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  • Len 02.01.2014
    LEN’S NEWS FROM LA PLAGNE
    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
    LEN’S REPORT ON NEW YEARS EVE
    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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  • Len 30.12.13
    LEN IN LA PLAGNE:
    Today was one of those days you dream about all Summer…Bright blue sky
    and fresh powder snow…perrr..fect..Was out all day to make the most of it.
    Len’s Ski Tips:
    Enlarging on the “ski on one ski” tip..instigate each turn by pressing on your
    big toe..that presses the front corner of your ski into the snow which starts the
    turn, at the same time reducing the weight on the inner ski (ie…weight on one
    ski at a time)…so it’s left big toe…right big toe.  After a little practice you’ll find
    it will really help to make those controlled turns very easy.
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  • Len 27.12.13

    LEN’S CHRISTMAS IN LA PLAGNE…

    Our Christmas present came in the form a good overnight snowfall followed
    by continuing snow all of Boxing Day.  I ski’d with the World Speedway
    Champion, Tai Woffinden right down to Montchavin at 1250m on good snow
    all the way through the trees where the vision was OK.  He is an amazing
    ski companion.
    Len’s Ski Tips:
    Ski-ing in poor visibility or “flat” light.  Look a long way ahead and not
    down in front of your skis. Looking ahead allows you to keep your body
    angle and weight in the correct position so helping to cope with unseen
    bumps.  I must admit to finding this hard to follow myself even though
    I know it is right.

    LEN SILVER ON CHRISTMAS DAY….

    It’s Christmas day and for the 30th consecutive year I have once again ski’d
    on Christmas Day….But today it started snowing heavily while we were having
    some lunch on the mountain, so I chickened out and came back to the chalet. At
    my time of life I like to see where I am going!
    Len’s Ski Tips:
    Three Golden rules and here is the third…keep your hands
    where you can see them…in front..so it’s on the balls of your feet….one
    ski at a time and hands in front…I will talk more about your hands later……
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  • Laura 24.12.13
    UPDATE FROM LAURA IN MERIBEL:
    Our first week of guests left a couple of days ago, having enjoyed glorious
    sunshine peppered with a sprinkling of snow to keep the pistes fresh during their
    stay. The resort was lovely and quiet, giving us a chance to find our ski legs
    and way around the slopes too.
    It feels like Meribel has woken up from its summertime hibernation now; all the
    shops are open and restaurants filling up. Our ‘local’ chair lift – the Morel – has
    creaked into action and the bus is running to full timetable – in other words,
    hello winter season 13/14!
    With such a huge area to ski it can be hard to know where’s best to go each
    day. Our guests solved that problem though by taking on the Three Valleys
    Four Corners challenge, where they attempted to ski to every single corner
    of the piste map in one day. Here they are setting off on their adventure!
    Chalet Jacques Guests
    They returned almost triumphant, having reached all the areas but just missed
    the last lift up to the official fourth corner – they sensibly decided that completing
    the challenge wasn’t worth the taxi fare home from Courchevel!
    Wherever you ski here you’re bound to find fun and good snow – with more
    forecast for Christmas we might have to take up their cause and finish the
    Four Corners on behalf of Chalet Jacques!
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