- Len 19.12.13 LEN IN LA PLAGNEIt’s Thursday and, as forecast, the snow started falling at lunch-time, lightlyat first but steadily getting thicker. Should put a good new layer on during thenight for the Piste Bashers to flatten. Everywhere looking nice and freshlywhite…I love it.Len’s Ski Tips:All prep.done and it’s time to take to the snow. When putting on your skis, if theground is not flat, always put the bottom one on first, using your poles tobalance. Keep the weight on the bottom ski as you set off, probablyfeeling a little shaky, so deep concentration!Continue reading →
- Len 18.12.13 NEWS FROM LEN IN LA PLAGNE:Everyone off for a late night out on Tuesday as they can have a muchneeded lie in and rest on Wednesday. A little bit of light cloud has appeared,probably the fore-taste of some snow that is due on Thursday and Friday. Thelong range is also telling us that it will snow over Christmas as well.Len’s Ski Tips:Never under-estimate the power of the sun at altitude, it is far stronger thanat sea level, plus it is refelected from the snow…so…think aboutusing a strong barrier cream and also wear goggles or sun-glassesto protect your eyes.Continue reading →
- Len 17.12.13 LEN IN LA PLAGNESpent most of Monday watching out for the arrival of Speedway World Champion,Tai Woffinden – but he broke down somewhere around Lyon and finally arrivedin a taxi in late afternoon, a bit wiser and lots of Euros poorer! Then this morningboth Tai and myself took it in turns to teach his girlfriend, Faye, to ski.She was a very fast learner but was worn out by lunchtime…mind you, so was I!Len’s Ski Tips:When entering a piste from the side, always look uphill to seeif another skier is bombing down….and remember, the skier in front haspriority so if you are approaching a skier from above, it is your responsibilityto ski safely past him.Continue reading →
- Len 16.12.13 LEN SILVER IN LA PLAGNE:An eventful week-end with the lifts opening on Saturday. All the staff andmyself out for our first “proper” ski together. Pistes in perfect condition so Ionly fell over once! Then our first guests arrived just after 12 O’Clock Sunday.Lots of “Hello’s” and handshakes, a few of the braver ones quickly off fortheir first half day’s ski-ing, me too with lovely sunshine and snow equalto the very best. We all earned a very good dinner!Lens Ski Tips:If you stop on the piste, try to stay at the side to make room for those ski-ingpast …this applies to Boarders too! And always ski in control and so as notto interfere with, or endanger, other skiers.Continue reading →
- Laura 13.12.13
Training Week in the Three Valleys
– Watch this space for more from the Three Valleys over the coming weeks!
Our first week in resort is drawing to a close – just one of many firsts I’ve
experienced in the past seven days as a new seasonnaire. First look at the
chalet, first cake cooked at altitude, first food processor encounter
– but I feel like I’ve acclimatised well to life in resort.
We were greeted on arrival by a tasty lunch courtesy of honourary
‘Mum and Dad’ Anne and Jeff – whose tips, support and hospitality
have made us feel at home – sweeping away the cobwebs from our trip.
The next few days were given over to familiarising ourselves with the area
and opening up the chalets. A first supermarket visit helped us find our feet
before the big shop this week, and a chance to get to grips with the kitchen
– and in my case the very individual way cakes rise at altitude – was
We acclimatised our appetites with a series of try-out dinners at our
fellow chalets. They’ve been a great chance to get to know one another
as well as the tasty menu, gearing us up to create a feast for our guests
Distracted by a whirlwind of sprucing up chalets, exploring the area, wining
and dining (all in the name of training!), we almost forgot why we were here until
we hit the slopes today. The sun was shining and the pistes beautifully
empty; skiing as a group was a great way to find our ski-legs – and
the best après-ski.
As firsts go, this week has been a good one, but there’s more to come – our first
guests arrive in just a few days time!
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