- Len 14.1.14 LEN IN LA PLAGNEAwoke to find a good thick layer of new snow and much colder temperature ( -5C).Pretty windy so I do not expect the high areas to be open. IF I ski later on, it willcertainly be among the trees of Montchavin. This new snowfall could give us somenice powder for a few days or more.Len’s Ski Tips:With some fresh powder in sight…how to ski it Contrary to popular view, you doNOT lean back. If you do that all steering is lost. Skis should if possible be keptclose together and parallel with your weight nicely balanced over the centreshands well forward and reaching a long way down with your polesas you instigate the turn .Your shins should still be pushed against the tongueof your boots with knees well bent. Flexing upward just before the turn and pressinghard down as you complete.The skis should bounce you upward in the start of the turn if you do it right.The whole excercise is much more energetic than piste ski-ing and this will varyaccording to the weight of the snow.Continue reading →
- Len 13.01.14 (2) NEWS FROM LEN IN LA PLAGNEMonday morning and a very dull sky…snow clouds are moving in so I’m havinga lazy day! Long lunch break at Monica’s no doubt with the expectation of seeingthe flakes falling as I sip a vin chaud….Len’s Ski Tips:Ice is the big fear of all skiers…I do not know anybody who likes ice.But how to handle it? Normally ice is seen on the piste in patches,more common on steeper slopes. If you have excellent technique and verysharp edges, by making sure ALL your weight is on one ski you can bite intothe ice enough to hold you in line BUT, it is very difficult and energetic.Personally I simply allow my skis to flatten and slide over the ice, then edgingand turning as I reach some softer snow. Accuracy and readiness isessential, but it’s much easier than trying to carve into the ice.Continue reading →
- Len 13.01.14 LEN IN LA PLAGNELast day of the week and ski-ing on the empty slopes of Saturdays.Once again we were grateful for the good work done by the “pistebashers” and went all the way down to Montchavin, cruising all theway with not bad vision considering that the sky was quite cloudy. Had thegood company all week of some of my Speedway friends includingT.V.Commentator, Kelvin Tatum, no mean performer on the planks.Len’s Ski Tips:Use of the poles….far more important than many people imagine.Remember the tip about hands? As the hand comes acrossthe chest, at that point plant the pole to the SIDE , stand up high, lookat the pole and drive your turning ski hard around it going down downdown as you pressure the ski bringing your hand round above your turning ski.The steeper the slope, or the deeper the snow the lowerdown and farther away from you should the pole be planted.Continue reading →
- Laura 10.1.14
– Watch for more from the Three Valleys over the coming weeks –
The snow is well and truly here in Meribel, and we’ve been making the most of
it by exploring what the resort has to offer in the form of off-piste. What we’ve done
so far is just the tip of the iceberg, but it’s been great to feel the powder
under our feet.
I particularly love delving into the trees and woodland areas dotted around the resort,
over in La Tania and on the lower slopes of Mottaret so far. The white and green
together create a real winter wonderland, and the leaves act as a buffer against
the sounds from the piste, making it seem as though it’s just you and the snow
for miles around.
Another thing I love about skiing in woodland is the challenge of weaving your
way through the shrubbery. You really feel like you’re off the beaten track as you
take sudden swerves to avoid unexpected low-hanging branches and stumps!
It’s an ongoing battle between you and the landscape as you make your way down,
and unfortunately for our friend Andy in one particular instance this week the trees
very much won! He found himself completely tangled up in branches, though
fortunately with a soft landing thanks to a good few feet of powder to sink into.
Once we’d stopped laughing we dug him out with no harm done!
We’ve been very lucky so far this season with an even mix of snow and sunshine,
and with the Christmas and New Year rush out of the way it’s as though we have
the pistes to ourselves once more. Spending an afternoon cruising empty slopes as
the sun makes its way behind the mountain is really fabulous – who says you
can’t escape those January Blues?!Continue reading →
- Len 10.1.14 LEN IN LA PLAGNEYet another beautiful sunny day..a bit too warm, really, but great skiingweather. We decided to make it all the way down to Montchavin at 1250mand expected very difficult snow…How wrong could you be! It was a delightfuland interesting trip with snow ranging from piste perfect, a little slush here andthere on bits facing the sun, an odd patch of ice or two, but all in all a real pleasure.Len’s Ski Tips:If conditions are icy, your ski edges need to be sharp…but be careful, the tips,for a length of about 10 inches, should be blunt and the tails too forabout 6 inches. If they are sharp for the full length, they will feel twitchy.There should be no roughness to the edges.Continue reading →
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