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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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  • Len in La Plagne

    Wednesday 21st Jan and paid my first visit this season to the glacier, encouraged to do so by the captain of my Rye House Rockets Speedway team, Edward Kennett.

    The sun was poking through here and there and quite cold at -5C outside the Bon Coin.  Up for the long bubble ride to Roche de Mio, getting colder all the way, switched bubbles for the exciting ride through the Col De Chiupe with its great off piste powder and on up to the glacier itself.  On very cold snow we tripped across to the 4 man chair and rode up to the highest point of La Plagne at 3160metres.

    There we temporarily lost the sunshine which made the skiing through the bumps interesting, but the snow was soft and forgiving and the sun came out again by the time we were on the fast stretch to the middle station.  I was a bit short of breath at that altitude, but Edward and Suzie were fine and after riding back up to the Roche De Mio, we all had a super fast run down La Source to Bellecote quite elated at our morning’s efforts.

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  • Len 16 January

    Thursday was the best day’s ski-ing this year….. The new snow on Wednesday had been used by the piste machines to perfection so it was possible to cruise at speed with that wonderful feeling of being in full control with the edges of the skis carving as they should.  Spent most of the day in the sunshine on the Champagny side.  Friday was almost as good but cloudy skies sent me heading down into the trees of Montchavin, all the way to the bottom at 1250m and soft snow all the way.  What a bonus that was!  Crozats was good too but the vision was not as sharp with no trees to reflect the light.  Fortunately the pistes were so flat, and no bumps, the vision didn’t matter… More snow coming Friday night… I wonder what Saturday will bring?  Len

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