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Ski Chalets

Posted on: November 5th, 2022 by SkiGB

Going on a Ski Holiday and staying in a Ski Chalet is one of the nicest ways to enjoy the mountains.

Whether you and your group fill up the whole Chalet or join other holidaymakers the results are the same, relaxing, comfortable and enjoyable.

We have gathered together some of the best quality Chalets which are located in convenient locations within the resort. specialise the Ski Resorts that are favourites with British snow worshipers.

Ski Chalet Food

Staying in a Ski Chalet is like home from home, but with more cake!

Your private chef will not only create sumptuous breakfasts and dinners but will also bake you a cake ready for when return from Apres Ski!

Breakfast includes hot and cold options and the evening dinner consists of a 3-course feast.

If you have any dietary requirements you will need to inform the Chalet at the time of booking.

Wine is usually included which doesn’t stop until at least the end of the meal, sometimes longer.

Chalet Layout

Most Ski Chalets are individual buildings consisting of a number of bedrooms most likely with ensuite bathrooms. A communal lounge and Kitchen area. A Ski and Boot room to store your, well, ski boots and Skis. Then additionally more luxurious Chalets could have Saunas, Steam rooms and even private swimming pools.

How big are Ski Chalets?

The size of the chalets ranges from small 6-person properties to large 20+ person chalets. If you are interested in Chalets that are larger we recommend also looking at Chalet-Hotels which are a mixture of the two.

Can I book the whole Chalet?

Yes of course. If this something that interests you recommend booking as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Are Ski Chalets suitable for Children?

Some Chalets are for adults only, you will be able to use the filters in our search but most are child friendly.

How hard is it to ski from Val Thorens to Courchevel?

Posted on: November 2nd, 2022 by SkiGB

Part of our “How hard is it…” series we explain how hard it is to ski from Val Thorens to Courchevel.


There are several route options with slightly different variations for each route. Depending on where you start in Val Thorens might decide which route to take. For example, if you are staying at the bottom of the resort you might prefer to ski the nice easy path down to Les Menuires and make your way over to Meribel from there.

My personal favourite starting point is to stay high and take the lifts up over and ski either under Cote Brune lift – off-piste – or the main piste and end up at the Base of Mont Vallon.

You may have noticed I am not naming the lifts or even pistes as you wouldn’t believe this but the resorts keep changing their names. Granted mainly due to lift upgrades or replacements but it might confuse you if I did name them and you can’t find them on the map.

Anyway, back to the route. So far we have only skied one piste, quite a long one though. If it isn’t too busy – timing is everything here – this is a really nice piste. The top is a little steeper – Red level – but quite wide to traverse if needed, further down it does get thinner but nowhere need as steep – Blue level.

From Mont Vallon –  worth a trip up the Mont Vallon lift and ski down if fresh snow as it’s amazing – you can either grab a short lift up and ski down to Motteret or take the picturesque path through the trees. The path is not very snowboard friendly as it is quite flat. Wouldn’t advise boarding down there on fresh snow, take the lift.

Skip through Motteret and climb up the other side.

Once you get into the Courchevel ski area you will notice the pistes get wider and less steep. Great for less confident skiers or just if you fancy a blast. There is a great little boarder-cross course at the top which is fun. Keep your eye out for the famous airport from one of the James Bond films as you gently slide your way past some rather posh-looking Chalets. Incidentally, if you have £20 million spare and looking for a Ski Chalet you should check out Belle Air in Courchevel.


Part 1 complete you are at Courchevel 1850.


If you choose to return via the same route you came via then bear in mind you will need to use a very very very long drag lift, definitely not snowboard friendly.

So I tend to stay low and take a route back via Meribel village. The biggest “pain” with this route is Meribel, don’t get me wrong Meribel is beautiful and well worth a visit or even a whole ski holiday stay. But it can get a little crowded at certain times. With the Val Thorens crew skiing over to Courchevel and the same vice versa, they tend to meet up at the same time in Meribel. Add on top of the holidaymakers staying at “Britain in the Mountains” – Meribel – and you have a whole lot of people in one place.

Take the Platiers lift – oops I mentioned lift name – to get some height as at the moment if you climbed over the mountain where you would end up in Les Menuires or even St Martin de Belleville.

Meribel has upgraded its lift system a lot lately and planning more upgrades soon too which has made the return trip from Meribel to Val Thorens much better. They upgraded the lifts to help people staying in Meribel get to the better snow higher up around Mont Vallon and into Val Thorens.

Take the Cote Brune lift up and over into Val Thorens and you’re back home just in time for a quick drink – or two – at the Folie Douce.


How long does it take to ski from Val Thorens to Courchevel?

Obviously, everyone skis at different speeds and some stop more often than others. That said if you are a good skier – Ski Blacks well – then you could do the whole route in a few hours – depending on queues.

If you are a Red piste skier I recommend starting early, say within an hour of lifts opening just to make sure.


Is it Snowboard friendly?

Yes, I would say so, I mentioned the path at Mont Vallon earlier but apart from that, you are good to go!


Minimum Skiing ability

I would say you need to be able to get down a red piste – in fact you would have to do just that – if you want to do this route. Also, bear in mind your fitness as you will be skiing most of the day and depending on how many courses you had a lunch you might have to put a wiggle on if you are close to lifts closing.


Considerations before you go

My main concern is wind, not the smelly type but mother nature’s breath. Val Thorens in particular can get quite windy which forces the lift companies to close certain lifts due to safety concerns. Can you guess which lifts they could close?

Yep, the ones taking you back over from the Meribel valley. The new lifts have helped this but still can happen.

Just so you know if you get stuck in either Courchevel’s or Meribel’s valleys when lifts close you have four options.

  1. Take a taxi which would need to drive right down to Moutiers and back up the Val Thorens valley. Not the cheapest taxi ride you would have had.
  2. Jump on a public bus that takes you to Moutiers then get another one up to Val Thorens. Bare in mind if the wind closes the lifts it more than likely has caught out many people, so stand room only on the buses.
  3. Find a room in Meribel for the night. Good luck with that one!
  4. Strap your skis to your back and start walking up the pistes.

Well worth downloading the E valley Apps beforehand so you can monitor wind warnings. If you are down in Courchevel you might not know it’s windy at the top.


Do I need to hire a guide?

If you are a lone skier then I would recommend joining a group or ski school to go with. If you got stuck or injured a long way from Val Thorens you might need help.

Other than there is no need to hire a guide. Read the piste map beforehand, plan your route and make sure you are somewhere in the Val Thorens valley before Apres!

What are the local drinks for Val Thorens?

Posted on: October 30th, 2022 by SkiGB

Every holiday destination has its own drink that visitors swear tastes better in its country of origin than when they purchase it at home. The only explanation we can give for this is the atmosphere plays a big part in it so Ouzo tastes better in Greece, Sobrado better in Spain, etc etc.

Few people realise that ski resorts thousands of feet in the air nestled amongst mountains have their own local drinks, but anyone who has ever visited Val Thorens will know this winter playground boasts more than its fair share of local fire water. For the purpose of this piece, we are going to concentrate on the main 3 Chartreuse, Génépi and Marc de Savoie. The reason for this is simple. As serious reviewers, it is only correct that we sample what we are writing about and if some of the stories are anything to go by, especially the third one, three is enough; especially on a school night!

You should be able to get anyone of these drinks in any bar in Val Thorens so don’t be shy and try one, two or all three of them out!


This French liqueur has been made since 1737 according to the ancient recipe given to them in 1605 by François-Annibal d’Estrée. The Ingredients are distilled alcohol which has been aged with 130 flowers, plants and herbs, the drink takes its name from the Grande Chartreuse Monastery located within the Chartreuse Mountains in France’s Grenoble region.

The liqueur itself is produced at the monk’s distillery in the nearby town of Voiron (Isère). One of the few liqueurs that continues to improve with age in the bottle, there are two types of Chartreuse; green and yellow. The former is 110 proof, or 55%, and gets its colour naturally from the infusion of plants and herbs during its creation.

The yellow variety is 80 or 40% proof and has an altogether sweeter and milder taste and aroma. There are also several other versions including a white variety but the green and the yellow are the most well-known and by far the most produced and drunk. Chartreuse has a very strong and distinctive flavour in that when first tasted it is very sweet but then becomes much spicier and pungent. A popular way to drink Chartreuse in ski resorts is added to hot chocolate to make Green Chaud.



The aperitif or liqueur known as Génépi is very similar in its make-up to Absinthe. A member of the Chartreuse family, its name comes from the Alpine plants from the genus Artemisia which are added to the brewing process to give Génépi its colour and flavour. As with many European herbal liqueurs of this kind, Génépi is also used as a digestif and it too has an acquired taste. It is less sweet than many of its contemporaries and the flavour the herbs have imparted into it is reminiscent of fever-few and chamomile.

While pale gold is its natural colour you will see some with a tinge of green due to the wormwood flower. This is in stark contrast to some of the varieties you will see for sale which is a vivid green thanks to the addition of food colouring.


Marc de Savoie

As mentioned above there are a few local drinks in the Alps however none taste as vile as Marc de Savoie, be warned!
A little history on this drink, way back in the 18th century when standard drinks like Beer and Wine were only within reach of the employed, the landlords devised a way of selling to more people without costing them any more money. Like modern draft beer taps back then there were drip trays below the taps to catch any spillages. Once the spillage trays got enough liquid the landlord would pour it into a glass and sell it very cheaply to the less fortunate.
Well, that’s the story behind it, whether it is true or not due to Health and safety they clearly can not sell it like that any more.

Marc de Savoie is a type of brandy also known as Marc Brandy de Savoie, Savoy Wine Brandy or simply Hooch. Created using red grapes, the best way to describe this drink is as an ‘acquired taste. It doesn’t undergo the ageing process typical of brandy but is kept in oak casks before bottling.

This drink is served in a shot glass and we recommend having a chaser drink ready as it is as rough as a 5 o’clock stubble. Often used as a forfeit to a drinking game or given to someone you just don’t like.


The Best Sledges in the World!

Posted on: October 23rd, 2022 by SkiGB


Ever thought how Santa manages to deliver his gifts to ski resorts?

Of course you have! 😉

You would think he would just land his sledge on the snow and get to work, oh ho ho ho no he doesn’t!


The James Bond Snow Crawler

James Bond pay attention we have the latest snow vehicle from Q branch!



James, we like to call it a Snow Crawler and for once 007 please bring the equipment back in one piece this time!

If you are a budding secret agent or just want one of the coolest snow gadgets money can buy then here it is.

Fully enclosed in a very stylish cockpit protected from the elements and Spectre and their evil henchmen.



To the public the Snow Crawler is just a concept, however, we all know undercover agents get all the cool new toys so they probably have this already!

We have not seen anything to back this up (which doesn’t mean it is untrue!), but we think it is bulletproof, can turn into a helicopter with a flick of a switch and has 2 cup holders!

So either sign up here MI6 Jobs (remember you only click once 007) or hope that one day this cool vehicle makes it into production.


This message will self-destruct in 30secs…….. (oops wrong film)


Did Mercedes design the best sledge in the World?


So once again we have two more new designs of sledges, this time from Mercedes. If you are familiar with their vehicles past and present you will probably guess where they got their inspiration for these!



Mercedes Builds Santa a new Sleigh

Mercedes built him a nice fancy sledge to skip up and down the pistes whilst every one was asleep. And thank god they did too!



Or Maybe Pagani has made the best Sleigh?

Could this be the best snow vehicle ever? It might be the fastest!

The Pagani Huayra, snow edition!


The Equinox Snowcoach

Every so often we spot a new toy for us snow freaks to talk about, this time we have come across the Equinox Snowcoach.

Let us set the scene, you get the snowmobile for Christmas that you always wanted and now would like to take passengers. With only room on the back for one, it would be a problem if you wanted to take more than one person


Not anymore!


With the Snowcoach there IS extra room being towed behind, and in from the snowfall too!

It’s kind of like a small caravan for your snowmobile, hook up and off you go!

The Snowcoach can fit two people and is strong enough for a payload of 350 pounds.

If this is your next purchase it will cost you $2000. Sadly Snowmobiles are not really allowed in Val Thorens (only licence holders are allowed,  ie: local businesses), I guess you could use it as a sledge?



The Skiing Lamborghini!

Feast your eyes for 1 minute and 3 seconds of some lucky guy driving a Lamborghini UP and DOWN a piste. Check out the touring skier, he doesn’t know what’s going on!


Should I Use Ski Pole Straps?

Posted on: October 20th, 2022 by SkiGB


I thought I would discuss a subject I have been asked about at least 1 Million times – possibly a little less but close – in almost every ski resort I have visited, should I use my ski pole straps or not?

It’s one of those questions that depending on who you ask you will get a different answer, this is my view – if you agree or disagree please jump into the comment section below and let me know.


The answer is both!


2 good reasons to not use straps on your ski pole and 1 good reason too!


No, I’m not sitting on the fence here, hear me out.

Depending on what type of skiing you are doing prioritises the good and bad of why you would use ski pole straps.

Just to be clear from the start this is a picture of a ski pole strap in case you didn’t know what one looked like. 🙂





Let’s start off with why you WOULD use ski pole straps


Picture the scene if you will, you are on your ski holiday with your family and decide to race your son down the strife without your hands in the straps. You whizz down faster than Graham Bell on a Sunday and as you take a corner at Mach 2 you drop your pole!




As you are travelling so fast the pole is 100 metres up the piste before you can stop. That is a long and tiring walk up unless another “ski racer” is kind enough to stop and pick it up for you.


That’s a light-hearted scene but there is a more serious reason why you would use ski pole straps.


As an off-piste skier there are times when you can put yourself in, let’s just say “not sensible positions”.

I mean standing at the top of a couloir which is only a metre and a half wide and steep enough to make you clench your bottom can’t seem sensible to a non-skier.

So, whilst standing there with butterflies in your belly you know if you fell now you would be earning your wings too soon.

Every jump turn needs to be on point, so a little help with the balance from your poles is very much required. If you drop an unstrapped pole now it could make your next 10 minutes much much harder.

On top of this, the climb up the next peak with just one pole is not what I call “fun”.

A very good reason to be strapped in then.


OK so let’s defend the reason to NOT use ski pole straps


My first reason not to use straps is mostly a concern for learner skiers but could affect all levels of skier.

We all fall over from time to time, some more than others, and some who seem to have a magnetic pull where they spend more time cuddling drifts of snow than being clipped in. These tumbles can sneak up and bite you at any point whether you are bouncing through fluffy pow or trying to survive an ice patch with some style.

Falling in powder isn’t so much of a problem compared to an ice-slide-and-bump when It comes down to wearing straps or not.

But falling at speed – there is rarely a slow ice-slide-and-bump – and landing with all your weight on one or both ski pole grips can soon become an ice-slide-and-bump-and-break.

I think only secondly to knee injuries the broken wrist is the most common ski break. I would guess at least all of them the skier had their hands in ski pole straps.

I would so prefer to stop and pick up my pole than nurse a broken wrist for 6 weeks, so this is one of the reasons I think you shouldn’t use ski pole straps.


My final thoughts on the use of straps are for the off-piste skier and could help decide if you live or not.


OK, that’s a little dramatic but hear me out.

Avalanches occur every day and as much as us humans try to avoid them sadly avalanches do take skiers lives. If you have ever been on an off-piste course or attended some training on what to do in an avalanche – Hats is a very good one and recommended – one thing all avalanche experts agree on is that when the avalanche stops moving, it sets like concrete. So, the last few seconds before everything stops moving are very important. Being able to swim and keep on top of as much snow as possible increases your chances of survival so the last thing you need is an attached pole dragging back your arms as the pole is being caught up in the very powerful snow.


There is something you can do with your pole in an avalanche which could make it quicker for someone to find you. This tip is a little off subject – I resisted writing “a little off-piste” – but as it’s an important tip the more skiers know about this the better.

If you are ever in an avalanche “try” and keep hold of one of your poles – hand not in the strap – and keep it pointing to the sky, therefore, increasing the length of your arm by an extra metre and a half. If you’re buried your fellow skiers might just see your pole sticking out of the snow and find you under it.


So back to the question, should we use ski pole straps or not?

Well, it’s up to you but I personally don’t unless I’m at the top of that couloir. Let me know your thoughts and situations when you use or not.



Additional thought:

I wanted to discuss this question for people who already have ski poles, however, there is another option if you are in the market to buy some poles.


Another option we can throw into our mini-debate is pole straps that automatically disconnect from the pole in emergencies. The idea for these pole straps is that you always have your wrists in the straps and if enough force is applied the straps will disconnect from the poles.


I’ve tested several versions of these but only tested disconnecting manually – didn’t fancy falling over many times to test – by pulling on the straps. They work fairly well, however, I tried several pairs of the same models and there was a difference in the amount of force needed to disconnect, which would make sense when mass-producing products.


You can buy these types of poles like the Leki Giulio for around £65 and go up from there. I haven’t tried the top of range poles of this type which “might” allow you to adjust how hard the force is needed to disconnect. You can easily spend up to £200 which is a lot of money for a couple of sticks.


Let me know if you have got some of these poles and if they are any good.

Les Menuires The Perfect Ski Destination

Posted on: October 18th, 2022 by SkiGB

Les Menuires; Snow, Saga and Splendour — The Perfect Ski Destination


With the right mixture of snowcapped mountain peaks, a rich and interesting history, a thriving culture, thronging tourists and snow-clad houses — Les Menuires really is the perfect ski destination. Located in the Vallée des Belleville, it is everything you could ask for in a ski resort and more! It offers some of the most affordable accommodation in the 3 Vallées, and what’s more, you can choose from a selection of restaurants that serve some of the best food in this corner of the world.

Unlike most other ski resorts in the world, Les Menuires has the unique distinction of being part of the 3 Vallées ski area in France. The 3 Vallées is the largest ski area in the whole world; it has about 8 different resorts which are closely linked by a number of amazing ski runs and lifts, as well as their sophisticated choices for accommodation.

The rich history of the resort can be seen in its design; culture and heritage are imprinted on every single brick in the valley. However, this resort brings in the most unique combination of heritage and modernity, of yesteryear architectural beauty and urban practicality laced, rather judiciously, with the charm only a French village can have!

Starting Small, Growing Fast

Les Menuires is situated between Saint-Martin-de-Belleville and Val Thorens, sitting amidst snow-peaked mountains at an altitude of roughly 1850m. This perfect altitude height sure that the resort gets plenty of fresh snow for the ski lovers, while letting everyone else enjoy the sun. It has come a very long way since the 1960s when somebody decided to create a ski resort that is both perfect for winter activities such as skiing and snowboarding and summer activities such as hiking and mountain biking. After the initial success of the ski resort at Courchevel built in the 50s, the mayor of Saint Martin de Belleville wanted to create equally amazing skiing communities— Val Thorens and Les Menuires — and other satellite resorts as well.

During the 1950s, when the resort at Courchevel was built, the local authorities created something called the Service of the Study and Development of Mountain Tourism – popularly called the SETAM. The Society started off by acquiring property in the upper valley to create enough place for the ski resort, accommodation facilities and other necessities. The initial plan was quite optimistic, but the success of Courchevel motivated everyone involved.

Immediately after the decision to build a world-class resort at Les Menuires, work started and by the early 1960s the very first of many drag lifts were installed. And by the late 60s, the very first accommodation at the valley — the Croisette — was opened. Moreover, the important ‘La Masse Cable’ was also underway which in effect gave way to the high altitude of the resort. Immediately after the first residences in the Croisette opened, the first tourist office and hotel were built on the mountain range’s west side.

A World-Class Resort

It wasn’t until the 70’s when the resort experienced a surge in activity. The Allamands drag lift sped up the construction, which opened a link to the Meribel pistes. This marked the completion of the first stage of what was going to become the biggest ski area in the whole world — the 3 Vallées. During the same time, construction of the Val Thorens also started at about 2300m. The Les Menuires resort was divided into three beautiful tiers — the Reberty, La Croisette and the Preyerand, with accommodation available at each one.

‘Les Menuires est belle’ (‘Les Menuires is beautiful,’ in case your French isn’t up to scratch!) is something you will truly feel when you leave the place. It is a small French-style village resort that offers everyone — from everyday tourists to ski masters, from history enthusiasts to snow lovers — something special to take away.

If Les Menuires looks like a place for you to visit head over to the Les Menuires apartments for rent page to see how cheap you can go skiing!

Team GB: More investment across more Ski and Snowboard sports

Posted on: December 23rd, 2018 by SkiGB

It has been announced by the British Ski & Snowboard Team that after concentrating their funds on their “Park and Pipe” programme they will be spreading future investments over more sports.


For the last couple of Olympics Team GB have concentrated their efforts on the park sports which have seen them securing three Olympic medals.



“Our aim is to be one of the top five snowsports nations by 2030, and we need to be competitive across a range of disciplines if we are going to get there. Over the course of the next four years we’re going to see more investment across more sports, while ensuring our park and pipe programme remains right up there with the best in the world,” said Vicky Gosling, CEO of British Ski & Snowboard.


UK Sport have increased the funding for British Ski & Snowboard by 31% to £6.75 million. This was decided due to the successes of recent Olympics.

Is this the end of Ski Waxing?

Posted on: December 4th, 2018 by SkiGB

Could this be the end of yearly ski servicing?

Skiers that have their own pair of skis know all too well the yearly “tax” of ownership, the ski servicing. Depending on where you go and what you need to be done this can add up over the years with a standard service around £50 or nearer £70 in the resort.

So you might like to know this could be coming to an end!

A Salt Lake City based ski company have developed a new liquid ski wax that only needs to be applied once, ever!
No more having to go to your ski specialist to get your skis waxed every year – or more often if you spend lots of time in the snow.
This new technique – is a 1 time forever treatment – is called Phantom and it forms a chemical bond with the bottom of your ski and soaks into ski base, all the way to the wood core or graphite core in some cases.
The makers say Phantom will last the whole life of the ski saving a considerable amount for the ski owner as well as being green – we all know waxing isn’t exactly good for the planet.

The University of Utah helped create the product and introduced it into the market in late 2017 for testing by a select few professionals, this season however some Aspen ski companies are now starting to use it on their rental skis.
Phantom will be available to buy by many online retailers in time but at the moment we have only found one,

Testing by the professionals who have been putting the product through its paces are all talking it up, very positive indeed!

A big advantage with Phantom over a standard wax is that it will last all day every day and not just a few runs in the morning – we have all been there haven’t we? Staying up all night waxing the planks for it only the wax to stay on them for a few runs.

Looking for a BUT?

There is a little one, Phantom costs $99 which isn’t a small amount of money but less than a couple of services! So, in fact quite cheap.

We’re not sure how ski service rental companies will feel about this, although you will still have to get your skis edged so it’s not the end of the world.

Team GB is joined by Snowboarder from Team France

Posted on: November 23rd, 2018 by SkiGB

Should we be a little smug or should we be British and keep our upper lip stiff?

We British located on our little islands which have little snow is starting to make waves – or should that be drifts – in the snow sports events. We are now regularly picking up medals in the World Championships and Winter Olympics for pretty much all the sports we compete in.

“Shout out to team GB – well done!”

But news has broken that Charlotte Bankes has defected from the French ski team to join Team Great Britain was quite a surprise.

Obviously nothing against our squad – we love you – but to leave a very strong team that has amazing facilities and of course a stack of snow to master your sport, to join Team GB, there must have been quite a convincing argument.

Charlotte Bankes Bio

  • Charlotte Bankes is 23 years old
  • She is currently ranked 4th in the World for Snowboard Cross
  • She has won the Snowboard Cross World Cup 3 times
  • She has also been the French Champion for 3 years
  • She has competed in 2 Winter Olympic Games
  • Charlotte joins our other two Snowboard Cross team members Zoe Gillings and Maisie Potter.

She is a big deal in Snowboard Cross and quite the coup for Team GB to secure her services.

Why change teams to Team GB?

Although Charlotte grew up in France and progressed through their snowboard academy, she was actually born in England, Hemel Hempstead to be precise – she didn’t need to move to France did she with Hemel’s dry ski slope on her doorstep.

However, she did move to France at the age of 4 years old and hasn’t looked back, until now.

Charlotte has decided to return home and represent Great Britain in future events, and we are very happy to welcome her back.

So why now?

Quite simply Great Britain are now demonstrating how good we can be with a fully backed snowsports academy of our own and starting to bring back some medals.

Seeing this has made her make the jump across the channel.

Charlottes first event in our colours will be at the Europa Cup in Austria before she joins the World Cup circuit starting in Park City in February 2019.

We will be following Charlotte’s events and will report about her and the rest of our GB Snowsport (new name!) Team.

Guess the Snow Patch

Posted on: July 10th, 2018 by SkiGB

Scottish ski resort Glencoe Mountain Resort are seeing their snow disappear with all the high temperatures the UK are experiencing.

So, for a bit of fun and a chance to win a prize of a free days skiing at the resort they are playing a little guessing game.

The idea is to pick one of the 5 remaining snow patches and the date you think will be it’s last, if you choose the last patch and the correct date you win!


If you fancy having ago here is a link to their Facebook post where you can enter! CLICK HERE

Swansea dry ski slope to be replaced by shops

Posted on: March 18th, 2018 by SkiGB

Sad news that the proposed indoor snow dome to be built on the site of the once dry ski slope in Swansea will not be going ahead.

The once popular ski slope which opened in 1989 hasn’t been used for over a decade and is now run down.

Instead of the suggested snow dome it looks like the site will be redeveloped into shops and restaurants.

Restaurant review for La Bouitte in Saint Martin de Belleville

Posted on: February 16th, 2018 by SkiGB

A top notch hotel should boast a top notch restaurant, and when that restaurant is awarded a prestigious Michelin star you know you are staying somewhere special. So how about one that has just been awarded its third? The La Bouitte boutique hotel boasts a prime location in the beautiful enclave of Saint-Martin-de-Belleville in the Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France. Rather than being a hotel with an exceptional restaurant, this is an exceptional restaurant which has expanded to include a luxury hotel, and what an inspired decision that was.

A really family affair La Bouitte, which translated to ‘Little House’ in local Savoyard dialect, was created in 1976 with the purchase of a potato field. On here Rene and Marie-Louise Meilleur built their restaurant with the sole aim of creating a dining experience never before seen in the area. Their children joined them in the business in the 90’s, the restaurant expanded over the years to include guest rooms and the finally they realised their goal of building their dream chalet.

From the outside the building is a so visually appealing you cannot wait to get inside. Every inch has been designed by the family themselves and it is truly spectacular. The large, airy dining room with its use of wood and stone pillars gives way to a terrace where you can enjoy your fine dining experience al fresco style surrounded by the mountains.

The restaurant today is in the more than capable hands of René and his son Maxime, and the recently expanded dining room has been specifically designed to offer diners the best possible views of their stunning surroundings. Behind the scenes, the dynamic culinary duo are constantly creating new dishes based in their beloved Savoie cuisine with a touch of ingenuity thrown in for good measure. This results in the kind of dishes that look to good to eat, but when you do the taste manages to surpass the aesthetics.

As an introduction to La Bouitte René offers guests his surprise menu which makes the most of the local produce at the time and which gives you top quality fare with the element of surprise thrown in for good measure. The ‘initiation at LA Bouitte’ is available in either 3 or 4 courses and while ordering an unknown menu anywhere else may make you worry slightly, you certainly won’t do that here with those 3 stars as the most iron clad guarantee possible of the quality you will be served.

There is, of course, also a sublime menu to choose from, and no doubt you will peruse through this wondering what the Michelin people opted for! Superb starters, magnificent mains and delicious desserts make your time spent at La Bouitte a fine dining experience par excellence. We cannot ignore the wine list either, well, we say list that should be wine book. The choice of Champagnes alone will make astound you and if the choices of wines in this book were in an oenophile’s cellar he would be considered to be one of the world’s greatest connoisseurs on wine.

From start to finish your experience at La Bouitte is something to savour. Knowing you have a room booked for the night simply adds to the experience as you have all the time in the world to soak up the atmosphere. There aren’t many restaurants where you run out of superlatives to describe them, but La Bouitte is one of the favoured few.



Speed Mountain Toboggan on Rails

Posted on: February 16th, 2018 by SkiGB

If you think about winter sports in the world’s top ski resorts you will instantly conjure up images of skiing, snowboarding and possibly tobogganing. These are the main ones of course and what the majority of visitors flock to take part in during the relatively short winter sport season. When it comes to European resorts the savvy traveller will already know that best fun in the sun, and snow, awaits in the Trois Vallées and that area is gradually expanding to offer its guests even more activities.

Do you have the prudence of a snail or the speed and agility of a hare?

If you are lucky enough to be heading to Les Menuires in the Belleville Valley of les Trois Vallées then you have the thrill of a lifetime awaiting you and there isn’t a ski in sight. If you fancy hurtling along in a toboggan at break neck speeds without any fears of tipping over and getting too close for comfort with the cold white stuff then this is the place to come thanks to the Speed Mountain Toboggan which winds its way around the mountain on rails. New and ever more inventive adventure sports are appearing on the radar due to the ever increasing demand of thrill seekers, and this one certainly takes some beating.

As if an adrenaline rush wasn’t enough there is also a competitive edge thrown in for good measure as you will be racing against Boukty; the mascot of the Les Menuires resort. Both adults and children can take on Boukty in a run that is more than 1200m long. There are twists and turns, ascents and descents and even raised bends just like you would see in competitive tobogganing. A lot of time and effort has also been put into the surroundings as the entire length of the run has been landscaped to make your run even more enjoyable.

There are 10 signposts relating to the Boukty challenge and your goal is to beat his record. There are 3 control points will let you know how you are getting on in your quest. Do you have the prudence of a snail or the speed and agility of a hare? One thing is guaranteed; once you have been on the run you will want to get straight back on it! While there are individual toboggans for adults and older children, little ones from the age of 3 can share a toboggan with an adult so they don’t miss out on all the fun.

There are few activities in the mountains that are a real family affair and Speed Mountain is one of them. A new activity for the 2013/2014 this is fast becoming a firm favourite. There are similar attractions in other resorts but Les Menuires have created the longest run in the Alps, giving you a lot more fun for your euros. Priced per individual run or in set of 5, 10 or 20 at a reduced cost this is currently the hottest ticket in les Trois Vallées, and there is still time this year for you to hop aboard and have a truly exhilarating experience in one of the most spectacular settings.

Cave des Creux restaurant in Courchevel – Review

Posted on: February 16th, 2018 by SkiGB

There are certain things you expect when you arrive at a restaurant in a top end ski resort. Kerb appeal is the first thing, then a tangible warmth as you go through the door. Friendly staff who make your arrival a pleasure, being shown to your table quickly and the dining area surpassing all expectations are another 3 key items. Sadly, even those restaurants which have the highest rating can fall down on one, or more, of the above.

We must applaud Boris and Florian Glise

For those planning a visit to the Cave des Creux restaurant in Courchevel I am delighted to report that you have absolutely nothing to worry about. This restaurant was opened in 2013 by a couple of ski instructor brothers who heard many complaints from visitors about there being nowhere to eat actually on the mountain and the fact that they had to go right down into the village to satisfy their hunger. Once a shelter for those shepherds who roamed the mountains of the Trois Vallées with their sheep, this unique restaurants offers fine dining at altitude, and some of the most amazing views of the Courchevel Valley and Mont Blanc.

From the beginning of December through until the end of April the Cave des Creux is open daily and offers Alpine diners a refined yet simple brasserie menu to satisfy all palates. Every item on the menu is created from the finest local produce and all under the watchful eye of the head chef Daniel Thibault. Daniel hand picks the producers of every ingredient that enters his kitchen and throughout the season offers a fine selection of Savoyard specialities. The wine list is equally superb and will satisfy the needs of even the most discerning of oenophiles.

As delicious as the fare is it is well worth leaving some room for one of the many mouthwatering and home made desserts offered as a buffet. Each one looks more delicious than the last and the only complaints we heard from fellow diners was that there was too much choice! After your meal relaxing on the south facing terrace is an absolute must.

Sipping a coffee looking out over the view is akin to sitting on the Rive Gauche in Paris; you can’t really believe what’s in front of you and what you are experiencing. The outdoor fireplace ensures that even if you fancy a spot of alfresco dining you are protected from the chill in the air.

It’s positioning at 2112m on the main ski area means there are many people eating in ski suits who have stopped off for lunch before returning to the slopes and making their final run back down into the actual village itself.

Good quality, hearty fare is just what’s needed after a long day on the slopes and this restaurant delivers on every level. Its high altitude position doesn’t mean sky high prices either, and the general consensus amongst diners is that they have paid a lot more for a good meal actually in the village where there is a lot more competition. We must applaud Boris and Florian Glise for not only creating this restaurant in such a magical spot but for making it so enjoyable. A true mountain gem.


Ski Cool Val Thorens Ski School

Posted on: February 12th, 2018 by SkiGB

Ski Cool Val Thorens ski school is one of the newest in the resort. Basing their teaching on the ‘fun’ side of learning they are very popular with the children.

The school has three offices, one in the Balcons area, one just next to the Church and the other at the bottom of the resort. We have added all the office to our Val Thorens Ski School Map so you know which one to is closest to your accommodation.

They teach young children to Adults from complete beginners to Expert and offer a bespoke tuition if required, just ask!

Ski Cool Ski School contact details:

  • Telephone: +33 (0)4 79 00 04 92
  • Email:

Here is a link to their website: Click Here

SETAM 3 Valleys VIP Ski Pass Booking

Posted on: February 12th, 2018 by SkiGB

Prosneige Val Thorens Ski School

Posted on: February 12th, 2018 by SkiGB

Prosneige are one of the few ski schools in Val Thorens and are dressed in Blue, they are a friendly bunch so you should have a great time with them.

Prosneige have 4 offices in Val Thorens which will ensure there is one near your accommodation. We have marked their locations on our Val Thorens Ski School Map so you know which one to is closest.

They are available to to teach Skiing or Snowboard from Beginners to Advanced and from 3 years to 100 years old, you’re never too old to start to learn!


Due to their large range of instructor skills they can also teach more specialised forms of snow sports. For example:

  • Freestyle Skiing or Snowboarding
  • Freeride and Touring
  • Handiski
  • Airbags to perfect your jumps
  • Night time skiing

Prosneige Ski School contact details:

  • Telephone: +33 (0)4 79 01 07 00
  • Email:

Here is a link to their website: Click Here

ESF Val Thorens Ski School

Posted on: February 12th, 2018 by SkiGB

The ESF ski school in Val Thorens is the largest ski school in the resort, this is mainly due to being the first ski school in Val Thorens and it is also the national ski school.

ESF (Ecole du Ski Francais – Which means: School of Ski French) are dressed in bright red and can be seen all over the mountains. The school caters for complete beginners to advanced skiers and snowboards. Their main office is on the ‘Place de Caron’ just next door to the Tourist Office. We have noted down all 4 ski school offices for ESF in Val Thorens on our Val Thorens Ski School Map so you know which one to is closest to your accommodation.

ESF Ski School contact details:

  • Telephone: +33 (0)4 79 00 02 86
  • Email:

here is a link to their website: Click Here

Free School Attitude Val Thorens Ski School

Posted on: February 12th, 2018 by SkiGB

The Free School Attitude ski school in Val Thorens is the newest in the resort. Based in the ‘Galerie de Caron’ near the Tourist Office it is right in the centre of the resort. This school only has the one office so that might be a consideration when booking.

They specialise in Snowboarding from learning to do tricks and jumps to just starting out. They do teach skiing but you will have to check their availability of instructors as they are a small team.

Don’t let that put you off they have had some great reviews and often have smaller groups than the other ski schools like ESF Val Thorens and Prosneige Val Thorens.


We have marked their location on our Val Thorens Ski School Map to help you find them quickly.

Free School Attitude Ski School contact details:

Magic In Motion Val Thorens Ski School

Posted on: February 12th, 2018 by SkiGB

One of the newest ski schools in Val Thorens they are not however new to the 3 Valleys. With ski schools all across the other two valleys of Courchevel and Meribel they are a very successful ski school indeed.
With a truly international team means they can offer private lessons in many different languages: French, English, Dutch, German, Spanish, Italian and Russian.


Private Tuition
Wobbly toddlers, headstrong teenagers, nervous ladies, couloirs climbers, any age, any discipline, on and off the slope, ski, snowboard, telemark, touring, freestyle or simply guiding…Magic has it all!

With a maximum number of 6 people per class they make sure they give a personal service, always wanting to help whenever possible the really do progress your skiing or snowboarding.


Magic in Motion Ski School

Magic in Motion Ski School


Magic In Motion Ski School contact details:

Or if you prefer you can book them online, a link to their site is below. Don’t forget to let them know you found them on, they might just give you a present! 🙂