadian mountains… completely un-announced and what a pleasure to ski with her again after all these years…. wonderful!!
Ex-double Word Speedway Champion, Tai Woffinden, arrives on Sunday morning. He’ll no doubt chase me around the mountains far too fast for my liking. I’m gasping for air just thinking about it…..Len
- New Year’s Day
New Year’s Day and starting with falling snow. Last night meant a late start and I was lucky enough to begin just as the sun started to shine. Brilliant! A very warm New Year’s Eve the day before had softened the snow and made it hard work in places and even quite deep moguls on some of the steeper blues. But the overnight work by the piste bashers plus a new covering of the white stuff brought conditions back to the perfection we’ve become accustomed to this winter. Captain of my Kent Speedway team, Luke and his wife, Rachel, are here in the Bon Coin this week. Their sheer enthusiasm meant that they made a much earlier start, so I met up with them in Monica’s for a diet lunch of lettuce leaves before heading into the fast fading sunshine of the Champagny slopes doing lots of hard turns to get myself fit (some hopes!). Pleased to get some good ski-ing in as the New Year begins with BIG FALLS due for the next couple of days which might well persuade me that a long lunch break is the order of the day, Len.
- Tuesday in La Plagne
Tuesday morning and the sun is poking over the tops. I have been skiing with one of my new Kent Speedway riders and his girlfriend, over the Arpette and into Crozats where we found the new high speed chair lift (brilliant!). Bright sunshine and perfect snow gave us a great but very tiring day. Wall to wall sunshine forecast for the rest of the week and weekend. Len
- Saturday December 16….
At last the lifts are open in La Plagne and all the staff joined together for a team ski. Weather was snowy and cold so I wore everything warm and felt like a turkey stuffed up for Christmas.
Went to join the piste at the back of the Bon Coin only to find a 2 metre high wall of snow in the gap between the buildings, so I had to use the path to their front door and then work my way next to the building toward the piste. Putting the ski’s on was a work of art, but finally I was pushing my way through deep snow and suddenly I was on the most perfect piste (made a mental note to get the entrance sorted on Sunday morning). Even though the vision was not perfect due to the falling snow, the underfoot conditions were so good that it didn’t matter and I sailed through Boulevard piste to Plagne Centre kidding myself that my ski-ing was better than OK. On down to the Bergerie lift that they were still digging out. But the wait was only short and soon I was on my way to the team meeting place at the top of the chairlift. The whole gang was there and I matched up with Mel’ and Paul from Chalet Chanousia who, like me, didn’t want to ski at 90 miles an hour!
It turned out to be the most delightful morning’s ski simply because of the superb snow. None the less I made for an early lunch as my legs started to complain. Can’t wait to get properly fit!
Guests arrive Sunday lunchtime…. they are in for a real treat, Len.
- Chalet Bon Coin, La Plagne, Friday 8th Dec, 8.30am, -4C
Woke this morning to discover about 6/7 inches of fresh overnight snow. Cannot see far out of the windows as the snow is still falling to restrict long visibility. No wind to talk of, so the snow will sit nicely without drifting. On the measuring gauge in the garden it’s reading 80cm depth. No exercise walking today, so my get fit programme is interrupted…. but for a good cause! Had a bit of practice at Tignes on Tuesday with Chef Dan and Jodie to look after me. Good pistes and a fine sunny day with an excellent lunch at Clarine in Val Claret. I could get used to this…… Len
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