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  • Len 21.1.14
    LEN SILVER IN LA PLAGNE
    With 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 the
    well groomed slopes down to Montachavin and we forgot about the
    poor visibility.
    Len’s Ski Tips:
    If you fall particularly on a steep slope, dig your skis sideways to stop sliding
    too far. Place your skis at right angles to the slope so that getting up
    is easier with your feet below you. If you lose a ski or skis always put the
    downhill ski back on first.  If you struggle to get up with skis on (like most
    overweight people like me do), play it easy and take your skis off..it is
    not a crime !
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  • 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.

    Shay Snow Angel

    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’!

    Jim Jump

    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

    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.

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  • Len 20.1.14
    LEN IN LA PLAGNE:
    Saturday with broken sunshine, -2c and I ski-d with some guests…quite a
    modest pace on comfortable blues. Didn’t work up a sweat and stopped for
    a hot chocolate on the Arpette.  Good job I like ski-ing slowly!
    Len’s Ski Tips:
    To be strictly technical and to make each turn as perfect as possible,
    it is made easier if you flex up and down. Stand upright as you
    plant your pole, then as you complete the turn, bend the knees hard
    with ever increasing pressure on the turning ski (lower one), then it’s up again
    as you plant for the next turn.  Hard on the muscles until it becomes habit,
    but worth while.
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  • Len 17.1.14
    LEN IN LA PLAGNE:
    It’s Friday and we are preparing for “music night” in the chalet which is after
    dinner on Saturday. Various guests intend to entertain so the staff and myself
    will be singing the old George Formby classic “Leaning on a Lamp”. Should be a gas!
    Len’s Ski Tips:
    You’ve ski’d off piste in some nice powder, pretty easy to ski, then you
    turn onto another face that maybe has had more sun and is sticky and
    almost impossible to ski. Now the old fashioned “Step Turn” will keep you on
    your feet and travelling. Short traverse and when ready to turn lift your upper ski
    out of the snow and plant it almost in a snowplough position, almost instantaneously
    take the weight completely off the other ski and all your weight on that turned ski,
    lifting the unweighted ski and place it alongside what is now your downhill ski.
    Because each ski is out of the snow as you turn it, neither will be caught in the sticky
    snow and you will stay on your feet.
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  • Len 15.1.14
    LEN SILVER IN LA PLAGNE
    The perfect day for me..fresh snow and clear blue skies. Pistes were as perfect
    as they could be and even some of the off piste areas are beginning to
    become ski-able. Zoomed about with an old friend and ex-employee, Alan.
    Brilliant skier who puts me to shame (I hate him!)
    Len’s Ski Tips: 
    With the off piste powder now becoming a reality…how do you find a ski that is
    lost in deep powder?  Rule one anyway…if you can, make your own tracks and do
    not ski among others. If a ski comes off as you are moving, sit down immediately….do NOT try to keep on your feet. Your ski will be just behind you IN the
    track you have made…it does NOT veer off to the side and slide under the snow.
    As it comes off it stops immediately. If it is buried deeply (as it may well be), use
    your other ski like a scythe swinging it to cut deep into the snow at right angles to
    your track. A strong swing may be necessary and you will hear it “click” as it hits
    your lost ski. Poking about with your ski stick is useless.  Be lucky!
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