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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.
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  • Len 10.12.13
    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
    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
    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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