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.

Male Organ Health and Unclothed Running

With summer in full swing, more people are taking advantage of the fine weather to engage in running activities. Some people are also happy that warm weather means it’s easier to engage in outdoor nudist activities. And there are also some people who combine these two areas and engage in unclothed running. For male enthusiasts of the last-named activity, this does raise the question: are there some male organ health concerns to be considered when one is involved in unclothed running?
Yes, there are some issues that unclothed running men should consider – some of which indicate running unclothed may be beneficial, others of which indicate there may be some considerations to remember. And some of which have less to do with being unclothed and more to do with simply running.

- First and foremost: Be prepared for running . A man who has been a couch potato for the last few years shouldn’t jump into an unclothed marathon. Running is great exercise, but like any exercise it needs to be approached sensibly. Any time a person is significantly changing their exercise routine, checking in with a doctor is advised.

- Sunscreen. Those who are practicing nudists already know the importance of sunscreen. But if a guy does not already engage in a nudist lifestyle, he needs to take special care that those areas of the body that rarely see sun are properly protected.

- Get used to the floppiness. Running devoid of compression shorts can be a bonus for the sacks. Compression shorts can restrict blood flow to the midsection, causing a pain in the sacks – so running unclothed can be a plus. But the member and sacks do flop around while running. This can cause some minor pain, but more often it just feels a little awkward and may take some getting used to.

- Get ready for shrinkage. Most manhoods shrink quite a bit during the process of actually running, due to the physical activity itself. Don’t worry – they grow back to their normal size afterward, but many men feel needlessly embarrassed that they don’t present as more “hung” while running.

- Consider shoes. Some people run an unclothed race completely unclothed; others wear a hat or sunglasses – or shoes. If one’s feet aren’t ready for the rough road, shoes are perfectly legitimate.

- The member and sacks don’t get chafed. With no fabric to rub against, unclothed runners don’t develop the chafing and rashing that many do when wearing clothing.

- The male organ stays cooler and less sweaty. Without the heat of clothing, the member stays cooler. In addition, sweat appears and evaporates, rather than pooling. Sweat tends to come with bacteria and also dries out male organ skin oil, resulting in dry member skin. Unclothed running can reduce this male organ health problem.

- Insects can be a problem. Without protective covering, the manhood and environs can be a target for mosquitoes, ticks, etc. checking for such bites is important, especially if the running route goes through wooded areas.

So to summarize, there are positive male organ health benefits (less heat and pooled sweat, etc.) and some disadvantages (direct exposure to sunlight and insects, etc.) to running unclothed. As in most cases, simple common sense can help to ensure a better run for your member.

Whether running unclothed or not, a guy wants to take certain steps to keep his male organ health a priority. One of these is the daily application of a top drawer male organ health creme (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). For best results, the crème should contain L-arginine. This amino acid helps produce nitric oxide, which is part of the process by which male organ blood vessels are kept receptive to increased blood flow. And the crème should also include vitamin A, which has anti-bacterial properties which can help decrease unwanted and persistent manhood odor.

Conquer Alcohol Addiction

If you are struggling with an alcohol addiction you are not alone. It’s estimated that more than 18 million Americas drink to excess everyday. How can you tell if your drinking habit has become addictive? If your family is saying alcohol is getting in the way of their relationship with you, listen to them. When alcohol negatively affects your family life, your job, or creates legal problems like DUIs, it’s time to acknowledge you need help.

Take time to write down some of the benefits you will enjoy when you stop drinking. Your risk of liver damage decreases and if your pregnant, you reduce the possibility of health problems for your unborn baby. You will have a chance to restart relationships at home and at work. Though the transformation will not happen overnight, you can heal important connections with the people who care about you the most. Most importantly, you will feel freedom from the many stresses connected to drinking.

Once you’ve decided to stop drinking, find ways to limit your exposure to setting that might trigger you to restart your habit. Usually you need more than one strategy to conquer your addiction. Using willpower alone is rarely enough. You might want to consult with a health care provider about ways you can control the physical aspects of the addiction.

If you feel you cannot stop drinking on your own, talk with your doctor about treatment centers. Your insurance may cover part or all of the care you receive. If you have an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at work, you can discuss your concerns in a confidential setting and find the help you need. You can also check for local resources in your city.

You also want to address the emotional and habitual side of the problem. Many people find support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) help them resist the urge to drink. One simple way to slow down your addiction is through self hypnosis. Many people combine self hypnosis with support groups. The Press Play Series has just come out with a new Conquer Addiction CD. The CD runs for about 30 minutes and repeated use can help you break unhealthy dependence on alcohol. You can find the CD on Amazon or at http://RHChypnotherapy.com/. Check with the National Guild of Hypnotists to find a hypnotherapist near you. Create the life you want by gaining control over your life.