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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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  • Laura 10.1.14

     Going Off-Piste

     

    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.

    Chris off-piste rotated

    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!

    Andy in a tree

    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?!

    Group Shot

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  • Len 10.1.14
    LEN IN LA PLAGNE
    Yet another beautiful sunny day..a bit too warm, really, but great skiing
    weather. We decided to make it all the way down to Montchavin at 1250m
    and expected very difficult snow…How wrong could you be! It was a delightful
    and interesting trip with snow ranging from piste perfect, a little slush here and
    there 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 for
    about 6 inches. If they are sharp for the full length, they will feel twitchy.
    There should be no roughness to the edges.
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