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  • Len Silver, La Plagne

    Dateline Saturday January 26.  We’ve had quite a noisy bunch of male friends, all in their 40’s and all Boarders in the chalet this week.  Led by ex-World Speedway Champion, Mark Loram, they’ve been good fun and it will seem very quiet after tomorrow!  They have enjoyed great conditions for Boarders with new snow, so they will all go home very happy.  It made conditions good for us skiers too, but slightly more challenging.  Some red runs opened up that have been closed until now, so yesterday we skied the unpisted “Coche” down to Montchavin…. that made us concentrate, but not as much as today’s blast down the longest unpisted red in the resort, Mont de La Guerre.  Really great but exhausting!  We were so pleased that the new bubble out of Champagny is the same as the new “ish” one out of Montalbert with very comfortable seats!

    May not get much skiing in sunshine over the next few days as we are due to see about a metre of snow dropping around the chalet.  Will help us to test our skis for deep powder! Bring it on…….

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  • Len in La Plagne, 13th January 2019

    Dateline Sunday January 13th.  Heavy snow is falling as I write with a lot more due overnight.  This will make it possible to ski all the excellent off-piste areas like Crozats and also open up all the lower areas like Champagny.  To be fair, Montchavin and Montalbert have been ski-able to the very bottom, but the last kilometer or so have been icy.  Now all that will get back to La Plagne “normal” with minimal ice.  So far, some of the reds and blacks have not been open so I would expect that to be reversed over the next day or two.  My own ski-ing this year, with my new partners, Rees and Annabel, has been first class, sticking mostly to the upper slopes where the piste conditions have been almost perfect.  Now I’m looking forward to spreading my horizons in what looks like being top class conditions both on and off piste… after big snow on Monday, the sun is due to shine… bring it on!  Len

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  • La Plagne, Saturday 15th December

    Saturday December 15th and some of the lifts open for the 1st day of the new season in La Plagne.  Met nearly all of the staff at 9.30 this morning for a “Team Ski”.  Sun still not over the mountain tops, but clear blue skies and -10C so quite chilly.  As expected, the pistes were in excellent condition so we all sailed along, kidding ourselves that we could ski!  No moguls (bumps) or rough patches and not a sign of any ice…. purrfect.  None of the lower sections like Montchavin are due to open until next week, but what IS open is giving superb skiing.  The Arpette was especially nice, fully in the sun and smooth as silk.   Even my old legs managed to handle it all without mishap, but I was grateful to have a long rest when lunchtime led me to Monica’s.

    First of the season’s guests arriving at lunchtime tomorrow (Sunday) and our young bunch of enthusiastic Silver Ski staff can’t wait to greet them all….. then quickly out onto the mountain again!

    It’s a tough life!  Len

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  • A Snowy Adventure!

    Sunday November 18.  Having been here since the start of the month, we decided we had earned a Sunday lunch in the valley.  So at 11.30 we all (Hazal, Alan, Dan the Chef, Jodie and myself) climbed in the 4WD Land Rover and drove down to Bourg St Maurice noticing en route that all the snow blowers were working hard wherever we could see.  We had booked into a popular restaurant at Se’ez, just beyond Bourg on the road to Val’.  Great place and super meal and a couple of glasses of Gamay red (the local brew) made it a good visit.

    At about 2.30 we made the journey back up the mountain… the sun was shining, snow blowers still going strong so we decided to view what was going on all over the place and took the mountain track up to Du Du Praz, over the top, enjoying the scenery, as we dropped down into Bellecote using the winter ski runs with our 4WD.  Driving into Bellecote itself we found a large area of snow blown from the system which we had to cross.  The blower was going full force and it was as if we were driving in a blizzard.  To our horror, half way across and the wheels started to spin, grinding us to a halt in what was quite deep blower snow.  Alan tried all the gear ratio’s, kept trying to rock backwards and forwards to get some grip, but no joy.  By now the Land Rover was well covered in snow and the wipers were going strong.  I thought we were there to stay with a long walk home in view.  No shovel on board (bad mistake!).  After trying to push with nil effect, Dan then used his feet to scrape snow away from the front of the wheels with Alan following suit, both looking like snowmen as the white stuff came pouring.  Then, finally, with everyone pushing, Alan was able to get the Land Rover jerkily moving forward and at last running down to the level of the bubble station where everyone got back in… very cold and shivery but happy to be back mobile and on our way back up to Bon Coin by road.

    All over and we all had a great laugh… mental note… put a shovel in the vehicles!

    Monday morning and the natural stuff is falling……..

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  • Len Silver 15.11.18

    Been here at Chalet Bon Coin for two weeks now, strict diet and exercising to get fit for skiing.  No more cheesecake!!!

    Still quite a bit of snow lying around on the Northern facing slopes, the remainder of the biggish fall in October, but with warmer weather, anything below about 2000m and facing the sun now looks green.  Forecast here is for snow to start falling on 21st November and to keep coming for a while after that, so not long to wait.  The Bergerie chair has been tested several times as have some of the snow-making pipes, all signs that the season is nearly here.  I’ve managed to get my mountain walks up to about 2/3 miles and I use my ski poles to steady myself over the stoney ground. I also use them like a cross country skier when I’m walking uphill (seems like most of the time!) and they certainly help.  Tramped up to the Du Du Praz restaurant the other day where I watched as the owner was building a bigger balcony to seat more people.  This is the one popular with cross country skiers and it has great views right across the Isere valley.  If downhill skiers care to “pole” it to that position, there is usually some good powder to be had taking you down to Plagne Soleil below.

    Tripping down to Bourg St Maurice on Sunday for a break from my starvation diet.  Chips anyone?

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