- Len 02.02.14 LEN IN LA PLAGNEFriday was a magic day with sunny weather and perfectly prepared pistes.I ski’d again with some guests and among many other areas, persuaded themto do the “Black” Malatray down to Les Bauches where, to my amazement Ifound a brand new 4 man chair which has replaced the old and uncomfortable2 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 whichis unfamiliar, do not follow somebody else’s tracks…they may notknow where they are going either! Sensible thing is only to ski an areawhich you know is safe and not take the big risk of unknown territory.Mountains can hurt you..respect them.Continue reading →
- Len 29.1.14
LEN SILVER IN LA PLAGNESurprised to find some sunshine this morning, having expected snow!Took advantage and ski’d with half a dozen regular guests, decent skiers allof them so we enjoyed some steeper reds down to La Roche among otherplaces. 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 quicklyand with as little effort as possible, as you traverse between turns, let theskis slide downwards, sideslipping both forward and sideways. It gets rid ofheight really quickly and requires little skill or effort. Note…it doesnt work ifthere are moguls.Continue reading →
- 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 →
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