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 Jump Season 4 – Is it as good

The Jump returned for its 4th season on Channel 4 this weekend but is it as good?

We are not convinced. Something seems to be missing. It could be that this is the first year that I haven’t live blogged the Jump therefore allowing myself more time to watch it but to me it seems to have lost its edge. It doesn’t feel as anarchic as is it once did it. It feels a bit like that seasonnaire who want’s to carry on living in the mountains but knows a lifestyle change is in order to make it sustainable.

At the end of the last season there was much written about it being the most dangerous reality show on TV after many participants were injured, including Tina Hobley who dislocated her elbow and Beth Tweddle who still sufferers from a back injury. Combined that with plummeting ratings and there were talks that it could be axed. But it wasn’t.

The return feels like it has taken seriously the safety issues that have been raised over the years, but that doesn’t mean that it is any safer. Vogue Williams, was the first person to injure herself and has not be able to compete in the show. Her knee injury happened while she was receiving some ski cross training. Last year 50% of the entrants when home with injuries, can you imagine if that was a sport wide statistic, skiing wouldn’t be as popular as it is.Image result for the jump channel 4 2017

There could argued that it doesn’t seem as good because the contestants aren’t that famous. Getting to know 14 new people in 90 minutes is a tough ask especially when several of them come from privileged backgrounds that make it hard to identify with and get behind. The rest of the cast are mainly athletes who essentially aren’t Phil Tufnell. The biggest star is Sir Bradley Wiggins, who looks like a man that has ended up at a Hen Do and can’t escape but  knows the only way to survive is to join in as half hearted as possible while saying how much fun he is having.

One of the biggest innovations of this years event was the celebrities being introduced and appearing from behind a screen and then paraded through a crowd of unexcited crew members. This could have been dramatically improved if done in ski boots on icy steps with a handicap system that matched number of day skiing to the number of additional children skis they had to carry.Related image

Of course we will still be watching every week and soon it will be time to confess that Spenser is our favourite, but not just yet. Let’s just hope the action gets a bit more exciting as this week’s just seemed like a beginner slope highlight package and the racing was about as tense as a snapped hamstring.

Join in the chat during the show with our twitter account @alpineactionski.


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
http://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

Coupe d’Europe de Ski Alpin: Credit to Merinet.com

It has been another fantastic week of skiing here in Meribel and La Tania after the dump of snow last week! We’ve been embracing the sunshine, cold temperatures and sharpening our ski edges in anticipation of welcoming the Alpine Skiing Europa Cup to Meribel.

We will be reporting on what is going on throughout the week in the Super G, Combined Super G / Slalom and Downhill racing. Keep an eye out on our Twitter @AlpineActionSki and Facebook for the latest news! The programme for the week is as follows:

Monday: Super G
Tuesday: Combined (Super G & Slalom
Wednesday: Downhill training
Thursday: Downhill
Friday: Downhill

The weather forecast is looking great for the event and anyone joining us in the Alps next week. This week light cloud coverage is in the valley until Tuesday. Wednesday on wards the cloud will lift leaving glorious sunshine for the rest of the week. Temperatures stay fairly cold for the first week with highs of – 1 and lows of – 7, wind chill is at – 12, still cold but warmer than last week.

Moving onto next week, we have highs of + 8 degrees and lows of – 9, so warming up slightly towards the end of the month.

Credit to: Snowforecast.com
7 day snow forecast Le Meteo
14 day forecast Le Meteo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Meribel valley currently has a reading of 30cm of snow at resort level (1450m) and 138cm at Altitude (2700m).

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

Avalanche risk is 3 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 23rd

Europa Cup: Alpine Skiing – La Chaudanne, Stade below Roc de Fer chair lift

Live Music
Meribar: Conor Owen – 4:30pm
Jacks Bar: Rob Cross – 5pm
La Chaudanne: Celine Dos Santos – 7pm
Evolution: Mardy Johnny Depps – 10pm

Tuesday 24th

Live Music
Jacks Bar: Daisy B – 5pm
Lodge Du Village: Bring Yours Sisters – 4:30pm
Meribar: Hobo Chic
Evolution: Hobo Chic – 10pm
Scotts: Alex Davies – 10pm
Doron Pub: Bubble & Crisp 11pm

Wednesday 25th

Ice hockey match exhibition: 8:30pm at the Olympic centre 5 euros for adults, 3 euros for children.

Live Music
Jack Bar:The Mardy Johnny Depps – 5pm &  Wingmen – 6pm
Meribar: Bring Your Sisters – 4:30pm
The Rond Point: Bubble & Crisp – 5pm
Lodge Du Village: Sean Jackson – 4:30pm
Doron Pub: Wingmen – 11pm
La Chaudanne: Hobo Chic – 7pm

Thursday 26th

Himalaya by night: night sledging 5:30pm – 7:30pm, 1 run 5 euros 10 euros for the evening children under 13 go free!

Stand up Comedy: Jack Bars – 9pm

♫Live Music♫
Jacks Bar: Hobo Chic – 5pm
Meribar: Chop Shop – 4:30pm
Lodge Du Village: Buffos Wake – 4:30pm
Doron Pub: Bring Your Sisters – 11pm
La Taverne: Bubble & Crisp 10pm
Lodge Du Village: Wingmen 10:30pm

Friday 27th

La Follie Douce Meribel-Courchevel: Friday’s the place to ride party.

Saturday 28th

Chinese New Year @ La Follie Douce Meribel-Courchevel

♫Live Music♫
Evolution: Open mic night

Sunday 29th

♫Live Music♫
Doron Pub: DJ Kaya – 11pm
Evolution: Wingmen – 10pm
Jacks Bar: Shameless – 10:30pm
O’Sullivan’s: The Slopes – 11pm

What’s on in…La Tania

 

Last minute availability

We are booked up for the next couple of weeks but check out our last minute deals page for what availability we have from the 11th February in both Meribel and La Tania. It isn’t a hard decision with 600 km of piste to explore, stunning views, lively Apres Ski bands every day, a clean cosy chalet, fully catered with wine and a roaring fire… go on…treat yourself!


First ski holiday with children : Part 2 – Guilt and Ski School

My first ski holiday with children

In my last blog about our first family ski trip I wrote about how we manage to miss the flight despite staying overnight at an airport hotel. This blog continues the story of our holiday and picks up the trip after we landed in France ready for our transfer to Méribel. 

READ PART ONE HERE

Part 2 – Guilt and Ski School

We arrived at Grenoble airport and were warmly welcomed by Alpine Action driver Eddie who my children instantly fell in love with and obsessed about during the duration of our trip. “I can’t wait to get back to see Eddie at the chalet”, “It’s kind of Eddie to let us stay at his house”, “Who are those people cooking in Eddie’s kitchen?” and “Let’s make a card to thank Eddie for letting us stay”. How much Eddie appreciated this admiration is a question for him and how much Jack and Emily, our chalet hosts, appreciated playing Carson to Eddies Earl of Grantham we may never know.

During our trip we stayed in chalet Trios Coeurs

Ski School

Once in resort there is always some pre-ski admin to do and after the flight fiasco I wasn’t expecting a successful outcome. However, getting ski hire for a 4 year old was simple, as was getting free lift passes for the children along with booking into ski school and child care. I doubt this success was down to us and the behaviour of our children so the credit should go to the wonderful resort staff that helped us along the way. As a result of my many trips to Méribel we were also spared the usual “where is my chalet” moment that we all get in a new ski resort. However my wife was determined to engineer this by repeatedly asking if I knew where I was going.

The next thing on the agenda was introducing our children to snow. The last huge snowfall in the UK was in 2009, way before my children were born, making this their first time experiencing snow. There are many things you can do with snow such as skiing, snowball fights, snowman making or even sledging. The main priority for my children during their first encounter with snow was to eat it and they were determined to sample it from as many locations as possible. Due to my children’s partiality to consuming snow we spent very little time near the resort ponies.

Children’s mealtimes were a success thanks to “Eddies staff” and I was surprised by the ease at which the children went to sleep. I was unsurprised at the time they woke up in the morning. I think the last time I was up before the chalet hosts was when I was one.  I also suspect that in some parts of the resort some people were only just heading back to their chalet. But why wouldn’t you wake up early on a ski trip, going skiing is exciting!

Even though I had been awake since 4am, when the minibus arrived to take us to the ski school we weren’t quite ready. Quite means, one child undressed with ski boots on, one child fully dressed no shoes on running around in the snow, one parent not dressed still packing children’s day bag and one parent fiddling with his snowboard while wondering why no one else is ready.

Guilt

We arrived at the children’s ski school 10 minutes late. A quick glance around told us that we weren’t the only ones. My daughter who is 4 was going into ski school for the morning and was incredibly excited about her first time on skis. My son who isn’t old enough to ski was in the creche. Prior to our holiday we had talked about going skiing, watched it on the TV and role played the holiday, which with hindsight was a bit cruel as when we dropped him off at the nursery he soon realised that he wouldn’t be doing much skiing.

They say there are no friends on a powder day. Maybe there should be a saying that implies similar when referring to offspring on a ski holiday. Shortly after 9.30 am we found ourselves on the first chairlift of the day with the sun on our faces and the combined feelings of guilt and excitement. After few runs we nipped back to the nursery slopes and replaced the last few embers of guilt with pride as we saw our daughter skiing for the first time. We didn’t check on the other one.

Just before lunch we returned to collect the two children for an afternoon of sledging and hot chocolate drinking. One was over the moon that she had mastered skiing and loved every second of her time. The other was less impressed and greeted us with the opening remark  “Go skiing now?”.

Coming up in part 3 we relieve our guilt of spending the mornings skiing by attempting to do far to much stuff as a family in the afternoon.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page and the Alpine Action blog to find out how we got on during the rest of our ski holiday. To make sure you don’t miss the next instalment sign up to the Alpine Action Newsletter.


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.  


How to Take Great Photos when skiing

How to make sure you are taking the best photos when you are skiing

With stunning mountain peaks, glinting white snow, bright sun, heavy fog or snowfall, spectacular valley views and high speed action, taking decent photographs in the Alps is a real challenge. Conditions can vary not only day to day but hour to hour, and there’s no one setting which will work for all conditions.

Point-and-click cameras set to ‘auto’ will often take decent images but they can only do so much and they’ll never do justice to the beauty of the Alps, but if you play around with the manual settings on your camera it’s surprising how much improvement you can see.

Whether you use a basic hand-held camera or a high-end DSLR camera the fact is that with a little practice, setting the camera to manual and mastering the shutter settings will almost always bring you higher quality pictures – the camera’s automatic setting isn’t always right!

How to take snow park photos and ski action shots

Image courtesy of Basecamp ski and snowboard courses

Everybody wants that one perfect shot of them zooming down the piste or nailing a huge kicker, which they can then load up to Facebook and show everyone how skilled they are on skis! Sadly the majority of action shots just don’t come out like that – they’re usually mis-timed or out of focus. Action photography is very tricky to get right!

The first thing to do is set the camera up correctly. To avoid blur you’ll need a very fast shutter speed, and to let enough light into the camera lens and compensate for the speed of the shutter you’ll need a wide open aperture. It’s well worth taking a few practise shots of people to get the settings right before you line up and take the perfect shot, as they’ll always vary.

Another key factor in successful park or action shots is the positioning of the camera. You can get wonderfully dramatic shots on-piste as well as off-piste if you shoot your subject as he or she skis town the slope towards you. In the park, amazing big-air shots can be captured by positioning yourself to the side of the kicker and following the skier down as he or she approaches the jump. Opening the shutter at the key moment takes practise and patience but when you get it right it’s far more rewarding than simply setting the camera to shoot 3 frames a second and picking the best one.

How to take scenic photos of snowy mountains

In the Alps you can wake up to bluebird skies and bright sun in the morning, but by the afternoon the weather has closed in leaving flat-light or low-light conditions which make photography a real challenge. The camera settings you use for each shot when taking scenic photos have to be adapted to the conditions at the time, so it’s always a good idea to take a few quick shots with slightly different light and shutter settings before choosing a setting you’re happy with and lining the shot up properly.

If it’s a bright and sunny day, attach the lens hood to the front of the camera. It blocks side light and lens flare which can so easily spoil a great scenic photograph. Line your shot up and avoid pointing the camera towards the sun. In sunny conditions you’ll need a fast shutter speed to avoid flooding the image with white light, and a very low ISO setting. It’s also worth closing the aperture quite a lot too, to stop excess light getting in and spoiling the image.

If you’re shooting in low-light or night time conditions it’s a very different story. You can slow the shutter down so it stays open longer and lets more light in, and perhaps use a tripod to avoid blurring the image. Other tricks to good low-light photography include keeping the aperture wide open so as much available light gets in a possible, and increasing the ISO setting. Bear in mind, however, that too high an ISO setting will ultimately damage the quality of the photo and it’ll look grainy.

The best thing to do when shooting out if the Alps, where conditions are so variable and the scenery is so beautiful, is simply to play around with your light settings before each shot. If you take the time to get to know the camera, you’’ll gain an understanding of what settings work best in certain situations and ultimately you’ll get a lot more out of your mountain photography. Happy shooting!


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.

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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.

 


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