SnowSkool @ Three Valleys - Best Bits

The fact that this subject always starts with…”where do we start?!”. The world’s largest ski area. Skiing four or five world-class resorts on one pass. Dancing on the table at Ronnies. The off-piste underneath the Loze chairlift. The Mottaret Mountain Burger. DC’s Area 43. The wee hours in Dicks Tea Bar. The view from the top of Saulire Express. Sitting with a vin rouge in the sun outside Lodge du Village. All-but-nakedness at La Folie Douce. First tracks on the corduroy down Les Creux. Hot chocolate and cake at the Adray Telebar (only EUR 5!). Choosing from almost 200 lifts. Smiling at the camera before edging into Couloir Tournier. Steaks at Chez Kiki. Skiing from Cime de Caron at 3230m to Brides les Bains at 600m. 

Three Valleys Course Dates

Ski

Ski Instructor: Long
    • Duration
      11 weeks
    • Start Date
      07/01/2018
    • End Date
      24/03/2018
    • Flights included
      No
  • Price
    £7,850
  • Deposit
    £450
Course Details
Ski Instructor: Short
    • Duration
      2 weeks
    • Start Date
      09/12/2017
    • End Date
      23/12/2017
    • Flights included
      No
  • Price
    £1,595
  • Deposit
    £250
Course Details
Ski Improver: Piste to Powder
    • Duration
      7 days
    • Start Date
      Various
    • Flights included
      No
  • Price: from
    £1150
  • Deposit
    £250
Course Details
Ski Improver: Freestyle
    • Duration
      7 days
    • Start Date
      Various
    • Flights included
      No
  • Price: from
    £1025
  • Deposit
    £250
Course Details

Snowboard

Snowboard Instructor: Long
    • Duration
      11 weeks
    • Start Date
      07/01/2018
    • End Date
      24/03/2018
    • Flights included
      No
  • Price
    £7,850
  • Deposit
    £450
Course Details
Snowboard Instructor: Short
    • Duration
      2 weeks
    • Start Date
      09/12/2017
    • End Date
      23/12/2017
    • Flights included
      No
  • Price
    £1,595
  • Deposit
    £250
Course Details
Snowboard Improver: Freestyle
    • Duration
      7 days
    • Start Date
      Various
    • Flights included
      No
  • Price: from
    £1025
  • Deposit
    £250
Course Details
Snowboard Improver: Piste to Powder
    • Duration
      7 days
    • Start Date
      Various
    • Flights included
      No
  • Price: from
    £1150
  • Deposit
    £250
Course Details

Three Valleys: Stats

Primary

  • Average annual snowfall
    22ft
  • Skiable terrain (Acres)
    15000
  • Total Runs
    600km
  • Vertical drop
    6500ft
  • Number of parks
    7

Live weather

  • Today's weather
    nightsnowshowers
  • Max temp
    -1C 31F
    Min temp
    -5C 23F
  • Snow conditions
    Snow is perfect
  • 24hr
    0cm
    5 day
    61cm
5 day forecast
  • Thu
    nightsnowshowers
  • Fri
    nightclear
  • Sat
    nightclear
  • Sun
    nightclear
  • Mon
    nightheavysnow
  • Tue
    nightheavysnow

Secondary

  • Skier Summit
    3230m
  • Longest run
    8km

Terrain breakdown

Easy
25%
Medium
40%
Hard
35%

Location

Rhônes-Alpes
France
Min Average winter temp
-2C 28F
Max Average winter temp
4C 39F

Slopes

There are short ones, there are long ones, there are steep ones and there are easy ones. There are high ones and there are low ones, there are open ones and there are narrow ones. There are bumpy ones and there are groomed ones, there are snowy ones and there are icy ones - and there are even some rocky ones. There are busy ones, there are quiet ones, there are windy ones and there are sheltered ones. 

It is fair to say that there is a good deal of diversity for skiers & snowboarders in the Three Valleys, indeed describing the skiing in the Three Valleys is a challenge, it is like describing the surfing in the Pacific Ocean or the nightlife in London!

Facts & figures can help; the world’s largest ski area has 183 lifts that can transport more than a quarter of a million skiers to over 600km of pistes EVERY HOUR! Even though the Three Valleys can boast Europe’s closest ski village to the sun – Val Thorens @ 2300m – it is as snow-sure as they come. And, in spite of this all-but-guaranteed snowiness, there are almost 2000 snow cannons! There are also 425 ski patrollers and 1500 ski & snowboard instructors employed in the area.

But some would argue that, although offering a compelling reason to visit, the facts & figures do scant justice to the overall appeal of the Three Valleys. On your way from the airport or train station, you’ll drive through Moutiers and see signposts for villages called Méribel, La Plagne, Tignes, Les Arcs, Val Thorens, Val d’Isere, Courchevel and onwards to Mont Blanc and Chamonix. It is a magical part of the world but, having beaten this path and having her pick of these resorts, Victoria Beckham plumped for the Three Valleys, and who would argue with the wisdom of Posh Spice?! 

Activities

Being such a popular destination, Meribel has something to offer everyone. The aprés-ski infrastructure is extensive with world-famous slopeside bars but, for the more wholesome there are non-drinking activities aplenty in Méribel:

  • Husky-sledding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Ice-skating
  • Swimming
  • Climbing wall
  • Gym
  • Massage
  • Ten-pin bowling
  • Avalanche awareness talks
  • Ski & snowboard tuning workshop
  • Winter first aid training

And if you fancy heading a little further afield, your SnowSkool rep can look into organising trips to other resorts including Val d’Isere, Tignes, La Plagne and Les Arcs.

Nightlife

As mentioned above, there are myriad venues in Méribel for you to while away an evening. Finishing your day's skiing/ snowboarding by dancing on the tables to live music is tough to beat and the location, Ronnies, is a constant in the list of top-ten apres ski bars in the world. Half-way up the Saulire Express and just off the Biche piste, La Folie Douce can’t be far out of the top-ten either. 

When the chairlifts stop running, the options only widen. Locals-favourite, La Tsaretta, is good for a relaxed night out, whereas the bars located along Route de la Montée from the round-about up to the Tourist Office buzz a little louder. Jack’s, Evolution & Méribar are the first you’ll encounter but, further from the slopes, Bar-o-Meter, Le Pub, La Taverne and Le Poste are worth the short walk. 

If you want to carry on and do something that feels so right now / so wrong in the morning, there are plenty of wee-hours venues in Méribel. Opening at 11pm, O’Sullivans is the most popular with seasonnaires but Le Loft and Les Saint Peres are also worth checking out!   

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