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 Rash from Shingles? It Happens

Good male organ care is essential for maintaining a guy’s favorite body part in its best condition. Not only is a healthy manhood better positioned to perform at appropriate levels, but it also tends to be more handsome and appealing. And sine first impressions are important, a man wants to have a piece of equipment in his pants that looks good and healthy – not one that is sporting an off-putting male organ rash. Taking good care of member skin can help prevent a male organ rash, but there can be other causes of skin conditions, like shingles, which can still pop up unexpectedly.
For young guys, too?

But, wait – isn’t shingles an old man’s disease? Should a healthy young guy really be worried about it? Well, worried, no – but he should be aware of the possibility, because shingles is NOT something which occurs only in old age. True, about half of all shingles cases occur in people age 60 and over, but even children can come down with it.

So what is it?

People talk about shingles, but do they have more than a vague idea of what they are talking about? Shingles is a viral disease featuring a skin rash that tends to be localized but occurs in a fairly wide swipe. The rash can be anywhere on the body, including the member, sacks and general midsection area. Many people report feeling a tingling sensation in the affected area for a few days before the rash appears. In some instances, there may also be fever, headache or pains associated with the shingles outbreak. Many people find the rash, which may turn to blisters, to be painful to the touch.

Most cases of shingles clear up within a few weeks, but in some cases there may be lingering nerve pain which can last for months or even years.

What causes it?

Shingles is actually caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. If a person contracted chickenpox as a child, the virus remains in their system in an inactive state – and it can be activated later in life and cause shingles.

A person can also contract the virus if they come into physical contact with the blisters on an infected person. For this reason, a person with a male organ rash caused by shingles should abstain from sensual contact with another person until the rash has cleared up, to prevent the risk of spreading the virus to a partner. Of course, since significant pain is often present in the area that is affected by shingles, the manhood may be too sensitive to withstand sensual contact anyway.

Treatment

A man with shingles on his member should consult with a doctor to determine treatment. Pain medications (often basic over-the-counter kinds) may be recommended, as well as antiviral tablets or corticosteroids. If nerve pain is present, the doctor may recommend wearing loose-fitting underwear and trousers. Some men find that cold compresses applied to the manhood can lessen the pain during an outbreak. Oatmeal baths and calamine lotion can help if the male organ rash results in excessive itchiness.

The male organ rash caused by shingles is but one of many potential skin conditions which can affect one’s male organ health. Rashes with a topical, non-viral base are more likely to be prevented by regular application of a top notch male organ health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). It helps to find a crème that contains both a high end emollient (such as shea butter) and a natural hydrator (such as vitamin E, which together can create a moisture lock to keep member skin properly moisturized. A good crème will also include a powerful antioxidant; alpha lipoic acid is a superb example of one. The antioxidant helps fight excess free radicals which otherwise may cause oxidative stress that weakens sensitive manhood skin.

Itchy Male Organ Etiquette: When to Scratch

Emily Post may have literally written the book on etiquette in America, but it’s a safe bet that there’s at least one area she didn’t cover: when is it appropriate for a man to scratch his itchy male organ. She also most assuredly did not address the underlying male organ care issues that may be creating the itchy male organ situation, either. Granted, some may say that she probably would have included manhood scratching under the category of when the scratch in general, but clearly there is a difference between attending to a slight scratch on the bridge of the nose and providing blessed relief to a devilishly insistent itchy male organ.
As Ms. Post left such a void in the etiquette department, this article intends to help address this issue that all men face occasionally – and some men face almost constantly.