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  • Len 6.1.14
    Fresh overnight snow on Sunday morning, bright blue skies and minus 5c. That
    is Heaven. Waited for the new guests to arrive which included some of my friends
    from the World of Speedway. So had a great afternoon on perfect pistes which was
    good enough to ski the ultimate way which I will describe in my Tips column.
    Len’s Ski Tips:
    If you are well versed in the art of ski-ing and the snow is perfect you can use
    the best technique of all. Well forward and on the balls of your feet,
    hands flexing in front turn with weight on both skis using the “Big Toe,Little Toe”
    method. So…turning left it is Right Big Toe pressure and Left Little Toe pressure
    at the same time, The smooth carve with both skis will feel heavenly.
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  • Len 4.1.14
    Constantly snowing now for 3 days, but all the guests have been ski-ing all day and
    loving it!  It seems that after some really heavy falls on Sunday, next week will be sunny…then you’ll find Yours Truly out on my planks!
    Len’s Ski Tips: 
    If you venture off-piste into uncharted territory (not really advisable) do not
    follow somebody else’s tracks…they may not know where they are going!
    Far wiser to stay in areas that you know unless you are being
    guided by a skier who knows the area well.
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  • Laura 02.01.14

     The (ski) season to be jolly!


    Watch for more from the Three Valleys over the coming weeks –

    Christmas and New Year were great fun in Meribel, with what felt like the whole

    town – locals, holidaymakers and seasonaires alike – coming out to mark

    both occasions.

    Christmas Eve saw a carol service take place outside the tourist office, with songs

    sung in both French and English of course! With our song sheets,

    complimentary vin chaud and the mountains in the background it was easy to

    get swept up in the festive magic – hardly batting an eye when Santa himself rode

    down the road into the crowd. Rudolf must have been on holiday however,

    sending a horse in his place!

    We then enjoyed some fireworks on the piste and a torch lit decent from

    ESF, before heading back for dinner.

    Christmas Fireworks

    Christmas Day was filled with food, fun and of course some terrible cracker jokes

    in the chalet, but it seemed Santa had one last present before putting his feet up

    for another year – we woke up on Boxing Day to a heap of fresh powder, a great

    way to work off that extra piece of Christmas pudding!

     Boxing Day Snow


    New Year in Meribel was equally spectacular, with thousands hitting the

    Chaudanne lift area to listen to some DJ-ing, dancing to fend off the cold. With

    a big clock countdown the atmosphere was electric, and we welcomed

    in the New Year with great anticipation for the months ahead.

    New Year Party

    It seems Meribel really knows how to throw a party – lets hope it continues

    well into 2014!

    New Year Meribel Staff

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  • Len 02.01.2014
    Got up rather late this morning to find a heavy snowfall in process and then
    discovered that it is forecast to continue for several days. As a fine weather
    skier in my old age, life will be a bit boring…back to bed???
    Len’s Ski Tips:
    It’s always tempting when the weather is bad to spend more time in the local
    bar….but be careful. Alcohol and ski-ing don’t go too well together as the effects of
    it are much greater at altitude. It is no co-incidence that there are more accidents
    after lunch (when many have a drink or two), than in the mornings.
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  • Len 02.01.14
    New Years Eve and super ski-ing day, bright sunshine and perfect pistes.
    Had to use my head a bit to avoid the New Year crowds on the slopes,
    so found myself ski-ing off-piste for the first time this year, great snow and soft
    moguls to make me work hard…got to get some weight off somehow!
    Len’s Ski Tips:  
    When running fast in a straight line (schuss), always consider
    that with the high speed it is quite dangerous, so, to go even faster, but
    safer, lean hard into the front of your boots to pressure the front of the ski into
    the snow.  Then, if you hit a bump you will ride over it safely, and you ski tails
    will not drag to slow you down.
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