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Weekly Snow Report and Live Music in the 3 Valleys

What a week! The 3 Valleys is a Winter Wonderland with over half a meter of snow fallen in the past week, pistes have been left in prime condition. The weather forecast is looking favourable for the next 2 weeks as we continue into the second week of French and English school holidays. Thanks to the speedy 3 Valleys lift systems, queues are small and quick, so shredding the 600km of piste on offer is a breeze.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking at the weather forecast for the next week, today is similar to yesterday, with cloud, sun and this evening some light snow showers. Tuesday morning, is looking cloudy with sun popping out later in the afternoon. Wednesday and Thursday are looking the best days with full sunshine and clear skies – this would be a great opportunity for those staying in resort, to cover some distance and head to Val Thorens or the top of Le Masse in Les Menuires.

Friday has a mixed bag of weather with sunshine cloud and light snow showers. Temperatures over the next 7 days have highs of 0 degrees and lows of -7 degrees. The coldest wind chill is forecast on Friday at -11 degrees! Next week, current predictions show sunshine and warmer temperatures with lows of -1 degrees and highs of 8 degrees.

Credit to: snowforecast.com
Credit to: snowforecast.com
Credit to: Le Meteo France
Credit to: Le Meteo France
Credit to: Le Meteo France
Credit to: Le Meteo France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Meribel valley currently has a reading of 50cm of snow at resort level (1450m) and 138cm at Altitude (2700m).

The Courchevel valley currently has a reading of 91cm at resort level (1850m) and 149cm at Altitude (2700m).

Avalanche risk is 3 out of 5, with most off piste runs tracked out we still recommend to only head off piste with the right equipment, knowledge and a local guide (click for more info).

We want to keep you up to date with weekly events and happenings in the 3 valleys. Yesterday we published our Alpine Action Guide to Entertainment for the whole family, below is what music/apres ski is playing this week…

What bands are on this week in Meribel & La Tania:

Monday 13th
♫Meribel♫ 
Jacks Bar: Sian Hayley Smith, 5pm
Evolution: Mardy Johnny Depps, 10pm
♫La Tania♫
Chrome Bar: JRBB, 5pm
La Taiga: Live Wire, 10pm

Tuesday 14th
♫Meribel♫ 
Jacks Bar: Daisy B, 5pm
Office de Touruisme: Counterflow, 4:30pm
Lodge du Village: Bring Your Sisters, 4:30pm
Evolution: Hobo Chic, 10pm
Scotts: Alex Davies, 10pm
Doron Pub: The Slopes, 11pm
♫La Tania♫
La Taiga: Freddy Fingers, 5pm
Ski Lodge: D’funk, 10pm

Wednesday 15th
♫Meribel♫ 
Jacks Bar: Wingmen, 5pm
Lodge Du Village: The Slopes, 4pm
The Rond Point: Bubble & Crisp, 5pm
Doron Pub: Wingmen, 11pm
♫La Tania♫
Ski Lodge: Mr Clean, 5pm
La Taiga: Al Jones, 10pm

Thursday 16th
♫Meribel♫
Jacks Bar: Hobo Chic – 5pm
Lodge Du Village: Jay Tamkin – 4pm
Ice Skating Rink: DJ Kaya 8 – 10pm
Doron Pub: Bring Your Sisters – 11pm
Mountain Movers: Rodney & Skitz – 11pm
♫La Tania♫
Ski Lodge: Bring Your Sisters, 5pm

Friday 17th
♫Meribel♫
TBC
♫La Tania♫
Ski Lodge: Coco and the Butterfields, 5pm

Last minute availability

If the giant snowfall, forecast for sunshine and lots of activities and entertainment has got you craving some time on the slopes, take a look at our latest offers page. We still have limited availability for next week in the chocolate box Chalet Cote Coeur in La Tania.

 


February half term: Entertainment in the 3 Valleys for all the family

February is upon us, Meribel and Courchevel are gearing up ready for an influx of families to the resorts. Piste are well groomed and the entertainment events calendars are bulging with fun for all the family. Snow conditions are prime in the 3 valleys due to the recent MEGGA snowfall and forecasts are fairly sunny for the next week.

#AlbertAction our company mascot and in-chalet furry friend, is SO excited to meet our new guests and show them around the mountain! #AlbertAction LOVES an adventure so don’t forget to take him out and share the fun tagging @AlbertAction for any photos. Just like our lovely guests Ben and Chloe Riglar, they stayed in Chalet Bouchot recently  and had so much fun getting #AlbertAction to help build an igloo and a snowman!

Find below the Alpine Action Guide to what you can get involved with whilst staying in Meribel or La Tania:

Events to look forward to in Meribel are as follows:

Sunday 12th February

Elements park challenge; pop down to the Elemnets Park at the top of the Plan de l’homme chair lift and jump/slide over the the boxes – 10:30am.
Pet the huskies; meet local mountain dogs at the Piste des Inuit Meribel Altiport, 1-4:30pm.
Warm up with complementary hot chocolate, Piste des Inuit 2-4pm.

Monday 13th February

Welcome drink at La Chaudanne, ask the experts to recommend routes for the day 9-11am.
Inuits Fishing Mystery; fish for mysterious objects in the lake and keep whatever you find, Piste des Inuits, 2-4pm.
Kenotte an organised family entertainer will be at the sledging area, Meribel Altiport, 3 – 4pm.
Himalaya by night; sledge down the green run Little Himalaya in Meribel Mottaret, 1 run 5euros the whole evening 10euros, 5:30 – 6:30pm.

Tuesday 14th February
Love is in the air as we celebrate Valentines Day in resort.

Why not pop down to Meribel centre and join in the street party! Starting 4-7pm there will be music from the fabulous “Counterflow” and free Vin Chaud.
Valentines celebrations. La Follie Douce 9am – 5pm.
DC Area 43; Welcome drink and games, starting at the DC Area 43 hut, win DC shoes and goodies! 2 – 4pm.
Market day in Meribel! Head down to the town centre where you will find a local market selling cheese, wine, sweets and clothing – a great place to buy gifts for friends and family.

Wednesday 15th February
Ice Hockey; at the ice skating rink in the Olympic centre, 3euros for children and 5euros for adults, 8:30-11pm.
FEATURE OF THE WEEK…. Extraordinary Eagles Day! Head down to the family cool area  at the bottom of the Altiport chair lift and experience the Lac Leman Eagles show for 30mins the first show is at 11am and the second 3pm.

Thursday 16th February
Ice rink foam party; skate in foam to the latest DJ beats 8-10pm at the Olympic centre ice skating rink.
Free introduction to Archery; Neige de l’Altiport try out Archery and get a free hot chocolate or tea 10am-4:30pm.
Inuits Sledge; have fun sledging on the inuits toboggan run 2-4pm.
Himalaya by night; sledge down the green run Little Himalaya in Meribel Mottaret, 1 run 5euros the whole evening 10euros, 5:30 – 6:30pm.

Friday 17th February
Market day in Meribel! Head down to the town centre where you will find a local market selling cheese, wine, sweets and clothing – a great place to buy gifts for friends and family.

For more information and to see the full in-resort events calendar CLICK HERE or on the below picture:

Events to look forward to in La Tania are as follows:

Alongside the organised activities in La Tania there are also lots of things to do in the Courchevel valley. The free bus runs throughout the day between La Tania and Courchevel 1850, here you will find many family friendly activities such as; bowling, the FAMOUS Courchevel toboggan run and ice skating. Courchevel also has an incredible new swimming and activities centre called “Aquamotion”

Aquamotion-Courchevel-Auer Weber-© Aldo Amoretti


 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information and to see the full in-resort events calendar CLICK HERE or on the below

HAPPY HALF TERM from the Alpine Action team in the UK and Resort! If all this entertainment has got you craving some family time on the slopes, take a look at our latest offers page. We still have limited availability for next week in the chocolate box Chalet Cote Coeur in La Tania.


Weekly Snow Report and Events in the 3 Valleys

We are proud to announce… It’s SNOWING in the 3 valleys!  It has been ongoing since Friday evening and hasn’t stopped in the past 24 hours. Forecasts are reading around 40cm has fallen at resort level and 55cm higher up, today we are expecting another 6 – 9cm of snow!

The atmosphere in resort is fantastic with everyone turning into big kids; snowball fights, sledging, snowman making and Igloo building. Meribel and La Tania have been transformed back into glistening white Winter wonderlands.

Conditions on the piste are more forgiving with softer snow and mixed terrain to suit all levels. Some of the more advanced pistes such as Suisses in Courchevel are looking inviting, ready for Alpine adrenaline junkies to test their skills.

Temperatures are staying cold over the next 7 days with highs of -2 degrees and lows of -8 degrees. The coldest wind chill is forecast today with -14! Today the snow will continue falling lightly, tomorrow skies will clear for a sunny morning, then the clouds will come back in towards the afternoon. Wednesday and Thursday are forecast for light snow showers with Friday clearing up again for another beautiful, sunny (hopefully powder), day.


 

 

The Meribel valley currently has a reading of 43cm of snow at resort level (1450m) and 105cm at Altitude (2700m).

The Courchevel valley currently has a reading of 67cm at resort level (1850m) and 105cm at Altitude (2700m).

Avalanche risk is 3 out of 5, although we’ve had a lot of snow, please be aware of going off piste. The current snow pack is very unstable after compact conditions followed by heavy snowfall. Make the most of local knowledge available in resort and go out with a guide who knows the area and has expertise to assess the risk.

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 in Meribel

Monday 6th
Street Party with “Counterflow” 5-7pm
Himalaya by night: night sledging 5:30pm – 7:30pm Meribel Mottaret
Live Music
Jacks Bar: Blazin Strings – 5pm
Lodge Du Village: Counterflow – 10pm
Evolution: Mardy Johnny Depps – 10pm

Tuesday 7th
Market day in Meribel centre.
DC Area 43: mini comp and games, opportunity to win prizes, 2-4pm.
Live Music
Jacks Bar: Daisy B – 5pm
Lodge du Village: Bring Your Sisters – 4:30pm
Evolution: Hobo Chic – 10pm
Scotts: Celine Dos Santos  – 10pm
Doron Pub: Bubble & Crisp 11pm

Wednesday 8th
Torch lit decent for children: Meribel Mottaret – 6pm
Ice Hockey at the Olympic Centre: 8:30-11pm
Live Music
Jacks Bar: The Mardy Johnny Depps – 5pm & Wingmen – 6pm
Lodge Du Village: The Slopes – 4pm
The Rond Point: Bubble & Crisp – 5pm
Doron Pub: Wingmen 11pm

Thursday 9th
Himalaya by night: night sledging 5:30pm – 7:30pm Meribel Mottaret
Black out evening at the ice rink with head torches – 8-10pm
DC Area 43: Shoe hunt, bag yourself a pair of DC shoes if you can find them hidden around the park 10 – 12:30pm
Sledging and Vin Chaud: La Chadanne – 4:30pm
♫Live Music♫
Jacks Bar: Hobo Chic – 5pm
Lodge Du Village: Jay Tamkin – 4pm
Ice Skating Rink: DJ Kaya 8 – 10pm
Doron Pub: Bring Your Sisters – 11pm
Mountain Movers: Rodney & Skitz – 11pm

Friday 10th
Market day in Meribel centre
Night Slalom: Meribel Mottaret – 5pm

What’s on this week in La Tania

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last minute availability

After a huge snowfall who can blame you for wanting to take a last minute trip to the Alps, for some fun on the slopes and in the POWDER! Check out our last minute offers on Chalet holidays in the heart of the 3 Valleys. Both Meribel and La Tania are the perfect locations for current conditions, with trees lining the pistes, breathtaking scenery and mixed terrain provides something for everyone.


The Alpine Bake Off: Banana Bread

In December we featured a typical favourite – chocolate cake, for January we have the humble Banana Bread. This classic loaf is a fabulous way to use up any uneaten bananas and is better when they are a little mushy. Magic in Motion ski school LOVE our Banana Bread and said Daisy from Chalet Alysson’s Banana Bread was the best they have eaten – now that is a BIG statement when ski schools are piled with cakes on a weekly basis!

So if you loved our Banana Bread as much a Magic in Motion then here is our secret to this simply classic afternoon tea treat:

Banana Bread

Banana Bread Chalet Bouchot
Banana Bread: Chalet Bouchot
https://www.alpineaction.co.uk/meribel-chalets-bouchot.htm
Banana Bread: Chalet Azalee

 

Serves 10
Preparation time            10 minutes
Cooking time                45 minutes

Ingredients

3 eggs
1 pot (yoghurt pot) of brown sugar
1 pot of natural yoghurt
¾ pot veg oil (not olive oil)
3 pots of self rasing flour
1 tsp baking powder
3 mushy bananas
50mls milk

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 180c.
2. Line and grease loaf tin.
3. Place all the ingredients in a bowl mix well then pour into loaf tin and bake.
4. Decorate with a sprinkle of icing sugar – maybe use your creative skills like our host Davina in Chalet Bouchot and use a seasonal stencil.


Weekly Snow Report and Events in the 3 Valleys

The skies are looking moody in the 3 Valleys this week, as we eagerly anticipate the next snow fall. Conditions are still very good, with on-piste skiing compact and well groomed.

As we move into February, in preparation of the school holidays the children’s fun zones are really taking shape across the 3 Valleys. The Piste Inuit in Meribel’s Altiport is now up and running with lots of fun features and activities to entertain the whole family. The NEW Elements Park at the top of the Plan de l’homme chair lift, is also starting to take shape and we are awaiting the opening.

Temperatures are varied over the next 14 days with highs of around 8 degrees and lows of -3. However, towards the weekend we are seeing temperatures plummet with highs of -7 and lows of -11. Wind chill is forecast at a body shivering -18 for Saturday – don’t forget your ski buff!

Credit to: Snowforecast.com
Credit to: Le Meteo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credit to: Le Meteo

The Meribel valley currently has a reading of 23cm of snow at resort level (1450m) and 100cm at Altitude (2700m).

The Courchevel valley currently has a reading of 80cm at resort level (1850m) and 170cm at Altitude (2700m).

Avalanche risk is 2 out of 5

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 in Meribel

Monday 30th
Live Music
Jacks Bar: Jay Tamkin – 5pm
Meribar: Conor Owen – 4:30pm
Evolution: Mardy Johnny Depps – 10pm

Tuesday 31st
Market day in Meribel centre

Live Music
Jacks Bar: Daisy B – 5pm
Lodge du Village: Bring Your Sisters – 4:30pm
Meribar: Hobo Chic – 4:30pm
Evolution: Hobo Chic – 10pm
Scotts: Sian Hayley-Smith – 10pm
Doron Pub: The Slopes 11pm
O’Sullivans: Bring Your Sisters – 12am

Wednesday 1st
Live Music
Jacks Bar: The Mardy Johnny Depps – 5pm & Wingmen – 6pm
Meribar: Bring Your Sisters – 4:30pm
The Rond Point: Bubble & Crisp – 5pm
Lodge du Village: Hobo Chic – 4:30pm
Doron Pub: Wingmen 11pm

Thursday 2nd
Himalaya by night: night sledging 5:30pm – 7:30pm Meribel Mottaret

♫Live Music♫
Jacks Bar: Hobo Chic – 5pm
Meribar: Blazin Strings – 4:30pm
Lodge du Village: Rob Cross – 4:30pm
Doron Pub: Gareth & Westy – 11pm
La Taverne: Bubble & Crisp – 10pm
Lodge du Village: Two Far Cajon – 10:30pm
O’Sullivan’s: Mountain Movers – 12am

Friday 3rd
♫Live Music♫
Meribar: Wingmen – 4:30pm

What’s on this week in La Tania

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Last minute availability

If you like what you see and want to escape rainy England for the snowy Alps, then check out our latest offers and availability. We have limited spaces in Meribel and La Tania from the 18th February onwards. Hopefully we will be welcoming you to the 3 Valleys soon!

 

 

 

 


Woodland Walks: Teppes Trail – La Tania

The beautiful thing about the 3 Valleys is there’s something for everyone. If you aren’t a skier/boarder or your body won’t allow the aches and pains that come with the sport, there is still so much to do. If  you love the mountains; scenery, crisp air, breath taking views and fabulous lunch spots, you can still experience this at a slower pace. There are some stunning walks around Meribel and La Tania to keep you more than entertained.

One of our hosts Adrian from Chalet Cote Coeur has been out of action due to injury. He and his partner Gemma decided to adventure around the local landscape and see what La Tania walking trails have to offer. We interviewed them to find out more, here is their account of the Teppes Trail a beautiful, snowy, woodland walk:

Teppes Trail, La Tania with Adrian and Gemma from Chalet Cote Coeur

Walking Trails: La Tania – CLICK PICTURE FOR FULL MAP

Starting out at the bottom of the Grand Bois lift, cross the bridge to the centre of the resort. Take a left towards the shops and walk up the steps between the Saucisse Savoyarde deli and and the Ski Lodge. Turn left at the top and follow the road for about 20 meters, then take a right up the steps leading to the Saboia residence. The top of these steps is the beginning of the Teppes trail. Follow the footpath through the woodland and enjoy your adventure!

 

 

 

 

 

Adrian and Gemma…What was your favourite part about the Teppes trail?
        When the trail went through the woods off the main track up to the picnic spot.

Those views!

Would you say this is an easy walk? If not what ability do you think suits this kind of walk?
       Yes I would say it was easy, Adrian managed to do it with a broken collarbone.

What attire would you recommend for the trail? For example: snow shoes, normal shoes, poles etc…                   We went in our snow boots, wore thermals, ski jackets and took ski poles. 

Are there any lunch/refreshment stops on the way?
       There is a picnic spot at the top of the trail with benches and a lovely view.

How long did the walk take you?
      It took us an hour to do the walk

 

Did you see any wildlife or interesting plants during your walk?
           We didn’t see any animals but we did see lots of animal tracks and there was an information board at the picnic spot telling you about the wildlife and plants. 

Would you say that La Tania is an easy access resort for non-skiers?
           Yes I would there are many walks that you can do in the woods and up the mountains so there is a lot of variety and there are many snow shoe walks in Le Praz that we want to do as well. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on walking routes and alternative activities, check out our “Non-Skiers” pages on the Alpine Action website…
La Tania non-skiers: CLICK HERE

Meribel non-skiers: CLICK HERE


Weekly Snow Report and Events in the 3 Valleys

Wow the 3 Valleys is transformed! We have had some SERIOUS snow in the past week and been spoilt with two AMAZING blue sky days. Snow forecast readings show the rest of the week to be cold and beautifully sunny!

One word to describe the snow conditions… EPIC.

Meribel Altiport
Chalet Toubkal in La Tania, needing some snow shovelling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a way to kick off the 2017 Winter Season with an increase of 98cm of fresh snow at 2700m.

Meribel and La Tania have been kissed with a coating of glistening snow, the resorts are a real Winter paradise. There is so much snow that we reported this weekend on @AlpineActionSki Twitter Grenoble is also covered in snow.

emperatures continue to plummet with highs of minus 5 and lows of minus 16 with a wind chill of minus 20 you will be needing some very thick thermals and a buff!

The Meribel valley currently has a reading of 54cm of snow at resort level (1800m) and 170cm at Altitude (2700m).

The Courchevel valley currently has a reading of 71cm at resort level (1850m) and 126cm at Altitude (2700m).

Below are the most recent readings from SnowForecast.com and Le Meteo:

From: Snowforecast.com
From: Le Meteo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credit to: Le Meteo 14 days forecast

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 in Meribel…

Monday 16th
Live Music
Jacks Bar: Sian Hayley Smith – 5pm
Evolution: Mardy Johnny Depps – 10pm

Tuesday 17th
Live Music
Jacks Bar: Daisy B – 5pm
Evolution: Hobo Chic – 10pm
Scotts: Alex Davies – 10pm
Doron Pub: The Slopes 11pm

Wednesday 18th
Ice hockey gala match: Meribel vs Chambery, 8:30pm at the Olympic centre 5euros for adults, 3 euros for children.
Live Music
Jack Bar: Wingmen ft Mardy Johnny Depps – 6pm

Thursday 19th
Himalaya by night: night sledging 5:30pm – 7:30pm
♫Live Music♫

Friday 20th
La Follie Douce: Follie Shades Draker in anticipation of the new 50 shades Darker film.

What’s on this week in La Tania…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last minute availability

We still have a few beds available in Meribel and La Tania for this weekend if you fancy a last minute ski trip we have some great deals! The Moretta Blanche piste in La Tania is covered in snow making access to our chalets Toubkal 1 & 2 and Attila fantastic – just clip in and go.  


Wolf spotting and woodland friends with #AlbertAction

Yesterday at Alpine Action we were jumping for joy! In the early hours of the morning our Resort Manager Tom and Chalets Manager Eloise spotted a wild Wolf on the road between La Tania and Meribel Village.

Driving along the back road at 6:25am to collect our departing guests luggage in La Tania. They had just passed Le Plantin (a small housing area along the mountain road) shortly after they saw what was thought to be a Fox scurry across the road so slowed down to let it go.

Wolf statue
Wolf statue

Eloise said: “I was thinking, that’s a big Fox, O wait is it someone’s Mountain Dog, OMG OMG that is not a domestic Dog, that’s a Wolf”.

Tom said: “I wondered why Eloise has slowed down and come to a stop, I thought a Deer was in the road but then this Wolf trotted around the side of the car”. 

It trotted across the road in front of the car then went around the side enabling Tom to see it in plain sight from the vehicle behind. It was a similar size to a large Dog such as a German Shepard with a brown and grey mongrel type fur. It had a bushy tail, white fur under it’s chin, scruffy looking and skinny. After the Wolf had been startled by the vehicle headlights, it made it’s way down the bank and through the woods towards Villarnard.

Eloise said: “I am so gutted I didn’t get a picture it just all happened so fast and I was driving, I honestly thought the Wolf stories were a myth I cannot believe I’ve seen a wild one”.

Our Operations Manager Ben has been fascinated by Wolves since they were introduced to the Valley 10 years ago. They were first released in Italy but have slowly made there way across the alps. Ben has often told our team about the Wolves and potential sightings and animal remains found in the Valley. Farmers have found livestock to be killed and this Fox carcass was found by Ben before the start of the Winter season:

Fox remains
Fox remains

What is so great about this spotting is that we have been lucky enough to see a beautiful animal in their  natural habitat. Almost all woodland creatures are scared of humans and it is rare to spot them during the busy Winter Season.

#Repost #AlbertAction @se14ldn_mc

We couldn’t wait to tell everyone about our sighting. The Alpine Action mascot #AlbertAction loves nothing more than touring the 3 Valleys with his friends. We think it would be great if you took him on a woodland adventure to meet some fellow mountain animals.

#AlbertAction adventures with the Leach family staying in Chalet Bouchot

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are interested by our woodland creatures living in the 3 Valleys why not take #AlbertAction on a mountain adventure through the “Moon Wild”.

Located in the Meribel Altiport, see how many animals you can discover and learn both the French and English names – who knows you might see a real one!

Moon Wild

 

 

Access the Moon wild area via the Altiport chairlift or Saulire Epxress 1 gondola.

 


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.


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