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  • Len 16.12.13
    An eventful week-end with the lifts opening on Saturday.  All the staff and
    myself out for our first “proper” ski together. Pistes in perfect condition so I
    only 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 for
    their first half day’s ski-ing, me too with lovely sunshine and snow equal
    to 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-ing
    past …this applies to Boarders too!  And always ski in control and so as not
    to interfere with, or endanger, other skiers.
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  • 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

    much appreciated.

    Laura image 1 13.12.13

    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

    next week!

    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.

    Laura image 2 13.12.13

    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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  • Len 13.12.13
    Frantic activity in the chalet with beds being made up and armfuls of toilet
    rolls being distributed while outside I spent an interesting 15 minutes watching
    the 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 touch
    them…goggles will not then mist up.
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    Back in the snow after a lightning trip back to England…two boring flights,
    thank God in both directions.  Enjoyed the beautiful scenery by Lake Annecy
    on the way back, allegedly the cleanest lake in Europe, but set off with the
    white 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 is
    probably too small and un-interesting to be good for anybody. If it suggests that it
    is benefitting from a ” Micro-climate” that brings snow when no-one else has
    any…That is definitely a myth. Always pick the largest and highest areas
    which always have good snow, even in dry winters. They are a safe bet whatever
    your standard and definitely worth the extra price of the lift pass. Very little to beat the
    big French resorts, Three Valleys, Val D’Isere and La Plagne/Les Arcs, but
    up close try Verbier (tough but big), St Anton (queues), Zermatt (costly),
    Davos (wide spread).  America….too cold, short ski-ing day..expensive..lots of
    bussing to get to lifts. Good powder (sometimes).
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  • Len 11.12.13
    On a quick one day trip to England yesterday for a meeting of Speedway
    promoters in  Rugby. Sleepy 7am flight from Geneva to Gatwick then back
    at the same early hour this morning.Yawn Yawn.
    Len’s ski tips:
     Mobile phones can be life savers in the mountains, but only if
    you are carrying the emergency phone number of the resort. Usually printed
    on the piste map, it is a good idea to write it on a piece of stiff paper
    and keep it in a pocket you do not use very much.
    Continue reading →

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