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The Alpine Bake Off: Chocolate Cake Week

One of the best things about a Chalet Holiday is coming back to your warm cosy Chalet after a day on the slopes and tucking into a freshly baked afternoon tea cake. Our guests are always asking for our recipes, so after much persuasion, our brilliant Resort Manager Tom let us in on his trade secrets and has allowed us to publish his recipes.

This week it’s a firm favourite… CHOCOLATE CAKE!

Serves 10
Preparation time 10 minutes
Cooking time 30 to 40 minutes

Ingredients:
* 1 pot plain yoghurt

* 1 pot sugar

* 3 eggs

* ¾ pot vegetable oil

* 2 pots raising flour

* 1 pot cocoa powder

* 1 tsp raising agent

For the icing:
* 70g icing sugar, sifted

* 30g cocoa powder

* 3 tbsp warm water

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/Gas mark 4.

2. Brush a round cake tin with melted butter and dust with flour.

3. Place all ingredients in a large bowl & whisk, ensuring that the mixture is very smooth.

4. Spoon the mix into the prepared tin and bake for about 30-40 minutes in the oven.

5. Allow to cool slightly and then turn out onto a cooling rack.

6. For the icing place the coco and icing sugar add the water a little at time mixing until smooth then spread over the cake.

7. Dust with icing sugar or decorate like our fabulous Chalet Host Chloe from Chalet Chez Menor did for Christmas.

Chloe’s Snowman skiing Christmas cake
Chloe’s Christmas Day Chocolate Cake
Afternoon Tea in Chalet Chez Menor

 


Weekly Snow Report and Events in the 3 Valleys

As 2016 comes to a close we are looking ahead to the New Year and eagerly anticipating snow. The snow and weather conditions in the 3 Valleys at present are the best in the French Alps. The team looking after the pistes really are performing miracles with the aid of cold temperatures and numerous snow canons.

We have been zooming around the 3 Valleys ski area this week to get you some footage and live information on what the pistes are actually like. Yesterday we skied the new blue run “Lory” snaking its’ way down to Orelle (the 4th hidden Valley) and it was fantastic! Well maintained, plenty of snow cover and quiet, this run drops in from the top of Thorens gondola, a beautiful hidden gem for cutting the lift queues to Orelle.

New piste “Lory” – Val Thorens

Our chosen route started by dropping into the Val Thorens valley and taking the new Stade chair lift up to the top, we hung a sharp left to join “Lauzes”. At the bottom, we took the Portette chair lift up, hoped on the 3-car gondola “Thorens” and took a left down “Lory”.

The 3 Valleys zip wire also goes across this little valley and gives you the perfect view of all the dare devils zipping their way across a shear drop!

Top of Pas du lac

 

On our way, back to Meribel we stopped to take in the sunset at the top of the Pas du lac chair lift. From here you can access the Creux dropping down into Courchevel. This run is fabulous at the moment and continues down to the bottom of the Aiguille du Fruit chair lift between 1650 and 1850.

 

Snow/weather forecast for the week…

Temperatures are at a high of minus 3 degrees and lows of minus 5, winds are at a high of 10kmph making the wind chill as low as minus 9. We have clear skies until Monday, where the clouds will slowly start to move in, Le Meteo are predicting light snow from Friday the 6th.

The Meribel valley currently has a reading of 15cm of snow at 1800m and 72cm of snow at 2700m.

The Courchevel Valley currently has a reading of 11cm at 1800m and 69cm at 2700m.

Avalanche risk is still 2/5 please remain on the piste due to the thin snow coverage and rocks off piste.

Credit to: Le Meteo forecast

Credit to: Snowforecast.com

 

What’s on this week NYE count down…

Meribel

La Tania

Saturday 31st December

NYE

You’re so 2017: Follie Douce all day party

 5:30 – 7:30pm:
70th Birthday of ESF – La Chaudanne

6 pm to 7.30pm:
Meribel and Meribel Village
 Torch-light descent and firework display

 COUNT DOWN TO THE NEW YEAR!

10pm – 1.30 am: Olympic Centre Ice-Rink Disco including 3 DJs

 Live Music

10pm:
La Taverne – Bubble and Crisp
Scott’s Bar – Sian Hayley Smith

10:30pm:
Olympic Centre Ice Rink – Audible 1, DJ Danz, DJ Kaya

11pm:
Doron Pub – Wingmen, DJ Kaya
Jack’s Bar – DJ Kaya, Audible 1, DJ Danz

1:30am:
Evolution – Hobo Chic

5.20pm:

NEW YEARS EVE
Torch lit decent for children – register at the Tourism office to join in.

 

Free Vin Chaud and hot chocolate available, followed by another torch lit decent performed by the local ski instructors.

Live Music

10pm:
Le Ski Lodge – BRING YOUR SISTERS

10.30pm – 1am :
SNOW PARTY
In front of the tourist office finishing with Fireworks.

 

Sunday 1st January 2pm – 4.30pm:

Complementary Hot Chocolate at La Chaudanne

5pm:
Jack’s Bar – Twin Kill

6pm:
English speaking Church service at Notre-Dame des Neiges Mussillon

 Live Music
10pm:
Evolution – Wingmen

10:30pm:
Jack’s Bar – Shamless

11pm:
Doron Pub – DJ Kaya

4.30 – 5.30pm:
Free Beaufort cheese and hot chocolate in front of the tourist office.Live Music

10pm:
Live wire unplugged – la Taïga

Monday 2nd January 8pm – 11 pm:
Ice Hockey – Gala Match, Meribel vs USA University at the Olympic Ice-Rink.
Adult: 15 €, Child: 10 €.10pm:
Evolution – The Mardy Johnny Depps
O’Sullivans – The Slopes

Live Music

5pm:
JRBB at Chrome Bar

5pm:
Real Relish – la Taïga

Tuesday 3rd January 10am – 4pm:
Initiation to Biathlon – opportunity to try out Biathlon for free on the Altiport snow front.Live Music
5pm:
Jack’s Bar – Daisy B10pm:
Evolution – Hobo ChicScott’s Bar – Alex Davies

11pm:
Doron Pub – The Slopes

10.30am – 12pm

YOGA at the Performance hall. 16 € session.

Live Music
5pm:
Freddy Fingers – La Taïga

10pm:
The Money – Le Ski Lodge

Wednesday 4th January

9am – 5pm: Seasonaire Squad – an all day party for Seasonaires.

 5pm:
Jack’s Bar – The Mardy Johnny Depps
Rond Point – Bubble & Crisps

11pm:
Doron Pub – Wingmen

Live Music
5pm:
Le Ski Lodge – The Sean Jackson Band10pm:
La Taïga – Al Jones
Thursday 5th January Mountain Movers
AUDIBLE 15pm:
Jack’s Bar – Thrill Collins

10pm:
La Taverne – Bubble & Crisp

11pm:
Doron Pub – GARETH & WESTY

Live Music
5pm:
Bring Your Sisters
Le Ski Lodge

5:15pm:
Night Sledging – Resort centre

Last minute availability…

4 Nights in the 3 Valleys for £299pp.

Departing 3rd January 2017.


Christmas festivities in Meribel and La Tania

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the 3 Valleys, with twinkling lights on every street and Christmas trees up in all our chalets. There really is no place more festive than the French Alps at Christmas.

Meribel Village
Meribel Village

Chalet guests are currently enjoying an Alpine Christmas, spending their days carving up the pistes, followed by a spot of Apres Ski. Then heading back to their beautiful chalet to refuel with a home cooked dinner. Evenings are spent snuggled up on the sofa next to the warmth of a roaring log fire and playing board games with their family and friends.

Resort entertainment is in full swing this time of year and we have brought you the lowdown on what events and activities are happening in and around the resorts of Meribel and La Tania.

 

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Meribel has got a huge schedule of activities so we have plucked the very best to keep you in the know…

Saturday 24th

Father Christmas will be cruising around town in his sleigh, starting at La Chaudanne from 4:30pm and finishing up in the centre of town next to the tourism office. Christmas Carols will be sung in the same location from 5:30pm onwards.

Vin Chaud: credit to Savoie Mont Blanc
Vin Chaud: credit to Savoie Mont Blanc

 

 

Free Vin Chaud and Hot Chocolate will be handed out to all who attend.

 

 

 

 

 

In the evening there will be a Christmas Mass held at the Olympic Ice Rink, doors will open from 6pm – don’t forget to wrap up warm!

If you want to boogie your way into Christmas day… Evolution bar and restaurant will be featuring “The Mardy Johnny Depps” from 10pm and Jack’s Bar will be hosting “Shameless” from 10:30pm.

Sunday 25th CHRISTMAS DAY!

From 4:30pm Father Christmas will be saying his farewells and a magical torch lit decent will light up the piste down at La Chaudanne – free hot drinks will be served to keep you warm.

Meribel Chapel: credit to Merinet.com
Meribel Chapel: credit to Merinet.com

 

 

An English speaking church service will be held at the beautiful Notre-Dame des Neiges chapel at 6pm.

 

 

 

 

If you can pull yourselves off the sofa after a fine Christmas feast, then Evolution will be hosting an open mic night at 10pm.

Doron Pub will have DJ Kaya dropping some beats for any Christmas Day ravers and O’Sullivans will be starting off Boxing day with the “Slope” from 12am.

Boxing Day

Himalaya by night, tobogganing: sledging at night up in Meribel Mottaret, 5 euros for one go or 10 euros for the evening, this is a lovely family activity.

Jack’s Bar will be hosting Monday Apres Ski with “Rob Cross” and Evolutions will be featuring “The Mardy Johnny Depps” from 10pm.


La Tania

Saturday 24th

Families can arrange for Father Christmas to visit their chalets by registering the chalet at the Tourism office in the centre of La Tania.

Father Christmas: Credit to Courchevel.com
Father Christmas: Credit to Courchevel.com

Pub Le Ski Lodge, will be celebrating Christmas Eve with live music from LES DEUX ROUES at 10pm.

Sunday 25th December

8.30-10am – Father Christmas continues his chalet visits around La Tania don’t forget to register at the Tourism Office.

5.20pm – Christmas Evening, a Children’s torch lit decent will commence down into the centre of La Tania. If your child would like to participate, head down to the Tourism Office to register.

During the evening festivities you can warm up with FREE Vin Chaud and hot chocolate in front of Tourism Office.

The evening celebrations will continue with local ski instructors performing their own torchlight descent at 6pm.

Christmas celebrations will end with some fabulous FIREWORKS to light up the resort.

Keep checking our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @AlpineActionSki and @AlbertAction for what our staff and guests are getting up to over the holiday period – don’t forget to join in by liking our pages, following us and sharing the fun!

From all the Alpine Action team in the UK, Meribel and La Tania we wish you a VERY MERRY and (fingers crossed) SNOWY CHRISTMAS!


3 Valleys Weather Report and Resort Information – December 21st

 

Snow & Weather Report for the Three Valleys – Week 2 – December 2016

Welcome to our weekly guide to the slopes and skies of the 3 Valleys featuring up to date reports from the in-resort Alpine Action team. You will also find events listings for Méribel & La Tania.

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Snow Conditions in the Three Valleys

During the past week there has been a few flurries of snow all the way down to 1200m which had a big effect on the pistes across the area.  If you look at the webcams for the resorts you can see it doesn’t look pretty at low altitude as there is grass clearly visible but this distracts from quite how good the skiing still is once you are out of the towns and up in the mountains. If you are heading out for a week of quality piste riding then you won’t be disappointed. The slopes above 2000m are in good condition and have a decent base thanks to the huge November snow and the might of the Three Valleys snow making ability.

The 3 inches of snow that fell during the week wasn’t massive but it was enough to make the runs feel fresh. It is also encouraging for the weeks ahead as it means that the ski area can continue to use the snow cannons and ensure that the resort remains one of the best places to ski in Europe.

The way to get the best out of the mountain at the moment is to follow the sun around, hitting  Méribel’s and Courchevel’s east facing slopes in the morning and then hopping over to the west facing slopes of St Martin and Val Thorens in the Afternoon. You can still get around the whole 3 Valley area easily as the majority of links are open and 74% of lifts are currently operating.

Read our report on the Three Valleys commitment to snow making 

Snow Forecast for the Three Valleys

There is potential for snow during the week and if it does come then it will be just a few inches so you won’t need to dust the powder skis off just yet. Through the week there will be intermittent cloud cover but it will generally be sunny allowing skiers and boarders to make the most of the terrain that is open. During the days the temperature will peak at at around 3° and drop down to -5° overnight allowing many of the 2186 snow cannons to work away freshening up the slopes.

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What’s on this week in Méribel & La Tania

Week: 20th – 24th December 2016 Méribel La Tania
Tuesday ♫Live Music♫

Evolution Bar featuring:
Hobo Chic and Max Le Sax 10pm

♫Live Music♫

Ski lodge: Les Deux Roux 10pm

Wednesday Womens Alpine Ski Comp 3pm :
Featuring the French Alpine team, Chaudanne♫Live Music♫Apres Ski:

Le Rond Point featuring:
DJs Bubble and Crisp

Jacks Bar featuring:
Wingmen + The Mardy Jonny Depps

♫Live Music♫

Apres at Ski Lodge with The Slopes 5pm

La Taiga : Al Jones 10pm

Thursday ♫Live Music♫

Lodge du Village featuring:

Bring Your Sisters, 10pm

O’Sullivans featuring:
Mountain Movers event Jack Beats playing live.

♫Live Music♫

Apres with bring Your Sisters 5pm

Friday ♫Live Music♫

Scotts Bar:
Open mic night 10pm with
Daisy B and Tom

Meet Santa – Resort Center, 4.45pm

♫Live Music♫

Apres with The Shadowmen 10pm

Saturday ♫Live Music♫

Lodge du Village : Christmas Carols, 6pm

Jacks Bar : Bad Christmas Jumper Party, 10pm

 

Christmas Eve Party – Ski Lodge

Santas Grotto – Live Music – Drink promos

Late availability to Méribel and La Tania

We have a few rooms left in La Tania next week, departing on the 27th of December if you want to spend New Years Day skiing off that hangover. Prices are from £699pp.

4 day break 3rd December to Méribel from £379pp.


Weekly Snow Report and Resort Information

Welcome to your weekly weather report and resort update direct from the Alpine Action Team in Meribel and La Tania. We are pleased to announce the 3 Valleys is officially open and our first guests of the season are arriving tomorrow. Connecting links across the ski area are operating with 153 lifts open today.

The weather has been wonderful with sun shining every day and that crisp cold air that makes you want to wrap up warm in your Winter woollies. The lowest recorded temperature is a chilling -5 degrees, reaching a high of 7 degrees in the daytime.

These chilling conditions have enabled the 3 Valleys fairies to keep working their magic and maintain a promise of guaranteed skiing throughout the Winter Season with plenty of snow making 24/7.

Snow making Meribel
Snow making Meribel

The Meribel valley currently has a reading of 14cm of snow at resort level (1800m) and 60cm at Altitude (2700m).

The Courchevel valley currently has a reading of 14cm of snow at resort level (1800m) and 61cm at Altitude (2700m)

Avalanche risk is between 1-2 out of 5

Below are the most recent readings from SnowForecast.com

Snow forecast week: 12.12.16
Snow forecast week: 12.12.16

We want to keep you up to date with weekly events and happenings in the 3 valleys so here are some of the best bits to get you in the winter holiday spirit…

What’s on this week

Week: 12 – 17th Meribel La Tania
Tuesday ♫Live Music♫

Evolution Bar featuring:
Hobo Chic and Max Le Sax 10pm

♫Live Music♫

Ski lodge: High Jives 10pm

Wednesday Ice hockey – Olympic centre: 8:30pm

♫Live Music♫

Apres Ski:

Le Rond Point featuring:
DJs Bubble and Crisp

Jacks Bar featuring:
Wingmen + The Mardy Jonny Depps

♫Live Music♫

Apres at Ski Lodge with the Killerbeez 5pm

Thursday Giant Slalom with ESF Ski School 1pm at Stade de l’Aigle

♫Live Music♫

Lodge du Village featuring:

Bring Your Sisters, 10pm

O’Sullivans featuring:
Mountain Movers event Jack Beats playing live.

♫Live Music♫

Apres with bring Your Sisters 5pm

Friday ♫Live Music♫

Scotts Bar:
Open mic night 10pm with
Daisy B and Tom

♫Live Music♫

Apres with The Marivaux 5pm

Saturday ♫Live Music♫

Evolution: 10pm Open mic night with Bring Your Sisters and co

 

It is never too late to book a ski holiday and if you fancy clipping into your skis or strapping on your board then check out our website Alpine Action for more information on our chalets and services. If you fancy a spontaneous last minute Christmas trip enabling you to ski your socks off on Christmas day, check out our Meribel tab for more information.

 


3 Valleys Season Preview

The 2016/17 winter season is here. Find out what to expect in Méribel &  The Three Valleys in our pre-season preview.

Skiing started in the Three Valleys on the the 19th of November when Val Thorens turned on its lifts and welcomed skiers and boarders earlier than expected due to some seriously heavy November snow. Courchevel was also able to open some of its runs early due to the 120cm of snow that fell across the Alps. All that happend before the season truly kicked off, so what has this winter got in store for the 3 valleys? Lets find out…

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Snow

As we said there has been loads of snow already and all that snow has laid down a great base for the season and the temperatures are staying low according to the long term forecast.  That coupled with the 3 Valleys’ amazing ability to make snow this could be a great season. Méribel opens its doors for skiing on the 10th of December opening up the whole of the 3 Valleys for skiing until late April.

We couldn’t wait to get up on mountain so we went hiking on the 17th of November.

Let us take care of you this Christmas – Ski and come home to a traditional meal with all the trimmings
Christmas holidays from only £549 for an adult and £466.65 for a child from Gatwick

What’s New In The Three Valleys

You can save €10 per lift pass if you are buying more than one as part of the new Duo Lift pass, you must be purchasing a 6 day pass for a valley or the whole area to get the discount.
Tubing in Mottaret is opening this winter meaning that you can spend your evening flying down the slopes in a rubber ring.
If you like to picnic on the slopes then there is good news as Méribel has opened some indoor lunch lounges complete with microwaves. These can be found in Méribel and Mottaret main lift stations.
There are also new lifts in Val Thorens, the Roc and Stades drag lifts are now a shiny new 6 seater chairlift and the Boismint has also been upgraded to take more passengers.

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8 THINGS WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS WINTER

Events – What’s on on the Three Valleys 2016/17

There is lots to look forward to in the 3 Valleys this season from the Ski Cross world cup in Val Thorens on the 5th of December for 5 days to the end of the season mega party that is the 3 Valleys charity day. Here are few to look out for…

December

December is a busy month with opening parties as well as Christmas and New Year celebrations all going on. But there is also the the FIS Ladies Alpine World Cup being held in Courchevel from the the 20th December. lindsey-vonn-2015-audi-fis-alpine-ski-world-cup-womens-super-g-in-italy-02

January 

One of the best events to watch in January is the annual British Armed Forces Combined Services Alpine Championships which is held in Méribel and will be in its 11 the year.

February

This month the resorts will celebrate Valentines day with various activities to help show your love. There will also be loads of children’s activities across the 3 Valleys as during the majority of the month there will be a region of France that has a half term holiday as well as the UK Half Term week starting on the 11th.

March

The big event in March is the Ronnie Loves Music Festival, hosted at the original aprés ski destination The Rond Point. This year Norman Jay MBE will return and there will be a set from 6 Musics Craig Charles playing music from his trunk of funk. There will also be some of the worlds top riders showing off on a specially build park.  The event kicks of on the 20th of March.
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April 

As the season comes to a close there are a still some great events on. We have all ready mentioned the incredible 3 Valleys Charity day happening on the 12th of April and it will feature all the best Aprés ski bands. There is also the 3 Valleys Enduro event where you can take part in events across the ski area such as Giant Slalom and Ski Cross.

We Recommend

If your heading to the Three Valleys then you may want to tick of a few thing on the Méribel bucket list and you definitely don’t want to miss out on some of our favourite things…

You need to make sure you spend at least one afternoon dancing at the Folie Douce.

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Spend your evenings hanging out at Jacks Bar in Méribel where they have live music nearly every evening as well as comedy and great drinks offers.

If your in La Tania make sure you grab some lunch in at Pub Le Ski Lodge as well as enjoying the evening entertainment.

Also don’t forget to get your photo taken in one of the 3 valleys giant photo frames.

Check out all our latest offers to the Three Valleys

 

 

 

 


8 reason why we are looking forward to the ski season

8 things we are looking forward to this winter

There is a chill in the air, there has been no indian summer and people have started to put the heating on all of which means that it’s time to look forward to the winter season. It won’t be long before we are packing our bags and heading back to the Three Valleys, opening up our chalets in Meribel and La Tania and making sure our guest have a great ski holiday.

It has been a great summer, full of sun, sea and fun leaving us very little time to miss the mountains. Now the cold wind is blowing and our mind has started to drift to our colder happy place… here are some of the things we are looking forward to this winter.

Skiing

Of course! As soon as the temperature drops we start to think about clipping into our skis and hitting the mountains. Right now as I type I can feel the excitement of the first day on the slopes. You know that feeling, the one that makes you just want to run to the lift knowing that the wait is nearly over and how that energy will carry you through the day as you ski run after run with a stupid grin on your face.

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2016/17 Lift Pass prices for the 3 Valleys : 1 Day €60 – 6 Days €279

New in Meribel

Every year the resort works hard to make things better. This year there are no new lifts or runs to look forward too. However, there is something that we are quite excited about. In Meribel-Motteret they are introducing an indoor picnic spot, complete with sofas, kitchen, free WIFI and charging points. It sounds like the ultimate skiers common room. You can expect to find us hanging out with a Baguette at lunchtimes!

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A new ski outfit

This year it is new outfit time which is very exciting. Once you have spent ages deciding what style and colour to go for the most exciting thing is then getting to discover all the different pockets and features that you didn’t even read about, like a whistle tucked into a hidden pocket in the collar!

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Catching up

It doesn’t matter if you’re a season worker or a holiday maker returning to a resort,is a joy when you meet up with people you know from past winters. It could be your favourite waiter, chalet host or ski instructor. They will be as pleased to see you as you will be to see them.

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Early season snow

Last year the snow fell before the lifts weren’t even open yet. This didn’t stop us as we hiked out of Méribel up to the top of the Saluire to get some of the first tracks of the season. Check out the video below.

Breathing the Air

How can you not miss the cold, unpolluted, crisp air of the alps. We always look forward to walking out onto the chalet balcony, all wrapped up warm, probably with a glass of wine, to look at the stars and breath the cool night air.

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The Food

Every year our executive chef dreams up a menu full of old favourites and new dishes and we love getting to eat every one of them. It also means a trip to our favourite butcher who always makes sure we get the best local meat and treats us to some his incredible pork chops (not pictured). We also get to sample all the wines that Tom picks to accompany your chalet dinner.

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The View

To be in the mountains is to feel humble and awestruck by the might of nature! Here are some photos to remind you of what it looks like.

If you want to join us this winter then check out all our catered ski holidays to Méribel and La Tania here!


My failed winter.

I failed on the slopes again

Yep that’s right I failed again. But I fail in the same way every year and each year I promise to learn from my mistakes.

Each year I book my ski holiday or holidays if I am lucky and each time I promise myself that it is time to improve. This is the year I will get better at skiing. For too many years my ability to ski has remained the same and probably if I plotted it on a graph from year to to year we would have seen it plateau for a while. The reason lies in that ski life mirrored real life as once I was old enough to leave ski school I did and I have never been back.

This means that I have never improved and have a technique so full of flaws that I now fear a ski lesson as much as a trip to the dentist.  Which is why I have failed again this year.

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Despite promising that I would have some lessons. I didn’t. I also made other “ski resolutions” which I failed to keep.  I said to myself that this year I would hire a guide and hit the backcountry for a day. I did come close to achieving this if you count looking at the Méribel Guides website before I went on holiday.

I failed in my attempt to try the park out and see what I was missing out on. When I was younger I loved to hit the snow park. Now I stop at the the top of the park remember the thrill of “getting air” and the think about the pain it might result in. Then after those thoughts leave me, I start to pressure myself into proving that I still can do it. Psyched up I ski off towards the green kicker, I panic, swerve and ski off out of the park making out that I intended to do that all along.

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I also failed in my promise to avoid aprés ski, chalet wine and general excursions to the pub. My failure to do this probably contributed heavily to my failure all round.

But do you know what. I had a good time it was probably one of the best ski holidays I have had.

There is always next years ski holiday.


The future of skiing and life after Brexit

Brexit was voted for and we will have to wait to see what the exit of Britain from Europe will look like. One thing the referendum has done is make us think about the future and how skiing and snowboarding might change over the next 50 years.

Snow and Climate Change

There is a big move for ski resorts to become more responsible for sourcing their energy as it is an industry that feel the affects of climate change directly. One example is our winter home of Méribel where all the energy that powers the lifts and snow cannons are powered by hydroelectricity. Other resorts are installing wind turbines and solar powered technology. You can expect most ski resorts to be self sufficient and 100% powered by renewable energy in the near future.

Find out how green Méribel actually is.

With climate change we may well see less snow and a shift in the seasons so we predict a huge rise in snow making. All the big resorts are investing in snowmaking equipment some are even making it part of their marketing. For example the 3 Valleys is boasting about the 2189 cannons it has covering 50% of its ski area. Maybe one day it will be 100%.

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Cost

Since the the UK voted in the referendum the pound has dropped meaning that we currently get less euros to the pound. To help put into perspective the lowest cost of a € during the following winter seasons looked like this: 2013 – £1.14 : 2014 – £1.18 : 2015 – £1.26 .

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We haven’t heard of a single tour operator currently looking to increase the cost of their ski holidays based on the referendum results and as you pay in sterling your holiday won’t cost any more.

However the cost of a lift pass is likely to creep up every year as the cost of maintaining and improving ski areas becomes more costly. But there is some good news as a handful of experts believe that the cost new chairlifts are coming down so maybe the yearly lift pass price hike won’t be as much in the future.

Tech

One thing that is sure to change is ski and snowboard technology. The fundamental design of skis probably won’t change very much so it is likely that it will be the boot that sees the biggest changes with fully mouldable outers and inners. According to Mike Hatrrtup from K2 we will probably also see a change in bindings with a move to magnetic systems in a bid to save weight.

The hoverboard could ruin everything if its is invented as that is because if they did create Back to the Future type hoverboard technology it would be like cruising down a powder field!

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Quieter slopes

Currently the number of people skiing globally are decreasing and many in the industry are saying that the uptake of the younger generation is much lower and few people take it up later on in life. This could mean that ski resorts are quieter in 50 years time which is great news for people taking the sport up now.

Don’t worry about the future if going skiing or snowboarding makes you happy go to the mountains and enjoy yourself.

Check out our ski chalets in the 3 Valleys 


The Meribel Bucket list

If you are planning a trip to Méribel then make sure you tick these things off your to do list.

Ski all 8 villages

If you are in the world’s biggest ski area you really should explore. One way to do that is to ski into every village in the 3 Valleys. You can do it in a day if you are quick enough! Try it in this order – Méribel, La Tania, Courchevel, Brides-les-Bains, Saint Martin de Belleville, Les Menuires, Val Thorens, and Orelle.

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Aprés ski in La Folie Douce and the Ronnie

There are two great places to Aprés in Méribel and the best thing is that you don’t have to choose between them as you can do both. First ski to the Folie Douce and enjoy the mountain, beer, music and atmosphere. Then when it is time to leave you can ski straight down to the Ronnie for a more British aprés ski experience with some of the best covers bands in the Alps. An added bonus is that if you’re in a chalet with a driver service they will pick you up from just outside.

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Eat fondue

Only a fool or a person with lactose intolerance goes to the Alps and doesn’t have fondue. For the best melting pot of cheese in town we recommend that you go to La Fromagerie.

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Go to Courchevel and look at the house prices

A must on everyone’s list should be to ski over to Courchevel and look in an estate agent’s window and involuntarily shout “how much?”. If only you had followed up on that dream of owning a chalet in the Alps back in the 90’s!

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Ski the Bartevalle runs

Don’t be put of by the fact that Roc de Tougne is a drag lift like many other people do. The drag lift means that the Bartevalle runs are often quiet and always great fun. This is also our go to spot on a powder day (shhhhh).

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Grand Couloir

If you are going to ski in the Three Valleys then the GC is the thing you have to attempt. We know it is in Courchevel but it’s worth it. It isn’t as scary as it sounds in fact getting to it is probably the scary bit.


Have a burger

No Méribel bucket list would be complete if you didn’t tick off eating the Montagne Burger in Mottaret. This can be found next to the supermarket in the centre of Méribel Mottaret. The burger is so big you may need to bring a friend. Oh and it is only €7.50!

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Méribel has 2 serious snow parks, the Moon Park and the DC park they both cater for pros and amateurs. Even if you don’t feel that you can attempt the baby jumps it is still worth riding over to watch the locals hit the big stuff.

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End of the day

Unlike many resort the last run of the day in Méribel isn’t a nightmare. Skiing down from the top of the Saulire you will find that most of the runs are in as good shape as they would have been if you had caught first lifts. We recommend a long thy burner down to Méribel Village for a pint in Lodge du Village.

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