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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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  • LEN IN LA PLAGNE
    Two or three inches of fresh overnight snow made the pistes very
    interesting today, superb conditions but quite hard work on the steeper slopes
    where the new snow pushed up into tough little moguls. Will be great tomorrow
    after the piste machines do their night’s work.
    Len’s Ski Tips:
    Remembering yesterday’s Golden Rule Number One
    (ski on the balls of your feet), Golden Rule number Two is….Ski on one ski at
    a time so that all your weight is on the turning ski, pushing on your big
    toe to pressure the front inner corner of your ski tip.
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  • Len 23.12.13
    LEN SILVER IN LA PLAGNE
    Had to have a very quick and short trip back to England, so missed a couple
    of days ski-ing. Got back Sunday lunchtime via the Silver Ski flight from
    Gatwick to Grenoble. Slept for an hour on the coach ride and as soon as I got to
    the chalet was “persuaded” to get on my skis, though I felt like going to bed.
    Glad I did though, a couple of hours on excellent pistes and I felt brand new.
    Len’s Ski Tips:
    You’re off and running so here is the most important tip of all.
    Ski on the balls of your feet so that the tongue of your boot is pushed hard
    against your shin with your knees bent. It will take a little time to get used to the
    position if you have been ski-ing flat footed, or worse, on your heels. Keep
    persevering, there is a whole new world of control once you have mastered it.
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  • Len 19.12.13
    LEN IN LA PLAGNE
    It’s Thursday and, as forecast, the snow started falling at lunch-time, lightly
    at first but steadily getting thicker.  Should put a good new layer on during the
    night for the Piste Bashers to flatten. Everywhere looking nice and freshly
    white…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 the
    ground is not flat, always put the bottom one on first, using your poles to
    balance.  Keep the weight on the bottom ski as you set off, probably
    feeling a little shaky, so deep concentration!
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