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  • Len in La Plagne – 4 February 2016

    After a day off the slopes on Wednesday with gale force wind whipping the heavy snowfall making it very uncomfortable and persuading me that a long lunch was the best thing to do, I took off in the sunshine on Thursday to fantastic conditions both on and off piste, trying out a new set of skis.  Down to La Roche twice on the steep reds to find that the last couple of hundred yards was hard and slightly icy, a surprise when all the rest was soft and forgiving.  Best part for me was the drop from Aime 2000 down to 1800 over the small bridge to the Meleze chair which I really enjoyed….in the afternoon I ran into the Chambery side, but we’d lost the sun for a bit and although the snow underfoot was fantastic, the lack of vision for some of the time made the morning more memorable…more snow on the way with Very Big storms due at the week-end..I’ll have to get some x-ray goggles!

    Len’s Ski Tips..If you need to put a ski on when your boots are heavy with snow, do not use your pole to knock the snow off the boot.  All that will do is to break the pole and it will not remove the snow.  Instead, using your poles to balance, kick the sole of your boot backward and forward over the top of the front binding.  That will remove the important snow from under your boot, then kick the front binding to remove any loose snow sitting on the ski and punch your boot into place.  Don’t worry, you will not hurt the binding!

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  • Len Silver, La Plagne – 30 January 2016

    It’s been a very sunny week and I have been ski-ing with one of my Speedway rider friends, Chris Neath and his new Polish girlfriend Kat’.  As a beginner, Kat’ has done remarkably well and paralleled right from the start!  Pistes have been excellent, so that helped a lot. We’re due a big snowfall with high winds tonight (Saturday) and tomorrow so I dare say I’ll give it a miss on Sunday and go to the Refuge restaurant in Plagne Centre for a fish lunch….and watch the snow fall!

    Len’s Ski Tips…In bad weather, always put your goggles on inside the chalet and do not take then off or touch them until you stop for lunch.  That way you will not get snow inside them, nor will they fog up.

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  • Len in La Plagne – 21 January 2016

    Woke up this morning (Thursday) to bright sunshine, no wind and -10C so no surprises that I was on the slopes earlier than normal to find perfect conditions.  In fact the pistes were so easy to ski that I decided to challenge myself and headed for some tough stuff in Crozats, starting with the un-pisted and semi-frozen Malatray black to Les Bauches. That tested me!  So I followed up with the off piste route, also semi frozen (so very crunchy), back down for the second time.  Feeling punished enough I then went to the top of Crozats and enjoyed the softer snow off piste back down to the bottom of Crozats chair….felt good after that!  So off to lunch at 12 O’Clock.  Great afternoon in Champagny including the off piste valley next to Levasset…brilliant, and no one in it except me!

    Len’s Ski Tips…If you are ski-ing close to a Boarder, remember if you are on his blind side, keep well away!

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  • Len Silver – 15 January 2016

    Friday 4.30pm… Just arrived back in the chalet after the longest day’s ski-ing for me this Winter.  Unexpected sunshine from 10am coupled with pistes (and some off piste) in perfect conditions gave me the opportunity to make the most of it ski-ing with some friends and covered a lot of miles including a fast run down to La Roche on the steep red that starts at the bottom of the Golf run at Aime 2000. Amazing ski until the last 100 yards when I was surprised to discover a little ice and I subsequently learned that it had rained at that level the day before and with temperatures down to -10C, then ice was bound to be there.  Champagny in the sun a little later and we had earned our lunch by the time 1 o’clock came round!

    Len’s Ski Tips…Always clean your goggles with soft paper tissues and never touch the lens with your fingers…that tiny amount of grease will make your goggles fog up when you least want them to….happy vision!

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  • Stuart – Three Valleys 13 January 2016

    Stuart and Eric enjoying the half a meter of fresh snow that fell over night – click on the red ’13 January 2016′ to view (and be very envious!)

    13 January 2016

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