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Poster: A snowHead
Fri 23-12-16 7:10
Replies: 7
There is free parking throughout Les Menuires with a few pay car parks some run by hotels.There are small parking areas on the way up to Reberty 2000 not too far away depending on when you arrive they may or may not be occupied. There are also a large number of free parking bays on the road just past the centre of Les Menuires on the way up to Reberty. You will find free parking it just may not be on your doorstep. Half term is more difficult. There is a free bus service every 20 minutes that runs to the Hotel Kaya so you will never have to walk far.
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Wed 14-12-16 14:56
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I make about three trips to the alps each winter and am there for up to 3 months in winter. When I purchased winter wheels and tyres for my VW I purchased 5 as I have 5 summer tyres with proper space for the spare. I rotate the winter spare each year and over time the extra cost will be minimal compared to the inconvenience of a puncture and incorrect or no spare. No I have not had a puncture on the winters but I do have peace of mind.
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Mon 14-11-16 18:50
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I have used a Three 12Gb data sim off and on in France in a mifi device when the wifi in my building is not working. The sim is valid for 12 months and I have not had a problem using it on several occasions. Currently there is an offer on Amazon for a 24GB Three data sim for £28 which is valid for 2 years from activation which is good value. Two or three of these could go a long way in a season as long as you don't hammer it. I use a Three sim in my phone for calls and data and whilst I probably do 4 months in France every year, never much longer than two months iat one time but again never had a problem.
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Sun 6-11-16 15:48
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Agreed with everyone above. It's pretty grim in winter and always feels damp. Going down there for the weekly shop is not really a pleasure.
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Tue 1-11-16 15:35
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On Saturdays only the Les Menuires lift pass for the full LM ski area is half price when ordered online. The discount is not available from the ski pass office. If you are ordering the six day pass in advance sent to your address then you can load the same lift pass online with the Saturday. You can load it on the day of arrival, if you have internet access, the tourist office has free wifi. The full 3V is also discounted online on Saturdays by approx 10 euro, not sure what the discount is this coming season. The debutant pass for LM is 24 euros which is the same price as a half price Saturday LM pass!
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Sat 21-05-16 7:30
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Sevabel, the lift company for Les Menuires/St Martin have issued the following statement (translated from French) in respect of the Jerusalem changes. "[CORRECTION] The red track of Jerusalem will not be affected in its current form, there will be a blue track variant for those who do not wish to take the "wall" of the summit and avoid it. The rest of the track profile will be retained in full. The other part of the work is to lengthen the run to reach the Biolley track. Fans of The Jerusalem can still have fun. We are sorry to have disturbed you. " Perhaps they read snowheads!
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Thu 19-05-16 6:04
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That makes more sense. It will be interesting to see the piste map in the autumn.
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Wed 18-05-16 19:47
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What is the idea behind replacing Stade with a 6 seat chair ? I haven't raced at VT so I don't know whether there was a problem with queues for the poma. According to the planning document the new Stade chair will arrive about 300 metres higher than the existing poma and will give access to Lac Blanc as well as a new red called Stade. The new lift will start lower down where the existing Roc poma is which is also being demolished. A new teleski Club is is being constructed to give access for competition and entertainment whatever that means. It is all in the environmental and planning assessment which is 51 pages in French and can be found at http://www.lesbelleville.fr/download/enquete-dutilite-publique-environnementale-station-de-val-thorens?wpdmdl=2973. It looks like they want to open this area up a little more to skiers.
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Wed 18-05-16 19:35
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Good to see another person from the Southend area! I'll be heading out there in June/July to do some renovations and will put my hiking boots on and wander down to take some photos. I watched them replacing a lift last summer and the skill of the helicopter pilots when they transport the metal structures up the hill and position them for bolting is amazing. I shall be driving out there as well this summer, I also have some work to do on my apartment. I will no doubt take a look at the construction work, I find it fascinating to watch.
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Mon 16-05-16 8:39
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Some changes ahead in the Belleville valley this summer. The Jerusalem piste is having some earthworks undertaken at the top and bottom of the run to enable it to be reclassified as a blue. Two new chairlifts in Val Thorens, Boismint and Stade, both will be 6 seater and replacements for existing lifts. The demise of the old Boismint has been quick, it has already been demolished. I shall miss it's uncomfortable seats.
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Tue 23-02-16 13:09
Replies: 10
I also use a diesel additive and have not had any problems. The one I use is made in Germany by Mannol and I purchased it through e bay for about £10 for a litre. The dilution is 1:1000 and it says it protects to -47C although I've not experienced that yet.
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Sun 31-01-16 7:07
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Approximately 20 cm of snow overnight here in Reberty, Les Menuires and still snowing.
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Tue 29-12-15 16:01
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Wed 16-12-15 16:04
Replies: 4
The bus station is adjacent to Moutiers station and the same building. The transfer is easily done if the train is on schedule. My sister and her husband are visiting me arriving on the Eurostar and have already booked the 18.30 Altibus. It is advisable to book, you don't want to be wasting time buying tickets at the station, also altibus schedule the number of busses based on advance tickets. If the bus is full and you didn't buy in advance you won't get on. Altibus do not normally wait for late trains. There are always taxis available outside the station for approx 80 euros to Les Menuires for example. In my sisters case I would have to get out of my armchair and collect her in the car if she misses the bus.
Poster: A snowHead
Mon 14-12-15 22:41
Replies: 1002
@bertie bassett, thanks for your good objective report of piste conditions. I am looking forward to getting there on Friday.
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Sun 13-12-15 16:21
Replies: 81
The return ones from Moutiers to Austerlitz for that weekend are also shown as not open. As you say strange.
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Sun 13-12-15 15:47
Replies: 81
The SNCF fares for trains over the weekend of 11 March have all been released however the night couchette trains from Paris Austerlitz are shown as not open. Does anyone know why this is please, I have not had this problem in previous years when booking the same weekend for some visitors.
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Thu 10-12-15 16:35
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Reberty is in my view a good choice, I have an apartment there so so I would say that. The bus service mentioned above is every 20 minutes until 8pm and then every 40 minutes until 11.40 giving you easy access to the main resort area and its many restaurants. We normally walk down and bus back. There are several restaurants locally between Reberty 1850 and Rebery 2000 as well as Les Bruyeres. There are relatively easy runs to ski lifts including Boyes piste towards Les Bruyeres or depending on your apartments precise location the new Montagnette piste towards Les Menuires lifts. The last lifts back in March last year were at 17.20 either Doron or Menuires chairlifts, It's a nice village away from the main centre but you have easy access to the centre if you want and good ski access to the rest of the 3V.
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Sat 5-12-15 16:12
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@Andy4467, The bridge over the road is in place I was able to see that myself when I was there in October. They are also building a new bridge to join La Chasse to the Boulevard Cumin over the Doron just before the existing Doron bridge on the VT side. Again in October they had already shored up each side of the river with boulders and there was a pile of quite hefty RSJs nearby. The gap across the Doron where the bridge was to go is quite substantial and deep it will be interesting to see how they manage. The difficulty I understand has been with permissions.
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Fri 4-12-15 17:34
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The new piste La Chase in VAL Thorens was at its finish meant to join the Boulevard Cumin via a bridge that crossed the river Doron. I have now heard that it has not been possible to build the bridge for this season. They are proposing for this season to cross the river by filling the gap with snow. We may have a bit of a wait for this piste to open
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Fri 20-11-15 11:59
Replies: 5
The inter resort bus timetable for last year is on the les Menuires website. The last free bus is shown as 17.15 http://media2.lesmenuires.com/2014/12/horairesnavettesvillages-lesmenuires-val-tho2015.pdf However if you go to altibus.com there is a paid service at 18.24 and on Fridays some later ones. As for taxis I am afraid I can't help you, I can't ever remember seeing a taxi in the late hours apart from bringing passengers up from Moutiers.
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Fri 20-11-15 10:41
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I wish I was out there just to watch the weather develop its always good to see. My season doesn't start until 18 December so I will have to rely on the Web cams for now. From what I remember it does look more promising than early last year. .....so far!
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Thu 29-10-15 1:00
Replies: 5
Le Mousse is a reasonable place for a beer. It has a football table, cheap beer until 9pm and live music or similar until late. The Challenge is next to Le Mousse and is very similar. Generally no live TV. They may not be everyone's cup of tea. Although I am in Reberty in the winter I use Le Mousse regularly when I have visitors. For live sport on TV then Le Skilt which is popular with the British. As others have mentioned the centre is served by the bus every 20 minutes until 8pm then every 40 minutes thereafter?
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Mon 19-10-15 18:15
Replies: 105
The 3V season pass is 1240 euros this year. Not something I get a warm feeling about buying after I've broken into my piggy bank to pay for it.
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Mon 19-10-15 17:57
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I agree location seems to be key , in some locations reception can be very good and others poor. I have been using Three Mobile in Reberty , Les Menuires for 3 visits last winter and also for about 5 weeks this summer with good voice/data reception and Skype working really well. There is an Orange mast about 500 metres away from my apartment which probably helps.
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Mon 5-10-15 11:00
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@stevew, The top half of the Bouquetin blue on La Masse was there last year and operational, I did ski it. The countdown markers were red on blue poles which I have not seen before. There was a massive amount of earthworks out of season last year to build it with a constant convoy of trucks going up and down. It may be it was just too much work to complete. As far as I can tell the earthworks are now complete. Also in Les Menuires they have started to dismantle the Montagnettes chairlift despite opposition from ESF who used it a lot for beginners. It may have an impact at busy times with beginners now using the Menuires chairlift. I avoid La Croisette whenever I can anyway so not too worried but not so good for beginners.
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Mon 21-09-15 13:32
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I took a walk to look at the new piste La Chase today. Quite a lot of the earthworks are done but not complete. The route of the piste takes it across the main road to Val Thorens(D117) and the steelwork for a new bridge across the road is in place. Where la Chase joins the Boulevard Cumin there is a river tributary to the river Doran to cross. Most of the earthworks are done at this point but work on crossing the tributary has not started although some RSJs have been delivered. The piste runs close to the Chez Pepe Nicholas and both the restaurant and piste are a few minutes walk from the main restaurant car park. It will be interesting to see if day trippers start to use the car park for their days skiing rather than going further towards Val Thorens.
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Sun 13-09-15 20:44
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@Handy Turnip, Well spotted, I missed the new piste Lory when I first looked at the map on Saturday. It's not very clear from the map where it starts , it looks like the funitel? If it is then another major change giving another access route to Orelle.
Poster: A snowHead
Sun 22-02-15 12:11
Replies: 952
There was some deliberation as to whether to make the St Martin 2 lift an 8 person lift but clearly they have settled for a high speed 6 person chairlift. The old 4 person chairlift is being moved to replace Bettax and will be slightly longer than the existing Bettax 2 seater and will come out near the Brelin apartments.
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Tue 2-12-14 20:17
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E Mail from Sevabel re next week. Opening of Les 3 Vallées: Saturday 13th December 2014 We would like to let you know that due to the current snow conditions, we are unable to open Les Menuires Saint Martin ski area on the 6th December. All of our teams are in place and the drop in temperature forecast for this weekend should enable us to produce enough artificial snow to open Les 3 Vallées ski area on Saturday 13th December. The Meribel and Courchevel valleys have also postponed their openings until the 13th December. It will be possible to ski this weekend in Val Thorens. However, due to high numbers of skiers expected, we advise you to postpose your visit to Les 3 Vallées until the following weekend. Sevabel customer services team will be available in the ski pass sales office at the Croisette on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th December 2014. (Les Bruyères ski pass sales office will not be open). Please check our site for real time information: www.lesmenuires.com Sevabel customer services team
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Thu 30-10-14 21:26
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The start time for Prosneige on the first Sunday is normally 10am which means you can ski to La Croisette in good time. The remainder of the week is a 9am start and by arrangement Prosneige will start at La Croisette with those that can easily get there and for those who can't will arrange to pick them up at the bottom of La Masse easily reached from Les Bruyeres without lifts. Technically you could just reach La Croisette in time taking the Teleban from the bottom of the Masse which opened last year at 0845 however Prosneige prefer to pick you up at the Bottom of La Masse. Prosneige is in my view a good choice of Ski School.
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Mon 27-01-14 15:57
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polo99; The Boulevard de Loze has a steep slope to the left and with the heavy snowfall it was more than likely closed for safety reasons due to avalanche risk. We went down pic bleu after lunch and agree it was well churned up and mogulled. I never know what to expect with this run, it is a busy route and can be fine one day and rough another. It does get a but thin sometimes with icy patches halfway down and even today where the snow was churned you could see the ice underneath. It seems you had a busy day anyway.
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Mon 27-01-14 7:12
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Approximately 15-20cm in Reberty. Currently still snowing, balcony temperature -4C.
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Sun 26-01-14 7:21
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Approximately 10cm snow overnight in Reberty, currently still snowing. Balcony temperature -5C.
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Fri 24-01-14 7:17
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Approximately 10 -15 cm snow overnight in Reberty, balcony temperature currently - 7C and overcast.
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Sat 11-01-14 15:17
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For an first online purchase the 3V lift pass companies will normally include a P@S card for free. They will replace them free of charge if they fail up to one year, however all my visitors have had the same card for years with no problems. The duo and trio discounts are also available at the ticket office.
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Sat 11-01-14 14:21
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Can I ask about PoS system please? Are all lift passes in 3V PoS? We have last years passes and would happily recharge them. Or are PoS cards different and if so how do you get one? P@S lift passes normally cost an addittional 3 euros and are clearly marked. It is not possible to top up on line the standard non P@S cards issued with daily/weekly passes. If you are going to return to the 3V then its worthwhile asking for a P@S when you buy your pass. With a POS lift card you can get a Saturday lift pass half price online For a 3V Staurday pass its 20% discount online. For a Saturday Les Menuires local pass its half price online. Others may know about Courcheval/Meribel local pass Saturday discounts?
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Wed 8-01-14 16:17
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The new Club Med in Val Thorens is currently under construction. Work started last summer causing loads of dust and disruption. The concrete work is almost complete and the wooden facias are on parts of the building. Surprisingly it blends in quite well with its surroundings. There is a whole thread on it on the French website link below. http://www.lastationdeski.com/forum-3vallees/voirsujet-69827-page-0-nouveau-club-med.html
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Thu 2-01-14 13:55
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Just back from Courcheval 1650, heavy snow between about 11am and 1pm, agreed probably 10cms plus , skies now clearing.
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Sat 28-12-13 19:24
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Took the first Masse 1 & 2 lifts this morning whilst the weather was still resonable. About 30 km an hour winds at the top with strnger gusts. The light was poor although improved slightly later on Mont de La Chambre. The winds had increased by lunchtime blowing much of the snow off the top of the exposed cols and the 3v links for LM/VT/Meribel were closed apart from St Martin/Meribel. Throughout the afternoon the weather deteriorated further with strong winds and the lifts that were open became busy with new arrivals for the coming week. By early evening the winds had dropped and the forecast snow had arrived. At Reberty 1920m somewhere between 10 and 15cm has fallen and is continuing. Given today's winds and current snowfall I would expect some of the higher lifts may open late due to avalanche blasting and safety checks and it becoming very congested on the lower slopes due to the busy new year week visitors. At times like this I don't normaly leave the comfort of my apartment until I know the upper lifts are open by checking on skiplan.com which is constantly updated. The specific page for Les Menuires is http://www.skiplan.com/bulletin/bulletin.php?station=les-menuires&region=alpes&pays=france&lang=en If you don't already use skiplan then its worth a look and works ok on smartphones.
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