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  • Len’s Last Post from La Plagne

    Dateline Saturday March 19… A warm morning at about +3C with fairly heavy snow falling outside Bon Coin.  Met Paul and Mel from Chalet Chanousia for my final ski of the season (I go back to UK on Mothers’ Day).  As the snow was wet and heavy we decided on an early lunch which turned out to be the right decision.  By 1pm the sun was poking its head through the clouds and we were on the bubble up to Roche De Mio for my final run down Inversens this year.  Absolutely superb snow and no people except ourselves.  With big grins on our faces we took the slow chair back to the top and then descended via La Source, the interesting “Red” with the steep bit in the middle.  Exhilerating is the word to describe our 2500 feet of vertical and we found the snow in Bellecote a bit sticky with the high temperature.  Back up Collosses chair and home to Bon Coin still in one piece after a Winter of amazing snow.  Will try to get in one more week before we close, but that’s a wish rather than a certainty.

    Len

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  • Friday 2nd March

    Having missed a day on the slopes simply because it was so damned cold, I was eager to get out this morning.  Checked the temperature at 9am and it was Zero at Bon Coin.  By the time I got booted and suited, the temperature had dropped and snow was lashing down in a strong wind much to my amazement.  Still, I was dressed and ready for action and was surprised at how much snow had fallen on the road in such a short time as I walked around the back of the chalet to the piste.  Found truly great snow under my feet and even the vision wasn’t that bad.  None the less I ski’d with some caution, quite a few ski schools and tiny kids winding about seemingly oblivious to the stinging snow that the wind was hurling around.  No queues at the Bergerie chairlift so I was quickly seated.  I debated for a short while at the top and finally chickened out and faced the head on wind as I made the schuss down to Monica’s for a long lunch break.  Cannot fault the snow conditions, powder on the piste at least 8 inches deep and soft as silk.  With even more snow due on Saturday (tomorrow) I wonder when I can get out there and truly enjoy it!  Next week is a must as I go home next Sunday (Mothers’ Day).    

    Len

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  • Sunday 4th February

    Family left for home this morning (Sunday Feb 4) following a simply superb week of skiing.  The twins now 7 years old, Ellis and Isla were amazing, as lots of kids can be.  They went to ski school every morning and ski’d with the adults every afternoon.  We certainly did not have to wait for them!  The perfect snow conditions helped us all to having just the best time and the kids fell in love with the new “Fun Run” down the side of the Arpette.  Very exciting with jumps, tunnels, humps and bridges to make it a real Fun Run… great idea by the resort and immensely popular.  On a personal note, I am really enjoying my new Dynastar Legends.  I’m ashamed to say that I have not serviced them even once so far this year, yet they hold on ice and encourage me to head into moguls with huge confidence.  They actually handle bumps better than I do!  Looking ahead, the weather forecasts are showing cold but fine Alpine conditions with an odd snowflake or two just to keep the pistes pristine.

    Len

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  • Tuesday 23rd January

    After almost a week of continuous heavy snow, the sun finally showed its face today (Tuesday), so instead of skiing by the feel of your feet, we were at last able to see where we were going and the pleasure was all the more for the wait… So much snow on the mountain and I took the opportunity to ski some of my favourites including Rossa and Becoin, the latter developing nice soft moguls in the afternoon.  They made me think…. and perspire!  Looks like more wall to wall sunshine for the rest of the week.  By the way, the varied pistes with some moguls was a great test for my new Dynastar Legends.  They seemed to do the work for me, brilliant!

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  • Friday January 5th

    At last, after two days of horrendous and unusual weather which restricted the ski-ing possibilities and action, the sun came out and the clear blue skies brought out every skier in the resort, all making up for lost time on the slopes!  So bigger than normal queues which actually looked worse than they were.  Longest time we spent shuffling was no more than 10 or 11 minutes, but felt longer!

    The ski-ing, however, was exceptional.  The piste bashers had done a superb overnight job and every slope was in near perfect condition.  I had a huge surprise when a lifelong friend and ex-Silver Ski resort manager, Donna, arrived for a couple of days ski-ing from her home in the Canadian mountains… completely un-announced and what a pleasure to ski with her again after all these years…. wonderful!!

    Ex-double Word Speedway Champion, Tai Woffinden, arrives on Sunday morning.  He’ll no doubt chase me around the mountains far too fast for my liking.  I’m gasping for air just thinking about it…..Len

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