- LEN SILVER – BACK IN LA PLAGNE 14.3.16
Arrived on Sunday for a week’s ski-ing before I have to get back to my normal life. Got onto the slopes at 2 O’Clock and was truly astonished at the quality of the pistes, hard packed down yet able to take an edge perfectly… and not many skiers around to take the joy from it! Inversens off the Roch de Mio, bathed in sunshine, was so easy on the legs which was very helpful on my first day on ski’s for over 3 weeks… the long day’s travel made me drop off for a very short nap on the long chair back up to the top! Back down to Bellecote via La Source gave me more of the same ski-wise, but I was ready for bed as soon as dinner was over!
Len’s Ski Tips… When the snow is in such perfect condition you can try weighting down both ski’s together using the “Big Toe – Little Toe” technique… gives you a great, but different feel of smooth carving.Continue reading →
- STUART – Three Valleys 7 March 2016
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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!Continue reading →
- 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!Continue reading →
- 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!Continue reading →
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