NEWSLETTER
SkiGB Facebook logo SkiGB Twitter logo SkiGB Instagram logo

Posts Tagged ‘3 Valleys’

The 3 Valleys closes for another season

Posted on: April 28th, 2015 by SkiGB

The 2014/15 ski season is coming to an end, only Val Thorens is still left open. It has been another fun season and it was great to meet so many SkiGB.com readers!

There have been highs and lows this season, shall we start with the lows.

  • The start of the season took a little while until the snow arrived for some of the 3 valleys ski resorts, Meribel and Courchevel in particular. This meant many skiers headed up higher to Val Thorens to find snow.
  • Due to the changes in temperature and large dumps of snow some weeks were very dangerous off-piste. It was very sad to hear of several skiers and snowboarders getting caught up in High avalanches risks. It is a stark reminder that the mountains need respect.
  • Some of the resorts got blocked by rock falls so traveling to and from the resorts had some very long delays.

However, there haven’t been too many negatives.

Now, this leads me onto the good bits of this season. ūüôā

I am not going to be able to list all of them here as there are too many but here are just a few.

  • Snow, boy did we have some great snow all over the 3 Valleys. When the big dumps came they came big!
  • This season we celebrated lots, Meribel hosting the Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals, Les Menuires reaching the grand old age of 50 years old and the many Courchevel international fireworks¬†and parties put on by the resorts and local businesses, thank you all!
  • Almost all of the ski resorts had improvements on previous seasons, whether new ski lifts, new car parks, new bars (our favourite) or new pistes, the ski resorts have once again spent a lot of money ensuring the 3 valley ski resorts are the best in the world.
  • The resorts have also won some more awards, Val Thorens winning the Worlds Best Ski Resort for the second year in a row¬†to name one of many.
  • We have some more Michelin stars arrive in the 3 Valleys making the area a place to visit just to eat!

We could go on and was very tempted to do so but you would probably get bored reading this especially if you didn’t make it out this season.

Next season will be here before you know it so now is a good time to start planning your trip

 

There are lots of changes planned for next season which we will write about soon so come back!
SkiGB.com will also be having a makeover throughout the summer where there will be new sections of the ski bringing lots of new functionality. We will be letting you know about this nearer the time.

Additionally, we will be on Twitter, Google+ and Facebook if you would like to join in with our discussions about the ski resorts of the 3 valleys.

Will the return trip be as bad?

Posted on: January 2nd, 2015 by SkiGB

And so the week for the holiday makers who had to endure the transfer from hell getting to the resorts is coming to an end and we are all sure the thought of the return journey is playing on their minds.

A lot can happen in the Alps in a week from completely different snow conditions to the organisation of traffic management, we don’t think a repeat of a week ago will happen tomorrow.

That said several tour operators have made the decision to leave the ski resorts earlier to be out of sync with other traffic on the roads and hopefully not get caught up with any jams that may arise.

This is a good idea and very sensible, this weekend the traffic will mainly be going down the mountain road instead of climbing up as per last weekend. It is much more difficult to drive on snow/ice going down than up and more accidents happen in this direction.

However the snow level isn’t too low so the snow on the roads should only affect high resorts like Val Thorens.

The only negative we can see is that the guests will have to get up earlier to leave the resort and wait around in the airports for longer time for their flights.

We think you might as well stay up and not go to bed at all and keep the bar man company. ūüôā

Save Time on Arrival on your Ski Holiday

Posted on: December 12th, 2014 by SkiGB

 

WOW how exciting it is!

 

The ski holiday is almost upon you, you have had to wait months and months until you get your chance to stand on the snow for the first time this season. To feel the crunch of the crisp white snow under your feet, there really isn’t a better sound is there?!
Have you got your new ski gear?
Does the new helmet match the rest of the suit and are you fully covered with ski insurance. Yes Great!

 

When you only have a short amount of time on holiday it is important not to waste any moment of your ski holiday. Most skiers from the UK only get one or two weeks if lucky per season, so about 7 days a year, minus the travelling time that really only gives you 6 days skiing.

 

Then you get to the resort, whether the ski resort is in the 3 Valleys or elsewhere the procedure upon arriving in the ski resort is the same.

 

  • Head down to ski shop and join the queue to hire your skis or snowboard (lets hope they have the right equipment in stock for you!).
  • Then join the long queue outside the lift office to buy your ski lift pass so you don’t waste any time in the morning (after all it’s what everyone is going to do!).
  • If you have travelled by car you might need to buy a car park ticket as most ski resorts don’t allow you to park on the roads. You won’t be alone there either so join that queue too!

 

After all that you might have the chance to get something to eat after your long journey!

 

WOW not the best way to start your very important ski holiday is it?

 

The world has changed (shock!) and all those¬†painful¬†jobs can be organised before leaving the UK online, and it couldn’t be easier! Not only can you book everything online right NOW but by booking online you will make sure the correct pair of skis or type of snowboard is sitting there waiting for you when you arrive.

 

We are going to make it even easier here too by collecting all the links you need for each of the 3 Valleys Ski resorts.

Starting with Courchevel
To book each of the items you need here are the links:
Courchevel Ski or Snowboard Rental
Courchevel Ski Lift Pass
Courchevel Car Park booking
Courchevel Apartments to Rent
Courchevel Ski Insurance

Meribel Information
To make your holiday in Meribel or Mottaret completely organised:

Meribel Ski or Snowboard Rental
Meribel Ski Lift Pass
Meribel Car Park booking (as Meribel is spread out easier to start at main site)
Meribel Apartments to Rent
Meribel Ski Insurance

Finally Val Thorens
It’s really easy to make your ski holiday in Val Thorens Organised:

Val Thorens Ski or Snowboard Rental
Val Thorens Ski Lift Pass
Val Thorens Car Park booking
Val Thorens Apartments to Rent
Val Thorens Ski Insurance

Now you can rest and relax knowing that you will be the smug person on the coach travelling to the ski resort who has everything organised! ūüôā

 

Ski Season 2014 – 2015 Resort opening Dates

Posted on: August 16th, 2014 by SkiGB

The summer is coming to an end which means only one thing, it’s time to think about this years ski season!

The ski resorts of the 3 Valleys have released their opening and closing dates for this season, here they are:

 

Val Thorens: 22nd November 2014 to 10th May 2015

Les Menuires: 6th December 2014 to 24th April 2015

Mottaret: 6th December 2014 to 24th April 2015

Meribel: 6th December 2014 to 24th April 2015

La Tania: 13th December 2014 to 24th April 2015

Courchevel 1850: 6th December 2014 to 24th April 2015

Courchevel 1650: 6th December 2014 to 24th April 2015

Courchevel 1550: 6th December 2014 to 24th April 2015

Courchevel 1300: 6th December 2014 to 24th April 2015

 

There you have it, if you would like to see what apartments are available to stay in head over to Apartments for Rent page!