51 Things to do until your next ski holiday

51 things to do until your next ski holiday

1. Try wake boarding – It is like snowboarding!
2. Try grass skiing  – It sounds rubbish, and probably is. There must be a reason you don’t get grass skiing resorts.
3. Try water skiing - It is like skiing but harder, wetter and even more expensive.
4. Go in-line skating  – It might be similar to snow blading but you don’t admit to doing that either.
5. Head out to the Alps and go skiing on a Glacier - There are several to choose from and are open all year round like the Grand Motte in Tignes.
6. Go riding Down Under - There is plenty of skiing and boarding to be done in Australia or New Zealand.
7. Try a snow dome - You have 5 to choose from in the UK.
8. Dry slope skiing - Over 50 dry slopes in the UK, so there should be one near you.
9. Ride the Emirates - This is massive waste of money cable car in central London.
10. Give mountain boarding a go - Don’t be fooled by the name this is mainly done on hills. It is the board equivalent to grass skiing. Expect to sit down quiet a bit.
11. Go Surfing - The wet equivalent to mountain boarding an much, much cooler.
12. Sit on a chairlift - There are many located across the UK from the Isle of White to Scotland.
13. Nordic Walking -  Lets face it you wouldn’t go cross country skiing. www.nordicwalking.co.uk
14. Watch Ski or Boarding Movies - There is a great selection on Netflix.
15. Go to a ski show - You will have to wait untill October but there is one in Scotland, Manchester and London.
16. Recreate a chalet holiday at home - Click here for our handy guide.
17. Look up ski fails on YouTube - We have done it for you. Click for ski fails.
18. Get fit for your next ski holiday - Our friends at BayFitness have made a great video to help you.
19. Learn the Language - Unless you ski in Scotland the language is different so why not learn it.
20. Drink a half larger - Just like the Europeans do. Why not stick some peach syrup in it.
21. Go and see a covers band - This will be like every apres ski session you have ever been to.
22. Hunt for snow in Scotland - You can find it even in the summer as it is always cold up there.
23. Book a ski holiday for next year - And that should probably be a ski holiday to Meribel or La Tania.
24. Make a snow globe It looks pretty easy.
25. Subscribe to a ski magazine - Suggestions please.
26. Buy some new kit - Go on spend your cash in Snow and Rock or Ellis Brigham, you need a new jacket.
27. Bore someone with you ski stories - Someone will listen.
28. Wax & edge your skis or board - You can always get the hire shop to do it properly when you get to resort.
29. Draw your nearest hill and add some runs
3o. Read a book about skiing - I am going to read Maggie does Meribel.
31. Drool over winter photos on Facebook - Our Facebook page will be posting plenty.
32. Play Golf - Mainly because many ski resorts are golf courses.
33. Wear your ski jacket to the pub - Great way to do number 27.
34. Give skateboarding a go - Do this months before you have booked your ski holiday as you will need the time to heal.
35. Go on a Chalet Cookery Course - Learn the trick of the trade.
36. Think about buying a chalet in the Alps - Then realise you can only afford one 5 miles away from a ski resort you have never heard of and book a ski holiday instead.
37. Go Trampolining  - We are not sure why but all the winter Olympians do it.
38. Have a fondue party
39. Make Croissants - How hard can it be?~
40. Design a snow park - Send us your designs we would love to see them, maybe we could build it next winter.
41. Plan a back-country ski tour - That you will never go on.
42. Watch repeats of Ski Sunday - Dust of the VHS player.
43. Practice your journey to the airport - You can never be to prepared.
44. Knit a hat - It is trendy to have a hat the looks like you made it.
45. Pack - See 43.
46. Play snowboard games - SFX is good apparently.
47. Apply for a ski job - You can apply here.
48. Become a ski instructor - You can do courses at your nearest indoor or dry slope.
49. Become a cheese connoisseur  - Just because cheese is great.
50. Run a marathon in ski boots - If you do it I will sponsor you.
51. Make your own list - The chances are that it will be better than this one.


3 Valleys Snow Report – 29th March 2015

3 Valleys Snow Report – 29th March 2015

The report comes from our lovely La Tania Chalet hosts in Chalet Toubkal.

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Here is a little update on the snow and weather conditions out here in the 3 Valleys. Over the last week we have had a mixture of snow and sunshine with snow even down to resort level in La Tania.

We started of with a few centimetres of snow on Saturday night which was followed by sunny spells up until Wednesday afternoon, then overnight there was another few centimetres of snow. This was followed by snow on Friday morning which gave way to sunshine in the afternoon and into Saturday, it was even cold enough on Saturday morning that the snow cannons where working down in La Tania.

The weather for the week ahead is promising with heavy snowfall on Sunday night at around 1700m and above which is forecasted to become lighter but continue for most of Monday and even Tuesday morning, then the sun is set to return for a couple of days before more snow at the end of the week!

The forecast is looking like it could be a snowy end to the season so even if your not out until the last week there should still be plenty of snow for everyone out here on a ski holiday enjoy.

Click here to book a ski holiday to Meribel or La Tania next winter.


What’s behind the door competition

Guess what is behind the chalet door - Clues and Termsdoor

Win a pair of Smith goggles and a North Face T-shirt just post your answer on the photo on our Facebook page. Don’t forget to check back here everyday for a new clue.

Clues

Clue One – France is full of it.
Clue Two – It is a type of board.
Clue Three – Great served with a glass of wine.
Clue Four – Often served at the end of dinner.
Clue Five – If left out over night it can go hard or stinky or both.

Terms

All correct entries will be drawn out of a hat and the winner announced on the 2nd of March.

You can enter as many different answers as you like.

The prize will be posted out to the winner within 28 days, no cash alternative is available.

 

 


Three Valleys Snow Report – 22/3/15

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This weeks snow report is supplied by Pete and Karolina

It has been another sunny week here in the 3 Valleys. Up until Saturday 21st March when the weather took a slight change with cloud rolling in and snow arriving at about 1800 meters and above, unfortunately it came down as rain further down in resort.

The snow higher up has stayed well but below about 1700 meters has been a bit slushy and thin in places especially on the south and west facing slopes, there is still plenty of good skiing on pistes higher up the mountain.

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Meribel Alpine Skiing World Cup

Meribel Alpine Skiing World Cup

At the heart of alpine skiing world cup finals - Méribel Worldcup Finales 2014-2015.clipularThis is the week that Meribel hits the big time – Not that we arn’t saying that Meribel isn’t a big time resort. it frequently appears in top 10 ski resort list and if it doesent one of its sister resorts in the Three Valleys does. Anyhow as I was saying, this is the week that the Alpine World Cup comes to Meribel. Not only that it is this this seasons final.

When is it on?

It starts on Wednesday the 18th of March but there is practising going on from the 16th. Highlights will be the Downhill starting at 9.30 on Wednesday the 18th and the Slalom over the weekend.  Take a look at the full scheduled below.
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Who is racing?

If you follow Alpine racing avidly then you will recognise all of the names as these are the top 25 point scorers from this winter season. It is the Female 25 that has the big recognisable names in Lindsey Vonn, Julia Mancuso and Tina Maze.

Is it on Ski sunday?

Sadly Ski Sunday has ended for the winter. We did hope that there would be a Meribel special due to Meribel being such a hot spot for British skiers and snowboarders. My twitter stalking suggests that the presenters arn’t in resort either.

meribel_la_piste_ski_worldcupHow can I watch it?

If you are in resort you can get a great view if the race climax down at the Chaudanne in the centre of Meribel of try and get a spot along side the race course. Or if you are at home in the UK then the event will be streamed live here http://livetv.sx/en/competitions/?c_407.

What else is on?

Lots! Every day there is a concert or ceremony to watch. Also you are in the 3 Valleys so go skiing in the worlds biggest and best ski area! There is also some pretty decent Apres Ski to enjouy, with most bars having some Alpine World Cup theme going on. And if that is not enough why not try and compleate our Alpine World Cup bingo card.


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Guests Tips – Making the most out of The 3 Vallées.

Guests Tips – Making the most out of The 3 Vallées 3valleys

We asked our Facebook fans and guests how they make the most of a ski holiday in the 3 Valleys. The best tip won a helmet and a pair of goggles thanks to our friends at the Meribel North Face ski hire. 

Winning Post – Jonny L Vacca  – The more time you spend on lifts in 3vallees the better the run down! I find if I spend a lot of time getting lifts to the very peak I can have a 30 minute run down to the bottom with varying pistes and challenges!

Chelsea Taylor - Always have a hip flask!

Joe SirDrinksalot Walbyoff - Have a couple (or more) of drinks in pub le ski lodge down in La Tania!!

Ed Dalgleish - Mountain burger.

Sophie Milne - challenge yourself to the black mogel field just above the la follie douce, 8 mins, no one on the group falls that means a cheeky beer and boogie! If someone fails back up the chair! Great way to challenge yourselves! Val T!

Bradley Michael Wigglesworth -  Don’t miss the last lift from Les Menuires to Val Thorens, did it 2 days on the trot!!!

Tony Smith - Having just come back from the 3 valleys yesterday, I’d say my top tip is get out there and enjoy yourself, if there’s someone in your group that wants to stay at the hotel bar then let them, get out on the first lift ski/board hard and go up on the last lift, make the most of it, there’s so much to see and you’ll be on your way home before you know it, but most importantly have some fun that’s what it’s all about.

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3 Valleys Snow Report – March 15th 2015

3 Valleys Snow Report – March 15th 2015

Hello and welcome to another snow report. What can I say apart from it has been a truly stunning week out here in the 3 Valleys with wall to wall sunshine for the last 7 days. The weather was very warm for the most of the week which made the slopes a bit slushy in the afternoons, then towards the end of the week temperatures dropped a bit to leave some great skiing conditions.

Looking forward into the next week the weather is set to stay a bit colder than it has been and the possibility of some snow on Tuesday and again towards the end of the week. This week brings us the ski World Cup in Meribel with top skiers from all over the world coming to compete, so get yourself to the World Cup run and check out how the pros do it and maybe even pick up some tips to improve your own down hill skiing!

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We are nearing the end of the season but the slopes are holding up well and with the forecast of some more snow on the way it looks like we could be in for some more great skiing out here in Meribel and La Tania.

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3 Valleys Snow Report 8th March 2015

3 Valleys Snow Report 8th March 2015 IMG_1016 The weather in Meribel has been a mixed bag this week. We started off with snow all the way down to resort which then turned to rain but snow still fell at mid station and above. Tuesday brought us a bluebird day which was followed with more snow on Wednesday, the rest of the week was blue skies and great skiing! The pistes are still in great condition especially in the Courchevel valley. This week we are expecting sunshine all week which should make for good piste skiing. It is starting to warm up a bit here in the 3 Valleys so we expect the best skiing to be in the morning and in to lunch time. The lower slopes might be starting to turn to spring snow in the afternoons so could get a little heavy on the legs on the way back to resort level, La Tania we are looking at you. We still expect for it to be another great week of skiing in the 3 Valleys, just don’t forget to bring your sunglasses and sun tan cream. There are literally only a couple of spaces left in our chalets for the week starting 14/3/2015 so don’t miss out and book today! IMG_1011


3 Valleys Snow Report – 28th February 2015

3 Valleys Snow Report – 28th February 2015 

By Pete

FotorCreatedIt has been a great week here in the 3 valleys, it started on Saturday afternoon with heavy snow that proceeded to fall into the night. Sunday started with about 20cm of fresh snow in resort the snow returned again Monday night and most of Tuesday, we were skiing knee deep in snow on the pistes at the top of Courchevel. Wednesday the sun came out and this must have been the best day skiing of the season so far, the sun continued on Thursday then on Friday the snow returned!

The snow conditions out here in the 3 valleys are awesome at the moment and there is more snow to come. The forecast for the week ahead is looking good Saturday is due to be sunny so is good for transfer day, then snow returning on Sunday afternoon though to Monday night and coming back in on Wednesday night! It’s looking like it’s going to be a great March for skiing so take advantage of some great late offers at Alpine Action.

We have been speaking to Paul, a local French young man who manages La Taiga(in our humble opinion the best bar/restaurant in La Tania :). He has been living and working here for many years so his knowledge of the weather and mountains is second to none! He told us that the season is running a month late in weather terms, so that means we should be in for a great April as well as March! If he’s right the skiing conditions should be really good all the way until the end of the season.

The season of powder days and goggle tanned faces is truly upon us – there is no better time to come out to the 3 valleys, so pick up the phone or get on line and book one of the last remaining spaces we have left in our chalets in Meribel.


3 Valleys Snow Report – 21st Feb 2015

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Hello and welcome to a weather/snow update from the 3 valleys. It has been another stunning sunny week out here in Meribel, we were predicting a decent amount of snow to arrive last Saturday but it turned out only to be a couple of centimetres which was a bit disappointing.

Considering it has been half term, the busiest week of the ski season, the snow on the pistes have held up well. It’s been good skiing in the mornings but by the afternoon the runs are becoming quite icy. Looking forward into next week the snow and colder temperatures are set to return with a significant amount of snow due to fall on Saturday night and then again on Monday in to Tuesday!

This year the forecasts haven’t really been too accurate but the snow on Saturday looks more and more like it’s going to happen. The slopes are in need of some fresh snow as it has been 2 weeks since we have had a proper snow fall. If it does dump as predicted the new snow the conditions will transform from good skiing to great skiing with help from the fantastic pistes we have out here in the 3 valleys.

We are looking forward to the next week with our fingers crossed for snow so that we can enjoy some quieter slopes after the hustle and bustle of half term week. We only have a few spaces left in our chalets at Alpine Action towards the end of the season so book up soon to avoid disappointment, We hope you enjoy your skiing!


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