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  • Midsummer Thoughts of Snow

    Been dreaming of last winter and the many runs I enjoyed in fabulous snow.  I’ll be re-living some of these with you during these midsummer days.

    Malatray Black below Crozats in La Plagne.  One of my favourite black runs which starts next to the restaurant at the top of the chair from Les Bauches.  An easy lead-in to fool the inexperienced with a shallow track at the bottom of the Crozats area.  Then, just above two derelict old farm buildings, a steeper bit that leads around them.  Need to control the speed, maybe side-slipping it off a bit so that on the rear side of the buildings you can stop at the edge of what initially looks like a cliff edge!  Much much steeper with some nicely rounded moguls, so really get over the front of your ski’s, steering on your big toes using the shape of the moguls to control, turning on some of the tops an using the sides to slide and slow while also, if you’re sharp enough switching quickly from ski to ski to keep in the “valleys” between the bumps.  Great feeling that, but lots of energy required.  The middle section gets tricky as it narrows up and here the use of your poles becomes very important, reaching down as low as possible on each turn and almost lifting the backs of your ski’s out of the snow and making sure your head and shoulders stay well forward.  Into the lower section which is always less bumpy.  By this time your body is telling you to stop and have a long rest… instead let the ski’s slide downwards as well as sideways to kill the height with the least amount of effort and suddenly you are on the track leading to the Les Bauches chairlift, feeling good.  Great run.

  • Len – 11th May 2018

    Been home from the Alps since Easter and just getting used to the better weather.  Been dealing with Kent Speedway (my Summer activity) and also spending some time in the Silver Ski office where I have been astonished at the amount of business being early booked for next season.  Normally, May is a quiet month for reservations, yet, here we are, selling on a daily basis what we would expect to do in October or November and spread across all dates, not just the Half Term and New Year stuff (although these are now very heavily booked).  Very good for my peace of mind and entirely thanks to the loyalty of Silver Skiers…. Len

  • Len’s Last Post from La Plagne

    Dateline Saturday March 19… A warm morning at about +3C with fairly heavy snow falling outside Bon Coin.  Met Paul and Mel from Chalet Chanousia for my final ski of the season (I go back to UK on Mothers’ Day).  As the snow was wet and heavy we decided on an early lunch which turned out to be the right decision.  By 1pm the sun was poking its head through the clouds and we were on the bubble up to Roche De Mio for my final run down Inversens this year.  Absolutely superb snow and no people except ourselves.  With big grins on our faces we took the slow chair back to the top and then descended via La Source, the interesting “Red” with the steep bit in the middle.  Exhilerating is the word to describe our 2500 feet of vertical and we found the snow in Bellecote a bit sticky with the high temperature.  Back up Collosses chair and home to Bon Coin still in one piece after a Winter of amazing snow.  Will try to get in one more week before we close, but that’s a wish rather than a certainty.

    Len

  • Friday 2nd March

    Having missed a day on the slopes simply because it was so damned cold, I was eager to get out this morning.  Checked the temperature at 9am and it was Zero at Bon Coin.  By the time I got booted and suited, the temperature had dropped and snow was lashing down in a strong wind much to my amazement.  Still, I was dressed and ready for action and was surprised at how much snow had fallen on the road in such a short time as I walked around the back of the chalet to the piste.  Found truly great snow under my feet and even the vision wasn’t that bad.  None the less I ski’d with some caution, quite a few ski schools and tiny kids winding about seemingly oblivious to the stinging snow that the wind was hurling around.  No queues at the Bergerie chairlift so I was quickly seated.  I debated for a short while at the top and finally chickened out and faced the head on wind as I made the schuss down to Monica’s for a long lunch break.  Cannot fault the snow conditions, powder on the piste at least 8 inches deep and soft as silk.  With even more snow due on Saturday (tomorrow) I wonder when I can get out there and truly enjoy it!  Next week is a must as I go home next Sunday (Mothers’ Day).    

    Len

  • Sunday 4th February

    Family left for home this morning (Sunday Feb 4) following a simply superb week of skiing.  The twins now 7 years old, Ellis and Isla were amazing, as lots of kids can be.  They went to ski school every morning and ski’d with the adults every afternoon.  We certainly did not have to wait for them!  The perfect snow conditions helped us all to having just the best time and the kids fell in love with the new “Fun Run” down the side of the Arpette.  Very exciting with jumps, tunnels, humps and bridges to make it a real Fun Run… great idea by the resort and immensely popular.  On a personal note, I am really enjoying my new Dynastar Legends.  I’m ashamed to say that I have not serviced them even once so far this year, yet they hold on ice and encourage me to head into moguls with huge confidence.  They actually handle bumps better than I do!  Looking ahead, the weather forecasts are showing cold but fine Alpine conditions with an odd snowflake or two just to keep the pistes pristine.

    Len

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