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New lift pass to cover 3 Valleys, Paradiski and the Espace Killy

The Alpine Legends Ski Area – One Pass to Rule Them All

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Have you ever thought to yourself “there just isn’t enough skiing in the 3 Valleys”? If you have then you will be please to know that there is now going to be a new mega pass. This new pass, called the Alpine Legends pass, will cover some of the worlds legendary and iconic ski resorts and areas. The 6 day ski ticket will allow you unlimited skiing in all of the 3 Valleys areas, Méribel, La Tania, Courchevel and Val Thorens which are all impressive ski areas in there own right. The pass will also include Les Arcs and La Plagne which form the amazing Paradiski and if that isn’t enough Val d’Isere and Tignes are both included, which combined makes 1325 km of pistes to explore.

The Alpine Legends lift pass is expected to cost around €340 which is only €51 more than a 3 Valleys pass, so that means you get an extra 725 km for less than the price of day pass.

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How to get about 

If you are considering buying an Alpine Legends Ski Pass you will need to think about how you are going to commute around the areas as they are not all linked by lifts and runs.

Car: Probably the easiest of all the options is to do a self drive holiday  or hire a car either at the airport or in resort, then you can just drive yourself around from resort to resort each day. All resorts have car parks close to the slops and many have free parking if you are on a budget.

Bus: All these resorts are linked by a bus service of sorts. You can get from the Three Valleys to the Paradiski via a bus from Le Praz in Courchevel to Bozel at the bottom of the valley where you will have to change and catch a second bus to the small resort of Champagny that is linked to La Plagne. We have done this route many times and you can read our experience here.  If you wanted to catch public transport to and from one of the resorts in the Espace Killy you will have to make your way down to Bourg St Maurice, which you can do via the funicular in Les Arcs. From Bourg St Maurice you can get on the daily service to Val d’Isere or Tignes and will cost about €18 for a one way trip, timetables can be found at www.altibus.com.

Ski: It is possible to ski from Tignes to Les Arcs, but this is a serious mountain route and you would need to take an experienced guide with you.

Where to stay: Naturally we recommend staying in one of our ski chalet in La Tania or Méribel and either would make a great base for exploring the Alpine Legends ski area. Take a look at what have to offer.

 

 


Countdown to the Méribel ski season 2015

The countdown to start of the ski season in Méribel has begun!

Read on to find out about resort opening dates, lift pass prices, special offers on ski holidays in Méribel and La Tania and our chalets.

Méribel Ski Area Opening Dates 2015/16

5th December 2015 – 24th April 2016

Méribel Valley Lift Pass Prices 2015/16

Child 6 day pass : €194
Adult 6 day pass : €239 or €229 when booked through Alpine Action

Three Valley Lift Pass Prices 2015/16

Child 6 day pass : €234
Adult 6 day pass : €289 or €274 when booked through Alpine Action

La Tania / Courchevel Valley Lift Pass Prices 2015/16

Child 6 day pass : €196
Adult 6 day pass : €245 or €230 when booked through Alpine Action.

 

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Special Offers : Méribel and La Tania

Click below to find out about all our special offers and last minute ski deals to Méribel and La Tania

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Ski Chalets in Méribel and La Tania

Alpine Action has 10 chalets located throughout Méribel, take a look and see where they are located.

Méribel Chalet Locations

We also have 4 popular chalets located in the wonderful resort of La Tania, which is located in the Courchevel ski area.

La Tania Chalet Locations 

 

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10 reasons why Méribel is better than Courchevel or Val Thorens!

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The resort of Méribel sits in the Tarentaise valley of the French Alps. It’s a vibrant ski resort with an international following, popular across the winter ski season as well as the more relaxing summer climbing and hiking months. But with two such illustrious neighbours as Courchevel to the east and Val Thorens to the west sharing the mighty Three Valleys ski area, we got to wondering what puts Méribel so far ahead of the competition! Well, we’ve taken pen to paper and made a list of exactly why Méribel beats Courchevel and Val Thorens. Are you all sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin.

Location

Méribel takes pride of place in the centre of the Three Valleys and no other resort in the area offers such easy access to all corners of the ski area. With the Saulire gondola swinging rapidly up to its namesake peak for skiing over in Courchevel, and the Tougnete lift winging people swiftly up towards les Menuires and beyond, Méribel wins hands down in this category. You could argue that Méribel-Mottaret is the actual winner here, being closest to the true centre of the Three Valleys, but Mottaret is part of the Méribel Valley!

Best après ski

Méribel’s après ski scene used to be good. Now it’s excellent. The Rond Point has been a favourite amongst seasonnaires and visitors for years and remains a wonderfully popular venue. But these days competition from the new Folie Douce bar gives us all two epic venues to choose from and puts Méribel firmly at the top of the après ski tree in the Three Valleys.

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Best beginners’ area

Anybody mastering their first turns on the snow, whether on skis, board or blades, needs to head to one very specific and very beautiful part of the valley: the Altiport. This long, rolling, green run is simply ideal for learners and the trees on either side sheltering skiers from the elements are the icing on the cake.

Best nightlife

Whilst it’s true that Courchevel Moriond and Val Thorens have good nightlife, neither of them can compete with the proximity of great bars to be found in Méribel town centre. And when they close, Dicks Tea Bar down the road is on hand to welcome revellers into the wee small hours. Val Thorens’ Malaysia nightclub offers strong competition but the overall winner has to be Méribel!

Prettiest resort centre

This is really a two horse race between Courchevel and Méribel – Val Thorens doesn’t get a look in here. Courchevel 1850 is pretty enough, and so are Moriond and le Praz, but none of them match the lovely Savoyard wood and stone to be found across Méribel, and charming, traditional villages in the Méribel valley such as les Allues complete the picture.

Best range of accommodation quality/price

Courchevel dominates the luxury market and Val Thorens is often a great resort choice for the budget conscious, especially in the last minute market, but none of them offer such a spectacular range of chalets, hotels and apartments from basic 2* properties all the way up to top-end 6* opulence. Again, Méribel trumps the competition.

Best ski schools

This category is open to debate, because many of Méribel’s best ski schools also operate in Courchevel and some in Val Thorens as well. But the fact remains that Méribel offers some of the finest tuition of any resort in Europe, with classes, courses and clinics for every pursuit and every level imaginable.

Best non-ski activities

Where better to be if bad weather keeps you off the snow than Méribel? The resort offers ice rink with ice hockey league matches to watch, climbing wall, swimming pool and cinema. Courchevel and Val Thorens have some of these facilities between them, but neither of them have the full list.

Best range of restaurants

With the same range of basic burger joints as you’ll find in Val Thorens and the same quality (although perhaps not quantity) of Michelin starred restaurants as Courchevel, Méribel really is a foodie’s paradise. The resort offers cuisine to suit all tastes and budgets, and although prices can be high, the quality of the restaurants in Méribel means value for money is very good.

Best off piste

This is another contentious point as both Courchevel and Val Thorens boast spectacular off piste in the right conditions. But with so many lines to choose from running down from the Saulire peak into Méribel Mottaret as well as the open powder fields to be found on the Mont Vallon, to name but two, Méribel is the best part of the Three Valleys to find yourself in when the skies have opened and fresh powder has fallen.

Of course this is all hugely subjective and Courchevel and Val Thorens have just as many die-hard fans as Méribel does, and with good reason. One of the most wonderful things about the Three Valleys is the range and variety of the resorts, pistes and amenities found therein. That said, Méribel is still the best…!

If you would like to go on a ski holiday to Méribel then give us a call on 01273 466535 or go to www.AlpineAction.co.uk


Beer in the Alps

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“Have you tried the local brew Mützig, no one knows what strength it is but it will get you drunk?” is a phrase often heard in bars across the 3 Valleys. Sadly this isn’t always quite as true as we would like it to be. In this blog you will discover where Mützig is actually brewed, that there is two different Mützig brewed with different strengths and how to make the correct choice when ordering your pint. We will also introduce you to some other Alpine beers that you may want to try next time you are holidaying in Méribel.

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The truth About Mützig!

If the definition of local beer is, brewed in the same country, then my local beer could be John Smiths. CAMRA, the dictators of UK ale standard, states that a beer is only deemed local if it is served within 30 miles of the brewery. The French Biére bores may have a different opinion to CAMRA but I expect they would agree that Mützig is as local to Méribel as Amstel and is actually owned by the same brewery. I say this with a heavy heart as I was once a believer in the myth that Mützig is a local brew and if I am honest I probably repeated the same information as everyone else as if I was an authority on the matter. The truth is that there is that Mützig is originally brewed in Alsace just down the road from Mutzig which is about 400 miles away from the 3 Valleys, however, Alsace is near to the ski resort of Des Bagenelles, (nope us neither) so it has some kind of ski pedigree. In 1987 Heinken bought Mützig and it is now brewed under licence in 6 countries and is the second most popular beer in Rwanda. So sadly Mützig it isn’t a local beer brewed in the alps just for the benefit of thirsty skiers.

The next thing you need to know is that there are two types of Mützing, there is standard Mützig and Mützig Old Larger. The standard one is 5.5% ABV, just like many other premium larger, and the Old Lager is 7.5% .So next time make sure you know which one your drinking before blaming it on the Mützig!

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The 3 Valleys local Beer

There is now a true local option and it is called Biére des 3 Valleys and is brewed by Brasserie Alpine in the town of Moutiers which itself is located at the entrance to the 3 Valleys. It went on sale in bars across the ski area in 2014 and has been growing in popularity ever since. The owner is Nicolas Daniel and he originally worked for the local tourist office, after 20 years he went and trained in the art of brewing and returned to start making handcrafted bottle conditioned beer. The beer he makes is made using the mountain water of the 3 Valleys, which Daniels claims gives his beer a “power and freshness”. You can buy this brew in nearly all bars in La Tania and several in Méribel although none of the “British” bars are stocking it at the moment. Click here to find out where you can sample it. 

If you want some more established local Ale you are not going to be in luck. Most small brewers of the area seem to center around the Chambery area and if you are interested in them then this article on justanotherbeerblog.com will excite you greatly.

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Alepine beer 

If beer is more a way of getting drunk to you than about locality then you could stick with the Mützig. But there is another beer that could soon to be in town looking to appeal to aprés ski market and it is the cleverly titled Alepine. You may cynically think that we only included this beer in the hope that they would send us some free tasters and the fact they invited us to a BBQ in Méribel, then you are probably correct. This beer is being brewed somewhere in Essex by what we guess is an ex-seasonnaire who is looking to make some good beer with an ethically driven company as well as getting some time on the mountains. Details are scarce and we couldn’t tell you if it tastes any good as we haven’t tried it, but it probably will. Rumor has it that there will be stocks hitting Meribel in October and lets hope they bring enough for our arrival in November. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and as soon as we have more details we will be posting them.

If you want book a real ale ski trip to the alps the give us a call on 01273 466535 or go to www.alpineaction.co.uk

This article was amended on the 14th of August after a Mr Richard Gill pointed out that we might have had a few to many Mützigz and go our facts wrong.

 


How Green is Méribel

Find out how Méribel reduces it’s 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 the most green runs.

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Why is Meribel 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. 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.IMG_0301

Litter has always been an issue in ski resorts and we have all heard stories about the amount of rubbish and cigarette buts 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.

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 height restrictions has minimized 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.


Music to ski to

mixtapeI was looking through my wifes old CD’s and I came across this mixtape (CD) that her Ex had made. Reassuringly it must be fairly old as it is on a CD, and we all know that a portable CD player was possibly the worse thing to listen to music on when doing anything active. Misgivings about the Disckman aside I decided that this Muisc To Ski To compilation deserved a chance. So I have created a Spotify playlist, imagined myself skiing in the 3 Valleys and reviewed each tracks suitability to ski to. Let me know what you think of the Album below.

Track 1: Jacksnoville by Sufjan Stevens

This tracks mellow sound and gentle beat is probably suited for an early morning stroll to get first lifts followed by a slow warm up run on a sunny day.

Track 2: No Cars Go – Arcade Fire

I can definitely imagine sweeping down a big wide piste making massive turns that really work the legs with this track playing in my head.

Track 3: Jesus etc by Wilco

This isn’t a song that really fits any style of skiing. I would probably wouldn’t ski to this one unless I was trying to get a nap in on a chair.

Track 4: Sunday Smile by Beirut

Possibly one for the transfer coach home when you have the going home blues a bit to melancholy for a fun day on the hill.

Track 5: Old Dan Tucker by Bruce Springsteen

A nice little uplifting song that could help get you going after one of those long lunch stop that makes you feel like maybe you should skip the afternoon and go straight to Apres.

Track 6: I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gay

A classic song that doesn’t really feel like it should be on a skiing playlist, maybe listen to it in a long cat track with some internal singing!

Track 7: Chicago by Sufjan Stevens

It may be about a big city but the big sound of this track makes you feel like you could be stood on the top of a mountain with an awesome view. I also like the thought having a big stack in some fresh powder and lying there while listening to the lyrics “I’ve made a lot of mistakes”.

Track 8: Une Année Sanse Lumiere by Arcade Fire

A rough translation of this song is A year with no light which is apt as listening to this song is a bit like what it feels like to ski in flat light. It starts out a feeling a bit faster that it actually feels, then at the end speeds right up as you come down the hill into some better light.

Track 9: Lately by David Gray

You would have to really hate skiing to put this on a music to ski to mixtape (CD).

Track 10: Frontin by Jamie Cullun

Purely from a skiing point of view, this track doesn’t work! I just can’t imagine skiing to with this in my ears. It would be even worse if it was on Disckman and skipping all the way through.

Track 10: In Repair by John Mayer

A wind down song that could ease you thorough the last run of the day back to your chalet and into the hot tub.

Track 11: Nantes by Beirut

Another one for the transfer bus home.

Track 12: Young Folks by Peter Bjorn and John Bjórn

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This is a great tune to ride to. I can imagine listening to this while hooning down a freshly groomed piste and taking off on a few natural rollers while bobbing my head in-time to the music on the way!

Track 13: Let’s Get It on by Marvin Gaye

A great song. But the only time I ever envisage listening in relation to skiing is in my head during an imagined comedic scene where I get seduced by an instructor in a empty ski lift. Although I do also Imagine this to be on Graham Bell’s Music To Ski To album.

Track 14: Better Together by Jack Johnson

This is a tune for an spring ski day where it is hot, the snow is a bit slushy and all the bars are firing up the BBQs.

Track 15: Those Sweet Words by Nora Jones

Sadly, in my option, another one for the transfer bus home. This song isn’t really a song for skiing to, unless you have just broken up with you partner on your ski trip.

Track 16: Firesuite by Doves

I suppose I could ski down down a hill listening to this song but I don’t think I want to.

One line review

There really isn’t enough songs that encapsulate the feeling of skiing on this mixtape (CD) with to many down beat tracks that would work against the mood created when out in the mountains.

What are your thoughts? Could you make a better mixtape (CD)? Tell us below or leave a comment on our Facebook page.


How to look like James Bond on the slopes next season

 How to look like James Bond on the slopes this season

The latest Bond movie, Specter, goes on general release on the 6th of November 2015. There has been a lot of buzz about the latest installment of 007 in the ski industry as it is set to feature Daniel Craig performing some ski action. This will be the first time we have had a ski adventure with bond since 1999 with Pierce Brosnan in The World is Not enough which was filmed not far from the Alpine Action Méribel HQ in nearby Chamonix. We don’t know much about the new film but what we do know that Bond is cool and it would be great to look like him on the slopes this winter.

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Glasses

The sunglasses are thought to be Vuarnet Glaciers, these originate from some of the first alpine explorers and like many classics they haven’t changed much and they have just been re-released by Vuarnet. You can pick up a pair from £390.

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 In the photo above Bond is wearing a padded gilet by Moncler and is from their winter 2015 collection – Cost £580 . In other photos Craig has been seen wearing a Canad Moose Parka – Cost £650

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Base Layer

 James Bond doesn’t call it a base layer he would call it a Mock Turtle Neck Sweater. You can get the one seen in the Specter poster for £199 at npeal.com. How do we know its the correct jumper? It says so on their website.  If you think £199 is too much then you can get something similar on Amazon for £6.95.

Gloves 

 We are not sure where he gets his gloves but you will be able to get a similar pair from Hestra for betweet £80 and £200. 3

 

 

Now that you look like a Mr Bond it is time to hit the slopes and what a better place to pose than Meribel in the Three Valleys. Take a look at our ski chalets and holidays that are prefect for 007 or someone pretending to be him. 


Maggie Does Mèribel – Review

Maggie Does Mèribel – Review

This review is part of our Ski Book Club – Please join in and leave your review.

Find out more about the book here

I am a 34 year old male who loves sking and snowboarding and has spent a season or two in Mèribel as well as a few ski holidays there. So a book about a ski trip with Mèribel as a backdrop caught my attention. I am going to say that I don’t think I am this books target audience which I could have judged by the cover.

This being the first book I have ever read from the ‘chicklit’ genre I have nothing to compare it to. So I am choosing to review the book on how it reflects a ski holiday and how it represents our beloved Mèribel. Basically I read it for a quick alpine fix.

If you were hoping for a travelogue then you will be disappointed as the story feels like it could have been set in any ski resort. There was nothing that reminded me of my time in Mèribel as all the descriptions were very vague and non specific, which is a shame. But this quibble is more down to what I hoped would be in the book so it can not really be counted as a legitimate complaint.

The plot is as true to life as they come. As an ex-chalet host of many years I have seen and heard a lot. This story of affairs and love could easily have taken place during a weeks ski holiday and probably has. All the caractures in the book I have come across as guest at one time or another.

The pivotal moment in the book is where Maggie is abandoned at the top of the mountain after only a day of lessons, by her boyfriend who is more interested in hooning  down the piste. I have always said that a ski hoiiday can make or break a relationship and this is a prike example of why writtern down in black and white. This happens all the time.

What happens after this may not happen very often but if it was going to happen I would put money on it happening in a ski resort. I would say that I have never met a ski instructor as described in Maggie does Mèribel but that is why they call it fiction.

Over all Maggie does Meribel is a believable and nicely told story of a ski trip that doesn’t go to plan for Maggie and her boyfriend. If you are looking for a ski fix over the summer you may want to stick with the tried and tested trip to the dry slope.

Please join in our ski book club and leave your review below.


A ski resort can be a bit like a zoo!

A ski resort can be a bit like a zoo!

We spend a lot of our time in a ski resort, probably 6 months every year.  We spend less time at the Zoo. On a recent trip to a Zoo we were surprised by the similarity that we found.

The Fashion is the same as Courchevel

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The art is the same
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There are Snowboarders

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There are Snowbladers

The runs have the same names

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Goggle Marks

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To find out if a ski resort is like a Zoo then you could book a ski holiday to Méribel and find out!


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