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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.

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.


Val Thorens Best Piste – Tete Ronde

Posted on: February 12th, 2018 by SkiGB
Pretty much every ski resort has its jewel of a piste, whether it is particularly long or maybe known for being really tough to ski all ski resorts have them. For us in Val Thorens it has to be Tete Ronde.


Tete Ronde is not a long piste and being a Blue run it is not a tough one either. It is located off the top of the Telecabin de Peclet right next to the start of the famously long Toboggan (which needs to be tried if ever in resort).


So why is Tete Ronde the best piste in Val Thorens?

Quite simply because of its twists and turns. Tete Ronde starts as mentioned a little bit below the top of the Telecabin de Peclet, follow the piste to the right (when looking upwards) and it will take you through a large gap in the mountain.
The initial start of the piste is a little steeper than the rest of the run but is quite wide so there’s plenty of space to make those wide carved turns, or try again from a failed stem turn.


Top of Val Thorens Tete Ronde


Once down the first decent it flattens out a little but then it’s the start of the real fun bit, the twists and turns!


The first few left and right turns are quite open so you can take them at speed (safely though!!). However don’t get caught out a little later near the end if the run there are some sharper turns including the concluding corner which is a 90 degree right. Because so many do get caught out this corner gets cut up from all the skiers performing an emergency break.


Val Thorens Tete Ronde 90 degree right hand corner


Our Tip: The best way to ski this corner is to flatten the line and keep high left as you enter, then swoop in to the right. By doing this you should be skiing the same direction as the bumps and it should make the turn smoother and flatter.


Val Thorens Chalet la Marine


Then finally it is a dash to the end of the run and join the 2 Combes piste or stop off at Chalet la Marine for a drink and chat about how good this piste is!


A truly great run in Val Thorens and one that can be skied by most ski standards, go and give it ago you’ll love it!


Val Thorens’ The Secret Piste

Posted on: February 12th, 2018 by SkiGB

There are always ski areas that are not found out by holiday makers until the latter part of the week and therefore are quiet until then, Val Thorens is not any different.

At the lower part of the Val Thorens ski area there is a piste called Boismint which we think is that piste. This is why we think this.

Let’s split this down into two groups of skiers to make it easier to explain.


Group 1 – Holidaymakers staying in Val Thorens
Group 2 – Day skiers who drive up to Val Thorens and then leave after they have skied for the day


Group 1 – Val Thorens Holidaymakers tend to start the week skiing on pistes near to the resort until they find their feet. So pistes like Tete Ronde (read why we rate Tete Ronde as the best piste in Val Thorens) and use lifts like Telecabin de Peclet as it’s easy to find and near by.


Group 2 – Val Thorens is very popular for day skiers who come up to the resort from down the valley to enjoy the ski area for the day. The resort have spent a lot of money creating a new car park, ski lifts and piste access to get as many day skiers up to Caron (main mountain in Val Thorens) as quickly as possible. Which is great, however they don’t head towards Boismint!


Whether you like piste skiing or just off the piste this is a great place to ski. For the just of the piste skiers you can (with snow permitting) ski a good couple of feet of powder quite often throughout the season, just be careful of the big rocks.


The only negative to ski this area was the very slow chair lift that takes you back up. However this has now changed as Val Thorens have invested once again on upgrading their lift system and from 2014 there is a much quicker lift (read what is new for Val Thorens in 2014 which includes this lift). It also takes you up higher than the old lift.


Finally another good reason why Boismint is handy to know about is that when the cloud comes in (and it can) or when it gets windy (and it can) this area is a good replacement for the lack of trees to protect you.


There you have it, another Val Thorens piste recommendation, it’s up to you if you want to keep it a secret!


Skiing down to Val Thorens Boismint Ski Area

The Perfect Blast Piste!

Posted on: February 12th, 2018 by SkiGB

It doesn’t really matter what level of Skier or Snowboarder you are sometimes we all want to do the same thing, to scream down a piste as fast as we can! 🙂

A nicely groomed piste, whether it is freshly made corduroy motorway or hard packed with a dusting on top some days can’t be beat!

It goes without saying that you should only hit Mac 2 when the coast is clear of snaking ski schools or it is so busy it looks like the day of the sales at Snow and Rock!

So back to the job in hand, where is it good to break the speed record in Val Thorens? (obviously not including the race pistes)

Time to test your knowledge of Val Thorens!


There are several options but we are going to recommend a piste which isn’t used as much as it’s next door neighbour.

It’s a Blue run (BLUE! Surely not steep enough?) and starts up high.

There is even a restaurant half way down to have a coffee.

Have you guessed which one yet? (Here is the latest Val Thorens piste map to help)

One last clue it starts at the bottom of the Coldest lift in Val Thorens.


Got it?


Let me tell you about Genepi the fastest blue run in town!
Twinned with its sister piste Moraine it starts at the bottom of Le Col lift. Instead of skiing down to the right (skiers right) take the left piste. So many more people for some reason ski to the right down Moraine.

Genepi is nice and wide and has a nice initial drop to get your speed started (don’t worry not a real drop like a cliff) so get into your tuck!

The first stage gets you to the big red Restaurant to get that Coffee you need. Then on to the slightly thinner section with some great corners. This section is much harder to go flat out and to do it safely. Do be responsible please and control your speed when others about!

To master you need to have a few runs on this slope, luckily though the piste ends at the bottom of the Moraine lift to take you to the top again so it is easy to loop round and have another go!


Val Thorens top of Genepi piste, doesn’t that look fun!

Best way to Ski into the Orelle valley

Posted on: February 12th, 2018 by SkiGB


If you have not picked up a 3 Valleys or Val Thorens piste map or have not read much about skiing in the 3 valleys and Val Thorens then you might not realise that there are actually 4 valleys in the 3 valleys!
Anyone in marketing is probably thinking that they have missed a trick here, after all surely 4 valleys is better than 3 valleys? Well without going into this too deep why this is as this post is not about the history of the 3 valleys, but here is a brief run down:

A long long time ago on a mountain far far away…

… a few decades ago the force was strong between the three major ski resorts in the area, Courchevel, Meribel and Val Thorens. This became too great and instead of battling it out on their own they decided to join an alliance to create a superpower of a ski area. As the three members were located in three valleys they called the alliance, The Resistance!

Sadly they couldn’t get the website name for that so they changed their minds and called it the 3 Valleys (actually 3 Vallees) instead.

Meanwhile just over the mountain a little village started to become a small ski resort in their own right called Orelle. They had access to some great powder and good slopes but didn’t have access to the vast 3 valleys. Well I say that, for many years you could actually squeeze through a gap in the mountain to ski either side, but the lifts and passes were not connected in anyway.
Fast forward several years and Orelle became part of the 3 Valleys and they made the gap in the mountain bigger and moved (replaced) the lift on Val Thorens side higher so we could and still can ski over to Orelle’s ski area.

I guess changing the name from 3 Valleys to 4 Valleys would be a lot of work, plus there is already a ski area in the world called the 4 Valleys.

ANYWAY I have got side tracked, this post is about the best way to ski into the Orelle valley.
There are two main ways to get into the valley, often people only know of one, the obvious one as mentioned above. So instead of skiing through the gap in the mountain from the Grand Fond lift head up the Cime de Caron. Take the piste off the other side of the mountain and turn left into the Orelle Valley, you need to ski down a bit of a path (sometimes depending on snow conditions) but the piste opens up. Now a little word of warning about this piste, it can get a little bumpy if skied by a lot of people but if you are skiing early on in the day you should be OK.
Skiing in from this side you should get a great view of the valley too weather permitting.

For the powder skiers/snowboards out there, which is everyone isn’t it?

This piste on a powder day is quite supreme and is a get there first thing piste, big tip!

Hope you enjoy!

The Best Ski Resort for Guaranteed Snow

Posted on: February 12th, 2018 by SkiGB

There are ski resorts, and then there are those resorts that stand head and shoulders above the rest, whether they are located up a mountain or not. These are the ski resorts that have plenty to offer all levels of skiers, are suitable for both couples and families and, the biggie, have guaranteed snow. Add into the mix the stunning setting, outstanding après ski and easy accessibility there can only be one resort we are talking about; Val Thorens.

Situated in the immense Trois Vallees ski region, Val Thorens is more an experience than a mere resort. The fact that is was named as both France’s and the world’s top ski resort speaks volumes for what visitors can expect from the moment they arrive until they depart; with guaranteed heavy hearts. The best winter sports playground you will find exudes a unique atmosphere that gives it the highest volume of return visitors of all the European ski resorts. In short; Val Thorens is attitude at altitude.

While thought of as a premier ski resort, and rightly so, Val Thorens has as much going on off piste as on it. This gives it a mass appeal as it allows mixed groups to travel together and those whose who don’t have a penchant for hurtling down mountainsides at breakneck speeds can still have an awesome holiday. From morning ’til night there is a packed entertainment and activities programme that will have you spoilt for choice.



For the past 40 years Val Thorens has not only moved with the times but led the way when it comes to changing attitudes and the increasing thirst visitors have for ski resorts that offer more than the norm. With concerts, a bowling alley, a Michelin starred restaurant, world class spa facilities and, of course, some of the best skiing conditions you will find anywhere in the world, this is one resort that will never go out of fashion.

There are also plenty of opportunities for thrill junkies to get a buzz off the slopes as Val Thorens is the last word in winter adventures. If you fancy hurtling around Europe’s highest ice track in a high powered car, paragliding over the Alps, feeling the adrenaline coursing through your veins as you jump onto giant airbags or want to experience high speed tobogganing this is the resort for you.

That said it is also a fabulous resort for families as little people are well catered for in Val Thorens. They have their own fun packed entertainment programme which guarantees you will never hear them utter the dreaded words “I’m bored”. Where better to introduce your kids to the wonderful world of winter sports than here? With a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets your kids will be looking forward more to their winter break than their summer beach holiday.

Film buffs can enjoy the unique experience of watching one of their favourite movies in the world’s highest cinema before enjoying the exemplary après ski courtesy of the many bars, restaurants and nightclubs which pepper the resorts landscape. In short, Val Thorens surpasses all expectations of its guests as to what you can expect from a premier ski resort. A trip here ensures you have a trip that will be remembered for all the right reasons, and then some.

If this has wet your appetite and would like to know more about staying in Val Thorens head over to our accommodation page for more details.

Why is it best to go to a high Ski Resort?

Posted on: February 12th, 2018 by SkiGB

To start with no, that isn’t a trick question. You could be forgiven it was however as, after all, every ski resort is high isn’t it? Well, yes and no. Obviously they have to be at altitude to offer great ski runs for their visitors but unless you have actually been at one of the highest resorts you cannot comprehend just how big those mountains actually are. Whereabouts on a mountain a resort is located plays a major part in not only the length of its runs but also a hugely important factor in the winter sports market; the snowfall.

Those resorts classed as high due to their proximity to the mountain top benefit from the greatest snowfall, common sense tells you that. This is turn makes for best ski slopes and other activities on which vast falls of snow are dependent. So how do you know amongst all the fab ski resorts out there which ones are high and will provide the perfect winter playground for your trip? We’ve made it very easy for you actually as we can recommend one of the best; Val Thorens.

This outstanding resort make up the Tres Vallees along with Meribel and Courchevel, Val Thorens is marketed as ‘a state of mind’ or attitude at altitude. It is both of these as it is one of those rare resorts that really does cater to everyone of every ability. The serious thrill seeker can hurtle for miles down the pristine slopes while those for the emphasis is very much on the ‘play’ aspect can also find everything they are looking for in a winter break.

How many times have you seen on the news that ski resorts have had to close due to a lack of snow? You can bet your bottom dollar they weren’t high resorts as this is a problem never suffered by Val Thorens. That alone makes booking a trip to a higher resort all the more worthwhile as you know that much anticipated winter break is not going to be thwarted by a shortage of the white stuff.

Located at 2300m with slopes from 1260 up to 3230m high few resorts come close to rivalling Val Thorens for its reliable and good snow cover. It is the highest ski resort in Europe and standing at the top of a slope 3200m above sea level is certainly an experience. The area includes two small glacier and combine these with the shade offered by the north facing terrain, along with the top notch snow making facilities it is easy to see why Val Thorens is one of the safest bets in Europe for an awesome winter holiday.

The length of season is also extended in the higher resorts and a season here usually lasts from November through until May. This gives skiing enthusiasts a much bigger window in which to plan their trip and this is appreciated greatly by the serious skiers who don’t want to be avoiding other skiers on overcrowded pistes or queuing forever to get on a ski lift.  So in answer to our original question; “Why is it best to go to a high ski resort?” the answer is pretty easy; because this allows you to visit Val Thorens and experience the best winter sports holiday bar none.



The History of Meribel Ski Resort in the 3 Valleys

Posted on: February 10th, 2018 by SkiGB

The History of Meribel, the Ski Resort

One of world’s finest ski resorts, Meribel has adventure and excitement from top to base, this is the history of Meribel and how it became a ski resort. Pristine snow peaks, wooden chalet-style architecture, rustic villages, a friendly atmosphere and dramatic surroundings are but a few of the things you’ll experience. In addition to the beauty of the place, the history of Meribel is very fascinating.


Everyone enjoying the beauty and brilliance of the Meribel ski resort owes it to the far-fetched vision of a Scotsman named Colonel Peter Lindsay. During the late 1930s when the globe was on the brink of war, the political and ideological closeness between Austria and Germany made it difficult for skiers to enjoy the white slopes of the Austrian Mountains, where many people revelled in winter sports. This is why the Scotsman Lindsay decided to find a location in France where he could design and develop a new ski resort.


Finding the Location, Building the Resort


Along with another legendary skier, Frenchman Emile Allais, Peter Lindsay found the village of Les Allues. He thought the village was the perfect location for a ski resort thanks to its altitude, climate, and orientation. Mesmerised by the place, Lindsay immediately founded the company ‘Societe Fonciere de la Vallee des Allues’ in 1938. Soon, he began buying nearby land from local farmers to build his vision. Unlike other resorts nearby such as the Three Valleys that was built using public money, Meribal was built using private funds invested by French and British developers.


Before the war broke out, the first lift was constructed above the village of Les Allues, and the construction of hotels and chalets also started in Meribel. The development paused during the second world war, but it wasn’t long afterwards until construction started again. Colonel Lindsay, with the help of popular architects Paul Grillo and Chirstian Durupt, built cottages and chalets that were in complete harmony with the rest of the area.


Nestled between Courchevel to the East and Val Thorens in the West, Meribel is one of the most popular and lift-ridden ski resorts in the world. The highest point is the Altiport at approximately 1700 meters, and bringing more people into the resort by bus and gondola are Brides les Bains, Meribel Village and Les Allues –the lower lying resorts. In addition to this, there is a satellite resort at the top of the village called Meribel Mottaret, which is connected to the rest of the neighbouring resorts with the help of the sophisticated Saulire Express. This gondola takes up to 2400 people to the top of the Saulire peak within a few minutes.


Little England Upon the Alps


Meribel ski resort is at 1,450 meters above sea level, and has become a favourite among the British—it is known as ‘Little England upon the Alps.’(Britons take up more than half of all the visitors.) One of the most interesting aspects of Meribel is that not many high-rise buildings are allowed. This gives it a distinct look of chalet-like architecture that spreads over 10 kilometres along the valley, rather than climbing up the mountain side. And down in the village, it’s very common to see skiers enjoying toffee vodka at the local bars!


Meribel ski resort has excellent terrain that makes it perfect for all kinds of skiers enjoying the location. It poses a challenge to expert skiers while the young beginners can try the more safer routes without too many problems.


Although the Meribel ski resort was founded more than 70 years ago, it is still one of the most popular places among skiers around. Skiing enthusiasts from all over the world have been flying en-masse to this snowcapped paradise. It may be old, but it has kept up with the changing times.


From demanding skiers and sportsmen to beginners and children, the Meribel Ski resort is perfect for all kinds of skiers. With the right dose of enthusiasm and excitement, Meribel is the perfect place for you to glide down its alpine slopes and enjoy this captivating wonderland.

Buying a Property in Meribel

Posted on: February 10th, 2018 by SkiGB

What is Involved When Buying a Property in a French Ski Resort like Meribel?


So you want to buy a piece of the peaks and live the ‘high’ life? These days, everyone seems to be getting the mountain-call — the charm of the snowcapped mountains with luxurious ski resorts atop have left everyone scrambling up the hills in search of a good property to buy. There are reports to suggest that the sales enquiries for ski property are experiencing a surge with the economy finally brightening up — these properties are back in high demand.

Among all the ski areas, France is still the country with the most sought-after locations for skiing — especially Meribel Ski Resort. You may be wondering what it takes to own a property in a place like that; let’s find out!

Snow-Capped Wonder

For some it is a dream come true to own a property on the snowy slopes, for others with spare money it is a fashion. Whatever your case, it’s important you understand the far-reaching implications of investing so much money to buy a property you might not use throughout the year.

One of the first questions you need to ask yourself is whether you really want to buy the property. It’s true — owning a piece of the steep snowcapped mountain sounds romantic, but is it the right decision?

There are 2 reasons why someone would buy a ski property: as a permanent residence or as a holiday-home investment. If you are an avid mountaineer and would like to live near the slopes every day, then buying a top-notch ski resort makes perfect sense. However, if you are looking to invest in a place at a renowned resort like Meribel, then you should consider a number of factors that determine the price.

Can You Get There?

One of the first decisions you need to make when trying to buy a property in a resort like Meribel is travel. Commuting from Paris, London or any other place in the world is a tough ask considering the expenses and time involved. Even if you live nearby, it may not be possible to drive up the icy paths throughout the year.

And don’t forget, travelling to the place is a waste of time when you want to be skiing down the slopes!

Year-Round Holidays

Another factor you should consider is the year-round activities. In case you are only looking to spend the summers and enjoy the snow, then choosing a high altitude site like Meribel makes sense.

Higher altitudes may mean higher prices, but there are numerous advantages as well — you can enjoy the snow for as long as you want, and the views are simply breathtaking!

With a lower altitude resort, the snow quality tends to be lower and the skiing (or snowboarding) period is shorter. However, they are easier to access and you may be able to enjoy other outdoor activities such as cycling and hiking.

However high up in the mountains you want a property, you’ll be able to use it as a tool to earn money. With thousands of tourists heading to these places each year for the snow, biking and walking, renting out your property for a tidy profit is pretty straightforward.

Meribel, a Place For All

Meribel has a lot to offer in terms of snow and summer activities for visitors; in fact, a large bulk of tourists from all over the world head to the Meribel year after year to enjoy its serene beauty.

If you decide to buy a property, you should consider the two ways to own one: Classic Freehold and Leaseback Freehold. With a Classic Freehold, you have the option of renting out your property at will, but with Leaseback Freehold you can do away with the headache of management and upkeep of the property — you no longer own it, but have the luxury to use it.

With a place like Meribel — a well-established ski resort — you and anyone who uses your property will have the luxury of the ski lifts, gliding slopes, shops nearby and the scenic wonder.

Of course buying a property in Meribel isn’t your only option to ski the area, you could visit the resort as an when you want by renting an apartment. There are plenty of great offers to be had over on our Meribel apartments page, so have a look!

Where are the best damn bars in Meribel?

Posted on: February 10th, 2018 by SkiGB

The chalets of Meribel and the enchanting countryside can force you into a kind of relaxed stupor that you never want to shake from. However, don’t let the idyllic surroundings and inviting accommodation keep you from visiting the many bars, restaurants and pubs dotted around the town. Listed here are some of the best places to go at any time of year. Some are more suited to casual afternoon drinkers, others are ideal for the younger crowd wanting to throw some beers back watching live music.

Most of the bars around Meribel are British-run. What this says about people from the little Island I don’t care to guess, but you are guaranteed a warm welcome and ice-cold beer.

La Folie Douce

If you’re coming straight in off the slopes, La Folie Douce is the place to head. This place invariably attracts a younger crowd, pounding music emanating from the DJ, a raucous atmosphere if you go at the right time, and an incredible mountainside view.

Rond Point

As Douce begins to die down at around 5pm, seasoned Meribel party-people will head over to the ‘Ronny‘, or Rond Point, as it says above the door. Happy Hour is from 4 – 5pm, although it is generally fairly priced so there’s no real need to rush from Douce. However, be sure to leave La Folie Douce before it closes at 5pm, lest you be caught in the swell that surges to the ‘Ronny’. Rond Point offers live music from 5pm, usually until around 7pm, and it is normally worth seeing. Both of these places offer an excellent lunch menu. Although the food is, in my opinion, nicer at La Folie, it is certainly more expensive, and not necessarily worth it if you are looking for a tasty, filling lunch which can easily be found at the ‘Ronny’.


If you are more inclined to wander out for some fresh mountain air and a few looseners before dinner (or if you are still with us from Rond Point), then Barometer in the middle of town is absolutely perfect. It has a cosy, welcoming country-pub ambiance,  and it is certainly several notches quieter than La Folie Douce. It has a great array of beers and wines, and on occasion it will have some music playing, although it is in general much more sedate than the much busier places in town.

Le Poste de Secours

Le Poste de Secours is a very similar haunt; it seems to attract an exclusively older crowd, for which I am sure many of its patrons are very grateful. It has an incredibly relaxed atmosphere early on, progressing into a more lively and loud place as the night wears on and people let their inhibitions go. Both of these places are excellent for a quiet drink before dinner, or for a relaxing beer after a late lunch. It is also perfect for those wanting to avoid the pounding music that seems to permeate from most other places in town.


After a long day tearing it up on the slopes, nobody can blame you for wanting to tear it up on the dancefloor. If that is the case, you will not be disappointed by what Meribel has to offer. A whole host of late bars dot the town with live bands, DJs, drinks promotions, happy hours, and the ubiquitous two-for-one cocktail offer.

Jack’s Bar

If pressed to recommend one place to really let your hair down, it would have to be Jack’s Bar. Bands perform throughout the afternoon and evening at varying times, and they quite often have a stand-up comedian. You’ll find plenty of drinks promotions here, and the cocktail hour is nothing short of dangerous. Getting there at the right time, ordering one of their big jugs of cold beer and listening to some, surprisingly excellent, live music is sheer bliss. Particularly if you’re nursing aching feet from a day on the snow.


Regardless of your taste, Meribel’s night life has a lot to offer. Be sure to check out these places the next time you are in town and I guarantee you will not be disappointed. Depending on where you go, you may not want to arrange an early pick-up the next day!