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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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  • Len 14.1.14
    LEN IN LA PLAGNE
    Awoke 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 will
    certainly be among the trees of Montchavin.  This new snowfall could give us some
    nice 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 do
    NOT lean back. If you do that all steering is lost. Skis should if possible be kept
    close together and parallel with your weight nicely balanced over the centres
    hands well forward and reaching a long way down with your poles
    as you instigate the turn .Your shins should still be pushed against the tongue
    of your boots with knees well bent. Flexing upward just before the turn and pressing
    hard 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 vary
    according to the weight of the snow.
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  • Len 13.01.14 (2)
    NEWS FROM LEN IN LA PLAGNE
    Monday morning and a very dull sky…snow clouds are moving in so I’m having
    a lazy day! Long lunch break at Monica’s no doubt with the expectation of seeing
    the 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 very
    sharp edges, by making sure ALL your weight is on one ski you can bite into
    the 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 edging
    and turning as I reach some softer snow. Accuracy and readiness is
    essential, but it’s much easier than trying to carve into the ice.
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  • Len 13.01.14
    LEN IN LA PLAGNE
    Last 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 “piste
    bashers” and went all the way down to Montchavin, cruising all the
    way with not bad vision considering that the sky was quite cloudy. Had the
    good company all week of some of my Speedway friends including
    T.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 across
    the chest, at that point plant the pole to the SIDE , stand up high, look
    at the pole and drive your turning ski hard around it going down down
    down as you pressure the ski bringing your hand round above your turning ski.
    The steeper the slope, or the deeper the snow the lower
    down and farther away from you should the pole be planted.
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