- Len Silver – 3rd January 2016
Having seen that Sunday morning was to be one of the only days this week when the sun was to shine, and following a godly fall of snow on Saturday, I was out earlier than usual and started off with a huge bonus of powder on the piste just behind the chalet… made some pretty little S’s in the snow that set me up for the best morning’s ski-ing so far this winter. Ski’d back to the Bon Coin at mid-day to meet the new arrivals which included my long standing Speedway rider friend, Luke Bowen, who will captain the Kent Speedway team for the 2016 season. He could not wait to get on his skis and off we went together…. but the sunshine had gone as snow clouds drifted in ready to drop a dump on us as forecast, so our vision was not the best but we still had a great run down through the trees to Montchavin and back in time for afternoon tea.
Len’s Ski Tips…. For the busy weeks like New Year and Half Term you will often ski with lots of other skiers around you, each one a “hazard”. The safest way to proceed is to ski at roughly the same speed as most of the others so you don’t need to overtake… far less stressful!Continue reading →
- Len Silver in La Plagne
Having had my ski’s edged and waxed, I had a fast running morning down to a very busy Bellicote and up the Arpette chair…. had to be very careful not to run into all the children being led in long lines by the ESF ski instructors and taking up all the space! Found excellent soft snow all through Dos Rond where the huge width allowed me to let it all hang out! At the Pierre Blanche restaurant I turned left to follow the line of the snow cannons which had been working all night and enjoyed pretty good conditions down to Les Coches. Lunch seemed like a good idea at that point so I turned tail and found very good snow all the way back to Monica’s at Plagne Soleil… Blue runs all morning and not a rock in sight!
Len’s Ski Tips…. When entering a piste from the side, always have a look uphill first…. it will stop you being taken out by a straight liner!Continue reading →
- 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 TaniaContinue reading →
- 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 daysContinue reading →
- 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.Continue reading →
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