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  • Dateline Sunday Feb 24.

    The busiest week of the season, when schools all over Europe are on holiday, ended yesterday.  While, admittedly, there were bigger queues and more skiers on the pistes, it did not interfere with our pleasurable ski-ing time.  Bon Coin was full of office staff and families all having a wonderful time in the sunny weather.  Snow was in great condition with some of the best piste conditions of the season and I got a lot of pleasure watching the youngsters improve as the week went by.  Biggest laugh came when Rees (my minder) came to grief on the easy Dos Rond and he won the week’s award for “Most spectacular crash”.  He’ll never live it down!  Weather is to be a bit warmer this week, but fresh snow is due on Thursday followed by about half a metre in the early part of next week.  For me, the sunshine is great with good visibility, so important for my old eyes!  Must get back on the diet too!!  Len

     

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  • Len, La Plagne

    Dateline Tuesday February 12th – 4pm French time.

    Just arrived back in Bon Coin quite exhausted from a tough afternoon’s skiing.  With heavy snowfalls on Sunday and Monday, being out on the mountain didn’t appeal much, so I gave it a miss.  But made up for it today in wonderful sunshine, almost half a metre of fresh snow and very cold temperatures to keep it light.  Rees, Annabel and myself, avoiding the extra skiers now in resort, school holidays in France and other places in Europe allowing Ski Schools full of youngsters to invade our slopes, none the less were able to negotiate our way, on the soft new snow via Blanchets chair and into Levasett where we flew down to Borselier feeling great.  A glance at the lift queue and the decision to carry on down to Champagny via the tricky red Les Bois was easy to make.  A delightful descent through the trees, stopping here and there to admire the unbelievable scenery and we arrived at the bottom of the new telecabine (10 men in a bubble) to find an astonishing mass of skiers shuffling along to get lifted back up!  Our immediate dismay was unfounded, but it did take over 10 minutes to get into a bubble.  But at least the seats were very comfortable and we were glad of the rest after the energy we’d used on the way down.

    Couldn’t top that, so off to Monica’s for a smoked salmon and lettuce lunch (kidding myself I’d lose some weight!) and an hours recovery time.  Decided to look at the black Malatray, below Crozats, and found it in it’s wildest state but very rewarding to ski.  Soft and forgiving moguls tested us to the limit before we headed up the New-ish 6 man Crozats lift and across to the bottom of Inversens.  Nobody waiting and we were at the top of the new chair before we knew it.  Had to then ski back down my favourite run, but we didn’t realise that the new soft snow had developed as severe moguls by the time we hit it.  After puffing and panting quite a bit, and enjoying the tricky challenge from top to bottom we’d burnt up a few calories by the time we’d arrived at the chair.  So, having ridden back up to Roche De Mio, we headed for home via Les Sources only to find even more moguls on the way down.  My Dynastar Legends are, thankfully, superb in bumps and ride them better than I do!  Now for a VERY hot bath!

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  • Len in La Plagne, 4th February 2019

    After several days of heavy snow and very cold weather (restricting my ski activities) it was such a pleasure this morning (Monday Feb 4) to wake up to sunshine.  Rees, Annabel and myself met up with a 25 years continuous client of Silver Ski, Ian, and we all enjoyed the most fabulous snow conditions.  By mid-morning we were feeling brave so decided to ski the black “Malatray” below the Crozats chairlift.  A gentle run in at the start was very pleasant and as we rounded the two old farm buildings to get to the steep bit, what a wonderful surprise to find that the piste machine had turned the difficult moguls into sweet music.  We were all on a high after that and thought that it was to be the most memorable route of the day.  How wrong was that?  After lunch at Monica’s we set off over Blanchets and into Levasset on the Champagny side where we dropped into the valley running alongside the piste.  Wow!  Soft and deep snow made hard work but such exhileration that we were all out of breath from doing so many short turns… one of my personal favourites was at its best today…. and the smile on my face tells the whole story!!!

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  • Len Silver, La Plagne

    Dateline Saturday January 26.  We’ve had quite a noisy bunch of male friends, all in their 40’s and all Boarders in the chalet this week.  Led by ex-World Speedway Champion, Mark Loram, they’ve been good fun and it will seem very quiet after tomorrow!  They have enjoyed great conditions for Boarders with new snow, so they will all go home very happy.  It made conditions good for us skiers too, but slightly more challenging.  Some red runs opened up that have been closed until now, so yesterday we skied the unpisted “Coche” down to Montchavin…. that made us concentrate, but not as much as today’s blast down the longest unpisted red in the resort, Mont de La Guerre.  Really great but exhausting!  We were so pleased that the new bubble out of Champagny is the same as the new “ish” one out of Montalbert with very comfortable seats!

    May not get much skiing in sunshine over the next few days as we are due to see about a metre of snow dropping around the chalet.  Will help us to test our skis for deep powder! Bring it on…….

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  • Len in La Plagne, 13th January 2019

    Dateline Sunday January 13th.  Heavy snow is falling as I write with a lot more due overnight.  This will make it possible to ski all the excellent off-piste areas like Crozats and also open up all the lower areas like Champagny.  To be fair, Montchavin and Montalbert have been ski-able to the very bottom, but the last kilometer or so have been icy.  Now all that will get back to La Plagne “normal” with minimal ice.  So far, some of the reds and blacks have not been open so I would expect that to be reversed over the next day or two.  My own ski-ing this year, with my new partners, Rees and Annabel, has been first class, sticking mostly to the upper slopes where the piste conditions have been almost perfect.  Now I’m looking forward to spreading my horizons in what looks like being top class conditions both on and off piste… after big snow on Monday, the sun is due to shine… bring it on!  Len

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