- Len 21.1.14 LEN SILVER IN LA PLAGNEWith 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 thewell groomed slopes down to Montachavin and we forgot about thepoor visibility.Len’s Ski Tips:If you fall particularly on a steep slope, dig your skis sideways to stop slidingtoo far. Place your skis at right angles to the slope so that getting upis easier with your feet below you. If you lose a ski or skis always put thedownhill ski back on first. If you struggle to get up with skis on (like mostoverweight people like me do), play it easy and take your skis off..it isnot a crime !Continue reading →
- 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.
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’!
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 may be no more, but here’s hoping there is plenty more fun
to be had with what looks like another snowy week ahead.Continue reading →
- Len 20.1.14 LEN IN LA PLAGNE:Saturday with broken sunshine, -2c and I ski-d with some guests…quite amodest pace on comfortable blues. Didn’t work up a sweat and stopped fora 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 youplant your pole, then as you complete the turn, bend the knees hardwith ever increasing pressure on the turning ski (lower one), then it’s up againas you plant for the next turn. Hard on the muscles until it becomes habit,but worth while.Continue reading →
- Len 17.1.14 LEN IN LA PLAGNE:It’s Friday and we are preparing for “music night” in the chalet which is afterdinner on Saturday. Various guests intend to entertain so the staff and myselfwill 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 youturn onto another face that maybe has had more sun and is sticky andalmost impossible to ski. Now the old fashioned “Step Turn” will keep you onyour feet and travelling. Short traverse and when ready to turn lift your upper skiout of the snow and plant it almost in a snowplough position, almost instantaneouslytake 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 stickysnow and you will stay on your feet.Continue reading →
- Len 15.1.14 LEN SILVER IN LA PLAGNEThe perfect day for me..fresh snow and clear blue skies. Pistes were as perfectas they could be and even some of the off piste areas are beginning tobecome 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 islost in deep powder? Rule one anyway…if you can, make your own tracks and donot 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 thetrack 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), useyour other ski like a scythe swinging it to cut deep into the snow at right angles toyour track. A strong swing may be necessary and you will hear it “click” as it hitsyour lost ski. Poking about with your ski stick is useless. Be lucky!Continue reading →
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