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Three Valleys 2017/2018: Méribel, Courchevel, Val Thorens, Les Menuires, La Tania, St Martin

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Woohoo! Scooped a 2 dayer in VT next Tues/Weds. Very Happy
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Woohoo! Scooped a 2 dayer in VT next Tues/Weds. Very Happy

Hope it rains.
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shiprat wrote:
Woohoo! Scooped a 2 dayer in VT next Tues/Weds. Very Happy

Hope it rains.

Just joking NehNeh
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The guys hiked and skied the Folyeres run going down to La Tania yesterday..

https://www.facebook.com/SnowRetreat/videos/900246353460831/

Been up to Courchevel today - absolutely stunning day - posting video soon. Gonna feel it tomorrow

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Great shots @offpisteskiing

Did anyone ski in Courchevel today?
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Yep we did!

It was a beautiful day.. here is our little video:

https://www.facebook.com/SnowRetreat/videos/901032146715585/
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S3V have just announced they’ve produced a record half a million cubic metres of snow in Courchevel and La Tania this Winter already…. (that’s on top of the real stuff!).

Imagine 1,235 football pitches covered in 10cm of snow and you’ll get the idea of how incredible that is! No wonder The 3 Valleys can guarantee more skiing open than anywhere else…


90% ready to pull the trigger on a Christmas break in La Tania, trying to hold out long enough to still get a good deal and see something that resembles more snow on the way instead of high pressure blocking.
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So much for "I'm never going again at Christmas/new year"... another week booked 20th - 27th Dec in La Tania, when does it become economical to get a season pass - got 7 days Christmas, 7 days at Easter, but have a few days before easter to use too, maybe the Family Bash straight after...

FI looking promising, if the low does come down then it looks like December might get off to a good start.
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Opening Dates - Winter 2018

Now Open - Val Thorens Lifts
Fri 24 Nov - Le Farçon, La Tania opens
Sat 25 Nov - La Grande Première, Val Thorens Opening Event
Sat 25 Nov - Orelle Lifts open
Fri 01 Dec - Pub Le Ski Lodge, La Tania opens 17:00
Sat 09 Dec - Courchevel, Méribel, Les Menuires main lifts open
Sat 09 Dec - Pub Le Ski Lodge Opening Party
Sat 09 Dec - La Folie Douce, Méribel opens
Tue 12 Dec - La Taiga, La Tania opens
Sat 16 Dec - La Tania, 1650, St Martin lifts open
Sun 17 Dec - La Taiga Opening Party
Mon 18 Dec - latania.co.uk Saisonnaire Night & Welcome Party
Fri 22 Dec - Brides Les Bains lifts open
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Just booked a week in Courchevel 1550, 13th of Jan. Fingers crossed for good conditions. I've gone Val Thorens twice and Meribel once, but never been based in Courchevel, looking forward to it!
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@Little Martin, you should look into the Liberty Pass - it may be more economical for you. https://www.les3vallees.com/en/ski-pass/3-vallees-liberty-pass
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@Little Martin, you should look into the Liberty Pass - it may be more economical for you. https://www.les3vallees.com/en/ski-pass/3-vallees-liberty-pass

I don't think so. Unless I have misunderstood, this gives you 10% off the daily rate, so you will still pay €55 per day (instead of €61) for a 3V pass. If you are skiing every day for a week it is cheaper to get a 6/7/8 day pass. And that's before adding the €30 fee.

The Liberty pass really becomes worthwhile if you are skiing random days during the season. or say every other day during a week when sharing childcare, or if the weather forecast is so bad that you anticipate missing a few days during the week.
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@Little Martin, I wondered about a season pass one year when I was doing a lot of training and exams in Courchevel, but I seem to recall you needed to be there for about 4 weeks before it started looking like a sensible option. Which reminds me I should check again if as a visiting (not working) instructor I can get anything off lift passes as I can in some other resorts.
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@Little Martin, The liberty pass can be a viable option if you are doing 9 days or more. Day 9 is free and every 6th day afterwards is free. If you ski local to Courcheval for the odd day then you will only pay the local rate less the discount. The big advantage is if you want an off day perhaps due to storms etc then you don’t pay. It will also include the Saturday discount of 20% for 3V. My regular visitors use it every year.
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Liberty pass costs 30 euro joining fee, then gets you 10% off daily rate, and 20% off on Saturday, so first 6 day week will by my calculation be 354 euro. Each subsequent week will get one day free, so 269 euro if it's a weekday you get free, or 275 euro if the free day falls on a Saturday. Little Martin is most likely only paying 240 euro for a 6 day week (if skiing with family), which to me seems like better value. I think the liberty pass is really about giving you more flexibility, rather than making it cheaper, so only makes financial sense for those who aren't skiing every day.
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With the Liberty pass everyone needs to look at their individual circumstances and do their own calculations. I agree if compared to a family pass there are no benefits. Conversely if you sometimes ski the local pass area then benefits can start to accrue. Most of my visitors don’t do the 3V every day but ski the local LM area some days which gives a 20% liberty discount on the LM rate , Saturdays 50% , a straight 9 days can be cheaper for them and improves with longer stays or return visits.
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I use the Liberty pass because I have a flat in Courchevel and I usually go out a few times a year. For my personal circumstance it is both more economical and more convenient (I don't have to queue for a pass each time and I only pay for full 3 Valley's if I venture into the other resorts). If you were only going out for a week or two and intend to ski every day I agree it may not be the best option for you.
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Can't do family pass as it's 2 + 2, and thankfully I only have 1 to drain my money Wink

Tribu rate is the one I usually pay.

I usually get a 3v pass so 285 euro for 6 days
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I've booked just the Courchevel area lift pass, does anyone know if this will entitle me to have 1 day full area included? I think I've heard of such things in other resorts.
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You can upgrade your Courchevel area pass to the full area for a day by popping into the lift pass office, but you have to pay extra for the upgrade, it's not included.
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@WillowWilson, if you are only going beyond the Courchevel valley for 1 day, the upgrade should be the cheapest way to do it. For 2 or more days the full 3 Valleys pass for the duration usually works out cheaper, as well as less hassle.
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Thanks for the update on opening dates-watching the snow forecast avidly and will head out Dec 16th if looks decent.
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Courchevel Lifts opening dates, pretty much everything open for Christmas week Smile

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@ecureuil, Thanks. I'll be skiing with my girlfriend most of the time, except for 2 hrs a day when she'll be in lessons. I'll probable just stick to Courchevel, I've skied 3V a few times, but not spent much time in Courchevel - looking forward to getting to know it better.
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Does anyone have any pictures of what Courchevel 1650 looks like as is, i dont believe the webcams

Also i see the women's world cup comes to town on the 19/20th Dec, so do i presume they will have the cannons on if not enough snow.

Thanks
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...Also i see the women's world cup comes to town on the 19/20th Dec, so do i presume they will have the cannons on if not enough snow.

I think it is just slalom, so it will probably only be on the (otherwise closed) Stade piste in 1850.
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The Courchevel cam on here looks pretty good to me:

https://www.snoweye.com/?page=fr-savoie-3v
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there's plenty of snow, not deep yet, but a lot better than previous years. They've made a huge amount of snow already too.
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Which reminds me I should check again if as a visiting (not working) instructor I can get anything off lift passes as I can in some other resorts.


Nope.... Nada
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not sure why you dont believe the webcams, it looks like there's a decent amount of snow around courchevel. the cannons have been blasting a lot of snow out of them, on top of the real stuff falling from the sky. if you look at the webcam at the top of 'le signal' chair you can see how low that reservoir is, that gives an indication of how much snow they've been making.

also keeping a regular watch on the webcam at the altiport and the one on top of the buildings in 1850 can give you a good indicator of how much has fallen. eg: they clear the runway, then when fresh snow falls you get an idea of how much has fallen. also in 1850 it is very heavily trafficked and you have trees to show how much snow they still have on them......
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I just spoke to a chum who is in Val Thorens for a long weekend.

Very cold....but fantastic snow.
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Woo hoo.... following too
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Off to Val Thorens on Wed evening for 4 days! Snow this weekend and a current forecast of more on Thursday night into Friday. I don't think I've ever skied on fresh snow before so very excited! Looks pretty cold though snowHead
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Looking good for snow from Friday onwards snowHead
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Nice map:)
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Nice map:)
indeed!
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Great! Just hoping Mr P can drive up the mountain to St Martin/Menuires this Sunday afternoon when he and a chum arrive to set up our winter rental for the season. Yours truly has to go to work next week, so couldn't go. I think the boys will get to go skiing though...am very jealous...They are back on Tuesday night.
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Am watching the weather on a loop as hoping to sneak a few days from 16th -hoping there will be soft snow but no too much to drive up without chains ... Have put new winter tyres on car in anticipation. Can't believe that was only a few years ago that we had no useful weather forecasts so was a massive lottery
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Am watching the weather on a loop as hoping to sneak a few days from 16th -hoping there will be soft snow but no too much to drive up without chains ... Have put new winter tyres on car in anticipation. Can't believe that was only a few years ago that we had no useful weather forecasts so was a massive lottery


it depends what you call useful forecasts. if you rely on anything beyond the 5-7 days ahead you may be sorely disappointed.
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