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Meribel & La Tania – Three Valleys Snow report – Week 9

It has definitely been a mixed-bag of a week in Méribel and La Tania! We have gone from blue skies and springtime warmth to resort-level rain and back again in a matter of days. The weather doesn’t seem to be making its mind up anytime soon, so be prepared for all conditions out on the slopes!

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Weather

Temperatures have been unseasonably mild in the last week and as the snow clouds have rolled in it’s been falling a little damper than we prefer in resort and on lower runs however we have had 30cm of fresh snow at the top of the lifts. When the clouds have cleared the weather is almost March-like with us ditching our mid-layers, and even jackets at some points!

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Snow Conditions

The snow conditions are just as mixed as the weather, we’ve got a bit of ice, a bit of slush and everything in between. Up on the higher runs the snow is still in good condition so our advice would be go high and stay there! We skied the higher runs in and out of St Martin and Les Menuires this afternoon and they were really good!

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Forecast

We are expecting a drop in temperatures and snowy showers later in the week, which should top up the mountain nicely, and then more blue skies as we head towards the weekend. Next week is looking great with fresh snow and colder temperatures so we can put out t-shirts away!


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Meribel & La Tania – Three Valleys Snow report – Week 8

Bonjour from the sunny Three Valleys! This week has been non-stop sunshine and blue skies, not what you would usually expect from January but we don’t mind one bit. The conditions this week have been positively spring-like and we have been working hard on our seasonnaire goggle tans, you can find us perched on the mountain with a demi and a deckchair!

Snow Conditions

The snow conditions are still very good, there has been some icy patches to the mild temperatures (up to 10 °C in resort) and a little slushy snow down on lower pistes but the snow has held its own.  Every single lift and piste is open in Meribel and La Tania so the season is in full swing! With over 600 kilometres of ski area there really is something for everyone, and plenty to keep you busy!

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Weather Forecast

The weather is set to stay mild and sunny over the next couple of days with some welcome snowy showers expected on Sunday. We are anticipating over 20 cm of snow on Sunday which will top up the pistes nicely and cover any icy patches. We are anticipating the rest of the week to be mild, sunny and with blue skies!

With good snow, sunshine and blue skies this is not the January skiing we are used to but we couldn’t be happier!

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What Emily Sarsfield Loves About Méribel

Emily Sarsfield is the UK’s number 1 female Ski Cross athlete, has been ranked 20th on the World Cup circuit and is a member if the British Ski and Snowboard squad. For the last 10 years Emily has lived, worked and trained in Méribel and is a big fan of the Three Valleys.  Recently we had a chance to sit down with Emily and talk to her about what she loves about our Alpine home.

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Not only does Emily train in the Three Valleys she also runs a small ski school offering private lessons out of Méribel, this is obviously when she isn’t competing and is often during the school holidays. The reason she does this is because unlike many other athletes she doesn’t receive funding, so has to find ways to fund her own training and racing. As Emily bases herself in the Three Valleys and is always returning in Méribel, we started be asking her why she keeps coming back, her response was that the resort has a strong community, although she doesn’t behave like the usual seasonnaire and is likely to be found in the gym when everyone else is in the pub.

We then chatted about her missing out on the Winter Olympic Games and becoming a ski instructor but we soon ended up back on the subject of Méribel. One of the first thing Sarsfield mentioned was the fact that all of the resorts in America would fit into the Three Valleys before pulling out the usual but true clichés and declaring that Méribel is “postcard picture perfect”.

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In the 10 years of skiing in the Three Valleys she doesn’t think she has skied every run, which is probably very true, after all the years we have been working out there we probably haven’t either. If you live somewhere for a long time you will inevitably notice the changes, one of the big things Emily has noticed is how the access to cross the entire ski area has developed and even beginner skiers can now move from resort to resort on mainly green runs.

“There is always something different” – Emily Sarsfield on the Three Valleys

Of course one of the main reason Emily loves the Three Valleys is because of the Ski Cross park in Val Thorens, which is one of the best in Europe and regularly hosts World Cup Events. Over the years she has fallen in love with off piste skiing which the the 3Vs has plenty of when the conditions are right and Sarsfield top tip is to head up the Loze chair on a bluebird for some easy access powder.

We saved our “best” question until last, when we asked her in our serious interviewer voice, what is her favourite run in the resort and the answer was the Mauduit. The run is from the top of Saluire and goes all the way down to Méribel Center, or you can choose to head down to Méribel Village. She described the run as “long, open, well groomed and a thy burner”.

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Meribel & La Tania – Three Valleys Snow report – Week 7

We have had another fantastic, and snowy week in the 3 Valleys! Since our snow report last week it hasn’t stopped falling and we have a snow pack of 2 metres at the top of the lifts so the rest of the season is looking very good indeed. We have been kept busy in resort clearing the fresh blanket of snow that keeps appearing every morning, not that we are complaining about it when we hit the mountain!

Snow Conditions

The snow conditions this week have been amazing, the pisteurs have left a number of runs un-pisted to give everyone the experience of off piste skiing within the safety of the piste. The constant snow fall has meant that if you’re out early enough there has been fresh powder to be had every day, so getting first lifts is definitely worth it!

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Weather

Inevitably with heavy snow comes clouds so visibility has not always been the best but blue skies have been poking through and the sun is on its way! Even when the visibility has been low we have had a great time exploring the little forest tracks on and off the piste in the powder.

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Forecast 

Over the next week it looks like the snow clouds are going to clear finally and we are going to have some bluebird days. Temperatures are going to get a little milder to around -2°C, that combined with the expected sunshine means we might finally get to work on that all important seasonaire goggle tan!

With a whole pile of snow and blue skies on the horizon there has never been a better time to be in the  Valleys! 

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What the UK’s top Ski Travel Agents think of Alpine Action

We invited some of the top ski specialist travel agents to come and stay with us in Méribel for a ski trip and experience what a Alpine Action chalet holiday is like. Staying with us during the week we had representatives from ifyouski, Alpine Answers, Iglu Ski and Interactive Resorts. As you would expect these guys know a lot about ski holidays and talk about skiing all day long so we thought we would ask them what they thought about our package.

During the trip the agents were based in the Chalet Serpolet as also as had the chance to look around all our chalets.

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Food & Drink

“The food was an excellent standard (particularly the duck!) the menu was varied and everyone had nothing but good things to say. One of our group is a vegetarian and I know that he was also really impressed as sometimes veggies can get stuck with a less well thought out meal day after day!” Rufus – Iglu Ski

“Fantastic food, a varied menu with some lovely treats and fab portions meaning that after a day on the slopes we were amply fed and filled with some amazing food” Mike – Interactive Resorts

“Delicious food, man-sized meat portions, well executed, fresh, varied. Despite knowing the food is good with Alpine Action I was still impressed” David – Alpine Answers

“I thought the wine was pretty decent.”  Harry – Interactive Resorts

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Accommodation

“The accomadation was clean and tidy and well spaced out with very nice décor” James – Interactive Resorts

“In the Serpolet their was a spacious living area, awesome hot tub and the games room was a fab addition and comfy beds.” Mike – Interactive Resorts

“Lovely homely chalets, very comfortable, some chalets were better in person than the photos may show. Impressed with the size of the living areas in more than a couple of chalets.” David – Alpine Answers

“I thought all of the chalets were furnished to a really high standard – it was awesome to have spacious rooms for 2 people” Rufus – Iglu Ski

“Obviously varies from the more basic ones such as Rosalie 1 to the nicer ones such as Bouchot. But this is reflected in the price. Overall, they were all kept in very good condition, clean and all in half decent locations” – Harry – Interactive Resorts

” We worked our way through the La Tania chalets (the Cote Coeur being my favourite) then on to Meribel village where we saw Rosalie I and II, followed some of Meribel 1600 chalets and finishing off with the Meribel centre chalets, which, in my opinion were the best chalets. Of course we had been spoiled by staying in the Serpolet which was probably their best chalet according to the group but that might have been down to our lovely hosts!” Nick – ifyouski

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Favourite chalet?

“It has by far the most attractive setting for the hot tub, giving the feeling of seclusion but still with great mountain views in the evening. The games room is perfect for those who like to have a bit of fun, and adds a lot to the holiday atmosphere.” David – Alpine Answers

“Except for the Serpolet I would say that my favourite chalet was the Toubkal! It looked awesome and I’d love to have a holiday there with a few friends!” Rufus – Iglu Ski

“The Bouchot, spacious, lovely bedrooms, really nice more modern finish, just a great chalet! Lots come close though…” Mike – Interactive Resorts

“The Serpolet- Probably not as nice as Trois Ceours or Bouchot but because of its location, the driver service, the hot tub in a private garden looking over the valley, the games room and its location means it adds up to be my favourite.” Harry – Interactive Resorts

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Driver service

“Very efficient, usually be there within 5 mins of calling them. If pre arranged the night before they were always there bang on time.” Harry – Interactive Resorts

“Excellent, I liked hearing that the drivers can also work extra hours during the day if they want too. I am sure they would only ever do so if rewarded with nice tips, but the fact that they are allowed to continue working can only be seen as a positive approach.” David – Alpine Answers

“The driver service is a huge selling point – I think that most of the chalets are in pretty good positions anyway, but as so many people are obsessed with having a ski in / ski out chalet having a driver can make a huge difference – they were always pretty easy to get hold of and always happy to just suddenly show up – they never took long to arrive so they must be very good at just dropping whatever they’re doing!!” Rufus – Iglu Ski

“Driver service was always on call and happy to help when needing collection” James – Interactive Resorts

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Staff

“Very good. It really does make a difference having staff with experience and who are slightly older than the typical 18 yr old host” Harry – Interactive Resorts

“Please pass on my thanks to the drivers but I think a special thanks needs to be given to Reese and Leanne – they were perfect hosts and seemed to work really well together. They were both great to talk to whilst also making sure we constantly had whatever we wanted. I’ve no doubt they’ll do extremely well over the season and will always get good feedback from customers.”  Rufus – Iglu Ski

“The Resort manager was excellent, really has his staff on side and very confidence inspiring, a real asset who should set the season in good stead. Rhys and Leanne (Serpolet Hosts): Absolutely lovely, such stars, really rated these guys and they were so nice, really relaxed fun vibe, really sincere and absolute assets” Mike – Interactive Resorts

“The staff were all very nice and very helpful. Chalet hosts were superb, relaxed and professional, friendly and funny. Everything you could want from a host.” David – Alpine Answers

“They have a great operation, team and know how to look after their guests! Even the drunk ones….” Nick – ifyouski

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Overall Impressions

“All in all a great trip and a pleasure to stay with Alpine Action.” Nick – ifyouski

“Very impressed by the way the company runs and how much each member of staff knows about the Three Valleys” James – Alpine Action

“Impressed! Better than I expected. I don’t think the pictures on the website do the Chalets any justice. I thought they all looked better when seeing them in person. Staff all organised very well and it all ran smoothly” Harry – Interactive

“Thumbs up” David – Alpine Answers

“Excellent value for money, pictures don’t portray just quite how good the chalets are, always hard to convey the service is superior from comparable priced rivals but really very good” Mike – Interactive Resorts

“Thank you so much for looking after us all last week we all had a great time!” Rufus – Iglu Ski

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Meribel & La Tania – Three Valleys Snow report – Week 6

It hasn’t stopped snowing since our last snow report! We are a week in to heavy snowfall with it set to continue until early next week so there has never been a better time for a visit to Méribel! Weather this week has been hit and miss, with lovely fresh snow comes clouds and even some rain in resort and on lower pistes. However this hasn’t put us off, nothing a vin chaud by the fire couldn’t fix, and is worth it for the mounds of untouched powder we have been greeted by on a daily basis!

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Weather 

This week the temperatures have dropped significantly so another layer was very much needed out on the slopes, the start of the week was milder with the snow falling a little wetter than we prefer. This has all changed now and the snow is falling thick, fast and fluffy!

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The snow is amazing! Some runs have only been pisted down one side leaving the rest pure powder, our chalet manager Eloise (who has worked 4 seasons and skied A LOT) described the champagne powder as the best she has ever skied on, and that’s saying something. The snow pack is over 2 metres deep at the top of the runs and 75cm on the bottom and this is only going to increase over the next few days. As incredible as the powder is the avalanche warning in resort is very high so off piste skiing is not advised at this moment in time.

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Forecast 

The good weather is set to continue with snow expected until Tuesday with some blue skies poking through on Sunday which is set to be spectacular! Temperatures will continue to be low so wrap up warm and layer up on the mountain.

For the time being we have a lot of snow clearing to be doing, not a bad thing at all!

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Meribel & La Tania – Three Valleys Snow report – Week 5

The snow has finally arrived and it’s not stopping anytime soon! In the last week the 3 Valleys have been completely transformed with over a metre of snow having fallen and more is on the way. We have been out with our shovels on a daily basis clearing snow from our drives for it to reappear only hours later- not that we are complaining!

Weather Forecast

The weather has been mixed this week, with heavy snow comes poor visibility and we have had some strong winds as well. For a couple of days we have had the holy grail of fresh powder combined with blue skies and beautiful sunshine but even in the poor visibility the snow has been so amazing it’s definitely a fair trade. The temperatures have dropped slightly this week and an extra layer of clothing has been needed on the slopes, especially when you get to the higher points of the mountain.

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Piste Conditions

The snow conditions have been incredible with fresh powder on top of groomed pistes almost every morning this week. There are a few bumps and moguls around which has been great fun, even for those of us who have taken a couple of tumbles while trying to perfect our mogul technique! We asked a few of this week’s guests to describe the snow conditions in one word and this is what we got, “cracking”, “incredible” and we are slightly unsure of this one, but get the gist, “POWDERFUL”!

The slopes are unrecognisable from a mere week ago and things are only going to get better as more snow drops over the next week. Over the next 5 days we are anticipating another metre of snow to drop on the 3 Valleys so there are plenty more powder days on the horizon! The temperatures will continue to drop to around -10°C so if you are coming out remember to pack your thermals.

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Three Valleys Commitment to Snow Making

The start of the 2015/16 season wasn’t the best in terms of snowfall with many resorts being forced to postpone their opening. The lack of snow at the start of the season has highlighted how impressive the snowmaking infrastructure of the Three Valleys is. While other ski resorts suffered the Three Valleys was boasting that it had 70% of runs open and they were in pretty good shape.
When the Three Valleys opened up in full on the first week in December the last snow had fallen three weeks earlier and the temperatures were not consistently low. However, on opening day Méribel looked like this.

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And after two weeks they looked just as good with the run down to La Tania being one of the best maintained slopes in the area.

So why is the snow cover so good?

The Three Valles has made a huge commitment to snow making. It currently has 2186 snow cannons located across one third of it’s 327 runs, which are attend to by a 72 strong fleet of piste bashers. The snow making starts long before the lifts open for the season as the cannons get turned on as soon at the temperature drops low enough. It is also rumoured the Méribel alone spends half a million pounds a year just making snow.
When we had a chat with the manager from Méribel Alpina, the company that runs the mountain, who were keen to make sure that part of their promise to skiers coming to the area is to always have the highest number of runs open in Europe. We thought we would test this and on the 29th Dec 2015 we compared Méribel to five of Europe’s most popular resorts and the percentage of lifts they had open.

Méribel 76%
Avoriaz 45%
Les Arcs 46%
St Anton 74%
Val d’Isere 37%
Verbier 68%

Booking a ski holiday at the beginning of the winter season has always been a gamble and this had been reflected in the prices of December ski holidays. But the work that goes on behind the scenes at in the Three Valleys means that snow is as guaranteed as it can be throughout the season. Take a look below at our snow report from the end of December and you can see that despite there being no snow for since the resort opened the piste were in pretty good shape.


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