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End of Season 2013/14 in the 3 Valleys

Posted on: May 11th, 2014 by SkiGB

Today sees the last day of skiing for this season, Val Thorens closes shop for another term and already we are looking forward to next season.

Even though the lifts are closing down for a well earned rest the snow continues to fall! Yes as we write outside is a complete white-out!

 

Val Thorens Last Day of the Season

Val Thorens Last Day of the Season

BUT never fear snow fans you can still enjoy the mountains over the summer as all the resorts in the 3 Valleys will open their ski lifts for a number of weeks. This is a great chance to get to see those fantastic views you can see in season but this time without any snow on it!

We have created a quick run down of each of the resorts in the 3 Valleys with their schedule on our 3 Valleys in the Summer page.

 

But if you can’t wait until the snow is available again you only need to wait 195 days and the season 2014/15 opens for business!

The team at SkiGB.com would like to thank our readers for all their great comments through-out the season and hope to meet many of you next season. We will now have a little break from Val Thorens and the 3 valleys and find a sunny spot to start work on next seasons service.

Speaking of which next season our service is EXPLODING! oh yes. There will be more news, more data and more ways to read, watch and experience next season!

If you would like to be kept up to date follow our Twitter or Facebook account or keep popping back to our blog and we will keep you informed.

 

Enjoy the sun everyone!

The 3 Valleys in the Summer

Posted on: May 11th, 2014 by SkiGB

Just because most of the snow has left us for a while (the glacier will still have some snow on it but sadly not enough to ski on) the 3 valleys is still a wonderful place to visit. In fact in July the sun is out and it’s a beautiful place to be.

Many of the SkiGB.com staff visit Val Thorens and Meribel over the summer to get a tan (oh yes that’s possible!!), relax and take in the stunning views.

If this is something you would like to experience yourself here is a run down of the each of the resorts opening dates:

 

Val Thorens, Les Menuires and Courchevel

All three of these resorts will be opening their lifts from 6th July until 29th August 2014.

 

Meribel

Meribel will be opening their lifts from 29th June until 29th August 2014.

 

Details on links about lift passes can be found here on our Val Thorens Lift Pass page.

3 Valleys Enduro – Sunday 6th April

Posted on: April 4th, 2014 by SkiGB

This Sunday the 6th April the 3 valleys plays host to the annual 3 Valleys Enduro!

The What?

In case you haven’t heard about this fantastic day, the resorts of the 3 Valleys from Courchevel to Val Thorens plays host to individual events. Whether you would like to try Slalom skiing, have ago at producing shapes on the big air or feel inspired by the Olympics and want to try the Downhill, all are available.

It doesn’t matter what age you are, all are welcome!

How does it work?

Each of the resorts play host to one or more event, you register by this SATURDAY for the events you wish to enter.

It is a team event of 3 people and 3 categories, Pros, Amateurs and Families.

You can race in many of the events but do not need to race in all of them.

If you are interested go to your resorts Tourist office by Saturday (inc) and put your name down, you will love it!

 More info found here on their website!

 

French Rail Strike to Hit Ski Resorts

Posted on: February 28th, 2014 by SkiGB

SNCF (the French national rail service) have warned that they plan to strike tomorrow (1st March 2014) and Sunday (2nd March 2014). This could affect many ski resorts including ones in the 3 Valleys.
This would be a great disruption to skiers travelling to and from ski resorts on one of the busiest weekends of the season, but I guess that it why they have picked this weekend!

 

It is not 100% for sure to happen, we will keep you informed what they decide. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for updates.

 

50,000 skiers will be travelling this weekend to the Alps so we do hope they don’t go through with it.

 

Val Thorens New Years Party!

Posted on: December 31st, 2013 by SkiGB

Once again Val Thorens will be celebrating the New Year in style! After having probably the best year they have had after picking up awards and transforming the resort, they have a lot to celebrate.

 

Last year we saw DJs, big flashing boxes, fireworks and lots of dancing!

Val Thorens New Years

This year we think we will see something even bigger. They have been setting up the resort for the last couple of days and planning for months.

Val Thorens New Years

 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!!

Avalanches – Val Thorens, Courchevel, Serre Chevalier

Posted on: December 29th, 2013 by SkiGB

The Alps have seen several avalanches over the last few days in several resorts from France to Switzerland. Sadly many people have been caught up including five people who have died and two people who were seriously injured.

For the last week we have had warnings of very unstable conditions when this dump finally appeared. If you would like to be kept up to date with future warnings follow SkiGB on Twitter, Facebook or our RSS feed from our blog.

A total of 6 avalanches have happened (update: more since writing this), 4 in the French Alps and 1 in Switzerland.

We know this is a morbid subject and can scare holiday skiers and boarders, but it is a fact of life if you go off piste skiing. As far as we can tell (from early reports) all the skiers were off piste and had been warned of dangers by signs put up by the resorts.

 

It is VERY rare to be caught up in an avalanche skiing on-piste, so for non off piste skiers please don’t worry and obey the signs.

 

We can’t help to think though that a sign is not enough. After all how many times do drivers on the UK roads ignore warning signs. I think there needs to be more pro-active safety messages from the pisters or/and ski resorts. Something that people don’t take as a challenge or young lads use as a badge of ‘extreme skiing’. Some resorts in America take away your lift pass if found off piste, this looks to do the job and certainly stopped the skiers we have met. European resorts please take note, it’s not right to just say ‘We put up warning signs’ and wash their hands of it. We are not saying that off piste skiing should be banned (far from it), just enforce when in times of danger.

We just think better policing by the resorts may help reduce the number of deaths on our slopes.

Until that happens we urge off piste skiers and snowboarders to follow reputable websites that cover the area you will be skiing. Many ski resorts own websites are completely useless (unlike Val Thorens and the 3 Valleys which are very good) so find local based sites and follow their posts.

We of course will be on the case for the 3 Valleys as per our tweets for the last week have been reporting. If you would like more in depth information please let us know and we will add in future reports.

So back to the recent avalanches, the 3 Valleys have had two areas which have been affected, Courchevel have sadly reported a death of an experienced local man who had been skiing with his son. Fortunately the son managed to survive. The other area was in Val Thorens in the Bosmint area where several people were buried waste deep. Fortunately all survived, we have spoken to several people who have been buried waste deep in other avalanches and it can take many hours to dig yourself out. Then there are the injuries, broken bones to being mentally effected.

One thing we have learnt over the years is that you can never be too experienced, it doesn’t matter if you have skied all your life and skied off piste safely many times, respect the mountain and keep learning.

The best thing is not to be caught up in the first place.

 

Our condolences go out to the families effected by these deaths.

 

Michael Schumacher in Ski Accident in Meribel 

Posted on: December 29th, 2013 by SkiGB

Seven times Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher was involved in a skiing accident in Meribel this Sunday 29th December around 11am. He was skiing with his 14 year old son off piste and hit his head on a rock. Fortunately he was wearing a helmet otherwise the injuries would have been worse.
They were skiing in the La Dent de Burgin ski area.
He was airlifted to the local hospital in Moutiers but was discharged fairly quickly afterwards.
This is the latest incident this week with the recent avalanches and highlights the importance of wearing a helmet when skiing or snowboarding.

 

* Update 30th December 2013
Since the initial accident and check up at Moutiers hospital Michael has been moved to Grenoble Hospital, which is the main hospital on the area. They have now induced Michael into a coma they have concerns with his brain and is in ‘critical condition’.
Are thought are with him and his family. We will update this post as and when we have more news.
* Update 30th December 2013 11am

Latest news from the doctors in Grenoble Hospital where Michael Schumacher is being treated. They are saying it is too early to say what condition Michael is in until the swelling around his brain has gone down. This is normal practice for brain trauma. They also said that he is still in critical condition and is fighting for his life. Michael is extremely fit for a man in his 20s let alone 40s. We should not under estimate the job the helmet did, without it Michael would not be with us now.
We are not expecting to hear too much now for a day or so until the swelling has gone down. The good news is Michael is in the right place, Grenoble Hospital look after skiers who hurt themselves every day and know what they are doing.

 

* Update 31st December 2013

Last night the Doctors ran a new scan which showed an improved situation, therefore they offered a new operation to the family which was completed last night. Another scan was taken this morning (31st) which showed a slight improvement. The operation last night reduced the pressure on the brain which allowed them to run another scan without putting Michael in danger. This scan showed that the injury has not got worse but a slight improvement, “The situation is better controlled since yesterday” says the Doctor.

 

It is never good to speculate what happened and we do not want to do so here, Michael is a very good skier and to split his helmet he would have needed to be travelling quite fast. There is a lot of rocks about as the snowfall hasn’t provided the deepest of bases in places. It would be very easy to catch a rock and propel you into the air therefore increasing speed.
Whatever happened I’m sure we will learn more in the coming days. It has now been 48 hours since the accident which is normally the most important and he has a slight improvement, we now need him to keep improving.

NEWS on the recent Avalanches in Europe…

The Winner of the Best Ski Resort for 2014 is…

Posted on: December 22nd, 2013 by SkiGB

Every year the Ski industry creates a top 10 Ski resort list and the latest one is out for 2014 (I know it is still 2013, I never understood that).

Once again the 3 Valleys is included TWICE into the list which surely means it is the best place to ski, doesn’t it? 🙂

We were thinking of creating some kind of suspense like X Factor or Strictly, but we thought nah forget it, here are the results:

The Best Ski Resort for 2014

10 Solden 4.2% of votes
9 Courchevel 5.9% of votes
8 Ischgl 7.2% of votes
7 SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental 7.5% of votes
6 La Plagne 8.6% of votes
5 Saalbach 8.4% of votes
4 Are 10.3% of votes
3 Alpe d’Huez 13.1% of votes
2 Baqueira Beret 13.9% of votes
1 Val Thorens with 16.4% of votes

 

Well done Courchevel and Val Thorens who keep on picking up awards (Val Thorens Ski Awards this year).