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  • Len Silver in La Plagne 30.1.17

    With the captain of my Kent Kings Speedway team here with me this week, it is no surprise that my first two days with him saw me going helter skelter on almost every piste as I tried to keep up with him!

    Fortunately conditions on piste are excellent at the moment, so speed can be achieved with comparative safety.  Monday lunchtime a light snowfall started and it looks like continuing for some time. The forecast indicates a lot of the white stuff for the next two weeks…. so, flat light visually, but super snow underfoot.  The odd sunny days are going to be terrific!  Having been testing some piste ski’s (as opposed to “All Mountain”), in the shape of the Dynastar 14 Pro SPX 12 Rockerflex which I took at eyebrow height.  Very very impressive on hardpack and icy slopes, holding a good edge constantly.  Ideal for skiers with reasonable technique who are not going off piste for whatever reason.

    Retail price with bindings £550 and we can supply in UK at 25% discount…. lengths… 158 – 166 – 174 – 182cm …. Len

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  • Len in La Plagne – 20.1.17

    Having returned from a short trip to UK on Thursday lunchtime, I couldn’t wait to get my ski’s on for an afternoon foray in the sunshine.  The heavy snow that had fallen just as I went home to England had settled down, been worked by the piste machines from Monday to Thursday resulting in some of the most delightful conditions so far this year.  My favourite Inversens run was a “must” for me and I wasn’t disappointed, sailing from top to bottom, edge to edge feeling as if I was on tramlines in total control.  More of the same on Friday, again in bright sunshine and ski-ing with the staff from Chalet Chanousia.  We didn’t find a speck of ice anywhere, nor a rock or stone to wreck our ski’s… just perfectly groomed pistes wherever we went.  All of us had big grins on our faces at the end of a perfect day…. Len

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  • Len – La Plagne Wednesday 11th January

    Having spend the first part of this season ski-ing on vast quantities of cannon snow, the day long snowfall yesterday created a whole new feel to the slopes today (Wednesday).  A lovely sunny day and I ski’d with some of my speedway rider friends who wanted to straight line every slope, giving me a few more grey hairs in the process.   But the snow underfoot was, in the main, soft and forgiving so, as I tried to keep up with them, the control was really first class and I enjoyed every metre.

    It was minus 12 most of the day, so when the sun dipped at 3 O’Clock, we all decided that afternoon tea was a great idea.  Lots more snow is forecast for the rest of the week and Mont Blanc had a big ‘hat’ on today giving truth to the forecast… Len

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  • Len – Thursday 2nd December

    With clear blue skies and cold temperatures in force, I headed up to the Grande Motte Glacier at Tignes together with Liz and Ben who will be running Chalet Boulevard this term.  A little surprised to see some of the lower chair lifts at Val Claret open with good pistes above when we got there.  So we had an exhilarating, but very exhausting day, having to give it best by 2 o’clock with our legs getting wobbly.  I think mine would have given out sooner had it not been for the pleasure of my new Powertrack’s.  Long range forecast is for snow before Christmas, but the cannons are going at full pelt everywhere (including Tignes!).  All the rest of the staff arrive tomorrow to start their training and prep’ week so life will be noisier from now on! Noted that the pound is steadily getting stronger against the Euro, so that’s good news for everyone… Len

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  • Len Silver – Tuesday 15th November

    With the fresh snow sending out tempting messages, our chef, Dan, and I made the trip to the Glacier at Tignes today (Tuesday).  Sun shining and not too cold it was the perfect day.. we even found a parking space right next to the funicular railway… that was a bonus! The height of the glacier brings a shortage of oxygen, so we were both puffing a bit, but not too bad.  On near perfect snow we had a ball, ski-ing (or for Dan, boarding) from the peak of the Grande Motte at 3500m, non stop to Val Claret at 2100m… breathtaking and my new Dynastar Powertracks were absolutely superb, even better than I thought they’d be and making my first day on ski’s really memorable.  On the way back we discovered that the piste machines were working in La Plagne and the cannons were blowing snow this morning to mix with the new snow that is forecast for Friday and the week-end… all good stuff… 2 new sub-managers arriving this evening… I wonder what they will be like??      Len

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