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

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!


My letter to the producers of The Jump

Dear Producers of The Jump,

My name is Jim and I wondered if I could could enter your competition next year? It looks like everyone has a great time and I think I would too.

I have some experience in snow sports, which I understand from watching your program isn’t essential but I thought I should let you know. I have done 5 winter ski seasons and feel that I am competent skier and snowboarder. I have also tried snowblading but it wasn’t very enjoyable. What I have in experience I lack in celebrity status, however, based on this years contestants I think we could be able to work something out.

Below I have compiled any links to fame that I have. I really hope that one of these might be enough for you to consider me as a contestant.

  1. I have met Tony Hart and he autographed a drawing of a duck that I had drawn in pastel. I think I was aged 6.
  2. I was reluctant to mention this but I have met Mr Bell on a few occasions, although I am sure he doesn’t remember and I would rather get in on my own merit rather than through association. Although if you were to push me for a few stand out memories of Graham then I would probably say that the two that stand out would be the time I shared a taxi with him on halloween, I was wearing a childrens skeleton outfit, aged 4-5 years, I was 28. I also have had the privilege to commentate on Graham’s record breaking ride on the rodeo bull at the London Ski Show.
  3. My dad claims to have had a pint with Chas and Dave.
  4. When on a ski trip to Les Arcs I witnessed Clare Balding play pool.
  5. During my time as a recruitment consultant for Natives.co.uk I employed a person to work in Richard Branson’s ski chalet. She subsequently went on to accidently see him naked.
  6. Dermot O’leary has been given my autograph. Admittedly he didn’t ask for it but I gave it to him anyway. I was quite young and a bit drunk.
  7. Previous television experience. Appeared on BBC Spotlight for a feature on math in Devon schools.
  8. I have been to the recording of a couple of television and radio show that have famouse people in them and I have also been to the theater to see plays with famous people in.
  9. I have served the Mayor of Warwick a pint.
  10. There are a few people that I went to school with and have since lost touch who work in the media. Would that help? I think one person may even work at Channel 4.
  11. I am the author of the second most read The Jump live blog.

 

If you feel that there is scope for me to be picked as a contestant then please do not hesitate to contact me. I would happily work in exchange for accommodation, food and a lift pass.

Kind Regards

Jim Duncombe


3 Valley Snow Report – Feb 14th 2015

Alpine Action Staff
Alpine Action Staff

3 Valley Snow Report – Feb 14th 2015

It has been a beautiful week out here in the 3 Valleys, we haven’t had any new snow but it has been wall to wall sunshine with cold temperatures at night keeping the pistes in nice condition.

With one of the busiest weeks of the season this week as it is English school’s half term we could do with some snow. It’s on its way and the snow forecast predicts that is will start snowing over the weekend and maybe even return on Tuesday. Any new snow will freshen things up and improve the skiing even.  I have spoken to Rachael who works in Ski Higher our favourite ski hire shop in La Tania and she assured us the snow is coming this weekend.

Out on the slopes in Meribel the skiing has been good this week with clear skies and good snow coverage on the ground. This is set to get even better with the snow that is coming over the weekend and the sun is set to make appearance on Monday and again later on in the week. If your coming out here this week it is shaping up to be another great weeks skiing out here in the 3valleys.


Hope you enjoy your half term week even if your not out here skiing. If you see Katie Leigh out on the slopes – our exquisite chalet host from Toubkal 1- don’t forget to tell her how nice her new ski’s are!

To look at our availability go to www.alpineaction.co.uk

 


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