Meribel opens its lifts at the beginning of December, and we open our chalets from 16 Dec for 7 nights. At Alpine Action, we believe that the first week of the season is often overlooked, despite its potential value.
Although the days may be short and the weather cold, we've compiled a list of 5 reasons why we think it's worth taking the chance on the opening week, regardless of uncertain snow conditions. Reasons to ski the first week:
1. The slopes are quiet. Very quiet.
2. You WILL be skiing. Guaranteed.
3. Alpine Action is offering a fully catered chalet from only £450 pp which is only £64.30 per night!
4. It’s the perfect chance to focus on improving your technique for the season – maybe book some lessons
5. It’s a superb break before the festive season starts.
As we begin the official first week of winter, many people are concerned about the snow conditions that lie ahead. Fortunately, we are in the heart of the renowned Les 3 Vallees ski area that prioritises snowmaking and strives to ensure that there is always snow on the ground.
The resort typically opens its doors in early December, but preparations for this moment begin as soon as temperatures drop low enough to allow for snowmaking. In addition to our own ski resort, we are also adjacent to Val Thorens, the highest ski resort in the Alps, just a short ride away on a few chairlifts. This means that there's no reason to expect anything but perfect skiing conditions this week.
We may be limited to skiing on the pistes due to snow conditions, but sometimes we are lucky enough to experience fresh powder. December can be a stormy month, which often results in some fantastic snowfall. The short, cold days mean that the snow is light and stays fresh all day, making December powder an absolute joy. Although there may not be a lot of snowpack for off-piste skiing, knowing where to go will allow you to enjoy some truly delightful experiences.