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  • Len 10.12.13
    LEN IN LA PLAGNE
    We start doing test meals in all the chalets today. So I will be visiting them all for dinner, one each day, alongside other staff members. Menus are tried out and opinions given and constructive criticism if need be. I expect to put some weight on!
    Len’s ski tips:
    More about ski poles…Hold them correctly for most efficient use.
    Let the strap hang down, then place your hand through the strap from below so that you can grip the handle PLUS the strap together. You can then push down
    on the strap to support you if need be and, if your pole gets caught up on anything
    as you ski, it will pull off your hand without breaking your wrist.
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  • Len 9.12.13
    LEN IN LA PLAGNE:
    Staff all arrived safely on Friday so tranquility has disappeared!  All very excited about the new season and spent Saturday bum-boarding on the well prepared piste while I watched in envy at their vigour ! But all started work in earnest on Sunday, preparing for next week’s first guests.
    Staff Bum Boarding
    Len’s ski tips:
    Poles are very important. Choose the right length by holding the
    pole upside down with the handle on the floor and grip just under the basket.Your
    elbow should be at a right angle. Do not use the pole to bang snow off your boots.
    They will break if you keep doing it. Instead scrape the bottom of your boot firmly
    across the top of your front ski binding while balancing with your poles
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  • Len 6.12.13
    UPDATE FROM LEN IN LA PLAGNE:
    Signs that the resort is getting ready to open with a lot more work having been
    done on the pistes….so we had to go and test them on a run down to Plagne Centre.   Not far to ski, but very enjoyable. Big shopping day yesterday as we get
    ready to welcome all the staff  arriving today…Then it will be chaos!
    Len’s Ski Tips:
    When buying or renting skis, if you are not a beginner, skis
    these days are designed to be up to the height of your forehead. If renting, look
    at the bottoms of the skis which should be smooth and polished with very few
    scratch marks. Run you bare finger along the edges…there should be no rough bits.
    Then draw your fingernail across the edges at right angles, it should take off a tiny
    sliver of nail  BUT near the tips and at the back should be blunt.  There are no
    right and left skis
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  • Len 4.12.13
    LEN IN LA PLAGNE:
    Learned today that Sky TV Sports commentator, Kelvin Tatum, arrives to join us for a ski holiday on January 5th and on the same day most of the Rockets Speedway team will be here too…some madness to come!
    Len’s Ski Tips:  
    Keep your boots in a warm place overnight and in the morning always put warm feet into warm socks into warm boots.
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  • Laura1 3.12.13

    Laura, a member of our chalet team in Méribel, shares her thoughts on the season ahead.

     

    Watch this space for more from the 3 Valleys over the coming weeks!

    It happens every year as December arrives – that flurry of frenzied preparation and

    growing sense of excitement as the big day draws near.

    Suddenly, open calendar windows outnumber closed; the day is almost upon us.

    Just a flight to catch, one more sleep and we’re there!

    And the first ski run of the season never disappoints.

    Skiing.  It’s a big word in my house, with lots of memories that make

    our annual ski trip(s- if we’re lucky!) something we put much

    time and planning in to each year.

    We’ve skied as a family from the word go – my brother and I

    lucky enough to inherit Dad’s enthusiasm on the slopes

    in addition to his dress sense, as you can see.

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    Over the years the make-up of our ski holidays has changed, snowballing – if

    you will – to include extended family, friends and partners.  But whether it’s

    packed with blacks, or we cruise the blues, it’s always a blast.

    My ski plans have evolved again this year; I’ve decided to extend it ever so

    slightly and go for a full season.  Well, it’s one way to save on travel costs.

    I’m heading to Meribel, to run cosy Chalet Jacques with Chris, my fiance.

    We’re excited to begin the next chapter of our skiing (and snowboarding!)

    story, and look forward to welcoming guests writing stories of their own.

    If there’s one thing I’ve learnt, it’s that fantastic skiing tales come in all

    guises – we can’t wait to hear them over afternoon tea and cake!

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