SNOW REPORT FOR HALF TERM AND A 3 VALLEYS PISTE GUIDE FOR THE FAMILY
The 3 Valleys continues to just keep on giving this season, along with an incredible amount of snowfall, we also have an action packed schedule to keep families entertained during the February Half Term Holidays.
The best thing about holidaying in Meribel and La Tania during February half term is how good the lift systems are. Shorter queues and less delays resulting in longer time out playing on the slopes.
Alpine Action are a family run company, we understand that family ski holidays are some of the most special times you can spend together. Simply bonding over a sport you are passionate about, outdoors in the fresh mountain air, spectacular views and beautiful surrounds.
This week we have a lot of youngsters out on their first Family skiing holiday, below is a little information for parents thinking about taking their children skiing for the first time.
Where to ski with your family
There are 4 fantastic places to take your children both in Meribel and La Tania, if they are beginner skiers. The first is Meribel Mottaret, this area of the Meribel Valley had a makeover last season and has a new learner area designed with children in mind.
There are 2 free magic carpets to get you started, the first a very gentle area behind the Plattieres lift station, this is great for getting the feel of skiing and being out of the way of speedy more advanced skiers and boarders. There is also a longer, slightly steeper piste next to the Combes chair lift, this allows progression once the beginner starts to make a little progress later in the day.
Next Step, once you have mastered the magic carpets you can take your first chair lift up “Combes” this will take you to another learner area with tunnels, obstacles to practise turning and give you more of a sensation of being “on the mountain”.
Second there is Meribel Altiport, take the Altiport C bus up or use a ski pass and take the Rhodos bubble from La Chaudanne. Beautiful scenery, surrounded by trees and if you are lucky wildlife.
There is an Inuit village at the top of the Free Altiport drag lift that enables you to have some rest and play time when the children tire. There is also some husky dogs for children to pet and play with.
Good to know for parents: There are toilets located, inside the tourism office at the bottom of the magic carpet in Meribel Mottaret and at the bottom of the Altiport drag lift. There are also multiple cafes and restaurants surrounding these areas for much needed breaks.
La Tania, has a free drag/button lift called Trokia, this is great for your first day skiing as a family with littles ones. It is a gentle slope out of the way of speedy skiers and has a few cafe/rest stop options at the bottom including a small children’s outdoor playground.
Finally we have the Courchevel Verdons and Jardin Alpin areas. These are great beginner green runs with bubble lifts going over the top and nice long, wide, cruising pistes for children to progress and take their time. Sandwiched in between is the Courchevel Family Park, which even has an airbag and inflatable donuts with a slide.
Weather & Snow Forecast
The weather Gods just keep on giving! This weekend, we have seen more snowfall kindly topping up the pistes just in time for the start of February half term holidays. Today we are forecast for sunshine all day with clouds re-forming late in the afternoon and light snow showers.
On Wednesday, we are predicted light snow showers in the morning, followed by sunshine in the afternoon and similar conditions into the end of the week. With a maximum of 11cm falling over the week in total. Wind chill is brrrrrr… freezing with lows of -18 on Tuesday and Wednesday. Sunrise is from around 07:30am each morning and sun set around 18:00pm.
The Meribel Valley currently has a reading of 105cm of snow at resort level (1450m) and 288cm at Altitude (2700m).
The Courchevel Valley currently has a reading of 195cm at resort level (1800m) and 288cm at Altitude (2700m)
Avalanche risk is 2 out of 5
What’s on this week in Meribel
Market Day: Meribel Centre
Ladies Night From 9 am to 8 pm Stade de Corbey – Méribel Centre
Bowling: Soirée Fluo from 5 pm to 8 pm
Téléfondue: at 7.30 pm Plateau de la Chaudanne, eat fondu in the Saulire Express lift at night. 79 €, book your own cabin for 2 or for your family/friends (maximum 4 places) call +33 (0)6 61 65 90 92.
Hockey Demonstration Match: Méribel vs Courchevel, at 8.30 pm, at the Olympic centre, Adult: 5 € Child: 3 €. Free entry for children
Jack’s Bar: 17.00, DAISY B
Le Pub: 22.00, WINGMEN
Evolution: 22.00, HOBO CHIC
O’Sullivans: 00.30, BRING YOUR SISTERS
Scotts 22.00 SIAN HAYLEY SMITH
La Taverne: 22.00 BEN VICKERS
Valentine’s Day on slopes: 10am – 4pm, a day dedicated to love on the slopes. Animations, gifts and other delicacies for lovers. Rendez-vous at the Chaudanne snowfront, the Inuit village or Elements Park.
Come to pet the Huskies: 1.30pm – 4pm Piste des Inuits.
Torchlight descent for children: meet at Le Rone Point, Meribel, at 6 pm.
La Follie Douce in association with Craemex Lip Balm: Seasonaire Day, from 9 am to 5 pm.
Jack’s Bar: 17.00, THE MARDY JOHNNY DEPPS
Jack’s Bar: 18.00, DAKINI
Rond Point: 17.00, BUBBLE & CRISP
Eagles show: 10am – 4pm, front de Neige de l’Altiport, 10 am: Beginning of the raptor show 11 am: downhill skiing with eagles 11.30 am: eagle show 15 pm: downhill skiing with eagles 3.30 pm: eagle show Acess by foot and ski. Free of charge.
Himalaya By Night: 17:30-19:30, Meribel Mottaret, Night Sledging.
Ice rink: Olympic Games Evening, from 8pm – 10pm, ice bowling, sledging, hockey, skeleton, snowshoeing…Many goodies to be won! 10 € pp
Jack’s Bar: 17.00, PADDY JAMES
Le Pub: 23.00, GARETH & WESTY
O’Sullivans: 00.00, SEEKID AND FRIENDS
Market Day: Meribel Centre
Come to pet the Huskies: from 1.30pm – 4pm, Piste des Inuits
Jack’s Bar: 17.00, JAY TAMKIN
Scotts: 22.00, THE MARDY JOHNNY DEPPS
What’s on this week in La Tania
LANTERNS AND VALENTINE’S DAY TORCHLIGHT DESCENT: Free Open to all 17h20
Courchevel NIGHT SLEDGING: 17:15, Free age: from 5 years old, after the slopes close, sledge down the hill!
Pub Le Ski Lodge: 17:00, Apres Ski
La Taiga: 10.00pm, Pop-rock band. Courchevel
SLEDGE RACE: Free 17:30
Pub Le Ski Lodge: 17:00, Apres Ski
Pub Le Ski Lodge: 22:00, Open Mic Night
Last Minute Availability
With snow this good we are fully booked for the next few weeks, but check out our availability for the end of March and April on our webiste: Alpine Action Offers