James “Woodsy” Woods top tips : How to perfect tricks in the park.

James “Woodsy” Woods top 6 tips to nailing a trick

During this winter our resort reporter Eloise was lucky enough to meet up with  Team GB Olympian James “Woodsy” Woods. Woodsy was in Méribel for a bit of skiing shortly after bagging Gold in the Big Air at the 2017 Winter X Games Aspen.

James Woods Meribel

Woodsy started out on Sheffield Dry Ski Slope as a teenager and has quickly taken himself to the top of his game. On the way, he has won FIS medals, finished 5th in slopestyle at the Winter Olympics in Sochi and has legions of fans across the world.

When Eliose caught up with Woodsy at the Méribel Planks Clothing store she didn’t waste the opportunity and got him to share his top tips on perfecting tricks in the park.

1. Look where you are going & let your eyes do the trick:

Wherever the eyes go the body follows, looking where you are going and spotting your landing is the most important thing when setting out to do a trick.

2. Finger guns:

Point your fingers out in front of you as if you are going to shoot something – this is where your hands should be.

3. Hold the box:

Imagine you are holding the corners of a box in front of you, this helps to keep your shoulders and body open.

4. Z legs:

Your legs need to be z-shaped, pushing your shins into the front of your boots.

5. Imagine you’re an apple:

When you throw an apple it doesn’t change its rotation mid-air. You should do the same, imagine you are an apple and continue your rotation.

6. If landing switch look back up the hill:

When landing backwards it is easy to be nervous and land at an angle, spot your landing then immediately look back up the hill to straighten out the landing so you are on both feet.


Quick Guide to Méribel Snow Parks

Meribel is home to one of the best Freestyle Snow Parks in Europe…DC Area 43.

DC Area 43 currently has something for everyone, with a mini-pipe, super-pipe, side hips, rails, boxes  and kickers (jumps) for intermediate – advanced park skier/boarders. The main drop into the park has a choice of 4 courses, on the left beginner/intermediate boxes, next blue and red kickers and sectioned off on the right a pro-line set up with multiple features. This truly is a park for all standards.

A GUIDE TO SNOW PARKS IN THE 3 VALLEYS

Then you get to the hut/picnic area, this year it supports WiFi, weekly entertainment with prizes, such as DC merchandise, a fusball table and a perfect view of the whole park.

If you want to perfect your tricks in the parks of Méribel the give us a call on 0127 3466 535 or check out our catered ski chalets.

 


What we learnt about the 3 Valleys when we skied somewhere else

We missed Méribel when we went skiing somewhere different

As you probably know we love Méribel and we love skiing in Les 3 Valleys. During the 25 years of operating in the area, we have witnessed the resort and slopes evolve into the incredible ski experience they are today.

But that doesn’t stop us venturing to other resorts for a ski day or even a holiday. Over the last few years, we have visited the Espace Killy, Chamonix, Ischgl, Borovets and recently La Clusaz. It was this last one that made us realise how amazing The 3 Valleys are!

Meribel

We are not about to character assassinate another resort and the truth is we had a lovely holiday skiing in a different place. Nor do we want to be the sort of people that say “why would you want to go anywhere else?”.

We understand that we all need to try something different, but we also know how good it feels to return to the familiar especially when it has the added bonus of being the best!

Our spring trip to La Clusaz was great, the resort was lovely, and the scenery stunning. In short, we had a great time. However, when you come from one of the best resorts in the world you do start to miss things.

The Snow

Not Much Snow
Not much snow should have stayed in the 3 Valleys

By going skiing at the extremities of the season there is always the risk that the snow conditions won’t be at their best. Our trip was in spring and the snow cover across the alps wasn’t outstanding.

It is during periods like this you realise how good the snowmaking infrastructure in The 3 Valleys is and how important attitude is to ensuring great season-long skiing.

The 3 valleys have over 2000 snow cannons across ⅓ of the ski area, in our spring destination there were just 200 and many of them were not in use due to the temperature and low altitude.

The Skiing

We can all have an opinion on what is good and bad skiing. What you can’t argue with is that the 3 Valleys is the largest ski area in the world and offers terrain and runs for every skier.  Yes in a small resort it is harder to get lost and in this case it was a great way for a mixed group to easily split up and hangout at the same time.

But if you consider that we occasionally discover a run that we haven’t skied for 10 years in the 3 valleys you can forgive us for not being satisfied with the amount of skiing on offer in other resorts.

The Lifts

Like the 3 Valleys the Annecy Ski area is many small areas linked. During my weeks stay none of the links were skiable, no runs were open into the resort and we relied on a car to get between ski areas. During the same week over in Méribel all the links were open and there was a plenty of runs open and runs back to resort were kept open.

During the same week over in Méribel all the links were open and there was a plenty of runs open and runs back to resort were kept open.

The next thing I started to miss was the quality of the infrastructure found in Les 3 Valleys. Every year there are new lift developments in the 3 Valleys and there has been clear progress in upgrading old lifts. So it is easy to tell when you’re in a resort that hasn’t had seen heavy lift investment.

So it is easy to tell when you’re in a resort that hasn’t had seen heavy lift investment. Many of La Cluzas lifts were old and none were covered, there was also a reliance on draglifts to access many of the ski areas.

The Apres

One of the charms of La Cluzas is how it has retained its original charm and very much remains a French ski resort. This has also meant that it isn’t quite up to scratch when it comes to Apres time! There is nothing to rival the Folie or the Ronnie and the bars in town are a more subdued affair.

Also after a recent Austrian ski trip and experiencing the whole Europop, Flulgle , dancing on the table madness I realised how well balanced the Apres ski scene in Meribel feels.

As we live in Meribel for half the year we can sometimes get complacent so a trip to another resort is good for us to realise how lucky we are to have the 600km of piste that we do.


If you are planning to return to The 3 Valleys or are heading there for the first time then check out our catered chalets in La Tania and Méribel or call us on +44(0) 1273 466 535


A guide to Savoie food

A Guide to Savoie Food and its traditions

Keen British skiers flock to France each winter for the country’s spectacular ski slopes, vibrant après ski, wonderful family facilities and catered chalet holidays.

But there’s one more thing which keeps us coming back for more each year, the food! Not just in the chalets but on the slopes and in the resort restaurants.

Meribel - Savoie

History of Savoie Food

A large part of the French Alps sits across the Savoie region, and like any other region or départment in France, the Savoie has its own unique cultural, historical, political and social background.

A hugely varied terrain, much of the Savoie is covered by high-altitude mountain plateaux, steep gradients, deep river valleys, farmland and lakes, plus of course huge swathes of the land are covered in snow for half the year, so the people who historically lived and travelled here were very hardy folk.

Food sources had to be readily available and that meant their diet largely consisted of hardy vegetables, cheeses and cured meats.

Since the turn of the twentieth century, the Savoie has changed from a largely agricultural terrain to an area more readily associated with tourism and skiing, but the cuisine of the area is inextricably linked to the Savoie itself and over the years has proven hugely popular amongst skiing visitors from all corners of the globe – so much so that for many people the Savoie food is now a major reason to return to France for the annual ski trip!

 

The Ingredients

Savoyarde cooking relies exclusively on products and ingredients from the area and, because of this, is unmistakably authentic. Staple ingredients include potatoes, which were grown over the summer and stored during harsh winters, and cheeses.

Of course, being an Alpine territory cheese making has always been a hugely popular pursuit in the Savoie and abondance, Beaufort, Tome and of course Reblochon cheeses all work wonderfully well with traditional Savoyarde fare. Cured meats also form a large part of the Savoyarde dishes we enjoy today, and they feature in a number of traditional recipes.

Fondue

Perhaps the most instantly recognisable of all the Savoyard dishes, fondue is like no other meal! Wonderfully convivial and great fun to enjoy with friends, eating fondue involves placing hard bits of bread onto a skewer and dipping it into a pot of melted cheese.

There are two schools of thought on the history of the meal, one a lot more fun and interesting than the other. The traditional view is that fondue came about when poor mountain farming communities had experienced lean times and were forced to make meals out of nothing more than stale bread and hard cheese, so they melted the cheese down and ate it with the tough bread as a warm and hearty meal. The truth of the matter, if you believe the nay-sayers, is a lot less intriguing… fondue came about as little more than a marketing ploy to get punters

The truth of the matter, if you believe the nay-sayers, is a lot less intriguing… fondue came about as little more than a marketing ploy to get punters into restaurants when skiing because popular in the Alps. I know which one I’m happier believing!

Raclette

Named after the cheese it’s made with, raclette is another wonderfully convivial dining experience – there are more flavours at play than with the fondue as well, and it’s a complete meal.

Potatoes are cooked in a pan of boiling water with the skins on, and placed on a plate alongside pickled gherkins, picked onions and a selection of dried meats.

Then diners take melted slices of raclette cheese and pour them over the dish before tucking in. It’s a hearty meal and leaves you fit to burst!

 Tartiflette

For a dish with as much flavour as tartiflette, it’s surprisingly simple to make. Butter is melted in a frying pan then finely chopped onions, bacon bits and thinly sliced potatoes are added.

Once the potatoes are nearly cooked you put them in an oven proof dish, layered with the bacon bits and onions. Then you cover the dish in strips of reblochon cheese and bake until melted and browned.

Tartiflette is a very old and very traditional Savoyarde recipe, but it’s one that anybody can try. Wonderfully simple to prepare, it tastes amazing and goes well with a crisp Savoyarde white wine.

These Savoyarde dishes are all wonderful in their own ways, and although no trip to the Alps is complete without one they are also perfectly simple to make and enjoy at home.

It’s all pretty carbohydrate-heavy though, but if you’re feeling too full after one of these dishes a shot or two of Genepi, the Savoie’s own digestif spirit, will sort you out in no time at all!

 


A great place to taste all these delicious dishes is the 3 Valleys. We have catered accommodation in Méribel and La Tania.

Go to our website for more details.

www.alpineaction.co.uk


The Alpine Bake Off: Apple and Almond cake

As the season comes to an end we really are going to miss our Chalet cakes. There is nothing better than coming back from a day on the mountain to the smell baking. A long standing Alpine Action favourite is our “Apple and Almond” cake. This mouth watering goodness, has a crisp outside and soft spongy middle. It lasts for ages if stored in a cake tin and if you like it as much as we do, you can even heat it up and serve it with a little cream for dessert.

Apple and Almond Cake

Apple and Almond Cake: Chalet Chez Menor
By Chloe and Oscar, Chalet Chez Menor

Serves 10
Preparation time  10 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:
50g of almond flakes (plus some extra for decoration)
2 apples
125g butter
1 tsp cinnamon
2 eggs
300g raising flour
200ml milk
pinch of salt
375g brown sugar
80g raisins
Icing sugar (optional for decoration)

Method:
1. Peel, core and slice apples.
2. Sift flour, cinnamon and salt into a bowl.
3. Stir in the brown sugar, raisins, eggs, almonds, melted butter, milk and apples.
4. Mix until smooth and pour into a greased and floured cake tin.
5. Cook for 45 minutes in a moderate oven (180ºC).
6. Stick a knife in the centre of the cake to check it is done, its should come out clean when removed.
7. Decorate with Almond flakes and a light dusting of icing sugar, or with almond icing, like Carmen in Chalet Telekie.

by Carmen and Sam, in Chalet Telekie
By Carmen and Sam, Chalet Telekie
By Bee and Emma, Chalet Azalee
By Bee and Emma, Chalet Azalee
Easter Decorations, by Chloe and Oscar, Chalet Chez Menor`Easter Decorations, by Chloe and Oscar, Chalet Chez Menor
Easter Decorations, by Chloe and Oscar, Chalet Chez Menor

Weekly Snow Report and Events in the 3 Valleys

It is sad to say this is the final weekly snow report and events for Alpine Action Winter Ski Season 2016/17. The 3 Valleys teams have really worked their magic this season ensuring it is the BEST ski area in Europe. Their commitment to having more lifts and runs open than any other resort has delivered and even as we approach the end of very warm and sunny Spring like conditions, they continue to ensure we can access the best snow high up the mountain.

New additions to the 3 Valleys have made it not only the best place to ski but the best place to be!

Some of the more noticeable highlights have been; luxury picnic areas, wifi hot spots, selfie spots with the most amazing back drops, increased liberty free ride areas (allowing you a taste of off-piste skiing in a safe controlled area), amazing Snow park set ups attracting world famous freestyle Olympians and teams. Events such as; the Aerosnow show in Meribel, the Alpine Skiing Europa Cup, torch lit decent’s by local ski schools during school holidays, mega firework displays in Courchevel, ice car racing in Val Thorens, the piste bash festival in Meribel (music and comedy in the mountains) and Champagne Yoga brunches at La Folie Douce. If that wasn’t enough after being released back into the Alps over 10 years ago we are finally starting to see signs of European wolves living free in their natural habitat.

The season isn’t over yet, the next two weeks see skiing in Spring-like conditions, long lunches at sunny mountain restaurants and the annual Meribel Village Charity Day party. Head down to Meirbel Village on Wednesday afternoon and see an incredible line up of local and guest bands/DJ’s playing, hosted by Radio 1’s Jo Whiley.

The weather forecast this week is mainly sunny with some clouds today and Wednesday morning. The forecast for next week, will start of bright and sunny with some light snow showers Monday to Thursday with sunshine for the remainder of the week.

All 3 Valley links will remain open and the majority of pistes. Routes down to Meribel centre will be shut, but lifts will remain open to allow you access back down to the main lift area “La Chaudanne”. For lift and run openings check out this link and scroll down, to see live information: http://www.meribel.net/infos-pistes.html

Temperatures are staying mild with highs of 14 degrees and lows of 1 degree. The coldest wind chill is forecast at -3, freezing level is at 2700m for perfectly groomed pistes first thing in the morning!

 

Image from Snowforecast.com
Image from Snowforecast.com
Image from: LE Meteo France 7 day forecast
Image from: Le Meteo France 7 day forecast
Image from: LE Meteo France 14 day forecast
Image from: Le Meteo France 14 day forecast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Meribel valley currently has a reading of 14cm of snow at resort level (1450m) and 157cm at Altitude (2700m).

The Courchevel valley currently has a reading of 73cm at resort level (1850m) and 163cm at Altitude (2700m).
Avalanche risk is 2 out of 5 today.

We want to keep you up to date with weekly events and happenings in the 3 valleys so here are some of the best bits to get you in the winter holiday spirit…

What’s on this week in Meribel

Monday 10th
Himalaya by night: night sledging 5:30pm – 7:30pm Meribel Mottaret

Tuesday 11th
Market day in Meribel centre.

Wednesday 12th
Ice Hockey at the Olympic Centre: 8:15-11pm
CHARITY DAY♫

Thursday 13th
Himalaya by night: night sledging 5:30pm – 7:30pm Meribel Mottaret

Friday 14th
Market day in Meribel centre

What’s on this week in La Tania

 

Availability

If all of this has got you yearning for your next ski holiday, get ahead of the game and give our office a call today. Reserve your week in one of our fabulous chalet for next season 2017/18.    www.alpineaction.co.uk

 


Weekly Snow Report and Events in the 3 Valleys

As the final week of the season gets nearer, the resort is winding down for a little “you time”, from the 1st of April to the 14th, Meribel is focusing on being “Zen” and what a way to do it…

“Zen Altitude” is a two week event in Meribel that you can get involved with. Think piste nap time, mountain Yoga, leisurely lunches, girl power freestyle days with local ski schools and Spa’s for relaxation and pampering with a mountain back drop. Anyone coming to resort this week and next, can get involved just sign up to any the activities scheduled in the “Zen Altitude” itinerary.

If you are less Zen and more adrenaline junkie there is still lots to do, snow conditions may appear Spring-like with lower slopes naturally fading as a result of warm temperatures, but above 1800m the snow conditions are still great! Pistes are quiet and sunshine is forecast nearly every day for the next week.  This is also prime-time for paraponting in the Alps. Light snow showers are expected  for Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday daytime. Sunshine for the rest of the week followed by more snow showers Monday to Wednesday next week.

Temperatures have slightly dropped this week with highs of 6 degrees and lows of – 2 degrees. The coldest wind chill is forecast at -5 allowing for the snow to re-freeze overnight for perfectly groomed pistes first thing in the morning!

Image from: Snowforecast.com
Image from: Snowforecast.com
Image from: Le Meteo France
Image from: Le Meteo France
Image from: Le Meteo France
Image from: Le Meteo France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Meribel valley currently has a reading of 25cm of snow at resort level (1450m) and 158cm at Altitude (2700m).

The Courchevel valley currently has a reading of 73cm at resort level (1850m) and 161cm at Altitude (2700m).

Avalanche risk is 1 out of 5 today, as it is Spring off piste skiing is limited to areas only accessible by ski touring. If you fancy some Spring lines, contact the local Meribel and Courchevel Guides to get involved with beginner – advanced, off piste touring days and see what end of season conditions have to offer.

We want to keep you up to date with weekly events and happenings in the 3 valleys so here are some of the best bits to get you in the winter holiday spirit…

What’s on this week in Meribel

Monday 3rd
Folie Douce: Power Ranger Party, 12-5pm
Himalaya by night: night sledging 5:30pm – 7:30pm Meribel Mottaret
Live Music
Evolution: Mardy Johnny Depps – 10pm
Lodge Du Village: Alex Davies – 4pm

Tuesday 4th
Market day in Meribel centre.
Live Music
Jacks Bar: Daisy B – 5pm
Lodge du Village: Bring Your Sisters – 4:30pm
Evolution: Hobo Chic – 10pm

Wednesday 5th
Yoga retreat hour: La Folie Douce, Champagne Brunch, 10am register at auxalpes.com
Ice Hockey at the Olympic Centre: 8:15-11pm
Live Music
The Rond Point: Bubble & Crisp – 5pm
Lodge du Village: The leggomen – 4:30pm
Doron Pub: Wingmen – 11pm

Thursday 6th
Himalaya by night: night sledging 5:30pm – 7:30pm Meribel Mottaret
Olympic Centre Ice Rink: Black out party, 8-10pm
Live Music
Jacks Bar: Hobo Chic – 5pm
Lodge du Village: Sian Hayley Smith – 4:30pm

Friday 7th
Market day in Meribel centre
Live Music
Lodge du Village: The Mardy Jonny Deps – 4:30pm

What’s on this week in La Tania

Last minute availability
As the season comes to an end we have limited availability next week. Chalets Ecureil and Telekie in Meribel both have a few beds left if you fancy a break from rainy England. Alpine views, glorious sunshine, end of season parties and Spring skiing what is stopping you from a last minute ski holiday to the 3 Valleys?


Signs that spring is the mountains

7 Signs that spring has arrive in the mountains

Fresh dumps of snow

Fresh Snow

The end of March and the start of April were once times that dedicated skiers would try and avoid the slopes. But over the last few years these 6 weeks have seen an increase in big fresh dumps of snow. The snow that falls in spring may not stay around as long but when it falls it is light, fluffy and often accompanied by blue skies.

Outrageous tan lines

A goggle mark has always been more of a statement rather than a lax approach to sunscreen application. And the best time to get yours is during the spring months. But why stop at a goggle mark when there are T-shirt lines to collect on your arms, neck and rear.

The sighting of Marmots

Marmot

To some these are mythical creatures that only exist in souvenir shops or name of the piste where you were meant to meet your partner after their ski lesson. To others the appearance of these giant rodents is a sign that spring is here and the summer is on it’s way.

Mini Festivals

The alpine festival is a growing trend, Méribel alone can boast of the Ronnie Loves Music Festival, the Piste Basher Festival and the 3 Valleys Charity Day (festival). Once the posters for these start to go up we know that we are in for a good time and that spring has arrived.

Rocks

piste sign meribel

Rocks are a part of the spring experence and other than the petex manafacures, no one enjouys their appearence. First the big ones that form the landscape start to appear then slowly smaller ones start to popup on the lowere slopes and busy intersections. By the final week of the season, (if its hasn’t dumped), part of the game is to dodge the rocks.

Sunbathing lifties

An iconic image of a ski resort in spring is the sunbathing liftie. Over the years the resorts have become more customer focused and the role of the lift operator  more responsible this sight happens less and less. But when it does you can’t but think…. “ I’d quite like that job”.

Puddles to skim

2010 Puddle Jump

You know the drill, you spot a puddle or melted pond, you point it out to your group, then you watch someone effortly skim across it on skis. The challenge is on. One of your group heads back the chalet early to dry off. In some resorts this is now a major event, don’t let your mate enter!

Take a look at our spring ski deals or call us for more information.


Weekly Snow Report and Events in the 3 Valleys

Hello from a sunny 3 Valleys, the forecast is looking fabulous this week after 30cm of snow fell on Saturday night. Waking up on Sunday morning to a sunny Winter paradise was pretty special and I imagine a great day for any families celebrating Mother’s Day in the 3 Valleys.

We have an action packed week in Meribel with the start of the annual “Piste Bash Festival” bands from across the Alps perform in Meribel’s La Chaudanne and popular Apres bars.  Special offers are on all week in the bars and restaurants, purchase your wrist bands from Jacks bar or Lodge du Village in Meribel.

The forecast for the rest of the week is sunshine, until Friday where clouds will start to form and light snow is predicted for the weekend. Moving into next week we have Spring like conditions with sunshine from Tuesday onwards.

Image from: Snowforecast.com
Image from: Snowforecast.com
Image from: Le Meteo
Image from: Le Meteo, France 7 Days

 

Image from: Le Meteo
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Temperatures this week have highs of 6 degrees at 2000 meters and lows of -3 degrees. The coldest wind chill is forecast at -5 and freezing level is around 2000 meters.

The Meribel valley currently has a reading of 38cm of snow at resort level (1450m) and 182cm at Altitude (2700m).

The Courchevel valley currently has a reading of 86cm at resort level (1850m) and 181cm at Altitude (2700m).

Avalanche risk is 3 out of 5 today, however, with temperatures warming up off piste skiing is not recommended.

We want to keep you up to date with weekly events and happenings in the 3 valleys so here are some of the best bits to get you in the winter holiday spirit…

What’s on this week in Meribel

Live Music with the Piste Bash Festival

Tuesday 21st
Market day in Meribel centre.
DC Area 43: welcome drink and games 2-4pm

Wednesday 22nd
Ice Hockey at the Olympic Centre – 8:15-11pm

Thursday 23rd
Himalaya by night: night sledging 5:30pm – 7:30pm Meribel Mottaret
Tobogganing and mulled wine at La Chaudanne, 4:15pm
DC Area 43: Shoes hunt, find goodies hidden around the park and win them

Friday 24th
Market day in Meribel centre

What’s on this week in La Tania

 


Last minute availability

The recent dump of fresh snow, sunshine all week and a top-up forecast for the weekend it would be rude not to treat yourself to a last-minute holiday in the heart of the 3 Valleys. We have limited availability next week with a few beds available in the chocolate box Chalet Cote Coeur in La Tania. Chalet Alysson in Meribel has 2 beds available and Chalet Telekie in Meribel 1600 has returning hosts Carmen (Queen of baking) and Sam and is available next week. Click here to book or find out more:  http://www.alpineaction.co.uk/special-offers-last-minute.htm

 


How Green is Méribel

Find out how Méribel reduces its environmental impact

You may be surprised to discover that Méribel is, environmentally speaking, considered a very green ski resort. Unlike the green runs which only accounts for 9% of the resort’s pistes. The Ski Club of Great Britain has identified 7 initiatives that ski resorts should be implementing for it to be considered an environmental friendly ski resort.

Only 2 resorts in Europe have the full 7 in place, and only 11 in France are implementing 6 green initiatives. Méribel is one of the 11 and is well on the way to having all 7 initiatives in place, making it the greenest resort in the 3 Valleys, although Courchevel has more green runs.

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Why is Méribel so green

The resort, along with the whole of the 3 valleys, source the energy needed to power the lifts and cannons from renewable sources in the form of hydro electric dams that are located throughout the local area. Local water  is also used to create the snow made by the cannons and comes from the nearby Ariondaz dam.IMG_0301

Renewable energy

The ski area also uses solar energy to power all radio communications that keep the slopes safe and maintained. There are also plans to ensure the ice rink and swimming pool are powered by renewable energy.

As part of its green plan Méribel encourages people to walk. Which may seem a simple solution but it makes a big difference in reducing the traffic in the valleys villages. The town has invested lots of money into ensuring there are safe walkways and that they are maintained throughout the winter.

Where it is clear that walking would be a bit to much the resort lays on a free bus service at a cost of 1 Million euros per season but it helps to reduce the need for private cars and local emissions so it is a worth while investment. The resort also has a policy of free open air parking or affordable underground parking.

Rubbish and Recycling 

Litter has always been an issue in ski resorts and we have all heard stories about the amount of rubbish and cigarette butts that appear under chairlifts as the snow melts in the spring.

Méribel is very proactive in discouraging skiers and boarders from littering and educating them about the impact throwing rubbish of chairlifts has. Despite all this there still needs to be organised mountain cleans at the end of every season.

The town has always had a recycling policy, just ask your chalet host how much time they spend ensuring the waste that the chalet generates gets put into the correct bin.

Architecture

One of the joys of Méribel is the architecture. There are no hideous high-rises and modern monstrosities that you find in many nearby ski resorts, this is down to the strict 80 year old building code of the town

It was’t probably introduced for environmental reasons but the policy of only using stone, wood and slate for building as well as strict height restrictions has minimised the environmental impact the development of the resort had had on the mountain.

Can Méribel It be greener?

Of course it could be more environmentally friendly, which ski resort couldn’t be. However, Méribel is working towards it. They are close to complying with the ISO 14001 which is an international standard of environmental management. Take a look at the ISO website if you want to find out more about the ISO 14001, but in short it is good for our planet and good for Méribel.

If you want to book a ski holiday to one of Europe greenest ski resorts take a look at our chalets in Méribel.

 


Weekly Snow Report and Events in the 3 Valleys

We have been feeling hot, hot, hot, in the 3 valleys this week with glorious sunshine, blues skies and warmer temperatures. Spring is finally here, driving up the mountain towards resort, spring flowers are starting to dot the landscape and with snowy peaks and sunshine what better time of year to come for a sunny ski holiday?

There are some fun events happening in resort this week, with our good old friends Magic in Motion ski school entertaining us on Wednesday. Find an action packed day of Skiing, Freestyle, music, BBQ, water slide and prizes at the top of Rhodos lift, opposite the Rhodos restaurant, to experience “Magic D Freestyle Day” at the Magic garden. On Thursday you can catch the DC pro-freestyle snowboarders as they warm up for the “DC Area 43 Hit and Run” competition on Friday – an event not to be missed you can read more about DC Area 43 on our recent Freestyle blog post.

Weather and snow forecast for the next week is promising, with sunshine today followed by the cloud moving in on Tuesday afternoon and light snow showers continuing into the weekend. Next week the cloud will clear on Wednesday leaving sunshine for the rest of the week.

Temperatures this week have lowered with highs of 5 degrees at 2000 meters and lows of -4 degrees. The coldest wind chill is forecast at -8 and freezing level is around 2000 meters.

Image from: Snowforecast.com
Image from: Snowforecast.com
Image from: Le Meteo, France
Image from: Le Meteo, France (7 days)
Image from: Le Meteo France
Image from: Le Meteo France (14 days)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The Meribel valley currently has a reading of 45cm of snow at resort level (1450m) and 173cm at Altitude (2700m).

The Courchevel valley currently has a reading of 99cm at resort level (1850m) and 175cm at Altitude (2700m).

Avalanche risk is 3 out of 5 today, however, with temperatures warming up off piste skiing is not recommended.

We want to keep you up to date with weekly events and happenings in the 3 valleys so here are some of the best bits to get you in the winter holiday spirit…

What’s on this week in Meribel

Monday 20th
Live Music
Evolution: Mardy Johnny Depps – 10pm
Lodge Du Village: Coco and the Butterfields – 4pm

Tuesday 21st
Market day in Meribel centre.
Live Music
Jacks Bar: Daisy B – 5pm
Lodge du Village: Bring Your Sisters – 4:30pm
Evolution: Hobo Chic – 10pm

Wednesday 22nd
Magic D Freestyle Day: Magic Garden, 11am – 4pm
Yoga retreat hour: La Folie Douce – 10 -11am register at auxalpes.com
Ice Hockey at the Olympic Centre – 8:15-11pm
Lodge DU Village: Comedy Night with Marcus Briggstock – 10pm
Live Music
The Rond Point: Norman J – 5pm
Lodge du Village: Bloc off the Wall – 4:30pm
Doron Pub: Wingmen 11pm

Thursday 23rd
Himalaya by night: night sledging 5:30pm – 7:30pm Meribel Mottaret
Tobogganing and mulled wine at La Chaudanne, 4:15pm
DC Are 43 Hit and Run warm up: 11am – 4pm
Live Music
Jacks Bar: Hobo Chic – 5pm
Lodge du Village: Sian Hayley Smith – 4pm

Friday 24th
DC Are 43 Hit and Run competition: 11am – 4pm
Market day in Meribel centre
Live Music
Lodge du Village: Electric Spank – 4pm

What’s on this week in La Tania

 

Last minute availability

Spring is now here and it would be rude not to treat yourself to a sunny holiday in the French Alps. Apres ski is in it’s prime this time of year, with special gigs and events to keep you entertained. Ski all morning, have a late lunch on a sunny terrace then party until the sun sets with a mountain backdrop. Check out our latest offers for last minute chalet holidays in Meribel and La Taniahttp://www.alpineaction.co.uk/special-offers-last-minute.htm

 


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