- Len 10.02.14 LEN SILVER IN LA PLAGNEFriday and an extremely heavy snowfall hit the resort, putting down over a footof snow in about 2 hours. A complete “White Out” and, not surprisingly, all theguests (and me!) stayed in the warmth of the chalet. Couldn’t see anythingout 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 andshow your bravery, don’t get too brave, stay in familiar areas andtake 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 onthe wrong side of them! It’s easy to do in a white out.Continue reading →
- 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.
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 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!
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.
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’!
- Len 05.02.14 LEN SILVER IN LA PLAGNEYet another great day for ski-ing and once again I was pushed to my limits bymy Speedway friends who all think that anything under 50mph is for wimps. Nonethe less we all enjoyed the South facing slopes of the Champagny area, fullyappreciating the good vision in the sun. My shattered nerves from all the speedski-ing were helped by an extra vin chaud with lunch!Len’s Ski Tips:When ski-ing into a slope that has more than an average numberof skiers ahead of you, many of whom may not be too competent, slow yourown speed to match the other skiers so that you do not need to make too manypassing movements. The risk of collision and injury is then greatly reduced.Continue reading →
- Len 04.02.13 LEN IN LA PLAGNEA surprisingly good sunny day on Monday following a good snowfall onSunday, so once again we found perfect conditions on and off piste. Metwith some of my friends from the world of Speedway at lunchtime and racedround with them afterwards to finish up in the Crozats off piste area and ondown the Malatray black with them pushing me to my limit…lost a fewpounds in weight though!Len’s Ski Tips:Ski-ing through broken snow should be done at a reasonable speed sothat your skis carve through the roughness with ease. If you gotoo slow, you will feel every bunch of snow trying to stop you turning so theeffort is much greater…and don’t forget to keep your weight over the front ofyour skis all the time with positive pole planting (to the side).Continue reading →
- Len 03.02.14
LEN IN LA PLAGNESaturday was a quiet day on the slopes as most companies have theirchange over. Hazy sunshine and our group took the tough red Les Bois rundown to Champagny. A real test of character with crunchy conditions vibratingus to the limit on the bottom half. But we all got down in one piece and wereglad we’d faced the challenge. Heavy cloud in the afternoon so some ofus called it a day.Len’s Ski Tips:Relaxing while you ski is a skill to be learned. Try relaxing theleg 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.Continue reading →
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