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  • Len in La Plagne – 13 February 2016

    Two days of heavy snow and some high winds, yet in spite of that, I have had two excellent days on the slopes, as you might expect, a lot of the time among the trees and that’s when you appreciate the Montchavin area with it’s countless runs of all colours winding down to the old style Alpine village which always smells of cow dung!

    Wind was at its strongest over the peak of the Arpette where at one point I struggled to move forward!  Saturday afternoon and suddenly the sun peaked through for about 2 hours and I was back in my old ski guiding mode as I met with some guests from Chalet Topaz whose company I enjoyed until the clouds came back in….and home I went for hot bath!

    Len’s Ski Tips …If skiing in bad weather or bad light, try to remember your basic skiing stance, on the balls of your feet inside your boots with your shins hard against the tongue …at the same time look ahead and focus on some fixed object rather than trying to see the snow down in front of your skis.  Your correct balance will see you over any rough bits without them knocking you for six!

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  • Len in La Plagne – 6 February 2016

    Saturday and an empty resort except for us lucky ones who change over on Sundays…perfect snow and sun so I couldn’t wait to get my new skis on.  Planned to ride all the way down to Champagny on Piste La Bois, but was frustrated at Borselier to find it shut… bit icy at the bottom I expect, so it was up to Roche de Mio for another exhilerating ski down my favourite Inversens which I had almost all to myself.  Pity the chair coming back is so slow.  Then it was Levasset to Verdon South chair and up and over to Monica’s for lunch…I had planned a short ski for the afternoon, but discovered that the Black Malatray below Crozats had been pisted last night.  Wow! What a simply idyllic ski all the way to Les Bauches… so good I had to do it twice!  Then another discovery, the red Piste Coches was open and  almost un-ski’d.  Could not resist that for the last drop before heading home… one of those memorable days!

    Len’s Ski Tips…If you are about to pass fairly close to a skier in front, make some sort of noise so that they are aware of you…it could avoid them doing a sudden turn to embarrass you!

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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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