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  • Christmas Day – Stuart in the Three Valleys

    Christmas Day and I met up with friends, in the morning, at the La Tania bubble.  I hadn’t skied for over two weeks and wasn’t expecting the best of conditions given all the doom and gloom that is being reported at the moment.  We skied in the La Tania/Courchevel valley and the slopes were in surprisingly good condition with some fantastic piste skiing to be had.  We met up with the rest of the Silver Ski team at the Bouc Blanc restaurant (top of La Tania) for a hot chocolate or vin chad in the beautiful sunshine.  Our final ski down into La Tania was on the blue Folyeres which was in a great condition and surprisingly quiet.

    The rest of the Northern Alps may have little to no snow but here in the 3 Valleys the pisteurs and snow machines have worked incredibly hard to keep many good ski runs open.  Take a look at my short video taken on Christmas Day.  The final clip is the run into La Tania, one of my absolute favourites:  Christmas Skiing in La Tania

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  • Len on Christmas Day in La Plagne

    Christmas Day and bright sunshine found me having a fairly lazy day.  Ski’d down to Montchavin in the morning and really surprised at how good the snow was, even on the lower slopes, courtesy of much snow cannon work coupled with piste machines doing a great job and pistes generally getting better day by day.  Really great conditions on the higher places, Dos Rond a delight before making the descent through the trees.  Lunch at Monica’s and sitting in the sunshine listening to carols over the radio… magic!  Now for a super Christmas dinner prepared by Dan the Chef to round off a great Christmas day.

    Len’s Ski Tips…  On sunny days in the Alps, do not be tempted to ski without goggles or sun glasses…the rays are very powerful at altitude with the reflection from the snow doubling the potential eye problems.  Play it safe… ps snow is forecast in a few days

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  • Len on the Eve of Christmas Eve!

    With a lot more people here for Christmas, the snow in the steeper places is getting a bit scraped out.  That makes for some uncomfortable ski-ing so I have been keeping to the easy blues where the conditions are excellent with some really good ski-ing.  Verdons North has been particularly good by comparison as has been Inversens, off the Roche De Mio, so guess where I have been!  Snow is forecast for Sunday and we’re all looking forward to that.

    Len’s Ski Tips…

    If the piste has icy patches do not try to be clever and edge into it, you are likely just to slide away awkwardly and fall.  Far better to unweight and flatten your skis to cross the patch, edging as you clear it… look for a bit of fluffy snow to turn in.  They you’ll stay in control and on your feet.

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  • Len Silver Reporting from La Plagne

    With a little fresh snow on Wednesday morning it freshened up the pistes and helped to mix in the cannon snow which has been blowing everywhere all week.  Ski-ing conditions surprisingly good on piste but not enough depth to make off piste ski-ing safe.  Ski’d Inversens off the Roche De Mio to find it, so far, the best of all the runs although Verdons North was a strong contender.  Everyone now preparing for Christmas week when most of the resort, including the runs to the lower parts such as Montchavin will be open.

    Len’s Ski Tips:

    You will need some different thicknesses of clothing to account for the big variation in temperatures…. a “One size fits all” philosophy is not good if you want to feel comfortable all day.

     

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  • Len Silver, Saturday 12th December 2015

    At last the lifts are open in La Plagne and we had a staff “Team Ski” which started at the Bergerie lift at 9.30.  About 15 of us linked up and zipped quickly across to Bellicote to pick up the Arpette 8 man chair, all of us pleasantly surprised at the excellent piste conditions, but we all got a bit nervous when coming out of the sunshine into the shade and not to be able to see anything for a few seconds!  No one came to any harm though and amazingly only a couple of “first day” falls among the group.  As the morning progressed and the speeds got steadily faster, I found the group getting smaller and smaller!  By lunchtime it was down to just 3 of us to make it to Monica’s for a well earned rest and an omelette to keep me on my diet!  Felt good for an opening day but a bit surprised at the number skiers, many of them day trippers from Lyon and Chambery arriving by coach.  I’ll sleep well tonight……

    Len’s Ski Tips…. Picking the right ski wear can made or break your holiday.  I am amazed that so many people pick ski-ing trousers as opposed to salopettes. The latter are far more practical and comfortable and never let snow get inside when you have a fall.

     

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