- Len 27.12.13
LEN’S CHRISTMAS IN LA PLAGNE…Our Christmas present came in the form a good overnight snowfall followedby continuing snow all of Boxing Day. I ski’d with the World SpeedwayChampion, Tai Woffinden right down to Montchavin at 1250m on good snowall the way through the trees where the vision was OK. He is an amazingski companion.Len’s Ski Tips:Ski-ing in poor visibility or “flat” light. Look a long way ahead and notdown in front of your skis. Looking ahead allows you to keep your bodyangle and weight in the correct position so helping to cope with unseenbumps. I must admit to finding this hard to follow myself even thoughI know it is right.
LEN SILVER ON CHRISTMAS DAY….It’s Christmas day and for the 30th consecutive year I have once again ski’don Christmas Day….But today it started snowing heavily while we were havingsome lunch on the mountain, so I chickened out and came back to the chalet. Atmy 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 handswhere you can see them…in front..so it’s on the balls of your feet….oneski at a time and hands in front…I will talk more about your hands later……Continue reading →
- Laura 24.12.13 UPDATE FROM LAURA IN MERIBEL:Our first week of guests left a couple of days ago, having enjoyed glorioussunshine peppered with a sprinkling of snow to keep the pistes fresh during theirstay. The resort was lovely and quiet, giving us a chance to find our ski legsand way around the slopes too.It feels like Meribel has woken up from its summertime hibernation now; all theshops are open and restaurants filling up. Our ‘local’ chair lift – the Morel – hascreaked 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 eachday. Our guests solved that problem though by taking on the Three ValleysFour Corners challenge, where they attempted to ski to every single cornerof the piste map in one day. Here they are setting off on their adventure!They returned almost triumphant, having reached all the areas but just missedthe last lift up to the official fourth corner – they sensibly decided that completingthe challenge wasn’t worth the taxi fare home from Courchevel!Wherever you ski here you’re bound to find fun and good snow – with moreforecast for Christmas we might have to take up their cause and finish theFour Corners on behalf of Chalet Jacques!
- LEN IN LA PLAGNETwo or three inches of fresh overnight snow made the pistes veryinteresting today, superb conditions but quite hard work on the steeper slopeswhere the new snow pushed up into tough little moguls. Will be great tomorrowafter 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 ata time so that all your weight is on the turning ski, pushing on your bigtoe to pressure the front inner corner of your ski tip.Continue reading →
- Len 23.12.13 LEN SILVER IN LA PLAGNEHad to have a very quick and short trip back to England, so missed a coupleof days ski-ing. Got back Sunday lunchtime via the Silver Ski flight fromGatwick to Grenoble. Slept for an hour on the coach ride and as soon as I got tothe 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 hardagainst your shin with your knees bent. It will take a little time to get used to theposition if you have been ski-ing flat footed, or worse, on your heels. Keeppersevering, there is a whole new world of control once you have mastered it.Continue reading →
- 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 →
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