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  • Len 02.02.14
    Friday was a magic day with sunny weather and perfectly prepared pistes.
    I ski’d again with some guests and among many other areas, persuaded them
    to do the “Black” Malatray down to Les Bauches where, to my amazement I
    found a brand new 4 man chair which has replaced the old and uncomfortable
    2 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 which
    is unfamiliar, do not follow somebody else’s tracks…they may not
    know where they are going either! Sensible thing is only to ski an area
    which you know is safe and not take the big risk of unknown territory.
    Mountains can hurt you..respect them.
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  • Len 29.1.14


    Surprised to find some sunshine this morning, having expected snow!
    Took advantage and ski’d with half a dozen regular guests, decent skiers all
    of them so we enjoyed some steeper reds down to La Roche among other
    places. 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 quickly
    and with as little effort as possible, as you traverse between turns, let the
    skis slide downwards, sideslipping both forward and sideways. It gets rid of
    height really quickly and requires little skill or effort. Note…it doesnt work if
    there are moguls.
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  • Len 28.01.14
    Awoke to find 8 inches of light powder outside the door and it stopped
    snowing just as we left the chalet, the clouds cleared and we had a morning
    of bright sunshine, powder on the piste and some very happy customers. A
    large 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 keeping
    the weight on your downhill ski (pressuring your big toe!) just a little longer
    until the tips are pointing slightly uphill before you pole to the side and make
    your next turn. That way the ski will carve through the heavier snow and it
    will be less effort.
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  • 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?

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  • Len 27.1.14
    4 inches of overnight snow met me in the morning and with the snow
    still falling in a temperature of -10c, my family, here on holiday, decided
    that a late start was in order. So we hit the slopes mid-morning
    with some sunshine, some cloud but super soft under foot and delightful
    to ski.  After lunch we went up to Roche de Mio in the bubble car to keep warm
    for the 20 minute ride.  On arrival it was snowing hard and absolutely freezing
    so we chased down the shortest route (La Source) with my grandchildren
    pushing me to the limit…Up in 20 minutes, down in about 5!
    La Plagne 25.1.14
    Len’s Ski Tips:
    Following on with the bumps story, better skiers use the valleys between the
    bumps and do not go over the tops. Before starting it is best to look ahead and
    plan 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 the
    other, 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 over
    the tops of the bumps…there are no hard and fast rules, but full control is essential.
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