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  • Len’s Second Blog of 2015/16

    Snowfalls have stopped for a while and we have wall to wall sunshine, making the whole area look utterly amazing.  I’m making the most of it before snow comes again at the week-end…. lots of snow making machines on the go and I expect to see more piste machines on the prowl in the next day or two, some have been around already.

    Len’s Ski Tips:

    Now you’ve started to get fit, time to think about clothing and equipment….goggles are a “must” and they should be good quality double skin lenses with, of course, all the sun’s protection.

    Kevlar gloves are better than leather and need not be bulky.  It’s useful to have a pair of nylon inners for very cold days, amazingly effective.

    Socks should be knee length and a good fit, you must not have anything around your feet or ankles which ruck up inside your boots…agony if you do.  If renting ski boots, take your time, they should fit very snugly without being too tight, when leaning forward in them your heels should not lift more than a fraction and you must be able to wriggle your toes.

    I’m off now for a walk up the mountain in the snow as part of my ‘Get Fit” regime (which has included a starvation diet!  Thanks Hazal!).

     

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  • Len Silver’s First Blog of the 2015/16 Season

    With the first decent snowfalls now making the mountains beautifully white… and right down to the valley floor on the North faces and just slightly higher on the South facing slopes, I spent the day playing on skis in the garden at Chalet Bon Coin, making the homecoming “piste” ready for our first guests.  I was surprised at how deep the snow was when I got in to it and it was hard work at first.  I packed up when I could slide easily to the chalet door.

    Len’s Ski Tip:

    With lifts opening soon, the skiers will now all start to think about getting fit for their holiday, some squats while balancing behind a chair will tone up those important muscles around the knees and is my own favourite, but brisk walking is as good as anything and an hour a day (which is about 4 miles) will have you feeling ready for the slopes.  If you have your own boots, try them on and do some leg exercises in them.  Also think about a visit to the chiropodist to have that hard skin removed from your feet and your nails trimmed back professionally, a surprisingly good idea….. Happy Ski-ing.

     

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  • Len’s Last Report of 2015

    Finally time for me to return to England and I can reflect on 8 weeks of some of the most enjoyable ski-ing ever.  In spite of low early snow, the piste machines did a fantastic job right from the “off” and I was able to negotiate every run without fear of hitting unforeseen hazards…and as the snow came it just got better.  The last two weeks of sunny weather gave me what every skier wants and I can go home happy that the big snowfall forecast for this coming week can only make things even better.  Last week was great fun ski-ing with Kate and her family.  We’ll have plenty to talk about in the office over the next few days….Len

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  • Len reporting from La Plagne 29.1.15

    Thursday at 8.30 in the morning and outside it was gusting hard and thick snow swirling around the chalet and already about 6 inches on the ground.  The arrangements made on Wednesday evening to ski with my family seemed like a pretty remote concept!  Grandson Tony and his partner Beau did brave it out to the piste and swore to me over lunch that conditions were “perfect”.  I believed them but still had a very long lunch break and decided to leave it until tomorrow to try out the “perfect” conditions.  With the forecast of about a metre of snow to come before the week-end, I’ll have to wrap up for protection… Len

     

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  • Len Silver 27 January

    It’s family week this week with 4 year old twins, Isla and Ellis taking their first lessons in Ski School…A snowy day on Monday and while the twins took their early steps most of us ski’d below the tree line into Montchavin.  With very difficult vision and loads of skiers doing exactly the same as us we were all pleased when lunch time came!  Lots of fun in the afternoon helping the twins, now out of school, to stay upright, learning to snow plough.  I thought their legs were made of jelly at first, but by 3 o’clock they were both staying on their feet and we had a family of four generations all sliding down together…. some satisfaction in that….Len

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