- Len 28.01.14 LEN IN LA PLAGNEAwoke to find 8 inches of light powder outside the door and it stoppedsnowing just as we left the chalet, the clouds cleared and we had a morningof bright sunshine, powder on the piste and some very happy customers. Alarge 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 keepingthe weight on your downhill ski (pressuring your big toe!) just a little longeruntil the tips are pointing slightly uphill before you pole to the side and makeyour next turn. That way the ski will carve through the heavier snow and itwill be less effort.Continue reading →
- 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!
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.
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!
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.
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?Continue reading →
- 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 →
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