- 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!
- Len 13.12.13 NEWS FROM LEN IN LA PLAGNE:Frantic activity in the chalet with beds being made up and armfuls of toiletrolls being distributed while outside I spent an interesting 15 minutes watchingthe bulldozer clearing the snow from the car park, loading it onto a huge lorry.Off in the distance a piste basher is getting things smooth for Saturday’s opening.A great air of anticipation pervades the atmosphere.Len’s Ski Tips:Before leaving the chalet use your check list…hat, goggles, gloves, lip balm,LIFT PASS, money for lunch, mobile phone (and resort emergency number noted).Best to put on hat, goggles, gloves before going out and don’t touchthem…goggles will not then mist up.Continue reading →
LEN IN LA PLAGNEBack in the snow after a lightning trip back to England…two boring flights,thank God in both directions. Enjoyed the beautiful scenery by Lake Annecyon the way back, allegedly the cleanest lake in Europe, but set off with thewhite mountains as a backdrop. I feel that I could write a song about it,but I’ll be too busy out on my skis come Saturday!Lens Ski Tips:Choosing resorts. If a resort is described as “Good for beginners” it isprobably too small and un-interesting to be good for anybody. If it suggests that itis benefitting from a ” Micro-climate” that brings snow when no-one else hasany…That is definitely a myth. Always pick the largest and highest areaswhich always have good snow, even in dry winters. They are a safe bet whateveryour standard and definitely worth the extra price of the lift pass. Very little to beat thebig French resorts, Three Valleys, Val D’Isere and La Plagne/Les Arcs, butup close try Verbier (tough but big), St Anton (queues), Zermatt (costly),Davos (wide spread). America….too cold, short ski-ing day..expensive..lots ofbussing to get to lifts. Good powder (sometimes).Continue reading →
- Len 11.12.13 LEN SILVER – IN LA PLAGNEOn a quick one day trip to England yesterday for a meeting of Speedwaypromoters in Rugby. Sleepy 7am flight from Geneva to Gatwick then backat the same early hour this morning.Yawn Yawn.Len’s ski tips:Mobile phones can be life savers in the mountains, but only ifyou are carrying the emergency phone number of the resort. Usually printedon the piste map, it is a good idea to write it on a piece of stiff paperand keep it in a pocket you do not use very much.Continue reading →
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