- Len 27.1.14 LEN SILVER IN LA PLAGNE4 inches of overnight snow met me in the morning and with the snowstill falling in a temperature of -10c, my family, here on holiday, decidedthat a late start was in order. So we hit the slopes mid-morningwith some sunshine, some cloud but super soft under foot and delightfulto ski. After lunch we went up to Roche de Mio in the bubble car to keep warmfor the 20 minute ride. On arrival it was snowing hard and absolutely freezingso we chased down the shortest route (La Source) with my grandchildrenpushing me to the limit…Up in 20 minutes, down in about 5!Len’s Ski Tips:Following on with the bumps story, better skiers use the valleys between thebumps and do not go over the tops. Before starting it is best to look ahead andplan your line, then, as in all forms of bumps ski-ing, it’s on the balls of your feet,weight well over the front and hands in front, swiftly moving from one ski to theother, polling to the side, negotiating the fast and short turns between the bumps…you will only succeed if you are very fit which is why most lazy skiers like me go overthe tops of the bumps…there are no hard and fast rules, but full control is essential.Continue reading →
- Len 24.1.14 LEN’S NEWS FROM LA PLAGNEA total change in the weather and we have experienced a snowy and cloudy day.Vision not too good so we had a rather lazy day with a very long lunch breakgreatly helped with a couple of glasses of vin chaud which made the ski backhome more than interesting!Len’s Ski Tips:To continue about ski-ing bumps. No one single way unless you are acompetition skier. A nice easy way is to ride up the bump allowing your kneesto bend and absorb the bump, re-stretching the legs as you slide into the hollow,turning as you go and poling hard to the side to give a quick turn looking for thenext bump and a repeat in the opposite direction. Be well over the front of yourskis and pre-anticipating every turn.Continue reading →
- Len 23.1.14 LEN SILVER IN LA PLAGNEWednesday was a smashing day ski-ing with my family, all good skiers andmy grandsons making me ski much faster than normal, but with clear blueskies and perfect conditions under-foot it felt very safe. Best day of the winter so far.Len’s Ski Tips:Ski-ing bumps is not everyone’s cup of tea and that is because of several reasons,the main one being that it is necessary to be very much over the front of your skisand able to turn quickly. Until you do that, bumps will always remain a problem…next time I’ll go into more detail……..Continue reading →
- Len 21.1.14 LEN SILVER IN LA PLAGNEWith my family here this week I must ski every day whatever the weather.It was very foggy and snowy today but surprisingly we had a great day on thewell groomed slopes down to Montachavin and we forgot about thepoor visibility.Len’s Ski Tips:If you fall particularly on a steep slope, dig your skis sideways to stop slidingtoo far. Place your skis at right angles to the slope so that getting upis easier with your feet below you. If you lose a ski or skis always put thedownhill ski back on first. If you struggle to get up with skis on (like mostoverweight people like me do), play it easy and take your skis off..it isnot a crime !Continue reading →
- Laura 20.1.14
A Ski Season is Snow Joke!
Watch for more from the Three Valleys over the coming weeks
The snow has continued to fall this week in Meribel, bringing out the big-kid in all of us
as we can’t help but have a good old giggle with our white-washed surroundings. It
seems perhaps there is something in those flakes, with silliness the order of the day!
Seeing our first heavy snowfall of the week, staff made sure to make their mark in
the pristine covering. With deserted roads, our friend Shay became the Angel of the
Morel Chairlift, leaving a pretty pattern for the early morning skiers to enjoy.
A healthy snowfall is sure to bring a day of powder – or ‘Powie’, according to
Aussie Shay – and again the streak of silliness was prevalent as we discovered
an untouched ledge on the way down to St. Martin; the perfect jump for the
daredevil boarders amongst us. Several falls later, Jim delivered a showstopper, encouraging fellow-boarder Sunny to try out a back flip, with somewhat less success.
He left the route christened the much more appropriate ‘Snowy’!
Finishing off our week of foolery, we bumped into a new friend on the way out to
the local bar. Having made sure she wasn’t merely a mirage caused by one too
many chalet-wines, we decided to invite Mrs Meribel to join the SilverSki team.
Sadly, despite being unusually hot stuff for a snowwoman, it turns out she’s not so
good at keeping cool when faced with serving up an oven full of tasty dinner!
Mrs Meribel may be no more, but here’s hoping there is plenty more fun
to be had with what looks like another snowy week ahead.Continue reading →
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