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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.

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!

 

Val Thorens Snow Park Camera

Posted on: February 24th, 2014 by SkiGB

New for this season (2013/14) Val Thorens Snow Park has a camera which will film your tricks and possibly falls.
Simply go to the start gate to identify yourself, they will then film you over two jumps. You can view your ‘air time’ on a big screen at the bottom. If you like what you see you can also download onto your smartphone or if you prefer watch again online.

This is a nice touch from Val Thorens which will hopefully encourage more people to use the park, which is one of the best in the 3 valleys.

Val Thorens Ski Cross World Championship – January 2014

Posted on: January 9th, 2014 by SkiGB

Due to the cancellation of the two heats of the Ski Cross World Cup in Megeve and Bischofswiesen due to bad snow conditions the FIS have decided to host these in Val Thorens instead. Val Thorens is the highest resort in Europe and Guarntees snow therefore it made sense to mode it there.

 

Here is the schedule for these heats of the Audi Ski Cross World Cup now hosted in Val Thorens (Times are local time):

 

Tuesday 14th January 2014
10:45 – 13:45 Training

 

Wednesday 15th January 2014
Women
08:15 – 08:45 Inspection
09:00 – 09:30 Training
09:45 – 10:25 Qualification

 

Men
10:40 – 11:10 Inspection
11:25 – 11:55 Training
12:15 – 13:30 Qualification

 

Thursday 16th January 2014
10:15 – 10:45 Inspection
11:00 – 11:30 Training
12:00 – 13:40 Final races for Women and Men
13:45 Prize Giving Ceremony

 

Friday 17th January 2014
Women
08:00 – 08:30 Inspection
08:45 – 09:15 Training
09:30 – 10:10 Qualification

 

Men
08:00 – 08:30 Inspection
10:35 – 11:05 Training
11:20 – 12:35 Qualification
12:45 – 13:00 Training
13:30 – 15:11 Final races for Women and Men
15:15 Prize Giving Ceremony

 

Val Thorens Club Med Village (Hotel)

Posted on: January 8th, 2014 by SkiGB

Val Thorens is lucky enough to have a Club Med Hotel in the resort. It is located at the lower end of Val Thorens and boasts one of the nicest balcony’s in the resort. However this will all change very soon as Club Med are now building a brand new Hotel. It will be located just behind the current one and is well on the way as you can see by these recent photos. The Hotel is due to open its doors to the 750 beds in December 2014, as you can see by these photos they have a long way to go!

The new Val Thorens Club Med Hotel will be called “Club Med Village”.

 

Val Thorens Ski Cross World Cup Freestyle – The Winners

Posted on: December 15th, 2013 by SkiGB
The Ladies:
Today we saw the end of the Val Thorens ski cross where we saw Katrin Mueller beat her countryman and friend Sanna Luedi from Switzerland. 
 
Mueller said “The course wasn’t difficult. Yes, it was really fun, it was huge jumps, and like this but not difficult that it’s impossible. But with all the girls it’s always difficult; it’s not always easy to pass or something like this. So, finals is every time is a roulette and yes it was nice.”, easy or not she certainly showed the way.¬†
 
Full Results:
1 – Katrin Mueller (Switzerland)
2 – Sanna Luedi (Switzerland)
3 – Ophelie David (France)
4 – Marte Hoeie Gjefsen (Norway)
 
 
The Men:
Austrian skier Andreas Matt managed to keep the rest of the pack behind him to take the win, but only just as it was a photo finish. Matt said “I feel very good. It was hard, I must fight a little bit but I’m very happy that I could win this race.”¬†
 
Full Results:
1 – Andreas Matt (Austria)
2 – Victor Oehling Norberg (Sweden)
3 – Jean-Frederic Chapuis (France)
4 – Franz Promok (Austria)
 
Matt thought the course was hard but Mueller thought it was easy, I guess the ladies are more hard core. 
 
The Ski Cross is part of the Freestyle competition which includes several disciplines, these are:
 
Ski Cross
Moguls
Aerials
Halfpipe
Slopestyle
 
Freestyle skiing is still quite new as a championship only starting in 1950’s, but already it is one of the most exciting spectator sports on the snow.
 
Ski Cross became an Olympic sport in Vancouver 2010 however not all the disciplines joined at the same time, here is the run down:
 
Moguls – Albertville 1992
Aerials – Lillehammer 1994
Halfpipe – To be added in 2014
Slopestyle – To be added in 2014

 

Val Thorens P0 Car Parking Opens today

Posted on: November 12th, 2013 by SkiGB

We have been informed by the operators of P0 car park, which is located at the top of Val Thorens that it will be opening today (12/11/13).

 

The car park will be FREE until 22/11/13 where afterwards you will need to pay for car parking as you can NOT park on the roads in Val Thorens (they are very strict).

 

If you intend on staying in Val Thorens for the season and would like to arrange a season pass which you can spread the payments over a few months you should contact the office between 08:30 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 18:00.

 

These are also the times you will be able to enter the car park, outside of these times the car park will be closed. You can however leave your car outside of the car park.

 

Please bare in mind that the resort uses the area around the car parks to store snow from the roads, so try not to park your car in the way of the trucks moving snow around. Val Thorens like the rest of the 3 Valleys has recently had a lot of snow fall so there are a lot of trucks about.

 

You can book your car parking directly from our Val Thorens Car Parking page.