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  • Len 14.2.14
    LAST BLOG FROM LEN IN LA PLAGNE
    Final blog from me this season as I go back to UK on Sunday.  Loads of
    excellent ski-ing on some of the best prepared pistes I have ever enjoyed.
    A very big snowfall last night and continuing today kept me in the chalet instead
    of on my skis. Forecast is better for Saturday and I expect to have a great day
    to round off my Winter…then it’s up bright and early for the flight home
    Sunday morning.
    Len’s Ski Tips:
    Just to round off….a reminder of Len’s 3 Golden rules….
    1. Ski on the balls of your feet….
    2. Ski on one ski at a time…
    3. Keep your hands where you can see them……..
    you’ll become an expert in no time!
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  • Len 12.2.14
    LEN SILVER REPORTING FROM LA PLAGNE
    On the piste early with Speedway World Champion, Tai Woffinden, to find
    2 inches of fresh snow on the overnight prepared surface… perfect Magic and
    our whole crew including my new French Speedway rider, Mathieu, had a ball.
    He turns out to be a very good skier…but a bit on the wild side for me! Tai had
    his new off-piste very wide skis and he loved them…but I know that on piste
    they are quite hard to handle.
    Len’s Ski Tips: 
    If you are a holiday skier (as opposed to an all-winter saisonairre)
    you need an all round ski, wide at the tip and tail, on the soft side for sweet
    turning power, easy on the piste and happy in the powder, about
    eyebrow height is fine.
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  • Laura 11.2.14

     British Forces Ski Champs

     

    Watch for more from the Three Valleys over the coming weeks –

     

    Meribel has hosted a series of fiercely fought ski competitions this week, as the

    annual British Armed Forces International Ski Championships took place on

    the impressive Slalom Stadium. It was great fun for us to see our Army, Navy and

    RAF show the locals how it’s done, with an impressive level of skiing to enjoy.

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    Winding its way down into the always-busy Chaudanne lift area, the Slalom

    Stadium attracted a huge amount of attention from passers-by – especially those

    from the UK once we saw the iconic Forces logos. Open to skiers and boarders, the

    event includes races on a Descent, Super G, Slalom, Giant Slalom, Slopestyle, Boardercross, Classic Sprint, Parallel Slalom and more, giving us plenty to see!

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    Professionally set out with the recognisable blue lines and orange fencing, the piste

    was very steep. A commentator kept us up to date on who was racing and the state

    of the leader board, to loud cheers from the audience. Even the ESF were impressed,

    with a consistent smattering of iconic red ski suits in the crowd.

    Unsurprisingly, with the three forces competing against each other the atmosphere

    was often tense, but the winners were gracious and it seemed competitors just

    enjoyed the chance to ski here, with many choosing to come whilst on their annual leave.

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    It was a welcome interruption to our routine and we felt proud to be able to support

    them all, and enjoy our very own version of the Winter Olympics!

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  • Len 10.02.14
    LEN SILVER IN LA PLAGNE
    Friday and an extremely heavy snowfall hit the resort, putting down over a foot
    of snow in about 2 hours. A complete “White Out” and, not surprisingly, all the
    guests (and me!) stayed in the warmth of the chalet. Couldn’t see anything
    out of the windows except snowflakes, thick and fast.
    Len’s Ski Tips: 
    Easy…when it’s like this, stay indoors!  If you MUST go out and
    show your bravery, don’t get too brave, stay in familiar areas and
    take guidance from any solid objects that you can see, even faintly.
    The poles at the side of the piste are useful, but beware ski-ing on
    the wrong side of them!  It’s easy to do in a white out.
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  • Laura 5.2.14

     Kidding Around – Part I

     

    Watch for more from the Three Valleys over the coming weeks –

    There’s almost as many mini skiers around resort as full size, and when they’re not racing down behind their instructor in perfect duckling formation, there’s lots for them to enjoy on the pistes.

     

    Moon Wild_1

     

    In Meribel there are two special runs geared towards little ones – though to be honest they’ve proved almost as popular with Silver Ski staff! Positioned handily on the way back down to the Altiport and Chalet Jacques, we make an almost daily visit to the ‘Moon Wild’ piste, to see if we can spot the motley crew of alpine animals hidden in the trees.

    Moon Wild_2

    Moon Wild is perfect for families keen to ski together, with its wide winding slope and picturesque trees. The very brave might venture off the slope and over the little jumps on the sides – but watch out, you’re not alone in the woods!

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    Kids (and Silver Ski staff) keeping their eyes peeled will spot several animal friends hiding out – from this majestic stag, to mountain hares and even an otter family. Helpful signs in French and English along the way will keep you guessing who’s next, with clues including foot print, diet and habitat.

    Moon Wild_4

     

    If you’re very lucky, and very quiet, you might even see some of the inhabitants of Moon Wild’s real-life cousins on the slopes. What’s more, we appear to have discovered a new species here in Meribel, home it seems to the very rare black and white ‘Bodger’!

     

    Moon Wild_5

     

     

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