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  • Len 03.02.14

    LEN IN LA PLAGNE

    Saturday was a quiet day on the slopes as most companies have their
    change over.  Hazy sunshine and our group took the tough red Les Bois run
    down to Champagny. A real test of character with crunchy conditions vibrating
    us to the limit on the bottom half. But we all got down in one piece and were
    glad we’d faced the challenge.  Heavy cloud in the afternoon so some of
    us called it a day.
    Len’s Ski Tips: 
    Relaxing while you ski is a skill to be learned. Try relaxing the
    leg with no weight on as you turn. You have to think about it all the time,
    but if you master it, you can ski much much further without stopping.
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  • Len 02.02.14
    LEN IN LA PLAGNE
    Friday was a magic day with sunny weather and perfectly prepared pistes.
    I ski’d again with some guests and among many other areas, persuaded them
    to do the “Black” Malatray down to Les Bauches where, to my amazement I
    found a brand new 4 man chair which has replaced the old and uncomfortable
    2 man which has been there since the 60s…made my day! The “black”
    was OK too….
    Len’s Ski Tips:
    Never ski off-piste on your own and if you explore an area which
    is unfamiliar, do not follow somebody else’s tracks…they may not
    know where they are going either! Sensible thing is only to ski an area
    which you know is safe and not take the big risk of unknown territory.
    Mountains can hurt you..respect them.
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  • Len 29.1.14

    LEN SILVER IN LA PLAGNE

    Surprised to find some sunshine this morning, having expected snow!
    Took advantage and ski’d with half a dozen regular guests, decent skiers all
    of them so we enjoyed some steeper reds down to La Roche among other
    places. Clouded in after lunch and I expect some snow later.
    Len’s Ski Tips: 
    Ski-ing some steep slopes? If you want to get down quickly
    and with as little effort as possible, as you traverse between turns, let the
    skis slide downwards, sideslipping both forward and sideways. It gets rid of
    height really quickly and requires little skill or effort. Note…it doesnt work if
    there are moguls.
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  • Len 28.01.14
    LEN IN LA PLAGNE
    Awoke to find 8 inches of light powder outside the door and it stopped
    snowing just as we left the chalet, the clouds cleared and we had a morning
    of bright sunshine, powder on the piste and some very happy customers. A
    large hot chocolate at Borseliers to get our breath back….lovely!
    Len’s Ski Tips:
    In today’ conditions , with some depth to the snow on the piste,
    it is important to control your speed by “completing” each turn by keeping
    the weight on your downhill ski (pressuring your big toe!) just a little longer
    until the tips are pointing slightly uphill before you pole to the side and make
    your next turn. That way the ski will carve through the heavier snow and it
    will be less effort.
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  • Laura 27.1.14

     Pantomime on the Pistes

     

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

     

    Skiing in the Three Valleys was thrown into jeopardy this week. It had however nothing to do with the amount of snow on the pistes, and everything to do with George, a dragon, an evil king and, er, Santa Claus. Cue this week’s guests, the ‘Piste Artistes’, who treated us to some very unique après ski entertainment!

    Pantomime_1

    With more than two decades worth of Silver Ski holidays under their belts, the Piste Artistes have a host of traditions on and off the slope that they enjoy each year. This includes performing what can only be described as a rather left-wing pantomine, (loosely) based this year on the tale of George and the Dragon.

    Pantomime_2

    Thanks to excellent costumes and even a supporting soundtrack, we were transported to George’s world, just in time to learn that evil King Farqoud was set upon closing all the pistes of Meribel, forcing skiers to get the bus to La Plagne instead. What horror!

    Pantomime_3

    With a terrifying dragon, along with his trusty Monkey side-kick, also threatening our precious ski area, it seemed we might be in for a ski season with not much ski.

    Luckily for us, they hadn’t counted on George’s heroism and bravery, and he soon saw off the baddies, to much booing, cheering and ‘he’s behind you’-ing from the audience. He even found time to fall in love with King Farqoud’s daughter as he saved our resort from evil, and the two of them went off to live happily ever after.

    Pantomime_4

    The pantomime was an unexpected evening’s entertainment this week, but not knowing what’s in store when each new group steps off the bus is one of the things we most enjoy. We’ll definitely miss the Piste Artistes, but look forward to whatever this week brings! Cinderella, anyone?

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