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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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!


Alpine Action Book Club – Maggie does Meribel

imageAlpine Action Book club – Maggie does Meribel

A book about Mèribel has recently come to our attention so we thought we could all read it together and discuss it. The book is called Maggie Does Meribel by Nichola Doherty and is available as an e-Book on Amazon or Google Books for only £1.49.

You have until Monday the 8th of June to read Maggie does Meribel. Then we will be sharing our review and asking for yours on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.  Use #skibookclub to stay in touch.

Will it ring true with experiences we have had on ski holidays? Will it make us pine even more for another ski holiday/season? Will we recognise the Méribel we know and love? Will it tempt you to book a ski holiday to Méribel next winter?

Here is a brief summary of the book from Amazon…

“Maggie can’t wait for her first ever skiing holiday. New Year’s Eve in the French Alps with her boyfriend Leo and two other couples: what could be more romantic? She’s picturing hot chocolate, romantic snowball fights and evenings snuggled together in front of the log fire. What she didn’t picture is near-death experiences on the mountains, falling out with Leo and sharing a chalet with the unbearable Jenny. When she meets Sylvain, a gorgeous ski instructor, the line between harmless flirting and full-on misbehaviour becomes … well, blurry. Will Maggie stay on the nursery slopes, or go seriously off-piste?”

We look forward to finding out what you think next week.


Albert Action’s 2015 Winter Season

Albert Action’s 2015 Winter Season

This winter ski season was Albert Action’s first and what a great time he had. At the begin of your ski holiday Albert asked you to show him a good time and share your experiences on twitter using #AlbertAction, which you did.

This season Albert has been skiing and snowboarding all over the three valleys, he event went Heli skiing. Albert also got drunk, had some great chalet dinners, got lost and found. At one point it seems that Albert was so extreme that he had to got to hospital.

Albert would like to show his appreciation for the fun he had. So he is going to give a prize to the most liked photo in his Facebook album. CLICK TO VOTE


How to tell if you are a ski geek

unnamedHow to tell if you are a ski geek.*

*nb: In this article ski can be substituted for snowboard in most instances and as the ski v’s snowboard things is getting old we are just using the word ski because a). there are more skiers, and b). ski is a shorter word than snowboard. Any real ski geek may want to dispute this, please do so in the comments below.

 

Can you remember every ski holiday you have ever been on?

A true ski geek can remember more than if they just had a good time. They should be able to remember the exact dates, who went on holiday with them, which ski resort they went to, the flight times, the exchange rate at the time and the chalets hosts name.

Do you own your own skis?

Most experienced skiers will at the very least have their own boots, which is sensible and comfortable. But the true ski nerd will have their own pair of skis, preferably two, a set for normal conditions and a wide pair for powder days. They must also own a pair of ski poles.

Can you pack everything into your ski bag?

A proud ski geek should be able to proudly inform you that they can pack all they need for a ski holiday into their ski bag, thus making a saving on excess luggage. For extra kudos they should have a story about being told off by an airline for this, with the story concluding “anyway they let me on and they said don’t do it next time”.

Do you have a second “budget” ski holiday every year?

The best ski geeks will take a second ski holiday every year. However, this trip must be so cheap that it doesn’t sound any fun. The holiday must include some of the following; a coach trip from the UK with three or more stops: hostel style accommodation; two hour commute to the slopes each day; no free wine; other ski geeks; no eating out; hitch-hiking; homemade fondu; booking every aspect online separately.

Can you name every run in resort?

For most people a simple “I will meet you at the bottom of that run yesterday next to the bar we like” is all we need to arrange to meet up. For the ski nerd you must you use the piste name as well as give a recommended route and call each lift by name.

Have you ever been on a ski holiday on your own?

If you love skiing so much that you are prepared to leave your loved ones at home so that you can ski all day where you want and apres as late as you want, not get first lifts if you don’t want, drink as much at lunch as you want, then…. errm…. why don’t we all ski alone?

Do you have a collection of lift passes?

Most ski geeks will have at least one electronic lift pass in their wallet at all times. They will also have a collection of passes from all past ski trips. Attached to their ski trousers must be at least one day ticket from a snow dome or obscure ski resort. The older skier must also be able to produce a photo id ski pass from the good old days.

Is your facebook/twitter profile a picture of you skiing?

All true ski nerds live ski all year round on their social media pages. That is until they get married, then they will change their profile to a photo of them getting married, this will last a week then it will be back to a picture of them in hat and goggles, or of them getting some air, or a snow covered mountain range.

Have you ever had an argument about which is the best ski resort?

This is similar to an argument about which football team is better, the only difference here is that they will be using examples of black runs as opposed to formation strategy.

 

Why not unleash your inner ski geek and give us a call to discuss your next ski holiday 01273 466 535 or take a look at our chalets in Meribel and La Tania.


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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