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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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  • Len 08.01.14
    LEN’S NEWS FROM LA PLAGNE
    Another great fine weather day and we covered some miles. With all our legs
    shot to pieces by 3 o’clock, a couple of vin chauds on the way home at
    the Bergerie went down very well as the sun went down.
    Len’s Ski Tips:
    Here’s another one to help those smooth and easy turns, all designed
    to help keep you on the balls of your feet. As you reach the half way
    point of your turn, slide the inner foot forward and all your weight is now
    on the downhill ski as it should be, and on the balls of your foot as it
    should be…easy !
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  • Len 7.1.14
    LEN IN LA PLAGNE:
    Hazy sunshine greeted us today with the work by the piste machines overnight
    producing almost perfect conditions. No queues at the lifts as is normal in January
    and we covered huge distances so that we were very exhausted by lunchtime.
    Len’s Ski Tips:
    Here is a strange one…ski with your hands! Imagine there is a string between the
    bottom of your fist and your big toe (right fist-right toe). Now as you turn on the balls
    of your feet pull your toe around with your fist. Your hand will end up across
    your chest…now pole with that hand to the side and repeat in the opposite direction.
    Get the movement right after practice and you will feel as if you are dancing down
    the piste, thinking almost only about what your hands are doing.
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  • Len 6.1.14
    LEN SILVER REPORTING FROM LA PLAGNE:
    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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