Val Thorens: Perfect for Off Piste Powder Hounds

When it comes to skiing destinations, Val Thorens comes out on top – literally. Famous for being the highest ski resort in Europe, it’s a favourite amongst seasoned experts who know full well that the higher the altitude the better the powder. While the lofty location not only offers sensational mountain views, which can be enjoyed from the terrace of your beautiful catered chalet, Val Thorens also boasts some of the best off piste runs in the three valleys region.
Although there are a multitude of off piste options for every level, from beginners to the seriously advanced, those looking for an adventure off the beaten track do so with an experienced guide and with the correct gear. When venturing into nature, you need to be prepared for all situations; carrying a transceiver (and spare batteries), a shovel, a probe, map and compass, First Aid Kit and a survival bag/blanket will ensure that you’re ready for any outcome.

So, with helmets on and boots clipped in it’s time to take to the slopes!

Lac du Lou

This is the resort’s best known run for thrill seekers, involving a 1400m vertical descent. There are two main routes down to the frozen glassy lake, starting from the Cime de Caron or from the top of Boismint.

From Cime de Caron

This is a good off-piste option for the advanced but not total expert powder hound as it’s quite well known. You’ll begin at the top and head towards the Vallon du Lou where you’ll come across a yellow sign marking the start of your off-trail journey. There is a nice variety of slopes to tackle as you make your way down the valley, until you reach the stream, which will lead you across a flat section. You’ll discover the lake from a higher level. Once you’ve reached the mirror-like surface, you’ll be able to take in the beauty of the Mont du Chat (the cat’s ears) as you turn to look back up at the Vallon du Lou.

From Boismint

This shorter route starts at a lower elevation, but don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s for the fainthearted. Its slopes are steeper than the Caron and there are no flat sections. But an afternoon session with the warm sunlight shining on the snow is a beautiful sight to see from its west facing hills.

Pierre Lory

Starting at the highest point reached by any chair in the Three Valleys, you’ll make your wary to the wide valley, traversing some pretty steep slopes on your way. From this point you’ll be able to see Col Pierre Lory, which gives its name to this itinerary. This is a fun route as most of the terrain is fairly flat with excellent snow cover, making for a smooth journey down.

With such high class trails just waiting to be explored, those looking for a thrill can spend all day in the mountains and ski straight home into their catered chalet; Val Thorens is the perfect destination for any winter adventurist.

Tim Heal is the founder of Chaletline, a travel agency offering catered chalet accommodation in worldwide ski resorts. With an extensive knowledge of resorts and excellent post booking care, they pride themselves on the personal touch they offer to each and every client. If you’re looking for a catered chalet, Val Thorens is just one of the superb ski resorts in which they can quickly and efficiently match you with the perfect accommodation. Catering for individuals, couples and groups up to 50, the knowledgeable Chaletline team will help you choose the right chalet in the right resort.

Hypnosis Can Help You Lose Weight

Did you know that more than 65% of adults in the United States are either overweight or obese? That translates into a host of potential health problems caused by excess pounds. High blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and stroke top the list. Many factors contribute to obesity. The number of calories you consume, your ability and willingness to exercise and your genes all coalesce to determine a person’s weight.

Hypnosis is an effective way to help people lose weight when it’s used in conjunction with other weight loss programs. Many people need six to eight sessions to benefit from hypnosis for weight loss. Hypnosis helps reframe the subconscious thinking that affects our eating behaviors. It helps people control non-hunger related eating.

If you eat too much of the wrong foods to reward yourself after a tough day or if you turn to food when you feel sad or lonely, you can change your responses. Hypnosis can strengthen self esteem, improve decision making, and help you manage stress. Studies have shown that people who combine hypnosis with healthy eating programs keep the weight off longer.

Finding the right weight loss and fitness program for you can make the difference between success and failure. Talk with your doctor about the many options available. Some people find it helpful to attend support groups. Others explore low fat cooking or order prepackaged food that takes minutes to prepare. Look at ways you can realistically increase daily exercise. Researchers have determined that several short periods of exercise during the week provides as much benefit as fewer longer exercise sessions. This is good news for people who find it hard to carve out an hour five times a week to go to a gym or fitness club. Maintaining a lifestyle of healthy eating and regular exercise takes planning and commitment.

When you manage your weight you reduce the risk of obesity-related health problems. You also feel and look your best. Many people find that weight loss eases depression and improves quality of life. Vitality and energy increase while symptoms of chronic pain and discomfort decrease.

It’s often subconscious thinking that creates the greatest obstacles to achieving long term weight management. You can turn the resentment that often slows or stops your weight loss strategy into feelings of success and well being by using hypnosis.

Perhaps Drug Rehab Slipped Her Mind?

An Australian member of parliament has called for the children of drug addicts to be permanently removed from their parents and offered for adoption. Liberal MP Bronwyn Bishop wants to see adoption, rather than fostering, used to separate children from parents who are battling addiction. Excuse me, but has the honorable member completely forgotten about successful drug rehab programs?

Ms. Bishop, who is currently chairing an Australian parliamentary inquiry into the impact of illicit drug use on families, told the Australian Broadcasting Company’s Four Corners program that the current system is skewed towards the interests of drug-using parents, and not their children. She said there are hundreds of parents who are desperate to adopt children and give them love and good homes, but “there is this ‘biology first’ principle.”

By ignoring that successful drug rehab can keep a family together, and tossing “this biology first principle” on the trash heap, Ms. Bishop nullifies both the proven breakthroughs in the science of drug rehab, as well as one of the most primal urges of human history and experience – the urge for one’s own biological parents, and children.

Ms. Bishop’s detractors have been quick to speak up. Brisbane Youth Service spokeswoman Amanda Davies said there is no evidence that all people that use drugs are unable to parent their children. And Queensland Council of Social Service president Karyn Walsh said there is strong evidence that forced removals cause children long-term harm. “You can’t just go removing children simply because their parents have a drug addiction,” she said. “Children need to know their parents, and not all parents who have a drug addiction are bad parents, or incapable of parenting.”

Victorian Child Safety Commissioner Bernie Geary put it best when he said, “There is nothing in my experience worse than a child who’s sentenced to be without their parents for the rest of their lives. Children are better off with families in the long run.”

And let’s not forget the ultimate solution: if the parents do a successful drug rehab program that gets down to the bottom of why they’re taking drugs and resolves those issues, they won’t be addicts.