Len, La Plagne

Dateline Tuesday February 12th – 4pm French time.

Just arrived back in Bon Coin quite exhausted from a tough afternoon’s skiing.  With heavy snowfalls on Sunday and Monday, being out on the mountain didn’t appeal much, so I gave it a miss.  But made up for it today in wonderful sunshine, almost half a metre of fresh snow and very cold temperatures to keep it light.  Rees, Annabel and myself, avoiding the extra skiers now in resort, school holidays in France and other places in Europe allowing Ski Schools full of youngsters to invade our slopes, none the less were able to negotiate our way, on the soft new snow via Blanchets chair and into Levasett where we flew down to Borselier feeling great.  A glance at the lift queue and the decision to carry on down to Champagny via the tricky red Les Bois was easy to make.  A delightful descent through the trees, stopping here and there to admire the unbelievable scenery and we arrived at the bottom of the new telecabine (10 men in a bubble) to find an astonishing mass of skiers shuffling along to get lifted back up!  Our immediate dismay was unfounded, but it did take over 10 minutes to get into a bubble.  But at least the seats were very comfortable and we were glad of the rest after the energy we’d used on the way down.

Couldn’t top that, so off to Monica’s for a smoked salmon and lettuce lunch (kidding myself I’d lose some weight!) and an hours recovery time.  Decided to look at the black Malatray, below Crozats, and found it in it’s wildest state but very rewarding to ski.  Soft and forgiving moguls tested us to the limit before we headed up the New-ish 6 man Crozats lift and across to the bottom of Inversens.  Nobody waiting and we were at the top of the new chair before we knew it.  Had to then ski back down my favourite run, but we didn’t realise that the new soft snow had developed as severe moguls by the time we hit it.  After puffing and panting quite a bit, and enjoying the tricky challenge from top to bottom we’d burnt up a few calories by the time we’d arrived at the chair.  So, having ridden back up to Roche De Mio, we headed for home via Les Sources only to find even more moguls on the way down.  My Dynastar Legends are, thankfully, superb in bumps and ride them better than I do!  Now for a VERY hot bath!