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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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  • Len – Monday March 18th

    After yesterday’s warm weather and the delightfully soft snow, when I looked at the outside thermometer first thing this morning and saw -5C, I knew that we would be facing hard frozen pistes for the opening runs of the day.  But I reckoned without the excellent work overnight by the “pistenbullies” who had made every piste as smooth as a billiard table (well almost!).  With 2 to 3 inches of fresh powder on top, I was gobsmacked by the excellence of the pistes (even though it was very very cold) and our morning saw us covering Verdon North and South plus the drop from the top of Becoin down to the bottom of Envers with ease.  Luke having a grin like a Cheshire Cat because he felt no ill effects from his dodgy knee.  He put it under even more pressure in the afternoon as we flew down Inversens and the Levasset and it stood up to it.  Even bigger grins…. I was feeling the need for a hot bath so headed for Collosses and home while Luke and Rachel went off to ski for a while with our French friend, Noemie.  Sunny for the rest of the week I’m told… I can see exhaustion setting in….

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  • Len – Dateline Sunday March 17th

    My good friend, Speedway rider, Luke Bowen and his wife Rachel arrived today.  Big surprise really because he sustained a serious injury to his knee in mid-summer and no one expected him to be able to ski so soon.  After a hot bowl of soup to follow his long and early journey, we set off together in a very apprehensive mood.  It was well above freezing, so the snow turned out to be soft and smooth.  Not many people on the slopes and we both found the going nice and easy.  In bright sunshine, no vision problems and Luke reported no ill effects from his knee.  As I pushed the pace a bit, I was amazed at how well he coped, but in the near perfect conditions I should not have been surprised.  We tested his knee for just over a couple of hours with no ill effects and, as it cooled in the late afternoon it started to snow as we returned to the Bon Coin.  Still snowing as I am writing and conditions are holding up very well.  Looks good for the final weeks and my family are due out just before Easter.  Reckon it will be a great week with soft and forgiving snow to flatter us all….

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