First ski holiday with children : Part 3 – Playing and relaxing

How I entertained my children when we weren’t skiing.

When you plan a holiday “relaxing” would probably appear in capital letters and a bold font in your word cloud. Another highlighted word will be your choice of activity, my guess is that for many people it would be “beach”. My choice is skiing. With its hot tubs, after exercise socialising and tranquil scenery this “extreme sport” holiday is a very relaxing way to spend a week, that is until you invite your young children along for the first time.

Read Part One      –       Read Part Two

The first few days of my holiday had already involved missed flights and manic rushes to ski school, allowing me to tick off the extreme part of my vacation checklist before I had even hit the slopes. I spent some time skiing with my wife, drinking wine and eating delicious food. Relaxing box ticked. This left me with only one part of the holiday brief left to fill, “Spending time with the Family”. Luckily in Méribel there is plenty to do to entertain the children.

Sledging

Playing with Albert Action

In my head sledging involved me standing around watching my 2 and 4 year old children slide down and then gleefully running back up with the sled in tow, repeatedly until exhausted. In reality it involved an argument over the sledge colour, me towing a convoy of child laden sledges across a variety of terrain followed by the children gleefully sliding down and me running back with a full sled in tow repeatedly until exhausted.

Like many other parents we also chose not to use the allocated tobogganing area to allow our children to play in. Instead we chose a spot that was less distance to get to but ultimately more perilous. This meant that in between being a human tow, I spent my time flinching and shouting “désolé” as a fine ballet of near misses involving skiers, snowboarders and underage sledgers was performed in front of me. Untill now I have often wondered who these type of families were.

Eating

In the UK there is no trust between restaurant owners and dinners, which is why we have seen a sharp decline, almost to the point of extinction, of the humble tablecloth. In France there is little evidence of the disappearance of either trust or tablecloths. For one lunch we headed to Le Refuge a favourite restaurant of mine that is full of tables with tablecloths on and delicious pizza.

I am the sort of parent that winces at badly behaved children in restaurants, when in fact it isn’t bad behaviour it is normal behaviour in an adult environment. When it comes to my own children I tend to eat fast, over compensate with politeness, while paralysed with embarrassment. With our children inevitably under the table tugging on a table cloth with more glassware than we currently own, I ate fast, apologised profusely and left with redder cheeks then I went in with.

Skiing

Outside of ski school I wanted to do some skiing with my daughter. The experience was similar to sledging in so much as I decided to return to the same location. Unsurprisingly after only two lessons she wasn’t quite ready for that mildly challenging red despite what my bravardad feelings were telling me. I spent a very happy afternoon towing my daughter up a mild incline and watching her straight line the slope while avoiding everyone that cut across her line.

Our 2 year old had made it abundantly clear that he wasn’t happy with the lack of skiing at the nursery he was attending. To make up for this I negotiated a loan of kit from my older child. He was thrilled and much better that I expected… maybe good enough for a difficult green?

Riding the lifts

It was agreed between us that on some of the afternoons one parent would head off and go skiing leaving the other to entertain the children. Sensibly, during her turn my wife opted for cake and games in the sanctity of the chalet. I thought I would show them the mountain. My goal was a voyage of discovery through the snowy peaks on gondola ships with a final destination of La Folie Douce. As a whole family we boarded the Saulire in Méribel centre.

Once at the top the doors opened and the wind rushed in to violate the safety of the telecabine. I realised quickly that this may not be the place for a 2 year old. Especially one that has a tendency to run towards the most perilous thing in the room, or beach, or field and now mountain top. As my wife skied away I bundled the children back into the lift where we spent an hour or so going round and round while we ate a picnic and spotted mummy an incredible amount of times.

For those of you that don’t know the Saluire Express passes over the top of the Folie Douce. We passed over it at least 6 times before I decide that it wasn’t my best idea to take the children there. They seemed happy enough in the bubble lift.

Just who you want share lift with!


There are loads of other things to do with your children when you are in Méribel : Ice Skating, swimming, soft play, Bowling and more. We were just too busy having our own fun to get round to doing it all.


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 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.


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